Lodi Lions Club

P.O. Box 469

Lodi CA

95241

 

Board of Directors

Alan Ashbaugh.……….....President

Bob Quenzel.....…..........1st Vice President

Scott Meyer........…........2nd Vice President

Mike O'Connell...............Secretary

Rich Prima..……........…..Treasurer

Corey Wright.................Tail Twister

Larry Dold....................Tail Twister

Wayne Moore.....….......Membership Director

Darlene Machado..........2 Yr. Director

Don Bricker..................2 Yr. Director

Phil Pennino.................1 Yr. Director

Ellen Ashbaugh............1 Yr. Director

Mark Massa.....…….......Immediate Past President




Welcome to Lodi Lions Club

 

Lodi Lions Club History

Our Lions Club was not the first Lions Club in Lodi. On March 28, 1922 the first Lions Club in Lodi was charted.

Due to the depression in the late 1920’s and early 1930’s, both the Lions Club and Rotary Club were having problems, losing members, poor attendance, and many other things. The two Clubs held a joint meeting and decided to join together as one Club. Why they chose Rotary is not known, but it did make a strong Rotary Club. Strong members from both clubs uniting in one Club.

On January 17, 1940 Lion Harris, organizer for Lions International, Lion Ernie Simard, president of the Stockton Lions Club, Lion Herbert Hargrave, the District Governor, and Lion Ira Langdon, Past District Governor along with a number of interested Lodi men held a organization meeting at Ruby’s Restaurant on South School Street for a new Lodi Lions Club, with 20 men signing up as members.

We chose the Hotel Lodi Gold Room as our weekly meeting place, Wednesday noon 12:10.

That was the beginning of our present Lions Club.

Nineteen additional members had joined the Club between the organization meeting and the Charter Night Dinner, making a total membership of 39. Our Charter dated February 7, 1940 was presented to our Club President Lion Clyde Church at our Charter Night Dinner on March 27, 1940 by Lion Herbert Hargrave, District Governor. Our Club Banner was presented by Past District Governor Lion Ira Langdon. The Lodi Lions Club was welcomed by Lodi Mayor C. N. Steel.

Our telephone committee was put to work at once, phoning all members each Wednesday morning reminding them of our meeting. Beginning September 18, 1940 our meetings were held at the Eagles Hall due to the remodeling at Hotel Lodi. A kitchen crew headed by Lion Meyer Zelver prepared our weekly meal until we were allowed back in the Hotel on May 2, 1941.

Our dues were set at $12.00 per year. I thought you might be interested in the cost of meals. In checking the minutes, I did not find the amount we paid for the meals, but I did find where the Board voted to increase the price of our meals by 0.5 cents to be used as a tip for the waitress.

Lion Delbert Loewen

Lodi Lions Club President 1942-1943