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Years in Service Awards

Congrats to the following Lake Sumter Lions who have provided many years of service as a Lion. [Note that Lion Norman has 55 years of Lions service!]  Well Done Lions.

Lion Years in Service
Kaye P 10
Paul O 15
Roe O 15
John B 20
Linda R 25
Dennis R 25
Bob B 25
Jan B 20
Chuck LeG 30
Norman R 55


Lions Awards for Lion Year 2019-2020

At the Awards and Installation of New Officers Breakfast, outgoing King Lion Chuck presented awards to Lake Sumter Lions, highlighting their service to the Club and the Community. 

2019-2020 Melvin Jones Fellow Lion Tim

Past Club President Lion Chuck presented Lion Tim with the Melvin Jones Fellow (MJF) honor for Lions Year 2019-2020 at Tim and Kaye's home.  Lion Tim was selected by previous MJF members of the club for his "behind the scenes" support and efforts to several club activities.

Lions Tim and Kaye were unable to attend the Awards and Installation of New Officers Breakfast.  Though Tim's name was announced as the MJF recipient at the Breakfast, members were asked to keep his MJF recognition a secret until the actual presentation.  Lion Tim was surprised at his selection....and Lion Chuck was surprised that the Club was able to keep this honor a secret from Lions Tim and Kaye!


2019-2020 Lake Sumter Lion of the Year

King Lion Chuck presents Lion Kevin with the Lion of the Year Award.  Lion Kevin was the backbone of our aluminum can recycling fundraiser. Without him, our white truck (used for collecting bags of cans) would be in the junk yard by now.

Certificates of Appreciation 

Lion Jan Bassett Lion Dan LeBlond Lion Kevin Kearney

Centennial Membership Awards

    King Lion Chuck presented LCI Centennial Membership Awards to (left to right) PDG Ed, Lion Kathy and Lion Bob in recognition for recruiting and retaining new members.   

Club President's Scrapbook

     Lions John and Bunny presented outgoing Club President Chuck with his Scrapbook highlighting the many events of the past Lions years. 

Installation of New Club Officers for Lions Year 2020-2021

District 35-O Governor-Elect Harry Williams made a special visit to the Lake Sumter Lions Club to install the new officers for the next Lions Year.  An outdoor breakfast was held at the Evans Prairie Country Club restaurant.


DGE Harry installs Lion Kathy as the incoming Club President for
Outgoing Club President Chuck passes
the gavel of responsibility to newly installed Club President Lion Kathy.   


   New Lake Sumter Club Officers for 2020-2021.


Join the Lake Sumter Lions on FaceBook

The Lake Sumter Lions Club now has a group page on FaceBook.  For the more current info and photos, go to FaceBook and ask to join the Lake Sumter Lions group.  You will get a response to join the group, usually with 24-48 hours.  (Yeah, I can be a little slow at times to respond.)


The New Normal...Zoom Meetings
Due to the COVID 19 pandemic and the Rec Centers restrictions for large group meetings, the Lake Sumter Lions Club has been holding both Board and Membership meeting over the Zoom video conferencing app.  This is expected to continue until at least late summer/fall.  Attendance has been quite good with an average of over 30 members attending Membership meetings.



It's a First - Membership Meeting via Zoom

On April 15th, King Lion Chuck led the first Lake Sumter Lions meeting via Zoom, a video conferencing app. Thirty-one (31) members were online, along with a few dogs (heard in the background). King Lion Chuck led the 40 minute meeting. Thanks to Lion Jan Bassett who set up the meeting on Zoom.

It was also the first new member induction via Zoom. Congrats to new Lion Laurie. She was inducted by PDG Bob.


Sponsoring a New Lion via FaceTime

Lake Sumter Lion and PDG Ed proudly watch real time (via FaceTime) the induction of his son Steve into the Aberdeen (Maryland) Lions Club. Formerly a member of the Aberdeen Lions club, PDG Ed sponsored his son into Lionism. Congrats Lion Steve!

Also....Thanks to the Aberdeen Lions Club and PDG Rowe for conducting this induction and enabling PDG Ed to view this special new member induction.


Another Super Bowl Winner!

Lion Jim Creamer (left) was the winner of the 2020 Super Bowl game.  Congrats!


Zones 3 & 4 Combined Meeting

Fifteen (15) Lake Sumter Lions attended the combined Zones 3 and 4 meeting at the Leesburg Resource Center.  Zone 3 Chair John Hanna was the MC for the meeting while Zone 4 Chair Dr. Glenn Brown conducted a trivia contest.  Guest Speaker was DG Greg Evans who also inducted a new member into the Mount Dora Lions Club.


Years in Service Awards

DG Greg Evans attended the Lake Sumter Lions Club meeting and presented Chevrons (awards for years in service) from Lions Clubs International to the following Lake Sumter Lions.  Lion Ralph was not at this meeting with DG Greg so he recieved his Chevron later from King Lion Chuck.

Lion Years in Service
Jerry VK 10
Diana Z 10
Jon J 10
Clyde T 10
Elaine T 15
Ralph L 15
John (aka Walter) W 20
Jan B 20
Eileen D 25
Jane G-M 30


Guest Speaker: Education Foundation of Lake County

Audrey Dick from the Education Foundation of Lake County was a recent guest speaker at the Lake Sumter Lions Club meeting.  The Education Foundation operates for the benefit of students and teachers in Lake Co. Public Schools. It's mission is to serve as the connection between the community and public education, evaluating needs and securing resources to enhance the quality of education.  Click here for more info.




Guest Speaker: Helping Hands

At a recent Lions meeting, Bill Gottsphalk presented the program on Helping Hands, a medical equipment loan service of the VHA.  Villagers can obtain a variety of medical equipment on loan, free of charge. Villagers can also donate medical equipment to this non-profit organization.  Click here for a list of equipment and contact phone number.


Meeting Lions in Ireland

Lions Diana and Kathy traveled to Ireland for a brief visit and met with Lions from Galway, Ireland.  Lions Diana and Kathy were presented their the Galway Lions Club banner which, in turn, they presented to King Lion Chuck upon their return to the States.


Zone 3 Meeting

Twelve Lake Sumter Lions attended the First Zone 3 meeting of the Lion Year, held at the Tavares Lions Clubhouse.  Zone Chair (and Lake Sumter Lion) John presided over the meeting and conducted a Lions trivia contest.  After the trivia, Club Presidents, to include Lake Sumter King Lion Chuck,  reported the various activities of their clubs.  Lake Sumter Lion Esther won the 50/50 drawing.


District 35-O District Meeting

The First District 35-O meeting of the Lion Year was held at Homosassa Lions Clubhouse.  District Governor Greg presided.  Lake Sumter King Lion Chuck, assisted by Lion John, presented the program on Kidsight.  Nine Lake Sumter Lions attended the meeting.


District Governor Helene Visits

District 35-O Governor Helene Thompson visited the Lake Sumter Lions in early 2019.  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.


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!???



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.


 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.)


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.


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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