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Overland Park Host Lions Club History


Club began on March 16, 1956.

Chartered on May 7, 1957 as the "Tomahawk Lions Club" with 29 members.

Lenexa Lions Club sponsored us.

Charter night was on May 18, 1957 at Milburn Junior High.

We were one of the first, if not the first, clubs to meet in the morning for breakfast. International even sent back our application with AM "corrected" to PM.

Our budget for community services in 1957 was $1,305.

Sponsored Prairie Village Lions Club - February 1958

First eye glasses for local students were provided in 1959.

Activities included Kansas Tornado Relief, startup money for the Shawnee Mission hospital, and sponsorship of a 3/2 baseball team.


Club meetings where held at Glenwood Manor and board meetings were at board members homes.

Had pancake days fund raising events

"Mystery Lion" concept started. The Mystery Lion won a "free" breakfast for the next meeting (usually accompanied by a large fine by the Tailtwister).

Individual club member point system used to encourage participation and determine the "Lion of the Year".

Stealing other clubs' bells during a visit to that club required that club to visit us in order to get their bell back. At one meeting we had four bells besides ours...

Started the annual Easter Egg hunt in 1962

Began ringing bells for the Salvation Army in 1963

Metcalf Avenue of Flags -

Sponsored Overland Park Evening Lions Club - July1967

Sponsored Overland Park Noon Lions Club - 1968


Frank Piepenbring - District Governor - 1971-1972

Club banner purchased in Spring of 1972

125 flags as of May 1972

Number one contributor to the Lions-Optometric Center in KCMO for several years,

Steak dinners at Shawnee Mission Park

Newsletter named "Lion's Briefs" for a period of years.

Won the district governor's point contest 3 years in a row

Held annual Spring Golf Tournaments

Participated in Overland Park and Lions Convention parades

Hosted 1975 State convention - Glenwood Manor

133 Flags as of May 1975

Gave $3,925.88 during 1975-1976 with budget of $4,550 for the year

Collected $562.04 in Dec. 1976 for Salvation Army

Had a float in the 1976 American Royal Parade

Gold Coats as the club's official Lions Jacket in Feb. 1976

Ed Ashburn began his long tenure as the club's Treasurer 1976-1977

Sponsored Overland Park Host Lioness Club - 1977


Casino Night at the old Glenwood convention Center

Kansas State School for the Blind Endowment Fund - 1983

Newspaper Recycling - daily stacking of papers via club member rotation. Goodyear at 95th & Metcalf.


Jim Goudelock - District Governor - 1991-1992

Aluminum can collection and recycling - Jim G./Joe E./Don P.

Garage Sales with merchandise from House of Lloyds - Lionesses

Lion Art refinished antique school chairs and sold them as a fund raiser.

Sight Bus (Mobile Screening Unit) funding and use

Kansas Lions Ties - provided funds for the Sight Bus

Lions Field at Kansas State School for the Blind

Started support of CCVI - Children's Center for the Visually Impaired

PDG Jim Goudelock was awarded the first Claude DeVorss Fellow

Eye tissue transport for the Kansas Eye Bank

Kansas Lions Audio Reader program

1998 Endowment fund established - John Theison


Hosted State Convention 2000

Expanded flags south of I-435 - Kent Sherman / Masoulfs

Downtown OP Clock Tower Benches - 2003 - Art

Deanne Rose Children's Farmstead - Audio Domes - Art

Deanne Rose Farmstead - Braille Signage - 2007 - Art/Bill

Won several basket and flower arrangement contests at state and district conventions.

Metcalf Avenue of Flags over 450 flags

New fund raising endeavors

As of tonight we have:

We celebrate our 50 years of service to our community, state, and to those in need.