Welcome to the Eugene Downtown Lions!

Chartered in 1924, the Eugene Downtown (EDT) Lions Club is 86 members strong, making it one of the largest Lions Clubs in Oregon. Each week throughout the year, the EDT Lions meet on Wednesday noon at the Eugene Hilton to hear the latest reports on Club activities and to learn from an interesting array of speakers or enjoy performances by local musicians.

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Women’s Symposium Helps Women To Thrive In Today’s World


The 4th Annual Women’s Symposium “New Voices, New Opportunities,” was held on Thursday, May 9th at Riverbend Annex. The evening event was sponsored by Lions District 36-R and PeaceHealth Foundation. The idea for the event came from Lion District Governor Judy Kaufman and her committee of Lions Patty Harrison, Cecilia Urbani and Carol Casciato. Local coordinators were Lions Mary Fechtel and Karen Norton from the Eugene Downtown Lions Club. Throughout the day references were made showing how women are a big part of the Lions experience and how becoming a Lion would benefit the women themselves and the people Lions serve.
Lion Karen Norton, Symposium Chairperson, welcomed everyone and explained what the Women’s Symposium is all about.
She then introduced the keynote speaker for the event Bob Welch who, as usual, had some very interesting and inspirational things to say. Bob talked about some of the books he has written and concluded discussing the nurse who struggled for ten years to finally have a war Memorial for the nurses. His words of wisdom, if you will, were that “desperation can help you find solutions.” 
The next speaker was Tracy Brown Oregon Lions Sight and Hearing Foundation Optical Administrator. She described the process of collecting and finally distributing used eyeglasses.
Matt Webber, Partner Relations Manager for Lions Vision Gift, was the next presenter. He discussed cornea donation and talked about the families of the cornea donors. 
Next was Julie Dewsnup who talked about the Beta Program for Type-2 Diabetes.
 Mary Lou Bradley from Candlelighters for Children With Cancer explained the support the organization gives to children and their families. With her were two Tri Delta Sorority members who worked on a project with St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital and Robin Thompson, whose son was diagnosed with cancer and spent ten days in the hospital, also gave testimony about the wonders of St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital.
New Voices Speaker PCC Mary Rynearson spoke about our International President Gudrun Yngvadottir and explained the 5 Points LCI has put forth. Rynearson gave bracelets from LCI to Lions Mary Fechtel, Karen Norton, Carol Casciato, and Sharon Rollins, who is the incoming Council Chair.
The last speaker was lighting expert Suzanne Cavanaugh who explained the importance of what kind of light we are exposed to and which are good and which are not so good for us depending on the time of day or night.
Three fun breakout sessions were held for the participants with hands-on service projects. At the end of the symposium, raffle drawings were made for various prizes that were donated for the symposium.
The Event Planning Committee would like to thank all of those who participated and especially all of the vendors including those who provided many of the prizes. The vendors list includes Audiology Professionals - Dr. Craig Ford, CASA, Eugene Downtown Lions Club, Color Street- Karen Jones, Days For Girls, Light is Essential Lumen Element, Health Products, Diabetes Community Care Team, Bob Welch with his books, Lions Vision Gift, PBC Insurance, Candlelighters for Children With Cancer, Directors Mortgage, and Springfield Lions Club. 
19 June 2019
Tim Chuey
Publicity Chairman
Eugene Downtown Lions Club

Keynote Speaker, Author and Columnist Bob Welch.


Left to Right-New Voices PCC Mary Rynearson gave bracelets from LCI to Lions Mary Fechtel, Karen Norton, Carol Casciato, and Sharon Rollins. 

U of O Lions Complete Major Service Project

The University of Oregon Lions Club first came together in October 2016. They became a Branch Club of Eugene Downtown in May 2017. Although the club is small, six members, they are very active. They have volunteered with Walama Restoration, restoring habitat near the Willamette River; volunteered with FOOD for Lane County, and volunteered at historic Pioneer Cemetery on the U of O campus. Members of the club participated in the District 36R Conference in February, the Keep the Promise Breakfast in April and assisted Eugene Downtown serving ice cream at the MD36 Convention.

The last two weekends in May and the first weekend in June they completed their first major service project – installing a granite bench at Pioneer Cemetery. On May 19th they prepared the bench site, digging the base, building the frame and laying gravel for drainage. On May 26th they poured the concrete for the base. Finally, on June 2nd, they installed the bench on the base. Needless to say, the student Lions are justly proud of the work they have done and the contribution they have made to the historic cemetery.

27 June 2018

Chuck Blanchard

Guiding Lion for UO Lions Club

                                                           A bit of a hike to the site                                                                                            

L to R: Lions Subik Shrestra, Steve-Laughton-Cardona, & Ian Scott making concrete

L to R Lions: Steve Laughton-Cardona, Subik Shrestra, & Ian Scott pouring concrete into frame 

L to R Lions: Nick Magagnini & Ian Scott spread concrete for the base

L to R Lions: Nick Magagnini, Steve Laughton-Cardona, Gabby Messina, Subik Shrestra, & Ian Scott install bench support as Cemetery volunteer George looks on

The completed bench with the plaque below

Close-up of plaque

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