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News & Announcements


New Florence Lions Officers Installed for 2020-2021


On Wednesday, June 24th, the Florence Lions installed new club officers for the

2020-2021 fiscal year. The official swearing-in was performed by new Lion District Governor

Mac Ferguson, from the Lexington Lions Club, who was in attendance with

his wife, Lion Cynthia Ferguson.



Lion District Governor Mac Ferguson and his wife Lion Cynthia Ferguson


After the swearing-in, the new Florence President Lion Doug Braun received the gavel from outgoing

Past President Lion Mike Serra who, in turn, presented his Lion of the Year Award to Lion

Secretary Chuck Carlson.



Incoming Florence Lions President Lion Doug Braun




Lion Chuck Carlson Receives Lion of the Year Award from PP Lion Mike Serra


In his farewell address to the club, Past President Lion MIke

outlined the past year's accomplishments and projects. During recent months the club faced the many

restrictions brought on by the pandemic which were countered

through on-line meetings and project amendments. Our thanks to Lion Mike Serra for his

great leadership.


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Incoming President Lion Doug Braun Presents Outgoing President Lion

Mike Serra With The Presidents Award









Florence Lions are pleased to announce its joining the list of corporate co-spondors

of GoPantry. a local non-profit organization which uses donated funds and volunteer time to

provide eligible school-age children with food outside of the school environment, ie. weekends

and spring/summer vacation. GoPantry volunteers prepare Go Boxes and Go Bags for

these kids whose families are having financial difficulties.

At this expecially hard time due to the current pandemic, Florence Lions elected to provide

$5000 as its initial participation.

For more info about GoPantry, visit their website at:





Please donate your old glasses to help others! Lions Clubs recycle these glasses trough qualified agencies

throughout the world to help adults and children who have no resources. These glasses are distributed totally free of charge to the individuals who need them.

Drop Off boxes are located as follows:

1. Florence Lions Clubhouse - end of LaCresta Lane, Florence (the street by White Castle on Hwy 42)

2. Insight Eyecare - 8850 US Hwy 42 - Florence

3. Walmart Supercenter - 7625 Doering Drive - Florence

4. Walmart Supercenter- 20 Ferguson Blvd - Dry Ridge

5. Visionworks - 7727 Mall Road - Florence




On June 2016 the newly elelcted club officers for the Florence Lions Club were sworn in at an installation dinner at the Florence Lions Clubhouse.

Kentucky Lions District Governor Jeff Lorenzen (Erlanger Lions member) swore the new officers in after thanking outgoing officers for their work.

Our thanks to outgoing president Lion Tony Colley for an excellent year and our congratulations to new president Mike Serra along with our best wishes for success in the coming year.

Immediate Past Lion President Colley thanked the membership for their many efforts during his tenure and made a presentation of Lion of the Year to Florence Lion member and past District Governor Lion Dave "Mac" McClure.

Lion "Mac" will also serve this year as thhe Club's Eyesight Chairman.

Other club officers are:

1st Vice-Preesident - Lion DOug Braun

2nd Vice-President - Lion Craig Winterman

Secretary - Lion CHuck Carlson

Treasurer (Lions Club) - Lion Dave McClure

Treasurer (Lions Club Charities) - Lion Tony Colley

Directors: (Lions all) Colleen Hahnel, Greg Richardson, Phyllis Carlson, Andy Braun

Charities Directors: (Lions all) Scott Schaffer, Steve Ives, Bob Donley

Lion Tamer: Lion Bryan Palmer

Tail Twister: Lion Bob Hahnel

Eyesight Fund Chairman: Lion Pete Toerner

School Eyesight Screening Chairperson: Lion Donna McClure



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Lion DG Jeff Lorenzen with incoming Lion President Mike Serra


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Past Lion President Tony Colley handing off to new club president Mike Serra


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PDG, Lion of the Year and new Eyesight Chairman Lion Dave "Mac" McCLure with his wife Lion Donna ("Peach") McClure





On December 11th, 2018, Florence Lion Eddie Walter volunteered to make a lengthy drive to Upland, Indiana to deliver over 6,000 pairs of used eyeglasses and 600 pairs of non-prescription sunglasses to the International Lions Eyeglass Recycling Center operated by the members of the Upland Lions Club.



These glasses were donated by the Northern Kentucky community to the various Northern Kentucky Lions Clubs throughout the year. These items will be distributed by Lions International to individuals in third-world countries in areas having little or no medical facilities. With your donated eyewear, these individuals will enjoy an improved quality in vision which they might otherwise never know.


Lion John Chester of the Upland Lions conveys his thanks to the Norhern Kentucky community for their thoguhtful donations. Our thanks to Florence Lion Eddie Walter for his time and expense in getting these glasses on the way to doing good things!


Please donate any re-useable eyeglasses, cases and sunglasses through any Lions Club member.







The Florence Lions wish to thanks all of the participants, sponsors and club workers who helped

make this year's Golf Outing a great success! The weather held out for a super day with 72 golfers at the Kenton County Golf Course, followed as usual with a delicious dinner at the Lions Clubhouse.

Thanks to event Chairmen Lion Craig Wintermann, Lion Tony Colley and Lion Pete Toerner who did a great job and also to Lions Eddie Walter and Phyllis Carlson for providing the prime rib dinner!!












On June 27th 1the new club officers were installed at the Lions Clubhouse together with an award ceremony for outstanding member participation throughout the past fiscal year.

The awards were presented by outgoing president Lion Paul Robinson. Officers for the 2018-2019 fiscal year were presented and sworn in by Vice District Governor Lion Jeff Lorenzen.


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District Governor Lion Jeff Lorenzen


Incoming Florence Lions President Tony Colley




Lion Paul Robinson - New Florence Lions President


Paul Robinson


Lion Paul Robinson (left) is shown above after being sworn into office of Club President by Immediate Past District Governor Lion Dave "Mac" McClure at the club's July 12th meeting. The Florence club wishes Paul a successful year as President and are looking foward to a great year of community service under his leadership.



Florence & Erlanger Lions Send in 6,200 Pairs of Donated Glasses



On September 21st, Florence Lion Ed Walter drove nearly three hours to the International Eyeglass Recycling Center in Upland, Indiana to deliver 6,200 pairs of donated glasses collected by the Florence and Erlanger Lions Clubs. The delivery also contained 300 pairs of sunglasses and seven boxes of hinged eyeglass cases. This was all made possible by the caring donations of used eyewear by Northern Kentucky community members.
The photo shows John Chester, of the Upland, Indiana Lions (left) and two other Upland Lions who received the delivery for future routing to specific areas of need where they will be freely provided to adults and children by Lions International.


October, 2017


Lion Phyllis Carlson Named Lifetime Member



The Florence Lions Club is pleased to present Lion Phyllis Carlson with a Lifetime Membership award to honor her for outstanding service over three decades.


Florence Lions President Paul Robinson presented the award during the club’s regular October meeting. Phyllis has been a member of the Florence Lions Club for 37 years and prior to that she was a member and an officer for many years in the Florence Lioness Club, also part of the International Association of Lions Clubs.



June 28th, 2017


Lion Donna McClure - Florence Lion of the Year




Lion Donna McClure is shown above receiving the Florence Lion of the Year award by Lion President Nick Payne at the June 28th installation of new officers for fiscal year 2017-2018. Lion Donna has served as Eyesight Screening Chairperson, co-ordinating the Lions school eye screening, as well as co-chairing the annual Lions Yard Sale for several years. The entire club memership wishes to congratulate Lion Donna and thank her for her work in serving the Florence community.



Lion Steve Ives Receives the Lions Prestigious Melvin Jones Fellowship


Florence Lion and Club Secretary Steve Ives was named a Melvin Jones Fellow at the Lions Mid-Year Leadership Conference in Louisville on January 13th . The award was made in recognition of Steve's world service and commitment and is the highest honor bestowed by the Lions Clubs International Foundation (LCIF). The plaque was presented by upcoming Lions International President Gudrun Bjort Ingvadotter of Iceland. Our congratulations to Lion Steve!




Lion Ferd Metzger Honored for six decades of Lions Club Service


Lion Ferd has been a member of the Florence Lions Club for 59 years. He has served on every Club Committee and office including the Secretary and President twice.


He has brought 25 great members to the world of Lionism. He started the Vision Screening in the Boone County Schools in 1958. An ongoing program that over the years has screened more than 100,000 students and has identified thousands with vision deficiencies.


Lion Ferd also was the force behind the Boone County Senior Eyesight Program that funds the Boone County Lions Clubs eyesight programs as well as convincing the Kentucky Legislators to pass a law to make mandatory eye examination of any student who enters an State funded school for the first time.


For his distinguished services, over the years, he has received numerous awards and recognitions including Life Membership, Life Patron, Finis Davis Fellow and Melvin Jones Fellow awards.




Lion Keller Honored on 50th Anniversay in the Florence Lions


Lion Frank Keller was honored by the Club at the regular meeting on Augst 13th for having served in the organization for 50 years. Lion Phyllis Carlson took the podium to outline Frank's distinguishhed and impressive five decades in the Florence Lions Club, listing Frank's service in many of the club's offices, primarily as Treasurer which he held for over a dozen years.


Lion Frank joined the Florence Lions under the sponsorship of Lion Ferd Metzger in 1964 and immediately began to participate in the club's activities, taking on many chairmanships in the process.


Shown in the picture with current Florence Lions President Doug Braun, Frank received a plaque in honor of his anniversary and a standiing ovation from the club members as well as his wife, children and grandchildren who were present for the occasion.


Our heartfelt thanks and congratulations to Lion Frank.


4/11 & 12/2014

April 11th & 12th, 2014 - Kentucky Lions 43-T District Convention

The 2013 43-T District Convention will take place this year at the Doubletree Hotel at the Northern Kentucky/Greater Cincinnati Airport on Friday & Saturday, April 11th & 12th. Dinner and/or room reservations required. See here for detailed announcement from PDG Charyn Lonneman.



Cincinnati Lions' 4th Annual Murder Mystery Dinner

The Downtown Cincinnati Lions Club invites all to enjoy drinks, dinner and a "Murder Mystery" event Saturday evening, February 15th. Door prizes, raffle and lots more. For more information and to make your reservations, click here.



2013-2014 MD-43 Mid-Year Conference

The Annual Roy Caywood, Sr. Leadership Conference to be held January 17th, 18th and 19th, 2014 in Louisville. For a description, schedule and reservation information please click here for a downloadable and printable copy.



New Florence Lions Website Launched

Florence Lions is pleased to present a new and improved web presence, designed to present the club not only to the public, but also to provide improved member communications through its club member section. This will improve cohesiveness between hall rental and special event chairpersons and eliminate the use of many thousands of email communications over the years. It will also serve to allow the general membership to be more informed on various manpower needs.



Eyesight Raffle - $20,000 Potential

FLC Lion Kew Taybi has provided a letter describing the Patron's Fund which covers special eye surgery cases. To help meet this need, Lions of Kentucky have set up a raffle event to raise badly needed money. .....(read Kew Taybi's entire letter here)



"The White Cane Story" - A Short History of the White Cane


FLC Lion Dave McClure forwards this interesting story of the origin of the familiar white cane which is used by thousands of people with vision impairment. October 15th is national "Sight Conservation Day"......(Read Here)







Florence Lions Club, 29 LaCresta Drive, Florence, Kentucky 41042
General Information - 859-525-2263 / Hall Rental - Chuck Carlson: 513-623-1255 -