The Wisconsin Lion January/February 2023

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International Youth Camp & Exchange Program

Each summer youth from around the world travel to Wisconsin to participate in a Lions International Youth Camp & Exchange Program. Wisconsin is one of about 130 International Youth Exchange Camps worldwide, where the objective of these camps is “World Peace through Cultural Understanding”. Typically, our Wisconsin program hosts 50-60 youth from about 20-25 different countries (including local youth representing our own country), where the youth spend 2-3 weeks with a host family and one week together for our international camp. This year was an exception due to COVID-19 related travel restrictions. This year our program only hosted 10 youth from 6 countries including; Argentina, France, Hungary, Mongolia, Poland & Spain. Because of our smaller size, we modified our typical program which includes a week-long stay at a private well-equipped camp and instead, took our youth primitive camping along a river near Crivitz Wisconsin. The wonderful weather and careful planning led to a fantastic experience where we shared our lives and cultures with each other for 4 beautiful days.

At our camp this year we had a busy schedule of team building and cultural exchange activities and as part of our Lions initiative, we also conducted a service project. Our service project involved making adult and youth sized tied fleece blankets to be donated to a facility of choice. We’ve maintained this service project over the past several years at our annual camps and each year the blankets are given to a Youth Exchange committee member from one of our 10 Lions Districts. This year the blankets were offered to District 27-D1 where Lion Ben August chose to donate the blankets to the Restoring Hope Transplant House.

Restoring Hope Transplant House is a non-profit home away from home for transplant families who are in search of a second chance at life through the miracle of transplantation at nearby UW Hospital and the William S. Middleton Memorial Veterans Hospital in Madison.

Located in The Good Neighbor City of Middleton, Restoring Hope has welcomed bone marrow, stem cell, organ transplant and LVAD families from all across Wisconsin, 44 different states and even as far away as Canada, England, Germany, Hong Kong, London, Nicaragua, Panama,

WHERE THERE’S A NEED, THERE’S A LION | JANUARY/FEBRUARY 2023 | INSIDE STATEWIDE ARTICLES: International Youth Camp & Exchange Program ........1 What is Service? 2 Emerging Lions Institute Update .......................3 Faculty Development Institute Coming to MD-27 3 MD-27 State Convention 2023 4-5 Random Acts of Kindness .............................7 The Benefits of Reporting Service 7 Message from Council Chair Tammy Rockenbach ......9 ALLI, An Experience of a Lifetime 32 COMMITTEE/DISTRICT UPDATES: Lions Pride Endowment Fund .........................8 Wisconsin Lions Foundation 8 Lions Eye Bank of Wisconsin 9 District Reports ............................... 10-29 Memorials & Honorariums ....................... 30 Award Recipients 31 …continued on page 2 RANDOM ACTS OF KINDNESS THANKS TO THE MANY WISCONSIN LIONS FOR THE INSPIRATIONAL AND HEARTWARMING ACTS OF KINDNESS THAT YOU AND YOUR CLUBS ARE UNDERTAKING. SEE PAGE 7

Puerto Rico and Spain since opening our doors to transplant families in 2013.

It was such a pleasure and honor to hand the blankets to Cindy Herbst, the Executive Director of the Restoring Hope Transplant House, and to tell her about our Lions International Youth Camp and Exchange Program and the amazing international path that brought the blankets to her and the community she serves at the transplant house.

For more information about the Restoring Hope Transplant House ( & The Wisconsin Lions International Youth Camp and Exchange Program ( ) please visit their respective websites.

What is Service?

The definition of service is the action of helping or doing work for someone. Every one of us performs service many times a day. Most of the time we do it without knowing that we do it. Opening a door for someone, helping someone get something off of the top shelf, giving someone a ride, etc.

What doesn’t service mean to a Lions Club? There are different ways to look at how a Lions club performs service. One way is a hands-on activity such as having a food drive, picking up trash along a highway or park or building a wheelchair ramp for someone. A second way is through advocacy which is raising awareness of causes that are important to Lions such as diabetes awareness activities, promoting cancer screenings and vision screenings. Vision Screening is both a hands-on and advocacy type of service. Donations are other form of service that many clubs don’t think of as service but when a club makes a donation to an individual or organization it allows them to help someone which is the definition of service. Fund raising is important to service. It allows a club to make donations or get materials for a hands-on service project.

When we report our service in MyLion it is important to remember that hands-on, advocacy, donations, fund raising are all things that should be reported. Service support activities such as regular lions’ meetings, project planning meetings, working an event and all of the administrative time related to an event should be reported. Another aspect of reporting is probably the most important, how many people did a project affect. How many people were served during the process of an activity?

In conclusion, almost every aspect of a Lions club is considered some type of service and should be reported.

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Emerging Lions Institute Update

Emerging Lions Institute was conducted this past October. The faculty members agreed that we could not have asked for a more energetic, engaged and eager to learn group of Lions. We are confident they will all have a positive effect in their clubs and districts.

One attendee, Lion Bruce said after participating “I want to say thank you for a wonderful weekend. I had a great time and learned so much. I was able to meet some great folks and start new relationships that will help me continuously improve my leadership skills for the future.

I have been to many training and professional development workshops in my career. This past weekend was right up there with Fortune 500 companies. I thought the faculty and the materials that they presented were exceptional.”

Whether the journey is to learn and enhance your leadership skills or to lead & mentor others, the Emerging Lions Institute’s curriculum is targeted for that purpose. It is designed to teach the skills need to for Lions to continue on their pathway to success.

Lion John sent an email to say “Outstanding job this past weekend. Thank you, it was very enriching.

Lion Cindy commented “Thank you so much I learned a lot and please sign me up for the RLLI in January. Looking forward to learning more.”

All Institutes are designed for Lions who continue to seek out opportunities to learn, lead & grow along with other resources that support Lion in achieving their goals throughout their leadership journey.

Special thank you to the ELLI faculty, PID Connie LeCleir-Meyer, ID Lee Vrieze, PCC Evett Hartvig, IPDG David Strudthoff and recent FDI graduate, DG David Brinkman


Join us at the Regional Lions Learning Institute (RLLI) where you can prepare for leadership positions at all levels. Open to Lions members and Club Leaders who are ready to pursue leadership roles and want a deeper understanding of how to better serve clubs and their communities.

WHEN: January 13-15, 2023

WHERE: Wisconsin Lions Camp COST: Free Registered Attendees

HOW: Email your name & club, to PCC Geri Schlender at

DEADLINE: January 2, 2023

Faculty Development Institute Coming to MD-27

MD27 has been granted the unique opportunity to host a Faculty Development Institute. This is the first time, and possibly the last time, we will have this type of institute in MD 27.

This three-day institute (April 28, 29, 30, 2023) will develop and expand the number of skilled Lions faculty available for use in training at the club, district, and multiple district levels. A post institute training assignment will be to arrange to be observed and evaluated while conducting a local training event (within 6 months) of attending FDI. It determines the successful conclusion of the institute and confirms participants as FDI Graduates.

Candidates for FDI must meet all qualifications before applying*

• Member in good standing

• Not attended an FDI within the last five (5) years

• Have an interest in improving training delivery skills

• In-depth knowledge of Lions’ culture, leadership experience & comfort using PowerPoint is preferred Applications are available, email to request one. Submission of completed application does not guarantee acceptance. Deadline for submission is March 3, 2023.

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MD27 State Convention 2023 Trailblazers for the Next Century May 11th - May 13th Holiday Inn Convention Center, Stevens Point Club District EVENT FEES
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Lunch $30
Breakfast $21
Lunch $25
Banquet: Pork Ribeye
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Hotel Accommodations Holiday Inn Convention Center 1001 Amber Avenue, Stevens Point, WI 54482 Make your reservations today! (715) 344-0200 press 3 (Lions Group) (LIC group block code) Room rates start at $129 + tax Cut off date is April 10th. After that, remaining block of rooms will be released for general reservations! 2023 Lions State Convention GOLF TOURNAMENT 4-Person Golf Scramble Thursday, May 11th check in by 9 am Shotgun start at 10 am Glacier Wood Golf Club 604 Water Street, Iola, WI 54945 $100/golfer •18 holes with cart • Lunch on the turn (box lunch) • $10,000 Hole-in-One prize •Prizes, raffles, betting holes & much more! Open to all Lions, Leos & Friends. Convention registration not required to participate in Golf Tournament. Sign up as a Team or Individually. Checks payable to & mailed by May 1st: District 27-C1 c/o Paula Ruesch, Treasurer 231198 Pickard Avenue, Abbotsford, WI 54405 Questions? Lion Bob Henning Exhibitor Tables Commercial Vendors $50/day + $15/day for Elec Lions/NonProfits/Pin Traders – no sales Free; $15 w/electric Space is limited & reserved on a 1st come, 1st serve basis Send reservations to: PDG John Zimmer ADVERTISING OPPORTUNITIES Book Size - Cost Full Page (5” x 8”) $150 1/2 Page (5” x 4”) $100 1/4 Page (5” x 2”) $50 Reserve your ad space by contacting: PCC Evett Hartvig Lions Camp Social Thursday, May 11, 2023 3834 County Rd A, Rosholt, WI 54473 Open to all Lions, Leo's & Friends. $20/person includes: Tailgate Meal - Brats and Hamburgers Tours - Walking and Wagon and the Trading Post will be open. Checks payable to & mailed by May 1st: District 27-C1 c/o Paula Ruesch, Treasurer 231198 Pickard Avenue, Abbotsford, WI 54405 JANUARY / FEBRUARY 2023 WisconsinLion 5

Wisconsin Lion (USPS No. 688-740) is published six 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.

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Volume 69 No. 4

Random Acts of Kindness

The Wisconsin Lions Centennial spirit remains strong in generous and thoughtful recent Random Acts of Kindness by Wisconsin Lions and to Wisconsin Lions. For this issue I have selected four Acts of Kindness from three of the MD27 Districts that have positively impacted individuals and entire communities. Lions from Seven Clubs in four Districts cooperated to provide these four Random Acts of Kindness.

FROM C2: While inducting new members into the Mellen Lions Club, C2 DG Bob Bertch reviewed recent and upcoming District C2 Lions activities. He reported on the extreme need for food this year for both the Schools’ Backpack programs and area Food Shelves and highlighted an upcoming Lions activity collecting donations for the Minocqua “Food for Kidz” event. The meeting was being held in a local Bar and the Bar’s owner was listening to the Lions presentation. The owner collected $38 from the Bar’s non-Lions customers and then matched his customers’ donations. This additional $76 will help to feed 506 kids in the Minoqua School District. In addition, the Bar

Owner signed up to become a new member of the Mellen Lions Club!

FROM D2: This email was received from a member of the Tomah Lions Club. I am sharing her heartfelt message of Kindness in her own words: “I lost my partner of 16 years and we were quilters. He would design and I sewed. After he was gone and my family said no more quilts, I put everything away and went into a deep depression. One night when I couldn’t sleep, I picked up my half made quilt. It brought me out of my depression but what to do with it was the biggest problem. Then I saw my local quilt shop was

having “Quilting for a Cause” and that where they are going for - to tornado victims, flood victims and now getting a shipment ready for hurricane victims. Local shelters also benefit as well as fire victims. My mobility issues don’t always let me do things at Lions functions so I’m helping this way and keeping my mental health great as well as my partner’s designs.”

FROM E1: This Random Act of Kindness includes actions both to and by several Lions from the Amery and Dresser Lions Clubs. A longtime Amery Lion who recently served his Club as Lion Tamer has Special Needs. He has worked full

If you wish to submit an Acts of Kindness by a Wisconsin Lion, please email a brief description plus the district and club name of the Act of Kindness to Diane at Please put “Lions Kindness” in the subject line.

The Benefits of Reporting Service

The most important reason to report service is showing your pride in your community. When you make a difference in someone’s life it should give you a sense of pride that your actions made someone’s life better or easier. It is important for your community and Lions International to know that what you do matters and should be celebrated.

The information that you enter into MyLion helps everyone understand the needs of your community as well. When everyone reports service, Lions Clubs International can see the needs of the world and how Lions and Leos impact their own communities through service.

Reporting service can help a club store information that can be recalled whenever they

want through MyLion. This can be a benefit for newer Lion leaders when they are trying to understand past practices for a club.

Service data helps Lions Clubs International to identify best practices that can be shared to other Lions clubs around your district, multiple district and the world. A high percentage of reporting for a club or district is one sign of a healthy club or district. When every club is reporting their service it gives a map of sorts of how much service is being done.

Lions Clubs International collaborates with other organizations around the world and in your own communities and reporting your service gives Lion Clubs International tangible evidence to show other organizations how we impact our communities and the world.

time since High School as a CarryOut specialist at the local Super Market, which is one of seven Supermarkets owned by another Amery Lion. Since he doesn’t drive, the Grocery Worker relies on his bicycle for transportation. Dresser Lions alerted Dresser’s Bernick’s Pepsi Company about the Amery Lion. Bernick’s Pepsi recently surprised the Amery Lion with a brand new bicycle!

FROM E1: St. Croix Falls Lions Club was recently both the recipient and the provider of Random Acts of Kindness. The St Croix Falls Lions Club, the High School, and the entire community worked together for this Act. The St Croix Falls Lions Club annually sells Christmas Trees as one of their major Fund-Raisers. The local High School Basketball Team assists the Lions with unloading the heavy trees. This year St Croix Falls High School supported the Lions by releasing the Basketball Players during their Lunch Hour to unload and set up the trees at the Sales Lot. Twelve members of the Basketball Team further volunteered and returned on a Non-School Day to assist the Lions to unload a second shipment of trees. The St Croix Falls Lions dedicated a large portion of their proceeds to the local Food Shelf.

When we report our efforts, we also strengthen our own storytelling abilities. Details in your reporting can give your story power. When you say that your club helped feed 73 families it is more powerful than saying your club held a food drive. When your club says that it contributed 1,240 volunteer hours last year it is more powerful than saying your club provides service to your community.

Reporting service allows you or your club to become eligible for service awards, but it all comes down to showing your pride in what you and you club have been able to accomplish in providing service to your community, district, and the world.

Please report the service that you and your club provide.

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Into the New Year 2023 with Lions Pride Endowment Fund

Readers should receive this January/ February issue of the Wisconsin Lion newspaper in time to make New Year’s Resolutions.

We recognize our Lions’ motto of “We Serve.” We recognize that “Kindness Matters.” We understand that “Where there’s a need, there’s a Lion.” And we know that “Together We Can” make a tremendous difference in helping others.

Jon M. Huntsman noted that “Wealth isn’t always measured in dollar signs. We each have time, talent, and creativity, all which can be powerful forces for positive change. Share your blessings in whatever form they come and to whatever level you have been blessed.”

A well-known quote from Winston Churchill reinforces the giving concept when he stated

Let us make a new year’s resolution to continue to give to our Lions’ charities or to make an extra effort to do so in 2023. Of course, the Lions Pride Endowment Fund Board of Directors encourages you to financially support our LPEF and therefore the purpose of LPEF-to financially support our Wisconsin Lions Foundation and its state-wide projects with the earnings from our Lions Pride Endowment Fund.

All of our Wisconsin Lions Districts have representation on our LEPF Board of Directors. However, Lions Pride has always had a strong 27 B2 connection, with the visionary PCC Dewey Carl from Manawa serving as President and CEO until his passing and with PCC Geri Schlender from Gresham serving as the Executive Director for our LPEF for many years. And now, effective January 1st, PDG Sue Selner from Denmark will join our Board of Directors, not only as a Director, but as our Lions Pride Treasurer! And

I have been serving as Lions Pride President for the last 3 years. But effective January 1st, I will be stepping back and Lion Renee Peterson will be moving from Board Treasurer and stepping up to serve as the Lions Pride Endowment Fund President. We congratulate these two Lion leaders on their new roles.

It has been both a humbling and a very rewarding experience serving as President of our Lions Pride Endowment Fund, seeing the impact that we can make in changing and enhancing lives.

The Lions Pride Board of Directors thank you for your support in 2022 and look forward to your continued support in 2023. May you and your families and home Lions Clubs and their families have a safe, healthy, blessed and joyous New Year 2023- -as we continue to grow the Lions Pride Endowment Fund to even better serve our Wisconsin Lions Foundation and all of its state-wide projects.

What we do for Others Remains Immortal

I hope you and your family had a safe and beautiful holiday season. I am guessing that many of us made some New Year’s resolutions. When thinking about these resolutions, I would like to remind you of our Lions motto –“We Serve”. As Albert Pine said, “What we do for ourselves dies with us. What we do for others and the world remains and is immortal.” Let’s all make this motto one of our personal resolutions this year and into the future. Another resolution might be to become more knowledgeable regarding what your Wisconsin Lions Foundation (WLF) has to offer you, your club, your community, and the State. As you know, the WLF is the administrative arm of all five projects that are sponsored by the Lions of

Wisconsin: Lions Camp, Eyeglass Recycling, Vision Screening, Diabetes Awareness and Hearing. Please go to to see the many resources that are available to you.

Deer Hide Collection

I want to take this opportunity to thank all of you that were able to help with our deer hide collections this hunting season. Whether it was in donating hides, having a drop off location, or salting hides, you are greatly appreciated. Last year’s collections netted almost $88,000 for the Lions Camp. This year’s figures are not final yet and we will get them out to everyone just as soon as they are available.

2023 Lions Camp for Kids

The 2023 Lions Camp for Kids raffle tickets are now available from your Foundation Directors. The cost is only $10 per ticket, with the drawing being held at our Lions Camp in September of 2023. Last year’s raffle netted a record amount of just over $45,000. Let’s see if we can break our record!

District Conventions

As part of my responsibilities as the Foundation President, I get to attend all 10 District Conventions. It is truly an honor for me to be able to speak at each convention and share what we are doing at the Foundation to better the lives of the residents of our beautiful state. This past fall, I attended the following conventions: C1 in Stevens Point, B2 in Green Bay and B1 in Fond du Lac. I had the opportunity to meet and talk with many dedicated Lions, attend some very informative seminars, listen to some inspirational speakers, and see parts of our beautiful state that I have never seen before. I am looking forward to more of the same at the remaining conventions, culminating with the state convention in Stevens Point on May 11-13, 2023. Please mark your calendars now!

In closing, please allow me this opportunity to repeat what Albert Pine said about service: “What we do for ourselves dies with us. What we do for others and the world remains and is immortal.”

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“We make a living by what we get, but we make a life by what we give.”
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LEBW Updates

Local Hospitals Compete for Eye Donation Month

November was Eye Donation Month, and to help celebrate this annual event and raise awareness for the estimated 12 million people waiting for a corneal transplant, Froedtert Community Hospitals competed to see which locations could collect the most eyeglasses for recycling. The hospitals, Menomonee Falls, West Bend, and Holy Family Manitowoc collected 726 pairs of glasses. While Holy

Family Manitowoc, the smallest of the three, collected the most, everyone was a winner, as they learned more about LEBW, Wisconsin Lions and eyeglass recycling, and the 120 million people whose vision can be restored with recycled eyeglasses.

We are excited to announce the newly formed LEBW Transporter Committee

This committee is comprised of seasoned LEBW Transporters and Dispatchers: PID Phil Ingwell, PID Peter Cerniglia, PDG Gary Brummeyer , PDG Jerry Wille , PDG Rick Daluge , Lion Rose Berendes , PDG Tom Berendes, 2nd VDG Ron Wright and Lion Faye Mirr and LEBW Community Outreach Coordinator, Adam Crowson. The committee, which meets quarterly, was created to ensure that all Dispatchers and Transporters throughout the state feel connected and informed about the latest updates and changes involving transporting corneal tissue. In addition, the committee will help to identify potential issues and troubleshooting solutions.

Be the Extra Degree and be the Difference!

As we begin a new calendar year, we tend to make resolutions that we have every intention of keeping, but sadly most of them are abandoned within a very short time.

But we can set a resolution that we can keep. The difference of one.

At 211 degrees, water is simply hot. At 212 degrees the water is now boiling and creating steam. Steam can power some of the largest engines. One little degree making such a difference.

Each and every Lion is the extra degree. We can make a difference in so many ways. A single person can take someone to an appointment. Another single person sends a card to a shut in and brightens the day for that person. A Lion makes a meal for a family in need. One person may become a tutor for a student struggling in class. One Lion can make a difference.

Now bring a couple of those Lions together, and they are conducting vision screening in schools. A couple of Lions may hand out literature on diabetes in front of a store.

Add a few more Lions and suddenly Lions are doing food drives. They may be hosting a special event for their schools. They are cleaning up our environment.

Whether the project is for one Lion or many Lions, you are the extra degree that is making a difference.

The 2023 LEBW Transporter schedules are available on our website at Dispatchers and Transporters, please be sure to check your email regularly for potential updates and changes from LEBW. A huge thank you to all LEBW Dispatchers and Transporters for your continued dedication in helping to provide the gift of sight.

Upcoming Health Fair

On Saturday, April 15, 2023, Lions Eye Bank of Wisconsin, and Anderson & Shapiro Eye Clinic will host a health fair, which will include free vision and hearing screenings, information about diabetes care, and organ, eye, and tissue donation. This event will take place at the Anderson & Shapiro office at 1200 John Q Hammons Drive, Suite 100, Madison, Wisconsin, from 8:00 a.m. until 3:00 p.m. For more information, contact Adam Crowson at or 877.233.2354, ext. 212.



MD27 Wisconsin Lions is looking for committed Lions to take on vital leadership roles in the Wisconsin Lions organization.

• Global Leadership Team Coordinator (GLT)

• Global Membership Team Coordinator (GMT)

• Global Service Team Coordinator (GST)

This is a 1-year appointment, and the Coordinators will report to both the MD27 Council of Governors and to LCI Area Leader. For a complete job description please email the State Office

These volunteer positions require strong Leaders whose sole focus will be on their role as Multiple District GLT, GST or GMT Coordinator.


• Excellent written & oral communications skills

• A high level of computer proficiency (especially with Microsoft Word, Excel and PowerPoint)

• Statewide travel (weekends included)

• Meeting coordination & management

If interested, please email a letter of interest, with qualifications, by February 24, 2023 to the Wisconsin Lions State Office,

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District 27A1 Vision Screening Committee

The District 27-A1 Vision Screening Training Committee members, co-chairs Lions Patti Redlin and Mary Lewandowski, PDG Dave Hempel , and Lion Doug Lewandowski organized three Kids Sight USA Training and Certification opportunities.

We were very excited with the interest the District 27-A1 Lions displayed in vision training. In three sessions a total of 116 Lions have become certified vision screeners. Their names will be added to the Wisconsin Lions Foundation list of statewide screeners.

The Committee would like to thank the Tichigan Lake Lions, Wales Genesee Lions, and Oak Creek Lions for allowing us to hold the training sessions at their club locations. Also thank you to Lions Mary Tatera, Patt Goerke, Sue Jones and 2VDG Ray Jones for their assistance. We appreciated the Lions Clubs that donated their devices for use in our training. Every child deserves to learn and see the world clearly.



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Donations were made to the East Troy Library and to The Little Warriors Foundation from the proceeds from the October 1st Car Show held at Rossmiller Sports Complex in East Troy. $1,500 was donated to the East Troy Lions Public Library and $2,500 to the Little Warriors Foundation which provides funds to research Ewing Sarcoma, a rare childhood cancer. The Oak Creek Lions have pledged to match the first $10,000 of all club’s donations.

The Little Warriors check was presented to Denise Gibbons, District Cancer Chair at the Zone meeting.

The library check was



The club set up the Nativity Scene in the Village of Mukwonago for the Midnight Magic event.

EAGLE LIONS CLUB – On November 12th, the club donated $1000 to Mukwonago Animal Hospital, to help Veterans with the cost of the care of their pets. – The club delivered a donation to the Cambridge Food Pantry Center. Pictured, Kerry Marren, Cambridge Food Pantry and Lion Carol Sapienza CAMBRIDGE AREA LIONS CLUB – Two new members were inducted at their social meeting on November 16th, welcoming Jim and Donna Casey to their club. FORT ATKINSON LIONS CLUB –The community-wide “Trunk or Treat” at Ralph Park was a huge success! Held on Halloween night, the Fort Atkinson Lions distributed oodles of sweets. We even ran out of candy and goodies three times! District Governor Lion David Stedman and his Lions partner-in-service Lynn Klug helped distribute sweets to the area youth as well. Pictured on right photo: Lions Lynn, Nancy Onufer, Betty Strese, and Roger Draeger crew Lions decorated the float for the Fort Atkinson Holiday Parade. presented to Tami Bartoli, Library Director and Kristina Murphy, President of the Board. EAGLE LIONS CLUB –On December 3rd, the club packed boxes, which were picked up by Operation Home Front who will distribute the items to needy Wisconsin Veterans. Boxes were also sent to active-duty soldiers.
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The book, Year One with Type One, was distributed in Fort Atkinson to the Dwight Foster Public Library and 10 local elementary schools to acknowledge Diabetes Awareness Month in November. The book details the true story of a young boy as he navigates his first year with diabetes. St. Joseph Catholic School Principal Kari Homb received one of the books from Fort Atkinson Lions Club member Don Gross.

Muskego Lions Club

Ice Fishing Jamboree

Saturday, January 21st

Danny Haskell’s – Muskego

Contact Lion Matt Johnson 414-795-3682 for more information

St. Francis Lions Club

2nd Annual 9-Pin Tap Fundraiser

Saturday, January 28th

South Shore Bowl 3620 E. Carpenter Ave., Cudahy

Two sessions 11am & 3pm. Arrive 30 min prior. All bowlers welcome. Handicaps will be used. $25 per bowler.

East Troy Lions

7th Annual 21 Gun Salute Raffle

Saturday, February 25th 2645 Main St, East Troy

• Food and bar available, additional gun raffles, meat raffles, 50/50 raffle, door prizes and more.

• Contact any East Troy Lions member for tickets.

Wales Genesee Lions Club

50th Anniversary Banquet Saturday, February 25th Delafield Brewhaus

Muskego Lions Club

32nd Annual Fortune 500 Saturday, April 1st

Muskego Lakes Country Club

Contact Lion Ron Petersen 262-679-5479 for tickets.

Muskego Lions Club

56th Annual Easter Egg Hunt Saturday, April 8th 920-650-2113

Leadership and the Future of Lionism


Many a book and articles have been written on the Principles of Leadership, and many great leaders have offered quotes about what it takes to be a great leader. One could write long theories and give examples of successful leaders over the years, but it really comes down to knowing your environment, and the people that you are dealing with, along with one’s personality strengths and weaknesses that determine which groups and individuals become successful leaders.

It’s funny how many times a person can hear “You would make a great leader” and the person doesn’t understand themselves why people think that, because they maybe don’t recognize the qualities that others see in them. Obviously, there has to be some positive traits that people observe in them, but the task of self-discovery to realize those traits may take a little effort for them to come to the realization that “Yes, I can be a good leader”.

At the most recent USA/Canada Lions Leadership Forum in Calgary, Alberta, Canada, in September, there was a session entitled “Yes, Charlie Brown, You Can Be a Leader.” It was designed to encourage those that may be on the fence about taking on a leadership position, to take a risk and make the effort to pursue a leadership roll because you always have a support network in your LIONS family. Everyone around you is on the same team, so trust your instincts and enjoy the journey of selfdiscovery along the way. Several of our international leaders listed the important traits a leader should have, yet the best advice given was to KNOW YOURSELF. Be true to who you are and you can be a good leader. Some of the best leaders are the ones who know when to hit the gas pedal, when to hit the break, and when to just enjoy the ride. Remember that we are here to serve others and we all have talents we can share as Lions and be leaders on multiple levels.


President Peter Emer, Treasurer John Plous, and Secretary Jerry Epping gave away childrens’ books at the Kenosha Southwest Library. The activity was well received with approximately 300 books distributed.

The Big Bend/Vernon Lions Veteran’s Memorial Park – Muskego Candy Hunt at NOON sharp!

Lions Childhood Cancer Challenge

Sponsored by Oak Creek Lions who will match up to $10,000 in donations to the “Little Warrior Foundation”, a 501(c)3 non-profit dedicated to improve treatment protocols and search for a cure.

• All clubs are invited to participate.

• All donations accepted, checks payable to Little Warrior Foundation. Mail to Lion Terry Tveita, 1000 E Park Blvd Oak Creek, WI 53154.

• Deadline Tuesday, February 28th to be included in the match!


The Food Drive held November 12th-13th at Frank’s Piggly Wiggly in East Troy, brought in 2,800 pounds of food and $900 for the East Troy Food Pantry.

It’s important that the succession of future leaders within our clubs, our district, our multiple, and our international organization be recognized as an important link in the chain to keep our organization strong for the future. If someone approaches you regarding a possible leadership opportunity, consider it strongly, as they obviously recognize traits within you that they see as beneficial to the members and the district. You can and will make a difference, and remember there is always the support of others to help you along the way. You may question whether or not you can live up to everyone’s expectations, however will you ever know if you don’t take a chance?

Even though Charlie Brown runs into some challenges every time he gets put in charge of something, somehow, he always manages to still come out on top. You know why? He always remains true to himself no matter the situation. Sure, it may not always be the perfect situation, but the gang always rallies together because they are all on the same team. We as LIONS need to remember that as well and be encouraging of our future leaders. TOGETHER WE CAN, AND TOGETHER WE WILL!


600 free pumpkins were provided by the club for carving on October 21st and 22nd. Pumpkins were carved on Friday and left for judging on Saturday. They were guarded overnight by the Boy Scouts. Prizes were awarded by age groups on Saturday evening.

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Kevin Sorensen , Senior Vice Commander of VFW Post 2260 $500 to help support guardians who accompany local Honor Flight Veterans as they are celebrated in a day of honor at our nation’s memorials in Washington D.C.


BEAVER DAM AND JUNEAU LIONS CLUBS – The clubs received a check from Dodge County Fair Treasurer Sharon Kiel for participating in wrist band checking.


Youth vision screening were conducted in Beaver Dam, Randolph and Fox Lake during October. 18 Lions screened a total of 1,672 children resulting in 118 referrals. The top photo highlights one of the teams, back row (l to r): Dr. Alan Ehrhardt, President John Bordak and 2nd VP Dawn Lyons-Wood, front row (l to r): Steve Merbach, Director Dennis Frank, Chairman Mark Barrette and Byron Pyzik.


The top photo is from a recent eye screening conducted at Divine Savior Catholic School in Fredonia. 96 students were examined. The bottom photo is from our Salvation Army Bell Ringing. Lion Rich Schommer depicted Santa, his wife Pam, as Mrs. Claus, and Lions John Dowe and Leroy Bath also collected.

WEST BEND LIONESS LIONS – high school students Grace Cleven and Alyssa Axness from West Bend East and Nathan Butters and Elena Chamberlain from West Bend West. ASHIPPUN –Lee Christopherson hands FREDONIA LIONS CLUB – The club conducted vision screening at Riveredge Nature Center in Newberg. COLUMBUS LIONS CLUB – Lion Deb Freeman, School Nurse Brittany Bayer and Lion Leslie Badua vision screen in the grade schools of Columbus.
2023 District 27-A2 Convention Registration Form February 17 & 18, 2023 Club Name: Email: Contact Person: Phone: Make Check Payable to: District 27-A2 Convention Mail Check & Registration to: Jan Harmsen 27A2 Convention 18 Plum Drive, #13
WI 53963 920-642-3732 Registration: $15* Leos $5 (Leos have own program/ room and pizza/salad lunch) Friday Taco Bar-fish, beef, chicken, fresh fruit, salad and sides ((includes open bar) $30.00 Saturday Luncheon-fresh fruit, greek salad, pulled BBQ pork and baked chicken, cole slaw potato salad, buns, dessert $30.00 Saturday Night Closing Dinner-Chicken Scallopini, Pepper Beef Steak, Shrimp w/sides $35.00 Meal Deal for 3 meals is $90. PLEASE PRINT CLEARLY & COMPLETE ALL APPROPRIATE BOXES Last day for meal reservations 2-11-2022 Title: Lion Leo Guest 1st Timer Registration Fish Fry Lunch Dinner Meal Deal Total Name: $ $ $ $ $ $ Title: Lion Leo Guest 1st Timer Registration Fish Fry Lunch Dinner Total Name: $ $ $ $ $ $ Title: Lion Leo Guest 1st Timer Registration Fish Fry Lunch Dinner Total Name: $ $ $ $ $ $ Title: Lion Leo Guest 1st Timer Registration Fish Fry Lunch Dinner Total Name: $ $ $ $ $ $ Total Enclosed: $ * Any visiting sitting DG $15 registration fee waived, all other Lions and Guests $15 Make your Hotel Reservations at: Port Wisconsin Inn, 350 E. Seven Hills Road, Port Washington, WI 53074 262-284-2100 Ask for the Lions Pricing $109 standard $149 Parlor Suite (pricing good until Jan.31st) Includes breakfast and pool REGISTRATION DUE DATE is JAN 31, 2023 Theme-Plant the Seed. Friday night dress up as farmer, scarecrow, animal etc. enjoy ice cream sunday bar at Governor's hospitality table after dinner with games and music, pie eating contest and much more! 27-A2 NEWS 12 WisconsinLion JANUARY / FEBRUARY 2023

Grafton Leos Club Warn About Drinking and Driving

Each year in conjunction with the National Red Ribbon Week, (Red Ribbon Week is an alcohol, tobacco and other drug and violence prevention awareness campaign), the Grafton Leos Club wanted to show the effects of Drinking and Driving.

A severely damaged car and a large sign were needed to convey their message. The message on the sign was painted and designed by the Grafton Leo members. This graphic message is a safety alert to all adults and youth.

The Grafton Leos have 50 plus members. Leo Clubs are a youth organization of Lions Clubs International. The word “Leo” stands for Leadership, Experience, Opportunity. The members are high school students grades 9-12.

Leo clubs encourage youths to develop leadership qualities by participating in service activities. They are dependent on a Lions Club to sponsor and initiate a Leo club but the members initiate their projects and carry them out.

GRAFTON LIONS CLUB – Each October, the Grafton Chamber of Commerce hosts an event called Fall Into Grafton. The event this year was held on Saturday, October 15th. One of the events was called Puttin’ Around Downtown Grafton 9-hole mini golf course. This year the Grafton Lions Club participated. Many young families tried their luck on putting the golf ball in the hole. It was a great community event and fun was had by all who attended.

The club enjoyed serving Hot Dogs to all the attendees of the Halloween Parade at Village Hall. Lanny the Lion was a hit with the children. Thanks to all who participated in the fun.

The club was honored to help surprise a wonderful Lion, Jerry Wille, who embodies serving others. He and posthumously Trudy were honored with the Legacy of Sight award from the Lions Eye Bank of Wisconsin.




As we begin the new year, let’s take a moment to reflect on the past six months and my observations.

• The faces of the children when vision screening and the comment, “that did not take very long”.

• Families laughing , enjoying a meal as a family, and having a great time at a Lions Pancake Breakfast’s

• Wives smiling when their husband takes that first bite of a bratwurst and dribbles mustard down their shirt.

• Lion volunteers when they complete roadside cleanup and stare at the collection of roadside debris and feel pride in the accomplishment of the task. The horns honking, window rolled down and the driver and yelling, “Thank You”

• Eye Tissue Transport, arriving at the next location to drop off an eye tissue box, asking the driver what club they are from, hearing how long they have been a Lion, and lastly, shaking their hand and thanking them for their service.

As we begin the new year, I ask each and every one of us to reflect on the past year and consider the joy, the support, and the service we personally provided for the betterment of our community. With that said, isn’t there someone you know, be it a family member, neighbor, or a co-worker that would be the perfect candidate to join the fellowship of Lions? Let’s start this New Year with the goal of growing our clubs and extend our hand in the fellowship of Lions.

Lastly, our 27-A2 District Convention will take place in scenic Port Washington at the same location as in the past, just a new name. (Port Washington Inn and Suites), February 17-18. Let’s come together as a district, and enjoy the fellowship of being a Lions, visiting with old friends and make new friends.

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LANNON FALLS LIONS CLUB – OCONOMOWOC LIONS CLUB – PORT WASHINGTON LIONS CLUB – With the Ozaukee Freemasons Lodge, presented two FST, to the Port Washington Fire and Police Depts. on THIENSVILLE MEQUON LIONS CLUB – The club hosted a Region Meeting, attended by 60+ members from, Thiensville Mequon, Cedarburg, Grafton, Port Washington, Saukville, Fredonia, Belgium, Glendale, and Wauwatosa Lions Clubs! Guest speaker for the evening was Ozaukee County Sheriff Elect, Christy Knowles CLYMAN LIONS CLUB –Breakfast with Santa. Leo President Trevor Nauta, Jordan Guerra, Leo Vice President Braden Meyer, German Exchange Student Moritz Frings and Jocelynne O’ Connor DISTRICT GOVERNOR
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HARTFORD LIONS CLUB – Over 1,100 people were served at the Pancake Breakfast. Thanks to ALL!
EDITOR: Diane Lechner

District 27-B1 Convention Summary

On November 11th and 12th, the Lions and Leos of 27-B1 hosted the 47th Annual Convention of District 27-B1 at the Radisson Convention Center in Fond du Lac. International Director Dr. Dianne Pitts from Chappells, South Carolina addressed the audience. 215 attended the convention, which is about average for the past eight years.

Friday night hospitality was a military or red, white and blue theme in honor of Veterans Day celebrations. Music and dancing was provided by Marc Mega. Saturday, opening ceremony began at 8:30am with a flag presentation. A remembrance ceremony and nominations for offices took place before lunch along with a “power hour” of presentations from the Wisconsin Lions Foundation, Lions Eye Bank of Wisconsin, Leader Dog, LCIF and Restoring Hope Transplant House. The day continued with seminars, raffles, lunch and finalized with a banquet with guest speakers and awards.

Presidential Certificates of Appreciation were awarded to Patricia Karasek from Wild Rose Lions and Barbara Leichtfuss from Van Dyne Lions. Seven Melvin Jones Fellowships were awarded to Fairwater Lions members PDG Merle Strelow (posthumously), Bonnie

Kathleen Schuster and Dave Tapper. The awards culminated with a Presidential

Immediate Past District Governor BJ Blahnik for his outstanding


The “Lions Bank” was purchased for the next year by IPDG BJ and Victoria Blahnik on behalf of the Town of Sheboygan Lions with donations to Leader Dogs totaling $5,000. Lion Kay Quinn again auctioned off PDG Len Quinn’s cowboy hat which was given to him by PDG Tom King when he visited Len in Hospice. The hat went for $2,000 from a high bid by District Governor-Elect Greg Kabichka. Proceeds will go to Leader Dogs for the Blind. Every club was asked to bring a gift or two to be included in our successful “Bucket Raffle”.

The District Raffle results are:

1st - Campbellsport Lions

2nd - Sherwood Lions

3rd - Coloma Lions

4th - New Holstein Lions

5th - Brian & Barb Rabas

6th - Joe Deblizen

Voting results are as follows:

District Governor, Greg Kubichka, Chilton Lions

First Vice District Governor, Dave Holschbach, Mishicot Lions

Second Vice District Governor, Roxanne Wendt, Van Dyne Lions

WLF Director, Fred Gebhart, Stockbridge Lions

The Peace Poster was won by Maryn Van Zon from Rosendale Brandon Middle School and pin design four won, “Growing with Lions”, will be the 2023-24 district pin.

The convention site for 2024 will return to the Radisson in Fond du Lac.

Recipients of the International President’s Certificate of Appreciation award presented by PID Don Noland. Pictured are (l to r): Appleton Noon Lions; Sue Lee, Louise Ebert, and Tom O’Hearn. Also receiving the award but not pictured is Lion Karl Blahnik



CLUB –The club recently celebrated their 60th Anniversary. They were honored to have DG Dave attend and were joined by Lions from the Manitowoc, Maribel and Mishicot clubs. Several individuals were recognized but the two highlights of the evening were; Lion Kenneth Petersen (top picture) was presented with a Melvin Jones Fellowship and Lion Art Ewen (Bottom picture) was awarded for being the sole remaining Charter Member and 100% attendance for 60 years!

Strelow, Beverly Karst, William and Linda Kuehn, Award medal to contributions to Lions over his career as a Lion.
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CLUB – The club teamed up with Festival Foods to promote the White Cane Drive. Each year, the Sheboygan Noon Lions collect money to be used to purchase eyeglasses, hearing aids and magnifiers to help people read. The money is also used to help with the Leader Dog Program, Lions Camp, student scholarships, Lions Eye Bank of Wisconsin and Lions Clubs International Foundation. Money collected is dispersed where it is needed. The Lions cover many businesses in a one-day collection. It is a very rewarding experience to hear the stories that people tell about how the Lions Clubs have helped them in the past and now they want to give back. Pictured: Lions Judy Aldag and Pam Oehldrich .


CLUB – On September 1st, thelub had the opportunity to building another wooden handicap ramp for a Wayside community member in need. It is so great to serve our amazing community. Pictured are: Lion Gary Leick and community member Dennis. Thank you very much gentlemen!


APPLETON NOON LIONS CLUB –Nine Lions participated in the roadside clean-up on Tuesday, October 11th, cleaning 2 miles of Cty Hwy N which is northeast of Appleton.

CLUB – The club teamed up with American Legion Post 555 for Trunk-or-Treat. They collected a total of 360 pounds of food for the Sheboygan Salvation Army Food Pantry.

LIONS CLUB – On October 13th, the club had Erick Wagner as a speaker. Erick is the nephew of Brillion Lions Club member Ken Wagner. Erick is blind and in May of 2022 he got a dog named Cosmo from Leader Dog for the Blind. The Brillion Lions Club has sponsored Leader Dog for the Blind for decades. Pictured are (l to r): Wally Wagner (Erick’s father), Erick Wagner, Ken Wagner, and Club President Eldore Buboltz with Cosmo in front.

Season’s Greetings and I hope you’ve all had a Happy New Year to start off the second half of this Lions’ year. I hope everyone has had a safe holiday season. I know there have been a lot of club Christmas parties, so celebrate all the great things you do for your communities.


I would like to thank all those who either attended or helped to put on a great District Convention in November. The evaluations were extraordinary and the convention was well received by all those who attended. From the Old Glory Honor Flight, to the Fond Du Lac County Sheriff’s Department, to the Friday night entertainment the one and only Billy Shears Band, everything was nothing but AWESOME. Thank you all and special thanks to our International Director guest Dianne Pitts for some inspirational comments. Finally, our District service projects, the Trex Plastic Challenge and Fondy Food Pantry were huge successes also. We start off the second half of this Lion’s year with Zone Meetings that will focus on membership. Our number one goal is member retention. What do we do to keep our members in our clubs? Another focus is new membership. Gaining new members allows our clubs to continue to serve our communities for years to come with new ideas. Let’s work to keep our Lions and gain new ones.


BRILLION VAN DYNE LIONS CLUB – Lions Bev Gantner, Barb Leichtfuss and Nancy Schumacher assisted with the local food pantry, Ruby’s Pantry, through St. John’s Lutheran Church, Oshkosh. VAN DYNE LIONS CLUB – On Saturday, October 29th, the club hosted trick-or-treat for the community on the new Veterans Trail that runs through the woods at the Van Dyne park. It was a beautiful day and hundreds of trick-or-treaters walked through the 1/4 mile trail that was decorated for the occasion. SHEBOYGAN NOON LIONS
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Wabeno Lions Support “Friends of Wabeno!”

Wabeno Lion President Paul Newton presented a $1000 check to Lion Mary Beck at the Wabeno Lions’ meeting on September 14th. Lion Mary Beck accepted the check on behalf of “Friends of Wabeno”. This organization is responsible for many projects addressing on-going improvements in Wabeno. WAM Fest (Wabeno Art and Music Fest) and upgraded Christmas decorations are two examples of the many things they do. Presently in the works are historical streetlights for the downtown area. Check out the Friends of Wabeno website at The Lions’ motto is “We Serve”, and the Wabeno Lions’ group honors this motto.

WABENO LIONS CLUB – The “10th Military Veterans’ Golf Outing” was held September 12th at Nicolet Country Club in Laona and the Wabeno Firemen’s Grounds. It was open to any U.S. Veteran, allowing them to spend a day with comrades in a non-competitive golf outing. There were 97 veterans registered. The most senior veterans registered were Bernie Miller (97), the only WW ll veteran, and Amos Graves (92), the only Korean War veteran. The event included lunch, an opening ceremony featuring the Laona High School Band, golf with a scramble format, and a steak dinner, prepared and served by the Wabeno Lions’ Club as one of their service projects. Thanks to generous sponsor donations, the original fee price was reduced for all veterans who attended. Sponsors for the event included: Wabeno American Legion, Laona VFW, Wabeno Lions, Laona Lions, Nicolet Country Club, Laona State Bank, Potawatomi Casino, Tim Walker, Scott Robinson, Mike’s Supermarket, Lee Beverage, Rob Schrader, Northeast Asphalt, and The Bay at NuRoc. Thank you Wabeno Lion Chuck Ender, also a U.S. Military Veteran, for playing a major role in the event’s organization and success. “Thank you for your service, veterans!”

WABENO LIONS CLUB – The tote full of mittens is the Wabeno Lions pledge to provide warm hands of students who have no mittens, or who have forgotten them at home. The mittens were all painted with the initials W.E.S., and are now the property of the Wabeno Elementary School. They will be collected after each recess, dried, and ready for students the next day. Building snow people, forts, and playing in the snow will be more fun with warm mittens for warm hands. The Wabeno Lions members remember what it’s like to be young in cold Wisconsin winters. Pictured are: Lion Gregg Tallier, Lion Barb Tallier, and Lion Carie Morvec.



– The 21st Dual Sport Riders’ Rally was celebrated at the Wabeno Firemen’s grounds on Saturday, September 24th. The Wabeno Lions prepared and served an excellent steak dinner and sponsored a lively bar. The Riders’ group is supported by over 50 local, state, and national sponsors. The group is a member of the American Motorcycle Association. There were about 250 participants, including bikers, landowners, and family members. Riders came from a variety of areas including: Wisconsin, Illinois, Minnesota, and Iowa. An Iraq Veteran, home on leave, also attended as a honored guest. Money raised by the Dual Sport Riders’ goes to local causes such as civic groups, youth groups, libraries, fire departments, the American Legion, and the focal food pantry. John Newton, one of the group founders, said, “People don’t get enough good surprises!” The group also sponsors a Spring Cancer Ride, which raises money for the Carbone Cancer Center-University of Wisconsin-Madison, which has helped many of our local residents over the years.

SISTER BAY LIONS CLUB – The club has hosted a Halloween Party for local kids at the Sister Bay Fire Station for over 70 years. This year’s party was held on Halloween evening. The firefighters moved their four vehicles out to the drive. The kids in their costumes received a $1 coin and a bag for prizes at the door. A host of games were located in the garage, including the balloon man, and prizes. Cookies and s’more packs were complimentary of the local Piggy Wiggly and the Gibraltar Booster Club. The Club thanks the Fire Department for their assistance. Also thanks to outgoing Chair Andy Hendrickson and incoming Chair Alan Moser and Co-Chair Cori Shanahan for their efforts.

SISTER BAY LIONS CLUB – For over 50 years, the club has been a huge part of Fall Fest, Door County’s largest event of the year, where 40,000 visitors converge on Sister Bay for a 3-day weekend. The Lions run the Brat Fry all three days and do the Friday night fish boil. The fish boil was held inside the Sister Bay Fire Station. Over 24 Lion volunteers and firefighters spent 147 total hours on the event. Charlie Henriksen of Henriksen Fisheries donated the fish and the main boiler. Matt Pelletier of Pelletier Restaurant and Fish Boil donated the potatoes, onions, coleslaw, bread, and butter. The fundraisers go to various local charities in the county.

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OCONTO FALLS LIONS CLUB –$466 was donated to Oconto Falls Scout Troop 1024 from a 50/50 fundraiser at OFHS home football games. The winner also donated $60 back to the Scout Troop. Pictured are Lion Shane Senn, Scout leaders Emily Posusta, Shannon Lefebvre, and Jeff Wolford, along with Committee Chairman Lion Dean Hess.


LAKE LIONS CLUB – Over 200 people enjoyed the 12th annual Oktoberfest with minnow races, face painting by Lion Mary, pumpkin decorating, hose shooting water assisted by the Crooked Lake Fire Dept., music by Ken VanderSteen, a meat raffle, wagon rides by Jeff Olson, a delicious meal of roasted pig thanks to Phil Reinl, and German side dishes served in the Community Center. The money raised at this event will go to scholarships at Crivitz and Suring High Schools and to adopt two families at Christmas.

NIAGARA LIONS CLUB – $1,000 was recently donated to the Coats of Many Colors Program in Niagara. Pictured are Carolyn Reimer, Niagara Lion Treasurer Dan Decker (presenting the check), Niagara Lion Terry Youren, and Liz Youren. The Youren’s and Ms. Reimer are volunteers for the Coats of Many Colors Program. Coats are given to children of families in need in the Niagara area.

MOUNTAIN CROOKED LAKE LIONS CLUB – Members brought school supplies to the August and September meetings. In addition, Lion Joan Schinktgen did a Community collection on behalf of the Lions Club. Altogether the Lions Club donated several boxes of school supplies and $300 in cash.


President Scott Roon presents Lion Jeff Ihde with the Lion of the Year award. Jeff is an eight year member who is involved in many club activities and is also a Melvin Jones Fellowship recipient. He is an Air Force veteran and has been married to his lovely wife Sheryl for 33 years.

GRAND CHUTE LIONS CLUB –A little snow did not stop the ramp crew from completing ramp number 496 on November 16th. Pictured front to back are: John Kafura, Dean Haas, Chuck Bender, Jim Leppla, John Wilharms, Terry Gross, Dave Sievert.


Hello to all my fellow Lions, Lioness Lions and Leo’s. I want to wish all of you a very Happy New Year! By the time you read this, I will be halfway through my Governorship and what a journey it has been thus far. I have visited numerous clubs, met so many amazing Lions, Lioness Lions and Leo’s along the way and inducted several new members into Lions. It has been a very rewarding and fun time getting to know many of you and to hear your stories about how and/ or why you became a Lion. We truly have an amazing organization that we are a part of, and we need to make sure everyone knows who Lions are and what we do. We can no longer sit in the shadows and continue to be the best kept secret. We are Lions and as Lions we do so many good things throughout our communities. We support many different programs like Diabetes, Hunger, Vision, Disaster Relief and Childhood Cancer, just to mention a few, the list goes on. You can support any one of these or all of these by donating to LCIF. Your donation can be as a club or individually and every little bit helps, so “PLEASE” continue your support and donate to the “GREATEST” service organization of all times, LCIF. Remember, 100% of all donations go to your designated program.

• Club service & membership reporting is up, and I thank you for your continued efforts to report what your clubs are doing. We are closing in on our goal of 100% reporting. I know this time of year can be slow and maybe your club doesn’t have any service projects at this time, but you can report any of your clubs’ activities and that includes your meetings. So, report that your club held their monthly meetings and update your membership.

• New and exciting changes are coming this spring to the Lions website. Sales Force is one of the largest Tech companies in the world and they are working with LCI to overhaul the website. The changes will put everything under one site and make it easier to look up and find what you need. Be sure that your contact information is correct on MyLCI because that is what will transfer over when the switch is made.

• Membership is up and you are doing a fantastic job bringing in new members. Ask a family member, a friend, your neighbor, your local community leaders, or a new community member. Bring them to a meeting or service project and let them see what Lions do. Retain our current members, make them feel welcome and get them involved. Think of the friendships that were made since you became a Lion member.

• Officer workshops will be coming soon, and I will keep your club Presidents and Secretaries up to date when the schedule comes out. Please, I am asking all of you that are or are going to be club officers to attend these workshops. The information that you will receive as well as the help from our District Leaders is so beneficial and valuable for you as a club leader.

• Attend your Zone meetings. Clubs share their ideas, service projects and offer suggestions that can be used in your own clubs’ activities. It is a great way to learn new ideas and make new friends.

Thank you for being a Lion!

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Port Edwards Lions Dedicate Park Bench

COLBY LIONS CLUB – The Club participated in the FoodStruction project at the Colby Community Library. All food items used to construct the 10 entries will be donated to the CUP Food Pantry located at Zion Lutheran Church in Colby. Items in high demand are Bush beans, canned vegetables and canned soups. The Colby Lions used a frying pan to start with. Inside the pan are the phrases “I Love Bacon” and “Scrambled Eggs Please” written in Spanish, along with the phrase “Over Easy Please” written in English. Members of the public were encouraged to vote for their favorite structure. The Colby Lions think their entry looks “cantastic.” Pictured are Lions member and project organizer Diane Feiten, her daughter, Jerianne Feiten, and Secretary John Feiten.

CURTISS LIONS CLUB – District Governor Phil Hollis presented Dennis Lindau a special 40 year membership award at their October meeting. THANK YOU TO ALL WHO DONATED DEER HIDES – Pictured are WLF Director Rita Mueller and PDG Bill Mueller bringing in a haul of deer hides. MAINE LIONS CLUB – DG Phil Hollis presented 2VDG Jamie Wilde with the International Presidents Certificate of Appreciation. MAINE LIONS CLUB – President Jamie Wilde with Lion Burnell Utrecht with 50 year Chevron (top) and with Lion Jess Kufahl with a 15 year Chevron (bottom).
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Recently, two park benches at Edwards-Alexander Park in Port Edwards were dedicated in memory of Lion Dave Cervenka. Lion Dave, a fifty-year member of the Port Edwards Lions Club, brought energy and fun to every project. He is greatly missed. Shown in the photo (back row) are Port Lion President Jim Kempen, Dave’s wife, Norrine, his son Craig, Lion Bob Dunahee, Lion Jim Rasmussen and (front) his daughter Carrie.


CLUB – The Club celebrated the holiday with a fundraiser to help make hygiene products for the homeless. Pictured are (top) Lion Rick and Lion Gayle Hintz; (middle) Lion Henry Kroger. Charter member.  Lion for 55 years; and (bottom) Lion Barb Piotrowski and  Lion Susan

$714.26 that the Lions raised from our 715-460-4831


As the new year begins, let us reflect on all that has happened in the past year along with what the future will bring. Just as we grow as people each year, so does our clubs. We need to come up with new year resolutions, or goals for our clubs. By reflecting on years past, we are using this to guide us into the future. As a club member, you may be thinking, “Our club members don’t want to change what and how we do things.” Here’s a thought, what if we use the wisdom of the grass root lions as a starting point, then allow new ideas to flow from there. If we work together, change will not seem as drastic. It will make most of your club members feel valued. We must go toward the future if we want to continue what we do best: SERVE.

One goal that you could strive for is getting the Club Excellence Award. There are five areas that must be met: Service, Membership, LCIF, Marketing, and Leadership and Organizational Excellence. If your club wants help learning how to achieve this award, or filling out the application, just contact me, I will be happy to assist.

We are half way into our Lionistic year. Is your club getting ready for future fundraisers or service projects? Remember as volunteers come out to help you, ask them to join the club. Some people are just waiting for you to ask. You can’t grow your club without asking. And you can’t continue to serve your community if you don’t grow. When I see growth in our clubs, I get excited. I think of the possibilities of what the new lions will bring to the table. The new ideas, maybe ways of doing things a little better, most of all, getting to know one more person who has the heart and willingness to serve, like we all do.

In this new year, I hope to meet many more lions by coming to your club meetings and events. Please let me know when it is a good time for a visit to your club or event. Until then, if you have any questions or comments, please don’t hesitate to call or email. 715-460-4831 or

MAINE LIONS CLUB – The Club participated in the Maine School trunk or treat last week.  Thank you Jay, Melonie and Beth. COLBY LIONS CLUB – The Club hosted a Pin Traders Event the last week of September. Participants enjoyed the hospitality of the Colby Lions at the recently remodeled Colby Lions Pavilion, which is available to be rented for community and public events. Many said the Pin Traders turnout was one of the best ever! Pictured are Tommy Owen, MO; Ron Jordan, MO; and Rodger Bosshart, MN. Clussman
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SPENCER LIONS CLUB – Lion Paul Hensch presents a check to Fire Chief Jason Foth for the Spencer Fire Department for Brat Fry.
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CLUB – held their Awards Night in late October. Lion Deb Folwarski received the Melvin Jones award, a high honor, for her many years of exemplary service. She and her Partner in Service, Lion Dennis Folwarski, ran the Concession Stand at Snowshoe Baseball which is a daunting task. Lion Jan Heeren was named Lion of the Year, and has worked many hours as Club cosecretary, with vision screening and fundraisers.

Lake Tomahawk Lion of the Year Jan Heeren; Lake Tomahawk Lions Club Treasurer Dan Dosemagen; and District Governor Bob Bertch.

Melvin Jones Fellow, Lion Deb Folwarski; Lake Tomahawk Lions Club Treasurer Dan Dosemagen; and District Governor Bob Bertch.


$500 was donated to the Evelyn Goldberg Briggs Memorial Library in Iron River. Pictured are Evelyn Goldberg Briggs Memorial Library Director, Jacqueline Pooler (left) and Iron River Lions Club Secretary, Anne Madison

PLUM LAKE LIONS CLUB – Six new members were inducted in November. Pictured are DG Bob Bertch, PDG Mary Ann Gretenhardt, Laurie Zaruba, Kim Lechner, Jan Zanon, Madeline Conrad, Jane Rosewicz, and Gina Perkins.

Members constructed two new dugouts at the Park Falls Little League fields this fall as a community service project. Pictured are (front) Lions Len Schmid and Mark Luoma and (back) Lions Paul Tychsen and Ed Schmocker.

assistance from DG Bob Bertch

presented a check for $1000 to Mercer School’s District Administrator, Renae McMurray for the school’s music department.

The Clubs held a vision screening program for Children in K-4th grade at Three Lake Elementary School. The Lions screen young children to identify those at risk for vision loss.

THREE LAKES LIONS CLUB AND SUGAR CAMP LIONS CLUB – RIVER LIONS CLUB – PARK FALLS LIONS CLUB – SOUTH SHORE LIONS CLUB –Lions Barb Rebak and Cecilia Held volunteered to help “ring the bells” for the Salvation Army Red Kettle on Saturday, November 28. They received many thank yous!
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MERCER LIONS CLUB – Club President Mike Burgess (left), with (right),


Volunteers spent the day packaging bulk food ingredients to make meals which were then packed into cases for distribution through the Food for Kidz food packaging event held at Lakeland Union High School on Saturday, October 22nd. Volunteers packed more than 21,312 meals!

Pictured is Gleason Area Lion Chuck McCrory who presented 10 cases of breakfast oatmeal packets to Pastor Paul Hohman of His Healing Hands Food Program with the New Testament Church.


BOB BERTCH 715-892-2366

Welcome to the New Year of 2023!


In the first six months of our Lions year, we have made great strides in District 27-C2! Our membership numbers have been increasing and we are in good shape as we start the New Year. We also have two new Leo Clubs starting to form; one in Park Falls and the other in Merrill. We are also trying to restart a Lions club in Lac Du Flambeau. All three are having a second or third meeting in January to get them officially started.


Lion Heather Klimek presented 20 cases of breakfast oatmeal packets to the Antigo Elementary School WEB bag program. Accepting the oatmeal are some of the East Elementary students.


Treasurer Fran Prasnicki


(right) presented Eagle Scout Adam Drager of Troop 86 (center) with the a $50 gift certificate. Adam is an especially accomplished young man who is a junior in Gilman High School and is on schedule to finish both his high school education,as well as his two-year technical degree next year.

The Club donated $1,500 to the Iron River VFW in support of the VFW funding drive to expand the building and include handicap-accessible entrances and bathrooms. Pictured are Tom Trautt, Iron River VFW Commander; Yvonne Lind, President of the Iron River VFW Auxiliary; and Chris Olson, Iron River Lions President.

The planning of our District 27-C2 convention, to be held again at the Lake of the Torches Resort & Casino in Lac Du Flambeau, is a priority. And, of course, it will have a “fishing theme” and a slogan of “Casting Lines for Lions”. We have the initial planning done with the Lake of the Torches and we are assured that this convention will be the “best ever”! Save the date of April 14th & 15th, 2023 on your calendar now! There will be something for all to enjoy including training sessions, service projects, seminars and “Friday Nite-Fun Nite” entertainment! Sign up early! The registration form is shown here and on our District website. The full information packet will be forthcoming via email.

Remember… It is Great to be a Lion! Be proud of our service to our communities, our country and the world. “Together We Can and Together We Will” accomplish greater growth and service to our communities, because “We Serve !”

My best, DG Bob 715-892-2366


The Club has put on a Kids Halloween Party at the Drummond Area School since 1970. They have all kinds of games and candy and little prizes - all free for kids up to 6th grade. The High School Honors Students help out with the games. Pictured is Lion Joan Meeteer volunteering at a game at the annual Halloween Party.


The Club used proceeds from summer fundraisers to give a $2,200 donation toward diabetes monitoring equipment to the Medford Elementary School.

Pictured are Lion Greg Krug, Lion Patty Krug, Medford Elementary staff Amanda Willie, Nurse Mindy Schwarzm, Nurse Shannon Weigel, Lion Tom Klinger, Lion Larry Brandl, Medford Elementary Principal Dan Miller, and Medford Elementary Students.

IRON RIVER LIONS CLUB – PLUM LAKE LIONS CLUB –presenting a $200 check and working the event are Lions Connie Olson, Cyd Welter, Nancy McGee; and receiving the check is Food for Kidz coordinator Lion Megan Anderson. LIONS CLUB – (left) President Butch Podolak
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Get Stoked for a Totally Rad Weekend @ the 27-D1 Convention

Save the date, make your hotel reservations, place an ad in the Convention program…and most of all, get stoked for a gnarly weekend of Lion fun and inspiration at the 27-D1 Convention, March 10-12 at the Marriott Madison West in Middleton.

Friday, March 10th will see us kicking off the Convention with an evening of fun & fellowship. Lion Chuck Wilson will be spinning the tunes and the Mustard Museum will be sharing samples of some very tasty mustards. Also watch your inbox for information on a special Lions Eye Bank Transporter Informational Meeting & Children’s Vision Screening Certificationboth scheduled Friday afternoon.

Saturday morning will be filled with a motivational speaker & morning of seminars, followed by lunch featuring our International guest, PID Justin Faber After lunch, attendees will have a chance to participate in six different hands-on service projects:

• Health Care Thank You Bags

• Mail Call for Badger Honor Flight

• Birthday Kits for the Food Pantry

• Blessing Backpacks for Homeless Teens

• T-shirts for Pediatric Cancer Patients

• Supplies for Restoring Hope Transplant House

We’ll wrap the day up with a Business Meeting & voting before getting dressed up in our best 1980s attire for our ‘I Love the 80s To Death’ murder mystery dinner.

Registration Opens In January!

We are offering both in person & virtual* registration options. The registration fee will be $20 whether in person or virtual. Meal costs will be finalized in January & sent with full registration information to every Lion with an email address in MyLCI. *More information on the sessions that will be broadcast virtually will be shared via email as soon as the schedule is finalized. The virtual option requires a minimum of 25 attendees. If that minimum is not met, virtual registration fees will be refunded.

Hotel Reservations: Please call the Madison Marriott West at 888-745-2032 and tell them you are with the District Lions Convention to receive special room rates starting at $132 (plus tax) available until February 10th (or until the block is full). On this date, any remaining rooms in our block will be released for general reservations at the hotel’s prevailing daily rate, which may be higher than this group rate, so please book your overnight accommodations by February 10th.

Convention Program Ads: Deadline is February 5th. $100 full page (7.5”x 4.5”), $50 half page (3.75”x 4.5”), $150 inside covers (8” x 5”). Send your ad as a pdf or jpg to Adam Crowson at Checks should be made out to Lions District 27-D1 and sent by February 5th to Bill Clausius, 1831 Harwood Court, Sun Prairie, WI 53590.

Exhibitor Tables: Reservation deadline is February 5th. Reserve yours by contacting Lion Laurie Holthaus at Commercial exhibitors are $100 or $125 with electricity and Lion projects/groups get the first table FREE, additional table is $50.

Raffles: The Committee is asking every Club to donate a prize valued at $25 or more for the Convention Raffle. Please contact Convention Chair Mike Vraniak with any questions.

Lion of the Year & Kindness Matters Service Award Nominations: Nominations are due to Lion Andy Grosvold by emailing by February 5th.

Look for Convention registration information and other updates in your inbox later in January.

Creating Your Lions Legacy

As we begin 2023 I would like to reintroduce a program for you to consider in your estate planning. Your Lions Legacy is a way to donate to LCIF in your estate but to be recognized now for your gift.

Some examples are:

Wills or Living Trusts. You can specify an amount or percentage of your estate or what remains after providing for your heirs.

Retirement Plans or Life Insurance Proceeds. You can designate The Foundation as a beneficiary to these plans which may result in estate and income tax benefits.

Savings or Investment Accounts. Again LCIF can be added as a beneficiary to simplify the process for estate executors or administrators.

The amount of the gift you would make you eligible for recognition at various levels. You, your club, & the district will be credited when you notify LCIF of your intention. Please consult with your legal and tax advisors when concerning your gifts.

Learn More at planned



EDGERTON LIONS CLUB – Members helped to ship nearly pounds of deer hides. hides are collected for the Wisconsin Lions Foundation as a fundraiser for Wisconsin Lions Camp.
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CLUB – Sun Prairie West High School opened this fall for its first year as the community’s second high school. SP Lions have been providing scholarships for high school seniors at the Sun Prairie East High School to provide them with funds for a college or a vocational school education. At its November meeting Sun Prairie Lions voted to double the number of high school scholarship from four to eight each year, four for each high school. Lion President Justin Wilson thanked all Lions for their dedication and support to the Sun Prairie community.




Greetings follow Lions of 27D1. The Holiday season at this writing is underway. I hope you are having a thankful and grateful holiday and a happy new year. The New Year means that half of my year as your Lion District Governor has been completed.

The need for finding new members and leadership is still great. Please take the time to elect officers on time. Continue asking fellow community members to join in the service that Lions provide. Reporting of all service projects are important. Sharing these service projects with other communities helps to keep these projects fresh and relevant. The donation to LCIF helps the world in many ways, which are far-reaching and helpful.

During the month of January the cabinet meeting will be virtual. Please be looking for the invite for this meeting Jan. 22.

Saturday, January 14, 11am at Spartan Bowl in McFarland • Teams are encouraged to form and bowl. Register at the McFarland Lions website.

– Last year the lefse fundraising event was very successful so the Club decided to try again this year. It was designed to replace the pancake breakfast and spaghetti dinner which were cancelled during the COVID-19 outbreak. As it turns out, the Club netted what was made on the breakfast and dinner combined.

Lion Bill Severson was a baker in a past life, has the expertise to make lefse and taught the rest of the group. Being short staffed for this event, PDG Bob Faliveno requested help from friends in Rotary and Optimist Clubs. Bob reports, “it was a great feeling to have the cooperation of these other service clubs.” Lefse is a great treat for the Holidays!


Be planning your officer leadership elections. Your zone chairman will be planning meeting please use this time to share your thoughts and needs.

Please be looking for the announcement for your District convention. March 10 and11 are the dates. Friday there will be eyescreening training; the mustard museum will be there for tasting; the cabinet meeting will at 7pm; and hostility will be held for those positions to be on the ballot, Saturday. The Saturday section will start with an opening followed by, necrology and morning break out, and the Luncheon will have PID Justin Faber as the speaker. The afternoon section will be filled with service projects for all members to participate with.

There will be raffles, please bring one prize per club for raffle. During the evening dinner there will be Murder Mystery.

To make your District Convention successful please plan on attending and be apart of a great event.

Sharing the service is my theme for this Lions year. During the service to your communities please share acts of kindness. These acts will also reach a long way. Do not forget to include yourself in those acts.



LIONS CLUB – For more than 10 years the local club has sponsored a Christmas “Basket” project in the Avoca-Blue River Muscoda area. The committee starts a list generated with information gathered from the local school district, this year the club had 20 families on the list. The “baskets” are actually gift certificates to a local grocery store that allow the families to decide on which foods they personally would like for the holidays. The committee sends out the certificates to the families in time for the holidays.


– Members collected toys and other presents for distribution to families that need help for their kids. Donations bins were in 16 locations. Candy was donated by a local church, Headliners 4-H club purchased many toys and gift cards, and Oregon Police was a major partner. The day of set up was accomplished with help from Pure Intergrity Homes, a local real estate agency, and Wisconsin Credit Union League. Lions served 39 families and 172 kids.

MONROE LIONS CLUB –President Gregory Holthaus presents DG Al Johnson with a $500 donation to Restoring Hope Transplant House. Bill Clausius inducted the newest member of the Club, Janice Bedner. At the left is her sponsor, Lion Bill Baker. D1 Bowling Tournament
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Coon Valley Lions Donate Three Park Benches

Three park benches were installed at Coon Valley Park on October 26th thanks to donations from deceased Lions and a community benefactor. Lions President Gary Tricker and Lion Cedric Veum assisted park board members Roger Niedfeldt and Harlan Helseth along with park employee Jason Goin to do the actual installing of the benches. Three sites were selected throughout the park to provide a seating opportunity if one was walking about the park. After digging the holes to insert the bench supports, concrete was used to help stabilize the benches so they are permanently kept in place. Next year, an additional concrete pad will be poured under and around the benches to provide even more stability as well as providing ease of mowing around the bench. Each of the three benches will have a bronze plaque attached with one of the following inscriptions:

• In Memory of Lillian Jothen, Community Benefactor

• In Memory of Coon Valley Lions Members Paul Schultz, Dick Nestingen and Arvid Holey

• In Memory of Lions Member Albert Hohlfeld The park is undergoing many improvements including a new shelter with handicap assessable bathrooms. The shelter is located by one of the benches near the playground area and adjacent to the parking lot making it readily available for everyone.

Lions Clubs Donate to Important Community Needs

Five Lions Clubs in our local Zone 4 area, Coon Valley, Viroqua, St. Joseph Ridge, Cashton, and Westby, sponsored a golf tournament recently at the Viroqua Hill’s Golf Course to raise money to give to the Wisconsin Lions Camp and two local food pantries. Over 70 area businesses joined as hole sponsors and door prize donators, and over 100 area golfers enjoyed a beautiful day on the course, all raising over $6,000 for the oneday event. Approximately $4,000 is being donated to the Wisconsin Lions Camp with the remaining $2,000 split between the Living Faith Food Pantry in Viroqua and the Bethel Butikk in Westby.

The Wisconsin Lions Camp offers a free-for-families summer camp for a week to kids with disabilities. They are grouped together with kids of a similar disability each week, such as intellectual disabilities, autism, blind or visually impaired, epilepsy, diabetes, and deaf or hard of hearing. A few weeks each summer are also dedicated for a week long camp for adults with similar disabilities. The camp is funded by the Wisconsin Lions Foundation and is located on a beautiful northern Lake in Rosholt, Wisconsin.

The two local food pantries, along with several other area programs provide assistance for people with food insecurities. Given the high rate of inflation and higher costs of gas and everything else, these pantries are providing an invaluable service to families in our local communities.

Making a $1014 donation to Bethel Butikk in Westby are local Lion members Roger Call; Ken Korwoski; Roger Hanson, Viroqua Lions President; Steve Hill; and Deb Tewalt, CEO for the Bethel Home; and Trever Skrede, Chaplin and Foundation Director for the Bethel Home.

Pictured making a $4,057 donation to the Wisconsin Lions Foundation and Lions Camp are 2022 Wisconsin Lions Foundation Secretary Pat Hart, Treasurer Darrel Dwyer, Viroqua Lions members Allan Petersen and Michael Stephen, and WI Lions Foundation President Larry Testa

Making a $1,014 donation to the Living Faith Food Pantry are Dan Crowley, Viroqua Lions President Roger Hanson, Marlene Sordahl, Roger Call, Steve Hill, Past Food Pantry Directors Dale Toltzman and Candy Toltzman, Allan Petersen, and Living Faith Food Pantry Director Titus Hochstetler

ELROY LIONS CLUB – DG Tom Knudtson presented four Melvin Jones Fellowship Awards to Gary Board, Robert Hart, Peter Brandt, and Randy Board.
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– Local resident, Diane Elsen, has been experiencing declining vision that made it difficult for her to read printed material. The Club decided to obtain a Optelec ClearView+ machine which allows one to enlarge materials to a more comfortable size or change the high contrast viewing modes for ease of reading. Lions Bob Kerska, Bradley Role, and Gary Tricker delivered and set up the equipment at the Elsen home for Diane to use recently.


Members prepared and sold brats, hamburgers, cheeseburgers and pork chop sandwiches for their hungry guests at the annual “Stuff the Bus” school supply drive on June 30th at the Bank of Cashton. Lions collected monetary donations and school supplies. The cash donations and profits from the sandwich sales will be used to purchase additional supplies needed to enhance the learning experience of Cashton area students.

BARABOO LIONS CLUB – Celebrating their 80th year in August, the Club invited various members of the community to Mike’s Italian Restaurant in Baraboo for a complimentary meal as well as to share the Baraboo Lions focus, accomplishments, and future goals. Various displays were created to share accomplishments within our Membership, Community Service, Vision, and Diabetes and an informational power point was scrolling throughout the night detailing our meetings, officers, teams/committees, as well as national Lion efforts. The Club recruited four new members at that meeting, plus added one shortly before the celebration. Pictured are the 2022 Baraboo Lions as well as five new members for 2022.

KENDALL LIONS CLUB – Two lions have received the Jefferson award from WXOW for their volunteer services in Kendall. The two Lions, Lynette Vlasek and Sally Dana,working out of the Kendall library, help do many activities in the small town of 500, even lending their cars. The two make sure that all needs are met from a holiday greeting or gift, to leading festivities throughout the year.

The library is a central place where people can come for assistance or just to help with a project.

Congratulations to Lynette and Sally!


As we start to get into our winter months, it is a good idea to check on our family and friends that may need extra attention, people that may need help for groceries or doctor visits if they are sick. The elderly that may need blankets or those that simply want to have a conversation with the people. Assisted living facilities can be checked in on to see if there is a need for blankets and perhaps some food baskets.

Schools and daycare facilities are in need of things like hats, mittens, winter jackets and boots. Check to see if there is a need for a food bank. Unfortunately some kids go home to little or no food and our Lions can help these kids go to bed with full stomachs. School nurses are a good starting point to find out what is needed most.

Check on your local food banks to make sure they have enough supplies for all the people in need. There is always a need for blankets, pillows, sleeping bags, as they have homeless people that do stop in, find out the need and help in any way you possibly can!

La Crosse Lions Celebrate 100 Years Of Service

On October 26, the La Crosse Lions Club celebrated their 100th anniversary with a banquet in the Lunda Center at Western Technical College. The banquet was attended by over 30 of the club members and 50 special guests. The guests included Mayor Reynolds who presented a proclamation indicating the week of October 23-29 to be Lions Week in the City of La Crosse. Also in attendance were Senator Brad Pfaff and Representative Jill Billings who presented the Lions with a resolution praising their 100 years of service to the community and the world. Recognition was also received from Governor Evers, Senators Johnson and Baldwin, Congressman Ron Kind as well as former President Jimmy and Rosalyn Carter. President Carter is a Lion Past District Governor from Georgia.

The keynote address was given by Lee Vrieze, a member of the Lions International Board of Directors. He praised the Lions for their generous service over the years. Lion Member Dr. Richard Foss shared some of the club history which included sponsoring an orphanage in Viet Nam during the conflict there. Unfortunately, the orphanage was destroyed by an attack by the Viet Cong. The Lions established the Myrick Park Zoo, purchased the first patrol boat for the county, helped establish the local eye bank, purchased TTY machines for the Central High School Deaf Club, and assisted hundreds of individuals by purchasing glasses, brail writers, computers and other devices over the years.

Club members Wayne Jacobson and April Harman were presented with the prestigious Melvin Jones Award, recognition for their service to the Lions and the community. Member Scott Fryseth received the Birch Sturm Award from the Wisconsin Lions Foundation for is dedicated service.

The La Crosse Lions Club and La Crosse Lions Charities are affiliated with Lions Clubs International, the world’s largest service organization with over 1.4 million members in more than 200 countries.

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CLUB – The Club celebrated their 50th Charter Anniversary with 35 club members and 55 guests, on October 8th. Lake Holcombe was chartered in November of 1972 with 32 members and have 73 members at the present. Guest Speaker PID Ron Duffe congratulated the club on its many accomplishments and engaged members to tell about our ongoing community service projects— the medical lending closet and the food pantry. DG Brian Dulmes brought greetings from International President Brian Sheehan. Pictured are the only remaining Charter Members of the Lake Holcombe Lions, Lion Robert Bayerl (left) and Lion Ervin Larson were honored for their years of dedicated service. Bayerl also served as a PDG and chartered the Lake Holcombe Leo Club, which celebrates 20 years in 2023.

AT THE OCTOBER COUNCIL OF GOVERNORS MEETING – the partners in service worked on creating Halloween bags to distribute in their districts. 548 bags were filled with candy, small toys and pencils. Pictured are DG Brian Dulmes presenting half of the bags to the Family Resource Center in Chippewa Falls (left). The other half of the bags went to Harbor House in Superior. Pictured is Lion Don Johnson presenting the bags to a staff of the Harbor House (right).

75th Year Charter

talked about the accomplishments of the club, making special note that the first project was working on having Highway 27 paved between Augusta and Ladysmith. Pictured is Carolyn Wanish receiving an International President’s Certificate “in recognition of distinguished achievements in fulfilling the mission of Lions Clubs International” from DG Brian Dulmes. Sue Shakal proudly receives her International President’s Certificate.


Lion John Koerper presents a $500 donation to Misty Wood from the Clear Lake Ambulance Service to be used toward the cost of Child Emergency Transport Restraints for children from 4 to 110 pounds.



– School Nurse Caitlin of the Chippewa Falls School District, with Lions Sue Foiles, Doris Bradley, PDG Larry Bradley of the Jim Falls Lions and Lion Kerrie Smithberg of the Lake Wissota Lions screened 1,914 students. 211 referrals were made in grades K-5.

CLEAR LAKE LIONS CLUB –prepared and served food at Clear Lake True Value Milwaukee Tools Open House on October 29. Pictured are Lions Bill McIntire

CHETEK LIONS CLUB – The Club hosted the preschool pumpkin carving event on October 28th at Roselawn Elementary. The perfect weather was enjoyed by both the students and their adult helpers. Pictured is one of the students and their parent creating their pumpkin.

–Members work on salting deer hides. Pictured are Lions Paul Kaiser, PDG Larry Bradley, and Lion Vern Weeks, and photographer, Lion Frank Foiles. They recently salted a total of 237 deer hides. To date they have 625 hides ready to go to the Lions Camp.

JIM FALLS LIONS CLUB AND CADOTT LIONS CLUB CADOTT LIONS CLUB – PID Ron Duffe was the keynote speaker for the Anniversary celebration held at the Fill Inn Station. Duffe and Marv Sias (l-r) LAKE WISSOTA LIONS CLUB –Honoring Vets by presenting them gift cards. WINTER LIONS CLUB – Lions Diane Hollman, Mike O’Mara, Karen Skogen, Ruth Blank and Patti Helsing (not pictured), recently screened over 200 students at the Winter School using the SPOT screening device. CLEAR
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District Convention Information

Our district convention will be held on Friday and Saturday March 31 and April 1 at the 29 Pines. Join us for a weekend of visiting with old friends and making new friends. We are excited about the events that we have planned for the weekend. There are topics that should be of interest to everyone.

Our International Director will be Ernesto “TJ” Tijerina and his wife, Lion Juanita from San Antonio, Texas. Director Tijerina has worked for 47 years as a professional educator and in school administration. He became a Lion in 1977 after joining the Del Rio San Felipe Lions Club and continues to serve with them to this day. He has held a number of offices with the association including district governor, district campus club chairperson and district GMT membership and new club growth team member. He has also been invited several times to participate on the LCI Advocacy Committee to represent Lions at Lions Day on the Hill in Washington, D.C. In recognition of his service, he has received numerous awards including multiple International President’s Awards and International President’s Certificates of Appreciation. He has also been awarded with the Lions Clubs International Foundation Helping Hands Award. Director Tijerina is a Progressive Melvin Jones Fellow. Director Tijerina and his wife, Juanita, also a Lion and Progressive Melvin Jones Fellow, have been married for 48 years and have three children and four grandchildren. We look forward to seeing all of you as we explore ways to “Sow Seeds of Volunteerism”. You can find the registration at the following website: under “EVENTS”


BRIAN DULMES 715-829-1454


Happy New Year! As I write this article the snow is falling and making everything white again. One thing about every new snow fall is that it refreshes the landscape, and makes Mother Nature clean again. So too, a good Lions convention can refresh us, our club, and our district. It gives us the opportunity to meet fellow Lions and share ideas that can lead to bigger and better service to our communities.

The lineup of speakers and topics for our upcoming (March 31 & April 1) convention will have a little something for everyone. On Friday night, we will have the Chippewa Falls High School Wire Choir performing for us. This group of students play wonderful music as they dance around with their stringed instruments. They routinely place high at events and have even performed internationally. We will also have a social time with games centered around the theme of “Sowing Seeds”, so dress up in your favorite farming or gardening attire or even your favorite plant and have a great time.

On Saturday, we will have a speaker on Human Trafficking. We may think the being from rural northwest Wisconsin we don’t have to worry about such things, but we will see that this is happening everywhere and lean what to look for and how to help these people . At the luncheon we will hear from a Chippewa Falls author who writes about local veterans and other historical subjects.

Other Club projects:

Every fall, a couple of club members shop for coats and jackets for the annual Salvation Army’s winter coat drive. As in the past, our club members this year found many beautiful, warm, quality jackets, delivered by PDG Bill Anderson on November 3rd.


– On Sunday, November 6th, club members got together and cleaned a mile-long stretch of WI 35. It was hard work, but all of the trash pickers felt they had really accomplished something extraimportant when they were done. Pictured are Lions Jeff Larsen and Bill Anderson who cooked hot dogs for Pattison Park’s annual 5K Rivet Run. The club had donated the hot dogs, buns and condiments and what didn’t get opened all went to the Ruth House the next day.

Members of the club attended the local Halloween Trunk or Treat celebration for the second year running. The Club’s theme this year was “Aloha”. Over 500 kids stopped by for candy and fun as they checked out all the displays, games, and activities. In just a couple of years, this has become a major celebration in our little community.

A community dinner was held on October 27th with nearly 200 people being served. The guests were served ham, turkey, potatoes and gravy, corn coleslaw and dessert.

In the afternoon we will have several breakout sessions that you can choose from. We will have someone from the Lions Eyebank of Wisconsin talking about the great work they do to help restore sight for people, and how, we as Lions do and can help this cause. We will also have a Leader Dog recipient to give us insights as to how these service dogs help blind people gain independence and not rely on others for everything. One more session directly linked to Lions will focus on the leadership and letting us know that it is not as scary and daunting as it sounds. We know the damage that drugs are all about us, but do we know where exactly they are? To help us find out, there will be a room set up to show just how the drugs can be hidden and we wouldn’t even know where to look for them. This will tie in with the methamphetamine problem as how we can use crime stoppers to report suspicious activity. Our last session will focus on the homeless veterans that are being helped at the shelter in Chippewa Falls. These people sacrificed for us, so this will give us an opportunity to see how we can help them get back on their feet.

Wrapping the day up at the banquet, we will hear from International Director Enesto “TJ” Tijerina. He and his wife Lion Juanita are from San Antonio Texas. TJ has been involved in education for 4y7 years and has participated in several high level presentations in Washington D.C.

I look forward to seeing you there I would like see every club represented. The registration information is included in this paper and is on our website.

JANUARY / FEBRUARY 2023 WisconsinLion 27 EDITOR: Barb Dulmes | | 715-289-5280 or 715-829-4090


Every Lions member could be considered a Superhero for all the great deeds done and the help provided to those in need! When it comes to traditional superheroes –we know who and what they are, we may have read and collected comic books when we were kids (and maybe still do) or have seen them on the big screen. As mentioned in the Jan/Feb 2022 installment of COLLECTOR’S

CORNER, if you like it, you can collect it – and that includes Superheroes!

I used to collect Fantastic Four comics during my youth, couldn’t wait for the new issue to arrive in the mail, had it read in no time and had to wait another month for the next issue; sold my collection years ago

but still have a few of my favorite issues I simply couldn’t part with. If you know if any Fantastic Four Lions pins out there, please let me know! Email me at with questions or interests.

Excelsior True Collectors! (Google Stan Lee quotes and my opening and close will make more sense : )

Reid would love to hear about your special finds! Happy Collecting!

The Club has been participating with volunteers who work at the airshow when it comes to the Chippewa Valley Regional Airport since 1987. This year was no different as the Club worked a jumbo hot dog stand that provides food for the tens of thousands of people who attended the two day event in June. With about a dozen volunteers working each day, the event proved to be a successful fundraiser and great exposure for “We Serve” Lions.

CLUB – For the second time this year, the Club had a beautiful fall fundraiser bringing beauty to your home or place of business. Their fall flower fundraiser was a success, with so many colors, and a variety of displays to choose from. They even offered a delivery service. The spring flowers were gorgeous and full of color. Alternatively, you could purchase a plant and have it delivered to an assisted living home, nursing home, or wherever you thought some beauty was needed. I, for one, am very happy with all of the mums I had delivered to make my home all decked out for fall. Thank you Elk Mound Lions for bringing the beauty to me.

Visit for a printable version of the E2 Convention Registration form.
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Altoona Joins Others To Make A Difference

The Altoona community is like any other city across Wisconsin. Local groups and families come out in support of needs that arise in their community and in some cases come out in a big way. On August 17th the Altoona Lions in partnership with the Altoona Compassion Coalition (ACC) and Thrivent held a drive through Thrivent Cans Hunger food donation drive. The goal was to collect 1000 items that were most needed for the monthly food boxes distributed by ACC. For every item donated Thrivent gave a $3 cash donation to ACC. The Altoona Lions Club provided a “to go” hot picnic meal (brats, hot dogs, chips and treat) to every car that participated in the drive through event. Along with ACC volunteers, Thrivent staff and 15 Altoona Lions Club members we collected over 1200 items for the maximum Thrivent match of $3,000. Our club members served and said thank you to over 50 cars that came through during the two hour period. Each car received information on ACC and the Altoona Lions Club with contact information. Not only was it a successful event but we were able to build relationships with two other organizations that serve in our community.

Pieces of Fabric From Around the World Become a Quilter’s Lion Club

The Menomonie Lions club recently sponsored a new branch club. Ridgeland Virtual Quilters Branch club beckons a collection of quilters to provide handmade quilts for a new partnership the Menomonie Lions club has begun with the organization, Sleep In Heavenly Peace. SIHP works with local organizations to build bunkable twin beds for children who have no bed. These beds are given to the children complete with all new bedding. The goal of Ridgeland Virtual Quilters is to make and donate a special quilt to each recipient of a bed. Due to Covid 19, the idea of a virtual club seemed a good idea. It also allows a larger geographical area of quilters to pull out ideas, fabric, and skills to create one of a kind quilts for each child.

If you know someone that would be interested in joining "Ridgeland Virtual Quilters", please contact Lion Beth Thompson at or

ALTOONA LIONS CLUB – Shining bright this holiday season and spreading the love of Christmas, the Club created a fundraiser to remember so many for multiple reasons. It was a wonderful sight - a tree lit up with love for so many. PDG Ronda Bierbrauer encourages other clubs to do a similar project in the future. “Lions, this is a wonderful fundraiser for your club and to make yourselves visible in your communities. Maybe next year. Maybe more than one tree. Maybe a new member. Maybe a blessing unknown.” 715-896-0421

I am thankful to be a Lion and to serve with you. This holiday season brings us pause to consider our blessings and to reflect on our purpose in life.

During the visits I have had at many of our clubs, it is clear that our Lions consider service to their neighbors and communities as a delight. Service and the habit of giving from the heart is taught and shared by friends and families. I have met many Lions who have been raised as Lions because their parents and grandparents are Lions. They come from a long line of service and happiness. Helen Keller said, “It all comes to this: the simplest way to be happy is to do good.”

I have enjoyed the hospitality and warm welcome from many clubs and look forward to visiting all the clubs in the district HINT: Please call or email and schedule a time for me to visit. I can’t wait to get to know you as friends and be inspired by heartfelt service projects and the fun and love you spread in your communities. “So long as we love we serve; so long as we are loved by others, I would almost say that we are indispensable; and no person is useless while he has a friend.” –Robert Louis Stevenson

Please Share your stories of random acts of kindness with me to share with the state and perhaps even in the Wisconsin Lion!

Our District Convention is coming up March 17-18 and will include service projects including putting together “Smile bags” and collecting donations of canned chicken and canned tuna for the food pantry so please bring these with you on behalf of yourself or as a collection you’ve taken at your club. We will be celebrating all of our uniqueness so at the reception on Friday come ready for some fun. Attire: Something to represents your background, skills, talents, heritage etc.… Be creative! There will be games and live music as well as fun with old friends and new. Watch for more details for the convention activities and information coming soon.

So, in conclusion, I am thankful to be a Lion and thankful for Lions who make a difference in people’s lives all over the world.

“How wonderful it is that nobody need wait a single moment before starting to improve the world.”- Anne Frank

Five Generations of Lions in Augusta

The Dickinsen legacy lives on in Augusta as shown in this recent picture taken at Governor’s Night. Virgil Dickinsen, a 1939 charter member of the Augusta club, was the great-great grandfather. His son Dale carried on in his footsteps faithfully serving the community for many years.

Shown here pictured with the 27-E2 District Governor

Hagen are Lion grandson Brent Dickinsen; Bob Nugent, husband of granddaughter Debbie; great granddaughters Jeani

Landers; and great-great granddaughter Jaiden


Marcia Nugent Amanda Nugent.
JANUARY / FEBRUARY 2023 WisconsinLion 29 EDITOR: PDG Ronda Bierbrauer | | 612-636-5044

In Memory / In Honor of…


*Donation to Birch-Sturm Fund



Gary & Elaine Colton


Coon Valley Lions Club


Stoughton Lions Club


Duke & Marlene Thurs


Greater Greenfield Lions Club


Berlin-Hamburg Lions Club

Tom & Judy Mueller

Bill & Rita Mueller


Town of Texas Lions Club


PDG Walt & Eileen Althaus

Darrel & Shelley Blank

Peter & Joann Cerniglia

Megan & Adam Crowson

Adelheid Custer

Richard & Peggy Daluge

David & Tracy De Angelis

Lyle & Charlotte Esser

Andrea Gugel

Randolph & Sandra Harrison

Marilyn Huset

PID Phil & Betty Ingwell

Ellen Keller

Sarah Kruger

Jim Lease

Sylvia & Jon Lewis

Art & Jo Marson

Donald McKay

Mount Horeb Lions Club

Jack & Dorothy Reindl

Bill & Judy Saeman

Kristie Schorr

Cinda & Jessica Schwedrsky

Jason & Liz Shelley

Stoughton Lions Club

Brett Thompson

Meghan Thornton

PDG Michael & Carolyn Tiber

Verona Lions Club

Waunakee Lions Club

Neil Winchell


Avoca Blue River Muscoda Lions Club


PDG Dan & Sally Gaeu

Connie & Michael LeCleir-Meyer

PDG Greg & Kate Pryor


Mary Becker

Mary Jo Bichler

Patricia Cottrell

Mary Flierl

Donald & Carol Goeden

Joan Houpt

Roland Kitt

Bonnie Knaub

James Pauly

Jo Ann R. Stade


Richard & Patricia Gracyalny

Pulaski Lions Club


Abbotsford Lions Club*


Ernie Thieding


Steven Haugland


Richard J. Ziemann


Jeff & Diane Hoffman


Ronald H. Klein


Genoa City Lions Club

Julie Mulligan


Grand Chute Lions Club


Richard & Jean Asleson

Mary & Bob Brooks

Robert J. Kratz Family

Richard & Joan Kratz

Jim & Linda Meagher

Clyde Olson

Arletta Trejo


Pulaski Lions Club


Greater Greenfield Lions Club


Mukwonago Lions Foundation, Inc.


Black River Falls Lions Club

Friends of the Black River, Inc.


Howard-Suamico Lions Club


Crivitz Lions Club


Alice & Gordon Peterson


John & Laurie Westphal


Merrill Lions Club



Jack & Joyce Kasper


Bill & Winnifred Urban


Stoughton Lions Club


Howard-Suamico Lions Club


Dorothy Goss


Judy Decker

Mary Halberstadt

Maryann Hegemann

Elizabeth Olson

Jean Reuss

Patricia Schrack

Gary & Connie Tilleros

Susan Vandenboom


Wayne & Elizabeth Buteyn


Chuck & Michelle Lindemann


PDG Larry & Doris Bradley


Richard Werner


Janice Gracyalny

Pulaski Lions Club


Nancy Basol

Kandice Blank

Glenn & Karen Clark

Linette Clifford

Ronald Counsell

Suzanne Schmidt

Judith Von Rueden

Dolores Zeman


William & Winnifred Urban


Women of the Moose-West Bend Chapter 732


Suzanne Schmidt



David & Laurie Balts

Christine Henson

Dennis & Jillian Kindermann

Pat Mahin

Barry & Lisa Meyers

Onalaska Lions Club

Mike & Barb Quillin

Terry & Carla Steffen

Steve & Kelly Thompson

Jim & JoAnn Wickizer


DG Brian & Barb Dulmes



Chippewa Falls Lions Club


Hawkins Lions Club

Rice Lake Lions Club

Tamra Rockenbach


Easton-Hewitt-Wausau Lions Club


Lake Holcombe Lions Club


Birchwood Lions Club Luck Lions Club


Two Rivers Lioness Club





Coon Valley Lions Club

Tamra Rockenbach



Chippewa Falls Lions Club

Hawkins Lions Club

Lake Holcombe Lions Club

Rice Lake Lions Club

PDG Gary & Dorie Solum


Larry & Doris Bradley

DG Brian & Barb Dulmes

Sue Shakal

DG JOHN REIL Crivitz Lions Club


Bonnie & Randy Winterhack



Beaver Dam Lions Club






PDG Gary Brummeyer


Jan Diffey



PID Phil and Betty Ingwell


CC Tammy Rockenbach


PID Phil and Betty Ingwell

PDG Michael and Carolyn Tiber

PDG Jerry Wille

PID Mark and Jayne Hintzman

PDG Tom Abts

PID Peter and Joann Cerniglia

Ron and Karen Blawusch

PDG Patrick and Lisa Furey

PDG Karl and Judith Schmid

Robert Mersch

Gerald Ries

PDG Dan and Sally Gaeu

PDG Reid Meyer


PDG Jerry Wille

PID Phil and Betty Ingwell


Adam and Megan Crowson


Kent and Loretta Meng

David and Ellen Schilling

Shirley Peterson

Sharon and John Smith

Angel Pena

Justin Hentges

Jonathan Phelan

Robert and Jane Olson

Tom and Patty Shervey

Ricky and Sharon Feiertag

PDG Karl and Judi Schmid

Mark and Barbara Johnson Stan and Linda Buchanan

Bonnie Schultz

Jacque Schaeffer

Mike and Wanda Boch

Bill and Nancy Jakel


PDG Bob Henning


PDG Del Plank


PID Connie LeCleir-Meyer


Arletta Trejo


PDG Jerry Wille


Judith Von Rueden

Joel and Carol Edwards

John and Lori Uttech

Darren and Patricia Winkler









Steven & Jean Coroene
Ronald & Judy Duffe
Judy Duffe
Ronald &
Ronald & Judy Duffe
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– Back in 1967, Cleveland had a small Lions Club, when Larry Sommer attended a meeting. He was shown how Lions serve their communities and meet humanitarian needs around the world, so he was compelled to join. In 1974, Larry moved to another small village named Denmark. In 1990 Lion Larry transferred to this current club in Crandon. Larry is president of the Crandon club as well as the former clubs. To celebrate Lion Larry’s 55 years as a Lion, his club held an appreciation meeting, at which he was honored and presented with a large cake decorated with the iconic lion, a symbol that is recognized worldwide indicating that “the Lions serve.” Lion Larry appreciates the honor of serving his club and community and intends to do so for many more years.

Congratulations to Al Oscarson who received special recognition for 50 years of service with the Marinette Lions Club. Next to Al is Mike Martin, who also recently celebrated 50 years of Lionism. Combined, these two Lions have more than a century of service among them.

KENNETH PETERSEN Melvin Jones Francis Creek (B1) ED OGUREK Melvin Jones Appleton Noon (B1) BLAINE PRIEBUSCH Birch-Sturm Appleton Noon (B1) ROBERT STOIBER Melvin Jones Curtiss (C1) GARY BOARD Melvin Jones Elroy (D2) RANDY BOARD Melvin Jones Elroy (D2) PETER BRANDT Melvin Jones Elroy (D2) ROBERT HART Melvin Jones Elroy (D2) TERRY GIRARD Melvin Jones Marinette (B2) On December 3, Marinette Lions Club President John LaCourt presented Ruth Thielen with a plaque for her leadership as club president in 2021-22. ROBERTS LIONS PRESENT AND INDUCT –Top: receiving the Melvin Jones from Secretary Chuck Pizzi and President Jeremy Knospe are Sue Gibb and Linnea Olson. Bottom: inducting new members, Theresa Berg and Lanae Nelson, is PID Ron Duffe. Sponsor for both new members is Geno Hanson. President Jeremy Knospe Seven Melvin Jones Fellowships were awarded to Fairwater Lions members PDG Merle Strelow (posthumously), Bonnie Strelow, Beverly Karst, William and Linda Kuehn, Kathleen Schuster and Dave Tapper.
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Advanced Lions Leadership Institute, An Experience of a Lifetime

ALLI (Advanced Lions Leadership Institute) training 2022 was held in Los Angeles, California on October 6-9. Five Lions represented our State of Wisconsin including 4 members of the 2nd Vice District Governor’s Team and 1 member of the 1st Vice District Governor’s Team.

ALLI is one of the trainings that all incoming 2nd VDG’s should attend and if they miss getting in the first attempt they should re-apply again the next year. ALLI training is a once in a lifetime experience not only with training but also in camaraderie and learning from Lions throughout Constitutional Area 1. Pictured are your MD27 leaders who attended the ALLI training and as you will see, all agreed that this training is a memorable and a worthwhile experience.

2nd VDG Ray Jones - District A1

What a weekend! We were given lots of information in a short time but in a really fun manner. We learned about Lionism and about LCIF, did a bit of role playing and our groups did some project planning. However, the best part of ALLI was all the new friends I met and made during this time. What a great bunch of Lions!

2nd VDG Deb Freeman

- District A2

My experience at this ALLI training was exceptional. From the time I walked into the spacious, well decorated hotel to the time I left to go home, I was amazed at what we got accomplished in that short time. What really impressed me was the pre-assignment we were given. We were put into teams of 4 and our team had to contact each other and work on a couple of projects to bring with us to our first class. Our team, as were most, had members who were in different time zones and some were even out side of the U.S.

It is hard to capture on paper the emotions and bonding of our classes and teachers. How so many leaders can bond together in such a short time is a tribute to how the ALLI program is put together. For incoming 2nd Vice District Governors, attending ALLI is so much worth the experience you will receive.

1st VDG Greg Kubichka - District B1

ALLI training gives you the opportunity to meet leaders of Lions from all around the world. We got to practice our listening, communication and different types of leadership skills and had a large opportunity for personal growth to become a better leader and being open minded.

It was a very comfortable space to lower walls and explain where our shortcomings and our strengths are to becoming different leaders, and modeling the way for better leadership. We had scenarios in how to handle conflict resolution, information with powerpoint presentations on grants, LCIF and many more opportunities that LCI/LCIF provides for our districts and clubs.

There was a large value to having hands on learning that goes way above the My Learning Center that LCI offers online. ALLI is not just for vice district governors, this could be for any Lion looking to grow their leadership skills for the future.

2nd VDG Jamie Wilde - District C1

WOW!! What an experience! Everyone I talked to that had previously attended an ALLI training kept telling me it was the best training and experience that I could possibly have! I thought to myself, how can that possibly be?! But let me tell you-everyone was right!! From the instructors to the training to the friendships made, it was an incredible experience! I loved meeting new Lions from literally across the world! What a great

training that Lions outside the United States could attend! This training not only will help in my Lions 'life', but my real life as well! These are truly lessons for a lifetime. I was pushed outside of my comfort zone by doing a presentation in front of people that I didn't know! It was nerve wracking but I am so glad I was able to do it. I learned tips to use both in my club as well as 2nd VDG to 1st VDG to DG and beyond! I also loved the location and felt like we were treated like royalty at the hotel! They always made sure we had exactly what we needed. I look forward to sharing more with you when I see you at District Conventions and other events down the road!

2nd VDG Thomas Pratt - District E1

ALLI was informative, challenging, and fun all at the same time.

I learned new things about LCI, LCIF, leadership skills, etc. and about myself as well.

I was able to talk with other Lions from different states and countries, made new friends, and found some new ideas from them and I think they may have gotten some from me as well.

I think that all 2nd VDGs should apply to go to this training, they will learn something they did not know about Lionism from the instructors and participants. It is definitely worth the time and expense.

One thing that I learned through discussions was that clubs throughout the world are faced with the same challenges in their Clubs and Districts that we are, such as growing and retaining members.

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