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Lake Sumter Lions:  Click here for the list of Program Duties for Jan thru Jun 2019.

District Governor Helene Visits

District 35-O Governor Helene Thompson visited the Lake Sumter Lions.  She presented Chevron awards for years in Lions service to four Lions:  Lion John A for 35 years; Lion Ed M for 30 years, and Sharon and Gary Nelson for 20 years each.  Additionally, Club President John presented a club banner to DG Helene.  At the close of the meeting, DG Helene requested a group photo and LS Lions were eager to comply.



Guest Speaker from Blind Radio

Michael Golder from the Blind and Beyond Radio Show was the Club's Guest Speaker recently.  Mr. Golder discuss the Blind and Beyond Radio Show which focuses on the delights and challenges of leading a successful and productive life as a visually impaired person. For more info, go to


Guest Speakers

At a recent Lake Sumter Lions Club meeting, Dr. Shelly (Director) and Cantel Buck (CEO), from the New Vision for Independence, presented a interactive program to members.  Ms Buck demonstrated techniques that visually impaired people deal with money and with eating and serving drinks to others.  Below blindfolded Lion John (right) learned how to pour water for himself and others. Then, blindfolded Walter (left) learned how to handle both paper and coin money.   A donation check was also given to New Vision from the Club.  (See Giving Back section of the web site.)



Lake Sumter Lions Open House

Lake Sumter Lions Club started off the new year with an Open House at Fenney Recreation Center.  The objective was to showcase the many activities of the Lake Sumter Lions Club to potential members living in the southern part of The Villages. Club members set up displays of the club's various community projects.  There was a PowerPoint slideshow highlighting the club's projects, fundraisers, and members.  Visitors could get their glucose screened with our diabetes testers and, in addition, Lions conducted retinopathy screening.  Thanks goes to Membership Chair Lion Jim who organized this event.


Newest Melvin Jones Fellows

At the Club's Awards meeting, two new Melvin Jones Fellows were named:  Lion Doris and Lion John.  Lion Doris has served as Club Secretary since 2011. She provides the stability and assistance to incoming new officers as they lead the club.  In addition, she played a major role in the Club's successful Chinese Auction fundraiser. Lion John has chaired the Program Committee as well as the successful ReSell-It fundraiser, served as Vice President last year and was just installed as Club President. 
Thanks Lions Doris and John for your Service.  Congratulations!  


Lake Sumter Lions Honor Lion Kevin as Lion of the Year

The Lake Sumter Lions Club named Lion Kevin Lion of the Year for his dedication and untiring efforts as the Chair of the Aluminum Can Collection and Recycling fundraiser. He not only oversees the maintenance of the truck and schedules workers but also tracks expenses and profits.  He helped successfully defend this recycling fundraiser when questions recently arose.
Congrats Kevin and Thank You!

Lions Awards for Lion Year 2017-2018

At the last Membership meeting of this Lions year, outgoing King Lion Ralph presented several awards to members, highlighting their service to the Club and the Community.  

Certificates of Appreciation 

Lion Bob Bassett Lion Diana Zahorak Lion Kathy Shivery

Conklin Center Opal Life Memberships

Photo on Left: Lions Jon Joel, Ralph Long, and John Hanna.  Photo on Right: Lion Chuck LeGare received his award in a later meeting, from PDG Ed.

Installation of New Club Officers for Lions Year 2018-2019

District 35-O Governor-Elect Helene Thompson made a special visit to the Lake Sumter Lions Club to install the new officers for the next Lions Year.  A breakfast was held at the Evans Prairie Country Club restaurant. The names of the all the club officers are listed under the "Contact Us" menu. 

President John Wolf 3VP Ed Mello & 1VP Jan Bassett Secretary Doris Brennan Treasurer Jane Mello
Missing from Photos:
2VP Chuck LeGare
Lion Tamer John Angiolo
Director Marty Slotnick

Membership Chair Jim Creamer Directors Bob Disinger, Bob Mills, and Kathy Shivery Tail Twister Gary Nelson  


Outgoing Club President Ralph (right) passes the gavel of responsibility to newly installed Club President Lion John.   



Members Travel to Visit LV Lions Club (among other things)

Lake Sumter Lions John, Glenn, Larry, Gary and Ed traveled to Las Vegas, NV to attend the Las Vegas Host Lions Club meeting.....among other things.

Five old Lion geezers left Florida and came back as five young studs!???


Club Excellence Award

2nd Vice District Governor Greg Evans recently attended a Lake Sumter Lions meeting where he presented to Immediate Past President (IPP) Elaine a banner patch and a pin for the Club Excellence Award for 2016-2017 Lions year.  The Club Excellence Award is presented to those clubs that excel in community service, membership growth, communications and organizational operations.

The Lake Sumter Lions also were awarded the Lions International Centennial Service Challenge award for 2016-2017 and IPP Elaine accepted a banner patch for this award.  Yea!


Lake Sumter Lions Recognized

Eleven Lake Sumter Lions were recognized at The Villages Charter School Volunteer Reception in March for their KidSight screenings at the schools last fall.  Lions Bob, Jan and John H. represented the Lake Sumter Lions Club at this reception of "Heroes."  The following Lions contributed over 129 hours toward these screenings:  Chuck, Jon, John, Ralph, Connie, Doris, Jan, Bob, Lorraine, Tom and Eileen.  


Lions Are Recognized for Their Service

First Vice District 35-O Governor Helene Thompson presented certificates to the following Lake Sumter Lions to recognize their years of service in Lionism: 

Doris Brennan - 10 years
Mary Kearney -15 years
Cecile Mills - 15 years
Kevin Kearney - 15 years
Marty Slotnick - 35 years
Esther Tranby - 40 years



Lake Sumter Lions Celebrate Their 10th Charter Night

It was in December 2007 when the Lake Sumter Lions received their charter from Lions clubs International with 30 Charter Members.  Ten years later the Club is prospering with over 50 members.  To celebrate our 10th Anniversary, the Lake Sumter Lions held  a special Celebration on December 1 at the Canal Recreation Center in The Villages.  Guest Speaker was District Governor "Tito" Navarro.  Master of Ceremonies was Lion (and Charter Member) Bob Mills.  King Lion Ralph Long presided over the meeting.  Each Lake Sumter Lion received a 10th Anniversary pin.





At the 10th Anniversary Celebration, DG Tito also inducted a new member Lion Mary Alice into the Lake Sumter Lions Club. Her sponsor is Lion Bob, the MC for the event.

Charter Members from 2007 were also recognized.

Below is a news article from The Daily Sun, dated Dec 6, 2017.


Zone 3 Meeting

Seven Lake Sumter Lions attended the Zone 3 meeting in October conducted by Zone Chairman Paul.  The dinner meeting was held at the Tavares Lions Clubhouse.  The Program was on the MyLion app.  Afterwards, King Lion Ralph presented a review of the Club's activities at the Zone meeting.


Lions - Always Looking to Serve


Lions Just Wanna have Fun!

News Reporter Drexler noted out Club's fun at a recent meeting with Happy Dollars.  A great way to earn $$ for our Admin Account.  (Note: All $$ raised from the public at Lions fundraisers goes back to the public in some way.)


Zone 3 Meeting


The second Zone 3 meeting of the Lion Year was held at the Tavares Lions Clubhouse in March.  Ten Lake Sumter Lions attended.  Guest Speakers were puppy raisers for the Southeastern Guide Dogs. Zone 3 Chair Paul presided over the meeting, which included in attendance District Governor (DG) Steve and 1VDG Tito.



Years in Service to Lionism

During this Lions year, five Lake Sumter members have been recognized for their years serving in the Lions Clubs: 
Howard - 20 years; John - 15 years; Glenn - 15 years; Ruth - 15 years; and John - 30 years.  Congrats!

From left to right: Lions Ruth, John, Glenn & Howard with their recognition of years in service. Club President Elaine presents a 30 year chevron to Associate Member Lion John.


Zone 3 Meeting


Fifteen Lake Sumter Lions joined other nearby Lions Clubs for a Zone 3 meeting at the Fruitland Park Lions clubhouse.  Zone 3 Chairman Paul conducted the meeting.  Club Presidents, to include LSL Club President Elaine, reviewed their current activities and fundraisers. Lion Elaine was also presented with a Banner Patch for the Club's service activities during the past Lions year.


Lions Years of Service Awards


Five Lake Sumter Lions were recently recognized for their years of service in Lionism.  Congrats goes to....

Lion Norman Rose (left)
50 Years of Service


Lion Bob Jones (right)
40 Years of Service


Lion Sherri Quimby
10 Years of Service


Lions Paul and Roe Occhipinti
10 Years of Service each


     A Salute to Lion Veterans

USMC George Wanberg, Coordinator of the Veterans Salute Program at Cornerstone Hospice and Army COL Paul Farineau, Volunteer at Cornerstone, presented Lake Sumter Lions Club with a special program at a recent Club meeting.  Each Lion Veteran was recognized and given a coin and a Certificate of Appreciation for their military service to the United States.  Two deceased club veterans were also recognized as their wives were presented with coins and certificates too.  Afterwards, USMC Wanberg and COL Farineau honored the veterans with a salute.       






What is Pink and Roars?

Lion Gary strikes a pose for folks to read the back of his pink Lions sweatshirt.  Our thoughts and prayers go with those who have or who have had breast cancer. 





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