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:

 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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Wednesday, July 2, 2014


FREEPORT IL, JUNE  24, 2014 - New Officers for fiscal year 2014-2015 were inducted in a dinner ceremony held at the Eagles Club.
Before the induction ceremony, outgoing president, Paul Rampenthal, presented District 1-D Governor, Fred Peska, with a check for $1,010.90 for Leader Dogs for the Blind.
Governor Fred said that his District goal of collecting $25,000 for Leader Dogs was "surpassed beyond my wildest dreams", and the current amount collected was over $50,000.
The new officers induction ceremony was performed by District 1-D Governor, Fred Peska.

1st VP, Albert Kersten; 2-yr Director, Rick Eastman; Immediate Past President, Paul Rampenthal; 1-yr Director, Troy Pettis; 1-yr Director, Roland Caruso; 2-yr Director, Pat Davis; President, Rich Montgomery; Tail Twister, Terry Anderson; Treasurer, Dennis Zimmerman; Secretary, Joe Serafini; District 1-D Governor’s wife, Sharon Peska, and District 1-D governor, Fred Peska. Absent from photo were 2nd VP, Rebecca Shriver, and 3rd VP, Brian Burke. - All photos by Jennifer Wickman.
District 1-D first lady, Sharon Peska, added humor to the ceremony by offering symbolic gifts to the new officers; a box of "Miracle Grow" fertilizer, for example, to help aid in membership growth.

Secretary, Joe Serafini, received a child's plastic yard rake from 1st Lady Sharon Peska to help Joe gather the many documents that a club secretary must use.

Awards for Distinguished Service were presented to members who worked hard to make ours a great club. 
Past President, Paul Rampenthal, presents Rick Eastman with a Distinguished Service Award.
A 35-year continuous membership pin was awarded to Albert Kersten for his many faithful years of service.
Lion Bert Kersten receives his 35-Years of Service Award/Pin from Lion Darla VanBuskirk as Paul Rampenthal, Sharon Peska and DG Fred Peska look on with admiration.

Attendance Award pins were presented to members who either never missed a meeting, or who were involved in Lions activities even thought they could not attend all meetings.
100% Attendance recipients, Joe Serafini, Troy Pettis, Dennis Zimmerman, Jennifer Wickman (for Brian Burke), Rick Eastman, Roland Caruso, Terry Anderson, Paul Rampenthal, Rich Montgomery, Darla VanBuskirk
Immediate past president, Paul Rampenthal, handed over the gavel to new President, Rich Montgomery.

Andi Montgomery, Kim Rampenthal, Rich Montgomery, Paul Rampenthal and Sharon Peska listen to the sound of the closing bell as the meeting is adjourned.
The new president's first order of business, after a brief speech about membership growth, was to adjourn the meeting. Wives, guests and members took home small house plant table center pieces after the meeting. 

Thursday, May 29, 2014


A Princeton, Illinois, Lions Club representative attended the Freeport Lions Club "Cruizin' For A Cause" Car Show on May 10th, and asked if we would promote their upcoming '10th Annual Illinois Valley Toy Run" Car Show & Cruise on Sunday, October 19, 2014. Our answer: Of course!

"We Serve"

Wednesday, May 28, 2014

2014 Car Show Winners

Announcing the award winners of the Freeport Lions Club 1st  Annual Car Show, "Cruisin' For A Cause" held on May 10, 2014, at Union Dairy. Through admission fees for the 115 entries plus 50/50 Raffle ticket sales, $1,000 was able to be donated to Leader Dogs For The Blind. Thank you all who participated, attended and donated.

Award Categories & Winners
1930's - 1940's - Ryan Schultz, Freeport IL - 1935 Coupe
1950's - 1960's - Bob & Judy LaFurge, Davis IL - 1960 Corvette
1970's - 1980's - Lyle Dirks, Freeport IL - 1979 Pontiac Trans AM
1990's & Newer - Carl Pickard, Pearl City IL - 2014 Chevrolet Corvette
Lion's Choice - Marvin & Sharon Gentz, Freeport IL - 1966 Ford Mustang
Honorable Mention - Special award to presented the family of deceased car enthusiast and Lion Paul Tormohlen (died 2013) - 1954 Hudson


Sunday, May 11, 2014


View original photos of our First Annual Car Show from May 10, 2014, in Freeport IL at the Union Dairy here. Thank you to all our sponsors and Puppy Raisers from Leader Dogs for the Blind who made this a success. Congratulations and BIG Thank You to 50/50 Raffle Winner, Rick Mueller, who donated all $650 back to Freeport Lions Club!

Follow this link to the Picasa web album of Lion Richard Montgomery.