In 1990, Lion William (Bill) Marshall and Lion Larry Young came from Detroit, Michigan to interest a group of Southwest Atlantans in Lionism. Lion Bill Marshall was a committed member of the Detroit Renaissance Lions Club; Lion Larry Young was District Governor at the time.
After attending the Lions International Convention in Hong Kong (1992), where Lion Young was elected International Director, Herbert W. Eber decided to support the effort to organize in Atlanta. A group of men began meeting in the Eber home.
Contacted by International Director Larry Young, Past District Governor George Blackburn and District Governor Rod Hume came to one of the meetings. They explained what was necessary to become a chartered club. The Hapeville Lions Club became the sponsoring club for the new group, and one of their members, Past District Governor George Haney, was the club's "Guiding Lion."
On January 30, 1993, at a charter banquet held at the Colony Square Hotel, the group was chartered as the Atlanta Metro Lions Club - a name that had been suggested by Lion Robert Dobbs. There were sixty-two charter members; fifty-nine men and three women. Lion Bill Marshall had moved from Detroit and was one of the charter members. Lion Herbert Eber was elected charter president and Lions Alvin Dawson and John W. Lawton became first and second vice presidents.
To align with the fiscal year of Lions Clubs International (July 1st through June 30th), the charter officers served eighteen months