Officially formed October 1917
Dr. W P Woods, Evansville, Indiana. First International President
L H Lewis, Dallas, TX Vice President
Melvin Jones, Chicago, IL. Secretary – Treasurer
C H Kirk, Houston, TX, was named as a one year Directory
The first meeting was convened with 36 delegates and 8 alternates
On October 8, 1917 Texas became District 4 with the following serving as District Governors:
1918-19 G M Cunningham (Houston) 1919-20 G M Cunningham (Houston) 1920-21 A E Booth (Beaumont)
In 1921 District 4 became District 2 as a result of the International Convention in Oakland, California.
1921-22 A E Booth (Beaumont) 1922-23 Clyde Sweeten (Greenville) 1923-24 Louis C Perry (Terrell) 1924-25 R D Green (Abilene) 1925-26 E P Cravens (Austin) 1926-27 Fred Newman (Greenville) 1927-28 N N Rosenquest (Eastland) 1928-29 John Echard (Dallas) 1929-30 A C Kater (Houston)
At the 1930 Convention held in Austin, TX, District 2 was divided into five Districts and designated as District 2T, 2E, 2X, 2A, 2S. District 2S consisted of 55 counties and 48,888 square miles in area.
1930-31 Dr. F D Fuller (Bryan) 1931-32 B E Quinn (Beaumont) 1932-33 Bob Lyles (Austin) 1933-34 Harry C Copenhaven (Wharton) 1934-35 Harry C Copenhaven (Wharton) 1935-36 Nate J Brown (Port Arthur) 1936-37 R C Franks (Bryan) 1937-38 Jean Shotwell (Lufkin) 1938-39 R Clyde Black (Beaumont) 1939-40 William Offer (Victoria) 1940-41 C M Miller, Jr. (Austin) 1941-42 Dr. Jas W Long (Port Arthur) - resigned 1941-42 Gus Whiteman (Alto)
After the 1942 Convention, District 2S was divided into three Districts and designated as District 2-S1, 2-S2, 2-S3. This increased the number of Districts in Texas to seven.
The following served as Governors of District 2-S1
1942-43 W C Steinhagen (Beaumont) 1943-44 Mack J Thomas (Port Arthur) 1944-45 J B Woolridge (Anahuac) 1945-46 Ellis D Carter (Orange) 1946-47 Wright Chenault (Livingston)
At the Convention held in 1947, District 2T was divided into 2 Districts, 2-T1, 2-T2 bringing the number of Districts in Texas to 8.
1947-48 William C Edwards (Beaumont) 1948-49 Pat W Jackson (Nacogdoches) 1949-50 Hon Joe J Fisher (Jasper) 1950-51 Edwin D Gunn (Rusk) 1951-52 Fred O Mills (Monroe City) 1952-53 L E Downs (Beaumont) 1953-54 Allan B Caldwell (Jacksonville) 1954-55 Wilber M Abbey (Port Arthur) 1955-56 Dr. Thomas B Ferguson (Nacogdoches) 1956-57 Joe B Redman (Beaumont) 1957-58 Sam Robinson (Lufkin)
At the Convention in 1958, District 2T was divided into three Districts, 2-T1, 2-T2, 2-T3. This increased the number of Districts in Texas to nine.
1958-59 Johnnie McLeod (Jasper)
At the Convention in 1959, Texas was divided into fifteen Districts designated 2-T1, 2-T2, 2-T3, 2-E1, 2-E2, 2-X1, 2-X2, 2-X3, 2-A1, 2-A2, 2-A3, 2-S1, 2-S2, 2-S3 and 2-S4.
At the Convention in 1988 Texas was divided into sixteen Districts designated 2-T1, 2-T2, 2-T3, 2-E1, 2-E2, 2-X1, 2-X2, 2-X3, 2-A1, 2-A2, 2-A3, 2-S1, 2-S2, 2-S3, 2-S4 and 2-S5. There are still 16 Districts in Texas. District Governors who served since 1959 follows:
1959-60 Marshall Elliott* (Port Arthur) 1960-61 Floyd Smith* (Hemphill) 1961-62 R. H. "Buddy" Lyle* (Beaumont) 1962-63 W. D. Mauldin* (Jacksonville) 1963-64 Carl J. Mauldin* (Bridge City) 1964-65 Leon Adickes* (Hemphill) 1965-66 Bernard Klein* (Beaumont) 1966-67 George W. Hardin* (Nacogdoches) 1967-68 Robert E. Price* (Port Arthur) 1968-69 Otto Smith, Jr* (Lufkin) 1969-70 Ed P. Kelly* (Beaumont) 1970-71 Chester Stout* (Carthage) 1971-72 Joe Halter* (Neches) 1972-73 Paul Mayberry (Lufkin) 1973-74 Fred Thorton* (Port Arthur) 1974-75 Perry Johnson (Lufkin) 1975-76 Edward J. Noone (Beaumont) 1976-77 George P. Futch, Jr.* (Henderson) 1977-78 Farley M. Bowers* (Silsbee) 1978-79 Raymond Lewis* (Nacogdoches) 1979-80 Loyd Herron* (Orange) 1980-81 Bruce Rickert* (Carthage) 1981-82 Chris C. Roark* (Groves) 1982-83 Kenneth Winterfield* (Lufkin) 1983-84 James Smith* (Port Neches) 1984-85 H. A. "Hal" Lacey (Lufkin) 1985-86 Wilbert Boulet* (Port Arthur) 1986-87 Tom H. Gann (Lufkin) 1987-88 Capt. James K. Manry* (Port Arthur) 1988-89 James A. Marshall* (Carthage) 1989-90 Robert Appel (Orange) 1990-91 Roy L. Jones* (Port Arthur) 1991-92 S. R. "Moe" Cully (Nederland) 1992-93 Frank Blackburn* (Nacogdoches) 1993-94 Willie Wimer* (Brookeland) 1994-95 Dr. Bubba Hirsch (Trinity) 1995-96 Dewey P. Sterling* (Beaumont) 1996-97 Harold Weston* (Livingston) 1997-98 L. E. "Stump" Weatherford (Orange) 1998-99 Lloyd E. Persons (Jasper) 1999-00 Lew Vail* (Onalaska) 2000-01 Doyel Chandler* (Kirbyville) 2001-02 Claude Durham* (Livingston) 2002-03 Vera LeBlanc (Nederland) 2003-04 Vergne Gregrich (Jasper) 2004-05 David Middleton (Alto) 2005-06 Penny Gregrich (Jasper) 2006-07 Bonita Lowrie* (Garrison) 2007-08 Fred Renkema (Nederland) 2008-09 Harold Yost (Lufkin) 2009-10 Charles Tarver (Silsbee) 2010-11 James Browning (Carthage) 2011-13 Jimmy Richardson* (Kirbyville) 2013 Michael Duncan Parish* (Woodville) 2014 Waldo Dalchau (San Augustine) 2014-15 Jack Sedtal (Nederland) 2015-16 Ed Stiles (Hemphill) 2016-17 Bobbie Fagan (Corrigan) 2017-18 Russell Wheeler (Lufkin) 2018-19 Roger Doyle (Center) Deceased *