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.
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 Oktoberfest celebration.
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 "Organization" page
Daun of an era
Beginning in January Lakewood First Lions will need to adjust to a new waitress as Daun shuffles her schedule to allow her to spend more time to take care of an ailing mother-in-law. She has served us, and gotten to know our members since the club went through some schedule adjusting of its own earlier this year.
What was to be just the club's annual gift turned out to be a fairwell gift – of sorts. We may continue to see her at the Ram restaurant, but only in passing. We have been delighted to have such a professional server take care of our many (and often particular, or peculiar) needs. Everyone wishes Daun continued success in her work, and the best of health for her mother-in-law.
And cats and furry creatures big and small
We love them all. All those wonderful furry friends. Except the kind we abhor. And even the ones we love, but not in our own back yard.
So Correne Buck of our Lakewood Police Department came to tell us how to control the presence of creatures in our lives and to keep them in their place. Which is any place but our place.
The most interesting revelation presented by Officer Buck was the rapidity with which Feral cats can overwhelm the system of animal control.
One feral cat can have three litters per year with an average of four kittens per litter. A feral cat may live seven years. A kitten, according to Ask.com and another site, can become pregnant as young as four months of age! That means all typical years of a cat's life are productive. stretching those facts to their fullest possibility means that one feral cat settling in Lakewood seven years ago would by this year have blessed our fair city with 360,000 fresh ferals to pick from.
A second problem, which would seem a blessing in disguise, is the proliferation of coyotes. Well, since cats are a tasty menu choice for coyotes you would think the second problem might cancel out the first. But even an abundant population of coyotes would be challenged by the production from just one initial feral cat. Consider again, that Lakewood likely had many feral cats to begin with and the numbers would be astronomical. Obviously the numbers don't hold true in most cases or we would today be subservient to a kingdom of cats. And the bigger problem with coyotes is they do not distinguish between wild and domesticated meals.
Then there is the other problem – raccoons. They, too, will wreak havoc with feral cats when in face-to-face confrontations over territory and edibles. Toss in a few rodents like rats and it becomes clear that following Animal Control's recommendations for establishing good property management is a necessary first step.
So, Keep properties clear of tall bushes. If those bushes are fruit producing it seems prudent to harvest the crops when possible and take them inside for storage and consumption or dispose of them in yard waste recycle buckets. the same for fruit-bearing trees. I recently harvested the apples off my tree and, since they are no longer suitable for human consumption, I saved them in a bag to be portioned out for deer. One morning as we were glancing out the patio door we observed a rat bouncing onto our property and sniffing its way to the bag of apples on the deck.
New Policy: Let the deer fend for themselves. Actually I did this to protect my laurel bushes, which the deer feed on when times get tough.
Don't put pet food out. If you do, bring it back in when the pet has satisfied itself. The operating theory is, no food, no problemo. Animals are only interested in one thing, and it's not being cute for suburbanites – it's food.
Officer Buck recommends trapping feral cats that reside in your neighborhood (it's legal) and take the trapped cat to animal control. It will be spayed/neutered and one or the other ear will be clipped for future identity, depending on the sex, then released unharmed to the community where it will never again reproduce.
First quarterly club dinner launches new fundraiser
The inaugural fundraising club dinner went off with praises from all in attendence and put a tidy sum away for future Lakewood First Lions projects and needs. Assuming continued good results from future dinners the potential is, based on the $260 earned from the first dinner, over $1,000 per year. And it was easy money, right DeAnne?! Great job! You are truly appreciated.
By the way, you still owe me a plate of lasagna.
Apples, eyes and eats, oh my!
Another banner year for apple sales, and another record - 77 boxes of apples sold for a total of $770 for Lakewood First Lions. Unfortunately the announcement came with the expected news that Sue B wishes to step down from her leadership in apple sales. Sue has been responsible for the program for 4 years now. And she has been battling her cancer almost 4 years now. And through it all she has driven sales of 241 boxes of apples earning $2,410 for the club and $4,820 for children with diabetes. For any Lion that would be a grand achievement - there's hardly a word to describe Sue B's accomplishments.
Sue goes in this week for another check up to learn if she will be facing yet more treatment for what may be another cancerous spot, but she can't even start additional treatment until she builds more strength to fight the physically draining regimen. If anyone can do it Sue can.
Check out the PROJECTS page to learn more about apple packing this Saturday.
The eyes have it (along with ears) and Jeff Rich is again making sure the kids in our region are tested for their sight and hearing efficiencies. Probably among the most important functions our club performs in the community, the Sight & Hearing program is critical to identifying children with weaknesses in those areas. I know it is critical because I was a beneficiary of a similar program as a child that revealed why I was not performing as well as I could. It turned out that I had such terrible vision in my left eye that it was nearly usless, and was affecting total vision to the extent of holding me back. That was the beginning of a life-time of spectacles, but better vision and grades.
This is another example of a truly great Lion sticking with a program over several years because it had to be done for the sake of the kids. He (and we) may never know how his dedication may affect even one child to such an extent that a future is suddenly unlimited because a sight or hearing problem was detected and treated. A big hand to Jeff and all those from our club and all the others in our region for ensuring the ongoing success of this basic Lions program.
The PROJECTS page will have the latest schedule for anyone ready to give Jeff a hand, and the kids an opportunity - or is it the other way around?
The good news is Steve Mauer gets to retire from the Lakewood police department. The better news is his retirement will be in the area and we do not lose him to some uncomfortable sun chair on a beach with the unbearable noise of those awful crashing waves! He actually has taken on a new job with much less stress - chief of security at Western State Hospital. (He claims he knows what he is doing.) Congratulations on your retirement and your new position, Steve.
Hold a bed for me!
Jan Rich reached the 10 year membership mark and was recognized by President Eric Warn and applauded by the members in attendance. Tricked by Warn into thinking he wanted her to present an update on a project he instead presented her with her 10-year pin from Lions Clubs International.
District Governor Danby speaks of Lions and dreams
With congratulations and a reminder that in 2014 Lakewood First Lions will celebrate 50 years of Lionism, District Governor Marilyn Danby thanked the club for all they have done and are planning to do for the Lakewood community.
She reminisced of the day she made the decision to become a Lion. While on a tour of a local elementary school with a Lions Club that was presenting packages which included new underwear to needy children, the Lions noticed one young boy that appeared very troubled. It just so happened that on that day he had soiled his clothing and was terribly embarrassed. He thought he was in trouble when he was directed to the principal's office. When he exited the office his mood was decidedly different; he had been presented with his package, including the underwear, which he changed into immediately. He headed back to his room full of pride and ready for his school work. Danby was so moved she joined the Lions Club that day.
District Governor Danby believes that by convincing members in her district to stop thinking in terms of goals with regard to projects clubs may undertake, and seeing them as dreams, the change of thinking is likely to translate into more successes and more content Lions. Indeed, the term goal imbues the projects with a more stressful connotation. As she explains, goals are too infrequently followed up on. It makes sense, when the goals are established as do-or-die conditions. Dreams, on the other hand, are personal. They are pursued with a deeper attachment and less stress.
Her personal dream is to approach her year as district governor with the same attitude we take when occupying a camp ground; leave the site better than when you found it.
To infect the district leadership with her concept she is abandoning the tradition of producing a souvenir governor's pin and, instead, presenting governor's pens. As she presented the pen she encouraged Lakewood First Lions' president, Eric Warn, "Have a dream. In order to keep track of that dream use the pen to write it down. Monitor its status and make changes when needed."