The Rogers City Lions Club sponsored a fun art day with their 5th grade class at Rogers City Elementary School.




2018 Oscoda Lions Club Souper Supper

7th Annual Souper Supper was held Friday. The Oscoda Lions served home made soups to over 350 people. The Kids from Richardson Elementary art classes sold their hand crafted bowls. The money raised went to a charity of their choice


Convention Information

     The District 11-E2 Convention will be held at Shanty Creek Resort, Bellaire on April 27, 28 & 29, 2018. Details will be out soon.

     The MD-11 Convention will be held at Holiday Inn Flint, Grand Blanc area on May 18 & 19, 2018. Information will be out soon.

     The Lions Club Internaitional Convention will be held in Las Vegas, NV on June 29 - July 3, 2018 at the MGM Grand. Go to and click on the LCICON tab for more info.



PDG Al Kelpinski

1933 - 2018

Aloysous “Al” F. Kelpinski, age 84 of Hale, MI, formerly of Prescott, passed away on Monday, January 22, 2018 at St. Mary’s Medical Center in Saginaw. He was born on May 14, 1933 in Bay City to Louis & Cecelia (Dozik) Kelpinski. He graduated with a Bachelor’s Degree from the University of Detroit. Al served in the US Army during the Korean War. He retired from Ford Motor Company in 2000 after 37 years of service as a plant manager. He married Florence Surma on May 18, 1957. Al was a member of St. Pius X Catholic Church in Hale and the Knights of Columbus. He was a member of the Oscoda Lions Club and had served as the District Governor in 2000-2001. Al loved to go hunting and fishing.

Al Is survived by his wife; Florence of Hale; children, Carol (Dennis) Turner of Prescott, Elizabeth (Pete) Myers of Tawas City, Joe (Mary) Kelpinski of Owosso; grandchildren, Kevin (Erin) Turner of Lansing, Ashley Brettrager, Matthew (Andrea) Turner of Ludington, Thomas Myers of Lansing, Elizabeth (Tim) Westcott of Tawas City, Eric (Megan) Myers of National City, Jeff (Kayla) Brettrager of Tawas City, Andrew Kelpinski of Owosso, Matthew Myers of Tawas City, Josh Kelpinski of Owosso and 9 great grandchildren. Al was preceded in death by his parents.

Arrangements are as follows:

Thursday, January 25, 2018, from 2:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.
Buresh Funeral Home on M-65 (just south of the light)
121 South Washington St.
Hale MI 48739
(989) 728-2571
Map to Buresh Funeral Home, Hale

Visitation and Funeral Mass
Friday, January 26, 2018
Visitation from 10:00 to 11:00 am.
Funeral Mass at 11:00 a.m.
St. Pius Catholic Church
3900 N. M-65 (just north of Hale)
Hale, MI  49739

Phone:  989-728-2278
Map to St. Pius Catholic Church

Memorial contributions can be made to:
     Lions of Michigan Foundation
     5730 Executive Drive
     Lansing, MI  48911
     Kelpinski Family
     2450 N. Towerline Road
     Hale, MI  48739





PDG Carol Athan


     Carol Athan, 73, from Lewiston, MI, passed away on Wednesday, January 10, 2017.  She died at her daughter’s home in Belleville, MI, following a two-year battle with an extremely rare form of eye cancer.  

     Carol Frances Litinski was born on December 9, 1945, and lived in Allen Park, MI.  She graduated from Allen Park Community High School in 1963 and married Terry Athan, in 1964.  Carol and Terry were blessed with one daughter, Cheryl. 

   She is survived by her husband of 54 years, Terry; daughter Cheryl (Randy) Parker; grandson Bryan (Carrie) Parker; granddaughter Stephanie (Chris) Gray; great-grandchildren Carson Gray and Avery Parker, all living in Belleville, MI.  Her parents, Walter and Lois Litinski, preceded her in death.

Visitation will be Monday, January 15, 2018, from 1:00 to 8:00 p.m. at the Michigan Memorial Funeral Home located at 30895 W. Huron River Drive, Flat Rock, MI, 734-783-2646.  Cremation will follow at “The Witness Crematory” located inside the funeral home.  Friends can leave an online condolence message at  In lieu of flowers, the family asks that you consider a donation to Leader Dogs for the Blind at

     A memorial service is planned in Lewiston at 10:00 a.m. on Saturday, January 20, 2018, at the Lewiston United Congregational Church, 3191 Kneeland Street, Lewiston, on Saturday, January 20, 2018 (

With deep sadness I must report that IPDG Carol Athan lost her battle with cancer on Tuesday, January 10, 2018. Please keep her husband Terry and the whole family in your prayers. A small family funeral is planned for downstate and a memorial service to be held later up north in Lewiston. I will post more details when they become available.


This is a lot for one person to remember every day. With a little education and preventative measures, diabetes could be avoided all together. Please share and help us spread the word on November 14, #WorldDiabetesDay! #LionsWDD

The Lewiston Lions and Lioness Lions 2018 Raffle calendar is available for purchase. It is still only $15 and can be purchased from any Lewiston Lion or Lioness Lion or at Huston Realty in Lewiston. They make great gifts! Fewer then 1000 have been printed.


Oscoda Lions Club has a new member.  Lion Sherry Prouix was inducted into the club by Lions Dustin Clare, and Marilyn Popworth was her sponsor.

The Rogers City Lions are so excited about our weekend food backpack program. Special thanks to Presque Isle Electric for their generous contribution towards feeding our needy kids

PDG Dennis Richardson was presented the Doc Barr Knights for Vision Fellowship for his outstanding work with Eversight and his local club the Central Lake Lions. Great job PDG Dennis. The Award was presented by his Club.


Indian River Lions Club is having their 9th annual arts & crafts & flea market on the 11th of November 2017, from 9:00 am till 3:00 pm. All are welcome and if you would like to have a table for selling please contact Grace Campbell @ (989) 688-6450. Hope to see all of you there.



Mackinaw City LC will host its 10th Annual Soup Bread Bowls Supper on October 25th. 4:30 pm  to 6:00 pm. At the Pancake Chef Restaurant, 327 E Central Ave., Mackinaw City, Michigan

The Charlevoix Lions Club sold hotdogs at the Apple Fest. Cooler Apple Fest this year sold 800 hot dogs and netted about $1650. Unsold food donated to a local food pantry

IPDG Carol Athan received a thank you plaque from Leader Dogs for the Blind for her support during her year as Governor. Presenting the plaque at the October 14th cabinet meeting for Leader Dog was Lion Julie Haase of the Petoskey Lions Club, District Representative to Leader Dog and a puppy raiser for Leader Dog.


On Saturday the Oscoda Lions club held their Annual Paul Bunyan Festival “5K” Raffle. We gave away 5 $1,000 prizes, the winners were from Tawas (3) Oscoda (1) and one person from Maryland who bought the ticket on the day of the drawing.. We would like to thank everyone who participated in the drawing, without your help we could not help the community in the way we do.. Thank you again!!

Howard Taylor of Wellington Farm Park, 6944 S. Military Rd., Grayling shows the schematic of the corn maze that is a salute to Lions Clubs. Tickets are $7.00 per person and are available from Grayling Lions Club members.

Rose City Lions Club has a new member. Margaret Winslow was inducted by DG Bob Gingerich. Her sponsor on the right is Stuart Bedell.

The Fairview Lions Club held a sucessful KidSight Screening. Shown are an unidentified Lion on the left and Lion Linda Smith on the right. The bottom photo is Lion Lonnie Crampton of the Lincoln Lions Club who travels the eastern side of the district doing screenings.

King Lion Janelle Legg of the Roscommon Higgins Lake Lions Club presents Lion Tom Richardson with his 25 year membership pin! Thanks for serving Tom!

Lions Thom and Ann Seymour of the Atlanta Lions Club provided this picture of their granddaughters; Zenzi (left) and Mirabelle (right). They were at the Lions International Convention in Chicago as Leos. They belong to the Hanover Hancock Leos Club in District 11-B1. Mirabelle was selected as the Leo of the year and was acknowledged at the MD-11 Convention in Traverse City.

Hillman Lions Club during our annual Hot Dog / Brat Sale during the V-J Day Celebration. 100+ hot dogs / brats sold!!!

Oscoda Lions ramp builders were at it again. Lions Tony, Bill, Jeff, Rick, and Chuck. Plus Jody the homeowners son also assisted. They build a 33’ ramp plus a 4x4 and a 5x6 platforms. They start at 9am and finished around 5:30pm. Some tired guys but they got it done. Where's the hot tub?? The homeowner, his son, and daughter in law were all very appreciative. The homeowner was actually in tears that he'd be able to get out of the house now without having to be carried. We Serve!!

Charlevoix Lions Club member Bill Trubilowicz.doing annual White Cane fundraiser.


Charlevoix Lions Club preparing 500 chicken meals for St. Marys School.

International Director Jenny Ware sent this email to the Michigan Council of Governors today.

"I am pleased to inform you that the Executive Officers reviewed the recommendation of the Advisory Committee and have recommended that PID Brian Sheehan from MD5, Minnesota, be brought forth to the board in November for endorsement for 3rd Vice President at the 2018 LCI Convention in Las Vega, Nevada!!! After the Board votes on this in November, I will follow up with you. Please feel free to inform Lions of PID Sheehan’s endorsement by the Executive Officers. You can also obtain preliminary endorsements from your Cabinet. This will show Michigan's support of PID Sheehan."



Lion Lonnie Crampton of the Lincoln Lions Club is presented the International President's Certificate of Appreciation by IPDG Carol Athan at the District 11-E2 cabinet meeting. The certificate states: "In Recognition of Distinguished Achievements if Fulfilling the Mission of Lions Clubs International to Affirm the Appreciation and Gratitude of The Association. I Have Hereunto Affixed my Signature during this Lions Year 2017-2018." Signed by Chancellor Bob Corlew, International President.

Alpena Lions make donation of handicap wheel chair accessable swing to Mayor Matt Waligora, Mayor City of Alpena. "We Serve"





Many Club Secretaries know that it is required that fundraising and service projects statistics are to be reported to LCI on the website, however, it is also important that the statistics for sponsored Lioness and Leo Clubs also be included in the monthly report. Therefore, Lioness & Leo Clubs should report to the sponsoring Lions Clubs activities and fundraisers to be included in the report that month.

DG Bob


Lions of District 11-E2:

The first cabinet meeting of the LY 2017-18 will be held at the Days Inn, 2556 Business Loop South, Grayling, MI 49738 on August 12th at 10:00 am. . All District Lions are welcome to attend. Club Presidents and Secretaries are expected to attend or assure that a representative of the club attends. All cabinet members are expected to attend the training session at 8:30 am at the same location. If you are not able to attend, please advise GLT Dave Zeller and DG Bob Gingerich.

DG Bob



2017-18 International President

Upgrading Our Service to You—as a Lion

Namaste! The divine in me salutes the divine in you. Welcome to our new century. My goal over the next 12 months is very simple—to reach a new level of service to Lions and from Lions. Before I ask you to reach a new level of service, Lionism will reach a new level of service to you.

So how can I serve our 1.4 million Lions? I cannot give everyone senior positions. I cannot give you money. I cannot meet all of you. However, I plan to touch all of your lives with the power to serve.

So let’s examine every stage of one’s Lionistic career and how I can help. The first stage is becoming a new member. When I became a new member 43 years ago, I suddenly felt as if I had left my hometown and become a man of the world. This year, I want every member to download our new mobile app. This will connect all our members on one global platform.

The next stage is beginning to serve. As a member of the Batala Smile Lions Club in Punjab, India, I was proud of how the community began to respect me. This respect depended on the number of people I served and how many people were aware of this service. We now have a new Global Service Team. Your District GST leader will identify projects that serve the maximum number of people per dollar and per hour. They will also train Lions on how to convert a normal project into a Legacy Project via Lions branding and public relations.

The third stage is aspiring for leadership. While I enjoyed rising up the Lions’ ladder, I sometimes wished that our leaders focused more on work than on long speeches. A new awards system will incentivize the efforts of Lion leaders in the right direction. We plan to reward retention of members, hence keeping the focus on you—our existing members. New awards will also be given for involving over half the club in service and for creating the most Legacy projects.

As a global leader of Lionism, I want to keep every Lion connected to Lionism. Our new Welcome Home program is an international online club for members unable to attend club meetings. Meetings and fee payments are conducted entirely online.

The last stage is now. I want to give every Lion the same goal for the next 12 months. My dream is that every Lion will serve 10 people each month. If this happens, we will serve 170 million people this year— a big increase from our current level of 100 million and a big step toward our goal of serving 200 million annually by 2020. This is the focus of all my meetings around the world.

All the best. See you as I travel around the world.

Naresh Aggarwal

Lions Clubs International President



This was received from PCC Justin Faber today. We should all give him a vote of thanks for persisting to get this law enacted.


It is my pleasure to inform you that HB4160 has been signed into law by Governor Snyder and is now Public Act 112 of 2017.  Congratulations to each of you.  Just a reminder that a provison in the bill that we fought hard for is that a local community can NOT ban our members from the roadways; however, they CAN regulate us (or tell us where we can not stand). Please also note the safety and provision changes. (must be over 18, minimum of $500,000 liability insurance, high visibility safety apparel that meets American safety Equipment Association Standards, has to have a traffic device i.e.. stop sign or traffic light, and no work zones,) If your local community did not have a local ordinance banning solicitation then you may solicit immediately.  If they did have one on the books then they have  60 days to come into compliance with the new state law. 


God Bless,


Lion Justin 

Legislative Committee Chairman




Congratulations to the Lions of Michigan ! Governor Snyder signed HB 4160 today. This will allow our clubs to once again raise funds by soliciting along our roadways! This has a one million dollar impact to helping those in most need. Thank you to Representative Hernandez for sponsoring the bill ,Senator Pavlov for making the fixes in the senate , and of course Lion Matt Sowash for his due diligence in making it happen. It's great day to be a Lion.


You may view and save photos of District 11-E2 Lions and Lioness functions over the past sereral years at Duane Durflinger's website at Just scroll down until you see the 11E-2 Lions and Lioness Photographs or just click on the links.

L to R DG Carol Athan, Lion CarlaJean Gingerich, DGE Bob Gingerich, PDG Lynne Jauss, PDG Barb Durflinger at the International Parade in Chicago July 1, 2017.

Lions Kim Kolbe, John Dixon, Trent Kutsch, Mike Carland and Bill Trabillawitz.

R to L Lions Steve Michaels, Steve Silberhorn, Hugh Hansen, Paul Brendto, & Vance Wood


L to R Lions Duane Lawgton & Bruce Herbert

650 chicken lunches at Charlevoix Venetian festival..big day.




12 Jul 2017

House passes Rep. Hernandez bill allowing charitable fundraising on public roads

Categories: Hernandez News

‘Fill the boot’ bill advances to Gov. Rick Snyder

The Michigan House of Representatives gave final legislative approval today authored by state Rep. Shane Hernandez which will allow charitable and civic organizations to solicit funds on and near Michigan roadways.

“Groups like the Lions Club of Michigan and local firefighters have been safely doing this kind of fundraising for generations,” said Rep. Hernandez of Port Huron. “This longtime practice of fundraising will legally continue.”

The bill allows for fundraising if:

· The charitable or civic organization is registered as a nonprofit with the state or U.S government;

· Solicitations are made during daylight hours;

· The individual doing the fundraising maintains at least half a million dollars in liability insurance;

· The person fundraising is 18 years of age or older;

· The person is wearing high-visibility safety apparel that meets the International Safety Equipment Association standards; and

· The fundraising area is not a work zone and is within an intersection where traffic control devices are present.

Also included in the bill is language which ensures local municipalities will have the ability to regulate fundraising activities within their communities.

House Bill 4160 now advances to Gov. Rick Snyder for consideration.


Oscoda Lions / Rotary 5th annual 4th of July Family picnic at the Oscoda Beach. This is held for the whole community. Everyone is invited. There were games for the kids and other activities. We served over 450 hot dogs.


Lion Flo Kelpinski of the Oscoda Lions Club received a Helen Keller fellowship award again for outstanding service to Lionism.

Lions Al and Flo Kelpinski received a Certificate on Appreciation for outstanding service to District 11E-2.

Lions Devon and Robert Tasior of the Oscoda Lions Club received a silver 100th anniversary pin for the new members they sponsored. Presented by President Dustin Claire.

Lion Jane Meyer of the Oscoda Lions Club receives a Centennial pin for recruiting new members during the Centennial Year. Presenting the pin is Club President Dustin Claire.

Oscoda Lions club held there annual souper Dinner, The members and friends provided over 20 variety of soups. The Children from Richardson Elementary in grades k-5th art class made the bowls.The children sold the bowls and the money raised went to a charity of their choice. The Lions money went to their charities. We want to thank everyone in the community who participated.We couldn't have done it without you.


Oscoda Lions Club held their annual bowling fund raiser at the Vista Lanes on Saturday. We sold out the lanes. There were prizes for everyone. Our own Lion Tony Priebe had a high game of 298, GREAT GOING Tony!! We would like to thank ALL our sponsors and everyone who participated. We could not have raised over $2,000 without you.





The Houghton Lake Lions Club participated in the Tip-Up Town Parade on Jan 21, 2017




Life member. Lion Bill Yingling of the Indian River Lions Club passed away January 17, 2017 at McClaren Northern Michigan Hospital. Funeral services will be held Saturday January 21, 2017 at Stones Funeral Home in Petoskey Mi. Viewing at 10am with service at 11am. RIP Lion Bill you will be truly missed.


KidSight Trailer

District 11E-2 has been honored to receive a KidSight Trailer from the Lions of Michigan Foundation. This trailer has beautiful graphics (see the photos on the Photo Gallery page. It is available to any club for use as a portable KidSight Project lab. It will make a great float for the various parades around the state. Right now the trailer is parked at PDG Barb Durflinger's in Rogers City. We are actively seeking a more central location for it. 


Lions of Michigan help Victims of Fire

The Beaverton Lions Club communicated the following to us: Impressive initiatives by the Beaverton Lions Club set in motion an amazing act of kindness that included not only the Beaverton Lions Club but other Clubs in northern Michigan as well.

     On Saturday, March 26, 2016, the day before Easter, an early mornig fire broke out at the Village North Apartments in Gladwin, MI. Although the people all made it out safely, nearly all of the 20 unit building was completely destroyed. There were 19 families involved in that fire. Most of them lost everything and had no renter's insurance.

     The Beaverton Lions Club immediately contacted GLD Management, owners of the apartment complex, to find out the best way to help. Knowing that the needs would be more than any one group could provide, Beaverton Lions reached out to other area Lions groups to assist. They were thrilled with the respoonse!

     The Lions of Michigan Foundation generously contributed $3,000 while the District 11-E2 Emergency Fund gave another $1,000 to the cause. Finally the Beaverton Lions together with other Lions Clubs of nothern Michigan brought in another $2,470.

     Lion Craig Wolfe of the Beaverton Lions Club worked directly with Sylvia of GLD Management and Beulah of Gladwin County Christmas Kindness to purchase and deliver the many items needed by these families. Larger items included several beds and mattresses, dressers tables and chairs, sofas, end tables, lamps, etc. Some of the smaller items included replacing clothing, coats, hats, gloves, blankets, bedding, pots and pans, dishes, etc.

     In addition to these purchases and deliveries, our Lions Clubs were able to provide a $150 gift card for each of the 19 families affected by the fire.

     GLD Management has not ceased to express their gratefulness for the overwhelming generosity of our District's Lions Clubs! They want all of us to know that they wouldn't have wanted to go through this tragedy without us! Thank you all for caring for the needs of these families.

An additional comment from District Governor Bob Gingerich: "It's what we do! WE SERVE"






The 2014 District 11-E2 Convention was held in Grayling at the Ramada Inn on May 2, 3 and 4. Honored guests were International Director Steve Tremaroli and his wife Marianne. Lion Barb Durflinger of the Roger City Lions Club was elected as District Governor for 2014-15. Lion Brian Rowland of the Beaverton Lions Club received the Melvin Jones Fellowship. PDG Lewis Moeller received the John S. Noel Award. Lion Pam Stewart received the Ken Lautzenheiser Award. See photos in the photo gallery. See you in Mackinaw City in 2015.


Oscoda Lions Pancake Breakfast

The Oscoda Lions Club held a very successful Pancake Breakfast on Saturday, April 6th. Nineteen Lions mixed and flipped pancakes, cooked sausage, waited tables, washed dishes and cleaned up making the 7th annual Pancake Breakfast a success. Thecommunity again supported our project. A special thank you goes to Bill Tait for ordering the food, letting us use the restaurant and for all of his assistance. PDG Lewis Moeller kept us organized again this year. 

Oscoda Ramp #3

Oscoda Lions, Bill Gaines, Chuck Andrina,Tony Priebe, and Tony's son Nick constructed this ramp December 20 and 21, 2016. The ramp is on the base and serves a lady who lost a leg and might lose the other one in the near future. We Serve!!!

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