Membership Info - Contact Rebecca Shriver (815) 232-5069

Sunday, February 8, 2015


Thanks to Freeport Lions Duane Smith and Joe Serafini for compiling and producing the print media versions of "Lion Talk" and Meeting Minutes, respectively. This blog is a summary of their efforts.
JANUARY THANK YOU LETTERS were received from RAMP for our club’s 2014 donation, and from School District 145 for our club’s December donation to the Freeport High School Choir.

Member Communications: - Congratulations to Lion Elizabeth "Liz" Boyer, now known as Liz Moshure, who announced that she was married to Justin Moshure on December 31, 2014. What a nice way to ring in the New Year! 

Lion Dave Snyders says turning 60 is the new 40 but he did get new hearing aids shortly after that birthday. 

Keep Lion Duane Smith in our thoughts and prayers as he continues to seek medical treatment.  We hope to see him soon at our club events.

Lion Liz (Boyer) Moshure and Lion Roland Caruso both won monthly drawings during 2014 in the District 1D Monthly Calendar Drawing Sweepstakes. The cost for 2015 calendars is $25.00 with chances to win $50.00 multiple times. Three calendar buyer winner names are drawn each evening on Monday, Wednesday and Saturday. See Lion Joe Serafini to get your calendars and your chance to win!

Our Tail Twister events and 50/50 drawings at regular meetings continue to funnel small donations from members and guests wallets and purses into the club administrative account. Members and guests have fun while donating to worthy causes.

The Freeport Lions Club has a busy schedule in the coming months. See Calendar of Events further on for complete details.
Lion Terry Anderson reported that in 2014 the Freeport Lions Club purchased 28 pairs of eyeglasses for requests from the needy in our community at a club cost of over $1,200. Our club has purchased/subsidized hundreds of pairs of glasses over the years. He and Lion Dennis Zimmerman are in charge of organizing and collecting our mint candy sales (over $2,500 collected in 2014) to help subsidize the cost of glasses. Candy sales and local businesses patrons who fill the collection trays in sponsoring establishments are an important source of income for Lions Club activities each year. It is an important job deserving a really BIG thank you to both Lion Terry and Lion Dennis for all their efforts. THANKS!

Lion David Snyders has booklets of Lions of Illinois Foundation “Sight and Sound Sweepstakes” tickets for Lions to either buy for themselves or to sell to the general public. Contact Lion Dave unless he contacts you first for a donation. Cost is for a 3-ticket book is $10.00 or $4.00 per ticket. Sales support Camp Lions for Blind and Deaf, Statewide Low-Vision Evaluation Clinics, Social Services for Blind and Deaf, Mobile Hearing Unit, Mobile Diabetic Unit and Used Eyeglasses Collection Program. Lion Dave says: “All tickets and money need to be turned in no later than April 14th”. 

The Freeport Lions Club’s 2nd Annual Car Show “Cruisin for a Cause” is scheduled for  May 9th on the Union Dairy property on Douglas Street in Freeport. Chairman Lion Rick Eastman is working to get more sponsors. Lion Rick says we are seeking trophy/award plaque sponsors @ cost of $25.00. More to come as to meetings and getting all Lion's involved in seeking out sponsors. Rick said this year's show will include categories for motorcycles and trucks, so Get your motor runnin', Head out on the highway, Lookin' for adventure, In whatever comes our way!
THINK WARMER THOUGHTS - Again this year, as we have done for many years, the Freeport Lions Club will help sponsor a youth with special needs to attend Camp Lions sometime during June through July 2015. This is a wonderful experience for young people between ages 7 and 17 with special needs to experience outdoor fun with experienced camp supervisors. The Freeport Lions Club prefers to sponsor a youth from our community to go to Camp Lions. If you know of a young candidate in Freeport who has special needs, let us know. For more specific information  see online reference:

The Freeport Lions Club Scholarship Committee has given $1,000 scholarship application forms to the counselors at Freeport High School, Aquin High School and Highland Community College for our 2015-2016 Scholarship Award for Highland Community College. Applications must be received by the first week of April. Applicants must complete attendance at Highland to receive the award money.

·  Do all the good you can, By all the means you can, In all the ways you can, In all the places you can, At all the times you can, To all the people you can, as long as you can. - John Wesley’s Rule
·  “Kindness begets kindness evermore.” – Sophocles
·  “What we are saying today is that you are either part of the solution or you are part of the problem.” Eldridge Clever
·  “Anger is a short madness.” Horace

 Calander of Events: 

·  02/10/15 - 6:00PM Regular Mtg – Eagle’s Club

·  02/24/15 - 5:30PM Board Mtg / 6:30 Regular Mtg - Eagle's Club

·  03/02/15 - 6:00PM Regular Mtg / 6:30 Zone Mtg at Eagle’s Club *

* PLEASE NOTE: The club’s previously scheduled March 10th regular meeting was combined with the March 2nd NW Central Zone meeting. This should ensure good attendance and minimize exposure to January’s cold weather to attend another meeting.

·  03/07/15 - Ice Hogs Game in Rockford IL - Lion Paul Rampenthal said that eight members have purchased a total of 26 tickets for the Ice Hogs Hockey Game in Rockford. Details about travel, start times, etc., to be announced soon.

·  Mid-April 2015 - Diabetes Awareness Event TBA - Our club will participate in this world-wide effort. Lion Brian Burke volunteered to chair an awareness subcommittee to organize a community awareness event in mid-to-late April.  Contact Lion Brian if you would like to help.

·  03/24/15 - 5:30PM Board Meeting / 6:30 Regular Meeting - Eagle's Club

·  04/10/15 - 2-day District 1D Convention - Radisson Hotel, Rockford IL

·  05/09/15 - 2nd Annual Car Show "Cruisin’ for a Cause"

·  06/09/15 - Golf Outing & Steak Fry – Park Hills GC & Eagle’s Club

·  06/23/15 - 5:30PM Board Meeting / 6:30 Regular Meeting - Eagle's Club

·  07/14/15 – 6:00PM Regular Mtg, 2015-16 Officers Induction – Eagle’s Club

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1st Quarter NW Central Zone Meeting

Attention NW Central Zone Lions Club Presidents & Secretaries!
The Freeport Lions Club is hosting District 1D, Northwest Central Zone Meeting, on Monday, March 2, 2015, at 7:00 PM for the following clubs: (Cedarville, Dakota, Durand, Forreston, Freeport, German Valley, Leaf River, Orangeville, Pecatonica, Shannon
WHERE: Eagle's Club, 1200 W. Galena Ave., Freeport IL
COST: $12 per person
MENU: Tossed Salad, Herbed Chicken in Chardonnay Sauce, Baked Potato, Green Beans and Brownies for dessert.

  • Diabetes Awareness,
  • District 1D Convention April 10-11,
  • Lions State of Illinois Convention May 15-17
  • International Convention June 26-30
  • Camp Lions
  • Center for Sight & Hearing
  • Lions of Illinois Foundation
  • Club Goals
  • Membership and Leadership

NOTE: District Governor, Jim Kloepping, is planning to attend, so let's have good representation from all clubs.

RESERVATIONS: prior to February 23, 2015
CONTACT:  Lion Joe Serafini, 2225 Mallard Dr., Freeport, IL 61032
PHONE: Cell # 815-275-8737
CHECKS PAYABLE TO: Freeport Lions Club

Zone Chairman Darla Van Buskirk and the Freeport Lions are looking forward to seeing lots of Lions at this meeting.


Thursday, January 15, 2015

2015 - 2016 Club Scholarship Application

Copy the text on this page. Paste into a Word document. Print for completion. Submit/email to Lion Terry Anderson, Lions Scholarship Committee,, (815) 235-0834

               FREEPORT LIONS CLUB  -  “WE SERVE”
          $1000.00  SCHOLARSHIP / 2015 – 2016 / APPLICATION FORM 
1.  Name: __________________________ Birth Date: _____________ Phone: _____________
2.  Address:_____________________________________________________________________
                                Street / PO Box                                   City                                        State   Zip
3.  Father: _____________________________    Mother: _______________________________
     Address:_____________________________              __________________________
    Occupation: __________________________                  _______________________________
    Employer:    __________________________                  _______________________________
    Family Income (combined in 2014):  $_______________ 
    Custodial Parent (s): __________________________________________________________
4.  Number of Children in Family (Including Self): _____________  (List name(s) & ages)
5.  Brothers / Sisters currently attending college or Vocational / Technical School: (List name(s)
     ages, & college / school)
6.  List Extra-Curricular high school, community, and church activities.
7.  High School: _________________________ Rank in Class: ______Out of _______ Students.
     ACT score (highest): ___________
8.  List any Family Member(s) or Relative(s) who are in a Lions / Lioness Club or who volunteered to
     help for Lions/Lioness Club Activities:
9.  Attach letter of recommendation from a non-relative, i.e. Teacher, Minister, Priest, etc.
10.  Type or print in 200 words or less (on reverse side or attach separate sheet): 
                A.  Why you applied.  
                B.  Characteristic(s) about yourself that distinguish you for selection.
                C.  How you feel your chosen field of study could make a difference to serve others.
I have read “Basic Requirements for Eligibility” information sheet; I meet those requirements;
and I have answered all questions completely on the “APPLICATION FORM”.  All the
information submitted is correct.
Applicant Signature: ________________________________________ Date: _______________
Parent Signature: ___________________________________________ Date: _______________ 
Question #10 (200 words or less):

2015 Car Show Planned

The Freeport Lions Club is sponsoring its 2nd Annual
Cruisin' For A Cause Car Show.
The event is planned for Saturday May 9, 2015, at the Union Dairy, 126 East Douglas Street, Freeport Illinois. Stay tuned for more information regarding entry fees and registration. Raffle prizes awarded. This year's show has new categories for both trucks and motorcycles. So get your chrome polish, car wax and elbow grease ready to see some of the areas best customs, and have some fun at this early Spring event!

Tuesday, December 16, 2014

FACC Christmas Donations

FACC Christmas Donation

Freeport Illinois Lions Club donated a check for $500, plus 155 food items, as well as $131 collected during holiday party activities to the Freeport Area Church Cooperative (FACC) on December 10, 2014.

FACC Director, Dean Wright, accepts a $500 check from Freeport Lion 2nd VP, Rebecca Shriver. Photo courtesy of Lion Dennis Zimmerman.
At the Freeport Lions Club annual holiday party members brought food items and gave monetary donations to give to the Freeport Area Church Cooperative, a not-for-profit social services organization whose mission is to provide emergency food, clothing, and shelter to those in need in northwest Illinois and to empower those to whom they serve.

(upper row l-r) Paul Rampenthal, Rick Eastman, Brian Burke, Roland Caruso, Kent Cairy, Liz Boyer, Pat Davis, Dennis Zimmerman, Larry Trimble, Jim Medendorp; (lower row l-r) Bert Kersten, Darla VanBuskirk, David Snyders, Rebecca Shriver, Joe Serafini, Andy Skinner, Terry Anderson
The Freeport Lions Club meets every 2nd and 4th Tuesday each month. For more information see their blog or join them online as a Facebook friend:

Salvation Christmas 2014

Freeport Lions Club members donated $250 to The Salvation Army as well as bell-ringing and collecting public donations in red kettles in front of area businesses.

Lions photo submitted

Freeport Lions Darla VanBuskirk (left) and Joe Serafini (right) presented a $250.00 check to Salvation Army Captain John Wilson  after the annual All Service Clubs Luncheon on December 15, 2014.

The Salvation Army uses funds to support adults, children and families, and to bring disaster relief to those in need. Donations and financial assistance to the Salvation Army provide Christmas dinners, clothing, and toys for families in need, including families of prisoners. Volunteers distribute gifts to shut-ins in hospitals and nursing homes, and shelters are open for sit-down dinners. The Salvation Army endeavors to bring spiritual light and love to those it serves at Christmas so that the real meaning of the season is not forgotten. Many families receive aid over a period of months after the Christmas season, as well as people struggling with difficult family, emotional, or employment problems. Because they want to respond to the varying needs of the communities in which they serve, all of The Salvation Army’s holiday assistance programs are administered locally.
The Freeport Lions Club thanks all good citizens who helped make this possible through their generosity.

The Freeport Lions Club meets every 2nd and 4th Tuesday each month. For more information see their blog or join them online as a Facebook friend: