In 1917, Melvin Jones, a 38-year-old Chicago business leader, told members of his local business club they should reach beyond business issues and address the betterment of their communities and the world. Jones’ group, the Business Circle of Chicago, agreed.
After contacting similar groups around the United States, an organizational meeting was held on June 7, 1917, in Chicago, Illinois, USA. The new group took the name of one of the invited groups, the “Association of Lions Clubs,” and a national convention was held in Dallas, Texas, USA in October of that year. A constitution, by-laws, objects and a code of ethics were approved.
Within three years, Lions became an international organization. Rhodesia was part of District 412.
- 1980 – 18th Annual Convention, Salisbury
- 1978 – 16th Annual Convention, Victoria Falls
- 1974 – International Convention, Bulawayo
- 1970 – 8th Annual Convention of District 412, Salisbury
- James Gavin