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.

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The Richmond Lions Club is a group of approximately 50 individuals from the Richmond, Indiana area who meet weekly at MCL Cafeteria in the Richmond Square Mall complex.  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.  Our club is proud to have been home club of four District Governors - Wayne Karanovich (DG part of 2016), Jack Buckland (DG 2002-2003), H.R. Smith (DG 1967-1968) and Wilfred Bucher (DG 1957-1958).   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.

In order to learn more about the Lion's club, you should join us some Wednesday for lunch during a meeting.  Any Lion member will be glad to answer any questions you might have about Lions and Lionism or you can contact our club secretary.

Andy SmittkampPresident
Dick Lehman1st VP
Deloris Rohrer2nd VP
Dr. J. Edsel Reeves 3rd VP
Idris SmithSecretary
Jack BucklandTreasurer
Mark MorrisDir. 2016-18
Mike TalbotDir. 2016-18
Ron SmithDir. 2017-19
Dir. 2017-19
Jack BucklandHon. Dir.
Howard CristLion Tamer
David RohrerAsst. Tamer
Rollie NorthTail Twister
Don DukeAsst. T. T.
Idris SmithMemb. Chair
Don Bates, JrEx Oficio

  • A1 Lock and Key
    1001 South E St
    Richmond, IN.

  • Eye Care Center
    6th & Main
    Richmond, IN.

  • Senior Center
    South 4th & H St.
    Richmond, IN

  • Salvation Army Thrift Store
    520 S. 5th
    Richmond, IN

  • St. John's Lutheran Church
    S. 7th & E St
    Richmond, IN

  • Optivision
    9th & Main
    Richmond, IN

  • Reid Hospital
    1100 Reid Pkwy
    Richmond, IN

  • Richmond Eye Center
    1900 Chester Blvd
    Richmond, IN

  • First Baptist Church
    S. 14th & A
    Richmond, IN

  • Reising, Burkhardt & Reising
    1900 E. Main
    Richmond, IN

  • Logan and Bailey
    2927 E. Main
    Richmond, IN

  • First English Church
    2727 E. Main
    Richmond, IN

  • Old National Bank
    3433 E. Main
    Richmond, IN


  • 06/6/18 - Business/Board Meeting - (no speaker)

  • 06/13/18 - Lion Jill Moore Leader Dog

  • Brain Storming..Where to From Here Lion Idris Smith/20

  • 06/27/2018 Awards and Installation of Officers

Weekly meetings, Noon at MCL Cafeteria
3801 East Main Street, Richmond IN

Recent Speakers

Paul Flately
Former Pro Football Player

Ray Armstrong portraying Mark Twain

Sarah Starr - Night To Shine

John Herig
Whitewater Valley Dog Training Club

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.

Lion Jack Buckland conducting an in-school eye examination

Click here to see our Photo Album for more volunteer pics

Lions Dick Lehman & Dave Rohrer conducting an in-school eye exam


Lion Mark Harris with now family pet and his first leader dog, Callie.  Mark has a new leader dog named Hanna now.  Below is the new kennels at Leader Dog in Michigan.  One of the kennels is named after Callie Harris... named Callie Kennel!

Leader Dogs for the Blind is located in Rochester Hills, Michigan.

Home to clients during training, the Polk Residence and Training Center accommodates up to 24 clients in private rooms.  Each is equipped with a private bath, a television, Internet access and secure outdoor access.  Common areas include a fitness center, library, laundry facilities and dining rooms.  Leader Dog staff are on site 24/7 to assist clients as needed during their stay.  The kennel facilities accommodate 310 large dogs in modern, clean stalls with radiant heat and fresh water delivery system.  The kennel also houses a veterinary clinic and surgical center, a breeding facility with cryogenics lab and open air "runs" where the dogs interact and play together while in training.

Leader dogs for the Blind was founded in 1939 with the first class of the official Lions Leader Dog Foundation graduated on Oct. 6, 1939.  With the continuing supports of Lions Clubs, this facility has brought comfort, security and sight to those who can't see on their own.  Lions Clubs throughout the world, including The Richmond Lions Club, have continued to support Leader Dog and its clients, financially, brought thousands of people who need assistance through Leader Dogs doors, and have continued to serve on the Board of Trustees.

Click here to see a heart warming story about one of Leader Dogs programs, INSIDE TO OUTSIDE INITIATIVE - PRISON PUPPY RAISING PROGRAM.  It tells the story of Leader Dogs from puppyhood to sighted partner and how the dogs are raised to be service dogs.

The Richmond Lions Club is a group of individuals from the Richmond, Indiana area who meet weekly at MCL Cafeteria in the Richmond Square Mall complex.  The first meeting of each month is reserved for a business meeting.  The remaining meetings during the month feature special programs chosen by that month's program chair.  Recent meetings have featured elected officials, business leaders and civic leaders.

Members begin arriving at approximately 11:00 a.m. for fellowship time prior to the meeting.  Members arrive throughout the next hour, grab a bite to eat and enjoy visiting with Lion friends.  The Tail Twister and Assistant Tail Twister along with "Hi Lion" greeter and Lion Tamer and Assistant Lion Tamer provide various activities, questions, and the occasional fine to see to it that everyone feels welcome and gets involved in the meeting.  The meeting begins at noon with prayer and Pledge of Allegiance.

Following any brief business announcements, the monthly program chairperson introduces the program.  Program's typically last about 20 minutes and most speakers allow ample time for questions.

Meetings adjourn promptly at 1:00 so that Lions can return to their jobs.  For a list of the programs and other events see our CURRENT EVENTS above. 

Above Lions listening to one of our speakers and below Lion Hanna at the 4-13-2016 meeting.

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.

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".

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:

  • Indiana Lions Cancer Control-Gamma Knife

  • Indiana Lions Speech and Hearing

  • Indiana Lions Leader Dog

  • Indiana Lions Eye Bank

  • Indiana Lions Diabetes

  • Indiana Lions Parkinson's Disease

  • Indiana Lions Camp Woodsmoke

  • Indiana Lions Eyeglass Recycling

  • Lions Club School Eye Examination Program

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.

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