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Visits the Gig Harbor Lions Club 

February 10, 2021

On tonight's ZOOM call, starting at upper left:  Secretary Sharon Kirry, PCC John Kirry, President Doug Johnson, Past President Bill McMonnies, Vicki Johnson, 1VP Ruth Peterson, District Governor Donna Murr, Don Felthouse, Past President Sue Schmidt, Past President Dave Tucker, Past President Al Aosved and newly transferred member Zem Murray.  Not shown:  Cameo appearances by Treasurer Bill Arness and Zone Chair Balarie McLeod.

DG Donna's Message to the Gig Harbor Lions Club:

"Greetings fellow Lions and thank you for this opportunity to visit with you and hear about all the wonderful things you are doing in your community. I hope and pray you are all safe and healthy.

I commend you for carrying on the mission of our organization. We are in our 103rd year of serving others and when I originally thought about my theme back when I was 2VDG, I decided it was going to be “Continue the Legacy through Service.” However, as my year approached, I changed it to “Continue the Legacy through Kindness”. We have an amazing legacy, and we must continue to carry out that legacy through Kindness and Diversity.

A big act of kindness can change someone’s world.

When I was planning for your club visit, I asked for the names of club members who exemplify the meaning of kindness and those members are Lions Ruth Peterson, Sharon Kirry and Vicki Johnson.

'Lions Ruth and Sharon went above and beyond friendship and Lionism assisting Vicki following some major flooding occurred in their basement. They came to her rescue and helped with the damage.'

'Lion Vicki helped a complete stranger at the checkout line who didn’t have enough money to pay for her groceries, so Vicki stepped in and paid for her entire cart or food.'

I would like to recognize Ruth, Sharon, and Vicki with my District Governor Kindness Award. I have collected keychains for most of my life, which is where I came up with the idea to present my “Kindness Keychain” to members who fit the description of kindness. Thank you for your commitment to Lions and for your service to others." 

Other Awards:  DG Donna then presented some awards to deserving Gig Harbor Lions.  She had the honor of awarding service chevrons to two distinguished members of our club.  Lion Bill McMonnies for 30 years of service, and PDG Bob Wagers for 40 years of service!  Congratulations to both these Lions who have served our community with dedication!

Lion Bill McMonnies and PDG Bob Wagers

Other Awards:  PCC John Kirry then presented some awards given by Lions International to  deserving Gig Harbor Lions. 

The first award was the Key Member award, given to Lions who had distinguished themselves by inviting two or more new Lions to our club.  According to LCI, this award should be "brief but impressive" and PCC John did his best to at least try to fulfill the latter.  He donned his impressive hat, got out his impressive noisemakers and employed his impressive fireworks background  photo and presented the Key Member award to President Doug Johnson. 

The second award presented was the Lions International Centennial Diamond Membership Pin to Past President Al Aosved for his dedicated service as our Membership Chair. 

Congratulations to Doug and Al!

And finally, PCC John Kirry showed off his certificate earned as a faculty member of a recent Lions International Certified Guiding Lions online training program.  John was part of a six-person team of trainers who taught a five hour online class to a diverse group of Lions from around the world.  After completing the class assignments and an evaluation,  these students successfully earned the title of "Certified Guiding Lion,"  and will be called upon to assist and mentor new and existing clubs in their respective areas of the world.

Upcoming Service Project Special Note from President Johnson:

"Join us on February 27 as we conduct our quarterly "Adopt A Road" duties for the city of Gig Harbor.  Our assigned territory is a 1.5 mile stretch of roadway in the Finholm district.   We will be meeting together at the Finholm View Climb at 9AM on Saturday, February 27 to get this fun job accomplished.  As always, Lion Bill McMonnies' wife Lois is expected to throw out the first bag of garbage!  Covid pending, of course, but we hope to have coffee after at the Devoted Kiss!"


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
  • 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 - Due to Covid restrictions, Ww are currently meeting twice a month on Zoom and doing fabulous service in the community.
  4. Visit us on Facebook


November 17, 2020


Gig Harbor Lions are once again organizing the Giving Tree project to provide Christmas gifts for children in our community. The gifts will be distributed to the FISH Food Bank, Children's Home Society on the Key Peninsula and the Boys & Girls Club at Evergreen Elementary. 

You can pick up gift tags from the following businesses and return the unwrapped gifts to them. The Lions will pick up the gifts for distribution. Thank you all for helping with this community wide project!

Businesses: Beach Basket Christmas Shop, Devoted Kiss Café, Market Place Grill, Harbor History Museum, Dolly Mama, Treasures4Humanity, For the Love of Spice, Ticked Pink, Birdnest Gallery & Framing, Blue Moon Massage & Spa, Columbia Bank (downtown), Dolly Mama Too, Weathered Cottage, Java & Clay Café, 7 Seas, Rainy Day Yarns, Heritage Distillery, Edge Pilates, Wild Birds Unlimited, Mt Rainier Clinic, Kimball Coffeehouse, Ultimate Looks, Peninsula Family Dentistry, Beard Swim Club, Sound Credit Union, Kitsap Bank, Columbia Bank, Peninsula Retirement Living, Van der Venn Jewelers, Ben & Jerry’s, Cutters Point Coffee/Uptown, J Jill (in house only), Massage Envy, Eye Candy, Kitsap Credit Union, Chico’s, Teaching Toys Too/Teaching Toys, BBQ2. Lunch Box Laboratory, Elks Club, El Sombrero Restaurant.

Huge thank you to Lion Ruth Peterson, Giving Tree Coordinator, and to all the Gig Harbor Lions who help with tag distribution and pickup on all the gifts our wonderful community provides every year!



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!




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