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May 2020
Charity Grant Recipients

Bridge Communities - “Thank You Wheaton Lions Club” - one of our 2020 charity grant recipients. The Bridge Communities’ Andrea Carradus said, “Now more than ever, we need the resources to ensure our clients can meet the challenges before them and successfully transition to permanent housing. We are so very grateful for the Wheaton Lions Club partnership.”

Visit the Bridge Communities website to learn more about the organization.

Andrea Carradus, Manager of Foundation and Corporate Relations at the Bridge Communities.

CASA of DuPage County - “Thank you, Wheaton Lions for the generous support of CASA (Court Appointed Special Advocates of DuPage County).” - another 2020 charity grant recipients.  The funds will help us continue our mission of recruiting, training and supporting volunteer citizen advocates to speak to the best interests of children, who through no fault of their own are a part of the in the DuPage County Court system. Thank you for being powerful friends for powerless children in our community.

Visit the CASA of DuPage County website to learn more about the organization.

Thank you for the generous support of CASA of DuPage County.



February 2020
Service Award

John Tagye was recognized by RC with a Service Award for his work with the Sight and Hearing Committee. Sight and Hearing has performed 1,000 screenings for the Wheaton community since 2016.  




February 2020
Congratulation for Reaching One Thousand Children's Eye Screenings

The Wheaton Lions Vision Screening Committee has been working with the Wheaton Public Library very closely now for the past three plus years. The WP Library’s Executive Director is Ms. Betsy Adamowski and she is also a member of the Wheaton Lions and serves as our Club Secretary as well. She has been VERY supportive of this effort at the Library. 

About once every other month the Lions Vision Screening Committee (headed up by Mr. John Tagye) sets up a table downstairs in the Children’s Dept at the Library and gives these FREE public eye screenings to as many children as possible in a six hour window. 

Dr. Jim Jakubiec, is our Lions Club Director of all our Sight and Hearing matters and sits on our Board of Directors, and this committee reports to him.  I’ve copied him on this email as he can probably add some additional insight that you can use in this article. 

Standing: John Tagye (left), and Kent Intihar. Seated (left to right): Jim Jakubiec, Richard Boyle and Bob Clavel.



January 2020
District 1-J Bowling Tournament

The Wheaton Lions Club participated in the District 1-J Bowling Tournament January 19, 2020. Dan Milinko won over $400 in the 50/50 Raffle and Nolan, John Monino's son won the first round.



December 2019
Business Excellence

The Wheaton Lions Club and one of our outstanding members were recognized at this year's luncheon.

The Wheaton Chamber of Commerce recognized the Wheaton Lions Club with the 2019 Business Excellence Award for over 75 years of service to our community.

The Chamber also awarded Lion Mike Benard with the "Ron Brinkman Community Leadership Award" for 2019. Mike was honored with this prestigious award for service to the community through his generous donations of time and effort towards the creation and executions of new programs, and the perpetuation of existing & successful projects benefiting the business community, the City of Wheaton and it's resident.

Ron Austin and Jim Mathieson have also received this coveted award in past years.




September 2019
The Wheaton Lions Terrace

RC Crompton, President of the Wheaton Lions announced a finalized agreement with the Wheaton Park District to build the “Lions Terrace” area adjacent to the Mary Lubko Center at Memorial Park. Lions Terrace is coming to Memorial Park Summer of 2020! Built in part through the generosity of the Wheaton Lions Club the Wheaton Lions In recognition of the Wheaton Lions serving our community for over 95 years, a permanent bronze recognition plaque will be permanently mounted in the Terrace Area that will display the Lions logo and will describe the six Pillars of Service that the Wheaton Lions Club provides to the community: Sight, Hearing, Diabetes, Hunger, Environment and Pediatric Cancer.

In August 2019, the Wheaton Lions participated in the Wheaton Park District Groundbreaking event for Memorial Park. The Lions are proud to partner with the Park District in the renovation of Memorial Park and as a collaborative and strategic partner in the building of the Lions Terrace. The Lions Terrace and the entire Memorial Park renovation is scheduled for completion by the end of May 2020.



August 2019
Serving the Community

A number of Wheaton Lions volunteered to help serve food to people in need. At the Mobile Pantry food distribution at Marian Park in Wheaton. We served 144 households benefitting at least 400 individuals. They received meat, milk, eggs, potatoes, carrots, pears, tomatoes, pasta, cereal and a selection of non-perishable items. Hester Bury the Director of Foundation & Grants for the Northern Illinois Food Bank supervised the event. The Northern Illinois Food Bank located in Geneva, IL supplied all of the items. Wheaton Lions” Ruth Carlson headed up the Lions volunteers.



August 2019
National Night Out

The Wheaton Lions had several volunteers come to the event and assist the Wheaton Police Department hand out Pizza slices, hot dogs and drinks to the hundreds of people that attended.

We had a table and discussed our club’s activities with people and handed out brochures on the work our club does and also the work Lions Clubs International does to support the fight against Diabetes. It was a fun event and gave the Wheaton residents a chance to intermingle with the police.



August 2019
Memorial Park Revitalization Project

Wheaton Mayor Phil Suess introduced the Wheaton Board of Directors, members of the Wheaton Municipal Band, Park Dept. employees and many Wheaton Lions Club members at the Groundbreaking event at Wheaton’s oldest park Monday August 19, 2019.

The Lions Club is making a large endowment to cover the expenses of the brand new Patio, one of the many new projects. Also coming will be a much larger pavilion which will have an outreach roof that will help protect the viewers from rain. The pavilion will have new rest rooms, changing rooms and more. There will be a new office structure, new benches, tables, and many old trees will have to be removed but new trees will be planted.

Work on the Revitalization will start shortly and the goal is to have it open before the Taste of Wheaton in late May 2020.



August 2019
Another Scholarship Awarded

Wheaton Lion Keith Carlson presented a scholarship check to Bridgette Garnache. A student of Wheaton Warrenville High
School, she will going to Emory University in Atlanta Georgia. She’ll be studying Pre-Med. Have a great time Brigette.



July 2018
Another Scholarship Award

On July 23, Wheaton Lion Keith Carlson presented a scholarship check from our Lions Club to Ellery Fahey who will be attending the University of Dayton in Dayton Ohio.



July 2019
Lions International Guests

On July 16, Wheaton Lions President, RC Crompton welcomed guests from Lions International!



July 2019
Visit From the Former District Governor

Lion Susan Galvez, the former District Governor of District 1-J attended our luncheon on July 23 and presented some Lion awards to some of our members.  Rick Erickson was given a plaque thanking him for putting together a on-line Registration System for the District.  She gave a plaque to John Tagye for his Sight & Sound work.

Former District Governor, Susan Galvez presenting John Tagye his award.



July 2019
July 4th Community Parade

The Wheaton Lions Club was asked to be this years Grand Marshal of the Wheaton Independence Day Parade.




June 2019
Benevolence Luncheon

The Wheaton Lions Club donated $70,000 to a number of recipients in DuPage County. Don Fischer presented several of them with checks during our annual Benevolence Luncheon.

Left: Hester Bury of the Illinois Food Bank. Right: Christina La Page of Peoples Resource Center.

Left: Vicki Watts of Markland. Right: Amy Van Polen of Bridge Communities.

Left: John Miller of the Clare Woods Academy. Right: Kara Kelly of Eversight.

Left: Lisa Drake and Beth Stremel of CASA of DuPage. Right: Mitzi of the College of DuPage Foundation.

Left: Joe Flynn of the Hadley School for the Blind. Right: Courtney Tedrick of the Wheaton Public Library.

Left: Leanne Vos of Donka. Right: Nancy Dorsman of the Humanitarian Service Project.



June 2019
Scholarship Awards

On June 4, The Wheaton and Warrenville Lions presented a scholarship to Hailey Flebbe-Eaves. Hailey is graduating from Wheaton-Warrenville South and will going to Northern Illinois University.

The Wheaton Lions Club also presented a scholarship to Kaitlyn Daeschler. Kaitlyn will be graduating from Wheaton North High School and will be attending Illinois State University.

On June 25, Keith Carlson presented a scholarship to Amy Myers a recent graduate of Wheaton North High School. She was at our luncheon with her mother,

Our congratulations and best wishes go out to all of these students.

Scholarship recipient Hailey Flebbe-Eaves.

Scholarship recipient Kaitlyn Daeschler.

Scholarship recipient Amy Myers.



June 2019
Annual Installation Dinner

The Wheaton Lions Club had its annual Installation Dinner at the Arrowhead Golf Club on June 19, 2019. We all enjoyed an excellent dinner and music.

The current President Don Fischer and incoming President R.C. Crompton both gave nice remarks. The new board members were sworn in and the meeting closed. It was a loverly event.

Incoming Wheaton Lions President R.C. Crompton thanking outgoing President Don Fischer for the great job he has done in Fiscal year 2019.

Incoming President R.C. Crompton giving outgoing President Don Fischer a LION golf club cover gift along with some Wheaton Lions tees, and a golf bag LIONS tag.

The new Board of Directors was sworn in for our fiscal year which starts on July 1.


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You Should Know

Wheaton Lions Club Events

Due to the Coronavirus and because of the “shelter in place” mandate, the decision has been made to CANCEL all Wheaton Lions Club events through the month of June. Once the “shelter in place” order is lifted we will reevaluate the lunch meeting schedule.

However, the Wheaton Lions Club announces that every Tuesday at noon, during the month of May and June, we will have a virtual guest speaker! See the Guest Lunch Speakers page for more info.

You Should Know

Charity Grant Recipient Bridge Communities