Waunakee Lions Club

Waunakee-Westport Lions Club celebrated its charter with a gala banquet on Saturday, September 20, 1980, at St. John's School in Waunakee.  Cocktails at 6:00pm, dinner at 7:15pm.  Plenty of time to socialize and talk of a new era of community service in Waunakee.  As usual at these events, there were plenty of Lion honored guests.  The men (at that time, there were no women in Lions Clubs) who took the first step to form the club were:

The new club was sponsored by the Cottage Grove Lions Club, with Lion Don Johnson as our guiding Lion.  It was his responsibility to see that the new club got off on good solid footing.  It helped that his brother, new Lion LaMar Johnson was the Charter President of the new club.  


Early Lions:  Dave Taylor, Phil Willems, Neil Schmitt, LaMar Johnson, Guiding Lion Don Johnson   

                                    The officers and directors of the new club:      

The motto that evening was:  "Touch a Life with Hope"

That was the beginning.  What has followed for over 30 years can be characterized as years of outstanding, dedicated community service, good fellowship, personal development, an honored place in the community and a strong contribution to the mission of the Lions both at the District and International level.  Members come and go, but the role of Waunakee Lions Club in Waunakee continues.

Please enjoy some highlights of Waunakee Lions Club

          The new club pin was designed to recognize that there were new members from both Waunakee and the Town of Westport characterized by two lions in a barrel.  


What do many residents identify with when Waunakee Lions are mentioned?  FOOD!  Lots of it - chicken, pork, barbequed beef, baked potato.  The familiar yellow tents appear at many village functions where folks can enjoy the outstanding fare.  Food service has always been one of the clubs major fund raising activities.  


A lot of chicken was cooked!  Lions Dan Teetzen and Scott Fleiner work the barbaque pit.

         Waunakee Lions have always been well represented in the annual Waunafest Parade.  (1980's)  Sharon Taylor, wife of charter member Dave Taylor, made the two Lion suits.  


In the early years, a group of Lions made an annual trek to the Gregorich

and Borkenhagen lodge for a weekend of rest and relaxation (?)      


Past District Governor Neil and Lioness Grace Schmitt

Both deceased, were active in the formation and activities of their respective clubs.


             Lion Brigadier General (Ret) Barry and Lioness Nancy Young

Both deceased, were stalwart and influential members of their respective clubs.

        Waunakee Lions have a history of strong and on-going support of Wisconsin Lions Camp, Rosholt, WI.  Many members have visited the camp and many have participated in work activities on the camp grounds.

            Vision is the signature project of Lions International and Waunakee Lions have collected used eyeglasses since 1980.


Lions helped pay for a new scoreboard



                   Before there was a Lion Bank, there was a socketbook!



                                                A classic photo at the Village Park bridge

































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