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Since 1954

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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


News & Updates

September 22, 2014

District Governor Kirry Brings His Goals to Lakewood

Lions District 19C Governor John Kirry paid a visit to our club this Monday to explain his goals and expectations to our membership. Among the initiatives he brought to the office was his Power of Lions recognition program. The presentation of the certificate is intended to recognize Lions Club members whose work desrves highlighting, especially for newer members such as Jillian Klingenberg and Sue Bailey. Both these members showed no hestiation to take on projects and responsibilities and then excel at them.Power of Lions awards














Three points of emphasis will mark Kirry's early role as District 19C governor. The first project is Lions Journey Program. While our district has been consistent, according to Kirry, in "attracting 200 or more new members every year for the last eight years," it is also true we have been losing existing members at the rate of over 200 each year.

The second project is the Sully Hat project. Governor Kirry had served together, at one point in his long aviator career, with famed pilot and hero "Sully Sullenberg," who safely brought his disabled aircraft down smoothly on the Hudson River, saving all on board. Kirry donated one of his pilot's hats bearing the autograph of Sully on the bill. The hat will be eventually presented to a lucky individual, but in the meantime it will be the focus of a fundraising campaign in support of Lions Clubs International's campaign to eradicate measles. It happens to be a particular interest of Chesley Burnett "Sully" Sullenberger, III.

The third point of interest for Kirry is communications. In light of that he has introduced a newly designed district website (http://www.md19clions.org/) with new functionality and District Gov. Kirryinformation. In addition he has directed that his newsletter be published at the beginning of each month so that clubs and zones can pull articles to include in their own newsletters, thereby expanding the reach of information throughout the district. The website will also include a calendar of events that will include events from any club in the district. It will be up to the clubs to send the information in to PDG (Past District Governor) David Risley- davidrisley@comcast.net.

In closing his presentation the Governor read from a yellowed school library book, How to Run a Meeting. The particular passages had to do with how to be a better member of whatever club or group an individual chooses to join. In essence the advice is to throw yourself into the group's mission and goals. And that is what he has done in Lions, and hope we all will continue our dedication to our clubs.


September 18, 2014

Sight & Hearing Program Running Strong

Tyee Elementary School students had their vision, hearing and dental health checked by members from Lakewood First Lions, DuPont Lions, Lindquist Clinic and soldiers from 514th Ground Ambulance Company at their school on Thursday.

Under management of Lakewood member Jeff Rich, now in his 5th year running the very successful program, the Lakewood First Lions Club and members of the DuPont Lions Club arevision screening at Tyee school making a difference in the sight and hearing of the youth in both Clover Park and Steilacoom school districts by doing basic screening at the request of school nurses. This year members of the 514th Ground Ambulance Company pitched to help with vision testing and chaperoning students from station to station, and staff members from Lindquist Clinic of Tacoma provided dental examinations. 

Testing all students for sight or hearing deficiencies by these volunteers enables the school nurses to address only those Sue Bailey tests a child's hearingstudents with demonstrated needs.  Both Lions clubs do the initial student testing, sending only those children who didn't meet the prescribed standards to the nurse for one-on-one personalized testing.  Identifying children with vision or hearing issues is critical to helping those children attain equality in learning opportunities.

 During a typical school year approximately 4,000 to 5,000 students are tested using this procedure. So far this year Jeff can claim that about 1,880 have been checked, with several schools still on schedule for the next few weeks. Another win/win Jeff Rich directs kids to their next stationeffort utilizing Lion Club community service volunteers.



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!


Arianna Gonzales-Goff


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 Mike Savage addresses Lakewood First Lions Club membersassuming 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.

Member Steve Mauer discusses his role at Western State HospitalMauer, 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.