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
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 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
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.
Leawood Lions have participated in Candy Days for over 50 years and have
donated more than $50,000 to the Kansas Lions Sight Foundation..
Leawood Lions Eye Glass Collections:
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
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
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
ECTV Readers in Libraries
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
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.
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
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!
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
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
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.