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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.



August 2020
Annual Golf Outing

On Wednesday, August 19, 2020, the Lions held their annual golf outing at the beautiful Cantigny Golf Club course. The outing began with scheduled tee times from 9:30am, with two formats, Team Best Ball and Scramble (with prizes awarded). A good time was had by all, while we followed the state of Illinois COVID-19 rules.

See the Annual Golf Outing for more details and photos from the event.



May 2020
Charity Grant Recipients

Every year the Wheaton Lions Charities donates 100% of the money they have collected throughout the year to those local charity and non-profit organizations that have applied and qualified for a grant request from our Wheaton Lions Club.
The criteria for being considered to receive this benevolence grant are based on the following criteria:

a. that your organization qualifies as a tax exempt non-profit organization or association under Section 501 (c) 3 of the United States Internal Revenue Service Code

b. that your charity organization is aligned with one of the six Pillars of Service of the Wheaton Lions Club

1. Sight
2. Hearing
3. Diabetes
4. Hunger
5. Environment
6. Children’s Pediatric Cancer

c. that you describe the services that this contribution from Wheaton Lions Charities would be used for

d. that your organization is in good standing with the local community

Wheaton Lions Charities Benevolence Recipients for 2020 are the following Non-Profit organizations:

Bridge Community
CASA of DuPage
Child’s Voice
Clare Woods Academy
College Scholarship (2)
Dooblebug Workshop
Eversight (formerly Illinois Eye Bank)
Hadley School for the Blind
Humanitarian Service Project
Northwestern Medical Foundation-COVID-19 Relief Fund
Northern Illinois Foodbank
People’s Resource Center
SCARE (School & Community Asst for Recycling and Education)
Slam Dunk for Diabetes

Spectrios Institute
Wheaton Public Library

Andrea Carradus, Manager of Foundation and Corporate Relations at Bridge Communities shows her appreciation.

CASA of DuPage thanks the Lions for their generous support.

Reynaldo Dumas, Stewardship & Events Associate at Child's Voice expressing the organizations gratitude for the recent grant.

Eversight shows their appreciation.

Clare Woods Academy shows their appreciation towards the Wheaton Lions Club.

Danette Johnson, the Braille Practice Leader for Hadley shows her appreciation.

The Wheaton Lions Charities supported the Northwestern Medical Foundation and their COVID-19 Relief Fund.

The Peoples Resource Center thanks the Wheaton Lions Club for their support.



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.


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You Should Know

Wheaton Lions Club Events

May 15, 2021
Prairie Path
Clean Up Day


August 19, 2021
Annual Golf Outing
Cantigny Golf Club

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Cosley Zoo Stream Clean-up