Specialty Lions Clubs

You may not realize it, but quite often we form specialty Lions Clubs to meet the specific wants and needs of people in our community who would like to be a part of a club that more directly fits with the activities that they may want to do in the community.

The Specialty Club program is designed to create clubs whose members share a common interest or passion, allowing them to connect with one another on a deeper level. For example, they may share a hobby, profession, culture, common service or life experience.

Forming specialty clubs allows groups of people around the world to turn their passions into rewarding service projects that directly benefit their communities.

Joining a specialty Lions club is a great way a great way for all generations to meet people who share common interests and build leadership skills while serving your community.

For example, locally we have a Nepalese club. We also have clubs that are made up primarily of people of Chinese or Filipino descent.

We are currently exploring the formation of a dog or pet lovers club, that will focus on working with the local Sacramento SPCA as well as the local animal shelters and the local Food Bank Pet Pantries.

We have had requests for forming a club for people of Hispanic descent.

As you may guess, the possibilities are endless.

If you are interested in being a part of the formation of a new specialty club, let us know.

Here is a link discussing Specialty Lions Clubs for your info.

Make Strides Against Breast Cancer

Join Our Team to Make Strides Against Breast Cancer

Our goal is to raise $2,500 to become a Pacesetter Team!
This year’s Making Strides – Sacramento event will be held on Sunday, October 17, 2021 at the State Capitol.  I know that is a great distance for some of the clubs, so if you or your Lions can’t make it, please consider gathering and walking individually or as a group in your local areas.  If you do so, please send me photos!  I would love to share them.
I have included a flyer of the event and registration/donation details and would be happy to assist you if needed.
Please take some time to share with your Lions Club and discuss a donation.  Individuals donations will gladly be accepted as well.  See flyer for more details!  Donation Collection Form

Download this flyer: Breast Cancer Walk 2021

NCLSA Needs Directors

NCLSA (Northern California Lions Sight Association) is a 501(c)3 non-profit corporation whose members are all Lions in good standing from the Lions Clubs of District 4-C5.

The Board of Directors are composed of 16 elected Directors, along with our immediate Past NCLSA President, the current District Governor, Vice District Governors, and our Immediate Past District Governor.

What does the NCLSA do?

  • We Provide Assistance To Citizens That Need Various Forms Of Eye
  • We Have Provided Many Donations To Society for the Blind, UC Davis Eye Center And More.
  • We Have A Well-Equipped Large Van For Eye Screening.
  • We Purchased PlusOptix Eye Screening Machines.
  • We Do So Much For The Community.

If you are interested in giving up a little time each month to further our mission of providing our services, contact:

Lion Bing Ventura, President – rven99@aol.com or 916-837-5682
Lion Zenny Yagen, Election Chair – zennyyagen@yahoo.com or 916-599-6544

Click Here to Read More About It

2021 Montreal Lions Clubs International Convention to be a Virtual Event

Due to the continuing concerns about the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, the board of directors voted to transition the 2021 Montreal Lions Clubs International Convention to a virtual event that will be delivered totally online. This decision was made with the health and safety of our Lions, staff and vendors in mind as limiting international travel and large gatherings is key to global containment strategies.

Although we are disappointed that we won’t be able to host this event in person, we are excited about hosting our first virtual international convention that can safely connect Lions from around the world. We are still finalizing the details of your new convention experience, and will share those with you as soon as they are ready.

Here are some important details about the 2021 virtual convention we’d like to share with you:

  • Everyone’s invited – Our 2021 convention will be a virtual event that’s open to all Lions and Leos around the world.
  • Registration fees – The registration fee will be US$50 until March 31, then US$75 beginning April 1. The registration fee for Leos will be US$30 regardless of date. Convention is currently scheduled for June 25-29. Additional event and registration details will be provided soon.
  • Current registrants – Lions who are currently registered for convention will receive an email soon with more information about their registration options.
  • Elections – Executive officer and international director elections will be conducted electronically, and voting procedures will be forthcoming.
  • Convention updates – Check our convention website LCICon for convention updates and details as they become available.

This global health pandemic has forced us all to make decisions and changes that place health and safety first. However, we are optimistic that with each new day there is hope, and as Lions, we continue to find new ways to stay connected, safely serve our communities and continue our global mission of service.

We appreciate your understanding during this challenging time for our organization and the world, and thank you for your incredible service as a Lion.


Dr. Jung-Yul Choi
International President

Peace Poster 2019/2020 – Journey of Peace

32nd annual Lions International Peace Poster Contest

2019-2020 Peace Poster and Essay Contest –Theme “Journey of Peace

The Club DEADLINE is Oct.1st. for ordering the contest Kit. The club must have a kit to enter the contest .The cost of the kit is $11.95 plus shipping, handling and applicable taxes. To sponsor more then one contest you will need a kit for each contest. To order online: Club Supplies Sales at International Headquarters. Or call: Club Supplies Sales at 630-571-5466 or 800-710-7822

The Deadline for the Club contest is Nov.8th. District contest will be at the 2nd Cabinet Meeting Nov.TBA, 2019. Please let me know if your Club will be entering the Contest by Nov 1st so I can have enough space to display the Posters.

Don’t forget to follow the RULES!! this contest is only for 11 and 12 year old students ,but if someone turns 13 ON NOV.15th. BUT NOT BEFORE is permitted.

Thank You,

Lion Larry Vogelesang
District Peace Poster Chair
530 662 3814
e-mail lv62chevy@sbcglobal.net

Election Results

Report of the
Constitution and Bylaws Chairperson

On Sunday April 28, 2019, at the San Ramon Marriott, San Ramon, Ca., District 4C-5 of The Lions
Clubs International held an election at its annual District Convention.

The results of that election are as follows:

  • Article VIII, Section 12, of the Constitution was amended such that the revolving
    fund listed in the budget shall go from $2,000 to $4,000.
    This change will first be reflected in the 2020-2021 District Budget.
  • Article XI, Section 1, of the Bylaws was amended such that the additional dues
    earmarked for Student Speaker Contest awards shall go from $1 to $2.
    This change should be affected immediately.

Both changes noted above will be changed in the published text on or before the end of the
current term.

In addition, the following Lions were elected to the 2019/2020 term in office:

  • Sarah Tonel Enloe was elected District Governor
  • Catherine “Cat” Gon was elected First Vice District Governor
  • Donna Prince was elected Second Vice District Governor

Respectfully submitted,
Dennis Kramer
Chairperson, Constitution and Bylaws

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 md4lions.org 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 mikeretzlaff@sbcglobal.net.


PDG Michael C. Retzlaff

Michael C. Retzlaff, District Disaster Preparedness/Response Chairman