Geranium Sale

Lions Club of Chili

May 10 & 11, 2024

      Prepaid Orders can be picked-up at 3237 Chili Ave (behind the Chili Community Center) Orders will be ready Friday May 10th starting at 1:00 PM (no sooner) and will continue until 5:00 PM and starting again Saturday May 11th at 8:30 AM until 12:00 PM (AT THE LATEST)

To Order Call:  732-4757 / 414-2400 / 704-7265

or fill out the form below and send the form and the check to:

Lions Club of Chili

PO Box 24672

Rochester, NY 14624



Club Excellence Award from Lions Clubs International

The Lions Club of Chili received a great honor from Lions Clubs International. The club met the lofty goals set forth by LCI for the Club Excellence Award for 2023-2024. Immediate Past President Mike Donner was presented a beautiful pin for his vest reflecting such Honor from Current President Karen McCloskey. Lion Mike explained this award was earned by the club and that every member of the Lions Club of Chili played a part in earning this award. The club also received a patch for the club banner to display this great honor.


Vision Screening Project

February has been busy with eye screenings for us! We've screened 97 kids at Pearce 4 kids and Mary Cariola! Thank you to them for letting us provide this service in your schools. If you are interested in knowing more about how to join or what we do reach out to Our Membership chair Bert Maggio 585-261-0743.


Newest Lion Inducted

We proudly inducted our new Lion Jenn Lowden to The Lions Club of Chili on November 14.  She was sponsored by Lion Mike Donner. President Karen McCloskey was present. Lion Bert and Lion Cristina performed the induction.

Vision Screening in Chili

The Lions Club of Chili Members Bonnie, Bob, Debbie and Cristina conducted vision screenings at St Pius Catholic School on Chili Ave. Early vision intervention is key to a better future for young children.  #lionsclubofchili 


Lions Club of Chili participate in the 2023 Veterans Line of Honor





Welcome Aboard to our Newest Lions

Welcome to Lions Club International Bob and Bonnie Cohoon, pictured on the left with Sponsors Janine M Wheeler and Jim Wheeler. PDG Mike Donner performed the induction.

Multi-Club Holiday Party

Had a great time at the annual westside multi Lions Christmas party at Valicia's Ristorante. We had 8 clubs and filled the room to almost capacity. Gates Lion Mark Assini had the room in stitches during the white elephant. The 50/50 raffle proceeds went to the Batavia School for the Blind.

               Lions Tom and Bonnie                                                                            Lots of Fun                                                                             Great Food

        Gates Lion recieving the Melvin Jones Fellowship                          A lot of good and tacky gifts                             Lion Joy, Santa Glen, VDG Mike, PIS Ann


Salvation Army Bell Ringing

It was a cold night, but it was to help those who deal with cold and hunger all the time.


Lion Carole, Leo Ashley, Lions Bonnie, Marci, Joy, and Mike

Diabetes Awareness

November is Diabetes Month and World Diabetes Day is 11/14/19.  Please take a few seconds and take a Diabetes Risk Assessment.

Town of Chili Halloween Party

It was a dark and scary night in Chili on Friday. The town Halloween party was a lot of fun.

The Lions provided cider and donuts. The Gates-Chili LEO's Club gave out treats at the table next door.

The Great Pumpkin was not sighted, but this could be the year!


DG Rick Whitney Visitation

It is a special night when the District Governor visits.  DG Rick shared his vision and plans for the future.


2019 Peace Poster Contest Is Starting

2018 Lions Club of Chili winner Mika displays her artwork.  For over three decades, Lions clubs around the globe have been sponsoring a very special art contest in schools and youth groups. Creating peace posters gives children everywhere the chance to express their visions of peace and inspire the world through art and creativity.


Lion of the Year Tom Platt

Congratulations Tom!  He has been treasurer for a long time and chairman of the geranium sale, our biggest fundraiser. — with George Bowles and Mike Donner at Union Station Park.








We have wheelchairs, walkers, canes, etc., give us a call!

Lions of Chili Medical Loan Closet



Lions Club of Chili helps out at Camp Abilities Brockport

A whole new world of possibilities is opened for children who are visually impaired, blind, and deafblind when they descend on The College at Brockport, State University of New York, for Camp Abilities Brockport, a one-week sports camp for children with visual impairments. Campers ride bikes and horses, they play baseball and run track, and they perform archery and numerous other sports. These are all things that children with visual impairments often believe to be impossible for them to participate in. Camp Abilities Brockport proves otherwise.  The Lions Club of Chili helps by serving meals and encouraging the campers to have a great time.


Town of Chili's Annual Parade of Lights


What a sucessful event!  Lots of creative juices to make such a beautiful float with a short timeframe!  A good time was had by all.  Lions of Chili was right up ther for best float.  Great to see so many people out in the community.

Rochester Polar Plunge for Special Olympics includes 3 Chili Lions

On February 9, Lions Otto Resch, Carole Agosto, and Mike Donner braved the frigid waters of Lake Ontario for a great cause.  The Lions Club of Chili made a generous donation to sponsor all three swimmers.  It was very cold but they were freezing for a reason.

Lion Otto ready to go for a dip

Lion Carole is ready to "chill out"

The large crowd helped pump up the plungers


The Lions of Chili participate in the Greece Ridge Lions Snow Golf Tournament

Some of the Lions of Chili took to the the fairways of Greece Canal Ponds Park for some adventure in the snow.  The rules allowed only a nine iron and a tennis ball.  It was a lot of fun.  A chicken barbeque, raffles, and warm drinks welcomed everyone after they finished the 12 hole course.

L-R Dorinda Foos, Bill Foos, Carole Agosto, and Mike Donner


You had to hit the tire with the tennis ball to complete the hole.

The Hippie Pandas First Robotic Lego Team put on an amazing exhibition.

The Hippie Pandas First Robotic Lego Team, their sponsor Cheryl Lawniczak, and some parents came to our January  meeting.  First, the girls gave a demonstration of making beds out of lightweight concrete-like material for places like Haiti.  Then, they gave a demonstration of their Lego Robotics.  It was very interesting.  As always, there was not a matching sock to be found among the girls.  I think they enjoyed showing off their skills and the Lions were quite entertained.  Lion Joy presented a check for to help finance their trip to St. Louis.

The Scouts explain a science project they are working on.

Enthusiastic Scouts gave an awesome presentation to the Club!

The club presents a check for their trip to the World Convention in St. Louis.

Christmas Basket Deliveries

The Lions Club of Chili were very busy during December.  The club delivered 45 baskets to individuals and familes in Chili to help make the season a little merrier.  This was quite a project, and it was coordinated by Lion Dorinda Foos.  This involves numerous phone calls, arranging purchases, deliveries, etc.. All the Lions helped out in this project. 

Lions Dom Fantauzzo, Bob Foos, and Ron Tucker mixing work and pleasure.

The delivery peple are ready to brighten up some people who really need it around the holidays.

Helpers came out in all ages.

Lions Bonnie and Dorinda making a list and checking it twice.

That's a lot of baskets!

L-R  Peter D'Ambrosio, Diane D'Ambrosio, Tom Platt, Deanna Platt-Morgan, and Dom Fantauzzo ready to head out in the cold for deliveries.



Ringing the Bell for the Salvation Army

It was a cold day and night, but the Lions Club of Chili were there to support the kettle.  Bill Foos, Otto Resch, Jim Keenan, and Bonnie Platt pictured above were part of a good turnout of Lions that made holiday bell ringing a fun event for a great cause.



The Medical Loan Closet continues to grow.  Adding new equipment and accepting used equipment has proven to be a successful track record for the loan closet.  The closet has helped residents from multiple counties by loaning out equipment at no cost.  The dedicated volunteer staff of the Loan Closet is really what makes it work.  A lot of work is involved in helping people when they need it most.  The Loan closet is funded by the Lions and our generous contributors.  A true community asset!




The month of October was a busy month for the Lions of Chili. On October 8, we inducted 2 new members into the club.


L to R New Inductee Marci Dietz, Sponsor Joy Koziol, New Inductee George Bowles, Sponsor Bert Maggio, District Governor Bob Infantino, Membership Chair Keith Bozek


On October 14, a few of our members made a trip to the Ronald McDonald House. The Lions of Chili have been participating in an effort to collect Pop-Tabs from can of soft drinks to raise money for this worthy cause.

L to R Lions Dorinda Foos, Ron Tucker, Kathy Stothard, and Bonnie Platt


The club braved the elements on for a Candy Day at the local K-Mart, The Town & Country restaurant and the North Chili Family Diner. We had 12 volunteers and raised $178 dollars during the 2 day event held October 18 and 19.

L to R Lion President Bonnie Platt, Tom Platt, and Don Cussen

L to R Lions Millie Thurley, Barb Thurley, and Jean Jones

L TO R  Lions Mike Donner, Maria Williams, Brian Williams

Lions Bill Foos, Dorinda Foos, and Dom Fantauzzo

Last but not least, the Chili Lions played host to a very generous and thoughtful Boy Scout, Chris Kurdziel. Chris donated money he raised at his Pinewood Derby to help combat veterans. His money will be used for Project New Hope at Lions Camp Badger. Project New Hope helps these veterans through weekend retreats, where they can get away with other veterans and talk about issues affecting them.








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