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

Friday, June 23, 2017


Since 1994 the Lions of Illinois Foundation have distributed more than 5,000,000 pairs of graded, used eyeglasses. These recycled eyeglasses are given to people in need, with the help of various medical missionaries, in Central and South America.

 Eyeglasses collected in Freeport IL are given to the Lions of Illinois Foundation where they are sorted for recycling to those who cannot afford it. The public can also support this program by donating used eyeglasses at one of the many eyeglass collection box locations in Freeport.

Northwest Eye care, 1000 Kiwanis Drive
FHN Burchard Hills Clinic, 1010 Fairway Drive
FHN – Doctor’s Offices, West Stephenson Street
Shopko, 555 West South Street
Midwest Community Bank, 1725 South West Ave
Dr. Hanny Isawi, Ophthalmology, 1045 West Stephenson St.
St. Thomas Aquinas Church 1400 Kiwanis Drive
Lutheran Social Services 1730 South Hance Drive
Senior Resource Center, 206 East Stephenson Street
Tormohlen's Good People Automotive, 1800 South Ihm Blvd
Provena St. Joseph Center, 659 East Jefferson Street

Any type of eyeglasses and visual aid is welcome. The program can use sunglasses, telescopic, magnifying, and prescription eyeglasses. Eyeglass cases cannot be redistributed due to sanitary issues and health guidelines.

When Freeport Lions’ eyeglass collection boxes are full they are combined and dropped off at the Lions of Illinois Foundation office in Sycamore, Illinois. Previously owned eyeglasses are typically sent out of the U.S.

Due to the legal constraints concerning the dispersal of prescriptive devices, and the shipment of certain types of metal, glasses are sorted and restricted frames are sold for recycling. Funds from the sale of restricted metal frames help pay for the program and other humanitarian services of the Lions of Illinois Foundation.

Wednesday, June 14, 2017

Nine Among Millions

AS OF May 15, 2017, the Freeport Lions Club had nine vision magnifiers loaned to area residents who are visually impaired. Their names shall remain anonymous for this article, although they would all, more than likely, gladly tell you of their experiences.

It is hard to describe the happiness witnessed when a person who has been struggling for years to see the simplest things like a favorite book, a utility bill, a shopping list, or a prescription label, can see those things normally again for the first time in a long time after using a hand-held magnifying glass or other vision-enhancing tool.

These nine area people can once again read entire books, thumb through old family photo albums, and regain some independence lost when others had to do the simplest chores for them.

The amazing transformation of hope can be seen beaming from their faces as they sit comfortably in front of their new vision magnifier for the first time, beginning to realize all the visual things they can do again.

When a Lion member witnesses this transformation firsthand, it is not unlike watching a child who hears for the first time. There are few words to describe that feeling either.

These nine people in the Freeport IL area represent a tiny portion of what Lions do on an international level for visually-impaired and hearing-impaired people of all ages. But these nine are every bit as important as the millions continually served by Lions on a daily basis around the world.

If you know someone who struggles with the simplest tasks because of their low vision condition, contact the Lions Joe Serafini (815) 275-8737 or Terry Anderson (815) 566-7977 for assistance.

Tuesday, June 13, 2017


Official Release: 

Freeport Lions Member Terry Anderson presented Freeport High School graduate Chad Foltz a $1,000.00 scholarship on May 18, 2017. The scholarship is presented to a high school graduate planning to attend Highland Community College following graduation. Chad was selected based on his qualities of service, dependability, academic achievement, financial need, and an essay. Chad's parents are Phil and Lina Foltz of Freeport IL.

The Freeport Lions Club, established in 1936, is a non-profit service club assisting hearing- and sight-impaired persons, and supports appropriate community projects as well as other Lions programs at the local, state, national and international levels.

Freeport Lions Club meets in the evenings on the second and fourth Tuesday's every month at the Eagles Club. For more information or to attend a meeting as a guest, please contact Joe Serafini at (815) 235-9710 or Terry Anderson at (815) 235-0834.

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Friday, January 27, 2017


Lion Joe Serafini has been the club secretary for Freeport IL Lions Club for many years, and always captures the flavor and fun of the club's two regular meetings and one board of directors meeting each month. With the exception of an occasional club golf outing (Joe's favorite sport) and a couple of hunting days, much that happens at these meetings would be forgotten if not for "Joe's Minutes".

To all Freeport Lions & our dignitaries:

Attached find our Newsletter/minutes from Tuesday's meeting's.  The Board was quite busy with requests and there was a lot on our agenda.

Zone Meeting is 1/30 - Forreston, and we have eight members planning to attend.  Great turnout!

Reaching out for Chairman and Co-Chairman for Diabetes Awareness - mid April for our club.

Also, for Diabetic Retinopathy Van Screening - need to schedule a date between 10/2 & 10/21.

May 6 is our 4th Annual "Cruisin' for a Cause" Car Show - Flyers/posters are ready and committee will meet week of 2/6.  50/50 Raffle (sales) net will go towards (District) Governor Pam Graney's project: : "Eversight"

Need your support for LIF (Lions of IL Foundation) & District 1D:

  • LIF - Sight & Sound Tickets are here, see Lion Dave Snyders to get your tickets ($10.00 for book of 4 tickets or $4.00 for individual tickets.
  • District 1D "Twenty for Plenty" Raffle tickets - $20.00 for a ticket, gets you a number for 156 chances to win plus additional drawing at District & State Meetings.  See Lion Joe Serafini - tickets numbers left to select for winner: 713; 714; 716; 719; 720; 721; 723; and 725. 


Lion Joe Serafini

Friday, January 13, 2017



Print $1,000 Scholarship Application below

Complete Application

Postmark / email by April 8, 2016


Scholarship must only be used at Highland Community College.



Lion Dr. Nick Wells introduced his guest speaker, Kelly Reynolds, from Sterling Hearing Aid Center in Sterling IL.  Kelly gave a very informative presentation on the need for better hearing regardless of age, and some of the costs associated with improving one's hearing.

Kelly also spoke about the only USA company, Starkey Technologies in Minneapolis, MN, that makes hearing aids and helps hearing impaired people in the U.S. and in 3rd world countries. You can "LIKE" Starkey on Facebook: 

Many thanks to Kelly Reynolds for giving her time and valuable information unselfishly to our club, and to Dr. Nick Wells for arranging this event.


We had a terrific turnout for the January 10, 2017, meeting with 17 Club Members and 2 guests! 

Members were sad to learn that Past Club President Lion Bert Kersten and his wife Linda are moving very soon to Crossville, Tennessee, at the end of this month! Bert said they were surprised that they sold their Freeport home in 10 days! We members appreciate all that Lion Bert has done for our club. He was presented a 100% President Award Certificate for his 2015-2016 efforts as Club President by a special guest at our meeting, Past District Governor, Gary Meyers. We all, even Lion snowbirds and at-large members, wish Lion Bert and his wife, Linda, the best in their new life chapter!


If you missed the January 10th meeting and want to attend the Zone Meeting on January 30th Forreston IL, please notify 2016-2017 Club President, Brian Burke, AS SOON AS POSSIBLE. Lion Brian needs a headcount to advise our Zone Chairman.


A Club Scrapbook of history and accomplishments is currently being worked on by Lion Joe Serafini. He will bring his project bring to future meetings, so arrive early during “social time” to review this work in progress.


FYI – If any member has any questions or comments on the newsletter, minutes, our online blog or Facebook postings, if you'd like to see more, less or in a different format, let Lion Joe Serafini know your thoughts. All suggestions and ideas are welcome.

Don't forget to share our information with friends and invite them to come to meetings or simply "Like" us on Facebook.