Lions Clubs sight conservation gives “invaluable” support

We were so pleased to hear from Michelle Koo at Downtown College Prep Alum Rock, in response to our efforts to help their students. This is the blessing of being a Lion: seeing how we can made a difference in our community and especially for young people for whom glasses and classroom supplies are essential to learn. Michelle wrote…

Hi Jim,
Thank you so much for helping our students get the basic supplies they need  in order to learn.

DCP is the Silicon Valley’s only college-prep public school to explicitly target underperforming students — and help them succeed.

Your support has been invaluable. It is like magic. After having a student fill out a referral form, they miss class for part of a day in order to get glasses and they come back a new person. They are more eager to participate and doing better in class.

Those of us who wear glasses often take them for granted, but imagine sitting through class being unable to follow the discussion because you can’t see the board or read from your book.  This  is the reality that some of our students are dealing with.

At Downtown College Prep, 100% of our students qualify for free and reduced priced lunch (about 90% live below the federal poverty level) and their families are unable to pay for glasses.  Your support is making it possible for our students to focus on learning and preparing for college.

From the bottom of my heart, thank you! Happy Holidays!

— Michelle Koo
Blended Mathematics
Downtown College Prep Alum Rock
    Ganas, Orgullo, Communidad
    Desire, Pride, Community

If you need support that the Lions Club can provide, we want to help. See this link to learn about how to apply for help regarding blindness, need for eyeglasses or hearing impairment.

And to learn more about Downtown College Prep and their programs to help first generation students to achieve their dream of being the first in their family to attend college, visit

WGLions sponsors Peace Poster and hosts a winner in District 4-C6!

This winning Peace Poster was designed by Mary Jo Mendoza, age 11, from Miller Middle School in San Jose.

Lions Clubs around the world proudly sponsor the Lions International Peace Poster Contest in local schools and youth groups.

This art contest for kids encourages young people worldwide to express their visions of peace. For 25 years, more than four million children from nearly 100 countries have participated in the contest.

The theme of the 2012-13 Peace Poster Contest is “Imagine Peace.” Students, ages 11, 12 or 13 were eligible to participate.

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Mary Jo Mendoza displays a congratulatory certificate she received from the Willow Glen Lions Club.

As with judging every year, each poster was judged on originality, artistic merit and expression of the theme. 10 posters were submitted at the District Cabinet meeting judging on November 10, 2012.

This year the winner with the best judged Peace Poster in District 4-C6 is Mary Jo Mendoza, age 11 from Miller Middle School in San Jose. She and her parents will meet the Willow Glen Lions during the November 28, 2012 evening meeting.

Willow Glen Lions’ Helen Tindall chaired the Peace Poster effort this year. To the right of the poster, Medy Malate, District Peace Poster Chairperson helps Helen hold the winning poster, by Mary Jo Mendoza.

Posters advance through several judging levels: local, district, multiple district and international. At the international level, judges from the art, peace, youth, education and media communities select one grand prize winner and 23 merit award winners.

The winning poster by Ms. Mendoza has been forwarded to MD4 for judging by December 15.  Then, the winning poster gets forwarded to the international stage, where the international winners will be notified on or before February 1, 2013.

Awards given for Peace Poster

Willow Glen Lions President George Jewett and Peace Poster chair Helen Tindall proudly show the winning posterPeace Poster Contest Awards
  • One international grand prize winner will receive US$5,000 and a trip to a special award ceremony with the sponsoring club president and two family members at Lions Day with the United Nations (subject to change).
  • Each of the 23 merit award winners will receive a cash award of US$500 and a certificate of achievement.

You can learn more about the Peace Poster contest by visiting

Partnering with Services for Brain Injuries, WGLions help in wine tasting fundraiser

Partners in fundraising: Willow Glen Lions’ immediate past president Luis Krystal, SBI’s Christine and Tony Camara, and WG Lions’ Ellen Krystal who chaired our participation in this great event.

On Friday November 1st, 2012, the Willow Glen Lions helped out with the fundraiser, providing crudites and hors d’oeuvres, and helping to serve SBI’s guests. The evening was an enormous achievement for SBI. And we Lions are so proud to be part of the event.

Joseph George in located just north of Hamilton, at 1559 Meridian Avenue, in Willow Glen. They also sponsor the Willow Glen Lions Club fundraiser in February.



Walk to School Day a big success – and Willow Glen Lions helped!

On October 12, 2012, Students, parents, and teachers of San Jose’s River Glen Elementary and Willow Glen Elementary — as well as local non-profit and community organizations such as the Willow Glen Lions Club, Zanotto’s Market, Walgreen’s, and Willow Glen Business Association— participated in Walk to School Day.

Oversized characters greeted kids and did tricks for them! Posing for photos, local politicians smiled for the camera and talked to parents. Yellow balloons floated overhead, making it an even more beautiful and fun event!

The crowd of children, parents and volunteers bustled around among the yellow balloons, outrageous characters danced and played with the kids and generous businesses were on hand to participate in the festivities.