Charities Endowments

Fiscal Year 2017

Our Wheaton Lions had their final luncheon of Fiscal Year 2017 on Tuesday June 27th. We invited all of the organizations to whom we donated funds to join us for lunch. Each attendee was given a chance to tell us about their organization and its mission, location and the people they served. It was a very good meeting and we all learned a lot and had a nice chance to talk with these folks.

In fiscal year 2017, The Wheaton Lions Club donated a total of $60,000 to these organizations. They were:

  • CASA of DuPage County Inc.
  • Clare Woods Academy
  • Donka, Inc.
  • Eversight Illinois
  • Eye & Ear Foundation
  • Hadley Institute for the blind and visually impaired
  • Humanitarian Service Project
  • Lions of Illinois Foundation
  • Marklund
  • Midwest Shelter for Homeless Veterans
  • Peoples Resource Center
  • Spectrios Institue for Low Vision
  • Wheaton Public Library

Scholarships were also given out to three Wheaton High School students. They were Austin Smith, Erica Engel and Jake Kunkel.

President Rick Erickson with Michael Gresk of Clare Woods Academy.

President Rick Erickson with Jane Tyschenko-Mysliwiec of Midwest Shelter for Homeless Veteran.

President Rick Erickson with Jenifer Fabian of People’s Resource Center.

President Rick Erickson with Diane Levine and Dr. Gregg C. Pusateri of Spectrios Institute.

President Rick Erickson with Brook Voss of Hadley Institute for the Blind and Visually Impaired.




The committee issued a total of 35 authorizations for either eye exams and glasses or hearing exams and aids.

Authorizations were issued for 17 children to receive eye exams and glasses in coordination school district 200 nurses. The parents of two of these children never made appointments for the eye exams and glasses. The new Spanish version of the clubs Referral Form has been very helpful for some of the school children's parents to complete.

Authorizations were issued for 18 adults (11 for eye exams and glasses/contacts, 7 for hearing aids) in conjunction with PADS caseworkers and referrals from other sources such as Lions Club members, past clients and our website. Four of the PADS clients never made appointments for the eye exams and one of the PADS clients referrals was rejected by the committee. One of the referrals requested assistance for a serious eye condition that required special treatment. This request was approved by the committee and the Wheaton Lions Club Board of Directors.
Five authorizations were issued for hearing exams and aids and 2 authorizations were issued for hearing aid repair.

Sight & Hearing Program Director
Lion Martin Findling

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Wheaton Lions Club Events

October 15 & 19, 2018
Vision Screenings
Wheaton Public Library

October 25, 2018
Annual Wine Fest
Arrowhead Golf Club

December 1, 2018
6th Annual Reindeer Run
Downtown Wheaton
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See the organizations to whom the Lions made donations.