History 1957-1958

HISTORY  1957 – 1958



Percy Plant – Georgia State Historian

The year showed increased interest in Lionism in District ,18. Our six District Governors. displayed a real spirit of Lionism and much of the credit belongs to them.

The feature of the year was the large number of excellent District, Regional, Zone and club anniversary meetings held in the state.


Dist. Gov. 18A
Ted C. Hays
College Park, Ga. 
Dist. Gov. 18B
Jack Mosley
Vidalia, Ga.



Lions International advises that through March 1958 all club secretaries’ reports reached International on time. A salute to the fine Lions who worked together to make this achievement possible.


 # clubs    # members  
District   1957  1958  1957  1958 
A 40 42 2,027 2,040
B 36 36 1,296 1,298
C 60 58 2,052 1,903
D 39 42 1,699 1,715
E 38 39 1,762 1,765
F 33 33 1,180 1,164
246 250 10,016 9,885

While District 18 showed a slight decrease in number of members, we were able to offset this somewhat with an increase in the number of clubs.



Dist. Gov. 18C
Louis H. Gilbert
Cordele, Ga.
Dist. Gov. 18D
R. E. “Ed” Cross
Clayton, Ga.



The Georgia State Convention, sponsored by the Decatur Lions Club in honor of its 25th anniversary, was one of the most enjoyable and instructive in the ,history of Georgia Lionism. Addresses were made by Lions International Director General Roy Keaton and Third Vice-President Finis Davis. The District Governors Cup was awarded the Savannah Lions Club.

The International Convention in San Francisco was well attended by Georgia Lions. We had a Georgia Breakfast and a Hospitality Room which was second to none. For the first time a retiring District Governor was honored by being placed on the Instruction Panel for incoming District Governors-the Lion so honored was International Counselor Ed Dyer of District 18D.

At the coming International Convention in Chicago, International Counselor Ivan H. Jackson of the Cartersville Lions Club will be presented by the Lions of Georgia as a candidate for International Director.

In addition to going all-out for Ivan, Georgia Lions will carry a band, have a Georgia Breakfast, a Hospitality Room, and a sensational Georgia Hoe Down.


During the past year the Lighthouse has spent $27,362.19 on 431 pairs of glasses, 15 artificial eyes and 215 hospital bills. Your money helped give two operations to a small boy attending the Academy for the Blind at Macon. Sight was restored and he is now attending public school in his home town.

The Lighthouse should have the full support of each and every Lion and Lions Club in Georgia.


Dist. Gov. 18E
J. T. Mays
Stockbridge. Ga.
Dist. Gov. 18F
R. A. Ireland, Jr.
Augusta, Ga.



Lions of SENOIA operated a service station for a day and made a nice profit selling peaches and gas.

BOYNTON sponsored a deep-sea fishing trip and netted $425.

Lions of RHINE sold 1069 ads in the phone directory for a community club house.

DALTON Lions stenciled house numbers on street curbs.

BAKER COUNTY completed a $6000 Youth Center building and a $5750 swimming pool.

During the town’s 50th Anniversary celebration, TUCKER Lions sold $683 worth of blind-made items and light bulbs.

WAYCROSS Lions ran a concession stand for three nights at a rodeo and cleared $1000.


Past International Director Homer Barker represented Lions International at a special March of Dimes meeting at Warm Springs in honor of Dr. Saulk.

The 35th anniversary celebration of Columbus Lions had International 1st Vice-president Dudley L. Sims and Mrs. Sims as honor guests.

District 18C held a District Meeting with Past International President John L. Stickley as speaker.

Cuthbert gave $1000 to the Georgia Lions Lighthouse.

Augusta Lions Club celebrated its 35th anniversary by sponsoring the Forrest Hills Lions Club with 35 charter members. International 3rd Vice-president Finis Davis and Mrs. Davis were guests.

District 18D had a fine District Meeting at Gainesville with International Director Aubra Green of Alabama as guest speaker.

Waycross celebrated a 35th anniversary with Past President John L. Stickler as honored guest.

International 3rd Vice-president Finis Davis helped the Savannah Lions celebrate their 35th anniversary.

Toccoa Lions Club had a 25th anniversary party with Past International President John L. Stickler as speaker.

Walter B. “Scottie” Currie

On October 9, 1958, the Ga. Lions State Office was opened with Walter B. “Scottie” Currie in charge as State Secretary.

The Cordele ‘Lions Club generously provided office space and International Counselor Jack Comer welcomed Scottie and Kay with a fine reception.

At last a dream of Lions in District 18 has been realized! The State Office with Scottie and Kay is indeed a step forward.

The Unadilla Lions Club publishes a weekly paper and not only does a worthwhile job for the community but makes $100 a month for the club. 

What’s news in Unadilla? “Claude Joiner is breaking in a new pair of glasses; Charles Goodroe has a new porch swing Mrs. W. has neuritis.”