Willmar Noon Lions

Willmar Noon Lions Club

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The Willmar Noon Lions Club conducts various fundraising events including our popular September waffle feed. This allows us to serve and give back to our community several ways.

  • Helping a Willmar resident obtain eyeglasses if they are financially unable
  • Provide eye screening for area children 
  • Supporting Willmar High School sports teams
  • Helping the Willmar, MN community in many other ways
The Willmar Noon Lions Belgian Waffle Feed is held in September on the same day as Willmar's Celebrate Art, Celebrate Coffee event.  This year's event is on Saturday, Sepember 16, 2017. The event is held at the Willmar Community Center from 7:00 am to 12:30 pm.  The Belgium Waffle's are served by Dad's Belgium Waffles.  Besides the waffles, the meal includes sausage, juice milk and coffee.  Carry-outs available. There will be live music and more.  All of the proceeds of the event go to support local programs for sight, hearing, diabetes, youth and more.  Advance Tickets are $7.00 through club members, $8.00 at the door.  Tickets for children aged 5 - 12 are $5.00  Under age 5 is free.  

The Club collects used shoes for Soles4 Souls, and also eyeglasses and hearing aids at the event. Please note that these collections are on-going, so please consider donating!

Brat Stand 
Thank you to those who attended our Willmar Noon Lions Cashwise Brat Stand on August 17.  

BEEP BASEBALL!
 
On July 15, 2017 the Minnesota Millers beep baseball team played exhibition games at the athletic field at Kennedy Elementary School in Willmar.  Admission was free. The Millers, from the Twin Cities, are the only competitive peep baseball team for the blind and visually impaired in Minnesota.  They  be played beep baseball games against the Willmar Stingers, the Raymond Rockets, The Willmar VFW team and other area dignitaries.  

The event is being sponsored by local Lions Clubs in Raymond, Clara City , Maynard, and the Willmar Noon Lions.  Concession profits along with club donations were given to the Millers to help pay for their trip to Florida for the Beep Baseball World Series.


WILLMAR NOON LIONS SPONSORED THE JOSE COLE CIRCUS AT THE WILLMAR CIVIC CENTER
For the fourth straight year, the Willmar Noon Lions sponsored the Jose Cole's International Circus at the Willmar Civic Center Arena.  The Circus was held on Friday, March 31, 2017 and Saturday, April 1, 2017.  

For the annual Circus event, the Willmar Noon Lions sells discounted books of tickets to local businesses to give out to children, or, if they wish, the Club will be glad to distribute them in your business name to Headstart, Special Education, Willmar Regional Treatment Center, Willmar Area Social Service facilities with handicapped people, or other organizations.

Proceeds from the circus are used to fund the following activities for disadvantaged youth in the Willmar area: Approximately $2,500 was raised this past year.

  • Scholarship programs
  • Eye exams and glasses
  • Hearing testing & hearing aids 
  • Diabetes education
KIDSIGHT Program
The WIllmar Noon Lions will be out at various local venues to conduct "KidSight" eye vision screenings.  Club members will be trained to use a Welch Allyn Vision Screening System to screen children aged six months or older, but aimed specifically for those children under 7.

The KidSight program uses a handheld device used by trained Lion volunteers.  The screening is a quick
non-intrusive system that requires no physical contact or eye drops. The screening does not take place of a professional eye exam, but does provide an indication if an eye exam is needed.

The screening device takes a picture inside the eyes, and prints out results.  Parents must sign a form in order for the test to be conducted on their child.  The system will screen for: Myopia, Hyperopia, Astigmatism, Anisometropia, Strabismus, Anisometropia, and Amblyopia.  

Willmar Noon Lion Donn WInckler is the co-chair of the District 5M4 KidSight Program, and Jean Raatz and him are the club's KidSight co-chairs.

Kandiyohi County Fair on August 12, 2017
The Willmar Noon Lions, along with other Zone 7 clubs held a KidSight eye screening at the Kandiyohi County Fair.  Saturday's "kid day" was choosen for the event that had 74 children screened.  Four children that were screened had results that showed the need for follow-up  with professional care.  

YMCA's Healthy Kids Day on April 27, 2017 
The club partnered with the Willmar Nite Lions to do our first KidSight event a YMCA's Healthy Kids Day.  There were a total of 99 children screened, with 6 children showing the need for a professional exam.

 

During the summer months of 2016 the club collected over 1300 pairs of shoes for the soles4souls Program. We are still collecting shoes!

Annually, the club collects between 6,000 to 8,000 used eyeglasses and 20 to 25 hearing aids.  Thank you Rolf Peterson for chairing this activity.

Each year the club purchased eyeglasses for Willmar students in need.

In FY 2016, club members gave over 700 hours of volunteer time in club activities.

The Club presented the Willmar Food Shelf with a donation of $1,170 in March! 

See Club page for weekly club programs.

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