Multiple District 43 Council Offers


Kevin Bishop,
District Governor 43K

Lion Kevin Bishop has been a member of the Mayfield Lions Club (the second club chartered in Kentucky in 1920) since January of 1997.

Shortly after joining, he was made Tail Twister which reaffirmed his belief of promoting humor in all meetings. Lion Kevin was awarded Lion of the Year for 1997-1998.

He has served as President from 1998-1999 and again from 2004-2005. He earned the 100% President Award.

He has served as Zone Chair and as Cabinet Secretary in 2000-2001. Lion Kevin graduated the MD-43 Leadership Class of 2000. He has also served on the Mayfield Lions Club Board of Directors for over 10 years. He has been his club’s Orientation Chair for 15 years and Constitution and By-Laws Chair for 12 years. HE is a Melvin Jones Fellow and has received two International President’s Certificates of Appreciation. He has been presenter on Enthusiasm at the MD 43-K Leadership Training in 2013, 2014, 2015 and 2016.

He has earned the Gold Centennial Membership Pin. He has also achieved 100% attendance for 5 separate years including this last year.Lion Kevin has practiced law for 31 years where he is a solo practitioner with a general practice.

He has served two terms as the President of the Graves County Bar Association. Lion Kevin has proved the legal training for the new volunteers of the Court Appointed Special Advocate (CASA) for

children for the Graves County Court system for the last 10 years and also frequently serves as Ad Litem for children in the Graves County court system. He also serves as Defense Advisor to the Graves County Drug Court Team which guides defendant with substance abuse problems through a two year program of intensive counseling in an effort to help them become better citizens. Lion Kevin is also a Kentucky Colonel.

Lion Kevin and his wife Sharon Bishop have been married 33 years, they have one daughter, Courtney (who is also a Lion) and one granddaughter (who is a future Lion). Lion Kevin looks forward to an incredible year as the Lions of MD 43 help our communities and those in need with even more service opportunities in the newly redistricted MD 43.

Mary Wethington,
District Governor 43Y

Lion Mary Wethington was born and raised in Monroe, Michigan, a graduate of Monroe High School. 

She moved to the tri-state area

of KY/TN/VA in 1972.

Mary began working for Home Federal Bank in Middlesboro, Kentucky in 1979, and just recently retired from there after 38 ½ years, having served the last 15 years as the bank’s Chief Compliance Officer.

Mary joined the Middlesboro LIONS Club in 1993.  Over these years as a member, Mary has held several offices with the Middlesboro Club, including the Presidency several times, and as a District Zone Chairman, and has served as the Club’s Treasurer

for many years.  Mary is currently

District Governor for the new 43Y District, and the Kentucky Lions’ “Youth Exchange Director”.   She is a Melvin Jones Fellow.

Mary organized and chaired the Bell County, KY Relay for

Life in 2003, and chaired the event for five years.  She continues to be involved still.

She became President of the Cumberland Trails United Way in 2008 and continued as such for eight years. 

She continues to serve on the United Way Board of Directors.      Mary is a member of, and the pianist for, Lone Mountain

Baptist Church, and resides in Tazewell, TN.

She is a proud mother of three daughters and has nine wonderful grandchildren.

Tony Bishop,
MD43 Council Chairperson

PDG Lion Tony Bishop is a 1976

graduate of Elizabethtown High School and has been employed for the past 42 years at the Kroger Co.

He served 10 years with the US Naval Reserves. He served from 1991 to 1999 as the Youth Director for First Baptist Church & is currently serving as the treasurer of his church’s Sunday School, and a deacon for First Baptist Church there in


Lion Tony is also currently serving as a member of the Elizabethtown City Council of which he has had the honor of serving for over 21 years.

PDG Tony Bishop has been a member of the Elizabethtown Lions Club for 22 years, sponsored by the late PDG Lion John Arnett in 1996. He has served as Lion Tamer, Membership Chairman, and 10 years as club secretary, earning a 100% Secretary’s Award. The Elizabethtown Lions Club awarded him both a Melvin Jones Fellow & Finis Davis Fellow award and named him their club’s 2002 – 2003 & 2014 – 2015 Lion of the Year and in 2007 he received the designation of a KLEF Life Patron’s award also from his club.

On the district level, Lion Tony has served as Region1, Zone 1 Chairman, earned his Guiding Lion Certification and served as the Guiding Lion for the Meade County Lions Club. PDG Tony has served as the 2010-2011 District Governor for District 43N.

PDG Tony received three Lions International Membership Keys awards, 2 Lions International President Certificates of Appreciation and received from the

Lions International 2012-2013 President Wayne Madden, the Lions International President’s Distinguished Leadership Medal, and received from International

President Joe Preston, the Presidential Medal in 2014-15 Lions Year.

PDG Tony also served as the KY Lions MD 43 State Constitution & By-Laws Chairperson, assisted with the recent Redistricting Committee of MD43, and was recently named to the KY Lions Hall of Fame at the 2017-18 MD 43 State Convention in Bowling Green, KY.

PDG Tony is married to the former Rebecca Phillips of Nolin, KY. and they will becelebrating their 29th wedding anniversary this coming December 22nd.

Karen Nitschke,
MD43 Council Secretary

PDG Karen Nitschke has been a member of the Independence Lions Club since April 1998. PDG Karen has served as LEO Advisor, Director, Lion Tamer, Tail Twister, Treasurer, Secretary (13 Years), Vice President, and President of the Independence Lions Club.

PDG Karen has also chaired numerous committees and projects of the Independence Lions Club. PDG Karen has served as Region One Zone One Chairperson, Appointed as Region One Zone Two Chairperson, Region Chairperson, Leo Advisor Chairperson, PDGA Secretary, Cabinet Secretary (eight years), 2nd Vice District Governor and 1st Vice District Governor.

PDG Karen has received Lion of the Year Plaques and several Certificates of Appreciation. PDG Karen is a Finis Davis Fellow, a Melvin Jones

Fellow, has received an International President’s Certificate of Appreciation.

PDG Karen has attended all District 43T Convention’s since becoming a Lion,

Four International Conventions, Two USA/Canada Forums. Lions Leadership Camp at Camp Crescendo.

PDG Karen earned her Associate’s degree in Accounting at Indiana Business College. PDG Karen is a recipient of the NAPW (National Association

of Professional Women) VIP Woman Award of the Year Award and is a member of the BNI Chapter – Referrals R Us. PDG Karen is currently Administrative Assistant for a Remediation/Remodeling/Restoration Company in Elsmere, KY.

To relax, PDG Karen enjoys quilting, reading, traveling, and spending time with family. PDG Karen is married to Lion David and they will be celebrating 37 years of marriage this October. PDG Karen and Lion David have two sons – Daniel and Jonathon and one Granddaughter – Lakyn, and one Step Granddaughter – Lauren.

Larry Munson,
MD43 State Treasurer

PDG Larry Munson joined the Salem Lions Club – MD43-K, in 1971. PDG

Larry transferred to the Calvert City Lions Club-MD43-K in 1975.

PDG Larry transferred to the Louisville Downtown Lions Club-MD43-N in 1989. While being a member of those Clubs PDG Larry has held offices from 2nd Vice President to President.

PDG Larry has achieved the 100% President’s Award. PDG Larry moved to Nicholasville in May, 2017 and is a member of the Lexington Lions Club.  On the Multiple District PDG Larry is a Progressive Melvin Jones Fellow, a Progressive Finis E. Davis Fellow, and a KLEF Life Patron. He is presently serving his sixth year as MD-43 State Treasurer and prior to that served MD43 as Auditor and Treasurer of the Kentucky Lions Eye Foundation.

From Lions Clubs International he has received two International Presidents Certificates of Appreciation and the International Presidential Leadership Award. PDG Larry has been inducted into the KY Lions Hall of Fame.

 On the District Level, PDG Larry has served as Zone and Region Chairperson in MD43-K. PDG Larry served as District Governor of MD43-K, 1980-1981 while being a member of the Calvert City Lions club.

PDG Larry received the 100% District Governor Award. PDG Larry is retired from Diversified Ophthalmics, Inc,

Cincinnati, OH. PDG Larry was an Account Manager, working with Ophthalmic and Optometric Practices in Kentucky, Southern Indiana and Utah.

PDG Larry and Linda attend the Nicholasville United Methodist Church. Their son Brad and daughter-in-law Jill have blessed them with four beautiful granddaughters Katie, Elizabeth. Caroline and Abby. 

Thomas H. Matney,
Past International Director

PID Thomas H. Matney of Harrodsburg, Kentucky served a two-year term as a Director of the International

Association of Lions Clubs following his election at the Association’s 77th International Convention in Phoenix, Arizona in 1994.

Past Director Matney recently retired

from Corning Incorporated as a human resource development supervisor in

Corning’s Harrodsburg, Kentucky plant and is now keeping himself busy with some consulting work and working part time at Auto Zone. A member of the Harrodsburg Lions Club since 1979, Past Director Matney has held many positions within the Association, including club president, district governor and council chairman.

He has also served as Chairman of numerous district and multiple district

committees and as President, Secretary, and Treasurer of the Kentucky Lions Eye

Foundation. Lion Matney has also been a presenter or moderator at twelve

International Conventions and eleven USA/Canada Lions Leadership Forums.

Past Director Matney has received numerous awards in recognition of his

contributions to the Association, including the 100% President’s Award, 100% District Governor’s Award, two Leadership Awards, seven International

President’s Awards, an International President’s Certificate of Appreciation

and the Ambassador of Good Will, the highest honor bestowed upon a member by the Association.

He is also a Melvin Jones Fellow, a Finis Davis Fellow, a Helen Keller Fellow and a member of the Kentucky Lions Hall of Fame. In addition to his Lion Activities, Past Director Matney is a former Cub-Master, Past President of the Wilderness Trace Family YMCA, Treasurer of the Central Kentucky Regional Training Consortium, past chairman of the Curriculum Materials Committee for the Harrodsburg Middle School and a member his county’s United Way fundraising committee.

Past Director Matney and his wife, Ruth, have one son, Stephen, and two grandsons.