The Lions Club of Waverly is celebrating 75 years of service to the Waverly community, the state of Iowa, the nation, and international causes as it actively participates and has historically participated in living their motto “We Serve.”
In June 1944, at a banquet at St. Paul’s Charter House, 33 businessmen came together to form the Lions Club of Waverly. Sponsored by the Lions Club of Cedar Falls, they took up the mission statement of Lions Clubs International “to empower volunteers to serve their communities, meet humanitarian needs, encourage peace and promote international understanding.” Original members included Club President Harland Yarcho and Vern and Wilbur Schield.
The Lions Club of Waverly supports a wide variety of community activities funded by local Lions fundraisers. The Waverly Lions fundraisers – pancake breakfasts and pie/soup/cookie dough sales – generate the funds to support local, regional, state, national and international activities including vision, youth, diabetes, hunger, childhood cancer, and the environment.
Locally, Waverly Lions have supported a wide variety of projects. The Lions have donated Aladdin vision screening devices for sight impaired individuals and help purchased eyeglasses and hearing aids for those who qualify. Projects to improve the quality of life in the community include building picnic shelters, Habitat for Humanity work, building and installing wheelchair ramps, work/funding for Kids Kingdom, the Waverly Senior Center, the Waverly Child Care and Preschool, and the Waverly Public Library.
Statewide projects include Iowa KidSight, a screening project dedicated to identifying vision problems in preschool/kindergarten children, Iowa Cochlear Implant Center, Camp Courageous – for children with disabilities, and Hertko Hollow Diabetes Camp — for diabetic children.
Nationally and internationally, Lions Clubs International has provided humanitarian funds and services to Hurricane Katrina victims, tsunami victims, Hurricane Maria victims, and a Clean Water project in Tanzania. The Lions continue support for Lions Eye Health Program (LEHP) which addresses reversible and preventable blindness — vitamin deficiency blindness in children, controlling the parasite that causes river blindness (now eradicated in Nigeria), cataract surgeries, glaucoma treatment, and diabetic eye disease in developing and developed countries.
Waverly Lions thank the community for its continuing support for our fundraisers.
Without the community’s help they would not be able to continue to fulfill their motto “We Serve”.