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."

Lions Clubs International Mission:
"To empower volunteers to serve their communities, meet humanitarian needs, encourage peace and promote international understanding through Lion Clubs."
Lions Clubs International Vision:  "To be the global leader in community and humanitarian service."

"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.
Willmar Noon Lions Club is within District 5M4 which is part of Multiple District 5M
Multiple District 5M includes 673 Lion Clubs in 12 Districts, and is located in Minnesota, Manitoba, and Northwest Ontario.

Club Activities & Education

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.
  • Provide child eye screening through the Lions KidSight Program.
  • 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 annual Walk, Run and Wag 5K event. 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!
Willmar Noon Lions Club's Annual Walk, Run and Wag 5K Event fundraiser in the Spring at Lions Park.  A family and family dog fun activity.  


Our Club Officers for FY 2020

President                                                Alec Saunders                  CDS Financial
 Immediate Past President                    Pam Adam                       Rice Care Center
1st Vice-President                                 Nate Schueller                  West Central Tribune
2nd Vice-President                                Kristal Dahlager                Anderson Larson Saunders & Klaassen Law Firm
3rd Vice President                                 Open
Secretary                                                Lucas Freidein                 West Central Tribune
Club Administrator                                Jean Raatz                       Rice Hospital Foundation
Treasurer                                                Jennifer Unterburger        Home State Bank
Asst. Treasurer                                      Russ Bennett                    Bennett Office Tech.

Board of Directors:
 Caryl Peterson         Peterson Brothers Funeral Home
 Jason Grabinger      Engan's and Associates
 Rick Agman             Retired

Membership Chair: Rolf Peterson, Peterson Brothers Funeral Home
Publicity Chair: Open, Donn Winckler is Publicity Vice-Chair
Web Site Editor and Club Historian: 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.


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