What Are Lionesses

Most of us are females aged 18 to infinity who have joined together in friendship and enjoy each others Company.

We pride ourselves on playing an active part in the local community, helping those less fortunate than ourselves, as well as enjoying a social life with like-minded individuals who come from all walks of life.

A Brief History

Lioness Clubs are part of Lions Clubs International, the largest service organisation in the world.  With over 1.4 million members in 44,000 communities around the globe, we take a ‘hands on role’ in improving the quality of life in the local community and the wider world.

Lioness Clubs began in America as a result of the success of the auxiliary clubs which were started for the wives of the all-male Lions Clubs.  The Lioness emblem and name were approved in 1975 and membership was open to any lady over the age of 18, whether or not she was married to a Lion.  The first Club to be formed was the Mount Pleasant Club, North Carolina on 24 December 1975.

The first Lioness Club in the British Isles and Ireland was formed in Pontefract, West Yorkshire in 1977 and since then we have spread throughout the country as well as travelling across the water to Southern Ireland.  At present there are 14 Clubs in the British Isles and Ireland, but there are many more, in countries all around the world. (Have a look at our International page)

How the Lioness Clubs work

Lionesses are not just a group who get together over a cup of coffee.  We are a ‘professional’ organisation who hold regular business meetings not only as individual Clubs but also at area, national and even international level.

Nationally we are governed by a Committee of representatives from all areas in the British Isles and Ireland.  This Committee is known as the Advisory Body and has a Chairman, Secretary, Treasurer and a Lion co-ordinator linking the organisation to Lions Club International Council of Governors for the same area.

Lioness Clubs are sponsored by their local Lions Club who support the activities of the Lioness Club.

Individual Clubs decide on their own way of working, providing they remain within the guidelines set down in the ‘Document of Understanding’ (the national guide book for Lionesses).  Clubs organise their own events as well as deciding how best to spend the money to help their local community and we are proud to say that as an organisation every penny raised from the public goes directly to charity.


The Patron of the Lions Clubs of the British Isles, HRH The Countess of Wessex was guest of honour at specially arranged International Dinner on the Thursday evening before the start of the MD Convention in Leeds. She was introduced to many guests including our IPMD Lioness Chairman Phyllis King.

Lioness Phyllis meeting HRH the Countess of Wessex

Lioness Phyllis meeting HRH the Countess of Wessex