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.