1939  -   (Our 79th year of Community Service)  -  2019


 Roarin' Cal

The Prez Sez:

   Please join me in congratulating Lion Ashley Houlihan and her husband Nick on the birth of their beautiful baby girl, Reagan Jean Houlihan. Reagan was born Monday, February 4, 2019.  After spending a few days in the NICU baby Reagan and Lion Ashley are finally home. Congratulations also go out to first time grandparents Lion Bob and Karen Lake! 

    A quick glance at the Calendar of Events reveals a busy schedule in the coming months. I encourage you to be active! Participate! Get involved! You'll be glad you did!  A very warm welcome to our newest members, Lions Socorro Evans and Mike Myers, who recently joined our ranks. Be sure to make them feel right at home at the next club event!!  Yes, we're really on a roll! 

Important upcoming events you don't want to miss: 

1) Bob Block’s "Block Party & Spaghetti Dinner" Campaign for the Illinois endorsement to become International Director 

    - We will be hosting a Spaghetti Dinner fundraiser to help Lion Bob Block with some of his campaign costs and travel expenses. 

    - The event will take place March 10, 2019 at the Knight of Columbus Hall from 1:00 PM - 5:00 PM

    - Volunteers will be needed for the event day so please contact Lion Leo Valencia or Lion Bob if you can lend a hand. 

    2) This year's Pride Night will be on March 12 starting at 6:30 p.m. at the Lansing Knights of Columbus. If you are interested in attending contact Lion Socorro Evans or Lion Bob Schneider. Children and grandchildren 12 and older are welcome to attend. 

    3)  District 1-A Convention will convene on Friday, March 22 at 6:30 PM at the Westin Chicago Northwest Hotel and will run through Sunday, March 24. This year's convention theme as mentioned numerous time before is "Lace & Leather." You can register online at If you register by March 1, you will be entered into the early bird raffle for a cash prize of $200. The cutoff date for registration is March 15. If you are interested in reserving a hotel room for the convention (It is highly recommended you do!) there is a special room rate of $98.00 plus tax. Reservations can be made by calling the Westin Chicago Northwest Hotel directly at (630)773-4000 and be sure to mention you are attending the Lions District Convention to receive that special rate. The cut-off date for the special rate is March 15. 

   - Calumet City's Hospitality Room Lion Andrew Labahn has once again agreed to chair the hospitality room committee. Unfortunately, Lion Andrew and his wife Jackie are unable to attend this year's convention. We will need extra hands for set-up and working the room.  Let's join together to help make this year's convention a "roaring" success.  

     Tickets for our major fund-raiser, the annual $20,000 Raffle, have been distributed. The drawing will take place on Friday, May 10, 2019. Two Early Bird drawings will be held: March 26 ($250) and April 23 ($1,000). Contact Chairman Steve Drew to turn in your tix and money. Let's sell 'em all! To date, 86 tickets have been sold.


    Such simple words, but together they function as the core motive of the Calumet City Lions Club. While we celebrate our success during the 2017-2018 year, let's look forward to this New Year with enthusiasm and purpose as we continue to serve the needs of the people in our community and to improve the lives of those around us. Last year I had the privilege of participating in several of the service events our club offers and saw firsthand the impact that the Calumet City Lions Club has on the community in which it serves. One of the best things I have done is accept an invitation by my friend, Lion Christa Kelly, to join this organization. There is no greater, fun-loving group of people out there and I am grateful to be a part of the Calumet City Lions Club!

     Lion Krista Boehm


Food for Thought

  The next Community Meals at St. Victor's are scheduled for Suinday, March 3; and, Sunday, April 21 (Easter). If you can spare a few hours (2-4 p.m.) to help feed some very needy folks in the community, give President Krista Boehm a call. It's a very heart-warming and rewarding experience.

            A "Tourney FORE Sight"

What a great day of fun in the sun. Lion Chuck's second annual "Tourney FORE Sight" was a huge success, thanks to lots of hard work and pre-planning and a host of volunteers. Sighted and visually-challenged golfers tackled a nine-hole layout at Lincoln Oaks with varying degrees of success. They got to know each other a little better and learned how to ask for help and how to provide assist-ance. It was a win-win! Check out the video by clicking on the link below:

 In other news . . . 

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!  

Go to --

Well done! Fellow Lions!

Because of YOU . . . we were able to: 
*  Furnish complete Thanksgiving dinners (turkey and all the trimmings) to 54 area families through Victor Care.
* 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 1,700 books that were 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 Katie Keilman (708/868-1026).
Between the Lions . . .
     Do you have some news to share with the club? An interesting vacation? New addition to the family? Sports achievements, awards? Special memory? A favorite recipe? Items to sell/trade? Contact Lion Denny and let's get the word out on the website.
Happy Birthday       

Feb. 7 -- Andrew Labahn

Feb. 11 -- Bob Schneider

Feb. 10 -- Mike Giglio

Feb. 22 -- Stella Torres

Feb. 24 -- Cheryl Warshaw

Feb. 26 -- Tim Gericke

Feb. 28 -- Jo Mika

Happy Anniversary

The Lighter Side

*  It's so cold that I just saw a politician with his hands in his OWN pockets!
*  Gimme a brrr-eak. The other day I spotted a squirrel burying a can of Sterno!
*  Velcro -- what a  rip-off!
*  Don't worry about old age; it doesn't last!
I'm Curious:
Just wondering? -- What disease did cured ham actually have to begin with?
Just wondering?  --  Why doesn't Tarzan have a beard?
Just wondering?  -- Is there ever a day when mattresses are NOT on sale?
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

 Questions?   Comments?   Compliments?   Complaints?   News to share? 
Lion Denny Halloran  (708/862-4874 or e:mail -


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