Montclair Lions Club History 1979 through 2008
Our history is a work in progress. There are periods where only a minimum amount of information has been preserved, but the records that do remain show the club has consistently strived to support those less fortunate in the local area through a wide range of fund raisers and the dedicated service of our members, both past and present
The Dale City Lions Club was our sponsoring Lions Club and helped us initiate our first meeting at the Montclair Country Club in January 1979. The first president elected at the organizational meeting was Ron Milam. He returned to the club as our guest speaker in January, 2003 to kick off our 25th anniversary year. Our initial fund raiser for the club was a charity golf tournament. The club has subsequently held a charity golf tournament every year since then. The 30th annual Montclair golf tournament was held in May 2008. Major benefactors of these funds were the Dale City Boys and Girls Club and Action in the Community Through Service (ACTS).
The first charter night was held in February 1979 with forty four charter members signing the chartering document. The club has since recruited over two hundred members during its 25 plus year history. The current membership includes over 30 members. Prince William county is a very transient area as evidenced by the fact that only one charter member remains active with the club today; Lion Terry Tallent. Two charter members are known to have passed away. Eleven other past charter members still live in the general area. Lion Marcel Bedard was in the Dale City Lions for a number of years before signing our charter as one of our sponsors. He has subsequently transferred his membership to the Montclair Lions where he is still an active member and serves as our secretary.
The club has raised in excess of a quarter of a million dollars during its twenty five plus year history. These funds have been raised from a wide variety of fund raisers to include citrus sales, white cane day collections, Luminaria sales, White House Christmas ornament sales, E bay auctions, yard sales, bingo, food sales, Christmas tree sales, light bulb sales, work at Nissan Pavillion, aluminum can recycling, entertainment book sales, raffles, art auction and Texas Hold-um tournaments to name but a few. In addition the club has donated manpower for community activities to include Habitat for Humanity, ACTS, Montclair Property Owners Association (MPOA) events and others.
As a not for profit organization, all monies raised have been distributed to a wide variety of local, zone, district, state, national and international projects. Some of the organizations that received funds include local high schools graduates who received college scholarship money, ACTS, Boys and Girls Club of PWC, little league teams, Boy Scouts of America and too many more to list. Our financial reports through the years list many more who have benefitted from our work. The Montclair lions club sponsored a Leo club at Potomac High School from 1989 until 1994. The club also established a Leo club at Hylton high school but the exact dates have not been determined at this time.
The club has held many social functions where the spouses were invited. The major social functions continue to be Valentines and Christmas. Other social functions have included picnics and wine tasting tours. Our spouses have always been invited to participate in our charter and installation meetings as well as our fund raising activities.
At the present time, the club is aware of the deaths of two charter members; Alvin Hochmuth and Nick Romano. In addition these two individuals were also past presidents. One other past president has also died; Dave Vowell.
Our first female Lion was Sally Horn, who joined in 1990. Our first female board member was Kathy Grover who served as our lion tamer in 1996 – 1997, and our first female president was Betsy Austin 2002 -2003. Others have followed as the club continues to serve for diversity and common morals.
Thanks to Lion Terry N. Tallent, our 26th president, and last remaining charter member for providing the majority of information captured above.