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chicken and ham dinner, January 19


Another Great 4th of July Parade!

Thanks to all participants and attendees at our annual St. Joseph Lions 4th of July parade! View 2017 parade photos and photos from past parades. Click here to see a list of winning entries.


2017-2018 Officers

Lion Nate Molitor installed the 2017-2018 officers at our June 20th meeting. The officers are pictured below. Click here to view an album of individual officer installation photos.

2017-18 officers

Front row, left to right: Lions Matt Killam (Membership), Jim Meyer (Treasurer), Joe Bechtold (President), Donna Hoskins (Secretary), Bill Wasner (2-year Director), Ken Stommes (1-year Director). Back row: Lions Kyle Jensen (Tail Twister), Rick Schultz (3rd Vice President), Joanne Bechtold (Lion Tamer), Nathan Molitor (installed the officers), Greg Kacures (1-year Director), Keith Schleper (2-year Director). Not pictured: Lion Mary Stommes (1st Vice President).


Lion Mary Stommes with Past District Governor Ted Pederson at our March meeting.


Club Awards and New Members

Our club awards banquet was held on December 6, 2016. The following awards were presented:

  • Top Dog: Lions Joanne Bechtold and Kyle Jensen
  • Leader Dog: Lions Ken Stommes and Donna Hoskins
  • Melvin Jones Fellowship: Lions Matt Killam and Ralph Meyer (second award) 
  • Helen Keller: Lion Sue Kuefler
  • Hearing Fellowship: Lions Joe Bechtold and Fran Court
  • Dream Catcher: Lion Duane Sorensen

Click here to view additional photos from the awards banquet, the District 5M8 convention and new members recently inducted into our club.

Lions Ken Stommes, Fran Court, Matt Killam, Kyle Jensen, Duane Sorensen, Ralph Meyer, Donna Hoskins, Joanne and Joe Bechtold. Not pictured: Lion Sue Kuefler


Jim Meyer

Past District Governor Jim Meyer with International Director Jerome Thompson and District 5M8 Acting Governor Jack Breitkreutz after receipt of the International President's award.


Welcome New Members, Gail Rucks, Nate Molitor and Art Reischl!

New member Gail Rucks

New member Gail Rucks with sponsor Joanne Bechtold


New member Nate Molitor

New member Nate Molitor with sponsor Matt Killam


Art Reischl

New member Art Reischl with Lion President Joe Bechtold


 

2016-2017 officers


May Ditch Cleanup Beautifies Highway 75 Near Millstream Park

Lions Scott Bloch, Ken and Mary Stommes,
Sue Kuefler, Joe Bechtold, Matt Killam and Len Walz

Members of the St. Joseph Lions cleaned ditches along Highway 75 before the May 3 dinner and meeting. Click here to view more photos by Lion Fran Court.


St. Joseph Lions Contributions Top $1 Million!

From March 1964 through December 31, 2015 the St. Joseph Lions Club contributed a total of $1,016,780 to community and service projects. Click here to see the complete list of contributions compiled by Lion Fran Court. Thank you to all who have supported our club in its worthy endeavors!


Can Do Canines Presentation at January Meeting

St. Joseph resident Meg Schneider and her mother Joanne gave a presentation at the January 19 Lions meeting along with Meg's new Can Do Canine "Quest." Meg recently received the dog to assist her with daily tasks.

Lions District 5M8 Chairman Pete Kleingartner also gave a presentation on Can Do Canines at the meeting. After the presentation, Lion Joanne Bechtold presented him with a check for $100 from the club. For more information about the program, visit can-do-canines.org.

 

Joanne and Meg Schneider with Quest and District 5M8 Chairman Pete Kleingartner


Welcome to the Lions, Tom!

Tom Klecker was inducted as a new member at the St. Joseph Lions meeting on January 5, 2016. Welcome to the club, Lion Tom!

Lion Ken Stommes, new member Tom Klecker, Lion Joe Bechtold


Food Shelf Receives $5,000 Donation from St. Joseph Lions

St. Joseph Lions President Ralph Meyer along with Finance Committee Chairman Joe Bechtold presented a check for $5000 to Ann Scherer, the St Joseph Food Shelf Coordinator at the Lions meeting on December 15.

Lion President Ralph Meyer, Ann Scherer, Lion Joe Bechtold


Congratulations to 2015 Lions Award Winners

District Governor Ted Peterson presented the following awards at our November awards banquet:

  • Melvin Jones Fellowship Awards: Lions Joann Bechtold, Donna Hoskins and Ken Stommes
  • Leader Dog Awards: Lions Joe Bechtold and Mary Stommes
  • Helen Keller Award: Lion Kyle Jensen
  • Dream Catcher Award: Lion Ralph Meyer
  • Hearing Research Fellowship Award: Lion Matt Killam

Congratulations to all of the award winners honored for their service to our club and community! Click here to view additional photos from the award banquet.

Lions Donna Hoskins, Ken and Mary Stommes, District Governor Ted Peterson

Lions Matt Killam, Ralph Meyer, Joe and Joann Bechtold, Kyle Jensen


St. Joe Lions Enjoy an Evening with the Rox

   


2015 4th of July Parade

Thanks to all who organized, volunteered and participated in the annual Lions 4th of July parade. Click here to view parade photos by Lion Fran Court.


New Officers Inducted

The new officers for 2015–2016 were inducted at the June 16 meeting. Click here to view additional photos by Lion Fran Court.

Second past president Ken Stommes with incoming president Ralph Meyer.


May 2015 Ditch Cleanup

Lions members cleaned the ditches along Highway 75 in St. Joseph on Tuesday, May 5. Click here to view more photos.

group photo
 


We Serve! St. Joseph Lions Club Contributions Total $976,649!lion mascot costume

Click here to find out more about our club projects and contributions to our community since 1964.


Lions Donate $5,000 to the St. Joseph Food Shelf

Ann Scherer was presented a check for $5,000 by Lion Joe Bechtold to benefit the St. Joseph food shelf. Also pictured are the 100% attendance award winners from our club. Click here to view additional photos from our awards banquet last fall.

 


Thanks to All for a Great 4th of July Parade!

The winning entries in the parade have been announced. Click here to view the winners and to see additional photos from the parade.

Parade Co-Chair Lion Joe Bechtold and Lion Aaron Boatz with the Lions Float


New Member and Installation of Officers

Lion Jim Diehl inducted John Anderson into our club at the June 17 meeting. Welcome to our club, Lion John! Lion Jim also installed the new officers and Board of Directors for 2014-2015.

Membership Chair Matt Killam with new Lion John Anderson

Officers and Board of Directors 2014-2015


Welcome, Mike!

Mike McDonald is the newest member of the St. Joseph Lions. Welcome to the club, Lion Mike!

Mike McDonald

Membership Chair Matt Killam with new Lion Mike McDonald


Our Club Celebrates 50th Anniversary!

The St. Joseph Lions Club celebrated its 50th anniversary with a dinner and program on May 2, 2014 at the El Paso Club in St. Joseph. Lion Jim Kuebelbeck was honored as a charter member of our club. Click here to view additional photos from the event.

Lion Jim Kuebelbeck, charter member, pictured with his wife Carol
and International Director Mike Molenda

Past District Governor Lion Jim Meyer emceed the event. St. Joseph Mayor Lion Rick Schultz issued a congratulatory proclamation on behalf of the city of St. Joseph. Following a delicious chicken dinner, District Governor Donna Landwehr gave an address and International Director Mike Molenda was guest speaker. Lion Fran Court conducted the awards presentation and Lion Jim Kuebelbeck was recognized as a charter member of our club. Since its inception in 1964, our club has donated over $951,000 to worthy causes.


Scouting Recognition

Lion President Keith Schleper and Mark Hiltner look on as John Peterson displays the plaque presented to the St. Joseph Lions for their support of the local Boy Scouts.


Welcome, Jeff!

Jeff Williams is the newest member of the St. Joseph Lions. Lion Jeff was inducted into the club by Past District Governor Bob Hofnagle at the January 7 meeting. Lion Jeff's sponsor is Lion Matt Killam. Welcome to the club, Jeff.

President Keith Schleper, Past District Governer Bob Hufnagle,
Lion Jeff Williams and Lion Matt Killiam at Lion Jeff's induction January 7.


November Awards Banquet

District Governor Donna Landwehr attended the November Awards Banquet. Lion Jim Kuebelbeck received a 50-year membership award at the meeting. Congratulations, Lion Jim!

District Governor Donna Landwehr presents
Lion Jim Kuebelbeck with his 50-year chevron.

Lion Scott Bloch at the November awards banquet.


Peace Poster Contest

Lion Connie Loecken coordinates the St. Joseph Lions peace poster contest. The peace posters were created by North Jr. High art students for the fall contest.

Lion Connie Loecken displays peace posters for judging.


St. Joe Lions Are Now on Facebook! Lion Matt Killam recently launched our Facebook page! Click here to visit.


Welcome, Kyle!

Lion President Keith Schleper and sponsor Lion Matt Killam induct Kyle Jensen as a new member of the St. Joseph Lions.


St. Joseph Lions parade workers gather at Millstream Park on July 4.

The 2013 parade is history. Thanks to all who participated. See you next year!

Click here to view a photo gallery.


Welcome, Matt!

Matt Killam was sworn in as a new member at our June 18 meeting. Matt's sponsor is Lion Ken Stommes (pictured below, left). Welcome to the St. Joseph Lions, Matt!

New officers from the St. Joseph and Waite Park Lions were also inducted at our June 18 meeting.


St. Joseph Lions Win District Leader Dogs for the Blind Award

St. Joseph Lions Club President Greg Kacures is pictured with a plaque presented at the District 5M-8 Lions convention in Hinckley, Minnesota. The plaque is in recognition for making the largest contribution in the District to the Leader Dog for the Blind program during 2012. District 5M8 consists of 76 Lions clubs.


 


St. Joseph Lions Awards Winners

St. Joseph Lions Joe and Joanne Bechtold, Mary Stommes and Jim Meyer are pictured with District Governor Dave Thompson at the annual awards banquet November 20. Lion Joe was honored with the Helen Keller Award and Lion Joanne won the Dream Catcher Award. Lions Mary and Jim were awarded Top Dog Awards. Congratulations to all on their well-deserved awards!

Lions Award Winners


Fall Adopt-a-Highway Cleanup Near Millstream Park

Adopt-a-Highway photo

Lions Dennis and Connie Loecken and Joe Bechtold


New officers installed at the July meeting

Lion Elmer Rakotz hands over the gavel to new president Lion Greg Kacures.


Thanks to all who participated in the 4th of July parade!

Click here to see the 2012 parade entry winners. View a photo gallery.

parade workers

Lions parade workers 2012


Congratulations to Lions Award Winners

The St. Joseph Lions and Y2K Lions award banquet took place on November 15 at the El Paso Club. District Governor Sandy Sandwick joined Lion Presidents Elmer Rakotz and Ann Reischl and Secretaries Donna Hoskins and JoDel Johnson in presenting numerous awards.

District Governor Sandy (left) and President Elmer present awards to Lions members:

Lion Donna Hoskins

Lion Keith Schleper

Lion Pete Jansky

Lion Dan Nye

Lion Bernie Schloemer

Lion Duane Sorensen

Lion Sue Kuefler


4th of July Parade Photos and Winners

Click here to see the 4th of July parade float winners and photos of the parade. Thanks to all who attended the parade!


Parade Signs Under Construction by Lions Crew

Lions Club members constructed 172 signs to be used at the upcoming 4th of July parade.

parade sign crew


St. Joseph Lions Adopt-a-Highway Crew

St. Joseph Lions Club members picked up trash along Highway 75 from Millstream Park to TireMaxx before their regular meeting on May 3. This community service project is done in the spring and fall to beautify the St. Joseph area.

Adopt-a-Highway Crew


LCIF Donations Exceed $6 Million for Relief Effort in Japan

Lions Clubs International Foundation has received donations or commitments exceeding US$6 million for relief efforts in Japan.


Lions Donate Over $158,000 at District Convention!

District Lions clubs gathered at the Kelly Inn in St. Cloud the weekend of February 4 - 6 for the Mid-Winter District Convention. A total of $158,801 was donated to Lions causes including eye bank, diabetes, and Leader Dog training. Seven members from our club attended the convention.

    

Lions Elmer Rakotz, Donna Hoskins, Sue Hennen and Jim Meyer.

    

Lions Joanne and Joe Bechtold and Sue Kuefler.


St. Joseph Lions Donate AED Units to Churches

The St. Joseph Lions recently donated two AED units to area churches. One unit was given to St. Joseph Catholic Church and the other unit was donated to Resurrection Lutheran Church.

AED presentation

Lion President Elmer Rakotz and Lion Pete Jansky present an AED unit
to Pastor Dwaine Bruns of Resurrection Church.


Dial-a-Ride Sponsored by St. Joseph Lions

Tri-CAP is providing a dial-a-ride bus service to St. Joseph residents through a collaboration of the St. Joseph City Council, St. Joseph Lions Club and the St. Benedict Monastery.


Minnesota Lions Eye Bank Tour

St. Joseph Lions and guests toured the Minnesota Lions Eye Bank on Saturday, October 9. Click here to find out more information about the eye bank and how you can give the gift of sight by becoming a donor.

Lion Joe Bechtold at the Minnesota Lions Eye Bank

Lion Joe Bechtold takes a dizzying chair spin
at the Minnesota Lions Eye Bank.


Brat Sales at the St. Joseph Meat Market

brat sale workers

Lions Jim Meyer, Joe Bechtold, Duane Sorenson
and Dan Nye make a great team!

Len Walz cooks brats

Lion Len Walz grills up some great St. Joseph Meat Market brats.

Rick Schulz and Joe Bechtold

Lions Rick Schultz and Joe Bechtold on brat sale duty.

Elmer Rakotz enjoys a brat

Lion President Elmer Rakotz enjoys a great brat meal.


2010 4th of July Parade Winners Announced

Click here to see a list of the prize winners and to view a slide show of the parade.


Millstream Park Shelter Roof Complete!

Thank you to Lions Keith Schleper and Jim Meyer for coordinating the reroof project at Millstream Park along with all of the dedicated Lions who volunteered their time working on the project despite the rainy conditions! Click here to view a slide show of the project.

A special thank you to Fabral and John Von Wahlde for their generous donaton of building materials totaling $1350!

Millstream Shelter Reroof


$5,000 Donation Made to the St. Joseph Food Shelf!

Food Shelf Donation


Club History

The St. Joseph Lions Club was sponsored by the Albany Lions Club on February 25, 1964. Since then, the club has a proud history of serving local, regional and international needs with club contributions exceeding $815,000!

Click here to see a detailed listing of our contributions.


Meetings

We meet at 7 pm on the first and third Tuesday of each month. Click Calendar in the left sidebar for a schedule of the upcoming meetings and other events.

During the summer, our meetings are held at the Millstream Park in St. Joseph. In the colder months, our meetings take place at area restaurants or clubs.


 

 

 

 

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