McFarland Lioness/Lions Club History
In April of 1977, the McFarland Lions Club decided they would like to sponsor a Lioness Club. Invitations were sent to all the Lions' wives and an article placed in the paper. The women attending voted to organize a club with the help of Lion Glen Witthuhn, Lioness Liaison Chairman from the Lions Club. A charter was applied for and, the first meeting of the McFarland Lioness Club was held September 12, 1977 at Conrad's Supper Club. The Charter with a roster of 47 members was presented to the Lioness Club President, Alice Beyer, by Lions Club Zone Chairman, Lion William Stone at a Recognition Night Dinner Program held at Quality Inn in Madison, November 4, 1977.
The Lions Club International Board of Directors made a decision to end all Lioness Clubs after June 30, 2021. Clubs were given a choice to disband, convert to a Lions club or join an existing Lions club. After much discussion, the McFarland Lioness Club members decided to become the McFarland Lioness/Lions club. Converting to a Lioness/Lions Club allows the club to continue with the many fundraising and service opportunities it is known for. The McFarland Lioness Club, originally chartered on September 12, 1977, held its last meeting on Monday, June 14, 2021.
A Charter meeting for the newly formed McFarland Lioness/Lions Club was held on Monday, June 14, 2021 with a soft opening due to COVID-19 precautions. The new McFarland Lioness/Lions Club is sponsored by the McFarland Lions Club. Jim Klubertanz, Bruce Voight, and Al Wheeler, members of the McFarland Lions were on hand to congratulate the new club. A more formal recognition/celebration of the new charter will be held in the fall of 2021. During the meeting, District Governor Tammy Rockenbach presented the members with the official charter and officers were elected.
There were 34 charter members recognized. They include: Janet Allwardt, Laura Bauer, Susan Bauer, Jean Blackmore, Pauline Boness, Ronna Estock, Pat Fuller, Janice Gallagher, Michelle Garvey, Sandy Hall, Heleen Hayden, Diane King, Cathy Kirby, Danita Lehnherr, Mary Link, Colleen McCormick, Roberta Mecum, Renee Metcalf, Wendy Motl, Carol Munch, Meggan O’Brien, Sue Richards, Ann Riegert, Cindy Schoenike, Gail Schwab, Cinda Schwedrsky, Nancy Sporer, Sara Sprang, Velma Strander, Sue Tuecke, Kim Van Brocklin, Jackie Voight, Mary Wheeler, and Pat Zapp.
Photo from the June 14, 2021 Charter Meeting:
Original Charter: September 12, 1977
New Charter: June 14, 2021
Sponsor: McFarland Lions Club
Lioness/Lions Motto: We Serve
2022-2023 Club Officers
The election of new officers is held at the March meeting with the installation of officers taking place at the June meeting. The Board of Directors is responsible for the execution of club business, approves all policy and authorizes all expenditures.
President - Sandy Hall
1st Vice President - Laura Bauer
2nd Vice President - Roberta Mecum
Secretary - Ann Riegert
Treasurer - Diane King
Tail Twister - Carol Munch
Director - Rona Estock
Director - Cindy Schoenike
Director - Cinda Schwedrsky
Director - Mary Wheeler
Membership Director - Colleen McCormick
Marketing/Communications Chair - Sue Tuecke
LCIF Coordinator - Sandy Hall
Service Coordinator - Laura Bauer
Club Administrator - Diane King
Photo of 2022-2023 Club Officers:
Code of Ethics
To aid my fellow men
By giving my sympathy to those in distress
My aid to the weak, and
My substance to the needy
Purple - Loyalty
Gold - Sincerity
(To the tune of “Wabash Cannonball”)
We gather here together to share our common goal ~ To help those with poor eyesight with all our heart and soul
Others' needs may come our way, it's hard to meet them all ~ But we're Lioness, yes Lioness, and that is what we're called
The friends we've made have just been great, they're nothing but top-rate ~ Let's all be proud of the things we've done, come let us celebrate
We may not roar but we really soar when good things must be done ~ We work together very well and still have lots of fun
We're loyal to all those we serve, sincerity's our goal ~ And don't forget our colors are that pretty purple and gold
McFarland (Insert your own hometown) is our great hometown, we'll team up with the rest ~ We'll work with all the other clubs to make us all the best
This is our little song we sing to help you understand ~ That we'll be right there anytime to lend a helping hand
Let's give each one a big high five and stand here very proud ~ We're Lioness, yes Lioness, let's shout it out real loud
LIONESS! LIONESS! LIONESS!
By Joyce Wildt, February 2009