District 1-F Cabinet
Alan J. Barack
District Governor
Kathleen E. Marusich
1st Vice District Governor
Susan Hastings
2nd Vice District Governor
Katy Dolan Baumer
Cabinet Secretary
William C. Jordan, PDG
Cabinet Treasurer 
Thomas J. Lippert
Zone Chair
Dennis Spaeth
Zone Chair
Ric Granroth
Zone Chair
Robert Habel
Zone Chair
Pat Herman
Zone Chair
Barbara L. Lahtinen
Immediate Past District Governor

Dates & Links
District 1-F | MD-1 | LIF | LCI

Jan. 6
District 1-F New Membership Orientation Presentation

Jan. 8

Jan. 13
Melvin Jones Birthday

Jan. 16
Martin Luther King Day

Jan. 20
Feed My Starving Children
Packing Session

Jan. 23

Jan. 27
Elk Grove Lions Trivia Night

Jan. 30
Lions Alert District 1-F Plan Meeting at the Lake Zurich Lions Den


Feb. 3
The Chateau, Bloomington

Feb. 10
Abraham Lincoln DoubleTree, Springfield

Feb. 11

Feb. 17
State Bank of the Lakes,
50 Commerce Drive, Grayslake

Feb. 18
Chili Cook-Off
Lions Club of Arlington Heights, Ale House


Mar. 11
Daylight Saving Time Begins
(Spring Forward One Hour)

Mar. 20

Mar. 21

Mar. 23-24

Mar. 30
Good Friday & Passover begins


Apr. 1

Apr. 5
4th District 1-F Cabinet Meeting, Thursday, 6:30 p.m., (Convention Hotel)

Apr. 6-7

Apr. 6-8

Apr. 13-14

Apr. 20-21


May 12

May 13
Mother's Day

May 18
Pres. Abraham Lincoln Hotel, Springfield

May 18-20
Pres. Abraham Lincoln Hotel, Springfield

May 21

May 28
Memorial Day


Jun. 10
District 1-F Final Cabinet Meeting

Jun. 17
Father's Day

Jun. 29 - Jul. 3
Las Vegas, NV

District Membership Report

According to the Dec. 31, 2017, membership report from Lions Clubs International, District 1-F Lions membership is at 1,034.

Now is a good time to double-check your club’s membership rolls to ensure you have added new members and/or removed those who are no longer members. As a reminder, each club will be billed for the number of members on the official rolls.

While LCI offers a grace period to retroactively honor dropped members not correctly dropped from the official rolls in 2017, District 1-F does not have the manpower to make such adjustments retroactively. So clubs will be billed for any members included on your club’s official rolls as of Jan. 15.

Please make your adjustments before then.
2018 bringing changes
& challenges to District
Hello my fellow Lions,

Hope every one had a great holiday season, and a happy and healthy New Year. I hope, too, that 2018 will be a healthy and happy year for you and your loved ones.

The start of 2018 brings some changes and challenges.

On February 11th we have our district  bowling event in Mundelein. We have changed the location of the event in the hope we will get more Lions to attend from the southern portion of our district. The price will be the same, and the time for the early discount has been extended to January 20th. So sign up today and save $5. Come join us for a good time, and maybe get a few strikes and bowl a 300 (LOL).

The next event will be the District 1-F Cabinet Meeting at 9 a.m., Saturday, Feb 17, at the State Bank of the Lakes in Grayslake. Look for more information to come.

Then on April 6th, 7th and 8th, we will gather for the District 1-F Convention at the Renaissance Chicago North Shore hotel in Northbrook. The Convention Committee has been working hard on the planning of this convention. Please come and have some fun and take part in the convention activities.
We have planned a big raffle drawing during Convention that will win one lucky Lion a free trip to the 2018 Lions Clubs International Convention in Las Vegas. The winner will have the option of choosing a cash prize of $1,500 or free airfare for the trip to Las Vegas!

All the District 1-F Zone Chairs as well as many of the Cabinet members are selling raffle tickets for the drawing. Ask them for the chance to win. Raffle tickets are $10 each.

Now that the holidays and parties are over, I will get back to visiting the clubs in the district. Looking forward to visiting your club.

Yours in Lionism,
Lion Alan J. Barack
Governor District 1-F
PH 815-575-6160
Waukegan Little Fort Hosts Party for Special Needs Kids

Waukegan Little Fort Lions Club President Richard Riddle thanked Highland Park/Highwood Lions Club for donating five gifts for the holiday event.
Training Seminar to help Lions Clubs implement effective New Member Orientation programs
New member orientation provides a foundation for new Lions to understand how your club functions, and to learn about your club's relationship and history with our District and Lions Clubs International. An informed new Lion is an active and involved Lion member. Thus, the importance of New Member Orientation cannot be emphasized enough.

However, there are many clubs that do not have a New Member Orientation Program established.

In order to help clubs set up New Member Orientation Programs, the members of the Global Membership Team (GMT) would like to invite you to attend our New Member Orientation Seminar from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m., THIS SATURDAY, Jan. 6, at the Buffalo Grove Youth Center, 50 1/2 Raupp Blvd., Buffalo Grove.

This seminar will be open to all current Lions, especially newer members and their sponsors, prospective Lions, Club Membership Chairs, Club Presidents, and any Lion who would like to learn about the history of Lionism.

Please RSVP to Lion Barb Lahtinen, IPDG, GMT Coordinator, District 1-F. Lion Barb may be reached by email at lionbarbara@comcast.net or by phone at 847-712-6797.
Lions Alert District Plan Meeting set for Lions Den

Lion Larry Spaeth, PDG & District 1-F Alert Chairman, invites all clubs in the district to attend the first Lions Alert District Plan meeting scheduled for 6:30 to 9 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 30, at the Lake Zurich Lions Den.

The purpose of the meeting is to lay out plans for the district-wide program to help our communities in times of emergencies. Each club in the district is asked to send at least one representative to the Lions Alert District Plan meeting. All input is welcome!
Bowling Tournament Feb. 11
The “Spring” District 1-F Bowling Tournament will be held from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 11, 2018, at the Lakeside Recreational Center, 900 South Lake St., Mundelein. This year we will have the morning and the afternoon sessions, but you will play for fun or serious (tournament). We will make sure we pair you up accordingly. We are trying out a new location. EARLY BIRD RATES END JANUARY 20th!

Camp Lions Pin sale: Past & Present

The Lions of Illinois Foundation has older Camp Lions Pins on sale for $3 each or six for $10, plus $2.50 for shipping (unless you arrange to pick them up from your LIF Trustee. Please place your order ASAP.

Make checks payable to Lions of Illinois Foundation, and mail to:

Lion Don Borgwardt
629 W. Bayou Court
Fox Lake, IL 60020

Camp Lions Pins from the following years are available (quantity of pins available indicated in parantheses):

2003 year (344); 2005 year (165); 2006 year (106); 2007 year (74); 2008 year (47); 2009 year (262); 2010 year (154); 2012 year (11); 2016 year (170); and 2017 year pins are available for $5 each.
Gagewood Lions Club Offers Lawn Mower Winterization
The Gagewood Lions Club held its first “lawn mower winterization project” on Nov. 11. Everything went well, and it looks we’ll make it an annual project. Gagewood Lions serviced 31 lawnmowers! Lion Eric Jahn brought this new project to the club, chaired the project and worked hard during the project. Thank you! We would like to also give a special thanks to Lion Pat Herman of Wildwood Towing for opening her facility for this project. We couldn’t have done it without you! Thanks also to Lion Kim Flood for the chili lunch, and thanks to all the Lions who worked so hard to make this project a success!
Dear District 1F Lions, Lionesses, LEOs, & CUBs,

As the Holidays and 2017 wind down and slowly fade from our memories, we look forward to the New Year 2018, and check our Lions Calendar for upcoming events that will keep us motivated and eager to help those less fortunate in our local communities and worldwide. Lions Clubs International has an agenda for the new year that includes: Relieving the Hunger Centennial Service Challenge

  • January 7-13: LCIF Week
  • January 8-14: Worldwide Week of Service to Fight Hunger
  • January 10-13: LCIF Board of Trustees meeting (Oak Brook, IL, USA)
  • January 13: Melvin Jones’ birthday

For those who may not have been informed previously through this column, I must remind all that as of our last District Convention in March of 2017, I was elected District Trustee for Lions of IL Foundation, and have been in a dual role for several months. I have been trying to recruit Club LCIF Coordinators for a period of time, and some volunteers have stepped forward to answer the call. 

If you are one of those volunteers, thank you; but more are needed to assure that Lions Clubs International Foundation needs are met for every club in our District. Please inform me if you are interested in becoming a Club LCIF Coordinator. 

Online resources include www.diflions.org and www.lionsclubsinternational.org

Sincerely in Lionism,
PDG Lion Molly M. Penny
District 1-F LCIF Coordinator, 2015-2018
Lions of Illinois Trustee, 2017-2019

P.S. I can be reached at pennys246@comcast.net or 847-662-4917.
The 2018 District Convention Committee has been hard at work planning our District 1-F Convention to be held April 6-8. The District Convention will return to the Renaissance Chicago North Shore hotel in Northbrook. The committee is very excited, and we have some new things planned as well as some old traditions. 

Keeping with tradition, the Convention will begin with the Lions Clubs Parade of Banners at the opening plenary session on Friday night. Also for Friday night, we’ve changed things up a bit for the Hospitality Room, which will have a Las Vegas theme in keeping with the location of this year’s Lions International Convention. HERE’s the BIG NEWS: Lions clubs wishing to host one table in the Hospitality Room may do so at no charge. That’s right: FREE. (If a club would like more than one table in the Hospitality Room, there is a $50 fee for each additional table requested.) To reserve a table for your club today, complete the request form included in the Convention Information Packet.

Saturday will be a full day with plenary sessions, a remembrance for Lions who have passed, seminars, speakers, good food, awards and more. Sunday will conclude the weekend with voting, breakfast and Lions of Illinois Foundation business.
All documents and registration forms needed for your clubs and Lions members to register, sign-up, support and attend Convention are included in the Convention Information Packet. These documents are also available on the District 1F website.
Are you a Lion who has a home-based business? Would you like to share your passion with fellow Lions?  The District 1-F Convention's 3rd Annual Vendor Show will be Saturday, April 8, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Renaissance Chicago North Shore hotel in Northbrook. Don't delay, slots will fill quickly. Download the Convention Information Packet for a Vendor Application. Questions? Contact Lion Shelly @ lionshellyg@gmail.com.
Convention Proceedings Booklet advertising fundraiser!
The 2018 District 1-F Lions Convention Proceedings Booklet is a promotional and informative annual booklet on District 1-F and your fellow clubs. More importantly, it is a fundraiser for District 1-F. Your club’s advertising, including your club’s area retail, governmental, non-for-profit advertising in this booklet is a great deal on its own merit. As you know from past experience, the District 1-F Convention Proceedings Booklet is viewed and used by fellow Lions, friends, families and businesses throughout our district and beyond; that covers a lot of ground! 

We encourage you to assist all of us in initiating and recruiting advertising from your club and the communities you serve. Example: How about the establishment that holds your regular club meetings? Any fellow Lions own a business, or know someone who works at a major business/corporation? How about your business Candy Day locations?

And don’t forget about the Patron Lists that are published throughout the Convention Proceedings Booklet. Clubs are encouraged to submit a Patron List to support District 1-F fundraising efforts and give some name recognition to the members of their clubs at the same time.

Annual Club Reports

The Proceedings Booklet also includes an annual report from each of the clubs in our district. Lions Club Presidents should submit their annual club reports — and Patron Lists — for publication in the Convention Proceedings Booklet no later than February 16. Club reports, which should be no more than 500 words, may recount the club’s activities over the past year, or focus on one significant volunteer moment that club presidents would like to share with the rest of District 1-F.

Club reports are published free of charge and may include a club logo and one or two photos, depending on the length of the report. For more information about the Proceedings Booklet, download the Convention Information Packet.
Club Brag Board Display
Each club also is invited to display a Club Brag Board at Convention. Your Club Brag Board should show everyone in the District the community events, fundraising and services your club has offered throughout the year. Consider incorporating the Convention’s Las Vegas theme into your brag board. More information about the Brag Board Display & Competition can be found in the Convention Information Packet.
If you, your club or anyone you know has something to donate for the silent auction, please contact ZC Dennis Spaeth via phone 847-520-5933 (home), 847-212-8051 (cell), 847-714-0176 (office), or by Email: dspaeth46@comcast.net 

Here’s what’s on our wish list for the Silent Auction:
  • Wine lovers baskets
  • sports tickets
  • restaurant gift cards
  • family night baskets
  • alcohol
  • hotel stays
  • sports memorabilia
  • Lions items
  • jewelry
  • tools
  • garden gift baskets
  • chocolate lovers baskets
  • collectables
  • cat lover baskets
  • artwork
  • unique dining experiences
  • hot air balloon rides
  • music memorabilia
  • vacation rentals
  • fun outings
  • theater tickets
  • electronics games
  • fishing tackle
  • golf equipment
  • concert tickets
  • theme baskets
  • gadgets
  • craft beer
  • designer handbags
  • food items
  • gas cards
  • oil changes
  • car wash certificates
  • private wine tastings
  • tailgating themed baskets
  • golf passes
  • tickets to theme parks
  • spa baskets
  • camping themed baskets
  • emergency car kits
  • dog lover baskets
  • Bird lover baskets
  • hunting lover baskets
  • & more
Parade of Banners
At the Opening Session on Friday, April 6, there will be a parade of club banners into the main convention hall. This is the time to show your club pride by participating in this event. Complete the entry form in the District 1-F Convention packet.
Vision Newsletter Deadlines and Schedule
There will only be one newsletter this month. Beginning in August, the VISION newsletter for District 1-F Lions will be published in PDF form and email form on the first of each month. 

The VISION Express, a recap of important upcoming dates and events, will be published on the 15th of each month.
Deadline for submissions of articles and announcements for the VISION newsletter is one week prior to the first of each month. Deadline for submissions of events or activities for the VISION Express newsletter is the 13th of each month.

Send articles and announcements to Lions Dennis Spaeth at dspaeth46@comcast.net.