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The Illinois Lion, Lioness, Le MD1 e-Magazine (Lite) Vol. 4 - Issue 12, May 2017



From MD1 Council Chair: Lions of Illinois, The District Convention Season is over…..But we DO have the MD-1 Convention in Springfield!! Here is the Spring Off to get us going to the Convention in Chicago!!! “1917-It All Started HERE”!!!!!! Yes right here in Illinois 100 years ago and boy have we gone far since!!!! Celebration and FUN will be the words as we meet and enjoy the fellowship of our fellow Illinois Lions!! Come and enjoy all we have to offer and celebrate here with our Illinois Lions!!!! “…..apart from the veneration due to its sacred name and origin, if anything belonging to it can be apart from that -- as a good time: a kind, forgiving, charitable, pleasant time: the only time I know of, in the long calendar of the year, when men and women seem by one consent to open their shut-up hearts freely, and to think of people below them as if they really were fellow-passengers to the grave, and not another race of creatures bound on other journeys. And therefore, Uncle, though it has never put a scrap of gold or silver in my pocket, I believe that it has done me good, and will do me good; and I say, God bless it!" – From Charles Dickens a Christmas Carol Could this quote almost also be about our annual conventions and the work we Lions do? After all Conventions are where we all realize we Lions are really all the same, and that we Lions, and all our Clubs really ARE fellow passengers on a common journey and mission to help our communities and the world. Yes, Celebration of events CAN do us good!!! So let’s celebrate with Illinois Lions of MD1 at Springfield on to Lions Clubs International and the WORLD in Chicago!! It WILL do us GOOD!!!!! 2

“I'm going to tell you the story about the geese which fly 5,000 miles from Canada to France. They fly in V-formation but the second ones don't fly. They're the subs for the first ones. And then the second ones take over - so it's teamwork.” ―Alex Ferguson And with a State full of dedicated Lions, we have a GREAT TEAM who will “Do the Right Thing” as we “Climb Every Mountain”!!!!! Thank you for your time! Thank you for your Service! Thank you for being an Illinois Lion!!!! And remember “1917-It All Started Here”, in Illinois. AND I hope my wife and I get to see you at the MD1 convention in Springfield AND at our WORLD Convention in Chicago!!! Sharing, Fellowship, and of course SERVICE……Yes, we all do have a LOT to rejoice in LIONS! Best Regards, Lion Mark Williams Lions of Illinois “With You in Service”

Editorial: It’s MD1 Convention month again!


Our First Ever Woman President to be Gudrun Yngvadottir will be the International Guest for our forthcoming MD1 Convention to be held this month on May 19, 20 and 21t at the President Abraham Lioncoln Hotel and Conference Center, Springfield, Illinois. You have a golden opportunity to attend Friday evening’s “Friday Night Follies.” Come dressed in 1920 attire, sing along with the “Happy Keenager Kitchen Band,” see an unforgettable magin act, enjoy the “Speakeast Style” hospitality rooms with lions from all over the state and meet a great lion –


our next year’s International President to be Gudrun Yngvadottir! Pose for a photograph and I will place the same on facebook album!! Hurry up and register for MD1 Convention as the deadline is May 5th. Glance through the pages and register for State Convention now. Convention Chair Sharon Peska arranging a memorable 2017 convention to MD1 Lions, Lionesses and Leos. -Dr. Austin D’Souza, PDG Your Magazine Editor

GMT, GLT and GST will be connected and coordinated at the international level by a Global Action Team chairperson and two Global Action Team vice-chairpersons. On behalf of my fellow executive officers, I am proud to announce that PIP Wing-Kun Tam will be the chairperson of this important structure. Let's finish our Lion year strong by continuing to grow and position Lions Clubs International for a successful Centennial year. Look for more information regarding position appointments, job descriptions, tools and resources in the future.

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Dear Lion Leader, It is my pleasure to inform you that the International Board of Directors voted to approve a new Global Volunteer Structure called the Global Action Team during their March meeting. Beginning July 1, we will add a Global Service Team (GST) alongside the Global Membership Team (GMT) and the Global Leadership Team (GLT) structures, to help us to reach our goal of serving 200 million people annually. The Global Action Team highlights the "power of action" needed to achieve our goals. Service is the reason we exist. It is why members join and continue to remain engaged. Adding the GST renews our organization's commitment to service. We are excited about this addition and the opportunities it provides us as the world's leading service organization.


The COUNT DOWN is now at less than 100 days until the 100th annual Lions Clubs Int'l convention in Chicago. Every Week we will now start highlighting some very strategic and important items for all Lions, especially the Lions of Illinois as we complete our convention hosting planning and preparation activities. Critical activities right now include: 1. THE CLOCK The clock is now ticking to the start of the convention on June 30th. 90 days will go by very quickly. 2. REGISTRATION If you not registered for the convention and secured your hotel room, please do so this week. More than 31,000 Lions have completed their registrations. And, we are now spread across 34 hotels downtown with 18 of the booked solid. We expect total registrations and total hotels to









3. VOLUNTEERS NEEDED Please consider volunteering for any committee in any time slot. We still need many many volunteers to fill an estimated total of 3,100 shifts of a couple hours each. You do not need to volunteer for a very long time, but we can use every committed volunteer we can get. Consider signing up now online here: 4. CLUB STREET BANNER SPONSORSHIP Please ask your club to consider sponsoring a street banner to hang downtown during the Convention. We will try and get your back to you after the convention. Your club's sponsorship is directly impactful on the MD1 Host Committee budget and your support is VERY MUCH appreciated. See the order form at this link: 5. THE HOURGLASS With the clock ticking and us being 90 days from the start of the convention, there are many things that have registration or ordering deadlines. Waiting too much longer can put your participation in and enjoyment of the convention behind the 8 ball. Please consider wrapping up all of the above this week.

Celebrate 100 years of humanitarian service by purchasing a Lions Clubs Centennial Commemorative Coin. This exquisitely crafted, limited-edition, silver dollar coin is produced by the United States Mint and features our founder Melvin Jones. Purchase your Centennial Coin for US$52.95. $10 from each coin is authorized to be paid to Lions Clubs International Foundation to improve the lives of even more people in need. Visit the Centennial Coin webpage for information and order your coin today!

GLOBAL LEADERSHIP CORNER: Jama Wahl Data from LCI indicates that clubs having regular programs have a strong membership with even stronger leadership and service provided to their communities. However, finding interesting and informative programs can be a daunting task. Why not check out these offerings from LCI? With a projector and laptop, these videos can become programs with just a few clicks. Centennial Videos LCI’s Centennial videos honor and celebrate 100 years of Lions Clubs International. Watch and share the stories of the world’s largest service club organization from its founding to today and learn more about how you can participate in our Centennial Celebration.

Please Like and share via FB or email this update and future weekly updates to all the Lions you know. Thank you for helping to make our 100th Int'l Convention special and great!!

Lions Quarterly The Lions Quarterly video magazine shares inspiring stories of how Lions make a difference in communities around the world. LQ is posted in January, April, July and October of each year. Share Lions inspiring stories with your club members and others.

-MD1 Host Committee

PSA Videos




Public service announcements (PSAs) can help raise awareness of Lions service in your community. Provide television and radio PSAs to the public service director or director of community affairs at your local media outlets. Stations can download a broadcast quality MPEG format directly from the website or request a DVD from the Audio Visuals and Events Department. Watch these videos at your next club meeting for a superior program. LCIF Every day, Lions Clubs International Foundation (LCIF) works to fulfill our mission: “To support the efforts of Lions clubs and partners in serving communities locally and globally, giving hope and impacting lives through humanitarian service projects and grants.”

Dear Lions and Leos, We're on our way to serving 200 million people per year by 2021—and we'll reach that incredible goal by adding great new ways to serve! We're introducing a new global service framework that builds on our first century of service and our history of serving sight. Our new service framework focuses our efforts on five service areas:vision, hunger, the environment, pediatric cancer and diabetes. It gives Lions and Leos new ways to meet emerging humanitarian needs in their communities and around the world. As always, your club will decide how to best meet your community needs

Since our founding in 1968, we have strived to sustain Lions’ humanitarian service goals through the world, awarding over 13,000 grants totaling more than US$1 billion, in the four key areas of sight, youth, disaster relief and other humanitarian efforts. LCI Forward As we move into the next Century of Service, we need a road map. LCI Forward is the roadmap of the future.

Want to learn more? Watch our inspiring service framework video and visit the service framework webpage today!

-Jama Wahl, MD1 GLT Coordinator



Three Amendments to be Voted on at State Convention -PID Bud Constitution Chair

Wahl, MD-1 and By-Laws

There will be three proposed amendments to vote on during this year’s State Convention. Both, the MD-1 Council of Governors and the MD-1 C&BL Committee have recommended adoption of all three proposed amendments. I will explain briefly each proposed amendment. Proposed Amendment #1 – Supremacy Clause There has been some confusion in recent years as to which document to follow whenever there is a conflict or contradiction between the MD-1 Constitution and By-Laws and the MD-1 Policy Manual. LCI has adopted a Supremacy Clause to outline the hierarchy of its documents and recommends that we cover this issue in ours. This amendment clearly states the LCI Constitution and By-Laws would govern, followed by the MD-1 Constitution and By-Laws, then the MD-1 Policy Manual. Proposed Amendment #2 – Special Meeting Notification We have a provision in our Constitution and ByLaws that outlines the procedure to follow when calling for a Special Meeting of the Council of


Governors. However, the procedure is not clear as to the time frame to follow when calling the meeting and giving notice of the meeting. This amendment clarifies the time frame and proper notice of the Special Meeting. Proposed Amendment #3 – Teleconference Meetings On occasion, State Committees, the Council of Governors, and/or the Executive Committee, have at one time or another, conducted business through a conference call or teleconference call. We even had a provision in our MD-1 Policy Manual that outlined the procedure. However, according to Roberts Rules of Order, newly revised, in order to conduct any such teleconference call business, our Constitution and By-Laws must provide a provision to do so. At this time, our Constitution and By-Laws does not. So, the Council of Governors was told to delete the provision in the Policy Manual regarding these types of meetings, until such time our Constitution and By-Laws allows for it. This amendment would give these groups the authorization to conduct business during a Teleconference call. In addition, there have been guidelines prepared to follow for conducting such a meeting, by the Constitution and By-Laws Committee. This amendment would allow us to “legally” do what we were already doing in the past. Without this amendment, there can be no business transacted outside a regular meeting. If you have any questions regarding any of these proposed amendments, please feel free to contact your district C&BL representative, or me.








James H. "Jim" Fenton, 79, of Carlinville, passed away Monday evening, March 27, 2017 at Heritage Health Care in Carlinville, IL. Jim was born on October 4, 1937 to Donald and Mina (Schramm) Fenton in Normal, IL. He graduated from Bloomington Central Catholic High School, received his Bachelor's degree from Illinois State University and his Master's degree from Western Illinois University. Jim married Mary Roosevelt on February 6, 1960 in Wilmington, IL and they recently celebrated their 57th wedding anniversary. Jim was a school teacher, starting his career in Wilmington, IL, then continuing in Carlinville in 1962, retiring in 1995. He continued working for the school district as treasurer for several years afterwards. During his time teaching he was instrumental in starting the Scholastic Bowl Team and he was one of the initial inductees into the Illinois Scholastic Bowl Hall of Fame. He was also an IHSA official for many years, doing football, basketball and baseball. He was a long time member of the Carlinville Public Library Board, Lewis and Clark Library Board, Heartland Library Board and was on the Carlinville Zoning Commission. Jim was a Lions member for 57 years, with 56 years perfect attendance. As a member of the Carlinville Lions Club, he held every office and was president twice. He served as District 1-G Governor in 198081. He attended twenty International Conventions as well as numerous state and district conventions. He served in various cabinet positions including trading pin designer and served nine terms as district cabinet secretary/treasurer. At the State Level, he was state magazine editor for almost fifteen years.


Jim loved to read, do trivia events, was an avid stamp and coin collector and above all else, a diehard Cubs fan all his life. Jim is survived by his wife, Mary Fenton of Carlinville, IL; two sons, Eric (Judy) Fenton of Carlinville, IL, and Jeff (Maria) Fenton of Bradley, IL; 4 grandchildren; 3 step grandchildren; 4 great grandchildren; 9 step great grandchildren; 2 step great-great grandchildren, as well as several cousins. Jim was preceded in death by his parents and a great grandson.

HELP PROMOTE LIONS' CENTENNIAL COIN Help us promote the Centennial Coin to your clubs with a special downloadable presentation and flyer. Not only is the coin a great way to celebrate the Centennial, it's a great way to support the life-changing work of LCIF. If you're looking for another way to promote the coin, consider purchasing your own Centennial Commemorative Coin so you can show this beautifully engraved silver dollar to Lions on your club visits. And let clubs know that the coins are a great way to reward hard-working members or say thank you to long-time Lions. Together, we can make the Centennial Coin a success.


COORDINATOR TRAINING: YOUR PATH TO CENTENNIAL SUCCESS Whether you're a new Centennial Coordinator or just want to learn more, check out the recently released online training courseexclusively for coordinators. This course will help you inspire clubs to join in the celebration, as well as report plans, challenges and successes in your area. Get the tools to engage clubs in this once-in-a-lifetime milestone in Lions history today!

There is still time for you to volunteer to help at the 2017 Lions Clubs International Convention. Volunteers are needed for all positions. The committee has a number of areas that Lions are needed for during the convention. Some of the areas do not require you to be registered for the convention, but then you will not be able to attend any portion of the convention at McCormick Place, you will not be able to visit the exhibit hall as well as you will be unable to take advantage of the shuttle bus service that is offered during the convention from convention center to the various hotels.


Not required to register: Anticipated Number Needed Hotel Greeters ………………... 300 BE A PART OF CENTENNIAL CELEBRATION

Airport and Train/Bus Station ………………………………..… 200 Lions Clubs International …………………………………………. 50 Needs to be registered: Anticipated Number Needed Sergeant-At-Arms ……………….... 250 General areas at the Convention Center ………………….. 250 Interpreters (all languages) ………………………………………. 50 Parade Marshal …………….… 300

duties you will be asked to do during the parade. There a number of different areas that volunteers are needed for, so what we have done in the past may not be the same as this year. The session will help you in preparing to be a Volunteer at this year’s Convention. So, I hope that you can come early and attend this special session. If you cannot make this one, we are working on scheduling another “special meeting” in the early part of June. Date and details are still being worked out. As soon as they are finalized we will let everyone know. Hope to see you in Springfield on May 19th ……

On Friday, May 19, 2017 there will be a Special Meeting of the 2017 Host Committee that will be addressing the Requirements and Duties of a Volunteer. This is at the start of the Lions of Illinois State Convention and is open to all Lions looking for more information. Understandably, there are other meetings happening during that time, so you are welcome to join in at any time during the afternoon.

-Lion Bob Block, PDG MD1 Host Committee, General Chair

The session will be at the President Abraham Lincoln Hotel & Conference Center located at 701 East Adam Street in Springfield, IL. The room for this session is the Ballroom Salons A & B, starting at 2:00 pm and finish up by 5:00 pm. This Session will focus on “Being a Volunteer” and “What will be my responsibilities and duties”. There will be general overview of those duties for the various committees and then be followed by an emphasis on the Parade Marshals. Along with the Sergeant-At-Arms / Convention Center Committee the Parade Committee has the largest number needed. With the help of the Lions Clubs International Staff, Paul Purevich from the Chicago Festival Association and the Parade Committee, you will learn what is expected from you as a Parade Marshal and what 12 BE A PART OF CENTENNIAL CELEBRATION









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