Some Notes from the Gig Harbor Lions Club as we navigate the worldwide COVID 19 crisis together!

As of this writing (April 2, 2020) the Gig Harbor Lions Club has temporarily suspended our in-person General Membership meetings and monthly Board meeting.   The Governor of the State of Washington has issued a "Stay Home/Stay Healthy" proclimation for all residents.  As such, most of our service and fundraising activities will be suspended until the emergency has passed.  We will keep you posted as we receive new information.  You can be assured that we will resume our valuable service to the community as soon as possible!

We will meet online via Zoom for meetings temporarily. Members will receive an email link when those meetings are scheduled.

Hey, as long as you're here,  browse through our website to see the Gig Harbor Lions in action!  In fact, click here and start with our April 2020 newlsetter!



Proudly serving the Gig Harbor, Washington, community since 1931!

Our members are very different in many ways, but we share a core belief - our community is what we make it.  WHERE THERE'S A NEED, THERE'S A LION!

Lions International is the world's largest service organization with over 1.45 million members in some 47,000 clubs in 210 countries.

We are a friendly, caring group of men and women who are passionate about helping others. We volunteer our time and talents to make a difference in our community and worldwide.  Here are some examples of the things our club does in our community and around the world:

  • Eyeglass and hearing aid assistance to seniors and children.
  • College scholarships to our three local high schools
  • Collect food and money for the Backpacks 4 Kids Program
  • Organize the annual Christmas Giving Tree for the Gig Harbor community
  • Diabetes awareness programs
  • 3rd Grade Dictionary Program
  • Environmental Projects
  • Veterans Services
  • Worldwide Disaster Releif
  • Fundraising photo calendar
  • New Friends, fun social events.  Member Benefits!

If you (or your friends or family members) would like to become involved in an upcoming project, or join our Lions Club, you can contact us in one of the following ways:

  1. Call Club President Doug Johnson, ("President Johnson!")  253-468-6265 
  2. Email another of our Club Officers and request more information
  3. Attend one of our meetings - you are always welcome! Second and fourth Wednesdays at 5:30 PM in the Theater Room at Harbor Place by Cottesmore (1016 29th St. NW, Gig Harbor 98335)
  4. Visit us on Facebook

  • To see our latest club newsletter click here




The Gig Harbor Lions Club is proud of  our nearly 90 years of serving this community.  Since 2013 our club has organized the VERY successful Gig Harbor community "Christmas Giving Tree." 

IN 2019, our volunteer Lions, in conjunction with 47 local merchants and generous community members have procured nearly 3000 Christmas gifts for needy kids in our community.  These gifts will be distributed by our community partners Children's Home Society, FISH food bank and Boys & Girls Club.  

Christmas Giving Tree Chairperson Ruth Peterson.  Drivers and haulers Doug Johnson, Dave Tucker, Bill McMonnies, Moose Ianke and John Kirry. 

TOYS:                                                   2672

PAJAMAS AND WARM COATS             242

GRAND TOTAL                                   2914


Among many other wonderful displays in 48 businesses throughout  Gig Harbor is this beautiful CHRISTMAS GIVING TREE  at KITSAP BANK on Pt. Fosdick.

Another fantastic display of generosity from ULTIMATE LOOKS salon, with owner Sue King.

Our generous community takes pride in giving to those in need.  THANK YOU!

Lion Bill McMonnies drives a pickup load to the Boys & Girls Club. 

Sharon Kirry checks out the tree in the lobby of Gig Harbor's GALAXY THEATER.  The GALAXY is to  be commended for providing gift tags and receiving over 700 gifts for our Christmas Giving Tree Program. 

March, 2018: Gig Harbor Lions administer Vision and Hearing exams to local students!

Members of the Gig Harbor Lions club ventured to Lighthouse Christian School in Gig Harbor On March 16 to administer sight and hearing test to second graders.  The members were:  President Dave tucker, Secretary Sharon Kirry, PZC Joe Morales, Elaine Morales, Sue Schmidt and MD19 Vice Council Chair John Kirry.


Sharon Kirry, Sue Schmidt, Elaine Morales, Ruth Peterson.  For the full story, see below.

We were VERY pleased to receive this photo from the Boys & Girls Club in Gig Harbor showing the gifts that individuals had made from our community.  Many more gifts were donated until the end of the porgram, creating a great Christmas for local kids thanks to coordination between the Lions club, Fire Department and Boys and Girls club volunteers!  Thanks to you all, THE CHRISTMS GIVING TREE PROGRAM IS A GREAT SUCCESS!

2018 Gig Harbor Lions Club Giving Tree A Huge Success!

The Gig Harbor Lions Club has been deeply commited to the community since 1931.  This year, our Lion Ruth Peterson has written a wonderful article in the Peninsula Gateway about the Christmas Giving Tree Program spearheaded by the Lions. To see this great article, click here.

The 2018 Gig Harbor Lions Club Photo Calendars are Almost Gone!

You have two more opportunities to get calendars at the Post Office on Judson.  Saturday, December 9th and Wednesday, December 13th.  Both day swill have Lions members out front from 10:30 until 12:30.  Thank you Gig Harbor for your wonderful response to our calendars! 

Many thanks to our advertisers, including Harbor Place, Gig Harbor Automotive, St Anthony Hospital, Tides Tavern, Olympic Pharmacy, Gig Harbor Chamber of Commerce, Dr Richard Coyner,Best Western Wesley Inn, Mackert Automotive, Dr Scott Studerus, Kent Cashman State Farm Agency and Gig Harbor Ace Hardware!

And many thanks to our fantastic photographers who donated spectacular images of the Gig Harbor area: Ruthanne Annaloro, Roy Burnett, Diane Fetzner, Michelle Hoag, Ed Johnson, Kathy Jutte, John Kirry and Chrystal Delphia!
And finally, many thanks to our talented calendar designer 
Ed Kane and toSteve Noble and the team at Abbott's Printing

Gig Harbor Lions Host Low Vision Seminar.  Sept 16, 2017

Lion Richard Dixon leads the Gig Harbor Lions Club Low Vision seminar at Harbor Place in Gig Harbor. Paul, with optics provider Eschenbach, brought equipment and devices to aid those affected by low vision.

"Magnification, Illumination, Education" are Dick's main talking points. WithJohn KirryRuth Peterson, Dave Tucker, Moose Ianke, Joe and Elaine Morales.

Click here to see DETAILS about our successful Finholm View Climb refurbishing and rededication on May 6, 2017!




Lions Clubs International is the world's largest service club organization with more than 1.4 million members in approximately 46,000 clubs in more than 200 countries and geographical areas around the world.

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