|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: firstname.lastname@example.org. 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
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