LEAWOOD LIONS

THE LEAWOOD LIONS CLUB

Serving the Greater Kansas City area for over 60 years!

LIONS ARE EVERYWHERE

Lions Club International is the largest service organization in the world. We have more than 1.35 million members in more than 46,000 clubs worldwide. We're men, and women, active in over 200 countries.

MOTTO

"We Serve."

VISION STATEMENT

To be the global leader in community and humanitarian service.

mission STATEMENT

To empower volunteers to serve their communities, meet humanitarian needs, encourage peace and promote international understanding through Lions clubs.

REGULAR MEETINGS

2nd Tuesdays. Social begins at 6pm, Dinner is served at 6:30.

Where: Leawood City Hall: Oak Room. 4800 Town Center Dr. (117th and Roe)

MEMBERSHIP TYPES

Every club needs members in order to achieve its service goals. To help clubs recruit new members, LCI offers several membership options to community members who want to volunteer and serve their communities as Lions.

REGULAR

FAMILY

STUDENT

LEO LION

For more information, download the New Member Information PDF by selecting the image to the left.

This is our "standard" member. Regular membership is for community members interested in volunteering, serving the community and making our world a better place.

REGULAR MEMBER

This provides families with the opportunity to receive a special dues discount when they join a Lions Club together.

FAMILY MEMBER

Student membership allows students to make new friends and help others in their community at the same time. Students are: enrolled in a school, and are between the age of legal majority and through age 30.

STUDENT MEMBER

Allows current or former Leos to continue doing volunteer work with LCI as a Lion. Leo Lions pay no entrance fee or charter fee, and half international dues.

LEO LION MEMBER

ACTIVITIES

The Leawood Lions Club has many activities that serve Leawood and surrounding Kansas City area.

Salvation Army Bell Ringing

Pancake Days

Lions Candy Days & Sight Programs

Eyeglass Collection

Johnson County Library Programs

Social Events

Leawood Labor Day 5K

Run Youth Vision Screening

Scholarships

Boy Scout Troop 10

Leawood Breakfast with Santa

Cub Scouts Pack 3010

SERVICE PROJECTS

We take pride in the many ways the Leawood Lions Club has given back to our community. Become a member and help us achieve even higher goals next year!

Donated $30,000 to build Lion’s Shelter in Leawood City Park.

 

Provided $25,000 for Lion’s Memorial fountain in Leawood City Park.

 

Collected more than $25,000 annually to the Salvation Army Bell Ringing Campaign. Total collected to date over $740,000.

 

Supported the Kansas Lions Eye Clinic at KU medical Center. Provided free eye exams and glasses for the needy.

 

Provided transportation for eye tissue for Midland Eye Bank that contributes to  20,000 cornea transplants nationwide each year.

 

Collected over 12,000 pairs of glasses each year.

 

Donated ECTV Readers to Johnson County Library.

 

Offers $500 College scholarships.

 

Maintains historic Linwood Cemetery in Leawood, KS.

Hunger INITIATIVE

National Organizations like The Salvation Army and Catholic Charities USA along with local pantries are reporting a substantial increase in requests for food assistance.

 

Food banks are opening their doors to increasing numbers of "the next layer of people" - "child-care workers, nurse's aides, real estate agents and secretaries" struggling with the financial crisis.

 

Pantries are facing special difficulty from greatly increased demand for their help and/or depletion of resources.

OUR RESPONSE

In response to the crisis affecting families and children, the Leawood Lions Club launched its Hunger Initiative to provide meaningful assistance to local area food pantries.

 

The Leawood Lions Benevolent Committee met with Harvesters and they listed 86 food pantries serving the needy. From December 2008 through May 2010 the Leawood Lions Foundation distributed gifts of $1,000 each to thirteen pantries in Johnson and Wyandotte Counties for a total of $13,000.. The Leawood Lions Club issued a challenge to other Lions Clubs and civic groups to provide donations to individual pantries.

 

The Pantries are:

 

Central Church of The Nazarene - 12600 W. 87st Parkway - Lenexa

College Church of the Nazarene - 2020 E. Sheridan - Olathe

Olathe food Pantry - 621 W. Lee Street - Olathe

Overland Park Christian Church- 7500 W. 75th Street - Overland Park

Overland Park Church of Christ - 13400 W. 119th - Overland Park

Stilwell Baptist Caring Ministry - 19950 Broadmoor Lane - Stilwell

Bridges of Hope (United Methodist) - 933 Argentine Boulevard - Kansas City, Kansas

Grace Lutheran Church - 3333 wood Ave - Kansas City, Kansas

HELP 317, Inc. Victory Hills Nazarene - 6200 Parallel Parkway - Kansas City, Kansas

Shawnee Community Services - 1110 W. 67th Street - Kansas City, Kansas

Mount Carmel Community Outreach Pantry - 1220 Troup - Kansas City, Kansas

St. Paul's Episcopal Church - 1300 N. 18th - Kansas City, Kansas

Young Memorial Church of God in Christ - 2401 N. 9th - Kansas City, Kansas

Officers

2016 - 2017 Officers

Club President – Lion Vania Castro

1st Vice President – Lion Steve Everley

2nd Vice President – Lion Chris Wright

3rd Vice President – Lion Lee Schultz

Club Secretary – Lion Joe Charmella

Asst. Secretary – Lion Leroy Kashka

Immediate Past President - Peggy Jacobson

 

Board Directors

Lion Tom Willy – 2nd year

Lion Bob Toplikar – 2nd year

Lion Jim Rochel – 1st year

Lion Dan Hutchins – 1st year

Treasurer – Lion Tom Shearer

Tail Twister – Lion Dayton Koch

Lion Tamer – Lions Rick Waldenmeyer

Membership Chair - Lion Chris Wright,

Co-Chair Lion Don Greenwell

 

Leawood Lions Committee Chairmen

Benevolent Committee Chair – Lion Tom Willy

Boy Scouts Troop 10 Chair - Lion Chris Wright

Breakfast with Santa - Lion Ken Habiger

Candy Day - Lion Don and Marsha Greenwell

Cub Scouts Pack 3010 - Lion Chris Wright

Eye Glass Collection – Lion Steve Everley and

Lion Harry and Lion Lois Malnicof

Leawood Labor Day 5K/Pancakes Co-Chairs - Lion Ken Habiger and Lion Peggy Jacobson

Newsletter Editors - Lion Ken Habiger and Lion Tom Willy

Pancake Operations Co-Chairs - Lion Peggy Jacobson and Lion Ken Habiger

Peace Poster Chair – Lion Troy Rettig

Salvation Army Bell Ringing - Chair Don Schultz

Scholarship Chair - Lion Jim Rochel

Vision in Need - Co- Chairs Lion Chris Wright and Lion Steve Everley

Web Master - Lion Tim Huggins

Youth Vision Screening - Co- Chairs – Lion Peggy Jacobson and Lion Steve Everley

Lion Harry and Lion Lois Malnicof

 

 

2016 – 2017 Kansas District 17-A

District Governor Linda Leander of Assaria Lions Club

1st Vice Governor Deb Weaverling of Leavenworth Lions Club

2nd Vice Governor John Burns of Olathe Evening Lions

Secretary – PDG Alfred Kimmi of Everest Lions Club

Treasurer – Lion Harry Malnicof of Leawood Lions Club

 

HISTORY

Lions are an international network of 1.3 million men and women in 200 countries and geographic areas who work together to answer the needs that challenge communities around the world.

 

Known for working to end preventable blindness, Lions participate in a vast variety of projects important to their communities. These projects range from cleaning up local parks to providing supplies to victims of natural disasters.

 

Beginning in 1917, the association of Lions clubs has provided millions of people with the opportunity to give something back to their communities. View LQ (Lions Quarterly Video Magazine) on the Lions News Network to see how Lions continue to make a difference everyday and everywhere.

 

Lions International History

 

The International Association of Lions Clubs began as the dream of Chicago businessman Melvin Jones. He believed that local business clubs should expand their horizons from purely professional concerns to the betterment of their communities and the world at large.

 

Jones' group, the Business Circle of Chicago, agreed. After contacting similar groups around the United States, an organizational meeting was held on June 7, 1917 in Chicago, Illinois, USA. The new group took the name of one of the invited groups, the "Association of Lions Clubs," and a national convention was held in Dallas, Texas, USA in October of that year. A constitution, by-laws, objects and code of ethics were approved.

 

Among the objects adopted in those early years was one that read, "No club shall hold out the financial betterment of its members as its object." This call for unselfish service to others remains one of the association's main tenets.

 

Just three years after its formation, the association became international when the first club in Canada was established in 1920. Major international expansion continued as clubs were established, particularly throughout Europe, Asia and Africa during the 1950s and '60s.

 

In 1925, Helen Keller addressed the Lions international convention in Cedar Point, Ohio, USA. She challenged Lions to become "knights of the blind in the crusade against darkness." From this time, Lions clubs have been actively involved in service to the blind and visually impaired.

 

Broadening its international role, Lions Clubs International helped the United Nations form the Non-Governmental Organizations sections in 1945 and continues to hold consultative status with the U.N.

 

In 1990, Lions launched its most aggressive sight preservation effort, SightFirst. The US$202 million program strives to rid the world of preventable and reversible blindness by supporting desperately needed health care services.

 

In addition to sight programs, Lions Clubs International is committed to providing services for youth. Lions clubs also work to improve the environment, build homes for the disabled, support diabetes education, conduct hearing programs and, through their foundation, provide disaster relief around the world.

 

Lions Clubs International has grown to include 1.3 million men and women in approximately 45,000 clubs located in 200 countries and geographic areas.

 

View a multimedia presentation on The History of Lions Clubs International, or visit the Lions Learning Center to view more presentations.

PHOTOS

Leawood Lions in action

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