Lions Club Returns to Willoughby Hills in New Year

Press Release: Mike Tyler of Willoughby Hills December 12, 2023

Commissioner John Plecnik

“Our New Year’s Resolution is to bring the Lions Club back to Willoughby Hills,” said Willoughby Hills Lions Membership Chair John Plecnik

Lions Club returns to Willoughby Hills in New Year

WILLOUGHBY HILLS, Ohio – On January 18th, 2024, Lions Clubs International is officially returning to the City of Willoughby Hills with the founding of a new Willoughby Hills Lions Club under new leadership.

The Willoughby Hills Lions Club closed on June 30, 2023 after serving their City for 68 years. Past leadership cited the pandemic as a principal reason for being unable to continue the club. However, Willoughby Hills residents are coming together to bring the Lions Club back to their local community less than a year later. On January 18th, 2024, Lions Clubs International will officially recognize the new Willoughby Hills Lions Club on January 18th. The Willoughby Hills Lions Club will celebrate their rebirth with a “Charter Night” and dinner catered by La Vera Party Center in the O’Ryan Room of the Willoughby Hills Community Center on 35400 Chardon Road. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. with dinner served at 7:00 p.m. on January 18th. The dinner includes Chicken Marsala, Italian Sausage with onions and peppers, Cavatelli with meatballs and salad. Please call (440-478-4595) or email Lion Mike Tyler at mpty526@oh.rr.com for reservations no later than January 11th. The dinner is only $25 to cover the cost and is open to anyone who wants to celebrate the new Willoughby Hills Lions Club.

“Our New Year’s Resolution is to bring the Lions Club back to Willoughby Hills,” said Willoughby Hills Lions Membership Chair John Plecnik, who currently serves as Lake County Commissioner and is a former Willoughby Hills Councilman and Library Trustee. “We recruited no less than 21 amazing people to found the new Willoughby Hills Lions Club and we are so excited for the good we can do together.”

Lions Clubs International was founded in 1917 by Chicago businessman Melvin Jones and today it is the world’s largest service organization. Since 1925, when Hellen Keller famously addressed the Lions at their international convention in Cedar Point, Ohio, and called on them to become “Knights of the Blind,” Lions Club has been dedicated to fighting blindness.

“Lions Club raised many thousands of dollars to help build our Willoughby Hills Community Center, so it is very meaningful to host our Charter Night in the same building,” said Willoughby Hills Lions Secretary Mike Tyler, who is also a Past District Governor for Lions. “The motto of Lions Club is ‘We serve’ and we are ready to serve our neighbors in Willoughby Hills and Northeast Ohio. Join us!”

The initial officers for the new Willoughby Hills Lions Club will be Angie Tyler as President, her husband Mike Tyler as Secretary, John Plecnik as Membership Chair and Tony Sandy as Treasurer.

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LFC Comments by Brian Massie, A Watchman on the Wall

A huge thank you to Commissioner John Plecnik, Angie Tyler, Mike Tyler and Tony Sandy for their foresight and selfless dedication helping people in Willoughby Hills and Northeast Ohio. It is wonderful news for this time of the year.

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Merry Christmas to everyone…..

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