Lions Clubs International President 2018/2019

Gudrun Yngvadottir



     MD27-C2 Lions of Wisconsin Officers         

District Governor  Collete A Sorgel (David)           

1st Vice District Governor  ‚Äč Maryann Gretenhardt (Gary)

2nd Vice District Governor Vacant

3rd Vice District Governor Vacant

Immediate Past District Governor Ronald Behm (Gail) 

Secretary Patty Krug (Greg)

Treasurer Scott Martin (Maureen)


Come Follow Your Heart... to the Heart of Headwaters!
Sayner-Star Lake, Wisconsin, USA

 Welcome to Sayner Star Lake

The villages of Sayner and Star Lake located in the Town of Plum Lake are often referred to as the "Heart of the Headwaters"  in northern Wisconsin. The great Wisconsin River originates in Vilas County. Hence our slogan: "Follow your heart to Sayner - Star Lake, where everything of beauty is better shared." See the many wildlife photos on following pages.

The population of Plum Lake is 537 of which 29 are Lions members and 47 are Lioness members. We have some small industry but are mostly noted as a tourist haven with many resorts and vacation homes.

Sayner is the home of the Vilas County Historical Museum and birth place of the snowmobile. Carl Eliasons's invention of the world's first snowmobile is on display year around in downtown Sayner.

The Sayner Star Lake Lions Club have provided numerous accomplishments and events to support area communities and citizens.  Past Town Chairman of 33 years and active Lion, Vernon De Witt Jr.  attributes the growth and prosperity of the Town to the volunteer Lions "WE SERVE".

The legendary Paul Bunyan once traveled the great Northern Forests with his blue ox. The 1940's brought many loggers to harvest precious timber from Sayner and Star Lake area.

Whether you love snowmobiling, fishing, hunting, biking, camping, canoeing, hiking, cross country skiing, golfing, sight seeing or just looking for a true flavor of the north woods - then follow your heart to Sayner and Star Lake Wisconsin.



Lions Clubs International introduces new Eye Glass collection boxes



Lions Clubs International introduces new Hearing Aid collection boxes

Lions Club of Sayner Star Lake  Melvin Jones Fellows 2016


William Maines receives the distinquished Melvin Jones Foundation award for the  dedicated community contributions and world wide support of Lions Clubs International programs. Standing with Will is Lion Scott & SSL president Lion Tom Tameling

Lion William Maines of Sayner Star Lake Lions Club has been named the Melvin Jones Fellow recipient by Lions Clubs International Foundation (LCIF) in recognition of his commitment to serving the world community. Named for the founder of Lions Clubs International, Melvin Jones, the fellowship is one of the Foundation’s highest recognitions, honoring the commitment to humanitarian service. Dated 5/08/2015

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New Lion Digital Magazine ---


Sayner Star Lake Lions have proudly awarded Lions Gary Schmidt & Thomas Reed the Melvin Jones Foundation tribute for many years of dedicated involvement in their community and Lions endeavors worldwide.

New!! Net Savvy


A Guide for Lions in the Digital Age

This guide is designed to open up the possibilities that the Internet can offer Lions clubs worldwide. It offers suggestions for using the Internet to keep members informed, conducting club business and promoting your club to the public.

Thank you Bruce Kilsdonk for making the new bulletin board displayed at the Sayner post office











Lions meet at the Razorback Ridges Clubhouse.

Check out the new Lions HATS








Lions memebers left to right -

Gary, Will, Ron, Tom, Junior, Don, Chris, Dick, Jim

In back - Harold, ?













Lion Terry, our master chef takes a few minutes to enjoy the labors of cookery with an award winning meal.

Lion Terry is our Lions Eye Bank of Wisconsin Chairman.


Independence Day 2011

Sayner Star Lake Lions paraded the 2011 Lions float representing 50 Years of service on the 100 years anniversary of our Town of Plum Lake. The float committee of Lions Gerry & Joann, Ron & Jodi, Jim & Marsha and Chuck & Karen work through the night to get ready for Sayner parade.

The Rose Bowl qualifying float placed number 1 in our hearts and 14th on the judges list.

Lions Chuck Figers & Ron Capacio stand beside the float after the long ride through town.

Lion Ron C. Present Northland Pines Honor student with achievement award.

Senior student Clint Kittleson narrated the event.

The Sayner Star Lake Lions club sponsor a Student Pizza Party for the high & middle school honor young men and Women who excell in their studies.



Dated May 11, 2011

 Supporting our Youth






 The annual Student Pizza Party is held at the Liebo's Sayner Pub. Eric & Kathy Liebenstein are our gracious hosts and provided the 19 Lions in attendance and 23 students with 13 assorted pizza flavors.



Lions welcome our future leaders.

Lion President Will had to ask the tail twister to fine those Lions that jumped in the pizza line ahead of the honor students.







Students Honored by Sayner Star Lake Lions


Honor roll students and staff members from the Northland Pines School District, Sayner Star Lake area were presented with awards and invited as special guests to the recent Lions meeting. The annual Student Honor Roll Pizza Party in recognizing educational achievements by middle and high school students are treated with the delicious Sayner Pub pizza. Lion Ron Capacio says “We encourage our future leaders to be the best they can continue to excel in their studies.”


Lions Ron Capacio and Lion Andrew McKay present medallion to Miss Penn during the honors night.


Sayner 5/10/2012—Lions James Krieck of Sayner have been named the Melvin Jones Fellow by Lions Clubs International Foundation (LCIF) in recognition of their  commitment to serving the world community. Named for the founder of Lions Clubs International, Melvin Jones, the fellowship is one of the Foundation’s highest recognitions, honoring the commitment to humanitarian service.








Lion Will Maines, Librarian Ida Nemec, Lioness Kathy McCaughn and Lion Doug Mckay kicking off the Memorial Park fund raiser.




Lion Doug Mckay will make sure the park is completed by July 4th.

 Notice the plaque on the rock from Plum Lake Womens Club engraved in1943.

"When will it be done"  

According to Lion Doug the Vets memorial is done.


Looks              grrreat.


SEE for world wide recognition at


Lion Doug getting the turf layed, trees planted, railing constructed and rocks position.









Lion Terry attends and assists with the E-Clubhouse EXPO booth presented by the Sayner Star Lake Lions at the District Conv/EXPO in Hurley.


Sayner Star Lake "e-Clubhouse" EXPO Booth 2010 rlw

See more photos at -

The District site ( )

The Sayner Star Lake site ( )


Plum Lake Kids Park

Lions donate Little Red Fire Truck to Kids park.





 Lions donate swing set to kids park



 Lion Doug just assembled the new tee-ter todder at the Kids park.



From the records of Past President Lion Richard Brooker Sr, (Florence) a deceased charter member, have reveled many charitable projects for the betterment of the Lions community. Mr. Brookers dedication extends beyond his Lionism and through out the community by serving as a town official, Fire Chief, and many other positions of leadership in his Town.  

Dick is also a Melvin Jones Award recipient, we are very proud he is a LION

Guess Dicks birthday __/__/____  ??




 See the first ever "Lions billboard" at the Hwy 155 entrance to Town.

On the level/sign was leveled by the SSL in July

Lions joined with noted community groups to sponsor a billboard leading into town. Our efforts dwell on the Lion Razorback Ridges Clubhouse facility. We have, for community use, trails for sking, snowshoeing and exploring nature. Also a warming house, ice skating rink and picnic area. Summer use extends into hiking trails and mountain bike trails for the avid trekker.


 SSL Members wishing to add to this site contact rlw.

Also click - inspiring the good deeds of Lionism in Northern Wisconsin and around the world.


  Lion Chuck presents support to the Plum Lake Library for additional computers.




Sayner-Star Lake Lions Roar the 2nd Wednesday of each Month



 Lion Ron Capacio presents support to the Lakeland Food Pantry






Last Up-dated 7/13/2018

Make a Difference in Your Community



There are many reasons to become a member. As a Lion, you'll:

  • Help your community and gain valuable skills
  • Make an impact on people's lives – locally and internationally
  • Learn to be a leader – and lead a respected organization
  • Network with business people in your community and around the world
  • Energize your life and have fun

You'll grow personally and professionally. And you'll know that what you do is worthwhile and appreciated.

We are always seeking new members who have a desire to serve their fellow man and improve the community and world we live in. The satisfaction gained by being a part of these efforts is one of the big rewards of being a Lion. For young members there is the opportunity to develop leadership skills while retirees often join as a way to redirect their lives in retirement. We also enjoy the friendship and camaraderie of the group as we involve ourselves in club activities. Click on to the projects and fundraisers pages for information on our activities. 

Volunteer to be a Lion, it's important.

Contact: Lion President - Ron Capacio Arbor Vitae

Lions Membership Chairperson - Gary Kaphingst Sayner

"Come join the LIONS tradition in serving" -

Our Lions Club and District are located with-in the Northern Highland, North Central and Superior Coastal State Forests.



Gudrun Yngvadottir

Lions Clubs International President

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