Don Akers receiving the Lifetime Membership plaque recognizing his donation to the Canine Companion Program. Presentation conducted by Nancy LaGasse from Culpeper 92 Lions Club and John Beere from the Manassas Host Lions Club.


Rankins Partnership

Every year The Warrenton Lions Club sells White House ornaments to raise funds for various charity work within our community. Through the kindness of Mr. Rankin and his staff we were able to sell Christmas ornaments at both the furniture and hardware store.

The hardware store has most items you may need for most home repair projects. They carry anything from automotive and building projects as well as lawn and garden, mulch, sand and many more.

The Furniture store is family owned and operated and they stock as much “Made in America” products as possible.

Lions Club boosts coffers of local food banks (as reported by the Fauquier Times)

The Warrenton Lions Club recently donated $4,000 to four Fauquier food distribution centers, $1,000 each to Fauquier Community Food Bank, Fauquier FISH, Community Touch and Fauquier County Food Distribution Coalition.

The Lions Club’s Gary Carroll said that the group was motivated by a recent article in the Fauquier Times highlighting an increased need for donations due to the current coronavirus crisis. The Warrenton Lions Club has served Fauquier County since 1939 through its work, especially with children. For example, the Lions provide free hearing and eyesight testing for students at schools throughout the county. Lions have also made donations to local charities

Along with the recent donations, the Lions sent each organization a note of encouragement and appreciation. The Lions noted that "… we realize that you are overwhelmed providing food to those in need .... Thank you for the tireless work you do to support our community. " 



Lions Colaboration

All of you are aware that the primary responsibility for members of the International Lions is to support Sight and Hearing related issues.

The beginning of the school year marks the beginning of the Sight and Hearing Testing program for students of all of the schools desiring to participate in this effort. Screening is accomplished with portable devices for the testing of Sight and Hearing and with the well-known Sight and Hearing van.

Of the 3102 tested, 330 were referred to various ophthalmologist in their particular area and 239 were referred for additional testing by qualified Hearing professionals.

The testing is done by the Warrenton Lions, Warrenton Sunrise Lions and Remington Lions Clubs. 

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Originally chartered as the Lions Club of Warrenton on October 30, 1939, the Warrenton Lions Club held its first meeting at the Centre District High School on December 15th with 26 members.  In December of 1989, the Club's character changed just a little as women were accepted into membership for the first time.  We now have many couples enjoying working together in service.  Our Club is appreciative of the community and business support that has always been strong.

Some current fund raising activities include program and pin sales at the Gold Cup Races, annual fruit sales and sales of White House Christmas ornaments, support staff for events at Great Meadows Foundation activities, and of course broom sales at the Warrenton Spring Festival and the Home and Garden Show.  All Lions donate their time, so every penny raised from the community goes back into the community.





Used Eyeglass Collection

You can donate your eyeglasses for recycling at the following locations:

Virginia Retina Center (9)

20 Rock Pointe Land #201
Warrenton VA 20186

MyEyeDr (6)

251 W. Lee Highway
Warrenton VA 20186

Walmart (1)                                                  

700 James Madison Highway
Warrenton VA 20186

Lindsey's Vision Center (2)

71 W. Shirley Ave
Warrenton VA 20186

Dr. Egge (3)

388 Hospital Drive
Warrenton VA 20186

Warrenton Professional Center (8)

493 Blackwell Rd
Warrenton VA 20186

Samuel L. Weir (5)

528 Waterloo Rd
Warrenton VA 20186

Warrenton Eye Associates P.C (10)

508 Fletcher Drive
Warrenton VA 20186

Fauquier Eye Care (4)

436 Hospital Drive

Warrenton, VA 20186

Ph: 540-935-2147

Giant (7)

41 West Lee Hwy, Warrenton VA 20186

The money collected from these sites will be used to purchase a Spot™ Vision Screener which can screen for and detect six amblyopic risk factors in children as young as 6 months.

  • Myopia (nearsightedness)
  • Hyperopia (farsightedness)
  • Astigmatism (blurred vision)
  • Anisometropia (unequal refractive power)
  • Strabismus (eye misalignment)
  • Anisocoria (unequal pupil size)

 If you see one of our collection jars while you are out shopping please consider donating some of your change!


Warrenton Lions Club Presidents Report

2020 – 2022 Fiscal Year


During fiscal year (2020-2021) the Lions Club did not achieve many projects or Fundraisers due to the Corona Virus Pandemic but with the 2021 to 2022 fiscal period the activities have picked up. We did not screen for vision and hearing during 2020 and 2021 at the schools as they were reluctant for us to participate, but we have a full schedule for the 2022-2023 season.

The Club collected over 1,500 pairs of used eye glasses for recycling and use by those in need.  We approved eye glasses for 28 individuals and provided or helped pay for eye exams for those individuals and helped one person get a hearing aid.

Our club provided scholarships to two students from Fauquier high schools and partnered with Fauquier Hospital Health & Wellness Center to conduct Diabetes Screening and Awareness events. Lion Donna Marie Hawkins, put in may hours organizing clinics / workshops for patients.

All the money the Warrenton Lions Club collect from the public via various fund raisers (White House Ornament sales and Gold Cup Program sales to name a few) goes back to the public.  In addition to the above activities, we donate to many local organizations such as the Fauquier Free Clinic and the Fauquier County Boys & Girls Club.

We sold programs at the Fall International Gold Cup (2021) and the Spring Gold Cup (2022) with the help of Remington Lions Club. The assistance was greatly appreciated. This effort personified Lions Team Work. Thank you so much!

Our main fund raiser over the last 2 years was the sale of Whitehouse ornaments. Thanks to Lion Doug for championing this effort. Without his help we would not have had any income.

Our membership grew during the year and we had few who left the club. Lion Don Akkers resigned but he was reinstated as an Honorary member. His knowledge of the vision and hearing equipment is invaluable so we are pleased to retain his services.

I have been President for the past 4 years and I want to thank each and every one of the members for their support, especially during the pandemic. We all had to learn new skills especially the use of Zoom so that we could at least communicate with each other. This is my last report as President and I would like to congratulate Lion Jerry in his new position as President

The following is a list of donation recipients for fiscal year 2021-2022:

Here is a list of the club’s donations for last year:  

LCIF-$1,050 (Haiti, Louisiana, tornados & wild fires;

2 scholarships-$4,000;

NVA Youth Camp-$100;

St Jude Hospital-$250;

VA Lions Hearing Foundation-$250;

Leader Dogs for the Blind - $100;

Lions project for canine companions-$100; 

Local projects that we funded:

Boys & Girls Club-$200;

Community Food Bank-$250;


Free Clinic-$250;

Fauquier family services-$150;

After prom event-$100;

Warrenton senior center $200.  

We also provided eye exams & glasses to local people-$2,467



On 10/17/2019 the Club celebrated it’s 80th anniversary at The Inn at Vint Hill. Most of the Club members were present and we had guests from the Warrenton Sunrise and Remington Clubs. We were also graced with the presence of The District Governor, The Past District Governor and The Zone Chairperson.

The club was originally chartered as the Lions Club of Warrenton on October 30, 1939.

The Club held its first meeting at the Centre District High School on December 15th with 26 members

In December of 1989, the Club's character changed just a little as women were accepted into membership for the first time.  Now women make up almost a third of our membership serving in various leadership and other roles


The members remembered the passing of Al Brown and Perry Andrews and the District Governor (above), Scott McMurrain made a presentation of a clock to Marianne Madigan who was retiring from the club. She joined in 1992 and she was awarded a certificate as a life honorary member.

Also present at the dinner was Dick (Ernest) Westlake who has been a Lion since 1955. He was presented with a Meritorious Service Certificate.



 Below is Lion Curt Nette and his wife of the Warrenton Lions Club



Diabetes Awareness Briefing

According to the World Health Organization, diabetes is one of the fastest growing diseases in the world today, currently affecting over 450 million people, including children. Joining the fight against diabetes, the Warrenton Lions Club sponsored a Diabetes Awareness Workshop on December 6, 2018 at the Visitors Center in Warrenton, VA. The workshop was open to the community and was attended by diabetics and non-diabetics, regular members and new recruits, and Lions Club sponsors. 

Dr. Margaret Rowe, PharmD, a pharmacist with Remington Drug Co., was the guest speaker.  She is an education program coordinator and instructor, and works to help diabetics self-manage their disease. Dr. Rowe also works as a volunteer diabetes counselor at the Fauquier Free Clinic in Warrenton, VA.   She provided valuable information about the identification, treatment and management of the three main types of diabetes – gestational diabetes and types 1 and 2 diabetes. The questions asked throughout the session demonstrated that the attendees were quite focused on understanding the content.  Dr. Rowe began the workshop pointing out the difference between the types of diabetes. Her presentation covered topics such as ageing and increased risk; how to balance your meals; why exercise is important; the eyes, heart and kidney connection; and daily management of diabetes. In closing, Dr. Rowe expressed passionately the importance of getting children started on healthy diets and maintaining those diets as adults. The participants were able to take home a wealth of material for more detailed information.



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