To Organize, To Promote, To Coordinate, To Create, To Encourage, To Aid, To Seek Success, To Remember, To Provide, To Take An Active Interest, To Unite, Always To Bear In Mind, To Show Our Faith In The Worthiness, To Hold Friendship As An End Rather Than As A Means.
4th of July Celebration!
Each year we put on the grandest four day festival and this year is no different. Complete with Parade, Vender Booths, Live Music, Rides, Magic Show, Car & Tractor Show, Pancake Breakfast, Raffle Tickets, Arts & Crafts & Other Fun Events and of course The LargestFIREWORKS Show in Northern Illinois! To get more information on this event you can click the links below. If you would like to volunteer, please contact us.
Thank You for your Kirkland Lions Club 4th of July Sponsorship! This year we would like to acknowledge those our sponsors for the donations. Raffle sponsors, Bronze, Silver And Gold, we’d like to say Thank You! For a complete list of Thank you, just click the button below.
Kirkland Lions Club History
From the 25th Charter Anniversary held September 28, 1973 at the VFW in Belvidere: Kirkland Lions Club – 1948-1973 (78 Members)The Kirkland Lions Club owes its formation to an idea of Corwin Lamont, a deceased younger brother of Lion Wilbur Lamont, in the spring of 1948. Lamont brothers operated a grocery store and Corwin felt that if he could raise $300.00 for fireworks that Kirkland could have a July 4th celebration of its own. Corwin raised the money and sponsored a successful ......
The “Ask 1” campaign is a challenger for Lions Club International to challenger every Lion to “Ask 1” person to be come a lion.Kirkland Lions have been serving the Kirkland, IL area for over 67 years, making the community stronger and enriching the lives of its citizens directly and indirectly though thousands of hours of service every year from dedicated Lions wanting to make a difference.
For a complete list of the 2016 Raffle Winners, please click the button below.
Below are several important links to check out to know more about Lions Clubs and about the causes that our club cares about and supports..
Each year we raise and donate thousands of dollars back into our community. Click the more information button below to see a list of places we have donated to in the past, some of which we donate to annually.
Our goal was for our club to raise $5,000 for the victoms of the tornado. We raised over $8,300. A special thank you to WLS Radio. Thank You!
2015 Tornado Relief
On Friday April 9, 2015 a massive tornado went through Northern Illinois and Southern Wisconsin. The storm totally destroyed the town of Fairdale IL. As Lions, we rose to the challange and went to work helping clean-up and raise money, food and other items for the victoms. Thank you to all that helped out.
From the 25th Charter Anniversary held September 28, 1973 at the VFW in Belvidere: Kirkland Lions Club – 1948-1973 (78 Members)The Kirkland Lions Club owes its formation to an idea of Corwin Lamont, a deceased younger brother of Lion Wilbur Lamont, in the spring of 1948. Lamont brothers operated a grocery store and Corwin felt that if he could raise $300.00 for fireworks that Kirkland could have a July 4th celebration of its own. Corwin raised the money and sponsored a successful program for the day. Later in recognizing his efforts, local service-minded citizens felt that we should continue the celebration each year, but that many more workers were needed to ease the burden. As a result, a committee was appointed to recommend the formation of some type of a community club. Their investigation in other towns brought back the view that a Lions Club would be best suited for our needs. One of the committee men, Ray Chambers, with the help of an Elgin District Lion official, signed up 48 charter members. Charger members still retaining membership are George Tindall, Ray Chambers, Wilbur Lamont, Ira Aves, John Kunkle, Don McKee, Frederick Meyer, Wayne Weeks, John Olson, Ray Way, Ernest Ecklund, Robert Maxwell, and Clyde Bell. Community-minded men joined our club over the years until we hit a high of 116 members in 1968. Deaths and various reasons have new dropped our membership to 78, but with good leadership, we have carried on through twenty-five successful July 4th celebrations. Faithful members with the help of their families and friends have made this possible. Our Club has had two District Governors, Roy Kelsey, 1964-65 and Neilan Fruit 1967-68, also a Zone Chairman, Guy Sparrow, Sr. 953-56 and two District 1-D Cabinet Secretary/Treasures, Neilan Fruit, 1964-65 and William Kersten, 1967-68. We sponsored the Monroe Center Lions Club in 1955. Our club entered our float and the Kirkland High School Band in the 1960 International Convention Parade in Chicago. Two District 1-D Conventions were held in Kirkland, in April 1965 and April 1968. Our club has one member, Frederick Meyer, who has had a perfect attendance at club meetings over our twenty-five year period. ~Some of our money raising projects other than July 4th annual celebrations were Auction Sales, Broom Sales, Fruit Cake Sales, Minstrel Shows, Box Socials, Calf Raffle, Square Dances, Card Parties, Zip code Book Sales, and Pancake Suppers. We acquired the former American Legion Building in 1965 and have since completely remodeled it on both inside and out. The lot for the new Medical Building was donated along with $100.00 toward the building cost and $1,400.00 towards the parking lot construction. Help with City improvement include new Street Signs, trash cans, Christmas Street decorations, Polio Vaccine Feedings and Glaucoma Unit Detection. At Franklin Park, two new shelter houses have been built and equipped along with a tennis court, band stand, play ground equipment and a fireplace. Band uniforms were purchased for the High School along with new foyer furniture.Rural improvements were new road signs and a new building at the Scout Camp. Yearly aid for the Blind goes to Hadley School for the Blind, Leader Dog School, Camp Lions, Dialogue, Winnebago Blind Center, Illinois Society for the Prevention of Blindness for Glaucoma Screening, Mary Bryant Home for the Blind. We have purchased new glasses for all needy children over this twenty-five years as well as a Braille writer and a new wheelchair. Our sponsorship during our existence include the Boy Scouts, Annual Halloween Party, the Bowling team, Scholarships to Kishwaukee College, Student tuition to Summer Sessions, Athletic Banquets, Boys State Students, Girls State Students, Summer baseball programs, free shows, band concert, and a yearly Easter Egg Hunt. Other donations were to Care Inc. Illinois Care, DeKalb Therapy Center, DeKalb Family Service, Heart Fund, March of Dimes, Voice of Democracy, 4-H Trophies, Kirkland Fire Department, Russell Forest Preserve, DeKalb County Sheriff’s Auxiliary, State and International Lion Blind Projects, Mississippi and Pennsylvania Flood Relief, McCoskey scholarship fund, Community Churches and many others too numerous to mention. Our Club still takes an active interest in the civic, commercial, social and moral welfare of the community and our country and strives to unite the members in bonds of friendship, good fellowship and mutual understanding.