How We Serve
The DeWitt Noon Lions Club raises money for needy individuals and worthwhile organizations and activities in our community.
We raise funds from our Travelogues Series, Soup & Chili Challenge, July 4 Pancake Breakfast and other events throughout the year.
Members of our club have also volunteered their time at the:
- Clinton County Fair
- DeWitt Autumn Fest
- Local hospital serving ice cream during National Hospital Week
To support the Lions Club International mission, we have collected over 200 pairs of glasses, hearing aids or cell phones. We also sponsored 2 teams in the LIONS golf tournament to raise money for Iowa Kidsight
At our weekly club meetings, we also have regular speakers and have honored Veterans for their service, as well as and recognized local High School Seniors.
ORGANIZATIONS WE'VE SERVED
- Clinton County Fairgrounds
- DeWitt Central High School
- DeWitt Referral Center
- Dolly Parton Imagination Library
- Iowa Lions Foundation
- Lions Clubs International Foundation
- Camanche/DeWitt Coalition for Substance Abuse
- Shop With A Cop
- Fishing Has No Boundaries
- St. Joseph’s Robotic Club
- Leader Dog of Iowa
- Iowa Lions Diabetes Awareness
- DeWitt Central High School Chamber Singers
- Crop Walk
- Iowa KidSight
- Sponsored a November Blood Drive
- West Brook Park
Westbrook Park Butterfly Garden
Monarch butterflies, the majestic and colorful creatures that grace local gardens with their presence on lovely summer days, are becoming endangered due to a shortage of milkweed — the plant that comprises a large part of their diet and habitat. Application of pesticides and herbicides along gravel roads and on other undeveloped land has resulted in the eradication of this plant.
In February and March, the Monarchs, which have spent the winter hibernating in Mexico and California, awaken to find a mate and make their way north and east again to find a place to lay their eggs.
In March and April, the butterflies lay eggs on milkweed plants. These eggs hatch into larvae or baby caterpillars, which spend most of their time eating the milkweed in order to grow.
After a few weeks, the caterpillars are fully-grown and find a place on the milkweed to attach themselves and begin transforming into a chrysalis. During the next 10 days nothing appears to be happening, but within the chrysalis, the old body parts of the caterpillar are undergoing a remarkable transformation, called metamorphosis. Eventually, the Monarch butterfly emerge from the pupa and flies away, feeding on flowers and just enjoying the short life it has left, which is only about two to six weeks. It then dies after laying eggs for generation number two. The process is repeated for generations three and four.
The fourth generation of monarchsis a littledifferent than the first three generations, however. This generation, born in September and October, does not die after two to six weeks. Instead, this generation of Monarch butterflies migrates to warmer climates like Mexico and California and will live for six to eight months until it is time to start the whole process over again.
The Butterfly Garden at Westbrook Park was planted and is maintained by the DeWitt Noon Lions Club as a haven for all pollinators . . . bees, caterpillars, birds and butterflies, especially the Monarchs, in hopes that preserving a habitat for them will help prevent them from becoming extinct.
Mark your calendars to attend the Travelogue Series where you will learn more about exciting adventures from areas all over the globe.
Several local restaurants will have special items on their menus for travelogue patrons. The Central Community Historical Society will be open in the early afternoon, and a variety of shopping opportunities in DeWitt makes this a great destination for a day trip.
A $5 donation is suggested. No seats are reserved.
ALL PROCEEDS GO TO SUPPORT COMMUNITY PROJECTS.
Every effort will be made to present a travelogue on the day scheduled. However, if inclement weather forces a cancellation, local television and radio stations will be asked to announce the cancellation, and the information will be posted on the theater door.