Lions Club of Richmond, IN. Inc.

Serving Richmond Indiana Community since October 5, 1924

Richmond Lions Club is a member of the Indiana Lions District 25F Inc.

Featuring Christmas FRUIT BASKETS 

and boxes of fruit!



Dates:  DECEMBER 1422

Location: El Rodeo building in front of Walmart





Between December 14th and 22nd


Over the 94 year history of the Richmond Lions Club, the club has served in a variety of ways.  During, the past two years, the Club has focused on the following service projects:

Vision Screening of both preschool and school aged children. Last year in Richmond Community schools alone, the Club’s screening team screened more than 1143 children plus many more in surrounding areas. Lions screen the 1st, 3rd, 5th, and 8th grade students, enabling children to have the vision needed to be successful in school.



The Richmond Lions Club is a group of individuals in the Richmond, Indiana area who meet twice a month at Golden Coral Restaurant on East Main Street.  The Richmond Lions Club was established on October 5, 1924. The Richmond Lions Club is a part of Indiana District 25-F of Lions Club International.  Lions club members have the opportunity to participate at the district and international levels.  In addition to supporting district officers, the Richmond Lions Club's members participate in district projects such as Camp Woodsmoke, along with state and international projects.


• Lions are changing the world one community at a time, by addressing needs at home and around the globe and believe that kindness matters. And when we work together, we can achieve bigger goals.


• Lions Clubs International is the world's largest service club organization, with a network of 1.4 million men and women in more than 210 countries and geographical locations. We serve where we live, as well as globally, and we have fun doing it.


• Though well known for its successful initiatives in vision health, Lions service is as diverse as its members. We meet all sorts of needs, from assisting the elderly to helping victims of natural disasters.


• Lions make a difference everyday everywhere. Whether by organizing a pancake breakfast fundraiser or building a wheelchair ramp for someone in need, we are a hands-on organization.


• Lions extend their reach to local communities, to districts within the state, to state and internationally.  The needs are great and our services are broad, including sight, health, youth, elderly, the environment and disaster relief.







LIONS DOING WHAT THEY DO BEST - Pictures tell the story!  1 out of 20 preschoolers and 1 out of 4 school aged children has an eye problem requiring treatment or correction.  Since children do not know how well they should see, they will not complain about poor vision.  Eye disorders, if they remain undiscovered, can harmfully affect a child's personality, his/her learning ability and his/her entire adjustment in school.

Nearly half of the 50,000 Americans, who go blind each year, lose their sight needlessly.  By conducting screening tests, the adult vision screening program will identify subjects at high risk for eye disorders or potentially blinding diseases and refer them for professional eye care.

Many adult diseases, such as glaucoma and diabetic retinopathy, can steal a person's sight without noticeable symptoms.  Any vision that is lost to these diseases cannot be restored, but further loss can be prevented.  An adult vision screening can often detect these problems in the early and treatable stages.

This is a screening only and should not be confused with a complete eye examination.  No diagnoses will be made.  Based on an individual's screening results, the volunteer screener will recommend to that individual if he or she should have a complete eye examination.  (Each individual may choose the health care professional of his/her choice for any medical care, further advice, and/or verification of the screening results).

The screenings will include a visual acuity test (both far and near vision on each eye).  Other eye problems may also be discovered during the screening.


PHILANTHROPY - When Helen Keller spoke to the International Convention of Lions International in 1925 she challenged the Lions to become the "Knights of the blind".  Committed to our motto - "We Serve" Lions perform service projects focused on improving our communities, the state, the nation and the world.  There are many local community philanthropic efforts that the Richmond Lions Club has supported over the years that do not relate to its mission but are equally important to improving our community.  The club participates in many philanthropic projects throughout the year including many local projects and state projects such as:

If your organization is looking for funds that fall within the mission of our club, click here to download the Grant Request Form.  We have established a philanthropic committee that will review any requests submitted to the club.


• Indiana Lions Cancer Control-Gamma Knife.                    • Indiana Lions Eye Bank            

• Indiana Lions Speech and Hearing                                            • Indiana Lions Diabetes 

• Indiana Lions Leader Dog Indiana                                             • Lions Camp Woodsmoke 

• Indiana Lions Parkinson's Disease                                            • Indiana Lions Eyeglass Recycling

• Lions Club School Eye Examination Program


• Community in Schools                        • Sunrise Inc.

• Backpacks                                    • Boys Scouts of America

• Habitat for Humanity                        • Unchainged Praises

• Independen Living Center                    • Visually Impaired Preschool

• Salvation Army                                • Morrison Reeves Library



OUR HISTORY - The Richmond Lions Club was organized June 7, 1924 and officially chartered on October 5, 1924.  The 38 original members voted to meet every Wednesday at noon with a luncheon.  The club met at a local restaurant until 1927 when it moved to the Leland Hotel.  In 1972 the meeting was moved to Holiday Inn and to Millers Cafeteria in 1992.  In 1996, the club moved to its current location at MCL Cafeteria.

In 1938 the club sponsored Fred Craft and his stand at the post office.  Fred became a Lion and he and his faithful dog attended every meeting.  In 1939 Paul Mendenhall and Judge Brubaker attended the International Convention in Pittsburgh.  The next year 2 more delegates from the club attended in Havana Cuba.  The club hosted two state conventions, the first in 1940 and again in 1966.

The club has had four District Governors, Wilfred Bucher in 1957-1958, H. R. Smith in 1967-1968, Jack Buckland in 2002-2003 and  Wayne Karanovich for a partial term in 2016.

The first home show was held in 1953 in Clear Creek Park.  After 5 years at the park,, inclement weather caused the club to move the show to the Trueblood Fieldhouse on the Earlham College campus.  In 1983, the show was moved to the Kuhlman Youth Center at the Wayne County Fairgrounds.  This 60 year tradition continued until being replaced in 2013 by our current biggest fund raising efforts, our participation as one of the leading Non-Profit members of the InCONCERT Richmond series.

In 1970, the Grapefruit Project was started and has proven to be a great fundraising project over the years.  The Richmond Lions Club has continued to grow throughout the years in service to the community.  Today the club is very active and civic minded, proud of its heritage and of membership in the club and community.  The Richmond Lions Club lives up to its motto - "We Serve".


FUND RAISING OPPORTUNITIES - Lions meet the needs of our communities and the world, ranging from assisting the visually impaired and working with other local non-profit, tax exempt organizations.  Since 1917, Lions have met the needs in their communities and continued to improve the areas in which they live.  As long as there are needs around the world, we will work to meet those needs.  In order to support these efforts the local club raises funds through the following fund fund raising opportunities:

• InCONCERT - this series is a group of local non-profits who collaborate their efforts to bring  entertainment to the local community with all proceeds going to the participating non-profits.  Tickets for InCONCERT events can be obtained from any Lions member.

• Annual Golf Outing (in the Spring of the year)

• Annual Lions Club Auction (in the Fall of the year)

• Annual Lions Club Fruit Sale (late November thru December)

• Lions Club Gumball Machines located at various community businesses

• Lions Club Aluminum Recycling



Lions Clubs International Foundation supports the humanitarian work of Lions Clubs.  The Foundation aids Lions in making a greater impact in their local communities, as well as around the world.  Through LCIF, Lions ease pain and suffering and bring healing and hope to people worldwide. 

THE MELVIN JONES FELLOWSHIP RECOGNIZES DONATIONS OF $10,000.  It is the backbone of LCIF, providing seventy percent of the Foundation's revenue.  As a recognition of humanitarian work, an MJF is an honor presented to those who donate $1,000 to LCIF or to people for whom a donation was made by others.  Melvin Jones Fellows receive an attractive lapel pin, a plaque and a congratulatory letter.  The following Lions have received this prestigious award from our Club and/or District:

* denotes deceased Lion















W.P. WOODS FELLOWS - The mission of the Indiana Lions Foundation is to assist Indiana Lions Clubs, Subdistricts of Indiana Lions and state projects of multiple District 25 to carry out their charitable purposes.  The W.P. Woods Fellow is the highest award that can be presented from the State of Indiana Lions.  Dr. W.P. Woods, of Evansville, Indiana, was elected as the first president of Lions International Association.   Each W.P. Woods Award costs $500 and is paid to the Indiana Lions Foundation. The following Lions have received this prestigious award.

Lion PDG Harland R Smith *

Lion Robert Whipple *

Lion Charles Carter

Lion PDG Jack Buckland

Lion Ronald H Smith

Lion William Berry *

Lion Clarence Runyon *

Lion James Rupe *

Lion Clare McQuiston *

Lion Robert Shewman *

Lion Ralph Pyle *

Lion Gordon Gray *

Lion Roland Paust *

Lion Harold Rodenberg *

Lion Arthur Bietry *

Lion James McComb*

Lion Alfred J Davis, Jr. *

Lion Donald Duke

Lion William Wallace *

Lion Rollie North

Lion Fred Talbot *

Lion Harry "Sandy" Bright *

Lion W.E. Bill Hahn *

Lion George Riggle *

Lion Richard Lehman

Lion Donald Sanford *

Lion Jeff Hughes

Lion Mike Talbot

Lion Jim Hieger *

Lion Harry McCafferty *

Lion Phillip Uhl *

Lion Yvona Wolfe

Lion Idris Smith

Lion Andy Smittkamp

Lion Malynda Clevenger

Lion Mark Harris

Lion Dr. J. Edsel Reeves

Lion Howard Crist

Lion Judy Harris

Lion DG Wayne Karanovich

Lion Dudley Fetzer



Do you want to help and serve others in the Richmond, Indiana area?  Are you interested in making our communities better for future generations?  Then you should become a member of the Richmond Lions Club!  To join, simply click here to download a membership application and email it to our club secretary or contact a club member.

Lions International is the world's largest service club organization with a network of 1.4+ million men and women in more than 210 countries around the world.  We serve where we live, as well as globally, and we have fun doing it!

Through well known for its successful initiatives in vision health, Lions service is as diverse as its members.  We meet all sorts of needs, from assisting the elderly to helping victims of natural disasters.

Lions give funds raised to causes that support our mission and community.  All our administrative costs are covered by dues and in club activities.

Lions make a difference everyday everywhere.  Whether by organizing a pancake fundraiser or building a wheelchair ramp for someone in need, we are a hands-on organization.


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Andy Smittkamp        President

Dick Lehman            1st VP

Deloris Rohrer        2nd VP

Dr. J. Edsel Reeves    3rd VP

Idris Smith            Secretary

Jack Buckland        Treasurer

Mark Morris        Dir. 2016-18

Mike Talbot        Dir. 2016-18

Ron Smith            Dir. 2017-19

VACANT            Dir. 2017-19

Jack Buckland    Hon. Dir.

Howard Crist        Lion Tamer

David Rohrer        Asst. Tamer

Rollie North        Tail Twister

Don Duke            Asst. T. T.

Idris Smith        Memb. Chair

Don Bates, Jr        Ex Oficio


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1001 South E St

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Eye Care Center

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