Mountain Lions Club

Support for Athletics

During the 1951-52 school year, Athletic Director Charles K. Baxter and Dr. William B. Robertson, Chairman of the Department of English, began organizing support for the Concord College athletic program by establishing the Mountain Lions Club.  At the time that the club was organized, there was no established Concord College scholarship fund available to provide financial assistance to worthy young men and women who were unable to meet the rising costs of a college education, and the necessary machinery was not in place for receiving financial contributions from numerous individuals and organizations that would be willing to assist.  The purpose of the original Mountain Lions Club, as stated its Constitution & By-Laws that follows, was to encourage worthwhile athletes to attend Concord College.


 Section 1.  Name – This organization shall be known as the Mountain Lions Club.
Section 2.  Purpose – The purpose of this club is to encourage worthwhile athletes to attend Concord College.

Section 1.  Membership in this club requires an annual contribution of fifteen dollars ($15).
Section 2.  Furthermore, membership in this club shall be subject to approval by the officers of the club.

Section 1.  Officers – The Officers of this club shall consist of a President, Vice-President, Secretary, and a Treasurer to be elected at the annual homecoming meeting beginning in 1952.  Officers shall be elected by plurality vote of those members present.  Voting shall be done by ballot.
Section 2.  Board of Directors – There shall be a Board of Directors appointed by the officers of this club.
Section 3.  Meetings – Meetings shall be held at the discretion of the officers.
Section 4.  The Constitution may be amended by a 2/3 vote of those members present at a regular called meeting.


Section 1.  Finance Committee – There shall be a finance committee appointed by the president.  The finance committee shall have the responsibility of dispersing all funds.  Funds shall be dispersed by check signed by the treasurer.
Section 2.  Any questions pertaining to duties or procedure shall be governed by Reeves’ Parliamentary Procedure.

At the club’s first annual homecoming meeting in 1952, members organized, adopted the Constitution & By-Laws, and elected the following slate of officers:  R. W. Nebinger, President;  Champ Clark, Vice-President;  Bill Briggs, Secretary;  and “Buddy” Bradley, Treasurer.  Keith Thompson, George Everett, and Dr. Uriah Vermillion were appointed to serve as the Finance Committee.

In recent years, the Mountain Lions Club was reorganized and incorporated as Mountain Lion Club, Inc., which now bears the following as its mission statement:  “The Mountain Lion Club exists as the fundraising arm of Concord University Athletics.  Through memberships and other fundraising events throughout the year, the MLC provides Concord Athletics with the necessary resources to compete at the highest level of NCAA Division II athletics.”

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