Knoxville, Tennessee - United States
District 12N
West Knox Lions Club History

The West Knox Lions Club was chartered on February 29, 1968. The Club was sponsored by the Karns and Powell Lions Club. West Knox Lions Club has served the West Knoxville, Tennessee, area since  it was chartered. Their charter night was April 20, 1968 at the Deane Hill Country Club, Knoxville, TN.

The Charter Members were:

Jim Amerson R. D. Baldwin Gene Brakebill Billy Joe Britton
Richard Conley William Countiss Ralph W. Crowley Lloyd DeLaney
Lou Doney C. Robert Fox J. W. Fox William E. Hall
Jack Haralson R. B. Harrington Dr. Robert H. Johnson Gene Levy
Charles Lifford Alan A. Ralston Bill Seal C. L Shamblin
Tom Starkey B. R. Vermillion Jack Watson Ben L. White
Over the years the West Knox Lions Club have won many distinguished awards.  Click here to see them!
Member Awards

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West Knox Lions Club Original Charter

The Club did not waste any time getting busy.

In 1967-1968 they sponsored a magic show at the WNOX on June 14, 1968 raising $325.00. They donated $100.00 to School for Retarded Children and purchased two pair of glasses.

In 1968-1969 they made name plates at the August 3 & 4 Gun Show. In the fall White Cane Days solicitations raised $265.36. Sales of light bulbs generated $481.75.

On June 14, 1984 the Lioness Club of West Knox was chartered.

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Lioness Club of West Knox Charter

Since their charter the Club has raised more then  $300,000, the majority of which has been used to support very worthwhile projects and organizations and to purchase over 337 eye exams and 336 pairs of glasses for needy residents.

In addition the club has collected over 2245 pairs of lenses and 1717 pairs of eyeglass frames which have been recycled and used throughout the world. The Club has also solicited more than 1085 eye wills.


Thru the years the Wes Knox Lions Club has has received many awards from  District  12N and MD 12 a few of are listed below a more complete list can be found at Awards

Sponsored West Knox Lioness Club
Superior Club award from 1987 until discontinued
First place in Idea Fair three years in row
Club of the Year for District 12-N & MD-12 in 2004-2005
Club of the Year for District 12-N in 2005-2006
Model Club for Campaign Sight First II


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In its forty years, the West Knox Lions Club has contributed over $1,000,000 to various projects. In its forty years, West Knox has been involved in a number of service projects. Some of these were hands on projects; but others were monetary donations. Its earliest projects included Christmas Parties and Biddy Basketball. We also sponsored a Little League Baseball team.

Some of our more significant projects include the purchases of fully equipped sight and hearing vans which we donated to the Knox County School system. We financed the purchase of puppets for “Kids on the Block,” and we also donated an operating microscope to Remote Area Medical. In partnership with the Lenoir City Lions Club, we provided a 15 passenger van for the Knox County Upward Bound program.

Our more recent and current projects include a donation of $25,000 toward the goal of $4,000,000 to make Tennessee Lions Eye Center at Vanderbilt Hospital a reality. We have been very active in the KidSight Outreach program. As of December 2007, our Club had screened approximately 17,400 children. About five percent were identified as having potentially serious eye problems. We have one of the leading clubs in Tennessee in PhotoScreening. We recently donated $7,000 to Tennessee Lions Charities to purchase Sure Shot instruments to use for vision screening.

We continue to collect used eyeglasses, pay for eye exams and glasses, contribute to White Cane Days, to a Day with the Lions, to Remote Area Medical, and actively work with the Lions Quest program. We pledged $14,000 to Campaign Sight First II. 

We purchased completely equipped sight and hearing vans (at $20,000. each) which were given to the Knox County School System. We gave Christmas parties for Headstart children until 1982. We gave a Christmas party for Overlook Mental Health Center ; organized Knox County Biddy Basketball program 30 years ago; provided eye exams and glasses for the needy of west Knox County; West Knox and Lenoir City provided a 15 passenger van for the Knox County Out Reach Program; provided funds for Drug Quest program at Webb School; sponsored Little League baseball team and provided a field to play on until Knox County took over the program; collected eye wills at TVA&I Fair; provided office furniture for the Lions East Tennessee Eye Bank; was one of the leading supporters of the White Cane Day drive; leader in photo-screening children 1-6 years old through TLEC at Vanderbilt Children's Hospital; collected thousands of used eyeglasses to be recycled for the poor; pledged and donated $25,000. for the formation of TLEC; financed the purchase of puppets for "Kids on the Block" school program in the amount of $3000. for Kindergartens.

Fund Raising Projects

In over forty years, the West Knox Lions Club has held many fund raising projects. Our current projects, are a golf tournament, a car show in partnership with the Farragut Lions Club, working at the UT concession stands at football games, and a pancake breakfast.

Radio Auction

In early years sold Christmas trees, held light bulb sales, new car auctions, delivered telephone books and sponsored golf tournament at Cedar Hills Golf Club, and Harvest Fest Car Show in partnershp with Farragut Lions Club, and sponsored 6K running events.

As of March 2003, West Knox Lions Club has screened 9,325 children with 330 identified as having potentially serious eye problems. In photoscreening, the West Knox Lions Club has been the most active club in Tennessee and leads the state in the number of children screened by a club. In addition, the West Knox Club has field-trained the majority of the 71 Lions Certified Photo-screeners in District 12 N.

Lion Dr. Paul Wittke and his wife Sheila volunteered a month of their time to assist Stan Brock and Remote Area Medical, Inc. on a mission to India and dispensed over 5000 pair of glassed to the poor population. Lion Paul also spent a week of service in Guyana with Remote Area Medical, Inc. West Knox Lions have donated $25,000. toward the goal of $4,000,000. to make Tennessee Lions Eye Center at Vanderbilt Hospital a reality.