The Appleton Noon Lions Club meets at the Grand Meridian at 2621 N. Oneida Street in Appleton every Monday, except for holidays and occasional special meeting locations.
The Appleton Noon Lions Club has served the community since 1922. Lions International is the world’s largest service club both in terms of individual members (1.4 million), number of clubs (45,500), and number of different club-hosting countries around the world (205). Our club has 50 to 60 members. Member turnout varies from 20 to 40 depending on the time of the year and other variables. Our website is www.AppletonNoonLions.com.
Our Lions motto is “We Serve”. We raise money via several projects during the year such as our Lions Spring Rose Sale, our fall Senior Living Expo, and other efforts. Typically, these initiatives provide us with $10,000 or more to donate to worthy causes every year. Also, each year we provide dictionaries to all the 3rd grade students in our area. We recently partnered with the Appleton Area School District to vision test all 4K students with a just acquired high-tech Spot Vision screening unit – in the first month nearly 700 four-year-old students were vision tested and 40 referrals were identified.
Members start to arrive at 11:30 am or so. Our meetings start at 12:15 pm with a Pledge of Allegiance, followed by a group singing of ‘My Country Tis of Thee’ or ‘America’, and an invocation. A sit-down lunch begins with the speaker joining club officers at the head table. Following lunch there is a group-sing of several songs and a brief discussion of any club business. The program speaker is introduced between 12:45 and 1:00. Programs can end before 1:30 pm, but no later than 1:30 pm.
It is our club’s policy and the policy of Lions International not to debate politics or sectarian religion.
The Grand Meridian has a laptop and high-definition ceiling projector. Speakers can bring a USB thumb-drive or their own laptop if they have a PowerPoint program to show. The Grand Meridian also has a wireless hand-held microphone – the Lions ask each speaker to use the microphone. Speakers planning to use the projector should arrive by 11:45 (or earlier) for setup.
We encourage program speakers to suggest potential new members, including themselves, for our club when they visit our meetings.