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“Lions” values developed in the States in 1917 with the goal to serve people and humanity without any distinction of religion, race and political view on no-return basis. The first Lion Club in Turkey has been founded in 1963 under the leadership of Fahrettin Kerim Gökay-Governor of Istanbul. Lions being the permanent consultant of United Nations, today is one of the largest and effective service establishments with its over 40.000 clubs in 190 conutries.Following are the two Lions Club addresses in Istanbul that you can have additional info on the activities of the Club and the nearest Club to you.

Abide-i Hürriyet Caddesi, Ali Nihat Bey apt. No. 22, D:5 Osmanbey
Tel: (212)230 02 42
Fax: (212) 232 99 68

Baðdat Caddesi, Mürüvvet Apt. No: 491 7/9, Suadiye, Kadıköy
Tel: (216) 302 53 59
Fax: (216) 302 53 60

Rotary is an international organization with approximately 1.2 millon members in more than 160 countries worldwide. All Rotary Clubs in Istanbul have meetings in Turkish; only Istanbul Rotary Club provides simultaneous translation service since they have foreign members. There are three Rotary districts in Turkey. All clubs of Marmara Region and Thrace are bound to 2420. You can find meeting days and hours of all clubs from their web site. Most of the clubs meet at 19:30, better to check. If you are a Rotarian you are always welcome to the meeting. For a non-Rotarian visitor first it should be checkded with the President or the Secretary General of the Clum.

Istanbul Rotary Club
Istanbul Rotary Club, being the oldest, was established in 1956. The club meets every Tuesday at noon in Istanbul Hilton Hotel. They have simultaneous translation service for English speaking Rotarians and guests. They sometimes have non-Turkish speakers too.
Koca Mansur Sokak No: 113/20, Şişli
Tel: (212) 248 13 48 – 234 04 03
Fax: (212) 247 69 96

The provisional france-masonry in Turkey, with a national conception, dates back to 1909. Before this date there were so many masonries established at the Ottoman Empire, dependent on obedience to the motherland of the minorities. From this date, with the creation of a national obedience and the common practice of the Royal Arch, the Turkish france-masonry began to attract the Muslim and non-Muslim society of the Empire.

In 1965, The Grand Lodge of Turkey, the only obedience existing, which practiced an independent masonry, decided to adopt the methodology and the rules of the “regular” said masonry, recommended by The Grand Lodge of England. However some masons dissatisfied with this new organization and decided to continue their former practice and they created a new obedience “liberal”, that was recognized by all the universal working obedience by respecting liberal concepts of the france-masonry.

In 1991, the obedience The Grand Lodge of Turkey has created The Grand Women Lodge of Turkey. These two obediences accept to their changing Lodges the masons from all the harizons, while the “regular” said obedience recognized as masons only those who work by respecting the same Masonic conceptions as those reconized by The Big Plain Changing Lodge of England.

The Grand Lodge of the Free and Recognized Masons (Hür ve Kabul Edilmiş Masonlar Büyük Locası)
More than 10.000 members. Lodges in Istanbul, Ankara, Izmir, Adana, Antalya, Bursa and Bodrum.

English speaking lodges: Dikmen (Ankara), Freedeom (Istanbul), Ephesus (Izmir)

French speaking lodges: Atlas (Istanbul), Humanitas (Istanbul), Prométhée (Izmir)

German speaking lodge: Libertas (Istanbul)

Nuru Ziya Sokak 25, Beyoğlu
Tel: (212) 249 24 51
Fax (212) 249 47 53

The Grand Lodge of Free Masons of Turkey (Özgür Masonlar Büyük Locası)
More than 2.500 members. Lodges in Istanbul, Ankara, Izmir, Adana, Antalya and Bursa.

English speaking lodge: Wisdom (Istanbul)

French speaking lodge: Etoile d'Orient (Istanbul)

Müeyyez Sokak No. 3, Beyoğlu
Tel: (212) 292 00 34
Fax: (212) 252 13 77

The Grand Lodge of Women of Turkey (Kadın Masonlar Büyük Locası)
More than 500 members. Lodges in Istanbul, Ankara, Izmir, Adana, Antalya and Bursa.

Arslanyatağı Sokak, Jönes Apt 13/3, Sıraselviler-Taksim
Tel: (212) 244 27 64
Fax: (212) 244 27 60

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