Address: P.O. Box 25301, San Mateo, CA 94402 | (650) 545-8107 | | E-Mail:

Serving San Francisco County, San Mateo County and the City of Palo Alto

Our motto is: "We Serve." Lions are a diverse group of business, retired, professional, veterans, self-employed, college students, lgbt, moms & dads, teens,
grandparents, in short people of all ages working together to serve our local communities and the world.

Sunshine Chair Cindy Smith, San Carlos Lions Club -

Click here for information on the Sunshine Committee, chaired by Lion Cindy Smith, 2014-2015

Please send your Sunshine Information to Sunshine Chair Lion Cindy Smith at and to District Governor Jack Van Etten

send photos of Lions who passed to and the photo will be placed in this photo album - District 4c4 Photo Gallery of Lions Who Have Passed


In Memory of District 4-C4 Past District Governors
who have passed and their partners


Passing of Michae Newell


Passing of Michae Newell
PDG Don Stanaway and Charlotte "Lottie" Smerdel

On behalf of our Lions family,
we offer our deepest condolences
to the Stanaway family and
the family and friends of Charlotte "Lottie" Smerdel.

It is with a heavy heart that I am letting you know that Charlotte (Lottie) Smerdel passed away on Friday night, 7/25/14,
from cancer. 

She was surrounded by her family. It was sweet and peaceful.

We would love for anyone who can to join us in a celebration of her life at services scheduled for this weekend.


Yours in sorrow,
PDG Don Stanway

Please send Condolence Cards to PDG Don Stanaway @ 1200 Millbrae Avenue, Millbrae, CA 94030 2908 


Passing of Michae Newell


Michael was district governor in 4C4 (1993 - 1994), a founding member of the Castro Lions Club (1985) and past president of the Lions Eye Foundation (2003-04).   He was a strong and active supporter of all Lions activities.  He is survived by his partner, Ross.

PDG Michael requested donations to the Lions Eye Foundation, POB 7999, SF CA 94120 and the Castro Lions Club, 584 Castro St, POB 200, SF CA 94114.


PDG Raymon R Kliewer


PDG Raymon Kliewer 1987-1988

Raymon and Marsha Kliewer

Past District Governor of 4-C4 Raymon Roy Kliewer

It is with great sadness and a heavy heart that we inform everyone of the passing of Burlingame Lions Club Past District Governor Raymon Roy Kliewer. Ray passed away at the age of 87 on Friday, March 28, 2014, at his second home in La Quinta, California, following a long term illness. Lion PDG Ray is survived by his loving wife, Lion Marsha of Foster City, as well as son, Randall and daughter, Misty. He also leaves behind several grand children and great grandchildren. PDG Ray owned the Burlingame British Car Dealership in Burlingame and had also served as a past director for the Burlingame Chamber of Commerce. Lion PDG Ray loved cars, but turned to real estate later in life.

Lion PDG Ray was a proud member of the Burlingame Lions Club for 47 years and served in just about every leadership position within the club. Known affectionately as "Handsome Ray," he served as President of the Burlingame Lions Club from 1973-1974 and also served as Governor of District 4-C4 in 1987-1988. PDG Ray was always an active member of the Burlingame Lions Club and was recently involved in leading the Burlingame Lions Club's Membership Committee, helping to bring in new members into his club and into the Lions Family. For his service to his local club, Lion PDG Ray was recognized and honored as a "Life Member" by the Burlingame Lions Club. For his years of dedication in service to his club, his community and those less fortunate in the world, Lion PDG Ray was awarded the highest honor bestowed by Lions Clubs International and received the "Ambassador of Good Will" Medal. Lion Ray was truly a "Man of Service" and left his mark, leaving us in a better world through his words, his deeds, his ideals and his actions.  

Memorial Services honoring Ray's life will be held at the Lifemark Center at Skylawn Memorial Park, Highway 92 at Skyline Blvd., San Mateo, CA., on Monday, April 7, 2014 (refer to their website at "" for directions). Viewing will be held from 12:30 pm to 1:00 pm, followed by services at 1:00 pm. A reception will be held immediately following the services at the memorial site. In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations in Ray's name be made to the Lions Eye Foundation of California/Nevada, P.O Box 7999 San Francisco, CA., 94120 (""), the local chapter of the American Heart Association or to the Burlingame Lions Club Hall Restoration Fund, P.O. Box 206, Burlingame, CA., 94011. 

From PDG Ray's January 1988 newsletter:

"I believe in Lionism.

I believe that men of good will, living under the many flags of freedom throughout the world, when joined together by the bonds of fellowship and understnading as brother LIONS, can build peace in our time and for our children and our children's children.

To be the most important paragraph in the LIONS Code of Ethics is that which says, "To aid my fellow man by giving my sympathy to those in distress, my aid to the weak, and my substance to the needy." To me the most worthy of the LIONS Objects is "To create and foster a spirit of generous consideration among the peoples of the world. . ." Today distances have shrunk to the point that what happens anywhere in the world diretly affects each one of us, and the great prescepts of Service and Understanding have become challenges for International Service and International Understanding. I Believe in "We Serve" as our motto and "We Understand" as our goal. I Believe not only in international service, but in learning to understand the customs, the traditions, the problems aand the thinking of our fellow LIONS beyond our national borders, as forces for world peace.

I Believe in Lionism.

International Director Lion Maurice Perstein wrote this long ago,. It will never be outdated. "

Photo is Mom with Granddaughter Lion Marisa
at her wedding in Hawaii.    

It is with deep regret and sorrow that I pass on the news that Lion Yola Picchi (the good Picchi) passed away Tuesday night and her services have been scheduled as follows:

Visitation Thursday @ 4pm to 7pm, with the rosary at 7pm
Miller-Dutra Coastside Chapel  645 Kelly Avenue • Half Moon Bay, CA 94019

Funeral services will be held  Friday 11 am
Our Lady of the Pillar Catholic Church 400 Church Street  Half Moon Bay, CA 94019

Internment at Holy Cross Cemetery in 1500 Mission Rd  Colma, CA 94014

Reception follows at 2 pm
 Mezza Luna Restaurant  459 Prospect Way  Half Moon Bay, CA 94019


Mom was a long-time Lion member, but has worked with her Lion husband since 1947 helping out on club projects.  Mom was born and spent her entire life in Half Moon Bay and was active in the Half Moon Bay Volunteer Fire Department Auxiliary, the Abraham Lincoln Lodge (Italian-American association).Donations may be made, in her name, to the Lions Eye Foundation

District Governor Steve Picchi
District 4-C4 Executive DirectorRich Picchi, 
Half Moon Bay Lions Club 

Lion Yola Picchi mother of District Governor Steve Picchi and Executive Director. Member of Half Moon Bay Lions
d. October 8, 2013
Past Peninsula Council of Lions President
and Past Region Chair Lion Doris Grason's
Husband David
d. Sept 30, 2013
Past President Lion Mike Castagnettor
Geneva Excelsior Club.
President 1990-1991
PDG Rocky Lombardi
Millbrae Lions Club
d. July 18, 2013
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Lion Lester Gray
San Carlos Lion
Lion Sylvester (Bob) Bass
Menlo Park Host
d. July 22, 2013
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2012-13 Memorial Service (mp4 video)
2012 Memorial Service (PowerPoint Macro Enabled)


Past District 4-C4 In Loving Memory

1928-1929 John J. McDonald, San Francisco Lions
1934-1944 Dan O’Connell, Burlingame Lions
1949-1950 Cethill Jones, San Carlos Lions
1950-1951 Joseph R. Territo, Redwood City Host Lions
1952-1953 Maurice Perstein, Marina Lions, PID
1954-1955 Judson Holland, Burlingame Lions
1956-1957 Leonard S. Bacci, I.C., Park Presidio Lions
1958-1959 Robert V. Dallison, Palo Alto Stanford Area Lions
1959-1960 Raymond E. Marks, San Francisco Host Lions, PCC
1961-1962 Elmer Anderson, San Mateo Downtown Lions
1963-1964 Joseph A. Giuffre, SF Geneva Excelsior Lions
1964-1965 Gilbert Larish, Burlingame Lions
1965-1966 Raymond H. Preble, Park Presidio Lions
1966-1967 Rev. Rafe I. Martin, Redwood City Downtown Lions
1967-1968 Dr. Chang Wah Lee, SF Chinatown Lions
1968-1969 Herman Schmidt, Burlingame Lions
1969-1970 Fred Newman, Marina Lions, PCC
1970-1971 Wilbert H. Kehe, Woodside Portola Valley Lions
1971-1972 Dr. Bernard M. Worken, Mission Lions
1972-1973 Philip Ritzau, Marina Lions
1973-1974 Robert A. Marshall, Sr., San Bruno Lions
1974-1975 Stanley Stebbins, Marina Lions
1975-1976 Leon Shore, Redwood City Host Lions
1976-1977 Leslie S. Davis, South San Francisco Host Lions
1977-1978 Si Moyer, Half Moon Bay Lions
1980-1981 Bill Tonelli, San Francisco Geneva Excelsior Lions
1981-1982 Rick Nuccitelli, Millbrae Lions
1982-1983 John Benson Burlingame Lions
1984-1985 Earle C. Call, Millbrae Lions
1985-1986 Fred Ulrich, Sunset Lions
1987-1988 Raymon R. Kliewer, Burlingame Lions Club
1992-1993 Rocky Lombardi, Millbrae Lions Club
1993-1994 Michael J. Newell, San Francisco The Castro Lions Club
1994-1995 Donald Bacioco, Millbrae Lions
1997-1998 Joe T. Loo, Redwood Shores Lions
1999-2000 Jack Wolf, Pacifica Lions

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Lions International Purposes To Organize, charter and supervise service clubs to be known as Lions clubs. To Coordinate the activities and standardize the administration of Lions clubs. To Create and foster a spirit of understanding among the peoples of the world. To Promote the principles of good government and good citizenship. To Take an active interest in the civic, cultural, social and moral welfare of the community. To Unite the clubs in the bonds of friendship, good fellowship and mutual understanding. To Provide a forum for the open discussion of all matters of public interest; provided, however, that partisan politics and sectarian religion shall not be debated by club members. To Encourage service-minded people to serve their community without personal financial reward, and to encourage efficiency and promote high ethical standards in commerce, industry, professions, public works and private endeavors.

Muliple District 4  represents the Lions Clubs International 15 Sub-Districts within the State of California and an Administrative Office in Santa Barbara, California. MD4 is governed by the District Governors and Vice District Governors from these Districts and is known as the Council of Governs (COG). The Council Chairperson is elected from the preceding year District Governors. Lions Clubs International   The World's Largest Service Club Organization with 46,000 clubs and 1.35 million members is the world's largest service club organization. We're also one of the most effective. Our members do whatever is needed to help their local communities. Everywhere we work, we make friends. With children who need eyeglasses, with seniors who don’t have enough to eat and with people we may never meet.

District 4-C4 Welcome to your District web site. Since 1917, whenever there is a need at home or around the world, Lions members are there to help. We Serve! Lions improve the quality of life in their local communities by building parks, offering medical clinics, empowering children and adults. We care. Lions are leaders in providing support for preventing global blindness and restoring sight for people around th world Lions are the Community Leaders. Since Helen Keller challenged Lions to be knights of the blind in 1925, Lions clubs have worked on sight and hearing projects. We Serve and have Fun Together! Click here for Membership Information on becoming a valued member of the largest volunteer organization in the world.


2015-16 District 4-C4 Governor
Macy Mak Chan
District 4-C4 Governor Macy Mak Chan

2015-16 International President
Dr. Jitsuhiro Yamada

International President Dr. Jitsuhiro Yamada Minokamo, Gifu, Japay 2015-206


Dr. Jitsuhiro Yamada

Minokamo, Gifu, Japan

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District 4-C4 is divided into four Regions and nine Zones. The District is managed by the District Governor. The 1st, 2nd, Secretary, Treasurer, Immediate Past District Governor Global Membership Team Leader, Global Leadership Team Leader and Region and Zone Chairs make up the Administration team.

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District 4-C4 has 41 active clubs with 1231 members.  Click here to find a club, learn about service projects, read news. Clubs meet monthly on the Peninsula (PCL) and in San Francisco (SFCCLC) to share ideas and service.

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District 4-C4 has 2 Active Council of Lions. The Peninsula Council of Lions and The San Francisco Coordinating Council of Lions ClubThe purpose of the two Councils is to coordinate the Police and Fire Awards and to provide a venue for Club Presidents and Club members to gather and share ideas.

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