HISTORY

 

The Naches Lions Club was chartered in 1949, one of the first in this area, with 33 original members. The number of active members has been pretty consistent over the years... usually between 30 and 40 or so. Most of the Naches Valley's key citizens have been part of our club over the years.

 

Our longest running service activity is the annual Sportsman's Days Festival. This great little bit of small-town-Americana is still the highlight of the year for Naches Valley folks.  In recent years we have encouraged more participation and leadership of this event from other groups and individuals in Naches. As a result, the celebration gets ever better each year!

 

Other major accomplishments and services we have provided over the years include:

  • Veterans' Memorial at Depot Park
  • Applewood Park
  • Health Screening checks for students and packing house workers
  • High School Football field lighting
  • Picnic Shelters at Depot Park
  • Easter Egg Hunt
  • Halloween Hot Dogs in the bandstand
  • Assistance with glasses and other sight- and hearing-related needs
  • Special assistance to handicapped and special-needs students
  • Assistance to families in need of a ramp, a roof or other home improvement
  • Annual scholarships to Naches Valley students
  • Town decorations - especially at Christmas (the ONLY fresh Christmas greens decorating public streets in any town we know of!)
  • Hospital equipment (beds, wheelchairs, etc.) for needy neighbors
  • Newspaper recycling
  • Camp Prime Time cabin sponsor

 

ORGANIZATION

 

Each year we elect a Board of Directors and Officers from our membership. For 2017-18, they include:

  • President: Aaron Roberts
  • Vice President: Bill Davis
  • Vice President: Don Culton
  • Secretary: Jim Gillie
  • Treasurer: Rob Gifford
  • Tail Twister: Patty Davis
  • Lion Tamer: Dan Sperry
  • Board Member at large: Ron Freeze
  • Board Member at large: Ted Cowan
  • Board Member at large: John Strong
  • Board Member at large: Patty Davis

Other club members fulfill important responsibilities in the organization, as committee chairs.

 

Medical/Hospital Equipment Loan Program:

Our medical equipment loan program is available to people in need throughout the upper Yakima County, including Union Gap, Yakima, Selah, Naches, and the White and Chinook Pass areas.

 

General Inquiries: nacheslions@gmail.com

BEYOND NACHES

 

As part of the largest service organization in the world, there are other ways you may find to provide service. Lions clubs around the world cooperate in efforts to bring health, safety, and education to many millions of people.

 

Lions Clubs International Foundation (LCIF) - Every day, LCIF works to fulfill our mission: "To support the efforts of Lions clubs and partners in serving communities locally and globally, giving hope and impacting lives through humanitarian service projects and grants."

  • Sight
  • Youth
  • Disaster Relief
  • Humanitarian Needs

 

Northwest Lions Sight and Hearing Foundation - restores sight and hearing to individuals throughout the Pacific Northwest who can not afford the expensive medical care or special equipment they need.

Meetings:

Second Tuesday, Noon, Margaret's Apple Cart Deli, Naches

Third Tuesday, 6:30 a.m., Margaret's Apple Cart Deli, Naches

Last Thursday, 6:00 p.m., Naches Elementary School, Naches

Contact:

PO Box 488, Naches, WA  98937

NACHES LIONS CLUB