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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.



January 2015
Congratulation and Thank You

Lions District 1-J Governor Chris Halsey presented Wheaton Lions Club members with a Monarch Chevron Pin and certificate for their years of service to the club. Members were:

Ruth Carlson   10 years
George Newitt   15 years
Joel Riley   15 years
Christopher Barton   20 years
Bob Paszczak   20 years
Dale Davis   25 years
Michael Nass   25 years
Tim FitzSimons   40 years
Harold Gaede   60 years



December 2014
Christmas Luncheon & Auction

Over 65 Wheaton Lions and friends attended our annual Christmas Luncheon. The Arrowhead Golf Club prepared a wonderful buffet for us and we had an auction and raffel. Each member brought a gift for the raffel and there were a number of fine auction items that were purchased.

The Lions and guests enjoying a fine lunch at Arrowhead Golf Club.

A table full of raffle items.



August 2014
A visit from the Spectrios Day Campers

Leah Gerlach, Director of the Spectrios Day Camp, brought about 12 campers and counselors to share lunch with the Wheaton Lions Club. The children enjoyed having pudding and ice cream. After lunch, each camper was introduced to the membership and something special about each child was shared. For example, Tommy, when given someone’s birth year, was able to calculate how old that person was, faster than anyone else in the room.

The demand for the camp is higher than what they can provide. So, Spectrios is forced to accept only the earliest requests. The campers have an opportunity to be with other vision impaired kids, to share life experiences, and to play computer games specifically designed for vision impaired children. They also had the opportunity to see how Leah works with “Bullet”, a seeing eye dog.




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Wheaton Lions Club Events

August 12, 2015
Auunal Golf Outing
and Steak Fry

Cantigny Golf Club
<Click here for details and photos from the event>

December 5, 2015
4th Annual Reindeer Run
Downtown Wheaton
<Click here for details and photos from the 2014 run>

December 15, 2015
Wheaton Lions Christmas Luncheon & Auction
Arrowhead Golf Club

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