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Multiple District Four

California Lions Clubs International

Our History

In the Beginning...

Lionism in what is now known as Multiple District Four had its beginning in Oakland with the organization on February 27, 1917, of the first Lions Club on the west coast. It was not until nearly four months later on June 7 that the International Association of Lions Clubs was organized at the Hotel LaSalle in Chicago by Melvin Jones. The first president of that first Lions Club in California was Jesse Robinson, destined in 1919 to become the president of Lions Clubs International.

California and the states adjoining it formed what was then known as the First District. That district was of tremendous size, extending from the Mexican border to the Canadian line and from the Pacific Ocean to the Utah state line. It embraced California, Oregon, Washington and Nevada.


International Directors from Multiple District Four

2015-2017 Howard Hudson (Lynn)
2013-2015 Larry Dicus (Jane)
2010-2012 Robert G. "Bob" Smith (Vickie)
2007-2009 Dana Biggs (William)
2004-2006 William J. "Bill" Crawford (Julie)
1993-1995 Dr Bill Iannaccone
1979-1981 Joe Di Duca (Barbara Braun)
1970-1972 Warren E. Greene (Carole)


1960-1962 Dwight E. Stanford 
1996-1998 Pat Quigley 
1983-1985 Harry N. Duncan 
1977-1979 Robert E. Anderson
1968-1970 Harry J. Aslan 
1966-1968 Bab Simontacchi 
1963-1965 Carrol Weberg 
1958-1960 Maurice Perstein 
1955-1957 Dr Clyde Martyn 
1953-1955 Byrl F. Babcock 
1951-1953 Albert M. Eagler 
1949-1951 Herbert R. Hargrave
1942-1944 Thomas S. Nielson 
1940-1942 Fred W. Smith 
1934-1935 Walter F. Dexter 
1932-1934 Dr Elliott H. Rowland 
1923-1926 Ray L. Riley 


Lions Clubs International Purpose

Lions Clubs International Purpose

  • 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.

Code of Ethics

Lions Clubs Code of Ethics

  • To Show my faith in the worthiness of my vocation by industrious application to the end that I may merit a reputation for quality of service.
  • To Seek success and to demand all fair remuneration or profit as my just due, but to accept no profit or success at the price of my own self-respect lost because of unfair advantage taken or because of questionable acts on my part.
  • To Remember that in building up my business it is not necessary to tear down another's; to be loyal to my clients or customers and true to myself.
  • Whenever a doubt arises as to the right or ethics of my position or action towards others, to resolve such doubt against myself.
  • To Hold friendship as an end and not a means. To hold that true friendship exists not on account of the service performed by one to another, but that true friendship demands nothing but accepts service in the spirit in which it is given.
  • Always to bear in mind my obligations as a citizen to my nation, my state, and my community, and to give them my unswerving loyalty in word, act, and deed. To give them freely of my time, labor and means.
  • To Aid others by giving my sympathy to those in distress, my aid to the weak, and my substance to the needy.
  • To Be Careful with my criticism and liberal with my praise; to build up and not destroy.