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Lionism came to West Virginia on September 30, 1921, when the Charleston Lions Club was chartered. Judge Ben Moore was District Governor over a single district (29). By 1941-1942, Lionism grew to the point that District 29 divided into two sub-districts, 29-W and 29-V. In the Lions' Year 1947-1948, a third sub-district, 29-A, was added.
Club extension and membership growth allowed the formation of an additional sub-district in 1959-1960. That left the structure in West Virginia to include Districts 29-L, 29-I, 29-O, and 29-N.
July 1st initiated a big change in Multiple District 29! The Multiple District comprised within the borders of West Virginia previously had four sub-districts (L, I, O, and N). Due to declining membership over the last several years, a plan to down-size to three sub-districts was submitted and subsequently approved by Lions Clubs International.
The re-districting, and renaming of the three remaining sub-districts (now L, C, and I) went into effect on July 1, 2015.
To Organize, charter and supervise service clubs to be known as Lions clubs.
To Coordinate the activities and standardize the administration of Lions clubs.
To Create and foster a spirit of understanding among the peoples of the world.
To Promote the principles of good government and good citizenship.
To Take an active interest in the civic, cultural, social and moral welfare of the community.
To Unite the clubs in the bonds of friendship, good fellowship and mutual understanding.
To Provide a forum for the open discussion of all matters of public interest; provided, however, that partisan politics and sectarian religion shall not be debated by club members.
To Encourage service-minded people to serve their community without personal financial reward, and to encourage efficiency and promote high ethical standards in commerce, industry, professions, public works and private endeavors.
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