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 1st and 3rd 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--2019-2020  (Rev. 10/2019)

Lucy Alaniz, Letha Barbee, Tony Berry, Jeffrey Blair, Phil Brinlee,  Don Carlson, Worthy Carpenter, Debbie Cenko, Kenneth Dimmick, Leroy Dettling, Debbie Folks, Travis Glass, Ben Guanajuato, Jessica Hartman, Don Hillis, Liliana Johse, Marvin Koliba, Ray Linseisen, Terry Lynch, Dr. Frank Mann, Dr. Huat Mang, Randall Meyer, Amy Morales, Steven Roberts, Gene Monroe, Pattie Odom, Lisa Perez, John Roades, David Schroeder, Karen Smith, Ernest Vasquez, Gary Williams, Dr. Herman Wolff, Jr., Dick Wozniak

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

Emeritus Members: Travis Smith, Jr., Dr. Robert Caraway


Lions Remember Lions and friends: Jack Thornton, Sept. 2019

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: Phil Brinlee (2019-2021), Lucy Alaniz (2019-2021), Debbie Cenko (2018-2020),  Leroy Dettling (2018-2020)

  • 2nd VICE PRESIDENT: Karen Smith

  • 3rd VICE PRESIDENT: Lisa Prez

  • LI0N TAMER: Dr. Huat Mang

  • TAIL TWISTER: Lilliana Johse

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

  • Karen Smith (2nd VP) and Lisa Prez (3rd VP)

  • SONG LEADER: John Roades/Dick Wozniak

  • PROGRAM CHAIRMAN: David Schroeder
  • DISCIPLINARIAN:  John Roades



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