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History of Louisiana Lionism

The Lions of Multiple District 8 Louisiana, are glad you stopped in.....

Louisiana is known for many things --- the bayous, GREAT food, good times, and........


First, just a little history lesson..

Louisiana was originally in District 5 which included East Texas, Mississippi, Alabama, Georgia, and Florida

Leon T. Kahn of Shreveport was the first Louisiana Governor appointed in 1918

In 1921, District 5 was reduced to Louisiana and Mississippi

In 1922 at the International Convention in Hot Springs, Arkansas, Louisiana and Mississippi were separated into two districts with Louisiana being assigned as District 8.  There were 3 clubs in existance: Shreveport Downtown, Monroe Downtown, and New Orleans

In 1940, Louisiana was subdivided into two districts (A and B)

In 1944 another subdivision gave Louisiana 3 districts (A, B,and C)

In 1950, at the MD convention in New Orleans, Louisiana was again subdivided into the five districts still in existance today (L,I,O,N,S)

One club, the Shreveport Downtown Lions, was a charter member of Lions Clubs International (1917), and they existed before LCI as the Shreveport Commercial Men’s Club (formed in 1914)

Today, Louisiana has 218 chartered clubs with approximately 7000 members supporting  two statewide projects with combined annual budgets in excess of One Million Dollars, multiple out-of-state and international projects, and their local communities


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