Cottonwood Lions Club

Serving our community since 1950

Cottonwood, Arizona

Located in the beautiful Verde Valley

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Updated Sunday, September 27, 2015

Club Photo Album


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Cottonwood Lions Park

One of the first projects accomplished in Cottonwood by the Cottonwood Lions Club was "Lions Park" located at the intersection of Main and Willard in Old Town Cottonwood. The sign welcoming visitors to Cottonwood also indicates our regular breakfast meetings at Denny’s Restaurant at 6:30 a.m. on the first three Tuesdays of each month.

Building the sidewalk across from the Lions Park in 1959.

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Raising money for the Smelter City Fire Department, the Cottonwood Lions Club Follies on August 4th, 1950.

Top Row (Left to Right):

Jim Barrett, George Anderson, Russell Leadham, J.B. (Joe DIck, Frank Massaro, Ernest (Ernie) Ochoa

Bottom Row (Left to Right):

Glen Wright, Gen Everett, Rusty Verretto, Adolf Mongini

Year-Round Collection of Eye Glasses and Hearing Aides


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Lion Maureen Haggard (left) and the late Charmaine Cunningham sort glasses into four different categories.


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Look for the big, blue box in the Vision Center at the Wal-Mart Super Center.

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Lions Leni Reihl and Patti Spink appear to be having fun sorting a mountain of glasses.

Previously-owned eyeglasses and hearing aids are collected at several locations around town—Westcott Funeral Home, Chamber of Commerce Visitors Center, Fornara Eye Center, Old Town Mission, and Wal-Mart Vision Center.


Three or four times a year several ladies from the Lions gather at Lion Maureen Haggard’s house to sort the donations for shipping to the Lions Sight and Hearing Foundation in Phoenix. From there they are distributed all over the world; but the best ones stay here in Arizona for those less fortunate among us who cannot afford glasses or hearing aids.

Year-Round Recycling of Aluminum Cans to Raise Funds

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Look for the bright yellow garbage bin half way between the Cottonwood Middle School and the Clemenceau Museum

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Lion Bill Allen fishes cans out of the bin to transport to a central collection site.


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Lion Bill Allen weighs in the day’s catch of aluminum cans and dumps them into large canvas bags which are picked up weekly by Sedona Recycles.

In order to have money to contribute the many worthwhile activities of the Lions Club, we are working with Sedona Recycles at their pickup station located at the Cottonwood Middle School parking area. The Cottonwood Lions Club keeps the area picked up and reasonably clean in exchange for being allowed to place our own collection bin next to the other bins at the site.


Safety Posters

Lion Ray Spencer

Lion Bob Young


Crosswalk Sign

Part of the 400 cars approaching Dr. Daniel Bright Elementary School on the first day of school on Monte Tesoro on the first day of school, 2006.

In August of each year on the first day of school the Cottonwood Lions Club members hand out a safety reminder to all drivers approaching the three elementary schools and the Cottonwood Middle School.


Peace Poster Contest


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The Cottonwood Lions Members are judging the Peace Poster submissions.  Tough decisions...

Winning poster submitted by Catherine Krause of  Cottonwood Middle School.  She, also won first place for District 21C.

The First Place Winner, Catherine Krause being congratulated by Lions Bob Cunningham and Robert Efros.

Other 2006 Cottonwood Winners


Club President Bob Cunningham presents a check and certificate to First Place Winner Clint Minton of Cottonwood Middle School.

Clint Minton’s winning poster


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At a state conference held in Flagstaff early in 2005 Lions Clubs District 21C Governor Bob Strobel presents another check to Clint Minton of Cottonwood for winning First Place in Arizona with his Peace Poster submitted by the Cottonwood Lions Club.

Every year the Cottonwood Lions Club sponsored local participation by public and private school students in a "Peace Poster Contest" held by Lions Clubs International. Students 11-13 years old submit posters drawn according to rules of entry by the International Association of Lions Clubs in competition with other students throughout the state of Arizona. In 2004 Clint Minton, a Cottonwood Middle School student won first prize in the state.

New Equipment for Old Town Mission Health Center Vision Clinic

New Phoropter and Slit Lamp purchased with the City of Cottonwood Community Based Grant

Non Contact Tonometer purchased with the City of Cottonwood Community Based Grant Brewer Stool purchased by the Cottonwood Lions Club Eyeglasses donated by Walman’s Optical Auto Refractor purchased through the Yavapai County Community Foundation 2005 Eye care Grant and Cottonwood Lions Club funding.

Dr. Vickers plague - founder of the Vision Clinic

Family Night - September 26th, 2006

Lion Dean Hubert always gives a little extra when asked to do something. His wife, Peggy Jean, asked for a small dish of ice cream from the buffet at the September family night dinner and was rewarded with this tower of chocolate swirl!

Verde River Days - September 30th, 2006

District Governor Visit November 11th, 2008

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District Governor joins us on October 3rd, 2006

On October 3 District Governor Lion Phil Castrovinci and his wife, Priscilla, joined us at our regular breakfast meeting at Denny's. Lion Ron Black is presented special Governor's Award by District Governor Lion Phil Castrovinci at the October 3 breakfast meeting.

The covenant Past President hat is passed on to Lion Bob Cunningham from Lion Bill Allen on October 10th, 2006

Cottonwood Lions Annual Parking Lot Sale on May 3rd, 2008


Cottonwood Lions Annual Parking Lot Sale on May 5th, 2007

May 14th, 2007

Lions Ray and Maureen Haggard hosted a "glasses sorting party" in May, where four other Lions and spouses of Lions participated in sorting over 750 pairs of glasses, boxing them for shipment and giving them to Lion Ron Black to deliver to the Lions Sight and Hearing Foundation.

Lion Diane Mueller and Janet Young toss glasses into boxes representing four categories of glasses.

Lion Janet Fendley and Lion Maureen Haggard sort glasses into four categories on dining room table after it was cleared of the luncheon in Mat at the Haggards' house.

Family Night BBQ on August 28th, 2007

Verde River Days - September 30th, 2007

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District 21C Organizational Meeting - June 14th, 2008

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Annual Christmas Party December 13th, 2008

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2011 Installation - Las Carretas Restaurant - June 23, 2011

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Annual Christmas Party December 15th, 2011

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Longtime Lion - Lion Robert Cunningham

We knew he had been around for a longtime, but this proves it...

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Selling Big Coloring Books


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Brian Mikelson Run April 18th, 2009

Lions served water to runners at Station 1 on the corner of Main and Pima


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Induction of New Member, Bob Kressel by RZC Robert Hester

July 8, 2014

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