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

Tuesday, July 28, 2015

Annual Back-to-School Celebration

Again this year Freeport Lions Club will be supporting the Back-to-School Celebration at Freeport Boys & Girls Club. This year's event will be held on Saturday, August 22, 2015.
Below are some highlights from last year's festivities.
August 16, 2014 FREEPORT - photos on this page by Lion Rich Montgomery

Dr. Patrick Hardy's Workshop - "Personalized Mastery"
3rd Ward Alderman Ronnie Bush thanks Lion Rebecca Shriver for Lions financial and personal support.
Thanks to Lions Darla VanBuskirk, Rich Montgomery, Terry Anderson, Rebecca Shriver, Pat Davis and his grandson, Fisher.

Lion Darla VanBuskirk reconnected with her former student, Christine.
Lion Darla checks the backpack contents for a student.
Lion Terry Anderson ensures that backpacks are distributed evenly
Elsewhere on the grounds, the Freeport Fire Department held a demonstration, vendors handed out information at their booths, Big Daddy Woo-Woo had a great live band sound, and the BBQ rib tips were awesome!

The local newspaper, Journal-Standard, was also there reporting. Read Shannon Ireland's article with the following link --

Whenever and wherever there is a need for the Lions Club, We Serve.

Thursday, June 18, 2015

Annual Golf & Steak Fry

June 9 started out sunny and bright at the Park Hills Golf Course, and ended with fun and laughter among Freeport Lions Club members and their guests. Read more in the following minutes compiled by Club Secretary, Joe Serafini.
Mike “Yogi” Logemann (Stockton IL), Joe Serafini (Freeport), and Jim Brenner (Lena)
made a threesome in the best-ball playday with a final score of 69 on the par 72 course.

Jun. 9, 2015 - Meeting Minutes - FREEPORT LIONS CLUB

Compiled by Lion Joe Serafini, Club Secretary

Meeting was called to order @ 5:45 PM @ Eagle’s Club by President Richard Montgomery
Attendance:   Guests: 9       Members: 22 (GREAT - KEEP IT UP!)
Pledge of Allegiance to the Flag - led by Pres. Richard Montgomery 
Invocation - given by Pres. Richard Montgomery

Guests: Deb Medendorp, Scott Moore, Patty Moore (of Jim Medendorp); Stacy Dixon, Tanna Gundry (of Liz Moshure; Also welcomed Lena Lions guests Virgil Gordon, President Susie Gordon, and Jim Brenner and Jim’s guest, Yogi Logemann from Stockton.

Communications:  Wedding Anniversaries: Lion Rebecca (Randy Rice) Shriver will celebrate 35th on 6/14; Lion Jim (Deb) Medendorp will celebrate 36th on 6/23; Lion Terry (Cheryl) Anderson will celebrate 44 years before our next meeting.  Lion Rich Montgomery will celebrate his birthday 6/13.  Congratulations to all on their wedding celebrations and a Happy Birthday to Lion/Pres. Rich.

Dinner:  Following a short social time, members / guests cooked their own steaks on the Eagle’s Club charcoal grill. Baked potatoes and salads were made available.

Old / New Business:

A.   Eyeglass/Hearing Aid Collection Box Locations:

Eastrich Printing
FHN – Burchard Hills Clinic
NW Eye Care
Midwest Community Bank (West Ave.)
Dr. Isawi's Office
Sr. Resource Center
Presence St. Joseph Nursing Home

B.   Officer Training 6/15 Pearl City: Will get up-date from Lion's who attended at next meeting.

C.   Leonard Ferguson Center:  Lions Richard Montgomery and Darla VanBuskirk attended the Center’s recognition/open house on 5/27. They were impressed with how much more work has been completed since March 2012. See story .

D.   Little League Sign: Lion Dennis Zimmerman will give us a formal report at our next meeting.

E.    "Say Cheese" Cheese Sales Fundraiser: Lion Darla Van Buskirk and Treasurer Dennis Zimmerman collected all Cheese sale sheets and we'll be getting our orders filled for delivery on 6/20 and/or 6/23.

F.    Monetary requests:  None

G.   Tail Twister: Lion Terry Anderson tested us on a collage of questions previously asked over the past year.  Very tricky those of us with "short" memories!  It was a lot of fun Lion Terry for your "swan song" - the last for your tenure.  You did a great job over the past year.  He collected $26.00, for our Admin. Account.

Lion Tamer, Terry Anderson, collects a $1 fine from president-elect, Bert Kersten,
for “dress code violation” - not having a visible Lions logo
Lion Tamer, Terry Anderson, collects a $1 fine from member-at-large, Nelson Julius in red shirt, for “dress code violation” - not having a visible Lions logo. Brian Burke tried to wear a plain blue t-shirt
without the logo, but he could not fool the all-knowing Lion Tamer!

Members and guests have fun laughing and helping each other’s memories with hand signs, whispers and fake coughs during the Lion Tamer’s trivia quiz.

H.   50/50 Drawing: Lion Brian Burke conducted Winner of $27.00, was Pres. Richard Montgomery who quickly donated his winnings back to our club for our Admin. Account. along with $27.00 (total $54.00 goes to our admin. account).  Thanks Lion Pres. Rich for your generosity and Lion Brian for conducting.

I.      6/23 Installation of Officers and Induction of New Members:  Lion Joe passed around a sign-up sheet

J.    Program:  Club Golf Outing was today with our steak fry.  10 oz. rib eye's & fixing's were great. We welcomed golfers from Lena Lions, Jim Brenner and his guest, Mike "Yogi" Logemann from Stockton. Scores and Golf teams today at Park Hills "East" Golf Course were:

a.    76 - Rich Montgomery, Leo Bonin & Terry Anderson

b.    69 - Roland Caruso, Pat Davis, Andy (long ball hitter) Skinner, and Nelson Julius

c.    69 - Joe Serafini, Jim Brenner and Yogi Logemann

Everyone who participated was a winner as we had great weather and a lot of fun.  Lion Joe presented both Lion Jim Brenner and Yogi Logemann with a Park Hills Golf Course Pinnacle logo ball for having the longest drive (they drove over from Stockton to be with us!)
Freeport Lions Terry Anderson, Club President Rich Montgomery and Leo Bonin made up another threesome with a score of 76.

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2nd Annual Car Show

Our Second Annual "Cruisin' for a Cause" Car Show was held on May 9, 2015, in Freeport IL at the Union Dairy at 126 East Douglas Street.
Several entries in the new "Trucks" and "Motorcycles" categories were enjoyed by the crowd. Of special interest were miniature semi-tractors complete with mini-trailers!
Thank you to all our sponsors who made this a success. Congratulations and BIG Thank You to 50/50 Raffle Winner, Rick Mueller, who donated half of the winnings back to Freeport Lions Club!
 "Lions Choice" Award - Lynn Samons for this min-replica Kenworth tractor-trailer combo
Year Manufactured Category

Pre-1950 - Bob Kresanek
1950s - Dave Banes
1960s - Bob Lafurge
1970s - Frank Malito
1980s - Rex and Tina Bolen
1990 - Present - Carl Pickard

Top Ten Choice Awards
  1. Randall Witmer
  2. Dan Rask and Pat Brown
  3. Don Saxby
  4. Jim and Mary Leverington
  5. Joe Billings
  6. Brian Borger
  7. Jody Wolber
  8. Marv and Sharon Gentz
  9. Lloyd Long
  10. Ricky Mueller
Motorcycle Category Winner (New)
  1. Kenny Grabow
Truck Category Winner (New)
  1. Gary Schreiner
another mini-semi entry

1960 Corvette - Bob Lafurge

50/50 Winner TWO YEARS IN A ROW! Ricky Mueller

Lions Fred Peska and Joe Serafini


another mini-semi entry

Wednesday, June 10, 2015

2015 Scholarship Award

Freeport Lions member, Terry Anderson, presented Freeport High School graduate, Megan Hayunga, a $1000.00 scholarship to attend Highland Community College. Megan received the scholarship during the convocation activities on May 14, 2015, at the Freeport High School Convocation Awards Ceremony, held on at Jeannette Lloyd Theatre.
The scholarship is presented to a graduating senior based on academic achievement, participation in extracurricular activities, service to others, letter of recommendation, and an essay. Megan's parents are Allen and Melissa Hayunga.
Freeport Lions Club is an international service club and meets the second and fourth Tuesday's at the Eagle's Club. For more information contact Rebecca Shriver at (815) 232-5069, Terry Anderson at (815) 235-0834 or Joe Serafini at (815) 235-9710. 

Thursday, April 30, 2015


WORLD TURNS UPSIDE DOWN - The Freeport IL Lions Club unanimously donated $500 (50,655 Nepalese rupee) to our twin, the Lions Club of Kathmandu Gliese in Nepal; a drop in the bucket when you think about their huge need. Following is a link to pictures of the devastation that their club has assembled and provided to us. Several pictures are graphic, but respectful of the dead.

What would you do if you were there in person or lived there?

Click on link below:

Tuesday, April 28, 2015


Freeport Lions would like to extend an invitation to your club to join us for our club's golf outing/steak fry on June 9. 
  • What:  Freeport Lions Club Golf Outing & Steak Fry
  • When: June 9 - Golf @ 11:45 a.m. and Steak Fry @ 5:30 p.m.
  • Where (golf):  Park Hills Golf Course, 3240 W. Stephenson St., Freeport IL
  • Where (steak fry): Eagle's Club, 1200 Galena Ave., Freeport IL
Details: This is an informal/social outing where we play from the "senior tees" with a "best ball" format.  Casual attire is appropriate with a steak fry afterwards at the Eagle's Club at 5:30PM. Cost of golf is about $45.00 including cart fee.
This invitation is open to all Lions Clubs. Your golfers can play with members from your club, or we can pair you up with our members.  Also, if you have members who want to just come for the steak fry (cook your own steak with baked potato, vegetable and a salad) they are most welcome to do that.  Cost of dinner only is $12.00, although this could be a dollar higher as we've not finalized that yet.  
Please confirm your number/teams of and the number who can join us for steak fry by May 26th, 2015.
We hope you can join us for a fun day and great meal, with short meeting after dinner.  You can Lion Joe know by email or phone.  We look forward to you join us on June 9th.
Contact: Lion Joe Serafini, Phone 815-275-8737, email: