Lions are active.  Our motto is "We Serve."  Lions are part of a global service network, doing whatever is necessary to help our local communities.  Altura has been serving the community since 1984.

Vision Statement:  To be the global leader in community and humanitarian service.

Mission Statement:  To empower volunteers to serve their communities, meet humanitarian needs, encourage peace and promote international understanding through Lions clubs.


Congradulations to Lion John Miesch for recieving the Malvin Jones Award, presented by Lion Dale Moger


Congratulations to our Peace Poster winners who received their awards and their monetary winnings at our Dec, '22 meeting.  President Raelene Stanislawski is pictured with Violet Passow (1st) and Maddie Kiral (3rd).  2nd place winner , Autumn Fabian, was not able to attend. 



At our Nov. 7, '22 meeting, Lions District Governor, Susan Althoff showed us a short video from Lions International President, Brian Sheehan, who is from Bird Island, MN (!!).  We viewed it on one of our latest projects, an audio/video system we installed, along with Altura City and Altura Fire/Ambulance.  She explained her experiences as a Lion, and presented chevrons to Lion Mike Lovlien and Lion  Ron Gatzlaff (not pictured) for their 35 years as Lions members.  She also presented an award to Lion Yvonne Ruhoff, Altura Lions Secretary, for her many years of reporting our club news and minutes to our 5M1 District.











At our Oct 3, '22 meeting our guest speaker was Deb Nesbit who spoke on childhood cancer and showed us a blanket project she has been working on to give to children.  We donated to the  MN Childhood Cancer Foundation, of which she is co-chair in our District, and that amount will be matched if we have a child diagnosed with cancer in our area.  In the foreground is Pat Schlichenmeyer, an Altura Lion who is the Zone 1 Chair in our district.





$10 Tickets at the door, eat in or take out

1/2 grilled chicken, baked beans, macaroni salad, roll, milk/water

at the community center on main street

11:30 till gone, benefit to help in our community.




At  the end of our June meeting,  Lion Josh Barnard passed on the gavel to incoming President, Lion Raelene Stanislawski.




    Past District Governor Joe Schlichenmeyer of Altura Lions was inducted into the Multiple District 5M Hall of Fame, a most valued honor.



At the zone meeting we hosted in March, we gained 3 new members.  We welcomed Nathan, Bridget, and Cora Gibbs.  They are shown with Lion DG Kerry Bien who inducted them into our club.



 Lion John Ellinghuysen received the Everyday Hero Award from Altura Lions President, Josh Barnard at our March meeting.



At our Feb '22 meeting, we had a presentation by the chair of the MN Lion Diabetes Foundation, Lion Albert Horejsi.  Amazing work is being done by this organization.











At our Jan. '22 meeting, former DG Jack Krage presented info about the MN Lions Vision Foundation, of which he is co-chair, with Nadeen Lunde                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          


   At our Dec. '21 meeting, DG Kerry Bien was our guest speaker and he also presented the Altura Peace Poster winners with their certificates and cash prizes.  Pictured with DG Bien is the first place winner, Teagan Hartman ($100).  Alaina Barkeim was 2nd winner ($50), and Bailey Franzen was 3rd winner ($25).                                                                         



At our Nov. 21 meeting, Gloria Dockter spoke to us about the Lions Can-Do Canines.   This Minnesota-created group trains dogs to aid their owner for health issues, such  as diabetes, epilipsy. and others.  It costs about $25,000 to train each dog, and Altura Lions voted to donate $100 toward their cause.






At our June meeting, new President Josh Barnard presented the Helen Keller Sight Award to Lion Mike Lovlien.  Congratulations to him.





The Altura Lions Club is having their annual Chicken Que on Sat. am from 11:00 till gone.  It will be a drive-through event in front of city hall, with some seating available inside the city hall.  Cost is only $10 for a grilled half chicken, macaroni salad, beans, rolls, milk, and ice cream.  Altura Lions use the proceeds toward helping  local people with medical needs, youth sports, scholarships,  Please come and help us to help others. 


DG Matthew Huggenvik was at our March 1 meeting and spoke about his year as district governor.  He told us about the Lions District 5M1 pursuit of a LICIF District and Club Community Impact Grant to be used to help 40 area food shelves.  We voted to help support this project and total amount raised will be divided equally between the named food shelves.





Show your love and support for the community on Valentine's Day, Sunday, Feb. 14.  Altura Lions will have a spaghetti meal drive-through at the  Our Savior's Moravian Church parking lot.  Serving will be from 11 am till 2 pm.  Spaghetti with or without meatballs, garlic bread stick, and a rolled cookie for only $10, and the proceeds from this benefit will help with scholarships, medical, etc. in our community.



Outgoing Altura Lions President, Tom Ties (on right) passed on the gavel to new President,  Josh Barnard  at our June 7, 2021 meeting.  Many thanks for our  skilled leaderships. 




At our June 2021 meeting, Joe Schlichenmeyer gave our group a wonderful presentation on Project New Hope which serves help to veterans of all ages with economic and emotional issues. Greatly needed service -- well done.


Altura Lions had not met since March because of the pandemic, so we met on May 19 in the open air at the park.  We needed to catch up with what we can do.  Altura Lions President Steve Pasche presented 2 awards to members.  John Meisch received the Hearing Foundation Fellowship award, and Julie Johnson received the Everyday Hero award.  A big roar from the Lions to them.








Guest speaker at our March meeting was Jerry Wohlers who did a presentation about 

Camp Confidence which is located at East Gull Lake, MN.  It is a year-round outdoor education and recreation Center for persons of all ages with developmental and cognitive disabilities.  Altura Lions is pleased to contribute toward this excellent organization.








We were pleased that our current Zone Chair, Lion Susan Althoff, was able to be at our Feb. 3 meeting.  She has also been nominated for 2nd VG







At our Dec. 2019 meeting, Lion Yvonne Ruhoff was awarded the highest honor for Lions, the Melvin Jones Fellow award.  She is shown here with DG Dale Lipke who presented the award to Yvonne.  CONGRATULATIONS TO HER!








Our newest member, John Ellinghuysen, was inducted at our Dec. meeting by DG Dale Lipke.  His sponsor, Steve Pasche, is shown pinning his Lion member pin onto his vest.












Lion Mike Lovlien and Cheryl Lovlien delivered 636 pairs of shoes to the cities and loaded them into the semi there on Nov. 16, 2019.  Thank you to the generous people who donated all these!



to Lion Dale Moger who was presented with the Gold Membership Award at our April meeting, and he was one of the original founders of the Altura Lions Club 35 years ago.






Altura Lions Club hosted the Zone 1 meeting on March 14, 2019 at the Community center.  Each club gave short reports on what they are doing or have done, and speakers were Lion Pat Schlichenmeyer who told us about the USA/Canada Lions Forum, and Lion Joanne Lipke from Lewiston who told us about Project New Hope.  District Governors also gave reports, and a delicious meal was catered by Rec Bar and Grill.  Door prizes were raffled off, and half of those proceeds went toward the new park in Winona.

Harmony Bridge 

Students with the Harmony Bridge program played music for the residents of Lewiston Senior Living on Friday, March 1.  After introducing themselves and playing their instruments, they visited one-on-one with the residents.  Lions Julie Johnson and Phil Schwantz represented the Altura Lions Club, which made a donation toward this program.




Pictured at left are three of the original founders of the Altura Lions Club: James Kramer, Charles Meyer, and Dale Moger.  Lions James and Charles received their 35 year chevrons.   Congratulations!


DG Nadeen Lunde was our guest speaker at our Dec. 2018 meeting, accompanied by "Lion Larry".  She inducted our newest member, Robert (Josh) Barnard, and talked about Lions and the up-coming Mid-Winter Convention.  Thank you Lion DG Nadeen.  Lion Josh was also inducted at the Jan. '19 Mid-Winter Convention in Rochester. 







650 pairs of shoes for Soles4Souls was delivered to the Cities on 11-10-2018 by Altura Lions Charles Meyer, Mike Lovlien and Steve Pasche.  A big thank you to everyone who donated and collected all these shoes.






Susan Althoff, the new Zone Chair, attended our October meeting.  She commented that she was inpressed with the Club's website, and informed us she is available to contact if we have any questions or concerns.  The agenda for the Zone 1 meeting scheduled for November 13 in St. Charles was presented.














The little library on the left was built by Phil Schwantz with materials donated by the Altura Hardware.  The little library on the right was built by Steve Pasche who also donated the materials.  These are one of our newest projects to help the people in Altura:  people can take a book, and/or leave a book, and both libraries have been receiving a steady rotation of childrens' and adults' hard cover and soft cover books. 




Altura Lion President, Phil Schwantz, presented Silver Centennial Awards to Yvonne Ruhoff and Julie Johnson for recruiting new members within the last year.





A big Thank You to everyone who came to our second annual Chili Feed fund raiser on Sat. Jan. 12, 2019 at the Moravian Church, to raise money for people needing help with hospital treatments, etc.and Lions members and community members who generously donated the food we prepared and the live piano music we were entertained with..   We made the chili on the mild side so people could add seasoning to suit their taste.  We also served home-made lemon bars, garlic bread,  and condiments for the chili.  If you weren't able to be here this year, I hope you can join us next year -- we heard lots of compliments on how good the meal was.  Below are pictured some of the crowd, and Lions servers and kitchen crew.









At our Feb. 2018 meeting President Ken Lindeman showed the 2016-17 Centennial Club Excellence Award that was presented at the Mid-Winter Convention. 

Also, congratulations to Tom Ties who was presented the Lions Everyday Hero certificate by Pres. Ken Lindeman.




Thank you from Altura Lions to all the people who came to the Chicken Q on Sat.  We were blessed with good weather, good people, and good food.  Lions motto is "we serve" and as you can see from these pictures, we enjoy what we do.












        President: Raelene Stanislawski         1st VP: Joe Schlichenmeyer 

        Secretary: Yvonne Ruhoff                     Treasurer: Phil Schwantz

         2nd VP: Pat Schlichenmeyer                3rd VP: 

        Tail Twister:  Steve Pasche 

         Committee Chairs =  Chili Supper: Steve Pasche;  Chicken-Q.: Yvonne Ruhoff; Soles for Souls: Mike Lovlien; Christmas fruit baskets: Steve Pasche; and roadside cleanup: John Meisch                             

        Board members include Charles Meyer Past President, 1-year board members Dale Moger, Phil Schwantz, Ken Lindeman; 2-year board member Julie Johnson, and 3-year board member Alex Kreidermacher.


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