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We are a part of the International Association of Lions Clubs that has more than 1.4 million
members in greater than 200 geographical areas. Locally we have over 1,600 members in over 50
clubs spread throughout the Greater Houston and surrounding areas from Huntsville in the north
to League City in the south, Brookshire in the west and Anahuac in the east. We form part of
Mutliple District 2 that covers the state of Texas with over 26,000 Lions (largest state in the US!)
The International Association of Lions Clubs began as the dream of Chicago businessman Melvin Jones.
He believed that local business clubs should expand their horizons from purely professional concerns
to the betterment of their communities and the world at large. Jones' own group, the Business Circle
of Chicago, agreed. After contacting similar groups around the country, an organizational meeting was
held on June 7, 1917, at the LaSalle Hotel in Chicago. The new group took the name of one of the
groups invited, the "Association of Lions Clubs," and a national convention was held in Dallas in
October of that year. A constitution, by-laws, objects and code of ethics were approved. Just three
years after its formation, the organization became international when the first club in Canada was
established in 1920. Major international expansion continued as clubs were established, particularly
throughout Europe, Asia and Africa during the 1950s and 60s.
Perhaps the single event having the greatest impact on the association's service commitment occurred
in 1925 when Helen Keller addressed the Lions at their international convention in Cedar Point, Ohio USA.
It was there that she challenged Lions to become "knights of the blind in the crusade against darkness."
They responded, and Lions are now best known for their sight-related programs, including SightFirst,
the world's largest blindness prevention program.
One of the first tasks of the directors of Lions International was to divide the USA into districts
for their organization and administration, and to appoint a District Governor over each.
In the first sectioning, there were nine districts, nationwide. Some parts of the country where there were no Lions clubs had no districts at all. The first nine districts were created right along with the association of Lions clubs on June 7, 1917. Lionism spread rapidly, to even include states not attached to any district, and in some areas the number of Lions clubs was too great for any one governor to handle.
In 1921 our entire nation was re-divided into seventeen districts and subsequently renumbered. The original (1917) plan had the districts numbered geographically from the Pacific coast, with ascending numbers eastward. But in 1921 the district numbering revision set Illinois as the Lion's " district" and numbered Illinois as district #1. Since then, numbers were granted on the basis of a region's membership ranking. Texas, having the most clubs and members became district 2. Closely behind was Oklahoma (District 3). This was the method that all seventeen districts were renumbered. In general, the districts are organized along national, state and provincial lines. Where warranted by the number of clubs and Lions, districts can be broken down into sub-districts. in this case, the original district is called a multiple district.
In 1930 district 2 was sub-divided into five districts 2T, 2E, 2X, 2A, and 2S.