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Bolingbrook Lions Meat Raffle
Come join us at Tailgater's in Bolingbrook for a Meat Raffle!

Curtis L. Orr Lion Of Distinction Award
Please see the two attached documents regarding the nomination process for the prestigious Curtis L. Orr award that will be presented at the District convention this coming April.
If you have any questions about the award or the process you can contact Past International Director Bud Wahl, pidbud@yahoo.com 815-822-3015, or me via email or cell 630-862-5870.
This information is also posted on the District website, https://www.1bklions.org/
In service,
Charlie Siefert, PDG
Cabinet Secretary 1-BK

Peace Poster Contest for 2023-2024

For over three decades, Lions clubs around the globe have been sponsoring a very special art contest in schools and youth groups. Creating peace posters gives children everywhere the chance to express their visions of peace and inspire the world through art and creativity.

To a young person, a dream isn’t just a wish, hope or desire — it’s a path, a goal, an ambition. But achieving that dream takes hard work. So, this year we’re asking young people to show how they’ll turn their dream of a peaceful world into reality.

Students ages 11, 12 or 13 as of November 15 are eligible to participate in the International Peace Poster Contest. Kits are available from the Club Supplies Sales Department at International Headquarters - www.lionsclubs.org - click on shop

To order a kit by phone, call Club Supplies Sales at (630) 571-5466 or 1-800-710-7822

Approach your local Grade Schools to participate.

Posters need to be turned in to DG John Whalen for the November 11th Cabinet meeting for District level voting. Contact your zone chair to have them bring your poster to the meeting or attend the meeting yourself and witness the fun and fellowship of a cabinet meeting.

Posters can be rolled up and mailed to: Lion John Joseph Honiotes / 1228 Massachusetts Ave. / Joliet IL 60435. Posters to be mailed must be in the mail by November 3rd.

The winning district poster will be taken to the December Council of Governor's meeting, December 2, 2023, for State level voting.

All posters will be returned to the clubs unless it becomes the state winner.

Lion John Joseph Honiotes
Assistant to Lion Lori Taylor-Esposito

Bolingbrook Lions Meet, Great and Eat! - Sept. 18 @ 6:30
Bolingbrook Lions Club - Meet, Greet and Eat!
6:30PM Social
7:00 PM Dinner
The Levy Center
251 Canterbury Lane, Bolingbrook, IL
$15 good will donation
Cash bar
RSVP by 9/13/23 to
Everyone is welcome!

The Buzzzz: 1-BK Monthly newsletter - September 2023
The Buzzzz - Our 1BK September 2023 newsletter is now available.

A big thank you to Lion John Joseph Honiotes, our dedicated editor, for his outstanding efforts in assembling yet another remarkable newsletter.

Wreaths Across America Spaghetti Dinner - October 14, 2023
Please help support our goal of a wreath on every veteran’s grave at Abraham Lincoln National Cemetery, Elwood, IL by joining us.

Spaghetti Dinner

Saturday, October 14, 2023

4pm – 7pm

Stone City VFW Post 2199

124 Stone City Drive, Joliet, IL 60436

$15.00 per person

(tickets will not be available at door)

Contact: Gerri Eck at 815-641-1285 or gerrieck@gmail.com

Basket Raffle, 50/50 Raffle, Bake Sale

Cash Bar

Thank you for your support!

Lions of Illinois and Pampered Chef - LIF wins on each purchase!
Lion of Illinois Foundation is so excited to partner with Pampered Chef this month. We will be earning up to 20-30% back from each purchase made. 

Monies raised from this fundraiser will directly Benefit Vision Services, which you can learn more about in this group:


A group has been set up on Facebook and we'd love for you and your Club members to join..



Additionally, we'd love for you to also invite family, friends and community members to participate in our fundraiser as well.  The best way to invite others is by sending a personal message via Facebook messenger or by sending a personal text message. People tend to participate better when a personal message is sent.

While you're here, download new recipes & learn easy & quick tips for meal prep & fall.

Our consultant, Shelly Wolfe, will be doing an early bird drawing for anyone who joins before Sunday, August 27th & will be giving prizes away throughout the party.


Thank You for your Participation, Please remember to send this message on...

Lion Trish Fisher

Associate Director/Programs Coordinator

Lions of Illinois Foundation

700 N. Peace Road, Suite B

DeKalb, IL 60115

815-756-5633 E-Fax 815-787-6806

Candy day shortage
My Fellow Lions,

Candy Day is the single largest fundraiser for the Lions of Illinois Foundation. We are all currently planning and preparing for our club’s events. This includes placing orders for candy from the Foundation.

On Tuesday August 8th, our supplier of the mint candy for candy day informed us there would be a delay in delivering our current order. This candy was ordered in December of 2022 and the delivery has been delayed twice already. There is a limited supply of mints available at the Foundation. We are asking the lions to work with us to make this supply stretch as far as possible.

All District depots will be bringing their candy supplies to Jamborees to be the first step in meeting clubs needs. This will be supported by additional candy brought by the foundation. We are also asking clubs that have already received candy for early events to evaluate their supplies at the end of their events and work with your Trustees to get remaining candy to clubs that have not yet received candy.

The Foundation has taken additional steps to provide other options for our Lions. There is a significant supply of sugar free suckers available for use. These suckers are provided at no cost to the clubs. Additionally, we have placed our annual order for Tootsie Pops earlier than normal. These cases hold 525 suckers each and will be available to the clubs for $75 per case.

When our candy order is delivered, the foundation staff will be working to get candy distributed to clubs that still need additional supplies.

Yours in Service,

Ronald Fruit
Lion Ronald Fruit
Executive Director
Lions of Illinois Foundation

USA Canada Lions Leadership Forum Letter to All Club Officers

1BK Candy Day Jamboree Flyer (on Sep 13th @ Marseilles Lions)

CLUBS Can Add Their Own Events to 1BK Website
Go to www.1bklions.org and click on ADD CLUB EVENT button at top right of screen.  Login using "1bklions" as both the ID and the PASSWORD.  
Type the title in the tite box as you wish it to appear.
Type in any details in the details box.
Add up to 5 file attachements in the UPLOAD DOCUMENTS section.
Click SUBMIT when done.  Your item will be posted to the HOT NEWS section of website immediately.

New Lenox Lions Annual Sweepstakes-Sept 26!!!!

Get tickets from any Lions Club member.

Maui Disaster Relief
Aloha!! CC Lora has asked me to put together an appeal to help the Lions of Hawaii.

I have been in contact with ID Bob Lee to see how things are and to find out what ways we here in Illinois can help. First of all ID Bob and Pam and PID Maurice and Lani are doing well. LCIF has been in contact with the Lions on the island and emergency funds have already been sent to them. With LCIF Grants there are conditions on the way those funds can be spent and there are times that there are other things needed that are supported by the local clubs through the Hawaiian Lions Foundation.

I am asking each district if they would send out the Appeal Letter that is attached. This appeal gives the Lions, clubs and the district ways that they can help our fellow Lions in Hawaii. We have had a close relationship with Lions that are from Maui and now they can use our help.

So, I thank you for your help and kind consideration as well as showing our generosity and friendship to our friends in Hawaii. Should you have any questions, please feel free to contact me.

Mahalo nui loa!! (thank you very much)
PID Bob Block

PID Robert Block
International Director (2019-22)
"Changing the World"

Lions Cybersecurity Alert!
Lions Important Cybersecurity Note!
There is a scam going around, same as in the past. Someone using the email of liondistrictgovernor@gmail.com is asking people to send gift cards. Familiar scam, but stay alert.
Reminder to always confirm in person or on phone using contact info you already have and know to verify any requests that involve money. Never trust any contact info that comes to you in the same email message asking for money.
Be careful out there!!

1-BK Candy Day Jamboree meal reservation

Download this form, fill it out and send it back to PDG Glenn "Bird" Combs, District 1-BK Treasurer.

LIF Moving Forward-Looking Back Orientation Sessions Info

Lions of Illinois Foundation Celebrating 50 Years of Service!

LIF Terri Lynn Fundraising Flyer

1BK 2022-2023 District Directory (as of 7-23-2022)