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District 1-BK Lions of Illinois


Where: Ironwood Golf Course / 1901 N. Towanda Ave. / Normal, IL 61761
Time: 1:00pm Shot Gun Start
Price: $125.00 per golfer
What: Best Position / 4 Person Team
Registration form and sponsor form attached
See registration form for full details

The Buzzzzz is now 'Make Your Mark': July 2024 1-BK newsletter
With a new Lions year comes a new title to our 1BK newsletter. Enjoy reading 'Make Your Mark'

The Joliet Noon Lions will be holding a Joliet Slammers Baseball Fundraiser on July 5, 2024 at the home of the Slammers, Duly Health & Care Field, Joliet. The Slammers will be playing against the Ottawa Titans.  The game is at 6:35pm with the gates opening at 5:35pm.  Tickets are $10.00. 

For every ticket your club purchases, the Joliet Noon will send your club a check for $5.00 per ticket to your Charity Account. 

Contact PDG John Joseph Honiotes for tickets, 815-508-9746 or johnjoseph1bk@gmail.com    Great baseball, 50/50 raffle, and Fireworks at the end of the game.

Order your Candy Day candy now!
District 1-BK will not be holding a Candy Day Jamboree this year.

The Marseilles Lions Club house will be acting as a depot for picking up your candy for Candy Day.

The first cabinet meeting of soon-to-be Governor Tom Drez is Saturday, July 27th.

Follow the link below to get a Candy Day order form. Fill it out and send it to LIF as soon as possible. Orders received prior to July 20th will be available for pickup at the Cabinet meeting.

Any questions or concerns, contact our Trustees:
PDG Shelia Perkins - 815-545-0716 or PCC Mark Williams - 815-719-3388.

Service expansion at Leader Dog

Leader Dogs for the Blind is expanding their free Guide Dog and Orientation & Mobility (O&M) programs to people residing in the United States and Canada who prefer receiving training in Spanish. 

For over 60 years, Leader Dog has provided our Guide Dog program to clients from Spanish-speaking countries who could not access guide dog training locally. Now, this exceptional programming will also be available to Spanish-speakers in the U.S. and Canada. 

Leader Dog is also providing a ground-breaking Orientation & Mobility (O&M) program (often referred to as white cane training) in Spanish. O&M training teaches people how to safely travel using a white cane. Clients also learn orientation skills to effectively know where they are, where they want to go and the skills to get to their destination. Skills learned may include crossing streets and problem-solving obstacles along a route, such as maneuvering through barriers, crowds, etc. 

“According to the CDC, Hispanic and Latino communities experience a higher risk of vision loss, offering our free programs to those who speak Spanish allows us to meet this critical need and empower more people with travel safety and independence,” said Melissa Weisse, Leader Dog president and CEO. "People often learn best in their native language, especially when acquiring skills as impactful as guide dog handling or orientation and mobility." 

Both free programs will follow Leader Dog's same high standards, simply conducted in Spanish rather than English. 

This expansion allows Leader Dog to further their vision that "every person who is blind or visually impaired travels safely and independently."  

Those interested in accessing Spanish-language Guide Dog or Orientation and Mobility training can get started by applying at LeaderDog.org or calling 888-777-5332 then press 1 to speak with client services. 

The Buzzzzz: June 2024 1-BK newsletter

Celebration of Service Memorial from the 2024 State Convention
Here is the Celebration of Service Memorial from the 2024 State Convention.  We truly appreciate the cooperation of the District Governors and The Cabinet Secretaries, in spite of the new portal, for providing the names of our members who have been called home since the 2023 State Convention through those reported by June 15, 2024. Unfortunately, there may be some Lion members' names that are missing from this PowerPoint.  The members’ names were acquired from the reports submitted to LCI. In some cases, Club Secretaries may not have yet reported the Lions’ member as deceased.  Lion members not listed on this PowerPoint will be added to next year’s ceremony.  

Submitted by
PDG John Joseph Honiotes, Chaplain 1-BK

Deaf Awareness Baseball Nights
Let's Play 2!
What's better than one night of baseball? TWO NIGHTS OF BASEBALL!
Gather your family and friends to attend a Kane County Cougars vs. Gateway Grizzlies game.
June 21 in Geneva and July 31 in Sauget, IL
$25 per seat
Call 815-756-5633 or email LIFoffice@lifnd.org with any questions.

The Buzzzz: Special District Convention - 2024 Edition

1BK Convention ID Paradiso Presentation -- FISH WHERE THE FISH ARE

NOTICE: MD1 Proposed Constitution & By-Laws Changes for State Convention

Lemont Leo Club Presentation at 2024 1BK Convention on 4-14-2024

Mobile Screening Unit Equipment Training Session
This Training Session is for all Clubs who intend to host The Mobile Screening Unit.
Saturday, July 13, 2024
The Chateau Hotel and Conference Center, 1621 Jumer Dr, Bloomington, IL 61704
Check-in for this event will begin at 11:00am
Lunch will be served at 12:00pm, Registration is a MUST!
Training begins at 12:30pm.

District 1-BK Tootsie Pop Order Form

2024 marks the 50th anniversary of Tootsie Pop Day!

If your club is participating in this milestone event please download the form on our website using the link below and mail it to:
Lions of Illinois Foundation
700 N Peace Road, Suite B
DeKalb, IL 60115

Fall Pluto Fest
The Hardscrabble Lioins Club presents "Fall Pluto Fest" Saturday, September 14, 2024 in Streator City Park, 200 N Park St.   The event is from
11 am - 5 pm with Homebrew Tasting Tent, Farmers Market, Craft & Retail Vendors, and Activities for the children.  There will be live music
on the Plumb Pavilion - Truman's Ridge will perform from 11 am - 2 pm and Street Corner Blues will perform from 3 pm - 6 pm.  A story time
will be presented in between the bands.  The Food Truck Festival will run from 11 am - 6 pm with a number of different food varieties available.