Oshkosh Lakeshore Lions
General Membership Meetings - First & Third Tuesday of the Month
7:00 pm – Jeff’s on Rugby, 1005 Rugby Street, Oshkosh WI 54902


Since 1917, local Lions Clubs have offered people just like you the opportunity to give something back to their community. Today, with over 1.4 million men and women in more than 180 countries, Lions have expanded their focus to help meet the ever increasing needs of our society.

As a member of the Oshkosh Lakeshore Lions club we become more aware of the needs of our com­munity and have the advantage to effectively make a difference. Our club provides volunteers with project management assistance, leadership training, personal development opportunities, and organized fundraising programs. Being a Lion empowers us to help others in a way that no one person could do alone.

Now more than ever, people with vision problems, the environment, our senior community, our youth and the disadvantaged around the world need your help. Each of us can make a difference!

The Oshkosh Lakeshore Lions Club is a service club that takes the Lions motto “WE SERVE” very seriously. Our members are dedicated and serve many hours to help raise money for a variety of causes. Some of our fund raisers include Rose Day Sales (selling and delivering flowers in the spring), conducting Avon fundraisers, selling Entertainment Books, selling Lions Raffle Tickets, holding a “Maze Craze” at Halloween time, and brat fries during the summer. Our members not only work to raise money but continue to serve by personally aiding someone in need of assis­tance. We also help educate the community about blindness, diabetes and the hearing impaired. Our volunteers provide free vision screening to help detect visions disorders that can easily be corrected with early diagnosis. 

We continually collect eye glasses and hearing aids for recycling to donate to those who cannot afford these simple aids for a better quality of life.

100% of the money the Oshkosh Lakeshore Lions Club raises is donated to a wide variety of worthy causes such as Lions Camp (a free camp for children and adults with special needs).

On a local basis, our Club, has contributed monetarily to:
∙ Foreign Exchange Students
∙ Special Olympics
∙ Boy & Girl Scouts
∙ Eye Exams for those in need
∙ Leader Dog Training
∙ Wisconsin Lions Foundation
∙ Mission to Mexico
∙ Transportation for Individuals with Visual Impairments
∙ Bell Ringing for the Salvation Army
∙ Wisconsin Eye Bank Tissue Transport
∙ Collection of Used Eyeglasses & Hearing Aids
Lions Club International Foundation

These activities all relate to our Motto “WE SERVE”
Locally Lions International provided $10,000 of aid with an additional $12,000 donated by local Lions Clubs after the flood of 1997.

An organization cannot function well without time for fellowship and relaxation. Fellowship is an integral and highly valued part of our Club. From the Tail Twister getting the fun started at our meetings, Christmas parties and Spouse nights, our club, although a service club, makes time for fun. We also expand our fellowship to other Lions Clubs as well. One example is our annual meetings with the Omro Lions Club.

About Lions
The primary aim of Lionism is service to the Club's community.

For nearly 90 years, whenever there is a need at home or around the world, Lions members are there to help—our motto is  We Serve.   There are nearly 1.35 million Lions members in 197 countries and geographic areas who answer the needs that challenge the communities of the world. Lions tackle tough problems like blindness, drug abuse prevention and diabetes awareness.

Global neighbors - Lions members—men and women—provide immediate and sustained relief in time of disaster and offer long-term assistance to those in need. Lions collect and recycle eyeglasses for distribution in developing countries and treat millions of people to prevent river blindness.

Community Leaders – The Oshkosh Lakeshore Lions improve the quality of life in their local communities by doing diabetes testing and eye screenings, supporting eye transplant programs, seeing eye dog programs and camps for disabled and diabetic children and adults.  We also assist in the Wisconsin Special Olympics program held in Oshkosh every year.

What Is Lionism?

Each year, Lions Clubs perform service and provide goods to thousands of persons throughout the world. Lions are proud of the fact that they perform more activities and help more people than any other service organization in the world today.

Lions are members of a service-oriented international group of clubs where members enjoy fellowship, develop leadership capacity, and dedicate part of their free time to help those in need in their own community, and (through the Lions Clubs International Foundation) throughout the world.

Lions Clubs are non-political, non-sectarian service organizations composed of men and women from all walks of life. The purpose of a Lions Club is to recognize community needs and develop means of meeting them, either through its own efforts, or in cooperation with other agencies and community service organizations

History Of The Lions

The International Association of Lions Clubs was born at a meeting in Chicago, Illinois on June 7, 1917. Melvin Jones, a young insurance executive, invited members of 25 Chicago-area businessmen's clubs to meet and discuss the possibility of joining together to serve the community. From that meeting a call for the Associations first national (and later international) convention. This convention was held October 8-10, 1919 in Dallas, Texas with 23 clubs from across the United States participating.

In 1925, Helen Keller challenged the Lions to become "Knights of the Blind" in the crusade against darkness."  Since that time, Lions have added major service projects for hearing and speech actions and work with the deaf; diabetes awareness; drug awareness; environmental services; and, youth activities through their Leo Clubs and the Lions Quest Skills For Adolescence program.

Requests for Eyeglasses

Contact Bill Gee at 920-231-6098 to request eyeglasses for the needy.



President Tom Klabunde
Secretary Carol Klabunde
Timothy Clford

1st & 3rd Tuesdays of every month
Held at Jeff’s on Rugby
1005 Rugby Street, Oshkosh
Social time & cocktails 6:30
Meeting begins at 7:00


Help Wanted!

To do all of our projects and have fun, additional good people are needed to give of themselves to benefit their neighbors and friends in Oshkosh and in the wider community. You won't get rich; indeed, you won't get paid at all.  However, the coin of personal satisfaction and the respect of the community satisfies!


Lion Tom Klabunde
2361 Abbey Avenue
WI  54904-8075
Or call 252-0792

Links to Other Lions Club Sites


Lions International | Wisconsin Lions | LionNet | Wisconsin Lions Foundation | Wisconsin LionNet
District 27-B1
| Lions Eye Bank of Wisconsin | Lions Pride

Last revised July 2016