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WHERE THERE’S A NEED, THERE’S A LION | SEPTEMBER/OCTOBER 2021 | wisconsinlions.org

A Successful Year of Service at Lions Clubs International’s First Virtual Convention Nearly 20,000 Lions from 152 countries attended the 103rd annual Lions Clubs International Convention, which was held virtually for the first time on June 25-29. This convention, often referred to as LCICon, is the largest Lions event of the year and a time to celebrate the past year’s humanitarian service efforts. From July 1, 2020, through June 30, 2021, more than 375 million people were helped thanks to the service and support provided by Lions all over the world. Additionally, the Lions Clubs International Foundation (LCIF) provided more than $33.5 million in grant funding during the 2020-2021 year to support the compassionate works of Lions who are addressing the needs of their communities both locally and globally. In the two months prior to the international convention, Lions celebrated the best way they know how – through service. Lions participated in the One Million Meal Challenge, a global service project to help curb the world hunger crisis.

Lions took on the challenge to feed more than 1 million people by LCICon 2021. We’re happy to say that Lions went above and beyond to help those impacted by the hunger crisis.

Through the spirit of service, 4,700 Lions clubs in more than 110 countries far surpassed the million meals goal by providing more than 8.3 million meals to help curb the world hunger crisis Due to its virtual nature, the excitement LCICon reached many new members, all from the safety of their homes. Highlights included worldclass entertainment from musicians, artists and performers from around the globe, and a Parade of Nations that represents the more than 200 countries and STATEWIDE ARTICLES: geographic areas where Lions clubs International’s First Virtual Convention. . . . . . . . . . . . . 1 are found. Engaging seminars and an USA/Canada Lions Leadership Forum. . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2 inspiring address from Nobel Peace Meet the New International President. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2 Prize Laureate and activist, Malala Virtual International Convention Watch Party . . . . . . . 3 Yousafzai, inspired Lions to continue Holly’s Hope - A Journey to Brightness. . . . . . . . . . . . . . 4 their humanitarian service. Wisconsin Lions Receive Grant for Videos. . . . . . . . . . . 4 Meeting Lions from all over the Council of Governors are Off to a Great Start. . . . . . . . . 5 world and coming together to share Waupaca Lions to Host Bonspiel . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 5 ideas and stories are some of the Wisconsin Lions Centennial Celebration. . . . . . . . . . . . 7 Research and Long-Range Planning Committee. . . . 32 International Youth Camp & Exchange Program. . . . 32

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top reasons why Lions attend the convention. “Keeping communities safe was our number one priority, and this pandemic challenged us to find innovative ways to adapt our in-person convention to a global virtual event,” said Frank Moore, Former Executive Administrator for Lions Clubs International. “As a result, we have expanded the ways we stay connected, collaborate and engage in our global mission of service.” Lions Clubs International President, Dr. Jung Yul-Choi, who was elected in 2019 and continued to serve as the international president throughout the COVID-19 pandemic, stated, “Despite all the obstacles and hardship that the world has faced during this unprecedented year, our Lions were there – safely serving our communities in their time of greatest need. I am honored to have served as international president, and Lions have truly shown what can happen when we serve in kindness and celebrate our diversity.” Dr. Jung Yul-Choi will go on to serve as the LCIF chairperson for the 2021-2022 year. During LCICon, Lions Clubs International First Vice President, Douglas X. Alexander, was elected to serve as the new international president for the organization. A retired vice president for J.P. Morgan Chase Bank, Alexander has been a member of the Brooklyn Bedford Stuyvesant Lions Club since 1984 and held many offices within the association, including district governor and international director.

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CONTINUED FROM PAGE 1 In addition to recognizing Lions who have gone above and beyond to serve their communities, Lions honored Professor Choi Youngsick with the Lions Humanitarian Award, the highest honor of the association that is given to an individual or an organization for exemplary humanitarian efforts. Professor Choi Youngsik of Busan, South Korea received this prestigious award for his life-long dedication and significant contributions to education, medical innovation and research, and his commitment to volunteerism and helping others in need. While there was much to celebrate at the 103rd Lions Clubs International Convention, Lions are thinking about the future. As the world continues to focus on meeting the challenges posed by the COVID-19 pandemic, Lions are ready to serve – where there is a need, there is a Lion.

USA/Canada Lions Leadership Forum BY IPDG TAMMY ROCKENBACH

The Forum will be held in Des Moines, Iowa on September 9-11. This is one of the closest forums, please make plans to attend. Opening Thursday night, we will hear the Talents of Young People. There will be a parade of flag ceremony. These Young People will also inspire and entertain the attendees. Friday lunch, we will hear from Jessica Cox. Her motivating speech is “Possible Thinking”. Jessica was born without arms, but that has not stopped her. She flies planes and drives cars using her feet in place of hands. We will hear from International President Douglas Alexander at the Saturday lunch. IP Doug is from New York. Saturday evening event is with Michelle Ray. Michelle is a very entertaining and motivating speaker and has presented at two other forums. Her new book will be out in September and is titled “Leading in Real Time, How to Drive Success in a Radically Changing World”. During the 2½ days of the forum, you will have opportunities to attend 70 seminars. But even more importantly, we have time to network with other Lions, many of which we only met virtually this year.

Meet the New International President Lions Clubs International, the world’s largest service organization, elected Douglas X. Alexander as the organization’s international president for its 2021-2022 year during its 103rd International Convention this summer. A retired vice president for J.P. Morgan Chase Bank, President Alexander will focus on building global membership, increasing service impact in the communities we serve, and supporting the final year of Campaign 100, the Lions Clubs International Foundation campaign to raise US$300 million. “We have a vision to make a better world for all people, and that vision begins with us at home in our communities,” said President Alexander. “I am looking forward to encouraging our 1.4 million Lions around the world to show what we can achieve through service from the heart.” President Alexander’s message for the year is “Service from the Heart,” which is a call for Lions and people around the world to live out the service in their hearts.

To register please go to lionsforum.org.

MD27 Global Leadership Team invites Lions to Attend the Path to Leadership Workshop (Club, District or Multiple) October 15, 16 & 17th – Holiday Inn, Stevens Point Register to attend by emailing the Wisconsin Lions State Office at md27@wisconsinlions.org by Oct. 1st. Attendees must make their own Hotel reservations by Oct. 1st.

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A member of the Brooklyn Bedford Stuyvesant Lions Club since 1984, he has held many offices within the association, including club president, zone chair, region chair, vice district governor, district governor, cabinet secretar y, cabinet treasurer and DGE group leader. He also served as a Lions Eye Bank transporter, a member of the District and Multiple District PDG Association, a trustee of the New York State and Bermuda Lions Foundation and was appointed

Newly elected Lions Clubs International First Vice President, Douglas X. Alexander. as the Lions representative to UNICEF-New York from 20122014. He has served on the USA/ Canada Lions Leadership Forum Planning and Host Committees and has been a presenter at several USA/Canada Forums. In recognition of his service to the association, he has received numerous awards including the club Lion of the Year, Club President’s Award, the Robert J. Uplinger Service Award, several District Governor Appreciation Awards and the Multiple District Membership Growth Award. He is also the recipient of numerous I n t e r n a t i o n a l P re s i d e n t ’s Certificates of Appreciation, seven International President’s Awards and the Ambassador of Good Will Award, the highest honor the association bestows upon its members. He is a Dr. Franklin G. Mason Fellow, a W. P. Woods Fellow and a progressive Melvin Jones Fellow. In addition to his Lions activities, President Alexander is active in numerous professional and community organizations. He has served as chairperson of the advisory board for the New York Urban League and as a board member of the St. Francis DeSales School for the Deaf. He is also a recipient of the Congressional Record Award. President Alexander has two daughters, and his partner in service, Shabiki Cazabon, is a Lion and a Progressive Melvin Jones Fellow.


2020-2021 Governors attend Virtual International Convention Watch Party

BY IPCC GERI SCHLENDER

COVID presented a considerable number of challenges, one of them being the cancellation of Lions International Convention in Montreal. Due to that cancellation the International Convention went virtual as many of us have had to do this past year. The 2020-2021 Council of Governors wasn’t going to let that deter them from holding a watch party during the scheduled Virtual Convention. We called it the Lions International Virtual On-site Convention. It was held in Stevens Point and began on June 25th ending on the afternoon of the 28th. It was a weekend filled with all the excitement Virtual LCICon had to offer from celebrating service with Lions from around the world to hearing world class speakers and informative seminars. After the seminar on Membership, our Endorsed Candidate for International Director, PDG Lee Vrieze led a lively discussion on the Global Membership Approach. PID Connie LeCleir-Meyer also shared words of wisdom with the group on Friday Evening. The evening ended with a few games of Convention Bingo. The weekend event also included a service project. The entire group tied blankets for children with cancer, to be presented in Marshfield when the Lions Healing Center is completed. Somehow, we still found time to include a Brewery Tour at the Central Waters Brewery in Amherst on Sunday afternoon. It goes without saying that we relished the opportunity to experience the Virtual Convention together which included great food, fun games and a few surprises. Every day of the watch party Governors and their partners in service felt more connected and truly appreciated the opportunity to share and reflect on the past year while enjoying

District Governors and their partners in service.

the fellowship of one another. Hubert H. Humphrey once said “The greatest gift of life is friendship…” and this group of Lions I can

Endorsed International Candidate, PDG Lee Vrieze

say have all received it. The 2020-2021 Council of Governors have developed memories and friendships that will last a lifetime.

DG Bob Bertch, DG Ronda Bierbrauer and DG Steve Jensen

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Holly’s Hope - A Journey to Brightness BY LION JENNY REIDY, MUSKEGO LIONS CLUB (A2)

Drug addiction and overdose deaths affect everyone; family, friends and neighbors. A lot of people are still in denial. By saying “My child is on the honor roll, involved in sports, involved in their church and community” does not mean you are immune to this epidemic. I said those same words. I am Lion Jenny Reidy, 11 years ago I lost my daughter, Holly, from a drug overdose. Since the loss of Holly, my goal has been to wake people up – parents and children, HOW DO YOU SAVE ONE LIFE? How do you have a community come together for a drug awareness program? YOU create an event that is about THEM, I said, YOU! We’re here to celebrate you! Life, love and memories! We started our event with Lions Ed and Kirsten Hastings who created a memory board. On small cards people wrote and attached thoughts, memories and prayers. It will be added to in future years. Lion Debbie Jacobus and my daughter, Crystal Giles, set up lighting in the middle of the park, while Lion Ann Wissing arranged a table with drug pamphlets and flyers. I opened the

event welcoming everyone and briefly told Holly’s story. I was followed by Pastor Peter Panitzke from St. Paul’s Lutheran Church who began the evening with a prayer and his own personal reflections with Holly. Officer Shawn Diedrich, our community K9 officer, and his K9 partner, Sirius, talked to the audience about drugs in Muskego and recent events affecting our communities. The Muskego Police Department has always been a supportive partner of the Muskego Lions Club and Holly’s Hope. In between our guest speakers, we had a two- piece band, Andrew Lynch and Michael Sean, who entertained us with great music. At 9:00pm Shelly Kingan led our group to the middle of the park to open and light their lanterns. The night air was filled with these beautiful lit lanterns against the night sky. It was a beautiful and exciting event. This was our Club’s “Journey to Brightness.” As we continue drug awareness . . . celebrate, honor and reflect on the smiles, love and memories. We look forward to 2022, and our 2nd annual celebration.

Wisconsin Lions Receive Grant for Videos on “Why Be a Lion” & “How Lions Serve”

BY DG BJ BLAHNIK (B1)

Every day, Lions and Lions Clubs continue to serve our communities in many ways. I like to think about the ways our organizations serve as related to a menu at a great restaurant. There are so many options to choose from and whatever option you choose, the time is fulfilling. For many years, the only way someone would know whom the Lions were and how we serve, was by word-of-mouth. It is time to change that. It is time to begin to visibly show the great causes we promote to everyone. We will do this through using short videos along side our other marketing efforts. A Centennial Committee was created to showcase the Lions Clubs impact during the past 100 years. This began with a magazine highlighting our efforts over this past century, that was distributed at the 2021 MD27 State Convention in Green Bay and will be available

for purchase during this year of celebration. While preparing for the kickoff of our Centennial Celebration, a grant was submitted to Lions Clubs International (LCI) for up to $15,000 towards the creation of promotional videos relating to how the Wisconsin Lions serve and why someone would want to become a Lion. This grant was approved and with the collaboration of Salty Earth Pictures, in Fort Atkinson, the recording began with the focus on who we are and how we help. While you are reading this article, begin thinking about some of your favorite projects. There are so many. The idea is to capture the highlights and for the five videos,

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to tell a short story. This way, when you meet someone and they ask what the Lions do, every person can say, “may I recommend a video for you to see or listen to?”. I like to think these videos are like tools in your toolbox. It may start with a conversation then lead to more discussion which allows the videos to capture their hearts. It is so important for people around the world to know that Lions and Lions Clubs are here to help. We are your neighbors, your friends, and your family, striving to make a difference for someone you may never know. Just know they

say thank you. They may be saying thank you because their child now has a pair of glasses to participate better and learn more in school. They may be saying thank you for helping restore mother earth to being as beautiful as she can be. They may be saying thanks for the food on their table or the research towards diabetes awareness as well as the research towards pediatric cancer to provide a child the full life they deserve. There are many things to be grateful for and for myself, I am grateful to be a Lion and help make the world be a better place. It is truly a great day to be a Lion!

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The 2021-2022 Governors have hit the ground running. They held their first Council of Governors meeting of the year July 24th at the Hotel Mead in Wisconsin Rapids, they have held their first District Cabinet meetings, started visiting clubs in their districts and many are already in the planning stages of their District Convention and the State Convention. Many may not know that your District Governor also has responsibilities at the Multiple District level monitoring and reporting on what is happening in the different State Committee meetings, holding the position of Council Treasurer, Council Secretary, Council Tail Twister and Council Chaplain. There is also District Governor on each board of directors for the Wisconsin Lions Foundation, Lions Eye Bank, Lions Pride, Birch-Sturm Fund. The USA/Canada Leadership Forum will be held this year September 9-11 in Des Moines, Iowa. We hope that many of you will take the opportunity to attend this year to meet new Lions and participate in one of the best leadership training sessions around. The Council of Governors and I will be attending this year as a team and are looking forward to increasing our leadership skills. I know that the Lions of Wisconsin have also been very busy this year with fundraisers and service projects. Please be sure to report them all on the MyLCI website and send photos with a short story about the activity to your District Editor so that all you do can be shared with the rest of the Lions of Wisconsin. Your club might give another club an idea for a service project or fundraiser that they hadn’t thought of before. Toot your Horn in your own communities, let people know who the Lions are and what our Motto is “WE SERVE”! Shout it from the roof tops Lions! We are one of the largest volunteer organizations in the world. And yet many people don’t know who the Lions are or what we do.

“Those who are happiest are those who do the most for others” – Booker T. Washington

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The 2022 State Lions Bonspiel will be returning to the Waupaca Curling Club and hosted by the Waupaca Lions. There is a 32 team limit and entry is on a first come, first served basis. Besides curling there will be fellowship, raffles, food (Saturday and Sunday breakfast and lunch included), beverages, and a Saturday evening banquet. Entry deadline is December 17, 2021. Housing is available at 3 locations in town. There are blocks of rooms reserved for us at the Econolodge ($65 per night), Ramada ($89 per night), and Comfort Suites Hotels ($99 per night). To guarantee housing please get your room reservations in as soon as possible. These prices are guaranteed until 12/07/21. Check entry form in this edition of The Wisconsin Lion for contact information. The Waupaca Lions look forward to seeing the many regular curlers along with new curlers. Remember, curling is the most fun you can have with a broom.

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Wisconsin Lion (USPS No. 688-740) is published 6 times a year for the 17,500 Lions of Wisconsin at 3834 County Road A, Rosholt, WI 54473. Periodical postage paid at Rosholt, WI and additional mailing offices. POSTMASTER: Send form 3579 with new address to: 3834 County Road A Rosholt, WI 54473. DEADLINE: 1st of preceding month. EDITORIAL BOARD DG Bill Clausius. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Chair 1st VDG Bert Freeman. . . . Vice Chair Geri Schlender. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . GLT Greg Pryor. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . GST Dan Montaine . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . GMT Evett Hartvig. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . WLF Michele Brooks . . . . . . . . . . . . . . LEBW DISTRICT EDITORS A1. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . a1@wilions.org A2. . . . . . . . . . 27a2editor@gmail.com B1. . . . . . . . fredgebhart@yahoo.com B2. . . . . . . . . . . . . 27b2pr@gmail.com C1. . . . . . . . . c1lionnews@gmail.com C2. . . . sanderson.cherie@gmail.com D1. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . pr@lions27d1.org D2. . WILions27D2News@gmail.com E1. . . . . . . . barb.dulmes@gmail.com E2. . . . . . . . chamaca@frontiernet.net STORY SUBMISSIONS Articles and events (accompanied by photos of Lions in action) should explain the successful completion of a project or fundraising activity and should be submitted to that Club’s District Editor. Include a mailing address, daytime phone and e-mail of the person submitting the story. Submission guidelines at: wisconsinlions.org/wisconsin-lion/ Statewide content can be submitted to DG Bill Clausius at bclausius@gmail.com. Recognition for Melvin Jones, Birch-Sturm, Knight of Sight & Ray Hempel awards should be submitted to the State Editor at jen@jennifercreative.com. ADVERTISING & SUBSCRIPTION OFFICES: Subscriptions: $10/ yr. Contact the State Office for details. CHANGE OF MAIL/EMAIL ADDRESS Contact your Club Secretary AND the State Office at md27@ wisconsinlions.org with updates to your mailing and/or email address.

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OUR MISSION To empower volunteers to serve their communities, meet humanitarian needs, encourage peace and promote international understanding through Lions clubs. OUR VISION To be the global leader in community and humanitarian service.

MD27 CONTACTS COUNCIL CHAIR: Stacey Nesseth 560 W. Kinne Ellsworth, WI 54011 715-307-1954 jaynesseth@gmail.com IMMEDIATE PAST INTERNATIONAL DIRECTOR: Connie LeCleir-Meyer (Michael) N971 910th St Mondovi, WI 54755 507-450-9739 clecleir@wwt.net STATE OFFICE: Amber Young, Office Manager 3834 County Rd A Rosholt, WI 54473 715-677-4764 md27@wisconsinlions.org LIONS EYE BANK OF WISCONSIN: Stacey Troha, CEO 5003 Tradewinds Parkway Madison, WI 53718 608-233-2354 info@lebw.org WISCONSIN LIONS FOUNDATION OFFICE: Evett J. Hartvig, Executive Director 3834 County Road A Rosholt, WI 54473 877-463-6953 ehartvig@wlf. info LIONS PRIDE ENDOWMENT FUND OFFICE: 3834 County Road A Rosholt, WI 54473 715-677-7000 prideoffice@lionspride.org

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Wisconsin Lions Centennial Celebration 2021/2022: Wisconsin’s Fifth Lions Club The Wisconsin Lions Centennial Committee submitted a budget for the 2021-2022 Lionistic year, which was approved at the 7-24-2021 Council of Governors meeting at the Mead Hotel in Wisconsin Rapids. At this COG meeting we put out a plea to have our Lions Clubs send to 1st VDG David Stedman tubabuzz@charter.net or myself, PDG Dave Sievert ddsievert@gmail.com Service Project photos in a Jpeg format. These photos will be used for a pull-up banner “We Serve” to be displayed at each respective District Convention. At the end of the District convention their Pull-up banner will be left with that district to be used at Cabinet meetings etc. An extra strong plea was made for the first three District Conventions, C1 October 8-9, B2 November 5-6 & B1 November 1214. A current number of clubs and pictures that have been submitted to date was shared with each District Governor. The Centennial Committee also has asked each District to consider additional display space for the Pull-up banners and tables for the display of memorabilia and the sale of the Centennial magazines. The Centennial committee also has available the 4’ by 10’ Wisconsin Lions Centennial banner that was used at the Green Bay State Convention, for your District Conventions. It has Grommets for hanging on a wall or on a balcony. It has no dates on it, so it is able to be used for the next year. If your District Convention uses the Flag set from the State office, you will also find that the Centennial Flag and stand will also be available. The Centennial committee will be represented at each of the Conventions and if time will allow, will be able to show one or more of the videos that are being developed by Salty Earth Pictures. The Videos “Why a Lion” and “Lions Camp” are done and

will be posted on the Wisconsin Lions Web site. The Video “Lions Projects” is being done as we speak. We have submitted to LCI PR our grant report and asked for an extension till fall as Salty Earth was slowed by Covid 19 with interviews. Centennial PR Chair, PID Connie has received confirmation from LCIF PR, that the Board has approved an extension till the end of September, 2021. At this Council of Governors meeting, the District Governors received a supply of the 20212022 State pins, which are the Wisconsin Lions Centennial Pin. All indications are there is a huge demand for them, so get yours soon.

Fond du Lac Lions Club becomes the fifth Lions club chartered in Wisconsin January 1922 a small group of civic minded men came together and decided to make application to organize as the Fond du Lac Lions Club. The Charter application was approved February 15, 1922. The 25 Charter members held their Charter night at a local Supper Club on June 22, 1922. The Charter President was Judge Lawson Lurvey and Secretary A.M. Langle. In the first 50 years the Fond du Lac Lions had hosted three Multiple District Conventions, the third in 1956. This particular convention was historic because the resolution was passed to foster and perpetuate the “Lions Blind Camp” at Rosholt, Wisconsin, now known as Wisconsin Lions Camp. Through the years the Fond du Lac club produced Lions that held

leadership roles beyond the club level: PID Art Marsden, PDG Orvin Doede, PDG Tom Clausen and PDG Gary Colton. Because they sponsored the Fond du Lac Evening Lions Club, it was decided to rename the original Fond du Lac Lions Club as the Fond du Lac Noon Lions Club. They also sponsored the Eden Lions Club in 1960. In 1924 the Fond du Lac Lions formed the Fond du Lac Lionettes, “The Women behind the Men”. This Group of ladies worked side by side with the men for 60 years as Lionettes. In 1985 when the Lioness was being formed, this group reformed as the Fond du Lac Lioness, and are operating till July 1, 2021. This gives them the distinction of being the oldest Lioness Club in the World. They did not have enough members to be able to charter as a LionessLions Club, however 8 of their

members have joined the Fond du Lac Evening Lions Club as of July 2021. Unfortunately, the Fond du Lac Noon Lions Club could not maintain their membership and service, and the decision to cancel their Charter on June 29, 2006.

CORRECTION: In our July/August issue, we omitted the name of the Sheyboygan Evening Lion PDG Herb Schneider who was recognized with a LCI Ambassador Key award for sponsoring 150 members into Lions. We apologize for the oversight and extend an extra congratulations to the Sheboygan Evening Lions Club!

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It’s Been a Summer of Successful Events! BY LION DARREL BLANK, PRESIDENT, WISCONSIN LIONS FOUNDATION

Here it is September already. Where has the summer gone? I’m sure everyone has been busy doing “normal” things again. It sure is nice being able to do the things we were prevented from doing last year. The Birch-Sturm Golf Outing was a huge success again this year. The weather was fantastic, the golf course was in great shape, and a good time was had by all. It was great to see some of the familiar faces from previous years, along with some new ones. Now we can look forward to next year’s event. The Hustle S’more was held on August 14th. The Lions Camp for Kids Raffle drawing is being held on September 10th at 1:30 p.m. I hope everyone purchased their raffle tickets for the top prize of $2,500, along with other all cash prizes.

September also brings hunting season and the collection of deer hides. All of the lucky hunters should donate their deer hides to Lions Camp. You can find a donation drop off site on the WLF website. If you are in charge of a drop off site, please check out the WLF website to see if your location is listed. If your site is not listed, please contact the WLF Office and let them know that it needs to be added. If you know of a drop off site that is no longer used, contact the WLF Office and let them know that it needs to be removed.

Lions Pride Endowment Fund

Please remember to collect us ed e ye g lass e s. With the lo os ening of restrictions, more eyeglass missions will be done and we need to have the glasses to hand out on the missions. If you have glasses to turn in, you can contact the WLF Director in your District. You can also bring them to your convention, the WLF van will be at all of the District Conventions to collect your glasses. Speaking of conventions, autumn brings the start of the District Conventions, starting with C1’s Convention in October. I look forward to see many of you at your District Convention. Remember to include the WLF Directors in your District as speakers at your club meetings. The directors are a resource for you to use at the club level. Educate your members about the five statewide projects that WLF runs. The projects include Wisconsin Lions Camp, Vision Screening, Eyeglass Recycling, Diabetes Awareness, and Hearing Aid Program. And, it’s never too late to send your donations in to the WLF Office.

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Lions Pride Continues Its Success Story BY LPEF PRESIDENT PID LION WAYNE HEIMAN

This year’s June 12, 2021 Lions Pride Clay Shoot was the most successful of all held to date. There were a record number of 160 shooters. A record amount of funds were netted that day - over $40,000! A big thanks to outgoing Lions Pride Endowment Fund Executive Director Geri Schlender for all the hours of prep work and coordinating that day to make the Clay Shoot the success that it was. Thank you to all the volunteers; we hope you will return next year. We look forward to the shooters joining us again next year for the 14th Pride Endowment Clay Shoot on Saturday June 11, 2022 to be held at Milford Hills in Johnson Creek. Since its beginning in 2008

Gary Johnston. Lion Renee Peterson is our new Board Treasurer. Thank you to Past District Governor Greg Pryor for serving as Interim Treasurer as Lion Charlie Kolb retired from that role. We thank Charlie for all his years of service as Treasurer and strong support of LPEF. David Carl continues as our Vice President and PID Art Marson continues as our Board Secretary. With the LPEF scaling back and with Executive Director the Lions Pride Shoot has netted over $410,000 for the Lions Pride Endowment Fund. At our July 16, 2021 LPEF Board meeting, Lions Pride welcomed Wisconsin Lions Foundation Rep to the Board WLF Director David Abstetar and Council of Governor’s Rep District Governor

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Geri Schlender retiring, Amber Young has accepted the parttime role as Administrative Associate for Lions Pride. Our contact information otherwise remains the same, as we look for ward to our continued success in growing our fund beyond our $10 million goal achieved at the May 2021 Wisconsin Lions State Convention—to continue to provide financial support to our Wisconsin Lions Foundation. Lions Pride Endowment of Wisconsin, Inc. Annual Meeting Notice Wednesday, October 6, 1pm Wisconsin Lions Foundation Office • All are welcome, but RSVPs are required to prideoffice@lionspride.org by Friday October 1, 2021.


Lions Eye Bank of Wisconsin

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Healing Help from Hobie Karen Gerner was only 13 years old when she had her first corneal transplant at Madison General Hospital in 1969. The surgery, performed by Dr. John V. Berger Jr.'s skillful hands was a success, but Karen would spend the next 17 days in the hospital lying quietly, healing from her surgery. While in the hospital, Karen received a visit from an unexpected new friend, Hobie, a homemade doll. The notecard attached to Hobie read, "Dear Karen, this is Hobie. He came to Omro on a train last week and did not know this was the last stop. So, he is pretty lonesome. Maybe you can keep him company. We are glad to hear you are getting along so well. Everyone says to say "hi" to you. We will see you when you get home. Love, Eileen." Hobie instantly became part of Karen's heart, helping her heal – a feeling that Hobie was an attachment to back home. As years passed, Hobie was never placed away in a box but always had a place to sit near a window. However, time had erased the memory of who had provided this Dear Hobo. Recently, while

Pictured: Dorothy (mom), Eileen P., Karen Neuman

Eileen P. and Hobie cleaning out her storage room, Karen found the "Hobie" notecard and felt compelled to reach out to Eileen. Karen's mother, Dorothy, had been friends with Eileen for more than 60 years, although Karen hadn't seen Eileen in many years. So, with Hobie in hand, Karen decided to stop by for a visit. Eileen, who is now 94 years old, laughed as she read the card written 52 years earlier. "I wonder what people thought?" Eileen said. "Most people get a doll or stuffed

2020 District Level Knight and Gift of Sight Awards We are excited to share with you the 2020-2021 district level LEBW Knight of Sight and Gift of Sight Award recipients: KNIGHT OF SIGHT: Tammy Rockenbach, D1 GIFT OF SIGHT: Don Drew, A1 GIFT OF SIGHT: Eric Zingler, D2 GIFT OF SIGHT: Ronda Bierbrauer, E2 Each year, all ten districts in Wisconsin establish goals for financial contributions given to LEBW. District Governors are responsible for encouraging clubs within their district to make contributions throughout the year. If the district meets its goal, the District Governor is awarded either a Knight or Gift of Sight Fellowship award at the LEBW annual meeting. LEBW is grateful for the continued support from all Wisconsin Lions Clubs who help give the gift of sight. A very special thank you to PDG Tammy Rockenbach for her personal contribution of $2,600+ to bring D1 up to their 2020-2021 Knight of Sight goal.

animal, but you got a hobo." Eileen then explained that as a child, she had a friend whose father worked at the train depot, and Eileen, along with a couple of her childhood friends, loved to stop down at the train station and visit with the hoboes. "They always had interesting stories to tell, and there was much laughter. So, I guess that when I saw this hobo, it made me think of how much fun we had listening to those stories." I told Eileen how much Hobie had meant to me when I received him at the hospital and how his presence made me feel the love of those back home. The days Hobie and I spent in the hospital are still filled with memories of

loving care from my family and doctors, nurses, staff members, relatives, friends, and neighbors. The year 1969 is filled with grateful memories and thankfulness. I also recently learned that the Larsen/ Winchester Lions Club built a ramp for Eileen. I was not aware of the role Lions Eye Bank of Wisconsin and Wisconsin Lions had when I was 13. Years later, I would learn just how much these two organizations are involved in all aspects of providing for this gift of sight and serving their communities, and for that, I will forever be grateful.

Virtual LEBW Transporter Trainings/Updates Saturday, August 14, 10am Tuesday, August 31, 1am Thursday, September 9, 8:30am Saturday, September 25, 10am • RSVP to Kasey Schmitz at kschmitz@lebw.org

2021 Lions Legacy of Sight LEBW is honored to announce the third annual Lions Legacy of Sight Award recipient, Cheryl Stedman. The posthumous award will be presented to Cheryl’s husband, David. Cheryl was a kidney recipient, LEBW Transporter and volunteer, Jefferson Lions Club member and first female club president, UW Organ & Tissue Donation volunteer, Restoring Hope Transplant House supporter, and National Kidney Foundation of Wisconsin advocate. When Cheryl was diagnosed with lupus in 1989, it did not keep her from doing the things she loved; instead, it took her in another direction of service to her community. Cheryl and her husband, David, promoted kidney disease education and organ, eye, and tissue donation and participated in various fun runs/walks and events to raise awareness. LEBW is forever grateful to Cheryl for her impact on our community and the beautiful legacy she leaves behind.

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27-A1 NEWS

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EDITOR: Patti Hurtgen | 600 W Blackhawk Dr. Apt 4 | Fort Atkinson,WI 53538 | 414-525-1962 | a1@wilions.org

DISTRICT 27-A1 DIABETES CHAIR, LION ALEX SALISOTT, IS PLEASED TO ANNOUNCE A $5,000 GRANT TO THE WISCONSIN LIONS CAMP (WLF).The grant is intended to facilitate a change in the operation of the Diabetes camps. This summer the camps will be run without assistance from an outside organization. “Diabetes is on the increase. Lions can improve that situation through our awareness programs”, said Lion Alex. Pictured: WLF Executive Director, Evett Hartvig and WLF Director, Tracy De Angelis

DISTRICT 27-A1 GOLF IS BACK! Hosted by Fort Atkinson Lions, the event brought together over 90 golfers, organizers, and Lions supporters on July 15, at Koshkonong Mounds County Club. Golfers were welcomed by event chairperson Lion Trish Jonas and were given instructions by KMCC General Manager Lion Matt Reel. The winning golf team was Todd Willkomm, Bill Roberts, Greg Keating, and Gib Benoy from Fort Atkinson with a score of 51. Their prize included lionhead golf club covers and bottles of wine. The Fort Atkinson Lions Club will contribute a percentage of the net proceeds to the Lions Camp in Rosholt. The Club appreciates the support of the 56 golfers, from local businesses, and for the many hours Lions members contributed to make the event a success.

Lions Larry Redlin, Dave Stedman, Patt Goerke, Patti Redlin

THE WALES GENESEE LIONS CLUB p  lanted a beautiful Autumn Blaze Maple tree at the Genesee Sunset Park on June 30th to honor the Wisconsin Lions Centennial. A plaque recognizing the donation and occasion will be placed in the coming weeks. Lion Buzz Elwood, who is the owner of the Genesee Nursery, assisted with delivery and planting the tree along with Lion Aaron Pranger. The Town of Genesee Chairman, Ms. Sharon Leair, also attended the tree planting to commemorate the occasion. A news story recognizing the Wales Genesee Lions donation will be published in the town newsletter. Pictured are Lions Jeff Schmittinger, Karen Chadwick, Buzz Elwood and Aaron Pranger

HOLLY’S HOPE LANTERN RELEASE – Lion Jenny Reidy lost her daughter to a drug overdose 11 years ago. The group wrote thoughts, memories and prayers on small cards and attached them to lanterns that were released into the night air. This was the Muskego Club’s “Journey to Brightness” as we continue drug awareness. They look forward to 2022, and our 2nd annual celebration. Read the full article on page 4.

THE GENOA CITY LIONS CLUB h  as taken on the task of restoring the welcome signs entering Genoa City. All signage needed to be removed, sanded, and stained. Pictured is Lion Rob Bailey and Lion Mike Russell.

Greenfield Lions Club Run With A Roar Virtual 5K

Interested in hosting the State Bowling Tournament?

Now is your chance to host the Lions State Bowling Tournament. If your club or group of clubs would like to host the 2024 tournament, please submit your application before December 15, 2021. Applications and more information are available on the Wisconsin Lions website wisconsinlions.org/bowling or contact WSLBC A1 representative, Muskego Lion Joan Post at cjpost14@twc.com or 414-708-9727.

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September 1-30 • Run, walk, or skip 3.1 miles during the month of September to benefit the Greenfield Lions Club and fund future service projects. • Register online by Sept 30: runsignup.com/Race/WI/Greenfield/ RunWithARoar.

Eagle Lioness Lion Club Charter Night Saturday, September 25 The Venue in East Troy

Muskego Lions Oktoberfest Saturday, October 2 Muskego Veteran’s Memorial Park • Live Music German food and beverages

Lions Camp for Kids Raffle Drawing Muskego Lions Fortune 5000 Friday, September 10 held at WLF Office

Saturday, November 6 Muskego Lakes Country Club

East Troy Lions 21st Annual Golf Outing

District 27-A1 Convention

January 7-9, 2022 Saturday, September 11 Delbrook Country Club, Delevan State Convention • Contact: Lion Gary Buchek May 5-7, 2022 262-903-9916 / garybuchek@gmail.com Grand Geneva Resort, Lake Geneva


27-A1 DISTRICT GOVERNOR: Larry Redlin

larry.redlin@wi.rr.com | 414-758-6888

Hello everyone from the Great District 27-A1! BY DISTRICT GOVERNOR LARRY REDLIN

CAMBRIDGE AREA LIONS – Lion Jo Zimmerman delivering donation to the Cambridge Food Pantry

CAMBRIDGE AREA LIONS – Lion Dixie Kasmar delivering donation to the Cambridge EMS

THE GENOA CITY LIONS CLUB  planted a tree in the Veteran's Memorial Park in Genoa City. Participating Lions Club members were Lion John Knott, Lion Mike Russell, Lion Rob Bailey, and Immediate Past President Dennis Habenicht. (Not pictured: Lion Eric and Alex Thornburgh)

FRANKLIN LIONS a  warded five scholarships to Franklin High School graduates. Scholarship Chairman Lion Dave Luttig presented the scholarships at their own pavilion in Franklin. MUSKEGO LIONS SHREDDING EVENT – On July 19 the Muskego Lions talked about Lions as they shredded personal documents in gorgeous weather. The event was held at Bevsek-Verbick Funeral Home-Crematory. Financial donations from the community were given to Lions Camp. Lion Dave Bevsek led this project.

As I am writing this article, the weather is 80 degrees and sunny. I am sure that by the time you read this, the fall chill will be in the air. July has been a busy month and at the same time very educational. The feeling of visiting Lions Clubs in the red jacket is like nothing I have ever experienced…simply fantastic. The District 27-A1 and the state convention committee started meeting in July. The decision was made to use one convention committee to plan both events. It was great to see the excitement that the committee members displayed. It sure is fun to have such talented group of Lions giving their time on committees. The theme for the 27-A1 District Convention is Motorcycle “Kick Starting Lions”. The theme for the state convention is “Serving with the heart of a Lion.” Let’s get revved up and ready to have fun at both of these events. I attended the first Council of Governors meeting and had a wonderful time with my fellow governors. The cook out on Friday night with the other nine governors, spouses, and our council chair was just what the doctor ordered. On Saturday, Council Chair Stacey did a super job of keeping the meeting running smoothly. Thank you to everyone for organizing the event. All governors were installed with horns blowing and confetti-throwing poppers. It was special! Our first 27-A1 Cabinet Meeting started with a picnic-themed dinner organized by the Tichigan Lions and held in their beautifully remodeled clubhouse. Thank you Tichigan Lions for grilling for us. PDG Lion Jordan Chadwick installed the new cabinet members, all of them filled with excitement and anticipation for the new year. The room seemed to boom with new ideas and energy. This feeling is what makes being a Lion fun. Our 1st and 2nd Vice District Governors and myself are looking forward to visiting clubs and “Kick starting Lions” and seeing how Lions serve their communities. I am certain there are numerous great things to come from 27-A1. Covid taught us how important we are to each other, and Lions display this within our communities. This is going be fun, folks! Please save the date on your calendar: September 25th. The Eagle Lioness Lions will be hosting their first charter night, How great is that? It is a group with 44 years of experience, enthusiasm, and eagerness to continue their service. District 27-A1 is lucky to have them. The Franklin Lioness Lions have decided to become a branch club of the Franklin Lions. Isn’t that cool? The Franklin Lions President Lion Scott did a super job helping the Lioness Lions form the branch. Both of these events start a new era, allowing Lions to continue to serve their communities. That is exactly what Lions Do, “We Serve.” It is starting to get cloudy, so I am going outside to enjoy the warm weather. Happy fall days to A1 Leaders: Lions Larry, Tal, and David at everyone. the Council of Governors meeting.

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27-A2 NEWS

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EDITOR: Diane Lechner | 725 Forest Ave. | Fond du Lac, WI 54935 | 920-210-8691 | 27a2editor@gmail.com

Growth Through Adversity BY DISTRICT GOVERNOR BOB GOSEWEHR

I have been visiting the Clubs in our District and am very excited to see what is happening. We are all working hard to get back to normal (or the new normal) using the changes that were developed during this last year as we do our service projects and fundraisers. New events were tried and found to be very successful. Some Clubs went from having an in-person chicken roast/brat fry to a drive-thru and have been more successful. Working with the community to those that may need help. I, along with my 1st and 2nd VDG’s, have been installing new members as Clubs are showing that we can grow no matter what. The way our District’s Clubs have been meeting and working to keep members involved, as we have implemented changes because of COVID, shows that we CAN grow no matter what happens and change can be good for our District. I look forward to seeing what great things we will accomplish this year! We look forward to celebrating the 100th anniversary of MD27 Lions. We look back to what we, as Lions, have accomplished in our beautiful State of Wisconsin communities and to what we can accomplish in the next 100 years. The MD State Centennial Committee is looking for pictures of past Club service projects to be placed on the banner at our 2022 State Convention. So far 6 Clubs from 27-A2 have sent in pictures of projects. Every one of our 40 Clubs should be represented on the banner. In celebration of the 100th Anniversary, each member is requested to do 100 acts of kindness this next year. Share your acts of kindness at your Club meetings to help give ideas and motivation to other Club members so we can spread and help grow those acts of kindness. Let’s Do This! Our International President, Douglas X Alexander, has picked a theme this year, “Service from the Heart”. Keep this in mind as you plan your Service Projects and practice your 100 acts of kindness this year.

LANNON-FALLS LIONS CLUB IS GROWING. There was the Induction of four new Members at our July Meeting Mike, Monica, Vicki & Rhonda. Welcome!

LANNON-FALLS LIONS h  eld their annual Pancake Breakfast at the Lannon car show July 25th at the Village Hall in Lannon and served well over 400 people.

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KETTLE MORAINE LIONS CLUB – Lion Lana Frank’s grandson, Timothy is 3rd from the right. 2nd place in his age group for a 9 and half inch bullhead!!

THE LION’S CLUB DISTRICT 27-A2 GOLF OUTING o  n June 21st at Watertown Country Club had a great day of weather for the golfers. Lannon-Falls Lions Foursome enjoyed the golf outing and the fellowship afterwards and thank the Watertown Lions Club for hosting the event. Look forward to next year’s golf outing 2022 hosted by the Sussex Lions. THE THIENSVILLE-MEQUON LIONS CLUB w  as recently recognized for its financial support to the Miracle League of Milwaukee where baseball is played on a cushioned, rubberized, flat surface to prevent injuries and allow access for the visually impaired and those in wheelchairs. Special-needs kids dress in uniforms, make plays in the field and round the bases, just like their peers in standard little leagues. Club members have also volunteered as "buddies" for the games.


27-A2 DISTRICT GOVERNOR: Bob Gosewehr

lionrgosewehr@mail.com | 262-242-9506 / 414-531-5374

WEST BEND LIONESS – Winners of the 2021 West Bend Lioness Lions scholarship were Alex Fountain from West Bend East High School (left) and Taylor Chemer from West Bend West High School (right). $500 scholarships were presented to each by Lioness Lion President, Sue Schmitt. Alex will be attending Marquette University and Taylor will be attending UW-Madison.

GREEN CLOVER PIN AWARDED – First VDG Bert Freeman was honored and humbled to follow past First VDGs from District 27-A2, PCC Chuck Steinmetz and PDG Ron Buschke as he was awarded the prestigious MD27 First Vice District Governors Leadership Green Clover Pin, presented by past award winner, 27-D1 PDG Tammy Rockenbach.

PORT WASHINGTON LIONS – Lion Lauren Bendt, Lion Rosie Weyker, and Diane Keller at FishFest.

YOUR GOVERNOR LEADERSHIP TEAM FOR 2021-2022. F  irst Vice District Governor Bert Freeman, District Governor Robert Gosewehr, and Second Vice District Governor Kim Steinmetz

THE GRAFTON LIONS CLUB  and the Village of Grafton planted 3 additional trees (a Bur Oak, Northern Golden Catalpa and Early Glow Buckeye purchased from Johnson’s Nursery) in Grafton Lions Park on July 26. Each tree will add color and shade to the 16-acre park along Cedar Creek and Keup Road. The Club has now planted 40 trees at the park per Dave Mauer, Lions Park Chairman.

THE PORT WASHINGTON LIONS 2021 LIONSFEST WAS A HUGE SUCCESS AGAIN THIS YEAR. Th  e Fish Derby is always a big hit with area anglers. At the weigh station were (left to right) Lions Kurt Kleparski, Dick Webb, and Dave Mueller. GRAFTON LIONS CLUB – At the yearly Installation of new officers for 2021-22, the Grafton Lions presented the Melvin Jones Award to Outgoing President Slava Krol. Pictured from left to right are 1st Vice District Governor, Lion Bert Freeman, Outgoing Grafton Lions President Slava Krol and Awards Chairman, Lion Bob Lauer.

HARTFORD FISHING WITH KIDS EVENT

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27-B1 NEWS EDITOR: Mike Roberts

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| mroberts6659@gmail.com and Fred Gebhart | fredgebhart@yahoo.com

The Roaring 20’s – Celebrating A Century of Service BY DISTRICT GOVERNOR BJ BLAHNIK

• WHERE: The Blue Harbor Resort • WHEN: Friday, November 12 through Sunday, November 14, 2021 • HOW TO REGISTER: Download Registration from wilionsb1.org or Contact Lion Ellen Cheney at echeney@charter.net The 46th Annual MD27B1 District Convention will celebrate both old traditions and new during this year’s exciting convention. Through your requests learned via surveys and word-of-mouth, we have been listening. This year, the District will have a throwback which means a three-day convention. There will be multiple keynote speakers, additional meals, evening snacks and a focus on building partnerships to ensure the Lions do not need to serve alone. After our dinner on Friday evening, our Keynote Speaker will be Lion Malcolm Kerwin from Miami, Florida. He will be speaking about the importance of Leadership. A statement from Lion Malcolm reads: "All Lions believe that Lionism is a cause worth serving. But suppose we also believed that Lionism is a promise to the future of every community that our clubs are worth preserving. Suppose we believed that the greatest legacy we can leave behind as Lions is not our past accomplishments, but Lions Clubs in good health that continue the work we started to make the future better. How then would the future of Lions Clubs in our communities be different, if this is what we believed?" Our Friday evening will continue with a Speakeasy theme set from the 1920’s with dancing, drinks and a fundraising casino night hosted by the Kiel and Winnebago-Eastshore Lions Clubs. Our music and dancing will be provided by “Frank and the Rat Pack Jazz” from Chicago. Our special guest will be International Director Lion Ken Ibarra from San Bruno, California. District B1 has many great causes which will be on display during his visit. We will also be excited to learn about any new details from Lions Clubs International from ID Lion Ken. Before our Saturday night entertainment of more music and dancing, provided by CW Music, our next keynote speaker will be Walter Raineri from San Francisco, California. Walter is an amazing athlete and a twotime World Champion Bronze Medalist in Blind Sailing. He’s a special inspirational speaker by challenging your mind to believe anything is possible. His message is: “Welcome to the Anti-Pity Party,” presented by Walter T. Raineri JD/CPA, a blind man with more vision without sight. Ever experience a truly challenging moment in your life? Try waking up and being blind. In his presentation, Walt will explore and share some fundamental human concepts which, together with a little teamwork, will keep you moving towards your vision, “for it doesn’t matter what your vision is, just that you have one and are moving towards it.” Our convention will close Sunday morning after our final keynote speaker. The session will be a tribute to Past District Governor Lion Len Quinn who passed away earlier this year. A famous speech of his which is titled: “I Have a Dream” will be played with the addition of a few guest speakers. We know PDG Lion Len hoped for one more speech and the District would like to honor his last request. Rest in Peace PDG Lion Len Quinn. This will be a time of celebration, remembrance and a time to create new friends. The District ensures an event filled with fun, fellowship, and fulfillment. It’s a great time to be a Lion - may all of you know only happiness.

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Meet Our New Editor Our new 27-B1 Newspaper Editor is Lion Mike Roberts, Past President of the Plymouth Lions Club. Over the years, he has submitted numerous articles to the Wisconsin Lion publication. He is also the primary contributor to their club’s Facebook page: facebook.com/PlymouthLionsClub Mike is available to help all B1 clubs promote their activities in the WI Lions newspaper, whether it be full stories or pictures with a caption. Service projects, community events, and fundraisers all make for interesting content. Your stories will encourage and inspire other clubs, possibly even touch non-members. You might also get some new ideas for your club. If you need help writing your article, Lion Mike will be glad to help. Submit your stories or ask for advice by emailing Lion Mike at mroberts6659@gmail.com. Don’t be surprised if you see an article or picture from your club that you didn’t submit – he’s always watching his Facebook feed for other club activity. ENVIRONMENT PROJECT CHALLENGE – This year, Lion Roxanne Wendt, District Environmental Chair, has chosen to challenge all clubs in District 27-B1 to participate in a Districtwide roadside cleanup. Lion Roxanne has set a District goal of 500 miles, including parks, streets, and roadways, by November 1. Remember to include family members, friends, and, so importantly, perspective new Lion members. Please email, or text completed miles to 920-948-7787 or roxanne_wendt@hotmail.com.

VAN DYNE LIONESS CONVERTING TO LIONS – On June 21, 2021, the Lioness had a “38th-year Finale Banquet” at the Radisson Hotel in Fond du Lac. They presented 33 Birch-Sturm Fellowships and celebrated their history, including donations of over $580,000 over 38 years. The 47 Van Dyne Lioness members will now become Van Dyne Lions and continue serving their community and so many more. We shared and we gave in our own fashion, The love of being a Lioness, the time and compassion. It was a special opportunity, as you can see, To share our gift----so worthily.


27-B1 DISTRICT GOVERNOR: BJ Blahnik

bj.blahnik@gmail.com | 920-980-6317

THE STOCKBRIDGE LIONS  held their annual Walleye Tournament on June 5th at the Stockbridge Harbor and Park. There were 115 two-person boats registered for the 7-hour, twoflight fishing tournament. Anchor Marina of Appleton sponsored demo boat rides and any prizes to the tournament. Walleyes For Tomorrow handled the fish release, and the Lions also provided food and refreshments.

THE STOCKBRIDGE LIONS entered their float in the annual Stockbridge Fireman's parade, where they handed out beanie babies and Hawaiian leis to the young children. Pictured from left to right are Lions Clarence, Steve, Marv, Marty, and Wayne. The young ones enjoyed the hand-outs, and so did their moms and dads. The float and the club members provided great exposure of the Lions to the community.

THE SHEBOYGAN FALLS LIONS CLUB c elebrated a ribbon cutting of the newly updated pavilion at River Park. This comes just in time for their annual Oktoberfest fundraising event on September 10-11. Come out to enjoy their handiwork and view the fountain as well.

NEWTON LIONS CLUB – For over 30 years they have been having a picnic for the disabled members of Manitowoc called Special People’s Day. This year’s event had over 150 attendees, BINGO, cookie decorating, bean bag and music by Delta Dawn and the Karaoke Cowboy. Wiggles the Clown entertained everyone, and two Newton First Responders took blood pressures and handed out necklaces . Everyone attending got either a door prize, t-shirt or hat. Many come every year and proudly wear their hats or t-shirts from previous years. Thanks to the many volunteers and vendors helping with the event.

THE BRILLION LIONS CLUB has planted flower boxes on Main Street to beautify the city since 1960. Club members planted the flowers on June 1st for the 61st and final year. Next year, hanging baskets will replace the flower boxes.

THE PLYMOUTH LIONS w  ere one of dozens of organizations and vendors that participated in the annual Mill Street Fest on July 10. A record crowd turned out this year after last year’s event was canceled due to the pandemic. The Plymouth Lions shared numerous community projects with attendees and conducted a 50/50 raffle, raising over $600 that will be reinvested in the community. Pictured are Lions Jeff Zarembka (left) and Scott Shaw (right).

READING MACHINE CAMPAIGN PART 2 – A life-changing experience to those with Macular Degeneration or other low-vision ailments. An additional 45 Reading Machines from Humanware were recently purchased by 15 clubs from B1 in addition to the 40 machines purchased by 6 clubs in January, led by the Plymouth Lions Club. This most recent initiative was spearheaded by IPDG Tom Wendt. He spread the word to all of the clubs he visited the last few months and continued to socializing the idea during the State Convention. “This campaign represents what Lions is all about,” said IPDG Tom. Participating clubs in the most recent purchase include Chilton, Cleveland, Elkhart Lake, Kiel, Manitowoc, Markesan, Montello, Neshkoro, New Holstein, Sheboygan Noon, Sherwood, Van Dyne, Van Dyne Lioness, Wild Rose, Winnebago East Shore and individuals BJ Blahnik and Tom & Roxanne Wendt. The Plymouth Lions Club hosted an event for the 15 clubs to pick up their machines and receive some training and coaching on best practices. Contact the Plymouth Lions Club for more information. plymouthwilions@gmail.com

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27-B2 NEWS

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EDITOR: Stephanie Schlag | 920-217-8554 | 27b2pr@gmail.com

HOWARD-SUAMICO LIONS CLUB – On June 22, Fred Stieg was presented with the 5th annual Howard Suamico Lions Community Service Award by Club President, John Myers. Fred was selected as this year’s recipient as he’s been a tireless advocate for the Club’s local schools and educators. Fred works with the Howard-Suamico Education Foundation which has given out scholarships for over 20 years to Bay Port High School seniors majoring in Education. He has worked to ensure long-term sustainability of the Foundation so funds raised allow for continued enrichment of the students. Club members enjoyed a nice meal at the Rivers Bend Supper Club while celebrating Fred’s long-standing service to the Community. Additionally, Howard-Suamico Lions did a road cleanup project along Velp Avenue on May 15. THE ASHWAUBENON LIONS CLUB made little libraries that were installed by the Village at four area parks: Fort Howard Park, Smith Park, Cormier/Packerland bike trail, and Lois Aubinger Parks. They are maintained and filled by Lion Club members and were constructed and painted by Lion Randy Stemper, Don Naumann & Tom LeMense. THE PESHTIGO LIONS CLUB h  osted a food booth at Lee’s Family Foods in Peshtigo during the Peshtigo city wide rummage sale on July 9-10. All of the money that is generated is donated to 20 organizations in the Peshtigo community and throughout Wisconsin. Pictured are: (left to right) Lions Dan Petersen, Jim Tress, & Larry and Lynn VanHoof. THE PESHTIGO LIONS CLUB  ssisted the Salvation Army on July a 21 for distribution of food to over 300 families via Feeding America. The sponsor of this event was CoVantage Credit Union. Pictured are (left to right): Lion’s Tom Gryzwa, Terry Gardon, Joshua Stansbury (Captain Salvation Army), Rhonda McClain, and Dale Edlbeck.

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THE GRAND CHUTE LIONS t eamed up with Fort Fremont Marine, Trex Lumber and Festival Foods to put the shrink wrap from winterized boats to a good use and keep it out of the landfill. The Club collected 720 pounds of plastic for a month from Fort Fremont Marine then hauled it to Festival Foods on Northland Avenue in Appleton where it was added to the recycled grocery bags they collected then hauled it all to the Trex Lumber recycle center in Madison. Trex takes the plastic and processes it into plastic lumber. For the Club’s effort, Trex will reward them with a high quality park bench that’s made out of recycled plastic. Pictured are Lion Chuck Bender (left) and Lion Al Robinson (right) unloading plastic wrap.

THE ASHWAUBENON LIONS CLUB – On June 10, a ribbon cutting ceremony was held for a new Mobi-mat at Ashwaubomay Park. This special beach mat is for those that have mobility challenges and will allow for easy water access, as well as the ability to transfer to one of the side wings to enjoy the beach with their family. The 100 foot mat is made of recycled plastic and cost $8,500. Ashwaubenon Park Board member Deborah Lundberg was the first person to easily access the Ashwaubomay Lake. Parks Director, Rex Melberg walked Deborah to the refreshing water. She loves the water and hopes to use this beautiful mat to enjoy the lake with her family often. THE GREENVILLE LIONS 33RD ANNUAL CATFISH RACES w  ere held July 9-10 and included free family activities and local music on Friday night. On Saturday night, the 10,000 festival goers rocked with Great White, .38 Special, and Styx. The Club missed this solid fundraiser last year, which allows the Greenville Lions to support about 27 area non-profits. Since the pandemic took away many of our fundraisers, club members showed initiative and came up with a new raffle and were able to raise $9,000! In July, they hosted their annual blood drive and in May, the club gave out 4 high school scholarships: Two for $1,500 and two for $750. All of the award winners excelled in community service and volunteerism, which was a main criteria.


27-B2 DISTRICT GOVERNOR: Gary Johnston

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District 27-B2 Convention Information District 27B2 2021 Convention is set for Nov 5th & 6th. It will be held at the Radisson Convention Center in Green Bay and is hosted by the Howard Suamico Lions Club. This convention promises to be a very exciting and educational conference. Seminars will include a session on invasive plants in communities and tree diseases and how to protect your valued trees, a session on the Lions leader dog puppy raising program, a session on the Lions Club support of Cornea Transplant program. Other breakout sessions are being planned now. The convention will also feature a Lambeau Field tour on Friday, and a lively game of Trivia during hospitality night on Friday evening. Then Saturday night when you sign up for the evening dinner, you will be treated to a performance of the Oneida Indian Smoke Dancers. Included is a registration form for the convention. Rooms are available at the Radisson Hotel. Plan to stay overnight and enjoy the coupons for the casino, in your registration bag. A complimentary buffet breakfast will be available with each room registration. You’re urged to get those registration forms submitted. We are also looking for any ads that clubs may want to place in convention booklet which is being put together right now. Howard Suamico host club is also asking clubs if they can contribute a basket of items for the raffle. The basket value should be $30 or higher. The donation will go to the Leader Dog and puppy raising program and for diabetes activities. HS Lions will be putting together snack bags for less fortunate students in the area. Please consider contributing an item to be added to the bag. Ideas include: snack bars, fruit snacks, puddings, applesauce, peanut butter, crackers or any packaged after school snack for the children or grandchildren to enjoy. Any questions, please contact convention chairman Art Becker, email: akbec@sbcglobal.net. See you all at the convention.

We Need Your Service

BY DISTRICT GOVERNOR GARY JOHNSTON

THE NIAGARA LIONS SPONSORED THE CULPEPPER & MERRIWEATHER CIRCUS FOR TWO SHOWS JULY 16 – This was the first circus in Niagara in decades and proved to be an outstanding success. Lion Dan Decker (Larry the Lion) and Ring Master Lion Kim Schuster played important roles in the event which also featured Niagara mayor and Lion, Joey Johnston, as the second Ring Master. Both shows were sellouts and even residents of a nearby nursing home attended with their caretakers. It was not intended as a money maker but just a great community event for Niagara and the surrounding area.

Our Service begins when you become a Lion, our service as a Lion begins in the community with service projects or helping those in need. We work together to support one another and make life better for everyone. We as Lions make that possible by working together providing services for others. I was asked the question, “What if your club did not exist? What would the impact on the community be?” You might be surprised what the answer would be if you made a list. We as Lions work as a group and we need leaders to serve in the clubs at both the district and state levels. Please think about serving as a leader. You can make a difference!

ASHWAUBENON LIONS CLUB HELPS STUDENTS IN NEED DURING COVID-19 – To help students who had to learn at home during the Covid-19 challenge, the Ashwaubenon Lions Club was able to recruit a talented carpenter to construct portable student desks. The club was then able to donate the desks to Ashwaubenon families. Pictured: Lion Liz Wilson and Jerry Rynerson (carpenter)

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27-C1 NEWS

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EDITOR: Brad Behrens | 5180 N 60th Ave. | Wausau, WI 54401 | 715-323-8033 | c1lionnews@gmail.com

International Director will be attending the 27-C1 Convention

Meet 1st Vice District Governor Phillip Hollis

Dr. Dianne J. Pitts, from C h a p p e l l s, S o u t h Carolina, USA, was elected to serve a two-year term as International Director of Lions Clubs International at the association’s 103rd International Convention, June 25 through June 29, 2021. Director Pitts was an educator for 28 years and has twice received recognition as District Teacher of the Year. She is a contributing author to two textbooks and the published author of a three-volume Bible study for middle schoolers. She now uses her knowledge and experience to help Lions as well as other non-profit and charitable organizations with grant writing and presentations. She first joined as member of the Gaffney Lions Club in 1994. And since 2010, has served with the Greenwood Lions Club. She has held a number

27-C1 1st Vice District Governor Phillip Hollis started his journey as a Lion in Sun Prairie, WI 2002. During his participation he hosted special events for the club. Later, he joined the Rosholt Lions Club. Now a part of the Stevens Point Noon Lions, he has served as club president for 2 years and zone chair for 3 years. He is currently a board member, a representative on the Centennial Committee, and a representative for the upcoming District Convention. Phil completed Lions University’s Bachelor and Masters Programs. He graduated RLLI and ALLI. Phil has enjoyed helping with a number of fundraising and service activities as 2nd Vice District Governor. He looks forward to being more involved and servicing the community as 1st Vice District Governor in 2021-2022. Phil wants to do good for the community and is very passionate about getting others involved as well. Phil strives to create a foundation

of offices with the association including district governor, district Lions Quest chairperson, multiple district council chairperson and multiple district LCIF Campaign 100 chairperson. She has also served as faculty for multiple Lions Leadership Institutes and learning programs as well as webinars. In recognition of her service, she has received numerous awards, including several International P r e s i d e n t ’s Aw a r d s a n d International President’s Certificates of Appreciation. Director Pitts is a Progressive Melvin Jones Fellow. She has also been recognized as a Progressive Dr. Franklin G. Mason Fellow. In addition to her Lions activities, Director Pitts is active in numerous civic and professional organizations, including the South Carolina Education Association and the Nation Educational Association. She is also co-director for her local soup kitchen. Director Pitts is married to Dr. Joe Pitts, a 50-year Lion and Progressive Melvin Jones Fellow.

of fellowship, togetherness, and family-oriented fun. 1st Vice District Governor Phil has been married to 2nd Vice District Governor Patty Hollis since 2005. He has 2 daughters Jennifer and Heather. He is also the grandfather to his wonderful 5 grandchildren. Phil loves animals and shares his love with his dogs Jazzie, Cassie, and Zeus.

Congratulations Lions Irene and Norb Rosholt Lion Irene Glodowski and Stevens Point Noon Lion Norb Wozniak were each presented with the Henry “Hank” Check Award at the recently held Lions State Convention in Green Bay. Hank Check was the Property Manager for the Wisconsin Lions Foundation (WLF) until his retirement in 1985 at the age of 65. Hank pledged that after he retired, he would never work for money unless he and his wife, Evelyn, got hungry. Even though Hank retired, he continued working for the Foundation as a volunteer every

Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, and Friday. He would also work on weekends when somebody else was around. He would have worked Wednesdays, but after retirement, he donated his time to the Veterans Home in King where he spent the day visiting with friends. Ha n k ’s d e d i c at i o n a n d commitment to the WLF and his continued work even after retirement prompted the Board to create the Henry Check Volunteer Service Award. Before Lion Irene became a parttime employee of the Wisconsin Lions Eyeglass Recycling Program

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a few years ago, she always was available to support any projects and WLF would like to recognize all of the volunteer work she has done, and continues to do, in promoting the Wisconsin Lions Foundation and its projects and programs. Over the past 15+ years, Lion Norb has spent countless hours

traveling back and forth between Stevens Point and Lions Camp to deliver deer hides that were collected during deer hunting season. The Deer Hide Collection Project is vital to the operation of Lions Camp and Lion Norb’s contribution to this project plays a large part in its success.


27-C1 DISTRICT GOVERNOR: Linda Carter

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Decker named Abbotsford Lions Club Student of the Quarter Abbotsford High School senior Ava Decker has been named the Abbotsford Lions Club Student of the Quarter for the fourth quarter of the 2020-21 school year. Lee Schreiber, Volleyball Coach, highly recommended her for the Student-of-the-Quarter award. “Ava is extremely responsible; not only is she accountable, she is a true leader among her peers,” Schreiber stated. “I have watched her develop into a confident, capable individual. She was voted allconference honorable mention her sophomore year, second-team allconference her junior year, and selected captain of her volleyball team her senior year. I am impressed by her leadership and organizational skills; being detail-oriented has allowed her to maintain a busy, active schedule. Those abilities will serve her well in the future.” Decker’s volunteerism attests to her belief in community service. She has been actively involved by assisting at the Abbotsford Lion’s brunches, reffing JV and working Alumni volleyball tournaments, making tie blankets for the hospital and raking leaves for community service projects.. When asked to identify an outstanding feature of the community, Ava applauds her school. “One aspect of Abbotsford High School that I find amazing is the inclusivity and drive to help students. The staff and administration do a great job of accommodating every students’ needs. They added an anonymous tip line to the school website where students can ask for help; this service provides basic hygiene products and school supplies for students who can’t afford them. The school also does a great job providing ways students can learn if they don’t speak English or have a learning disability.” When asked to define a major world problem, Decker responded, “The problem I would confront would be equality for men and women. It is a huge issue that women are not awarded the same opportunities as men in the workplace and everyday life. There is still a salary gap between genders, even when women are doing the exact job as men. Another huge issue is the rights given to men that women simply don’t get. Choices for women’s bodies are dictated by the government; however, men never have their rights at risk. This is a problem I care deeply about and would change.” Ava works at McDonald’s. After graduation, she plans to attend UWLaCrosse, majoring in Psychology and Sociology with plans to counsel people with mental health issues. Ava is the daughter of Scott and Michelle Decker of Abbotsford. BERLIN-HAMBURG LIONS CLUB member, DuWayne Zamzow, cutting the ribbon on the Water Conservation structure built at the Maple Grove Elementary School in Hamburg. Children will be caretakers of the school garden over summer.

Being a Strong and Active District BY DISTRICT GOVERNOR LINDA CARTER

Lions and Leos of 27-C1, it is hard to believe that 2 months of this Lionistic year has already gone by. I have been busy setting up visits and working with my cabinet to make sure this year we can be at our best to help all that are in need. We have a shared vision from our International President, Douglas X. Alexander, directed to all Lions of the world, “Service from the Heart,” as our guide to make our vision a reality this year. We are celebrating 100 years of Lions in the state of Wisconsin! If you have any photos from past projects or service events; please send/forward them to VDG Phil so he can get them to our centennial committee as they will be having a table at our convention showing 100 years of Lions in Wisconsin. Let’s not forget about Campaign 100. This is the final year of the three- year program. I am hoping we can get 100% participation from all of our clubs in our District. Peace Poster Kits need to be ordered by October 1, 2021. Can we get more clubs involved in this? Our Peace Poster chair is Lion Colene Stuttgen and she can be reached at lazysshires@centurytel.net. Remember, I would like all clubs reporting their service activities so that Lions of the state and International know that we are a strong and very active district. I hope you are all planning on attending the District Convention this year on Oct 8 & 9, 2021, at Dales Weston Lanes. Our International speaker is ID Dianne J. Pitts and her partner in service, Joe, from Lions District M32 South Carolina. I look forward to meeting them and hearing about all the things that International is doing to help others. Also, if you sign up for the convention before Sept 16, 2021, anyone from district 27-C1 can get half-price meals. Let’s have a great convention. We are looking for any Lion that might be interested in stepping up to be our 2nd Vice District Governor. Please contact me or any of your past district governors for more information. The experience you have is unforgivable and you will meet Lions from all over our state and International. I will be attending the US/Canada Forum on Sept 8-13. If you need anything, I can be reached on my cell phone (715-574-1323) or by e-mail llcarter2@charter.net. I would like to visit all clubs in the district to give out service awards from the past two years due to the pandemic, so please contact me so I can get your preferred date on my calendar. I can be reached at 715-359-3059 or 715-574-1323, or email me at llcarter2@charter.net. I look forward to hearing from all clubs and keep up all the good work we do for all that are in need! BERLINHAMBURG LIONS participate in 4 parades annually handing out Lions promotional pencils.

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NEKOOSA LIONS t reasurer Dan Schmidt presents Nekoosa K-9 officer, Andrew Berg pictured with K-9 dog Ivo, and Nekoosa Police Chief, Shawn Woods, with a check for $500 to help support the Nekoosa Police Department’s K-9 program.

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27-C2 NEWS

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EDITOR: Cherie Sanderson | 5844 Birchwood Ln. | Boulder Junction, WI 54512 | 715-892-0761 | sanderson.cherie@gmail.com

THE MELLEN LIONS CLUB i nducted eight new members to their club. Chuck Hawkinson, Nathan Erickson, Jim Brennan, Bob Aldrich, Liz Smith, Judy Amos, Carolyn Kochel and Tim “Boog” Polencheck.

THE BOULDER JUNCTION LIONS CLUB  Membership Co-Chair Betty Clough performed the induction of Bob and Lynne Drake, sponsored by Lion Tom Wierzba; Matt and Laura Cleary, sponsored by Lion Linda Lyons; Dan and Sarah Driscoll with son Nolen, sponsored by Lion Laura Bertch; and Charlotte Kunz and Tim Lindquist with sons Will and Sam, sponsored by Lion Bob Bertch.

ST. GERMAIN LIONS CLUB provided the food and beverage service at their Independence Day Celebration. They also conduct a cash raffle and draw the winning tickets. The Club provides free rides for the children and 4 hours of musical entertainment in the mid-day hours.

THE SOUTH SHORE LIONS CLUB a  warded 5 high school scholarships this year. Bayfield High School student, Sam Krisik (pictured with South Shore Lion Barb Rebak), was awarded a $1,000 scholarship; South Shore High School students, Taylor Nicoletti and Lilly Tapani, were each awarded $1,000 scholarships; and South Shore Continuing Education students, Rylee Nicoletti and Myla Lahti, were each awarded $500 scholarships.

THE BOULDER JUNCTION LIONS CLUB e ntered a float in the “Honoring our Heroes” community parade with a banner that read “Lions are Heroes around the World”. Many buckets of candy and dog biscuits were given along the parade route. They sold hot dogs and refreshments and later helped park cars at the town’s big fireworks event.

THE MERCER LIONS CLUB h  olds Bingo every Wednesday night through September 29. This fun weekly event brings in 65-115 participants who enjoy Bingo, food, prizes, and fellowship. THE IRON RIVER LIONS CLUB w  elcomed 7 new members. Pictured are President, Chris Olson; new members Kelly Killian, Barb Thorpe, Jessica Kotter, and Michelle Nelson; and District Governor Bob Bertch. Not pictured are Denise Mutchler and Mary & Scott Neumann.

THE 4TH OF JULY WAS A GREAT DAY TO BE A LION IN EAGLE RIVER, WISCONSIN! 11 members handed out 2,000 ice pops to happy parade watchers and spread the goodwill of the Lions Club organization to the community.

RHINELANDER LIONS CLUB – Julie Russell, Director of Social Service for Friendly Village in Rhinelander, is grateful to receive a second tablet after the first became so popular. When asked about how the tablet was used, Julie said, “We’ll use this tablet for our memory care unit, use applications that can assist residents to engage in sensory stimulation activities, reminiscent activities, and especially for those who don’t do well in groups. This is a good solo activity.” She further stated, “We appreciate the Rhinelander Lions’ generous donation of this technology, and their ongoing involvement in the community with our hearing aids, eye glasses, and bringing services to people that otherwise could not afford it. It’s a good partnership.”

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PARK FALLS LIONS CLUB – Paul Tychsen, Eric Brown and Jim Corbett of the Park Falls Lions built new bleachers for the community T-Ball field on Friday July 23. The Lions were proud of their word because it was a good community service project that replaced the old bleachers that were in rough shape.


27-C2 DISTRICT GOVERNOR: Judy Hatz

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Why Do I Remain a Lion? BY DISTRICT GOVERNOR JUDY HATZ

THE PHILLIPS LIONS CLUB f acilitated the fundraising efforts for the PREVAIL Bank stage over the past four years to bring the stage to the community and were happy to see the stage dedicated.

THE PHILLIPS LIONS CLUB held the first annual Spirit of America 5K FunRun/Walk race. Proceeds of the race and the 4th of July food truck sales support their scholarship program and multiple community events. Pictured is Phillips Lions member Delores Gradijan holding the flag for the Pledge of Allegiance and National Anthem with two representatives of the Women’s Health Alliance.

PHILLIPS LIONS CLUB m  ember Dan Tekippe was presented the Knight of Sight Fellowship award by Past District Governor Bob Bertch.

THE MERCER LIONS CLUB s erved food and homemade baked goods at the Northwoods Wildlife and Wetlands Club's Annual Gun Show. Pictured are Dave and Louise Minisan.

THE WINCHESTER LIONS  ainted the doors, picnic tables p and posts at Winchester Park. Helping were Ed Sattersten, Jean Bruhn, Laura Giffin, Jean Sattersten, Nancy Johnson, Sharon Eichhorn, Rick Pellett, John Bruhn, Gary Engstrom and Sandy Bruhn. Also helping, but not in the picture, were John Wilson and Jim Hochstetter.

Lions Clubs and their members are making a difference through their communities, their states, their nations, and the entire world. When it comes to meeting challenges, our response is simple: We Serve. There are 1.4 million Lions in 205 countries making a difference. Lions are in hospitals and senior centers, in areas ravaged by fire or any natural disaster, in schools and in eyeglass recycling centers. Where there is a need, there is a Lion. We are at work helping, leading, planning and supporting. Because we are local, we can serve communities with their unique needs and challenges. Because we are global, we can address challenges that reach out beyond borders. Do you remember why you became a Lion? Was it because there is involvement from members of all ages, the difference we make in our communities or just by helping someone, you have changed a life? I became a Lion to meet like-minded people and give back to my community and other communities with needs which we serve. Now I ask myself why do I remain a Lion? When I heard this anonymous quote it just struck a chord in me, because it’s so true. “It’s not for money, it’s not for fame, It’s not for personal gain, It’s just for love of fellowman. It’s just to lend a helping hand, That’s something you can’t buy with wealth, It’s not medals worn with pride, It’s for the feeling deep inside, South Shore Lions It’s that reward down in your heart, 70th Fall Festival It’s a feeling that you’ve been a part Sunday, Sept. 5 of helping others far and near.” Port Wing • Kids Run, 10K & 5K Run, 5K Walk It’s a sign that makes you an • Barry Bentzen Memorial Classic Car effective Lion! Show So why do you remain a Lion? Do • Craft Show & Flower Show you remember the day you became • Food & Beverages a Lion? Because for most, it is not the • Kiddie and Full Parades • Raffles actual day they signed up. Do you • portwingwi.com/port-wing/ remember the why? community

Hunger Chair’s Message BY LAURA BERTCH, 2021-22 HUNGER CHAIR

WISCONSIN LIONS’ STATE BOWLING TOURNAMENT – fellow Lions gathered, competed, and had some great fun together, bowling and mingling at Lincoln Lanes in Merrill. Pictured: Back row: Ken Witgen, Roger Brockman, Jill Kraft, Larry Marnholtz, Lyman Hatz, Anne Torkelson, Ron Liberty, Jeff Kraft, Paul Proulx. Second row: Dave Heckman, Beth Kautz, Molly Schult, Ginny O’Brien, Judy Hatz, Judeen Knott, Gary Porath, John Wolf. Kneeling: Ken Neff, Kate Knott and Dennis Knott.

We are again partnering with Food for Kidz, a non-profit 501(C)(3) who provides the bulk food for repackaging into family meal size portions. We are planning a one-day, community-wide food repackaging event on Oct. 23 that includes 41 Lions clubs. It’s been successful in the Minocqua/Lakeland Area for the past 14 years. The event has gained past support from other clubs and service organizations, the local schools, food pantries and churches in the Lakeland area. We will ask them all to donate time and money to this event in order to buy the bulk food. It takes 600 volunteers and 4 hours of work, in two shifts, to be able to package 175,000-200,000 meals which will go out to our local food pantries first, as well as to “areas of greatest need” in other parts of our country and the world. Can we count on you? Use one of 3 ways to sign up: (1) Sign up for one shift or both at signup.com/go/nSMXZer, (2) Email macooa@centurytel.net or (3) Call Laura at 715-892-1204.

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27-D1 NEWS

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EDITOR: Mike Vraniak | 5329 Reiner Rd. | Madison WI 53718 | 608-444-5611 | pr@lions27d1.org

Welcoming Lioness Members as Lions BY DISTRICT GOVERNOR BILL CLAUSIUS

I wish to welcome the large number of Lioness’ who have either transformed their clubs into Lions Clubs or joined Lions Clubs as individuals. Lioness Clubs from Cuba City, McFarland and Madison/Monona are now official Lions Clubs. In addition, over two dozen individual Lioness’ have joined existing clubs in our District. Quick arithmetic shows 110 have added to our total membership. Immediate Past District Governor Tammy Rockenbach and Affiliate District Chair Greg Clark worked over a period of two years to assist Lioness Clubs in their decision. Lions Tammy, Greg and others presented the facts and options available to them, with the Lioness members making the choice that was best for them. To help the new clubs, we have assigned Guiding Lions for assistance. Meanwhile, club officers have participated in officer training, attended Lions meetings and events and have continued with their club projects. I ask all Lions in D-1 to support and encourage our new members. Please help them if they ask for assistance. Also, we held our first Cabinet meeting recently with great success and enthusiasm. Many Lions reported they are ready for the new year challenges. Our next Cabinet meeting is October 17 at the Hi Point Steakhouse in Ridgeway. I hope to see many of you there.

LIONS 27-D1 DISTRICT G  ov. Bill Clausius (right) presented a plaque of appreciation to Immediate Past District Gov. Tammy Rockenbach during the July 25 district cabinet meeting held at the Sun Prairie Lions Club, where Clausius also outlined his 10 goals for the year. After receiving her award, Rockenbach received a standing ovation from those in attendance.

Stuff the Bus with School Supplies 2021 Combating the rising costs of school supplies for children in our communities.

The start of a new school year will be here soon, and most schools will be back in session on a fulltime basis. As in the past, there will be students in need of school supplies. With the average cost to send one student back to school over $700, there are more and more families finding it difficult to find the resources to send their children back to school with the needed supplies. The need is real and greater than you may think. According to the 2019 data, just over 47% of Wisconsin public school students were eligible for free or reduced-price school lunches. There are many school districts over 60% to as high as 100%. With unemployment still high, the need will still be great again this year. To combat the rising costs of school supplies, Lions Clubs in Wisconsin continue working to Stuff the Bus with school supplies. Since 2013, Stuff the Bus has been a signature statewide project of Wisconsin Lions, collecting school supplies for the children in our communities. Stuff the Bus continues to be a high priority project in District 27D1 with many clubs participating in their own communities. This year’s designated statewide date for Stuff the Bus is August 14 but D1 Clubs are encouraged to hold their event when it works for their club and their community. Collaborating with their local schools, Clubs participate using different methods. Some clubs partner with other community organizations, some do not. Some clubs hold a single day event at a local store, at their school or both. Some clubs hold multiple day events with collections boxes in well placed locations. Some clubs do a combination. In the end, no matter what method is used, children across our District benefit from the Stuff the Bus campaign and the efforts of our clubs. Despite the pandemic in 2020 more than 20 clubs held Stuff the Bus campaigns and collected almost $87,000 in school supplies for our local schools. With children returning to the classroom and a growing need for school supplies, our clubs are working diligently to help again this year.

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COTTAGE GROVE LIONS CLUB – Lion Don Rottscheit, committee chair of the Continuing Education Scholarship, handed out three scholarships at the annual Lions picnic on July 21. He presented to Jonathan Williams who will be attending UW LaCrosse, and Noah Walker who will be attending Liberty University to become a commercial aviation pilot and Robert Phillips who will be attending the ABC Wisconsin apprenticeship program in plumbing. Pictured above: Lion Darlene Bernarde, Jonathon Williams, Noah Walker (Noah’s Dad), Lion Tess Blakely and Lion Don Rottscheit.

MEMBERS OF THE JANESVILLE LIONS CLUB  elcomed ECHO, Inc. Executive Director w Jessica Locher, who assists the Rock County’s low-income and homeless residents. The Club sent Jessica back to the office with a box full of school supplies for their upcoming distribution, and even included a stack of cash and checks!

GLOBAL ACTION TEAM IN ACTION. The MD27D1 GAT Team continues to assist with maintaining the upkeep of the Restoring Hope Transplant House. Pictured is 1st VDG Al Johnson repairing a hand rail at the house proving safety equals service.


27-D1 DISTRICT GOVERNOR: Bill Clausius

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MCFARLAND LIONESS CLUB Recently the McFarland Lioness Club donated approximately 80 teddy bears to the Agrace HospiceCare Dori Bear Program. Over the years the Club has donated more than 1800 bears to support the program. McFarland resident Doris “Dori” Klubertanz started the program at Agrace. She had collected teddy bears believing they brought comfort to everyone. When she passed in 1994, she left all of the teddy bears in her collection to Agrace. Today, Agrace staff give the bears to hospice patients or their family members when they notice a need. Anyone interested in supporting this program please contact Agrace Hospice at 800-553-4289.

LIONS COMING TOGETHER TO SERVE. I n June the Lions EyeBank put out the word that they were looking for help in spreading mulch at their building. They asked Lions to bring shovels, rakes, pitchforks, wheelbarrows and what ever tools they like to use to help with the landscaping. Pictured are Lions from the Sun Prairie, Mcfarland and Allenton clubs who volunteered their time and helped make the grounds more beautiful.

FLEA MARKET FINDS IN DODGEVILLE. J une saw the Dodgeville Lions holding their first of two annual flea markets and antique shows. Over 800 people came to find treasures at 51 vendor booths. Pictured are some of the tables with one of a kind items waiting to find a new home.

SUMMER FROLIC RETURNS TO MOUNT HOREB! A  fter being absent for a year, the much anticipated Mount Horeb Summer Frolic made its return to the village with the Mount. Horeb Lions manning everyone’s favorite - the bingo tent. It was a joyous 4 days of celebration filled with fun, food , carnival rides, live music, a beer tent, a parade and, of course, BINGO! Pictured with the Mount Horeb parade entry is Lion Krisann Holthaus and her friendly Lion partner.

POTOSI-TENNYSON SAVING LIVES. A  mini CPR refresher course was recently held by the Potosi-Tennyson Lions. Club member Lion Steven Kliebenstein, who is an EMS, led the course.

KINDNESS MATTERS IN VERONA. I n response to LCI president Dr. Jung-Yul Choi “Kindness Matters” call to action the Verona Lions are placing #KindnessMatters signs on lawns throughout the city. “The Verona club thought it was a good idea to have signs made to remind people to be kind and promote the kindness matters theme — make it more visible,” said club secretary Jim Fletcher. “And to think of ways people don’t necessarily have to go out of their ways to promote kindness, but be more aware of how kindness can make things better.” The club started with an initial order of 100 yard signs and asking for a $10 donation.

THE LANCASTER LIONS CLUB recently gave donations to the Lancaster City Summer Recreation Program and to the Lancaster City K-9 Unit. Pictured is Lion Ruth Rupnow (far right) presenting a $500 check to officers (from left) Justin McLimans and Matt Haverland (Arrow’s handler), and Arrow for the K9 Unit.

LANCASTER LIONS CLUB – Celebrating the club’s 50year anniversary: (front) Kim Martens, Cindy Brandt, Tom Davies, Kim Veech and Rod Slaght; (middle) Jody Bartels, Stacy Martin, Juanita Caley, Alisha Richards, Liz Davies, Mike Lieurance; and (back) Ron Brandt, John Hopkins, Richard Turner, Andy Richards and Doug Davies.

THE DODGEVILLE LIONS CLUBwas busy serving crowd pleasing deep fried cheese curds at the Iowa County Farmers Appreciation Day event. The Cub plans to be back in the saddle and serving more when they repeat their sale at the upcoming DodgeFest on August 28th!

THE COTTAGE GROVE LIONS g ave a farewell celebration to the Cottage Grove Lioness after 45 years of service. Pictured is Lion Darlene Benards. The Lioness gavel, Lioness podium sign, Lioness flag and albums were placed in a special Lioness display case at Flynn Hall in Cottage Grove.

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Loretta Ewelt | 525 Avon Road #10 | Sparta, WI 54656 | 608-269-3062 | WILions27D2News@gmail.com

VIROQUA LION m  ember Ken Karwoski was recently recognized for an amazing 40 years as a Lion member. Viroqua Lions President Wayne Sherry presented the International Milestone Chevron Award for his years of service. The award recognizes the milestones in our lives, provided by a ripple effect of Ken’s service that touches the lives of many, and gives us the opportunity to celebrate, commemorate, and continue to serve to make the Viroqua area and state of Wisconsin a better place to live. Congratulations Ken! You have served as a great example of providing dedicated community service and Viroqua is better because of you.

THE CASHTON LIONS CLUB  nd Cashton Area Development a Corporation in conjunction with Cashton’s Live on Main Street Music Festival have each made a donation for new turnout gear. The donation of $5,000 will buy two complete sets of firefighting apparel. The Cashton Lions raised funds with a raffle and food concession stand at the music festival, while the funds from the Development Corporation came from the music festival that was held June 18-19. Pictured are Mike Hansen from Live on Main, Cashton Fire & Rescue Chief Al Erickson and John Bertling, President of the Cashton Lions Club.

THE COON VALLEY LIONS r ecently completed a service project benefiting the Village of Coon Valley as well as a fellow Lions member who had several surgeries with more to come and was the owner of the old Coon Valley Creamery building. Thrivent Lutheran helped defray some of the costs of the power equipment rental and supplies. The owner of the building provided the paint, Nelson Agricenter helped with defraying some of the cost of equipment and Lions members provided the labor to accomplish this feat.

THE TOMAH LIONS CLUB – District Governor Eric Zingler installed new members to the Tomah Lions Club. Several former Lioness from Tomah were installed.

Rewarding Servant Leadership Certifications BY DISTRICT GOVERNOR DAVE STRUDTHOFF

In January 2018, Lion Krista Martell and ID Connie LeCleirMeyer became the first Lions to acquire the newly-enacted Servant Leadership Certification. In the following four years, over 130 Lions from seven states and two countries have become certified Servant Leaders. Thirtynine have reached the highest level, Gold Certification, allowing them to serve as presenters as well as district advocates. Gold Certification classes are FREE and can only be accessed online. This program introduces Lions members to the most effective method of leadership available. Used by Gandhi, Bishop Tutu, and Dr. Martin Luther King, participants will learn the basic

principles of a serving leader. Lions members who complete the certification process will receive a pin and certificate acknowledging their accomplishment. The Lions Servant Leadership Certification initiative has four objectives: 1. Promote and make aware Servant Leadership principles to all Lions. 2. Boost usage of MyLion: Lion Learning Center and Lions University training websites. 3. Encourage Lion members to attain higher club, district, and multiple district offices. 4. Encourage Lions to attend district, state, and international conventions, workshops, and training seminars.

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Participants who want to acquire Lions Servant Leadership Gold Certification need to complete the following classes: • Lions Learning Center Lions University • Working Together Collaboration • Servant Leadership Ethics • Mentoring Leadership Styles • Goal Setting Advanced Facilitating • Decision Making Team Building • Effective Listening To download a formal Servant Leadership Application go to Lions: 27 D-2 and click on the Servant Leadership icon.

HONOR ROLL! 2020-2021 27-D2 CLUB MEMBERSHIP HONOR ROLL St. Joseph’s Ridge L.C.. . . . . . . . +7 (2020-2021 District Champions) Barre Co-Ed. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . +6 Ithaca . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . +6 Norwalk. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . +4 La Farge. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . +4 Stoddard. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . +2 Prairie Du Chien . . . . . . . . . . . . . +1 Elroy. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . +1 Lake Delton. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . +1 Mauston. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . +1


27-D2 DISTRICT GOVERNOR: Dave Strudthoff

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THE TOMAH LIONS CLUB h  eld their annual awards night during their general membership meeting. Pictured back row (left to right): Bernie Van 45 years member, PDG Dennis Koranda presenter, PDG John Hanson 50 year member, Lion Art Tralmer Birch-Sturm Fellowship, Lion Vern Neumann and Lion Jeff Cram Melvin Jones Fellowship. Front row: PDG Gwen Nelson Knight of Sight Award, Lion Joan Hanson Ray Hempel Fellowship.

THE HILLSBORO LIONS CLUB – partnered with Gundersen St. Joseph’s Hospital to provide COVID-19 vaccinations at the Lions Dairy Breakfast in June. Medical personnel from the hospital were on hand to administer the vaccine, free of charge, to any eligible breakfast goer. For its part, the Hillsboro Lions provided a free breakfast to anyone who took advantage of the opportunity.

HILLSBORO LIONS CLUB – Maureen Kouba (left), a registered nurse, and Monica Stenerson (center) offered blood pressure checks and diabetes screening at the Dairy Breakfast.

VIROQUA LIONS CLUB  celebrated several members having many years of community service, Pictured are Mark Solverson (10 years), Carl Lindquist (22 years), past District Lions Governor Eric Zingler, Mike Bankes (15 years), and current Lions President Wayne Sherry (25 years). New Officers for the upcoming year were installed with Wayne Sherry as President, Bob Jackson as Secretary, Carl Lindquist as Treasurer along with an additional ten members serving on the Board of Directors. This Spring the Lions Sponsored the Honors Night for graduating Viroqua High School Seniors. The club also provided their annual scholarships to five graduating senior students, Abagail Dregne, Izabella Steffen, Lauren Bankes, Natalie Rondeau-Wilber, and Graciella Mickelsen. The Viroqua Lions completed vision testing for 347 elementary age children from three area schools, Viroqua, Westby, and Kickapoo. This was done during March and April. The Pandemic impacted the testing, and the hope is later this coming fall, more private schools will be tested along with these and more public schools. When parents are notified that their kids may need vision testing from a doctor, and can’t afford the payments, they should contact the Viroqua Lions President, Wayne Sherry, at 608-606-4105 for assistance. If glasses are prescribed, again, the Viroqua Lions can help with financial assistance.

VIROQUA LIONS CLUB ran its traditional citywide rummage sale, and raised $3,500 from many families donating estate type furniture and reselling items for very inexpensive prices. As with all money raised through Charitable work, 100% of the money will be donated back to various needs locally

VIROQUA LIONS CLUB volunteered labor working with Vernon County Parks Department in rebuilding the Children’s playground at the Esofea-Rentz Memorial Park, Vernon County’s oldest and most historic park. The effort is lead by project leader Mike Bankes and is assisted by Wayne Sherry, Roger Call, Al Petersen, Steve Hill, Roger Hanson, Carl Lindquist, Mark Solverson, and Dan Crowley.

THE CASHTON LIONS CLUB i s pleased to announce that Annie Schreier is this year's recipient of the Cashton Lions Club - Mary Jo Moore Scholarship. Each year the scholarship is given to a worthy graduating senior from Cashton High School that is pursuing a career in nursing. Annie will be attending Winona State University this Fall.  Mary Jo was born on January 20, 1939, in Clinton, IA to Joseph and Mary (Enwright) Kerr. She spent her childhood years in Fulton, IL, graduating from Fulton High School in 1957 and went on to obtain her nursing degree from St. Ambrose College in Davenport, Iowa. She worked as a Registered Nurse in Clinton, IA, and California. Mary Jo married Thomas Moore on November 25, 1961 at the Immaculate Conception Catholic Church in Fulton, IL. They moved to Lompoc, CA returning to Fulton, IL in 1963 where they raised five kids. They moved to rural Cashton in 1974 before moving into town in May 2016. Over the years, Mary Jo was involved in Sacred Heart Catholic parish and Cashton Lions Club, and enjoyed bowling and golf; reading, traveling and crochet. Mary Jo also enjoyed visits with former classmates, family members, and friends. She was an avid Chicago Cubs and Bears fan.

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EDITOR: Barb Dulmes | 8038 223rd St. | Cadott, WI 54727 | 715-289-5280 or 715-829-4090 | barb.dulmes@gmail.com

CHETEK LIONS CONTINUE TO FIND WAYS TO SERVE DURING COVID – The Chetek Lions continue to serve in spite of COVID-19. 2021 has included a drive through smelt/fish fry serving 180 meals. Hamburgers, hot dogs and brats were sold over Memorial Day weekend. The food servers had a ball, as you can see in the picture. Left to right: Jim Babbitt, Melodie McConnaughhay, Don Tyson, Josie Jorstad, Ken LaFaive and Jolene Carpentier. A spring highway cleanup collected a surprisingly large amount of roadside trash. Pictured are the members that helped with the roadside clean up: Front row, left to right: Delores LaFaive, Robin Graiziger, Salena Sackrider, Mark Carpentier, Jolene Carpentier. Back row, left to right: Don Tyson, Ken LaFaive, Chris Graiziger, Mike Kelly, Mark McConnaughhay, Gwen Southworth. Our Lions club supplies life jackets near the city boat ramp for people to borrow. We are finalizing plans for our annual brat meal during Chetek’ s 4th of July celebration. In spite of COVID we have had a productive year and a half.

CADOTT LIONS HAVE A BUSY JUNE AND JULY – On an extremely hot June 11, the club held a burgers and glasses event. If someone brought in a pair of glasses they were treated to a burger. They collected 111 pair of prescription glasses and 40 glass cases. The FFA partnered with the club and served malts during the event. Cadott continued the month by providing a food wagon for two local auctions. A brat stand was held on June 24 as Cadott welcomed the Fest goers. June ended with Senior BINGO held in the east pavilion on the 27th. July started with a brat stand on July 2, volunteering at Farm Technology Days food tents on July 20 and Nabor Days on July 23-25. Club members served burgers, brats, pretzels, and nachos during the tractor pull and mud bog. They also served a famous charcoal chicken dinner and strawberry shortcake. Die hard bingo lovers were treated to games followed by the ever famous duck races in the Yellow River. Sunday the Lions participated in the parade, with the theme of Christmas in July. Pictured is the club president, Lion Barb Dulmes. Highlighted on the truck are some of the figures from our Christmas village.

FELLOWSHIPS PRESENTED – Birch-Sturm was presented to Jerry Clark of the Tilden Lions (E-2) – Knight of Sight was presented to Brad Brenner of the Tilden Lions (E-2)

SPOONER-TREGO LIONS SUPPORT THE SPOONER RODEO, JULY 8-10 – The SpoonerTrego Lions were busy supporting the National Recognized Spooner Rodeo. The club worked on parking, providing food and drinks at a concession stand as well as selling items in the stands. There were three performances and thousands of people attend the event. Pictured from left to right are Mike Murley, Swany Swanson, Melissa Murley, Dan Makosky, Sue Mooney, Gary Kutchera, Ruth Swanson, and Mary Kutchera.

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TILDEN LIONS MAKE DONATIONS TO A NUMBER OF COMMUNITY PROGRAMS – $500.00 donations were made to the K-9 Programs in Bloomer, Chippewa Falls and Chippewa County. The Tilden Lions also made a donation to the Red Cross for their Bloodmobile and to a local fireman injured by an accidental gunshot at a recent fire. The club also made a donation of $1000 to the Tilden Volunteer Fire Department. This money was raised at a pancake breakfast. Pictured are members of the Ladies Auxiliary from the Tilden Fire Department. Front row (left to right): Trina Anderson, Kelsey Anderson, Kim Steinmetz. Back row: Brenda Goettl, Tammy Steinmetz, Karen Bohl, Ivy Wold, and Kim Steinmetz) The club also had members that volunteered time at a food stand at the Past-Past Here event held in Chippewa Falls.


27-E1 DISTRICT GOVERNOR: Bill Anderson

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From District Governor Bill Anderson BY DISTRICT GOVERNOR BILL ANDERSON

I hope you’ve all enjoyed a more normal summer this year. While nearly all of my District Governor training and learning was done online, we’ve been able to move forward and meet in person for everything these past few months. It means quite a bit of drive time for me, but it gives me a chance to think about it all. In June, Governor’s Orientation was held in Stevens Point. We learned more about the year to come, and covered overall goals and expectations as well. I feel fortunate to be a part of such a great group of district governors – all with such good ideas and enthusiasm about Lionism – as well as being supportive of one another. And we have a great time! Toward the end of July, we all met again in Wisconsin Rapids for the 2021-2022 Council of Governors meeting. There, we took our respective oaths, covered the next year’s chairpersons and appointments, and reviewed budgets and committee reports. I enjoyed it all, particularly the reminder of how many initiatives the Lions have. Diabetes, childhood cancer, vision, hearing, the environment, the CAMP (one of my personal goals), and so many others. It was a good reminder of how many ways in which we can all serve and support those in need – right in our own communities. Think about reaching into your own locals and finding folks to speak at your club meetings – experts on mental health, domestic violence, or hunger – the needs are vast, and we Lions can make a big difference by helping out. At the time of this writing, I’ve attended one club visit with Karen and we had a great time. We loved being a part of that gathering, enjoying food and camaraderie, and hearing about their plans for their upcoming summer event as well as future endeavors. We have several more visits coming up and are looking forward to them all. Just give me a call if you’d like me to head your way! On August 1st, we meet in Rice Lake for a cabinet meeting where we will go over the district budget and hear committee reports from each of the chairpersons. This is one of four meetings over the next year and will help us stay focused as we continue to move forward. In closing, I want to again encourage all clubs to continue to stay involved in their communities, but also remember to reach out to other clubs that may need support or help in their own endeavors. We did lose quite a few members during COVID and while we all work to bring membership numbers back up, consider joining forces with neighboring groups for some real teamwork. And as you help out in your communities, remember to report your service hours! The amount of service hours dedicated to your projects can directly affect the outcome of any grants you might request from LCIF.

NEW DISTRICT GOVENORS FOR 2021-2022 – Pictured are the new district governors at the meeting in Wisconsin Rapids. They held a reenactment of the induction ceremony where their blue ribbons, indicating that they are district governors elect, are removed by the individuals behind them. Pictured from left to right are District Governors Tom Redbird, Bill Anderson, Dave Strudthoff, Bill Clausius, Judy Hatz, Linda Carter, Gary Johnston, BJ Blahnik, Bob Gosewehr and Larry Redlin.

NEW E-MAIL FOR NEWSPAPER EDITOR

Please note that 27E-1’s newspaper editor’s email address has changed. Please send articles to barb.dulmes@gmail.com. Her home address has not changed.

Winter Area September Fest September 18, 2021, 5pm Patti’s on 70 in Winter • Band with food and drinks to sample. Many prizes to be won

IT’S NOT TOO EARLY TO BE THINKING ABOUT DEER HIDE COLLECTIONS – Thank you to everyone that donated your Deer Hide and Tail for Wisconsin Lions Camp. Last year the 2020 Deer Hide Project raised $86,304.84!! Let’s see if we can beat that in 2021.

FIRST VICE DISTRICT GOVERNORS PARTICIPATE IN THE BIRCH-STURM GOLF OUTING. – Pictured (left to right): Alan Johnson, Brian Dulmes, Phillip Hollis, Bert Freeman - four of the first vice district governors that recently participated in the Birch-Sturm Golf outing at Glacier Wood Golf Club in Iola, Wisconsin. It was a good opportunity for the four VDG to share some ideas about what their districts have planned for the upcoming year.

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Collector’s Corner: Convention Stickers!

Small County, Big Heart. A Community of Care

Key aspects of collecting are the hunt – searching for things of interest that will fill gaps or holes in your collection, and the thrill – that rush of emotion when you find what you are looking for! At a convention, the Lion often becomes the hunted – especially when it comes to convention stickers (or stickies). Stickies are those little things that find YOU and get stuck on your convention badge from (1) dignitaries to signify you’ve met, (2) candidates or groups if they have won your support for their bid for office or to host an upcoming event, and/or (3) Tailtwisters to indicate you’ve been caught, fined and paid your dues! These interactions are a fun aspect of any convention and foster good fellowship between Lions – and those stickies become reminders of great people met and good times had at the convention. Pull out that old shoe box where you’re storing your old convention badges and consider making a stickie collage. Stickies usually pull off easily and can be reapplied by using a glue stick. I recently did this and ended up with a neat wall display. A closing thought you’ll hear often from this column – don’t throw out your old Lions stuff – there’s someone that would love to have it, trust me! Send future topics of interest to me at reidmeyer69@gmail.com.

It was a typical gray day in winter. With the temperature hovering a few degrees below freezing, the mild breeze became bracing at times. Not cold enough to dampen the spirits of the Pepin Lions Club and Pepin Sportsman’s Club who stood shoulder to shoulder to distribute 500 gallons of milk and 1600 pounds of cheese in the parking lot of the Pepin Sportsman’s Club. For this group, the cold weather enabled them to serve the community without worry about refrigeration. As the line of cars started to be flagged through, the members got into their groove, a synchronized rhythm sprinkled with a few jabs and good cheer. That was the scene in the south-western part of the county.

BY LION REID MEYER, ELLSWORTH LIONS CLUB

BY DEBRA FISHER, THE COURIER-WEDGE

Pepin Lions Club and Sportsman’s Club Members distributing a mountain of milk and cheese to area residents.

THE EAU CLAIRE - SEYMOUR LIONS CLUB participated in the Veteran’s Tribute Dedication at River Prairie in Altoona on Memorial Day. The $2.2 million project will honor members of the military from our area from the Civil War to Afghanistan. The club was part of an $18,000 donation to the project.

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"BINGO" is trending every where and Somerset Lions have a corner on making BINGO a great fundraiser for their club. Clubs think about starting your own BINGO night.

EAU CLAIRE SEYMOUR LIONS CLUBHIGHWAY CLEANUP PROJECT The Club sponsors a 2-mile stretch of Hwy 93 just south of Eau Claire that is cleaned twice each year. They average over 200 lb. of rubbish, per cleanup and have been helping for 25 years.

EAU CLAIRE SEYMOUR LIONS CLUB ADOPT A PARK (Riverview Park) and participated in the Amazing Eau Claire Clean Up (AECCU) sponsored by the Eau Claire Parks & Recreation Dept. The Club has a permanent, member built, Lion Pavilion & bathroom in Riverview Park where the club meets during each of the summer months June-August.


27-E2 DISTRICT GOVERNOR: Tom Redbird

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Helping Pollinators Helps Everyone

GALESVILLE LIONS CLEAR A PATH – One small town, a big area of land, and the Galesville Lions make for one beautiful walking path made for so many to enjoy. A bridge, benches, a glorious view of the river and God's paintings. All this to be enjoyed every day of the week, every week of the month and every month of the year. The Galesville Lions have much to be proud of when looking at the creation they have made out of the kindness of their hearts and a labor of love.

BY JENNIFER BOICE, BLACK RIVER FALLS LIONS CLUB

It has become more apparent that as we continue to change the environment around us, we often impact other species, sometimes to our own detriment. This has been the case with pollinators. As we have turned once wild areas into lawns, parking lots and farm fields of corn and beans, we have also taken away valuable habitat for the very important insects that help us to produce the food that we eat every day. Pollinators of all sorts, not just the honeybee, are critically important to our food supply as they are the ones that pollinate our fruits, vegetables and nuts in many cases. Luckily there are lots of things we can do to help improve things for these pollinators.

As individuals we can: • Add flowers, herbs, flowering and fruiting trees and shrubs into our yards • Make spaces for their shelter such as nest boxes, brush or leaf piles and areas of bare ground • Put up a bird bath or other shallow water source for times when water is scarce • Minimize your use of pesticides and use pollinator-friendly types to minimize impacts.

To help further, your club can promote pollinator habitat in larger ways such as: • installing a flower garden in a local park or unused area in your community, • add pollinator information to your displays • find local flower enthusiasts to lead wildflower walks • Raise/purchase native plants to give out at events for people to add to their own yards • Purchase wildflower seed packets that could be given out • Have a work day and make bee nest boxes and hang them near existing flower beds and wild areas in your community. Lots of information about how to improve your community for pollinators is available on-line. Just think how this pollinator habitat will also beautify your community and it’s a winning combination!

Working Together to Move Forward BY TOM REDBIRD III

Fellow Lions jump up and get ready to serve! It’s that time to get our clubs and our fellow Lions out serving our communities! What has your club done for this start of the Lions year? Do you have a signature event for your club for the start of the year? How do you plan to revitalize your club and your members after this pandemic? Now more than ever we need to make sure that our club members are encouraged and recognized for all the hard work they do. Our clubs have had to learn new ways to serve during this trying time. Who says you can’t teach an ol’ lion new tricks? That being said we have many clubs that need fresh ideas. They need help coming up with service projects that work for their communities. We all know that each of our communities is unique. We are going to have to come together and share our ideas. By sharing our ideas with each other we can come up with a plan on how to implement these ideas in our own communities. No two will be the same and they don’t need to be. We have to be willing to change with the needs of our communities. Some of our service projects have run their course and need to be freshened up. Take a look at what you are doing with your club and see if you can tweak it. You might not have to change anything at all but by taking a look at each project, you might come away with a different take on it. We have so many great projects out there. Each of our clubs do so many great things it time to start sharing these ideas. Let’s bring these ideas to each club in our district. We have such a variety of clubs and club sizes. Some of our smaller clubs could use some help with their service projects and we should be reaching out to other area clubs for help. Let’s work together and show our communities we can work together! We have great opportunities ahead of us! Let’s make the most of them. Our district GAT Team is here to help you. Please take advantage of their knowledge and experience. GLT Lion Jay Nesseth, GST Lion Pat Furey and GMT Lion Loni Hilmanowski are ready and willing to serve! I can be reached at Tredbird3@gmail.com and my phone number is 715-533-4794. Looking forward to see you all down the road!

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In Memory / In Honor of…

LIONS EYE BANK DONATIONS MEMORIALS LISA YOUNG BORKOWSKI Beth & Theodore VerKuilen Charles Reitzner Chris Behringer James Vespalec KEN KOBS Julie Hastreiter SUZANNE MOUSEL Charlotte Wallander TERRY VONASTEN Tracy & Dave De Angelis RICHARD SCHULTE Valentine Dwyer Jerry Wille Mark & Jayne Hintzman LEN QUINN Jerry Wille Phil & Betty Ingwell ARLENE JOHNSON Jerry Wille TRUDY H. WILLE Arletta Trejo August or Donna Fortmann Becker’s Bill & Mary Stevenson Bohmann & Cotey Families Bonne & George Laugerman Bruce & Beverly Lee Bryan & Julie Johnson Chad Reimer Charles & Sara Saeger Charlotte Wall&er Chris Dannenmann Clarajean & Donald Laatsch Connie Le Cleir Meyer Dale Schroeder Dan Wille & Leslie Carpenter Daniel & Cynthia Counsell Daniel & Sally Gaeu Daniel Wiedenhoeft David & Darlene Hempel David & Tonya Radtke Dennis & Harriet Daley Dennis Knott & Family Diane & Roger Krause Diane Lechner Dick Helbach Dione Funk Donald & Rita Kowalke Fred Smith Gary & Elaine Colton Gary & Kay Brummeyer Gary & Sharon Squire Glen & Jenifer Moegenbrug Glenn & Karen Clark Greg & Kate Pryor Greg & Melody McMaster Harry & Linda Helwig Heather & Curtis Hofmann & Family Hubert Albert Iron Ridge Lions Club James & Marlene Wille James & Pauline Schiferl James Skarda Janice Saxe Jay & Kristine Risch Jeffrey & Mary Pichalski Jerome & Pamela Polasky Jody Key John & Dorothy Reindl John & Kristin Staus John Burtch Cooley Judy & David Ulery Kevin Krause Lac La Belle Cooney Riders Larry & Mary Braunschweig

TRUDY H. WILLE (CONT) Linda Krans Lori & Daniel Montaine Marcia & Earl Hansen Margaret Kearns Marion Baggott Mark & Jayne Hintzman Mary Anne Miller Mary Desrosier Michael & Carolyn Tiber Michael & Dawn Kearns Michael & Megan Walsh Michael Huber & Family Muskego Lions Pam & Ron Effertz Patricia Joseph Patrick & Claudia Wille & Family Peter & Joann Cerniglia Phil & Betty Ingwell Rick & Peggy Daluge Robert & Diane Bayerl Robert J Neumann Robin & Lynette Peterson Robin & Richard Koch Ronald & Karen Blawusch Ronald & Marlene Ronald Puetzer Sarah Vargas Scott & Sue Nicholas Stacy Dormer Stanley & Virgina Jaeger Thomas & Amy Jones Thomas & Betty Clausen Thomas & Deborah Gricius Timothy & Marjorie Peterson Tina Timmel Tracy & David De Angelis Valentine Dwyer Virgil & Rita Thompson Wayne & Cheryl Heiman

HONORARIUMS REBECCA BARTOW, MD Julie Hastreiter DONOR FAMILY Julie Hastreiter

PERSONAL DONATIONS Blackbaud Giving Fund Bohmann & Cotey Families Bruce Chopp Charles Keifenheim Chris Dannenmann David & Patricia Jones Dick Leverentz Donald Bartel Gary & Anna Marie Davison James Westphal Jim & Mary Olson Jody Key Judy Carpenter Keryl & Denver Shilts Lisa Wright Lori Zareczny Lynette Ender Nancy Rhode Robert & Patty Depta Ruth White Scott & Maureen Martin Tamra Rockenbach Valentine Dwyer Wille & Hofmann Families

WISCONSIN LIONS FOUNDATION DONATIONS

*Donation to Birch-Sturm Fund

MEMORIALS RICHARD “DICK” G. BJORKLUND Jack & Joyce Kasper PDG Dennis Knott & Family Merrill Lions Club TERRY DAHLKE Dennis & Mary Dettmering MIKE ELLIOTT Hortonville Lions Club BEA ENTRINGER Phil & Betty Ingwell JIM FOOTE Poplar-Wentworth Lions Club GERALD FORD Big Bend-Vernon Lions Club TODD GOHEEN Ripon Lions Club JIM HOHENSTEIN Roche-A-Cri Lions Club ROY HOLLENBERGER Russel Jorstad ERLING ISELY Duffers Golf Group EPPA Southdale Partners Bert & Deb Freeman PID Phil & Betty Ingwell BILL JAJEWSKI Connie LeClier-Meyer LESTER KOEPPEL Paul & Joan Schmid ROBERT LUKEN PDG Larry & Doris Bradley IRA MLSNA Cashton Lions Club TOM MUENCH William M. Guthrie MARGARET E. NEIBAUER Richard Ziemann PDG LEONARD “LEN” QUINN Iona Altnau Jill Auchtung Ruth Auchtung Carol Beier Peter & Joann Cerniglia Gary & Elaine Colton David & Tracy De Angelis Patrica Gittens Wayne & Cheryl Heiman PDG Tom & Sandy King Keith & Beverly Luebke Linda Neuenfeldt PDG Greg & Kate Pryor Kay Quinn Pat Schaub Ray Stanley PDG Michael & Carolyn Tiber Lee & Mary Vrieze Sharon White Kimberly Zinecker

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LYDIA SAHIN Juli Benedum Lale Sahin AUDERY SAMZ Manitowoc Lions Club RICH SCHULTE Traci & Pat Dudley Chuck & Michelle Lindemann Cheryl & Randy Luck Gwen Snyder RAMONA SLAMA Hillsboro Lions Club ANDREW STAUDACHER PDG Neil & Janice Winchell CHUCK VOGT Waterford Lions Club RANDY WILCOX Scott Hinn Bonita Jarvis Thomas Rose TRUDY WILLE Curt & Dianne Kjendalen* Chuck & Michelle Lindemann Cheryl & Randy Luck PDG Dave & Corrine Sievert Jerry Wille BOB WILLIAMS Iola Lions Club DAVE WILLIAMS Spring Green Lions Club JOHN WITTAK Denmark Lions Club DAVE WOLF Bangor Lions Club VADRIAN ZAGAR Helen Harold M. Hosler Jean Laack Barbara Manthei Nancy Piepho BERNARD ZALEWSKI Ed & Dolores Prohaska

HONORARIUMS 2020-2021 COUNCIL OF GOVERNORS Wisconsin Lions State Office 27-E1 DISTRICT CABINET Steven & Jeanne Jensen CRANBERRY COUNTRY LIONESS 27-D2 Region 1 Zone 2 DG STEVE JENSEN Cornell Lions Club Lake Holcombe Lions Club Pattison Park Lions Club Superior Evening Lions Club NORWALK LIONESS 27-D2 Region 1 Zone 2 DG AMY QUIG Don Drew* MIKE QUIGLEY The Texas Quigleys

SHARON LIONS CLUB’S 40TH ANNIVERSARY Gary & Charlotte Stewart SPARTA LIONESS 27-D2 Region 1 Zone 2 TOMAH LIONESS 27-D2 Region 1 Zone 2 RAY TWEEDALE Sarah Tweedale DG JOHN ZIMMER Town of Texas Lions Club DG ERIC ZINGLER Mauston Lions Club Sparta Lions Club

LIONS PRIDE ENDOWMENT FUND DONATIONS MEMORIALS LION RON DREW PID Ron & Judy Duffe PDG RON HUSBY PID Ron & Judy Duffe LION ERLING ISELY PID Ron & Judy Duffe PCC Sam & Carolyn Kochel PCC Roland & Lynne Manthe PDG WILLIAM JAJEWSKI PID Ron & Judy Duffe PDG Jim & Lion Pauline Schiferl EDWARD JAKL Kaukauna Lions Club PADP PATRICIA LEVERENTZ Lion Dick Leverentz DR. LLOYD & PAT MAASCH Robert Maasch Family Foundation SUZANNE MOUSEL PID Ron & Judy Duffe PDG LEN QUINN PCC Sam & Carolyn Kochel CINDY ROBERTS Lion Jim Roberts MARY LOU STANLEY PID Ron & Judy Duffe GARY THOMSON PID Ron & Judy Duffe DANIEL VAN ENGEN Lion Jim Roberts LION TRUDY WILLE IPCC Geri & PDG Steven Schlender PDG Jerry Wille LION JOHN ZIINO PID Ron & Judy Duffe

HONORARIUMS NORTHEAST WI LIONS CLUB Northeast WI Lions Club

Designs are needed for the next series of MD27 (Wisconsin) Lions Trading Pins. The contest will run until December 31, 2021. A $75 prize will be awarded to the winning entry. 1. Designs will feature a series of up to 5 pins, with 1 pin dedicated for each year of the series starting in 2023. 2. The theme of the series will be a topic representing Wisconsin.

3. Each pin in the series will include “Wisconsin”, the year, and the LCI logo. 4. Designs should be emailed or sent to the State Pin Chairman Lion Brian Overturf pvzoo2000@gmail.com 24768 Mallard Rd Sparta, WI 54656


Congratulations! M E LV I N J O N E S BIRCH-STURM KNIGHT OF SIGHT R AY H E M P E L F E L L O W S CHERYL STEDMAN Posthumous Melvin Jones Jefferson (A1)

DAVID STEDMAN Progressive Melvin Jones Jefferson (A1)

LAURIE PARR Melvin Jones Big Bend Vernon (A1)

RICHARD ROSIAK Melvin Jones Big Bend Vernon (A1)

DON REIDY Melvin Jones Muskego (A1)

JENNY REIDY Melvin Jones Muskego (A1)

KEVIN ECKES  Melvin Jones Appleton Evening (B1)

LON BIEDENBENDER Melvin Jones Random Lake (B1)

KARL HEINZ Melvin Jones / Knight of Sight Grand Chute (B2)

LAUREEN RUDD Melvin Jones Greenville Lioness (B2)

MIKE WATERMAN Melvin Jones Hudson (E2)

HOWARD CAMERON Melvin Jones Hudson (E2)

BARBARA LARSON-LLOYD Birch-Sturm Wales Genesee (A1)

KEVIN KING Birch-Sturm Big Bend Vernon (A1)

PETER TOCCO Birch-Sturm Big Bend Vernon (A1)

BARB FLAHERTY Birch-Sturm Van Dyne (B1)

DENNIS KETTERMAN Birch-Sturm Sheboygan Evening (B1)

SUE PHILIPP Birch-Sturm Van Dyne (B1)

LINDA WENDT Birch-Sturm Van Dyne (B1)

EDITH HAAS Birch-Sturm Grand Chute (B2)

CHET STECKLING Birch-Sturm Maine (C1)

MAUREEN FASSBINDER Birch-Sturm Hudson (E2)

DOUG LEWANDOWSKI Knight of Sight Big Bend Vernon (A1)

MARILYN STIGLER Knight of Sight Big Bend Vernon (A1)

GERRY RIES Knight of Sight Hudson (E2)

LARRY BATTERMAN Ray Hempel Sheboygan Evening (B1)

STEVE VISOCKY Ray Hempel Big Bend Vernon (A1)

JOHN KAFURA Sturm Humanitarian Grand Chute (B2)

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Joining the Research and LongRange Planning Committee BY CONNIE LECLEIR-MEYER

I left the International Board of Directors in June 2019 and have continued to serve in different ways at the Club, District, Multiple District and International levels since then: Altoona Lions Club Secretary, facilitating seminars at the Regional Lions Leadership Institute and the USA/Canada Lions Leadership Forum (in person and virtual), District Song Leader, MD27 Operations Committee, MD27 Centennial Convention Committee, Treasurer/Secretary of the PDGO, Global Membership Approach Area Leader, and District Governor Elect School Trainer. I have also been able to volunteer my time representing the Altoona Lions Club as a Cashier/Order Helper at the Mondovi Lions Club booth at Farm Technology Days. These have all been very rewarding experiences; however, I recently learned of a very important role that affects all Wisconsin Lions - being a member of the MD27 Research and Long-Range Planning Committee. Not knowing a lot about it, I did some research and here is what I found out (from the MD27 Policy Manual, Policy 14, Section B9): WHAT IS THE PURPOSE OF THIS COMMITTEE? The purpose is 1) to promote and improve the Lions program in the State of Wisconsin, on a state-wide basis; and 2) to envision the future and find the best way to “Serve” economically, physically, psychologically, and socially. WHO IS ON THE COMMITTEE? There are five District representatives as defined in the MD27 Constitution and By Laws, each to serve 5 years. Another member is the Immediate Past International Director. Currently awaiting approval from the Council of Governors are the following Lions: PDG Steve Jensen (E1, through 2022), PDG Don Drew (A1, through 2023), PDG Dave Sievert (B2, through 2024), PDG Mike Carter (C1, through 2025), PDG Eric Zingler (D2, through 2026). When PDG Steve Jensen’s year ends in June 2022,

a representative from District E2 will need to be determined, to serve through 2027. The Chair of the Committee has already been appointed by the Council of Governors; I was appointed at the July 2021 meeting! WHAT IS THE COMMITTEE SUPPOSED TO DO? Any subjects to be presented to the committee for consideration can be presented from the Council of Governors, a MD committee, a DG on behalf of his/her District, or any subject at the discretion of the committee. All suggested subjects must be presented to the committee in writing, and the committee will present subjects to the Council for recommendation of further action. The committee will report to the Council after each meeting. It sure seems a little vague, however I recalled learning about strategic planning while serving on the International Board of Directors. LCI Forward was the strategic plan used to move our Association forward into the second century of service. It called for a bold, forward-thinking vision, innovative planning, and decisive execution to achieve larger than life goals for our Association. It was like a road map for Lions to follow to successfully guide us into the future to meet the needs of the world. I learned of the four key areas of focus that helped create the plan: 1) Enhance service impact and focus, 2) Reshape public opinion and improve visibility, 3) Pursue Club, District and Organizational Excellence, and 4) Improve membership value and reach new markets. I foresee these four areas fitting into any aspect of Lions as we strategically plan: Committee, Club, Zone, Region, District, and Multiple District. I’m not sure any areas really plan to far into the future; however, I think I will use the LCI Forward guidelines, what has already been successful, to lead the Research and Long-Range Planning Committee towards the same success sought after by LCI. I challenge other areas to do the same! You can find out more information by Googling LCI Forward and start discussions today!

The Wisconsin Lions International Youth Camp & Exchange Program BY YE COMMITTEE STATE CHAIR, LION DIANE WASNIEWSKI AND LION BEN AUGUST 27-D1

During a typical year, the Wisconsin Lions Youth Camp and Exchange program provides host families a cultural exchange camp for 5060 international youth from about 25 countries and sends about 20-30 Wisconsin youth to any one of more than 120 Lions International Youth Camps around the globe. For the past two years though, the Lions International Youth Camp & Exchange program has taken a “hit” along with many other programs due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Wisconsin has had to cancel both their incoming and outgoing programs. This was felt worldwide as most Lions International Youth Camps were canceled. One a positive note, our Wisconsin Lions Youth Camp & Exchange committee will be meeting early this fall with great expectations as we are hoping to be back in operation for the year of 2022. We hope to start accepting applications for both incoming and outgoing youth by the first of the year unless the virus hits hard again.

We call ourselves Lions Club INTERNATIONAL! The youth exchange program is truly just that: an INTERNATIONAL program “to create and foster a spirit of understanding among the people of the world” This is a Summer cultural exchange host program (short and sweet) for approximately 4-6 weeks depending on the country. All youth are screened before arriving. They have their own insurance, spending money and airline tickets. You, as a host family, provide “room and board” and some light entertainment of what Wisconsin is all about. We also send young people abroad. What a wonderful learning experience for our young people to learn and experience another culture! They come home with a greater appreciation of their own culture and family. Ages of the youth are between 16-20 years. Your reward: a new family member that you can call a “son” or “daughter”, a friend for

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life! Learn how others live and/or experience another culture, experience new foods, and of course, those BIG TEARS as we say GOODBYE at the airport. Contact your local district Lions Youth Exchange rep for more info and if you wish to host or send a youth abroad.

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The Wisconsin Lion September/October 2021  

This issue highlights the International Convention, virtual watch parties and announces the new International President. Plus, learn about...

The Wisconsin Lion September/October 2021  

This issue highlights the International Convention, virtual watch parties and announces the new International President. Plus, learn about...

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