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Our Next Meeting is Monday February 19th, 2019 with  Mayor, Ron Case providing us with a background and History of Eden Prairie

From our last meeting, City Manager, Rick Getschow


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EP Lions Club in the News this week

From left are Police Chief Greg Weber, Gary Stevens of the Eden Prairie Lions, state Rep. Jenifer Loon and EP Police Lt. Matt Sackett.
Mayor Nancy Tyra-Lukens accepts the Melvin Jones Fellowship award from Lions Club President Gary Watkins.   Phto by Joyce Lorenz

It was an evening of appreciation at Eden Prairie City Center.

Recognition for outgoing Mayor Nancy Tyra-Lukens bookended the night, starting with a surprise award from the Lions Club that City Manager Rick Getschow “forgot” to include on the agenda.  “Mayor Tyra-Lukens has dedicated two decades of her life to public service,” Watkins said. “We are thankful for the dedication and the sacrifice Mayor Tyra-Lukens and her family have made.”

On Tuesday September 18th the Lions honored Eden Prairie's retiring Police Chief, Jim DeMann with the Distinguished Melvin Jones Fellowship Award.

Jim DeMann Melvin JonesMelvin Jones Fellow

Click here for a video of Tuesday nights presentation of the Melvin Jones Fellowship to retiring EP police chief Jim DeMann.

The SUN Current Article on our 2018 Food Drive, (11/15/18 edition, p8)          Thank you Lion Steve for all your hard work.




August 27th meeting:  Our speaker for the evening was Ex-Viking lineman  Mike Harris.   Mike, at age 29, retired from  professional football because of a  potential brain concussion.

He is officially "retired" and collecting a pension from the National Football league, Mike is turning to doing community service, and giving back to his Community.   Please read the attached article about Mike, which was on the front page of the Minneapolis Tribune's sports page just two weeks ago.

This will be Mike's first opportunity at  public speaking, so it's guaranteed to be his best public talk ever!    Mike is passionate about giving back, so please plan on joining your fellow Lions as we help launch former Viking Mike Harris into a totally new venture, that of  public speaking!  This will be an interesting talk!  Hope to see everyone on the 27th at the Chan Legion!

                            EXPANDED EYEGLASS COLLECTION SITES

Jamison Optical, Perle Vision at EP Mall, Target Vision at EP Mall, ​PROP Shop, Jerrys Foods, Summit Place, The Colony, Cub Foods Eden Prairie, Wallmart EP, EP Senior Center, EP Community Center, EP City Hall, Park Nicollet at Methodist Hospital, Family Eye Clinic Bloomington MN

(the Lions have provided over 4500 pairs of eyeglass in the last 12 months.  We always need more). THANK YOU!


100% of all Fundraising Profits go to Lions Charitable Causes in our Community, Greater MN, Nationally, and Internationally

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The Lions Motto is “We Serve”

The Money we raise during the year with our fundraisers all goes back into the Community. In 2017/18 we gave back over $30,000 to support our community.  

See our New Club Projects, Where Does the Money Go page

We support casuses that focus on: Eyesight, Diabetes, Hearing, Vocal and other disabilities.  We are often the first on the scene with donations in times of disaster.

“Once individuals link together they become something different…. Relationships change us, reveal us, evoke more from us. Only when we join with others do our gifts become visible, even to ourselves.”

- Margaret Wheatley & Myron Kellner-Rogers

Eden Prairie Lions Club is located in the city of Eden Prairie, a prosperous Minnesota community of over 60,000 residents located just west of Minneapolis.

We are drawn together in a spirit of service and fellowship, who volunteer our time and talent to humanitarian causes in our local and world communities. By conducting service projects and raising funds, we strive to help those in need, wherever need exists. Our motto is “We Serve.” Today our Eden Prairie Club has just under 90 members, making us one of the largest clubs in the metro area.

Our Local History

In 1961, the Eden Prairie Lions Club was officially chartered with 41 members. At the time, Eden Prairie was still a rural village of only 2,000 people. The club was to meet on the first and third Mondays of each month to discuss community events and projects including: providing eye glasses to the community, holiday events for the school, a fund-raising project selling light bulbs, and organizing a summer recreation program.

Between continued fund raising for local music education, sports, and theater, the Lions held the first Schooner Days event in June of 1964. The event was held in a member’s pasture on Riverview Road and included a good-sized parade of four high school marching bands, procession of kids, floats, and more.

As Schooner Days became bigger and raised more funds, the Lions Club eagerly invested back into the community. This included purchasing Eden Prairie’s first fire truck and rescue vehicle, supporting both Boy Scouts and Girl Scouts, Little League Baseball, student programs, and a pediatric eye clinic at the University of Minnesota.

The Lions Club of Eden Prairie continues to serve the community locally and internationally.

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Lions meet the needs of local communities and the world every day because they share a core belief - to serve their community.

Lions Clubs International is the world's largest service club organization.We have 1.35 million members in more than 45,000 clubs in more than 206countries and geographic areas.

Lions have a dynamic history. Founded in 1917, we are best known for fighting blindness, but we also volunteer for many different kinds of community projects - including caring for the environment, feeding the hungry and aiding seniors and the disabled.

Lions give sight. By conducting vision screenings, equipping hospitals and clinics, distributing medicine and raising awareness of eye disease, Lions work toward their mission of providing vision for all. We have extended our commitment to sight conservation through countless local efforts and through our international SightFirst Program, which works to eradicate blindness.

Lions serve youth. Our community projects often support local children and schools through scholarships, recreation and mentoring. Internationally, we offer many programs, including the Peace Poster Contest, Youth Camps and Exchange and Lions Quest. 

Lions award grants. Since 1968, the Lions Clubs International Foundation (LCIF) has awarded more than US$700 million in grants to support Lions humanitarian projects around the world. LCIF was also ranked the number one nongovernmental organization in a 2007 study by The Financial Times.

Lions help during disasters. Together, our Foundation and Lions are helping communities following natural disasters by providing for immediate needs such as food, water, clothing and medical supplies – and aiding in long-term reconstruction.

Lions are active. Our motto is "We Serve." Lions are part of a global service network, doing whatever is necessary to help our local communities.

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