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History

 

 

In 1917, a Chicago businessman named Melvin Jones, had the idea to start an organization dedicated to improving people’s lives on a global scale. 

He reached out to business groups and organizations across the country, who agreed with his vision. They first met on June 1, 1917 in Chicago where the group took the name ‘Association of Lions Clubs’ and after that, held their first convention in Dallas that October, where their constitution and by-laws were officially adopted.  Three years later, they were an international organization with the chartering of a club in Windsor, Canada. Today, there are more than 47,000 chapters with over 1.4 million members in 200+ countries embodying our mission:  We Serve!

Past Presidents

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Vergil C Lott

1967-1968

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Levell Johnson

1969-1970

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Keynard Agnew

1970-1971

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Archile Petit

1971-1972

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Fred Gentry

1972-1973

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D.P. Johnson

1973-1974

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G.W. McConico

1975-1976

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Jerry Bell

1976-1977

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William Banks

1977-1978

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C.W. McClure

1980-1981

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W.T. Shrosphire

1981-1982

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Willie Hargrove

1982-1983

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Marvin Massie

1985-1986

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Marvin Douglas

1986-1987

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Chester Walker

1988-1989

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Carl Wilson

1989-1990

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Oral Lott

1990-1991

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Clifton Griffin

1991-1992

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John Patterson

1992-1993

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Eddie P. King

1994-1995

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Albert Walker

1995-1999

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Nathaniel Ashe

1999-2000

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Albert Walker

2000-2001

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Olden Jordan

2001-2002

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Albert Walker

2002-2003

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Keynard Agnew

2003-2004

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Marvin Massie

2004-2005

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Albert Walker

2005-2008

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Joe Warren

2008-2009

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Jerry Williams

2009-2011

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Albert Walker

2011-2012

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C.W. McClure

2012-2013

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Jerry Williams

2013-2014

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Albert Walker

2014-2015

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Lionel Bess

2015-2016

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Olden Jordan

2016-2017

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Albert Walker

2017-2018

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Will Smith

2018-2020

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Richard Hopkins

2020-2021

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David A. Bell

2021-2022

 

Charter Members

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The Honorable Virgil C. Lott Sr. served as the first President of the Austin Capital City Lions Club. Judge Lott was the first African American to gr

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Dr. William Charles Akins was the Co-Founder of the Austin Capital City Lions Club and a trailblazer in the field of education. Dr. Akins attended Bla

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Keynard DeVaughn Agnew Sr. was born on June 25, 1939 to the late Willie Zeadean Agnew (Crenshaw) and Thomas Ruffin Agnew Sr., in Montgomery, AL. He wa

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Lion Paul Bailey is an active charter member of our club who has most recently served as Club Treasurer. Born in Asheville, North Carolina, Paul Baile

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Dr. Bradford was a native of Central Texas who attended segregated Austin schools -- Olive Street (named for Oliver Street), L.L. Campbell Elementary,

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Lion Matthew Caldwell was born on May 17, 1924 in Orangeburg, South Carolina, passed away on August 22, 2018 at the age of 94, at his home in Austin,

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Melvin James Chambers was born on July 11, 1932 at Brackenridge Hospital to Melvin Robinson and Pearlie Chambers. In 1934, Melvin James Robinson was a

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Fire Captain Willie Ray Davis served honorably in the United States Navy during WWII and became one the first three African American firefighters in t

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Exalton Alfonso Delco Jr. began his Ph.D. work in the Department of Zoology at UT in 1957. Although UT was deemed “desegregated,” the campus and s

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Ora Herman "O.H." Elliott was born in Arkansas and graduated from the University of Kansas School of Business in 1933 before pursuing a career in acad

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Lion Hammond was Born in Calvert, TX and earned his B.A. from Tillotson College, later earning his M.A. from Atlanta University. He was a Professor

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Dr. Holloway was a physician who moved to Austin from Waco in 1946. He was active in the community, serving as a member of the Kappa Alpha Psi Fratern

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Lion Willis Gordon Hunt was a Man of God; community advocate and servant. He was a World War II veteran and founded a real estate business, W.G. Hunt

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Lion Calvin Calingstro Lynch began his teaching career that spanned over 35 years at Kealing Jr. High School, L.C. Anderson, and Crockett High Schools

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Walter Lee McBride (1931-1984) was born in Bastrop, attended local schools, and graduated from L.C. Anderson High School (on Pennsylvania Avenue), lat

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Lion C.W. McClure is an active charter member and valued member of our club.

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Lion Daniel McGill served in the U.S. Army after entering Prarie View A&M University, later graduating with a degree in Industrial Education. He was

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Rev. James Obey

1922-1992

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Lion Archile Petit was born in Panama and came to Austin to attend Samuel Huston College (now Huston-Tillotson University) on a tennis scholarship. Af

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Rev. John Doughlas Scott was an Air Force veteran and a Pastor of Peaceful Rest Baptist Church in La Grange, TX. He married Floris Kelley Scott and ha

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Jimmy Gregory Snell served on the Austin City Council for 8 years and was the first African American selected as Mayor Pro Tem on May 15, 1975. He lat

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Lion VanDyke was the first African American to hold the positions of Travis County Deputy District Clerk and UT Assistant Director of Admissions.

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After serving in the Korean War, Dr. Sidney White earned his degree in dentistry at Howard University, graduating in 1958. After moving to Austin in 1

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Lion Jesse Wilson earned his Bachelor of Arts Degree from Prairie View A&M University as well as a Master's Degree from the University of Kansas. He t

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Dr. Prenza L. Woods was born in San Antonio, Texas, graduating from Phillis Wheatley High School in 1940. He was ordained as a Deacon in the New Engla