Moundsville Lions Club Turns 70

The Moundsville Lions Club is 70 years old today!

The International Association of Lions Clubs presented the club with its charter on Oct. 16, 1941 with 23 individuals being charter members. The Wheeling Lions Club was the club’s sponsor.

The club will observe its birthday on Dec. 9 in conjunction with the annual Christmas Dinner at the First Presbyterian Church.

The club’s last anniversary observance took place in 1991, the membership at that time being 63 members. The current membership figure is 61.

Dr. W. Mason Isiminger has the distinction of having been a member for 61 years. Isiminger served as president 55 years ago.

Of the current members, 20 have served as president, with four having served twice as president. The current president is Doug Pettit.

Over the years the Lions Club members have been involved in providing eyeglasses for the needy, and have collected used eyeglasses which are sent to Third World Countries.

While sight projects have been the main focus of assistance by the club, involvement with youth has been another undertaking.

The club sponsors LEO Clubs at John Marshall High School and Moundsville Middle School, and these two organizations also are involved in helping people in Marshall County.

For several years the club sponsored after-prom parties, first at Moundsville High School and latter for John Marshall students.

Manning kettles at Christmas for the Salvation Army is an annual event of the club.

For years the sales of light bulbs, brooms and mops, were the major funding sources, but currently only brooms are sold by club members, although like other organizations, the club sponsors dinners, holds raffles and receives contributions from local contributors to carry out its projects.

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Speaking of the Moundsville Lions Club, the club will sponsor a blood drive on Nov. 11 (Veterans Day) at the First Presbyterian Church. Additional, information concerning this event will be forthcoming.

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According to Rev. Tim Wilt, a member of the Salvation Army Advisory Board, there are still a number of dates available for individuals, businesses, civic groups, etc., interested in ringing the bells for the Salvation Army at locations in Moundsville.

To sign up to man the kettles, either stop at the Salvation Army Corps, Seventh Street and Jefferson Avenue, Moundsville, or call 304-845-0510.

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The curtain will go up at 11 p.m. Friday at the Strand Theatre for the movie, “The Rocky Horror Picture Show,” which will include limited audience participation.

You must be 17 years of age or older, and have identification to attend.

Tickets are available at the Moundsville Pharmacy, Goin’ Postal and Perkins Restaurant, all in Moundsville; and at Stages, Perkins Restaurant and Later Gator, all in Wheeling.

You can get more information on the theatre website at

If you miss it this Friday, the movie will be also be shown on Oct. 28. The show is being sponsored by the Arts Council of the Strand Theatre Preservation Society.

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Grand Vue Park will be holding its annual “Treats and Thrills in the Park” event from 7-9 p.m. on Friday and Saturday. The event is billed as family-friendly, and geared toward youngsters 3-12.

Throughout the park there will be trick or treat stations, a hay ride and other activities.

There is a fee for participation.

Volunteers to assist with this event are being sought. The volunteers are needed both nights starting at 6 p.m., and also in the days leading up to the event to assist with decorating of the park and other set-up activities. Groups of volunteers and volunteers of all ages will be accepted. To volunteer, call 304-845-9810, extension 402.

In addition, the park is also looking for a donation of hay bales, cornstalks and other Halloween decorations. Those having these items to donate are asked to call 304-845-9810, extension 408.

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Received an e-mail from a member of the Mount Olivet Lions Club promoting a spaghetti dinner to be held from 3:30-7 p.m. Thursday at Sherrard Middle School.

It states, “We do have some of the best spaghetti around (No brag-just fact).”

Proceeds will help to provide two scholarships to graduating seniors next spring.

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The West Liberty University-Marshall County Breakfast Club will meet at 7:30 p.m. on Wednesday at Perkins Restaurant and Bakery in Moundsville.

The speaker will be Dr. Terry Wallace, a senior fellow at the Institute for Innovation in Education, at WLU. He will be speaking about the institute’s role, in addition to other topics regarding educational activities at WLU.

The breakfast is held monthly during the school year, and this year will be the third Wednesday of the month.

All WLU alumni and friends are invited to attend.

The breakfast is “Dutch Treat” and walk-ins are welcome.

Those knowing in advance they will be attending are asked to email Jeff Knierim, vice president for Community Engagement, at or by calling 304-336-8301.