In the News

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.



June 2014
Annual Banquet & Installation of Officers

The Wheaton Lions held their annual Installation Dinner of new officers at Cantigny Golf Club on June 22, 2014 Our outgoing President Scott Shorney welcomed everyone and got the evening started.

Below are a few photos from the evening.

Wheaton Lion Bob Haeger is swearing in the incoming Wheaton Lions President Ogden (Clip) Kniffin. Clips term will run from July 1, 2014 to June 30, 2015.

The new Wheaton Lions Club officers are being sworn in by Lion Bob Haeger. Their term will start on July 1, 2014 and end June 30, 2015.

Anna Lee and her trio who entertained us during and after dinner.



May 2014
Eyeglasses and hearing aid donations

On May 15th Lion Ed Lambke delivered the following glasses and hearing aids to the Lions of Illinois Foundation in Sycamore, IL.

1,111 metal eyeglass frames with lens
924 plastic eyeglass frames with lens
132 individual sets of lens
15 hearing aids

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



April 2014
Bob Clavel wins the 2014 George Lazansky Award

On April 5th at the recent District 1-J convention at the Lisle Hilton Hotel, Wheaton Lion Bob Clavel was presented with the George Lazansky Distinguished Service Award.  The award is named after District 1-J’s first Governor.  The award is a special engraved medallion and a plaque.

To be considered for the award, the nominee must be a Lion in good standing and been a Lion for at least 10 years.  They must have made an outstanding contribution to Lionism at the club level.  Performed an outstanding Lionistic achievement at the International, State, District level and/or performed one for the Lions of Illinois Foundation. They must have performed an outstanding accomplishment within the community where the nominee lives, not related to Lionism.

Each club in the district can only nominate one individual.  Bob was unanimously nominated by our Board of Directors.  The nominee’s resumes are then studied by a district panel.  Those that meet all of the criteria are presented with the award once the committee approves them.

Congratulations to our Secretary and very likable, helpful and special Lion Bob Clavel.



April 2014
Wheaton Lions Club presents scholarship checks

On April 22, 2014 the Wheaton Lions Club presented a scholarship check to Wheaton Warrenville South High School Senior Danny Nguyen. Danny will be a Freshman at the College of DuPage starting next September.


On April 29, 2014 the Wheaton Lions Club presented a scholarship check to Wheaton North High School Senior Nicholas Wejtyna. Nick will be attending the University of Southern California and will major in Computer Science.

He has a special interest in computer games and hopes to head into a career in that field.



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.

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Wheaton Lions Club Events

April 10-12, 2015
District 1-J Meeting

Hilton Lisle/Naperville
Saturday dinner is at 6:00 p.m.

April 11, 2015
City of Wheaton Recycling Extravaganza

9:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.
Parking lot at Carlton & Liberty Streets
They are accepting recycling items including eyeglasses, hearing aids & keys.

May 13, 2015
Wheaton Lions Club Installation Dinner
Arrowhead Golf Club
6:00 p.m.
Entertainment supplied by the Wheaton North High School Show Choir

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