Sponsored by the Hillcrest Lions and chartered on November 13, 1941, the Chula Vista Host Lions Club was the original Lions Club in San Diego's South Bay area. The sixth oldest of 60 clubs in Lions District 4L6 (which encompasses San Diego and Imperial Counties), CV Host started with 22 members, ranging from an automobile dealer to a judge to a sandwich shop owner. Since then, membership has included many judges, a California State Senator, a U.S. Navy Submarine Captain, ministers, and doctors. membership increased to 46 in l952 and to 76 by l971. CV Host Lions have served in virtually every capacity of the Lions District, including District Governor.
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