Williamsburg Lady Lions Disband after 68 Years of Dedicated Service to the Community

In 1934, when the Williamsburg Lions club was chartered, only men were permitted to join the organization. Women had been banned from Lions Club membership at the inaugural convention in 1917 because at that time women were not leaders in the business world. That did not stop the spouses of Lions members from participating. They worked side by side with the members during fund raisers and charity projects. Several years later in 1948, a few of the Lions members suggested to their wives that they should organize a women's auxiliary. Shortly after hearing the suggestion eleven women met at the King and Kay Tea Room to discuss organizing a Lions Women's Auxiliary. Their first officers were installed at Lion Faber and Betty Mershon's home in Gloucester with Betty installed as the club's first president.

How did the Williamsburg Lady Lions support the community? Beginning in the early years, the ladies would do simple projects such as providing coffee for the patients at Eastern State Hospital, donating food baskets to the poor, filling Christmas stockings for Eastern State Hospital to some more costly projects such as sponsoring a Williamsburg area girls softball league, donating a cardiopulmonary unit for Williamsburg Community Hospital and creating a high school scholarship program called "Financial Assistance to a Capable Student entering College. Most recently the Lady Lions have donated to FISH, Hospice House, Salvation Army, and Avalon - a home for abused women and children. Twice a year, the Lady Lions also coordinated a group to go to ENVOY to play bingo with the residents. Each person playing would be provided prize with most taking multiple prizes back to their room.

Next month after 68 years of supporting our Lions club and our community, the Williamsburg Lady Lions will close the book on their organization, but they will always be a part Williamsburg Host Lions Club. Our community and the Williamsburg Host Lions club are better because of your dedication and commitment to make us better than we were yesterday.
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