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Lions Lingo

Lions clubs have their own terminology, but ultimately, it is service that brings members together.

Lions clubs have their own terminology, but ultimately, it is service that brings members together.

Lions Lingo

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Touchstone Story #95

Lions Clubs International has 11 official languages—Chinese, English, Finnish, French, German, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Portuguese, Spanish and Swedish. Some members might say it has an unofficial language, too: Lions Lingo.

Terms such as multiple district, Leo, Lions Quest, SightFirst, tail twister or club twinning can puzzle some members. Acronyms—including ID, PIP, OSEAL, FOLAC, PDG and LCIF—might add to the confusion. To help new members understand such words and phrases, the Salisbury Lions Club in North Carolina shares an eight-page document of regional and association-wide Lions terms compiled by Past District Governor (PDG) Jerry Austin. Although, as the club notes, “some ‘older’ members may likewise benefit by receiving a copy.”

With more than 1.4 million members in 210 countries and geographic areas around the globe, Lions expressions naturally vary from region to region. Lions in Austria have a slogan: “Wir helfen—persönlich, rasch und unbürokratisch,” which means “Lions help quickly, personally and without bureaucracy.” In Sweden, the phrase “Lions för samhällsansvar och livskvalité” means that Lions work together to improve the quality of life for everyone in society.

Whatever the language or the terms, Lions quickly connect with each other through service projects, fundraisers, social activities, regular meetings, social media and conventions. Association-wide campaigns, such as SightFirst and the Centennial Service Challenge, bring together Lions through common goals. Because as the universal Lions’ motto “We serve” suggests, together members can do more to help people in their local communities and meet humanitarian needs around the world.

In FOLAC, ANZI-Pacific, ISAAME, OSEAL and other constitutional areas, members come together under one name to serve: Lions. And whether they’re new or longtime Lions, most would admit that a handy glossary of Lions Lingo is always helpful.

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