Lions Clubs Member Benefits
Becoming a Lions club member gives you the opportunity to do volunteer work locally – or internationally. Make new friends and professional connections. Lead projects that make your community a better place to live. And have fun doing it.
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!
WILLMAR NOON LIONS SPONSOR THE JOSE COLE CIRCUS
AT THE WILLMAR CIVIC CENTER
For the fourth straight year, the Willmar Noon Lions will 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.
Upcoming Event: YMCA's Healthy Kids Day on April 27 (5 to 7:30 pm)
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.