Lions Clubs International were begun on 7 June 1917 in America by a Chicago businessman. The first Lions Club in the UK was formed in London in 1950. From LionsMD105: "We are one of the largest service organisations in the World. As members of Lions Clubs we volunteer our time and skills to provide selfless, effective, community service to answer the needs that challenge communities. By doing this we enjoy the Fun and Fellowship of serving the community at both Local, National and International levels."