Wisconsin Lions News

Wisconsin Farm to Table donates proceeds to Lions Club, Ag Chest
Wisconsin State Farmer - MADISON - The Wisconsin Farm to Table organization donated proceeds from its 2017 dinner event to the Green County Ag Chest and the Monticello Lions Club on Feb. 8, to celebrate their volunteer work at the Wisconsin Farm to Table event, which took place on Aug. 19 at Voegeli Farms, Inc. “One of ...

Lancaster Lions recently celebrated as Past President Lion Ruth Rupnow received the Club Excellence Award. The award is presented to Lions Clubs that achieve goals in membership, service activities, club organizational excellence, public relations and communications. Presenting Lion Ruth with her award is current President Lion Stacy Martin. The Lancaster Lions Club meets the first Monday of the month at 7pm at Karla's Kitchen. For more information, contact Lion Lynn Knutson at 732-8266.

Lake Mason Lions offer many thanks
Sauk Prairie Eagle - The ability of Lions clubs everywhere depends greatly upon the assistance and support of local merchants and individuals who contribute to the variety of efforts made by the clubs. Last month's Lake Mason Lions Annual Fisheree was successful due to the generous contributions of many. The club wishes to thank these businesses and individuals who helped make the venture a success: ...

Madison Monona Lioness Club presents checks to the recipients of their February 3 money raffle, held at Tully's II in Monona. Pictured from the left is Lioness co-chair Sandy Zweifel, Society of St. Vincent de Paul Ernie Stetenfeld, St. Stephen's Food Pantry Dick Benzine, and Lioness co-chair Judy Kihslinger. Each food pantry received a check for $1250. Thank you all who bought tickets!

The Monticello Lioness Club just created 15 Valentine Cheer Baskets for area shut ins who are unable to get outside during the winter months. This is one of the Club's service projects. Shown here are Lioness Karen Gempeler, Nancy Elmer, Jeri Wendler, Carol Powell, Tammy Rockenbach and Connie Henning.

The Lancaster Leo and Lion Clubs recently collected food items and cash for the Worldwide Week of Service to Fight Hunger. The items will be donated to the Lancaster Food Pantry. Leo Club Officers from left to right are Kyla Vaughan - President, Payton Lolwing - Treasurer, Liz Walker - Secretary, Carli Jerrett - Vice President and Adviser Lion Andy Richard.

New Glarus Lions Pancake Breakfast, Sunday, March 11, 8:00am to 11:30am, New Glarus Hotel Restaurant, 100 6th Ave, New Glarus. All you can eat breakfast includes pancakes, scrambled eggs, sausage, applesauxe, cheese, coffee, and milk. $8.00 adults, $4.00 children under 12, kids under 6 eat free. Proceeds go to local scholarships and other community projects.

Local Community Leaders and Stakeholders Celebrate Groundbreaking of the New Lions Eye ...
PR.com (press release) - Lions Eye Bank of Wisconsin has doubled in size over the past few years, currently employing approximately 40 staff. Much more growth is expected over the next 5 years, as we expand our services, providing more job opportunities for Wisconsinites. “The new facility will allow for more growth, and will ...

Play blackjack, craps when Waupun Lions Club host annual Las Vegas Fun Night
Fond du Lac Reporter - All proceeds from this event and the raffle sale will allow the Waupun Lions to provide continued support to the Lions Camp in Rosholt, Waupun Little League, the Wisconsin Eye Bank, the Waupun Public Library, scholarships for Waupun Area High School seniors, the Waupun Food Pantry and many ...

Presentation of the Lion of the Year for the New Glarus Lions Club. Cheryl Bergum was presented with the Lion of the Year Award, in recognition of outstanding service, loyalty, and devotion to Lionism.

Region 1 Zone 2 Meeting a SUPER success!
Zone Chair Tony Sobczak treated 30 members to a Super Hero themed dinner while attending the Region 1, Zone 2 meeting on Tuesday, January 23rd. The meeting was fun and informative. Special guests included WLF Director Steve Ver Kuilen, Youth Exchange Director Ben August, Youth Exchange Scholarship award winner Cassidy Schnell (DeForest Leo) and 2nd VDG Conrad Dryer. The Zone (consisting of DeForest, Marshall, Sun Prairie, Token Creek and Waunakee) is very active and is making a positive impact both locally and globally. A big shout out to the Token Creek Lions Club for hosting the meeting at the Burke Town Hall! - Lion Tony Sobczak

St. Peter's Lions Club to hold 'Super Sub Sell Down' competition on Superbowl Saturday
Fond du Lac Reporter - This year's proceeds benefit The Salvation Army of FDL County, the ARC of Fond du Lac, and the Wisconsin Lions Camp which serves the blind, deaf, mentally challenged and diabetic. Sub ingredients are donated by Festival Foods, Pick 'n Save and their suppliers. Members of the St. Peters Lions Club ...

Coon Valley Lions induct new members
The Westby Times - Giese will help serve the Lions Eye Bank of Wisconsin as a transporter of donated eye tissue from La Crosse to Tomah. Once it arrives in Tomah, other Lions in the relay system deliver the eye tissue to the Lions Eye Bank in Madison. The eye tissue is tested and processed for corneal transplantation to a ...

Your eyes are like a wonderful camera. They take pictures of the world around you and send those pictures to your brain. For some of us it is not that easy!

The eye condition of Coloboma of the iris (the colored part of the eye) can look like a black notch at the edge of the pupil. This is how the term cat-eye originated. With the condition, many need to wear glasses to correct a refractive error which causes blurred vision. The main visual impact of a coloboma of the iris is light sensitivity. Without full ability to control the amount of light entering the eye, a child may have discomfort and poorer vision in bright light.

For Ty, this is the condition he has had since birth. He finds it extremely important to wear transition lenses. A huge thank you goes out to the Lancaster Lions Club for providing those lenses for Ty. When the club was approached and asked for assistance, they were on board immediately stating, “let's make this happen!” Early in November, Ty received his new transition lenses. According to Ty, “Before I had these, my eyes were being tortured and I was like, AHHHHHH, MY EYES ARE BURNING ALIVE.”

Ms. Price, Ty's teacher states: “Ty is a wonderful kid. He is so kind and caring toward others and always has a smile on his face!” Ty's CESA vision teacher, Ms. Breuer, agrees with his classroom teacher and adds that Ty has an incredible imagination that always puts a different spin on the way you view things. Ty likes to read graphic novels, and he is always putting his ideas into drawings. Maybe someday we will see his name as the author and illustrator of one of those novels. Ms. Breuer states: “Ty is the one who puts a smile on my face!”

The mission of CESA 3, located in Fennimore, is to serve the unique needs of schools and children in Southwest Wisconsin. The agency creates opportunities for schools to work together to share staff, which in turn saves school districts money, but extends opportunities to all children. With the Lions Club's Motto, “We Serve”, what better, than these two entities meeting in the middle to provide the best possible outcome for others. Effective collaboration is about maximizing time, talent and tools to create value, in this case, financial value. Thank You Lancaster Lions Club!

Pictured left to right are Lancaster Lions Club member Tom Davies, Lancaster Lions Club Special Requests Committee Chair Rod Slaght, Ty Leffler, CESA vision teacher Jan Breuer and Lancaster Lions Club Special Requests Committee member Kim Veech.

St Peter Lions Club helps Fond du Lac County with eye screenings
Fond du Lac Reporter - FOND DU LAC - In August 2017, Marian Sheridan, coordinator of School Health & Safety for the Fond du Lac School District, Julie Schmidt of the Fond du Lac County Health Department, and Fred Gebhart, District 27 B1 governor for Wisconsin Lions, met to set up an eye screening program for the Fond ...

Curt Horman receives Melvin Jones Fellowship Award
The Westby Times - Coon Valley Lion Curt Horman was awarded the "Melvin Jones Fellowship" by Past District Governor Cedric Veum. ... In Wisconsin, LCIF funding is also used for Lions Camp, Lions Eye Bank of Wisconsin and the cameras used in the widespread vision screening programs for students in local schools.

Fontana Big Foot Lions Club focuses on catching students' eye problems before they get worse
Lake Geneva Regional News - That led to a resolve by the local Lions Clubs to start their own screening programs. As a first step, the area Lions chapters raised $6,000 to purchase a mobile vision screener by a company called Plusoptix of Atlanta.

Lions keep vision health in sight
Milton Courier - Members of the Milton, Edgerton and Verona Lions clubs and others provided free vision screenings for children in the School District of Milton. More than 700 elementary school students were screened by trained Lions club members or a member in training.

Fennimore Lions Club member Len Leis presents Amy Hartline of the Fennimore Food Pantry a check for $500 to help with costs connected to the Pantry.

District Fun Facts
In 2016-17, the average Lion in 27-D1 benefited 245 people (up from 174 the prior year)! Our Lions reported:
  • 3,148 activities
  • 89,267 Lion hours
  • 556,739 total people served.
We also won the Statewide Centennial Eyeglass Challenge by collecting over 65,505 pairs of eyeglasses and averaging 28.98 pairs/member! We will be celebrating this win at the 2018 District Convention March 10-11 at the Chula Vista Resort, Wisconsin Dells.