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General Information

LIONS LEARNING RETREAT See you January 21-23, 2022


Due to the significant increase in COVID-19 cases across Tennessee, the 2022 Lions Learning Retreat has been rescheduled to April 1-3, and will still be held at the Manchester-Coffee County Conference Center. The MD VDG/DG-Elect training scheduled for this same weekend will be incorporated into the LLR agenda/facilities; PDG Cliff will be providing additional details at a later date.

LLR Treasurer Jim McFarland will be notifying all those who pre-registered for the LLR of this change, and will issue refunds upon request. Attendees are responsible for changing their own hotel reservations.

"We Serve Through Diversity"

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.

Download 2022 registration form in PDF format

You do NOT want to miss this! All of the LLRs have been great, but we have been waiting TWO WHOLE YEARS for this one. We have used the time wisely and have some very special things planned; a few that have never been tried, some that could lead to dancing. Here are some previews of the highlights. More information will be forthcoming as we get closer to 2022. But please do not wait. The 2022 LLR Registration Form is a separate document and needs to be sent in as soon as you can. There are substantial rewards in the form of discounts for the enthusiasm and passion to register now!

LLR Annual Basket Contest
We ask that each club bring a gift basket that represents the club, their community, or IP Alexander’s International Theme (Service from the Heart). 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 LLR.

NEW Hospitality Silent Auction We ask individuals or clubs to bring a small basket of goodies or homemade treats (examples follow) for friends to bid on. These delights will be available via a silent auction on Friday Evening with the hopes of providing an opportunity and excuse for Lion friends to gather, visit, and share. All proceeds will go to offset the cost of LLR. (Examples: a bottle of wine, homemade cookies or fudge, cheese and crackers).

Lions Pride Choir
Enjoy singing? Join the Lions Pride Choir. Practice Friday evening and perform Saturday evening and Sunday morning. It is great fun! Come join us.

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, For Veterans and their families:
• Tide with Bleach liquid (HE) laundry detergent, washing machine cleaner, • dishwasher cleaner, dishwasher detergent, • anti-bacterial wipes, • paper “only” plates, bowls, • disposable coffee cups with lids, • batteries (AA, AAA, C, & D), • packets of sugar, artificial sweeteners, salt, pepper, cooking spices, • Saran plastic wrap, Reynolds Non-stick Wrap, Zip Lock bags (Gallon size), Glad plastic food containers, • small folding umbrellas • postage stamps.
Homeless Student Closet:
• Shampoo • Conditioner • Lotion • Toothbrushes • Toothpaste • Dental Floss • Deodorant • Hair combs and Brushes
Childhood Cancer Patients
• Blankets • Hats • Inexpensive Toys (Dollar Store) • Activity Books (Dollar Store)
Bridge Homeless Program:
• Athletic Socks

Hotel Information

The LLR received Group Block of 47 Rooms at a special rate from the adjoining Holiday Inn Express The Special LLR rate is $105/night standard (not including taxes) based upon one or four people per room. With the current 18.25% tax that makes each night’s stay a total of $124.16. You will not be eligible for the LLR rate if you book on-line, and on-line reservations cannot be changed to the group rate by the hotel. Call 931-728-9383 and ask for LLR Rate before December 21, 2021.Our special LLR rate is ONLY available during the Autumn of 2021. On Winter Solstice, in this Northern Hemisphere of our World, December 21, 2021, any rooms not reserved will be released back into the Hotel Inventory and sold at the “best available rate,” which will certainly be higher than a room in our allotment.Check in is 4:00 pm. Check out is 11:00 am. Early arrivals and late check outs will be accommodated on a space availability basis and must be approved in advance by the General Manager.Guest Personal Items: The hotel is not responsible for guests’ personal items left in a guest room. Safe deposit boxes are provided at the front desk.Parking is available free on-site at both the Hotel and the Conference Center. Accommodations are the responsibility of individual Lions and are not included in your Registration Fees. The group rate is negotiated as a courtesy and an incentive to help Lions make the fabulous journey to the Lions Learning Retreat. We look forward to seeing you in Manchester come January!

Other hotels in the area: Sleep Inn & Suites 84 Relco Drive, Manchester, TN 931-954-0580 Comfort Suites 152 Hospitality Blvd, Manchester, TN 931-728-1301 Microtel Inn & Suites 201 Expressway Drive, Manchester, TN 931-723-7001 Red Roof Inn 126 Expressway Drive, Manchester, TN 931-728-7551 Ambassador Inn 925 Interstate Drive, Manchester, TN 931-728-2200 Best Value Inn 95 Expressway Drive, Manchester, TN 931-728-5177 Budget Inn Motel 2029 Hillsboro Blvd, Manchester, TN 931-728-3118 Hampton Inn Motel 33 Paradise Street, Manchester, TN 931-728-3300 Motel 6 2430 Hillsboro Blvd, Manchester, TN 931-728-

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


Cliff Swoape, chair

                                    "Keep up the good work, fellow Lions."


To Be Announced

Note: All times Central Time Zone

Friday Night - Fellowship, fun, & food in Pride Hall.
• Get Acquainted “Bingo” is a tradition
• Pin Traders on hand
• Delicious Buffet Supper
• Hospitality Basket silent auction
• Special Entertainment

Saturday - All events begin at 12 minutes after the hour, starting at 08:12 with a Welcome, Info and Keynote session. Vendors & Information will ABOUND! Each room will host a track to focus topics.
• Pride Hall – Meals & Memories (limited times)
• Mel’s Garage – The nuts & bolts of
• Our Bridge – Understanding to better Serve
• Lion’s Heart – The five Lions service pillars
• A Spire – Skills for success
• The Exchange – A Facilitated Round Table where
you pick the topics and help give the answers.

Sunday Morning – A special Our World Service that shows there is more that unites us than divides us. A unifying message will be given by representatives of Christianity, Judaism, Hindu, Buddhism, Islam, and more if we can. The LLR Choir will be joined by special guests to make this a once in a lifetime experience to uplift us all when we need it most. We will hear from special speakers and share a fabulous brunch.

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

Keynote Speakers


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


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."


Recent Photos are on Facebook Page

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                                    "Great location-Food good-People Pleasant."


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