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Chartered October 28,  1946

Durbin Lions celebrates 70th anniversary

Durbin Lions celebrated their 70th anniversary Saturday evening, Oct. 22, 2016, with a banquet at the Dunmore Community Building.  There were 59 Lions in attendance with several coming a distance from Mount Hope, Welch, White Sulphur Springs and Marlinton.  An impressive number of Past District Governors attended including Lion Linda Burke, Lion Garland Burke from Mount Hope; Lion Dick Brockway from White Sulphur Springs, Lion Ken Valko  from Gary Lions, Lion Charlie Sheets from Durbin Lions and current District Governor, Lion Charlie Biggs from Mount Hope.  Lion Dale Fitzpatrick, First–Vice District Governor from Crab Orchard-MacArthur, who will be District governor 2017-2018, also attended. 

DG Charlie Biggs was the key-note speaker emphasizing the Lions mottos “WE SERVE” and “WHERE THERE’S A NEED THERE’S A LION” and the Four Centennial Challenges: YOUTH, VISION, ENVIRONMENT and HUNGER.  DG Lion Biggs brought greetings from our International President, Lion Bob Corlew, whose motto is “NEW MOUNTAINS TO CLIMB”, a very appropriate motto because Lion Corlew is from the mountains of Tennessee.  

DG Biggs presented 50-year Chevrons to Lion Kenny Vance and Lion Harold Crist.   A 35-year Chevron was presented to Lion Don Flegel and a 20-year to PDG Charles Sheets.

Lion Kenny Vance & Lion Harold Crist receive 50-year chevrons

Lion Kenny Vance & Lion Harold Crist receive 50-year chevrons presented by DG Charlie Biggs (standing, right).


Lion Bob Sheets, president of the Durbin Lions, was the perfect Master of Ceremony adding bits of history and humor throughout the evening.

Lion Donnie Waybright, who maintains the equipment for pork rind making and Bill and wife Kathy Reese, who open up their home and buildings to make the rinds, received plaques for their years of service. 

Donnie Waybright received an appreciation for service plaque from Durbin Lions.


Bill & Kathy Reese received an appreciation for service plaque from Durbin Lions.  Kathy was unable to attend.

Second grader who was screened by Lions and referred to an eye doctor.  His mother (standing) had written a letter of appreciation for the Lions' eye screening catching his vision problem early. It has already been corrected.


The Dunmore Community Building served as a two-room schoolhouse from the early 1900’s until 1960 when the property was bought by a community organization to be used as a community center. The old hardwood floors are still there but the kitchen has been upgraded.

Lion Kevin Fraser, his wife Amanda and daughter Christine prepared a delicious meal of roast beef, Peri Peri Chicken, cheese-sauced cauliflower, green beans, roasted red potatoes, Caesar salad, Waldorf salad, hot rolls, iced tea, coffee and lemonade.  Tables were beautifully decorated with gold and blue tablecloths, glass pumpkins, goblets, mirrors and candles. 


We always welcome new members.  The Durbin Lions Club can provide financial assistance to qualified applicants for glasses and certain types of eyecare.  Go to the Contact Us page to find out more.

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