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Circus World Archives                                     August 2015

Circus World Archivist Pete Shrake speaking to the Baraboo Lions Club about his work at the Museum.

Earth Day                                                                    April 2015  



A crew from the Lions Club spent part of Earth Day taking care of the woods at the Baraboo Disc Golf Course.  We cleared brush, trimmed trees, removed graffiti, and picked up trash.

Devil's Lake Clean-up                                               April 2015

The Lions Club joined Friends of Devil's Lake volunteers at the "Work Play Earth Day." Against the Lions, the trash never had a chance!

Welcome New Members                                      February 2015

At the February fourth meeting, Baraboo Lions Club Welcomed two new members.  Lions Club Membership Chair Tim Lowe inducted new members Rich Schaufuss and Jacob Johnson.  The new members were sponsored by Lions Club Vice President Mim Olsen.
Photo L to R: Mim Olsen, Rich Schaufuss, Jacob Johnson, and Tim Lowe.

Lions Week of Sevice                                            January 2015

The Lions Worldwide Week of Service kicked off January 10, and the Baraboo Lions Club participated! With food donated by the Log Cabin Restaurant, Baraboo Lions served a meal at the Baraboo Warning Center, a shelter for the homeless.

Baraboo Lions helped collect food and stock shelves at the Food Pantry.


A single act of service can change a life. When 1.35 million Lions come together to serve, we can change the world! Lions clubs around the world are working to relieve hunger in January.

Lions Build!                                                            October 2014

Baraboo Lions came to the aid of a Baraboo resident with mobility restrictions.  A recent surgery made it difficult for him to get into his home since the front step had no railing.  Baraboo Lions provided the labor and materials and the railing was installed.

Tractors, Trunks, and Treats

The annual trick or treat event at the fairgrounds gave Lions another chance to run our ring toss - it also gave us a chance to give away a lot of candy to princesses, ninja turtles, and goblins!

Homecoming Float Winners                                     October 2014

left to right - Markee Bonham (Senior), Boaz Halverson (Skills USA), Lion Cling Brickl, and Brian Cormican (Band).

The Baraboo High School homemcoming parade floats were judged by a group of Baraboo Lions.  The club awarded the first place for a class to the Juniors, the second place class prize to the Seniors, the first place club prize to Skills USA, and the the second place club prize to the Band.

Tips from a Dietician                                              October 2014

St. Clare Hospital Dietician Travis Stumphebeck spoke to Baraboo Lions about Diabetes and healthy eating.

Culver's Eye Screening                                           August 2014

A big thank you to Baraboo Culver's for again sponsoring a free vision screening at their restaurant. Baraboo Lions provide free vision screening so that all children, including those without insurance or who cannot afford eye exams, are screened for indications of vision problems. In addition to the screening at Culver's, Screenings are conducted each fall at Baraboo area schools, 4K sites and day care centers, and elsewhere throughout the year.

July Speaker                                                                 July 2014

The speaker at our July program night was Baraboo Postmaster Karen Caylor, who spoke about the work done at the Baraboo Post Office.

New Officers                                                                June 2014

The club held it's annual picnic at Haskins Park. New officers who were present and installed: (front row) Director Kandie Beckwith, Vice President Mim Olsen, President Bill Brickl, Tail Twister Tim Lowe, (Back row) Director Dawn Olsen, Secretary Craig Olsen, and Treasurer Mark Reitz.

Strides Against Diabetes Run                                  June 2014

The Ho-Chunk Wellness Center team poses after the race in front of The Barn Restaurant sign.

The Baraboo Lions Club's second annual Strides Against Diabetes Run was held June 18 at the Barn Restaurant in Baraboo. The Lions thank all of the runners, walkers and sponsors, Dental Associates, St. Clare Hospital, Barn Restaurant, KTO Web Designs, Community First Bank, Harry Machtan Realty, The Shoe Box, Bara T’s NAPA, Stark Company Realtors, and Mailboxes Pack n’ Ship.

Thanks to all of the participants and sponsors the club met and exceeded its goals of increasing the number of participants and funds raised for the club’s eye programs and the diabetes education and awareness programs.

The race winners were (first male) Erik Catherman, (first child) Anthony Green Crow, and (first female) Christine Kortbein.

District Governor Visit                                               May 2014

Our club was visited by our Lions District Governor, Mike Bankes, of the Viroqua Lions Club.


Diabetes Alert Day                                                    March 2014

Melody Mielke, Diabetes Training Coordinator from St. Clare hospital, talks to the boys and girls about healthy food choices.

In observance of the American Diabetes Association’s Alert Day, the Boys & Girls Club of West Central Wisconsin, Baraboo Lions Club and St. Clare Hospital provided vision screenings, risk assessments and a variety of healthy living activities at the Boys & Girls Club, located inside the Baraboo Civic Center.

Warming Center Construction                             February 2014

When the operators of Baraboo's Warming Center spoke to the Lions Club they identified a need for a wall and doorway to be added to the building.  Baraboo Lions provided the materials and labor and completed the job on a cold day in February.  (Lions Tim Lowe, Manny Bolz, and Denny Clement are shown in the photo cutting a sheet of drywall)

The nearly finished wall.


Food Pantry                                                           January 2014    


Georgette Young of the Baraboo Food Pantry spoke to the Lions Club about the work that the Pantry does to help feed the needy of the Baraboo area.


Flour and Sugar Donations                                             December 2013

Baraboo Lions learned that the Baraboo Food pantry had a shortage of flour and sugar, so to helped fill the need they brought gifts of flour and sugar to our Christmas Party.  The photo shows Lions Club members with some of the 592 lbs. of flour and sugar that they brought for donation to the pantry.

Lions member in the photo are (l to r), Bill Brickl, Norm Brickl, Clint Brickl, Nancy Brickl, Rich Evans, Mark Reitz, Jerry Cummings, Tim Lowe, Mim Olsen, Glen Weirauch, Roman Statz, Jesse Ringelstetter, Kandie Beckwith, Jeanette Bolz, Dawn Olsen, Denny Clement, Manny Bolz, Mark Olsen, Bill Olsen, Craig Olsen, Jim Haugsby, and Molly Ringelstetter. 

Warming Center                                                                November 2013

Rachelle and Matt Feason of the Hope Through Christ Ministries spoke to the club about their work in operating a warming center for the homeless in Baraboo.  The center is located in the basement of their church on Parkway in Baraboo.

Knight of the Blind                                                            November 2013

Club President Craig Olsen congratulates Lion Del Kaney as he is recognized by the Wisconsin Lions Foundation with their highest recognition, "Knight of thte Blind" for Del's years of work in collecting, storing and delivering glassses to the Lions eyeglass collection facility at Rosholt, Wisconsin.  

Tractors, Trunks, and Treats                                           October 2013

The Farigrounds was the site of a new hallowen event this year.  Tractors, Trunks and Treats is a safe Trick or Treating place for children.  Baraboo Lions distributed candy and ran our ring toss.  (Shown in the photo are Lions Mim Olsen, Pat Zrrzow, and Dawn Olsen)



Haunted Baraboo                                                              October 2013

Shelly Mordini spoke to Baraboo Lions about haunted Baraboo at their October meeting.  Mordini hosts regular tours of the haunted places in baraboo through Baraboo Tours.


Kuntz Memorial Bench                                                     September 2013


Baraboo's Nanny Park was in need of donations for equipent so Baraboo Lions donated $600 for the purchase of a park bench.  The bench was installed as a memorial to long-time Baraboo Lions club member Carl Kuntz who died in 2006 and is marked with a plaque bearing his name.


Culver's Vision Screening                                              August 2013


Lions Manny Bolz and Bill Brickl provide eye screening for a child at our free eye screening at Baraboo Culver's on August 13. 

The Baraboo Lions Club conducted its first children’s eye screening with the club’s new PediaVision™ Spot brand vision screener on August 13, 2013 at Baraboo Culver’s.  The Baraboo Lions have provided free vision screening in our community for many years so that all children, including those without insurance or who cannot afford eye examinations, are screened for indications of vision problems.  Screenings are conducted each fall at Baraboo area schools, 4K and day care centers, and elsewhere throughout the year.

The new screener allows the club to offer screenings that provide faster results while screening for a wider range of vision problems.  The screener looks like a large digital camera, is handheld, automatic, and produces a comprehensive screening result in seconds.  It screens for near-sightedness, far-sightedness, unequal refractive power, blurred vision, eye structure problems, and more.

The Baraboo Lions Club thanks those individuals and organizations that provided the financial resources to bring this new vision-screening tool to our community:

Platinum Sponsors ($250 or more):  Baraboo Lions Club, Anonymous, Craig and Mim Olsen, Ho Chunk Gaming Fund, Pointon Heating and Air Conditioning, St. Clare Healthcare Foundation Healthy Community Partnership Grant, Sauk Prairie Lions Club, Trinity Episcopal Church, Wal-Mart Foundation

Gold Sponsors ($100 or more): American Family Insurance, Jane Franzen, Bob Hill Memorial Fund, Bravo Center, Culver’s, Community First Bank, Con Amici Wine Bar – Mark & Laura, Corner Drug Store – Janet Fritsch, Don-Rick Insurance, Glacier Valley Ford, Hagar and Associates, Larson Chevrolet, Mailboxes Pack N Ship, LLC, MSA Professional Services, Redlin Funeral Home, Inc.

Silver Sponsors ($50 or more): The Log Cabin Restaurant, NAPA Auto Parts, Moy, Borchert, Erbs and Associates, LLP

Bronze Sponsors ($25 or more):  Harry Machtan Realty, Vintage Port Catering

Steam and Gas Show parking                                       August 2013


Baraboo Lions club members Rich Evans and Bill Brickl direct cars to open parking spaces at the annual Badger Steam and Gas Engine Show. 

Welcome Mark and Dawn                                                 June 2013


Mark and Dawn Olsen joined the club at our annual summer picnic at Max Hill Park.  Mark was sponsored by his father, Lion Bill Olsen and Dawn was sponsored by her sister-in-law, Lion Mim Olsen.

 Lions Strides Run                                                         June 2013


On June 19 the Baraboo Lions Club sponsored a Lions Strides Against Diabetes 5K Fun Run/Walk. Event supporters included St. Clare Hospital, Barn Restaurant, Bananaboat Advertising Graphics, Bara T’s, NAPA, Stark Realty and Mailboxes Pack n’ Ship.  The event was used to raise Diabetes awareness and to help raise money for diabetes related Lions projects.

 Chamber of Commerce Program                                     May 2013


Deb Bauer, Executive Director of the Baraboo Area Chamber of Commerce, spoke about her work at the Chamber during our May program meeting. 

 Lions at the Bear-a-Boo Daycare                                   April 2013


Lion Mim Olsen tells students at Bear-a-boo Daycare about the importance of plants and flowers to our planet in an Earth Day presentation.  A short Field Trip followed, children collected plants and flowers and identified the things that made them each unique.

Both speaks at Spring Celebration                              April 2013


Phyllis Both, local gardening columnist and UW-Extension Master Gardener spoke at the Lions Club Spring Celebration.  Lions learned about how to be successful gardeners of flowers and vegetables.

 Hellewell Completes Sixty Years!                                  March 2013

Lions District 27D2 Governor Dierk Van Cleef presents Baraboo Lion Lou Hellewell with his 60 year anniversary certificate.  Lou is the longest serving member of the Baraboo Lions Club.

Basketball Banquets                                                          March 2013

Baraboo Lions Jeannette and Manny Bolz help with food service at this year's Baraboo High School boy's basketball banquet.  Lions have helped sponsor both boy's and girl's banquets for many years.  We provide some of the food, help with service, and pay for all of the trophies awarded to students.

Screener Fund Increases                                                  February 2013

Baraboo Culver's employees present Baraboo Lion president Craig Olsen and Lions Glen Weiruch, Mim Olsen, and Manny Bolz with a $200 donation.  The Check will be added to money donated by customers at our January eye screening at Culver's Restaurant to fund a replacement for our ten-year-old eye screener. 

Baraboo Lions are conducting a fund drive to raise the $7,000 required to purchase a modern digital screener which will allow us to continue to provide free eye screening to Baraboo area pre-school children.  Lions provide this free service to members of our community so that all children, including those without insurance or who cannot afford eye examinations, are screened for indications of vision problems.  Undetected vision disorders can significantly hinder a child’s learning potential because about 80 percent of learning is acquired visually.


 Eye Screening at Culver's                                                   January 2013

Our next eye screening will be on January 21 from 4:00 pm to 8:00 pm at the Baraboo Culver’s.  Bring your pre-school age children to Culver’s for free eye screening and help support the Lions Club – a portion of all purchases at Culver’s during this event will fund Baraboo Lions Club vision projects.  Money raised will help us continue to provide free eye screening to Baraboo youth, provide eye exams and glasses for the needy, transport eye tissue for the Wisconsin Lions Eye Bank, and much, much more!


 Christmas Party                                                                 December 2012

At the annual Baraboo Lions Christmas Party, members and guests enjoyed holiday music provided by Amy Torseth-Teelin and Michael Etzwiler of the Bravo Center in Baraboo.

Christmas Trees!                                                                December 2012

Because of a generous donation to our club, we were able to provide Christmas trees to needy families in our community again this year.  Baraboo Lions delivered ten Christmas trees and eight tree stands.

Baraboo Community Connection                                   December 2012

Lion Cully Shelton speaks with pre-schoolers at Bear-a-boo Daycare about holiday traditions, including the significance of candles and light.  As part of the Baraboo School District’s Strategic Plan, the Baraboo Community Classroom Connection (BCCC) was established to expand community engagement in schools - Baraboo Lions are a participant.

Diabetes Seminar                                                            November 2012

The St. Clare Hospital Diabetes Department hosted a Health and Nutrition Seminar featuring Chef Robert Lewis, a Culinary Institute of America graduate who was diagnosed with Type 2 diabetes 14 years ago, and Thorne Wittstruck, St. Clare’s Exercise Physiologist and Cardiac Rehabilitation Coordinator. Lions provided help with registrations and other “housekeeping” work.  The photo shows Lions Kandie Beckwith and Mim Olsen helping Chef Lewis with a door prize drawing.

Diabetes Awareness Month                                             November 2012

Because November is Diabetes Awareness month, our Diabetes committee placed Diabetes information displays at the entrance to the West Square Building.  The displays changed weekly and included information about Diabetes, its causes, prevention, and Lions involvement in health issues.

The Diabetes Committee has also arranged to have our club work with the Sauk County Public Health Department each month as they conduct their foot clinics.  Lions help with registration and scheduling, allowing Public Health employees to use their time providing direct services.  More information about the clinics is available at:

UW-Baraboo/Sauk County                                                November 2012

The Dean of the University of Wisconsin - Baraboo/Sauk County Campus spoke to Lions about UW-Baraboo and its role in the UW System and the importance of higher education in Sauk County and Wisconsin.

Meet the Lions                                                                        October 2012

At our October Meeting we hosted a "Meet the Lions" event for a roomful of guests.  Guests learned about the work of their local Lions club and had an opportunity to meet the members.  The Membership Committee constructed a wall-full of displays that told about our work, our history, and a whole lot more!  


Homecoming Parade                                                             October 2012

As we have for decades, Baraboo Lions provided the judges for the homecoming parade floats.  We also provide cash awards to the best four floats.  Judges this year were (left to right) nancy Brickl, Pat Zirzow, Jeannette Bolz, and Cully Shelton. 

Photo Screening                                                                       October 2012

Baraboo Lions provide free photo eye screening for children in kindergarten, pre-K, and daycare in the Baraboo area.  The screening detects a multitude of vision problems.  Parents are given a referral to a eye-care professional when the screening indicates a potential vision problem.  Providing the screening in this case are Lions Norm Brickl and Bill Brickl.

Diabetes Education                                                            September 2012

St. Clare Hospital Diabetes Education Coordinator Melanie Mielke, RN, spoke to our club about diabetes, its causes, and prevention.

Another New Member!                                                       September 2012


Nancy Brickl was inducted into our club, sponsored by her husband, Lion Secretary Norm Brickl.  Welcome Lion Nancy!

Visiting the Aldo Leopold Foundation                            August 2012

On our visit to the Aldo Leopold Foundation, Lions enjoyed a potluck meal and a very informative program.  Alanna Koshollek, the Stewardship Coordinator, told Lions about the history and the work of the foundation.  More information is availible at   

Lions Raffle                                                                          August 2012

The annual Baraboo Lions Club raffle is underway - contact any Baraboo Lion to buy tickets!

Prizes include: 

1/2 hog - cut - wrapped - frozen - The Meat Market

1/2 hog - cut - wrapped - frozen - The Meat Market

$140 beef bundle - The Meat Market

$110 assorted meat bundle - The Meat Market

Home Made quilt

$300 gift card - Spa Serenity

Tickets are $5 each or 5 for $20.

Rosholt Trip                                                                           July 2012

A large group of Baraboo Lions and their families took a trip to the Rosholt in July.  We toured the Wisconsin Lions Camp and visited the eyeglass recycling center.  The club brought hundreds of used eyeglasses for donation to the center for recycling.  More information about the camp and center can be found at


Baraboo Lions also donated $500 to the Wisconsin Lions Foundation!

Lions Build                                                                              May 2012


One of our latest projects is the remodeling of a bathroom for Merrimac resident.  Recent health problems had caused him to need his bathroom made more accessible. 

Baraboo Lions and members of the 6:8 service group from Sauk Prairie ( have torn out most of the old bathroom and expanded it into a former closet space, reframed some of the walls, replaced plumbing, and installed drywall and cement board so that an accessible shower can be installed.

The photo shows 6:8 director John Ramthun and Baraboo Lion Craig Olsen installing wallboard.  Lions Tim Lowe, Jesse Ringelstetter and Mim Olsen have also worked on the project.   

Helping Wishes Come True                                                   April 2012

Baraboo Lions donated $250 to help Clayton's wish come true though the Kid's Wish Network.  Clayton is a 12 year old with a disease called bladder extrophy and Clayton’s wish is to visit Florida’s theme parks.

 You can find more information about the Kid’s wish network at 

 Melvin Jones Fellow                                                                March 2012

Lion Kevin Olsen of the UW--Madison Lions Club was awarded the Melvin Jones Fellowship at the Lions District 27-D1 Convention in Middleton.  Kevin is a former member of the Baraboo Lions Club and is the son of Baraboo Lions Craig and Mim Olsen and the Grandson of Baraboo Lion Bill Olsen.  The fellowship is awarded to a Lion in recognition of exemplary humanitarian work and contributions made to the work of the Lions Clubs International Foundation.

Congratulations Lion Kevin!

New Member

Bill Brickl joined our club sponsored by his brother, Lion Secretary Norm Brickl.  Bill, originally from rural Plain Wisconsin, is the Postmaster at Baraboo.

Welcome Lion Bill!

New Members

Lion Tim Lowe sponsored two new members, Laura O’Leary and Cully Shelton.  Laura is the Volunteer Coordinator   for Hope House, the domestic abuse and sexual assault service provider in Baraboo.

Cully is the Interpretive Program Manager at the International Crane Foundation in Baraboo.

Welcome Lion Laura and Lion Cully.

Raffle Winners

The drawing for our annual Lions raffle was held at our October 5 meeting.  The lucky winners were:

First Prize:  Remington, Model 770, 30-06 rifle with scope - Won by Mim Olsen of Baraboo, WI

Second Prize: Stoeger, over and under, 12-gauge shotgun - Won by Mark Creighton of Baraboo, WI

Third Prize: H & R, Model NP1-256 Pardner, 20-gauge shotgun - Won by Wayne Gray of Aniwa, WI

Fourth Prize: Roll top desk and chair - Won by Paul Rego of Connecticut

Fifth Prize: Green Bay Packer, homemade lap quilt - Won by Jesse Ringelstetter of Baraboo, WI

Sixth Prize: Wisconsin Badger, homemade lap quilt - Won by John Lee of Baraboo, WI

Seventh Prize: $300.00 Gift Card from Spa Serenity - Won by Julie Rego of Connecticut

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