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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.


Newest Melvin Jones Fellows

At the Lake Sumter Lions Club's Awards meeting, two new Melvin Jones Fellows (MJF) were named:  Lion Bunny and Lion Kathy.  Last year's MJF recipients Lions Doris and John presented these MJF awards.  Lion Bunny usually works behind the scenes assisting in the Chinese Auction, the Christmas Dinner, and the Scrapbooks.  Lion Kathy was Chair of the Social Committee, as well as Co-Chair of the Re-Sell It fundraiser.  Both Lions contributed significantly to the success of the Lake Sumter Lions Club.  
Thanks Lions Bunny and Kathy for your Service.  Congratulations!  


In the July 25th issue of the The Villages Daily Sun newspaper, the newest Melvin Jones Fellows were featured in a photo (left).


Lake Sumter Lions Honor two Lions as Lion of the Year

   Club President John named Lions Jane (left) and Lion Jan (right) as the the Lake Sumter Lions of the Year.  Lion Jane served as this year's Club Treasurer and Lion Jan served as First Vice President.  Both Lions kept Club President John in line (or so he says!).  Lion John gave each LOY recipient a stuffed tiger. 
Congrats Lions Jane and Jan!



Lions Awards for Lion Year 2018-2019

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

Certificates of Appreciation 

Lion Bob Bassett Lion Chuck LeGare Lion Jon Joel
In addition to Certificates, Club President John presented each awardee with a stuffed animal in keeping with his "Wolf" theme of animals.
Lion John Hanna Lion Doris Brennan  


Conklin Center Diamond Life Membership

   Outgoing Club President John was surprised with a Diamond level of Life Membership from the Conklin Center.  Treasurer Jane (left) and Secretary Doris (right) presented the award to Lion John for his leadership during this Lions Year of 2018-2019.


Gifts to Incoming Officers

   Club President John presented Lions brief cases to three incoming Officers:  (from left to right) Lions Kathy, Gary, and John.


Club Presidents Scrapbooks

   Lion Bunny presented Club President Scrapbooks to immediate outgoing Club President John and also to previous Club President Ralph (left).  Lion Bunny and Lion John made the scrapbooks which chronicles the year (in photos and articles) in which each of these Lions served as Club Presidents.


Installation of New Club Officers for Lions Year 2019-2020

District 35-O Governor-Elect Greg Evans 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. 

DGE Greg installs Lion Jan as the incoming Club President for
Outgoing Club President John (right) passes
the gavel of responsibility to newly installed Club President Lion Jan.   


   Outgoing Club President John presented District Governor-Elect Greg a Club Banner, thanking him for installing the new club officers. Incoming Club President Jan joins in with her thanks too to DGE Greg.


Lions Enjoy Breakfast at the Awards & Installation of New Officers




Lake Sumter Lions at District 35-O Meeting

Thirteen Lions from the Lake Sumter Lions Club attended the District 35-O Organization Meeting in mid-June.   District Governor-Elect Greg led the meeting, held at the Fruitland Park Lions Den.  DGE Greg introduced the many District Chairpersons for the 2019-2020 Lions Year and each spoke briefly about their upcoming job duties. DG Helene Thompson also spoke, thanking the nearly 200 Lions for a great 2018-2019 Lion Year.  Lions were served lunch and the meeting convened shortly after 1pm.




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.


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!???


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.


 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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