Hayward Lions Plan Golf Outing June 10, 2016

Last year was the third year the Hayward Lions Club hosted a “Big Cup” golf outing. It proved 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 Benefit! The event will be hosted at the Hayward Golf Course. The date will be June 10, 2016 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 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 has several fund raising activities during the year. As a result of the fund raising activities (the largest is the Pre-Berkie chaired by Stephanie Poplin), the Hayward Lions Cub is able to give back to the community about $45,000 per 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 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). All 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). Hookstone Winery will be sponsoring hole 12 this year (chance to win a bottle of wine). Hole 8 will be sponsored by Hayward Power Sports (chance to win a Polaris ATV Ace Model 570) and hole 3 sponsored by Ben Kanters (golf pro at Hayward Golf Club). This hole is called “beat the pro”. 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 25 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 40 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).

Lions Serve Community Dinner May 4, 2016

The Hayward Lions Club served the Community Dinner at the First Lutheran Church of Hayward the evening of May 4, 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 has been served.

Several groups other than the Hayward Lions Club have been responsible for the Wednesday Community Dinner. Some of the other groups are: Episcopal Church of the Ascension, St. Joseph Catholic, United Methodist Church and Peoples Bank. Each organization takes one Wednesday per month. The meals are served basically year around. Peoples Bank has on occasion taken a whole month themselves. The First Lutheran Church is always looking for groups/individuals willing to cook/serve the Community Dinner.

If interested in serving, please call: 715.634.2141. Generally the group cooking/serving the dinner pays for the cost of the food–however it is possible the church would pay the cost of the food when a group feels the cost would be unaffordable.

This month, the Lions Club served 81 dinners in the dining area of the church and served 13 take outs. The menu was picnic style–brats (served 100), hot dogs (served 50), potato salad, baked beans, many assorted desserts, milk, water, coffee and tea. Sauerkraut was served as a topping for the brats and hot dogs (for those desiring). The Hayward Lions has a special recipe for the sauerkraut they serve–this is not your usual sauerkraut from a can–they add some “secret” ingredients. Mary Wright made both the baked beans and the potato salad. Mary has quite a reputation in the Lions Club for her really good chili, potato salad and baked beans. The desserts were furnished by MarketPlace IGA. Mary Wright was the chairperson.

Bill Moebs Honored At Farewell Party

The Hayward Lions Club held a farewell party on April 21, 2016, at the Veterans Community Center in Hayward honoring Bill Moebs. Over 60 people attended the farewell party. It was quite a tribute to Bill and his wife Genevieve to see all those people gathered to express their appreciation for the more than 20 years of service they have given to the community.

Bill and his wife Genevieve moved to Hayward from Plano, IL about 20 years ago. Bill was an electrician for Caterpillar at the Aurora, IL plant. Bill continued his career as an electrician in Hayward. Very shortly after Bill moved to Hayward, he came into contact with Russ Haling a local Lions Club member. Russ talked to Bill about the merits of being a Lion. Bill became a member of the Hayward Lions Club a short time later. During the more than 20 years Bill belonged to the Hayward Lions Club, he was president, 1st vice-president, 2nd vice-president, 3rd vice-president, member of the board of directors and his most recent post was tail twister. Bill received numerous Lions awards such as: Melvin Jones (twice), Rookie of the Year, Lion of the Year and several Community Service Awards. The Melvin Jones award is one of the most prestigious awards a Lion can receive and Bill received this award twice.

Bill and Genevieve will be moving to Leland, IL (Leland is about 30 miles west of Aurora, IL). The motto of Lions International is “We Serve”. Bill lived this motto every day. Bill participated in almost all of the Lion activities over the years. You could always count on Bill being there to help. I once heard Bill express the saying “Never Go—Never Know”. That expression surely depicted the way Bill lived his life. The Hayward community will surely miss their presence.

Lions Contribute Food and Money To Local Food Shelves

During the last several months of 2015, the Hayward Lions Club collected food and money to contribute to the two local food shelves. The Hayward Lions Club Lion Tamer, Bill Moebs, decided to ask the members to contribute cans of food instead of paying a fine to the club. He has taken the food collected to the two food pantries located in Hayward. They are: Hayward Community Food Shelf and Indianhead Community Action Agency, Inc. During the winter of 2015, the club has collected several hundred pounds of food and contributed $500. The Hayward Community Food Shelf received about 2,800 requests for food and served over 2,100 people in 2015.

Lions Ring Bell For Salvation Army

The Hayward Lions Club helped to “ring the bell” again this year (2015) for the local Salvation Army. On Friday evening, December 4, 2015, the Lions rang the bell in front Anglers Bar. Members of the Hayward Lions Club also signed up to “ring the bell” at several other locations in the weeks preceding Christmas. Salvation Army kettles were located at WalMart, L & M, MarketPlace, Angler’s Bar and Northern Lakes Coop.

The Hayward Lions club matched the contributions made by patrons of Angler’s Bar on the evening of December 4th. The crowd was in a festive mood, the weather was mild, the store fronts were lit for the Lure of Lights 2015 and people were in generous mood to contribute to the Salvation Army. The Hayward Lions Club gave $1,000 to the local Salvation Army for the year 2015.

Hayward Lions Serve November Community Dinner

The wind blew–it rained–the wind blew even harder–it rained even harder–despite the weather–the Community Dinner was served at the First Lutheran Church on Wednesday evening November 18, 2015. Community Dinners have been served on Wednesday evenings for over 16 consecutive years at the First Lutheran Church.

The weather might have been discouraging for people to come but the Lions served 85 people plus 8 carry outs. The menu this evening was: lasagna, garlic toast, fresh green salad, coffee, tea, milk and numerous types of desserts. All of the desserts were donated by the Northern Lakes Coop–they also donated about 15 packages of fresh baked buns. Jeff Hubbard was the chairperson for this event.

Hayward Area Chamber of Commerce Names Award Winners 2015

The Hayward Area Chamber of Commerce held their annual awards banquet on November 5, 2015. This year, the Hayward Lions Club was honored by receiving the Service Organization of the Year award. In the “Photo” section of this Web site, Chuck Aubart, current Lions Club president, was presented with the Service Organization of the Year award.

At the awards banquet, Nancy Nelson (a member of the Hayward Lions Club) was presented the Volunteer of the Year award. A photo of Nancy Nelson is shown in the “Photo” section of this Web site.

Peace Poster Contest 2015

The Hayward Lions Club held their regular club meeting at Coop’s Pizza on Thursday, November 5, 2015 (club meets the 1st and 3rd Thursday of each month). The winners of the peace poster contest and their parents were guests of the club at this meeting.

Lions International is sponsoring their 28th 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 contest winners for the year 2015. Cash prizes are awarded to the winners (1st place $100, 2nd place $50, 3rd place $25).

First Place Winner–Natale Miller
Second Place Winner–Erin Morgan
Third Place Winner–Chesna Haynes
Teacher Sponsor–Mr. Ursin

The poster of the local winner (1st Place) 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, 2016. The announcement will be made at this year’s Lions Day at the United Nations.

Photos are shown in the “Photos” section of this Web site.

Read Like A Cane 2015

Wednesday, November 4, 2015 was “Read Like A Cane” day at the Hayward Elementary School. Ten members of the Hayward Lions Club participated. They were: Chuck Aubart, Barb Sealey, Bill Moebs, Jim Ahrens, Larry Gilmer, Nels Beckman, Ray Moeller, Chandra Susedik, Nancy Grothe and Tom Mansfield. This has been an annual occasion for the last several years and the students in kindergarten, first and second grades look forward to the event. This year over 100 students participated. The Lions Club members were at the elementary school from about 8:00 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. Each member of the Lions Club had a student read to them one at a time. The students selected a book they would like to read–the students read their books very well. It was easy to see those students participating in the event enjoyed reading. Some of the young students even wrote their own story! Being a good reader is so very vital in the learning experience! If you wish to see some photos of the occasion, please go to the “photos” section of this Web site.

Lions Serve Community Dinner October 28, 2015

It was a cold–blustery–evening on Wednesday, October 28, 2015 (36 degrees). Sixty-nine hearty souls came to the First Lutheran Church in Hayward for the weekly Wednesday evening meal. Supper was served starting at 5:00 p.m. For over 17 years, it has been the tradition to have supper served to the Hayward community every Wednesday evening (except during some of the summer months). The Wednesday suppers have even been served when a Wednesday happened to fall on a holiday. Different community service organizations take turns serving/cooking the meal.

The meal this evening was: spaghetti with meat sauce (Mary Wright has a soon to be world famous recipe), cole slaw, garlic bread, coffee, tea, milk, water and many different kinds of dessert. Northern Lakes Coop donated many loaves of bread for the guests to take home. Coop’s Pizza donated all of the desserts–and they were mighty good!

Those helping from the Hayward Lions Club were: Nancy Grothe, Nancy Nelson, Mary Wright, Nels Beckman, Jeff Hubbard, Larry Gilmer, Liz Korpal, Tim Donovan and John Moreland.