The History of the Gastonia Evening Lions Club

In 1923, a group of young business and professional men of Gastonia held a meeting in the directors' room of the old Citizens National Bank Building on Main Avenue. The meeting was called at the urging of Lion Fred T. Davis, a special representative of Lions International who was interested in organizing a Lions club in Gastonia. The organizational meeting was held on Valentine's Day, Feb. 14, 1923. The Gastonia Lions Club was the 11th club formed in North Carolina and its first president was Stephen B. Dolley, a leading Gastonia businessman and commander of the local national guard unit. In 1987, the club changed its name to the Gastonia Evening Lions Club to reflex a time change in meetings. Over nine decades of history, the club has sponsored 13 other Lions clubs in North Carolina and South Carolina. The Gastonia club has served as the home club for six district governors.

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