Wharton Lions Club Information:

Wharton Lions Club received its charter from Lions International in 1928, just 11 years after the Lions Club organization was started by Melvin Jones and other business leaders in Chicago in 1917. The low charter number of 001657 attests to this early membership. Lions clubs have been established through out the world and membership numbers well over one and a quarter million. H.E. Wilson (1928-1929) was the first president of Wharton Lions Club.

Lions clubs are primarily charitable organizations with emphasis on programs to aid the blind and those with severe vision problems and to promote visual health. Helen Keller encouraged and advised Lions in this early charitable endeavor. Many other charitable activities have evolved over the years as part of Lion charities. Wharton Lions Club mainly supports worthy activities in Wharton, but also contributes to Texas and national Lions charities.

Lions clubs are are primarily charitable and service organizations, but secondarily they provide civic, educational and social benefits to its members.

Wharton Lions Club holds its Pancake Supper, which is its major fund raising event, the first Thursday in March of each year. The Club meets at noon every Thursday.  It is a privilege to be a Lion and new members must be sponsored by an existing member. We continuously seek new, qualified members.

Link to Current News and Documents:

Current News: see Facebook site

Club Documents:  Contact ( for Dropbox access 

Active Member Roster--2018-2019

Lucy Alaniz,Tornike Berishvili, Jeffrey Blair, Phil Brinlee, Dr. Robert Caraway, Don Carlson, Worthy Carpenter, Debbie Cenko, Leroy Dettling, Charlotte Dorsey, Jessica Hartman, Willie Giles,Travis Glass, Don Hillis, Liliana Johse, Scott Kocian, Marvin Koliba, Ray Linseisen, Dr. Frank Mann, Dr. Huat Mang, Randall Meyer, Gene Monroe, John Roades, David Schroeder, Karen Smith, Jack Thornton, Ernest Vasquez, Gary Williams, Dr. Herman Wolff, Jr., Dick Wozniak

Affiliate Members:   Freddie Pekar, Dan Sklar, Dr. David Tripulas. Dr. Keith Ermis, Dr. Clark Spears

Emeritus Members: Travis Smith, Jr.


Lions Remember Lions and friends: Bobby Kleas (Aug 2017). Tom Carlson (Sept. 2017)

Awards:  Melvin Jones Fellowships, June 2011

Bobby Kleas, Travis Smith, Clark Spears, Don Hillis, Richard Arnold, Jeanie Merka

Directors and Other Officers: (also see Officer section)

DIRECTORS: Travis Glass (07-19), Lilliana Johse (07-19), Debbie Cenko (2018-2020),  Leroy Dettling (2018-2020)

  • 2nd VICE PRESIDENT: Worthy Carpenter

  • 3rd VICE PRESIDENT: Jeffrey Blair

  • LI0N TAMER: Dr. Huat Mang

  • TAIL TWISTER: Marvin Koliba

  • MEMBERSHIP & RETENTION COMMITTEE: Jessica Hartman (Chairman),

  • Worthy Carpenter (2nd VP) and Jeffrey Blair (3rd VP)

  • SONG LEADER: John Roades/Dick Wozniak

  • PROGRAM CHAIRMAN: David Schroeder
  • DISCIPLINARIAN:  John Roades



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