Welcome to the Lakewood First Lions Club website!
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 Crab Feed event and other fundraisers held throughout the year.
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 "Club Structure" page
When Lakeood First Lions' president, DeeAnne Bennett steps into a classroom she's pushing a dolly full of dictionaries. The third graders were waiting enthusiastically for her arrival and it showed in their reception. They were aware of the give-away and from their expressions one would think it was a long-awaited birthday gift they were about to receive.
All the kids knew what a dictionary is used for and, upon getting their hands on their very-own copy they immediately dove into the pages that would enlighten them with the knowledge of each word's meaning and correct spelling. They seemed to realize – in a third grade sort of way - that this was powerful stuff. As Bennett came to the end of the handouts she reminded them of the importance of words. They were a key to success in classwork and to college down the road.
They were encouraged by Bennett and the teacher to immediately write their name in the dictionary because this was theirs to keep and take home. From the excitement the kids displayed it seemed certain this entire class, as with all the classes visited, that these kids were all headed for college and a successful career.
How to retain that excitement and enthusiasm from third grade to the work world will be key.
Nineteen Lions Club members from Lakewood First Lions and DuPont Lions converged on Lakewood's Gary and Carol Milgard Family HOPE Center to provide exams for students of the adjacent Lakeview Elementary School. Beginning at 8:00 a.m. processions of students filed quietly from the school's classrooms to Hope Center's facilities where eye exams and hearing tests went on for 6 hours and served 720 young children. The hearing & site exams are performed annually by local Lions Clubs, organized by Jeff Rich of Lakewood First. Greg Hull of DuPont Lions organizes that club's involvement.
So far the 2015 total amounts to over 5,000 elementary grade students served. In addition to performing important tests without charge to the children, the clubs' involvement frees school nurses to focus on more urgent individual student needs. All elementary schools of the Clover Park School District and the DuPont schools of the Steilacoom Historic School Distric 1 are served by either the Lakewood Lions or the DuPont Lions.
Lions clubs support their community activities through a variety of fund raising events. The next major event for the Lakewood First Lions is a crab feed that has proven popular. The next crab feed is January 30th, 2016 at 6:00 p.m. Tickets are available at www.livelikealion.org or www.lakewoodfirstlions.org. All net proceeds go towards supporting the club's numerous community needs.
Enjoying a packed meeting room at the Ram Restaurant on Monday the 12th of October, members of Lakewood First Lions Club and guests from a number of organizations invested in the Springbrook area improvement work are brought up to date on the project.
Presenting the update was Elvin Bucu, (right) Director of Programs and Operations, Boys and Girls Clubs of South Puget Sound.
Only 167 boxes to go! Lakewood First Lions members dig in to the annual apple packing event. Deliveries to our clients will begin immediately. Thanks to all those great folks that bought these boxes full of apples, and a big thank you to those Lions members that went all-out to sell them and then participate in the back-breaking chore of packing.
January will be upon us before we know it. Don't plan on getting tickets down the road, ordered them now!