Vision Testing

The Hayward Lions Club has been very active in making vision testing available to school age children in the Hayward area for many years. This year the chairperson is Linda Euneau. Vision testing will be done on: September 27th and 29th, October 4th and 5th. Vision testing will be also done in November, 2016 but no dates have been set. This year the testing will been done at the ICAA Hayward Head Start, LCO Head Start, StarBright Daycare and the FACE program at LCO school. During the normal testing year, about 200 students will be tested. It is not unusual for a student to fail the vision test–in this case the student is encouraged to make an appointment with a local optometrist. The Hayward Lions Club will help pay for the glasses when a student is in a position where glasses are needed but the cost is greater than the family can afford.

Nancy Grothe Receives Knight of Sight Fellowship Award

The Hayward Lions and the Hayward Lioness clubs held their joint awards banquet on September 22, 2016. This was the last year the two clubs will hold a joint awards banquet due to the fact the Hayward Lioness Club has disbanded as of June, 2016. Nancy Grothe is a member of the Hayward Lions Club and the Hayward Lioness Club.

The Hayward Lioness Club presented Nancy Grothe with the Knight of Sight Fellowship award. Nancy was the chairperson for the local vision testing done by the Lions/Lioness clubs. Nancy held the position of chairperson for many years. One of the primary goals of Lions International is to tirelessly aid the blind and visually impaired. The Knight of Sight Fellowship award is the Lions Eye Bank of Wisconsin highest form of recognition presented to an individual by their local club.

Nancy richly deserves this award. She has tirelessly served the Hayward Lions/Lioness Clubs for many years.

Awards Banquet Held Thursday, September 22, 2016

This was a fall to be long remembered for all of the rain. The rain on September 22nd held off so the awards banquet attendees were able to come and go without getting soaked. The awards banquet was held at the Hayward VFW Community Center. The meal was catered by Lynn’s Quality Meats. The menu was: roast beef, fried chicken, cheesy potatoes, cole slaw, baked beans and the dessert was homemade apple crisp. The group of about 60 people really enjoyed the meal! The master of ceremonies for the banquet was Nels Beckman (president of the Hayward Lions Club).

District Governor Ron O’Connell and his wife Rosie were in attendance. District Governor Ron gave a short speech on what he envisioned as his mission for the year of his term. This year Mary Wright made the “fun awards” and was the also the presenter of the awards. Some of the “fun awards” and their recipients were: Nels Beckman (corn), Nancy Nelson (biscuit maker), Gary Nelson (corn knife), Barb Sealey (candy bar bucket), Chuck Aubart (golf balls bucket), Dick Grundersom and Ray Moeller (golf clubs), Tina Causey (chef cap), Tom Mansfield (fish) and Dave McIntosh.

The Hayward Lioness Club awarded a very special award, Knight of Sight Fellowship) to Nancy Grothe. The Hayward Lioness club disbanded in June, 2016 due to declining membership. Nancy Grothe was the chairperson for the vision testing done by the Lions/Lioness clubs. The Knight of Sight is the Lions Eye Bank of Wisconsin’s highest form of recognition presented to an individual by their club.

The following major awards were presented:

Melvin Jones Fellow–Larry Gilmer
Burch Sturm Fellowship–Mary Wright
Lion of the Year–Stephanie Poplin
Rookie of the Year–Linda Euneau
Knight of Sight Fellowship–Nancy Grothe
Community Service Awards–Lynn’s Custom Meats, Mark Simono
Certificate of Appreciation: Rob and Chandra Susedik

Hayward Lions Club officers for the year will be:

President–Nels Beckman
1st Vice-President–Gary Nelson
2nd Vice-President–Cliff Williams
3rd Vice-President–Mary Wright
Treasurer–Liz Korpal
Secretary–Tina Causey
WLF Liason–Barb Sealey
Lion Tamer–Jeff Hubbard
Tail Twister–Linda Euneau
Past President–Chuck Aubart
Membership–Derek Winter
Directors 1 yr.–Dick Langton, Mike Boyer
Directors 2 yrs.–Tim Donovan, Gary Wright
Publicity–Larry Gilmer
Chaplin–Cliff Williams

If interested in viewing some photos of the event, please go to the Hayward Lions Club web site ( and look under the photos tab.

Recognition of Russ Haling for Years of Service

Russ has been a long time member of the Hayward Lions Club. When Russ goes to the district, state and national conventions, he is widely recognized as one of the premier members of Lions International. He joined the Hayward Lions Club in 1984 (member for over 32 years). Russ retired from the military as a Command Sargent Major in 1971. When he left Vietnam in 1971, he moved back to the Wausau, WI area. During that period of time, Russ had a cabin on Moose Lake which he eventually replaced with a new home. He moved permanently to the Hayward area in 1971.

Russ has been extremely active as a Lions Club member. At the local level, Russ has held numerous officers positions such as: 1st Vice President, 2nd Vice President, 3rd Vice President, Health Fair Chairperson, Golf Outing Chairperson, Musky Fest Chairperson, Membership Chairperson and has worked on numerous work projects for the club. A couple of years ago, Russ received his 30 year pin indicating membership in the Hayward Lions club for 30 years. Russ has been presented with two of the most prestigious awards a Lion can receive (Melvin Jones and Birch-Sturm). Lions International recognizes outstanding individuals by bestowing on them an award that is named for its founder, Melvin Jones. This Fellowship Award (LCIF) is the highest form of recognition and embodies humanitarian ideas consistent with the nature and purpose of Lionism. The recipient of this award becomes a model because of the exemplary service to his club and the community for which it serves. The Birch-Sturm Fellowship was created by the Wisconsin Lions Foundation to honor those individuals who exemplify undying dedication and commitment to Lionism. The Fellowship is named after Wisconsin’s only International Presidents, Frank V. Birch and Clarence L. Sturm who were great supporters of the Wisconsin Lions Foundation.

At the district level (District 27 E-1), Russ is a Past District Governor. He was also a Zone Chair and a Region Chair for District 27 E-1. At the state level, he held the position of Council Chairperson. Being a Council Chairperson is the highest office a Lion can hold at the state level. At the national level, Russ was appointed by the President of Lions International to be State Extension Chairperson. In this position, Russ was responsible for forming six new Lions clubs in the State of Wisconsin. Some of those clubs are: Seeley Lions Club, Chequamegon Lions Club and the Cumberland Lions Club. By forming these six new clubs, Russ helped to increase the membership in Lions International by several hundred.

Russ has been an esteemed member of Lions International for more than 30 years–he has been a tremendous asset to the Hayward Lions Club. Thanks Russ for your many years of loyal service both to the local Lions club and Lions International!

Big Cup Golf Outing June 10, 2016

It was almost a perfect day for playing 18 holes of golf. There were thundershowers that lasted about 30 minutes. This gave the golfers a chance to come in off the golf course and get hydrated at the “Caddyshack”. After the short shower–the sun came back out and the golfers were able to finish the outing.

This was the fourth year the Hayward Lions Club hosted a “Big Cup” golf outing at the Hayward Golf Course. Eighty-eight golfers (22 teams of 4) participated in the event–a sizable increase in the number of participants from last year. The “Big Cup” event has proven to be a poplar golf outing with the local golfers. It was possible to register as a team or as an individual. For those registering as an individual, the event chairperson, Ray Moeller, assigned them to a team. The “shot gun start” began at noon and most of the golfers were done golfing about 5:00 p.m. At 5:00 p.m. the putting contest (sponsored by Hayward Community Credit Union) began. Each participant was given three shots to putt the golf ball into the hole on the putting green. Seven of the participants were able to accomplish this athletic feat. The seven contestants were narrowed down to one finalist by putting to another hole at a longer distance. Cliff Williams was the winner of the putting contest. Cash prizes were awarded to the first three winners ($125, $75, $50). At 6:00 p.m., the group was treated to a buffet meal in the dining room/patio area of the Hayward Golf Course. Chuck Aubart (Hogman) cooked the meat on his custom made BBQ grill. Ticket prices were $75 (includes 18 holes of golf, golf cart, putting contest, two drink tickets, hole events and Chuck Aubart’s pig roast).

Prizes were awarded after the meal. There were three team divisions (Gold, White, Blue). A cash prize ($300) was awarded to the top team in each division. It was possible for a person/team to win a $25 prize at each of the 18 holes. Twenty-five door prizes were given out to those attending the outing.

Timber Ford sponsored all four of the par 3 holes. If anyone had gotten a “hole in one” on hole 14–the prize would have been a two year lease on a 2016 Ford Escape. At hole 12 the participants had a special treat–Hookstone Winery made it possible to get a bottle of wine for golfers able to place their first drive on the green.

Hole Sponsorships for the 2016 “Big Cup” Lions Club Golf Outing

Ameriprize Financial; Anderson Hager & Moe; Angler’s Bar & Grill; Beehive Botanicals Inc.; Bratley Funeral Services; Cliffy’s Candy; Coop’s Pizza; D & N Timber Harvesting; Debbie’s Hair Design; Duffy Law Office; Ernie’s Auto Body; Flat Creek, Inc.; GCN Enterprises; Greg Grossi Real Estate; Gridiron Bar & Grill; H & R Block; Hayward Area Memorial Hospital; Hayward Community Credit Union; Hayward Home Center; Hayward Insurance Agency; Hayward Power Sport; Johnson Timber Corp.; Lumberjack Steak House; Lynn’s Custom Meats; Mike Keene; Namekagon Boat & Storage; Northview Eye Clinic; Norvado; Peoples Bank Midwest; Peter Rydell, DDS; Scott’s Septic; The Lil Farm; Thomas J. Duffy, Attorney; Tom Mansfield; Tremblay’s Sweet Shop; Ultimate Auto Body; Winter Development Group; Woodland Development; Timber Ford.

Gift Certificates and Donations for the 2016 “Big Cup” Lions Club Golf Outing

HookStone Winery; Hayward Chamber of Commerce; Hidden Green Golf Course; LCO Casino; Naylor Auto Repair; Outdoor Ventures; Schultz’s Bar & Restaurant

Musky Fest 2016

Musky Fest 2016 was held June 17, 18 and 19. The date this year was a week earlier than the normal. This was the 67th year for Musky Fest. The weather for Musky Fest 2016 was almost exactly the same as the weather in 2015. The weather for the weekend was beautiful–no rain–highs in the 80’s. Several weekends prior to Musky Fest the weather was rainy and rather cool. The crowd attending Musky Fest seemed to be slightly less than in past years. There were several festivals within a 50 mile radius of Hayward the same weekend as Musky Fest. This might have been a factor for the smaller crowd–it certainly wasn’t the weather.

The Lions had their usual beer tent and food station. This year the beer was served in cans instead of from a tap. The customers seemed to enjoy the ice cold cans of beer. Hookstone Winery provided several kinds of wine that were also sold. The food station provided: brats (sauerkraut was available), hot dogs, hamburgers, pulled pork and steak sandwiches. Chuck Aubart was the BBQ chef that cooked the pulled pork. All the usual condiments were available.

Erin Roehl was the chairperson for the fishing contest. This event is certainly one of the “high points” of the weekend. The event again this year was catch and release. The catch and release concept has proven to be very poplar with the local community as well as those participating in the fishing contest. There are numerous fishing contests in the Hayward area over the course of the summer–under these conditions it is imperative to have a fishing contest of this magnitude based on the catch and release concept. It takes a lot of time and organization to make this event a success. This event is called Musky Fest–it is certainly fitting to have a well organized fishing contest as part of the weekend activities. Musky Fest is celebrating the 67th anniversary–the Hayward Lions Club has been the sponsor for the fishing contest most of that time.

Every young person (age 12 and under) who registered at the fishing booth (next to the Lions food station) got either a youth life jacket, a rod/reel combo or a tackle box. There were about 130 young people who registered for the fishing contest. In order for the young contestant to receive their gift, they only needed to bring in a photo showing a fish they caught (the fish could be of any size). Some of the young contestants were seen at Shue Pond catching their fish for the fishing contest. Frank Pratt was available at Shue Pond for tips on how to catch fish. Walgreens and Walmart cooperated by providing free photos of the fish caught by the young contestants.

Each person who entered a musky got a prize. They were: Treyton Thesing, Regan Belisle, Mary Anderson, Jon Klohs, John Slatinsky (biggest musky of the contest, 41″), Brad Westergard and Mavrik Joos.

The youth division had the following categories: Musky, Walleye, Northern Pike, Largemouth Bass, Smallmouth Bass, Perch, Crappie and Bluegill. First and second place prizes were given in each category. The following were the first place youth winners in each category. Musky, Treyton Thesing (34 1/2″); Walleye, Jaden DeMarre (18″); Northern Pike, Treyton Thesing (25 1/2″); Largemouth Bass, Maria Winter (17″); Smallmouth Bass, Treyton Theising (17 1/2″); Crappie, Tori Korich (12″); Panfish, Ridge Lodermeier (8 3/4″); Perch, Jaden DeMarre (10″). Cash prizes/gift certificates were awarded to the first and second place winners.

The first place winner of the fish photo contest was Maria Winter. Her photo was most unusual. The photo was taken underwater showing Maria holding her largemouth bass (17″). The photos were judged by one of the local art teachers.

The adult first place winners in each category were: Musky, John Slatinsky (41″); Walleye, Charlie Prise (29″); Northern Pike, Andrew Tenboer (36″); Largemouth Bass, Isaac Winter (18 1/2″); Smallmouth Bass, Conner Abric (20″); Crappie, Nathan Lodermeier (12 1/2″); Panfish, Gabrielle Koss (8″); Perch, Carl Kozak (9″). There were about 120 adults registered for the adult fishing contest. Cash prizes/gift certificates were awarded to the first and second place winners.

Chuck Roehl conducted a fishing seminar on Sunday Morning (June 19) at the corner of Main Street and Second Street. Chuck is a local fishing guide. His speciality is musky fishing. He kept the crowd well entertained with his musky fishing stories and explaining the different techniques he uses to catch (and release) record setting muskies.

Liz Korpal was the chairperson for the event. The Lions club and the community owe Liz a large debt of gratitude for all the hard work (and time) she spends planning this annual event. Liz has been the chairperson for the Lions club for over 10 years. Special assistants to Liz were: Nancy Nelson, Gary Nelson and Mary Wright.

Please refer to the “Photo” section of this website for photos of this event.


Hayward Home Center, Future Wood, Duffy Law Office, Thomas J. Duffy attorney at Law, Retreat Home Furniture, Lynn’s Custom Meat & Catering, Fischer’s Auto Repair, Hayward Power Sports, Outdoor Ventures, Hayward Community Credit Union, Lynn Marie’s Candies, H & R Block, Anderson.Hager.Moe, Peter E. Rydell, D.D.D., Hayward Fly Fishing, Hayward Chamber of Commerce, Muskie’s Inc., Spooner Outlet, Hayward Outdoor Gear, Coop’s Pizza, Fishing Has No Boundaries, Chuck Roehl’s Guide Service, Hayward Chrysler and RV, Steve Kelsey Appraisal, Inc., Angler’s Bar & Grill, Darrel’s Full Service Automotive, Starbright Childcare, L.E. Erickson, O.D., Northview Eye Clinic, K. & B. Auto Body, Northwoods Video & Tanning, Earl’s Marine Service, Inc., L. & M. Fleet Supply, Hayward Bait & Bottle Shoppers, MarketPlace Foods, Treeland Resorts, Art Beat, Fresh Water Fishing Hall of Fame, Chippewa Valley Bank, Moccasin Bar, American Family Insurance, Walleyes for Northwest Wisconsin, O.C. Outfitters, S.C.O.P.E.

Recognition of Dave Seymour For Years Of Active Service

Dave Seymour (Walking Eagle) has been an active member of the Hayward Lions Club since 1991. Dave announced at the last Lions Club Meeting (June 2, 2016) that he was going to retire from his current club responsibilities.

Dave was “Mr. Popcorn” at the annual Fishing Has No Boundaries weekend gathering at the Lake Chippewa Campground. On behalf of the Hayward Lions Club, Dave for almost 25 years popped corn and gave a bag to any of the participants that wanted one. Dave popped corn each day of the weekend gathering.

Lions International is known for their work regarding eyesight. This is one of the top priorities for Lions International. For over 10 years, Dave was responsible for collecting used eyeglasses in the Hayward community. Once the used eyeglasses were collected in the Hayward area, they were sent to a central collection point here in the United States. From the central U.S. collection point, the glasses were shipped literally around the world. Many impoverished people around the world have received used glasses and were able to see for the first time in many years. Dave was also one of the drivers for the Lions eye bank program. Dave over the years made many trips from the Hayward area to Eau Claire delivering donor eyes.

The Hayward Lions Club has a mint candy program. The candy rolls are placed at the counters of many local businesses. Dave was responsible for keeping the candy boxes well stocked for many years. The money from this program is used to help fund the Lions Camp at Rosholt, WI. This camp is designed for handicapped participants. The participants are able to attend the camp for a week at no charge. Over the years, the Hayward area has sent several campers to the Lions camp at no charge to the participant. This program has served thousands of handicapped people over the years from all over the country.

Dave built “Snoopy” model airplanes. Dave would give them out as an award to Lions club members at the awards ceremony held each fall. Dave also made some of the “Snoopy” planes for sale with the proceeds going to one of the Lions club projects Dave felt was especially worthwhile. He was known as the “Boss of the Shed” for many years. It was his responsibility to keep an inventory of the items stored in the Lions shed, keep the shed as neat and clean as possible and keep track of the items that were checked out of the shed. He was part of the team that assembled a mobile propane powered electric generator. The trailer/generator was built so that in a time of emergency some of the local businesses would be able to get power.

Dave will still be an active member of the Hayward Lions Club–he is just turning down the dial from “full speed ahead” to a more moderate pace. If some of the positions Dave has held in the Hayward Lions Club are not mentioned in this tribute–I am sorry about the omission. Thanks Dave for your many years of excellent service!

Lions Serve Community Dinner June 1, 2016

The Hayward Lions Club served the Community Dinner at the First Lutheran Church of Hayward the evening of June 1, 2016. For almost 20 years, the First Lutheran Church has been the site of the Wednesday Community Dinners–even when Wednesday fell on a holiday–the Community Dinner was served.

This month, the Hayward Lions Club served 69 dinners in the dining area of the church and served 21 takeouts. The menu was picnic style–hamburgers, pasta, potato chips, coffee, tea, milk and cookies. The cookies were provided by Gordy’s Market. Mary Wright was the chairperson.

Complimentary Pancake Breakfast 2016

The morning of May 28, 2016, was quite overcast (temperature about 60 degrees). The weather the prior couple of days was rainy. But–as luck would have it–the rain that day didn’t start until early afternoon (after the event ended). The complimentary breakfast was served from 7:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. About 250 people were served. The breakfast menu was: pancakes, sausage, scrambled eggs, coffee, tea, milk and juice. This was the fourth year for serving the complimentary breakfast and about the 20th year overall. The breakfast has always been served the Saturday morning prior to Memorial Day.

For several years the breakfast attendees were treated to piano music by Don Jacobson. Don is a World War II veteran (97 years old). Due to health complications, he was unable to entertain the group this year. Mark Simono (Hayward Lion Club member) provided recorded music. Mark is known in the Hayward area for his expertise as a DJ. For the last several years, Mark worked with Don in providing the entertainment for the event. Mark was also the master of ceremonies.

Tribute to Nancy Grothe

Nancy Grothe was a very active member of the Hayward Lions Club since 1990. In recent months, Nancy suffered health problems that limited her activities in the Hayward Lions Club and the Hayward Lioness Club. Nancy passed on May 5, 2017.

For many years Nancy was the chairperson for the “Fall Color Tour”. This was a very popular event with the senior citizens living in the Hayward area. A bus picked up the participants at the Senior Resource Center (15856 E. Fifth Street, Hayward). There were usually about 60 participants. The bus toured the backroads of Hayward giving the seniors a great view of the fall colors.

Lions International has a top priority regarding promoting the health of the human eye. For many years, Nancy was the chairperson for eye testing. Nancy and her committee visited schools in the area (when invited) and provided eye screening tests to those students wishing to participate. The Hayward Lions club has eye screening equipment that is capable of determining whether a young person needs to get an appointment with a professional optometrist. Over the years, many young people have found this service very valuable.

On a national scale, Lions Clubs are divided into states, districts and zones. Nancy was a zone chairperson for many years. The chairperson calls a zone meeting about once a month. Zone meetings help to bring fellow Lions living in a small geographic area together. It is helpful to find out what other Lions clubs are doing that are located in the same geographic area.

The Hayward Senior Resource Center has been the location for the “Health Fair” the last several years. This event is held usually in the fall. It is an annual event. The event is designed specifically for seniors living in the Hayward area. The following services are provided free of charge: blood sugar check, information on nutrition, flue shot for those wishing, bone density testing, vision screening, drug take-back program, skin screening, dental information, blood pressure, information on hospice, available home health services, aging and disability resources and LCO aging unit/meal site. Nancy was chairperson for this event many years.

The Peace Poster contest is an event sponsored by Lions International and the local Lion club. The Lions club works in partnership with the Hayward Schools to provide an art contest for the local students. The first prize winner at the local level competes at the state level and if a person wins at the state level they compete at the national level. The Lions club provides cash prizes to the first three place winners in the local contest. Nancy was a chairperson for this event many years.

Once a month, the Hayward Lions club serves a community dinner at the First Lutheran Church. This dinner is open to any Hayward area resident that feels the need of a good home cooked meal. There isn’t any special screening for those that wish to participate. Nancy was co-chairperson several years.

Nancy was an extremely active member of the Hayward Lions Club and the Hayward Lioness Club. Nancy was president of the Lioness club several terms and the secretary for many years. As a member of the Lioness club, she was District Governor one year.

There are a couple of awards that are awarded to very outstanding Lions. The Birch-Sturm and the Melvin Jones awards are considered by Lions club members to be the pinnacle of Lions awards. Nancy won both of these awards. The Ray Hempel award is another extremely prestigious award. In the entire history of the Hayward club, the Ray Hempel award has been given on extremely rare occasions. Nancy received the Ray Hempel award. Nancy will be greatly missed by the Hayward community.