CULLMAN LIONS CLUB HISTORY
*Copied* from information shared by Lion James Howard

Lions Club International was organized in 1917 in Chicago by Melvin Jones. 1925 was
challenged by Helen Keller to become a supporter of the cause of the blind and
prevention of blindness became the main project of Lions internationally. Lions has
grown to become the worlds largest civic club. The Cullman Lions Club's main projects
are Alabama Lions Sight, local sight causes, and community needs.

Nov. 2, 1954 – Organized, 1st Pres. Powell Blair, organizers were: Powell
Blair, T.L. Harless, Thurman Harris, James H. Smith. Charter night held at St. Pauls
Luthern Church.
             
1954-1956 – Pres. Powell Blair - Broom Sale held as 1st project. Feb.- Mar. 1955 sold 50
doz., 1st fair held Oct. 1955-Dillard Johnson Gen. Mgr. & organizer.

1956 – 1957 – Pres. Dr. J.L. Below

1957 – 1958 – Pres. Harold Freeman

1958 – 1959 – Pres. Fred Merrill Sr.

1959 – 1960 – Pres. Chester Freeman 1st Lion of Year Award initiated - Chester Freeman
1st recipient. 1st Cullman Lions bulletin, Tale Twister, published Harold Freeman 1st
editor/publisher.

1960 – 1961 – Pres. Clyde Glasscock -Purchased Smith Lake Property Nashville Railroad

1961 – 1962 – Pres. V.E. (Lon) Waters

1962 – 1963 – Pres. J.O. Blandenburg

1963 – 1964 – Pres. Leldon McCoy

1964 – 1965 – Pres. Curtis Stewart

1965 – 1966 – Pres. Morris Grier - Leldon McCoy elected District Gov.

1966 – 1967 – Pres. Fred Merrill Jr.

1967 – 1968 – Pres. Clarence Richter

1968 – 1969 – Pres. James A. Hutchinson

1969 – 1970 – Pres. James King

1970 – 1971 – Pres. Clomar Pruett- Pres. Pruett suggested a oyster/ham dinner fund
raiser, served 1,300 continues to this day as fish/ham dinner.
     
1971 – 1972 – Pres. Lamar Gassett – C.P. Martin- Cullman Lioness Club Chartered

1972 – 1973 - Pres. Bill Patrick – Chester Freeman elected Al. Lions Sight Pres.

1973 – 1974 – Pres. J.B. Vinson  Chester Freeman elected as Pres. Al. Lions Sight
Assn. Lion Freeman helped organize the Alabama Eye Bank.

1974 – 1975 – Pres. Neil Rainwater – Cullman Lions awarded Roderick Beddow
Award ,1st time awarded by state–outstanding club in the state of Alabama Charles E.
Young elected District Gov.

1975 – 1976 – Pres. Bob Spears

1976 – 1977 – Pres. Odie Johnson

1977 – 1978 – Pres. B.J. Schmale

1978 – 1979 – Pres. Steve Glasscock

1979 – 1980 – Pres. Edward Henke

1980 – 1981 – Pres. James Goodwin

1981 – 1982 – Pres. George Hammett

1982 - 1983 – Pres. Jim Rooker

1983 – 1984 - Pres. Jerry Bonner

1984 – 1985 – Pres. Dr. Bruce Harbison – sponsored Hartselle Lions Club

1985 – 1986 – Pres. Dr. Jerry Galin- Awarded Roderick Beddow Award, James Goodwin
elected District Gov. Sponsored Lions Clubs at Good Hope and Fairview

1986 – 1987 - Pres. Dr. B.G. Maxfield

1987 – 1988 - Pres. James Grier-Awarded Roderick Beddow, pledged $30,000 to help
establish Heritage Park in conjunction with Fair Assn. to be paid for with profits from
fish/ham dinner project.

1988 – 1989 – Pres. Charles Glover

1989 – 1990 – Pres. James Howard Awarded Roderick Beddow Award, CHS LEO Club
chartered Nov 1989 paid off note on Heritage Park obligation. 1st time fair parade
televised live. Contributed $10,000 to refurbish Cullman East Side Park.

1990 – 1991 – Pres. Dr. Bryan Boozer – Dr. Jerry Galin elected D.G., Ed Henke elected
Al. Lions Sight Pres.

1991 – 1992 - Pres. Riley Smith

1992 – 1993 – Pres. Douglas Doggett - Sponsored Eva Lions Club, Ed Henke elected
Distr. Gov.

1993 – 1994 –Pres. Mark Aderhold – Donated a pavilion at Smith Lake Park –Jerry
Bonner elected Distr. Gov.

1994 – 1995 – Pres. W.D.(Doug) Spradlin, James Hutchinson elected Pres. Al. Lions
Sight.40th Anniv. Of Cullman Lions Club.Mark Goodwin headed movement to get Lion
Club State of Al. License Plate approved.

1995 – 1996 - Pres. James(Jim) Walker –

1996 – 1997 - Pres. Pete Kirby, Dr. Bruce Harbison elected Distr. Gov.- Cullman Lions
Charities founded, $5,000 donated to Cullman City Schools Foundation, contribution
towards refurbishing Clarkston Bridge Park

1997 – 1998 - Pres. Steve Singleton - P.D.G. Jerry Bonner elected Pres.Council of Govs.
State of Al.

1998 – 1999 – Pres. Charles Childers - State of Al. Parks & Rec. Outstanding Svc. Award,
awarded to Club for outstanding support to the cause of Parks & Rec.

1999 – 2000 - Pres. Dr. Steven Murphree –James Hutchinson elected Distr. Gov.

2000 – 2001 - Pres. Richard White

2001 – 2002 - Pres. Dr. Terry Slaten –James K. (Jim) Walker elected Distr. Gov., Distr.
Club of yr.

2002 – 2003 – Pres. Alan Wood –P.C. Chr. Jerry Bonner elected Distr. Gov.(2d term)

2003 - 2004 - Pres. Gary Miller –

2004 – 2005 - Pres. Bobby Bowden – 50th Anniv., Established Chester Freeman Service
To Others Award, Chester Freeman was 1st receipient.

2005 – 2006 - Pres. Clark Rainwater – Good Samaritan Clinic furnished an exam
room; $7,000 contributed to Cullman City Schools for purchase of individual computers
for students Cullman Middle School. Polly Vinson-Service to Others Award.

2006 – 2007 - Pres. Jerry Eddleman - $30,000 pledged to establish Field of Miracles.
Ralph & Dean Parvin awarded Chester Freeman Service to Others.

2007 – 2008 - Pres. Charles Pinkston – Contributed $50,000 to the Golden Window
Campaign of CRMC for the Emergency Room project. Sponsored LEO Clubs at
Vinemont Middle School and West Point Middle School. Steve Glasscock –awarded
Chester Freeman Service to Others Award

2008 – 2009 - Pres. Jerry Caudle – Lorene Scott awarded Chester Freeman Service to
Others Award

2009 – 2010 - Pres. Raymond Williams – Lease for fair grounds signed w/Cullman
County for additional 50 yrs., Distr. Club of yr. Next to last charter member passed away
James H. Smith. Grover Reeves awarded Chester Freeman Service to Others Award.

2010 – 2011 - Pres. David Bussman - sponsored Cullman Community Lions
Club,Chartered Vinemont H.S. LEO Club, Last charter member passed away-Harold
Freeman. Won 1st place in food drive Cullman Caring For Kids 26,000 lbs plus. Judge
Kim Chaney awarded Chester Freeman to Service Others Award.

2011 – 2012 – Pres. Carey Thompson. The Karl Peinhardt Family awarded the Chester
Freeman Service to Others Award.

2012 – 2013 – Pres. Steve Cartee

2013 – 2014 – Pres. Frank O'dell

2014 – 2015 – Pres. Richard Gurley

2015 – 2016 – Pres. Charles McBrayer

2016 – 2017 – Pres. Barry Willingham

2017 – 2018 – Pres. William (Bill) Ruehl

2018 – 2019 – Pres. Mike Ponder
              
                 
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