Welcome to the Eugene Downtown Lions!

Chartered in 1924, the Eugene Downtown (EDT) Lions Club is 63 members strong, making it one of the largest Lions Clubs in Oregon. The EDT Lions meet on the first and third Wednesday at noon at the Graduate Eugene to hear the latest reports on Club activities and to learn from an interesting array of speakers or enjoy performances by local musicians.

Heartfelt House

The Heartfelt House, the patient family guest house on the PeaceHealth Sacred Heart Medical Center at Riverbend campus, provides a tranquil, no-cost "home away from home" for out-of-town families while their loved ones are being cared for at Sacred Heart Medical Center at Riverbend or University District.

The Eugene Downtown Lions donated towards the building of the Heartfelt House and continue to support the guests with monthly donations to the pantry, library, or other specific needs.  We also have members that volunteer regularly.

President-elect Lion Susan Pfanner delivers bags of food for the pantry and other requested items.

Lion Marie Badagnani Volunteers weekly.





Your tax-deductible donation helps us help others. We provide vision screenings for 4J elementary school students, glasses and hearing aids for those in need, Lane Community College scholarships, and grants to local non-profit agencies.

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The Eugene Downtown Lions hope you are all doing well. Remember to practice social distancing, stay home if possible, and know that better times are ahead.



Congratulations to the U of O Ducks on their Rose Bowl 2020 Championship!


 Lion Ed Gear presents the plaque to Robert Foster

Robert Foster- Voice of the Oregon Lions Magazine
The Oregon Lion, Oregon Lion's monthly magazine, is loaded with great articles submitted by clubs all over the state. It is a great way to see what other clubs are doing and to showcase the imaginative projects your club devised and executed. Even though we are Lions who work closely with the hearing impaired and visually impaired we do take for granted the fact that we can pick up our copy of the Oregon Lion and read it at our leisure.
What about those who are not able to read due to visual impairment or blindness? Many years ago then Eugene Downtown Lion Mary Lee Turner approached Richard Larsen who had radio broadcasting experience and suggested that he read and record the text of the Oregon Lion. Larson says Mary Lee gave him some helpful suggestions for cues to the listeners to the end of a page and end of the story. Larsen also described any pictures and other non-text material. He got a recording device from the State Library System, read into a microphone in his home office, and sent the recordings to the State Library for distribution. After several years of recording his schedule interfered with it and he became “weary of doing the project.” 
About 12 years ago Glynis Beyerlin, who was the Executive Secretary for MD36 Lions and responsible for publishing the magazine, began sending the Oregon Lion Magazine from the office to Robert Foster who was taking over the recording work. Foster said it took about two hours to record each edition as he read it from cover to cover. After reading so much about Lions he said he fell in love with Lions. He was fascinated by all the good works that were being done all over the state as well as internationally. 
Foster had a theater background so as he read the stories he made sure that he used a lot of voice inflections. He explained that doing a monotone voice would have been a distraction to a story and totally boring to a listener. Due to his health issues, he decided that he had to give up reading Lions Magazine. It will continue to be read because Foster made arrangements for it to continue to be read through the National Library System (NLS). The readings will be getting out to the public faster now because they are now online. Anyone can sign up for the NLS Service to hear the magazine. According to Richard Larsen “Whoever has taken Robert Foster’s place has some big shoes to fill. “
At the July 17th meeting of The Eugene Downtown Lions Club, an award from Lions Clubs International was presented.  Lion Past International Director Ed Gear read the inscription, “Appreciation Award Presented to Robert Foster, Thank You for your many years of dedication to the Lions of Oregon by reading the “Lions Magazine” to tape for Books for the Blind. You truly personify the motto of the Lions “We Serve.”  Lion Ed formally presented the plaque to Robert Foster at his home.
25 August 2019
Tim Chuey
Publicity Chairman
Eugene Downtown
Lions Club

Our 2019 Raffle was a great success!  Click here to meet the winners and read the full story.  







Women’s Symposium Helps Women To Thrive In Today’s World


The 4th Annual Women’s Symposium “New Voices, New Opportunities,” was held on Thursday, May 9th at Riverbend Annex. The evening event was sponsored by Lions District 36-R and PeaceHealth Foundation. The idea for the event came from Lion District Governor Judy Kaufman and her committee of Lions Patty Harrison, Cecilia Urbani and Carol Casciato. Local coordinators were Lions Mary Fechtel and Karen Norton from the Eugene Downtown Lions Club. Throughout the day references were made showing how women are a big part of the Lions experience and how becoming a Lion would benefit the women themselves and the people Lions serve.
Lion Karen Norton, Symposium Chairperson, welcomed everyone and explained what the Women’s Symposium is all about.
She then introduced the keynote speaker for the event Bob Welch who, as usual, had some very interesting and inspirational things to say. Bob talked about some of the books he has written and concluded discussing the nurse who struggled for ten years to finally have a war Memorial for the nurses. His words of wisdom, if you will, were that “desperation can help you find solutions.” 
The next speaker was Tracy Brown Oregon Lions Sight and Hearing Foundation Optical Administrator. She described the process of collecting and finally distributing used eyeglasses.
Matt Webber, Partner Relations Manager for Lions Vision Gift, was the next presenter. He discussed cornea donation and talked about the families of the cornea donors. 
Next was Julie Dewsnup who talked about the Beta Program for Type-2 Diabetes.
 Mary Lou Bradley from Candlelighters for Children With Cancer explained the support the organization gives to children and their families. With her were two Tri Delta Sorority members who worked on a project with St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital and Robin Thompson, whose son was diagnosed with cancer and spent ten days in the hospital, also gave testimony about the wonders of St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital.
New Voices Speaker PCC Mary Rynearson spoke about our International President Gudrun Yngvadottir and explained the 5 Points LCI has put forth. Rynearson gave bracelets from LCI to Lions Mary Fechtel, Karen Norton, Carol Casciato, and Sharon Rollins, who is the incoming Council Chair.
The last speaker was lighting expert Suzanne Cavanaugh who explained the importance of what kind of light we are exposed to and which are good and which are not so good for us depending on the time of day or night.
Three fun breakout sessions were held for the participants with hands-on service projects. At the end of the symposium, raffle drawings were made for various prizes that were donated for the symposium.
The Event Planning Committee would like to thank all of those who participated and especially all of the vendors including those who provided many of the prizes. The vendors list includes Audiology Professionals - Dr. Craig Ford, CASA, Eugene Downtown Lions Club, Color Street- Karen Jones, Days For Girls, Light is Essential Lumen Element, Health Products, Diabetes Community Care Team, Bob Welch with his books, Lions Vision Gift, PBC Insurance, Candlelighters for Children With Cancer, Directors Mortgage, and Springfield Lions Club. 
19 June 2019
Tim Chuey
Publicity Chairman
Eugene Downtown Lions Club

Keynote Speaker, Author and Columnist Bob Welch.


Left to Right-New Voices PCC Mary Rynearson gave bracelets from LCI to Lions Mary Fechtel, Karen Norton, Carol Casciato, and Sharon Rollins. 

U of O Lions Complete Major Service Project

The University of Oregon Lions Club first came together in October 2016. They became a Branch Club of Eugene Downtown in May 2017. Although the club is small, six members, they are very active. They have volunteered with Walama Restoration, restoring habitat near the Willamette River; volunteered with FOOD for Lane County, and volunteered at historic Pioneer Cemetery on the U of O campus. Members of the club participated in the District 36R Conference in February, the Keep the Promise Breakfast in April and assisted Eugene Downtown serving ice cream at the MD36 Convention.

The last two weekends in May and the first weekend in June they completed their first major service project – installing a granite bench at Pioneer Cemetery. On May 19th they prepared the bench site, digging the base, building the frame and laying gravel for drainage. On May 26th they poured the concrete for the base. Finally, on June 2nd, they installed the bench on the base. Needless to say, the student Lions are justly proud of the work they have done and the contribution they have made to the historic cemetery.

27 June 2018

Chuck Blanchard

Guiding Lion for UO Lions Club

                                                           A bit of a hike to the site                                                                                            

L to R: Lions Subik Shrestra, Steve-Laughton-Cardona, & Ian Scott making concrete

L to R Lions: Steve Laughton-Cardona, Subik Shrestra, & Ian Scott pouring concrete into frame 

L to R Lions: Nick Magagnini & Ian Scott spread concrete for the base

L to R Lions: Nick Magagnini, Steve Laughton-Cardona, Gabby Messina, Subik Shrestra, & Ian Scott install bench support as Cemetery volunteer George looks on

The completed bench with the plaque below

Close-up of plaque

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