Who We Are

The Chicago Windy City Lions Club is a group of dedicated individuals who want to serve their communities and the world in both a virtually and in-person capacity. Comprised of nearly 60 club members, we have diverse backgrounds but share a common commitment to helping those in need. In addition to serving the Chicago area, we also have members serving remotely from New York to Arizona to China. 

Recently, we proudly charterted Payton Leos, celebrated our 15th Club Anniversary and were awarded a Model Club at the 300% level!

Some of our initativies/parternships include: Drinks with Santa, Giving Tree, Period Party, Urban Autism Solutions Garden, Ronald McDonald House Charities, Buddy's Place, Got Sneakers, The Night Ministry, among others!

We are a part of a global network of 1.4 million dedicated volunteers in 207 countries and regions around the world. We share a common bond to addressing local and global needs through humanitarian service and international cooperation.


2023-24 Club Officers: 

  • Club President: Lion Brett Harrington
  • Club Secretary: Lion Joe Merkel
  • Club Treasurer:  Lion Craig Schuda
  • Foundation Chair: Lion Carole Burke-Hallberg 
  • Membership Chair: Lion Kristopher Kempski
  • Marketing Chair: Lion Chris Weibring
  • Service Chair: Lion Julie Schmale
  • Payton Leo Co-Sponsors: Lion Melissa Nadeau & Lion Suzanne Kimble

Our Mission

We are locally-minded and globally-driven. The Chicago Windy City Lions Club identifies needs within the Chicagoland community as well as around the world, then works collectively to address those needs through hands-on service projects. Our efforts are helping countless people near and far to live happier, healthier lives. 

Please consider a donation to our Windy City Lions Club Foundation to fund our service projects. Donations are accepted via Venmo @WindyCityLions and they're tax-deductible.

Thank you!


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