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 three district governors - Jack Buckland (DG 2002-2003), H.R. Smith
(DG 1967-1968) and Wilfred Bucher (DG 1957-1958). Lion Wayne
Karanovich is the District Governor elect for the 2016-2017 year and
will become our clubs 4th Lion to represent us at the district
level. 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.
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
|Don Bates, Jr||1st VP
|Kim Poinsett||2nd VP
| vacant||3rd VP
|Ron Smith||Dir. 2015-17
|Wayne Karanovich||Dir. 2015-17
|Rollie North||Dir. 2014-16
|Howard Crist||Dir. 2014-16
|Jack Buckland||Hon. Dir.
|Mike Talbot||Lion Tamer
|Reid Jones||Asst. Tamer
|Don Duke||Tail Twister
|Dudley Fetzer||Asst. T. T.
|Idris Smith||Memb. Chair
|Dudley Fetzer||Ex Oficio
- Eye Care Center
6th & Main
- Senior Center
South 4th & H St.
- Salvation Army Thrift Store
520 S. 5th
- St. John's Lutheran Church
S. 7th & E St
9th & Main
- Reid Hospital
1100 Reid Pkwy
- Richmond Eye Center
1900 Chester Blvd
- First Baptist Church
S. 14th & A
- Reising, Burkhardt & Reising
1900 E. Main
- Logan and Bailey
2927 E. Main
- First English Church
2727 E. Main
- Old National Bank
3433 E. Main
07/01/16 - 2016-2017 Organizational Meeting - Lion Don's Office Noon
07/05/16 - Board Meeting - No Speaker
07/06/16 - Business Meeting - No Speaker
07/13/16 - Dr. David Smith - New collar
to prevent brain injury
07/20/16 - Mike Devine - Rose Garden
07/27/16 - Valerie Shaffer - Richmond
Weekly meetings, Noon at MCL Cafeteria
3801 East Main Street, Richmond IN
Mayor Dave Snow - State of the City
Amber Willeford - Executive Director United Way
Misty Hollis - Republican Committee
Jeff Thorne, Facilities Director of Civic Hall
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
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
Lion Judy Harris conducting an in-school eye examination
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 Assisstant 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.
|BECOME A MEMBER
||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
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
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
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
The club has had three District Governors, Wilfred Bucher in
1957-1958, H. R. Smith in 1967-1968 and Jack Buckland in
2002-2003. Richmond Lion Wayne Karanovich is the District
Governor elect for the 2016-2017 term so that will make four district
leaders in our history.
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 -
| 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
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
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
|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
Annual Lions Club Fruit Sale
(November thru December)
Lions Club Gumball Machines located
at various community businesses
Lions Club Aluminum Recycling