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Lioness Clubs are part of Lions Clubs International,
the largest service organisation in the world.
The first Lions Club was formed in Chicago in 1917 by Melvin Jones and very soon spread throughout the USA into Canada by 1920. Lions continued to spread throughout the world and in 1950 the first Club (London Host) was formed in the British Isles. By 1953 the first Club in Scotland was chartered in Glasgow and in 1955 the first Club in Ireland, Dublin.
Although originally membership was open to both men and women, Lions soon became an all male organisation with wives and partners helping them but not been able to join. Some ladies formed auxiliary groups but any monies raised had to be passed to the Lions an work alongside their partners but they could not raise or spend funds in their own right.
In 1975 the first Lioness Club was formed in Mount Pleasant, North Carolina. Lions Clubs International approved the Lioness emblem and name and membership was opened up to any lady age 18 years and over whether or not they were the partner of a Lion.
Pontefract was the first Club to be formed in the British Isles and Ireland in 1977 and we are proud to still be here, supporting our local community and the wider world.
We currently have 16 members of mixed age range and would welcome new members to join us and offer their support in our fund raising and welfare projects.