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.
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
First quarterly club dinner launches new fundraiser
The inaugural fundraising club dinner went off with praises from all in attendence and put a tidy sum away for future Lakewood First Lions projects and needs. Assuming continued good results from future dinners the potential is, based on the $260 earned from the first dinner, over $1,000 per year. And it was easy money, right DeAnne?! Great job! You are truly appreciated.
By the way, you still owe me a plate of lasagna.
Apples, eyes and eats, oh my!
Another banner year for apple sales, and another record - 77 boxes of apples sold for a total of $770 for Lakewood First Lions. Unfortunately the announcement came with the expected news that Sue B wishes to step down from her leadership in apple sales. Sue has been responsible for the program for 4 years now. And she has been battling her cancer almost 4 years now. And through it all she has driven sales of 241 boxes of apples earning $2,410 for the club and $4,820 for children with diabetes. For any Lion that would be a grand achievement - there's hardly a word to describe Sue B's accomplishments.
Sue goes in this week for another check up to learn if she will be facing yet more treatment for what may be another cancerous spot, but she can't even start additional treatment until she builds more strength to fight the physically draining regimen. If anyone can do it Sue can.
Check out the PROJECTS page to learn more about apple packing this Saturday.
The eyes have it (along with ears) and Jeff Rich is again making sure the kids in our region are tested for their sight and hearing efficiencies. Probably among the most important functions our club performs in the community, the Sight & Hearing program is critical to identifying children with weaknesses in those areas. I know it is critical because I was a beneficiary of a similar program as a child that revealed why I was not performing as well as I could. It turned out that I had such terrible vision in my left eye that it was nearly usless, and was affecting total vision to the extent of holding me back. That was the beginning of a life-time of spectacles, but better vision and grades.
This is another example of a truly great Lion sticking with a program over several years because it had to be done for the sake of the kids. He (and we) may never know how his dedication may affect even one child to such an extent that a future is suddenly unlimited because a sight or hearing problem was detected and treated. A big hand to Jeff and all those from our club and all the others in our region for ensuring the ongoing success of this basic Lions program.
The PROJECTS page will have the latest schedule for anyone ready to give Jeff a hand, and the kids an opportunity - or is it the other way around?
The good news is Steve Mauer gets to retire from the Lakewood police department. The better news is his retirement will be in the area and we do not lose him to some uncomfortable sun chair on a beach with the unbearable noise of those awful crashing waves! He actually has taken on a new job with much less stress - chief of security at Western State Hospital. (He claims he knows what he is doing.) Congratulations on your retirement and your new position, Steve.
Hold a bed for me!
Jan Rich reached the 10 year membership mark and was recognized by President Eric Warn and applauded by the members in attendance. Tricked by Warn into thinking he wanted her to present an update on a project he instead presented her with her 10-year pin from Lions Clubs International.
District Governor Danby speaks of Lions and dreams
With congratulations and a reminder that in 2014 Lakewood First Lions will celebrate 50 years of Lionism, District Governor Marilyn Danby thanked the club for all they have done and are planning to do for the Lakewood community.
She reminisced of the day she made the decision to become a Lion. While on a tour of a local elementary school with a Lions Club that was presenting packages which included new underwear to needy children, the Lions noticed one young boy that appeared very troubled. It just so happened that on that day he had soiled his clothing and was terribly embarrassed. He thought he was in trouble when he was directed to the principal's office. When he exited the office his mood was decidedly different; he had been presented with his package, including the underwear, which he changed into immediately. He headed back to his room full of pride and ready for his school work. Danby was so moved she joined the Lions Club that day.
District Governor Danby believes that by convincing members in her district to stop thinking in terms of goals with regard to projects clubs may undertake, and seeing them as dreams, the change of thinking is likely to translate into more successes and more content Lions. Indeed, the term goal imbues the projects with a more stressful connotation. As she explains, goals are too infrequently followed up on. It makes sense, when the goals are established as do-or-die conditions. Dreams, on the other hand, are personal. They are pursued with a deeper attachment and less stress.
Her personal dream is to approach her year as district governor with the same attitude we take when occupying a camp ground; leave the site better than when you found it.
To infect the district leadership with her concept she is abandoning the tradition of producing a souvenir governor's pin and, instead, presenting governor's pens. As she presented the pen she encouraged Lakewood First Lions' president, Eric Warn, "Have a dream. In order to keep track of that dream use the pen to write it down. Monitor its status and make changes when needed."
Lakewood's Economic Developement presents status
Ellie Chambers and Becky Newton From the Economic Development Department joined our club today and presented an interesting overview of where our city sees her future. While the ongoing economic woes of our state and nation have delayed many business decisions in the recent past, Lakewood has been scoring some impressive gains.
Business expansions and new businesses mean not only that there are some entrepreneurs ready to gamble on their own future, they have faith that Lakewood is the place to invest in. The improvements bode well for job-seekers and for the city coffers. Those improvements also mean improvements for everything from city streets and sidewalks to parks.
As for the near-future there is a great deal of planning and permitting activity for incoming businesses as well as recently completed construction. What is very positive for the tax picture is big-ticket items such as Lakewood Ford now enjoying great success and the just completed Kenworth Truck Sales and Service location on Pacific Highway, with freeway exposure. Also completed is the Nisqually shopping plaza. More restaurants are on the board that will provide additional alternatives for dining out.
"Rally Point/6," a trademark of theunfinishednmission.org has moved into their new location behind the Black Angus Restaurant and next to the Post Office on Bridgeport Way. They will be bringing many veterans preparing to leave the military and looking at settling in the area. Lakewood and its businesses will be getting a considerable amount of exposure they might otherwise have not gotten, and the local military bases are a major contributor to our economy.
July 8, 2013
All went well ordered and without a hitch under the leadership of the new president this Monday as Eric took firm control and moved the agenda. One of his first orders of business was to award two members the "Member of the Month" recognition.
Both Lloyd Christianson (2nd V.P.) and John Anderson received the well-earned distinction for their service to the community and dedication to the club.
Following the presentations the membership was brought up-to-date on the operations and status of West Pierce Fire and rescue by Deputy Chief Mitch Sagers. His thorough coverage of the numerous facets of the fire department shined a light on how complex fire departments have become. With tongue-in-cheek he pointed out on his last slide of his presentation that the department even tries to make time to "put out the occasional fire," but the comment did cap his explanation of the extensive list of responsibilities have been laid at the fire department's door. In addition they maintain a community involvement program that is deep and valuable, from fire alarms and bike helmets to first aid and emergency response training.
It goes without saying that such an operation, even with the latest cuts of 1 fire chief, 1 deputy fire chief, 4 battalion chiefs and 24 firefighters, requires a considerable budget. And so, in August, a continuation of the present levy funding is going to be asked of the voters. The two-year levy will be for 11.2 million dollars per year, and does not request any additional money over the current level.