Texas is the second largest state in the union, and is home to 850 clubs and over 23,000 members. Each year, Texas Lions contribute nearly two million service hours helping their communities and charitable organizations.

Texas was divided most recently into 16 districts, all within Multiple District 2. Below is a map of those districts.

 

A Brief History of Lionism:

In 1917, Melvin Jones, a 38-year-old Chicago business leader, told members of his local business club they should reach beyond business issues and address the betterment of their communities and the world. Jones’ group, the Business Circle of Chicago, agreed.

After contacting similar groups around the United States, an organizational meeting was held on June 7, 1917, in Chicago, Illinois, USA. The new group took the name of one of the invited groups, the “Association of Lions Clubs,” and a national convention was held in Dallas, Texas, USA in October of that year. A constitution, by-laws, objects and a code of ethics were approved.

Within three years, Lions became an international organization. Since then, we’ve earned high marks for both integrity and transparency. We’re a well-run organization with a steady vision, a clear mission, and a long – and proud – history.

Melvin Jones asked a simple and world-changing question – what if people put their talents to work improving their communities? Almost 100 years later, Lions Clubs International is the world’s largest service club organization, with 1.35 million members in more than 46,000 clubs and countless stories of Lions acting on the same simple idea: let’s improve our communities.

The International Legacy of Texas:

Lions from MD-2 have held the highest positions in Lions Clubs International over the years.

2006-2007

Past International President Jimmy Ross (Lion Velda) from District 2-T1
 

1982-1983

Past International President Everett "Ebb" Grindstaff (Jay) from District 2-A1
 

2016-2018

Past International Director Sam Lindsey (Lion Jodye) from District 2-X3
 

2011-2013

Past International Director Joe Al Picone (Merle) from District 2-S5
 

2008-2010

Past International Director Beverly Stebbins (PDG Ed) from District 2-E2
 

2000-2002

Past International Director Connie de la Garza (Lisa) from District 2-A3
 

1993-1995

Past International Director Marshall Cooper (Lion Wanda) from District 2-T2
 

1990-1992

Past International Director Ray Hughston (Noralee) from District 2-A3
 

1984-1986

Past International Director Mike Butler (Lion Sheryl) from District 2-A2
 

1974-1976

Past International Director Don Buckalew (Elaine) from District 2-S2

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