Welcome to the Kennewick Lions Club & Foundation website
For Beef & Freezer Raffle Ticket-Sale locations click "RAFFLE" at left.
"ABOUT US" = guide to who we are and what we do.
"Calendar" = the schedule of current service projects, meetings, raffle ticket sale locations and Food Trailer events.
"Club Projects" = list of current year service activities.
"Contact Us" = names and contact information of Lions in charge.
"FOOD TRAILER" = information about it, and who to contact to arrange for it to be at your event.
"Membership Information" = Frequently Asked Questions about our club, how a meeting runs and how to join.
"Officers" = list of current year officers.
"Photo Gallery" = photos of Lions in action.
"RAFFLE" = information on our current raffle.
Next meeting @:
off S. 395
Tuesday, April 5, 6:30 - 7:30 pm.
Visitors welcome! Come and be our guest.
The club has donated a soundproof curtain to the Kennewick Boys and Girls Club so that the kids in their successful music program can practice without disturbing other activities. Funds for this project were provided from the proceeds of our Second Annual Beef & Freezer Raffle. (PS the Boys and Girls Club is always on the lookout for additional instruments for the music program and would gratefully accept your donation of any unused guitar, or other instrument!)
The Kennewick Lions Foundation Second Annual Beef & Freezer Raffle was a success, raising over $11500 to support our sight and hearing charities. We want to thank A-ONE REFIGERATION & HEATING, INC for being the major sponsor as well as Metz Mobile Marine, FinishCraft Auto & Boat Body Repair, Master's Appliance, Windy River Meats, 3 Rivers Financial Group, Kennewick Ranch & Home, Yokes Fresh Markets and Budget Print Center for their strong support!!
How Raffle Funds are spent:
100% of funds go to help local people, no club member or employee receives any compensation. Last year we netted over $11000 after paying for some prizes. Of this, $1000 went to the Edith Bishel Center for the Blind in Kennewick, which provides support services and training for sight-impaired individuals. The remainder is budgeted to provide eye exams and glasses, hearing exams and aids, and cataract surgeries. Potentially the amount we raised in last year's raffle will provide up to 67 people with eye exams and glasses, or up to 50 people with hearing exams and aids, or as many as 5 cataract surgeries. The actual number of each depends on how many people with each need apply to the Lions Club for assistance.
The number of people we can serve is based on the fact that we receive matching funds from the NW Lions Foundation to help cover each patient's doctor's fees, so we get maximum "bang" for each buck.
District 19 Annual Conference
This Friday and Saturday (27 & 28 Feb) a contingent of Kennewick Lions will be attending the District 19 convention in Ellensburg. Our own Past Club Secretary and Past Zone Chair Viva Metz will be formally elected to serve out the remainder of this term as Vice-District Governor. Then she will be installed as the 2015-2016 District Governor at the 2015 International Convention in Hawaii in July.
Thank you to the JayCees for having the Kennewick Lions Food Trailer as their exclusive concessionaire at their 2014 edition of their annual HAUNTED FOREST at Sacajawea State Park during each weekend of the event! We had fun and raised over $1500 to help fund our charitable activities!
Lions hosted our annual Christmas Party at Desert Villa for the seniors and others there Saturday, Dec. 6. Pizza and live entertainment was featured.
Multiple District 19 Annual Conference at Ocean Shores:
Kennewick was represented by PDG Kay Metz, PZC & Council Secretary of District 19-F Viva Metz, PZC Bob Ferger and Ethel, Zone Chair Richard Reddick and Lion Jim Bennett. They were among the 530+ Lions from Washington, Canada and Northern Idaho.
The youngest Lion in attendance was 18, and featured speaker, Past International Director Doug Alexander, a very warm and personable Lion with a long history of effective work in Lions and several other community service organizations, emphasized the importance of growing our clubs through the recruitment of younger members. He reinforced the importance of current International President Joe Preston's "Strengthen the Pride" motto, and "Each One Ask One" program.
He pointed out that while US Lions Clubs are battling to attract younger members, other countries are experiencing exponential growth. North America has fewer than 24% of the Lions in the world. Lionism is now in 209 countries with the recent chartering of a club in South Sudan.
He recounted the effective work of local clubs and the millions of dollars that has been generated through LCIF, which has been distributed almost immediately when a disaster occurs or a need for a grant identified, often within 24 hours or less.
Sight and Hearing programs back on track: Thanks to our recent successful fund raising efforts, the Lions Board was able to restart funding for eye and hearing exams, treatments, glasses and aids for people that need extra assistance to afford them.
DOG SHOW: Thank you to all who stopped at our Lions' Food Trailer during the Dog Show at Howard Amon Park Sept. 27th & 28th!! With your help we raised over $1600 to support our charitable work.
TUMBLEWEED: Thank you to all who patronized our Food Trailer at last month's Tumbleweed Fest at Howard Amon Park!! You helped us raise over $1000 to help our community and those with sight or hearing impairment.
LIONS IN THE NEWS
Melvin Jones Fellowship honoree's were recognized in Sunday, 8/17 edition of the Tri-City Herald as shown below. (See "Photo Gallery" for full-color copy of the picture.)
Beef & Freezer Raffle: Congratulations to our winners!!
Grand Prize: 300 lbs of cut/wrapped beef from Windy River Meats in Pasco along with a 18.5 c.f. upright freezer for it from Masters Appliance of Pasco, was won by Eva Madrigal of Prescott, WA. She is overjoyed! She always buys tickets in support of charities, but this is the first time she has won! Congratulations, Eva!!
Second Prize: Pit Boss Pellet BBQ Grill from Ranch & Home was won by Tanya Worth of Pasco. Tanya's husband Chris, with the bbq. Happy Grilling!
$100 Fred Meyers Gift Card was won by Andy Ruiz of Kennewick.
$100 worth of Maverik Gas Cards was won by Ed Tucker of Richland.
Lions in Action
*Lions volunteers cooked nearly 1000 hamburgers at Southridge on Tuesday evening, August 5th, in support of the Neighborhood Night Out event.
*We had good business at our Food Trailer at Water Follies, and sold some raffle tickets, too. Thank you to all who supported us with purchases and donations!! And thank you to all the Lions and their family members who helped out!
*Lions Food Trailer served lots of hungry folk at the River of Fire 4th of July celebration at Columbia Park. Thank you to all our good customers whose patronage helped us raise desperately needed money to meet needs of sight and hearing impaired people in our community!!!
* Our Officer Installation, Saturday, June 21, witnessed the rare event of six different Kennewick Lions being honored for their service by the Lions Club International (LCI) organization.
**Lions Steve Watt, Penny Newton and Jim Bennett each received the International President's Certificate of Appreciation signed by current International President Barry J. Palmer for their service to the club.
**The highest award in Lionism, the Melvin Jones Fellowship, named for the founder of Lions, was given to Lions Dave Ashby, Bob Ferger and Clyde Flint who each received a fellowship plaque and pin in recognition of their many years of consistent humantarian service.
* We particularly thank Yoke's Fresh Market for their strong belief in the Lions organization and support of our Lions Club fund raiser. We have been warmly received by their customers and their staff have been consistently friendly and helpful.
* A new record day! Lions Richard Redick, Des Howarth & Jim Bennett raised $596.54 at the Keene Rd Yokes, selling 97 tickets and getting $111.54 in donations. Thank you Richland Yoke's shoppers for your generous support.
* At the final meeting of her second term as President, Cindee Cook honored Lions Bob Ferger, Donna Eakman, Jim Bennett, and Steve Watt for their dedicated support of club activities this past year. Congratulations, and thank you!!
* Saturday, June 14 saw our best single-day for raffle ticket sales and donations, bringing in $520.88! A mighty Lions Roar for Ray Hoffman & Cheryl Harper, and Bob Ferger & Earl Fordham for their good work!!
* Lions Mary Kechersid, Gordon Meade, and Paul and Linda Parkin made a visitation to the Ritzville Lions on June 10, had a great time at the steakfeed!
Kennewick Lion Past-President Richard Redick is the Zone Chairman-elect for 19-F. Congratulations Richard!!
*Thanks to Lions Penny Newton, Cheryl Harper, Clyde and Fay Flint, Cindee Cook and Jim Kintner for staffing our raffle table at Albertson's this past weekend. They brought in $465.39 in sales and donations!!
*Hooray for PDG and Kennewick Lion Al Harper for his ongoing Pin Blanket project which is raising money for the NW LIons Eyeglass Recycling Center!
* A loud Lions' ROAR of approval to Penny Newton & Gordon Meade who worked on the beautification project for Hospice House on May 17th!!
* Lions was one of four organizations donating trees to Sacajawea Park. Lion Steve Watt represented the club at the planting.
* Lions volunteers manned the Lions Health Screening Trailer event at Ranch & Home May 2nd & 3rd. Free screenings were provided for adults and kids. (see photo page.)
* Also, special thanks to Lions who manned the White Canes Days donation table at the same location, raising over $700 to support the Lions Eye Bank!!!! Good work!
* Thanks to Red Apple for their support of our raffle ticket sale at their Kennewick store!!
Kennewick Lions especially thanks Kennewick Ranch & Home for their great support for both our service and fund-raising activities! They hosted our Health Screening trailer and allowed us to do fund raising in front of the store.
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