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.

2023-2024 Club Officers:

President - Bill Childs

1st Vice President Tom Farmer

2nd Vice President - Mike Raptis

3rd Vice President - Ken Didion

Secretary - Don Careless

Treasurer - Dave Foster

Tail Twisters - Gary Balcom (2Y)

                         Bruce Hand (1Y)

Lion Tamers -  Adam Sorochin

                         Tom Colegrove

Directors 1 Yr -   Clint Gilkey             Ed Tezak

                             Brad Watson          John Dean

Directors 2 Yr -   Roger Moyer           Al Mosher

                             Gary Barnes           Mike Donohue


Director Membership - Jody Torey

Immediate Past President - Nancy Mosher

Past Presidents Representative - Jim Raptis

District Governor - Melonie Adams

UPCOMING EVENTS :      Wellsville Lions Club 

34th Annual Greater Wellsville Trout Derby

Wellsville Island Park

April 20-21, 2024

Updated info will be added to the link below.


World Service Day

October 11, 2023


Fantasy of LIghts

David A. Howe Library Lawn

Setup November 11-20, 2023

Teardown January 1-5, 2024


76th Lions Show March 1&2, 2024


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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