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.
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.
This provides families with the opportunity to receive a special dues discount when they join a Lions Club together.
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.
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
The Leawood Lions Club has many activities that serve Leawood and surrounding Kansas City area.
Salvation Army Bell Ringing
Lions Candy Days & Sight Programs
Johnson County Library Programs
Leawood Labor Day 5K
Run Youth Vision Screening
Boy Scout Troop 10
Leawood Breakfast with Santa
Cub Scouts Pack 3010
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.
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.
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
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
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
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.
Leawood Lions in action
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