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December 2013
Eyeglasses, hearing aids, cell phone donations

On December 17, 2013 the Wheaton Lions Club collected and donated the following items to the Lions of Illinois Foundation Recycling Program...

625 Metal eyeglass frames with lens
469 Plastic eyeglass frames with lens
14 Hearing aids
31 cell phones
2 sets of contact lens
11 charging aids for cell phones
1 pound of metal keys.

Wheaton Lion Edward Lambke heads up this program. All of these items will be reused for people in need.



November 2013
November 19 Lions Club Luncheon

Lion Jim Atten received a recognition plaque sheet from our District Governor Lion Mario Gumino for his 50 years service as a Lion Club Member.

We were honored to have Lion John E. Barsanti, District 1-J Eastern Region Zone Chair and our District Governor Lion Mario Gumino join us for lunch. Lion Gumino spoke about what it means to be a Lion and what it has meant to him in the 33 years he has been one and also worked for the State Lions Foundation.


July 2013
Wheaton Lions Participate in Fourth of July Parade

This year’s 4th of July was a beautiful sunny day unlike last year’s storm day.  Once again our Wheaton Lions had a float with riders and walkers waving to the crowd, handing out candy and getting the message out about what Lions Clubs do for people. Lioness Dorothy Troyer made it special by opening Spectrios for parking, coffee, baked goodies and fellowship. Gregg Pusateri manned the entrance to make sure only Lions could park at the Spectrios Lot.

The crowd was huge this year.  The parade started off with our Lioness Terri Lightbody singing the National Anthem.  Terri and her husband Scott also manned the 3rd of July popcorn stand at the County Fair Grounds and Terri sang the Star Spangled Banner at that event right before the fireworks.  Their popcorn stand raised $600.00 for Wheaton Lions Charities.

Our float was about half way in the grouping of 100 entries.  Joining our float was: Conrad Stoll driving the truck and trailer lent to us by Lion Steve Lederman of Wheaton Nursery, along with his son Bryan.  Glenn Auble dressed in a lions costume had the folks laughing as he drove around on his ATV growling at everyone.  Martin Findling, John Tagye, Jim Borsch, John Sheahin, Rod Irey, George Bryson, Jim Jakubiec, Barry and Georgie Cobb, Dave McLinden and Carol and Jeff Kincaid rounded out the group.  We gave out hundreds of Reindeer Run postcards and about 500 pieces of candy.  It was a great event.




June 2013
Wheaton Lions Scholarship recepients

Wheaton Lion President George Bryson presented scholarship checks to 3 Wheaton North High School students on June 4th. From left - George Bryson, Jennifer Jirsa, Jose Estrada and Alyssa M. Berry.



April 2013
Spectrios Institute Dinner

On Saturday April 27th, several members of the Wheaton Lions Club attended The Partners with Vision Gala Dinner put on by the Spectrios Institute for Low Vision.  Lions President George Bryson presented the Executive Director of Spectrios Dr. Tracy Williams (also a Wheaton Lions member) a check from us for $15,000.  It was greatly appreciated and will be put to good use in helping children and adults move forward with their lives.  Also in attendance were Lions from Bartlett, IL., the District 1J Governor Leo Snyder and Wheaton Lions who work or volunteer at Spectrios, Dorothy Troyer, Dr. Gregg Pusateri and George Newitt.  It was a lovely evening with raffle prizes and a live auction in addition to guest speakers from the Chicago White Sox, patients of Spectrios and an excellent dinner.

Tracy Williams accepting our Lions Club check from Lion President George Bryson.



April 2013
Annual Recycling Day

Our Wheaton Lions Club was one of several groups represented at the recycling event held in Wheaton on April 20th.  We participate in this to collect eye glasses, hearing aids and keys.  The glasses are taken down state to the Illinois Lions Club and the lenses are then sent to various spots around the world to help people in need. 


Helping us collect 6 boxes of assorted items were Georgie and Barry Cobb, George Bryson, Jim Borsch and Jeff Kincaid.



April 2013
Used Eyeglasses, Phones and Hearing Aids Collected

In April 2013, the Wheaton Lions Club collected 578 Metal Frames with lenses, 661Plastic Frames with lenses for a total of 1,239 glasses. In addition we collected 11 Hearing Aids, numerous hearing aid paraphernalia and one cell phone. These were all delivered to the Lions of Illinois Foundation by Lions Ed Lambke who visits all of the Wheaton Lions drop sites and also gets the things from the Wheaton Recycling event and will be distributed to people with sight and hearing problems around the world. A great job Lions.



April 2013
Wheaton Lions Kevin Meyers Wins Award

Lion Kevin Meyers was recently awarded two Design Awards for Excellence in Communications from Graphic Design USA, a design magazine with the highest readership within the graphic design industry. Kevin was cited for his excellent design work on two publications.  One was for the Good News Partners Annual Report and the second was for the MacNeal Hospital Nursing Annual Report

Congratulations Kevin.  Nice job. Kevin’s email is



February 2013
Local Semi-Annual Meeting

Wheaton Lion President George Bryson and Wheaton Lion Steve Lederman recently attended the Eastern and Central Section of District 1J semi-annual meeting and dinner in Batavia. The member clubs were introduced and had a chance to discuss their activities including fund raisers and then all enjoyed a nice dinner. Here are some photos that Steve took.

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Wheaton Lions Club Events

December 7, 2013
Reindeer Run

<Click here for details and photos from the run>

April 24, 2014
Wine Tasting and Social Get Together
Cosley Zoo
6:30 - 8:30 p.m.
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