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 Off to the Horse Races...Again!

A repeat social activity, Lake Sumter Lions enjoyed a social evening of fun and foolishness at a Rec Center with "Horse Races." Races were won by Lions Cheryl Pavell, John M. Bradshaw, Patrick Pignataro, Molly, and Bob. Lion Molly won the beautiful hat contest. Lion Patrick won the grand race. Lion John Hanna served as MC of the races.



Lions Social - Blank Slate

Lake Sumter Lions enjoyed social time playing the game of Blank Slate at the Canal Street Rec Center on Saturday evening.
The event was organized by Lion Esther Ann Walton. 


Lions Holiday Celebration

For the first time, the three Lions Clubs of The Villages (OBG Lions, Lake Sumter Lions, and Eastport Lions) held a combined Holiday Celebration. It was a fun evening of eating and dancing.  There were lots of smiles and foolishness!



Lots of Games

Lake Sumter Lions enjoyed an afternoon of cards and board games at the Canal Street Rec Center. Lots of fun.  Thanks Lion Bernice Hanna for organizing this event.


Lions Were Off to the Horse Races

Lake Sumter Lions met at Coconut Cove Rec Center for a social horse races by attendees.  There was first a contest of best hat, won by Lion Todd in a pink hat.  Then players hopped on a wooden horse and raced to the finish line via a roll of the dice.  Lion Linda was the women's winner and Lion Gary was both the men's winner and the overall champion.






Lions Toured First Responders Rec Center

Lake Sumter Lions met at Laurel Manor Rec Center with their golf carts and drove them to the First Responders Rec Center, which opened in April 2022. Members toured the new Rec Center that honors Police, EMTs, Fire Fighters, and other first responders. Afterwards, members drove their golf carts to Glenview Country Club where they gathered for dinner.





Trivia and Ice Cream Sundaes

Lake Sumter Lions and guests enjoyed an evening of trivia and ice cream. Lion "Walter" developed and asked the trivia questions, which range from US Presidents to Entertainment (which was really questions on 1950s westerns!?). Lion Bunny arranged for the ice cream sundaes and served attendees, along with Lion Annette. It was a social event full of fun, fellowship, and foolery.


Lake Dora Boat Tour

Thirty-nine (39) Lake Sumter Lions and guests enjoyed a 2-hour boat tour on Lake Dora and the Harris Chain of Lakes. We filled two pontoon boats which we boarded in downtown Mount Dora. We saw lots of different flora and various birds, but no alligators.  Thanks goes to the Club's Social Committee who organized this adventure.


Wine and Chocolate Bingo Social

Lake Sumter Lions enjoyed an afternoon of wine & chocolate bingo at the Canal Street Rec Center. The social event was organized by Lions John and Bunny. Bingo winners received a bottle of wine and a bag of chocolates. Lucky winners included PDG Ed with 1 1/2 wins (he shared a win with Lion Dianne) and PCC Curt who won the last blackout game and a basket of wines and chocolates. Of course, there was a snack table and lots of yelling at caller John, urging him to call a specific number.

Lions on the Right (Golf Cart) Path

Twelve (12) Lake Sumter Lions Golf Carts left Seabreeze and Eisenhower Rec Centers and drove south over the Brownwood Bridge (Rt 44) and the Water Lily Bridge (FL Turnpike) to go to Edna's on the Green. Other Lake Sumter Lions joined us there for a total of 32 LS Lions enjoying the music, food and fun on a beautiful afternoon. Lion Eileen made an announcement that puppy-in-training Zinfandel and her handler Jo-Ski were celebrating Zinfandel's 1st birthday, one day early. It was a great Lions social event.



Lions Visit Conklin Davis Center

Eighteen Lake Sumter Lions and guests (and two guide dogs) visited the newly certified Conklin Davis Center in Daytona Beach. Lions were given a tour of the newly renovated facility and were served lunch. Conklin Davis Center helps "adults who are blind and additionally disabled lead independent, productive and dignified lives."


First Social Event of 2021

Lake Sumter Lions enjoyed their first social event of the year...playing bocce at Canal Street Rec Center. There was a wonderful breeze most of the time so it wasn’t too hot. Everyone had a great time and of course there was plenty of food. Thanks goes to Lions Bunny and Eileen for organizing this fun event. And thanks too to Lion Eileen for the photos. Oh - Bocce winners were Lions Esther and John H and Bonnie and Bob I. 


Lake Sumter Lions Masks

While the number of Lake Sumter Lions Social activities has been severely decreased due to the Covid pandemic, members were still able to get out and about wearing their Lake Sumter Lions Mask.  Thanks goes to Lion Jaci who got these masks made.


Lions Golf Cart Scavenger Rally

It was a hot October day for the Lake Sumter Lions Golf Cart Scavenger Rally.  Seven (7) teams of 3 to 4 people each, in a 4-seater golf cart, traveled around selected portions of The Villages.  Teams navigated a predetermined route, identifying locations of 36 photos that were taken at various points along the route.  Scoring was based on the number of correct answers.  Prizes were given to First, Second, and Third place teams.  A Certificate of Astonishment was given to the last place team. Afterwards, participants enjoyed a light lunch at Lake Miona Rec Center.

First Place Second Place Third Place

Last Place


Bunko and Sundaes

Lake Sumter Lions gathered at the Truman Rec Center to play bunko, eat snacks, and enjoy sundaes from Ollies Frozen Custard afterwards.  There were chocolate prizes for people who had the highest score, lowest score, and the most bunkos.  Unfortunately, there are not many photos as the webmaster forgot to take any as she was trying to learn and play bunko for the first time!  Thanks goes to Social Committee Chairwoman Bunny and Kathy who organized this fun event.



Tour of Camp Boggy Creek

Five Lake Sumter Lions, join with two Mt. Dora Lions, to tour Camp Boggy Creek, located just east of Eustis.  Camp Boggy Creek provides a safe and medically-sound camp environment for children with serious illnesses.  The Camp is free for all campers; funding is provided through donations.
Lions toured the small animals pens, horse corral, craft shop, mess hall, pool, infirmary, theater, and cabins. It is certainly an upbeat place with young energetic counselors and lots of actvities.  For more info about Camp Boggy Creek, click here.



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.







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



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.

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