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Lions Clubs International is a volunteer organization dedicated to community service. As the largest service organization in the world, Lions are an international network of nearly 1.4 million men and women in over 46,000 clubs in more than 200 countries in the world.

Founded in 1917, Lions are best known for working to end preventable blindness; however, they are involved in vast variety of community projects as well as numerous charitable programs. There are over 5,500 members in more than 200 Lions, Lioness and Leo clubs in Kentucky.

Beyond the ongoing charitable work that we do in our communities, we are proud of the Kentucky Lions Eye Foundation and the Kentucky Lions Camp Crescendo that have been established and are supported by the Lions of Kentucky.

Lions Club Objectives

  • TO CREATE and foster a spirit of "generous consideration" among the people of the world through a study of the problems of international relations.
  • TO PROMOTE the theory and practice of the principles of good government and good citizenship.
  • TO TAKE an active interest in the civic, social, and moral welfare of the community
  • TO UNITE the members in the bonds of friendship, good fellowship, and mutual understanding..
  • TO PROVIDE a forum for the full and free discussion of all matters of public interest...partisan politics, and sectarian religion alone excepted.
  • TO ENCOURAGE efficiency and promote high ethical standards in business and professions; provided that no club shall hold out as one of its objects financial benefits to its members.

Brief History of Kentucky Lions Multiple District 43

During the years 1920-1941 Kentucky and Tennessee were one district. In March of 1941, Kentucky was assigned District 43 with Chris Russell of Maysville serving as its first District Governor. At the 1941 State Convention it was voted to adopt the Multiple District Governor's plan to become effective at the beginning of the 1941-1942 fiscal year and state would be divided into Districts K & Y.

Lion Edward Roberts of Madisonville served as Governor of District K and Lion Gilbert Perrone of Lexington served as Governor of District 43 Y. Since 1920 eleven Kentucky Lions have been honored by being elected to serve on the Lions Clubs International Board as International Directors and one of these, PIP Finis Davis, served as President of the Association in 1960-1961.

In 1946-1947 Kentucky was divided into four Districts and in 1967-1968 was divided into the present six Districts.

Oldest Lions Clubs in Kentucky

Paducah - April 1920

Fulton - June 1924

Mayfield - May 1920

Maysville - February 1929

Owensboro - June 1920

Bowling Green - February 1931

Lexington – December 1920

Paris - March 1931

Louisville Downtown - Sept. 1920

Winchester - March 1931

Hazard - March 1922

Richmond - April 1931

Frankfort - December 1923

Harrodsburg - May 1931

Ashland - February 1924



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