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.
Special Note on Eyeglasses & Hearing Aids
Lakewood First Lions continues to collect these items for refurbishing. We do not provide them directly to individuals.
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
January 26, 2015
Busy Meeting as Club Closes in on Busiest Event
With less than a week to go before the annual Lakewood First Lions Crab Feed club members reviewed final preparations for the event that is proving to be a run-away success for a second-year repeat.
Sold tickets approached 280 as final numbers are calculated. Sales have been officially closed. The event kicks off at 6:00 p.m. on Saturday, January 31, but club members will be converging on McGavick Conference Center on the Clover Park Technical College campus at noon that day for setup.
With a break before show time, many attendees are expected to return to the center decked out to show support for the Seattle Seahawks' return performance at the 49th Super Bowl in Phoenix, Arizona on Sunday.
Always a highly anticipated agenda item at Lions' fundraising events, the dessert auction is promising a tremendous variety of high-calorie offerings packaged to flaunt their contents like the Seahawks flaunt their calm confidence.
Member of the Year Recognized
Lakewood First Lions has been fortunate in recent years in attracting members with a true passion for service. An outstanding contributor to the club's efforts for 2014 has been Jillian Klingenberg(3rd from left), and she was presented with the Lion of the Year certificate by club co-president Eric Warn (far left).
Jillian has come as close to "leaping tall buildings" as any member in recent club history by selling apples and crab feed tickets at a dizzying pace, in addition to pitching in during events. A member of the Heritage Bank team in Lakewood, she was accomapanied at the club meeting byt the branch president, Jay Mayer(far right).
Zone Chairperson Bonnie Mannig also presented Jillian with a pin recognizing her for "Making a Difference."
Newest MembersWelcomed by Zone Chair
Zone chairperson Bonnie Manning welcomed Lakewood First Lions' two new members into the Lion zone 19 C1. Members Mike Stocke and Moureen David became members near the end of 2014.
October 18, 2014
Lakewood First Lions descended on the Thurston County Fairgrounds in Lacey for the annual fundraising apple-packing event. More than ever before, members packed boxes with 40 pounds of apples each for the record number of boxes sold.
Member Sue Bailey, a member for just over a year, took on the task when another member had to go out of town. Without an ounce of reluctance she jumped into the task with enthusiasm and high spirits. Her positive attitude paid dividends completely unexpected by the membership. She brought in a record harvest of 149 boxes sold: that's 5860 pounds of humongous, delicious Fuji apples. In addition to apples sold by members, another 7 boxes were brought back for distribution to local food banks.
The experience was so positive for her she said, "I wouldn't hesitate to do it again if I were to be asked." The most difficult aspect of the project, she said, was keeping accurate records of members that wanted apples and the erratic flow of funds to pay for them.
Her task was clearly made easier as some members tallied large numbers of sales. Jillian Klingenberg racked up 30 boxes, with the help of her coworkers at Heritage Bank in Lakewood. Three other members came in with 17 boxes each; Lloyd Christianson, Dave O'Keeffe and Pete Piotrowski.
Bailey was especially pleased with the turnout at the packing event in Lacey. "Everybody stepped up to the plate, and we were out of there in just a few hours"! In the end, $1500 was raised for needs supported by the club and another $1500 went to support the host organization, Camp Leo for Children with Diabetes.
October 13, 2014
Law Enforcement Youth Camp One of Mauer's Passions
Lion Steve Mauer presented information about a youth camp many in the community have never heard of. But it is an opportunity for economically disadvantaged kids that attempts to provide a perspective on life that the kids might not ordinarily have. The Law Enforcement Youth Camp was begun in 1970 by a couple of police officers in Tacoma for kids from 9 to 11 years of age.
To this day officers from throughout the region serve as the camp's counselors. Each year officers spread themselves within their communities, usually through the schools, to recruit the kids, and they always succeed in filling the available openings. As a rule the kids do not get to return for a repeat experience: there are so many kids that could benefit from this opportunity that rarely are any of the children allowed to return, in order that as many as possible get to take their turn.
A large part of building kids' self-esteem is to encourage them to take on physical challenges they might otherwise shy away from. But once they conquer their fear or reluctance they are overjoyed at their successes, often running around bragging about their conquests. Those challenges include such physical activities as zip lines, horse-back riding, a climbing wall and team sports.
The camp is held once annually at Sunset Lake Camps based out of Wilkseon, Washington. Each camp, for about 100 kids, costs the organization about $8,000. Their own donations and community fundraisers cover the expenses.