Lionism came to Masaka in 1960 but its continuity was interrupted with the expulsion of Asians and Europeans in 1972. The bulk of membership was formed by Asians and Europeans but had a sprinkling of indigenous citizens, notable among them, the late Dr. Sebastian Kyewalyanga who was the mayor of Masaka Municipality at the time. The club ascended to heights such that at the time of expulsion of Asians, the Governor of District 411 was Ln Moghal Manzoor from the Lions Club of Masaka who was also at the same time the Deputy Mayor of Masaka. Among the activities of the club was the management of the Children’s Park on Plot 8-12 Edward Avenue.

The current Lions club of Masaka was chartered on 15th February 1993 under the presidency of Ln. Patrick Kaliisa a prominent young businessman at the time and Guiding Lion. Gershom Tumwesigye, manager Cooperative Bank, Masaka. The current club was established during the fundraising years of Campaign Sight First. The pioneers of the Club had got wind of the intention of the lions of Norway and Norad to establish an eye project at Masaka Hospital. Indeed it was deemed urgent to launch a Lions Club in Masaka to serve with the project. The Eye Ward and Outreach Programme was commissioned at Masaka Hospital in October 1994. The club has since then sponsored several eye camps and cataract surgeries under this project.

The club has carried out several land-mark projects like the tree planting project in the road reserve along Masaka By-Pass Road 7km long.

 The club has grown in membership standing at 45 now and has sponsored the following clubs; a Branch at Nkozi, Uganda Martyrs University which went on to become Nkozi Campus Club; Leo Club at Nkozi, Uganda Martyrs University; Leo Club Muteesa I Royal University.
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