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Tuesday, June 14, 2016


Lions Donate to Summer Fun Reading

On June 9, 2016, Freeport Lion Dave Marcum presented a donation of $250.00 from the Freeport Lions Club to Pam Ferguson for the Summer Fun Reading Program held from 10 am to 12 pm every Thursday starting June 9th to July 14th at Cedarville United Methodist Church for all Stephenson County children ages 0 to 12.

The Lions board of directors voted at their May 24th board meeting to enhance the fun this summer by helping to pay for a bounce house for the children. Lions appreciate other volunteers in our community who donate their time for better childhood experiences. THANKS!
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Wednesday, May 4, 2016


Diabetes Awareness 2016

Freeport Lions Club accepted donations for Diabetes Awareness on April 15 and 16, 2016. Lions Andy Skinner and Terry Anderson co-chaired the event with help from FHS student volunteers. The event netted donations of $1,200.14. The Club donated $150 to Freeport High School for their help, and sent $1,050.14 to Lions of Illinois Foundation for state programs. We thank all volunteers who  helped in this worthwhile project. It is difficult to find anyone whose family hasn't been touched by this disease.  

Freeport High School student volunteers (L-R) Molly Farshtchi, Hannah Downing, and Abbi Goins take time to pose for a photo between Lions Diabetes Awareness Day co-chairs Andy Skinner and Terry Anderson

80th Club Birthday!

80th Year Celebrated
At their April 12th dinner/business meeting, Freeport Lions Club members celebrated their 80th year of serving the Freeport Community. Dessert was a large “We Serve” cake baked and decorated by Mary Jane Zimmerman, wife of Lion Member, Dennis Zimmerman. The club was chartered on April 7, 1936.
For 80+ years, the Freeport Lions Club has continued to provide services for vision- and hearing-impaired individuals of all ages, as well as support many other projects specific to the needs of the Freeport community, such as scholarships, school supplies, music and art education, recreation areas and youth sports.
A big “THANK YOU” to the Freeport community who support and participate in our fundraising activities such as our “Say Cheese” sales, Rose Days, Diabetes Awareness Days, Candy Days, Cruisin for a Cause car show, or simply drop a few coins into the many mint trays that can be found in city-wide food and drink establishments.

Citizens who donate to these local activities allow the Freeport Lions Club to continue to be an active force for good in the community. Thanks again. You make us proud!


Thursday, April 7, 2016


At our board of directors meeting February 23, 2016, we donated $250 to the Highland Community College Servant Leadership "meal fundraiser" to help feed poverty-stricken children in the world.

Volunteers are needed to help pack up the meals before shipping.

WHEN:  Saturday, April 9, 2016

WHERE:  Highland Community College  Bldg. H - Room 201

TIME:  9AM to 12 Noon

Contact: Lion Joe Serafini (815) 275-8737


Monday, March 21, 2016


Reported by Lions Joe Serafini and Terry Anderson

During the month of February, the Freeport Lions Club received a request for a magnifying reader for Katherine M. Simler, a rural Freeport woman with a low-vison condition. The request was recommended by the Center for Sight and Hearing in Rockford IL. Because our club already had 4 machines loaned out and none to spare, the club’s board of directors voted to approve the purchase of a new digital DaVinci Magnifier/Reader.

On February 29th Lions Terry Anderson and Joe Serafini delivered the machine, set it up, did a trial run, and explained how it worked.  It was literally a shining light for Kathy as she was able to see and read once again, and the smile on her husband David Simler's face was very much equal to hers. Mrs. Simler is a relative of Freeport Lion David Marcum, so it was especially nice to be able to help someone truly “close to home”.

Kathy and David Simler were so thankful for the Lions’ help that they donated a check for $100.00 to our club! 

This is a true story about “Mission Accomplished”, and further supports that we, as Lion's, can proudly say: "WE SERVE".
Kathy Simler checks out a magazine recipe with the help of her new magnifying reader from Freeport Lions Club.