Lions Year 2012-2014

Fauquier Host
Lions Club

P. O. Box 643
Marshall, VA 20116


Fauguier Straw Hat
"Let The Good Times Roll"

We Serve Marshall, The Plains, Upperville, Delaplane & Markham in Fauquier County, Virginia, USA

The Fauquier Lions Club was chartered in February of 1949 and was sponsored by the Winchester Host Lions Club.
We became a Host Club in September 2006 when we sponsored the Warrenton Sunrise Club











Our Mission

Serving our Neighbors

The mission of the Fauquier Host Lions Club is simple: to serve our neighbors and community, to help the less fortunate and to raise funds to finance charitable programs. For over sixty years, the Fauquier Host Lions have raised over $1,000,000 to support our community and Lions International humanitarian service projects. Monies spent to serve our local community are numerous:

Bland Memorial Music Contest

Boys and Girls Club of Fauquier

Boy Scouts

Diabetes Awareness

Elementary and Middle School Awards

Eye exams and eyeglasses

Eyeglass Recycling Center of Northern VA

Family Shelter of Fauquier

Habitat for Humanity

John D. Rucker Scholarship at Fauquier High School

Head Start/Bright Stars of Fauquier

Hearing Exams and Hearing Aids

L.C.I.F./Sight First

Lions Of Virginia Foundation (LOVF)

Mobile Sight and Hearing Screening Unit

Northern VA Lions Youth Camp

VA Lions Hearing Foundation


As you can see from the long list above, the Lions are a group of dedicated citizens banded together to improve our community and to help others. Through fund raising and volunteering time and individual skills, we aid the visually handicapped and hearing impaired, conduct drug and diabetes awareness campaigns, and sponsor youth programs. We are committed to eventually ridding our community and the world of preventable blindness and hearing loss.

To raise the funds for the above projects we conduct fund raising activities. Our main fund raisers are:

If you would like to purchase a broom or would like to bring us some aluminum cans or your old aluminum house siding, or have a business establishment and would like some Lions Mints to sell, please e-mail any of our members and we will be in contact with you.


To create and foster a spirit of understanding among all people for humanitarian needs by providing voluntary services through community involvement and international cooperation.



Who We Are

As members of the Fauquier Host Lions Club, we Lions volunteer our time to humanitarian causes in Fauquier County, VA and the world community. By conducting service projects and raising funds, we Lions strive to help those in need, wherever the need exists. The Lions' motto is "We Serve." We serve Marshall, VA on every holiday. We have donated 50 flags to the town of Marshall and on every holiday we hang the flags in the morning and take them down before sunset.

The Fauquier Host Lions Club recently celebrated our 60th year and issued its first set of club pins. Our club motto is "Let the good times roll." and can be found on the club pins along with the 50-year notation. Three club pins are available in the colors black, red, or purple. The black pin and red pin are for sale for three dollars each. The purple pin is our trading pin and can only be traded and not sold. Anyone wishing to purchase a pin should contact our club secretary. The pins, whose central design is a large and small wheeled bicycle, are dedicated to our oldest, in age, club member who has bicycled extensively all of his life.

The association was founded in Chicago, Illinois, in 1917. Although the youngest service club organization, Lions International has grown to be the world's largest. Its 1.4 million members belong to local clubs in most countries in the world. Lions Clubs International is headquartered in Oak Brook, Illinois. The international association is governed by a board of directors, elected annually at the International Convention.

In 1925, Helen Keller addressed the Lions at their International Convention, challenging them to become "Knights of the blind in the crusade against darkness." Since that time, service to the blind and visually impaired has become one of the association's most significant activities.

While Lions speak many languages, profess many religious and political beliefs, they all subscribe to common objectives and ethical principles.


Officers for 2012-2014


President: Lion Dave Blanchard

Lion Dave is from Houma, Louisiana where he graduated from Terrebonne High School Class of 1972. Attended Nicholls State University. From 1970-1972 Lion Dave worked as a Sheriff's Office dispatcher and became a Uniformed Patrol Deputy after graduation. Enlisted in the US Army in 1974 as a Communication Specialist and was Honorably discharged in 1977. He again returned to the Sheriff's Office as a uniformed patrol officer and became Detective Sergeant with the crime lab. In 1984 Lion Dave was employed with the Central Intelligence Agency as a Communications Specialist. During his employment he served 5 years in West Africa providing communications to the U.S. Embassies in Liberia, Cote Devoir and various other African posts as well as a former Soviet Union Countries, Europe, the Persian Gulf Region and Central America. In 2004 Lion Dave retired from the Central Intelligence Agency and pursued various contracting jobs which allowed him to travel to such exotic places as Pakistan and Afghanistan. In 2008 he retired.

Lion Dave has been involved with Boy Scout Troop 161, which is sponsored by the Bethel United Methodist Church, for the past 18 years and has two sons who became Eagle Scouts.

Lion Dave is married to Dana for 31 years and have three sons: Jonathan, Christopher (deceased) and Shane.

 Dave Blanchard Pic

1st Vice President: Lion Charles (Chuck) A. Boyd

Lion Chuck was born in Waynesburg, PA. He is the oldest of six children, 2 brothers and 3 sisters. His Family moved to Fairfax, VA in 1961 where he graduated from Herndon High School in 1970. He attended Northern Virginia Community College where he took courses in Construction and Business. In 1970 he started his occupation in the plumbing business and attended various trade schools in Virginia and Maryland. Lion Chuck enlisted in the U. S. Navy in 1972 where he served as a Machinist Mate and was in the Nuclear Power program. Following his plumbing occupation, of construction, quality control and safety inspection he started Boyd's Plumbing Heating and Air Conditioning, LLC in 1995.

Lion Chuck is married to the former Susan K. Hopkins from Falls Church, VA. They have two children Charles Thomas and Katherine Alexandra.

He is an active member of the Greenwich Presbyterian Church located in Nokesville. VA as a Deacon, elder and choir member. Also an active committee member of Boy Scout Troop 175 and has completed adult Leader Specific Training and Wood Badge.

Charles Boyd pic

Immediate Past President: Lion W. L. "Doc" Plummer

“Doc” is a native of Virginia. He grew up in Vienna, VA., and moved to Falls Church when he and Barb were married in 1966, and moved to New Baltimore, in Fauquier County, VA in 1976. He is retired from Fairfax County Public Schools as Assistant Coordinator of Mechanical Maintenance. He is a life member of the Vienna Volunteer Fire Department, when he moved to Fauquier he was Lt. of the Rescue Squad.  He is past president of the Warrenton Lions Club, and past president of the Fauquier Lions Club. He has been on the Governors Cabinet many years, and the Board of the Virginia Lions Hearing Foundation, retired in 2011 after 25 years as Lead van Tech with the Lions Sight & Hearing Mobile Screening Van.  He is on the Community Action, Head Start Advisory Board for Fauquier County, a R.S.V.P. volunteer with Fauquier County. He loves to play Santa Clause at Christmas for the Head Start children and Senior Citizens.  He was awarded the “Distinguished Community Citizen Award” for Scott District for 1997. At the 1999/2000 Fall Conference Doc was awarded the International Presidents Award for Humanitarian Service. He runs the Lions Eyeglass Recycling Center for Fauquier County out of his garage. Doc became a Life Member in 2004. In 2008, Past International Director Roy Wilson presented Doc with the International President's Certificate of Appreciation for the Lion's Year 2007-2008 for his work with the Mobile Sight and Hearing Van Corporation.

Picture of Lion Doc Plummer

Treasurer: Lion John Eccles

Lion John has lived in Fauquier County since 1986 and has been a member of the Lions Club of Fauquier since 1987.  He has served as club President, Secretary, and Treasurer.  He is a retired Federal Civil servant and Lion John is married to his wife Mary Jane.

Secretary: Lion Barbara Ann Plummer

Barbara is a native of Falls Church, Virginia. In 1966 she married William L. “Doc” Plummer have been involved together in community service ever since. Together they scheduled and operated the “Flame Room” for the Vienna Volunteer Fire Department. Barbara has been President of the Jefferson Volunteer Fire Department Ladies Auxiliary and The Vienna Volunteer Fire Department Ladies Auxiliary. Barb and Doc moved to New Baltimore in Fauquier County in 1976 where she later joined the Warrenton Lioness Club and became President. Barb joined the Warrenton Lions Club and later transferred to the Fauquier Lions club where she served as Secretary and President.  Barb retired from Fairfax County Public Schools in 1993 after 27 years in Payroll as the Coordinator of the Payroll Department. She was Secretary of the No. VA. Lions Youth Camp for 4 years. Barb and Doc are both very active with the Mobile Sight and Hearing Van Corporation. Barb was the Van Scheduler where she scheduled 2 van and 7 drivers. Doc was the Lead Van Technician, where he handled maintenance and training. Barb and Doc were one of five couples who received the “Lions Couples Award” from Governor Chuck Trigger for the 98/99 year. 

 Picture of Lion Barbara Plummer

Lion Tamer: Lion Lawson Cockerille

Lion Lawson is a long time resident of Woodbridge, VA. He retired from the military and civil service after 20 years from each employer. After retirement, he and Lion Reiko Lewis,  purchased the Print Shop of Virginia, which is located in Marshall, VA. Lawson has been active in the Historical Foundation of Prince William County. He joined the Fauquier Lions Club in January 2000. Lawson's hobbies include fishing, lapidary, and rock hounding.
Picture of Lion Cockerille

Lion Tail Twister: Lion Rob Lunsford

Lion Rob was born in Washington, DC. He has lived in Falls Church, VA and graduated from Falls Church High School in 1979. His major studies were Shop. He has worked in various jobs relating to the printing and the automotive business. He joined the Fauquier Host Lions Club in December 2011.

Rob Lunsford pic

Membership Chair: Lion Frank Serene

Lion Frank Serene joined the Merrifield Lions Club in 1975, later he was forced to resign due to employment commitments. When the Gainesville/New Baltimore Lions had their first organizational meeting, Lion Frank became a chartered member. In 2003, with eight years of 100% attendance, Lion Frank transferred to the Fauquier Lions Club. He has served as cabinet member for Health and Safety from 2001 through 2004 and as Youth Opportunities Chairman from 2004 through 2005. He has been on the board of the Northern Virginia Lions Youth Camp for over 13 years in the positions of President, Vice President, 2nd Vice President, Secretary, and Region IV Director. At the club level, Frank has served as President, Vice President, Tail Twister, Lion Tamer, as well as, several committee positions. 
Frank is involved in Boy Scouting with two sons who are Eagle Scouts. He has served as Scout Master, Committee Chairman, Committee Member, and Charter Organization Representative. He is a member of the Boy Scouts of America Piedmont District Committee and has served as Staff of National Capital Area Council Wood Badge Training Staff.
Frank is a 1998 Melvin Jones Fellow, the Boy Scouts of America  Silver Beaver Award, the district Award of Merit and is a Vigil Honor Member of the Order of the Arrow and the recipient of other awards.
He became a Life Member in 2005.

Frank Seren pic

Life Members

The following list of Fauquier Host Lions who are Life Members in Lions Club International and Lions of Virginia (LOVF). To be a Life Member the individual must be an active Lion for 20 or more years. The Fauquier Host Lions Club is very proud of the following Life Members.

Lion W. L. Doc Plummer

Lion Barbara Plummer
Lion John Eccles
Lion Frank Serene
Lion Pete Van Deman
Lion John D. Rucker Cross
Lion Hunter Rose


E-mail our Members

President Dave Blanchard
1st VP Charles Boyd
Immediate Past President Doc Plummer  
Treasurer John Eccles

Barbara Plummer

Lion Tamer

Lawson Cockerille

Tail Twister Rob Lunsford
Membership Chair Frank Serene
Director Hunter Rose
Director John Turnbull
Member John Brodnax
News Letter Editor Sherry Brodnax
Member Reiko Lewis
Member Carol Maiello  

Bruce McKenzie 

Member Glenn Rankin
Member Roger Powers, Jr.
Member Bill Sexton  
Member Roger Simpson
Member John Turnbull
Member Pete Van Deman
Member Joe Wood  
Member Bill Wright  


When and Where We Meet

Our Club holds its dinner meetings on the 1st and 3rd Wednesdays of each month at Denny's located at 7323 Comfort Inn Drive, Warrenton, VA; dinner at 6:00 p.m., and meeting immediately following dinner. We conduct Lions business at our monthly board meeting, also held on the 3rd  Wednesday of each month. All club members are encouraged to attend the board meetings. 


Becoming a Member

Through membership, Lions not only help people in need, but also have opportunities to develop personal friendships and gain valuable leadership skills. We are currently looking for people who would like to do something for mankind to join us. The membership committee may be reached as follows:

E-mail to: Lions Doc or Barbara Plummer

Please contact us to receive an invitation to one of our meetings, then join us, and learn more about Lionism! In addition to fund raising activities and service projects, we also have FUN. Some of the fun things that we have done as a club over the past year have included:


Eyeglass and Hearing Aid Collection Sites

We are constantly collecting used eyeglasses, sunglasses and hearing aids. The used eyeglasses are cleaned, sorted and prepared for shipment to third world countries for free distribution. If you have some old eyeglasses that you would like to recycle, look for our eyeglass donation boxes at the following Marshall or Warrenton, VA locations:

Boys & Girls Club

Eye Care (Down from the Giant) Fauquier High School Giant Pharmacy (Warrenton)

Haymarket Health Center # 310

Dr. Hogg's Office-Hospital Hill Warrenton


Marshall Post Office

Northern 29 Restaurant

Rankin Furniture (Warrenton)

Rankin Hardware (Warrenton)

RoBar Homes

The Plains Post Office

Vint Hill Post Office




If you have old hearing aids, please donate them to us. We send them to the Lions Hearing Aid Bank, where they are cleaned, rebuilt, tested and donated to someone who can not afford to pay for them.


Do You Need The Lions Help?

In our continuing effort to serve our communities, the Lions Clubs of Northern Virginia provide several telephone help hot lines. Some telephone help hot lines use voice mail recordings. Messages left on these voice mail systems are checked daily, message is then forwarded to the Lions Club responsible for serving the caller's locale. This may result in a delay from the time the caller leaves a message to a return call from the responsible Lions Club. Your patience is requested.

Although the primary mission of the Lions Clubs is in the areas of sight, hearing, and diabetes, all Lions are committed to assist everyone in their community that requires help. Therefore, our help hot lines are available to anyone needing help. Please feel free to contact us, and we will make every effort to assist you.



Links to other Lions sites on the Web

Lions of Virginia, District 24-A The Fauquier Host Lions Club is one of many Clubs in Northern Virginia. Here is the web page for the Lions Clubs in the Northern VA area.

Lions International The International Lions Clubs Web Page.

LionNet A listing of clubs with links from around the world. If you are looking for another Lions Club, here is the place to start.


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