Club Activities
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Salvation Army Bell Ringing Pancake Days
Lions Candy Days & Sight Programs Eyeglass Collection
Johnson County Library Programs Social Events
Leawood Labor Day 5K Run Youth Vision Screening
Scholarships Boy Scout Troop 10
Leawood Breakfast with Santa Cub Scouts Pack 3010

Calendar of Events

Salvation Army Bell Ringing

The Leawood Lions have partnered with the Salvation Army for over 50 years and raised more than $740,000 during the Bell Ringing Campaigns. The last several years we have raised over $30,000.  The club has been awarded The Crystal Bell Award numerous times for raising $500 more than the previous year.  

Each year we ring from Mid November through Christmas Eve.  This  longstanding Lions tradition grows stronger each year. We provided over 360 hours of bell ringing at Hy-Vee, Wal-Mart and Oak Park Mall.  Lion Don Schultz organizes our volunteers each year. Members sign up for 2 hour shifts at sites of their choice months in advance. When we begin ringing Coordinators remind members of their commitment a day before and meet them on site with buckets, bells and aprons. Buckets are exchanged after each shift and are taken to the money counter. A record is kept of the performance at each site as an aid to planning for the next season. A good ringer at a good site can produce up to $100 per hour. Some ringers hired by the Salvation Army produce only a third that amount at the same site.

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Pancake Days

Each October the Leawood Lions host a community pancake breakfast Friday afternoon and evening, all day Saturday, and Sunday until mid-afternoon that is attended by approximately 1,000 people. This event serves as one of the primary club fundraisers. As with all Lion fundraisers, 100% of the proceeds go to a special benevolence fund which allows the club to partake in many worthy charitable endeavors throughout the year. Benevolence funds are not used to run the day to day activities of the club.
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Candy Days

The Leawood Lions have participated in Candy Days for over 50 years and have donated more than $50,000 to the Kansas Lions Sight Foundation..
The Club solicits donation one weekend outside Price Chopper, Hy-Vee and WalMart stores. All proceeds raised are donated to the Kansas Sight Foundation which uses the money for sight related projects throughout the state of Kansas. The 5 main objectives of the Kansas Sight Foundation are services for the visually impaired, screening for vision, diabetes, blood pressure and hearing, treatment of eye injuries and diseases, education and research. 
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Leawood Lions Eye Glass Collections:
The Leawood Lions actively collect eye glasses to be processed and used for the underprovided in third world countries.  Lions Bill Murfey and Ken Britt have been collecting eye glasses since 1996 from 75 establishments in the Kansas City Metro area while driving over 400 miles per month.. Their goal is 1000 pairs of eyeglasses per month.
The eyeglasses are boxed and delivered to the prison in Lansing, Kansas. There the eyeglasses are calibrated by the inmates, boxed and shipped to the distribution center in Midland TX for use in third world countries.  Each year, the Midland TX  location supplies glasses to 60 to 80 Lions missions in third world countries.  In 2001-2002, this center received 1,140,000 pairs of eye glasses.
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Leawood Lions and the Johnson County Libraries

Leawood Lions Club supports assistive technology

The Leawood Lions Club presented the Johnson County Library Foundation with a $2,500 gift for software up­grades in the Central Resource Library’s Assistive Tech­nology Center.

This is the Leawood Lions’ second gift supporting the Library’s efforts to provide assistive technology to the community. Assistive technology helps patrons with dis­abilities utilize library services and complete tasks. The Central Resource Library’s Assistive Technology Center provides advanced hardware and software specially designed to help patrons with disabilities overcome their challenges.

Specialized assistive software provides audible reading of Web sites, e-mail, scanned copy and word-processing, as well as magnification of on-screen or scanned mate­rial. Hardware includes adjusting desks, large keyboards and monitors, speakers and scanners.

Combating visual impairment is a priority of Lions Club International, and a major pursuit of the Leawood Lions Club. The Assistive Technology Center is located at the Central Resource Library, 9875 W. 87th St., Overland Park. Kan. The center is free and open to the pubic. Reservations are recommended. For Assistive Technology Center informa­tion, call (913) 495-2400.  For more information on these and other Johnson County Library Foundation supported programs, contact Scott Zerger, executive director, at (913) 495-7579 or  PHOTO: Bob Blandon and Tom Willy of the Leawood Lions Club present a $2,500 gift supporting assistive technology to Caroline McKnight, Foundation Treasurer, Scott Zerger, Executive Director, and Dale Curtin, Foundation Board member.

ECTV Readers in Libraries
The Leawood Lions have an ongoing program with libraries to take advantage of the convergence of television and the PC in providing ECTV readers that scan the printed word and display the document in very large type on a TV set.   This enables people with significantly impaired vision to keep up with news in newspapers and magazines.  It’s another effort in the Lions fight for sight.  For more information, email
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Social Events

Leawood Lions enjoy many social events including annual Christmas and Valentine’s Day Parties.  We also enjoy steak fries and outings including T-Bones Baseball games.  We encourage our wives, and Lions International encourages, members to ask their wives to become members of our club and help us recruit other women to join our club.
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Leawood Labor Day 5K Run

The Leawood Parks and Recreation Department and the Headache & Pain Center co-sponsor this event.  Proceeds go to the Park and Recreation Department to support underprivileged children taking part in football and other events.  Leawood Lions provides pancake breakfasts as a fund raiser to receive a small portion of the proceeds.  A big benefit to the Leawood Lions is the exposure to the public and as a recruiting tool.  For more information, email
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Linwood Pioneer Cemetery

The Linwood Pioneer Cemetery* is tucked between a branch office of the U.S. Postal Service and shopping center parking lot, but in the middle of the 19th century, its setting was quite different. It is a sobering reminder of the days when premature death was not uncommon. In the 1850s the land surrounding the Linwood Pioneer Cemetery was part of a 200,000-acre tract that was divided among the Shawnee Indians. Six hundred forty acres of this land, including the land now occupied by the cemetery, became the property of a man named Dr. Greyeyes. He later sold the portion of land on which the cemetery lies. The new recipient, Simeon V. Peeples, donated two acres of the land for a church and cemetery.

The first documented burial in the Linwood Pioneer Cemetery took place in 1869. About four years later, the Linwood Methodist Episcopal Church was built next to the cemetery, where it remained for approximately 50 years. The Linwood Pioneer Cemetery faced many challenges over the years. In the late-19th century grave '' robbery was a problem. Two possible motives fueled the robbers' ambition: They may have stolen jewelry and other heirlooms buried along with the rightful owners; they also may have sold bodies to medical schools for anatomical study. The grave robberies eventually ended, only to be replaced with yet another challenge by the middle of the 20th century.

In the 1950's Vic Regnier bought the land around the cemetery and began building the Ranch Mart Shopping Center. Relatives of some of the deceased were concerned that the commercial development would swallow up the burial ground. After extensive planning, their fears were put to rest when the cemetery and the shopping development were allowed to peacefully coexist.

Maintained for years by the Linwood Garden Club, the Linwood Pioneer Cemetery has been cared for by the Leawood Lions Club since 1995. The Lions repaired the brick retaining wall, painted the wrought-iron fence, evened out the ground, planted ornamental trees, removed limbs and dead trees, trimmed back the iris, and installed a flagpole and American flag. The appearance now is appropriate to the residents!
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*Information from "Leawood – A Portrait in Time" by Ann Morris

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Leawood Breakfast with Santa

Each December, the Leawood Parks & Recreation Department hosts a family event where children can have their picture taken with Santa Claus and create a holiday craft.  In addition, attendees enjoy pancakes, sausage, juice, and coffee provided by the Leawood Lions.
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Eye Glass Referral Program

The Leawood Lions Club Eye Care Referral Program is designed to provide glasses for children referred by school nurses,  uninsured or underinsured, adults who have lost their jobs and need glasses to find work and the elderly that need glasses that are not cared for by Medicare.

The person will be examined at the KU Medical Ophthalmology Department and the glasses will be provided by LensCrafters.  The Leawood Lions reimburses LensCrafters. Please be prepared to provide the person's DOB, SS#, address, phone # and if employed, their employer's name and address.  For more information or to make an appointment, call Mike Klien at 816-285-2796 or email
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Lions Scholarships

The Leawood Lions have established a new scholarship program for Leawood and Overland Park residents who are high school seniors planning to attend college the next fall. The club awards four $500 scholarships based in part on the applicant’s community service record. One of the scholarships is designated the Earl Marian Scholarship in memory of former Lion Earl Marian.   Here is a list of winners to date; For application form and cover letter go to application form and cover letter.
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2007-2008 Scholarship Winners

Scholarship Winner Families
Brittany Becker
Brittany Becker

Kelsey Sparrow

Kent Schmidtberger

The Leawood Lions announced the winners of the 2008 College Scholarship Awards presented annually to High School seniors that reside in Leawood and Overland Park.  Applicants are judged on community service, academics and leadership skills.  This years winners of the $500 Scholarship are Kent Schmidtberger, Bishop Miege HS, Kelsey Sparrow, Blue Valley HS and Brittany Becker, Blue Valley West HS. (They are pictured from left to right with Scholarship Chairman Jim Rochel) Mr. Schmidtberger will attend the University of Kentucky, Ms. Sparrow will attend Kansas State University and Ms. Becker will attend Iowa State University. They were recognized at the April 8th Leawood Lions bi-monthly membership meeting.

Mr. Robert Chen Blue Valley NW going to MIT
Mr. Jeffrey Kaplan of Blue Valley North going to Univ. of Penn - Wharton School
 Ms. Kelsey Jones of Blue Valley West going to Northwestern Univ

Ms. Anna Italiano of Shawnee Mission North going to Pittsburgh State
Mr. Simon Li of Shawnee Mission South going to Univ. of Penn - Wharton School
Ms. Hannah Wallace of Bishop Miege going to Benedictine College

Mr. Kyle Boomer of Blue Valley HS going to K State
Ms. Sara Kellerman of Blue Valley HS going to K State

Ms. Ashley Portell of Blue Valley HS going to David Lipscomb Univ
Ms. Satya Upadhyayula of Blue Valley HS going to Univ. of Kansas

Ms. Alison Filla of Notre Dame de Sion HS going to Kansas State Univ.
Ms. Krista Cardell of Barstow going to Univ. of Missouri
Ms. Amy Mitts of St. Thomas Aquinas going to St. Louis Univ.

Ms. Marie Hintz of St. Thomas Aquinas going to St. Louis Univ.
Ms. Kimberly Michelle Andrews of Shawnee Mission East HS
going to Univ. of Kansas

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Boy Scout Troop 10

Our May 13, 2008 meeting included a presentation by 6 of the new Eagle Scouts from Troop 10.

Since that Troop is sponsored by the Leawood Lions Club, the Scouts who achieve Eagle are entitled to an achievement certificate from Lions Clubs International.

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