Meetings

We're Social Too!

Though the Lake Sumter Lions Club is a service organization, we do have activities that are purely social. We do enjoy our fun, fellowship and foolishness!

 

Lions Trivia and Desserts

Led by Lions Sharon and Gary, the Lake Sumter Lions and their guests enjoyed an evening of Trivia and desserts at the Lake Miona Rec Center.  Lion Gary developed a number of impossible questions which tested fellow Lions' knowledge.  Lions were randomly grouped into 4 people per table.  The winning table included Lions Kevin, Mary Alice, Jim and guest Brenda.  There was lots of desserts for both the winners and losers.

   

  

 

 

Lions Bingo Social

It was not a fundraiser, but just simply a social gathering of Lake Sumter Lions and guests at the Canal Street Rec Center.  Bingo was the game with cash prizes given out from the sales of bingo cards.  Co-organizer Lion Ruth sold the cards.  Lion Ed called the games, with Lion Jim tracking the numbers and Lion Larry confirming the winning cards.  Guest Larry won the blackout game and Lions slippers with it.  Thanks goes to Lions Ruth and Jane for setting this fun event.

  

  

  

 

 

A Lion Super Bowl Winner

Lion Jaci recently was awarded the 2019 Super Bowl winner for 3rd and 4th quarters of the game.  Lion Ed recognized Lion Jaci at a Lions meeting and presented her with her earnings.  Congrats.

 

Lions Christmas Party

Members and guests of the Lake Sumter Lions Club gathered at the Lake Miona Rec Center to celebrate the holiday season.  It was a pot luck dinner with lots of fun and foolishness.  Entertainment was provided by Shades of Blue.  And Santa made an appearance to talk to the good boys and girls. (Were there any around?)  Also, Lion Kevin was presented with a Tree of Cans picture for his work leading the Club's Recyling of Aluminum Cans fundraiser. 
Thanks goes to Lions Bunny and John who organized this event.

 

 

Lions Visit New Vision for Independence

It was both a social for club members and an opportunity to donate $$.  Lake Sumter Lions visited and toured the New Vision for Independence facility at the Lake Sumter State College in Leesburg. Lions John and Connie also presented a donation check to assist this organization in serving people with low vision or blindness in Lake and Sumter Counties and The Villages. For more info about New Vision for Independence, go to their website at http://newvisionfl.org

 

 

Tour of The Sharon

The Lake Sumter Lions Club say a big THANKS to to Trevin Cooper, Director of Education at The Sharon of Performing Arts, for providing an informative and entertaining tour of The Sharon.  It was great to learn about the operation, tour the facility and to meet some of the staff.  Afterwards, we enjoyed lunch at a nearby restaurant in Spanish Springs square.

Look what appeared in The Villages Daily Sun South Mix!

 

    

Lions Enjoy Cruising on the Gulf

Thanks to organizer Lion Kathy, eighteen Lake Sumter Lions enjoyed a ride on the Calypso Queen Riverboat out of Clearwater, FL.  Participants "munched" on a Carribean buffet while watching the dolphins play in the Gulf waters.  

 

Lions Golf Cart Rally

It was a beautiful sunny day for the Lake Sumter Lions Golf Cart Rally.  Seven (7) teams of four people (in a 4-person golf cart)  traveled around selected portions of The Villages.  They navigated by answering questions and solving puzzles.  Scoring was based on the number of correct answers.  Prizes of a Lions ink pen were given to the First Place team.  "Loser" medals were given to the Last Place team. Afterwards, participants enjoyed a light lunch at Sea Breeze Rec Center. 

 

First Place Team
Lions Chuck, Linda, Connie and Guest Joanne

Second Place Team
Lions Elaine, Bunny, Ralph, and Guest Annette
Last Place Team
Lion John, Guest Joe, Lions Kaye and Norman

 

Hot Chili and Hot Trivia!

Lake Sumter Lions and their guests enjoyed an evening of chili tasting and trivia.  Attendees tasted the seven pots of chili and voted Lion Bunny's chili as the best.  (See photo below.) She received a bottle of wine from the country of Chile.  Lion John served as moderator for the Trivia game which had a mixture of geography and history questions.  We were all trying to remember our High School History classes.  It was a fun evening for all.

  Best Chili Maker Bunny.

  

  

  

 

Honey Baked Ham Dinner Social

For the second consecutive year, the Lake Sumter Lions and their guests dined at the local Honey Baked Ham restaurant where they enjoyed a delicious ham and turkey dinner. The Club thanks the restaurant manager who supports club projects, especially the calendar drawing fundraiser.  It was a event full of food, fun and fellowship.  Thanks goes to Lion Marty who organized this social event. 

    

    

 

Members Visit Presidents Hall of Fame

Recently, the Lake Sumter Lions and their guests traveled to Clermont to visit the Presidents Hall of Fame.  This exhibit featured a miniature White House (often used in documentaries when the actual White House is unavailable), mannequins of the Presidents, Campaign Memorabilia, and much more.  King Lion John posed sitting at the Presidential desk while Immediate Past Club President Linda posed behind the Presidential lecturn.  Afterwards, the group enjoyed lunch at Olive Garden and then traveled to the Lakeridge Winery for a tour and a relaxing afternoon. 

    

    

    
 

 

Lions Learn About Florida's Natural History

Lake Sumter Lions took off to Gainesville in January to visit the Florida Museum of Natural History and the Butterfly Rainforest.  Thanks to Lion Elaine who organized the trip, Lions had a great time viewing and learning about fossils, shells, and vegetation unique to Florida.  In addition, Lions walked through the nearby Butterfly Rainforest surrounded by many varieties of butterflies.  The trip ended with a meal (of course) at Cracker Barrel.

    

    

    

   

Cruisin' Lions (Again!)

We had to do it again.  At the end of January, 48 Lake Sumter Lions and their guests boarded the Victory Casino Cruise Ship for a day of food and slots and even line dancing.  Attendees first boarded a bus at the Canal Street Recreation Center which then drove them two hours to Port Canaveral when they went onboard the 1200 passenger ship to sail out into the Atlantic Ocean. Though it was a rocky ride (due to windy conditions), attendees came home on the plus side, with a total of a $1366 gain.

    

    

      

 

Lake Sumter Lions Poker Run

Thirty-eight (38) Lions and guests participated in the Lake Sumter Lions first Poker Run on September 28.  Driving their golf carts, Lions went to six different Recreation Centers within The Villages and drew one playing card at each Center.  The end goal was to draw the best poker hand from the playing cards at the Rec Centers.  The first card was drawn at Canal Rec Center, second at Lake Miona, third at Hibiscus, fourth at Allamanda, fifth at O'Dell and sixth at Coconut Cove.  Everyone then proceeded to City Fire at Lake Sumter Landing square where they enjoyed refreshments of the liquid and food variety.  The first place winner was Cathy Shivery with a full house of queens and sevens.  Second place was also a full house with fours and aces in the hand of Tim Phelan.  Third place was a flush of hearts by Linda Jefferies and Hal Bellis.  Fourth place was held by Bob Hedger - three queens ace high and Fifth place was Arthur Georgalis three queens seven high.

    

    

    

    

 

    Cruisin' Lions

Lake Sumter Lions and their guests enjoyed themselves immensely aboard the Victory Casino Cruise on August 1.  From The Villages, they were first shuttled to Port Canaveral where they boarded the 1200 passenger ship to sail out into the Atlantic Ocean. Then they were entertained, enjoyed wonderful food, and took in a little gambling for the day.  Big winners (??) for the day were Lions Sharon, Ken and Linda (though Linda admitted she played only the nickel machines).  This social event was also a fundraiser for the club as a portion of the costs went back to the club.

    

    

    

 

Lions Enjoy the Air (Boats!)

Members of the Lake Sumter Lions Club and their guests recently enjoyed another social event, organized by Lion Linda.   Carpooling from the Canal Street Rec Center, Lions first braved the "wilds" of the river during a 90-minute airboat ride.  Then Lions and guests gathered together for dinner (of course!) at the Harbor Lights Restaurant.         

  

 

 

On Board the Orange Blossom Cannonball

Thirty-two Lions and guests carpooled to the nearby city of Tavares to board the Orange Blossom Cannonball express for a two-hour ride to Lake Jem.  Riders experienced the adventure of riding an historic steam engine that has been featured in several motion pictures.  Afterwards, everyone traveled back to The Villages area where we all enjoyed a bar-be-que dinner.

    

    

 

  

 

     
     

 

 

 

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