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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

New Lenox Lions Fashion Show
Yes sir!  It's back again!  The New lenox Lions' annual Fashion Show will be held on Sunday, April 7 at 1:30 PM.  The cost is $25 per person for soup, salad and the show. 
So, see any Lions Club member for tickets!
See you then!

FORUM PRESENTATION: Top 10 Things to Know About Member Orientation

FORUM PRESENTATION: Leo Clubs - How to Start One & Why So Important!

A Tail Twisters Guide to Rejuvenating Your Club (19A-9)


Bolingbrook Lions Annual Meat Raffle
Join us for our annual meat raffle on February 18th at Tailgeter's Restaurant in Bolingbrook. The raffle starts at noon and runs until 5:00 p.m.

New Lenox Blood Drive
This is our first ever Bllod Drive.  It will be held at the Park District Offices from 2 PM untill 7 PM on February 13.  Be sure to tell your friends and relatives about this.  More info to come!


April 12th and April 13th, 2024

“Playing a Round in Melbourne”

Our 10th Annual BK Convention is fast approaching. Mark your calendars for the dates of April 12th and April 13th, 2024. This convention will be held at the Bolingbrook Holiday Inn & Suites, 205 Remington Boulevard, Bolingbrook, Illinois. Registration is $20.00 for Lion members. Non-Lion guests, Leos, and “First Timers” are FREE. 

You can read the full details of the convention through the link below.

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

Updated - January 2024 

The Buzzzz: 1-BK Monthly newsletter - February 2024

Our 1BK February 2024 newsletter is now available

Stay Informed: Your Key to Changing The World Starts with This Newsletter.

  • Curtis L. Orr Lion of Distinction Service Award Applications are Due on February 12, 2024.
  • 46th annual Lions Day with the United Nations on Friday, March 1, 2024
  • DG John Whalen is gearing up for Convention Season
  • We serve - Contact 1stVDG Tom Drez on how you can help the district
  • Explore the offerings at the 1-BK Mid-Winter Roadmap to Success Forum.
  • Find out how to customize you club meetings
  • Discover the advantages of initiating a Leo Club.
  • District 1-BK Bowling Tournament March 16
  • What's happening around the district?
  • Did your club receive Sight & Sound books?
  • Where's the beef? Check out the meat raffles and other upoming club events.
We extend our gratitude to our dedicated newsletter editor, Lion John Joseph Honiotes, whose passion and commitment shine through each edition.

MD1 State e-Magazine - February 2024
Read it Here: https://issuu.com/austinprabhu/docs/february_2024_md1_newsletter_full-1

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

2024 District Bowling EVENT @ Morris Lanes
See attached flyer.

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.


The 10th Annual District 1-BK Convention will be held on April 12th and 13th, 2024 at the Bolingbrook Holiday Inn. That means it's time to begin thinking about the 1-BK Convention Ad Book that is published in conjunction with the district convention.>

The Ad Book is a great way to “toot” your club’s own horn for recent accomplishments or upcoming events, recognize that special Lion in your club, endorse a district candidate or anything else for which you want to brag. It’s also a good way for local businesses, perhaps including your very own, to advertise their wares at an economical price and reach a large circulation area.

I have included in this letter: "Ad Book Page Sizes and Costs".

Please send payment to me when you submit your ads. If this is your first time with an ad in the convention book, you can simply email me the information you want included and I will send you a proof of the ad before sending it to the printer. If you have any questions, give me a call, text or send an email.

Criteria for the 1-BK Ad Book:

  • Send Ad Book material and payment by March 12, 2024 to PID Bud Wahl
  • Checks made out to “District 1-BK Lions”
  • Ad Book copy in PDF or Word format
  • Pictures in JPG format
  • Full Page AD $100 – 3 ½” x 8”
  • Half Page Ad $65 – 3 ½” x 4”
  • Quarter Page Ad (Business Card) $35 – 3 ½” x 2”
  • Sell 4 Complete Pages of ads and receive 1 FULL PAGE AD FOR FREE

Thanks for supporting District 1-BK with your Ad Book purchases and sales!

PID Bud Wahl, Ad Book Chairman

628 Boys St., Streator IL 61364

c: 815/822-3015
email: pidbud@yahoo.com

District 1-BK Scholarship Program
1-BK Scholarship Program Purpose and Mission
Your District 1-BK Scholarship Program is now in its tenth year and there are currently three students participating in this program. Now is the time to offer the Scholarship for students entering the 2024 - 2025 college term. All students attending a High School within the boundaries of District 1-BK are eligible to apply. Scholarship funds are forwarded directly to the recipient, and when possible, will be presented at the respective high school awards ceremony when appropriate. The Scholarship is offered for four (4) years of undergraduate study. Recipients must re-apply each subsequent year to continue receiving this Scholarship.

URGENT: Beware of Suspicious Emails From DG John Whalen
Some members have notified us of potentially erroneous email messages from DG John Whalen. 
Avoid opening unexpected messages, clicking on links, or downloading attachments. Report any suspicious emails to us so that we can notify others.
Thank you.

Lions of Illinois - MD1 Governor Newsletter

We’re on a mission to get to 1.5 million members!
MISSION 1.5 initiative

Club Growth, Retention, Development, Achievement
Mission 1.5 is the drive to reach 1.5 million members worldwide, so we can better meet the growing needs of our communities and serve more people than ever before.
MISSION 1.5 Starts with you!

Global change comes from local efforts.

When we invite new members to our clubs and build new vibrant clubs, it does more than make our communities stronger. It makes the world a kinder, healthier and better place to live.

See how we can all help make Mission 1.5 a success!

CLUB POWER: Clubs, Add Your 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" - all lower case - 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.

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 of Illinois Foundation Celebrating 50 Years of Service!

LIF Terri Lynn Fundraising Flyer

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