About Lions

Whenever a Lions club gets together, problems get smaller. And communities get better. That's because we help where help is needed – in our own communities and around the world – with unmatched integrity and energy.

Our 45,000 clubs and 1.35 million members make us the world's largest service club organization.

We're also one of the most effective. We get the job done.

We recently:

  • Brought 3,000 volunteers together to build a playground for children of all abilities in California, USA.
  • Fed 60,000 people in a township in South Africa. It's something Lions do there every day.
  • Sent a team of eye surgeons to Honduras to treat more than 100 adults and children.

Everywhere we work, we make friends. With children who need schoolbooks, with seniors who need transportation and with people we may never meet.

We're led by talented, dedicated volunteer leaders from around the world. And, we're supported by the Lions Clubs International Foundation (LCIF), which helps to fund Lions humanitarian projects.

The International Headquarters for both Lions Clubs International and the LCIF is in Oak Brook, Illinois, USA.

 

International President 2014 - 2015

Joe Preston

International President
Joseph "Joe" Preston, of Dewey, Arizona, USA

Preston is temporarily retired from the automobile business. A member of the Bradshaw Mountain Lions Club, Preston has been a Lion since 1974.

He has held many offices in the association, including club president, zone chairperson, district governor and council chairperson. In addition, he has served as leadership, Lions Quest and MERL chairperson for his multiple district. He was host chairperson of the 1994 International Convention in Phoenix, Arizona; chairperson of the 2003 USA/Canada Lions Leadership Forum in Portland, Oregon; and a national multinational coordinator for Campaign Sight First II, where he exceeded his goals.

In recognition of his service to the association, Preston has received numerous awards, including the 100% Club President Award, the 100% District Governor Award, a Medal of Merit, nine International President's Awards and an Ambassador of Good Will Award, the highest honor granted by the association to its members. He is also a Progressive Melvin Jones Fellow.

Preston and his wife, Joni, also a Lion and Progressive Melvin Jones Fellow, have two sons, one daughter and seven grandsons.