1939  -   (Our 77th year of Community Service)  -  2017


 Roaring Cal

        Deepest sympathies to Lion Cheryl Warshaw and her family on the passing of  PDG Allen Warshaw. Please keep him -- and them -- in your thoughts and prayers.

We're Marching right along!!!

   There is plenty on the agenda for the month of March. Just take a look at this list of club activities:  

Tuesday, March 21 -- GENERAL MEETINGAlmost 40 Lions and friends were treated to an evening of good food, good friends, good fun. The first Early Bird Drawing ($250) was won by the holder of ticket #067 sold by Lion Lou Torres. And, there was a very special surprise. Want to know what it was? See below.

Friday/Sunday, March24-26 -- DIST. 1-A CONVENTION. We'll gather at the Westin Hotel in Itasca IL for a weekend of fun and games with fellow Lions throughout the district. It's an event you don't want to miss! Especially the Breakfast at 8:30 a.m. on Sunday when something great is going to happen. Interested?  Contact President Leo to join the crowd.

Tuesday, March 28 -- GENERAL MEETING. Lots of surprises planned as we swing into spring. A must-attend event.

 Abundance of Activities

Sunday, February 12 -- COMMUNITY MEAL. Thanks to a host of hard-working Lions, 60 needy residents enjoyed a hot meal of fried chicken, mashed potatoes/gravy, baked beans, green beans, rolls, beverages and dessert. Serving the food were Lions: Leo & Maria Valencia, Christa Kelley, Krista Boehm, Robert Hubbird, Steve Drew, Larry Morrison, Andrew Labahn and Denny Halloran.

Sunday, February 19 -- MYSTERY TRIP.  Many thanks and kudos to Chairman Robert Hubbird for an awesome job of organizing this year's outing. A busload of Lions enjoyed an afternoon and evening of great dining, dancing and drinking, Brazilian-style! Atta boy, Lion Robert!!!

Saturday, February 25 -- DIST. 1-A BOWLING. Three teams left from Chairman Dave Kacanowski's house after breakfast at 8 a.m. and "split" for Lisle IL to attack the alleys and bring home the honors. We'll "spare" you the details, but a fun time was had by all.

Tuesday, February 28 -- JOINT MEETING. Sixteen Calumet City Lions gathered at the Lansing Country Club to greet Dist. 1-A Governor Ernie Lapid for his annual club visit. A good time was had by all while wild weather whirled around outside the club. We were brought up-to-speed on the upcoming District 1-A and International conventions by Lions Brenda and Bob Block. Congrats to Lion Krista Boehm on winning the split the pot raffle.

Show him the money!

The first Early Bird Drawing winner is ticket # 067 sold by Lion Lou Torres. Chairman Steve Drew reports that 333 tickets have been turned in thus far. The second Early Bird for $1,000 will be held on Tuesday, April 25. He's counting on YOU to bring it through. This is our major fund-raiser and proceeds are used to support the many organizations and charities in our community so please return your stubs and money as soon as possible. And, if you trade any tickets with another member, be sure to let Lion Steve know (cell: 708/218-6701; e:mail:


In other news . . . 

Many thanks to Victor Care Coordinator Jeanne Garritano, our guest speaker at the  general meeting on Tuesday, January 24, 2017. With the help of the Calumet City Lions, Victor Care was able to provide Thanksgiving food baskets to 48 local families and Christmas gifts to 142 needy children -- making their holidays much merrier and brighter this year.

Want to learn more about Lionism?  Click on this link (and, don't blink). You may recognize some Cal City Lions at the bottom right in the opening scene at the Art Institute!

    Fifteen Lions and friends braved the elements to Christmas carol prior to the Board Meeting on Tuesday, December 20.  They started at Dick Hartnett's house, then moved on to Ray Mika's and Joanne Parkhill's on Webb Street. The group was in fine voice, especially after some liquid refreshments following the Board meeting.

The FOP Gift Wrapping Party was held on Thursday, December 15, at the Training Center on State Street. Seven Lions and spouses participated.

   Many thanks to Chairman Krista Boehm for a great job organizing the Adult Christmas Party at Balagio's Restaurant in Homewood  IL on Dec. 10. It was an evening of great food, great friends, great fun.  Atta girl, Lion Krista!!!

    And, kudos to Chairman Tim O'Neill and wife Nancy for reviving the Children's Christmas Party at the K of  C hall on Dec. 11. The smiles on the children's faces said it all. Atta boy, Lion Tim!!!

  Well done! Fellow Lions!

Because of YOU . . . we were able to: 
* Provide needed financial aid to: LARC; Guide Dog Foundation; Special Recreation Services; the Chicago Lighthouse; Hadley Institute for the Blind.
* Purchase an Apple I-Pad to help a visually-challenged student at Hoover School with her studies. 
*  Donate approximately 2,000 pairs of eyeglasses to Lions International to be reconditioned and given to those in need;
*  Collect more than 1,000 books that will be distributed to area schools, senior centers, nursing homes and hospitals;
*  Provide necessary eye care for those with vision needs.
AND . . . that's what LIONISM is all about!!!

Used glasses collection locations

    The Calumet City Lions collect used eyeglasses, which are reconditioned and then used to help those less fortunate.
   Local drop-off locations include: America's Best, Bernadin Manor, Calumet City Hall, Calumet City Library, Four Eyes, Lens Crafters, Midwest Eye Care, Our Lady of Knock, Sand Ridge Fitness Center, St. Andrew's, St. Victor's, Wittam Eyecare.
   If you have used glasses to donate or know of a potential drop-off location, contact Eyeglass Collection Chairman Steve Drew (Home: 708/868-8521; Cell: 708/218-6701)
Between the Lions . . .
* * * Congratulations to Lion Ashley Lake, who is now Mrs. Nick Houlihan. The bride was surprised by a guest appearance during the wedding reception by club mascot, Roarin' Cal.  ATTA Girl, Lion Ashley!!! And, congratulations to Lion Bob Lake and wife Karen, the parents of the bride.
* * *  A warm welcome to our newest member, Krista Boehm. Be sure to make her feel right at home when you see her at the next meeting.
 Happy Birthday      Happy Anniversary
March 22 -- Jerry Hlinsky                 
March 25 -- Dave Kacanowski              
March 31 -- Paul Krueger
The Lighter Side
*  A cartoonist was found dead in his home.  Details are sketchy.
*  I used to be a banker, but then I lost interest.
*  Haunted French pancakes give me the crepes.
Fast Facts:
Did you know? -- The Hundred Years War lasted 116 years (1337 - 1453).
Did you know?  --  Panama hats are made in Ecuador.
Did you know?  -- A camel's hair brush is made of squirrel fur.
Hi, Fellow Lions -- 

Welcome to YOUR very own club website where you can keep up-to-date on the latest club functions, view photos of recent events, make comments, share stories, etc. The link is --

 Just ciick on the menu in the upper left-hand corner to accesss information.

The site will be updated after every club function. It's where you need to go to find out what's happening and how you can help. It's your link to our club, our District and Lions Clubs International. Add it to you Bookmarks. Make it a part of your daily routine. And, above all,   ENJOY!!!

Lion Denny

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Lion Denny Halloran  (708/862-4874 or e:mail -


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