Welcome to the Lakewood First Lions Club website!
We are delighted that you are checking us out, and hope to pursuade you to also check us out at one of our meetings. You could just better your life and the lives of many in your community, even if just by a notch or two.
Special Note on Eyeglasses & Hearing Aids
Lakewood First Lions continues to collect these items for refurbishing. We do not provide them directly to individuals.
Regular Meetings (open to drop-by guests)
2nd & 4th Mondays of every month
All meetings held at noon at:
The Ram Restaurant
10013 59th Ave. SW
Lakewood, WA 98499
Lakewood First Lions members adhere to two guiding philosophies – Serve the community and relish the fun and camaraderie. We have been successful at both. Live Like a Lion is more than a slogan - it's a calling.
Like all service organizations our club has varied in size over the years. What hasn't varied is our commitment to the mission of Lions Clubs International and to the needs of our community.
Again next year our community will benefit from the proceeds received at this year's Oktoberfest celebration.
To learn how you can turn your spare time into a valued benefit to your community, check out "Membership" page.
See how Lions are organized on our "Organization" page
July 11, 2014
Music to a Lions Ears
Every year Lakewood First Lions presents scholarships to deserving students in local high schools. Amazingly often they go unclaimed. So it is heart-lifting to receive acknowledgement and appreciation as in the letter below, reproduced as written. The letter was read to the membership by President Eric Warn.
June 20, 2014
Dear Lakewood First Lions Club,
I am sincerely honored to have been selected äs a recipient for the Jim Wilson Memorial Scholarship. I am writing to thank you for your generous, financial Support towards my higher education.
I've lived in Washington all my life, in a two bedroom apartment with my mom and 12 year old sister. My sister was diagnosed with type one diabetes at the age of 3 and from then on we haven't been äs financially stable äs we once were. Medical bills pile up, along with the rent being due at the end of each month, and with the basic necessities needed their isn't anything left to be put towards my education. That is why I couldn't believe it when I got the letter saying I was selected for this Scholarship, it was like a weight had been lifted off my shoulders. I can't say thank you enough for your generosity, because without it I wouldn't be one Step closer to my long term goals.
This will be my first year attending Pierce College, and I am majoring in nursing. My long term goal is to become a Dermatologist nurse practitioner. I love to help people and am fascinated with skin which is why I am majoring in nursing. It will take many years of College education to reach my goal. Furthering my education is extremely important to me, because I want to be successful in life. And I am very appreciative that it is important to you äs well, because I wouldn't be attending Pierce College without your help.
Thank you again for your thoughtful and generous gift!
July 11, 2014
Western State presents to Lakewood First
Our own Steve Mauer, firmly settled into his new job as head of security at Western State Hospital, brought the facility's director of investigations and communications in as the club's guest speaker. Mike Savage served for 18 years as prosecutor for Kitsap County prior to assuming the role at the hospital.
Treatment procedures have changed dramatically at the hospital since the property was acquired in 1868 from the federal government when it was abandoned as a military fort. Among early methods of treating mentally ill patients was hydrotherapy; the process involved wet packs, hot tubs and/or showers to induce a calming of the patients.
A new variety of approaches were initiated beginning in the mid 1930s which included insulin therapy, electric shock and a surgical tactic infamously remembered as frontal lobotomy. These were eventually replaced with psychotropic drugs, counseling and behavior modification – approaches still in use today.
Mauer, taking over the security position after a shining career in Lakewood law enforcement and community involvement, said the difference has been extensive and intensive. But since going to Western State Hospital he has instigated several changes to protect both staff and patients. He has thoroughly enjoyed the change and challenges of the new role.
The hospital is the larger of two in the State of Washington. It claims a staff of 1,800 to care for a patient population of 900, which includes 300 categorized as criminal. To manage a facility with 1.4 million square feet of structures on grounds of 267 acres the hospital has an annual budget of $162 million.
Patients can only be committed by court order. Once entered into the hospital system all patients are guided towards recovery and eventual re-integration into their home community with the goal of resuming a productive life. the mission statement is: "To promote recovery and well-being in partnership with the people we serve." While it may seem a difficult place to pursue a job or career, both Savage and Mauer claim the staff generally enjoy their work.
June 16, 2014
Andersons Donate Kids Items to Lions Project New Hope NW.
Nancieann and John Anderson made an appearance at the Lions Project New Hope NW board meeting on Tuesday to present videos and teddy bears to the organization. The gifts will be used at the organization's weekend retreat for veterans and their families suffering with post traumatic stress issues to entertain the children while the adults are attending workshops. Accepting the gifts are Lions Project New Hope president Jack Ford (L) and vice president for outreach, Dee McDermott (3rd from left).
The workshops educate the adults about methods to help them control their responses to the events and circumstances that trigger negative emotional feelings.
Lions volunters manage and staff the retreats which run from Friday afternoon to Sunday noon four times a year at Cascade Camp. The retreats, which cost Lions Project New Hope up to $750 per family, are free to the vets and their families.