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The Illinois Lion, Lioness, Leo MD1 e-Magazine (Full) Vol. 4 - Issue 11, April 2017

LION FOR 65 YEARS! Fox River Zone Chair Lion Jim Worden (r) presents Crystal Lake Lion Herman Paeco with a 65-Year Chevron. Lion Harmon taught in District 155 for many years, if fact, he taught several current Crystal Lake Lions Club members. He held many offices in the club, including President during the 1978-79 Lion Year.


From MD1 Council Chair: Lions of Illinois, SPRING has sprung and it is the Season of Travelling, Sharing and Fellowship!!! It is the Season of Conventions!! YES, each year at this time we are asked to go outside the comfort zone of our Clubs and visit our District and even State Conventions. We all have the opportunity to share what WE have been doing in our own clubs and SEE what others are doing in theirs. In this way we get to experience the world around us!! And the world comes to US through these conventions. “Travel is fatal to prejudice, bigotry, and narrowmindedness, and many of our people need it sorely on these accounts. Broad, wholesome, charitable views of men and things cannot be acquired by vegetating in one little corner of the earth all one's lifetime.” Mark Twain Innocents Abroad Pub.1869 Short travel for us Lions attending the conventions that allows us access to us to very valuable information that helps us improve how we serve our own communities and the world. And remember, we do Serve the World. “Shall I tell you the secret of the true scholar? It is this: every man I meet is my master in some point, and in that I learn of him.” by Ralph Waldo Emerson

“One of the signs of passing youth is the birth of a sense of fellowship with other human beings as we take our place among them.” Virginia Woolfe “The fellowship of true friends who can hear you out, share your joys, help carry your burdens, and correctly counsel you is priceless.” Ezra Taft Benson Fellowship……Sharing…….we Lions can do a lot at a convention!!! 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 next convention, be it District, State, or 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” md1lionsmark@gmail.com

Editorial: Lions Celebrate World Over!

It is District Convention time around the world where Lions serve their communities. MD1 Yes, at these conventions we meet people who ARE districts also many of them completed their masterful at subjects that can be of great benefit to conventions and elected their next year’s district us and our clubs. BUT, conversely, you, yes, leaders. By the month of April all districts will YOU…..are a master and can share with others complete their conventions and just concentrate what you know and have found to be of benefit to on Lions Centennial Convention which will be in your club. Yes, we can share our knowledge too!!!! Chicago this summer. Only three more months left 2 BE A PART OF CENTENNIAL CELEBRATION


for this Lions World Centennial Convention and after first week of July this Centennial Convention will be nothing but history. Host committee is working hard in gathering volunteers, making arrangements to welcome world lions to Chicago to celebrate the Greatest Lions Convention we ever had since 100 years.

Our Keynote Speaker for this memorable convention is none other than US Vice President Al Gore. We also heard that PDG and Past President of the US Jimmy Carter will also be in attendance. You can grasp all the information you needed on Lions Centennial Convention on the web. Visit: LCICon.org

With several changes in the convention, there will be two nights of entertainment – one night by Chicago Band and another night by Beach Boys.

-Dr. Austin D’Souza, PDG Your Magazine Editor ILStateEditor@gmail.com

Another good news to MD1 Lions is – our forthcoming MD1 State of Illinois Convention. Our International Guest will be none other than LCI Second Vice President Gudrun Yngvadottir. She will be the First Woman President ever elected to the office of LCI presidency who hails from Iceland. Glance through the pages and register for State Convention now. Convention Chair Sharon Peska arranging a memorable convention to MD1 Lions, Lionesses and Leos. We stil need more volunteers to help lions who come from all over the world to Chicago. If you haven’t send your volunteer form, now is the time to send this form duly filled to PDG Steve Anton. Form is http://www.lions2017chicago.org/volunteers/ and register to volunteer. Let us join our hands and welcome world lions to Chicago.

INTERNATIONAL PRESIDENT’S MESSAGE: Dear Lion, Lions have changed lives at home and around the world for a century. We matter because every act of kindness makes a difference in someone's life. And Lions matter now more than ever because the needs of the world are growing. We are introducing a new global service framework to help Lions meet the emerging needs of our second century of service. The service framework will help us achieve our LCI Forward goal of serving 200 million people per year by 2021—tripling our impact—so we can help more people than ever before. It's an honor to introduce our new global service framework to you and your club: The new service framework includes vision, hunger, the environment, pediatric cancer and diabetes. Lions will continue to support young people by engaging youth as volunteers and service leaders in the five areas of service.

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We will announce diabetes as a new global service focusat our 2017 Centennial convention in Chicago, and we'll be asking Lions and Leos to rally around this global health emergency that results in 5 million deaths a year. Lions and Leos will continue to serve local community needs just as they always have. Lions Clubs International Foundation will support the service framework by aligning the work of our charitable arm with the efforts of Lions to create large-scale, lasting change where it's needed most. The global service framework gives Lions new ways to serve and unite other caring people in service. We will continue to share updates about the service framework and diabetes with you and your club.

Don't Miss Out on the Centennial Service Challenge Looking for a great way to support the service framework right now? Join the Centennial Service Challenge, which rewards Lions for hosting vision, hunger, youth and environmental projects. Plan your project and invite your community to join in the fun, then report your service through MyLCI to earn limited-edition Centennial recognition. Visit the Centennial Service Challenge for more information and start planning your project today!

Together, we can meet the challenges of our next century of service. And just like the first 100 years, the world is depending on us.

Chancellor Bob Corlew Your International President

Get to Know the Service Framework There's so much to be excited about in our new service framework. Check out the service framework webpage to learn more about each of our signature causes and how you can get involved, meet real people impacted by Lions service and watch an inspiring video that brings the service framework to life. We've also developed service framework talking points that will help you introduce the framework to your club. The future of service is happening now!

Charter Your New Clubs Online The key to earning your District Governor Membership Award—and achieving positive membership growth in your district—is to charter new clubs. And the fastest, most efficient way to charter clubs is online. You'll save time and effort when you use the new online chartering system onMyLCI. Make a difference and start growing your district by chartering a club today!

Important Reminders  Chartering at least one club is the key to

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Planet April 17-23 by planning a project to protect the environment in their community.  The Centennial Commemorative Coin is on sale now! Buy your own and show it on club visits to encourage Lions to own their piece of Lions history.

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!

What is Your Club's Favorite Way to Celebrate?

As Lions Clubs International moves into our next hundred years, the International Board of Directors has encouraged clubs and members to take time to celebrate our successes and accomplishments. They have also realized that to move into the next 100 years, Lions around the world need to share a vision. This vision was developed by focus groups and surveys from Lions. This plan is called LCI Forward. Details of this plan are on the LCI website www.lionclubs.org

Looking for a great way to celebrate? Visit the Ways to Celebrate webpage. With dozens of ideas to choose from, there's a Way to Celebrate that's perfect for your club. Start planning your club celebration today!

Own a Piece of Lions History

GLOBAL LEADERSHIP CORNER: Jama Wahl

For club officers to be prepared to lead our clubs and members into the next 100 years, they need to be aware of this vision and how the club goals can be connected to the vision. This plan focuses on an audacious goal of serving 200 million people by 2020-21. New club officers will have an opportunity to learn of this vision and goals at the Club Officer Training. Every District has Officer Training and every club should be sending participants to this training. If you are repeating as an officer, please attend as well, there is always something new to learn!

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.

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Now is the time -to vote on your new slate of officers for 2017-18. -to complete the PU101 form and note your new leaders on MyLCI. -to plan to attend the upcoming Officer Training for your district.

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-to go to the LCI website to check out the resources available for Club Presidents, Secretaries, Treasurers, and Membership Chairs. - to ask your District GLT Coordinator about the details of the training. -Jama Wahl, MD1 GLT Coordinator jamawahl@yahoo.com

Amblyopia -By Lion Gary Franklin San Juan Island Lions Club, Washington

----------------------------------------------------------------Amblyopia is the leading cause of visual disability in children worldwide with an incidence estimated to be between 1% and 4%. Amblyopic individuals

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lack normal stereopsis (depth perception). Moreover, they are essentially monocular. Disease or injury to the unaffected eye can leave them blind. Effective treatment is available, but the efficacy of the treatment depends on early detection. Tragically, it is not detected early in many children as the children may be pre-verbal. Moreover, they have no normal visual baseline to which they can compare their current defective vision. As such it represents a major health issue that begs to be addressed. Amblyopia arises in two ways. If the retinal image in an eye is constantly blurred, the brain never “learns� to appreciate a sharp image. This can arise due to abnormalities such as irregular refractive

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errors, extreme refractive errors or media opacities, like cataracts. Alternatively, if the brain receives disparate images from the eyes it will “chose” one eye image and “turn-off” or fail to develop the normal neural pathways to appreciate the image from the fellow eye. This can occur when the eyes are misaligned (strabismus) or when the refractive errors for the two eyes are different. Therapy for amblyopia consists of correcting any abnormalities preventing a sharp image on the retina of the amblyopic eye then forcing the brain to use the amblyopic eye by patching or blurring the fellow eye. The effectiveness of therapy is inversely related to age; the earlier therapy is

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instituted the greater the effect. Beyond a certain age, no therapy is effective. Ideally, those factors that may contribute to amblyopia should be identified within the first year of life and therapy instituted. In third world countries, the resources are rarely available to accomplish this. Even in developed countries amblyogenic factors are often undetected. In the absence of obvious strabismus there are no outward signs of these abnormalities. The Bruckner test was described in 1962. When a light is directed into the eye it is reflected from the back surface of the eye as a reddish glow in the pupil. This is called the “red reflex” and is the red eye of photographs. If the eyes are misaligned, the

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red reflex will be more intense in one eye than the other. Moreover, if the eyes have different refractive errors or if cataract is present, the intensity of the red reflex will be different between the two eyes. Thus by observing the red reflexes and comparing them between two eyes factors which might result in amblyopia can be detected with good accuracy. Devices have been developed that rely on computer analysis of photographic images of these reflections to detect and quantify strabismus and refractive errors. However, these devices are, in general, large and expensive. As a result, they are not widely available, and are not available to the general public. Smart phones, such as the Iphone, have the hardware necessary to obtain photographs using a point light source (flash) that show the necessary reflections for the the Bruckner test. We propose to write software that will perform the analysis of these reflections to permit detection of amblyogenic factors as an “app.” We propose to distribute this app at little or no cost, making it available to parents and others so that they can screen children for amblyogenic factors, and can then seek further evaluation if amblyopia is likely.

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We further intend to use the geo-locating features of the Smart Phone to identify eye care professionals in the geographic location of the child to facilitate referral. An additional feature of the app will be to remind the parent to re-examine the child at regular intervals as problems can arise as a child grows. Effective referral is dependent on the ability of the software to discriminate “normal” from “abnormal.” Studies have shown a sensitivity of commercial devices to be in excess of 80%. However, the threshold is likely to be specific to the type of instrument used. Therefore, it will be necessary for us to generate a database of examinations in subjects either normal or with known amblyogenic factors. This will allow us to establish meaningful cut off points for separating normal and abnormal and allow accurate referral for full examination*

BELOW: 2017 PEACE POSTER WINNER!

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MD1 GMT Coordinator PDG Ralph Zarada: Lion VDG/DGE Governors GMT Goals and confirmation are due As part of your training over the last year you should have been developing your goals and action plans with the GLT, GMT and leadership teams so you could establish your goals for your upcoming year. This process should have been started back in November 2016. There are timelines and milestones that should have been followed and met so that your goals in your year are Specific, Measurable, Attainable, Realistic and Time based. As part of this process you should have established your district goals and action plans for district membership and leadership development by completing the DGE Independent Assignments. You should have attended the DGE Multiple District Training & GMT/GLT Area Training. But most importantly you should have been collaborating with the current DG team and respective GMT/GLT MD coordinators. Once goals and action plans are final, First VDGs/DGEs need to submit their district’s goals and action plans to LCI using the 2017-2018 District Goals web page which is available right now After submitting the district’s goals and action plans online, you will need to contact the current GMT multiple district coordinator, GM district coordinators and second vice district governor and inform them that the district’s goals and action plans are online. Request that they access the 2017-2018 District Goals webpage and indicate their confirmation with the district’s submitted goals and action plans.

district governor, the respective GMT/GLT coordinators and MD coordinators using the 20172018 District Goals web page. -IPDG Ralph Zarada MD1 Membership Chairperson

Club Centennial Challege Reports: 143,525,985 PEOPLE SERVED 33,838 CLUBS REPORTING CENTENNIAL SERVICE CHALLENGE Lead through Service 388,186 CENTENNIAL MEMBERS 3,349 CENTENNIAL CLUBS CENTENNIAL MEMBERSHIP AWARDS Invite for Impact LEGACY PROJECTS 5,972 CLUBS REPORTING

Send your club service reports and be part of Centennial Service Challenge

You as the incoming district governor should monitor the status of the confirmation process using the 2017-2018 District Goals web page and follow up as needed. Confirmations are due April 30, 2017. The 1st VDG/DGE should request electronic confirmations from the second vice 9 BE A PART OF CENTENNIAL CELEBRATION


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.

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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.

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and hearing-related concerns, scholarships to Vernon Hills High School and Hawthorne Middle Schools North and South, camp scholarships to Camp Lions, donations to area food pantries, and supporting local participants in the Lions Clubs International Peace Poster Contest. The VH Lions Club has a long standing relationship with the VH Park District in providing manpower for several park events every year, including the upcoming 4th Annual Craft Beer Tasting in March and the Hoppin’ Holiday Hunt a few weeks later.

Four year old Tyler Green accompanied his Mother Lion Rebecca Green to a club meeting. He was thrilled to have the opportunity to sit on his hero's lap, Chief Brian Melton, a member of our Morrison Lions Club. Lion Rebecca said he dearly loves the police chief! The West Frankfort Lions Club is in the midst of a New Member Drive and members are encouraged invite people to visit the club and hopefully become new members. Above Lion Chuck Kain invited 4 potential new members. L>R Irvin Thomas, Mike Sanders, Tabitha Black and Rob Cash with Lion Chuck at the far end.

Pictured: The Vernon Hills Lions Club presented a $10,000 donation to the Vernon Hills Park District on Jan. 26, 2017. Photo courtesy Cheryl Buhmann. The Vernon Hills Lions Club presented a check for $10,000 to the Vernon Hills Park District at the Park District’s January 26th Regular Board Meeting at the Larry Laschen Community Center in Vernon Hills. The Lions Club will be moving their regular meeting location from the Laschen Center to the Sullivan Community Center, also in Vernon Hills, within the next several weeks. The Vernon Hills Lions Club provides services and support to community members, the Village of Vernon Hills, the Vernon Hills Park District, and other local Lions Clubs. Some of those service are assistance with vision

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Lion Kathy Sikora invited potential new member, Darla Sloan; L>R Lion Kathy Sikora, Darla Sloan.

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The Genoa Lions Club teamed with the Cortland Lions Club and thirteen other local Lions Clubs, to provide a special weekend of adventures, which would have included cross country snow skiing for those who are visually impaired. This year’s warm weather made skiing impossible but the campers got to play bingo and go bowling instead. When was the last time you heard a person with a Seeing Eye dog or a white and red cane, talk about their weekend skiing near Lake Shabbona? The Ski for Sight event is held annually and sponsored by many local Lions clubs. This year’s event began

Friday January 27 when the participants checked into their motel rooms, with skiing on Saturday in Waterman getting cancelled but the pizza party that evening wasn’t. Sunday the campers were bused to Cortland for breakfast and then onto Elburn for Bingo or DeKalb for Bowling. This is an example of how, by collectively putting our limited resources together, we can have a bigger impact and provide a memorable experience for the 38

visually impaired. This opportunity gives our special campers something exciting to talk about with their family and friends for the rest of the year. Each year at the end of January, at 7a.m.on a Sunday morning, the Cortland Lions Club and the Genoa Lions Club team-up to prepare and serve breakfast to about 65 brave, visually impaired people. When you have the experience of a lifetime to work with a group of people whose lives are normally tentative and structured and see their courage to do something many of us would not consider, it brings a whole new meaning to living outside the box. Each club does a part and

contributes financially to make this weekend event a success. The Lions want this annual weekend

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event to continue and to grow. However, the larger it becomes ,the greater will be the need to raise more funds. The Lions would like to have every person who is visually impaired in the Chicagoland area have the opportunity to experience cross country skiing. The Genoa Lions Club is proud to be a part of what Lionism is all about, the Lions International motto is “We Serve”. If you would like to help the Lions to continue this annual event please contact your local Lions club to contribute.

Charman tested record numbers of visitors. Lion Barbara Taylor of Lebanon Lions, operated the

The attached group photograph is from the Cortland Breakfast for Ski-for-Sight. The Genoa Lions are wearing the yellow vests and the Cortland Lions and other local Lions are present as well. Your editor PDG Dr. Austin D’Souza received 61st Progressive Melvin Jones Fellow recognition from IPP Dr. Yamada, Lions Clubs International Foundation Chair from Japan during Lions at the United Nations International Fellowship Banquet at the Grand Hyatt in New York. -------------------------------------------------------------------

At the recent Salem Chamber of Commerce Home Show, the Salem Lions Club continued to focus on Vision Screening and Hearing Screening; the Salem Lions Club offered three free opportunities at the home show. Both Saturday and Sunday visitors had their hearing tested at the Lions Foundation of Illinois mobile unit. Also on Saturday and Sunday visitors, especially children, had their vision tested at the Salem Lions booth. And on Sunday, visitors took advantage of free Diabetic Retinopathy testing in a Lions mobile unit. With a small army of volunteers, the Salem Lions Club under the direction of President Mike

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camera that tested a total of 213 pairs of eyes over the two days in the booth, of that number 24 children and 27 adults were referred to an eye doctor for further evaluation. The mobile Hearing Unit tested 84 visitors, 14 (17%) of those showed hearing loss and were referred to a doctor for further evaluation. The Diabetic Retinopathy mobile unit tested 27 visitors who will receive results in the mail.

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(PCC Terry Knollenberg at work in the LIF Van)

The Salem Lions utilized an autorefractor/SPOT Camera with infrared imaging to diagnose six common eye conditions including near sighted and far sighted problems. Lions District 1-CN of which Salem Lions Club is a member, purchased 2 SPOT Cameras for use in our district with the assistance of a grant from the Lions of Illinois Foundation. The focus on Children’s Vision Screening makes testing available free of charge to children 6 months to middle school age. The Salem Lions Club is available to provide additional testing opportunities at local schools, libraries, day care facilities, etc… Entities that have a minimum of twenty children to be tested can contact Lion Mike Charman, Lion Ed Black, Lion Shelli McIntosh or Lion Jeannell Charman for a private test date. The tests are FREE and simple.

Lions proudly state that other clubs have discovered cancer cells in young eyes with this early detection thus enabling immediate treatment. Salem Lions Club will also assist the needy with eye exams and eyeglasses. Where there’s a need, there is a Lion. Lions International is the world’s largest service club with over 1.4 members in 210 countries worldwide. Lions are celebrating their 100th anniversary in 2017 with an International convention in Chicago. Lions are friends, family and neighbors who share a core belief: community is what we make it. For information about becoming a Lion, contact any Lion or President Lion Mike Charman at 618-5450777 or attend a noon meeting any Tuesday at Sharon’s Café in Salem. -------------------------------------------------------------------

After District 1CS Cabinet Meeting several items collected for the victims of recent tornadoes were packed in the van of Cabinet Secretary & Treasurer PCC Lydia Ellis to donate Crossville. The camera takes a picture of the eye and provides immediate results. 40

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Mount Vernon Lions Club will have their train at our District 1-CN Convention. This train will also be going to Chicago to be in the Centennial Celebration Parade.

Foundation (LCIF). Within 24 hours, LCIF responded by placing $10,000 in the district’s checking account to be used for victim relief.

Governor Eurales made contact with the stricken Village of Elkville's coordinator, Pastor Scott Slone. When Governor Eurales, Lion Retha Euarles, both

There is an old saying about March coming "In like a lion. . ." Indeed, it arrived with the roar of a lion. And the Lions of District 1-CS roared back. Lions District 1-CS Governor Derek Eurales immediately took action by applying for an emergency relief grant from the Lions Clubs International 41

of the Mounds Lions Club and Lion Richard Tierney,

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Murphysboro Lions Club arrived they saw homes destroyed, property damaged, and individuals grateful that no life was loss. The Lions immediately talked to victims and assessed their

personal needs. A determination was made the tornado victims needed cleaning supplies, food, bottled water, clothing, toiletries and medicinal supplies. These needed items were located at Walmart stores in Anna, Marion and DuQuoin. Once these items were obtained they were swiftly transported back to Elkville for distribution.

known for vision and hearing services responded to this disaster, Governor Eurales replied, "Our motto is 'We Serve.' Furthermore where there's a need, there's a Lion. We are so thankful we could help these victims." Governor Derek went on to say, "We worked tirelessly with our relief efforts by assisting more than 100 victims. The citizens of Elkville were appreciative of our response, our concern for them and the support we were able to give."

Lions District 1-CS is an area serving the southernmost counties of Illinois. It is comprised of approximately 770 members, 31 Lions Club and two Lioness Clubs. Visit us on Facebook at Lions District 1-CS.

When asked why the Lions who are generally

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The Red Bud Lions Club recently made a donation of $2,000 to Red Bud 150 to help fund the various anniversary events this year. Pictured at the presentation are 150 Planning Committee Chair Reda Guebert and Lions Club member Gary Buatte.

Lions Clubs International is the largest service club organization in the world. Its 1.35 million members in more than 46,000 clubs are serving communities in 207 countries and geographical areas around the globe. Since 1917, Lions clubs have aided the blind and visually impaired, championed youth initiatives and strengthened local communities through hands-on service and humanitarian projects. For more information about Lions Clubs International, visit lionsclubs.org.

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In conjunction with Lions Clubs International President Robert Corlew's fight world hunger week Jan 9-15 the club gave local food pantries, including Sparta Food Pantry, IMPACK and St. John's Lutheran Food Pantry were the recipients of the Sparta Lions Club Charitable Giving program.(Photos Left > Right) Lions President Perry Brooks, Secretary Ruben Owen and Treasurer Steve Joiner made the check presentations. Geanette Wilson, director of IMPACK, Mark North, representing the Sparta Food Pantry and Connie Wolter on behalf of the St. John's Food Pantry

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Chicago Ecuadorian Lions Club president received International Twinning banner patch for twinning club in Ecuadore. Governor Ernie Lapid gave the patch during Region 3 meeting.

accepted the donation. The donations were of $500, $250 and $250 respectively.

Two new members –Debra Novicki and Sandra Block were inducted to Chicago Windy City Lions Club by World First Lady Dianne Corlew who did the induction of new members for the first time as a First Lady. These new members were inducted during International Fellowship Banquet which held at the Grand Hyatt in New York as part of Lions Day with the UN.

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Charter Nite at the Furama Banquet Hall, Chicago.

MD1 GLT Chair and PID Bud Wahl dancing to the live music of band Strawberry at the Grand Hyatt Hotel during International Fellowship Banquet to celebrate 39th Lions Day With The UN.

Your editor PDG Dr. Austin D’Souza received 61st Progressive Melvin Jones Fellow recognition from IPP Dr. Yamada, Lions Clubs International Foundation Chair during Lions at the United Nations International Fellowship Banquet at the Grand Hyatt in New York.

PCST Judy Toft introduced the Keynote Speaker PDG Harold Burkett, Jr.

1A Governor Ernie Lapid inducted a new member – Lyle Allen who is the Executive Director of Care for Real.

Chicago Uptown Lions Club celebrated their 96th

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Dr. Austin D’Souza has been named the Official Photograph er for forthcoming USA-Canada Lions Leadership Forum to be held in Portland, Oregon.


Bartlett Lions Club held its 2nd Annual Chili Cook-Off at one of its regular meetings. It was a fun night of tasting some great homemade chili. Winners were: (l to r) Lion Ken Kusch, 2nd Place with a silver medal; Lion Joanne Watson, 1st Place with the Chili Pot trophy; and Lion Kurt Hull, 3rd Place with a bronze medal.

There are two new Lions, Sue Maha and Priscilla Gullang, in the Sun City-Huntley Club. Both were inducted at the club’s February Program Meeting. Both new Lions and their sponsor, Lion Mary Ann Gower, received Centennial pins. (l to r) Lions Pat Krebs, Club President; Mary Ann Gower, Club Tail Twister and sponsor of the two new members, Sue Maha and Priscilla Gullang, Dist. Gov. Lion Maria Andrews, and Helen White, Membership Chair.

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(FVHH) Executive Director, (r) updated Aurora Noon Lions on the latest Habitat happenings. Aurora-based FVHH plans to complete four housing projects during 2017, included will be Faith Build 2017, an Aurora home built by 32 churches in Kane, DuPage, and Kendall Counties. (l to r) Lions Arvid Meyer, Paul Buddy, and Rev. Barrett, pastor of Genesis Community Church in Montgomery.

(l to r) Gov. Lion Maria Andrews recently installed a new member in the Bartlett Lions Club, new member Lion Ovidio Fernandez-Cuervo, sponsor Lion Dan Palmer, and 1st Vice District Governor Lion John Hilliard.

Lulu Blacksmith (l), Waubonsee Community College Director of Government and Community Relations, presented a recognition certificate to Lion Michele Needham, President of the Aurora Noon Lions Club, on March 6. The certificate read, "During this special (50th) anniversary year, we thank the many

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partners who have helped us create brighter futures for our students and the entire community." The Aurora Noon Lions Club, along with the Elburn and Geneva Lions Clubs, helped organize the Waubonsee College Campus Lions Club earlier this year.

At the February meeting of the Sandwich Lions Club, Lion George Richter (l) was named a Melvin Jones Fellow in honor of his 50th anniversary in Lionism. Club President Lion Ed Carter presented the plaque to Lion George.

age 5 and has participated in several clinical trials to find a cure for this disease. He updated the club on the progress that has been made in advancing a cure for individuals who suffer from low vision and blindness. The Naperville Noon Club has supported the Foundation for Fighting Blindness for many years and has donated over $50,000 to support the research. (l to r) NNLC Pres. Lion Steve Hertzberg, John Corneille, and South Milwaukee Lion Steve Sroka, Events Manager for the Foundation Fighting Blindness.

Almost 600 attended Crystal Lake Lions Club’s 18th Annual Steak Fry, grilling their own steaks, and then coming inside for a salad bar, potatoes, rolls, butter, and free draft beer. The club netted over $22,000 from the event to use primarily for eye care and partially for scholarships and hearing care.

As part of its Community Service Program, Crate & Barrel collected eyeglasses at its Naperville Campus Former DeKalb Evening Lions Club member John and Contact Center during the month of January. Corneille, now Director of Gifts and Planning for The Crate & Barrel Campus has over one million the Foundation Fighting Blindness in Minneapolis, square feet of space and employs approximately recently addressed the Naperville Noon Lions Club. 700 individuals. Over 300 pairs of glasses were John was diagnosed with retinitis pigmentosa at collected. Representatives of Crate & Barrel 47 BE A PART OF CENTENNIAL CELEBRATION


presented the glasses to Naperville Noon Lions Club at a weekly luncheon meeting. (l to r) NNLC Pres. Lion Steve Hertzberg, Pam Cleff, Director of the Contact Center at Crate & Barrel, and Diana Newby, Furniture Customer Service Manager and Chair of the Community Service Program.

(l to r) Algonquin Lion Kevin Gardek, Committee Chair for the 5K Run, Jeff Davis from the Jacobs High School Eagles Wings Program, and Algonquin Lions Club Pres. Lion Steve Collinsworth. A $3,000 check was given to Jeff Davis from the profits made from the Lions Club’s 1st Thanksgiving Morning 5K Run.

During Gov. Lion Maria Andrew’s visit to the Algonquin Lions Club, she presented Lion Dennis Olsen with a Centennial Membership Key Award.

Sandwich Lions constructed a wheelchair ramp in February. The club has installed over a dozen ramps in the local area. Among the Lions that built this ramp are (r to l) Ray Hendron, Gary Lemke, Les Redden, Jack Thomson, Jerry Grommes and Bob Jones.

At Waterman Lions Club’s February dinner meeting, Lions Suzanne Sedlacek and Shawn Blobaum (center and right) visit with Dan Kenney, director of DeKalb County Community Gardens.

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Ten Island Lake Lions and five Island Lake Lionesses braved the cold and ice of the Annual Ice Fishing Derby on Saturday, February 4th. There were 89 adults and 6 children under the age of 16 registered to fish. Many, many fish were caught. At the end of the day, a 12 year old's 9" Perch was drawn from a group of the biggest fish of the day in

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District Governor Lion Tom andRuth Lyle from Erie, IL (Picture 068 with Tampico Lion Ron Church) and Zone Chairman Richard Delp with his Wife Debra and Son Ben.

14 categories, to become crowned the Derby Champion.

On March 4, 2017 donations that were collected by District 1CN members were delivered to those affected by the tornado that hit Crossville, IL. PCC Lydia Ellis’s truck was packed as she was gracious enough to make the delivery. PCC Lydia said those accepting the donations were overwhelmed by the generosity of strangers. But as Lions, is anyone really a stranger to us?

Tampico Lion Club had their annual pancake breakfast Sunday March 5th, 2017 with around 80 people in attendance. This was down from last year by about 60 people and we did welcome Past 49

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