Lions International Celebrates 100 Years Of Service

It all started on June 7, 1917. Melvin Jones convened representatives from 27 businessmen’s clubs at a Chicago hotel. They agreed to unite and vote on a name. The name chosen was: The Association of Lions Clubs. Jones turned the previous businessman’s club model on its head—instead of angling for business, Lions would focus on community service.

Lions Clubs become international by chartering a club in Windsor, Canada. One of its first projects was a swim outing in a river for underprivileged boys.

During the international convention in Cedar Point, Ohio, Helen Keller beseeched Lions to become “Knights of the Blind” in the crusade against darkness. Her eloquent plea provided Lions with their primary mission.

Lion George Bonham painted a cane white with a wide red band to aid the visually impaired after he witnessed a blind man having trouble crossing a street. Clubs vigorously promoted white canes, and by 1956 every state had passed white cane safety laws giving the blind the right-of-way.

Lions headed south and established a club in Nuevo Laredo, Mexico.

Talking books for the blind were created and Lions helped distribute the books and machines.

After a fellow Lion was not able to enroll in the only U.S. school for guide dogs, members of the Detroit Uptown Lions Club started their own leader dog training school.

The world’s second eye bank, the Buffalo Eye Bank, was founded by the Buffalo Lions Club. Today, most eye banks are Lions-sponsored. Lions assisted in drafting the United Nations Charter, starting a lasting bond with the U.N.

Lions celebrated the association’s 30th anniversary in New York City. Lions Clubs at that point were the world’s largest service club group with 324,690 members in 19 nations.

After an international contest among Lions, an official motto was chosen: “We Serve”. The motto was submitted by Lion D. A. Stevenson of Font Hill, Ontario, Canada. Eleven Lions actually submitted that same motto, but Stevenson’s arrived first.

The first Leo club began in Abington, Pennsylvania, after Bill Graver asks his father, “Why isn’t there a Lions-sponsored service club for young people?”

Melvin Jones, the Lion’s founder and longtime secretary general of the association, died at the age of 82.

The Lions Clubs International Foundation (LCIF) was established.

After decades in downtown Chicago, Lions Clubs International moved to its fourth and final location in Oak Brook, Illinois, 15 miles west of the city of Chicago.

The association amends its bylaws and invites women to become members.

Mother Teresa accepts the Lions Humanitarian Award. She urges Lions to love: “The most terrible poverty is being unloved and having no one to care for you”.

Lions International Peace Poster Contest began. Mustapha El Tawokji from war-torn Beirut, Lebabon, won first prize.

SightFirst was launched to curtail blindness. Fifteen years later, U.S.$182 million had been raised for 758 projects in 89 countries.

LCIF partnered with The Carter Center, led by former U.S President and Lion Jimmy Carter, to curtail river blindness in Africa land Latin America.

Lions charter two clubs in China, the nation’s first voluntary membership group since the 1950s.

After a devastating earthquake and tsunami in South Asia, Lions mobilized more than US$15 million to rebuild homes, schools and orphanges in five nations.

Past Lions International President, Dr. Tae-Sup Lee of Korea launched Campaign SightFirst at the international convention in Hong Kong.

The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation contributed US$5 million to the One Shot-One Life campaign. Lions raised US$10 million to support measles efforts over the next two years.

Lions met their goal and served their 100th million person in two years through the Centennial Service Challenge.

Information for this article was obtained from the Lions International Magazine, Centennial Issue (2017).

Wisconsin Lions Goal–Collect 100,000 Pairs Of Eyeglasses

The Lions Clubs of Wisconsin have a state wide goal–collect 100,000 pairs of eyeglass during the year 2016-2017. Nels Beckman, president of the Hayward Lions Club made this announcement at the Hayward Lions Club meeting held on November 17, 2016 (noon meeting at Coop’s Pizza). The year 2017 will be the 100th anniversary of Lions Clubs International. As part of that celebration, the Wisconsin Lions Foundation (WLF) has instituted what has been named the “Centennial Eyeglass Challenge” for our state. The goal is to collect over 100,000 pairs of used eyeglasses by May, 2017. The Hayward Lions Club is asking for your help! Please donate your old used eyeglasses at any one of the eyeglass drop off points. Just look for the buckets with the Lions stickers on them. Think of it–100,000 people given the free gift of clear vision. 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 will ship your used glasses to the Lions Eyeglass Recycling Center, located at the Wisconsin Lions Camp in Rosholt, Wisconsin. Once there, the glasses will be 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 co-chairpersons representing the Hayward Lions Club are: Kit Morse and Tim Donovan.

Lions Serve Community Dinner November 16, 2016

Mary Wright prepared her soon to be famous beef stew and Dave McIntosh baked two of his very poplar cheese cakes (New York Cherry and Pumpkin Pecan). The people attending the meal were delighted. The Hayward Lions Club fed 80 people in the dining area and served 10 carry outs. The evening meal was: beef stew, green beans, cole slaw and dinner roll. Second servings were given for those wishing more food. Beverages were: coffee, tea and milk. Numerous food items were donated by Gordy’s (pumpkin and pecan pies, dinner rolls, bread and donut holes). The evening meal was served at the First Lutheran Church of Hayward. For almost 20 years, the First Lutheran Church of Hayward has been the site of the Wednesday Community Dinners–even when Wednesday has fallen on a holiday–the Community Dinner was served. Mary Wright was the chairperson.

Peace Poster Contest 2016

The Hayward Lions Club held their annual Peace Poster Contest again this fall. Jerad Ursin, Middle School Art Teacher, was the school representative. Lions International is sponsoring their 29th annual peace poster contest this year. Usually there are about 375,000 entries submitted worldwide to this contest. The contest is limited to young people between the ages of 11 and 13. Lions International sponsors the contest to emphasize the importance of world peace to young people everywhere. The Hayward Lions Club has announced the peace poster contest winner for the year 2016. Cash prizes are awarded to the winners (1st place $100), 2nd place $50, 3rd place $25).

First Place Winner–Sarah Grubbs
Second Place Winner–Callie Asp
Third Place Winner–Logan Abic

The poster of the local winner (1st place, Sarah Grubbs), will be sent to the district governor. The district governor has a select committee judge the posters and determine the winner at the district level. The winning poster at the district level contest is sent to the Public Relations Department in the Lions Club International office in Oak Brook, IL. The winner of the International Peace Poster Contest will be announced in early March, 2017. The announcement will be made at this year’s Lions Day at the United Nations.

A photo of the winners is shown in the “Photos” section of this website.

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.