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
The latest club news
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.
June 9, 2014
District Governor Recognizes Member Smith's Work, Dedication
District Governor made an appearance at the Lakewood First Lions regular meeting to present Member Riley Smith with a certificate of appreciation on June 9th in recognition for her dedication and consistency in her position as secretary in the club.
Riley has been secretary for years and has elevated the standards and expectations in a position deservedly reputed to be the least appreciated job in any Lions organization. Possibly the thorniest issue for any club president, zone chair or district governor is maintaining timely flow of data from the members and clubs. It's a job that requires constant reminding of the membership by the secretary to submit monthly data for the requisite reports up the chain. The same is true with those levels of Lions organinzational levels. To have a club secretary that works hard at satisfying those needs makes the work of others up the chain a great deal easier.
It is appropriate that the district recognize the service of a member such as Riley, and appropriate that she receive a hearty thank you from her club.
June 9, 2014
Rotary Presents Its Proposal for a Lakewood Amphitheatre
Mark Blanchard, president of the Rotary Club of Lakewood, made a plea today for Lions' support for the proposed amphitheatre pegged for a location, yet to be determined, in Fort Steilacoom Park. At this point the project is in theory and discovery stages, in an attempt to gauge public sentiment.
Many uses for such a facility have been suggested, including performance arts, community events and art classes in a variety of disciplines. However it will be the location that is expected to meet with the most resistance. The original thought for locations was the natural bowl to the right of the entrance to Waughop Lake. However there is a great deal more to determining the location aside from initial impressions. While the natural bowl might enhance the amphitheatre effect for future audiences, the affect the projected sounds may have on local residences and other activity areas must be studied.
The construction costs will be the gift of the Rotary Club. However there are other considerations including zoning changes and overall costs to the city (taxpayers) of ongoing maintenance and repair, including prevention of individuals and groups from using the location for illicit purposes. The placement of bathroom and parking facilities will also need to be factored in, wherever the facility might eventually be situated. Does all of this add to the visual noise and irritation that residents attempt to escape in their park visits?
Then there is the disruption of the pleasant sight and sound of the hush of nature – and aren't those prime values and use of such a park? Aren't those some of the reasons Fort Steilacoom Park is considered to be such a jewel? That will be a difficult change for the many walkers, joggers and nature lovers that still treasure that corner of the park and the lake area. There already is regular use of the lake by model boat enthusiasts that can be disturbing to many who just want that area of the park to remain a place for restful, contemplative activities.
Will those interests be sacrificed for the more contemporary interests of band concert fans? And to what extent should we expect a city government to provide entertainment for the public? These are some of the issues that have been discussed and will need to be thought out carefully by our club members as well as the general public.
May 12, 2014
Peace Out Paves the Way for Future Entrepreneurs, Non-Profit Leaders
In University Place there is a movement underway – actually has been for 5 years – most of us have never heard of, though our kids are gaining an education about. An after-school program open to high school kids, Peace Out teaches teens about entrepreneurial skills, organizational processes and giving.
The program came about out of the experiences of founder Michelle Calkins McLean and her own kids after a successful fund raising effort to help a neighbor with cancer. The feelings of accomplishment and satisfaction derived from helping improve the quality of life for just one family led to other projects, then to teaching those proven skills to teens looking to acquire knowledge and experience that will help them as they launch their own adult careers.
They have to hit the ground running when they sign on for this eight-week course. Day one task is for each of the 12 to 30 students to investigate any or all of as many as 30 nonprofit organizations that are invited to a show & tell event put on just for the kids. From these investigations each teen must select one of the organizations to go to work on.
The rest of the 8-week course involves writing mission statements for the nonprofit organizations, developing articles of incorporation and choosing members from their group to serve on a board of directors. Finals day amounts to a fundraising event in which the teens establish booths from which they sell objects they built or developed as fundraising items. Visitors purchase "Peace Bucks" as they arrive. The peace bucks are spent at the booths just as in craft shows, and the money they make goes to the nonprofit they chose on their first day and to the Peace Out organization in a 50/50 split.
The teens benefit from the experience in a way traditional class environments can't provide, the nonprofits gain some funding and the Peace Out organization build a fund from which follow-up courses are, in part, financed. Peace Out has partnered with schools, Boys and Girls Clubs and senior facilities. So positive have been the results that major grants have been finding the organization and kids are returning to volunteer for repeat courses.
April 28, 2014
Our big event wrapped with the overall impression that this was one of the best events we've hosted in years, in terms of overall satisfaction of attendees and in return on investments of time and money. The numbers will take a bit more time to calculate, but the fun index was seriously high. Conclusion: Crab Feed '15 is a go for January 31st.
Bigger and better is the action item called for, given the relatively reasonable promise for growth for this event. Jim Wick is a shoe-in for catering again. Sally announced at Monday's meeting that she has a provider for 300 round table covers for under $200.00. The labor that will be saved alone will make this an easy buy. The band performance was exceptional, courtesy of club memberDennis Higashiyama, and DeAnne Bennett, in spite of illness, stepped in as MC and kept the event rolling.