West Carver Lions Projects

Music in the Park:  This event occurs in the summer when the community puts on its weekly music events in the Legion Pool Park, organized by ISD #108 Community Education.  Our Club provides a snack for those in attendance for the event.  Previously we have teamed up with our sibling club (the NYA Lions) to help with the corn feed and to serve other food items.  

National Night Out:  This national celebration occurs in August and in our area is coordinated with local agencies to bring community awareness to all of our residents in Norwood Young America.  Our Club serves food and coordinates activities for the evening.   

Stiftungsfest Gates:  This committee is in charge of planning all the shifts for working the gates positions on Friday, Saturday and Sunday at Stiftungsfest in late August.  This is an extremely beneficial fundraiser for our Club and we look forward to helping serve our community each year at the Stiftungsfest gates.

Stiftungsfest Craft Fair:  This event happens each year along with the Stiftungsfest celebration.  Our Lions volunteers organize a Craft Fair (operated from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.) the Saturday of Stiftungsfest on the streets near  the festival grounds.  Preparation for this event requires contacting and advertising for vendors months before the event.  2019 will be the 46th year of holding the Craft Fair.  

Stiftungsfest Flower Baskets:  Each year our Club submits an order to a local nursery for large, bountiful-looking, flower baskets that are displayed each August during our community's annual Stiftungsfest festival.  Toward the end of the event, on a Sunday evening, the baskets are then sold for small amount to festival goers.  

Dictionary:  This activity provides the third grade children in the surrounding schools a dictionary to use, with a customized label inside the cover.  The dictionaries are normally handed out in September or October of each year.

Lions Write Off Essay Contest:  Each year the 5M2 District Lions sponsor a Write Off Essay Contest based on a particular topic.  The contest is open to 9-12th grade students.  The West Carver Lions Club works with two other local Lions clubs in the Central School District 108 to select a winner for each local club. The winner of the essay contest at the club level will move on to compete at the Zone Level.

Peace Poster:  Every year the International Lions host a peace poster contest.  Our local Lions provide tag board and the information regarding the competition.  The committee is responsible to provide the materials, collect them and judge the posters for a winner.  The winners are presented with their cash winnings at a board meeting and their posters move on to the next level of competition.  This activity occurs during Sept/Oct every year. 

Harvest Moon Wine Tasting:  This event occurs in October and is a major fundraiser for our Club.  It requires planning starting several months in advance.  Committee members must line up the vendors participating as well as gather donations for the raffle/silent auction.  Club members are also asked to be present that night for set up and clean up.  

Christmas Cookies:  This is a new fundraiser that our Club started a couple of years ago.  We accept orders for pre-cut, frozen, Christmas Cookies and Gingerbread Cookies that are ready for baking and decoration.  The cookies are delivered to our Club by BEC Foods frozen and in conveniently stackable holiday-colored boxes.  Each of our Club's members will have forms in the autumn to take orders.  

Poinsettias Project:  Each January our Club submits an order to a local nursery for several dozen poinsettias.  Those plants are then picked up by Club volunteers late November and delivered to residents of the various senior living facilities in Norwood Young America.  We work with the NYA Lions to get all of these plants delivered in a matter of hours.  We then gather at the Sports Complex for smiles, fellowship, and a potluck dinner.  

Breakfast With Santa:  This activity begins preparation in June and occurs the first Saturday in December.  The event is free of charge to see Santa and Mrs. Claus, and to receive a gift.  Breakfast is available for a nominal charge.  Santa provides a toy or gift bag and the kids get the opportunity to visit with him before the holiday.  This event requires a lot of behind the scenes preparations, from requesting donations from the community, to purchasing the gifts, to preparing the food the morning of the event.   

Holiday Party:  This event is strictly for our members during the December holiday season.  It is in place of our usual general meeting and is held during the regular board meeting night (2nd Tues of the month).  It is an informal meeting that gives us time to relax, visit, and get to know our fellow members! 

Nancy Zumberge Memorial Scholarship: Our Club sponsors a scholarship every year, and works with the guidance offices of Central Public High School and Mayer Lutheran High School.  This committee is responsible for the review of all applications and selecting a recipient for the scholarship.  

Post Prom:  Providing gifts for the prom parties organized by Central Public Schools and Mayer Lutheran High School. 

Willkommen Park:  Our Club officially "adopted" Willkommen Park in Norwood Young America in April 2012.  Our Club's volunteers usually gather late-April or early May to complete a park-wide Spring clean-up, and also revisit it periodically throughout the growing season to help keep it tidy.   

Spring Geranium Planting:  Each year, on a day or two near Mother's Day, our Club's members assemble a variety of nursery-grown young geranium plants, some pots, and potting soil, and gather at Peace Village to help our community's senior citizens plant geraniums.  

Year Long Committees and Programs

Children of our Community:  This is a year long program funded by our Lions to provide for the children in our school systems.  This program is on a request basis and items are provided for the children who are in need, the identities of whom are never shared with the Club.  Members of West Carver Lions Club are contacted if there is a need and are expected to fill that need as soon as possible.  

KidSight:  According to educational experts, 80% of learning is visual.  So if a child can’t see well, she or he can’t learn well. Yet most young children don’t get their vision screened until they have problems learning or paying attention in school. By then, it may already be too late. Unless vision problems are detected early and corrected, they risk becoming permanent by age 7.  Lions in the USA screen over a million kids per year through state-wide and local programs often known as “KidSight.” Members of our Club have been trained to conduct vision screening and have been doing so in Norwood Young America since 2017.  Our Club is committed to ensuring that eye screening and follow-up care are given to all kids starting at six months old, because every child deserves to learn and see the world clearly.

Seniors of Our Community:  This is a year long program funded by our Club to help provide for elderly community members.  This program is on a request basis and items are provided for the individuals who are in need, the identities of whom are never shared with the Club.    

Eye Glasses and Hearing Aids Collection:  Throughout the year, our Club's volunteers collect used eyeglasses, hearing aids, and hearing aid batteries, and deliver them to regional Lions eyeglass recycling centers, whose volunteers clean, sort, and re-package them.  These recycled items are then distributed to people in need in low and middle income communities where they will have the greatest impact.  Southwest Eye Care in Norwood Young America displays a box in which these items can be placed.  

Membership:  This committee is a three year commitment.  The committee’s goals are to welcome in new members throughout the year.  There is no set guidelines for how to achieve this.  Their creativity is greatly welcomed!  They are responsible for a Membership themed meeting occurring in Sept or Oct to drum up new members. 

Finance:  Monitors funds spent as a club. 

Meeting Programs:  This committee plans the programs that will be presented throughout the year for our club.  A certain number of these programs must be Lion sponsored foundations. 

Bylaws:  This committee is responsible for keeping our Bylaws (Constitution, Bylaws, and Standing Rules) current and up-to-date with the changing times. 

Website/Facebook:  This committee works on our club website updating it with events, pictures and info that is relevant to our organization. 

Public Relations:  This committee is responsible for “advertising” to our local community the events we have participated in and what we are doing in the area. 

Directory:  This committee is in charge of keeping the directory with all of our members contact info current. 

Sunshine:  This committee is responsible for contacting our members when they are sick, having surgery or in need of a little ‘sunshine’ in their lives. 

Cartridge Recycling:  This committee sends in ink cartridges to recycle for funds for our club. 

Awards Committee:  This committee meets when awards need to be handed out to club members.  These awards are given when we have donated funds to the Lions sponsored organizations. 

Club Outing:  This committee plans an annual outing for our Lions members to attend that is outside our usual meetings or events that we participate in during the year. 

Kwik Trip Cards:  Kwik Trip Cards are for sale by members of our Club.  The Kwik Trip Cards have been another great fundraiser for our group and we're very thankful Kwik Trip has given this opportunity for us to earn a percentage of gas and in-store sales made using the cards.    

EconoFoods Receipts:  EconoFoods receipts really add up. Save your receipts when you shop at EconoFoods.  Simply hand them off to one of our Club's members.  EconoFoods will then donate to our Club 2/3 of 1% of the total receipt value–every receipt counts! Receipts are collected all year long, and this is an excellent fundraiser for our Club. 

EconoFoods UPCs:   Our Club also participates in EconoFoods' "Direct Your Labels Program".  Simply clip and save the UPC barcode on every Our Family brand product you purchase at EconoFoods.  For every 500 UPC barcodes we collect, we will earn $25 from EconoFoods.

Lions Clubs International News
Connect with Us Online