The "born on day" for the Lions of
Florida and District 35 was December 15th, 1920 if the day
for organizing the Orlando Lions Club is used or April 9th,
1922 if the date of charter is used. This first club in Florida was
organized by R.J. Lewis of Cincinnati, Ohio. The first Convention of
District 35 was held in Orlando, May 28th – 29th,
1925 and there were 13 clubs in the State.
Franklin O. King was selected as the
District Governor by Lions Clubs International for this convention and
was then elected to serve again the following year. The following clubs
were represented at the first convention of the district.
2. Daytona Beach
4. West Palm Beach
6. St. Augustine (Cancelled 4/30/36)
7. Jacksonville (Cancelled 5/25/45)
8. Fort Lauderdale (Cancelled 4/30/34)
9. St. Petersburg
10. Lake Worth
11. Miami Beach
12. Redland District
13. Fort Myers (Cancelled 6/30/27)
Even though some of these original
clubs surrendered their charter, it is worthy of noting that all
organized at a later date and are still providing service to their
By the time the second Convention was
held in West Palm Beach, the number of clubs had grown to sixteen with
698 members around the state. The main goal at this convention was to
draft and approve a constitution and bylaws for the district.
Millard Conklin was the only District
Governor to be elected to two terms of office, 1936/1937 and 1937/1938.
He then served as International Director the years of 1938/1940. The
only other to serve as Governor twice was the first governor Franklin O.
King, who was appointed by Lions International and then elected to serve
a second term.
By the time the 15th Annual
Convention was held in St. Petersburg, the clubs in the district now
total 67 and the number of members stood at 2,097. So a resolution was
adopted for Florida to have two District Governors, Districts S (South)
and N (North), with the approximate dividing line just South of Orlando,
thereby designating District 35 now as Multiple District 35.
At the 23rd Annual
Convention held in Sarasota, May 4-6, 1947, a resolution was placed on
the ballot that the Gulf Beach Lions would underwrite the cost of a
Florida State magazine for the first year, with the members paying $1.50
for a year subscriptions fee. If at the end of the year, it turned out
to be a good thing, it would then become a permanent item. This passed
and the magazine was born.
At the 24th Annual
Convention held in St. Augustine, May 9-11, 1948, with the membership up
to 5,609 and the number of clubs at 107, the delegates voted to change
and divide the Florida districts into five, L,I,O,N and S.
At the 35th Annual
Convention, held in Jacksonville, the membership had grown to 11,542 and
the number of clubs was now 289, thereby bringing forth a resolution to
divide the State of Florida Multiple District 35 into seven districts,
F,L,O,R,I,D and A, which it still is today. During this year fourteen
new clubs were organized.
Although the Multiple District had
many International Directors, it wasn’t until 1965 that Dr. Walter H.
Campbell, Past International Director from Florida served as our
Associations International President.
At the 50th Annual
Convention held in Jacksonville May 16-18, 1974 the delegates voted to
bring Freeport Lions Club of Grand Bahama Island a part of 35-D, thereby
making Multiple District 35 an International District.
Multiple District 35 is alive and
vibrant, welcoming many from all over the world daily and inviting all
Lions from other areas to become a part of our great tradition when they
retire and move to Florida.
For further information on becoming a
member, you may contact the Multiple District 35 office in Orlando at
email@example.com , or the
Redland District Lions Club.