Athens Lions Honored

On Friday September 1, 2017 Athens athletic director Tim Isringhausen and CEFCU representative Brent Mason presented the Athens Lions Club with the “Volunteer of the Game” award. Tim said that the Lions were chosen because for the last 10 years the Lions have cleaned up the football stadium after each of the home games, regular season and playoffs. He said it didn’t matter what the weather was the Lions were always there. Tim also recognized the ongoing cooperation between the Lions and football coaches and high school girls basketball team in supporting the annual Toys for Angels program in December. He said it was a way to help in the community and give back to the Lions for their volunteer work. The Lions truly appreciate this ongoing support for each other. It is all in keeping with the Lions motto “WE SERVE Picture:L-R Ron Williams, Don Porter, Joe Gill, Larry Baughman, Larry Buhr, CEFCU representative Brent Mason, Bill Armitage, Larry Credille

Lions Clubs do more than help the blind

Lions Clubs are known for their service to the blind and hearing impaired. However, they also serve in many other ways, including fighting hunger, promoting diabetes awareness and treatment, engaging youth and protecting the environment.

“As Lions, we have the autonomy to serve in our communities as our community needs,” said Lori Bennett, Governor of District 1-M.

This past weekend Lions Club members from throughout Illinois District 1-M gathered for a conference at the Thelma Keller Convention Center in Effingham. District 1-M of Lions Club is comprised of 1,700 Lions in 63 clubs ranging from northeast Vermilion County to southwest Bond County. About 90 area Lions Club members attended the weekend conference. Although there currently is not a club in Effingham, there are clubs in Teutopolis and Altamont .

Sister Carol Beckermann, area director of Effingham Catholic Charities, told some Lions Club members who joined her session on “Hunger in Effingham County,” that there are some similarities between Catholic Charities and Lions.

“A lot of things interface between our groups,” said Beckermann. “We also focus on hunger. I look at how we can partner in what each of us do.”

Every Catholic Charities is unique from another, she said.

“If you’ve seen one Catholic Charities, you’ve seen one Catholic Charities.”

The Effingham Catholic Charities serves Clark, Crawford, Cumberland, Effingham, Fayette, Jasper and Shelby counties.

Beckermann said hunger in Effingham County is real and Catholic Charities serves between 800 to 900 families or about 2,500-3,000 individuals through its food pantry. It also has a Mobile Food Pantry that schedules 10 to 12 stops in different communities each year.

The organization stocks its shelves through food drives, but it also buys food, spending between $60,000 and $80,000 a year to supply its emergency food pantry. Beckermann said during the holidays, food drives are plentiful, but during the summer months, the shelves at the pantry get to be quite bare.

“When you talk about hunger in children, these children will not invite their friends over to come to their house, because they don’t have food or snacks,” said Beckermann. “They don’t want their friends to see they don’t have food or snacks. It’s kind of hidden from others. People usually don’t go around saying ‘I don’t have any food in my refrigerator.’”

Beckermann said many seniors are also stricken with hunger. A lot of seniors have to choose between medication and food.

“But both are needed,” she said. “Both are necessary for people.”

Catholic Charities offers an emergency food supply to clients once a month.

Like Lions, Catholic Charities in Effingham works with the local hospital to deal with diabetes. It tries to help people live a healthy lifestyle and obtain necessary medication.

Beckermann said clients are grateful for the services they receive. She added it isn’t unusual to get thank-you notes from mothers who are trying to make their food stretch — sometimes going without in order to feed their children.

“Most of our clients are people who are holding down two and three part-time jobs,” said Beckermann.

“They are often single parents or young couples with a baby. But they are not people who don’t want to work. It is more that they can’t find work that sustains them.“Clients are sometimes poverty stricken in other ways — educationally, psychologically or are caught in a loop of poverty from generation to generation

.“They live from day to day,” said Beckermann. “They are worried about getting by today — and they don’t look at tomorrow. Tomorrow will come with its own problems.”

Lion District 1-M Directory – Off line

Thanks to somebody using our directory for SCAM CRAP!

I have taken the District Directory off line!!! Please check the email address from anyone who send to you asking for money as this scam is using the Club President’s name and the imposter is asking for an immediate transfer to pay a extreme amount of money to be transferred out of club funds!! is an email address attached to such emails.I will be forwarding this email to Law Enforcement Officials.

Please call me if you need any lion info!

Lion Brad

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