TM Lions Club
Aug 20, 2021
Jim Doornek - TM Lions Club
TM Lions Club

In 1950, the Thiensville-Mequon Lions Club received its charter from Lions Club International.  Lions are the largest service organization in the world, with over 46,000 clubs and over 1.35 million members. The Lions motto is “We Serve”, with an emphasis on improving the quality of life for people with visual and hearing impairments and other special needs.  The Thiensville-Mequon Club has over 60 members, representing a wide variety of ages, backgrounds and occupations.  A common thread among all is the desire to donate back to the community and help those who are less fortunate.

The T-M Lions club serves in 2 ways: by doing local service projects, and by donating to a wide variety of charities.  Service projects include the semi-annual cleanup of a one mile stretch of Wauwatosa Road, screening grade school level students for eye exams, and helping the Leukemia-Lymphoma organization with parking for their annual Scenic Shore Bike Ride.  Charitable donations are made to numerous local charitable and community causes, as well as to Lions specific projects such as Leader Dogs for the Blind, Wisconsin Lions Camp and Eye Bank project,  just to name a few. Each year for the past 23 years, the T-M Lions have donated an average of $40,000. The donations are distributed to over 50 different organizations.

Monies for donations are generated from community fundraisers like Lionfest, Golf Outing, participation at the Taste of Mequon, and most recently Applefest. Administrative costs to run the club are paid by member dues.  All fundraiser labor is provided by club members, family, and other volunteers.  Therefore, 100% of the fundraiser proceeds are donated to charities.

The club meets twice a month, with board meetings held on the 1st Tuesday and general meetings on the 3rd Tuesday.