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.

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 (HaywardLions.com) and look under the photos tab.