The Richmond Noon Lions club is a group of approximately 50 individuals from the Richmond, Indiana area who meet weekly at MCL Cafeteria in the Richmond Square Mall complex. The Richmond Noon Lions club was established on October 5, 1924.
The Richmond Noon Lions club holds its annual grapefruit and orange sale in December of each year.
The Richmond Noon Lions club is a part of Indiana District 25-F of Lions Club International. Lions club members have the opportunity to participate at the district and international levels. The Richmond Noon Lions club is proud to have been the home club of three district governors - Jack Buckland (DG 2002-2003), H.R. Smith (DG 1967-1968) and Wilfred Bucher (DG 1957-1958). In addition to supporting district officers, the Richmond Noon Lions club's members participate in district projects such as Camp Woodsmoke, state projects such as the Vision Van, and International Projects such as Eyeglass collection.
In order to learn more about the Lion's club, you should join us some Wednesday for lunch during a meeting. Any Lion member will be glad to answer any questions you might have about Lions and Lionism or you can contact our club secretary.
CLUB’S CURRENT EVENTS
- 6/1/15 - Board meeting, MCL @ noon.
- 6/3/15 - Regular Business meeting.
- 6/10/15 - Club meeting will be held at Lion Ron Deane’s Art Studio downtown Richmond at noon.
- 6/17/15 - Ray Ontko, Shakespeare Festival.
- 6/24/15 - Jim Chagares, Photographer.
- 6/29/15 - Board meeting, MCL @ noon.
Weekly meetings, Noon at MCL, 3801 East Main Street, Richmond IN
LIONS DOING WHAT THEY DO BEST!
Pictures tell the story! 1 out of 20 preschoolers and 1 out of 4 school aged children has an eye problem requiring treatment or correction. Since children do not know how well they should see, they will not complain about poor vision. Eye disorders, if they remain undiscovered, can harmfully affect a child's personality, his/her learning ability and his/her entire adjustment in school.
Nearly half of the 50,000 Americans, who go blind each year, lose their sight needlessly. By conducting screening tests, the adult vision screening program will identify subjects at high risk for eye disorders or potentially blinding diseases and refer them for professional eye care.
Many adult diseases, such as glaucoma and diabetic retinopathy, can steal a person’s sight without noticeable symptoms. Any vision that is lost to these diseases cannot be restored, but further loss can be prevented. An adult vision screening can often detect these problems in the early and treatable stages.
This is a screening only and should not be confused with a complete eye examination. No diagnoses will be made. Based on an individual’s screening results, the volunteer screener will recommend to that individual if he or she should have a complete eye examination. (Each individual may choose the health care professional of his/her choice for any medical care, further advice, and/or verification of the screening results.)
These screenings will include a visual acuity test (both far and near vision on each eye). Other eye problems may also be discovered during the screening.
BECOME A MEMBER
Do you want to help and serve others in the Richmond, Indiana area? Are you interested in making our communities better for future generations? Then you should become a member of the Richmond Noon Lions Club. To join, simply download the brochure and email it to our club secretary or contact a club member.
Lions International is the world’s largest service club organization with a network of 1.35 million men and women in more than 206 countries and geographical locations. We serve where we live, as well as globally, and we have fun doing it.
Though well known for its successful initiatives in vision health, Lions service is as adverse as its members. We meet all sorts of needs, from assisting the elderly to helping victims of natural disasters.
Lions give funds raised to causes that support our mission and community. All our administrative costs are covered by dues and in Club activities.
Lions make a difference everyday everywhere. Whether by organizing a pancake fundraiser or building a wheelchair ramp for someone in need, we are a hands-on organization.
The Richmond Noon Lions club is a group of individuals from the Richmond, Indiana area who meet weekly at MCL Cafeteria in the Richmond Square Mall complex. The first meeting of each month is reserved for a business meeting. The remaining meetings during the month feature special programs chosen by that month's program chair. Recent meetings have featured elected officials, local authors, and school groups.
Members begin arriving at approximately 11:00 a.m. for fellowship time prior to the meeting. Members arrive throughout the next hour, grab a bite to eat and enjoy visiting with Lion friends. The Tail Twister and Assistant Tail Twister along with "Hi Lion" greeter and Lion Tamer and Assistant Lion Tamer provide various activities, questions, and the occasional fine to see to it that everyone feels welcome and gets involved in the meeting. The meeting begins at noon with prayer and the Pledge of Allegiance
Following any brief business announcements, the monthly program chairperson introduces the program. Programs typically last about 20 minutes and most speakers allow ample time for questions.
Meetings adjourn promptly at 1:00 so that Lions can return to their jobs. For a list of the programs and other events, see our calendar.
The Richmond Noon Lions Club was organized June 7, 1924 and officially chartered on October 5, 1924. The 38 original members voted to meet every Wednesday at noon with a luncheon. The club met at a local restaurant until 1927 when it mmoved to the Leland Hotel. In 1972 the meeting was moved to Holdiay Inn and to Millers Cafeteria in 1992. In 1996, the club moved its meetings to MCL Cafeteria.
In 1938 the Club sponsored Fred Craft and his stand at the post office. Fred became a Lion and he and his faithful dog attendined every meeting. In 1939 Paul Mendnhall and Judge Brubaker attended the first International Convention in Pittsburgh. The next year 2 more delegates from the club attended in Havana Cuba.The club hosted two state conventions, the first in 1940 and again in 1966.
The club has had three District Governors, Wilfred Bucher in 1957-1958, H.R. Smith in 1967-1968 and Jack Buckland in 2002-2003.
The first home show was held in 1953 in Clear Creek Park. After 5 years at the park, inclement weather caused the club to move the show to the Trueblood Fieldhouse on the campus of Earlham College. In 1983, the show as moved to the Kuhlman Youth Center at the Wayne County Fairgrounds.
In 1970, the Grapefruit Project was started and has proven to be a great fundraiser.
The Richmond Lions Club has continued to grow through out the years in service to the community. Today the Club is very active and civic minded, proud of its heritage and of membership in the club. It lives up to its motto - "We Serve”
Dudley Fetzer - President
Bob Robbins - 1st Vice President
Deloris Rohrer - 2nd Vice President
VACANT - 3rd Vice President
Judy Harris - Secretary
Mark Harris - Treasurer
Ron Smith - Director 2013-2015
Diane Robbins - Director 2013-2015
Rollie North - Director 2014-16
Howard Crist - Director 2014-16
PDG Jack Buckland - Honorary Director
David Rohrer - Lion Tamer
Mike Talbot - Assist. Lion Tamer
Dick Lehman - Tail Twister
Don Duke - Assist. Tail Twister
Idris Smith - Membership Chair
When Helen Keller spoke to the International Convention of Lions International in 1925 she challenged the Lions to become the "Knights of the Blind". Committed to our motto - "We Serve" Lions perform service projects focused on improving our communities, the state, the nation and the world. There are many local community philanthropic efforts that the Richmond Lions Club has supported over the years that do not relate to its mission but are equally important to improving our community.
The Club participates in many philanthropic projects throughout the year including many local projects on a request basis:
Indiana Lions Cancer Control-Gamma Knife
Indiana Lions Speech and Hearing
Indiana Lions Leader Dog
Indiana Lions Eye Bank
Indiana Lions Diabetes
Indiana Lions Parkinson's Disease
Indiana Lions Camp Woodsmoke
Indiana Lions Eyeglass Recycling
Indiana Lions Vision Van
Lions Club School Eyeglass Program
If your organization is looking for funds that fall within the mission of our club, click here to download the grant request form. We have established a philanthropic committee that will review any requests submitted to the club.
FUND RAISING OPPORTUNITIES
Lions meet the needs of our communities and the world, ranging from assisting the visually impaired and working with other local non profit, tax exempt organizations.
Since 1917, Lions have met the needs in their communities and continued to improve the areas in which they live. As long as there are needs around the world, we will work to meet those needs.
In order to support these efforts the local club raises funds through the following fund raising opportunities.
- Annual golf fund raising in July.
- Annual Auction held in the fall of each year.
- Annual Lions Club Fruit Sale held November through December.
- InConcert Series is a group of local non-profits who collaborate their fund raising efforts, tickets can be obtained from any Lions member.
- Lions Club Gumball Machines located at various community businesses.
- Lions Club Aluminum Recycling where Lions members collect cans.
GLASSES DROP OFF LOCATIONS
Eye Care Center, 6th & Main Street, Richmond
Senior Center, South 4th and H Street, Richmond
Salvation Army Thrift Store, 520 South 5th Street, Richmond
St. John's Lutheran Church, South 7th and E Street
Optivision, 9th and Main Street, Richmond
Reid Hospital, 1100 Reid Parkway, Richmond
Richmond Eye Center, 1900 Chester Blvd, Richmond
First Baptist Church, South 14th and A Street, Richmond
Reising, Burkhardt & Reising, 1900 East Main Street, Richmond
Logan and Bailey, 2927 East Main Street, Richmond
First English Church, 2727 East Main Street, Richmond
Old National Bank, 3433 East Main Street, Richmond