Ohio Lions is a division of Lions Clubs International and was founded in 1920 with the charter of the first Ohio Lions Club in Cleveland. We were the 13th state to associate with International and therefore known as Multiple District 13 Ohio Lions. There are 393 Lions Clubs in Ohio with approximately 11,100 members. All Lions Club members are devoted men and women serving the needs of their communities.
Lions from Ohio have always been active at the International level. Ohio's living Past International Presidents and International Directors include: James Coffey from the Toronto (Ohio) Lions Club was the 1993-94 International President and International Director 1980-1982. The following Ohio Lions served two years as International Directors: Gary Brown, Urbana Lions Club, 2003-2005; Steve Sherer, Dover Lions Club, 2006-2008; and Jerry Smith, Wauseon Lions Club, 2009-2011. We also have a current International Director: Steve Thornton, Wooster Lions Club, serving 2018-2020. The Lions of Ohio are recognized around the world for their organization and leadership. They stand out at events with their traditional red coats and vests.
Administration of the Ohio Lions is performed by the Council of Governors. This council consists of the District Governors from each of the Sub-Districts in Ohio, plus a Chairman of Council. The incoming governors elect the Chairman of Council from the previous year’s governors. They hold four Council meetings a year. The activities of the Ohio Lions are guided by their Constitution and By-Laws. Ohio Lions has one paid employee, Multiple District Secretary who works for the Council of Governors. Virtually every other function of Lion’s work is carried out by volunteers, which assures that all money earmarked for charity is used for its intended purpose. A state office building was purchased in 1995 in the Columbus area to reduce operating expenses and provide a more effective environment to carry out Lions business.
The Ohio Lions holds one major business session each year. The State Convention includes business sessions, seminars, a spouses program and a large banquet with a prominent speaker. These events are open to all Lions and guests. The State Convention also includes caucuses and voting on constitutional issues and reports from the Council of Governors and State committees. Each Lions Club may send one voting delegate for every ten active members. The Winter Retreat is held yearly and is considered a Forum. Primary purpose is to present seminars on the latest information and technology available to Lions clubs. Also is a luncheon highlighting a motivation speaker.
Ohio Lions, Inc.
4074 Hoover Road
Grove City, OH 43123
Phone: (614) 539-5060
Fax: (614) 808-3170
- Ohio's Chronological Participation in International Leadership
- Ohio Lions District Maps - 1920-Present Day