Lions International:

In 1917, Melvin Jones, a Chicago business leader, told members of his local business club they should reach beyond business issues and address the betterment of their communities and the world. Jones' group, the Business Circle of Chicago, agreed. Later that year an organizational meeting was held joining similar groups around the United States and what was to become Lions International was formed.  In 1925 Helen Keller addressed the Lions Clubs International Convention in Cedar Point, Ohio, and challenged the Lions to become "knights of the blind in the crusade against darkness."

Wellsville Lions Charities Inc.

Service began in 1942. Thirty men working together to live up to the Lions Motto:  "We Serve". Our primary focus is sight and giving back to the community while having fun. Since then, the club has generated in excess of $1,100,000 in donations in support of Lions activities.

2018-2019 Club Officers:

President Mike Raptis

1st Vice President Don McCutcheon

2nd Vice President - ‚ÄčDave Foster

3rd Vice President - Kent Johnson


Treasurer - Terry Loucks

Tail Twisters - Gary Barnes

                        Gary Balcom

Lion Tamers - Bob Dorsey

                        Mike Donohue

DirectorsTom Farmer          Pete Buchholz

                    Steve Havey       Derrick Purvis

                     Don Careless     Ed Tezak       

                     Kris Green          Nancy Mosher

Director Membership - Clint Gilkey

Immediate Past President - Dean Arnold

Past Presidents RepresentativeMark Finn

District Governor - Chuck Switzer

UPCOMING EVENTS :      Wellsville Lions Club 


31st Annual Greater Wellsville Trout Derby

Wellsville Island Park

April 27 & 28, 2019


World Service Day

October 2019


Festival of LIghts

Library Lawn

November 2019 - January 2020


75th Lions Show

Wellsville High School

TBA 2020


Lions Clubs International is the world's largest service club organization with more than 1.4 million members in approximately 46,000 clubs in more than 200 countries and geographical areas around the world.

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