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Tuesday, August 16, 2016


St. Thomas Aquinas Church, Freeport IL, has a very unique collection “box” for Freeport Lions Club to collect used eyewear to recycle.
It looks like a wooden paddle with a wire basket fastened to the lower half, and hangs from one of the church walls in the vestibule by the church office, and contains a partial biblical quote from St. Matthew, chapter 11, verse 5, “…the blind receive sight…”

Laura Diemer, Director of Communications
Aquin Catholic Schools, is also the music and youth coordinator at St. Thomas Aquinas Church. After buying the hanging basket at Hobby Lobby, she drew the words by hand using ink pens.
Church parishioners regularly donate their used eye glasses and deposit them in the wall hanging.

Because of smaller efforts like this, the Lions of Illinois Foundation located in Sycamore, Illinois, sorts thousands of pairs of collected eyeglasses to help visually impaired people around the world.
There are a number of eyeglass collection points around Freeport, normally in the form of a cardboard box with the Lions Clubs International symbol on it.

A big THANK YOU, Freeport, for improving the quality of life for people around the world, and to Lion Roland Caruso for this article’s research.
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Wednesday, August 10, 2016



Lion Elizabeth Moshure received an award pin from Freeport Lions Club President, Brian Burke, for sponsoring a new member, Lion Stacie Dixon, during the Centennial Celebration Year.
She received her award at the club’s regular business dinner meeting on August 9, 2016.
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Claiming to be from the hills of Tennessee, the “Apple Sisters”, Corrie (in Farmer Lion’s seed cap) and Seedie (in a cooler, summer straw hat), gave special insight to the Freeport Lions Club members into the sister’s fundraising efforts “back home in the hills.”
Corrie Apple did all the talking as she explained that her sister, Seedie Apple, is hearing impaired (deaf), and that she could only smile a big-toothy smile and respond to certain hand signals.
Sister Seedie then signaled to her sister Corrie with either her hands or the flyswatter, nobody was certain which, that she wondered if Lion Terry Anderson might “be available”, as she apparently found him quite attractive.
But alas, the answer was a solid “no” in both verbal and hand communications from all parties. So Seedie just stood there, dejected, silently clutching her flyswatter for support, for which all members were grateful.
Fun-raising Finery
The sisters brought with them their special “wind-chimes-for-the-deaf” prototype. Recycled from paper plates and empty bathroom tissue rollers, and secured with the finest bailing twine and yarn, it appeared to work flawlessly as it silently swung back and forth.
The Apple Sisters demonstrated how their "wind-chimes-for-the-deaf" prototype actually work as Lion Paul Rampanthal and others LOL'd (laughed out loud) in unison
Suspense was high for eager bidders

As the Apple Sisters proceeded to lead an auction for the prized prototype, Lion Roland Caruso roared an opening bid of $1, then a $2 bid from Lion Rich Montgomery, and last-but-not-least, Lion Bert Kersten ended the bidding with a top bid of $3.
The Apple Sisters auctioned their wind-chimes-for-the-deaf as Lions Rick Eastman (in back), Liz Mosher and Bert Kersten look on.
Lion Bert Kersten collects his very first wind-chimes-for-the-deaf from the Apple Sisters Auction after a winning $3 bid. Afterwards, Lion Bert was quoted as saying, "I'm pretty sure it won’t bother my neighbors when I hang it outdoors."
The Apple Sisters Auction donated all proceeds to the Freeport Lions Club, for which all members gave a hardy round of applause as the sisters made a hasty retreat for the door.
A big “THANK YOU” to Lion Sandra Janicke and her dinner guest, Debbie Wilhelms, for sponsoring travel arrangements for the Apple Sisters to be our special guests for the evening.
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Monday, August 8, 2016


Second Place in District Playday

Freeport Lions’ took some healthy time off from volunteer activities to play golf with a few Lions friends from other clubs in District 1D.

Golfers Terry Anderson, Pat Davis, Joe Serafini and Andy Skinner scored second place win at the District 1D Golf Outing on August 4, 2016, at Wolf Hollow Golf Course in Lena IL.
The Freeport Team scored a combined 9 under par. Great job Freeport Lions! Looks like you all enjoyed yourselves.
Lions Terry Anderson, Pat Davis and Andy Skinner pose by the Third Hole that was sponsored by Freeport Lions Club.

Wednesday, August 3, 2016


The Freeport Lions Club, the Warren Lions Club and the Senior Resource Center are sponsoring

 The Lions International mobile hearing screening bus will be on site.
Choose your date and location, and mark your calendars.

The Lions International


Freeport IL – 206 E. Stephenson Street - August 16, 2016, from 12:00 to 5:00 p.m.
(sponsored by Freeport Lions Club & SRC)

Hanover IL – 500 Fillmore Street - August 17, 2016, from 1:30 to 5:00 p.m.
(sponsored by Warren Lions Club & SRC)

No appointments necessary.
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Our twin club, the Lions Club of Kathmandu-Gliese, in Nepal recently donated computers to one of their local schools with their goal of improving the quality of student learning. Below is the text from Lion Sunit Shrestha in an email received by the Freeport Lions Club.
Dear Lion Richard,

Thank you so much for sharing your club activities. I would like to let you know, we had provided Four Dell Desktop Computers and one Dell Laptop to School.
We believe, our small contribution able to make digital library in school and it will huge change of student life.
They will access digital knowledge with digital education around the globe.
Thank you so much.
Best Regards,

Lion Sunit Shrestha PMJF
2016-2017 Zone Chairperson
International Relationship Chairperson
Lions Club of Kathmandu-Gliese, MJF
Kathmandu, Nepal
Several of Lion Sunit’s pictures of the computer distribution are shown below.