Welcome to District 33K Lions
History of Lions Clubs International
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. Since then, we've earned high marks for both integrity and transparency. We're a well-run organization with a steady vision, a clear mission, and a long – and proud – history.
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History of Lionism in New England
The oldest existing club in New England is the Bridgeport, CT club, organized February 28, 1921. The first Lions Club in Massachusetts was organized in Boston on December 31, 1920, but cancelled in 1942. The second club was in Springfield on May 16, 1922 with 50 Charter members. Worcester (Host) remains the oldest active club and celebrated its 80th anniversary on July 13, 2002. Later in 1922, clubs were organized in Pittsfield, Holyoke and Lynn. At that time, all of New England was considered a part of District 23 and included Connecticut and Rhode Island.
In 1923, New England formed District 33, which contained seven clubs in Massachusetts, one in Maine, and none in Vermont or New Hampshire. The membership of eight clubs was 422. In 1928, Maine became separated from the other states in District 33 and became District 41. In 1939-1940, District 33 became Multiple District 33 composed of Sub-Districts 33-A, 33-B, 33-C and 33-D with 83 clubs and 2,619 members. The clubs in 'D' were located in New Hampshire or Vermont, whereas the clubs in A, B, and C were in Massachusetts. At the 1945 District Convention, Sub-District 33-D became separated from Multiple District 33 and became District 44.
At the 1949 convention, held at Magnolia, Massachusetts, June 17-19, a resolution proposing the division of District 33 into five sub-districts, to be known as 33 Y-A-N-K-S was adopted.
Thank you for visiting District 33K Lions website. On these pages, you will find a variety of resources that are specifically designed for members of the Lions Clubs in our District. You can also find a listing of the leaders who have served in the capacity of District Governor since our District began by going to our Past District Governors of District 33K page.
If you are not a Lions Club member and you wish to learn more about Lions in your community, you can learn more by visiting our Club Officers page and reach out to a Club in your community, or a neigboring community
Membership in Lions Clubs
Lions Club membership is by invitation only. Joining a Lions Club allows you the opportunity to work with other civic-minded members of the community and help you give back to your community. Lions Clubs across the Commonwealth of Massachusetts work tirelessly to raise money for charitable causes. This is done through various means including pancake breakfasts, raffles, and other charitable events. One hundred percent of the funds we raise are returned to a charitable cause, none of the funds raised are used for the administrative costs associated with maintaining a Lions Club in good standing.
Lions Clubs Dues
Members of every Lions Club are expected to pay their fair share of dues. The dues that are paid are used for expenses including paying our fair share of expenses for Lions Clubs International, Multiple District 33, District 33K, and the expenses associated with maintaining a club including member recognition, speakers fees, etc. Each Club sets the amount of dues their membership will pay.
Each Lions Club expects members who have joined their club to participate in their events. In some cases, there are a minimum number of events a member is expected to attend on an annual basis. This number may be as few as four and includes fundraising events, community awareness events, and more. Your time commitment should be discusssed with your Lions Club sponsoring member and the membership committee of your Club.
C0nsider visting your local Lions Club or attending an event they are sponsoring. See how a group of dedicated individuals make a difference in their community every day.