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									THE WISCONSIN LION
September 2009
INSIDE
Living A Dream, Improving A Life ................................................................................................. 5
Campers Hit Home Run With the Brewers ...................................................................................... 8
The Road To Milwaukee Goes Through Memphis.......................................................................... 8
Lions Eye Bank of Wisconsin........................................................................................................ 10
   2010 Transplant Games To Be Held In Madison....................................................................... 10
   More Than 100 Help Dedicate New LEBW Building ............................................................... 11
Lions Quest 25-Year Anniversary Celebration .............................................................................. 12
It‘s Been A Wonderful Summer… ................................................................................................ 12
Wisconsin Lions Foundation ......................................................................................................... 14
   We Make Life Better Every Day ............................................................................................... 14
   Get Ready For Deer Hide Collection ......................................................................................... 15
   Donor Days A Hit ...................................................................................................................... 15
   Al Stigler: A Hero‘s Legacy ...................................................................................................... 16
   Another Busy Summer ............................................................................................................... 17
   Charlie‘s Challenge .................................................................................................................... 17
   Camp For Kids Raffle ................................................................................................................ 17
   A Touch of Home ...................................................................................................................... 18
   Inside WLF ................................................................................................................................ 18
Plan to Attend Camp Open House ................................................................................................. 20
MD27 Well Represented At International Convention .................................................................. 20
Can Generation Y Be Your Solution to Growth During This Recession? part 2........................... 21
NEWS: 27-A1 ................................................................................................................................ 25
   Notes from DG Carl ................................................................................................................... 25
   Muskego Lions Roar Into Their 60th Year ................................................................................ 26
   Hats Off To Lionism .................................................................................................................. 29
   S. Milwaukee Shines................................................................................................................. 29
   Upcoming Events ....................................................................................................................... 30
NEWS: 27-A2 ................................................................................................................................ 32
   Notes from DG Bill .................................................................................................................... 32
   District Cabinet Ready To Serve ............................................................................................... 32
   Coffee Shop Eye Opener ........................................................................................................... 36
   District Bowling ......................................................................................................................... 37
   Oct. 17th-18th & Oct. 24th-25th - Mapleway Bowl, Oconomowoc ......................................... 37
   Website & Publicity Updates ..................................................................................................... 38
   Club Activities & Events ........................................................................................................... 38
   Events......................................................................................................................................... 39
NEWS: 27-B1 ................................................................................................................................ 41
NEWS: 27-B1 ................................................................................................................................ 41
   Notes from DG Len ................................................................................................................... 41
   Check Out www.md27b1.org .................................................................................................... 41
   Lioness Coming Together .......................................................................................................... 42
   News & Activities ...................................................................................................................... 42
   34th Annual 27-B1 District Convention .................................................................................... 43
   2009 27-B1 Convention ............................................................................................................. 45
NEWS: 27-B2 ................................................................................................................................ 47
NEWS: 27-B2 ................................................................................................................................ 47
 Notes from DG Pat..................................................................................................................... 47
 DG Pat‘s Calendar ..................................................................................................................... 47
 Tidbits Of Wisdom .................................................................................................................... 48
 Sturgeon Bay Lions Club Proud History ................................................................................... 48
 27-B2 Submission Guidelines.................................................................................................... 49
 27-B2 Convention Weekend In Review .................................................................................... 50
 News & Activities ...................................................................................................................... 51
    To All Lions Clubs From The Editor ..................................................................................... 51
NEWS: 27-C1 ................................................................................................................................ 54
 Notes from DG Keith ................................................................................................................. 54
 Living With Macular Degeneration ........................................................................................... 55
 Give 27-C1 Journey For Sight A Stimulus Package .................................................................. 56
 Club News.................................................................................................................................. 56
 Events......................................................................................................................................... 57
 2009 27-C1 Convention Registration Form ............................................................................... 57
NEWS: 27-C2 ................................................................................................................................ 60
 Notes from DG Shirley .............................................................................................................. 60
 Event .......................................................................................................................................... 60
 New 27-C2 Leadership Team In Place ...................................................................................... 61
    WLF Director Dennis Christianson ....................................................................................... 61
    Our Newest WLF Director Greg Tobisch .............................................................................. 62
 Adult Vision Screening Comes To District 27-C2 .................................................................... 62
 Peace & The Environment ......................................................................................................... 63
 News & Events .......................................................................................................................... 64
NEWS: 27-D1 ................................................................................................................................ 66
 Notes from DG Rick .................................................................................................................. 66
 1st VDG Notes ........................................................................................................................... 67
 Club Website‘s More Important Than Ever ............................................................................... 67
 Top 10 Reasons to Bowl at the 27-D1 Tournament................................................................... 68
 February 13-14th, Rudes Lanes, DeForest................................................................................. 68
 Beloit‘s Membership Growth Formula ...................................................................................... 68
 District 27-D1 Website Is For You To Use ............................................................................... 69
 Calling All Photographers For The Environmental Photo Contest ............................................ 69
 News & Activities ...................................................................................................................... 70
 Upcoming Events & Meetings ................................................................................................... 71
NEWS FROM 27-D2 ..................................................................................................................... 72
 Notes from DG Kathy ................................................................................................................ 72
 Is It Time For You To Move Up? .............................................................................................. 73
 Lioness Call To Action .............................................................................................................. 73
 ALERT Reminder ...................................................................................................................... 75
 Time For ―The Power Of Peace‖ Peace Poster Contest ............................................................. 75
 Events......................................................................................................................................... 76
 News & Activities ...................................................................................................................... 77
NEWS: 27-E1 ................................................................................................................................ 79
 Can You Answer Lion Questions?............................................................................................. 80
 Hearing And Speech Donations Encouraged ............................................................................. 80
 New Lioness Year Brings New Ideas ........................................................................................ 81
 Vision Screening Certification Training .................................................................................... 81
 Club News & Activities ............................................................................................................. 82


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  Upcoming Event ........................................................................................................................ 83
  DG Club Visitation Request Form ............................................................................................. 83
NEWS: 27-E2 ................................................................................................................................ 85
  Notes from DG Connie .............................................................................................................. 85
  Opportunities Lost ..................................................................................................................... 86
  Another Successful Vitamin A Distribution .............................................................................. 87
  Cleghorn and Eleva-Strum Share Governor‘s Award................................................................ 87
  Donate To Youth Exchange ....................................................................................................... 88
  What is Service Leadership? ...................................................................................................... 88
  Peace Poster Contest Surprisingly Easy Part 2 .......................................................................... 89
  Save the Date: Somerset Charter Night ..................................................................................... 90
  Raffle To Benefit Mondovi Lions Park Project ......................................................................... 90
  27-E2 Lions Foundation ............................................................................................................ 90
CLASSIFIEDS ............................................................................................................................... 92
  100 MD27 Contacts ................................................................................................................... 92
  110 Upcoming Dates.................................................................................................................. 93
  120 Conventions/Trainings ........................................................................................................ 93
  140 LCI Convention Delegates .................................................................................................. 93
  600 Melvin Jones Fellowships ................................................................................................... 95
  610 Birch-Sturm Fellowships .................................................................................................... 96
  620 Knight of Sight Fellowships ............................................................................................... 96
  700 WLF Donations................................................................................................................... 96
Tool Kit ........................................................................................................................................ 102
  We Must Move To Grow ......................................................................................................... 102
  2009-10 International Program Focuses on Growth & Sustainability ..................................... 103
  The Ginkgo Awards ................................................................................................................. 106




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Volume 56, No. 9
Wisconsin Lion
(USPS No. 688-740)
is published 12 times a year for the 21,000 Lions of Wisconsin at 2809 Post Road,
Stevens Point, WI 54481.
Periodical postage paid at Stevens Point, WI and additional mailing offices.

POST MASTER:
Send form 3579 with new address to 2809 Post Rd., Stevens Point, WI 54481.

EDITORIAL BOARD
DG Ray Stanley, Chair
John Schwab, MERLO
Evett Hartvig, WLF
Peter Cerniglia, Lions Eye Bank
Greg Tobisch, MD27 PR Chair
Dave Sievert, At Large
Jodi Burmester, Editor/Designer

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Madison, WI 53713-3389
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Send stories to the Editorial Offices listed above. Articles, accompanied by photos
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Living A Dream, Improving A Life
by Jodi Burmester


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  When Wendy Wright was a young girl she saw a story on television about the
first seeing eye dog and thought it would be really cool to raise seeing eye dogs
when she grew up. By the Fall of 2007, Wendy was able to put her dream in
motion.
  A life-long animal lover, Wright has always had pets in her life and even raising
alpacas for a while. She had recently put one of her dogs to sleep and was planning
to get another one. She had seen Leader Dogs for the Blind presentations at
different Lions Conventions and decided to visit the Leader Dogs website to learn
more about their mission, puppy raiser requirements and support.
  Wright decided to complete the application and waited eagerly to hear whether
she would be accepted into the program. She finally got a call in late December
telling her that her application was approved and they had two litters of labs and
one of a German Shepherd/lab mix for her to choose from. She chose a female
from the mixed litter and was instructed to come to Rochester, MI the first
weekend in February to pick her puppy up.
  Wright‘s first visit to the Leader Dog facility was when she picked her puppy up.
―It‘s such an amazing facility with so much positive energy,‖ said Wright, ―it
really makes you feel good about how our donations are being used.―
  They left Leader Dog with an energetic puppy, a manual, some special collars to
use during training, a leash and photos of her litter.
  Wright and her daughter decided to call the puppy Kyla and brought her home for
an introduction to their other pets... a dog and two cats.
  Wright, who‘s owned and trained many dogs, found one of the biggest challenges
to be the restrictions on what you can and can‘t teach the puppy. According to
Wright, ―Since Kyla was destined to be a Leader Dog and not a pet, we could only
teach her service-related commands. So there was no playing fetch and we had to
adjust how we played with our other dog too.‖
  Wisconsin puppy raiser‘s main link to Leader Dog is Puppy Counselor Deb
Hader. Hader organizes monthly puppy outings for all the Leader Dogs In Training
from around Wisconsin. These outings focused on socialization and exposing the
puppies to a variety of real-world situations like dining in a restaurant, riding
public transportation, attending or participating in a parade, going bowling,
watching a movie in a theater and getting through airport security.
  ―We attracted a crowd wherever we went.‖ Wright continues, ―Imagine six
puppies in a crowded mall and the number of kids who want to pet them. It was a
bit overwhelming the first time, but really taught the puppies how to handle a
crowd.‖
  This group of puppy raisers and their Puppy Counselor provide a much needed
support network not only during the outings. You can‘t exactly kennel one of these



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special puppies, so if a puppy raiser goes on a vacation or trip and can‘t take their
puppy with them, one of the others will foster the puppy.
  Besides socialization, one of the puppy raiser‘s major jobs is leash training. As a
matter of fact, a Leader Dog puppy must be on a leash at all times when they are in
public. Wright says Kyla is one of the best dogs she ever raised, she has a very
calm personality and took to her leash immediately. She tells the story of when
Kyla was about four months old and they were walking to a baseball game. Just as
they were getting ready to cross main street an ambulance came screaming by with
sirens blaring. ―She didn‘t even flinch. I was shocked,‖ said Wright, ―she just sat
their waiting patiently.‖
  All too soon the first weekend in January was here and it was time to take Kyla
back to Leader Dog so she could be tested to see if she was qualified to go through
the official training program.
  Says Wright, ―It was hard to take her back, she was so much a part of our family.
I‘ll be honest, there was a small part of me that hoped she wouldn‘t pass the test
and I could bring her back home with me forever. But I raised her to help someone
else have a better life and I knew she was going to be a fantastic companion for a
very lucky person.‖
  Kyla passed her first test with flying colors. As a matter of fact, the tester said she
was very easy on the arm and he looked forward to taking Kyla out a lot.
  Kyla then went through four months of training before she was matched with a
recently retired gentleman from Alabama for a month of team training. Wright got
regular reports on Kyla‘s progress at Leader Dog and she was even able to visit
Kyla and her partner during the team training.
  Kyla is this gentleman‘s sixth Leader Dog and this was the first time he‘s met
one of his dog‘s puppy raisers. They spent an hour talking and he asked a lot of
questions.
  Kyla and her partner have been home for three months now and are doing great.
Wright plans to raise another puppy for Leader Dog when the time is right.
  Puppy Placement Criteria - Leader Dogs for the Blind raises Labrador Retriever,
Golden Retriever, and German Shepherd puppies to work as dog guides. The
puppies are raised in individual homes until they are 12-15 months, at which time
they enter the formal training program.
  Requirements - Any individual or family that is able to devote the necessary time
and effort to raise a puppy is eligible. Puppies are placed into the volunteer foster
homes at seven weeks. The family is responsible for the routine veterinary care and
feeding of the puppy for its first year. These expenses may be tax deductible.
Leader Dog will furnish the contract, puppy tag and bandanna/puppy jacket,
instruction manual and video for the raiser. All dogs must be brought back to the
school between 12-15 months of age.

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  A Leader Dog Puppy placed in your home must be a family project. Your puppy
will require lots of T.L.C. - Tender Loving Care - from all members of the family.
  For more information on the Leader Dog program including how to get involved
in the puppy raising program, visit http://www.leaderdog.org/.
  Founded by three Detroit area Lions Clubs members in 1939, Leader Dogs for
the Blind provides dog guides to people who are blind and visually impaired to
enhance their mobility, independence and quality of life. Each year, over 270
students attend our 26-day residential training program to be paired with a dog
guide.


Campers Hit Home Run With the
Brewers
  BREWERS HOST 100 CAMPERS & FAMILIES - On Wednesday, July 29,
Camp Operations Manager Andrea Yenter had the opportunity to attend a Brewers
Game with 24 camper families. The Brewers had given us 100 tickets at no charge
to give out to some of our campers. The seats were in an upper section, so we had a
great view of the field! Campers sat next to each other, talked about Camp, and
gave Andrea high-fives as we enjoyed the spirited game! The Brewers did win,
giving us an additional thrill. The picture shows camper Natalie with her parents
enjoying the game. A big thank you to the Brewers and to the campers for another
fun out-of-Camp experience!



The Road To Milwaukee Goes
Through Memphis
by Jodi Burmester
  In just a few short weeks Lions from all over Wisconsin will head to Memphis,
TN to experience this year‘s USA/
Canada Lions Leadership Forum. Our 2010 Milwaukee Host Committee is looking
for volunteers to help register attendees for the Milwaukee event. If you are
attending the Forum and would like to help out, contact Greg Pryor at
grpryor@charter.net or 262/877-3659 to sign up for a shift.



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  Those that register for the 2010 Milwaukee Forum in Memphis will save $40 off
the registration fee. If you aren‘t going to Memphis, but plan to attend the
Milwaukee Forum in 2010, contact Pryor to make arrangements to be registered in
Memphis.
  The Host Committee will be unveiling the second pin in the three pin Road to
Milwaukee series in Memphis. After the Forum, interested pin collectors can
purchase a pin at your district convention or by contacting Pin Chair Rich Koch at
gr84wine@earthlink.net or 262/512-0149. Supplies are limited.
  There is still time to register for the Memphis Forum.
  Two new seminars have been added to the line-up:
  We Know Why Elvis Has Left The Building ... But Why Are Lions Leaving
Their Clubs?
  Robert Denniston - Office of National Drug Control Policy Pushing Back
Against Drug Pro-Messages in Teens‘ World: What Parents and Communities can
do to help teens do to remain ―Above the Influence‖
  Among the nearly 60 seminars to choose from are:
  ―Dr. Loves Traveling Sponsorship Show‖ - By popular demand, Dr. Love is
bringing his traveling Sponsorship Show to Memphis. This show is humorous but
has the bone deep truth of why members leave (other than moving or death). You
will have the opportunity to enjoy and take part in songs which you definitely
know the tune to, and the meaning of. HALLELUJAH, SPONSOR!
  We Know Why Elvis Has Left The Building...But Why Are Lions Leaving Their
Clubs? - The next greatest challenge facing LCI is maintaining membership growth
in existing clubs. This seminar will share and discuss the importance of a NEW
Hands-On Membership and Retention Initiative to achieve and maintain a steady
growth in membership to assure future generations the benefits of Lions Clubs
International.
  Leadership Tools – This highly interactive session is identifies the numerous
leadership training ―tools‖ available, provides a brief, detailed, overview of each,
and allows for sharing success                 stories.
  ―Kindergarten Lessons for Lions‖ - is based on the book ―All I need to know I
learned in kindergarten‖ by Robert Fulghum. This seminar illustrates how these
simple lessons can be applied to enhance our clubs‘ social dynamics –
membership, retention and leadership.
  Check out https://usacanadalionsforum.org/ for all the last minute details.




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Lions Eye Bank of Wisconsin
2010 Transplant Games To Be Held In
Madison
reprinted with permission from UW Hospital and Clinics
  Trey Schwab has been to the Final Four with the Marquette Golden Eagles. He‘s
coached in the NBA playoffs with the Minnesota Timberwolves. And yet he says
the most gratifying professional experience he‘s ever had was at the 2008 National
Kidney Foundation U.S. Transplant Games™ in Pittsburgh.
  ―They don‘t even come close to this,‖ says Schwab, the former coach who
received a double lung transplant at UW Hospital and Clinics in 2004. ―The
Transplant Games is the most rewarding thing I‘ve ever been involved with.‖
  After his transplant, Schwab accepted a position as an outreach coordinator with
the UW Hospital Organ Procurement Organization, and for the past two years he
has been an instrumental member of the organizing committee that convinced the
National Kidney Foundation that Madison is the right place for the 2010 National
Kidney Foundation U.S. Transplant Games™.
  The Games, to be held July 30-August 4 of that year, are an Olympics-style event
for athletes who have received life-saving organ transplants. Participants compete
in a wide range of athletic endeavors - from basketball to bowling, from golf to
swimming - and in doing so, support the Games‘ threefold mission of
demonstrating the success of transplantation, honoring donors who have given the
gift of life and calling attention to the need for more organ donors. In addition,
ceremonies and workshops are held to honor donor families and living donors.
  More than 8,000 people, including transplant recipient competitors, donor
families and living donors, are expected to attend the Games. The public is invited
to attend, which will be kicked-off with a 5K race/walk.
  As senior vice president of programs for the National Kidney Foundation, Gigi
Politoski had an influential hand in reviewing the applications of the cities vying
for the Games. She said Madison‘s history of transplant excellence and reputed
civic involvement clinched her decision.
  ―Madison has a wonderful reputation as a transplant center. It‘s been leading the
country in a lot of different areas of transplantation,‖ she said. ―But we also want a
community that is going to embrace the event. The city has to want it.‖




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  Krista Flanagan, who is Event Manager and Co-Chair of the local organizing
committee with Schwab, pointed to the city‘s rabid support of its annual Ironman
Triathlon as evidence of potential enthusiasm for the Transplant Games.
  ―We knew this community really gets involved in athletic events,‖ she said. ―If
you look at something like the Ironman, the community really gets out and
supports that.‖
  Madison Mayor Dave Cieslewicz agreed, saying events like the Transplant
Games ―really transform the whole downtown. This is something we really should
be proud of.‖
  But Cieslewicz had another reason for wanting the Transplant Games to happen
in Madison. A member of his staff, Ray Harmon, is a transplant recipient.
  ―I‘m going to tell Ray he has a year to get in shape and represent the mayor‘s
office,‖ Cieslewicz said, and added with a smile, ―And he better do well.‖
  More information about the Transplant Games can be found at
http://www.kidney.org/news/tgames/index.cfm.

Resources:
July 30 - August 4, 2010
Estimated 8,000 visitors, including more than 1,500 athletes
to participate or volunteer contact: http://www.kidney.org/news/tgames/index.cfm.




More Than 100 Help Dedicate New
LEBW Building
  LEBW BUILDING DEDICATION A GREAT SUCCESS. The LEBW Board
and staff welcomed 120 people to the new facility on July 25, 2009, for the LEBW
Building Dedication and Annual Meeting. Tours of the facility and a great meal
were enjoyed by all. Thank you to all the Wisconsin Lions and Lioness Clubs for
all their hard work and support. The Lions Eye Bank of Wisconsin would not be
what it is today without all of you. A special thank you to Ralph Trejo and Dennis
Schwartz for working with us and capturing the amazing pictures of our
supporters.




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Lions Quest 25-Year Anniversary
Celebration
  In recognition of Lions Quest's 25-year anniversary, Lions Clubs International
Foundation will be supporting a number of exciting activities throughout the
upcoming year. The kick-off to the celebration commenced at the 92nd Annual
Lions Clubs International Convention in Minneapolis.
  Throughout convention, Lions had many opportunities to learn more about the
positive youth development program and show their support for Lions Quest.
Anniversary buttons, anniversary brochures and a new Lions Quest DVD, "Skills
for Life," were available at convention and will continue to be available throughout
the year.
  Lions who contribute to the program will receive a special "I Support Lions
Quest" button, signifying their donation. Additional promotion and information
will be available at both the USA/Canada and Europa Forums.
  Convention is just the start to this exciting benchmark year for Lions Quest. At
the beginning of the school year, Lions Quest will launch the "Heroes in the
Community" contest, joining Lions and Lions Quest classrooms together in
service. In May of 2010, participating clubs and Lions Quest classrooms will be
recognized for their joint service projects, with one Lions club and Lions Quest
classroom team being named the top "Hero in the Community."
  As Lions Quest embarks on an exciting year of celebration, share with your
fellow Lions and communities about the great success of the program. It is through
the goodwill of our Lions that the Foundation is able to impact the lives of youth
around the world.
  Lions Quest, a life-skills program for children in kindergarten through 12th
grade, teaches skills to resist drugs, peer pressure and violence while building self-
esteem, peer relations, decision-making and problem solving. The program is a
worldwide initiative of Lions Clubs International Foundation and is taught in more
than 50 countries. Visit www.lions-quest.org for more information.


It’s Been A Wonderful Summer…
by ID Art Marson
  I really enjoyed my first year on the International Board. Jo and I visited Lions
from throughout the U.S. and Canada and we were impressed by the dedication
and the service projects we saw – from the Lions Camp in Kentucky to the Prison


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Puppies Program in Iowa, from the island of Newfoundland to the California
shores, Lions are everyday heroes who make a difference in our communities and
in the world. Yet, it was great to spend our summer in Wisconsin and reconnect
with some of the finest Lions in our Association. We have a lot to be proud of in
our state.
  We were so proud of the Wisconsin Lions delegation at the International
Convention. It was a joy to march at the head of the delegation along with the new
DGs, the IPDGs, and six PIDs along with the many Lions, the band and the floats.
What a sight.
  Several Lions told me that the highlight of the Convention was the presentation
by families that were helped by the Lions. At each of the plenary sessions a
different family was highlighted, including Lisa Johnson, a corneal transplant
recipient from Wisconsin. They each told how they were fortunate to receive
assistance from the Lions. As Lions left the hall you could see the satisfaction in
their eyes knowing that they were part of the miracles that were showcased.
  At the end of July it was particularly rewarding to attend the dedication of the
new facility for the Lions Eye Bank of Wisconsin. When you are in Madison
make a point to stop by and see your new building, and ask your club to make a
donation to help pay off the loan.
  At that dedication we again heard Lisa Johnson‘s story. She described her
successful cornea transplant and the joy in seeing the birth of her first child. She
talked about learning colors and letters of the alphabet, discovering what a squirrel
or a tree looked like, and seeing her mother‘s face. She also relayed how she lost
her vision a second time during the pregnancy of her third child, and not being able
to see her new daughter‘s face when she was born. And, she told about the miracle
of seeing again after two failed and finally a successful third corneal transplant.
What a difference our Eye Bank makes in people‘s lives.
  I‘m so proud to be a Wisconsin Lion and be a part of the many services we do in
our state. Even though I may not be around much to see it this year, I‘m confident
that our tradition of service will continue and be better than ever. We wish you the
very best as we ―Move to Grow‖ our great Association.




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Wisconsin Lions Foundation
We Make Life Better Every Day
  by WLF President Glen Moegenburg
  Now that another Lions Summer Camp has successfully drawn to a close, let me
say thank you on behalf of the many that you all have done so much for. This past
summer is a memory, but I have no doubt the experiences, friendships made, and
determination to succeed will be drawn upon for a lifetime. The entire Staff, once
again, did an outstanding job of handling this monumental undertaking. And please
realize the benefits of Lions Camp extend far beyond the Campers themselves.
  Although the Lions, Lioness, and Leos Club donations are the major funding
source for Lions Camp and all WLF‘s projects, our other sources of revenue are
certainly vital.
  A group of Madison area and Southwest Wisconsin motorcycle clubs delivered a
check for over $23,000 on June 27, bringing their total contributed to $242,957
since 1995. They are truly valued friends of Lionism and have hearts even bigger
than their Harley‘s.
  An event that has been going strong for 12 years, the Birch-Sturm Golf Outing,
has grown every year due to the generosity of not just Lions, but businesses and
individuals who have been hole sponsors, prize donors, and participants. The July
18th outing included 155 golfers, 63 hole sponsors, and nine camper sponsorships.
Thrivent Financial for Lutherans once again was a significant financial supporter.
All total this year‘s outing netted about $20,000.
  Thanks to everyone who sold and/or bought Send a Kid to Camp Raffle tickets.
Your efforts are deeply appreciated. We raised $36,000, which though less than
hoped will help continue WLF programs.
  With the leadership of Past Director Bernie Stuttgen and the army of Lions and
Clubs now involved with the Deer Hide Collection, what started very modestly has
grown to be a major fundraiser. The total collected stands at approximately
$325,000, with a new hunting season fast approaching. Thank you just isn‘t
adequate for all Lion Bernie and his troops do.
  I believe that the Lions‘ motto, We Serve, and the passion of Lions facing
challenges head-on, no matter how difficult… Lions‘ eagerness to extend a helping
hand to anyone less fortunate, are on a short list of acts that make this world a
better place. Others see that and are drawn to help. They realize what Lions do,
every day, is good. Their help is most welcome and appreciated.



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 I‘m looking forward to seeing everyone at Lions Camp Open House September
19th, and I‘m looking forward to our visit here again next month.



Get Ready For Deer Hide Collection
  Hunting season is here! Yes, bow hunting begins this month and the deer gun
season is right around the corner. WLF can put your deer hides to good use. You,
your Club, and your community are invited to participate collecting Deer Hides for
Lions Camp. This month your club secretary will receive detailed information to
help your club have a successful collection site.
  Since the very first hide was collected back in 1991, over $323,000 has been
collected for many different WLF projects and programs, including: camp general
maintenance and repair; Wish List items; rotary broom; steam kettle and
dishwasher; fireplace gas insert; new Camp telephone system; cabin repair fund;
low ropes course; defibrillator; educational material for Nature Center; Indian
Hollow; new Health Lodge; and black top for main entrance and parking lot.
  It is our hope that you choose to join numerous Lions and Lioness Clubs
throughout Wisconsin who understand the importance of Lions Camp and the
positive impact we have on these very special children. With your help, we can
continue the wonderful legacy of Lions Camp.



Donor Days A Hit
  Lions Pride Annual Donor Days were held on July 15th and July 21st at Lions
Camp. This unique opportunity allows major Lions Pride Endowment Fund
donors to experience Lions Camp in a very special way.
  The day begins with a golf cart tour visiting campers engaged in various
activities including archery, boating, swimming and of course the infamous mud
pit followed by watching the campers take a cleansing plunge into Lions Lake via
the rope swing.
  After the morning activities the donors are assigned to tables in the dining hall to
enjoy a family style lunch with our Campers.
  PDG Ken Wallander and his wife Char who have visited Camp many times said,
―We really enjoy interacting with the Campers, especially at lunch time.‖
  Former WLF Director Steve Knapp and his wife Peggy experienced first hand
one of the table-to-table challenges as they were coerced into dancing like Hannah
Montana around one of the neighboring lunch tables. What good sports!



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  On July 15th, after lunch the donors met two Lions visiting from Jamaica who
were invited to join us on our tour. Always willing to share our great facility with
others everyone piled into the wagon for a loop around the property.
  Rain threatened the day, but held off until Donor Day concluded with shopping in
the Camp Trading Post and a tour of the Eyeglass Recycling Center. The showers
then began and the donors headed home with new memories and a renewed sense
of Pride knowing their gifts/pledges are helping secure the future of Lions Camp
and all Wisconsin Lions statewide projects.



Al Stigler: A Hero’s Legacy
  New Berlin Lion Al Stigler‘s life was truly remarkable: ―A man who, if he
doesn‘t go through the Pearly Gates, we‘re all doomed,‖ according to Club
President Len Mueller. He loved kids and they loved him. His legacy included a
creative planned gifting approach to fund a Lifetime Camper Scholarship via the
WLF Lions Pride Endowment Fund Campaign.
  Drafted on his first wedding anniversary, then, just weeks after reaching
Vietnam, Al was shot in the head in a rice paddy and taken for dead. He spent six
weeks in a coma and a year of hospitalization, only to be divorced by his new wife
because ―he was not the man she married.‖ While facing life with debilitating
paralysis and blindness on his left side, Al lacked bitterness and believed he was
left a better person in his second life.
  His passion for charitable giving was served well as a Lion, a dedicated school
volunteer, coach and sponsor of community athletic teams. He was the leader of
Lions‘ service day at the VA Medical Center along with many other selfless
examples of civic spirit. Al was recognized as a Community Hero by the National
Sporting Goods Association (he donated the $18,000 award to community causes).
The City of New Berlin named a street—Al Stigler Parkway—after him.
  Al‘s donation to the Lions Pride Endowment Fund endowed a Lions camper in
perpetuity. The gift he provided was as creative as his community service; clearly
he was as thoughtful in his end of life planning as he was at giving of himself
during his lifetime. His total gift of $15,912.03 combined three different planned
giving approaches. The WLF Lions Pride Endowment Fund was designated as one
of the beneficiaries of a life insurance policy, a percentage of an annuity, as well as
an outright bequest. For information on Planned Giving visit www.lionspride.org




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Another Busy Summer
  With two weeks to go, the end of the summer numbers show us with
approximately 1,356 campers. Once the summer wraps up, a mailing will go out to
all clubs listing the number and type of campers from each area in the state along
with our final number and the 2010 summer schedule.
  The many campers that have come through this summer have been so grateful for
the wonderful experience. With no major incidents so far it has been a very
successful summer. Thank you to all of the hard-working staff – from our
counselors to our food service crew – it has been a terrific summer!



Charlie’s Challenge
  Wanted - more Lions to match 46-year Cleveland Lion Charlie Kolb‘s challenge.
He and his wife Ruth Ann are matching his Club‘s contributions to the WLF Lions
Pride Endowment Fund.
  Charlie and wife Ruth Ann are true believers in WLF‘s work and the importance
of building the WLF Lions Pride Endowment Fund to preserve Camp and the other
statewide projects.
  In fact, they believe strongly, that the success of the ―Pride Campaign‖ hinges
upon all Wisconsin Lions taking a good look at their finances and stepping up to
contribute personally. A huge thank you and tip of the hat to Charlie and Ruth Ann
for their actions. C‘mon Wisconsin Lions, how about boosting your donations!?!



Camp For Kids Raffle
by Evett J. Hartvig, Executive Administrator
 Congratulations to all the WLF Lions Camp for Kids Raffle winners. The
winners were announced during the 12th Annual Birch-Sturm Memorial Golf
Outing were:
 1st Prize - $10,000 cash – Ashippun Lions Club
 2nd Prize - $5,000 cash – Dan Trittin, Waterford
 3rd Prize - $2,500 cash – Steve Dunphy, Kaukauna
 4th Prize - $1,500 cash – West Salem Lions Club
 5th Prize - $1,000 cash – Cedarburg Lions Club
 Thanks to everyone who participated in the raffle this year. Your support enabled
us to raise $36,400 that will be used to provide free, one-week camping


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experiences to kids that are blind or visually impaired, deaf or hard of hearing,
mild cognitively disabled, and those with diabetes.



A Touch of Home
by Andrea Yenter, Camp Operations Manager
  At the 2008 Open House at the Wisconsin Lions Camp, Jane O‘Connell toured
our Wisconsin Lions Camp with her husband, Lion Frank. Lion Frank has been a
member of the Sauk-Prairie Lions Club since 1964 and has been the tail twister for
43 years!
  When Jane saw the Health Lodge, she was inspired by the themes in each
isolation room. These rooms are used for isolation of sick campers and Staff at
Camp. Her idea was to make a quilt for the bed in each room to provide a little
extra comfort to those sick campers and staff. Over the winter, Jane worked to
pick the right colors, fabrics and patterns to match each room – the fish, sports,
northwoods lodge, farm, safari and bug themes. Lion Frank pitched in by cooking
because Jane was busy!
  What resulted were six beautiful, handmade quilts that add that touch of home to
each room. Healthcare Supervisor Paula Miller, Executive Administrator Evett
Hartvig and Camp Operations Manager Andrea Yenter were on hand to accept the
donation from Jane. She presented the quilts to us on behalf of the Sauk-Prairie
Lions Club.
  Jane‘s contribution to Camp is a great example of the many contributions we
receive each year that add to the overall camp atmosphere. We so appreciate
Jane‘s hard work and artistry and thank her from the bottom of our Camp Hearts!

Inside WLF
OPEN HOUSE – Saturday, September 19 is Open House at your Wisconsin Lions
Camp. Reservations for chicken dinners are due August 31, so if you are planning
to attend and eat the famous chicken dinner, be sure you call the Foundation Office
at 877-463-6953 by the 31st.
WORK DAY – Saturday, October 24 is the Fall Work Day at your Wisconsin
Lions Camp. Make plans now to come and help get your Camp ready for winter.
Information was sent to all club secretaries in August. Check out our Website –
www.wlf.info for more information, too.
NEW CLUB OFFICE? PRIDE INFO! Information is key to serving your
members … so check out ―Club Corner‖ on the new Lions Pride Campaign


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website (www.lionspride.org). You‘ll find quick and convenient tools to arrange a
Club presentation, make a Club commitment, refer a potential major gift donor and
volunteer to help support a Pride event, contact the Lions Pride office and more.
AMBASSADORS AVAILABLE FOR CLUB PRESENTATIONS - Help
members learn more about the WLF Lions Pride Endowment Fund! Lions Pride
Ambassadors in each district are ready, willing and able to tailor a presentation to
your interests. They can explain Campaign details—what it is, why it‘s needed,
how members can help, giving options and more. For Ambassador contact
information, call 1-877-463-6953 and ask for Geri or Denise or send us an email:
pride@wlf.info
PERSONAL PLANNING REFERENCE - More and more Lions are building
the Lions Pride Endowment Fund into their estate plans. There are a number of
options for giving, many tax advantaged, from simple wills to living giving. For a
detailed overview of common options for personal information and sharing with
your financial advisor, just call or e-mail us and ask for our Safari Legacy
Brochure.




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Plan to Attend Camp Open House
by ADP Julie Baglama
  I hope you all plan to attend Lions Camp Open House on Saturday, September 19
to learn more about our Camp and meet some of the campers and their families.
We should take pride in supporting such a wonderful facility and the experiences it
gives campers. It is a fun day and the chicken dinner is delicious!
  I will be there bright and early since our 27-D1 Lioness along with 27-D2 are in
charge of the Basket Raffle; proceeds will benefit the Camp Nature Center.
  The raffle will be run a little differently this year. Due to raffle licensing rules, all
tickets will be put in a drum with each basket assigned a number. Each ticket
drawn at a designated time will be posted with a number basket. If the winner does
not claim the prize, we will draw again until all prizes have been claimed.
  I hope to see you at Camp. Your participation in the raffle helps make Camp an
even better experience!
  For information on the State Advisory Board please visit
www.wisconsinlioness.org.


MD27 Well Represented At
International Convention
  Wisconsin was well represented at the 92nd Annual Lions Clubs International
Convention held July 6-10, 2009 in Minneapolis, Minnesota. Lions from
Wisconsin attended the Plenary Sessions, seminars and International Show, as well
as visited the exhibit area and speak with vendors and International Office
department staff.
  The District Governors Elect, District Governors, International Director Art
Marson, Past International Directors, and delegates and guests from across the
state formed the marching delegation for the International Parade held in
Minneapolis, MN. An opportunity to visit with 15,000 Lions from around the
world as well as visit some of the fine Minneapolis area attractions helped make
this year‘s convention memorable.
  You will find a list of MD27 delegates at the International Convention in
Classified Section 140 on page 14. Every effort has been made to make this list as
accurate as possible. If an error or omission has occurred, please contact the State
Office and the correction will be made in a future issue.



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Can Generation Y Be Your Solution to
Growth During This Recession? part 2
Editor’s Note: Part one of an article reprinted with permission from IEEE-USA
Today’s Engineer (June 2009). Copyright 2009 IEEE.
www.todaysengineer.org.While this article was not written for Lions, the
principals set forth apply to Lions abilities to recruit and retain Gen Y members.

  by Gary Perman
  Just as Gen Y can contribute exponentially to your company and its success,
technology leaders need to understand how to manage this group of technology
professionals, as they require a different management style then their co-workers
of GenX and the Boomers.
  Motivate GenY. Educating Gen Y about the contributions their company
products and services make to society, as well as how the company supports the
local community, will enjoy greater success at motivating Gen Yers. Does your
company donate to employee‘s charities or encourage volunteer work? These are
important to Gen Y. Offer motivations important to GenY, rather than motivators
that resonate with GenX or Boomers.
  Provide Gen Y Access to Technology. Access to technology is key to effectively
managing Generation Y, especially during a recession. Bret Bernhoft says the
reason is twofold: ―The first reason being that to remove Generation Y from
relative open access to technology is like removing a fish from water and therefore
forces them to openly disobey policies in order to breathe again, thus making them
less productive. The second reason why access to technology is important is that it
promotes new ways of seeing things and collaboration on existing ideas. Being
nimble and more efficient with your given resources during a recession is vital;
Generation Y and technology can do this for your company.‖
  Balance Delegated Assignments with Freedom and Flexibility. Create well-
defined and clear goals. They want the assurance that what they are doing will
have an impact and create results. Managers must communicate the big picture, the
results desired, and what roles team members will play. Micromanagement doesn‘t
work with Gen Y. Give them the desired results and they may very likely ―step out
of the box‖ to obtain the results you want. Set priorities of tasks and deadlines.
Write it down. Each contributor should have a copy so they remain clear on their
respective commitments. Allow staff to collaborate on time off and be as flexible
as you can. If you can offer some remote work, maybe a day working at home, try
it. If productivity remains high, continue.


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  Train and Mentor GenY. GenY is extremely tech savvy. They demand respect,
and you will receive it in return. Guide them in planning, time management and
project management. Become an aggressive listener who acknowledges what they
say about how to achieve the team‘s goals. They have great ideas. Make yourself
available as resource, but get out of their way and let them work.
  Boyd Carter, webmaster of Elegant Solutions and owner of Mybabyboomers.com
adds, ―Boomers and GenX managers can get the most productivity from GenY‘s
by doing the following:
  Listen with respect
  Don‘t be condescending
  Don‘t criticize, ask for other possible ways of doing something (remember, they
grew up on the notion that everybody is a winner)
  Acknowledge the GenY skill set and challenge them for solutions from it
  Agree on roles (e.g., your responsibility is ABC, management‘s responsibility is
EFG)
  Encourage Collaboration. According to Bernhoft, ―Collaboration is the art of
pulling in a variety of minds and inspiring the free flow of insights and
perspectives to achieve a common goal.‖ During a period of recession,
collaboration can make or break a company. He adds, ―During a recession,
collaboration utilizes scarce resources more effectively and focuses the minds
around a collective singularity, something of vital importance. Without
collaboration, the infinitely valuable flow of ideas is ignored. Additionally,
collaboration also breaks the boundaries that were reinforced during times of
prosperity, making way for the changes that are needed to progress into the future.‖
  Teamwork matters, especially to Gen Y. They have a sense of community, but it
is different than the ones that GenX and Boomers are familiar with.
  Eric Jacques, IT Manager at Nuance Communications, includes some additional
points to consider in managing GenY:
  Show them what‘s in it for them
  Lead by example, and don‘t let a ―bad‖ influence become their example
  Show them the value of others‘ differences
  Give them some time for social interaction but don‘t let it become their job
  Ensure that they know and understand what‘s expected from them
  Give them feedback early and often
  Make sure that they see that actions have consequences, both positive and
negative
  Listen — make them feel that they are part of the team, process and decisions
  Although there are distinct advantages to hiring GenY, don‘t ignore GenX and
Boomers as vital contributors to your team. A diverse team is essential, but
remember that the method of management isn‘t the same for each generation.

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Attempting to force your multi-generational team to be managed with the same
strategies will be detrimental to your organization‘s growth and success.
  ―An imbalanced team will make costly mistakes that eventually catch up with
you. If you want to add value to your technology operation, hire and retain people
who are willing to experiment with new technologies (regardless of their age),‖
says Matthew Monahan, Senior IT Manager at Triangle Web Applications. By
understanding who GenY is and how they are different than other generations,
managers can integrate GenY in their multigenerational work force and propel
their team towards growth and prosperity during this recession and beyond.



by CC Sam Kochel
  When one of my sons played in the high school band, he was a member of an all-
conference band. The members of the high school bands in the area were brought
together to play under a guest conductor. The guest conductor was introduced, she
stepped up on the podium, and gave the students a description of the piece they
were about to play. She picked up the baton and said, ―We are going to make
beautiful music. It will be magic. Let‘s make magic.‖
  The students played extremely well and the music was beautiful. For those in the
audience it was magical.
  I was reminded of the above experience at the International Convention held in
Minneapolis. The gathered Lions heard from people whose lives had been
―touched‖ by Lions and the help they bring in reaching out to those in need. Being
touched by Lions means that their lives are changed and their lives are improved.
  One little seven-year-old boy named Cross and his family told the story about
when Cross was five-years-old. A team of Lions came to his pre-school for vision
screening. When it was Cross‘s turn to identify the apple and the house, he did not
respond. His mother asked Cross later, ―Why didn‘t you tell them what you saw in
the pictures? He said, ―Mommy, I couldn‘t see any pictures.‖
  Cross‘s mother and father could not believe their ears. How could this be? They
took Cross to an ophthalmologist and he was diagnosed with a rare childhood eye
disease. When this disease is not treated, it leads to complete blindness and a life of
darkness. When the illness is treated early, the child grows out of the disease and
even the need for glasses.
  Glasses were prescribed for Cross and his world opened up. He lifted his hands
and took hold of his glasses and said to the Lions, ―These are my magic.‖
  His mother and dad said, ―Thank you Lions. Thank you Lions. You gave our son
a chance to see. Thank you Lions!‖
  The Lions that came to Cross‘s pre-school made magic.

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 Wisconsin Lions make magic every day in their local communities, around the
State and throughout the world by ―reaching, touching and improving lives!‖
 Lions make magic every time they purchase eyeglasses for a child. Lions make
magic in building a ramp for a neighbor. Lions make magic with the 1,600
campers at Wisconsin Lions Camp. Lions make magic in providing tissue for
cornea transplants. Lions make magic at the UW Health Lions Pediatric Eye
Clinic. Wisconsin Lions make magic in ―reaching, touching and improving lives.‖
 Let the Lions of Wisconsin step on the podium of life and say, ―Let‘s make
magic!‖




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NEWS: 27-A1
Notes from DG Carl
  We did not know how good our training for District Governor was until we got to
the International Convention in Minneapolis. We were very well versed and
prepared by PCC Mark Hintzman and PCC Dean Haas, our Multiple Leadership
chairs. Thank you for putting Wisconsin ahead of the curve.
  One thing that was a recurring theme was our role as cheerleaders. It is our
responsibility to put a positive face on the happenings in our multiple and not be
the bearer of bad news. This bothered me somewhat because as District Governor
we get access to all of the reports that give the disturbing trends. At some point
those disturbing trends need to become known to all Lions in order to fix the
problem. With that in mind, I have taken the role as deliverer of bad news.
  While our organization continues to be strong, our membership has continued to
drop, particularly in the United States. Our Multiple District is below 20,000
members and to my knowledge only one district in the state had positive numbers
last year. Congratulations to B1. Keep up the good work.
  My District 27-A1 has gone from a high of 2,305 members in 1996 to 1,948
members in 2008-2009. We have only had positive membership twice since 1996
in years 2000 and 2004. Let us put a stop to this trend. Our International President
Eberhardt Wirfs‘ theme of Move to Grow is a good start.
  Along with the Global Membership Team (GMT), District MERLO, and the
move to more women and family membership, we will reverse the losses. Always
remember that with every new member come two hands to help in all of our
projects. Each club needs to assess itself to determine the best way of improving.
Everything needs to be on the table including censuring the one or two members
who never have anything positive to say.
  In this day and age of negative journalism, people do not want to join a club and
listen to negativity. We need to keep upbeat and make the changes necessary to
bring in the new demographics such as the internet crowd which some of our
current members have resisted for way too many years. To this end, we have set
up new member and old member orientation meetings to be held two to four times
a Lionistic year. We have found that many have forgotten or were never informed
of the core values of Lionism. New member sponsors are encouraged to read and
understand their responsibilities as well. With these initiatives in place, ―we will
turn the beat around.‖ Always Aim High!




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Muskego Lions Roar Into Their 60th
Year
by Lion Tracy De Angelis
  The year was 1950, gas was a mere 18 cents a gallon, the average price for a
home was $8,450, and milk was still being delivered to doorsteps. In a sleepy
growing suburb of Milwaukee, 33 men in the non-yet incorporated city of
Muskego, had a dream to bring Lionism to their part of the world. This dream
became a reality on April 15, 1950 at the Muskego Lions charter night held at the
Avalon Hotel in Waukesha. The Waukesha Lions sponsored the Muskego club and
welcomed them into the world‘s largest service organization.
  Excited and eager to serve, the club held card parties at Muskego Elementary
School, and organized fisheries on Little Muskego Lake. From these first
fundraisers, local community support grew and so did the club. To date we have a
diverse group of members ranging from stay-at-home moms to businesspersons
and women to politicians to retirees. Each member is valued and brings a different
perspective to our club. This diversity helps our club change and grow, and in turn
allows us ―to serve‖ with great enthusiasm.
  Our oldest service project is our annual Easter Egg Hunt, started in 1964. This
event is free of charge to all who attend, and includes raffles, candy hunt, and a hot
dog ―brunch‖ sold by Boy Scout Troop 19, who our club sponsors.
  We have conducted many fund raising events throughout our history. Currently
our largest fundraiser, Fortune 5,000+ to be held on March 27, hosts over 200
guests for an evening of fun, food, raffles and entertainment.
  Breakfast with Santa, to be held on December 13, 2009 at Muskego High School
cafeteria, celebrates 35 years as ―Muskego‘s Holiday Tradition.‖ This event
evolved from being a small gathering to now serving over 1,000 all-you-can-eat
pancake breakfasts to Muskego families at a reasonable cost. Children visit with
Santa while their parents enjoy music of the season by Joey Malino. We have a
secret Santa gift shop and hourly raffles.
  Each August our club is a part of the Muskego Community Festival. Our club
volunteers many hours over the three-day event. Lions Jack Spoerl, Scott Lago and
Julie Lago are the club representatives who dedicate endless hours to make this
festival a success.
  A great way for our club to fund raise and promote Lionism is our
―Internationally Renowned‖ Roadboaters Parade Fleet. Lion Admiral Jack Spoerl
commands our fleet. Ten brave Lions and their families sailed to Minneapolis, MN
for the 92nd International Lions Convention this past July. This summer adventure
to the International Convention was a great honor for our fleet, and will be one to

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remember. We are available from Memorial Day through Labor Day to add that
great Lion spirit to any parade!
  Our members are constantly looking for new fundraising ideas and this year we
succeeded in evolving our former Lobster Boil event into our first annual Lakefest
held this past June. In a little over one month, our club put together a well-
attended, family friendly party located at Idle Isle Park on beautiful Little Muskego
Lake. A big thank you goes to the organizers Lions Scott Lago, Ken Bitter, Gary
Stewart, and all of the dedicated Lions who made this even a success. Plans are in
the works for 2010!
  Yet another new fundraiser with a ―south of the border‖ flavor will be our
Muskego Lions Mexican Fiesta to be held October 17, 2009 at Gus‘s Mexican
Cantina in Franklin. The evening will include Mexican beer and margarita tasting,
as well as appetizers that will certainly ―warm up‖ an October evening. We are
eager to add this fiesta to our fundraisers.
  Just as other clubs commit to their communities, Muskego is no different.
Annually we coordinate two food basket deliveries to Muskego families in need.
The first is at Thanksgiving, in which our club provides a full Thanksgiving dinner
with all the trimmings. The second is at Christmas, in which our club provides a
full ham dinner with all the trimmings. At Christmas, local businesses provide
additional support through food and monetary donations to help us bring the spirit
of Christmas to those in need. We are always thankful that we are able to help
these families each year; it is very touching and rewarding.
  Our Child Safety Event started in 1998, was a morning event in which we
collaborated with local police and fire departments providing information to the
greater Muskego community on safety. Over the years, hundreds of bikes were
raffled off and hundreds of bike helmets were given away. This event has evolved
to Muskego Night-Out which was held on August 6. We now are part of various
service organizations that each brings a unique piece to this event. This year we
raffled off (at no charge) over 50 bikes and gave away 250 bike helmets. Local
businesses, club members and our club donated these items.
  Each May we award two $750 Lion Robert Kreuser/David Salentine scholarships
to graduating Muskego seniors. These scholarships are in honor/remembrance of
two dedicated Lions who were educators and exemplified the Lions motto ―We
Serve‖. Our club has funded several projects through the years including Lions
Pavilion at Veteran‘s Memorial Park, Muskego Police Department, Muskego and
Tess Corners Fire Department, local elementary, middle school and high school,
flag pole at Muskego Public Library, Boy Scouts, Girl Scouts, Lions Park,
Muskego Athletic Association, AFS, bike path, communication aids for Muskego
students, just to name a few.



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  As all Lions clubs do, we whole-heartedly support our Lions charities including
Sight First II, LCIF, Wisconsin Lions Camp, Wisconsin Lions Foundation, Lions
Eye Bank of Wisconsin, BOLD, Leader Dog, Center for the Blind/Visually
Impaired, Center for the Deaf/Hard of Hearing, Youth Exchange.
  For the past two years, at the direction of Lion Ann Wissing, our club has been
involved with the Lions Eye Bank of Wisconsin Cornea Transport. We are ―on
call‖ two months a year to transport cornea tissue between Johnson Creek and
Milwaukee. This involvement is very rewarding in knowing that we are a key part
of helping to bring the gift of sight to someone.
  Muskego Lions Club has had the honor of sponsoring the Hales Corners Lions
Club, Tichigan Lions Club and the Muskego Leo Club. Our club continues to
collect used eyeglasses through the city of Muskego, at the direction of Lion Bill
Unger, who oversees the pick up and delivery of the eyeglasses to the collection
center in Rosholt.
  Throughout the years, members‘ wives (partners in service) were serving side-
by-side with their husbands at Lions events. In 2000, Muskego Lions voted to have
women join the club. The first woman installed was Lion Jenny Reidy, wife of
Lion Don Reidy. Within the months to follow Lions Julie Lago, Ann Wissing,
Tracy De Angelis, and Ardelle Gulrud followed.
  Sixty men and women have served as presidents in our club history. Lion Ann
Wissing became the first woman to serve as president in 2005-2006, and will serve
again as president in 2012-2013. Lion John Pledl serves as the sixty-first president
this Lionistic year.
  Muskego Lions are proud to have sponsored 15 Melvin Jones Fellows, and one
Birch-Sturm Fellow within the history of the club. In 2007-2008 PDG Lion Gary
Stewart became the first Lion from Muskego to become 27-A1 District Governor.
His commitment and enthusiasm to Lions has affected each and every member in
our club. Over the years, several members from our club have stepped forward to
serve at the district level as: Cabinet Secretary/Treasurer, Leadership Co-Chair,
Zone/Region Chair, Extension Chair, Tail Twister, Honors Banquet Chair,
Membership Chair, Activities Chair, Youth Exchange Co-Chair, and LCIF Chair.
  Our club could not have been successful without the dedication and commitment
from our families. Our partners-in-service, husbands and wives, along with our
children and grandchildren are an integral part of our service to others. With our
families‘ love and support, together we are able to achieve more than we could
ever imagine. For that we say ―we love you and thank you!‖
  The Muskego Lions have been truly blessed to serve others and follow the
Wisconsin Lions mission statement ―We Serve by Reaching, Touching, and
Improving Lives.‖ We look forward to our future and the future of Lions
worldwide to service to others.

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  Each month we will feature a club from our District. I would encourage every
club to submit an article to me elaborating your club’s involvement in community,
fundraising, leadership, membership, etc. This allows us to learn more about the
clubs in our district and to become more involved. Send your articles to District
27-A1 Editor, Lion Joanie Weber at weberpe@juno.com.



Hats Off To Lionism
by ADP Mary Tatera
  Where has the summer gone? The 20 Lioness Clubs in 27-A1 have had a busy
summer. East Troy and New Berlin had concession stands over the 4th of July
weekend. Hales Corners sold brats at a Sentry store. Union Grove sold baked
goods at a chicken dinner. Greater Kenosha worked at the Kenosha County Fair
and Caledonia helped at Chocolate Fest. These are just a few of the activities the
Lioness worked on over the summer. Lioness and Lions worked together making
these projects possible.
  As ADP this year, one of my goals is to increase membership. Remember that
one new member brings in two hands to help us with our activities. Our District
Membership Committee has planned a wonderful day for our entire Lioness. It is
Saturday, September 26th at Old World Wisconsin. After lunch, The Hat Lady will
have a comical presentation on attitude and change. There will also be time to tour
Old World Wisconsin. We plan on a good attendance.
  Remember wisconsinlioness.org has many forms that are beneficial to your clubs.
There is even a club brochure that can be filled out and downloaded. Display your
club brochures and your activities so perspective members can see them.
  Upon reading all the P & A reports from our clubs, I am very impressed with
what they do. I am amazed at how many clubs have donated food to the food
pantries in their areas and also have donated greatly needed school supplies. That
is what we are all about. The Lioness in 27-A1 make me very proud. My hat goes
off to them.



S. Milwaukee Shines
by Lion George Becker and Lion Don Stoddard
 Another successful South Milwaukee LionsFest has come and gone. It could not
have happened without the many hours of work by members, family, and friends
of South Milwaukee Lions, as well as countless area Lions and local organizations.



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  It is said that many hands make light the work, and that was very true for our
annual event.
  Whatever your contributions were, please know that your efforts were greatly
appreciated by the South Milwaukee Club. We are looking forward to working
together with you and/or your organization again next year.
  We encourage South Milwaukee to help our neighboring Lions at their upcoming
festivals and events. Together we work. . . Together We Serve!




Upcoming Events
NORTH PRAIRIE HARVEST FESTIVAL HORSESHOE TOURNAMENT -
Saturday, September 19th
by Lion William Olson, President, North Prairie Lions - North Prairie is busy
preparing for the 6th Annual Horseshoe Tournament to be held Saturday,
September 19, 2009 at the North Prairie Harvest Festival.
Registration closes on September 1, 2009, so get your two person team registered
at $20 per team. Contact Gary Nickerson (262) 392-3802 or e-mail:
harvestfest@northprairie.net to register. Check-in Time is 10 a.m. – 10:45 a.m. and
tournament start time is 11 a.m. There is a double elimination and this is not a
sanctioned event.
Team Prizes: 1st Place - $200; 2nd Place - $200; and 3rd Place - $50. We are
looking for a ringer of a tournament with a hard rain finish date of Sunday, Sept.
20th.!

SEPTEMBER
FRI, SEP 18 - SUN, SEP 20 - North Prairie Harvest Festival – Lions Horseshoe
Tournament
FRI, SEP 25 - New Berlin Prospect Lions Steak & Shrimp Dinner - VFW in
New Berlin, 184th and Beloit.
SUN, SEP 27 - Big Bend/Vernon Lions B.O.L.D. Canoeing & BBQ

OCTOBER
SAT, OCT 31 - Paddock Lake Area Lions 14th Annual Halloween Dance - 8
p.m. to Midnight @ American Legion Hall, Silver Lake, WI


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check out http://www.wilions.org/ for more events & details




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NEWS: 27-A2
Notes from DG Bill
  The youth of today grow to be the Lions of tomorrow. Study after study
indicates that when young people are engaged in community service the
commitment nurtured is then carried forward to adulthood. Lions have long
realized that youth are not only our present but also our future. This is clearly
evident by the numerous programs we have for them: the Youth Camps and
Exchange Program, Peace Poster Contest, and Leaders Experience Opportunity
(―Leo‖) Clubs.
  Leo Clubs are also a place to grow and have fun. Being a Leo is a great way to
serve your community, develop leadership skills and make new friends.
Sponsoring a Leo Club brings new, young energy to your Lions Club. Leo Clubs
can increase your Lions Club‘s community exposure too, attracting new audiences
such as young professionals and parents.
  For many young people, participating in the Lions International Youth Camps
and Exchange Program is a life changing experience. Traveling to another
country, living with a host family, participating in a camp and experiencing
another culture are milestone events.
  Unlike other exchange arrangements, the Lions International Youth Camps and
Exchange Program are not conducted for tourism or employment. Instead, it is a
unique cultural learning opportunity. As the program continues to evolve and
grow, I wish to encourage Lions to implement more service activities into camp
and exchange programs so participants may experience, hands-on, the Lions motto
―We Serve.‖ After all, ―We Serve‖ is the story of our success and spans the globe.
  If you would like further information regarding the youth programs mentioned
above or are interested in starting a Leo Club, you can email me at
wkschmitt@hotmail.com.




District Cabinet Ready To Serve
  Your district cabinet is composed of committee chairs that help facilitate the
many of the projects and programs within our district. Committee chairs are tasked
with working with any clubs who want assistance with an existing program or to
assist a club in starting a new service project or to help clubs maintain and grow

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the membership (MERLOW) and to provide administrative support. DG Bill has
energized his cabinet to assist the clubs in any way possible. Please reach out and
contact any of the cabinet members for assistance.
District Governor 27-A2
WILLIAM SCHMITT
wkschmitt@hotmail.com
Cabinet Secretary/Treasurer Youth Exchange/Leos
RAY TWEEDALE
tweedale@charter.net
Immediate Past District Governor
JOE TOMASZEWSKI
jtmt@charter.net
1st Vice District Governor
BARRY J BOLINE
bolinelaw@sbcglobal.net
2nd Vice District Governor
BUTCH HALE
lionbutch@yahoo.com
Wisconsin Lions Foundation
GLEN MOEGENBURG
glenm@schmitrealty.com
Wisconsin Lions Foundation
MIKE QUIGLEY
mjq59@sbcglobal.net
Affiliate District President
JUDITH VON RUEDEN
rudy45@verizon.net
BOLD
MICHELLE TOMASZEWSKI
lou70sam@yahoo.com
Chaplain
RON SCHMIT, PDG
No e-mail address
Children‘s Vision Screening
MARY MILLER
mmiller@lomira.k12.wi.us


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Constitution & By-Laws Dist. / State Bowling & Golf, Parliamentarian/Rules &
Procedures, MERLO - Orientation
DEL HINTZMANN, PDG
deljean@charter.net
Convention Chairman / MERLO - Leadership
MARK HINTZMANN, PDG
dhent@charter.net
Diabetes Awareness
SHERI L SCHAFER
theschafers03@yahoo.com
Website
VAL DWYER
vdwyer@wi.rr.com
District Photographer
RALPH TREJO
artrejo@sbcglobal.net
International Convention
RICH SCHULTE
schulteheat@yahoo.com
Leader Dog
BRONWYN & KEN WEBER
bmw01@serigraph.com
Lions Eye Bank/Sight Projects
JERRY RABBACH, PDG
jerbar@charter.net
Hearing/MERLO - Orientation
DOLLY LAATSCH, PDG
dondolly5520@att.net
Leadership School, MERLO – Retention, USA/CANADA Forum, Elections
JERRY WILLE, PDG
jerry@qlc-labeling.com
District Eye Bank Representative/Leadership School
TERRY PETERS, PDG
tpeters@qg.com
MERLO – Chairman/Membership, Region 3 Zone 1 Chairperson


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JACK REINDL
jador71@milwpc.com
MERLO - Extension / Honorary and Advisory
RED ROSKOPF, PDG
droskopf@aol.com
Mission to Mexico
RON SHIVELY
rshively@athenet.net
Pin Trading
RICHARD KOCH
gr84wine@earthlink.net
Public Relations, State Newspaper
CARY KRAEMER
carykraemer@yahoo.com
Song Leader
AL KOHLWEY, PDG
No e-mail address
Tail Twister
RON ZWIEG
No e-mail address
Sergeant-At-Arms
LARRY CERETTO
No e-mail address
Women‘s Membership Development Chair
LINDA KINTOP
No e-mail address
Peace Poster
MARY BETH TOMASZEWSKI
jtmt@charter.net
Blind & Visually Impaired Children/ Reg.1 Zone 2 Chair
IGNATIUS BALISTRIERI
iggiebal@copper.net
State Convention Committee
E JAMES SKARDA, PDG
ejskarda@wi.rr.com


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District Alert Team Leader/ Lions Club Int. Foundation
―AUGIE‖ FORTMANN, PDG
augievdog@aol.com
Reg. 1 Zone 1 Chair
FAYE MIRR
ftmirr@sbcglobal.net
Reg. 2 Zone 1 Chair
LARRY BRAUNSCHWEIG
lmbraunschweig@sbcglobal.net
Reg. 2 Zone 2 Chair
JEAN GROBLEWSKI
kgroblewski@centurytel.net
Reg. 3 Zone 2 Chair
BRIAN KLEINKE
Brian@amerahn.com
Reg. 4 Zone 1 Chair
ROBERT J KRATZ SR
rekratz@charter.net
Reg. 4 Zone 1 Chair
ELLEN WALKER-KRATZ
rekratz@charter.net
Reg. 4 Zone 2 Chair
DIANE SPERLING
tiger50@charter.net
 For members that do not have internet access, please contact District Governor
Bill Schmitt for specific cabinet member phone numbers.



Coffee Shop Eye Opener
by Lion Val Eichenlob
  Last week I was having coffee in the coffee shop I go to almost every morning
and a guy I know, not real well, sat next to me. He saw my Lions pin and asked me
if I was a Lion. I told him I was and he seemed surprised. He told me that he
thought all Lions were bald guys who get together to wear funny vests and sell
pancakes and chicken.



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  I told him that Lions were the largest service organization in the world its
foundation was recently named the number one worldwide non-governmental
organization. I also told him that Foundation manages hundreds of millions of
dollars and helps people all over the world. That we give sight to the blind, and
help to the disabled and that millions of people count on us everyday. I then
quickly mentioned all of the local service projects that my club was involved in.
  He was surprised. He told me that his image of Lions (like a lot of people, I
think) was not the correct one. He had no idea that Lions Clubs did that much in
the community, that they were a worldwide organization and they raised that much
money let alone had a Foundation. He asked what we were doing to update of
image and re-brand ourselves and I told him that change was coming, albeit
slowly.
  What I walked away with after this conversation was it is important that the
public see us as more than just bald guys in yellow vests selling pancakes. We
need to publicize ourselves and our service projects so that people know us for our
Service, not our food service.
  The next time your club does a service project, think of ways to publicize the
project in positive and modern ways. It will help your club and it‘s image in the
community as well as all of us as Lions.



District Bowling
Oct. 17th-18th & Oct. 24th-25th -
Mapleway Bowl, Oconomowoc
  The Ixonia Lions will be hosting District 27-A2 Bowling this year which will be
held at the Mapleway Bowl located at N56 W39433 Highway 16 in Oconomowoc.
The cost will be $85.00 per team to be mailed with registration form and an extra
$5.00 for singles to be paid on the day of bowling.
  Registration forms have been mailed to all club presidents and secretaries and it
can also be printed from the Ixonia Lions website of www.ixonialions.org. All
clubs pre-registering by September 1st with their payment will be entitled to a free
pitcher or beer or soda. Registration will begin at 12:00 with bowling starting at
1:30 p.m. on each day of the tournament.
  The Ixonia Lions have a great tournament planned. Along with fantastic raffle
prizes and 50/50 raffles during bowling, there will be an additional ―Big Raffle‖
drawing after the final game is bowled on Sunday, October 25th, for a Wii System.


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  If you have any questions, contact Bowling Chair, Lion Kevin Bresnehan at
(920)262-2256 or club president, Lion Mary Lieblang at (262) 593-2681.



Website & Publicity Updates
  Under the direction of DG Bill, our district website will be receiving a major
overhaul over the next several months. Lion Bill Meyers, from the Richfield Lions
is in the process of creating a new design to modernize and streamline the 27-A2
site. Over the years our website has grown and contained more and more great
information. Unfortunately the initial design was never intended to mange this
much information and the existing site has become too difficult to properly
maintain. We hope to have the new site up in running by the end of October. In the
meantime,
  Lion Val Dwyer, our webmaster, will be trimming down the current site so there
is space to develop the new website at the same time. Once the new design is
ready, Lion Val will then update and maintain the new. Lion Cary Kramer will
continue to maintain the individual club webpages (for clubs without their own
websites) during this transition. Please send all club items to Lion Cary for
inclusion in the state newspaper as well as the club webpages.
  Unfortunately our search for a new publicity chairman for 2010-2011 has been
unsuccessful to this point. The plan was to start working with a new person before
the district convention in February 2010. The publicity chair has a number of
responsibilities at the district convention and it would be helpful to start the
transition to a new chair at that time. Due to other responsibilities, Lion Cary will
no longer be able to serve as publicity chairman and district newspaper editor after
this Lionistic year. If you are interested in learning about the position, please
contact either Lion Cary Kraemer or DG Bill Schmitt.

Club Activities & Events
DISTRICT 27- A2 ANNUAL GOLF OUTING FUN FOR ALL - The Mayville
Lions Club held their District Lions Club Golf Outing at the Mayville Golf Club
on Monday, June 22, 2009, There were 92 golfers in attendance representing 15
Lions Clubs from various cities in District 27-A2. The weather was great and was
enjoyed by all. The day started with registration at 8:30 which included coffee and
doughnuts. Tee off time was a shotgun start at 10:00, all participants received
lunch after the first nine holes, and prizes were awarded after the Steak dinner at
5:00 PM. Our District Governor, Bill Schmidt joined us for dinner and golf. The



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Mayville Golf Club would like to thank all who attended, making this outing a
huge success.
FREBEKA FIVE RUN - Congratulations to the Fredonia Lions for creating a
picture presentation of their Frebeka Five Run event which was held on June 28th.
Go to the Fredonia clubs webpage at http://md27a2.org/clubs/fredonia.htm.
INTERNATIONAL PRESIDENT AND HELMER LECY AWARD
WINNERS FOR DISTRICT 27-A2 - At the state convention in May, District
Governor Joe Tomaszewski awarded Lions Barry Boline, Glenn Moegenburg,
Terry Peters and Hans Tietgen (posthumously) the 2008-09 Presidential Award
Leadership Award.        District Governor Joe Tomaszewski also was present at
the awarding of the Helmer Lecy Sight Service award to Lion Mary Miller.
SUBMISSIONS GUIDELINES
All club related articles, announcements and pictures should be sent directly to
Publicity Chair/District Editor Cary Kraemer
Fundraiser information needs to be submitted at least two months before the actual
event date.
The October newspaper deadline is September 20th.
Club information will also be posted on the club‘s page on district web site if the
club does not support their own website.
Visit the district website at www.md27a2.org




Events
SEPTEMBER
MON, SEP 14 - Grafton Lions 11th Annual Golf Outing - 11am registration
and lunch on the deck. 12:30pm semi shotgun start, 18 holes, cart, four person
scramble. 6:30pm steak & chicken dinner, raffle prizes & silent auction.
$95/golfer, $20/dinner only.
- Dale Wolf, 262-375-1080 or iwolfpromotions@wi.rr.com, registration form:
www.graftonlions.org
FEBRUARY - APRIL



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State Bowling Tournament - Co-sponsored by the Port Washington and Grafton
Lions - Harbor Hills Rec. Center - 101 N. Freeman Dr., Port Washington.
- www.graftonlions.org for more information




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NEWS: 27-B1
Notes from DG Len
  As we enter the fall season, it is time to think about 27-B1‘s District Convention.
It will be held on the second weekend in November. This year our convention will
be held at the Oshkosh Convention Center, which is located in downtown
Oshkosh. It would be exciting if each club in the district would send several
members to represent them at the convention.
  Our International Representative will be Ross L. Thorfinnson Jr., Past
International Director from Minnesota. He is a very dynamic and inspirational
speaker. He will speak at Saturday afternoon‘s luncheon.
  If your club is looking to book speakers for its meetings, bring your scheduling
book with you. We will have representatives with booths set-up for the MERLO
team, the Eye Bank, Lions Pride, Wisconsin Lions Foundation, Lions Camp,
Leader Dog, Diabetes, Hearing, Youth Exchange, Mission to Mexico, and
Eyeglass Recycling. All these people are experts in their field and would make
excellent speakers for your club or zone meetings or any special night you may
have planned.
  District Convention is a good time to meet with fellow Lions and to discuss local
problems and to pick-up on some new fund-raising ideas. And don‘t forget to have
some fun.! Hope to see many of you there.!!
  An additional note from your Governor... In the past twelve months, District 27-
B1 has supplied 22 people with hearing aides. I believe this to be a record for our
district. PDG Paul Tadych, chair of our hearing program, should be commended
for his hard work and numerous hours put into the service for this District.
  However, I‘m informed that we have depleted all the funds in our hearing aide
account. It is time for all the clubs to step-up to the plate and send in a check to get
this program up and running again.
  If every club would send in just $200 we would have over $14,000 in our
account. Let‘s see if we can accomplish this goal.
  Reminding you that the only happiness you get to keep is the happiness you give
away. Remember Lions have pride



Check Out www.md27b1.org
 Use it to find your club forms. Read it for District, Zone and Club information.



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 Refer to it for the Convention information. It has a wealth of information on it.
Check it for the District Directory. We invite you to run your own copy of the
Directory. There will be none sent out this year.



Lioness Coming Together
by ADP Ella Stanelle
  I hope everyone had a wonderful summer and are refreshed and ready to serve for
another year.
  If you look up the definition of meetings, it says ―a coming together‖. I like that,
―a coming together‖. It makes you feel warm and fuzzy inside. As you come
together this year, enjoy the company of people with a common cause. ―To Serve
Too‖.
  September 19th is the Lions Camp Open House. The Affiliate would like to see a
raffle item donated by every Wisconsin Lioness club. Please let me know what you
will be donating and if you will be bringing it to Camp on the 19th or if we need to
make other arrangements. If you would like to donate money please mail it to me.
  Let‘s show the other districts that 27-B1 can give 100% to Lions Camp. I do hope
to see my Lioness there. It is always a great time, and bring a friend or two.
  Speaking of friends, I can‘t wait to visit each club. I promise to be very
entertaining. I want to show you how different personalities can be ―stitched
together‖ to make a beautiful Club.
  I want to leave you with this following poem from Norris:
  Do a deed of simple kindness, though its end you may not see; it may reach, like
widening ripples, down a long of eternity.



News & Activities
  MARIBEL LIONS ARE SUCCESSFUL - by Kip Hansen - On December 24th
2008, 19-year-old Derek Nemetz was working on the family farm when a large
round bale of hay fell on him. He suffered a spinal cord injury that left him
paralyzed from the chest down. Derek spent over two months in the hospital and
incurred many medical expenses. In May, the Maribel Lions, along with friends
and family, held a 9-Pin Tap Bowling Tournament to raise money to help offset the
medical bills. Individuals and local businesses donated several hundred items.
Supporters of the event enjoyed delicious booyah, sloppy joes, snacks, desserts and
homemade baked goods, donated by the wive‘s of Maribel Lion members, St.
James Church parishioners, local businesses, and family and friends. The Maribel


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Lions Club and one small community came through for Derek in a big way by
raising over $27,000. Derek would like to attend NWTC in fall. L to R: Kip
Hansen, Maribel Lions President, Derek Nemetz, benefactor, John Goral,
tournament winner, Dick Czarneski, CZ‘s Bushville Lanes
  MONTELLO LIONS BRAT WAGON - by Kathleen McGwin - If it‘s summer,
the Montello Lions Brat wagon must be selling their famous fill-the-bun 1/3-pound
brats that are so delectable. Lions Karen and Doug Weiss were ready to serve
customers and Lion Harvey Anderson was busy grilling. The wagon will be
located throughout the summer near the dam next to Rendezvous Paddle and
Sports. Money raised goes to support local charities and projects and also supports
the national Lions programs for the blind. Mark your calendar for Lions brats on
September 5.



34th Annual 27-B1 District
Convention
  Lions, Lioness and Leos of 27-B1 and friends of B1, District Governor Len
cordially invites you to attend the 34th Annual 27-B1 Convention at the City
Center Hotel in Oshkosh.
  Room reservations are currently being accepted by calling the City Center (920)
231-5000. Mention you are with the Lions District to get the special rate of $75.
  Using the Convention Registration form, which can be found at
www.md27b1.org or below, you may select your meals and register. The
Convention Registration fee remains at $8 for Lions, Lioness and adult guests.
Children and Leos may register for $2.
  Remember that even if you come just for the Friday hospitality or late on
Saturday just to vote, you are still required to register and pay the $8 fee. (Food for
thought - most clubs pay for their member‘s registrations to encourage
attendance.)
  Registration at the Convention will begin Friday at 4 p.m. and continue to 8 p.m.
  The Friday night Fish buffet is open to everyone and features the City Center‘s
Friday Fish Fry buffet for only $15 per person.
  Friday night hospitality opens at 7 p.m. and will go to 11 p.m. Your $8
registration will get you beer and soda all night in the hospitality room! There will
also be a 50/50 and a Lioness Raffle.




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  This year‘s theme is ―Friday the 13th – FRIGHT NIGHT‖. Come in your best
scary costume! There will also be a chance to display your bowling skills as we
will have four Wii games set up for your enjoyment.
  Every club is asked to bring a gift to be included in our successful ―Bucket
Raffle.‖ Bring something you‘d like to win! Last year we had a record 50 prizes,
this year we are hoping all 75 clubs will participate. Let‘s try to improve club
participation. Prizes can be large or small, gift certificates are always good. If your
club should have a large prize and nobody can make it to the Convention, call
Harvey Hansen at (920) 233- 0824. He will be happy to pick it up.
  Saturday begins with free coffee, juice, rolls and fruit for registered attendees.
Come at 7:30 a.m. and meet your friends. The opening business session will begin
at 8:30 a.m. Parade of Checks will follow the awarding of the President, Secretary
and Treasurer‘s awards, prior to lunch on Saturday.
  The Saturday Luncheon fee is $14 and the Governor‘s Banquet is $24. All meals
are plentiful, affordable and available to anyone.
  Outstanding seminars have been planned and will take place all weekend. Voting
will take place at the end of the Necrology Service. The Convention Banquet will
be in the ballroom at 6:30 p.m. The District Raffle will also be drawn after dinner.
  A District Governor, Vice District Governor and Wisconsin Lions Foundation
Director will be elected at this convention. We will also choose a bowling host; see
if your club is interested in hosting next year‘s District Bowling Tournament. Any
Lion or Lioness Club in the district can host it any year.
  Remember Nomination papers must be submitted to Governor Len, election
chairperson Ralph Schneider, and the State Office 30 days prior to the convention
(by October 13th).
  The 2009-10 District Pin will be offered for sale at this convention. Get your
designs ready for the 2010-2011 District Pin Contest that will be part of the ballot.
A $25 prize will again be awarded. Bring your entries and good luck! If there are
any questions on the pin designs, call Pin Chairman Harvey Hansen on that at
(920)233-0824.
  Don‘t forget to sell some ads for our convention booklet. Clubs may again keep a
percentage of the ad fee. Please check the web page www.md27b1.org for
complete details. The deadline is October 20th.
  New this year is the chance to honor club members in the convention book. For
$25 each ½‖ ad you can honor a member. The ad will be prominently placed in the
booklet so please consider this as a nice way to recognize a hard-working member.
The percentage does not apply to this ad. This is an excellent way to honoring a
Charter member, Melvin Jones or Birch-Sturm recipient or maybe a deceased
member who contributed much to your club.



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              Please remember to begin your Peace Poster contest entries. Write to Lions
            International or contact the Peace Poster Chairperson for our District, Lion Dawn
            Christensen at (920)346-2307 to get your kit for your school. Then you can contact
            your local school first thing when school begins. Yes, it is a contest, but we really
            want to get the kids thinking of peace. Sponsor your own prizes so someone at
            your school wins.
              REMEMBER - Bring your club banners to hang in the banquet hall.


            2009 27-B1 Convention Registration
            Form
            November 13th - 14th - City Center Hotel & Convention Center, Oshkosh
               Date

                Club

             Contact

              Phone

               Email



            Fees                                                          By 10/23
            Registration - Lions, Lioness & Guest                         $8
            Registration - Leos & Children                                $2
            Friday Fish Fry Buffet                                        $15
            Saturday Lunch                                                $14
            Saturday Banquet                                              $24
                   PLEASE TYPE OR PRINT CLEARLY & FILL IN ALL APPROPRIATE BOXES & CHECK INFO BELOW NAME
Name                                        Title:                         Fri. Fish                Sat.
                                                           Registration                Sat. Lunch                  TOTAL
                                                                           Fry                      Banquet


 Lion       Lioness     Lion/Lioness     Leo     Guest
                                                           $               $           $            $              $
 Delegate      Alternate




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Name                                      Title:                        Fri. Fish                Sat.
                                                         Registration               Sat. Lunch                  TOTAL
                                                                        Fry                      Banquet


 Lion       Lioness    Lion/Lioness    Leo     Guest
                                                         $              $           $            $              $
 Delegate      Alternate


Name                                      Title:                        Fri. Fish                Sat.
                                                         Registration               Sat. Lunch                  TOTAL
                                                                        Fry                      Banquet


 Lion       Lioness    Lion/Lioness    Leo     Guest
                                                         $              $           $            $              $
 Delegate      Alternate


Name                                      Title:                        Fri. Fish                Sat.
                                                         Registration               Sat. Lunch                  TOTAL
                                                                        Fry                      Banquet


 Lion       Lioness    Lion/Lioness    Leo     Guest
                                                         $              $           $            $              $
 Delegate      Alternate


Name                                      Title:                        Fri. Fish                Sat.
                                                         Registration               Sat. Lunch                  TOTAL
                                                                        Fry                      Banquet


 Lion       Lioness    Lion/Lioness    Leo     Guest
                                                         $              $           $            $              $
 Delegate      Alternate


                                                                                                 Amount         $
                                                                                                 Enclosed

                Checks payable and mail by 10/23/09 to: 27-B1 Convention Mail to: PDG Steve Pautz, 124
                                Riverwood Dr., Mishicot WI 54228 snpautz@verizon.net




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NEWS: 27-B2
Notes from DG Pat
  Greetings Lions of 27-B2. We survived 10 days in Minneapolis and the
International Convention. 750 District Governor-Elects (DG-E) from all over the
world became District Governors at the conclusion of the Convention.
  We had the opportunity to meet the new International President, Eberhard Wirfs,
from Germany, whose theme is: ―Move to Grow‖.
  At each meal, we were assigned different tables, thus allowing us to meet
different people from different countries. A DG from Tokyo sat at our table for
three different meals. His only English word was ―Tokyo‖!
  DG-E School was very interesting and comprehensive. PID Dennis Cobler from
Muskegon, MI was our group leader. There was a large contingent from Wisconsin
attending each Plenary session. The sea of red jackets was easy to find among the
thousands that attended each session.
  Attending an International Convention is an awesome experience; I strongly
recommend to everyone.
  My first official visit as your Governor was a very enjoyable experience for Lion
Carol and myself. We visited the Caroline Lions at the Hidden Valley Supper
Club in Caroline with the Big Falls Club in attendance also.
  Lion President Polzin was an excellent host as were all club members. I had the
pleasure of installing the new officers and presenting a Melvin Jones to Lion
Treasurer Asenbrenner.
  We were invited to return to Caroline Colorama and 21st Annual Fall Trail Ride
October 2nd - 4th where over 1,300 horses and riders from all over North America
camp out for three days.
  The visit was a great way to start my year as your Governor. I‘m looking
forward to more visits to clubs of 27-B2.

DG Pat’s Calendar
SEPTEMBER
17    Grand Chute
18    DG Pat Celebrates 40 Years of Membership
19    Open House at Camp
24-26 USA/Canada Forum, Memphis, TN




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Tidbits Of Wisdom
   Save the whales. Collect the whole set.
   Never wrestle a pig. You both get dirty, but the pig likes it.
   Birthdays are good. The more you have, the longer you live.
   The world owes us nothing - it was here first.
   Nothing fits in a pigeonhole but a pigeon.
   Why didn‘t Noah just swat those mosquitoes?



Sturgeon Bay Lions Club Proud
History
  The Sturgeon Bay Lions Club was sponsored by the Manitowoc Lions Club.
  It was organized on May 17, 1929 and the Charter Night was September 9, 1929,
with 23 Charter Members. H. R Jones served as the club‘s first President and 75
more Lions have served as President. Presently we have 18 Past Presidents in the
club.
  Lion Pat Pflieger is the fifth member to serve as District Governor. M.W. ―Muzz‖
Millard is still a member of the club and served as District Governor 1968-1969.
  The Club has sponsored or co-sponsored the following clubs: Washington
Island, Sister Bay, Baileys Harbor (no longer active), Forestville-Maplewood,
Dyckesville and Algoma.
  Twenty-six Lions members have been honored with Melvin Jones Fellowships
and three with Birch-Sturm Fellowships. The club sponsored a State Convention in
the 1940‘s; and District Conventions five times.
  Some of the Lions Projects over the years: eye exams and eye glasses for the
needy, Lions Club International Foundation, Wisconsin Lions Foundation (Lions
Camp at Rosholt for the handicapped), Leader Dog program, Lions Quest Project,
Badger Boys State, boys and girls youth baseball/softball, 4-H Club projects, eye
transporting of donor eyes, Wisconsin Lions Youth Exchange, Sturm Humanitarian
Fund, American Cancer Relay, AODA, Senior graduation parties, Cerebral Palsy,
Door County Memorial Hospital Campaign, Defibrillator for Sturgeon Bay High
School, Prevent Blindness Wisconsin, Puppy Project, and many other charitable
causes.
  At one time the Lions sponsored a Scout Cabin in Potawatomi Park, were the
sponsors of a Sea-Scout troop and are presently in the Wisconsin Adopt a Highway
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  Fundraisers have included everything from Night of Harmony, Minstrel shows,
and gumball and mint projects to hosting and catering picnics for local companies
and industries. The club has also conducted White Cane Day, rose sales and
deliveries, large garage sale at fair grounds, car raffle and many other kinds of
raffles. A contest on when a car would sink into the bay after the ice went out!
Presently have a float that attends local parades.
  This is just a thumb nail sketch of the Sturgeon Bay Lions which have been in
existence for 80 years. Hundreds have served as Lions, as well as having the
assistance of many of the wives. The motto of the Lions as been taken to the heart
of these loyal Lions-WE SERVE.



27-B2 Submission Guidelines
by Kathy Merriman, 27-B2 PR Chair and Editor
  To get your article published on the 27-B2 page, please follow the guidelines
below:
  All articles must be sent to the District PR Chairman no later than the 25th of the
second month preceding publication (example: Articles for February, 2009 are due
by December 25th).
  No newspaper clippings are acceptable – they are a violation of copyright and
cannot be printed.
  Pictures should be ―action‖ photos. (examples: Lions frying hamburgers is
good; Lions standing in front of a hamburger stand is not. Lions picking up trash
along a highway is good; Lions standing looking at the camera in safety vests is
not). Pictures should not be ―embedded‖ in the article but attached in ―.jpg‖
format. No more than one picture per article will be printed. If submitted by mail,
only original pictures are acceptable. Pictures in Kodak ―EasyShare‖ format do
not work.
  Please – no Anniversaries, plaque presentations, or pictures of people standing
looking at the camera.
  All material should be typed.
  Proofread your material to make sure everything is spelled correctly and you
have used good grammar.
  I will not write your article. There is at least one person in each club capable of
writing a good article. No article should be more than 250 words. I reserve the
right to edit your article in order to fit the space available.
  The preferred method of submission is e-mail, but hard copy is acceptable.
  I can be found at:
  1183 Thorndale St.

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 Green Bay, WI 54304
 920-494-3929
 harrymer@yahoo.com
 This is YOUR page – let‘s keep it filled!



27-B2 Convention Weekend In Review
  As the years of Lionism have progressed, so has the motto for the Lions club: We
Serve. This year the Kewaunee Lions in conjunction with the Dyckesville Lions
are going to change the way we all look at those two words.
  ―Honoring those who serve‖ is the theme for the 2009 District Convention due to
the dedication of the ―USS Green Bay‖ Naval Ship, and the changes that the motto
has gone through.
  As Lions we serve our community, our country, and our world through different
service activities and over all involvement. The ―USS Green Bay‖, as well as all
other branches of the military, serves not only our community, our country, our
world, they serve all of us.
  So the Lions and the military are two of a kind when it comes to service. Come
and join your fellow Lions clubs for a weekend of fun, learning, and sharing as we
―Honor those who serve‖.
  Hotel Registration:
  Country lnn and Suites
  Address: 850 Kepler Drive
  Green Bay, Wl 54311
  920-288-0101
  $89/night
  The District 27-B2 Convention Committee has blocked 80 hotel rooms for
convention attendees to book and request. We strongly encourage all Lions that
are looking at staying overnight for the convention to stay here at the Country Inn
and Suites as the convention hall is attached directly to the hotel. Also, all blocks
of rooms will expire and not be held any more after October 1, 2009. At that point
the above price may not be available any more. Remember to ask for Lions Room
Rate 2009 Convention.
  Registration Fee for Lions and Lioness $10.
  Registration Fee for Leos and Guests $5
  Extra Convention Pin $3
  Dinner and Food Menus:
  Registration will be from 12:00 to 8:30 at the Meadows Convention Center
  Friday Night:

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  8:00 pm Party Time!!!
  Hors d‘oervres $0.00
  Come and see what we have planned for you, eat, drink, dance and BS. We look
forward to seeing you.
  Saturday Afternoon Luncheon:
  Dual Option - $10
  Option 1- Ham Croissant Flaky croissant with ham, lettuce and cheese with a
fresh salad
  Option 2-Cheeseburger Platter Grilled 1/3 pound Angus patty on a Kaiser roll
topped with American cheese. Served french fries with a fresh salad, garnished
with lettuce, tomato and onion.
  Saturday Night Banquet
  Dual Option - $25
  Option 1- Herb Baked Chicken 2 pieces of herb baked chicken served with a
vegetable and potatoes.
  Option 2-Roast Prime Rib of Beef Slow roasted choice cut of boneless prime rib
with au jus. Served with vegetables and potatoes
  Miscellaneous Information:
  Meal Cancellation Policy-NO Refunds will be allowed after October 15th. All
prices are going to be increased due to late registration after October 15th. Every
meal price will be increased by $50.
  For further information, contact your club secretary, or:
  Lion Michelle Rudolph
  1743 Alfred Dr.
  Luxemburg, WI 54217
  920-264-5339
  chellbe26@yahoo.com



News & Activities
To All Lions Clubs From The Editor
by Kathy Merriman, 27-B2 PR Chair and Editor
 Please - when you send pictures - send action pictures - pictures showing people
doing something. It makes for a much more interesting newspaper.
  Readers are not very interested in pictures of people standing staring at the
camera. Let‘s see Lions in action!
MCCASLIN DONATES TO LAKES COUNTRY LIBRARY, HELPS
OTHER ORGANIZATIONS - The McCaslin Lions Club donated $1,000 to the

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Lakes Country Library in Lakewood. The library plans to purchase a few books
each month on a variety of subjects with the money. Large print books will be a
consideration for the benefit of the senior citizens who appreciate the larger print.
Each month the library will publish a list of the new books in hopes that more
readers will take advantage of the new books. One of the many community
projects funded by the McCaslin Lions Club was to provide a food booth for area
organization‘s fund raising. The booth is located in the Lakewood Supervalue
parking lot. ABOVE: Grill cooks Lions Dick Firehammer and Bernie Van Dreel
are shown doing their thing.
CRIVITZ LIONS DONATE - Paul Matty, Officer Craig Kasten, and Doug
Morrison with a check for $500 for the Crivitz Canine Unit from the Crivitz Lions
Club. The club also presented checks for $1,000 to the Crivitz Food Pantry and
$900 to the Crivitz Music Makers; and $500.00 in food and cash donations
received at the door of their annual banquet.
GREEN BAY WEST LIONS CLUB HELPS COMMUNITY - Green Bay West
Lions continue to stock a ―medical equipment loan closet‖ at the Aging and
Disability Resource Center in Green Bay, a project started in 2003. The need for
this type of help has grown by 50% each year! Various items such as wheelchairs,
walkers, shower benches, canes, and toilet raisers are stored in a closet for use by
Green Bay area seniors. Our collective goal is to help seniors stay in their own
homes longer, and safer. This past year we were able to donate $8,200 worth of
new or slightly used equipment. R to L: John Holzer, facilities manager at the
Aging & Disability Resource Center, Green Bay West Lion President Bill Ward,
Lion Fred Sanderson and Lion Gloria De Beck.
CRIVITZ THANKS everyone that attended the 14th annual Crivitz Lions
Banquet at the Woods on June 25, 2009. We cannot thank enough the patrons,
sponsors and the people that attended. These people are truly the backbone of our
community. The success of our 14 banquets are these people, and the motto of our
banquet ―We serve the people in our
community!‖
MANAWA LIONS donated $5,000 to the Little Wolf River Trail, a walking trail
that is being developed in and around the city of Manawa. L to R: Connie
Klotzbuecher, Manawa Lions; Little Wolf Trail Committee, Dewey Carl, Kelly
Koller and Ellen Celske.




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NEWS: 27-C1
Notes from DG Keith
  Sparks and keystrokes from 27-C1... To start the district out on a path to cohesive
and service oriented information, I would like to share some goals for clubs in 27-
C1. Please remember that these are guidelines for clubs, officers and members.
There are many projects we as Lions do in our communities that we do not give
ourselves credit for. This information may be in local, regional or state
publications or what ever type of public relations you do for your club.
  Perhaps your club website is not maintained or your club does not prepare a
newsletter or website. Please try to have the club web master/club news editor
check and update your information weekly of monthly if possible. Newsletters and
websites can be the preferred source of contact with our young members. A lot of
young Lions have shift work jobs along with family responsibilities. This does not
leave much time to attend meetings which does not mean they are any less
interested. They are connected to our clubs and everyone else by the venue of the
electronic world. There is nothing wrong with a dedicated Lion, Lioness or Leo
who gets their club news on the web or by newsletter or texting. We must realize
that we live in this world of fast processing of information.
  If younger members are connected to our clubs by the electronic world, they will
stay good members and be active participants in club projects. They may not have
time to attend meetings nor might they be interested in a meeting just for the sake
of a meeting. If our clubs provide current and accurate information about our
service to our communities then everyone will stay connected. It is my hope that
all the clubs in 27-C1 will use this electronic world to inform. Promote the fact
that your Club and mine are hooked up and willing to connect these young Lions to
our clubs via club newsletters, internet and texting. Go for it, you will be surprised
at the response of your kids, grandkids, nieces, nephews, neighbors and your
community.
  If you do not have a website may I suggest that you go to either
www.lionwap.org or www.wilion.org. Think of your club website as your own
local newspaper with updated club information delivered to your members‘ home.
For those without the World Wide Web you can print it and send it to them.
Whichever way it‘s done, keep your club members informed. Yes, I know it will
take a little time to acclimate our members to mark it in their favorites on their
computer, but Lions have always had their eyes open to the world, and I believe
they will look to the web.



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Living With Macular Degeneration
  Connie Braun, a long-time Business Education teacher at Abbotsford High
School, retired in 2000 but did not slow down. Over the years she saw computers
replace typewriters, electronic spreadsheets replace bookkeeping ledgers, and took
her students from shorthand to apprenticeships at local businesses. With that
background Connie continues her second ―semi-retirement‖ career at North Central
Technical College as the Youth Apprenticeship Coordinator, working to place
local high school students in area businesses so they can apply their education in
real-life situations.
  In a casual conversation about macular degeneration at a recent Abbotsford Lions
meeting, Lion Connie revealed that she had been diagnosed with the disease in
February 2007.
  The risk of getting macular degeneration increases as you age, usually after age
50, if you are white, smoke, or have a family member with the disease. Being a
non-smoker, but with a family history of several close members with glaucoma,
the diagnosis for Connie came during an eye exam prior to cataract surgery.
  If you have macular degeneration the doctor may see ―drusen‖, yellowish-white
waste deposits that can build up behind the eye.
  Connie‘s degeneration is in the early stage and is treated with a Bausch and
Lomb product called PreserVision with Lutein, an eye vitamin and mineral
supplement which slows down but does not cure the degeneration. Lutein is
contained in green leafy vegetables. At this time, there is no cure for macular
degeneration.
  Dr. James Holzberger, MD, Marshfield Clinic, removed cataracts from Connie‘s
left eye on June 25, 2007 and her right eye on July 9, 2007. In 2009 laser treatment
on her left eye broke up the scar tissue that had developed after cataract surgery to
improve her cloudy vision. Wearing glasses all her life for nearsightedness, Connie
also discovered that after the cataract surgery she had became farsighted. She uses
reading glasses now to see the fine print, but can read the road signs that were
previously blurry.
  As Connie prepares for her semi-annual eye exam in December, she considers
herself lucky. The only adjustment she has made so far is to keep night driving to a
minimum. By hitting close to home Lions‘ service became personal for the
Abbotsford Lions. Connie fully expects her eyesight to deteriorate over time, but is
learning to live with macular degeneration, stay healthy, and take her twice daily
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Give 27-C1 Journey For Sight A
Stimulus Package
by PDG Bill Jajewski
  One of the district‘s major projects is Journey for Sight. Generally, a club
designates a project so that the proceeds are pledged toward Journey for Sight. The
first weekend in May is designated for Journey for Sight, but is not required.
Pledged walks, clean-up project, or other fundraiser are activities clubs have
selected. Schools, local organizations, and area businesses have participated in
Journey for Sight Walks alongside Lions.
  Annually, the collected money is distributed via the following District 27-C1
formula:
  50% - Wisconsin Lions Foundation
  23% - Lions Club International Foundation
  12.5% - District Hearing
  12.5% - Diabetes Education
  2% - Journey for Sight
  The contact for Journey for Sight is PDG Bill Jajewski, PO Box 454, Stevens
Point, WI 54481. (Phone 715-344-4961)
  Donations can also be sent directly to 27-C1 Cabinet Secretary/Treasurer Leanne
Pearson, 4721 Black Forest Drive, Wisconsin Rapids, WI 54494.



Club News
STUTTGEN’S LAZY S STABLE SHIRES won the horsemanship award for the third year in a
row at the annual Fall Creek Lions Fun Fest parade on June 21. Owner, past WLF Director,
Bernie Stuttgen of Thorp had his three grandsons driving the team. Driving grandpa‘s Shires,
from left to right are grandsons, Jacob, Jason, and Kyle Stuttgen.
ABBOTSFORD HOSTS GUEST PHOTOGRAPHER - ABOVE: Jake LaPine (center)
attended the Abbotsford Lions Picnic with his grandparents Lions Karen and Larry LaPine. Also
attending the picnic were two new members and three prospective members. BELOW: LaPine
captured the high-octane Tail Twister Bonnie Weix testing the members Lionistic knowledge,
fining those who missed their questions.
BERLIN-HAMBURG HOSTS 10th annual Region 5, Zone 1 and 2 dinner at Rib River
Ballroom, Marathon. Invited guests included DG Keith Luebke, WLF Director Jim Schiferl,
Eyeglass Recycling Manager, Sharon Cherek, PDG Fred Fenhaus, Youth Exchange Chair Diane
Wisniewski, among others. Raffle prizes were awarded and special music was provided by
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GRAND RAPIDS LION LANDS THE BIG ONE – Lion Jason Bragg caught and released this
musky estimated at 44‖. Grand Rapids Lions Club is a catch and release pond and this fish was
placed 8 years ago at 32‖. She is the only known musky to reside in the pond. She has been
hooked many times but never landed. Witness to this historic event was Lion Howard Marg.
               2009 Emerging Lions Leadership Institute
           October 22-25 in Stevens Point - No cost to attendee.
Contact DG Keith if you are interested or if you know of someone who would
               benefit by attending this valuable training.

Events
SEPTEMBER
FRI, SEP 4 - Thorp Lions 4-Person Scramble “Golf For The Kids” at
Meadowview Golf Course, Owen (Hwy 29 to Cty DD, go North, on the right
between exits 118 or 122) $60/person includes golf/cart, prizes & food (Friday
Fish Fry or Steak Dinner. Tee off 10 am – 2 pm. Funds raised go to Lions Camp.
– Contact 715-229-2355 or 715-613-2469.
OCTOBER
FRI, OCT 2 - SUN, OCT 4 - Berlin-Hamburg 7th Annual Oktoberfest at
Pagels Pub and Grub. Directions: From Wausau take Hwy K (north to Cty Hwy
F, then west on F.
– Contact Joyce Koch


2009 27-C1 Convention Registration
Form
October 16th - 17th - Hotel Mead Convention Center, Wisconsin Rapids

Date
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Fees                                                                  By 10/5


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            Registration (Lions, Lioness, Lion/Lioness & Guests)                   $5
            Friday Auction & Snacks, Soda/Beer - 7pm                               FREE
            Saturday Lunch (meatloaf & lemon chicken)                              $14.00
            Saturday Banquet - Roast Sirloin Au Poivre                             $18.50
            Saturday Banquet - Pork Milanaisie                                     $18.50
                 PLEASE TYPE OR PRINT CLEARLY & FILL IN ALL APPROPRIATE BOXES & CHECK INFO BELOW NAME


Name                                       Title:                                               Sat.
                                                                           Sat.    Sat. Banq.
                                                            Registration                        Banq.    TOTAL
                                                                           Lunch   Beef
                                                                                                Pork


 Lion       Lioness    Lion/Lioness    Leo      Guest
                                                            $5             $       $            $        $
 Delegate      Alternate


Name                                       Title:                                               Sat.
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                                                            Registration                        Banq.    TOTAL
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                                                            $5             $       $            $        $
 Delegate      Alternate


Name                                       Title:                                               Sat.
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                                                            Registration                        Banq.    TOTAL
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                                                            $5             $       $            $        $
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Name                                       Title:                                               Sat.
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Delegate      Alternate


                                                                                       Amount $
                                                                                       Enclosed

                  Checks payable and mail by 10/1/08 to: Lions District 27-C1 Convention
           Mail to: Lion Diane Wisniewski, 1903 Vanderwaal St., Mosinee, WI 54455 715-693-6457


                                  ACCOMMODATION INFORMATION
                       You are responsible for making your own hotel reservations.
       There is a block of rooms reserved. $79 per night. Call Hotel Mead and Convention Center
       at 715-423-1500




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NEWS: 27-C2
Notes from DG Shirley
  Our new International President, Eberhard Wirfs, has challenged all Lions,
Lioness and Leos to ―Move to Grow‖ in 2009-2010. Our District, 27-C2, is poised
to do just that with a new district-wide Service Project. This very beneficial
program, Free Adult Vision Screening/Glaucoma Screening, was initiated by Lion
Greg Tobisch from Ashland.
  Lion Greg‘s vision was to take this successful program from the club level and
move it to the district level. Leading the charge for our District are our Vision
Chairs, Dennis & Mary Jane Hirtz. Their capable and enthusiastic leadership got
this project off the ground in fine style.
  A letter was sent to all Lion and Lioness club presidents in June explaining the
program and requesting funding and volunteer help. Just consider the response
they have had to this request. Many Lions and Lioness signed up for the first
training session on August 26. Checks continue to come in to our new Treasurer
Dean Klemm earmarked to fund the Humphrey Systems FDT Screening
Machines.
  It would be awesome if every single Lions and Lioness Club helped fund this
project. This is a project that our Leo Club could help fund too, making it truly
District-wide.
  Just consider the benefits to the adults in all of our communities if all clubs were
to offer this Free Adult Vision Screening/Glaucoma Screening during 2009-2010
and in the future.
  With everyone‘s support this project can become a reality! All of us will qualify
to be ―Knights of Sight‖. ―Move to Grow‖ in District 27-C2!
  My Partner-in-Service, Dave, and I are looking forward to visiting all clubs in the
district. Please call or email and set up a date for our visit to your club. Also, if
anyone has questions or concerns please call or email and we will do our best to
address your needs.

       send your club news & photos of Lions In Action to Editor Ricky



Event
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SUN, SEP 6 - Jump River Lions Truck Pull - starting at noon in the park.
Horseshoe tournament is set for 11:30 p.m. and a cake walk will be held as well.
The club will be selling their famous barbecued chicken along with hamburgers
and cold beverages.



New 27-C2 Leadership Team In Place
WLF Director Dennis Christianson
  Dennis Christianson has been the Wisconsin Lions Foundation Director since
2007. He has been serving on the District 27-C2 cabinet since 1993 and received
the 1997-1998 International President‘s Certificate of Appreciation.
  Dennis and his wife, Patti, who were both born and raised in Medford, have been
married for 33 years. Their son, Mickey, was born in 1979 and daughter, Andrea,
in 1981. Dennis became interested in Lions after Mickey, having a slight hearing
disability, was able to attend the Wisconsin Lions Camp for a few summers. After
seeing the Camp and realizing all the good things that the Lions Organization
accomplishes, he joined the Medford Lions Club in February of 1988. Along with
raising their own children, Dennis and Patti took the challenge of raising three
Leader Dog Puppies. In 1994-1995, they raised Jenny, 1996-1997, Ben and in
1999-2000, Cody. Life hasn‘t slowed down much for the Christiansons. They both
work full time and Andrea and her husband, Jack, gave them their first grandchild,
Megan, with whom they spend as much time as possible.
  Dennis has served on the Medford Lions Board of Directors since 1989. He has
served as Club President twice and is currently the 1st Vice President. Over the
years Dennis has been very active in the Medford Lions. He has chaired many
committees including the Ballpark Concession Stand, Softball Tournaments and
several Park Construction Projects. In recognition of his outstanding service,
loyalty and devotion to Lionism, Dennis is a three time recipient of the Medford
Lions ―Lion of the Year Award‖. He has also received the Melvin Jones
Fellowship Award and in 2009 was awarded the Senior Master Key for sponsoring
25 new members.
  District 27-C2 is very fortunate to have Lion Dennis serving as our Wisconsin
Lions Foundation Director. Remember to invite him to your club meeting to
present the latest news from WLF. Dennis can be contacted at the following
address:
  562 North Second Street
  Medford, WI 54451
  Res.: 715-748-4983


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 dcandpc@tds.net


Our Newest WLF Director Greg Tobisch
  WLF Director Lion Greg Tobisch of the Ashland Lions club has a busy schedule
ahead of him for the 2009-10 year -- but he LIKES being busy. He is currently
serving the 27-C2 District in the position of Region 3 Chair, while just wrapping
up his service as Ashland Lions President and the incorporating officer for the
Ashland Lions Foundation, Inc., a 501c3 public charity.
  He served as Zone Chair in 2007-08, MD-27 PR Chair 2008-09, and as a member
of the Wisconsin Lion newspaper editorial board in 2008-09. He is a 4 year club
president and a TTT Trainer. He is co-founder of the District 27-C2 Glaucoma
screening program.
  He became a Melvin Jones Fellow in 2008 and also was awarded the
International President Leadership Award in 2008.
  With all of his credentials, he notes that he can‘t narrow his proudest moment
down to one thing. He states, ―My pride is a collection of the experiences and the
fellow Lions and Lioness I have had the opportunity to meet. I look forward to
being part of the WLF, and am available for club meeting or to discuss any issues
members may have.‖
  Lion Greg manages a Printing Plant in Ashland and enjoys golf, camping, fishing
and the like. He and his wife Lion Nancy make their home in Ashland.
  WLF Director Greg can be reached at:
  522 W Third St,
  Ashland 54806
  Res.: 715-682-4504
  gntobisch@centurytel.net



Adult Vision Screening Comes To
District 27-C2
by Greg Tobisch, project creator & advisor; Lion Dennis & Lioness PADP Mary
Jane Hirts, 27-C2 Adult Vision Screening Chairs
  As your club may be aware by now, the 27-C2 Cabinet has endorsed a program
to start performing adult vision screening (AVS) district wide. The program will
help in the detection of various vision problems, with an emphasis on glaucoma
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tragically only half actually realize it. With glaucoma causing between 9% and
12% of all cases of blindness in the United States.
  Our district, in conjunction with Prevent Blindness Wisconsin (PBW), will
embark on a training program to certify Lion/Lioness trainers in the use of the
most up to date screening machine, provide trainers with all materials, and help
secure machines once all the financing is in place. It is worth noting that this
screening is not a substitute for yearly eye exams performed by an optometrist, this
is only a first line detection tool to aid in locating people who may want to consult
their optometrist sooner than they would have otherwise.
  By the time you read this our district should have 35 Lions/Lionesses
certified. We are also looking for more potential screeners to attend the next class
-- which requires about two hours of your time. Where are screenings
held? Generally, typical locations would be health fairs, senior gatherings, the
local food pantry, or maybe in conjunction with the diabetes screening a club may
already do. The possibilities are endless.
  All this comes with a price -- the machines cost approximately $4,700 each. The
focus committee would like to target one machine per region, to make them easily
accessible to all clubs. To date the district has $5,300 deposited. The district is
appealing to all clubs for financial assistance.
  We have received generous donations from the following clubs to date: Presque
Isle Lioness, Conover Lions, Lake Tomahawk Lions, Lake Tomahawk Lioness,
Bayfield Lions, Boulder Junction Lioness, Glidden Lions, Hurley Area Lioness,
Mellen Lions, Manitowish Lioness, St. Germain Lions and St Germain Lioness.
  At your next club meeting, please consider donating time or money to this
worthwhile project. I have had the opportunity to witness this screening work, as
the Ashland Lions Club has provided this to the surrounding communities for the
past seven years with great success. If you have any questions, please feel free to
contact Lion Dennis and Lioness PADP Mary Jane Hirtz (Project Chairs) at
hirtzhaven@charter.net or Lion Greg Tobisch (Advisor) at
gntobisch@centurytel.net, or telephone 715-682-4504. Club donations may be
sent to Cabinet Treasurer Dean Klemm, 640 Brehm DR., Medford, WI 54451.
Please indicate on the check that the donation is for Adult Vision Screening.



Peace & The Environment
  by Judeen Knott, 27-C2 Peace Poster Chair
  Two topics pertinent to our everyday lives have led to Lions International
contests. Most of you are aware of the Peace Poster Contest, which Lions promote
in schools and youth groups for ages 11-13 worldwide. Posters are judged on

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originality, artistic merit and expression on the theme ―The Power Of Peace‖. The
grand prize winner receives recognition at the International Convention..
  Clubs interested in sponsoring an entry may order the Peace Poster Contest Kit
from the LCI Club Supplies Department until October 1. You can download the
form online under Club Supplies or call Club Supplies Sales at (630) 571-5466.
Most schools prefer to start the contest when school starts as the postmark
deadline to send the club‘s winning poster to the District Governor is November
15. Kits are $9.95 and include promotional materials. Allow 3-4 weeks for
delivery.
  Clubs in good standing are also encouraged to participate in the Lion‘s
Environmental Photo Contest, which is designed to showcase the beauty of nature.
  There are five categories: animal life, plant life, urban or natural landscape,
weather phenomenon, and Lions Environmental Miracle Workers. The first four
listed must not have people in the photo. Six winners will receive awards and be
posted on the Lion‘s website and will be displayed at the International
Convention. The deadline for this contest is in early January. Photos will be
judged on originality, artistic merit, and portrayal of the environmental themes.
Surely our northwoods area is ripe with possibilities for this type of photo! If you
have questions about either contest, contact me at (715)536-9208.

News & Events
BOULDER JUNCTION LIONS HOST 13TH ANNUAL “CASH RAFFLE
AND PICNIC” - The Boulder Junction Lions Club hosted the 13th annual ―Cash
Raffle and Picnic‖ on Saturday, July 18. 250 tickets are sold in the raffle and all
names are drawn and awarded respective prizes. First prize was $5,000,
second $500, third $250 and there were (21) $75 tickets, as well. A crowd of over
200 feasted on brats, hotdogs, chips, baked beans, desserts and refreshments while
waiting, listening to hear their names called. The first stub called brought Craig
Rupert a $100 return. The 100th and the 200th stubs brought John Ferbend and Jeff
Long a $250 and $500 return respectively. The final five people left in the 250
ticket raffle, agreed to share the $5,000 prize and took home $1,000 each. The
raffle raises about 15% of the annual monies the Boulder Junction Lions raise.
ABOVE: Lions Otis Voelz and Don Burr serve up brats and hotdogs at the ―Cash
Raffle and Picnic‖.
INTERNATIONAL YOUTH EXCHANGE VISITOR - PDG Lion Harry
Helwig (left), along with Rhinelander Lions Club President Bob Berns (right) are
pictured with Tameri Sommers, a Lions International Youth Exchange Program
recipient from Tahiti. Tameri presented a program at the July meeting of the


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Rhinelander Lions Club. Tameri is one of three Lions Youth Exchange recipients
visiting Wisconsin this summer from Tahiti. Wisconsin participants from the Lions
International Youth Exchange program are currently visiting in Tahiti. Persons
desiring information on the Lions International Youth Exchange Program should
contact PDG Harry Helwig at 715-362-2549.
DG SHIRLEY HAD A STORY TO TELL at the August cabinet meeting. She
informed the group that she received a message that the Hurley Lioness raffle
ticket she had purchased had won her a whopping $700. She wanted to share her
good fortune and presented her winnings to Dennis and Mary Jane Hirtz, chairs of
the new 27-C2 Adult Vision/ Glaucoma Screening project.




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NEWS: 27-D1
Notes from DG Rick
  As your District Governor, I serve on the State Council of Governors,
representing the Lions of 27-D1. We are the decision-making body for Lions in
Wisconsin. We work closely with other Lions who volunteer on state committees;
one of which is our MERLO team. (MERLO is Membership, Extension, Retention,
Leadership, and Orientation… not a type of wine!)
  Examples of the Council involvement includes operation and location of our state
office and state convention; attending to our state budget; working with the
editorial board of our state newspaper; and other decisions concerning state-wide
programs or issues. Last year‘s Council made the decision to not print a State
Directory, but rather put it on-line and make it available to all Lions with updates
throughout the year. I wholeheartedly agreed with this decision as it is saves Lions
around $8,000 plus now all Lions can have access. Please contact me if you want
the Directory‘s website address and the password.
  People who know me from my days at the University of Wisconsin-Madison,
often ask ―what are you doing now that you‘re retired?‖ Of course this gives me an
excellent chance to talk about Lions and what a district governor does and what
Lions do for their communities, our state, and world. I have told more people about
Lionism in the past few months than I probably did all the previous years I was a
Lion. Most people react with ―I never realized Lions did that!‖ I believe we need
to work harder at telling our story to the general public, our friends, our relatives,
and the people with whom we work. Lions are a well kept secret in some
communities; people are not aware of the new projects and programs we are
involved with today. Recently I had dinner with a relative who was surprised that
women are Lions members. It has been over 20 years since women were welcomed
as members in Lions, but the story needs repeating!
  I hope that as your club does fundraisers and projects this year, you will take time
to contact the local paper, radio station, and let people know what you are doing. If
your club is valued by your community, it will be a successful organization, it will
grow in membership, and it will be looked up as a leader in the community.
  I know that all of our Lions clubs do good deeds, now we just need to let the rest
of our communities know what we do.
  I am looking forward to my Lions club visits this year so I can learn more about
what your club does in your community. If you have not scheduled my visit, please
do so soon..



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1st VDG Notes
  by 1st VDG Gene Frances
  As our year begins to pick up steam, let‘s reflect on how you contribute to your
club and community. Think about how you are an ―Every Day Hero‖ in your club
and how you perform ―Miracles‖ in your community as a volunteer for the world‘s
largest service club. Past Lion President Al Brandel at this July‘s Minneapolis
International Convention asked how you, as one of 1.3 million Lions in the world,
can do more for your club and your community.
  Consider increasing your leadership role by attending District and State
Conventions, Officer Training, Zone Meetings, or the USA/Canada Forum…it
makes you a better Lion…it makes you a better member of your community.
  As a proud Wisconsin Lion, let‘s move forward, striving to do better, chairing
and helping with club projects, transporting corneas, assisting with eye screening,
and recruiting one new member because one new member is two more hands.
  And…let‘s all help our club and District 27-D1 and Governor Rick Daluge,
increase membership as well as increasing the leadership capacity for our
district…. and get our district rolling. Be a quality Lion…get excited motivated!
Remember ―We Serve‖!



Club Website’s More Important Than
Ever
  Today people under the age of 45 do much of their personal and professional
work online. They use the web to buy items from books to clothing, they search
out volunteer opportunities, they investigate organizations, and they search out
their friends on social networking sites.
  Only 15 of 55 Lions clubs in our District have a website. How do we expect our
younger potential members to find us?
  Members join local clubs, we need to have basic information pages - club
projects, how we help the community, fundraisers, and club officers and contact
information. Guess what? You might even sell a few roses, poinsettias or tickets
for an event through the web. And, people would know who to call for support
because ―We Serve‖.
  If you would like help to begin developing a website, 27-D1 IT Chair Scott
Grover can assist you, or check to see if one of your club members knows how to
develop websites. The time spent will be well worth the effort.


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Top 10 Reasons to Bowl at the 27-D1
Tournament
February 13-14th, Rudes Lanes,
DeForest
  10. Your Pride could win the Lions share
  9. Where else can you get socks from a vending machine?
  8. Snack bar nachos.
  7. Bowling, what‘s bowling?
  6. To check out the brand new alleys at Rudes Lanes in Deforest.
  5. Play. Eat. Drink. Play. Eat. Drink. What other sport lets you do that?
  4. The shoes, baby!
  3. To win fabulous raffle prizes.
  2. To have fun and meet members of other Lions clubs in your district.
  1. Because it‘s not a district cabinet meeting!
  The Token Creek and DeForest Lions invite you to attend the bowling event of
the season... the 2010 27-D1 District Bowling Tournament at Rude Lanes in
DeForest on Valentine‘s weekend.

―We have a stake in one another, what binds us together is greater than what drives
us apart, and if enough people believe in the truth of that proposition and act on it,
then we might not solve every problem, but we can get something meaningful done
for the people with whom we share this Earth.‖
— President Barack Obama



Beloit’s Membership Growth Formula
  Congratulations to the Beloit Noon Lions who initiated 10 new enthusiastic
members ranging in age 23 to 84. They attribute this to…
  A Membership Committee that encourages member recruiting
  One-on-one new member indoctrination with supporting materials during
recruitment
  Invitations to regular meetings
  Assign the person to an activity that interests them



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  According to club membership chair Dave Peltier, ―The real key is to keep
looking for people interested in what your club does and who would benefit from
club membership. Ya Gotta ASK!‖



District 27-D1 Website Is For You To
Use
  District Webmaster Scott Grover is working hard to up-date the district website,
http://md27d1.org, to make it user friendly. You can post club events; see the
District Governor‘s calendar; plus link to the State and International web-pages.
Take a look at the website…then give it a test run. Send ideas for improvements to
Lion Scott at Scott@abcon.com



Calling All Photographers For The
Environmental Photo Contest
  New this year club members have an opportunity to enter photos of club
environmental projects in district, state and international contests.
  This year‘s theme is ―Lions Environmental Miracle Workers‖. The following
categories have been established:
  Animal life
  Landscape (Urban or natural)
  Plant life
  Weather phenomenon
  Entry deadline is January 15.
  So, set aside those perfect pictures early and mark your calendar for the
January15th contest. District Contest details will be announced soon. For
complete information see the Lions International website:
http://www.lionsclubs.org/EN/member-center/planning-other-projects/lions-green-
team/environmental-photo-contest/index.php.




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News & Activities
BOSCOBEL LIONS FLOAT won the July 4th parade float contest with this
entry; this year‘s theme was ‗America the Beautiful‘. The cash prize was donated
back to the Boscobel firemen.
SUN PRAIRIE’S RELAY FOR LIFE Sun Prairie Lions teamed-up for the
annual Cancer Society ‗Relay for Life‘. The team walked all night in the name of
Lion Gil Churchill‘s daughter who has cancer. They raised close to $2,000; over
the years $133,000 has been raised by the club. Lion Gil is shown during one leg
of the walk.
BOSCOBEL LIONS 5TH ANNUAL DUCK RACE on Saturday, July 18. Two
races with 400 ducks each are swum with cash prizes for the first thirty-two
winners. Proceeds are used for community projects.
COTTAGE GROVE LIONS & 27-D1 TEAM UP TO MAKE A
DIFFERENCE - Cottage Grove Lions along with a District grant, purchased a
$4,000 ClearView CCTV for Lauren Farnsworth. At 10 months, she was
diagnosed with FEVR; a genetic eye disease. Through the years Lauren got
stronger glasses and magnifiers to help her. Two of Lauren‘s favorite things to do,
reading and make beaded bracelets became almost impossible to do. Monona
Grove School District referred her to the Cottage Grove Lions. Today, Lauren is a
happy young lady who is able to more easily read and do her homework because
Lions cared. She thanks the Cottage Grove Lions for renewing her enthusiasm for
reading and school. (L to R) Lion J.D. Molstad (Lauren‘s uncle), Lauren
Farnsworth, Cindy Farnsworth, and PDG Lion Jim Guy.
LAKE WISCONSIN FIREWORKS - The 5th Annual Midsummer Nights in
Dekorra featured children‘s games, raffles and fireworks. Lake Wisconsin Lions
operate games and concessions with proceeds donated to community projects. A
special 16-inch fireworks shell has become a feature of the display and has been
named the ―BIG ONE‖.
ALBANY PIG COOKERS FEED BIRCH-STURM GOLFERS - Albany and
Monroe Lions Walt Althaus, Glen Spring, and John Roundy assisted by Lions
from LaCrosse and Rice Lake bar-be-qued pigs for the 12th Annual Birch-Sturm
State Golf Outing in Iola to benefit the Lions Foundation and Camp.
DEFOREST LIONS 14TH ANNUAL COMMUNITY RAFFLE - DeForest
Lions President Gary Overcash draws the $5000.00 grand prize winner of the July
4th Community Raffle sponsored by DeForest Lions. A total of 5 prizes worth



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$8,750 were awarded. All proceeds from the raffle are returned to the DeForest
community through special and on-going projects of the club during the next year.
VERONA HIGHWAY CLEAN-UP nets 11 big bags of trash along Hwy
18/151. Nothing exciting was found this time.



Upcoming Events & Meetings
OCTOBER
SAT, OCT 3 - Cottage Grove Lions 35th Anniversary Charter Night - Nora‘s,
Hwy 12/18, Deerfield. $20/person. Checks to Cottage Grove Lions, c/o PDG Jim
Guy, P.O. Box 206, Cottage Grove, WI 53527. 839-5533.
TUE, OCT 6 - Madison West Lions 45th Anniversary Charter Night with
dinner at The Edgewater Hotel, Madison.
— Contact Peggy Daluge for reservations, 608-273-1091
SUN, OCT 11 - 27-D1 Cabinet Meeting- Rex‘s Innkeeper, Waunakee. Lunch at
12N, Cabinet at 1pm, MERLOW at 3pm.
— Contact DG Rick to sign-up




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NEWS FROM 27-D2
Notes from DG Kathy
  It‘s that time of year when the gardens are being wrapped up and the leaves are
being raked. This should be the time to look around your neighborhood and see if
there is someone that could use a little help getting ready for the fall and winter
months. This would be a good time to put on your Lions cap, shirt, or vest and go
out into the community and help with some of these projects.
  July and August were busy for Jim and I. Here‘s a few highlights... the Youth
exchange camp at Dundee, WI. What an experience being with all the youth from
different countries as well as the youth from Wisconsin. Following our evening
meal it was back on the road to Stevens Point for the District Governors Council
Meeting Friday evening and Saturday. We also walked in the New Lisbon Wa Du
Shuda Day Parade with the New Lisbon Lions and the Oakdale Lions and Lion
Cubs.
  Then on August 13, 2009 off to the State Fair where we handed out Lions candy
rolls and brochures advertising Lions Camp. It is interesting to hear people talk
about how the Wisconsin Lions Camp has touched them. Either they, or their
children were campers, or a counselor, or they know someone who has been at the
camp.
  Then it was off to Oakbrook to visit LCI Headquarters. You realize the immense
scope of Lions when you see the workings, and the many languages that LCI
accommodates.
  September 19 is Lions Camp Open House at Rosholt. Lions Day at the camp is
another occasion to feel pride. This fantastic facility provides great opportunities
for the special youth. Let‘s get as many of your club members and potential
members to the Camp to see our donations in action.
  Halloween is next month. Has your club distributed their Healthy Halloween
literature? If not, contact Lion Liz Shelley at WLF. If you are hosting a
Halloween celebration think about healthy alternatives for children.
  November is National Diabetes Month, if you are planning to hand out brochures
to the public please contact Liz Shelley for your supply. Also please contact Lion
Doug Olson or Lion Vern Nauman who are your District Diabetes chairs if you
wish to use the Diabetes display or would like them to come and give a
presentation at your club or community event.




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 I would like to ask you to get the club visitation form that was in the July
newspaper filled and returned as soon as possible. I will have Lion Charles
Kennedy place the form on the 27-D2 website at www.md27d2.org.
 Reach for the moon, but if you miss, grab a star on the way by.



Is It Time For You To Move Up?
by 1st VDG, Don Nelson
  It isn‘t a secret that many Lions clubs have repeat officers in certain positions,
such as secretary or treasurer. There are even clubs that have had presidents carry
over for multiple years. Clubs with limited membership have had members fill all
positions in their first ten years and start over again by necessity. If you have never
served your club, please consider the opportunity. But, how many of you have
thought about taking it up a notch?
  There are positions at the cabinet level that could be filled by Lions with a desire
to not only serve their district, but also share the Lions philosophy. Your zone and
region chairs are Lions that accepted the call to meet with several other clubs
several times a year and share current information from the International, State and
District sources. District Cabinet officers didn‘t just appear. Most began as zone
chairs and advanced through the ranks as they became more active. It is vital that
zone and region positions be filled by Lions from different clubs through the years
so that all regions are included in the overall picture.
  Those of you in club officer positions should also consider volunteering for the
cabinet. Check out the Lions directory some time to see how many positions there
are and may be available in the next few years. Those with the desire and time,
may also be interested in becoming a leader in Lions. Throughout the year, there
are opportunities for Leadership Training, Emerging Lions and other such forums.
  Are you ready to take the challenge? Are you ready to take ―We Serve‖, to the
next level? If so, please contact either myself, 2nd VDG Joe Fisher or Governor
Kathy. Now is the time to start considering ―your‖ Lions future. You are the next
leaders in Lions.



Lioness Call To Action
by ADP Myrna Kelley
 Lioness! Come out of your dens! Bare your teeth and your claws! Our work is
never done. There will always be work for us 24/7. We‘re Lioness and we‘re
proud of it!


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  Someone asked me just recently what Lioness were famous for. Everyone in our
towns and cities should know what Lioness do. A good idea might be to put a
display about Lioness in an empty building window in your downtown. We know
there are more service-minded people who would love to serve with us. We serve
our community, our district, our state and our world. We just need to get more
people interested enough to join us. Women who are 18 years old to infinity may
join Lioness and develop years of friendships and enjoying each other‘s company
while playing an active part in the local community with other like-minded
individuals from all walks of life, helping those less fortunate than ourselves by
taking a ―hands on role‖ in improving the quality of life for others.
  We can‘t do it alone. We need to attract new members. With extra members two
extra hands are able to help. We need to teach young people to serve others early in
life and become good citizens and help others. We need to all pull together to help
change the world.
  We Serve, Too! Where we live we share and give. We dream big! We‘re
dedicated to community work but so much more. We help with anything that
makes the world a better place than we found it. There are 2,800 Wisconsin
Lioness in 104 communities statewide. Wisconsin Lioness are known for working
closely in their local communities on a wide variety of projects which range from
very small projects to huge life changing events.
  Maybe it‘s the Lions Camp where children and adults are able to meet other
people like themselves.
  Maybe it‘s a little girl from Reedsburg who has needed different hearing aids for
her little ears several times in her four years of life.
  Maybe it‘s a little boy who couldn‘t see the chart during vision screening who
told us ―Glasses are my magic!‖ We make dreams come true.
  Take a dart and throw it anywhere in the world and you will find terrible child
abuse. It‘s found in neglect, violence, substance abuse, physical and sexual abuse
to emotional turmoil. Lioness work hard to help prevent child abuse.
  Lioness change lives. We make a difference. We‘re there even when we don‘t
know the people we‘re helping. Miracles keep coming one at a time. I‘m confident
and optimistic about our Lioness future.
  We need to review what we‘ve done in the past, what we‘re doing now and what
we plan to do in the future. Past, present, future. Serving others is our goal.
  We shine light in dark places. We have fun, too. Volunteerism is a good thing!
We work from the heart. WE SERVE, TOO! Remember my motto ―Together we
can do so little- together we can do so much‖ by Helen Keller. Have a great
Lioness month!




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ALERT Reminder
by PDG Virgil Thompson
  Our Region Chairpersons need your club Alert information forms that were sent
to each club. Information from these forms will be compiled into a master list
which will be submitted to County emergency agencies to inform them how Lions
of 27-D2 can help them in their efforts and the number of Lions that can be
expected to help. Please complete and mail these forms to the Region Chairman in
your county.
  Lion Joe Fisher – La Crosse County
  Lion Pat Hart – Jackson County
  Lion Wayne Sherry – Vernon County
  Lion Pete Lund – Juneau - Sauk County
  Lion Sue Paulson – Crawford – Richland County
  If you have not turned in these forms or have misplaced them, please contact
your Region Chair or me at 608-786-0651 or thomsrv@centurytel.net.



Time For “The Power Of Peace” Peace
Poster Contest
by Rita Thompson, 27-D2 Peace Poster Chair
  As we are making our plans for the upcoming year let‘s not forget about the
Lions International Peace Poster Contest. It is a great chance for our community
youth to show their art skills by creating a poster visually depicting the theme,
―The Power of Peace‖.
  Only a Lions club can sponsor the contest in a local school or an organized
sponsored youth group, such as YMCA programs, Boys & Girls Clubs, Scouts,
church groups, etc. Contest is open to students who will be 11, 12 or 13 years of
age on November 15.
  A club must purchase a Peace Poster Contest Kit for each school or youth group
it sponsors.
  Peace Poster Contest kits are available from the Club Supplies Sales Department
at International Headquarters for $9.95 plus shipping, handling and taxes. The kit
contains all the information for the club and participating school or youth group to
get started.
  Each club that sponsors a school or youth group will pick a winner from the
entries. The club then needs to send the winning entry to DG Kathy by November
15th.

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  The top three district winners will be presented with monetary awards in the
amount of $75, $50, and $25 at the District Convention luncheon in February.
  The District‘s first place winner will advance to the State competition and from
there one winner is forwarded to International Headquarters for the final judging.
Entries are judged on originality, artistic merit and portrayal of theme.
  Deadline is coming up (October 1st) to order your club‘s Peace Poster kit. Get
those kits ordered, contact and sponsor some of your area youth. Visit Lions Clubs
International at www.lionsclubs.org for more information, purchasing of the Peace
Poster kit and contest rules.
  If you would like additional information please call or I can visit your club to
help you get started. I can be reached at 608/786-0651 or thomsrv@centurytel.net.



Events
SEPTEMBER
SAT, SEP 12 - 2nd Annual LaCrosse Lions Ride/Stride for Sight - non-timed
family fun ride, road ride and walk at the LaCrosse River State Trail Park Medary
trail head. Registration 8am-10:30am. Events are varying lengths and start at
various times. Lunch from 11:30am-1pm.
— Costs and registration at www.lacrosselions.org
SAT, SEP 12 - Elroy Lions Apple Dumpling Day Races -Tunnel Trails Half
Marathon, a 5K run/walk, .75K Kids Fun Run. All races finish at the Elroy City
(Schultz) Park. T-shirts and other goodies medals will be awarded.
— www.elroylions.org
THU, SEP 24 - 1st Annual Reedsburg Lions Golf Outing at the Reedsburg
Country Club. Cost per golfer is $60. Dinner and Program only is $15. Complete
package includes: Lunch and Raffle Ticket, 18 Holes of Golf with Cart, Gratuity
Package and Prize Drawings, Tail Twister Program. Registration/check in from
10:30 to 11:45 AM, shotgun start at 12 noon. Dinner starts at 5:30 PM. Register by
Friday, September 18, and make payment out to: Reedsburg Lions Club, PO Box
262, Reedsburg, WI 53959.
— Tom Maenpaa (608)768-2045; Dave Pawlisch (608) 524-6468
OCTOBER
SAT, OCT 17 - Cashton Lions 60th Anniversary at the Cashton
Community Hall. 6pm Social; 7pm dinner of Beef Tips, Ham, potatoes, vegetable
and dessert. Guest speaker is ID Debra Wasserman. Mike Healy will emcee.


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Musical Music by The Time Travelers. $20/person includes meal and two drinks.
60th Anniversary pin will also be available. Invitations will be sent to 27-D2 clubs
by 9/1/09.
— Mike Hansen 608-654-7898 or mailmanrt2@centurytel.net




News & Activities
ONALASKA LIONS have been busy this year with our Fishing Derby in
February and co-sponsored Boys Little League Baseball in June. There were about
32 Teams; some 12 and under, some 14 and under. On Memorial Day weekend
helping set up, working at and tearing down Sunfish Days. We helped set up and
tear down at Riverfest in La Crosse and selling Pop first part of July. We set up
and served concessions for Park and Rec. Girls Softball Tournament at the end of
July. TOP: is the Girls Team The Onalaska Lions Club sponsor. These young
ladies won the tournament. BOTTOM: the new Van Riper Park shelter by the
Jimmy Olson Fields. The Onalaska Lions pledged $10,000 to help get this built
and served food out of it for both tournaments this year.
ST. JOSEPH’S RIDGE LIONS CLUB sponsors a monthly outdoor movie night
at the Lions Park in St. Joseph. Movies are shown the third Friday of every month,
June-September. Concessions are handled by the youth group in St. Joseph. This
is a free event to promote interest in the Lions Club and to bring out the
community to enjoy an event together. The club also recently finished upgrading
the facilities at the park, both bathrooms and playground equipment.
27-D2 CABINET MEETING FUN & INFORMATIVE - Sweet corn, burgers &
brats; unbeatable summer fair for 27-D2‘s first Cabinet Meeting of the Lionistic
year. Ithaca Lions hosted the outdoor meeting at Honor Devine Lions Park. The
meeting was called to order by DG Kathy Friske, the district‘s first woman
Governor. DG Kathy distributed her pins as International Director Art Marson
inducted new officers and cabinet members. Marson presented several awards
including the International President‘s Award to PDG Brian Overturf. Overturf,
who is District Policy Chair, presented proposed updates to the current Manual to
reflect changes made by the State and International. The changes were approved
and the updated Manual is now on the District Web-site. Committee reports and a
raffle rounded out the day. Tail Twister Clark Petterson was in his usual, ‖Just

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Have Fun‖ fund raising mode. Indeed, Petterson, seasoned and observant, made
parting with those charitable dollars fun! ABOVE: PDG Brian Overturf, Patty
Overturf and ID Art Marson. BELOW: Tail Twister Clark Petterson and PDG Ed
Carpenter, about to part with some ―charitable dollars‖.




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NEWS: 27-E1
  Notes from DG Ray
  Thank you to the Lions of 27-E1, PDG Karl Schmid, and all of the cabinet
members who did an excellent job of serving during last year. Our District is in
very good shape to continue with our goals for the new Lions year.
  My wife Mary Lou and I are honored to serve this fine district for the coming
year and we hope that the new cabinet meets all expectations during the year.
  New International President Eberhard Wirfs theme is ―MOVE to GROW‖.
Apparently the full meaning was lost in translation, what it really means is ―Action
to Grow‖. Regardless of how it translates we must ―Move to Grow‖ our
organization.
  Last year the United States and Wisconsin lost members. Several clubs have
already had membership drives with good results. This is a very good way to start
off the year. Yes, it will still be a struggle because we know there will be losses
through retention. 27-E1 has a very good MERLO – GMT – TTT team that will be
focused on starting two new clubs and ending the year with a plus in membership.
If each club was to have two membership drives per year the district will have a
plus in total membership.
  Besides my club visits, your region and zone chair will be visiting your clubs.
They are the eyes and ears for the district and your first line of support.
  The Quest program is celebrating its 25th Anniversary; the Peace Poster program
is continuing to grow; Youth Services are also very important and this year there
will be a new Music Award Program, more on this will come later when all of the
information is received.
  This is only a thumbnail sketch of what will happen in our district. After the
convention I finally decided what my theme is: ―MOVE to GROW with
ACTIONS- Tell Someone – Bring Someone – ASK! Lions, Come Out of Your
Dens‖.
  We need to get back to the people of our communities asking them to join Lions,
tell your community what your club does. Remember, for each new member there
are two more hands to help. If each club member would ask their significant other
to join think of how many new hands the club would have. You may have to ask
10 persons before you get a ‗Yes‘, but don‘t give up hope, there are people out
there waiting to be asked. Besides project help, we need new members – the
young – the women in our community who can become the new leaders of our
clubs. Times are changing, especially now when tough times are facing everyone -
Lions will come to the aid of each community.
  Always remember - proudly ―WE SERVE‖.



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Can You Answer Lion Questions?
by Lion Steve Jensen
  As we continue to talk about membership I asked you in the July issue how you
would answer if a prospective member asked ―What do Lions do?‖
  You tell them about your local service projects, the projects that your club does
with other Lions Clubs or other organizations (i.e. Habitat for Humanity), about
your Wisconsin Lions Foundation projects like the Lions Camp at Rosholt, the
Eyeglass Recycling for Mission to Mexico or Central America, about your Lions
Eye Bank of Wisconsin and the eye tissue you help transport to Madison to be
processed and sometimes back for transplant, about your Lions Clubs International
Foundation (LCIF), the Disaster Relief after tornadoes and floods, grants to groups
like Habitat for Humanity, SightFirst (our project to eradicate preventable
blindness around the world), and LCIF‘s partnerships with the Carter Center, the
World Health Organization, the United Nations and others.
  Then they ask you ―Why are you a Lion?‖ What will be your answer? That I
enjoy the service projects we do for our community and being with the members of
my Club and/or that I belong to the world‘s largest service organization of over 1.3
million members in over 200 countries and geographical areas working together on
preventing blindness and hearing loss?
  These are two important questions that you should ask and answer for yourself as
you prepare to start recruiting new members.
  So, who are you going to invite to join?



Hearing And Speech Donations
Encouraged
by Marcia Lyons
  I encourage each Lion, Lioness and Leo club within District E1 to consider
donating to Hearing and Speech.
  We have many deserving people who cannot afford hearing aids and are unable
to attain one through the Hearing program because we lack the funds to be able to
help.
  The hearing fund can provide a hearing aid at a considerably reduced cost as
compared to going through the private sector.
  Please consider a donation to this very worthy Lions cause. As a Lion, it is very
difficult to have to turn down people in need seeking help in this category. It
violates our motto ―We Serve.‖

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New Lioness Year Brings New Ideas
by ADP Marilyn Lemieux
  The new Lioness year started in July but the weatherman thought that we said
―New Year‖ so he gave us January‘s weather.
  As our clubs are very busy with BBQs, picnics and visiting with friends and
families always remember ―Serve With Love‖.
  This is an important time for our clubs when putting together your budgets for the
year. We need to plan and wisely spend our money so that all can benefit from our
help. Our community, Lions Camp, the Eye Bank, and Leader Dog should be on
your list of giving. In today‘s world it is very important to help our children with
special needs experience a week of camping or to know of someone who has
received sight from the Eye Bank. This brings joy not only to them but to us who
have participated in this journey.
  I had the pleasure of going to see the Lions International parade this year. After
four hours of seeing over 154 units from around the world pass by me, not only
was I in awe, but it made me realize what dedicated people we have in Lions,
Lioness and Leos. We sometimes forget to look outside our community for ways to
help others and this was a good eye opener to do so.
  This is going to be a Gr-r-reat year as IPADP Phyllis Wilder would say. I look
forward to working with all of you and please let me know when I can come to
visit.

Vision Screening Certification
Training
by Lion Tom Mlsna
  Last November 27-E1 had 33 members certified for vision screening in Rice
Lake. Tami Radwell, with Prevent Blindness Wisconsin, traveled from Madison to
put on the training. A special thanks goes out to Tami and Lions Eldon Vrieze and
Karl Schmid and their partners for providing us with a wonderful training location,
not to mention their fabulous coffee and treats.
  Now it‘s time to get some new members trained for vision screening and to
recertify those members whose certification has or will soon expire. Remember
that your vision screening certification lasts for only three years. Prevent Blindness
Wisconsin reported that from April 2008 to March 2009 Lions have screened a
total of 9,428 children with 490 referred. Approximately one in five preschoolers


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in Wisconsin suffer some type of vision problem. For more information on this
subject go to our LCIF website and type in vision screening in the search line.
  The date for the MD27-E1 vision screening training will be Saturday, October 24
at 1:00 p.m. to 3 p.m. at Bethany Lutheran Church, 35 W. Messenger Street, Rice
Lake.
  Please contact Tom Mlsna with the names and number of people who will be
attending from your club. Mail: 19091 67th Ave. Chippewa Falls, WI 54729 –
Phone: 715-723-4797 – email: mlsnatom@hotmail.com (please use vision
screening in the subject line) Please respond on or before October 10, 2009.



Club News & Activities
RICE LAKE LIONS Pancake Lions Chefs at the grill for the Rice Lake AquaFest
Pancake Brunch include from left Lions Harlan Dodge, Myron Anderson, and Bob
Larson.
LAKE HOLCOMBE LEOS - Front (L to R): Chloe Gulich, Faye Burlingame,
Jolene Anders and Molly Webster; Back: Jared Munch were part of the Leos
group that cleaned the highway--had a meeting--and enjoyed lunch sponsored by
the Lake Holcombe Lions in July.
CHEQUAMEGON LIONS SEVEN NEW MEMBERS - (L to R) Christina
Geidel, Bob Schroeder, Nancy Ruhlow, Barb Schweig, Whitely Gilbertson, Bob
Kondrasuk, and Sandy Neuswanger..
AMERY LIONS EIGHT NEWEST MEMBERS INDUCTED AT ANNUAL
STEAK FRY - The fourth Monday in June is the Annual Steak Fry for the Amery
Lions Club. This is when the newly elected Club Officers are installed. More
importantly, this is a very special dinner as we have very special guests. The
special guests are new members to the Amery Lions Club. This year, eight new
members were welcomed and inducted at this dinner. This was an evening of
―Lions having Fun‖, a very important part of our organization. There were also
several perspective new members in attendance at this dinner. Since then, the Club
has an additional new member and three more that have requested applications to
submit in August. TOP: (L to R) Milton Johnson (Sponsor Kari Fladwood), Dennis
Psick (sponsor Gail Tessman) Tim Lindquist (Sponsor Kari Fladwood) President
Gail Tessman, Pricilla Peterson (Sponsor Gail Tessman) Dave Osero (Sponsor
Norm Osero) and Dave Bowman (Sponsor Duane Morris) Missing from the photo
is new member Greg Garvas and returning member Larry Kresl. BOTTOM: Lions
Chris O‘Brien, Dave Nelson, and Doc Niccum are busy cooking steaks on the
Amery Lions grill during the annual event.

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CHEQUAMEGON LIONS MUSKY FEST PARADE ENTRY - Driving the car
is Chequamegon Lion Tom Sroczynski and riding shotgun is Lion George
Duewerth. This year‘s winners of the Chequamegon Lions Scholarships, Erica
Leighty and Samone Skweres are riding in the back.
RICE LAKE LIONS CLUB RECENT ACTIVITIES included four couples
attending the International Convention in Minneapolis; our club participated in the
Birch-Sturm Golf outing; two couples attended the dedication of the new building
for the Lions Eye Bank of Wisconsin in Madison; club members drive the watering
truck every morning at 6 a.m. to water the hanging petunia baskets on Main Street;
we provided a trophy for a winner at the local fair and livestock sale; completed
our 2008-2009 raffle this month; our club continues to duplicate audio tapes of
three local newspapers for the visually impaired on a weekly basis; worked a food
stand for a local hardware store‘s annual tent sale.



Upcoming Event
SEPTEMBER
SUN, SEP 13 - Lake Holcombe Lions Charcoal Dinner - beginning at 10am in the
Lions Pavilion at Staudacher Field on Hwy. M in Holcombe.



DG Club Visitation Request Form
Club name:
Meeting Place:
Driving Directions
Times:
   Hospitality:
   Meal (if any):
   Meeting:
Requests (check those that apply)
___ Award of Melvin Jones
___ Award of Birch-Sturm




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Other Special Requests

Contact Name
Phone
 Email
Return this form to
DG Ray Stanley
818 A Wapogasset Lake Ln, Amery, WI 54001
715-268-2091 stanmarkt@amerytel.ne




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NEWS: 27-E2
Notes from DG Connie
  One of my important responsibilities is to lead District Cabinet meetings. The 27-
E2 Cabinet is made up of Lions from all around the District who lead action
committees such as Mission to Mexico and Leader Dog, or hold District or State
offices, such as Zone Chairs and Wisconsin Lions Foundations Directors. These
District leaders have their finger on the pulse of Lionism. It‘s a great opportunity
for me to work with such dedicated people! These Lions are the fuel that keeps the
District active and successful!
  This year‘s first Cabinet meeting was a lively one held in early August. The
financial audit was presented, proposed budget was discussed, reports were read,
and almost every Cabinet member was in attendance. The meeting began with
Zone Chair training, and ended with a Tail Twister rap song and a raffle drawing.
  Financial discussions can be lengthy, and the discussions at this meeting were no
exception. The time was well spent as all have a better understanding of where our
money is going.
  Items discussed at all Cabinet Meetings result from important information that
needs to cascade down to the local clubs at zone meetings. Zone Chairs will
conduct zone meetings within two weeks of each cabinet meeting to share
important information from Lions International, MD27 and the district with their
clubs. Any Lion is welcome to attend these meetings, specific invitations go to
Presidents, Secretaries and Membership Chairs. Please make every effort to attend,
and bring someone from your club.
  The USA/Canada Forum is fast approaching! Held in Memphis, Tennessee from
September 24 – 26, it promises to be another great Lions learning opportunity!
Lions from our District who will be attending are asked to please let the District
Governor know your plans – we‘d like to have a gathering some afternoon or
evening if possible!
  Check out our Website! It‘s been revamped and is hopefully easier to maneuver
through – please give feedback to the Webmaster on what you liked and didn‘t
like! This Website is going to be your ―C‖ommunication portal!
  My club visit calendar is filling up fast – Lion Mike and I would hate to miss an
opportunity to learn more about your club and activities. Please call today and
schedule us!
  You can also send in a descriptive article or two, or just contact me or our editor
with a few ideas that could be turned into an article!



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 As always, please feel free to contact me or any of the District Cabinet members
with questions, ―c‖omments, ―c‖oncerns, or ―c‖onversation! Stay well!



Opportunities Lost
by 1st VDG Douglas A. Fleming
  Here we are in the third month of the New Year and we need to ask ourselves
―What can we do different this year compared to past years?‖
  The reason I bring this up is most Clubs have a new President and some new
members in there officer and board positions, and all want to leave a positive mark
on the club.
  One way new Presidents like to make an impact is to have new members. It‘s a
good goal and one that should be a goal of all members in the club every year.
  I received the end of the year report for last year and 27-E2 ended up with a –36
members for the year. Just think if every club (we now are at 50 clubs) had just one
more new member we would have been in the plus for the year. We were fortunate
this year to be the only District in the state to add a new club, and I know DG
Connie has plans for more.
  Some of what we need to do is ask those who help us out at our fundraisers to
join Lions. At our club‘s recent Catfish Days my wife asked a couple of people
who were working why they never joined Lions Club. The answer, ―because no
one has ever asked us‖.
  I think we have missed some good opportunities out here. We don‘t just want
numbers, but we do need to ask those who help us because they have already
shown us that they want to help us help our communities and others. So don‘t
prejudge them or think that maybe they‘re too busy and would say no. Ask, and let
them come to a meeting and find out for themselves if they‘d like to help us out as
a Lions member.
  We also need to work on keeping our current members (retention) no matter what
the age; we can find work for them and make them feel needed because they are.
More on that in the future. Until then, good luck in this New Year and please send
in your Club events at least a month ahead of time so we all have the opportunity
to come and share in your events.




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Another Successful Vitamin A
Distribution
  27-E2‘s MOST RECENT VITAMIN A SHIPMENT being administered to
Nicaraguan children by medical professionals and a health minister. V itamin A is
important for a healthy immune system, good vision, and reproduction. It can be
difficult for mothers and children in developing countries due to dietary deficits,
infections and parasites.




Cleghorn and Eleva-Strum Share
Governor’s Award
by Lion Ken King
  Last year, now IPDG Forrest Nutter created a Joint Effort Community Service
Award requiring two or more Lions Clubs to work together on a community
project. The purpose for this award was really two fold:
  better brand recognition gained through multiple club efforts
  an opportunity for club members to get to know each other better by working on
a joint project.
  The Cleghorn and Eleva Strum Area Lions were the recipients of last year‘s joint
effort award recognizing their efforts to keep a local wayside open that the
Wisconsin Department of Transportation had designated for closing due to budget
constraints.
  When the Lions heard of the plans to close the wayside just north of Eleva they
volunteered to take over the maintenance of the site at no cost to the government or
taxpayers.
  For this to work, the Village of Eleva assumed responsibility of the wayside from
the state and the clubs assumed maintenance responsibilities for the village.
  For the past six years the clubs have worked together on a rotating monthly
basis, to mow, trim and keep the wayside clean.
  If the clubs wouldn‘t have joined forces to meet this community need the
wayside would have been closed since no government entity had money available
to do the work.
  This also is another way for the clubs to remain visible to the local government as
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President Brandel‘s efforts to create more visibility and ―brand recognition‖ for all
Lions clubs.
 .

Donate To Youth Exchange
  The Youth Exchange Program welcomed nearly 60 students from around the
world to Wisconsin over the summer. This ongoing program‘s goal is to bring
students and Wisconsinites together to foster understanding between individuals
and nations.
  If you or your club would like more information about the youth exchange
program call or email Lion Gene Koci. I can visit your clubs to help you better
understand this valuable program. Also don‘t forget that your is exchange is
funded by the clubs. Please consider a contribution of $100 or more when planning
your budget. Mail your check to the District Treasurer or to gene Koci, 2849
Wellington Drive East, Eau Claire, WI 54703. A contribution of $100 or more will
help this program survive.



What is Service Leadership?
  People define service in many different ways; people define leadership in many
ways. Looking at the two words combined, one such meaning could be that
someone is in charge of meeting a public need. Therefore all of us are ―service
leaders‖.
  Service leadership requires Lions first understand that we have a civic
responsibility to our communities to help when there is a need. We must also
realize the importance of strengthening our communities today and for future
generations. How do we go about doing that? You might begin by surveying the
community for their interpretation of what they need. Maybe querying the
Chamber of Commerce or local government may bring out opportunities never
thought possible. If nothing else, keeping our eyes and ears open, communicating
with each other, and being the first to ask ―How can we help?‖, which will go a
long way towards giving the community what they believe they must have! We
already do this, don‘t we?
  Characteristics of true service leadership opportunities include Clubs engaging in
positive and meaningful experiences that are cooperative rather than competitive,
and should include problem-solving activities that help meet a community need.
Once we find out just what the community needs, we can brainstorm ways to meet
those needs. The more ideas the better!


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  Take a moment and look at our LCI website. Read what it says about service.
You will find that most of the words help define the activities involved in actual
service leadership: helping, leading, planning, supporting, raising donations,
improving our communities, reaching out, hands-on activities, protecting the
environment…and the list goes on and on. Evaluate what is going on in your
community, and become the service leaders your community needs.



Peace Poster Contest Surprisingly
Easy Part 2
by Lion Shannon Nelson
  As promised, this month‘s article discusses ways to approach the local school or
area youth group to involve them in the Peace Poster contest, what needs to be
mailed and when, ways to pick the winning poster and awarding the poster winner!
  Once your club shows an interest in participating in the Peace Poster Contest, and
there is at least one club member to chair this contest, it is time to contact the local
school or group to find out their participation interest. When a school is involved,
the best person to contact is the 6th grade Art Teacher who teaches students ages
11, 12, or 13. Community groups such as Boy Scouts, Girl Scouts, church or youth
groups can also be involved.
  Once the teacher or group leader expresses an interest in participating, the Peace
Poster kit can be ordered. This kit explains the rules of the contest and the mailing
deadlines. After you receive the packet, look for and complete the post card that is
to be sent to the District Governor. This is how he/she knows your club is involved
in the contest.
  As participants complete their posters, ask the club chair to collect them. Involve
the club by having the members vote for the winning poster or pick first, second,
and third place winners. The Art Teacher, or any artist in the community, can help
select the winner. A group of teachers could also make the selection. There are
many ways to do this, so be creative and have fun! It is important to remember that
by mid-November the winning poster must be sent to the District Governor. The
rest is taken care of by others at the district, state and international levels.
  Each Peace Poster kit contains a ―Winner‖ award and a ―Second Place‖ award.
Some clubs choose to give all students an Honorable Mention and the winner an
Individual Achievement award. Clubs can also choose to frame the winning
artwork and return it to the student in the form of an award. Or they can provide
cash awards. The awards can be distributed to the school/during an award day or
during a town‘s local festivities. The kit also includes a sample newspaper press

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release. Kids love to see their names and pictures in the local news. Posters can
also be displayed at a local library, community hall, banks, school, museum, or
other public place where the poster won‘t be damaged.
  Remember to enjoy this rewarding community activity that brings out the talent
of our youth! Please contact me with any questions you may have, or if you are
looking for ideas on how to promote the Peace Poster Contest in your community.
I can be reached at 608-385-1003.



Save the Date: Somerset Charter Night
 Save the date of Saturday, October 17th to attend the Somerset Lions Club
Charter Night at the River‘s Edge Supper Club. Tentative plans are to have a
humorist who‘s been on the David Letterman show give us an hour of
entertainment. Look for details on registration in the October issue of the
Wisconsin Lion newspaper.



Raffle To Benefit Mondovi Lions Park
Project
  Plans are moving ahead for the development of a new park in the City of
Mondovi that is to be named ―Lions Park‖. The location will be in the Mondovi
Industrial Park.
  Funding is ongoing and includes the proceeds from the District Golf outing held
this past spring, as well as a new 50-50 raffle that is currently underway.
  Only 1,000 raffle tickets will be sold at a cost of $20 each and may be purchased
from any Mondovi Lions Club member.
  The multiple drawing will be held November 23, 2009 (need not be present to
win).



27-E2 Lions Foundation
 The District 27-E2 Lions Foundation, Inc. is up and running. The Foundation
was established to allow individuals and businesses to treat their donations to
certain Lions projects and programs as a charitable contribution for income tax
purposes. As Lions Clubs are not considered charitable (they are 501(c)(4)



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organizations) establishment of the Foundation as a 501(c)(3) entity allows for this
charitable donation status.
  The Foundation has specific sub-programs as well as a general fund for donations
received. The donor cannot designate (only recommend) what the end use is of a
donation other than into a program of the Foundation. The Foundation determines
the final disbursement of the funds (within IRS guidelines).
  It is intended that businesses and individuals will donate more and larger amounts
due to the charitable contribution status. In addition, many businesses will only
donate to a 501(c)(3) entity – the Foundation allows for this option. The
Foundation is not intended to replace the current donations to District programs.
  For additional information contact PDG Gordy Knudson,
gknudson@sbcglobal.net.




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CLASSIFIEDS
100 MD27 Contacts
COUNCIL CHAIR
SAM KOCHEL
1604 West Allen St.
Rice Lake 54868
715-736-2595
skochel@charter.net
INTL. DIRECTOR
ART MARSON (Jo)
717 S. 19th St.
LaCrosse, WI 54601
608-784-5578
MarsonA@westerntc.edu
STATE OFFICE
Mary Lee Wiza
State Secretary
2809 Post Road
Stevens Point, WI 54481
715-341-2277
lionstat@sbcglobal.net
LIONS EYE BANK OF WI
David Butters
Executive Director
2302 International Ln, Ste 200
Madison, WI 53704
608-233-2354
WISCONSIN LIONS FOUNDATION OFFICE
Evett J. Hartvig
Executive Administrator


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3834 County Road A, Rosholt, WI 54473
715-677-4969
877-463-6953
ehartvig@wlf.info
WLF-LIONS PRIDE CAMPAIGN OFFICE
Geri Schlender
Campaign Coordinator
3834 County Road A
Rosholt, WI 54473
715-677-7000
877-463-6953
pride@wlf.info


110 Upcoming Dates
SEPTEMBER
19   Wisconsin Lions Camp Open House
24-26 USA/Canada Forum-Memphis, TN

120 Conventions/Trainings
STATE CONVENTIONS
May 21-22, 2010
2010 Ramada; Stevens Point
INTERNATIONAL CONVENTIONS
2010 Sydney, Australia
June 28- July 2, 2010
USA/CANADA LIONS LEADERSHIP FORUM
Sep. 24-26, 2009
Memphis, TN

140 LCI Convention Delegates
Andersen, Laurie
Anderson, Christine
Batterman, Larry
Boline, Barry


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Cerniglia, Joann
Cerniglia, Peter PID
Christianson, Richard
Coenen, Gerald
Colton, Gary
Duffe, Ron PID
Fisher, Joe
Fisher, Mary
Francis, Eugene
Francis, Jean
Gaeu, Dan
Gaeu, Sally
Haas, Dean
Haas, Edith
Hanson, John
Hauge, Glenn
Hauser, Dick
Heiman, Wayne PID
Helbach, Richard
Hempel, Darlene
Hempel, David
Hintzmann, Mark
Ingwell, Phil PID
Jenson, Alice
Jenson, John
Jerome, Lyle
Johnson, Claude
Kelley, Michael
Knott, Dennis
Knott, Judeen
Kochel, Samuel
Koranda, Dennis
Lamson, Sheldon
Lecleir, Tom
Lecleir-Meyer, Connie
Lecy, Helmer PID
Lemke, Shirley
Manthe, Roland
Merriman, Harry PID
Mrotek, Doreen

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Mrotek, Pat
Mueller, Mary
Natynski, Walter
Nutter, Forest
Pannkuk, Duane
Pearson, Leanne
Peterson, Deloran
Peterson, Shirley
Pryor, Greg
Quinn, Len
Rabbach, Jerry
Radlinger, Jerry PID
Rowe, Norman
Schiferl, James
Schiferl, Pauline
Schmid, Judith
Schmid, Karl
Schmitt, Bill
Schmitt, Mary Ann
Schroeder, Dale
Schwanz, Debbie
Schwanz, Richard
Sievert, Dave
Stanley, Mary Lou
Stanley, Ray
Tater, Allan
Tomaszewski, Joe



600 Melvin Jones Fellowships
A1 - New Holstein
Alan Depies
B1 - Larsen-Winchester
Mike Christianson
B1 - Larsen-Winchester
Peter Christianson
B1 - Pickett
JoAnn Hansen

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B1 - Van Dyne
Tom Wendt
D1- DeForest
george schultz



610 Birch-Sturm Fellowships
B1 - Larsen-Winchester
Eugene Hardel
C1 - Kronenwetter
Dennis Pierson
C1 - Kronenwetter
Donna Sternot
C1 - Kronenwetter
Roger Sternot
C1 - Kronenwetter
Darla Witz
C1 - Kronenwetter
George Witz
C1 - Wisconsin Rapids Lioness
Nancy Reese



620 Knight of Sight Fellowships
D1 - Madison Central
IPDG John Jenson
D1 - Madison Monona Lioness
ADP Julie Baglama
D1 - Montello
Gordon Ritchie

700 WLF Donations
* Denotes Lions Pride Campaign Donations


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IN MEMORY OF ........
CLARENCE ―BUCK‖ BISHOP
Daniel J. & Elvira B. Stevens
EILEEN BRABENDER
Jim & Jennie Greisch
WALTER BRAND
Ladysmith Lions Club
SHELDON BROWN
Black Creek Lions Club
ROBERT BUTTERFIELD
John & Jan Schomisch
ORVIN T. DOEDE
PDG Dan & Sally Gaeu
PDG Jim & Pauline Schiferl
SIGURD ―SIG‖ L. EVERSON
Norman K. Rowe
AUDREY FIETZ
Roger & Marge Westphal
ED FORTMANN
Augie & Donna Fortmann
RON GLAESER
Lou & Joan Cecil
LORRETTA GRAVES
Nancy Tamminga
TOM HARTWIG
Monroe Lions Club
KATE HASKE
Bob & Marge Jasinski
HENRY ―HANK‖ JOHNSON
Joseph & Dorothy Morales
ROCH DERYCK KENDRICK
Norman K. Rowe
KATHERINE W. KLEIN
Ronald Klein*
JOHN KRIZAN
William & Shari Buske
HERBERT KRUEGER
Appleton Noon Lions Club
WALTER VINCENT LAHART
Norman K. Rowe

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MARY ANN LERUM
Robert J. Kratz, Sr.
CLARA MAROSZEK
Lyle ―Bob‖ Buckman
Bob & Jan Gracyalny
MARV MAZEMKE
Iola Lions Club
SHARON McCOLLUM
Roger & Marge Westphal
FLORENCE MEISNEST
Jim & Jennie Greisch
JAMES MLSNA
Rich & Sue Mousel
GERALD ―JERRY‖ MURPHY
Curt & Dianne Kjendalen
Richard & Sue Paisar
GUST MURSAU
Bob & Jan Gracyalny
MARY ―ELLA‖ PEART
Mr. Charles D. Birkett
ADAM POBURSKY
Andrea Yenter
LAVERN PROCHASKA
William & Winnifred Urban
VERNETTA MARIE DORIS ROMSKOG
Norman K. Rowe
GARY SCHMIDT
Bob & Marge Jasinski
MARCELLA SHUTTER SHAW
Bob & Deanne Shutter
PHYLLIS SMITH
Charles & Ruth Buswell
AL STIGLER
Al Stigler Annuity*
FERN STANLEY
PDG Robert & Dianne Bayerl
Carol Bonn
CC Sam Kochel
PDG Pat & Doreen Mrotek*
PDG Gary & Dorie Solum

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LILLIAN SUBERA
Redington Family
BILL VAN LANEN
Felix Scharschmidt
JOYCE VANDER VELDEN
Lyle ―Bob‖ Buckman
EDWARD J. WARCHOL
West Allis Lions Club
JOAN WELCH
27-A1 District Lioness
Donna Johnson
Lee Ketterhagen
Mary Squire
PADP Colleen Sykes
Al & Mary Tatera
GENEVIEVE KATE WENGELSKI
Lake Dubay Lions Club
CAROL ZAHN
Fond du Lac Evening Lions Club*
In Honor of ........
DG KATHY FRISKE
New Lisbon Lions Club
LAWRENCE KARLEN
Monroe Lions Club
THOMAS W. KOSS
William & Ethel Heinz
Union Grove Lions Club
DAROLD KUKOWSKI
Tomah Lions Club
RICH & SUZANNE MOUSEL‘S 25TH WEDDING ANNIVERSARY
2006-07 Council Governors
PDG Dan & Sally Gaeu
PCC Dick Hauser
PDG Richard Helbach
PDG Dave & Darlene Hempel
PDG Dennis & Judeen Knott
PDG Jim & Pauline Schiferl
PDG Rob Sherman
PDG Virgil & Rita Thompson
PDG Ken & Char Wallander

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PDG Jerry & Trudy Wille
PDG Sam Kochel
TED & NANCY TAMMINGA‘S 30TH WEDDING ANNIVERSARY
Ted & Nancy Tamminga
MARY JANE YOUNG
Waterford Lioness Club

The MD27Directory is now online at
md27directory.org get your password from your DG or Cabinet Sec/Treas


Lions State Convention
Coordinator Needed
The Coordinator will report to the Council of Governors at all Council meetings.
This individual will play a key role in recommending all policies required to
conduct a MD27 run convention.
This is a 3 year appointment.

Annual duties will include but are not limited to the following:
•    Chair State Convention Committee incl. committee chair assignments
•    Solicit location bids
•    Inspect all bidding properties
•    Solicit local club support

You will oversee all State Convention activities based on Council approval:
•      Dignitary Housing
•      Registration
•      Schedules
•      Food
•      Ad sales
•      Program booklets
•      Seminars
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Tool Kit
We Must Move To Grow
by LCI President Eberhard J. Wirfs
  One of the most basic facts of nature is that it is dynamic. The visual world
continually undergoes change, both from dynamic events in the world itself, such
as the movement of trees in the wind, and from the visual changes generated from
our own activities, such as locomotion. In other, more basic words, everything
needs momentum, or movement, in order to progress, or grow. Move to grow. It‘s
a very basic concept, which can be applied to most everything. Nothing that
remains static grows.
  It is this basic concept – move to grow – that I have chosen as my theme, with the
ginkgo tree and leaf as its symbol.
  Have you ever seen a ginkgo tree? The ginkgo has a long history, with ancestors
extending back some 280 million years. It is one of very few plants living today
that has such a clear lineage dating back into the Paleozoic era. Fossil ginkgo
leaves and petrified trunks can be found during the Tertiary period in North
America, Europe, and Asia. It is very resilient, with an average life span of 1,000
years, and unique in that it has both a male and female variety in the same plant.
  So why the ginkgo tree? The ginkgo is a symbol of hope and love, and a
monument of peace and environmental protection and even considered a vision
aid. The ginkgo tree has in fact been declared the ―millennium‖ tree. When taking
into consideration its other characteristics of esteemed heritage, longevity,
adaptability, utility, sustainability, and global abundance, it‘s easy to see a
correlation between the ginkgo tree and Lions.
  Compared to the origins and lifespan of the ginkgo, Lions Clubs International is
still in its infancy. As a global organization dedicated to promoting international
understanding, we must symbolically plant a ginkgo at every opportunity. The
sapling has to be planted and nurtured world-wide in an appropriate manner with
good soil, sunshine and water. Like a ginkgo tree, our programs must be a
sustainable resource that will stand the test of time. Always mindful of our motto,
―We Serve,‖ we must continue to plant seeds of understanding and enduring
community service, and cultivate a clear and consistent message of purpose.
  This involves effort, momentum, action and NEED TO MOVE.
  I have learned a great deal through Lions and from Lions. I was entrusted to take
on major challenges, and I am extremely thankful for that chance. Now the time
has come to give back.



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2009-10 International Program
Focuses on Growth & Sustainability
  International President Wirfs‘ theme, Move to Grow, expresses the thought that
all things need momentum in order to progress. The adaptable ginkgo tree
represents this idea, and symbolizes hope and peace. Like LCI, the ginkgo has an
esteemed heritage, longevity, value and global abundance.
  Move To Grow Membership - The oldest living Ginkgo tree grew from one tiny
seed. Have you ever planted a seed and watched it grow? Have you planted a
sapling in your yard in the hope that one day it would grow into a beautiful tree? It
takes time. It doesn‘t happen overnight. Even the hardiest, most resilient species
must be cared for and nurtured. It must have good soil, plenty of sunshine and
water in order to thrive and blossom into a sustainable resource.
  LCI‘s most sustainable resource is our members. We will ensure our members
remain as our most sustainable resource by:
     Extending new Lions clubs
     Inducting new, qualified Lions members
     Providing service to the community
     Building international understanding
     Empowering members with leadership skills
  We must continue to grow our membership. It is the key to our success, and our
ability to meet the growing needs of communities around the world.
  Successful involvement of qualified members means long term retention.
Qualified members – individuals with experience, who are committed to sharing
their talents and expertise with others - will ensure our continued growth. Everyone
agrees that our LCI‘s future depends upon its ability to attract new, high quality
members and to successfully charter new clubs.
  The invention of the steam engine and the printing press were critical in altering
the course of civilization. Similarly, providing of equal opportunities to women
and making playing fields gender neutral have absolutely redefined socio-
economic and political dynamics. LCI began allowing women members in 1987.
Since then, various steps have been initiated to encourage the growth of women
members. In some parts of the world, member spouses are fully integrated into the
club. They strongly identify with the objects of Lionism and by participating in the
activities of their clubs they add value and demonstrate emotional involvement.
  Move To Grow The DG Team - Our current district governors need more
responsible hands to rely on, and the future governors must have a comprehensive
grasp of all issues pertaining to the association and the district. We will now begin
a new era of the District Governor Team consisting of the district governor and

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two vice district governors working together in harmony and with responsibility
allocation for sustained growth.
  Leadership needs to be nurtured. It matures through observation, interaction and
hands-on experience. Our District Governor Teams will produce leaders with
sound values and creative skills to be role models. Result-oriented efficiency and
succession planning will be achieved through:
     Developing a team approach to district leadership
     Fostering collaboration
     Integrating responsibilities
     Achieving conflict free environment
     Developing confidence and competence
     Enlisting support by appealing to common ideals
  Move To Grow Leaders - There is a ginkgo tree in northern China estimated to
be over 1,000 years old, its roots extend in a 50‘ radius and 40‘ into the ground.
The roots provide nourishment to sustain this ancient tree.
  LCI, in its relatively short history has grown into the world‘s largest service club.
While other organizations have diminished in both scope and influence, LCI has
continued to be the leader in global humanitarian service.
  If we are to create a better tomorrow, we need to develop competent and
knowledgeable leaders who are responsible for the next generation and the healthy
perspective of our association.
  We must promote leadership development in all areas, it will empower our
members to take an active role in clubs, districts and on an international level. We
must move to identify potential leaders and encourage them to participate in LCI‘s
e-learning programs and Lions Leadership Institutes. We must move to promote
the development of more qualified Lions trainers through participation in our
Faculty Development Institutes. Most importantly, we must enable them to accept
leadership responsibilities and to make use of their enhanced skills. To accomplish
this, we will:
     Provide training modules for district leadership teams.
     Broaden our library of interactive leadership development programs
     Develop area specific curricula
     Make online training and leadership opportunities available to all Lions
     Approach and unite MERL structures to the membership development process
  Move To Grow Social Understanding - Working globally means thinking
globally. This means promoting national needs while keeping the bigger picture in
mind. Our combined strength was seen at its best in providing support during
major natural disasters like the Tsunami, Katrina and the China earthquake. The
successful implementation of the SightFirst program in Asia and Africa are
examples of our global concern and impact.

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  Presence of Lions clubs in over 205 countries makes it possible for us to establish
contacts in every part of the world. This has prompted me to encourage clubs to
adopt the Lions Exchange program. The focus of this program is to encourage
Lions from various districts to travel to other districts to understand and appreciate
diversity, and to promote global brotherhood.
  There is so much to learn from one another, and there can be no better method
than personal observation and involvement.
  Move To Increase Public Awareness - Hans Christian Andersen‘s ―The
Nightingale‖ tells the story of an emperor who never left his kingdom. He only
knew that which he saw and heard within his confined world. One day, he heard a
nightingale singing, and he became enamored with the little bird. The emperor
assumed the bird only sang for him, and he was unwilling to share that song with
others.
  Unlike the emperor, we need to share our ―song‖ with others. Too often, we hear
that Lions is the best-kept secret. We can‘t move our organization forward if we
don‘t communicate our message and increase public awareness.
  With the advent of new media, there has never been a better time to explore ways
of communicating.
  We recently launched a new and improved website. With over a million visitors
each month, lionsclubs.org is quickly becoming the fastest means of
communicating to members and non-members alike.
  The new website has many tools available to you, such as new videos, public
service announcements, a new Lions YouTube channel. Soon, website templates
will be available.
  Explore the many options available – Facebook, blogs, online newsletters. We
can establish links with the new generation, whose lives are digitally configured,
only if we access them through the modes they find acceptable.
  We ought to communicate our success stories and arouse interest in others to join
us. Above all, remember the nightingale doesn‘t just sing for the emperor. The
nightingale‘s song is meant to be appreciated by all. Share our song, and share our
message of global humanitarian goodwill.
  The Youth Of Today Grow To Be The Lions Of Tomorrow - Study after
study indicates that when young people are engaged in community service the
commitment nurtured then is carried forward to adulthood.
  Lions have long realized that youth are not only our present, but our future. This
is clearly evident by the numerous programs we have –Lions Quest, Youth Camps
and Exchange, Peace Poster Contest – to name only a few.
  My goal for Lions is to extend Lions Quest programs to over 60 countries
worldwide and to develop it as an educational core program of LCI.



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  I encourage Lions to implement more service activities into Youth Camp and
Youth Exchange programs so participants may experience hands-on the Lions
motto, ―We Serve.‖
  Through the LCI Global Youth Music Competition we will not only promote
social and cultural understanding and appreciation, but will also underscore our
commitment to young people.
  The Leo program will launch a new brand campaign in 2009-2010 that will
enable us to more effectively promote Leos, using a research oriented approach.
  Move To Grow Our Foundation - LCIF represents Lions helping Lions serve
the world. LCIF aids Lions in making a greater impact in their local communities
and around the world. During 2009-2010, we must promote the development of
LCIF with a long-term view so that our Foundation can continue its rich heritage
of bringing healing and hope to people worldwide. We will together work to :
  Promote LCIF development in each district
  Encourage multiple districts to have LCIF coordinator training sessions
  Cultivate LCIF donors by increasing LCIF visibility and building donor loyalty
  Motivate Lions to become Melvin Jones Fellows
  Extend Lions Quest to over 60 countries and to develop it as an educational core
program of LCIF




The Ginkgo Awards
  The Ginkgo Awards are designed to recognize Lions who exemplify the
attributes needed to move our association forward – who have planted the
necessary seeds for our future.


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  As I travel around the world I will, at the recommendation of a committee
composed of specified international directors, recognize those Lions who have
initiated and executed programs which complement the theme Move to Grow. This
will be a mark of my personal appreciation for such individuals. Each award shall
be personally presented by me.
  At the international convention in Sydney, Australia, Lions from all over the
world will also be recognized at a gala celebration, in the following categories:
  Most women members added (club or district)
  Most new club web sites added by a district
  Highest donation to LCIF (club and district)
  Outstanding service projects (club or district)
  Lions who best exemplify the international theme
  Lion by Lion, service project by service project, ginkgo by ginkgo, we are
creating momentum. We must continue this momentum, working together every
step of the way.
  Lions can achieve the unthinkable if they are committed to the task at hand.
  Such has been our past. Such can be our future.
  So how many ginkgos do we need to plant? How many new clubs should we
extend? How many new members must we induct? How much service should we
provide? That depends on us collectively. Needs continue to escalate all over the
world. Lions must be ready to answer the call.
  As an association, we are the global leader in humanitarian and community
service. By planting a Lions ginkgo, we can provide the shade of love, the warmth
of friendship, and a healing touch-that will last for a long time. Isn‘t that what
being a Lion is all about?




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