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Our Lions news section is now being communicated through these Lion President newsletters (above) and also through our Darien Lions Club Facebook page.  Some recent past news still remains below for your enjoyment.  We hope you are inspired by the work we do to help those in need and improve our communities in humanitarian ways.  Come join us.  Feel the rewards of helping someone.  We would love to have you.

Lions Pancake Breakfast (Spring 2013)
The Darien Lions Club 42nd annual pancake breakfast went very well.  Long-time Lion member Ron Kiefer was this year's chairman and expects the total of those served to be around 1000 -plus area supporters. 

Those who could make it enjoyed a full St. Patrick's Day breakfast of eggs, sausage and pancakes.  The Darien Cub scouts of Pack 36 were on hand and made sure things kept flowing smoothly from the start of the serving line through the finish of the cycle.  Their positive efforts are very much appreciated.  A big thank-you goes out to Lion Ron Kiefer for his time and dedication in his role, especially since it is such a large event.

February 2013


Lions Meet at La Notte Due
The Lions Club February business meeting was made enjoyable in more than one way on a snowy winter night last Feb. 7th.  First of all, we enjoyed a new dining experience at a local Darien restaurant 'La Notte Due' in conjunction with our business meeting.  The meeting was pleasant and the food was a delicious change for the club.  We also enjoyed a special visit from our zone chairman Lion Maria Andrews.  Many would not be so persevering to brave the weather and then have to deal with our sometimes overly-light ways yet Maria stayed throughout to socialize and get a sense of our togetherness and atmosphere.

          Lion President: Steve Hiatt, Zone Chairman: Maria Andrews, and Vice President: Jim Kiser



December 2012


Food Basket Drive ..
The Lions Club had geared-up to collect non-perishable food and donations for its’ annual Holiday Food Basket program.  Food basket distribution, performed by Club members who have assisted in this program for many years, along with their families and other volunteers took place December 22nd from headquarters of the Darien Park District.  The Darien Lions have sponsored this program since 1976, and it has seen area families served grow from 14 to over 200 in recent years.  Lion Greg Ruffolo was this year’s  Food Basket Drive Chairman and again extends his thanks for all the help and especially to the area sponsors and volunteers.

October 2012

Halloween Party
This year's annual Halloween Party was visited by an estimated +1100 local residents in a city wide effort to provide a safe and enjoyable place for local youth to spend Halloween evening off the dimly lit streets.  Games, fun times, and free ice skating was provided in cooperation from the Darien Park District and SportsPlex.  So many interesting, scary, and cute costumes were found to be roaming all over the facility.  Chairman Lion Pat Pelling also Culver's greeted all with tasty soft serves, and a new teen dance was added for this year.  As in the past, this is was a free event courtesy of the Darien Lions Club.    Boo!

Candy Day

Starting on Friday Oct. 12th, under the leadership of this year's Candy Day chairman - Mark Piccoli, we mobilized to various intersections throughout Darien to kick off the start another successful Candy Day fund raiser.  Early figures show that the community and local businesses again put their hearts into this year's donations.  Due to the combined efforts of so many, we will be able to send a large group of children for Low Vision screenings and to Camp Lions.  Thank you Darien area supporters!

September 2012

Darien Fest
The Darien Chamber of Commerce hosted 'Darien Fest' a wonderful event filled with fun, festivity, good food, carnival atmosphere, and live music throughout the weekend.  The 'Fest' opened on Friday as the Eisenhower School Band led the way with their rhythmic beat and parade style showmanship.  A welcoming address from the Mayor, members of the Chamber of Commerce, and our United States Veterans opened the way for a brilliant time of gathering, fun, and relaxation.  The Darien Lions provide support to help staff both the Beer and Corn tents.

Steak Fry Dinner Marks Back To Work For Darien Lions
On the first Thursday of September the members of the Darien Lions Club met for their first business meeting of the fiscal year.  The night is one of relaxation and a time to catch up with one another as we enjoy our annual steak dinner.  This night marks the start of the planning for some serious business ahead as there is much to do as we endeavor to aid those with hearing and sight impairments.  It's also a time to welcome new prospective members to the club.

Many heartfelt thanks to those Lions who gave of their time, made donations of food, and put forth the efforts to purchase food, setup, and cook a delicious meal for the entire club.

Lion Kerry Spitznagle (foreground) and Lion Kooch shown doing a great job manning the grills!

July 2012

Independence Day Parade / Darien Lions Celebrate 41st Anniversary
Nice weather, large attendance, and a variety of many floats and participants were contributing factors for yet another successful Independence Day Parade.  The parade was dedicated to the 41st anniversary of the Darien Lions Club.  As part of the larger Lions International organization, the club is dedicated to aiding those who are sight or hearing impaired and also provides community service to our residents and neighbors
through select fund raising efforts and outreach give-back programs.


George Lazansky Recipient - Lion Jim Kiser
Congratulations of the highest order go to Lion Jim Kiser, recipient of the 2011 George Lazansky Distinguished Award in District 1-J. This award is given to Lions who have not only excelled in their contribution to their Club and community, but have served and demonstrated Lionism at the District and State levels.  

Lion Jim's achievements are quite numerous, and he has been an inspiration to the members of the club.  We congratulate Lion Jim and thank him for his contributions to the Darien Lions Club, District 1-J, and the Lions of Illinois.


November 2011


Notice of the passing of Lion Gene Kolling - A founding member of the Darien Lions Club and our first President. *

Sadly, we have since lost Lion Gene Kolling who had passed away in his home on Sunday, Nov. 27th, 2011.  He was 87.  Words cannot justify the sense of loss to our club, indeed, the organization, as well as our community, of his passing.  He was a Darien Lions Club founding member, and our club's first President in 1971.

Click here to leave this site and view the Darien Patch.com news article on Gene Kolling.