"Please keep up the great work. All states need this."

General Information


Lions Learning Retreat Mission:
To offer a weekend retreat designed to provide individual Lions with tools to use in their local clubs to enhance and improve their opportunities to succeed in serving their communities and Lions Clubs International.

Thanks to the MD-12 Council of Governors for their support of the Lions Learning Retreat.

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The Manchester-Coffee County Conference Center has become the long-term home of this event and we appreciate the great facilities and service. The volunteer presenters and speakers who will provide the leadership and instruction for the weekend are ready to make sure you have the best possible experience. We hope you will be invigorated and encouraged and that you take home new tools to enrich your service. Thank you for being a part of the future of Lions in Tennessee.


The LLR collects needed items for Fisher House, Blessings In a Basket (weekend meals for elementary school children), and Teen Homeless Closet.

Board of Directors

• July 1, 2016 - June 30, 2019: Eileen Laura, Ann Young, Susie Davenport
• July 1, 2017 - June 30, 2020: Gary Laura, BJ Blankenship, Jim McFarland
• July 1, 2018 - June 30, 2021: Clare Crawford, Jill Smelzer, Thom Wilson

Hotel Information

Rooms are on hold at the adjoining Holiday Inn Express, 111 Hospitality Blvd, Manchester Tennessee 37355 until December 20, 2019. Rates are $104.00 per night standard (not including taxes) based upon one or two people per room. Room reservation can be made at: 1-931-728-9383 Ask for the Lions' rate.

Many Lions Districts in Tennessee run promotional rates and arrangements to come to the Tennessee Lions Learning Retreat. Check with your District LLR Chair or District Governor for more information about how your District supports members.

                                    "All seemed organized and well presented."

Steering Committee


Sheila Chesanow, Chair

                                    "Keep up the good work, fellow Lions."


To Be Announced

Note: All times Central Time Zone

                                    "Loved learning from leaders to apply in Lions and Life."

Keynote Speakers


PID Bruce Beck

PID Jerome Thompson

                                    "Enjoyed all the presenters and their programs. Nice variety."


A sampling of the seminars planned: Service including: Childhood Cancer, Diabetes, Environment, Hunger, Vision, Strengthen Membership through Diversity, Grants, Leadership, MY Lion, Certification for Kid Sight (self training module), GAT at the Club Level, Marketing and Communication, New Member Orientation, Secretary Training, Treasurer Training, President Training and more.

Annual Basket Contest: We asked each club to bring a gift basket that represents the club, their community, or IP Jung-Yul Choi –“We Serve Through Diversity “ international theme. Suggested price of the basket: $25-$50. The baskets will be auctioned off on Saturday night with all proceeds going to offset the cost of the LLR.

Lions Pride Choir: Enjoy singing? Join the Lions Pride Choir. Practice Friday evening and perform Saturday evening and Sunday morning.

First Timers Event: First time to Retreat? You can look forward to a special seminar Friday evening at 6:00 pm.

Seminars offered twice are indicated with an asterisk [*].Light yellow background indicates double-session seminar.

                                    "Group participation/interactive seminars are great."


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                                    "Great location-Food good-People Pleasant."


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