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August 2021
Wheaton Lions Recognized for Their Years of Service

At lunch on August 31 these five Wheaton Lions were recognized for their respective durations of service to the club and community:

Jim Jakubiec, 10 years

Terri Lightbody, 15 years

Rich Armbrust, 20 years

Keith Carlson, 25 years

Bill Davis, 55 years

Many Thanks to all of you!




August 2021
And the Winner of the Pedego Electric Bike

The Winner of the Pedego Electric Bike is MIMI BAJAGICH!

Wheaton Lions Club President, Marty Keller; Mayor Phil Suess and RC Crompton, Wheaton Lions Past President and Golf Tournament Raffle Chair announced the Winner on Wednesday, August 24th at the Pedego Wheaton store!

There were sixty-five people who bought raffle tickets and 271 total tickets were sold!

Wheaton Lions Charities is very grateful to Pedego Wheaton and owners Jeff Alvis and Bill Budicin, for donating the bike to our RAFFLE.

Thank you to all who participated!

The Pedego raffle program generated $4,040 for Wheaton Lions Charities.

100% of this fundraiser supports local nonprofits that provide services or research within the Wheaton Lions Club Six Pillars of Service to the community - Sight, Hearing, Diabetes, Hunger, Environment, and Pediatric Cancer.

Congratulations Mimi!

Announcing the winner are Lion presidentMarty Keller and Bill Budicin, Co-owner Pedego Wheaton Store.



July 2021
Annual Banquet and Installation of New Officers

On July 13th The Wheaton Lions Club held their Annual Banquet and Installation of New Officers.  This marked the first meeting in the Wheaton Lions' Den since February of 2020.  The Club would like to thank outgoing Lion President R.C. Crompton for his focused and dedicated leadership and welcome Lion President Marty Keller as he directs the Wheaton Lions for the new term.

The officers that will serve through June 30, 2022 are:

Marty Keller, President
John Vires, Vice-President
Betsy Adamowski, Secretary
John Dalby, Treasurer
Past President, R.C. Crompton
Program Director, Dan Milinko
Membership Director, Ron Diener
Publicity Director, Ty Eden
Sight and Hearing Director, Jim Jakubiec

Directors serving three year terms - Bruno Tabis, Chris Neigel
Directors serving two year terms - John Monino, Dick Olsen
Directors serving a one year term - Ruth Carlson, Charlie McKenna

Departing Directors - Frank Panzeca, Jeff Kincaid



June 2021
Charity Grant Recipients

On June 23rd, Lion Marty Keller, President Wheaton Lions Club (pictured right) presented the grant awards as Lion John Vires, Vice President (pictured left) introduced each grantee and how the grant funds would be used.

The Wheaton Lions Club has three fundraising events each year: Candy Day!, Lions Club Annual Golf Outing and the Reindeer Run. Every dollar raised at these events goes to charities and set a record of awarding $96,510 in grants to local nonprofit organizations in this fiscal year.

Each year, the Wheaton Lions Club Benevolence Committee accepts grant applications and awards non-profit organizations (preferably serving DuPage County) that provide services to individuals or do research within the Six "Pillars of Service" to the community - Sight, Hearing, Diabetes, Hunger, Environment, and Pediatric Cancer.

Congratulations to all the organizations and thank you for what you do for our community!

The Nonprofit Grantees Recipients:

SCARCE - Supplies for visually impaired kids under 3, upkeep Hope’s Garden tended by incarcerated women and support reuse center

Peoples Resource Center - support food pantry services

Northern Illinois Food Bank - mobile food pantry

Cosley Zoo - Blanding's Turtle recovery program

Hadley School for the Blind - purchase equipment for legally blind to learn braille

Child's Voice - scholarship fund for children with hearing loss

Clare Woods Academy - emergency breakfast pantry

Student Excellence Foundation - mobile food pantry

The Ross K. MacNeill Foundation - pediatric cancer research

Bridge Communities - nutrition program: garden plots & coaching

Wheaton Public Library - large print books for low-vision readers

DuPage Health Coalition - support diabetic medications for DuPage Access Clients

Spectrios Institute for Low Vision - 35th birthday sponsorship

Eversight - corneal transplant surgeries

Casa DuPage - recruit, screen, train & support volunteer advocates

Humanitarian Service Project - provide nutritional support for impoverished seniors in Dupage & Kane Counties

DuPage Historical Museum - operating support for museum

Doodlebug Workshop - assistance with commercial lease of Workshop

Marklund - fund community outings for residents

Donka - assistive tech computer training for visual, physical & developmental disabilities

eCenter for Hope and Vision - programs for those struggling with vision loss

In addition, funds were awarded to scholarships for local students, support for eyeglasses and hearing aids program and the Lions Terrace in Memorial Park.

Below are photos of some of the grant recipients with Lion Club President, Marty Keller:


Bev Jaszczurowski, SCARCE

Lion Jenifer Fabian and Ken Madden, PRC

Carey Moreland, DuPage Historical Museum

Jenny Ackerman, Northern Illinois Food Bank

Leif Nordstrom, Hadley School for the Blind

Kim MacNeill, The Ross K. MacNeill Foundation



June 2021
Wheaton Lions Cut Ribbon at New Memorial Park

Friday, June 4th Marty Keller, President Wheaton Lions Club; Lion John Monino, Milton Township Supervisor; RC Crompton, Wheaton Lions Past President (centered in yellow vests); Lion Mayor Phil Suess; Lion Mike Benard, Executive Director Wheaton Park District; and fellow Lions celebrated the ribbon cutting, which kicked off the summer and the Wheaton Park District's 100th Anniversary. 

Memorial Park, which features monuments covering the history of American wars and local servicemen, is newly renovated for summer concerts and activities for the entire community to enjoy.

New features include a state of the art bandshell, newly refurbished turf and natural areas, and Lions Terrace, a seating and gathering area with a terrific view of the bandshell.

The Wheaton Lions are very proud of Wheaton's freshly renovated park and the partnership with The City of Wheaton and Wheaton Park District that has made the creation of Lions Terrace possible.



May 2021
Wheaton Lions Club Honors Lion Brad Pihl 

On May 18th, Lion Brad Pihl was awarded the Lions Clubs International Diamond Centennial Lion pin, the highest honor for helping to grow a club through inviting new members.

Congratulations, Brad!




May 2021
Cosley Zoo Stream Clean-up

Beacuse of the close working relationship between the Wheaton Lions Club and the Cosley Zoo, on Saturday, May 1, 10:00-11:30 a.m. we will join the Cosley Zoo team members in a stream clean-up. This family-friendly volunteer event will take place at Winfield Creek, by Elliot Lake, just south of the zoo. Please dress in clothes and footwear that can get wet and dirty. All participants should wear a face covering when 6′ of distance cannot be maintained between non-household members.

For more information of to register for the event, click here.



April 2021
Wheaton Lions Club Celebrates Earth Day 2021

April 15th, 2021 was a big day for the Wheaton Lions! Lion Rod Irey delivered boxes filled with 5,000 pairs of used and donated eyeglasses, 82 cell phones, 32 hearing aids, and 1 lb. of pop tabs to the Lions of Illinois Foundation where the eyeglasses, cell phones and hearing aids are inspected and distributed to needy families. Thank you to all who donated these items at our various Eyeglass Deposit Box locations!

In keeping with our Environment "Pillar of Service", the Wheaton Lions support and participate in the Praire Path Clean-Up scheduled for May 15th; Wheaton Recycling Event in partnership with Scarce.org; Cosley Zoo Spring Into Action Stream Clean-Up scheduled for May 1st; Hope's Garden; and Collecting used and donated Eyeglasses, Hearing aids and Cell phones through out the year!



December 2020
The Wheaton Lions 2020 Virtual Reindeer Run T-shirt Distance Contest

Wheaton Lions Club President Marty Keller sponsored a contest to see who could get a photo of the 2020 Reindeer Run T-shirt from furthest away before January 31st

The T-shirt made it all the way to Highland Ranch, Colorado - 1,010 miles from Wheaton! Christopher Crompton (pictured with his two boys Beckett and Ethan) is wearing the official 2020 Wheaton Lions Club Reindeer Run T-shirt.

The Crompton family was registered for the race and participated in the 2020 Virtual Reindeer Run! Christopher has strong ties to Wheaton and is Lion RC Crompton's son.

The Wheaton Lions Club held its 9th annual (virtual) Reindeer Run. 492 people participated in the virtual run. The virtual run generated $29,574 which was split evenly between the Wheaton Lions Club and the Wheaton Park District.

Thank you again to all who participated in the Reindeer Run 5K Fundraiser!

Christopher Crompton, with his two boys Beckett and Ethan, is wearing the official 2020 Wheaton Lions Club Reindeer Run T-shirt in Highland Ranch, CO.




December 2020
Candy Day Fundraiser

"Your donation will be used to change the lives of students and adults with vision and hearing needs."

The Wheaton Lions Club received a nice note from Trish Fisher, Executive Director of the Lions of Illinois Foundation (LIF). In the note she thanked the Club for their very generous Candy Day donation of $4,000 to support the vision and hearing charitable efforts of the LIF.



October 2020
Wheaton Recycling Day

A big THANK YOU to John Monino and the Environment Committee volunteers for representing our Wheaton Lions Club at this years Wheaton Recycling Day event.

We also want to thank SCARCE, our partner at this event.

The recycling totals collected for the day were as follows:

217 eye glasses
7 cell phones
7 hearing aids
2 packages for insulin testing

Thanks to everyone who helped out!



September 2020
Wheaton Lions Club Hosts a Community Hunger Food Drive

The final food donations from our WLC Hunger Food Drive were delivered to the People’s Resource Center last week. Our final total of 4,200 lbs. of food was collected over the two weeks and $1,650 in cash was raised for the procurement of diapers.  

Thanks again to the WLC Hunger Committee for making this year’s Hunger Food Drive with the PRC a Huge Success!

Marty Keller (right) presents Jenifer Fabian of the People's Resource Center with a check for $1650.



September 2020
Supporting the Carol Stream Chamber of Commerce

Last week the Wheaton Lions Club supported the Carol Stream Chamber of Commerce by making a donation and attending their annual charity fund raising golf

It was a fun afternoon on the course and very nice being able to meet many of the Carol Stream community leaders at this event.

The Wheaton Lions Club is proud to be a member of the Carol Stream Chamber of Commerce.

Frank Panzeca, RC Crompton, Jim Jakubiec and John Dalby played in this golf event and are pictured with our Wheaton Lions Club  Hole Sponsorship course sign.

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September 15 – October 1
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Lions Recognized for Their Years of Service