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I am a member of the Paris Lions Club. I joined in 2012. I served on numerous committee. I have been the District Chair for the Walk for Sight and the old District 1E Leos Clubs Adviser. I am now your new Editor for District 1M! Where there is a need there is a Lion! We Serve!!

Help Us Promote the Centennial Coin!!!!!


Centennial Coin Update

Dear Centennial Coordinator,


You’ve been doing an outstanding job promoting our Centennial programs and activities to your clubs—and we appreciate your efforts. Now we need your help promoting the Lions Centennial Coin. Sales aren’t meeting expectations, and if this trend continues, the U.S. Mint may cease production as minting additional coins is based entirely on sales expectations.


We can’t let that happen, and here’s why. US$10 is authorized to be paid to Lions Clubs International Foundation (LCIF) for every coin sold, but only after the U.S. Mint recoups its costs. If we sell all 400,000 coins of the planned mintage, US$4 million will be given to LCIF to support our global humanitarian initiatives. Just imagine how many more people we could help!


The next time you speak to your clubs, tell them that the Centennial silver dollar coin is the most impressive item of Lions’ memorabilia that has ever been offered. These exquisitely-crafted coins also give Lions a chance to own a lasting reminder of our 100 years of service. And, they’re a great way to support LCIF programs.


To support your efforts, we developed two short videos to share with your clubs, which you will find on the coin webpage. Also, the coin order form is now available in all Lion languages when purchasing through Club Supplies from the coin page.


So, please encourage Lions to purchase a coin on your club visits. Bring your own coin to these events so Lions can see the beauty and value of this limited-edition coin for themselves.


With your help, we can make this program a success.


Best regards,

Your Lions Clubs Centennial Celebration Team

Athens Lions

President Lion Larry Baughman presenting Lion Penny Irwin with her 5 year attendance chevron.

Lions Induct New Member
Pictured L-R
President Lion Larry Baughman, New inductee Lion Destiny Riley, sponsor Lion Penny Irwin

Athens Senior Dinner/Hearing Screening

On Sunday, April 30, 2017 the Athens Lions Club held a very successful senior dinner and hearing screening. This was the 28th year that the Loins have honored the seniors of the Athens School District with a free dinner. The Lions also held a free hearing screening to anyone 10 years old and older. This year 126 meals were served. The meal consisted of ham, turkey, mashed potatoes, dressing, gravy, green beans, deserts and drinks. The hearing bus, courtesy of the Lions of Illinois Foundation, screened 24 people. Eight of those tested were referred to the doctors for further testing. The Lions to very happy to provide both events for their community. The Lions wish to thank the City of Athens for the use of the hall.

Hearing Bus Table Picture
L-R Lions Joe Gill, Bill Rider, Paula Rider

Group Picture
Back Row: Lions Jim Hale, Joe Gill, Al Keller, Larry Buhr, Mary Freeman, Bill Meisner, Don Ferricks, Bob Roberts, Bill Rider
Front Row: Lions Sandi Brackney, Destiny Riley, Tricia Laager, Lois Peterson, Amy Baughman, Paula Rider, Larry Baughman
Helping but not pictured: Lions Penny Irwin, Bill Armitage, Cindy McFarland, Del Haschemeyer; Leo Micah Tappscott and two helpers Marilynn Ferricks and Michelle Stott.



Athens Lions Collection Day 2016

The Athens Lions Club collection day for Toys for Angels was held on Saturday, December 3. It was perfect weather for the day. The Lions collected over $2700 and a pick up load of toys in the 4 hour time. Because of the generosity of the Athens Community, 113 children, ages birth to 12, will be able to have toys for Christmas. Thank you all for your donations and kindness.

Lions Amy Baughman and Paula Rider with Santa (Lion Larry Buhr) collecting money and toys.

Lion Bill Rider, Coltin Ratliff, Lions Bill Meisner, Deanna Clark, Bill Armitage, Amy Baughman, Penny Irwin, Del Haschemeyer, Larry Baughman, not pictured, Paula Rider and Don Porter