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
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.
September 22, 2014
District Governor Kirry Brings His Goals to Lakewood
Lions District 19C Governor John Kirry paid a visit to our club this Monday to explain his goals and expectations to our membership. Among the initiatives he brought to the office was his Power of Lions recognition program. The presentation of the certificate is intended to recognize Lions Club members whose work desrves highlighting, especially for newer members such as Jillian Klingenberg and Sue Bailey. Both these members showed no hestiation to take on projects and responsibilities and then excel at them.
Three points of emphasis will mark Kirry's early role as District 19C governor. The first project is Lions Journey Program. While our district has been consistent, according to Kirry, in "attracting 200 or more new members every year for the last eight years," it is also true we have been losing existing members at the rate of over 200 each year.
The second project is the Sully Hat project. Governor Kirry had served together, at one point in his long aviator career, with famed pilot and hero "Sully Sullenberg," who safely brought his disabled aircraft down smoothly on the Hudson River, saving all on board. Kirry donated one of his pilot's hats bearing the autograph of Sully on the bill. The hat will be eventually presented to a lucky individual, but in the meantime it will be the focus of a fundraising campaign in support of Lions Clubs International's campaign to eradicate measles. It happens to be a particular interest of Chesley Burnett "Sully" Sullenberger, III.
The third point of interest for Kirry is communications. In light of that he has introduced a newly designed district website (http://www.md19clions.org/) with new functionality and information. In addition he has directed that his newsletter be published at the beginning of each month so that clubs and zones can pull articles to include in their own newsletters, thereby expanding the reach of information throughout the district. The website will also include a calendar of events that will include events from any club in the district. It will be up to the clubs to send the information in to PDG (Past District Governor) David Risley- email@example.com.
In closing his presentation the Governor read from a yellowed school library book, How to Run a Meeting. The particular passages had to do with how to be a better member of whatever club or group an individual chooses to join. In essence the advice is to throw yourself into the group's mission and goals. And that is what he has done in Lions, and hope we all will continue our dedication to our clubs.
September 18, 2014
Sight & Hearing Program Running Strong
Tyee Elementary School students had their vision, hearing and dental health checked by members from Lakewood First Lions, DuPont Lions, Lindquist Clinic and soldiers from 514th Ground Ambulance Company at their school on Thursday.
Under management of Lakewood member Jeff Rich, now in his 5th year running the very successful program, the Lakewood First Lions Club and members of the DuPont Lions Club are making a difference in the sight and hearing of the youth in both Clover Park and Steilacoom school districts by doing basic screening at the request of school nurses. This year members of the 514th Ground Ambulance Company pitched to help with vision testing and chaperoning students from station to station, and staff members from Lindquist Clinic of Tacoma provided dental examinations.
Testing all students for sight or hearing deficiencies by these volunteers enables the school nurses to address only those students with demonstrated needs. Both Lions clubs do the initial student testing, sending only those children who didn't meet the prescribed standards to the nurse for one-on-one personalized testing. Identifying children with vision or hearing issues is critical to helping those children attain equality in learning opportunities.
During a typical school year approximately 4,000 to 5,000 students are tested using this procedure. So far this year Jeff can claim that about 1,880 have been checked, with several schools still on schedule for the next few weeks. Another win/win effort utilizing Lion Club community service volunteers.