History of Dist. 322A

Lions Clubs International is like a banyan tree spread over to 206 countries and geographical areas of world. Our District 322-A is a small branch of that tree. This branch has grown out of the bigger branches in existence.

In India, the birth of the first Lions Club was of Lions Club of Bombay on 3rd February, 1956, sponsored by Lions Club of Saxton, USA. At that time the entire Indian peninsula was under District 304. Lion Noshir N. Pundole was First District Governor of 304 for 1956-59.

The cycle of time moved on and thereafter the 2nd Lions Club in India - Lions Club of Delhi came into existence on 11th February 56 sponsored by Lions Club of Bombay. Lions Club of Calcutta, the 10th Club in India, was sponsored by Lions Club of Bombay and came into existence on 1st February, 1957. At the 3rd District convention held at Delhi, in April 1959, it was resolved to elevate District 304 and to form the FIRST MULTIPLE DISTRICT 304 in India with 4 sub-districts namely 304N (North), 304E (East), 304W (West) and 304S (South with effect from Lionistic Year 1959-60.

District 304E (East) Comprised of entire eastern states of India, i.e. Bengal, Bihar, Orissa and other eastern states of India. Late Lion Dawoodi E. Dawoodi from Kolkata had the honour of being the first District Governor of 304E, in 1959-60. .

Lionism started its glorious march in the State of Bihar in the year 1959-60 after more than 3 years Lionism founded its roots in India, with the organization of Lions Club of Jamshedpur sponsored by Lions Club of Calcutta. Lions Club of Jamshedpur chartered on 21st August, 1959 was the 44th club in India. Thereafter Lions Club of Dhanbad, the 45th club in India, sponsored by Lions Club of Calcutta was chartered on 22nd November, 1959.

It was in the District Governorship of late Lion Dawoodi E. Dawoodi that Lions Club of Jamshedpur and Dhanbad came into existence.

In the year 1960-61, Late Rusi B. Gimmi, was the District Governor of District 304E. During his tenure Lions Club of Patna, the 86th Club in India and Lions Club of Ranchi, the 90th Club in India came into existence and were sponsored by Lions Club of Jamshedpur. Lions Club of Ranchi was chartered on 26th November, 1960.

Till 1962-63, the District Governors of District 304E were from Calcutta, West Bengal. However, it was in the year 1963-64 that the Late Lion J.S. Grewal from Lions Club of Dhanbad was the first district Governor from Bihar state serving as District Governor for the entire eastern India.

In the Lionistic year 1966-67, the District 304E was divided further into two District namely Districts 304E1 and 304E2. The District 304E1 comprised of Bihar and Nepal. Lion V.P. Kashyap of Bhagalpur L.C. had the honor of being the District Governor of newly formed district 304E1 for 1966-67. District 304E1 continued in existence till 1972-73. During the period 1966-67 to 1972-73 Ln Dr S. R. Shrama ( 1968-69), Ln Dr R. N. Sharma (1969-70) and Ln S.B. Gadodia (1972-73) from current District 322A served as District Governor of District 304 E1 consisting of Bihar and Nepal.

In the year 1973-74, the District 304E1 comprising of Bihar and Nepal, was renamed as DISTRICT 322A without any change in its area of operations. Lion F.R. Khambata from Lions Club of Jamshedpur was its first Governor, in 1973-74. For the period from 1973-74 to 1980-81, Ln Dr M. Pathak (1974-75), Ln S.R. Kar Roy (1977-78), Ln Manu Bhai Parekh (1978-79) aand Ln Gopal Prasad (1979-80) from the present District 322A served as District Governor of greater District 322A comprising of Bihar and Nepal.

The noble movement of lionism became so popular that by 1981, it was felt that district 322A (comprising of Bihar and Nepal) became unwieldy and needed further bifurcation in the interest of lionism and for better administrative control.

In the District Convention held in Kathmandu, Nepal in April 1981, it was resolved that with effect from Lionstic Year 1981-82, District 322A would be bifurcated into two districts namely 322A and 322E with a change of area in their operation.

The District 322A comprised of the “Revenue District of Singhbhum, Ranchi, Hazaribagh, Dhanbad, Aurangabad, Gaya, Nawadah, Palamau, Giridih, Rohtas, Deoghar and Jamtara Sub-Division of Santhal SParganas in the State of Bihar in India”. The rest of Bihar and Nepal were consolidated in District 322E.

Lion S.K. Poddar (member of Lions Club of Ranchi North) had the honour of being the first District Governor of District 322A coming into effect from lionistic year 1981-82. He took over this District 322A with 43 clubs being in his area. Hereafter, this District 322A continues to be in existence with its Area of operation remaining unchanged.

The L.Y. 1985-86 will be written in golden letters in the legend of district as a corpus body “SOPUTH BIHAR SERVICE FOUDATION” was established during the year with the object to assist clubs to carry out their service projects.

Location & Present Area of District 322 A

The district 322A covered the land locked 21 district of Jharkhand state and 6 revenur district if Bihar state. These districts covered the oldest plateau enshrouded in the hills and forest inaccessible to a large segment of people. Population of this area, living here since thousands of year, is initially tribes, who has not changed their life-style and culture barring last few decades due to industrialization and immigration of populace from adjoining states. The present density of population is 338 person /sq.KM.


Present Revenue District under Dist 322A

NAME OF DISTRICT NO. OF CLUBS POPULATION STATE
RANCHI 11 17,79,269 JHARKHAND
RAMGARH 3 8,39,482 JHARKHAND
KHUNTI 4,34,819 JHARKHAND
GUMLA 2 7,07,555 JHARKHAND
LOHARDAGA 1 2,88,886 JHARKHAND
SIMDEGA 4,46,421 JHARKHAND
WEST SINGHBHUM 8 10,80,780 JHARKHAND
EAST SINGHBHUM 3 16,13,088 JHARKHAND
SRAIKELA KHARSWAN 7,07,175 JHARKHAND
BOKARO 5 14,54,416 JHARKHAND
DHANBAD 11 19,49,526 JHARKHAND
JAMTARA 1 5,44,856 JHARKHAND
DUMKA 1 9,50,853 JHARKHAND
DEOGHAR 2 9,33,113 JHARKHAND
GIRIDIH 6 14,96,189 JHARKHAND
HAZARIBAGH 2 14,37,626 JHARKHAND
KODERMA 1 3,94,763 JHARKHAND
LATEHAR 1 4,67,071 JHARKHAND
CHATRA 1 6,12,713 JHARKHAND
PALAMU 1 11,82,770 JHARKHAND
GARHWA 1 8,01,350 JHARKHAND
GAYA 4 26,64,803 JHARKHAND
NAWADAH 13,59,694 BIHAR
JEHANBAD 11,74,900 BIHAR
AURANGABAD 15,39,988 BIHAR
KAIMUR 9,83,269 BIHAR
ROHTAS 4 --- BIHAR

LIONS CLUBS AT THE END OF EACH YEAR

Given below re the total number of Lions Clubs in district at the end of each year i.e. 30th June each year from L.Y. 1981-82

YEAR NO. OF CLUBS YEAR NO. OF CLUBS
1981-82 44 1996-97 62
1982-83 49 1997-98 62
1983-84 47 1998-99 58
1984-85 44 1999-00 66
1985-86 50 2000-01 66
1986-87 56 2001-02 62
1987-88 60 2002-03 69
1988-89 55 2003-04 63
1989-90 57 2004-05 65
1990-91 58 2005-06 66
1991-92 60 2006-07 60
1992-93 52 2007-08 58
1993-94 56 2008-09 65
1994-95 56 2009-10 71
1995-96 63

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