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July 2022
July 4th Parade and Fields of Honor Celebrations

The Wheaton Lions Club celebrated Independence Day in the July 4th Parade!

Lion Sarah Starke and Pam Dalby steered the Wheaton Lions Club car in the Independence Day parade surrounded by club members Lions John Dalby, Bruno Tabis, Chris Neigel, Raul Delgago, Jim Jakubiec and volunteer, Morgan Bainbridge displaying signs for the Lions Club Six Pillars of Service in the community - Sight, Hearing, Diabetes, Hunger, Environment, and Pediatric Cancer.

The Wheaton Lions also sponsored the 2022 Wheaton Field of Honor at Seven Gables Park in Wheaton!



June 2022
Charity Grant Recipients

The Wheaton Lions Club Annual Grant Award Presentation June 14, 2022!

The Wheaton Lions Club hosts three fundraising events each year: Candy Day!, our Annual Charity Golf Outing and the Reindeer Run. Every dollar raised at these events goes to charities and in fiscal 2021, our Club set a record of awarding $100,000 in grants and donations to local nonprofit organizations.

Each spring, the Wheaton Lions Club Benevolence Committee accepts grant applications and awards non-profit organizations (preferably serving DuPage County) that provide programs and services to individuals or do research within our Six Pillars of Service in the community - Sight, Hearing, Diabetes, Hunger, Environment, and Pediatric Cancer. At the presentation, Lion John Vires, Vice President of the Wheaton Lions Club announced and introduced the grantees to club members and stated what each grant would support.

Congratulations to all the nonprofit organizations and thank you for what you for the community with our support!

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

Randi Chambers and Hester Bury, Northern Illinois Food Bank

Sue Varcak, Cosley Zoo

Brooke Voss, Hadley School for the Blind

Rob Sperl, Play for All Foundation

Jenifer Bystry, Bridge Communities

Betsy Adamowski, Wheaton Public Library

The Nonprofit Grantees Recipients:

SCARCE - Books for Pediatric Cancer patients, supplies for the visually impaired and support for the Reuse Center to keep unsafe items out of landfills

People's Resource Center - Support for the Food Pantry services in Wheaton

Northern Illinois Food Bank - Mobile Market distribution at Marian Park

Cosley Zoo - Blanding Turtle Project

Hadley School for the Blind - Equipment for those reading Braille

Child's Voice - Early Intervention Scholarship Program

Donka - Training visually impaired students

Ross K. MacNeill Foundation - Support for Pediatric Cancer Research

Bridge Communities - Support for their nutrition program

Wheaton Public Library - Books for vision impaired readers

DuPage Health Coalition - Support for providing access to pharmaceuticals for low-income residents with Diabetes

Eversight - Sight saving transplants for Illinois residents

Casa DuPage - Casa's advocacy services for children who have been abused or neglected

Play for All Foundation - Fragrance Garden and Sensory Garden Playground garden beds

Doodlebug Workshop - Support for maintaining commercial lease of their Main Street Wheaton facility

Marklund - Airvo 2 oxygen and humidification system and supplies to ease breathing for children and young adults with developmental disabilities and severe aspiratory compromise

Home Centered Health Care Institute - In-home vision care for Wheaton area residents with Diabetes related vision needs

Slam Dunk for Diabetes - Support for Slam Dunk Diabetes Camp in Wheaton

Spectrios Institute for Low Vision - Sponsorship of Golf Outing and Gala fundraisers

Humanitarian Service Project - Provide nutrition and support for low-income seniors in DuPage County

Congratulations and thank you for your mission and your work!



June 2022
College Scholarship

The Wheaton Lions Club 2022 Awards Five College Scholarships to Eligible Wheaton High School Seniors!

Each spring, the Wheaton Lions Club Scholarship Committee accepts and reviews scholarship grant requests submitted by Wheaton students. Eligible students have sight or hearing impairment or plan to pursue courses to work with sight and hearing impaired clients.

On June 14, 2022, Lion John Vires, Vice President Wheaton Lions Club introduced each scholarship awardee to Club members and announced the college or university they will be attending.

Awardees pictured with Lion Marty Keller, President Wheaton Lions Club

The 2022 Scholarship Awardees - College or University they will be attending

Rafael Rodriguez - College of DuPage

Mark Bianco - Carthage College

Sofia Terkildsen - Elmhurst University

Kyle Sana - College of DuPage

Alexander Lam - St Louis University

Congratulations to the scholarship recipients and good luck in your academic pursuits. We hope you will consider becoming a Wheaton Lions Club member in the future!


Below are photos of 3 scholarship recipients with Lion Club President, Marty Keller.

Rafael Rodriguez

Mark Bianco

Sofia Terkeldsen



May 2022
Slam Dunk for Diabetes

The 2022 Slam Dunk for Diabetes Basketball Camp was a Great Success!

The Wheaton Lions were proud to sponsor the June 27th - June 29th Slam Dunk for Diabetes Basketball Camp. The camps are free to eligible kids ages 6 through 18 with Type 1 and 2 diabetes. This year the Wheaton camp was held at Wiesbrook Elementary School in Wheaton. Forty-seven kids ages 6 -14 with Type 1 Diabetes registered for the three-day basketball camp.

Thank you to Teresa Alesia, Jody Gosain, and Gail Sommerfeld who ran the three-day Slam Dunk for Diabetes camp.

Lions Marty Keller, RC Crompton, Jim Jakubiec, Chris Niegel, John Dalby, John Monino, and Ron Birchall, Lions Club Diabetic Committee Chair were on hand for Opening Day to get the ball rolling.

Our sponsorship of this event supports our Pillar of Service in the community - Diabetes. The Wheaton Lions Club provides Six Pillars of Service in the community - Sight, Hearing, Diabetes, Hunger, Environment, and Pediatric Cancer.





May 2022
Candy Day

Candy Day is one of the Lions Clubs biggest and oldest fundraising events supporting Sight and Hearing programs. Club members sent time on Friday, May 13th and Saturday, May 14th handing out Tootie Roll Pops and collecting donation on several Wheaton street corners.

Thank you to all who donate to support our Sight and Hearing programs!



May 2022
Fields of Honor

The Wheaton Lions announced a new tradition for the club to support the 2022 Fields of Honor Program with a $500 donation to this year's American Flag display at Seven Gables Park in Wheaton!

Lion Sarah Starke spoke to the Wheaton Lions members about the 2022 Field of Honor. Sarah's message served to prepare the Wheaton community for an event that many are eagerly awaiting.

From June 29th to July 4th, Seven Gables Park in Wheaton will once again host as a magnificent display of 2000 American Flags in honor of America's servicemen.

Members of the public will be able to purchase a flag for $25. A personal message can be attached to the flag in honor of the individual being recognized.

For more information, go to healingfield.org/wheatonil22.

President Marty Keller and Lion Sarah Starke at the 2021 Field of Honor at Seven Gables Park in Wheaton.


April 2022
Service Awards

During the April 12 lunch meeting, numerous service awards were presented to Wheaton Lion members by District 1J Governor, Lion Lori Chassee.

10 Years of Service: Lions Jeanne Hansen, Charlie McKenna, Frank Panzeca, Rich Boyle, Bob Rutan, Ron Diener, Rick Erickson, Tim Whelan.

15 Years of Service: Lions Brad Pihl and Frank Steck

20Years of Service: Lion Russ Adkins

45 Years of Service: Lion Jim Huck

The Governor's Award which recognizes distinguished service was awarded to Lion Betsy Adamowski.

District 1J Governor, Lion Lori Chassee, Betsy Adamowski (with award) and President Marty Keller.


April 2022
Glasses Collection

The Wheaton Lions Club Collects Over 5,000 Used Eyeglasses, Sunglasses, and Cell Phones!

The Wheaton Lions would like to thank the community for the many gently used eyeglasses, sunglasses, and hearing aids collected at the recent Recycle Extravaganza!

Lion Rod Irey (pictured) delivered over 5,000 gently used eyeglasses, hearing aids, and cell phones collected at the recent Wheaton Recycle Events and Drop Off Boxes to the Lions of Illinois Foundation in Sycamore, IL.

Thank you also to Sight & Hearing Committee members Lion Rod Irey and Lion Frank Panzeca.

For over 80 Years, individual Lions clubs and districts in the U.S., Canada and several other developed countries have collected used, unwanted eyeglasses, sunglasses and hearing aids for re-distribution to the poor in developing nations.

Patients search through the array of recycled eyeglasses and find the pair that best fits their eyesight correction requirements, much like those who buy "reading" glasses at the drug store.

When a notable amount of glasses and hearing aids are collected they are delivered to the Lions of Illinois Foundation. They in turn send the eyeglasses to Lions International for shipment overseas to be given to needy families.



April 2022
Recycling Extravaganza

The Wheaton Lions Club Celebrates Earth Day April 22, 2022!

The Wheaton Lions Club is committed to organizing and supporting activities in our community that sustainably protect and restore our environment to improve the well-being of our community through education and action.

The Wheaton Lions partnered with Scarce.org at the April 2nd Wheaton Recycling Extravaganza.

In the past year, the Wheaton Lions have collected over 10,000 gently used pairs of eyeglasses, hearing aides and cell phones. Lion Rod Irey takes them 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!


Pictured (left to right) are Lion Mayor Phil Suess; Lion Conrad Stoll; Kay McKeen, Founder Scarec.org; Lions Frank Panzeca and Rod Irey.


December 2021
Reindeer Run

The Wheaton Lions Club held its 10th annual Reindeer Run. 989 people participated in the in-person run while 100 runners continue running in the virtual run.

<Visit the Reindeer Run page for more information and many more photos>



October 2021
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 this week. Our final total of 7,332 lbs. of food was collected over the two weeks and over $1,250 in cash was raised for the procurement of diapers and household cleaning supplies.  

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

Some of the food collected at one of the community drop locations.



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.

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Wheaton Lions Club Events

September 9, 2022
Wheaton Lions Club Night #2
Concert in the Park series
Lions Terrace, Memorial Park

September 19 - October 4
Wheaton Lions Hunger Food Drive
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The club was busy in June with the Charity Grant Recipients and Scholarship Presentations and the Slam Dunk for Diabetes basketball camp.