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District Convention 

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47th Annual Convention

NOVEMBER 11 & 12, 2022   Radisson Hotel and Convention Center, Fond du Lac

The Lions and Leos of 27-B1 hosted the 47th Annual Convention of District 27-B1 at the Radisson Convention Center in Fond du Lac.  International Director Dr. Dianne Pitts from Chappells, South Carolina addressed the audience.  215 attended the convention, which is about average for the past 8 years.


Friday night hospitality was a military or red, white and blue theme in honor of Veterans Day celebrations. Music and dancing was provided by Marc Mega. 


Saturday, opening ceremony began at 8:30 with a flag presentation.  A remembrance ceremony and nominations for offices took place before lunch along with a "power hour" of presentations from the Wisconsin Lions Foundation, Lions Eye Bank of Wisconsin, Leader Dog, LCIF and Restoring Hope Transplant House .  The day continued with seminars, raffles, lunch and finalized with a banquet with guest speakers and awards.

Presidential Certificates of Appreciation were awarded to Patricia Karasek from Wild Rose Lions and Barbara Leichtfuss from Van Dyne Lions.  Seven Melvin Jones Fellowships were awarded to Fairwater Lions members PDG Merle Strelow (posthumously), Bonnie Strelow, Beverly Karst, William and Linda Kuehn, Kathleen Schuster and Dave Tapper.  The awards culminated with a Presidential Award medal presented to Immediate Past District Governor BJ Blahnik for his outstanding contributions to Lions over his career as a Lion.

The "Lions Bank" was purchased for the next year by IPDG BJ and Victoria Blahnik on behalf of the Town of Sheboygan Lions with donations going to Leader Dogs totalling $5,000.  Lion Kay Quinn again auctioned off PDG Len Quinn's cowboy hat which was given to him by PDG Tom King when he visited Len in Hospice.  The hat went for $2,000 from a high bid by District Governor Elect Greg Kabichka. Proceeds will go to Leader Dogs for the Blind.


Every club was asked to bring a gift or two to be included in our successful “Bucket Raffle.”


The District Raffle results are: 

     1st - Campbellsport Lions

     2nd - Sherwood Lions

     3rd - Coloma Lions

     4th - New Holstein Lions

     5th - Bian & Barb Rabas

     6th - Joe Deblizen

Voting results are as follows. 


District Governor, Greg Kubichka, Chilton Lions

First Vice District Governor, Dave Holschbach, Mishicot Lions

Second Vice District Governor, Roxanne Wendt, Van Dyne Lions

WLF Director, Fred Gebhart, Stockbridge Lions

The convention site for 2024 will return to the Radisson in Fond du Lac. The Peace Poster was won by Maryn Van Zon from Rosendal Brandon Middle School and pin design 4 won, "Growing with Lions", will be the 2023-24 district pin.


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