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Wednesday, September 13, 2017


Aug. 26, 2017 - Park Hills (East) Golf Course, Freeport IL

A huge “Thank You” goes out to all Lions clubs in District 1D, to all volunteers and to 1D District Governor Steve Boettger and Lion Kelly Boettger who stepped up to support this year's fundraising event.
Special thanks to organizations/individuals who donated items for our bags & prizes:  Freeport: Dairy Queen; RAMP/ITAC; Mrs. Mike's; Hulsebus-Gehlsen Chiropractic; School District 145; YMCA; A. O. Elliott in Savanna; The Center for Sight & Hearing in Rockford; and Lions Terry Anderson and Joe Serafini for their organization skills.

13 Teams registered for the best-ball shotgun start scramble. 52 golfers represented clubs from Freeport, Kirkland, Lena, Roscoe, Byron, Shannon, Polo and Rockford Noon Lions.

Big thanks the following 15 Lions Clubs that sponsored $100 each for 15 different holes on the Park Hills East Course:  Amboy, Byron, Cedarville, East Dubuque, Freeport, Forreston, German Valley, Kirkland, Leaf River, Lena, Rockford Noon, Rockton, Oregon, Polo and Winnebago.

The following 18 Lions Clubs contributed to the prize fund at $25.00 each: Rockton (2), East Dubuque, Lena, Orangeville, Durand, Cedarville, German Valley, Leaf River, Rockton, Kirkland, Byron, Oregon, Polo, Dixon Evening, Rochelle, Amboy, Mt. Carroll and Freeport.

Each golfer was given a goodie bag which included DG Steve's "koozie" drink holder, items from Leader Dog, bags of Mrs. Mike's Chips and Pretzels made in Freeport, golf tees, a Park Hills logo golf ball, suckers from The Rafter's restaurant in Lena, along with other assorted items.
Brats, hot dogs and liquid refreshments were provided during the outing. Afterward, 60 Lions enjoyed grilling their own ¾ -pound Top Sirloin steak with all the trimmings. 

After dinner, the following trophies and prizes were awarded.
·        1st Place (62):  Shannon Lions: Aaron Kaney, Dale Kaney, Tim Deets & Brett Woessner
·        2nd Place (66): Freeport Lions: Roland Caruso, Terry Anderson, Andy Skinner & Joe Serafini
·        Last Place (89) : Lena Lions: Jim Brenner, Steve Gerbode, Gerald Curran & Tim Gordon
·        Longest drive (to get to course):  DG Ray Parrish - Moline
·        Putting Contest (13"):  Ryan Block - Kirkland
·        Ball in trap (drawing):  Don Reis - Rockford Noon
·        Ball in water (drawing): Richard Holmes - Lena

·        Longest Putt on green, men: D J Mumma - Byron
·        Longest Putt on green, women: Lynn Meyer
·       Shortest drive, women:  1st VDG Barb Stewart - Orangeville
·        Shortest drive, men:  2nd VDG Richard Delp - Mt. Carroll
·        Longest drive in fairway men >age 70:  Roland Caruso - Freeport
·        Longest drive in fairway men <age 70: Tim Deets - Shannon
·        Longest drive in fairway women: Alexa Williams
·        Closest to pin men - Hole #5: Ryan Shetler- Polo
·        Closest to pin women - Hole #10: Rose Rienstra - Stillman Valley
·        50/50/Drawing Winner Rose Rienstra – Stillman Valley
Lion Joe Serafini and his committee of volunteers want to thank DG Steve and Lion Kelly for allowing Freeport Lions Club to host this year's annual District Golf Outing. 

Thank you all Lions and non-Lions volunteers who helped make this year’s District 1D Golf Outing event a huge success:
·        Lions Joe Serafini, Gary Hutmacher, Dave Marcum, Paul Rampenthal, Terry Anderson, Liz Moshure, Rebecca Shriver, Duane Smith Andy Skinner and Dennis Zimmerman and Rich Montgomery (photography).
·        Cheryl Anderson, Anita Caruso, Nancy Serafini, Mary Jane Zimmerman, the entire Park Hills Golf Course staff.

This District 1D fundraiser netted $2,400.01. Comparison to last 3 years:
·        2017-2018 - DG Steve Boettger - $2,400.01 (host - Freeport)
·        2016-2017 - DG Pamela Graney - $1,759.31 (host - Lena)
·        2015-2016 - DG Gary Meyers -     $2,017.09 (host - Lena)
·        2014-2015 - DG Jim Kloepping -   $1,484.00 (host - Amboy)

All attendees enjoyed the day and look forward to a repeat in 2018.
Follow this link to the photo album:

Thursday, August 17, 2017


August 12, 2017 - The Menard’s Store in Freeport IL donated a large cache of drinking water and cleaning supplies for the Freeport Lions Club to distribute to Freeport citizens who suffered flood damage to their homes during devastating July floods.

Club President, Roland Caruso, picked up donated supplies from Menard’s Assistant Store Manager, Michael Chernick. (Photo courtesy of Anita Roland)
Supplies donated included: drinking water, mops, buckets, bleach, vinyl gloves, scrub brushes, paper towels and trash bags.
Freeport Lions Club President, Roland Caruso, and Club Secretary, Joe Serafini, unload supplies from the trunk of Lion Caruso’s car prior to distribution to flood victims. (Photo courtesy of Anita Roland
Once again, Freeport Lions Club give a BIG ROAR of "THANKS" to all in our community, private citizens and service organizations alike, who have repeatedly come together during stressful times to improve the quality of life for their neighbors.

More information about Freeport Lions Club is available on these web sites:

Friday, July 28, 2017


Freeport Lions Donate to Flood Victims

The need for fresh drinking water and household bleach became apparent when the flood waters of the Pecatonica River entered citizens' homes during torrential and successive rainstorms.
Freeport Lions Club members personally donated 11 cases of bottled drinking water, 5 gallon jugs of drinking water, and 11 gallons of bleach at their business meeting on Tuesday, July 25, 2017.

On Wednesday, July 26, 2017, several Lions delivered the donated water and bleach to The Salvation Army headquarters at 106 West Exchange Street.

Salvation Army Captain Lee Brickson, the “Official Vehicle” for distributing to flood victims, accepted water and bleach donations from Freeport Lions Club members, Rich Montgomery, Roland Caruso and Terry Anderson. (Photo thanks to Kelsey Lewis)
Flood victims Kevin Toepfer, Henry Quintero, Donald Griffin, and David Lee help Lions Rich Montgomery and Lion Terry Anderson (in vests) unload water and bleach at Salvation Army headquarters for flood victims. (Photo by Andrea Montgomery)

Wednesday, July 26, 2017

Member Awards Presented

Several Freeport Lions Club members were recognized at the July 25, 2017, business dinner meeting by being presented awards.

Lion Liz Moshure received a Centennial Award for sponsoring a new member, Lion Stacie Dixon, during the 100-year anniversary of Lions Club International.

Attendance Awards were presented to Lions Roland Caruso, Richard Montgomery and Dr. Nick Wells for constant participation in Lionism.

 Freeport Lions Club President, Roland Caruso, attempted to get all members’ attention at the start of the meeting by wearing his "Get the Big Picture" glasses.




Tuesday, July 25, 2017


Club Treasurer, Lion Dennis Zimmerman (left), was presented with a gold Centennial Award pin at the May 23, 2017, business dinner meeting for sponsoring new member Lion Sandra Janicke. The award was presented by then-Club President, Lion Brian Burk.

Monday, July 24, 2017

New Club President Starts 2017-2018 Term

Lion Caruso (right) received Lion of the Year Award
from outgoing Club President Brian Burke

Lion Roland Caruso was voted in as Club President during the 2016-2017 term of then-Club President, Brian Burke. Lion Caruso is known for his dedication to the cause of Lionism and for his sense of humor. He became a Lion in 2011 and has served this club and the Freeport community in a variety of volunteer, public relations and fundraising roles. Lion Caruso received the "Lion of the Year" award at the June 27, 2017, new officer induction ceremony, for his many efforts. 

Following are the meeting minutes from Lion Caruso's first meeting as Club President as recorded by Club Secretary, Lion Joe Serafini on July 11, 2017.

Communications: July Happy Birthday wishes go out to Lion's Terry Anderson 7/2; Keith Brown 7/4; Joe Serafini 7/10; Lillian Osran 7/14; Liz Moshure 7/22; Stacie Dixon 7/23 and Jeff Cowman 7/30.  We received a thank you from Eversight of IL thanking us for our $300.00,donation.   

Old / New Business:  
A.  Club Scrapbooks:  We have two binders and up-dates are continuing.  Check them out at our meetings.
B. Dist. 1D Golf Outing 8/26 (Saturday): Lion Joe Serafini says to let him know if you are interested in being on this committee as we will be scheduling a meeting in near future.  Lions who have expressed committee interest: Roland Caruso, Dave Marcum, Liz Moshure, Gary Hutmacher, Terry Anderson, Dennis Zimmerman and Joe Serafini - anyone else? 
C "Say Cheese" Sale Fundraiser:  Chairman Roland Caruso says final report will be presented at 7/25 meeting.
D. Flapjack Fundraiser 9/16:  Lion Dave Marcum will have more for us at the date gets closer.
E. RAMP/ITAC: Lion Liz Moshure has flyer for the  RAMP/ITAC open house on 8/16 from 11:00-2:30.  We will need a couple Lion's to man a table.  Further discussion at 7/25 meeting.
F. 6/26 Lena Lions Golf Outing:  This is a 9-hole outing - Lion's Anderson, Caruso and Serafini are interested, do we have one more to make a fourth?  Let Lion Joe know - email or call 815-275-8737.

Tail Twister: Lion Paul Rampenthal kicked off his 1st meeting as Tail Twister with Baseball All Star Game Questions (All Star Game is tonight and was won by the American League 2-1 in 10 innings).  When was the 1st All Star Game?  84 years ago at Comiskey Park, Chicago.  Largest crowd was?  72,000 and in Cleveland, OH.  Thanks Lion Paul "nice job" and you collected $15.00 for our Admin. Account.  

50/50 Drawing: Lion Joe Serafini conducted & $15.00 winner was Lion Brian Burke who used it to buy an extra meal and donated balance to the club - thanks Lion Brian.  Thanks Lion Joe as a total of $15.00 ($18.00 total) will be added to our Admin. account.

Program: Lion Joe Serafini introduced Laura McKenzie, Money Management Coordinator, Stephenson County Senior Resource Center. 
Laura was born in Libertyville, IL and moved to Dakota where she graduated from Dakota High School.  She wanted to be a nurse and ended up as a Nursing Home Administrator.  Her son went to college in Hawaii and lived there for about 8 years.  She took a sabbatical and moved to Hawaii for a year.  She returned to our area and has been at the SRC for about 2  1/2 years.  Her role along with about 12 others is to help seniors in writing checks to pay monthly bills, balance a checkbook and reconcile their bank statements.  Other services they provide are referrals for benefits or services they may be eligible for, set up monthly income/expenses, develop financial goal, help fill out forms, set up filing system for paid bills and other related correspondence.  They can help intervene with creditors.  Benefits from their service?  Can help in bill paying process for those with loss of sight, tremors, etc.  Help eliminate late fees, overdrafts, and give a peace of mind for the clients and their family.  They don't touch any cash, debit or credit cards, serve as power of attorney, nor advise as to investments.  If you have any interest or know of someone who could use their expertise, be sure to refer them to the SRC at 815/235-9571 or email Laura at:  Great program and we applaud Laura and her crew for the work they do - President Roland presented Laura with a Lion's pen to thank her for coming to be with us.

"LIONS" - Liberty, Intelligence, and Our Nation's Safety

"EVERSIGHT OF IL" -  Who can be an eye donor?  Anyone can donate eyes.  If the corneal tissue is not transplantable, due to age or medical condition, the donation can, with consent, be considered a gift for research and education.

  • "You may have to fight a battle more than once to win it." ~ Margaret Thatcher
  • "You must expect great things of yourself before you can do them." ~ Michael Jordan
  • "There is no traffic jam along the extra mile." ~ Roger Staubach
  • "Don't let the fear of losing be greater than the excitement of winning." ~ Robert Kiyosaki
  • "As we look ahead into the next century, leaders will be those who empower others." ~ Bill Gates
  • "To accomplish great things, we must not only act, but also dream, not only plan, but also believe." ~ Anatole France

Up-Coming Dates (mark your calendar):
  • Jul. 25 - 5:30PM Board Meeting - Eagle's Club
  • Jul. 25 - 6:30PM Regular Meeting - Eagle's Club
  • Jul. 26 - Lena Lions Club Golf Outing - 4PM Wolf Hollow
  • Aug. 8 -  6:00PM Regular Meeting - Eagle's Club
  • Aug. 16 - RAMP/ITAC Open House 11-2:00PM
  • Aug. 22 - 5:30PM Board Meeting - Eagle's Club
  • Aug. 22 - 6:30PM Regular Meeting - Eagle's Club
  • Aug. 26 - District 1D Golf Outing
  • Sept. 16 - Applebee's Flapjack Fundraiser
  • Oct. 28 -  Rose Day

Think Membership – ASK 1 - to visit our club and consider becoming a Lion!

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

YMCA, 701 West Empire Street
Eagles Club, 1200 West Galena 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.