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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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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|
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.
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.
August 12, 2015
Auunal Golf Outing
and Steak Fry
Cantigny Golf Club
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December 5, 2015
4th Annual Reindeer Run
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December 15, 2015
Wheaton Lions Christmas Luncheon & Auction
Arrowhead Golf Club
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