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By Percy Plant – Georgia State Historian
was the first year in which District 18 has operated with six districts. The
change from four districts was a good one as the year has shown that a District
Governor can do a better job with a smaller number of clubs. As an example,
District Governor W. Lane Stokes, of 18F, got away to a flying start by visiting
all his clubs by October 24,1955.
have been fortunate in having six conscientious District Governors who have
worked together in the interest of Lionism. The following record of our district
in clubs and members is a result of their leadership.
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usual Georgia Lionism showed an increase – last year we had 225 clubs and
we reach the level of 250 clubs and 10,000 Lions, the state will be in a
position to have a full-time secretary with International paying most of the
expense. This forward step is not far off.
Wm. P. Sims Jr.
districts have a record of all secretaries’ reports to International on time.
This is splendid evidence of the fine spirit and ability of our Club
Secretaries, our Cabinet Secretaries, and our District Governors.
Georgia State Convention at Savannah last year was an excellent one. It was
marked by the change from four to six districts and also by the adoption of a
new State Constitution and By-laws submitted by a committee headed by
International Counselor A. F. Rolf.
International Convention at Atlantic City had more Georgia Lions in attendance
than any previous convention. For the first time we had a Georgia Hospitality
coming International Convention at Miami is to be a record breaker. Georgia will
have a float and four high school bands in the parade. Each district will have
Welcome Booths in Georgia for the entertainment of Lions passing through the
state on the way to Miami.
R. A. Collins
Georgia Lions all over the state were busy with
with a Tobacco Queen Contest, raised $6400 for a swimming pool.
County secured national recognition with the sponsorship of a Georgia Mountain
raised $411 from a Horse Show for an essay contest, a free swimming pool, and a
recreational program including supervised play for the Little League, Babe Ruth
League, Tri-Hi-Y and Hi-Y.
Lions Club made $2700 from a Camellia Show for a children’s hospital.
Cordele Lions Club bought new instruments
for their high school band to replace equipment destroyed by fire.
had the 12th Annual Fall Carnival and netted $2500 in three evenings.
Garden City Lions Club of Augusta secured recognition on page 34 of the June
issue of THE LION magazine. A page article explained how the club organized a
Clothing Exchange to gather 20,000 garments for needy citizens.
used a national holiday to clean up the premises of a blind man and paint his
house inside and out.
Georgia Lighthouse for the Blind is having its best year yet.
January 1 through April 30, the Lighthouse has purchased 397 pairs of glasses,
11 artificial eyes, and paid 148 hospital
bills. The cost of the program in dollars was $18,019.92; the result in
happiness is immeasurable.
18A had a regional meeting for club officers with a District Educational
Program. This consisted of a panel discussion by International Counselors to
educate club officers in their duties.
C had a fine District Assembly in, Moultrie with Vice-president Ed G. Barry as guest; also a Zone
Social in Dawson with Vice-president
Dudley Sims, as guest. In addition, International President Humberto Valenzuela
is to visit Bainbridge on June 21.
F had a District Contest which produced wonderful results. Of 32 clubs
participating, 13 had attendance records over 85%--and 17 over 80 %
A one line report from Riverdale, “Johnny Lamb can now see after an operation,”
W. Lane Stokes
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