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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

June Message from 1VDGE Lori Bennett

Hello again.  I want to wish everyone good health and great success on your summer activities and fundraisers, and a wonderful upcoming Lions year!   In the meantime, I would like to take a few moments to share some information with you from Lions Clubs International: (visit for complete details)

June is a great time tol at st conv (2) train incoming club officers how to update Information on MyLCI.  Remember to check your meeting times & locations.  Your club information on MyLCI will be printed in the new District Directory.

June is a great time to talk to your incoming District Governor about volunteering for a District committee.  Share the District Directory with your club members and invite them to the final Cabinet Meeting on June 12th in Tower Hill at 2 PM to help them get acquainted with the functions and the Lions that serve your club.

June is a great time to assess your member satisfaction. offers a variety of materials to help officers plan the new year based on the goals of the individual members.  CEP, Your Club Your Way and Blueprint for a Stronger Club are just a few of the examples that will help incoming officers reach their activity, membership, leadership, communications and enjoyment goals.

June is a great time to check out the Centennial Videos on  These videos are a great way to enhance member orientations, publicize during membership drives or as a presentation at a meeting.

June is a great time to celebrate your club accomplishments for the year and prepare for the upcoming year by scheduling a member of your Cabinet to visit your club.  We are here to serve you, and we want to thank you for all of the great service you do in your communities.

 Thank you for all you do,

Lion Lori Bennett
















Hello again.  I hope everyone is taking advantage of the recent warm weather.  In the meantime, I would like to take a few moments to share some information with you from Lions Clubs International: (visit for complete details)

May is a great time to make sure all of your club information is up-to-date on MyLCI.  Remember to include email addresses to make it possible for your club members to get all of the support LCI has to offer.

May is a great time to encourage incoming officers to check out the trainings available on the website.  Visit the Lions Learning Center and/or take advantage of the officer trainings that can help your club make a strong and smooth transition into the new Lions year.  If a member takes a training, be sure to let your Zone Chair know for reporting purposes.

May is a great time to check your club’s activities to be sure you have completed all of the Centennial Service Challenge categories for the year.  You still have time to earn your limited-time banner patch while serving your community in a wider range of programs.

May is a great time to check out  AmazonSmile as a simple and automatic way for you to support LCIF, at no cost to you. When you shop at AmazonSmile, you’ll find the exact same low prices, vast selection and convenient shopping experience as, with the added bonus that Amazon will donate a portion of the purchase price to LCIF.

May is a great time to schedule a member of your Cabinet to install your officers for the upcoming year.  Calendars are filling fast for the upcoming months.  We are here to serve you, and we want to thank you for all of the great service you do in your communities.





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Handicap Accessible? Not for everyone. Larger stalls, sturdy rails & those simple signs on the door that indicate gender do not help a blind person find what he or she needs to function in a public restroom. Losing vision means losing independence. They feel that they slow people down and need help finding the simplest things. They often feel like a burden, constantly asking for help. It’s easier on everyone to just stay home.

As a friend or family member, you see the pain & suffering of the constant frustration on the face of the visually handicapped. Yet you know that you never truly understand, so what can you do to help?

The Walk for Sight is an opportunity to help the blind not feel like a burden. We can help their loved ones by working together to fund equipment, networking, educational & social opportunities. By joining the Walk for Sight, we can ease the burden of a handicap that often secludes it’s victims. Be a beacon to those who cannot see the light at the end of the tunnel. Join the Walk for Sight.

Packets have been mailed to your club to copy and share. For more information, visit us on Facebook at the ‘Walk for Sight of East Central Illinois’ or email


April Message

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Hello again. I’ve seen that everyone has been very busy lately, so I will try to keep this brief. In the meantime, I would like to take a few moments to share some information with you from Lions Clubs International: (visit for complete details)
April is a great time to enter your new officers into MyLCI and submit that list to the Cabinet Secretary-Lion Brad Cash. Please double-check your addresses and include email contact information for your new officers so they have access to information that wil help them have a successful year.
April is a great time to approach your local schools about the Lions Peace Poster Program. Although we generally accept the posters in time for the fall District Convention, getting the information to the schools now will give the staff time to prepare for an early start for the next school year. Kits can be ordered through LCI website.
April is a great time to be involved in Protecting Your Environment. Turn in recyclable eyeglasses, hearing aids, cell phones, ink cartridges, keys, Christmas Lights, pop tabs to your Trustees to turn in to the Lions Of Illinois Foundation and keep these things out of the local landfill. Don’t forget to submit this recycling project as your Centennial Service Project on MyLCI.
April is a great time to invite those new members into your club. It’s LCI’s Membership Growth Month, and with all of your projects coming up, you’ll need a few more helping hands.
April is a great time to invite a member of your Cabinet to speak at your club meeting. We are here to serve you, and we want to thank you for all of the great service you do in your communities.
Thank you for all you do,
Lion Lori Bennett








District 1M got together at the first annual Spring Into Action Leadership Forum with Lions & LEOs gaining valuable information to share with their clubs.  You never know what can happen when Lions get together, and today was a great example of that at the first annual 1M Forum.  FORUM2FORUM11m forum pix

With Jim Ingram, Joe Omo-Osagie, John Hove, Lion Lori Bennett, Mary Truitt, James F. Harbaugh, Ken Horn, Ron Stickler, Haley Fudge, Bill Haselhorst, Linda Kay Cain, Jim Strange, Brad Cash, Bill Mckinney, Darren L Van Duyn, Moe Wimbley, Lydia Ellis, Mark Krutsinger, Kevin Mendenhall and Jeffrey Bathe.

If you’re wondering about the hats, it all began several years ago with PDG Carl Hall creating a poem about the work of the LIONS and culminated in a special hat for 2005-2006 District Governor, James MiddleCalf of District 1-CN at his Convention.  There are 21 verses and hats to match and the poem begins with:

A hat’s a hat for all of that
From where I stand or sit
They represent the special task
A person must admit

Our treasured Lions wear a hat
To show their special place
Let’s try them all and see what fits
To show their work and grace.

A gentleman from tip to tail
Some Lions seem to be
Strong ethics always to prevail
Yet with a sense of glee.

And ends with:

Just one more hat and then it’s done
It goes to someone who
Will join this club and become one
Of us, will that be you?


LIF Sweepstakes

Norm Wilson

As I was reading through the material from the Sight & Sound Sweepstakes, I noticed a piece of information that pleasantly surprised me. In 2015, the Goal for District 1-M (actually the combined goals for 1-E & 1-L) was $8,960 (or 896 books of tickets sold.) Lions of District 1-M brought in $10,624.00 (over 1000 books of tickets sold.) What surprised me was, looking up and down the list, District 1-M was truly in a class by ourselves, as we were the ONLY district in the state that met our Sales Goal for 2015!
So congratulations Lions of District 1-M, and Thank you for helping the Lions of Illinois Foundation continue to provide all of the awesome services that you have provided through this fundraiser.
Now… for 2016! District 1-M has a goal this year of $13,000.00, or 1300 books of tickets. That sounds like a lot, until you realize that, if every member in the District were to sell one book of tickets and buy one book of tickets, we would CRUSH that goal!
So I encourage you to get out and sell the Sight and Sound tickets. Offer your friends, family, co-workers, and associates the opportunity to help provide Camp for Vision and Hearing Impaired kids, to help provide the Low Vision program, Mobile Hearing and Diabetic Retinopathy Screening Units, and all the other services of the Lions of Illinois Foundation… and possibly win some cash in the process!
If you would like me to come talk to your club about the Sight and Sound Sweepstakes, please let me know. Thanks for your help in making this another successful year for our District!

Lion Norm Wilson, Dist 1-M Sight & Sound Sweepstakes Coordinator, 217-822-6676