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LIONS OF ILLINOIS FALL MD1 LEADERSHIP FORUM 2017 INFORMATION ON LIONS OF ILLINOIS FOUNDATION AND PARTERS IN SERVICE WAS IMPRESSIVE


Christmas and a Prosperous

From MD1 Council Chair: Greetings MD1 Lions!

-Pamela Graney, MD1 Council Chair pamgraney54@gmail.com

Editorial: With Thanksgiving behind us, and Christmas just around the corner, our lives are about to get a whole lot busier. Hopefully, after the Council meeting on December 2nd, we will have more time to focus on our family and holiday plans. If you are attending the Council of Governors meeting at the Abe Lincoln - Hilton Doubletree on Friday, December 1st, you are invited to the Christmas party at 8:00 pm. It will be a fun time! We will exchange a white elephant or $10 gift during game time with DG John Joseph, as our host. Please bring an appetizer to pass and what you would like to drink. Join us for this fun fellowship! International Leo Day is December 5th… CELEBRATE YOUR LEOS!! The month of December is Relieving Hunger…as Lions and Leos, we must do our part. I know ways to help. Of course, we can always write a check, but maybe this year you would consider serving a meal to the homeless at your local Mission or Church, or label cans and pack bags at your food pantry. Adopt needy families at your school or church…what a gratifying feeling knowing children will open presents Christmas morning and eat a festive meal. Whatever you do, I know it will be appreciated! Attention All Governors…Please bring your winning District Peace Poster to the Council meeting, and give them to me on Friday night at our 6:00 pm meeting. They are due December 1st. You will vote for one to go on to compete in the International Contest. I would like to wish you and your families a joyous

It’s the season to be Jolly! It is the season of festivals all over the world. This year even Santa came two months prior to Christmas in many malls in the US. We used to have only one Black Friday, i.e., day after Thanksgiving. This year Black Friday started much before Thanksgiving and it was not only Friday, every day of the week was Black Friday. Entire world is changing now to get more, make more and to be Jolly. Let us Lions all over the world come up with some change, something new to attract our membership in our clubs and to be Jolly to celebrate our success. This is year end and time for giving. We Lions are always very generous in giving and serving our communities. Mother Teresa said, “Give until it hurts!” God had blessed us with good jobs, family members and good health. Can we share something extra this season to be Jolly with our fellow citizens those who are in need? Many people have no winter coats to keep their body warm, no winter shoes to wear during snow fall and not enough food to feed their families during this festive season. As our motto says, “We Serve,” Lions, come forward to serve this season with collecting clothes, shoes, scarfs and gloves to cope up with winter. Every household have closets where we hang our clothes and never use them for years! It is time visit our closets and remove all clothes which we never touched for 2-3 years and donate them to needy people in our communities so that they can enjoy this winter little better than last years. -Dr. Austin D’Souza, PDG.ILStateEditor@gmail.com

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Lions Clubs International Foundation (LCIF) PID Bud Wahl, MD-1 LCIF Coordinator

2017-2018 Donations from MD-1 as of October 31, 2017 District A BK CN CS D F G H J M MD-1

# of Clubs 77 69 32 31 55 35 42 42 62 63 508

# Clubs Donating 23 21 5 1 13 9 5 9 30 10 126

% Clubs Donating 29.8 30.4 15.6 3.2 23.6 25.7 11.9 21.4 48.3 15.8 24.8

Amount Donated $ 23,600 $ 18,535 $ 4,500 $ 650 $ 5,017 $ 4,507 $ 1,435 $ 4,000 $ 30,889 $ 3,607 $ 96,741

2018 Goal $ 40,000 $ 20,000 $ 6,000 $ 4,800 $ 25,000 $ 10,000 $ 6,500 $ 11,000 $ 42,000 $ 9,000 $174,300

As you can clearly see, we are off to a great start in MD-1! Four districts are already well beyond half of their goal for the year in just the first four months! And as a state, we are beyond 50% of our goal. 1-BK has already surpassed its total giving dollars from last year. 1-J already has nearly half its clubs participating. Congratulations to all! Our main focus this year is to get MORE CLUBS to participate. District Governors are encouraged to promote LCIF during their club visits, especially those clubs who have not contributed to LCIF in recent years. We are striving for a minimum of 50% club participation. At the same time, we want to thank and recognize those clubs which give year after year and encourage them to continue their philanthropic efforts to LCIF. Our help to those in need is needed more than ever. The Club LCIF Coordinator is a new postion this year. Currently we have less than 25% of our clubs statewide with a Club Coordinator named. If your club does not have an LCIF Club Coordinator named, please do so as quickly as possible and list the Lion and their contact information in MyLCI. It is vital that LCI has contact information for the Club Coordinator so that important LCIF information can be shared with them and their club.

Celebrating Lions' 100th Anniversary, Celebrating You! Lion Leaders Share Service Legacy in New Video Series. You will love and learn from Reflections from the Presidents, an exciting new collection of videos 3

featuring past presidents sharing key Lion milestones. Topics showcase historic Lion achievements, such as our efforts to prevent blindness and end diabetes, our partnership with the United Nations and worldwide refugee aid programs. Subtitles are available in all languages. We'll be rolling out the complete series in the coming months. Enjoy the first release of these inspirational presidential videos today!

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media by sending out a press release or asking a local reporter to help tell your story. The Legacy Project program ends June 30, 2018, so start planning yours today!

Join the Worldwide Week of Service for Diabetes Diabetes is a global health epidemic that impacts more than 400 million people, resulting in five million deaths a year. That's why you'll want to participate in a special Worldwide Week of Service for Diabetes, November 13-19, dedicated to stopping this deadly disease The event is a great opportunity to support Lions' new global service framework, and reach our goal of serving 200 million people a year by 2020-21. Looking for ways to support diabetes? The 25 Project Ideas for Diabetes Awareness and Action flyer is a great resource to help you jumpstart your diabetes efforts. Your club can even earn a special diabetes patch when you report your service through MyLCI.

The Centennial Celebration Continues in Las Vegas! Let's close the Centennial in style as Lions take the stage, June 29-July 3, 2018, in Las Vegas for the 101st Annual International Convention! Join Lion and Leo leaders from more than 100 countries as they gather in the entertainment capital of the world to celebrate service and friendship in grand style. Registration information is now available.

Centennial Highlights: Centennial Coin Program Ending Soon – Time is running out to purchase the Lions Centennial Commemorative Coin! This beautiful coin makes a great gift for fellow Lions, family and friends. The program will end in December 2017.

Share Your Lions' Legacy with the Media Connect with your community and build your Lion legacy by completing a Legacy Project during our Centennial celebration. These projects are visible gifts to your community that commemorate our Centennial and create a lasting legacy of your service contributions. Don't forget to promote your project to the 4

Share Your Lions Postage Stamp with Us – If your club has designed a Lions Centennial postage stamp, we'd love to share it on Facebook! Take a look at all the custom stamps that Lions clubs around the world have created. More Lions Means More Service – And, more awards for your club. Be a part of history by sponsoring a new Centennial member or starting a new Centennial club. And keep earning your Centennial Membership Awards. Dr. Naresh Aggarwal Your International President

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President's Message The strength of our organization is determined by the strength of our clubs and our members. Just imagine how much greater our impact would be if every one of our 1.42 million Lions and 47,000 clubs takes their service to next level and achieves their full potential. That's why we made a top-to-bottom quality initiative a cornerstone of our strategic 5-year plan, LCI Forward. Membership growth is key to the future of our organization. But we need to do more than just invite new members. We need to engage them in club life and make sure they feel the Power of Service. And we must seek innovative ways to serve our communities and our members. That's why I am asking clubs to create a Club Quality Initiative plan. The Club Quality Initiative can help every club take their service and membership experience to the next level. Because when we create an enriching club experience, our members come back year after year. It's much more painful to lose an existing Lion than it is to miss out on a new one. But it will take the support of our leadership. Zone chairpersons, GLT coordinators and district leaders like you must familiarize yourselves with our club quality resources so you'll be prepared to assist clubs. Change takes time, but even the smallest changes can have a profound effect on our pursuit of excellence. Together we can realize our potential and serve more people in more ways than ever before!

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Promote the club quality in your district There are many great resources that can get your clubs on the road to excellence. Help me promote the Club Quality Initiative, which gives every club a blueprint for excellence. Take some time to familiarize yourself with these resources and share them with your district GLT coordinator and zone chairpersons, so you'll be prepared to assist your clubs when they need help. Download the Club Quality Initiative pdf and visit the club quality resources page today!

November Updates Read my November message to club leaders in which I introduce Lion leaders to the Club Quality Initiative and encourage them to create a plan for improvement. Beginning January 1, club charter applications will only be accepted online via MyLCI. Centennial Commemorative Coins are available in bulk and make great gifts for hardworking Lions and leaders in your district. Place your Centennial Coin order today!

Send your articles, pictures and news to: ILStateEditor@gmail.com Let the world know what you are you doing in your club!

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BRING YOUR MJF PLAQUES AND CLUB BANNERS. THERE WILL BE A GROUP PICTURE OF ALL MJF’S 8

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Prior to the October 16 social gathering, Orion Lions met at Love Park to dedicate the renovation of the Love Park tennis and basketball courts. Pictured from left are Lions Dave Schultz, Ray Parrish, Gary Bowling, Cheryl Russell, Beth Carlson and Larry Anderson. They were joined by several members of Orion’s Village Board who participated in the event and expressed their appreciation to the Lions Club for raising money for the $40,000 Legacy Project celebrating the 100th anniversary of Lions Club International. The Orion Lions Club is in its 61st year. (Photo courtesy of the Orion Gazette.)

Mrs. Smith’s Class (Photo courtesy of CR Hannah).

Mrs. Wherry’s Class (Photo courtesy of CR Hannah).

Following the dedication of the club’s Legacy Project, Village of Orion trustee Steve Newman and Lion Keith Linden enjoy a cupcake as Lion Gary Bowling makes a point. (Photo courtesy of the Orion Gazette.) Recently Orion Lions Club presented free dictionaries to all third-grade children at CR Hanna Elementary School Pictured above is Mrs. Springsteen’s Third Grade Class with their dictionaries. (Photo courtesy of CR Hannah). 9

Lion Betsy Beemblossom presents the Centennial Award to Ray Parrish. The award recognizes Lions who have recruited others to join Orion Lions Club.

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Lion Mike Hepner as she presents him with his 25year-pin.

Morrison Lions Club Route 30 Fall Cleanup: Left to Right: Front row - Darlene Smith, Denice Smith, and Jim Blakemore, Middle row - Aaron Johnson, Jim Ridley, Ken Jansma, Back Row - Kelvin Tenboer, Steve Wroble and Beth Wroble. Bob Countryman helped and was the photographer.

Lion Dave Schultz with his 10-year chevron.

New Lenos Lions Club President Marie, who were instrumental in getting the bench installed in the Park District. The bench ends our yearlong Celebration of 100 years of Lionism.

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Morrison Lions Club - Legacy Project pictures and project information. Morrison Lions selected improvement to the pavilion at the French Creek Park. A new metal roof was installed. Also, a new basketball goal was installed on one corner of the parking lot with the hopes that it will be used by young and old. With Diabetes being a new focus for Lions, exercise is a good way to help in the control of diabetes. ------------------------------------------------------------------Morrison Lions welcomed District Governor Steve Boettger and wife Lion Kelly at their November 7th meeting. Shown standing Left to right: District Governor Steve Boettger, Jim Blakemore, Darlene

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Smith, Larry Olson, and Flora Stralow. Seated

around the table starting on the left: Clarence Harridge, Aaron Johnson, Ken Jansma, Steve Wroble, Martha Kophamer, Sue Costello, Bob Smith, and Bart Smith. Lion Kelly Boettger was the photographer for the day including the pictures of the Legacy Project.

Smith) and Steve Wroble. The pavilion is in the background.

At the opening night on the 4-day Meal Pack Event at Suter’s in Sycamore, 10 Sycamore Lions and four other family members participated. Also during the evening the Lions presented a check for $500 to the organization. Photo caption from left: Lions Sharon & Tom Foster, Tony Sgarlata, Tom Moline Chuck Bergsmith, Kevin Berry, Host Tim Suter, Lion Bill Gulke, FMSC Representative, Lions Tom Fewell and Jerome Perez. Missing from the photo Lion Kevin Brint.

Some of the volunteers are shown at the completion of the installation of the metal roof. Left to right: Ken Burn, Jim Blakemore, Jim Strating, Rick Smith, Darlene Smith, and Bob Smith. Bob Countryman also volunteered and was the photographer. A group of Lions (with the Lion) gathered after a meeting around the newly installed hoop. Pictured left to right - Front row: Aaron Johnson, Flora Stralow, Jim Blakemore, and Larry Olson. Back row: Bob Smith, Jim Winslow, The Lion (Darlene

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Carterville Lion Heather Abell Castleberry, Thompsonville Lion PDG Chip Farrington and West Frankfort Lion PDG Bill Kelley each received a Centennial patch for their club's banners.

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Photo #1 - GREG SMITH - SIH COMMUNITY HEALTH COORDINATOR Photo #2 - ELIZABETH MICHAELS - SIH DIABETES RESOURCE TEAM Photo #3 - ANGIE BAILEY - SIH COMMUNITY BENEFITS MANAGER

Shown are PDG Randy Ferguson, PDG Ruben Owen, Lion Helen Ferguson and PDG/CST Steve Griffin received chevrons for their years of service from District Governor Daniel Harris. The longest-serving Lion in the photo is PDG/CST Steve Griffin with 45 years of Lionism.

During a special meeting, Lion Helen Ferguson, Johnston City Lions Club, was elected to fill the vacant 2nd Vice District Governor position.

The Carbondale Lions Club featured a program on juvenile diabetes at their meeting on Friday, November 10.

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This group represents the Diabetes Resource Center through Southern Illinois Healthcare that promotes the health and wellness of all children with diabetes throughout southern Illinois. They specialize in working with children with diabetes and their families. They provide educational, developmental and emotional support needed to manage diabetes and reduce complications. Diabetes is a disease in which the body does not make or properly use insulin. Insulin helps the body use energy from the food we eat. Diabetes cannot be cured, but it can be treated and controlled. Camp Beta, 2017, was held at Touch of Nature and the Lions Club helped to sponsor that weekend for 19 campers with diabetes. They had a nurse assigned to each camper to make sure they checked their blood sugar 4 times a day. Some of the students had an app on their cell phone to help them regulate their medicine. Camp Beta literally changed lives in just one weekend. The name Beta is a medical term defining cells in the pancreas that produce, store and release insulin - the hormone responsible for regulating levels of glucose in the blood. The camp folks described it as follows: B - Believe in yourself. Better managed with a positive attitude. E - Empower yourself. You are in control, not diabetes. T - Talk. Be willing to ask for help and communicate with the right people about your needs. A - Act. Take action to help your body by being proactive, eating healthy and taking your medications.

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Camp Beta was held on October 14 and October 15 with one overnight experience. This was the first time some of the young people had been away from home overnight. They all experienced different 'favorite parts,' from the zip line, hiking, snakes, horseback riding, fishing, hayride, campfires, etc. At first, the participants were very apprehensive, then later, some didn't want to go home. In 2018, they may attempt two nights out for the camp. The camp was free to the kids, but the actual cost figures out to be about $265 per student. Students can be sponsored with a donation of $300.

The Sycamore Lions worked their biggest annual fundraiser in the last week of October – their Food Trailer and Raffle in conjunction with their sponsorship of the 56th Annual Sycamore Pumpkin Decorating Contest and the towns Annual (5day) Pumpkin Festival. At Sunday’s parade, they also

celebrated LCI’s 100th Anniversary (see first attached picture). Caption: Carrying our 100th Anniversary Banner are Lion President Kevin Berry and his wife Dawn followed by their son Liam as the little Lion. In the first ’65 Mustang, District 1J Governor John Hilliard, the President’s daughters and driver/owner Sycamore Lion Pete Springmire. The second ’65 Mustang is carrying Sycamore Lion Bud Wallace (a Lion for 57 years) and driver/owner Sycamore Lion Joe Woodward. The annual parade had 120 entries and was viewed by an estimated 50,000+ people. The Sycamore Clubs 100th Anniversary Project was completed earlier this year in the recently opened Sycamore Forest Preserve (see second picture). The club felt that this project, funding a pavilion in a County Forest Preserve open daily from sunrise to dusk, met the requirements as a Level 1 and 2 Legacy Project. Level 1 in that the pavilion is clearly visible from State Route 64 into the city from the east with its 30” Lions' logos and Level 2 as it provides for the recreational needs of the DeKalb County residents. DISTRICT 1-M CONVENTION District Governor Lori Bennett, husband Lion Steve, and the Convention Committee executed an impressive weekend of enjoyment and education on Friday, October 27th and Saturday, October 28th at the Thelma Keller Convention Center in Effingham, Illinois. “I want to thank everyone who participated in the 2017 District 1M Convention. Because of you, we were able to raise funds for the Catholic Charities food pantry in Effingham, donate to disaster relief efforts through LCIF, recycle hundreds of pairs of

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eyeglasses and several hearing aids, offer vision screenings for preschoolers, spread diabetes awareness, and most of all - we had a great time.” 1-M District Governor Lori Bennett

DG Lori’s special guest International Director Patricia Vannett of 5-NW, Mandan, ND addressed the convention on behalf of International President, Dr. Naresh Aggarwal. She was a highlight of the convention, giving a rousing speech “Different Types of Flowers make a Beautiful Garden” that inspired us to stand behind and support our new international projects of diabetes awareness and children’s cancer. ID Patricia was assisted by her husband PDG Kevin as she added more and more accomplishment ‘flowers’ into the garden box. Wait a minute…. We need a bigger box!

Another highlight was the “Ask 1! Lions Under 40” panel as they candidly answered questions and discussed their thoughts and suggestions on how to attract younger members into our Lions clubs. Lions Vincent Maretti, Jesse Corbin, Rolando Monte Del Orca, Gene Linder, Tracy Acord and Eric Montgomery have been invited to share their insights at the MD1 State Convention! Thank You, young Lions, for stepping up to make a difference in our clubs in District 1-M and throughout the state of Illinois. 14

PFP, PDG Steve Ferguson (Convention Chair) tried to stump us Friday evening at Trivia Nite, but our Lions are on the ball! We had fun ‘in spades’ while cards and dice game competitions were going on in the Hospitality Room, and everyone took frequent breaks to visit the yummy treats and drinks provided by DG Lori’s home club of Paris, IL. The Friday evening games and Trivia donations were given to LCIF. There were many tables filled with Silent Auction baskets - enough to ensure another awesome convention in 2018! Peace Posters were voted on, although it was VERY difficult to choose between the childrens’ uniquely-drawn presentations. The newly-revamped 2018 calendars were handed out to the district clubs to benefit the District 1-M Humanitarian Fund. They are filled with information this year, including our clubs’ activities that we are invited to participate in! ELECTIONS Congratulations! to the New District 1-M Officers that were nominated and voted into office at the convention: 2018-2019 District Governor: Darren VanDuyn of Westville Lions First Vice District Governor 18-19: David Johnson of Mt. Zion Second Vice District Governor 18-19: PDG Bill Wallpe of Danville Foundation Trustee 2018-2020: PDG Jani Robinson Mendenhall of Robinson AWARDS ID Vannett presented International President’s Certificates of Appreciation to PDG Ken Horn, PDG Bill Wallpe and PDG Ron Stickler. International Director’s Pins were awarded to each of the “Lions

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Under 40” panel members. PDG Bill Wallpe presented the District 1-M Lion of the Year to Champaign President Jay Hoeflinger. Lion Jay was one of nine very deserving candidates. 1VDG Darren VanDuyn was presented a “Bachelor’s Degree of Leadership” from Lions University. 1PDG Moe Wimbley was given an International President’s Certificate of Appreciation from IPIP Bob Corlew for his dedication as District Governor 20162017. TIME TO REMEMBER….. Lion Caleb McGregor, Pastor of the Stonington United Methodist Church, presented the Time to Remember Program eulogizing the many good works and service of 24 1-M Lions who passed. Lions placed a red rose into a vase for each one, in remembrance.

Carbondale Lions Club welcomes new member Brad Hagy. Brad is a senior lecturer in information systems technologies at Southern Illinois University. Lion Dick Daesch received a $10 bounty for sponsoring Brad Hagy for membership. 15

"The Loins

Genoa Club recently awarded its MVP trophy to Mr. Mike Ross. Mike was selected for this award and was voted unanimously by the club membership because of his active participation in the Genoa Lions Club activities. Mike is always there to help, volunteer and put in the physical effort needed to make an event a success. He is active in our fund-raising events and our service projects, whether it is picking up trash along the highway or selling mum plants for our fall fund raiser. Mike is truly an example of one who serves his community. The Genoa Lions club is proud to present this award to an outstanding member. Mike sets a great example for all our members. If you are interested in joining the Genoa Lions Club, contact Jerry Helland at 815 7844865. The Lions' motto is “We Serve”. The Genoa Lions have been quite active this fall and would like to publicly applaud the volunteers that chaired our efforts in October and November. Our club was responsible for manning the entrance gate at all of the Genoa-Kingston High School Football games in 2017, which was 5 games including our lone home game in the play-offs. Unfortunately, Dixon (ranked 4th in the state) beat us a second time to send the boys home. The lions efforts to man the gate was chaired by Lion Chad Pacey with assistance from Lion President Jerry Helland. The club will be donating the $500 that we earned to the GenoaKingston High School Boys and Girls Soccer team for equipment that might not already in the budget for 2018.

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The club has adopted a local family to receive Christmas presents and a gift card from Hy-Vee, this effort will be performed by Lion Chad Pacey this year and the club has also chosen to assist a local resident that is having eye surgery in Madison at the University of Wisconsin in addition to donating over $1,000 to Lions International for Hurricane Disaster relief. Lion Chad Pacey will also be chairman of our Christmas tree light recycling program this winter, he will have receptacles at Kuhn’s Christmas Trees at the Genoa Masonic Lodge, Tobinson’s Ace Our club participated in the district Candy Day on October 21st having gotten rained-out on the 13th. Lions Jeff & Gini Baker organized our efforts and we grossed over a $1,000 in donations, so thank you Genoa residents for pitching in to support your local Lions. On October 18th, we inducted a new member, George Meckel, sponsored by Lion Gene Bradford, into the club, bringing our membership back to 33. On November 15, we inducted our newest member Brent O’Daniell, sponsored by Lion President Helland, the ceremony being performed by past president Bob Becker.

The club hosted the Diabetic Retinopathy bus on October 12th on rte. 23 near the McDonalds. The 3hour free bus was manned by Lions VanDerHeyden and Wilkinson. Thirteen community members had their eyes tested that evening by Terry from the Lions of Illinois Foundation.

Hardware, and Genoa City Hall. Please drop off any used Christmas tree lights at these receptacles so that we can donate them to the Lions of Illinois Foundation recycling program. Lion Todd Merritt is chairman of our key and bottle cap recycling program as well as taking care of our c

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Club member Lion Sarah Gatewood and Club President Lion Retha Eurales. Picture taken by Immediate Past District Governor Derek Eurales of 1CS.

ounter mints. We hope to collect enough caps to secure a free bench to donated to the park district, only 600 lbs. needed. The Genoa Lions have been busy this fall, and we love it! We Serve!

ELLEN NGUYEN CARBONDALE ELEMENTARY SCHOOL Ellen is in the 6th grade and shows a real excitement to learn. She is a straight A student, is a fantastic role model and all of her teachers like to have her in their class. She likes science, plays the flute in the band and can also play the piano. She does computer design with some of her friends in the library.

The Mounds Illinois Lions Club of 1CS sent Samaritan Purse Christmas Child gifts to children in other countries during the month of November. Those pictured are l & r Secretary Lion Josie Eason, 17

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JADEN LUCAS CARBONDALE COMMUNITY HIGH SCHOOL Jaden is making a repeat appearance at Lions Club as he was also a Student of the Month in the 8th grade. He is one of the best players on the Terrier's


Scholar Bowl team and puts out a tremendous effort, both as an individual and for the team. He is good in math, German and likes physics. He wants to become and engineer and plans to attend the University of Illinois.

Kenney Trail in the city to accommodate people with limited mobility.

2017 Centennial Convention Host Committee Chair PDG Bob Block was selling left over merchandise at the MD1 State Forum. INITIATION OF A NEW MEMBER Lion Armen Asaturian presided over the initiation of new member BRAD HAGY with sponsor, Dick Daesch, looking on. Pictured (l to r) Asaturian, Daesch and Hagy. BUSINESS Anita Hutton was chosen as Lion of the Month.

As usual Lions were rushing to bid on silent auction at the MD1 State Forum held in Springfield.

Gary Metro reported that a total of $2000 from the club and Foundation will be sent to the American Red Cross for hurricane relief to aid victims of Harvey, Irma and Maria. He also noted that $1000 from the Foundation will be made available to Carbondale Green Earth for upgrading the David 18

PID Bud Wahl encouraging a bidder Lion Sharon Peska by climbing the chair to collect more money.

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PID Bud Wahl showing the new box where Melvin Jones Fellows receive their first plaque during his LCIF seminar at the MD1 Leadership Forum.

Area GLT Coordinator Lion Jama Wahl busy at her class for Guiding Lions at the MD1 Leadership Forum

Some Lion Volunteers at the Thank You Hospitality Room in Springfield during MD1 Lions Leadership Forum. 19

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A Special Thank You We here at The Waterloo Lions Club have a lot to be thankful for. We wanted to reach out and say 'thanks' to you for supporting us as we grow and continue to serve our community into the next year. Here are a few shots from Share the Feast! Thank you to everyone who made it possible to serve nearly 300 free Thanksgiving meals to our community! Ahhhh that feels good!

year. Congratulations to our new members: James Matlock, Mark Pawliks, Dennis Duncan, and Gina and Brian Furlong.

Frankfort Lions Club is proudly welcomed five new members for the first half of this fiscal 20

New Members!

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initiative focused on children aged 6 months through 6 years. During the last two years, the club used the Plusoptix screener to screen nearly 750 children at local preschools, health fairs and community centers, with a referral rate of 9.5%. The club partnered with Home Depot for our most recent community screening.

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Frankfort Lions Club helped local families in need to enjoy a bountiful Thanksgiving dinner. Club members purchased the food, worked together to prepare 25 food baskets and delivered them the following day. The club was thankful for the

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donation of the turkeys from Trail’s Edge at Smokey Barque in Frankfort. We Serve!

The Joliet Noon Lions club held their annual Breakfast with Santa on November 18th. Including hard working Lions members, they also had 6 students from Joliet Catholic Academy helping out all morning.

One of the joys of being a District Governor is to present Membership Milestone Awards during Club visits. International sends the Governor the Chevron Milestone tabs which mark 10, 15, 20, etc years as a member of the Association. This year 262 1-BK members are celebrating a membership milestone. We have 5 members who will be celebrating 55 years of membership this year. A special moment at a recent Joliet Noon meeting occurred when Governor John Joseph was able to

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present his Partner in Service, Lion Bobbi, with her 15-year tab.

While visiting the Mendota Lions, DG John Joseph presented Membership Chevrons to 30 year member Lion Bob Costello and 10 year member Lion Ruth Delhotal.

The Joliet Noon Lions were on hand helping to distribute food at Farragut Grade School in Joliet. They partner with the Northern Illinois Food Bank and other service groups and churches to distribute food for the school and neighborhood families in need. 23

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October 1st. Below: Lion Charlie Seifert drives the Lions Hearing Bus in the Cornfest Parade.

Morris Car Show October 8, 2017 Winners of the Morris Lions Raffle Car – Previous column.

Morris Lions Don Reiersen and Don Lutes collect for Candy Day.

Morris Lions award prizes to Halloween Costume winners on October 26th. Lions Judy and Al Miller served as mascots at the Halloween event.

Spring Valley Lions donated 1000.00 to Illinois Valley Food Pantry in LaSalle (pic)John Ely, President Lion Howard Fluech, and Donna Kess.

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Spring Valley Lions Club donated 1000.00 to Hall Food Pantry. (Pic) Jane Piccatto, Jean Conway, June Marconi, Jan Martin, and President Lion Howard Fluech.

Last fall, Dundee Lions gathers at Lions Park in East Dundee to dedicate a legacy tree in celebration of Lions Clubs International 100th Anniversary and Dundee Township Lions Club's 80th Anniversary.

For about six months of the year, from Memorial Day through Veterans Day, more than 20 American flags wave proudly over the streets of downtown Sandwich. Club members purchase, maintain, store, put up and take down the flags each year. This is one of the many ways in which the Sandwich Lions Club serves its community.

The Bartlett Lions Club supported the Bloomingdale Lions Club Socktober sock collection by collecting 139 pairs of socks. Socks are the most needed, but least donated, article of clothing in homeless shelters.

Aurora Noon Lions Club President Lion Bob Cissell (l) poses with Aurora Deputy Mayor Chuck Nelson (r) with a City of Aurora Proclamation honoring the club’s 95th anniversary.

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PDG Lion Ron Fangusaro, with the aid of a walker and driver, 1st VDG Lion Susan Galvez, attended a recent Elmhurst Leo Club meeting at St. Peters Church. The Leos and Lion Rob Hallberg were happy to welcome back Lion Ron. The Leos sponsored their 8th annual Thanksgiving Food Drive and assisted the Elmhurst Lions Club by collecting donations of gently-worn coats/clothing (men's, women's, young adult & children's). The Leos picked up all clothing donations during the weekend of Nov. 25th - 26th.

Fava, Mayor Maglio, Lions John Barsanti, and Bill and Kathy Dombrowski. Behind the camera: Lion Joanne Barsanti.

Bartlett Lions also worked at Feed My Starving Children. (l to r) Bartlett Lion Sharon Hilliard, Lion Governor John Hilliard, Bartlett Lion Andy Watson, Lion Joanne Watson, Lion Val Pronce and Jim Pronce. -------------------------------------------------------------------The Roselle Lions made a "Trick or Treat" visit to the Roselle Village Hall with the 470 pairs of Socks that they collected and purchased for Socktober 2017. Mayor Andy Maglio was on hand to accept the donation. The Lions Club’s donation was combined with those from the Village residents and members of the Roselle American Legion to help keep the homeless warm. (l to r) Roselle Lion and Trustee Patrick Devitt, Lions Toni Hoarle, Lisle Legan, Dori 26

Naperville Noon Lions Club recently presented a grant in the amount of $8,000 to Donka, Inc., located in Wheaton, that provides computer training and job readiness services to individuals with physical, visual, and limited learning disabilities. Through use of computers and assistive technology, these individuals become more selfsufficient and independent members of the community. (l to r) Leanne Vos, Executive Director of Donka, Inc., and Lion Linda Strugalla, President of the Naperville Noon Lions Club. -------------------------------------------------------------------Fox River Grove Lions Club has two new members, Lions Katie Jacob and Jennifer Curtiss, and this time they are female. These two Lions are the first ladies to be inducted in the Fox River Grove Lions Club during its 78 years! The Lions were transfers from a

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previous club; sponsors are Lion Kevin Jacob and Lion Scott Curtiss.

Aurora Noon Lions Club Past President Lion Michele Needham (l) presents Lion John St. Clair (r) with the club’s 2017 Distinguished Service Award. -------------------------------------------------------------------Left to Right - Malta Lions new member Lion Robert Iversen; sponsor Lion Brenda Jergens; Malta Lions Vice President Lion Tom Jergens; and District 1-J 2nd Vice Governor Lion Jerome Perez.

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Sycamore Lions Club installed three more new members at the October 11th meeting. (l to r) Sponsor Brian Bickner, new Lions Don Faulhaber and Bill Ralph, new Lion Rob Dancey and his sponsor, Lion Tony Sgarlata, and Lions Club President Kevin Berry. Hearty congratulations to all three members and welcome to the World of Lionism. --------------------------------------------------------------------

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Waterloo Lions Club members ready to serve Christmas cookies at the Christmas Tree lighting ceremony in Waterloo. -------------------------------------------------------------------

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