September 2018 | District 1-F Governor Lion Kathleen E. Marusich
Here comes the Gov
Greetings District 1F Lions, Leos and Lioness, Friends and Family,

Summer is winding down and we are near the end of Q1 of Lions Year 2018-2019! There is much to do and with your help, “We” can get it all done. Club Presidents and Club Secretaries should be on the lookout for email requests for my “official” club visit. Timely responses are appreciated as schedules for everyone fill up fast! As your District Governor, it is my duty and honor to visit your club and find out how things are going. Do you need my help with anything? Remember there is a team of people at your disposal to help with Membership, Leadership and Service. 

Each year our Association elects a new International President. The theme will always be “We Serve” but with their personal spin. This year, our International President, Gudrun Yngvadottir’s (Ing va dotter) message of “We Serve” is to Chart our Course and to look “ Beyond the Horizon. ” She says “Facing winds of change we can turn those challenges into opportunities to move our association forward.” We can reach new horizons in service when we engage our teams, develop new strategies and push beyond our limits. With vision and perseverance anything is possible. The horizon is yours.” I encourage you to go to Lions Club International’s website and watch the short inspirational videos:

This year has promising fresh ideas. On Saturday, September 15 th , we will be hosting a “ Dinner in the Dark” at the Renaissance Chicago North Shore Hotel in Northbrook. For the 1 st 50 people with paid reservations admission is $25. Once we get our 51 st person, the price will be$30. Please come for this evening that will benefit the Lions of Illinois Foundation Low Vision Program . This event is open to Lions, family and friends. Come find out what it is like to live in Darkness and appreciate the gift of Vision.

The USA/Canada Forum will be held in Columbus, Ohio this year. Several Lions from the District clubs will be attending. This is a great learning experience with a variety of over 80 seminars. I’m looking forward to seeing friends from past Forums and visiting with the International Directors. This visit will give me the opportunity to find out who will be our guest speaker for March’s District Convention. Mark your calendars for March 15-17 th .

Fall is upon us and the annual District Event is coming up in October. I thought it would be good to give the Pigs a rest this year. They have been running crazy around the District Barn for years, so we will be hosting a Trivia Night on Saturday, October 27 th at the Old Lake Zurich Fire House in Lake Zurich ( see flier) . This will be a fun filled night to gather with friends for a lighthearted evening.

Please read through the newsletter and make it a point to try out something new -- a new event, a new service project, something to get you outside of your comfort zone and help you “Reach Beyond the Horizon.”  

ROAR Loud, keep up the great work and remember:

“Lions have a Heart for Service”

Yours in Service,
Lion Kathleen Marusich , D1F Governor
From Lion Tom Lippert, Dist. 1-F 2nd Vice District Governor

Greetings! Exciting times for all of us during 2018-19 Lions year. I’m delighted to take on the new appointments of your 2nd Vice District Governor, Global Leadership Team (GLT) Liaison, and Interim South East Zone Chair.

You’ve got a great Lions District 1-F Cabinet representing and working with you, with Governor Kathleen Marusich leading the way... “Lions Have a Heart for Service.”

Hopefully each Lions Club received one or two copies of the Lions District 1-F 2018-19 Directory; it has important dates, contact information, etc. Your Club President & Secretary should have copies.

Regarding important dates, one of my responsibilities is the annual Lions District 1-F Fall Fundraiser. This year it’s “Trivia Night” with a Halloween Theme. It’s Saturday, October 27, at the Old Lake Zurich Fire Station. This is a “must attend” event. It will be a great time!

Regarding the Lions Dist. 1-F South East Zone (Deerfield, Evanston Sunrise, Glenview, Niles, Northfield, Park Ridge, Skokie Clubs), there hasn’t been a zone chairperson appointed. I informed the Governor and Cabinet that I would try to fill in as interim temporarily until we get someone permanently…anyone interested?

Actually, I was last year’s South East Zone Chairperson and enjoyed working with these Clubs. Established great friendships!

Lastly, I’d like to visit any club that I previously haven’t visited. I would like to get to know more about your club and how District 1-F Cabinet, leaders, Past District Governors, can assist you…in spreading the Lions slogan, “We Serve.”

Contact me anytime, I’m in the District 1-F Directory!

Lion Tom Lippert
2018/19 2nd Vice District Governor
Send in your Lions Club news to Lion Dennis Spaeth at
Lions International Peace Poster Contest Theme: Kindness Matters

October 1st: Deadline to purchase kits. Clubs must purchase a Peace Poster Contest kit for each contest it sponsors.

November 15th: Postmark deadline for a club to send one winning poster (per contest sponsored) to the District Governor.

December 1st: Postmark deadline for the District Governor to send one winning poster to the MD-1 Council Chairperson.

February 1st: International winners will be notified on or before this date.

Kits contain guides and rules for the contest, the sticker for the club to place on the winning poster, and winner certificates. Honorable mention certificates are available on the LCI website.

If anyone has questions about the Peace Poster Contest, please call or text Lion Amber Ballweg at 847-812-2445 or email her at .

Central Zone meeting set for Sept. 20

Lion Ric Granroth, Zone Chair of the Central zone in District 1-F, will hold a zone meeting at 6:30 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 20 at the Lake Zurich Lions Den. Food will be provided at $5 per person. The agenda will be forwarded later this week. Lion Ric invites the officers and members to come and meet other Lions in the Central Zone. Together, Lions can share experiences and help the District grow to meet the ever-mounting needs for service. 

Also, Lion Molly Penny, PDG, will discuss th, and Zone Chair Tom Lippert will talk about the upcoming District 1-F Trivia Contest.
District 1-F 9-pin, No Tap bowling
Nancy Wilson and Kathy Deram-Clark at the Saturday event at Bertrand Bowl. They were the organizers for this District event..
Pillowcases for Pediatric Cancer patients facing treatments
With the blessings of our District Gov Kathleen E. Marusich, the first district-wide service project for September is Pediatric Cancer Awareness month. The project will involve making pillow cases for children facing cancer treatments.

Here is a link to the website for Ryan's Case for Smiles (  ). Please take a look at the video on the home page and browse the website. There are detailed directions for making the pillowcases. If you don't have sewing skills, maybe you know someone who does or would like to donate money or materials for our project. If you would like to help us with this project, please contact Lion Julie Stanley, Global Service Team Chair, District 1-F, via email at .

Council of Governors need a volunteer for MD1 GLT chairperson

The Council of Governors seeks to immediately fill the vacancy of our MD1 GLT Chairperson position. You can find the GLT Chairperson's responsibilities in the attached document from LCI. Please review and consider assisting your fellow Lions in this very important capacity. All interested Lions are asked to please contact our Council Chairperson Daniel Harris ) promptly within the next two weeks
New Leadership for the Future of 1F

As companies pare down on training and education budgets, this is a great way to gain knowledge at a total cost of $0. What?! No Tuition?! That’s unheard of. As a Lions member you have these resources. For more information:

As a Lions Club leader, you understand that building strong communities through volunteer service is our objective.  The Lions University program is about making sure that you have the skills and resources to meet this objective.

Through three educational program levels, Lions Leaders will enhance their knowledge and skills to better serve their community.

To complete each program, Lions must complete 10 required courses, at least 5 elective classes, and complete specific leadership experiences. To complete a course, the Lion takes part in an hour long training session. These sessions are offered online on this website, through periodic webinars that are posted on this website, and through live sessions led in Districts and Multiple Districts.

Once the training session is completed, the Lion takes a simple online test to confirm their learning. Upon completion, the Lion is awarded a certificate of course completion. Lions are welcome to complete the courses that interest them in any of the programs, and in any order they wish. Credit is given toward the program that the class is under.

Bachelor’s Program:  This program allows Lions to develop the skills necessary to lead a vital Lions Club. Courses are directed to the skills needed to be great club leader.

Master’s Program:  This program focuses on giving support to clubs through district leaders. This program is aimed at District Level leaders: District Governors, Vice District Governors, Zone Chairs, District Committee Chairs, Certified Guiding Lions, and other leaders that are ready to foster quality clubs in their District.

Doctorate Program:  This program focuses on skills needed to be a training facilitator for adult volunteers. In affect, Lions who have completed the Doctorate Program are prepared to be great trainers of other Lions.
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Calling all Lions of District 1-F!
WE SERVE is the Lions motto and serving our communities is why most of us joined Lions Clubs. We are excited to share our Heart for Service with the clubs of District 1-F!

Lions Club International has 5 main areas of focus that were outlined at our International Convention in Las Vegas in July. We are being asked to consider service in the following:

  2. ENVIRONMENT          

We are very interested in what our clubs have been doing! Please share your club activities in these service areas with me. I would love to be able to share them on our Facebook page for District 1-F Lions of Illinois. Please email pictures and information about your service project to

Additionally, please report your service in MY LCI. Accurately tracking service projects assists LCI in our capital campaigns by being able to show to prospective charitable foundations exactly what Lions are doing in these areas of service. If you need help signing on to MY LCI, please let me know and I can assist you.

Yours in Service,
Lion Julie Stanley
D1F Global Service Team Chair
Golf Thursday, Sept. 13

The 5th Annual
Park Ridge Lions Golf Outing
Attention Golfers
Thursday, September 13th
First tee time: 3:28pm
Golf Location: Tam O’Shanter in Niles
$35 for 9 holes of Golf
Dinner at Harp & Fiddle in Park Ridge
$35 per Person
For Golf Tee-times with or without dinner:
Matt Coyne –

For Dinner only reservations:     
Cathy Thompson –

Sep 15 | 1-F: Dinner in the Dark | Renaissance Hotel, Northbrook
Sep 20-22 | USA/Canada Forum | Columbus, OH
Sep 23 | LIF:  Walk for Sight: 1-F | Vernon Hills
Sep 29 | LIF: 1st Annual Roar-In Classic Cruise Night | LIF Parking Lot, Sycamore
Oct 12-13 | LIF: Candy Day Weekend  
Oct 27 | 1-F: District Trivia | Old Lake Zurich Firehouse
Nov 3 | 1-F: 2 nd Cabinet Meeting | Lake Zurich Lions Den
Nov 10 | MD-1 Forum | Bloomington
Jan 19 | 1-F: 3 rd Cabinet Meeting | Lake Zurich Lions Den
Feb 10 | 1-F: District Bowling Tournament | Buffalo Grove
Mar 1 - May 31 | LIF Diabetes Awareness Campaign
Mar 14 | 1-F: 4 th Cabinet Mtg | Renaissance Hotel, Northbrook
Mar 15-17 | District 1-F Convention | Renaissance Hotel, Northbrook
May 3-4 | LIF Tootsie Pop Day         
May 17-19 | MD-1 IL State Convention | Springfield, IL
Jun 9 | 1-F: 5 th Cabinet Mtg            
Jul 5-9 | International Convention | Milan, Italy

Sep 15 | Mount Prospect Lions Cruise Night | Downtown Metra East Parking Lot
Sep 18 | Wauconda Cruise Night & Daytona 500 Raffle | Downtown Wauconda
Sep 22 | Mount Prospect Lions Cruise Night | Downtown Metra East Parking Lot
Sep 29 | Mount Prospect Lions Cruise Night | Downtown Metra East Parking Lot
Oct 20 | Fox Lake Lions Spooktacular Trivia Night | Fox Lake American Legion, Fox Lake
Oct TBA | Fall Classic Golf Outing Benefit | TBA
Feb 17 | Arlington Heights Lions Chili Cook-Off | TBA
Mar TBA | Annual Calcutta Fundraiser | TBA