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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.



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.

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