A Short History of District 4-C5
It all started on July 1, 1958 when District 4-C5 was formed. Our District originally was part of 4-A then became District 4-C1 and finally 4-C5, all of this happening in one year due to the geographic size and number of Clubs involved.
In 1990, our membership was 2120 with 66 clubs. Our membership in 2009 was 58 clubs with 1688 members. Currently, we have 54 clubs with 1550 members and back on the rise. We continue to focus on increasing our membership and retention. Our Global Membership Team is developing new clubs to meet the services needs of our diverse and expansive communities.
District 4-C5 encompasses the counties of Placer, Nevada, Sacramento, El Dorado, Sierra, and Yolo. It is divided into four Regions: Donner Region, Dos Rios Region, Sacramento Region, and Washoe Region. The 54 clubs in our district are divided geographically into 8 Zones. Two or more Zones make up a Region. Our District Governor visits each club during the year, bringing information to the club from the District, the Multiple District and Lions Clubs International, and thanking them for all their community service.
Since 1993, we have elected a Vice District Governor but in 2009, our district now has an elected 1st Vice District Governor and a 2nd Vice District Governor, both learning and planning for their year while supporting the programs of the District Governor.
Some projects supported by the District are:
- City of Hope
- The Hearing Foundation
- Folsom Project for the Visually Impaired
- Lions Education Foundation
- Lions in Sight
- Lions Project for Canine Companions for Independence
- Youth Outreach
- Wilderness Camp for Deaf Children
- Lions International Peace Poster Contest
- Northern California Lions Sight Association
- MD-4 Student Speaker Contest
- Youth Exchange
- White Cane Days
Each club has its individual local charities and projects that they provide services to as well as being encouraged to support the District and International projects.
We are proud to have from our district, Past International President Kay K. Fukushima from Senator Lions Club and Past International Director Robert G. Smith from Embarcadero Lions Club. Our District has had four Council Chairman (elected to preside over the 15 Governors from California (Multiple District 4). List of Past District Governors.