The Mt. Vernon Lions Club meets at the Lions Den, 7th & Pace, Mt. Vernon, Illinois, three times monthly. The first and third Wednesdays, each month, at 6:00 p. m. are considered membership meetings. A meal is served at a cost of $ 5.00 and a program is generally provided. Programs are delivered by guests, or occasionally, members of the club. A recent program on the history of Lionism - International, District and Local Club - was provided by PDG Jack Stults, a life member of the club. The Board of Directors utilizes the second Wednesday each month for the conduct of club business. This Board meeting is held at 6:30 p. m. No meal is served. Minutes of the previous board meeting are read and approved, bills are paid, eyecare requests are presented, old and new business is conducted. All members of the club are welcomed to any or all board meetings.

One major fund raiser is the annual smoked pork chop lunch sale. Advance sales of tickets is important to the success of this fund raiser, but sales at the curb still play a significant role. Club members, spouses and others gather at the Lions Den early on the day of the sale to sack chips, buns, applesauce and the all important "Twinkie", in preparation for the pork chop, which goes in last. The sack lunch is then ready to be given out at the 12tn & Main location.

A second fund raiser, and the principal one, is the Lions Train. Our club motto might be "Have Train, Will Travel". The train is made available to Lions activities, community events, parades, etc. for a fee. The train (see picture) travels to these events on a Club trailer, pulled by a Club pick-up. At least two Lions members - authorized & trained - take the train to approximately ten events each year. These trips are approved by the Board of Directors. The Mt. Vernon Lions Club Train is registered with, inspected and certified by, the Illinois Department of Labor, Amusement Ride Division. It is stored at the Lions Den, when not in use.

Eyecare - {eye exams & glasses, Cataract surgeries and hearing aid} - is emphasized by the Board of Directors. In addition, the Lions of Illinois Foundation program - Camp Lions for Youth - receives financial support.  Other Lions programs, projects and activities are considered on an individual basis. 

The Mt. Vernon Lions Youth Wrestling Program, operated by parent volunteers, has the sponsorship of the Lions Club. With the exception of original start up funds, this program is self sufficient. A significant number of area youth benefit. The wrestling club is highly successful in competitions. 

A monthly newsletter is published and provided to every member. A copy is mailed to members who, for whatever reason, missed the regular meeting at which it was distributed. The newsletter is sent to several city officials, the District Governor and Cabinet Secretary. 


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