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Council of Governors

Mark Your Calendars to save the dates.

Council of Governors (COG)

  • June 7-9, 2019 (Van Nuys Airtel Plaza Hotel, Van Nuys, CA) – Joint COG
  • August 1-4, 2019 (Palm Springs) – Organization
  • Oct 24-27, 2019 (Redding) – Fall
  • Feb 19-20, 2020 (Visalia) – Mid Winter
  • June 2020 (Modesto) – Joint

New Website for California Lions

New California Lions website is now launched.
(The website is sill in service focusing on internal use.)
As discussed this past weekend at the Fall Council of Governors meeting in Santa Maria, a new, additional website has been developed to showcase the Lions of California specifically to non-Lions.  The website describes the Lions Clubs of California as who we are by what we do, promoting:  City of Hope, Lions in Sight, Lions Eye foundation, California Lions Foundation, Lions Clubs International Foundation, Lions Float, Inc., and similar partner associations. Note that acronyms such as MD-4 are not present in this public targeted Lions Clubs promotional effort and that the text and photos are intended to appeal emotionally to a younger audience.   
The Council of Governors this past weekend authorized that the new website be launched today, as-is, to the 20,000 Lions of California.  As a measure of success, we will monitor whether additional not-for-profit and for-profit business partners will request inclusion on our website going forward.  We will also track the quantity and track the number of website hits and how long users spend on the site and on each page.  The end game is to use the website as a marketing tool with California corporations to entice to partner hand-in-hand in community service including monetarily and in new Lions Clubs   We want their logo on our website and the Lions logo on theirs.  

District Disaster Response Trailer

Dear District 4-C5 Club and all members,

Our District has received a $10,000 matching grant from the Lions Clubs International Foundation (LCIF) to purchase and stock a Disaster Response trailer. This 7’x 14’ x 6’ tandem axle utility trailer, will serve as a place where Lions will be able to distribute emergency  food, water, tools, etc. as collected by Lions and the affected communities.

In order to finalize the purchase and stocking of the trailer, the District needs to raise its matching amount which is $1000. If every club can donate $20.00 (it can come out of your community funds) to this effort, we will be able to purchase and stock this trailer before Thanksgiving. If a club or individual wishes to donate more than the $20, any funds above and beyond the matching amount will be used to keep the trailer stocked as the money will go into a Disaster Response Trailer restricted account.

Just so you know, the trailer will be towed to any area within our District that has suffered from a wildfire, flood, earthquake or any other sort of natural disaster. The trailer will be dispatched as needed by the direction of the District Governor, by the District Disaster Preparedness/Disaster Response Team. FYI, District 4-C1, our neighbors to the north, has used their trailer a lot over the last few years.

Please send your donation to District 4-C5, 6921 Mitchlen Court, Sloughhouse, CA  95683 and please put DISASTER RESPONSE TRAILER in the memo section.

Thank you in advance for your generous donations. Please see picture on 2nd page. If more information is needed, please contact me at


PDG Michael C. Retzlaff

Michael C. Retzlaff, District Disaster Preparedness/Response Chairman

Celebration of Life for Terri Galli

September 12, 2018

Passing of a Lion and Partner in Service

It is with a heavy heart I pass along the news of Theresa (Terri) Teakell Galli’s death.  She passed quietly at home with family present @ 9:00 pm on the evening of the 12th of September.

Terri was a Greater Natomas Lion.  Her husband Phil Galli is a Life Member of the Antelope Lions.  Terri also worked in the Twin Rivers School district for 30+ years.  She was assigned to Foothill and several other schools.

Terri was instrumental in bringing the LEOS program to fruition in District 4C5.  She helped form several LEO’s clubs and was always there to help youth.  She and Lion Phil were recognized with a Governor’s award as a couple, for all they had done together for the LEO’s program.

The celebration of life is currently planned for:

Saturday, 20 Oct 2018.
12:00pm – 6:00pm
918 Oak Ln, Rio Linda

(latest information)

Phil has requested that flowers not be sent, rather a donation in her name be made to District 4C5, Lions Education Foundation.  If LEF is not a project you support, then monetary donations for the family to help cover funeral costs and defray additional living expenses is appreciated.

Time to Place your Advertisement on the LEF Placemats

You can support the LEF in many ways. One way is to advertise your club and/or your business on the placemats used at LEF function throughout the year.

Click the appropriate link below for more information

LEF Placemat Business ad 2018

LEF Placemats for Clubs 2018

A business card size ad will appear on a placemat seen by hundreds of Lions at:

  • LEF Golf Tournament in September
  • LEF Event in October/November
  • LEF Soup and Salad Dinner in January
  • LEF Pasta Feud


  • District 4-C5 Nov. & Feb. Cabinet Meetings

Money collected supports LEF Matching Grant Program

Deadline to take advantage of this opportunity is September 10, 2018.