1939 - (Our 83rd year of Community Service) 2023

We were chartered in November of 1939 and have provided help and served those in need in the community ever since. Our club is part of Lions Clubs International, the world’s largest service organization, with more than 1.4 million members in hundreds of countries and geographical areas. The proceeds from our fund-raisers are used to provide aid for the blind, visually-handicapped, deaf and hearing-impaired as well as many other worthwhile causes. Current members of the Calumet City Lions Club represent more than 1,000 years of community service through Lionism.


New leaders to be installed

Make plans to join us on Friday, June 9, for the annual Installation Banquet from 6-9 p.m. at Balagio's, 17501 Dixie Highway, Homewood. The cost is $35 person and reservations may be made with Lion Katie Keilman at 708/925-3323 or

The Nominating Committee held its second reading and election of Officers/Directors for 2023-24 at the General Meeting on Tuesday, March 14.
They are: Co-Presidents - Ashley Houlihan/Katie Keilman; 1st VP - Tamara Young; 2nd VP - Robert Hubbird; 3rd VP - Brenda Morrison; Secretary - Colleen Schutz; Treasurer - John Boehm; Tail Twister - Maria Valencia; Lion Tamer - Marlon Medina; Membership - Krista TenClay; Directors - Dennis Halloran, Larry Morrison, Robert Schneider, Andrew Labahn; Past President - Jackie Labahn. The new leaders will begin their duties on July 1.
smiley  Many thanks to Executive Director Ernie Gonzalez and the staff at LARC in Lansing for hosting our General Meeting/Tour on May 23. We wish them well in their expansion plans as they continue their great work serving those with disability challenges.
And . . . the winners are . . .
A crowd of anxious ticket-holders gathered at the VFW on Friday, May 12, for our annual Raffle. Those being thrust into a higher tax bracket this year include:
$20,000 -- (#028) sold by Lion John Kasperek
$2,000 -- (#093) sold by Lion Tim Gericke
$1,000 -- (#364) sold by Lion Jim Gigliotti
$500 -- (#480) sold by Lion Steve Drew
$250 -- (#299) sold by Stella Torres
$250 -- (#156) sold by Lion Steve Drew
$200 -- (#472) sold by Lion Andrew Labahn
$200 -- (#349) sold by Stella Torres
$200 -- (#411) sold by Lion John Kasperek
$200 -- (#485) sold by Lion Colleen Schutz
All 500 tickets were sold once again, ensuring that we can meet our financial commitments in the coming year and provide much-needed help to those in need. Well done, Lions and friends!!!
The Second Early Bird Drawing for $1,000 was held at the General Meeting on Tuesday, April 25, at the VFW. The winning ticket was #291 sold by Lion Socorro Evans
The first Early Bird Drawing ($250) winning ticket was #213 sold by Stella Torres.  

A Night to Remember!

Congratulations to all the public servants, educators, scholarship winners and Sister Alban Community Service Award recipient, who were recognized during our annual Awards Night at the VFW on May 9. The community is a better place because of your efforts.

It was simply GRRR . . . eat!!!
Our 67th Pancake Breakfast was a "roaring" success as Lion Steve Sikorski and his crew used hard work and teamwork to feed a hungry crowd of family, friends and supporters on April 16 at Schrum Memorial Middle School. Lots of club members and helpers were on hand to meet 'em . . . greet 'em . . . and feed 'em. We received plenty of compliments on the quality of food and the new facility. Well done, fellow Lions!
Dues are due!!!
Please contact Treasurer Lion John Boehm if you haven't already done so.
  • Thanks to very generous donations, the Little Libraries are now fully stocked and looking good! If you're in the area, stop and take a look - and maybe a book!
  • Students from TF North were busy on April 28 and May 2 refurbishing the exercise equipment we sponsor at the high school. The much-needed repairs and fresh paint job should keep the equipment looking good for a long time to come.

Well done, fellow Lions!
     Because of you, Lions . . . we were recently able to: 
* Provide needed financial aid to: LARC; Camp Quality; Calumet City Resources; Guide Dog Foundation; Hadley Institute for the Blind, the Chicago Lighthouse and Second Sense.
*  Donate approximately 1,000 pairs of eyeglasses to Lions International to be reconditioned and given to those in need;
*  Provide necessary eye care for those with vision needs.
AND . . . that's what LIONISM is all about!!!

    * * *   Be sure to proudly display your yard sign so all can see and BE KIND!!!  Need another sign?  Contact Lion Jackie Labahn.

Between the Lions . . .

   *** Comdolences to Lion Charlie Antonietti on the passing of his father Charles. Please keep them in your thoughts and prayers.

     *** Congratulations to Lion Ray Mika and Lady Lion Jo Mika on becoming GRR-eat Grandparents with the recent birth of Carter Joseph Colbrese, who tipped the scales at 6 lb., 7-1/2 oz. The newest addition to the Mika clan and his proud parents, Alyssa and Dan, reside in Bettendorf, Iowa. A warm welcome to our world, Carter!
      *** And congratulations to Lion Krista TenClay and hubby Max as they welcomed the arrival of a companion for son Will. Younger brother Theodore Elliott made his debut on May 17 weighing 7 lbs, 13 oz. Proud grandparents Lion John Boehm and Jan are busy getting ready to shower the new addition with lots of love and affection. How cool is that!
      *** Kudos to Lion Nyota Figgs, who recently received her Doctor's degree in Education from Governors State University. Atta girl, Lion Nyota!!!
     ***  Reports are that a good time was had by all at the recent District 1-A Bowling Tourney. Lion Larry Morrison supposedly had four strikes in a row -- though two of them were not on his lane???
     ***  Best wishes to Lions Steve Sikorski, Bob Schneider and Dave Lewis as they speed down the road to recovery following recent surgeries. Get well soon, Lions! 
     ***  Congratulations to new Lions Marlon Medina (sponsored by Andrew Labahn) and Adam West (sponsored by Jackie Labahn). Be sure to make them feel welcome at the next club function. Their contact information has been added to the online Club Directory.
     ***  Lion Secretary Colleen Schutz is no longer using her comcast e:mail address. Please direct all correspondence to her at
    ***  Best wishes to Lion Tim Gericke and family as they settle into their new home at 9242 Michigan Dr., Crown Point IN 46307. The club Online Directory has been updated to reflect the new address.
   Do you have some news to share with the club? An interesting vacation? New addition to the family? Sports achievements, awards? Special memory? A favorite recipe? Items to sell/trade? Contact Lion Denny and let's get the word out on the website.
Happy Birthday        

June 22 -- Leo Valencia

Happy Anniversary        

Please take a moment to check your information and make any changes (new phone, e:mail, address, etc.) so we can update the Online Directory and keep in touch during these challenging times.

   We have three little libraries in use at Pulaski Park (across from City Hall), Memorial Park and Downey Park. When you're out and about, check them out. To view the ribbon-cutting ceremony and many other club activities click on this link: 

Recent book donations have been received from: Lions Krista TenClay, Katie Keilman, Larry Morrison, Jerry Hlinsky, Brenda Morrison, Bob & Brenda Block, Nyota Figgs, Bob Schneider, Tim O'Neill and John Boehm.

   Used eyeglasses?  Bring them here!
    The Calumet City Lions collect used eyeglasses, which are reconditioned and then used to help those less fortunate.
   Local drop-off locations include: America's Best, Bernadin Manor, Calumet City Hall, Calumet City Library, Lens Crafters, Midwest Eye Care, Our Lady of Knock, Sand Ridge Fitness Center, St. Andrew's, Wittam Eyecare.
   If you have used glasses to donate or know of a potential drop-off location, contact Eyeglass Collection Chairman Katie Keilman (708/868-1026).
The Lighter Side

Tough times!  Time to smile! 

    ***   A pessimist is just an optimist -- returning from the Casino!

    ***  I don't always go the extra mile, but when I do it's usually because I missed my exit!

     ***   Crushing pop cans is . . . soda - pressing!

       ***   Men have three hair styles:  parted, unparted and departed.

            Just Wondering?:

 --  How do you get off a non-stop flight?
 --  How come noses run and feet smell?
 --  Why is it called a TV set when there's only one?
 --  Why do we put cups in the dishwasher and dishes in the cupboard?
Hi, Fellow Lions -- 

Welcome to YOUR very own club website where you can keep up-to-date on the latest club functions, view photos of recent events, make comments, share stories, etc. The link is --

 Just ciick on the menu in the upper left-hand corner to accesss information.

The site will be updated after every club function. It's where you need to go to find out what's happening and how you can help. It's your link to our club, our District and Lions Clubs International. Add it to you Bookmarks. Make it a part of your daily routine. And, above all,   ENJOY!!!

Lion Denny

 Questions?   Comments?   Compliments?   Complaints?   News to share? 
Lion Denny Halloran  (708/862-4874 or e:mail -


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