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 and mint sales. This allows us to serve and give back to our community several ways.

  • Helping a Willmar resident obtain eyeglasses if they are financially unable
  • Supporting Willmar High School sports teams
  • Helping the Willmar, MN community in many other ways
The Willmar Noon Lions Waffle Feed is held in September on the same day as Willmar's Celebrate Art, Celebrate Coffee event.  The event is held at the Willmar Community Center.  This year's (2016) fundraiser was a strong success with a great attendance. Thank you to all that worked at the event, and to all that attended. The Club collected 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!

On July 15, 2017, beginning at Noon, the Minnesota Millers beep baseball team, will have play exhibition games at the football field at Kennedy Elementary School in Willmar.  Admission is FREE. The Millers, from the Twin Cities, are the only competitive peep baseball team for the blind and visually impaired in Minnesota.  They will be playing beep baseball games against the Willmar Stingers, the Raymond Rockets and other area dignitaries.

At the game hotdogs, brats, hamburgers, and other concessions will be sold.

The event is being sponsored by local Lions Clubs in Raymond, Clara City , Maynard, and the Willmar Noon Lions.

We invite all attendees to bring used footware/shoes, glasses and hearing aids for donations.

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
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.

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 being refered to see an eye care professional.

The handheld device used by Lion volunteers 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.


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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