History of Lions Club
1917 - Lions Clubs
International is established by Founder Melvin Jones.
1919 - District 10
(Upper Peninsula) is the first Lions district formed in the state of
Michigan, with the organization of the Marquette Lions Club in
October. District 11 (Lower Peninsula) is formed when the Grand
Rapids Lions Club charters in November.
1920 - Detroit Lions
Club sponsors the Windsor, Ontario Lions Club; this sponsorship creates
Lions Clubs International.
1923 - John Noel becomes
the first Lions Clubs International President from Michigan.
- 1925 - Helen Keller challenges Lions to become
"Knights of the Blind."
1932 - White Cane is
"born" in Michigan in the East Side Detroit Lions Club.
- 1936 - Michigan Legislature passes the "White Cane
- 1939 - Leader Dog School is launched in Rochester.
- 1940 - Leader Dog becomes a state project of
Michigan Lions. Karl Sorrick from Springport becomes the second
Lions International President from Michigan.
- 1941 - The Lower Peninsula is divided into two (2)
sub-districts and becomes Multiple District 11.
1946 - Multiple District
11 is divided into four (4) sub-districts.
1952 - Multiple District
11 is divided into five (5) sub-districts. Welcome Home for the Blind
becomes a state project of the Lions of Michigan.
- 1953 - S. A. Dodge is elected as the third Lions
International President from Michigan.
1956 - Multiple District
11 is divided into seven (7) sub-districts.
- 1957 - The Ann Arbor Lions Club and Dr. John
Henderson start the Michigan Eye Bank.
- 1971 - Michigan Eye Bank becomes a state
1974 - The Upper
Peninsula is divided into two sub-districts and becomes Multiple
District 10. The districts are 10-A (West) and District 10-B
- 1976 - Michigan Multiple District 11 is divided
into ten (10) sub-districts.
- 1978 - Ralph Lynam is elected as the fourth
International President from Michigan. The Lions of Michigan All-State
Band is established.
- 1982 - The Michigan Past District Governors
Association is organized.
2001 - Multiple District
10 combines District 10-A and 10-B into Single District 10.
2003 - Bear Lake Camp
becomes an official project of Multiple District 11.
- 2008 - Lions of Michigan Foundation becomes a state