Special Note on Eyeglasses & Hearing Aids
Hearing aids and eyeglasses may be available to income-qualified individuals on a very limited basis. When our annual fund allowance becomes depleted we may not be able to provide this service. Email email@example.com for basic information.
Lakewood First Lions continues to collect these items for refurbishing. We do not provide eyeglasses to individuals, but collect them and forward them to our processing center. They are then prepared for refurbishing if suitable.
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
Installation + Induction = Continuation
Lakewood First Growing, Changing, Getting on with Serving
The annual installation ceremony in any club is always a festive, joyful event. It's a time of looking at what's been and what is to be. A time to praise individual efforts and re-assign roles. At Lakewood First Lions praises are a given, what with the heartfelt time and toil invested by so many members. But this year was kind of special — special because Melvin Jones made a guest appearance at the party to recognize a very special person.
Melvin Jones is the founder of Lions Clubs International. Now long gone but always honored, he makes his appearance in the form of the most cherished form of recognition a member can receive — the coveted Melvin Jones Fellowship. It is not a recognition given lightly, and the recipient is determined by those best able to judge the merits that person's contributions to the causes of the organization. The club makes a substantial monetary payment to Lions Clubs International and receives a handsome plaque for the recipient. Because of the nature of the work done by members they can and often do receive numerous certificates of accomplishment and achievement during their membership. But the one that is sure to hang in a prominent location forever is the Fellowship plaque.
This year the honor was earned by a relatively recent member whose contributions to the club's work has astounded even life-long members. She is now serving as president of the club for another year-long term, so the future looks promising as DeAnne Bennett takes hold of the reins armed with plenty of Lions leadership experience under her belt.
There are many more photos and more information from the installation to view by clicking for the Live Like a Lion newsletter here.
CERT Training Inserts Certainty into Disasters
West Pierce Fire & Rescue Offers Free Training
Corbin Richmond, CERT coordinator for West Pierce Fire & Rescue, made an excellent case for being prepared to cope with, survive and render vital aid to your community in the event of nearly any type of disaster. The more interesting information shared by Corbin was the fact that CERT training can be had free by local experts – first responders in your own community.
Viewing a map of the region surrounding Lakewood it easy to become complacent, especially regarding volcanic eruptions. The expected Lehar flows would run safely North and South of the city. What is not generally considered is that in such an event residents of communities in the paths of destruction would be likely to converge on safer communities in their flight from danger. Lakewood would be one of those communities, with vital services and much needed supplies untouched by the mud flows.
But volcanoes aside, Lakewood is as vulnerable as any other region in the event of most any other natural or man-made disaster. Earthquakes (certainly), flooding (not so much), violent storms and man-made disasters such as natural gas leaks and explosions and fast moving multiple-structure and wooded area fires. All these events could quickly get out of control and require knowledgeable, trained members of the community to respond and assist survivors.
The 20-hour training course (and follow-up training sessions) teach how to be prepared to survive and join in team efforts to help others to survive. If for no other reason, taking the training courses will teach you to prepare your family and home to emerge in better shape than untrained individuals and families.
The advisories about having several days of food and water supplies on hand at all times are too often, albeit with good intentions, put on the back burner to be activated when it is more convenient. It just never seems to be convenient. Through the CERT training program you will gain knowledge that can be applied with confidence not only in the event of major disasters, but in every aspect of life, whether it be while in your home, shopping, working or during recreational activities. Accidents – very serious accidents – happen. Everywhere, every day and without warning! Get ready with free training.
More information can be obtained through the fire departments in virtually any community. To get on the list with West Pierce Fire and Rescue send an email request to Corbin Richmond at firstname.lastname@example.org. You will get notifications about dates and locations for CERT training in the Lakewood area.
Under beautiful skies young students from around South Sound gathered at Harry again this year competed in a timed gauntlet of jumping jacks, math quizes, rope jumping and running. Lions members, firefighters and other volunteers monitored the kids to be sure they each did the required number of each exercise and gave answers to a series of math flashcards.several teams went through two repetitions of the series and were timed to determine final winners.
"If you want to learn about public works you'll learn about it this year..." a cautionary opening statement by Don Wickstrom, as he went on to say, "because we have a huge construction schedule." The list of projects on the board for this year and 2017 was, in fact quite lengthy. Still there were questions about street problems that the Lakewood First Lions Club members did not find on the schedule of approved repair and improvement projects.
A total of 41 capital improvement project ranging from street lights and sidewalks to roadway chip seal and asphalt overlaying will be seeing at least some level of construction and contracting. Some on the list have already been completed, so traffic problems will not be as onerous as the list makes it appear. Wickstrom said that "over 14 projects will be under construction at one place or another." That amounts to "Roughly $27 million in total project costs." Not all work will be underway at the same time, and some work is continuing from last year.
In response to a question from the audience Wickstrom revealed a not-so-closely guarded secret. The small blue light visible on some traffic signals is for police use only. It tells an officer monitoring the intersection that a vehicle drove through a red light. The officer can note the vehicle's identification and, instead of risking a vehicle chase, will wait for the vehicle to reach his position to write the citation.
According to a member familiar with Wickstrom's work Lakewood is fortunate to have him in its employ. He has a reputation for finding impressive sums of money from state and federal governments with which to finance the projects. So impressed was his previous employer, the City of Kent, that they named a bridge after him at the Kent/Auburn border.