Willmar Noon Lions

The Willmar Noon Lions Club is a club of men and women who are dedicated and determined to serve our community. The Willmar Noon Lions was chartered on September 13, 1940. Our club is one of Lions Club International's, more than 45,000 clubs in 202 countries and geographical areas, making the Lions organization the world's largest major service club.

Willmar Noon Lions Vision Statement:
     "To be the local leader in community and humanitarian service."
Our Mission Statement is:
     "To empower volunteers to serve our community and meet humanitarian needs."


"WE SERVE" by:

  • Expanding community understanding through meaningful programs,
  • Provide individual leadership opportunities,
  • Serving Community needs through our money, time and talents, and
  • Asking YOU to join in the spirit, fellowship and service to our community.

Club Activities

Examples of Willmar Noon Lion Club's Activities:

  • Help provide free exams and eye glasses for disadvantaged children in the Willmar area.
  • Collect used eye glasses and hearing aids for worldwide distribution.
  • Support of local and statewide education about hearing and vision services, including the Minnesota Eye Bank Donor Program.
  • Help provide diabetes education and testing locally and statewide.
  • Annually provide scholarships to Willmar Public School Students who are serving their community. Sponsor the Willmar Public Schools Athletic Awards Program.
  • Support the Leader Dog Program which offers services to both sight and hearing impaired people.
  • Provide roadside clean-up twice, annually.
  • Sponsor and Support major fundraisers such as the annual Belgium Waffle Feed & the Jose Cole Circus. Proceeds of fundraising go to worthy local projects/needs and to Lion sponsored programs.
  • Salvation Army bell ringing.
  • County Fair ticket sales at fair gates.

Willmar Noon Lion's Club's Annual Waffle Feed fundraiser is held in September during the same Saturday as the City's "Celebrate Art, Celebrate Coffee" event!

Our Club Officers for FY 2017

President                                                Jonathan Marchand         United Community Action Partnership
 Immediate Past President                    Rick Agman                     Retired
1st Vice-President                                  Pam Adam                       Rice Care Center
2nd Vice-President                                 Alec Saunders                 CDS Financial
3rd Vice President                                  Nate Schueller                 West Central Tribune
Secretary                                                 Jean Raatz                      Rice Hospital Foundation
Asst. Secretary                                       Terry Smith                      Harvey Anderson & Johnson Funeral Homes
Treasurer                                                 Jennifer Unterburger       Home State Bank
Asst. Treasurer                                      Russ Bennett                    Bennett Office Tech.

Board of Directors:
 Caryl Peterson         Peterson Brothers Funeral Home
 Nathan Schueller     West Central Tribune
 Shawn Swenson      Bremer Bank
 Rollie Boll                 Retired

Membership Chair: Rolf Peterson, Peterson Brothers Funeral Home
Publicity Chair and Web Site Editor: Donn Winckler, Mid-Minnesota Development Commission
Newsletter Editor: Ruthie Agman

Collecting Used Eyeglasses and Hearing Aids  

The Willmar Noon Lions collects used eyeglasses for donation  to Lions Eyeglass Recycling Centers.  The used eyeglasses are cleaned, repaired and classified by presciption. Please help the Willmar Noon Lions collect used eyeglasses for reuse. You may drop off your used glasses at any of these locations in Willmar: Family Eye Care Center, Affiliated Medical Center's Eye Care Center, Easter Seals/Goodwill, Midwest Vision Center, Vision World, Pearle Vision, Peterson Funeral Home, and the Willmar Community Center.  Hearing aids can be droped off at the same locations.  

Thank you to our participating businesses.  Lion Rolf Peterson oversees this program.

Lion Mint Sales

Willmar Noon Lions sold mints at 38 Willmar business establishments as a fundraiser for the club to help meet community needs.  The project is currently on hold.
From 2008 to 2012 (5 Years) the club had $8,625 in Gross Sales, with a Net Profit of $4,480. Profits are given to a variety of local and Lions Clubs International causes.  Thank you Lion Loren Luschen for directing the program.  

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