Home Club of PDG Shirley A. Starner

Our club was organized by Julius M. Chestnut, State Secretary/Treasurer on Thursday, January 27, 1955 and chartered with 37 new members and one transfer member on Monday, March 28, 1955. At that meeting Addison L. Millard was elected president. The club was sponsored by the Lions Clubs of Manchester Township and North York. Starting from the first meeting, Weigelstown Lions have been busy in the community. Our parent organization, the International Association of Lions Clubs, has been instrumental in providing help to both the sight and hearing impaired, and our club supports that effort. In addition, we have given, and continue to give, financial support to many local community organizations, primarily those that work with children and youth, senior citizens, and the needy.

An organization of men from its inception, the Weigelstown Lions received the first female member in 2003 and now has seven Lady Lions in the club. Lion Shirley Starner became the first female president in 2007.

During 2008, the Weigelstown Lions Club formed the Weigelstown Lions Foundation, a 501c-3 federal tax exempt foundation for the purpose of receiving funds from individuals and organizations wishing to make tax exempt donations to assist the Lions in support of their community projects. For more information contact Dennis Meckley, Foundation Secretary at 717-764-3131 or e-mail

Today our membership is fifteen. Please check with our club secretary for upcoming meetings and locations.

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