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Genoa Lions Welcome the District Governor

The Genoa Lions of District 1D hosted District Governor Steve Boettger and his wife Kelly for dinner this past Wednesday, the 21st. DG Boettger gave a short presentation on behalf of Lions International and talked at length about its’ global impact and what more we could do to serve others. Mrs. Kelly Boettger gave a slide show and presented information on DG Boettger’s charity for this year, $40,000 in donations for an addition to “Restoring Hope Transplant House” in Middleton Wisconsin. The Genoa Lions donated $500 to this house that is a haven for tissue transplant patients and their spouses at the University of Wisconsin/Madison Research Hospital. This donation brought his quest to $25,000 with about 3 or 4 months left in his year as the District Governor for district 1D. If you would like to donate to this worthy cause see their web site at

              DG Boettger was asked to induct the Genoa Lion’s newest member, Joseph P. Ratliff, a.k.a. Big Joe, which he did with panache. Big Steve pinning Big Joe was kismet. Lion Jim Sanford proudly sponsored Joe into the club.  The festivities weren’t complete without awarding our M.V.P. award for the month of February to Lion Mike Dreska, acknowledging his efforts with the January Ski-for-Sight weekend, work on the Lake Shabbona Pier and all his efforts on every club project we accomplish each year.

The Genoa Lions will be having a joint meeting with the Sycamore Lions on the last Wednesday of March and look forward to a fine meal from the DeKalb County V.A.C. at the Regale Center in Sycamore.

Head Picture: Lion President Helland handing a chekc for $500 for District Governor Boettger’s Governor’s Project, “Restoring Hope Transplant House” in Middleton, Wisconsin.

Picture 2 Caption: Lions District 1D Governor Steve Boettger (on left) Jim Sanford (sponsor), and newest Genoa Lion Joseph P. Ratliff (on right) as DG Boettger inducts “Big Joe” into the Genoa Lions on February 21st during his club visit.

Picture 3 Caption: Lion President Helland awarding the copper lion MVP award to Lion Mike Dreska, for the month of February.

Article by Lion Secretary Rene’ VanDerHeyden.

Photographs by Lion President Helland and Lion Pacey.