About the Naperville Noon Lions Club
The Naperville Noon Lions Club is part of a rich history of Lions Clubs International which began as the dream of Chicago businessman Melvin Jones in 1917. Jones believed that local business clubs should expand their horizons from purely professional concerns to the betterment of their communities and the world at large. As a result Lions Clubs International has become the world’s largest service organization with over 1.4 million members and over 44,000 local clubs worldwide.
The Naperville Noon Lions Club consists of 42 enthusiastic men and women who provide many volunteer hours and over the years have raised millions of dollars to support the Lions missions locally. Last year alone, the Club through its Foundation raised over $240,000 from three fund raising events. The largest fund-raising event is the 5K Turkey Trot on Thanksgiving morning, which event has become a family tradition in Naperville. Other events include a summer raffle and candy day in October.
These funds were used to support the Club’s mission of providing eye examinations, eye glasses and hearing examinations to over 325 children and adults in the Naperville area who could not afford this type of service. In addition, the Lions provided grants and donations to support other initiatives in research and education of the blind and low vision individuals along with supporting many Naperville social service agencies.
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Ken Strugalla, President
Glenn Behnke, Turkey Trot Race Director