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Tuesday, March 10, 2015


Leaf River Lions 2015  
Chicago Lighthouse and Lions Clubs International Tour  
Join us for a 1 Day trip to tour the Chicago Lighthouse (for the Blind and Visually Impaired) and Lions Club International on Friday April 24.  The cost for the one day trip is $35.00 per person and includes coffee and coffee cake prior to departing, your transportation (no tollway fares) and a dinner upon arriving back in Leaf River.  The midday lunch will be at the Lighthouse cafeteria at your own expense.  This promises to be a very memorable trip and tour of LCI.  Reservations and money must be sent in by April 1 to Paul Lindstrom, Post Office Box 189, Leaf River, IL 61047.  (Call 815-738-2761 for more information if needed)  
Depart Leaf River Illinois on Friday April 24 for tours at Chicago Lighthouse and Lions Clubs International.  Arriving back in Leaf River Friday evening at 5:20.  
6:30 Doors open at Bertolet Memorial building coffee and rolls served  
7:00 Bus arrives prepares to load  
7:15 Load bus  
7:30 Depart Leaf River 103 West 2nd Street  
8:25 Arrive DeKalb Oasis 2700 Crego Rd - - - - 49.4 miles  
9:00 Depart DeKalb Oasis  
55 minutes  
10:15 Arrive Chicago Lighthouse 1850 Roosevelt Rd - - - 60.2 miles  
10:30 11:30 Tour Chicago Lighthouse  
11:30 1:00 Browse Gift Shop and Eat Lunch in Cafeteria  
1:05 Depart Chicago Lighthouse  
66 minutes  
1:30 Arrive Lions Clubs International 300 W. 22nd St. Oak Brook 15.5 miles  
1:30 200 Assemble and arrange into tour groups  
2:00 2:45 Tour Lions Clubs International  
2:45 3:15 Browse Gift Shot and common area (Check listing of Melvin Jones Awards)  
3:30 Depart Lions Clubs International  
23 minutes  
5:20 Arrive Bertolet Memorial building 103 W. 2nd, Leaf River- - 101.5 miles
5:30 Eat Dinner at Bertolet Memorial building before leaving for home.   
107 minutes  
  Trip total travel: 226.6 miles  
245 minutes  
4hrs 5 min.  

Monday, March 9, 2015


At our February 10, 2015, regular meeting, Lion Roland Caruso introduced Katie Borgman, Volunteer Services of American Red Cross of Northwest Illinois. The Freeport Chapter office, located at 224 W Galena Avenue, celebrates 100 years in 2015. Rockford IL Chapter, located at 727 N. Church Stjust celebrated 100 years 2014. Katie became a part of the Northwest Illinois Chapter on November 12, 2013.

The American Red Cross of Northwest Illinois has over 400 volunteers and is a non-profit 501 (3) (c) organization. They serve ten counties and a population of over 800,000 people in northwestern Illinois. Their mission is "To alleviate human suffering in the face of an emergency." They focus on five areas: 1) Blood Services, 2) Disaster Cycle Services, 3) Preparedness Health & Safety Services, 4) Armed Forces, and 5) International Services.

Examples of local disasters are home fires and flooding. The Freeport Lions Club worked closely with the local office several years ago to distribute money from the Lions Disaster Fund to some of the neediest local families that the Freeport Chapter helped identify.

The Red Cross was founded May 2l,1881, by Clarissa (Clara) Harlowe Barton with idea that most work would be done by volunteers. Clara Barton was a recording clerk at the U.S. Patent Office in Washington D.C. when the Civil War brought her close to caring for wounded soldiers. Twenty years and three U.S. presidents later, the Red Cross flag flew officially for the first time in this country when Barton issued a public appeal for funds and clothing to aid victims of a devastating forest fire in Michigan. Today the Red Cross is a global organization.

Ms. Borgman brought some small door prizes, and some winning members were: Lions Liz Boyer, Rick Eastman, Rebecca Shriver, Brian Burke and Bert Kersten.
photo compliments of Liz Boyer
1st Vice President, Bert Kersten, thanked Katie for her time, commitment and excellent program, and presented her with a club pen as a token of our gratitude. Thank you, Lion Roland Caruso, for arranging this program.

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Sunday, March 8, 2015



Freeport Lions Club hosted a very well attended District 1-D NW Central Zone Meeting. Most of the Freeport Club’s members attended as well as Lions from Cedarville, Dakota, Durand, Forreston, German Valley, Leaf River, Orangeville, Pecatonica and Shannon. Each club reported on upcoming events that they are sponsoring.

DG Kloepping, Zone Chairperson Darla VanBuskirk, Freeport 1st VP Bert Kersten
Central topics discussed were: Diabetes Awareness, the District 1D Convention April 10-11, Lions State of Illinois Convention May 15-17, the Lions International Convention June 26-30, Camp Lions for blind and deaf youths, the Center for Sight & Hearing remodeling campaign, the new Lions of Illinois Foundation location, setting and achieving club goals, and lastly, Membership and Leadership.

All attendees received a calendar to mark down dates. Instead of a look backward at achievements, this forward view informed everyone of other clubs’ events to try and bolster more participation by member clubs of our zone events and at other clubs’ events.
Past President Bert Kersten, standing in for vacationing President Rich Montgomery, presented District 1D Governor, Jim Kloepping, a check in the amount of $1,100 for the Center for Sight & Hearing Facility Remodeling Campaign on behalf of the Freeport Lions Club.
- Thanks to Lion Bert Kersten for reporting this news update and Lion Joe Serafini for photos.



FINANCIAL ASSISTANCE - At its February 24, 2015, meeting the Freeport Lions Club Board of Directors approved $100 financial assistance to Freeport resident Bruce Furdge for transportation costs to get into Chicago's University of Illinois Retina Center 120 miles away.
RAMP's ILA (Independent Living Advocate) had been working with Mr. Furdge for several months attempting to find a way to transport him to get post-op appointment with the doctor who provided his eye surgery. No Freeport or Rockford doctors would see him until his operation surgeon approved.
Mr. Furdge’s eye surgery was on January 7, 2015. He had to reschedule his Chicago appointment three times. 
Lion Treasurer, Dennis Zimmerman, presented the $100 check to Mr. Furdge on Fenbruary 25th. This Lions Club assistance helped finally transport him into Chicago for his appointment and return to Freeport on Thursday, February 26, 2015. Other local relief agencies were unable to provide any type of assistance, so this was a real blessing. 
Thanks to Lion Elizabeth Boyer, RAMP Information & Referral Specialist/Office Assistant, for bringing this issue to the attention of the Lions Board of Directors, and for reporting this “good news” story.

Sunday, February 8, 2015


Thanks to Freeport Lions Duane Smith and Joe Serafini for compiling and producing the print media versions of "Lion Talk" and Meeting Minutes, respectively. This blog is a summary of their efforts.
JANUARY THANK YOU LETTERS were received from RAMP for our club’s 2014 donation, and from School District 145 for our club’s December donation to the Freeport High School Choir.

Member Communications: - Congratulations to Lion Elizabeth "Liz" Boyer, now known as Liz Moshure, who announced that she was married to Justin Moshure on December 31, 2014. What a nice way to ring in the New Year! 

Lion Dave Snyders says turning 60 is the new 40 but he did get new hearing aids shortly after that birthday. 

Keep Lion Duane Smith in our thoughts and prayers as he continues to seek medical treatment.  We hope to see him soon at our club events.

Lion Liz (Boyer) Moshure and Lion Roland Caruso both won monthly drawings during 2014 in the District 1D Monthly Calendar Drawing Sweepstakes. The cost for 2015 calendars is $25.00 with chances to win $50.00 multiple times. Three calendar buyer winner names are drawn each evening on Monday, Wednesday and Saturday. See Lion Joe Serafini to get your calendars and your chance to win!

Our Tail Twister events and 50/50 drawings at regular meetings continue to funnel small donations from members and guests wallets and purses into the club administrative account. Members and guests have fun while donating to worthy causes.

The Freeport Lions Club has a busy schedule in the coming months. See Calendar of Events further on for complete details.
Lion Terry Anderson reported that in 2014 the Freeport Lions Club purchased 28 pairs of eyeglasses for requests from the needy in our community at a club cost of over $1,200. Our club has purchased/subsidized hundreds of pairs of glasses over the years. He and Lion Dennis Zimmerman are in charge of organizing and collecting our mint candy sales (over $2,500 collected in 2014) to help subsidize the cost of glasses. Candy sales and local businesses patrons who fill the collection trays in sponsoring establishments are an important source of income for Lions Club activities each year. It is an important job deserving a really BIG thank you to both Lion Terry and Lion Dennis for all their efforts. THANKS!

Lion David Snyders has booklets of Lions of Illinois Foundation “Sight and Sound Sweepstakes” tickets for Lions to either buy for themselves or to sell to the general public. Contact Lion Dave unless he contacts you first for a donation. Cost is for a 3-ticket book is $10.00 or $4.00 per ticket. Sales support Camp Lions for Blind and Deaf, Statewide Low-Vision Evaluation Clinics, Social Services for Blind and Deaf, Mobile Hearing Unit, Mobile Diabetic Unit and Used Eyeglasses Collection Program. Lion Dave says: “All tickets and money need to be turned in no later than April 14th”. 

The Freeport Lions Club’s 2nd Annual Car Show “Cruisin for a Cause” is scheduled for  May 9th on the Union Dairy property on Douglas Street in Freeport. Chairman Lion Rick Eastman is working to get more sponsors. Lion Rick says we are seeking trophy/award plaque sponsors @ cost of $25.00. More to come as to meetings and getting all Lion's involved in seeking out sponsors. Rick said this year's show will include categories for motorcycles and trucks, so Get your motor runnin', Head out on the highway, Lookin' for adventure, In whatever comes our way!
THINK WARMER THOUGHTS - Again this year, as we have done for many years, the Freeport Lions Club will help sponsor a youth with special needs to attend Camp Lions sometime during June through July 2015. This is a wonderful experience for young people between ages 7 and 17 with special needs to experience outdoor fun with experienced camp supervisors. The Freeport Lions Club prefers to sponsor a youth from our community to go to Camp Lions. If you know of a young candidate in Freeport who has special needs, let us know. For more specific information  see online reference:

The Freeport Lions Club Scholarship Committee has given $1,000 scholarship application forms to the counselors at Freeport High School, Aquin High School and Highland Community College for our 2015-2016 Scholarship Award for Highland Community College. Applications must be received by the first week of April. Applicants must complete attendance at Highland to receive the award money.

·  Do all the good you can, By all the means you can, In all the ways you can, In all the places you can, At all the times you can, To all the people you can, as long as you can. - John Wesley’s Rule
·  “Kindness begets kindness evermore.” – Sophocles
·  “What we are saying today is that you are either part of the solution or you are part of the problem.” Eldridge Clever
·  “Anger is a short madness.” Horace

 Calander of Events: 

·  02/10/15 - 6:00PM Regular Mtg – Eagle’s Club

·  02/24/15 - 5:30PM Board Mtg / 6:30 Regular Mtg - Eagle's Club

·  03/02/15 - 6:00PM Regular Mtg / 6:30 Zone Mtg at Eagle’s Club *

* PLEASE NOTE: The club’s previously scheduled March 10th regular meeting was combined with the March 2nd NW Central Zone meeting. This should ensure good attendance and minimize exposure to January’s cold weather to attend another meeting.

·  03/07/15 - Ice Hogs Game in Rockford IL - Lion Paul Rampenthal said that eight members have purchased a total of 26 tickets for the Ice Hogs Hockey Game in Rockford. Details about travel, start times, etc., to be announced soon.

·  Mid-April 2015 - Diabetes Awareness Event TBA - Our club will participate in this world-wide effort. Lion Brian Burke volunteered to chair an awareness subcommittee to organize a community awareness event in mid-to-late April.  Contact Lion Brian if you would like to help.

·  03/24/15 - 5:30PM Board Meeting / 6:30 Regular Meeting - Eagle's Club

·  04/10/15 - 2-day District 1D Convention - Radisson Hotel, Rockford IL

·  05/09/15 - 2nd Annual Car Show "Cruisin’ for a Cause"

·  06/09/15 - Golf Outing & Steak Fry – Park Hills GC & Eagle’s Club

·  06/23/15 - 5:30PM Board Meeting / 6:30 Regular Meeting - Eagle's Club

·  07/14/15 – 6:00PM Regular Mtg, 2015-16 Officers Induction – Eagle’s Club

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