Weirton Lions Club

3534 Williams Drive
Weirton, WV 26062
(304) 748-9723

Gary Pitcock
President
July 1, 1997 - June 31, 1998

Meet the President

Mission Statement
Officers and Members
Services and Cooperative Endeavors
Historical Background
Meetings
Photo Gallery
Current and Upcoming Events
Links To Related Sites







Mission Statement

Lions are men and women who volunteer their time to humanitarian causes in their local and world communities. By conducting service projects and raising funds, Lions strive to help those in need, wherever need exists. The Lions Motto is "We Serve."


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Services and Cooperative Endeavors

Lions 5th Grade Eye Screening Project with WV Lions Mobile Eye Screening Unit
Weirton Lions Club Bike Ride For Sight
New Eyes for the Needy-Used Eye Glasses Collection
Salvation Army Bell Ringing Project
Flag Day Project for 1st Grade Students
Adopt-A-Highway Project
High School Students Scholar of the Month Program
Purchase some eye glasses for the under-privileged in the local area
Lions diabetes awareness program emphasized in the local area
Weirton United Way



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Meetings

Dinner Meetings: 1st and 3rd Wednesday of each month, 6:30 p.m.
Board of Directors Meetings: 2nd and 4th Wednesday of each month, 6:30 p.m.

Meetings are held at the Lions Clubhouse Building, 3534 Williams Drive in Weirton.



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Current and Upcoming Events

Bingo - Every Friday night at the Lions Clubhouse.
Stumptown Steam Thresher Festival at New Athens, Ohio each September.
White Cane Day.
February - Valentine's Day Dinner.
April - High School Students Scholar of the Month Dinner.
June - Installation of Officers.
August - Family Picnic.
October - District Governor's Night.
December - Christmas Party.
Ladies Nights.



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Officers and Members

1997-1998 Officers

PresidentGary Pitcock
1st Vice-PresidentGeorge Griffith
2nd Vice-PresidentEmory Derthick
3rd Vice-PresidentRay Lewis
SecretaryLoren DeFilippo
TreasurerWalter Ehnes

1997-1998 Member List


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Meet the President

Gary Pitcock

Gary Pitcock of Weirton was born July 28, 1951, son of Stewart and Nettie Pitcock. Education received Weir High School and an Associate Degree in Business Administration from Jefferson Community College in Steubenville, Ohio. Hold Real Estate licenses in West Virginia and Pennsylvania. Married on October 18, 1975 to Bernice Rafacz of Weirton; one daugther: Jaime. Head Clerk for Kroger Food and Drug Co. Member of Masonic Lodge #171, Weirton; Scottish Rite, Wheeling; Northern Panhandle Shrine Club; Osiris Temple Clown Unit Treasurer; Friends of West Virginia Northern Commmunity College. Elected President for the 1996/1997 and 1997/1998 terms. Serves as chairman of the Stumptown Thresher Festival, 5th Grade Eye Screening for Brooke and Hancock Counties.



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Historical Background
The LIONS association was founded in Chicago, Illinois in 1917. Although the youngest major service club organization, Lions Clubs International has grown to be the world's largest with over 1.4 million members in over 180 countries, headquartered in Oak Brook, Illinois.

The Weirton Lions Club was sponsored by the Wellsburg Lions Club in August of 1936.

Success was crowned with twenty members signed and chartered.

The charter was presented by District Governor R.V. Kennedy on September 2, 1936, with visiting Lions from nearby clubs in attendance. Andrew McLaughlin was the first President. At present there are two 50+ year members; Emory Derthick and Harry Smith.

Membership in the club fluctuated over the years. Starting with twenty members, the number grew to a closed membership of seventy-five at one time. It is now a stable fifty.

The major projects of the club have been its Sight Conservation Program and involvement in community affairs. Funds for the Sight Programs have been primarily raised by Broom Sales, Fish Fries, White Cane Sales, Food Sales at diverse festivals, Horse Shows, College Football Games, All Star Basketball, Variety Shows, Carnivals, Waste Paper Drives, Raffling off an automobile and airplane, plus many other activities.

The club's involvement in community and state affairs has become numerous over the years: the President's Birthday Ball in 1936 to raise funds for aid to Infantile Paralysis victims; securing lights for the high school stadium; an electric score-board; erection of the Honor Roll for men in Armed Services; participating in March of Dimes; purchase of an Iron Lung; ringing of the bells for the Salvation Army; Glaucoma Tests for Senior Citizens; installation of a flourescent system in the ten rooms of the Public School System; Multiple Sclerosis Program; Red Cross Tuberculosis Society; Negro College Fund; Cancer Fund; donations for construction of the Community Center; sponsoring Boy Scout Troops; sending children to Boys State Camp; Camp Horseshoe; entertainment of Boy and Girl Scouts, Weir High Athletes, sons and daughters of Lions and children from nearby orphanages; stated Billy Love in business who was handicapped by accident.

The Weirton Lions Club has spent over $300,000 toward Community, State, and National projects with approximately $90,000 on Sight and Hearing Conservation. The club has purchased several hundred pairs of glasses for needy children.

Realizing the importance of expanding Lionism in Hancock County, the club sponsored the Chester, Newell and New Cumberland Lions Clubs.

The late Millie Martin said it best - "I like the Lions - I like them a lot, 'cause they share what they've got, 'cause they're friendly and full of fun, 'cause they're there when work is to be done, 'cause they're human, generous, and sincere, 'cause others' troubles they willingly share, 'cause their hearts are warm and their handclasps too, 'cause they're there when there's work to do, 'cause they under when a fellow's low and needs help. Not another blow. The Lion is king - he reigns supreme; so are the Lions - 'cause they're on the beam.



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Links To Related Sites
Lions Club International



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