Tuesday, October 28, 2014

October 14 Guest Speaker

Our dinner meeting guest speaker for our October 14, 2014, was Mr. Dan Schmitt, Executive Director, Freeport Community Foundation, a not for profit, tax exempt charitable organization that provides a mechanism for individuals, businesses and charitable agencies to provide meaningful assistance to worthwhile causes in Stephenson, Jo-Daviess, and Carroll Counties and the surrounding communities. The Foundation acts much the same as our Lions Club, but on a broader scale.

The Foundation was founded in 1975 by a group of dedicated community leaders who wanted to establish a permanent source of funds where the income generated could be used to support charitable organizations who address the current issues facing people in need. It focuses on the advancement of these communities and works to make Northwestern Illinois an outstanding place to live not only today, but forever.

The Foundation is guided by a Board of Directors whose mission is to stay connected and informed on current issues facing their citizens and connecting people who care with causes that matter. The Foundation awards grants to a variety of charitable organizations addressing needs in health and human services, civic and community betterment, reform and innovation in the schools, and advancement of the arts and literature. Grant requests are reviewed/awarded in the spring and fall of each year.

Thanks to Lion Roland Caruso for arranging for members to hear about this fine program from such a respected speaker,

ln their role as stewards of charitable donations and funds, their volunteer Board of Directors seeks to preserve and grow the assets by administering and investing their funds. They work closely with their donors to make grants that will match their philanthropic interests with community needs.

Some of the areas of interest for which Foundation funds have been available in the past are: community needs, FACC (Freeport Area Church Cooperative), RAMP (Regional Access & Mobilization Project), Substance Abuse Treatment, Education and Prevention, Arts Scholarship, Youth Advisory Council, Assault & Abuse Services of Stephenson County, Agriculture and Land Conservation, United Way of Northwest Illinois, and NW Illinois/SW Wisconsin Community Development.

The Foundation works with people to establish a charitable giving plan that includes current gifts as well as deferred gifts. For more information, contact the Freeport Community Foundation.

email:  fcfdirector@freeportcommunityfoundation.org

phone:  (815) 801-3035

Saturday, October 18, 2014

10 Years of Service 2004 - 2014

Freeport Lions who achieved 10 Years of Service from 2004 to 2014 were awarded lapel pins to signify their achievements at the Lions District 1D Zone Meeting held at the Jane Addams Center in Jane Addams' hometown, Cedarville IL, on September 29, 2014.

Ten-Year Service Pins were awarded to Freeport Lions Paul Rampenthal, Kevin Grande, Steve Kryder and Richard Montgomery during the meeting.

Congratulations! Keep up the good work!

In other business, attendees heard plans for future funding of needed remodeling at The Center for Sight & Hearing facility in Rockford IL, and the Leader Dogs for the Blind facility in Rochester Hills MI being discussed as agenda items from both present and past District Governors.

Friday, September 26, 2014


Recapped reports about the August 2014 business of the Freeport Lions Club
Compiled, printed and mailed to all club members by Lion Duane Smith, Publicity Committee
Scanned, edited and blogged by Lion Rich Montgomery, Publicity Committee Chairperson

At our August 12th meeting Lion Kara Kelly, our guest speaker from the Illinois Eye Bank, gave a very interesting power point presentation about the Eye Bank and the corneal transplants that they do. They restore sight for many people every year. Some of the facts presented included: The first corneal transplant was done in 1905. Corneal tissue must be recovered within four hours and transplanted within 48 hours. About 100 transplants are done each month. The youngest transplant recipient so far is a 9-day old baby and the oldest person was age 107. Lion Rebecca Shriver was responsible for the evening’s program, and presented Lion Kara with a donation from our club to help them continue their good work.
Lion Rick Eastman gave a report on the August 10th Friends Forever Humane Society’s “Dog & Pony Car Show” benefit. The show was very successful and raised a record amount of money this year. Several good Lions helped by selling ice-cold bottled water and 50/50 raffle tickets to attendees and participants in the summer heat. All proceeds went to Friends Forever. Thanks to those Lions who gave their time to this good cause.
Lion President Rich Montgomery introduced his dinner guest, longtime Freeport resident and possible new member, Larry Trimble.
Lion Brian Burke reported that District Governor Jim Kloepping will visit us at our September 9th meeting.
Lion Joe Serafini said our guess/pledge for the number of birdies at the John Deere Classic Golf Tournament came very close to winning this year. 100% of every pledge collected goes directly to charity. 2,040 birdies were scored in the 2014 tournament. Since 1971 the John Deere Classic has delivered over $50 million to regional charities, most of it through its innovative Birdies for Charity program. A motion was passed that we round off our monetary contribution for scored birdies to the nearest dollar as we have done in the past.
Lion Terry Anderson reported that the wheel chair ramp, for which we donated money for materials, was completed and the cost was much less than expected. The labor was donated by the disabled person’s fellow church members. Lion Terry passed around a photo of the finished result. Nice job.
At our August 26th Board Meeting we received a thank you from the FHS Robotics Team for our monetary contribution to help students with expenses.

We also received a framed photo (with player autographs) of the Freeport Lions Little League Team that we sponsored, all teammates looking good in their bright Lion-yellow T-shirts. Congratulations on the end of the season! Good luck next year.
Lion President Rich Montgomery also informed us that he had received an E-mail "thank you" from 3rd Ward Alderman Ronnie Bush for our help with his Back-to-School Celebration “backpack” program. There were even a couple of photos of Lions helping in the local newspaper’s print and online reports.
Lion Terry Anderson reports that we will hold our Candy Day donation collections on Friday, October 3rd and Saturday, October 4th. We will collect at our usual spots at Sullivan’s Foods, Cub Foods and the ShopKo store. We also added another collection point on Friday night at the Route 26 Bar and Grill. We will pass out the Sugar-Free Mints that we already have rather than buying more of the new Candy Day (Sweet Tart) packets. Lion Terry said he has ordered 75 new mint boxes to display the new candy mints. The (suggested) NEW PRICE of 50 cents per candy roll replaces the old 35 cents price.
It’s time to sell roses again!!! Rose Day Chairman, Lion Serafini, passed out Rose Day (October 25th) tickets and past sales lists at our meeting. Check Lion Joe’s minutes for more details.
Lion Brian Burke reported programs have been arranged for the next three months. September 9th, District 1-D Governor, Lion Jim Kloepping; October 14th, Dan Schmitt, Freeport Community Foundation, and November 11th, Danielle Rogers, Freeport Downtown Foundation. Sounds great! Thanks, Lion Brian, and members of the Meetings Committee for your hard work.
Membership Committee - Lion Rebecca Shriver is assembling a packet of material about Lions and our club that will be helpful to potential club members or anyone interested in knowing more about Lions - a worthy project.
Lion Rick Eastman showed us some examples of updated badges that he (Eastrich Printing) could make for club members to wear during our meetings and events where people may not know who we are. They look very contemporary and attractive and met with board approval. The cost for each one is small.
Zone Chairman, Lion Darla Van Buskirk, told us about District Governor Kloepping's pet project this year: Help the Center for Sight and Hearing accomplish many needed improvements for their building and their services. She made a motion that we support DG Kloepping’s project with a pledge card of at least the amount we donated last year. A vote passed to pledge our support.
Tail Twister Anderson tested us with Back to School Trivia (things any 5th grader should know). Perhaps next time he could ask us trivia that any 1st GRADER should know!
It was good to see Lion Roland Caruso back with us after his surgery. We wish him a speedy and complete recovery.
·         “Sometimes the questions are complicated and the answers simple.” - Dr. Seuss

·         "lf more of us valued food and cheer and song above hoarded gold, it would be a merrier world.” - J.R.R. Tolkien

·         "I asked a ref if he could give me a technical foul for thinking bad things about him. He said, 'Of course not.' I said, 'Well, I think you stink!' And he gave me a technical. You can't trust ‘em." - Jim Valvano

·         "When you were born you cried and the world rejoiced. Live your life in such a manner that when you die the world cries and you rejoice." - Indian Proverb

Thursday, September 25, 2014



For Immediate Release - Lions 2014 Candy Day
In cooperation with Lions of Illinois Foundation, the Freeport Lions Club will be conducting their annual Candy Day activity. Lion members and Freeport High School students will be distributing candy and accepting donations to support programs of LIF and Freeport Lions Club.

These Lions programs include providing local vision and hearing services, Camp Lions for youths with specific vision and hearing problems, as well as and other local charitable programs. The Candy Day activity will take place on October 3 and 4 at Sullivan's Food Store, ShopKo, Cub Foods and Rt. 26 Bar & Grill.
Candy Day 2013 - Freeport High School Student Council members, Madison Kielsmeier and Grace Berchtold, above, help Lions collect donations at Cub Foods. Hannah Mekelska and Tiffany Hoops helped collect donations at Sullivan’s Foods.

For additional information about Candy Day activities or the Freeport Lions Club, you may contact Lion Terry Anderson at (815) 235-0834.
Here are some more pictures from our 2013 Candy Day.



Friday, September 12, 2014

ASK 1+1+1+1


Serving and giving back to the community.

THREE NEW LIONS were inducted as members of the Freeport Lions Club at their September 9, 2014, meeting. Shown are club president and sponsor, Richard Montgomery, with his new Lion Larry Trimble, Lions District 1D Governor Jim Kloepping, and sponsor, Rick Eastman, with his two new Lions Randy Hornung and Kent Cairy. A FOURTH NEW MEMBER, Jim Medendorp, was unable to attend the induction ceremony. Welcome to all!

"We Serve"

Wednesday, September 3, 2014


FREEPORT 08/26/2014 -

"Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), often referred to as "Lou Gehrig's Disease," is a progressive neurodegenerative disease that affects nerve cells in the brain and the spinal cord." Many of us know someone who had or has this disease. During the warm summer months of August the biggest Facebook rage was to challenge someone to get "dunked" by a bucket full of ice & water and then donate some money to research for a cure for ALS.

I received my challenge from Freeport Lions Club Past President Terry Anderson on 08/25/2014. Lion Terry and his wife, Cheryl, posted a fun video of Terry pouring ice water over his head and then gasping for air from the chilly mixture.

I asked my grandchildren and my wife to help me accept my challenge. We had fun doing it and then making a donation in honor of a disease that is no fun at all.

Rich Montgomery, President, Freeport Lions Club