Big Cup Golf Outing June 9, 2017

It was a perfect day for golf.  The temperature was  about 75 degrees and there were a few clouds in the bright blue sky.  A perfect day to find the golf ball in flight to the next green.   About 60 golfers enjoyed a beautiful day for a “Big Cup” golf outing.  This was the fifth year the Hayward Lions Club sponsored a “Big Cup” event.   This event has proven to be very popular with local golf enthusiasts.  It was possible to register as an individual or as a team.  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 4:30 p.m.  

At 5:00 p.m., the final rounds of the putting contest (sponsored by Hayward Community Credit Union) began.  Each participant in the golf outing was given three shots to putt a golf ball about 25 feet into the selected hole on the putting green.  Six of the participants were able to accomplish this athletic feat.  These six final contestants were then narrowed down to the top three by each person getting one shot at another hole  selected on the putting green (about 30 feet distance).  None of the top six golfers were able to put their ball in the hole in one stroke–so the top three golfers were determined by measurements.  The winners of the putting contest were:  Logan Konop 1st, Tali Johnson 2nd and Brian Berquist 3rd.  Cash prizes were awarded to the three winners ($125, $75 and $50).  At 5:30 p.m., the group was treated to a buffet meal in the dining room/patio area of the Hayward Golf Club.  Chuck (Hogman) Aubart used his custom made BBQ grill to cook the pork shoulder.  Chuck has done the BBQ for the event the last several years and the participants look forward to his cooking.  Ticket prices were $75 (included 18 holes of golf, golf cart, putting contest, two drink tickets, hole events and Chuck Aubart’s BBQ).

Prizes were awarded after the meal.  The participants were divided into three team divisions (red, green blue).    A cash prize ($300) was awarded to the top team in each division.  The top team in each division was:  Red  Winning Team (Saratoga)–Peggy Dobbs, Jake Novotney, Ryan Smith and Jeff Antilla; Green Winning Team (Mell)–Shelly Mell, Keith Mell, Jeni Strama and Tim Swanson; and the Blue Winning Team (Farley)–Pete Fadness, Dave Farley, Korey Martin and Anthony Martin.   About 25 door prizes were given out to those attending.

Timber Ford sponsored the “hole in one” event at hole 8 (par 3 hole).  If a person would have made a “hole in one” on hole 8, they would have won a two year lease on a 2017 Ford Escape.  They also sponsored two other par 3 holes and it was possible to win prizes at those holes also.  Prizes were awarded at  hole 12 sponsored by Peoples Bank.  Chairpersons for the event were:  Ray Moeller and Dick Grundstrom.  Special assistants were:  Gary Nelson and Liz Korpal



Lions Serve Complimentary Breakfast May 27, 2017

The morning of May 27th was cool but sunny. Much more pleasant than the rainy weather the Hayward area had been going through previously. The Hayward Lions traditionally have served a breakfast on Memorial Day weekend at the Hayward Veterans Community Center for over 20 years. This was the fifth year the Lions have served a complimentary breakfast. The hours of the breakfast were from 7:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. A record number of people were served (over 250). The breakfast menu was: pancakes, sausage, scrambled eggs, coffee, tea, milk and juice.

The chairperson for the event was Tina Causey. Music was provided by Mark Simono. Mark has a high quality sound system and provided a variety of music which contributed to a relaxed atmosphere for eating breakfast.

Record Number of Eyeglasses Collected

Nels Beckman, president of the Hayward Lions Club, announced at the recent club meeting that the Wisconsin Lions Clubs had collected 295,308 pairs of used eyeglasses this past year. The Hayward Lions Club collected over 3,000 pairs of eyeglasses this past year. A “Big Thank You” goes out to the Hayward area from the Hayward Lions club members. It is quite amazing for a community of just over 2,000 people to donate over 3,000 pairs of used eyeglasses. The goal for the state of Wisconsin was to collect 100,000 pairs of used eyeglass this year–well that goal was exceeded by quite a bit!

The drop off points for your used eyeglasses are: Salvation Army, People’s National Bank, Veterans Community Center, Johnson Bank, Essentia Health Care (pharmacy), Northwoods Clinic, Family Eye Care, Hayward Community Credit Union and Northview Eye Clinic. The Hayward Lions ship your used eyeglasses to the Lions Eyeglass Recycling Center located at the Wisconsin Lions Camp in Rosholt, WI. Once there, the glasses are sorted, cleaned, categorized by prescription and prepared for distribution. Where there is a need–there is a Lion. With help from the local community, eye care for those in need is going to be more available. The Hayward Lions Club wishes to thank the Hayward area for their continued support.

Hayward Lions Plan Golf Outing For June 9, 2017

This will be the fourth year the Hayward Lions Club will be hosting a “Big Cup” golf outing. It has proven to be very well received by the golfers attending the event. Normal attendance ranges from 60 to 70 golfers. So–by popular demand–the Hayward Lions Club is again hosting a “Big Cup” golf outing. The event will be hosted at the Hayward Golf Course. The date will be June 9, 2017 and the starting time will be 12:00 noon. There will be a “shot gun” start. It is possible to register as a team or as an individual. The contestant signing up as an individual will be assigned a team by the event chairperson (Ray Moeller). There will be three divisions based on the contestant’s handicap. Tickets ($75) can be purchased from Hayward Lions Club members or at the Hayward Golf Club. The golf outing started several years ago as a fund raiser for the club. The Hayward Lions have several fund raising activities during the year. As a result of the fund raising activities (the largest is the Lions Pre-Birkie chaired by Stephanie Poplin), the Hayward Lions Club is able to give back to the community about $45,000 year.

For those that are not familiar with a “Big Cup” golf outing, the size of the cup on the green is about double the normal size. The “Big Cup” will be positioned in a different location on the green than the regular cup–this makes it a bit more of a challenge. There are also other rule changes that go along with the “Big Cup” venue. Ticket prices will be $75 (includes 18 holes of golf, golf cart, putting contest, two drink tickets, hole events and Chuck Aubart’s pig roast). Most par three holes will have “hole in one” prizes. The prize for one of the “hole in one” (hole 14) will be a two year lease on a new Ford car (sponsored by Timber Ford). At hole 3, Ben Kanters (golf pro at Hayward Golf Club) will be featuring “Beat the Pro”. Ben has done this event for several years. The person “Beating the Pro”, will win the 50/50 collected at that hole.

The putting contest will have the following prizes: 1st $125, 2nd $75 and 3rd $50 (cash prizes). The putting contest will be sponsored by Hayward Community Credit Union. As part of the entrance fee, each golfer is able to participate in the putting contest. There are usually two different levels that need to be passed before the winner of the contest is named. At the first level, each golfer is given a chance to putt the ball into the cup from a distance of about 20 feet. If the golfer is able to putt the ball into the cup with one stroke, he/she will automatically go into the second round. In order to complete a field of about 10 golfers the other golfers have measurements taken as to how close their ball came to the pin. The field of ten will be completed by choosing those golfers closest to the pin. The second level needs to putt the ball to a different hole and from a greater distance on the putting green. The second level putt is about 30 feet. If there is more than one person who makes the putt from this distance (one stroke), a run off would occur. If no person putts their ball into the cup (one stroke), the person closest to the pin wins.

If anyone needs more information regarding this event, please contact Ray Moeller (715-634-4911) or Dick Grundstrom (715-934-2989)

Tribute to Nancy Grothe

Nancy Grothe was a very active member of the Hayward Lions Club since 1990. In recent months, Nancy suffered serious 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 back roads of the Hayward area 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 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 annual “Health Fair” the last several years. This event is held usually in the fall. 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 Lions Club. The Hayward 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 Hayward 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 who 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 Lioness Club. Nancy was president of the Hayward Lioness Club several terms and the secretary for many years. As a member of the Hayward Lioness Club, she was District Governor one year.

There are a couple of awards that are presented to very outstanding Lions. The “Birth-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 Lions Club, the Ray Hempel award has been given on extremely rare occasions. Nancy received the “Ray Hempel” award. The Hayward Lioness Club recently presented Nancy with the “Knight of Sight Fellowship Award”. This award is the highest form of recognition presented by the Lions Eye Bank of Wisconsin. Nancy will be greatly missed by the Hayward community.

Tribute to Bill Weldon

Bill joined the Hayward Lions Club in 2004. That year he was awarded the “Rookie of the Year” award. Bill was an active Lion until his health interfered. Bill was the chairperson for the annual “Memorial Weekend Pancake Breakfast”. This event was always a huge success under the leadership of Bill. Bill participated as a worker in numerous events during his career as a Hayward Lion. If there was a job to be done, Bill was ready and willing to help.

Bill passed on April 27, 2017. Bill passed peacefully in his sleep. Bill was 77 at the time of his death. Bill was raised Chicago and joined the U.S. Navy in 1957. Bill’s professional career included working at Honeywell before starting and owning the well-known ComputerLand Stores. He was a loving husband and father who prided his devotion to being a coach for his children in softball and hockey. In 2004, he achieved a life dream of owning a cabin in Hayward, WI. The Hayward community will certainly miss Bill Weldon.

Musky Fest Fishing Contest Has Big Changes

In cooperation with the Hayward Chamber of Commerce and Walleyes for Northwest Wisconsin, the Hayward Lions club will be offering a $100,000 prize to any person catching the first certified state of Wisconsin record fish during Musky Fest. This fishing contest is entitled: $100,000 Musky Fest Lions Family Fishing Spectacular! The fish categories for receiving the prize will be: musky, tiger musky, northern pike, black crappie and small mouth bass. Contestants must be registered ($5 entry fee) for the contest prior to catching the state record fish. Registration will begin May 6, 2017. Application forms will be available at most of the local bait shops and the Hayward Chamber of Commerce. The application form indicates the state record fish in each category. The record for each fish category is determined by weight and not length. Please be aware of what constitutes a state record fish and don’t bring any fish to the Lions fishing booth that isn’t a state record in that particular category. The contest will start on Tuesday (June 20th) and end on Saturday (June 24th). The prizes for the $100,000 fishing contest will be awarded on Saturday, June 24th prior to the street dance.

The traditional Lions Fishing Contest will still be held. A person doesn’t need to register and there isn’t any entry fee for the regular Lions Fishing Contest prior to entering a photo of their fish. Each young person (12 years old and younger) that enters a photo of a fish they have caught, will be given some type of fishing gear. Some years the young participants have received tackle boxes, other years they have received a life jacket. The prizes for the young contestants have not been determined at this time. The Lions will have their fishing contest booth at the corner of First and Main Streets (close to the Lions food/beer tent). Prizes will be awarded for this contest on Sunday, June 25th, at the Lions fishing booth on Main Street about 11:00 a.m. The Musky Fest fishing contest has been catch and release for the last several years. This will be the rule again this year (2017) except for the state record fish.

The DNR will be stocking Shue Pond with 50 tagged fish. If a child catches one of the tagged fish, they will win a prize. For more detailed information on Musky Fest and the fishing contests, please go to

Hayward Lions Collect Eyeglasses

Tim Donovan and Kit Morse (co-chairs for the eye glasses collection) have reported that the Lions Clubs in the state of Wisconsin have collected a record breaking 111,000 pairs of eyeglasses. The year 2017 will be the 100th anniversary of Lions Clubs International. As part of that celebration, the Wisconsin Lions Foundation (WLF) instituted what was named the “Centennial Eyeglass Challenge” for our state. The goal was to collect 100,000 pairs of used eyeglasses by May, 2017–well–the Lions far exceeded their goal.

The Hayward Lions Club thanks you for your support and would like for you to continue to support this very worthwhile cause. The drop off points are: Salvation Army, People’s National Bank, Veterans Community Center, Johnson Bank, Essentia Health Care (pharmacy), Northwoods Clinic, Family Eye Care, Hayward Community Credit Union and Northview Eye Clinic. The Hayward Lions ship your used eye glasses to the Lions Eyeglass Recycling Center located at the Wisconsin Lions Camp in Rosholt, Wisconsin. Once there, the glasses are sorted, cleaned, categorized by prescription and prepared for distribution. Where there is a need–there is a Lion. With help from the local community, eye care for those in need is going to be more available.

Looking Forward to Lions International Centennial Convention in Chicago

The 100th International Convention is set for June 30th to July 4th (2017) in Chicago, IL. On tap is an all-star lineup of entertainers, speakers and a stirring torch ceremony to mark the centennial.

As a convention city–it is hard to top Chicago. Lions will gather in Chicago for the Centennial Convention because it’s where Lions started and where Lions are headquartered. It is also a city unique for its stunning lakefront, great architecture and a myriad of cultural attractions while being lovable unpretentious, working-class proud and perfectly emblematic of America. Each day of the convention will brim with fellowship, fun and enrichment. Participants will rub shoulders and often share a lunch or at least a few pleasantries with Lions from more than 120 countries. It will be possible to march in downtown Chicago during the festive Parade of Nations, attend worthwhile seminars, vote on the association’s future, enjoy outstanding entertainment and hear inspiring, renowned speakers.

Performing at the convention will be the following entertainers: Chicago, the Beach Boys, the Charlie Daniels Band, Patti LaBelle David Archuleta of “American Idol” fame, American English (a Beatles cover band), Anna Fermin, the Blues Brothers Revue, the African Children’s Choir and Edward and Belinda Lee. Former Vice President Al Gore will be the keynoter, Keller Johnson-Thompson, Helen Keller’s great-grandniece, will also speak.

Sports fans will be able to purchase tickets for the White Sox game against the Yankees on Thursday, June 29th. The week together allows Lions to fully appreciate what it means to be a Lion and what our service accomplishes. At this convention, members will learn to understand and celebrate what Lions have achieved over the last 100 years. The International Convention is a capstone experience for Lions!

Material for this article was obtained from the February, 2017, issue of Lion Magazine.

Lions Pre-Birkie Celebrates 35 Years of Skiing

The Hayward Lions Club hosted their 35th annual Pre-Birkie on Saturday, February 11, 2017. Almost 900 contestants enjoyed the mild February weather. This is one of the largest ski events in the area. It is considered to be a great race to help contestants to get in condition for the Birkie race which follows this race in two weeks.

The proceeds from this race go to local projects such as the Hayward Community Food Shelf, Boy Scouts, Habitat for Humanity and Little League as well as international Lions projects. In the past, the club has used some of the proceeds to build a multi-use log cabin/warming cabin at Hatchery Creek. Over the course of a year, the Hayward Lions contribute to several dozen local organizations.

Prior to the race, on Friday, February 10, 2017, the Lions club hosted an all-you-can-eat Carbo Load Dinner from 4:30 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. at the Hayward Veterans Center. The meal consisted of: spaghetti with meat sauce, garlic bread and a beverage were served at a cost of $7 per person. Children 11 and under ate free.

The classical-style race began at 9:30 a.m. on a groomed course on the ice of Lake Hayward near the city beach and park. The freestyle race began at 10:00 a.m. at the same location. The skiers headed north over the hills for either the 26K or 42K finish at the Birkie Trail warming cabin at Highway OO. The 42K marathon course crossed Highway OO and proceeded north for eight kilometers to the trail’s high point, turned around and returned to Highway OO. The 26K race had four food stations along the route and there were six food stations for the 42K. Most of the food stations were run by local youth groups. At the finish line, people enjoyed the famous doughnuts along with other refreshments. New this year, participants could celebrate the finish with beer (age 21 and over) and brats. Refreshments were served at the OO warming cabin.

Montgomery Mouw of Hayward won the men’s 26-kilometer classic race in 1:37:02 followed by Chad Korby of Park Center, MN in 1:38:26. Xena Huf of Minneapolis, MN won the women’s 26 kilometer classic in 1:56:46, followed by Christine Young of Duluth, MN in 2:00:33.

Jonathan Rulseh of Ironwood, Michigan, won the men’a 26-kilometer freestyle race in 1:18:46, followed a split second later by Andy Weddle of Wausau in 1:18:46. Alyson Welch, Rochester, MN, won the women’s 26-kilometer freestyle race in 1:32:57, with Paulette Niemi of Ironwood taking second in 1:35:07.

The winners of the 42K races were: Men’s classic: Thomas Krenz, Chicago City, MN, 2:36:03; Ryan Wilson, Minneapolis, MN, second, 2:41:49. Women’s classic: Bonnie Weiskopf, Stillwater, MN, first 2:37:07; Nicolette Reker, St. Paul, MN, second, 2:47:11.

Men’s freestyle was a photo finish, Joel LaFrance of Minneapolis, MN, edged Adam Swank of Duluth, MN by a ski tip. Both had times of 1:58:55.

Women’s freestyle: Marit Sonneskyn of Minneapolis, MN, won in 2:07:28, followed by Elaine Nelson of Duluth, MN, in 2:14:19.

Sponsors for the Lions Club Pre-Birkie were: Hayward Community Credit Union, American Birkebeiner, New Moon Ski and Bike, Riverbrook Bike and Ski, Lynn’s Custom Meats & Catering, Boulder Nordic-Sport, Angler’s Bar and Grill, River’s Edge Business Center, Hidden Bay Graphics, Outdoor Ventures, Coop’s Pizza, Seeley Veterinary Clinic, Apple Awards, L & M Fleet Supply and Peoples Bank.

The coordinator for the Lions Club Pre-Birkie was Stephanie Poplin. She has been the coordinator for the last several years and has certainly done an excellent job of running this event “like a well oiled machine”! Bob Olson was the prior coordinator of this event.

The Sawyer County Record was used as a source for most of the information in this article.