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"You cannot get very far until you start doing something for somebody else' - this basic percept is the cornerstone of the movement called Lionism founded by the author of the above statement, Late Lion Melvin Jones (1879-1961). Positioned as he was in a war torn world (World War II), torn to bits and pieces by hatred and jealousy, Lion Melvin Jones was a successful Insurance Salesman, having his own Insurance business under the name and style of "Melvin Jones Insurance Agency". Like any other wealthy, prosperous person, he joined "The Business Circle", an exclusive club of about 200 people, the cream of business community, Merchants, Industrialists, Bankers and Professionals meeting regularly for luncheon at the "Old Boston House". The only objective of the club was promotion of better business by and for the members.

In 1915, Melvin Jones was elected as the Secretary of "The Business Circle". That gave him the much awaited opportunity to put his dream into action and reality. On 7th June 1917, Melvin Jones organized a combined meeting of several already existing independent clubs. They met in La Salle Hotel, Chicago, Illinois, to consider the proposal for consolidation of all these Clubs. It was here that the seed of Lionism was sown and a call for a Annual Convention Made; and Melvin Jones was elected as Acting Secretary.

The first Annual Convention was held at Dallas, Texas from 8th to 10th October, 1917. "The Optimists", "The Reciprocity Clubs", "The Wheels", "The Concordia Clubs of Omaha", "The Business and Profession men of St. Paul", "The Virginians", "The Vortex Group", "The Lions Clubs of Indiana", "The Business Circle", 23 existing and Independent clubs forged ahead under one banner. Melvin Jones had succeeded in convincing all of them that true brotherhood exists where people live together, work together and break bread together and mutual trust and respect.

When the Clubs were forged into one, the search was on for an acceptable name for the new Association. The clubs naturally vied amongst themselves for the adoption of their Clubs' name for new association. But Melvin Jones had anticipated this and had done considerable research on the legend, heredity and zoology of the king of the jungle. The word "LION" emerged with a thumping majority in the secret ballot. The Association of Lions Clubs:. The world "LIONS also signifies the first letter of the words - Liberty, Intelligence, Our Nations Safety Movement to work in free country. Dr. W.P. Woods of Evansville, Indiana was elected very first International President, Melvin Jones was elected Secretary General. It was here that the Constitution and Bye-laws were laid down, the official colors of purple and gold approved and the original drafts of the Objects and the Ethics drawn up.

The individual Lions Clubs is the most important unit of our Association. After all, it is the International Association of Lions Clubs that counts you as a member. But, as an individual, you belong to your Club. It is the Club that is a member of that Association. It means that when it comes to elect International Officers and Directors, to amend or change the Intentional Constitution and Bye-laws, it is the club that casts the necessary votes through its authorized delegates.

Lionism is a dedication to the highest ideals of humanitarian service; a fellowship of men who have committed themselves to aiding those in need through whatever means at their disposal. Lionism is a faith that people of different nationalities and creeds, separated by borders, oceans and old distrusts, can join together in helping to bring about a better world. It is, indeed a way of life. The spirit of Lionism is not reserved for meeting hall or only for the calendar of Club service projects. Lionism is a set of principle by which one lives; a guideline for community service, ethical business responsibilities and inter-personal relations.

Lions throughout the world are ready at all times, to render unselfish service to their communities and to the people who are less fortunate. Our goal is to do wheat ever possible to relieve the miseries of poverty, disease, hunger, ignorance and fear. Each club has its own goals and each Lion has individual standards. If our purposes can be generalized through, it is a very simple "to be at the side of the grief stricken and destitute when they call out for help, to be willing and able to initiate and support necessary community projects, voluntary in lending a helping hand to the poor, the handicapped, the poor, the handicapped the friendless and the helpless. The goal of Lionism is "to be there" when it counts.

The Association of Lions Clubs turned truly International by extending Lionism to Canada in 1920. The third fourth and fifth Lions countries were China, Mexico and Cuba in 1926 and 1927. Eight years later, Central America entered the fold and in 1936 the first Latin American club was established in Columbia. In 1956, Lionism crossed the Indian shores. Within four months, 20 new Clubs were born in India with 513 members. Lionism has also put its form footholds in Russia and other Socialist countries.

In 1945, Lion Melvin Jones had the unique distinction and honour of representing Lions International as Consultant at the historic U.N.O. session. The United Nations has earmarked 24th March as the Lions Clubs International Day, recognizing the excellent service rendered by the Lions to mankind all over the world.

The Lions movement took birth in India, in the year 1956. An American Scouts Officer, Lion Robert Williams of Lions Club of Saxton, USA, and three Scouts officers from India, Mr. Noshir K.J. Khan, Comr. Kaiki B. Godrej and Mr. Noshir K. Pundole, organized the first two lions Clubs in India - 'Lions Clubs of Bombay' and Lions Club of Delhi'. Lions Club of Bombay, was inaugurated on 3rd February 1956 and chartered on 15th February 1956. Lions Clubs of Delhi was inaugurated on 11th February and chartered on 14th February 1956. Both the clubs were sponsored by Lions Clubs of Saxton, USA. All the three Lions, the late Lion Mr. Nosir K.J. Khan, Lion Kaiki B. Godraj and Lion Pundole can be said to be the Founding Fathers of Lionism in India. Lion Noshir N. Pundole became the first District Governor of combined District 304, comprising of India, Burma and Ceylon from 1956 to 1959.

India should be and is proud of its contribution started as the 68the extract in Lionism. Stands second by numerically, supported by significant contribution to humanitarian work, second to none in the world. India has so far given 31 International Directors.
1. Lion Noshir N. Pundole
2. Lion Rohit C. Mehta
3. Lion Bihari Agarwal
4. Lion Premchand R. Bafna
5. Lion Ashok Mehta
6. Lion P.S. Ranganathan
7. Lion Susheel Agarwala
8. Lion Mohanlal Tulsian
9. Lion Kamlesh Jain
10. Lion Kamlesh Jain
11. Lion G. Ramaswamy
12. Lion M. Nagarajan
13. Lion Prem Lahoty
14. Lion Praven Chhajed
15. Lion K.M. Goyal
16. Lion Chigurupati Varaprasad
17. Lion A.P. Singh
18. Lion K.G. Ramakrishna Murthy
19. Lion Vinod Khanna
20. Lion Bishnu Bajora
21. Lion Shyam Malpani
22. Lion KPA Haroon
23. Lion VV Krihna Reddy
24. Lion Narendra Shantilal Bhandari
25. Lion Jagdish Gulati
26. Lion Sunil Kumar Rumalla
27. Lion Sangeetha Jhatia
28. Lion Raju Manwani
29. Lion N.S. Sankar
30. Lion Er. Murugan
31. Lion H.D. Hora
32. Lion Dr. Jagadish Gulati
33. Lion R. Sunil Kumar
34. Lion Sangeeta Jatia

The Rohit C. Mehta has adorned the highest office as Lions International President in 1992-93 and Lion Ashok Mehta in 20052006.

The District 304 was redistricted in later years, starting from 1958-60 till 1973-74. 11 district were formed viz., 304-N1,304-N2, 304-E1, 304-E2, 304-W2, 304-W3, 304-W4, 304-S1, 304S2 and 304 Central.

In 1973-74, the eleven Districts were completely reorganized into Multiple District 321,322,323 and 324 comprising thirteen Sub-Districts. At the end of the year 2006-07 we had 4 multiple Districts comprising of 64 Sub-Districts.


In 1973-74 South Multiple District 324 was created with five Sub Districts 324-A, 324-B1, 324B2, 324C, 324-D and 324-E, consisting of 29 Sub-Districts.

From the Lionistic Year 2009-10, Multiple District 324 is recognised into Four Multiple Districts, 324A & B (Tamilnadu), 324C(AP) 324 D(Karnataka & Goa) & 324 E(Kerala). In this year AP and 8 Sub Districts - 324C1, C2, C3, C4, C5, C6, C7 & C8. During the year.

2009-10 District 324C5 got bifurcated in to District 324C5 and C9 with effect from 201011. From this Lionistic year 2012-13 South Multiples of AP, Karnataka & Kerala got renumbered as MD 316, MD 317 & MD 318. With this effect in our AP Multiple Sub Districts will have new nos.
324C1 as 316A
324C2 as 316B
324C3 as 316C
324C4 as 316D
324C5 as 316E
324C6 as 316F
324C7 as 316G
324C8 as 316H
324C9 as 316I
316 as 316 & 320 A, B, C, D, E, F & G

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