Meetings are held the first and third Thursdays of each month in the Lions Community Room at the Venice Regional Bayfront HealthPark - 1289 Jacaranda Blvd. Start time is 6 pm and includes a catered meal.  Please call (941) 486-6065 to make a dinner reservation.  Visiting Lions are welcome!

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Venice Lions Club

1289 Jacaranda Blvd.

Venice, FL 34292

For all inquiries, call the Venice Lions office: (941) 486-6065

Fax: (941) 486-6019


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We Serve!

Our Venice club is part of the largest international service organization in the world. We support international efforts to save the sight of millions, provide measles vaccinations and disaster relief.

 At the local community level, Lions provide free vision and hearing services to those in need, screen the vision of preschool children and collect used eyeglasses.  They also sponsor and participate in many events such as the Sharks Tooth Festival, Halloween and Holiday parades, Youth Recycle Program, Peace Poster Contest and Easter egg hunts.

Every dollar donated goes back to the community in the form of grants, scholarships, and educational and fun activities for children.

Our members like serving in a club with a purpose.  It makes us feel good to give back to our community.  We are looking for people to bring inspirations, ideas and talents to our club.  We hope you will join us at one of our meetings to see what a difference you could make as a Venice Lion! 

Please call us at (941) 412-5288, email us at or through the Contact link above for more information about our Club and to attend a meeting.


Where there is a Need, there is a Lion.


Services we offer:

  • Vision and Hearing screenings, eye examinations, glasses, hearing aids, and eye surgery for eligible residents of the Venice and Englewood areas.

  • Children's Vision Screening, targets preschool children to identify at least six treatable eye conditions.

Engaging our Youth:

  • Sponsor a Venice Little League team and volunteer at the concession stand.

  • Sponsor three schools for the annual International Lions Peace Poster contest.

  • Sponsor the Venice Halloween Parade downtown Venice.

  • Assist Venice Main Street's Easter Egg Hunt, the Eggstravaganza and offer a Beeping Egg Hunt for the Visually Impaired.

  • Promote eyeglass recycling through the Youth Recycle Program at local schools.

Supporting our Community:

  • Collect eyeglasses for recycling.

  • Pick up litter during the monthly Venetian Waterway clean up 

  • Assist in collecting debris during the bi-annual Sarasota County Coastal Clean Up

  • Man a shark tooth hunting booth at the Shark's Tooth Festival.

  • Partner with Homeless Outreach Ministries to offer eyeglasses and examinations.

Offering Financial Assistance to our Community Members:

  • Grants to organizations in the community.

  • High School scholarships for college and vocational bound students.

Join Us!  Bring your time and talents and make an impact in our community.  Please call us at (941) 486-6065, email us at or through the Contact link above for more information about our Club and to attend a meeting.

Venice Lions Club Board of Directors (2019 - 2020)

Lion Bob was born in Madison, WI and grew up in suburban Milwaukee. After graduation from the University of Wisconsin, he accepted a sales position selling laboratory instruments in St. Paul. That is where he met his wife Jill. They moved to continuously warmer climates over the years and now reside in the Venice area. Their son and two daughters live on the eastern seaboard between New York and Washington DC.

Bob and Jill joined the Avalon, NJ Lions Club in 2012. Bob served as the Club’s Foundation Treasurer. In 2016 after moving to Englewood, he transferred his membership to the Venice Lions Club. Lion Bob is very excited about all of the great services we provide enhancing life for a large number of people in our community.


Bob Hoesly

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Lion Paddy retired after 40 plus years working in the Pharmaceutical Industry. He was in the commercial area mainly in Sales, Marketing and Alliance management area of the company. His wife, Latha, is a retired Registered Nurse and they have two daughters. The older daughter, Asha is a graduate of the US Air Force Academy and is currently a Major in the US Air Force. The younger daughter, Tina, is a CPA working and Living in New York city.


Lion Paddy and Latha enjoy playing tennis and pickle ball and work out regularly to maintain a good health. He is also involved with Literacy Volunteers of South Sarasota county and helps raise funds for All Faiths Food Bank's Backpack program.

First Vice President

Paddy Padmanabhan


Born in Attleboro, MA, Jeff attended Bishop Feehan High School in Attleboro, and attended St. Michael's College in Colchester, VT receiving a BA degree in English Literature. Jeff tried for a career in teaching after becoming certified to teach K-12 in Massachusetts. Eventually, he found a career in the computer industry, first as a field engineer and retiring as a Quality Engineering Manager. 

Jeff has one daughter, Erin, who is a self-employed artist and business owner in Providence, RI. He moved to Venice with his wife , Lion Carole, in 2015. Having previously been a member of the North Attleboro, MA Lions, Jeff was reintroduced to the Venice Lions in 2016 and was inducted in October 2016.

In his spare time Jeff enjoys music (plays banjo, mandolin, and harmonica), as well as art (watercolor and sculpture).

Second Vice President

Jeff Myles

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Lion Beverly joined the Venice Lions Club in 2006.  For over twenty years she had participated with the Lions Club providing eyeglasses for the needy in our community through her optical business.  During that time, she realized the importance of the service that the Lions Club provided.  She decided to become a member of the organization that provided vision with the same dedication that she has had since becoming a licensed optician.

Lion Beverly has served the Venice Lions as our Tail Twister, Secretary, 2nd and 1St Vice President, and then President for two 2 year terms.  She has served as our Zone Chair and the District’s Hearing Foundation president as well.  In 2006-2007 she was presented the “Rising Star” award.  She received the honor of “Lion of the Year” for 2007-2008, was a recipient of the Melvin Jones Award in 2010 and a Progressive Melvin Jones in 2012, and received a life membership in the Florida Foundation for the Blind, Inc.  District 35I awarded the Mildred Conklin Crusader Award to Lion Bev in 2016 for her service in Lions.

Lion Bev has also served as co-chairperson of “The Mane Event Fashion Show” since its inception in 2008.  She enjoys designing and decorating for all of our social events.

Born in Covington, Kentucky, Lion Bev moved to Bradenton, Florida when she was two.  She now resides in Venice.  She loves to travel and spend time with her family.  Her hobbies are gardening, reading and event planning when she is not participating in a Lions project.


Bev Flynn

Lion Dave became a Venice Lion in 1995 sponsored by his Father-in- Law, Norman DeLanoy. Since 1996 Dave has served as Administrative Treasurer and starting in 2014, has been the chairman of the Children Vision Screening Program. Through his years in Lionism Dave has served as Chaplain, been a member of the  Scholarship Committee, a member of the Board of Directors, and participated in various events such as Halloween Parade, Sharks Tooth Festival, Easter Egg Hunt and the Holiday Food Wagon. 

Lion Dave and his wife Sue have been married for fifty years. They have three children, Karen and Pam(twins) and Peter. They have been blessed with eight grandchildren - Louie, Bobby, Sophia, Andrew, Sonia, Emily and Penny.  Dave retired from banking in 2011 and his wife Sue retired from teaching First Grade at Venice Christian School for 25 years in 2014. Dave's hobbies include reading , travel and being Grandpa. 


Two years ago he and Sue went on a tour of the Holy Land providing them an opportunity to visit the Sea of Galilee, Jerusalem, the Judean Wilderness and Bethlehem. Last year, they returned to Israel and visited Old testament locations.  Dave and Sue are the facilitators of a weekly small group Bible Study  at their church. The Lion Motto "We Serve" in both our local communities and around the world with humanitarian aid, providing the gift of sight through  eye clinics and screenings are reasons that "It's Great to be a Lion."

Treasurer - Administration

Dave Mattson

Lion Barbara learned about Lionism at an early age as her dad was a Lion in Bridgewater, MA. Years later when her husband Joe decided it was time to give back to their NH community, she suggested the Hampstead Lions Club.  They both became involved and he steadily worked his way through all the club and district offices reaching the position of District Governor of NH District 44-H.

Lion Barbara has been a member of the Lions family since 1974 when she joined the Hampstead (NH) Lioness Club. She became the first Lioness District President in New England and earned five club extension awards. When Lions International dissolved the Lioness District organization she joined the Hampstead and then Portsmouth (NH) Lions Clubs and served as Treasurer of Lions Camp Pride (NH) for 4 years prior to relocating to Venice in 1994.  Upon her departure from NH the Hampstead and Portsmouth Lions Clubs joined in naming her a Melvin Jones Fellow and in 2009 the Venice Lions Club awarded her a Progressive Melvin Jones Fellowship.

Since then Lion Barbara has served the Venice Lions Club as Secretary, 3rd, 2nd, 1st Vice President, as well as two terms as President in 1998-99 and in 2008-09.

Treasurer - Foundation

Barbara McGillicuddy

Lion Jeannette Davis was born in Boston MA where she and Lion Bill raised their family.  


Jeannette joined Lions in 1997 in Billerica MA and became active with the children-sponsored activities of the Billerica Club continuing with the Peace Poster Contest and initiating the high school Speech Contest.  In 2006 Jeannette received the International Presidential Award for starting a Leo Club consisting of 35 high school students. Jeannette is a Melvin Jones Fellow and happy to be part of the Venice Lions Club family.

Tail Twister

Jeannette Davis


Lion Dr. Richard Namikas was invited to join the Venice Lions by Past International Director Charlie Mowery.  He was impressed with the Vision Clinic that the Englewood and Venice Lions provide and offered to add a professional hearing screening to the program.  Soon not only did the Venice/Englewood program have a hearing screening, but he began a program to assist the needy throughout District 35-I with hearing aids.

Lion Dr. Ric was President of the Venice Lions 2000-2001, 2011-2012, and 2016-2017.  When not participating in Lions activities he works as a private practice Audiologist.  He is an avid traveler and amateur photographer.  Cars, plants, and cooking round out his spare time.  He likes to share all of this with his wife of thirty-seven years, Lion Dusty Namikas.

Lion Tamer

Dr. Richard Namikas

I would like to briefly introduce myself to you. I was born in Salina, KS on 12/06/1939. After graduation from Salina High School I received my BA from Bethany Nazarene College in 1963. Between my sophomore and junior year as an undergraduate, I enlisted in the Kansas National Guard and completed my basic training at Fort Lenard Wood, Missouri with some training at Fort Leavenworth, Kansas. After completing my 6 months training I returned to complete my undergraduate degree. I received my Master of Social Work degree from the University of Kansas in 1965. I met my wife in college and we were married in 1964. We have two children, a boy and a girl and 5 grandchildren.


I have been an active member in several service clubs which include: the Jaycees, in Wichita, KS; The Optimist Club in Hays, Kansas, where I served a one year term as their president; Rotary Club in Helena, Arkansas; Danville, Indiana; and Chanute, Kansas. My Lion's Club participation has been in Humboldt, Ks, Chanute Kansas, and Venice, Florida.  I am not only actively involved in our local Lion's club but also volunteer with Meals on Wheels, Community Dinners for the homeless, the Family Promise Program, the Grace United Methodist Church Board, and the last 5 years have served as President of the Methodist Men's Club. We have lived in Venice since 2003.

Immediate Past President

Gary Beck


Coming soon!

Two Year Director

Tom Cookingham


Tracy was born in Sarasota and now lives in Venice. She is a professional musician who plays woodwind and brass instruments. She currently works for the State of Florida. Tracy has been a Lion since 2010, and previously served with the Kiwanis for two years. Former President of the North Port Lions, she has also been the LCIF Chair, Vice President, Secretary, Reading Action Program Chair (for which she earned a certificate of appreciation and achievement from the Multiple District), and held District and Multiple District positions.Tracy is the recipient of multiple awards including Lion of the Year from North Port and the Past District Governor's Association, and the District and Multiple District Conklin Crusader Award for Lionism. 



Two Year Director

Tracy Krueger


Coming soon!

One Year Director

Bill Loso

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Coming soon!

One Year Director

Bill Davis

Dr. Robert J. Spong was born in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania and filled professional positions in the states of Pennsylvania, Maryland, Tennessee and Virginia. Robert is married to Edith M. Spong and together they have raised Amy King, a Lt. Col. In the U.S. Army and Stephanie Spong, a professor at Valencia College in Orlando, Fl. Prior to retirement Robert served several college presidents and school superintendents in the capacity of Director or Vice President of Physical Plant Operations. At the age of 53 Robert returned to Trevecca Nazarene University in Nashville, Tennessee to pursue a doctoral degree in education. Robert successfully completed the Ed. D. degree in 2006 representing a life long commitment to learning and to inspire his daughters to continue their education.


Robert first became associated with Lions clubs in Lynchburg, Virginia as a member of the Forest Lions Club. As a member of the Forest Club Robert was responsible for collecting thousands of eyeglasses and conveying them to the processing center in Roanoke, Va. Robert also worked to assist in the creation of a Leo club at the local high school.


Robert also is very active as a volunteer for Tidewell Hospice in Sarasota County, Fl. visiting with patients and driving a van for the Hospice Thrift Store supporting children’s services. For recreation Robert enjoys Boating, Fishing, Kayaking, Tennis, Pickleball, Bowling, Softball, Cycling and Camping. Robert is also a member of the Venice Coast Guard Auxiliary where he has received a great deal of useful boater safety training.


To give is to receive has been the driving force behind Robert’s volunteer efforts and work within the Lions organization.

Membership Chair

Robert Spong

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