Tuesday, August 26, 2014


NEWS FROM OUR TWIN CLUB IN NEPAL 08-22-2014 - If any of our blog readers, after reading this story,viewing these images and watching the video, would like to designate a donation to the Lions Club, please contact Club President, Rich Montgomery, rm61087@hotmail.com.
Dear Lion Richard,

I would like to inform you we had done our Street Children Program at Slum area in Kathmandu on 22 August 2014. I am so pleasant for reporting to you.

We were distributing respectively; Stationary and Sports Materials, Toys and Musical Instrument for the underprivileged students and school which you can see through photos.

I think the photos will more explain to you all better than me.
In these program, had presented our zone chairperson, Past Multiple Council Chairperson, Past Presidents of Local Committee, Committee of the Parents and Board of Directors and family from the School.
From these program directly 100 students got benefit and more children, family and community indirectly will get our services from the school.

It was our small effort to take attention Nepalese Lions Clubs for these kind of the area too.

We hope all of the Nepalese Lions Clubs shall bring services in those area soon.

By the way, I wanted to short explain about these projects because why we brought it in the slum area? and why we took long duration for it?

You know that after released our social music video, we wanted to support street children on road but we were not doing it because our board wanted to collect more information about the street children.

Then we were planning to research about the street children so we took a long time for completing these projects.

After long investigation and research we found the major problem of the street children and how to they come on street in Kathmandu Road? 

We were able to go to root of this problem.

All of the street children came from the SLUM COMMUNITY because their family was very poor and they were not able to survive daily life properly and full fill the basic requirement of the children.

So, Most of the Children does not go to school because their family could not affordable education expenses and other expenses.

Many of the house hold does not jobs and works.

We found some more critical situation of the adult and senior citizens too.

Not only children came on street but more senior citizens to came out together from these kind of community.

We found lots of the problem in these community like Food, Shelter, Health, Education, Sanitation, Nutrition, Eyes, Play Ground etc., and you can see how many they were taking risk to stay on river side through photos.

Finally, our club decided to cut root of the problem of street children.

Then we were going to SLUM AREA and gave our contribution to children and school.

In that school had not anything and properly setup office, class rooms, toilets, play ground etc. We just gave our small services in that school for brighter future of the underprivileged students and children. We were able to encourage few children to join school and making your quality life through education.

If you have any query about this program and wanted to give more services in that area please without any hesitate you would inform me.  I will try to give answered you on time.

Please watch our social music video link:

Thank you so much.

Best Regards,
Lion Sunit Shrestha
International Relationship Chairperson
Lions Club of Kathmandu Gliese
Kathmandu, Nepal

Thursday, August 14, 2014


FREEPORT 08/12/2014 - Guest speaker for the August 12, 2014, meeting of the Freeport Lions Club was Lion Kara Kelly, Manager of Professional and Public Education and a Certified Eye Bank Technician, from the Illinois Eye Bank. Lion Kara was sponsored into Lions in 2000. Lion Kara has sponsored 6 new Lions herself!  

Following dinner, Lion Kara provided a powerful PowerPoint presentation on the Eye Bank, its many success stories and its research.  

Both old and young patients benefit from corneal transplants. The youngest person to receive a corneal transplant was just a few days old and the oldest was 104. With advances in surgical techniques such as corneal transplants and stem cell research, doctors and researchers are optimistic that blindness could be totally prevented within 20 years.

Lions Club International Foundation (LCIF) and Lions of Illinois Foundation (LIF) are both strong supporters of the work performed by the Illinois Eye Bank. Families of recently deceased people donate eyes and eye tissue to make this possible.  http://www.illinoiseyebank.org/communities/lions-clubs/lions-clubs.htm

Lion Rebecca Shriver and Lion President Richard Montgomery present Kara Kelly (center) a $250 donation for the Illinois Eye Bank on behalf of the Freeport Lions Club.
Following the presentation, the Club presented Lion Kara Kelly with a donation of $250 for the Illinois Eye Bank. Our members consider themselves lucky to have this great organization in our own state of Illinois. We are proud to count Lion Kara as “one of the pride” in District 1D. Special thanks from all the members to fellow member Lion Rebecca Shriver for scheduling this excellent program.

The Freeport Lions Club meets for dinner every 2nd and 4th Tuesday. You can learn more about them and view their photo albums on the internet:
http://freeportlionsclub.blogspot.com  or www.facebook.com/FREEPORTLIONS

Monday, July 28, 2014


Freeport Lions Challenge Community – Join Us and Make a Difference

The Freeport Lions Club is seeking civic-minded men and women to join them in making a difference in the urban and rural community. The club, chartered since 1936, hosts meetings every 2nd and 4th Tuesday at 6:30 p.m. for people who want to learn more about the club and its work.

Freeport Lions, Rick Eastman, Terry Anderson and Roland Caruso help clean up the community
“Our club gives members an opportunity to advance worthy causes, have fun serving alongside friends, and become leaders in the community. This club means a lot to our members, but it means so much more to the people we serve,” said Lion Rich Montgomery, club president. “We want to share the great things we’re doing in the community, and let others know how they can help.”
The Lions’ motto is “We Serve,” and the Freeport Lions Club has lived up to it for 78 years. Lions have aided individuals of all ages with vision and hearing disabilities. They provided support to victims of disasters and people in need of cancer treatment. They support Leader Dogs for the Blind, and The Center for Sight and Hearing. They also award an annual $1,000 scholarship to a high school senior to attend Highland Community College.

Vets - Join Now For 5 Bucks!

Lions Clubs International is offering qualified U.S. veterans an entrance fee waiver of up to $30 when joining a local Lions club. The waiver is available to the first 5,000 U.S. veterans* and runs through June 30, 2015. * Qualifying veterans include retired U.S. military personnel (i.e. Air Force, Army, Coast Guard Services, Marines, National Guard, Navy or Reserves) or those honorably-discharged from these services. Eligible persons may still be enlisted in the National Guard or Reserves. Since the Freeport Lions Club costs only $35 to join, this is a once-in-a-lifetime chance to join Lions for ONLY 5 BUCKS!

To learn more about the information session, the Freeport Lions Club or its service projects, contact Rich Montgomery (815) 541-5591. You can also learn more about them and view their photo albums on the internet:

Lions Clubs International is the largest service club organization in the world. Its 1.35 million members in more than 46,000 clubs are serving communities in 207 countries and geographical areas around the globe. Since 1917, Lions clubs have aided the blind and visually impaired, championed youth initiatives and strengthened local communities through hands-on service and humanitarian projects. For more information about Lions Clubs International, visit lionsclubs.org.

Friday, July 25, 2014


The Freeport Lions Club is promoting the 3rd Annual “Ricky M Dog & Pony Car Show” to be held on Sunday August 10th, 2014.

Beware! Lions will be roaming the grounds pulling their little red wagon full of ice cold bottles of water for $1 each.

As the poster below explains:  Bring your ride and bring your best friend!!! (Leashed dogs, cats, spouses welcome)

Monday, July 21, 2014


JULY 8, 2014 – Freeport Lions Club Meeting.

LITERACY & EDUCATION - The evening program speakers discussed how student educational opportunities and scholastic facilities have evolved over 50 years at Highland Community College. 
Lions heard guest speakers, Kim Rampenthal, Highland Community College Foundation, and Tim Hood, Vice President of Academic Services at HCC, talk about new facilities and new student programs.
  “Partnering” with universities and area high schools for student advancement is now a sought after concept that, at one time, was not so popular among educators and university staff. Top students nowadays have the opportunity to take college-level courses at the community college while at the same time attending high school. When that student graduates from high school, it is quite possible for them to enter a given college at a sophomore level. HCC also offers older or non-traditional students an education in business and industry areas that can enhance their jobs or job opportunities or help them with a specific hobby like genealogy.

Many of these opportunities and top-notch learning facilities are made available possible with matching grants and generous donations. The Highland Community College’s mission appears to closely parallel the Lions International vision statement to be a “leader in community and humanitarian service.” Thank you to our immediate past president, Paul Rampenthal, for arranging this informative program for the evening.

For another look at how important literacy and education is, take a look at this Internet link: http://www.eyeopening.info/2014/07/08/children-from-around-the-world-that-daily-risk-their-lives-just-so-they-can-get-an-education

 AWARDS - Lion Duane Smith was honored with a 100% Attendance Pin for the 2013-2014 year from club secretary Joe Serafini. Lion Duane still prepares, prints and mails our club newsletter, “Lion Talk”, to all active and inactive members, many of whom to not have computer access. Thank you, Lion Duane. Keep up the good work!

Lion Joe Serafini (left) congratulates Lion Duane Smith for his continued 100% attendance.

DONATION RECEIVED - A thank you card with a $90 check was received from former Freeport resident Lillian Osran who celebrates her 90th birthday on July 14 and now lives in Evanston IL. Congratulations, Lillian, and THANK YOU!

Several other thank you cards and letters were received, notably from Leader Dogs for the Blind, and others thanking our club for helping their causes.

Saturday, July 12, 2014


On behalf of all the Freeport IL Lions Club, a big "CONGRATULATIONS!" to fellow Freeport Lion, ELIZABETH BOYER and family.
As posted on Facebook today, July 12, 2014:
"We would like to introduce you all to baby Liam Michael Moshure! He was born Friday July 11th at 6:24 pm. This big boy was 8 lbs. 15 oz. and 20" long. He will be meeting his big sister a little later this morning. So excited to be a family of 4!!"

Liz has posted some nice photos on her Facebook page.

We wish Liz and Liam the best of health and a happy home.

We are all excited and roaring with pride at her good news.

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