Willow Glen Lions: joy through friendship and service

Our Mission: Willow Glen Lions Club members share their creativity, commitment and compassion for the benefit of the people of Willow Glen and the greater community.

As members of Lions Club, we enjoy making a difference in the lives of children, adults, and families right here in our local community and throughout the world!

Discover how Willow Glen Lions Club is a fun, enlightening and exhilarating adventure in service, through commitment to the standards of Lionism.  Come to one of our meetings and discover a spontaneous, exciting group of caring and resourceful folks who love to help others.

To contact Willow Glen Lions, come to one of our meetings on the second and fourth Wednesday each month.  Dinner starts at 6 and the meeting starts at 6:30 pm, running until 8 pm.  We’d love to see you. You pay for your dinner but you’ll enjoy a free meeting.

Our meetings are free to visitors! Come to find out what fun we’re having while helping our community!

Meeting is at Denny’s Diner; 140 Hillsdale Ave, San Jose, CA 95118

To write us a letter, our address is : Willow Glen Lions Club, PO Box 5833 • San Jose, CA 95150-5833.
Email: WGLCpresident@gmail.com
To reach our club Secretary call George Jewett: (408) 476-0015











13 thoughts on “Willow Glen Lions: joy through friendship and service

  1. Both of us were (I guess still are) members in good standing with the Morgan Hill Lions Club. We would like to find out when and where your group meets. We have moved here to be near to our office and would like to get involved here in Willow Glen. We both agree, we can’t think of a better oganization to stay a part of but the Lions!

    One little suggestion . . . add a “how do I become involved” segment to your web page. Or a phone number. The last correspondance I found was dated 2012-2013.

    Thank you so much,

    Sandra Goomez 408-223-0970

    • Hi Sandra and Lee,
      We really look forward to meeting you. Our meetings are the 2nd and 4th Wednesday at the Denny’s at 1140 Hillsdale Ave, San Jose, CA 95118. If you would like to speak to our club President, Sami Asfour, his number is (408) 888-7800. Our group is all fired up right now because we just finished a CPE and it was the perfect thing for our 5th anniversary. It was led by Liz Crooke. Sami is having knee surgery on Friday so by Sunday or MOnday he will be very alert and ‘stuck at his desk’ so to speak, with time to discuss this more if you’d like. We are so excited about the idea of getting seasoned members who love projects because we love projects too but are a little short handed at times. Thanks again so much for your note.

  2. Hello Lions Club,

    I am the low vision optometrist at the Vista Center for the Blind in Palo Alto and have a 12 year old student, Milad, who is legally blind from a rare cone-rod dystrophy. He is extremely sensitive to light and needs to wear special red-tinted lenses in a wrap-around frame in order to see better. This involves 3 different pairs of glasses (1 Distance sunglass, 1 Distance indoor, 1 Reading indoor).

    Milad’s health insurance is Medi-Cal HMO in San Jose and they use a Prison optical laboratory to fill Medi-cal prescriptions. Since the Prison lab is unable to fabricate the glasses that Milad needs, his glasses need to be ordered through a specialty lab.

    Due to the costs associated with 3 specialty pairs of glasses, I would like to request a donation from your organization to assist in the purchase of 1 or 2 pairs of glasses for Milad. Each pair of glasses will cost approximately $400 each.

    Thank you for your consideration.
    Selma Chin, OD
    Low Vision Optometrist
    Vista Center for the Blind
    Palo Alto, CA

  3. We haven`t herd from Jeff Senigalia about the upcoming Willow Glen,”Walk to School” event 24 October 2013. Location, Bank of America Parking Lot on Lincoln Avenue at 7:00 a.m.
    Will the Lion`s be with us again as a sponsor and help us as Volunteers. Your previous sponsorship level has been $250.

    Best regards,

    Richard Zappelli, President , Willow Glen Neighborhood Association.

    cell phone 408 674 9104 Please confirm. We need your help.

    • Hi folks, we’re donating some funds and a number of us are going to show up for the Walk to School, as we have in the past. We love doing this and are so pleased that we can help you make it a success. Please email Jeff Senigaglia directly, to confirm donation and signups. Cheers!

    • Hi Richard,

      Messages left on this site are sometimes left sitting for awhile — as webmaster I also have a ‘day job’ that keeps me on my toes. Unlike many Lions Clubs, most of our members are still working day jobs! That’s right, a Lions Club where retired folks are in the minority! And most of these are self-employed so with the economy picking up we are trying to make up for lost time.

      That being the case, we work as hard as we can to meet the needs of our community. This year we’re a little short on members because two of them are going into surgery over the coming month, 2 member-couples were traveling in the fall on long-awaited vacations, and more! Life goes on.

      In 2014-15, you have needs such as this please call our president, Sami Asfour, of Asfour Realty, and he can take on your requests and pass them along to the group. As it turns out, we have made it to the Walk to School every year, but this year we only had 2 members able to make it. But we did so with enthusiasm.

      Jeff Senigaglia is a very active member but he’s been unable to make a number of meetings because of work, so rather than starting with Jeff, the best thing is to contact the club President.

      As our community makes requests of us, we also have a request of you …

      Please let anyone you know, who wants to make a difference in our community, to consider joining Willow Glen Lions and find out why we are so much fun to spend every other Wednesday evening with as we cook up ideas for new projects. Last year we worked so hard on a variety of fundraisers, and donated about $8,000 to local charities through burrito cooking, beer fests, wine tasting and more.

      Also, please help us to locate stores and businesses in Willow Glen who would like to provide some sponsorship support for some of our bigger events. Without local community sponsors, we can’t do big events like our beer festival. You can’t do a big event without sponsors, and we struggle to find those businesses who are generous enough to provide us even the smallest funding. A $500 donation by a business can yield many thousands in raised funds, which we put into Services for Brain Injury, Santa Maria Urban Ministry, Second Harvest Food Bank, Canine Companions, diabetes organizations, and more.

      Willow Glen Lions is here to help those in need here in our community, and to do so we must find more folks willing to take some small steps to help support these events, which as you know take months of planning and extraordinary manhours.

      Thanks so much for your continued efforts to make Willow Glen a vibrant neighborhood and community.

    • This is a great idea. We’re just learning how to put up e-commerce sites for our projects. It wouldn’t be found on this site, since this is a WordPress site, but we can try to build another site for this use. To order your Charley Brown Christmas Trees, email Dave at tdadave (at) comcast.net or stop by one of our Willow Glen Lions meetings! Our meetings are FREE and they take place on the second and fourth Wednesday of each month, at Denny’s on Hillsdale, just west of Almaden Expressway. If you stop by, be sure to ask for Dave or Steve regarding the Christmas Tree program. PS We also have wreaths!

  4. Lions at “Walk to School” Friday October 13, 2012

    The mass of students and parents filled the Willow Glen Bank of America parking lot. All the students had bright yellow balloons. Four Mascots, each with a local dignitary, led groups of students and parents walking to four local schools. It was definitely a successful event.

    Eight Willow Glen Lions (by my count; we will list names and get the correct count) came to help. We lent hands in setting up, giving out balloons, and distributing the morning snacks. Mostly we were part of the crowd enjoying the morning, seeing the enthusiasm for walking to school. Just think of all those parents mustering their kids for a special, early morning. We were there around 7 AM and finished by 8:30. Lions helped Zanottos distribute apples, pears and granola bars and made good acquaintance with Troy from Zanottos. We will have him attend a meeting, establish Zanottos as a supporter of Willow Glen Lions and hopefully gain a member.

  5. Thanks everyone for such a great time last Sunday. Special recognition should go to, of course Ron and Linda Smested for their entire efforts, and there were many I saw. I also want to thank Roland who showed up within 1 minute of me Sunday morning at 4 minutes to 5 a.m. on Lincoln Avenue at the La Villa Deli. Amazing to see someone who is not even an official member yet, show such enthusiasm.

    • Everyone worked very hard, but it is truly heartening to see volunteers stepping in to help. Three cheers for Ron and Linda Smested for their huge effort of organization and energy. Cheers!

    • A big “Thank You” to all attendees who purchased our breakfast burritos and to all volunteers who helped at our booth at LaVilla Deli Sunday September 9th on Lincoln Ave in Willow Glen. Our efforts will help local community charities in great time of need!

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