Today's Victoria Lions Club membership stands around 100 dedicated volunteers.  If you have any interest in becoming a Victoria Lions Club Member, please visit our Membership Page, or email the club at

Victoria Lions Board of Directors for 21-22 

President Derrick Smigiel
Secretary Steve Frederickson
Treasurer Pat McCoy
1st Vice President Joel Hulke
2nd Vice President Julie Page
3rd Vice President Lindsay Schullo
Tail Twister Kelley Janes
Membership Chair Bryan Olson
2nd Year Director Roger Knutson
2nd Year Director Chris Thomes
1st Year Director Sam Hennamann
1st Year Director Mike Emola
Service Chairperson Steve Olson
Lion Tamer 1  Mark Lantz
Lion Tamer 2 Scott McQuillen
Foundation President Martin Teall
Past President Jack Hines


The Victoria Lions Club was chartered September 28, 1966 with 24 members. The first regular membership meeting was held at the Victoria Cafe at 6:30pm.  With only booths for seating, and the small cafe open for regular business this proved to be difficult at best.  Lion Secretary Kenneth (Whitey) Wellens, single and employed only a half block from the new city hall, decided that to save our club from failure he would try a plan where we would set our own tables, prepare our own meals and do our own dishes.  Lion Whitey would at his noon hour break put a rolled beef roast (Whitey's secret recipe) along with potatoes into the oven at the hall kitchen.  It would be ready by meeting time.  Other lion members would often introduce their dinners with the help of their wives to give us some variety.  It would be the President and Officer's responsibility to set up and have things ready for the dinner meeting.  Clean up was a joint effort with all members assisting and washing dishes.

Original 24 Charter Members:

Pat Aretz, Jim Fink, Milton Fink, Larry Hanson, Curt Hardy, Erwin Holtmeier, Jerome Kirsch, Tom Kirsch, Walter Kroening, George Moore, Henry Newman, John Noterman, E.B. Plocher, Wilfred Plocher, Gary Schiltz, Floyd Schmid, Gerald Schmieg, Leo Schneider, Tom Schneider, Leonard Schrempp, Paul Stans, Florian Tschimperle, Sylvester Vogel, Ken Wellens

Charter Officers:

President : Larry Hanson
1st Vice President : Jerome Kirsch
2nd Vice President : Wilfred Plocher
3rd Vice President : Gerald Schmieg
Secretary : Kenneth Wellens
Treasurer : Paul Stans
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