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Friday, September 16, 2016


Freeport resident Kathryn Lynch has a low-vision condition so severe that she must always use some sort of magnifier to bring objects and print into focus. It can take two to three times as long for her to read a simple newspaper article as it does someone with 20/20 vision.
On Wednesday, September 14, 2016, the Freeport Lions Club donated a new, modern, DaVinci HD Ultra 24 magnifying reader to Kathryn.

Lion Joe Serafini points to specific buttons and knobs on the magnifier control panel for Kathryn as Lion Terry Anderson reads about them from the operations manual.
Lions Terry Anderson and Joe Serafini unpacked and set up the reader for her in her home, and gave Kathryn some initial instructions with her at the controls.

“Oh my goodness!” Kathryn exclaimed, “Oh my goodness, this is just wonderful!”
When she saw all the amazing features of the machine she exclaimed over and over how wonderful it was to be able to see things like a grandchild’s picture, a simple cake recipe, and an old address book once again without the troublesome eye strain that it normally takes for her to see things that most people might take for granted, like writing a check to pay a bill for instance.
Once the basic training session was completed, the Lions Anderson and Serafini gave Kathryn the instruction manual so she could magnify it herself, continue becoming familiar with the machine at her own speed, and improve the quality of her reading and communicating.
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Tuesday, September 13, 2016


August 16, 2016 – Downtown Freeport IL 
Sunshine and the smiles of volunteers greeted 50 people who enrolled in a Free Hearing Screening clinic co-sponsored by the Freeport Lions Club and the Senior Resource Center at its 206 East Stephenson Street location.

Volunteers included Lions Joe Serafini, Rich Montgomery, Duane Smith, David Marcum, Terry Anderson, Dennis Zimmerman, and Roland Caruso. Lions Patrick Davis and Liz Moshure also supported the event by checking their own hearing as did Anita Caruso, wife of Lion Roland. Participants of the general public shall remain anonymous to protect their privacy.

FIRST CUSTOMER – (anonymous) completes the enrollment form as event sponsors look on. (L to R) Lions Joe Serafini, Dave Marcum and Roland Caruso, SRC Executive Director Sue Lambert, Lions Terry Anderson and Dennis Zimmerman. (photo by rmontgomery)
Asked if he thought this Lions Club event was a success, event chairperson Caruso, stated, “The event was scheduled to run from noon to about four o’clock, and there was a steady flow of active participants that tapered off during the last hour of the event. So yes, I think it was very successful.”
BUSY PLACE – Three anonymous people complete their registration forms for the free hearing screening with help from Lion Caruso as Lions Liz Moshure, Dennis Zimmerman, Duane Smith and Dave Marcum wait in the background. (photo by rmontgomery)
A second free Lions Club hearing screening was held the following day at the Senior Resource Center in Hanover IL co-sponsored with the Warren IL Lions Club.

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Saturday, September 3, 2016


Freeport Lions Terry Anderson, Sandy Janicke and Joe Serafini attended the District 1D Candy Day Jamboree in Leaf River IL on 8/27/16.  They also submitted over 800 pairs of eyeglasses, 4 hearing aids and 10 ink cartridges from the club’s collection points to the Lions of Illinois Foundation for recycling.

LIF Executive Director, Mario Gumino, gave the opening remarks and asked all clubs to work hard to make their Candy Day fundraiser a success.  Lunch was served to over 60 Lions from the District.

Candy Day funds raised by Illinois Lions Clubs help offset LIF expenses for Camp Lions and children who are vision and hearing challenged children.

Freeport Lions scheduled two days for their Candy Day fundraiser on September 30th and October 1st with Freeport collection points at Cub Foods, Shopko, Sullivan's Foods and the Sav-A-Lot grocery.

In the photo (L-R) are: Kevin Laminere, SE Central Zone Chairman, Immediate Past District Governor, Gary Meyers, Freeport Candy Day Lion (Joe Serafini), current District 1D Governor, Pam Graney, and NW Central Zone Chairman/2nd Vice-District Governor, Barb Stewart.

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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