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April 2016
Scholarship Given Out to Wheaton Student

Bill Davis of the Wheaton Lions Club gave out a scholarships to Emily Sexauer from Wheaton South High School at our April 19th Lions Club meeting. Emily will be attending the George Mason University, a large 33,000 enrolment college headquartered in Fairfax, Virginia. While in high school Emily served an internship for Peter Roskam for Congress. She plans on majoring in Political Science. Congratulations Emily.

Our first scholarship recipient of 2016, Emily Sexauer.

The Wheaton Lions Club presented a scholarship to Valerie Westrich, a Senior Student at Wheaton Warrenville South high school. Valerie will be studying Medical Nursing at Winona State University in Minnesota. Her parents were also at our luncheon with her. Congratulations Valerie and best of luck to you.

Our second scholarship recipient of 2016, Valerie Westrich.



January 2016
Lion Lynn Raske Golden Lion Award for Clip

District 1J Zone Chairman John Barsanti awarded the Lion Lynn Raske Golden Lion Award to Wheaton Lion Ogden (Clip) Kniffin at today's January 19 luncheon. This award is in recognition of superior efforts for our Club and District 1-J. Clip is a former President of the Wheaton Club and he started the Wheaton Lion's Annual Reindeer Run which has become a very popular 5K December run and a valuable fund raiser. Clip's wife Ellie joined us for lunch and John made a point of recognizing and thanking her for the way she's supported Clip and the Lions. Congratulations Clilp, you've done a great job for us.

Wheaton Lion Ogden (Clip) Kniffin receiving an award from John Barsanti.



December 2015
Christmas Luncheon & Auction

On December 15th we were welcomed to lunch at the Arrowhead Golf Club by fellow Lion and Wheaton Park District Director  Mike Benard.  This annual event is a chance to welcome the Christmas holiday season in and raise money for people with sight and hearing disabilities.

Lion Keith Carlson chaired the luncheon and worked hard to bring in a number of auction items for us to bid on. He also asked each member to bring a nice raffle prize which we all did.

Lion (and Wheaton Mayor) Mike Gresk headed up the auction and raffle drawing.

Over 60 people attending the lunch and a great time was had by all.

Let the raffle and auction begin.

So many raffle items to choose from.

Another auction item to bid on.



November 2015
Veterans Day Tribute

November 11, 2015 was a special Veterans Day in Wheaton. Wheaton Lion Rick Erickson chaired a committee who put together an evening at Wheaton College called Reflections Framed. 45 Veterans were honored. Each veteran or family member was given a framed picture which had a brief story of their service. The front had one or two photos from their service days. The committee included Dr. Tony Payne of Wheaton College, Wheaton Mayor Michael Gresk, Betsy Adamowski, Wheaton Library Director (All Wheaton Lion Club members) and a few others. Special thanks to Bob Greene, President of DuPage Framing who framed each picture with a beautiful frame. Proceeds from attendees and sponsors all went to help the Midwest Shelter for Homeless Veterans. Thanks for a great program Rick.


September 2015
Eyeglasses and hearing aid donations

Over the last 5 months Wheaton Lion Ed Lambke has been picking up eyeglasses, Hearing aids, metal keys and cell phones. He recently brought a lot of things over to the Lions of Illinois Foundation in Sycamore, IL.  They will work on the items and they will be given to people in need. 

Ed’s packages included:
659 plastic frames with lens
986 metal frames with lens
100 pair of lenses
5 hearing aids
2 Blackbery and 1 AT&T Phone.


May 2015
Annual Banquet & Installation of Officers

The Wheaton Lions held their annual Installation Dinner of new officers at Cantigny Golf Club on May 13, 2015. Our outgoing President Clip Kniffiny welcomed everyone and got the evening started.

Below are a few photos from the evening.

Incoming Wheaton Lions President Rod Irey presented outgoing President Clip Kniffin with a plaque from the club and gave a nice talk about what he would like to accomplish during his tenure.

Our incoming board of directors and committee chairs were sworn in at our Installation Dinner.

Our outgoing President Clip Kniffin gave a summary of our club's achievements in his year as president and touched on some of the things we will be doing in the upcoming fiscal year.

At our 2015 Installation Dinner, some wonderful music was played for us during social hour and dinner by the Wheaton South High School String Quartet.


May 2015
Wheaton Lions Club Scholarship recipient

On May 5th, Wheaton Lion President Clip Kniffin presented Katherine Szymski with a check for $2,000.00 to help with her college schooling. She will be attending the College of DuPage. Katherine is a senior at Wheaton Warrenville South High School. Her mom and dad joined Katherine for lunch with us.

Scholarship recipient Katherine Szymski and president Clip Kniffin. Congratulations Katherine.

The Wheaton Lions Club's Bill Davis presented a scholarship to Destiny Fanelli today at our May 19th luncheon. Destiny's folks were with her and looked quite proud. Destiny is graduating from Wheaton North High School and will be going to Benedictine College to major in Pyschology. She also plans to continue her Viola playing in college.

Congratulations Destiny Fanelli.


April 2015
Eyeglasses and hearing aid donations

To date, Lion Ed Lambke delivered the following glasses and hearing aids to the Lions of Illinois Foundation in Sycamore, IL.

580 metal eyeglass frames with lens
704 plastic eyeglass frames with lens
3 hearing aids
2 pounds of keys (to be melted down by the State Lions)

These will all be cleaned up and donated to people in need around the world.



April 2015
Wheaton Annual Recycling Extravaganza

Wheaton Lions Bill Davis, John Sheahin, Dale Davis, Brad Pihl and Jeff Kincaid helped out in the Wheaton Annual Recycling Extravaganza. Hundreds of people brought scrap metal, electronics, cell phones, batteries, paper to be shredded, hearing aids, glasses, keys and other items to be recycled. The Wheaton Lions collected 212 sets of glasses, 6 hearing aids and 3 pounds of metal keys. A beautiful weather day helped out a great deal.



April 2015
Wheaton Lion Presented with the Highest Honor

On April 11, 2015, Wheaton Lion Tracy Williams was presented with the George Lazansky Award at the Lion District 1-J Convention. Presenting Tracy with Illinois Lions' highest honor were Past President - Lion Bill Bigg, Governor - Lion Chris Halsey, Lioness Susan Galvez and Lion John Barsanti.

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Wheaton Lions Club Events

May 6 & 7, 2016
Candy Days
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May 11, 2016
Wheaton Lions Club's Annual Meeting and Dinner
Arrowhead Golf Club
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August 10, 2016
Auunual Golf Outing
Cantigny Golf Club
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December 3, 2016
5th Annual Reindeer Run
Downtown Wheaton
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