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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:

Charter Information

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

Our Colors:

Purple - Loyalty

Gold - Sincerity

LIONESS SOAR

(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

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