The 42nd Annual District 27-A1 Convention – Cancelled

Lions Serve the World

Locally and globally, we serve where we are needed.  When caring people join together, roll up their sleeves and take action to make their community better, it’s a beautiful thing—and an incredible feeling for everyone involved. That’s Lions. Being a Lion is about leading by example, building relationships and improving the world through kindness. It’s 1.4 million caring men and women serving together so they can make a lasting impact and change more lives.

Register to attend the 2020 District 27-A1 Convention at

If you have a large registration group to enter (more than 12) please email PDG Sharon ( before entering online registration.

January 10-11, 2020

The Grand Geneva Resort and Spa, Lake Geneva will host our District 27-A1 Convention.

Conveniently nestled in the Lake Geneva, Wisconsin countryside, and within driving distance of Chicago and Milwaukee, Grand Geneva Resort & Spa offers a variety of lodging options for a unique getaway. From 356 gorgeous guest rooms and King, Junior, Executive, Premier, and Grand suites, to newly added luxury Villas, the resort accommodates any traveler.

Deluxe Guest Rooms feature furniture inspired by an eclectic collection of lake country-style estate homes, while King Suites offer stunning views of our private lake and golf course via a furnished private patio available in many of the rooms. Guests staying in the Main Lodge have access to all resort amenities, including all of our delicious on-site dining options, Wi-Fi, valet parking, and our fully-equipped fitness center. All guest rooms feature a desk with a Jack Pack that provides a multi-media interface to the in-room television display panel for hotel guests, a television embedded into the bathroom mirror, along with WELL Spa + Salon amenities in your bathroom, daily housekeeping and more.

DISCOUNTED room rates are available as follows:

Main Lodge* Timber Ridge* Villas**
Deluxe Guest Room $122/night
-King Suite $199/night
-Junior Suite $229/night
-Premier Suite $259/night*Room rate plus a Campus fee of $6/night, and taxes
-One Bedroom $122/night
-Two Bedroom $229/night*Room rate plus a Campus fee of $6/night, and taxes
Studio $122/night
-One Bedroom $199/night
-Two Bedroom $299/night*Room rate plus a Campus fee of $25/night, and taxes


For those reserving rooms online, the system is automated and it will show the full rate for the Campus Fee – as it has in the past.  The Campus Fee WILL be reduced and show correctly at the time you check out.  The reduction of the campus fee is a special concession for our group that the automated system doesn’t appear to adjust for at reservation time.

The Campus Fee includes the following:  trolley or van transportation on the campus grounds on regularly scheduled routes and at scheduled times, access to the WELL Spa + Fitness Center including fitness facility, locker room, sauna, steam room, lap pool and fitness classes, all local, credit card and toll-free telephone calls, Wi-Fi extending the entire lodge, overnight valet parking, two bottled waters per room per night, incoming fax messages and in-room coffee.  Subject to change without notice.

  • Reserve rooms – click on the link: Main Lodge
  • Reserve rooms – click on the link: Timber Ridge (Water Park)
  • If you would like to reserve by phone, please call GROUP RESERVATIONS at 262-248-8811 – If you call in a reservation please mention you are with the LIONS, or WISCONSIN LIONS so that the staff can locate the correct group in their system.

Clubs hosting hospitality rooms may contact PDG Sharon ( or 414-507-7161) to coordinate arrangements.

Journey of Service

Friday’s hospitality theme is a Jules Verne inspired Service Journey Around The World in 365 Days.  So grab your goggles, don your duster and hop on the 27-A1 hot air balloon and let’s see the impact our service has, locally and globally.

NEW THIS YEAR will be a Journey of Service breakfast on Saturday morning.  Join fellow Lions, Lioness, and Leos as we continue exploring service.  We will recognize the service of our fellow Lions at our Service in Memoriam being held in conjunction with the Journey of Service breakfast.  If your Club is welcoming family members to join in the Service in Memoriam, please note it will be held in the morning.

International Director Steven Thornton, of Ohio, provides our keynote address at lunch.  We’ll also be recognizing our 2020 District Peace Poster winner, along with recognizing the efforts of some special Lions in 27-A1.  Don’t forget to bring your bids!  The District Duck will make its appearance and 2nd Vice District Governor Larry Redlin will be entertaining all of your generous bids, which benefit our District Hearing program.

Saturday evening we gather with District Governor Deborah for our Celebration of Service banquet, featuring Club Excellence recognition and District Election Results.  All are welcome to attend this very special dinner!

For questions on the convention email

Program BookLions Nick Heiser (Elkhorn) and Sue Jones (Waterford) are reaching out to Clubs for program book advertisement opportunities.  Ads must be turned in by December 18th to Lion Nick at 

Service in Memoriam – We will recognize members who have passed away between January 1, 2019, and December 31, 2019. Clubs are asked to send in a photo of their deceased member to as soon as possible.

More information, including Convention Schedule and Seminars, will be coming in future emails.

PLEASE SHARE this information with all of your Club members.