Lions Clubs International is a secular, non-political service organisation whose members actively support good causes throughout the world. The organisation was formed in 1917 by Chicago businessman Melvin Jones. Today, Lions Clubs International is the world's largest service club organisation, with 1.4 million members throughout more than 46,000 clubs, extending to all corners of the globe. The network has grown to include over 200 countries. The Jersey branch of Lions Clubs International has distinguished itself as one of the most successful fundraisers in Britain with its annual event, the Swimarathon, which raises a considerable sum for local charities. The event is depicted on the 49p stamp, with the remaining stamps and the Miniature Sheet featuring other significant projects which demonstrate the wide-reaching aims of the organisation.