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(Naperville) Whether you’re a Lion or Lioness concerned about living healthy for the rest of your life or keeping you and your family safe from Identify Theft, the 2006 MD-1 form, “Going Where No Lion Has Gone Before” has the programs you want to hear. From local club membership to International service, this year’s Forum has a huge array of new programming.

An expanded breakfast meeting featuring Healthy Eating expert Seattle Sutton and a luncheon program by our own IPID Bud and Lion Jama Wahl are just two of the new exciting features at this year’s MD-1 Leadership Forum. The forum, held Saturday, November 18, at the Naperville Holiday Inn, is open to Lions, Lionesses, Leos and guests throughout the state.

According to MD-1 Forum chair, PCC Bob Johnson, the committee has been working diligently to put together a forum that will provide current information that leaders throughout our organization need to grow and maintain their clubs. “From the club level, through the district and multiple district, this year’s forum offers programs to help all of us build and maintain stronger organizations,” explained Johnson, adding “and we hope our members also have a good time networking and catching up with old and new Lions friends from around the state.”

The former Lioness breakfast meeting is now combined with kick-off activities and a featured speaker and will begin at 8 a.m. Seattle Sutton, a registered nurse, from Marseille, Illinois,  launched her Healthy Eating business in 1985. Her business has grown nationwide as she helps people achieve and maintain healthy lifestyles. She will share her experiences at the kick-off breakfast and will be on hand to autograph books afterwards.

Illinois’ own Past International Director Bud and Lion Jama Wahl will speak at the luncheon meeting, bringing the International perspective home to our local clubs.

The forum has a strong tradition of providing meaningful workshops and seminars throughout the day, and this year’s committee says the 2006 forum certainly follows that tradition, with break out session ranging from Membership to Motivation and from Fun to Fund Raising. Topics include Managing and Motivating Lions, Tips for Increasing Fun, Competing with other Organizations and Preventing Blindness in the 21st Century.  Programs on the Women’s Initiative and K-9 Companions are also scheduled. A new session this year will provide information on how to prevent Identify Theft. Vendor booths also will be on site throughout the day.

Registration fee for the Forum, including lunch, is only $20 in advance and $25 at the door. Breakfast is $15. A registration form is on the MD-1 Lions website and, hopefully, on your District website, as well as included in this newsletter.

For more information on the Forum, contact the committee chairman from your district or State Committee Chairman Bob Johnson at pccmd1@sbcglobal.net. While walk-in registration is available, registering in advance makes it possible for the committee and the hotel to make the best possible arrangements for your comfort for the day and keeps costs for the Forum low.


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