The Wheeling Lions Club was organized on January 6, 1922 and chartered by Lions International on January 18, 1922.  The Wheeling Lions Club is the second oldest club in Multiple District 29 and the first oldest club in District 29-L.

     Lion Charles H. Watkins was instrumental in organizing the Wheeling Club and was chosen as its first president.  Charter members include:

     J. P. Altmeyer             Dr. R.U. Drinkard        Wilburt S. Miller

     A.O. Anderson            Rev. W.H. Fields        Arthur J. Mills

     Edward A. Arkle          Stanley Floyd            R.L. Plummer

     J.E. Armstrong            Fred H. Frazier           T. Harvey Pollock

     Roy M. Ayers              M. F. Giesey              Albert B. Powell

     Royal L. Barrows         E. A. Graham             Dr. O.L. Richmond

     Melville Blum               W. H. Green               James B. Riley 

     Marcus O. Bond          H. P. Hauman             George W. Row

     Robert E. Bowie           J.N. Hendrix              Walter G. Sadler

     Wm. J. Braddock        Dr. A. W. Higgins       B. Howard Schlain

     W. L. Bradshaw           N. L. Hoge                 J. M. Sheppard

     J. J. Brockardt            Otto Jaeger                G. O. Smith

     Hal W. Campbell         H. L. King                  Dr. R. J. Snider

     Edgar Charnock          L. C. Knee                  T. J. Straight

     Harry T. Clouse           Russell. L. Law           E. V. Sullivan

     Max Crone                   R. I. McKelvey           H. L. Trussell

     M.J. Cullinan                 Dr. J.E. Marschner    C. H. Watkins. Jr.

     Joseph Curl                 D.K. Matheny             Marsh Watkins

     Edwin W. Dawson       Dr. W.F. Maury           John H. Welty  

     W. A. Dorsey              J.R. Mess                  E.C. Whitehead

     John M. Dean             E.R. Metzner              F.M. Williamson

     W. B. Downs                                               W. G. Yates

     The Wheeling Lions club has been honored with the selection of nine District Governors and one International Director from its membership.  They include:

   Lion Roy P. Herold PID      Lion James N. Hendricks         Lion William J. McCurdy,

   Lion William H. Mader         Lion Charles P. Montgomery     Lion Edwin B. Van Lynn,

   Lion Fredrick G. Weime     Lion Robert L. Jefferson            Lion James Klages

         It has also had the privilege and honor of sponsoring the formation and organization of Lions Clubs in:  Elm Grove, Follansbee, McMechen, Moundsville, Valley Grove, Warwood, Wellsburg, and South Wheeling.

     During the 90 years of its existence, the Wheeling Lions Club has been increasingly recognized as an essential service club in the community.  The Wheeling Lions was the first club to collect “old gold” eye glass frames and use the proceeds from the frames for its sight programs. We continue to recycle used eye glasses with over 4000 collected each year.  We have donated testing and other sight related equipment to Ohio County Schools and West Virginia Northern Community College and supply eye exams and glasses to approximately 300 people yearly in the community. We also provide hearing exams and devices to those in need.

      It was the first service organization in Wheeling to participate in the Salvation Army Christmas Kettle drive. We continue this service as well as Christmas Stockings for the Salvation Army, Easter Seals “Cookie Caper”, Feed the Hungry program at St. Luke’s, Laughlin Chapel after school program, Heritage Trail clean-up, and eye equipment for WVU Children’s Hospital.

     For many years the club sponsored a West Virginia/Ohio All-Star Basketball Game as a fund raising project. Our current fund raisers include:  Spaghetti Dinner, Steak-Fry, Golf Scramble, and Reverse Raffle

     For many years the Wheeling Lions honored law enforcement officers with a testimonial dinner.  Today, we honor the school nurses in Ohio County with a luncheon and gift of appreciation; the Peace Poster Contest winners with a luncheon, savings bond, and plaque; and the Eye Glass recycling sites with a luncheon and certificate. 

     We promote the youth in the community by sponsoring two LEO Clubs, at Wheeling Park High School and Wheeling Middle School.  We are also Partners in Education with Wheeling Middle School.

     The current officers and members of the Wheeling Lions Club continue to serve the City of Wheeling and surrounding Ohio County Community.  We continue to define the motto “WE SERVE” through our time, talents, and gifts.


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