We Serve!
Since 1954

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Welcome to the Lakewood First Lions Club website!

We are delighted that you are checking us out, and hope to pursuade you to also check us out at one of our meetings. You could just better your life and the lives of many in your community, even if just by a notch or two. Our postal address is:
Lakewood First Lions Club
P.O. Box 99158
Lakewood, WA 98496

Special Note on Eyeglasses & Hearing Aids
Hearing aids and eyeglasses may be available to income-qualified individuals on a very limited basis. When our annual fund allowance becomes depleted we may not be able to provide this service. Email mstocke@gmail.com for basic information.

Lakewood First Lions continues to collect these items for refurbishing. We do not provide eyeglasses to individuals, but collect them and forward them to our processing center. They are then prepared for refurbishing if suitable.

Regular Meetings (open to drop-by guests)
2nd & 4th Mondays of every month
All meetings held at noon at:
The Ram Restaurant
10013 59th Ave. SW
Lakewood, WA 98499

Lakewood First Lions members adhere to two guiding philosophies – Serve the community and relish the fun and camaraderie. We have been successful at both. Live Like a Lion is more than a slogan - it's a calling.

Like all service organizations our club has varied in size over the years. What hasn't varied is our commitment to the mission of Lions Clubs International and to the needs of our community.

Again next year our community will benefit from the proceeds received at this year's Crab Feed event and other fundraisers held throughout the year.

To learn how you can turn your spare time into a valued benefit to your community, check out "Membership" page.

See how Lions are organized on our "Club Structure" page



crabfeed fun

Crab Feed for 2017: Use the Paypal button to reserve seats.
See our EVENTS page for details.

Please be Aware!
Meal selections are final and cannot be changed at the event. Meals are planned and prepared according to you order, so please be sure you are selecting accordingly.

Menu Choice


Meeting Agenda: See Membership Page


Below:Sight and Hearing - 2016 Child Study & Treatment Center District Governor Visits InstallationCeremony

Student totals for 2016/17 now on Projects Page

Lakewood First and DuPont Lions on a Roll for 2016

Only a month into the Clover Park school year Lakewood First Lions and DuPont lions have tested nearly 3,000 elementary students for sight and hearing. It’s an annual program that works to identify students who may have vision or hearing problems, issues that can have dramatic impacts on their learning ability.
eyechartEach school in the district can opt into the program, and participating Lions Clubs provide as many volunteers as each school may need to test students in classes up to third grade. The service is free to both the schools and the students as part of Lions Clubs International’s primary focus on sight and hearing. Without Lions members, schools would be hard pressed to provide students with the tests utilizing eye examsschool personnel. The Lions project insures each student can be tested, while school personnel – especially health staff members – are free to focus on more immediate health issues. Lions Clubs’ sight and hearing projects are open to participation by non-Lion volunteers from the communities.
eye exams 2Twelve elementary schools are scheduled so far, and others will be added as the school year continues. The list of schools served includes those on the military bases within the district.
More information about Lakewood First Lions, including membership, can be found at www.livelikealion.org. DuPont Lions’ website is www.dupontlions.org.



Lakewood 1st Marks end of Springbrook Summer Program
Cookout of garden veggies highlighted
Photos submitted by IPP Eric Warn
Springbrook summer end

Zone C1 Members Go on Eye-opening Tour
Material and cash donations will help children at the hospital

By Zone C1 Chair Dotty Jackl
with additions by Ed Kane, webmaster
Photos by Rise Windell, University Place Lions
The 11 Lions Club members from Zone C-1 who met at the Ketron Cottage to drop off donations were taken on a tour of the 3 different children's cottages by Dr. Michelle Giresi. It was quite an eye opener for me. The Ketron Cottage is for the middle age children and they were verylions visiting Child Study & Treatment Center appreciative of our donations, especially the bikes  that Tacoma SE Lions donated.  They greeted us with a nice handmade welcome sign which we got to take home with us.  We filled up their hallways with clothes, games, puzzles, books, toiletries, Dollar Tree gift cards, and a total of $1,200 to help with any additional needs the children might have.
The facilities, located in Lakewood, are a function of the Child Study & Treatment Center,  Washington State Department of Social and Health Services. Their Mission Statement, taken from their website states:

"The Child Study and Treatment Center (CSTC), located in Lakewood, WA is the only state-operated and funded psychiatric hospital for children and youth (ages 5 to 18).  Accredited by The Joint Commission, CSTC has a total capacity of 47 beds divided among three age and developmentally-based cottages. CSTC is a locked campus, securely designed for youth who cannot be served safety in less restrictive community settings. The average length of stay is approximately 6 months to one year. Camano Cottage serves children ages 6 to 12, Ketron Cottage serves youth up to 14 and Orcas Cottage serves the older youth up to their 18th birthday.  Elementary, middle and high school educational services are provided by the Clover Park School District (CPSD) under an agreement authorized by RCW 28A.190.040 governing residential programs for youth. CPSD coordinates educational planning with home school districts prior to admission and upon discharge.  Grounded by the therapeutic milieu, psychiatric treatment incorporates the most current evidence-based practices including cognitive behavioral therapy, trauma-focused CBT, DBT, skills development, family and recreational therapies. Clinical services include medication management and 24-hour nursing services. CSTC engages families, guardians and community supports in treatment and discharge planning so that children can successfully transition back to their family home, or community-based foster placement.  CSTC is committed to culturally competent care for children with severe emotional disorders whose needs are often complicated by medical, social, legal and developmental issues."

A special thanks to Trenton Erker from Tacoma Downtown Lions Club for calling our attention to a much needed project for our zone.  Thank you's also go out to all the members who attended:  Joye Bucklin and Risë windell from University Place, Jan McCaffrey from Lakewood First, Kecia Stringfield from Lakewood Knights, John Doyle from Tacoma SE, Sue Schmidt from Gig Harbor, and from Tacoma Downtown: Barbara Wasser, Ed Burrough, Trenton Erker, and Ron Reierson.

District Governor Weatherly Addresses LFL
Subjects range from membership to participation at other Lions levels

"New Mountains to Climb," the theme of Lions International President Chancellor Bob Corlew, is a four-point program – each point representing a type of service project – to continue the Jan Weatherlyoutstanding record of service achieved by Lions Clubs International throughout its first century of existence. Our District Governor Jan Weatherly is making her rounds as our new governor to spread the word about ending the organization's first century of volunteerism and marching into the new century with renewed vigor and commitment.
"It's all about what we do for others," Weatherly expressed as pride in the past and said, "We did an awful lot in the first hundred years and there is more to do in the second hundred years." Her key to achieving more is not to load heavier burdens onto members shoulders, but to add more members to share and increase each club's ability to do more.
Her theme as she travels the district throughout the year is "Let Your Light Shine," rhyming with and adding to the impact of the international theme, "New Mountains to Climb." Weatherly's meaning is for members to show what Lions do for each community served – both as an organization and as individual members. As such there will evolve a new awareness of 100 year bannerLions' contributions and an increase in interest in joining Lions Clubs. To provide a long-term reminder of her theme she gave out a three LED keychain flashlight to each member in attendance. Bright enough to light the path for others looking into membership and those that have become members, but are not yet fully versed in the multi-faceted mission of Lions Clubs International.
At the end of the meeting the Governor had club members sign a banner that will be marched in the international parade in 2018 celebrating the 100 years of service of L.C.I. All in attendance gathered later and posed for a photo with everyone shining their new lights on the governor.
group photoAt the end of the meeting the Governor had club members sign a banner that will be marched in the international parade in 2018 celebrating the 100 years of service of L.C.I.

Installation + Induction = Continuation
Lakewood First Growing, Changing, Getting on with Serving

The annual installation ceremony in any club is always a festive, joyful event. It's a time of looking at what's been and what is to be. A time to praise individual efforts and re-assign roles. At Lakewood First Lions praises are a given, what with the heartfelt time and toil invested by so many members. But this year was kind of special — special because Melvin Jones made a guest appearance at the party to recognize a very special person.

Melvin Jones is the founder of Lions Clubs International. Now long gone but always honored, he makes his appearance in the form of the most cherished form of recognition a member can receive — the coveted Melvin Jones Fellowship. It is not a recognition given lightly, and the recipient is determined by those best able to judge the merits that person's contributions to the causes of the organization. The club makes a substantial monetary payment to Lions Clubs Lakewood First Lions President DeAnne BennettInternational and receives a handsome plaque for the recipient. Because of the nature of the work done by members they can and often do receive numerous certificates of accomplishment and achievement during their membership. But the one that is sure to hang in a prominent location forever is the Fellowship plaque.

This year the honor was earned by a relatively recent member whose contributions to the club's work has astounded even life-long members. She is now serving as president of the club for another year-long term, so the future looks promising as DeAnne Bennett takes hold of the reins armed with plenty of Lions leadership experience under her belt.

There are many more photos and more information from the installation to view by clicking for the Live Like a Lion newsletter here.