District Governor Sheila Chesanow Welcomes You!

I want to take this opportunity to welcome you to our website! Here you’ll find information about the Tennessee 12-O District including club information, recent activities, and upcoming events.

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Our clubs are some of the most vibrant and active clubs in the state. Take a moment to find your local club and learn how you can connect with us and become a lion!

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District 12-O Organizational Meeting

District Organizational (Cabinet) Meeting
Saturday, July 16, 2016
Starting at 9 a.m. CST

Tennessee Tech University
Johnson Hall Room 218 (1105 N. Peachtree Avenue, Cookeville, TN)

The meeting will be hosted by the TTU Lions in conjunction with the newly reorganized Byrdstown Club.

Picnic lunch immediately following the meeting provided by the Byrdstown Lions Club. Cost $10 per person. All proceeds will go to help the Byrdstown Lions Club fund service projects in their community!

Please RSVP to Lelia Gibson (leliafgibson@gmail.com; 931.261.2075) no later than July 12.

dollars raised to support 12-O Charities

Children screened from 2004-2014 through KidSight program

Members in District 12-O

What We Offer

Lions Clubs International is the largest service organization in the world. We are over 1.4+ million men and women in over 46,000 club. Our members do whatever is needed to help their local communities. Everywhere we work, we make friends. With children who need eyeglasses, with seniors who don’t have enough to eat and with people we may never meet. District 12-O is 1 of 5 districts in the State of Tennessee (Multi-District 12-O).

To empower volunteers to serve their communities, meet humanitarian needs, encourage peace and promote international understanding through Lions clubs.

To be the global leader in community and humanitarian service.

Lions Clubs – Where There’s A Need, There’s A Lion

Whenever a Lions club gets together, problems get smaller. And communities get better. That’s because we help where help is needed – in our own communities and around the world – with unmatched integrity and energy.

2015-2016 President’s Theme


As we strive to serve the needs of others, let us always remember to respect the dignity of those we serve. As we reach out to others with hands of service, let us always remember it is not a handout.


As we build others up, let us always remember serving others isn’t just an act of kindness; it is also a means to build understanding and harmony.


As we show empathy for the less fortunate in our respective communities, let us extend empathy to all who are suffering around the world. And as we continue to serve human kind, let us remember that serving humanity is not a duty, it is a responsibility.

I appeal to you Lions, you who have your sight, your hearing, you who are strong and brave and kind. Will you not constitute yourselves Knights of the Blind in this crusade against darkness?

Helen Keller

International Lions Convention 1925

You can’t get very far until you start doing something for somebody else.

Melvin Jones

Founder, Lions Clubs International

Thank You, my Knights of the Blind. Little did I realize 25 years ago when I asked you to take up my cause, that I would find Lions, not only in America, but in China, Africa, and all the free countries of the world – all working for one goal – to eradicate the dreaded disease of Blindness.

Helen Keller

International Lions Convention 1961

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