INTERESTED IN BECOMING A MEDFORD LION???  Please read the following attachment.  New Member Information:

OLD EYE GLASSES:  NEW - Now Cell Phones, Hearing Aids, and eyeglasses  can be dropped off at  Medford Motors Ford Store, Medford County Market, Healthview Eye Care, Medford eye Clinic, Abby Bank, and Nikolay Bank.    Also the Scouts will be collecting all of the above.

Note;  Eyeglasses recycle update - 107,004 pairs of used eye glasses went to 88 countries, 1/2 comes from MN.

Medford Lions have Rubber Ducks to rent !!      Please contact us for more Information..

Medford Lions Shelter at the Park;  Please contact Medford City Hall and check on availability and cost of using the shelters at the Medford City Park.  The Medford Lions do not have control over use of the shelters. 

MEDFORD LION SHIRTS;  Any Lion who would like a Medford LIONS shirt, Please contact Lion Dennis at our meetings. (T_Shirts $7, Polo's $10).




Helen Hessing Lindsay Family Foundation Grant:  

The Medford Lions, with the help from the Helen Hessing Lindsay Grant, have approved the purchase of a Braille Writer for two Medford Middle School Students with degenerative eye diseases. Stay tuned for a photo-op when the Braille Writer will be presented to the students.


SEE Attached Poster:

  • UPDATE - 2021-2022 Lions Peace Poster Contest: Medford Area Middle School, Holy Rosary & Immanuel Lutheran School students are working on their Peace Posters – looking forward to some awesome posters!

UPDATE; Perkinstown Tramp;

  • Attend our next meeting for an update on the Perkinstown Tramp scheduled for January 15, 2022!  

Medford Lion Harvest day Parade;  

Plan to help prepare a float for the Harvest Days Parade on October 31 and then distribute “Goodies” to the kids along the parade route.

Maple Fest; 

Get Ready for our 2022 Maple Fest – You are invited to attend our first organizational meeting on October 11, 2021, & 6:00 PM at the Sports Page!


Medford Lions_Roadside Cleanup;

Five Medford Lions completed the Roadside Clean-up on Hwy 64 on September 22, in 45 Minutes, prior to the Lions Meeting. Lions Jim Sorge, Dave Lemke, Vic Schiszik, Rick Sperl and Len Hamman deserved refreshments after that marathon clean-up project!

Medford Lions Great Duck Race;

The 2021 Lions Duck Race is one for the record book. It was the
biggest one ever --$8,188 was raised from the sale of ducks. (Old record was 2007
sales totaling $8,114) We had good help pulling the ducks on Friday and sorting
the ducks on Monday evening. Several Lions spent time getting the river ready to
hold the best race we could given the high water in the river. Fast moving high
water caused some ducks to escape our nets – hoping these wayward ducks will be
captured down stream and returned. All-in-all a very successful event. Keep in
mind -successful events don’t just happen! They happen because Medford Lions,
their families & friends, see the value of required leadership and team effort!
“Hats Off” to Chair Sue Giese and all who helped with the 2021 Lions Duck Race.

Rodeo Parking:

Lion Steve DeLonay rounded up a great crew to help with
parking at the Rodeo on July 17, 2021. Lions Len Hamman, Jim Sorge, Rick
Sperl, Mary Bormann, Dave Lemke and Steve DeLonay braved the HOT weather
and parked cars for over two hours – Rodeo had a great turn-out!

Medford Lions 4-of-July Food stand;

Our first project was the Food Stand for the July 4th Celebration in the City Park. Chair Dennis Christianson, along with committee members; Beaner Lemke, Sue Giese, Herman Pernsteiner, Rick Sperl & Mary Bormann, had the stand ready to go with sundaes, brats, burgers & much more! All that was needed was better attendance at the celebration!

Medford Lion outing/induction ceremony;

Last year’s activities were celebrated at our Induction & Outgoing Officers’ Steak Fry held at the Medford City Park on June 23, 2021. “Meal was Delicious!”

Thanks to Lion Bill Weiland for his year of service as President and for doing a great job. Lion Len Hamman was presented the Melvin Jones Award by President Bill for his many years of Lionistic Service. Congratulations Lion Len! Also, congratulations to Lion Steve DeLonay, who was chosen by President Bill as our “Lion of the Year.”

Also at the celebration, District Governor Bob Bertch inducted our new officers. So with leadership in place our new year is off to a good start.

Road Side Clean Up:

Thanks to Lion Dennis.  This will take place at 5 PM, April 28, 2021,  5 Miles West of Medford on HWY 64, Just West of the Rodeo grounds. The more that show up the quicker it will go. Thanks to everyone who can help!!  ***Followup, 6 people showed up and all went well..   Thanks again to Lion Dennis for making this happen.

Lions Snowshoe Race: The Perkinstown Tramp Snowshoe Race is being planned for Saturday January 16, 2020.   (  The race has been CANCELED)

2019-2020 Lions International Peace Poster Contest; 

  Peace Through Service
” The Medford Lions Club has sponsored the 2019-2020 Lions International Peace Poster Contest at Medford Area Middle School, (MAMS), Holy Rosary and Immanuel Lutheran Schools. Immanuel Lutheran chose not to participate this year. Schools were provided with all Contest Rules & Conditions.

The teachers from Medford Area Middle School, Grace Krug & Ryan Scanlan & Corrine Liske from Holy Rosary, worked with students, ages 11-13, in creating peace posters with the theme, “Peace Through Service”. The use of lettering or numbering on the front of the poster, in any language, is not allowed. Each participating school could select a maximum of nine posters from all its entries. These posters were narrowed down to nine semi-finalists by the Medford Area Senior High Art Department.

The MASH Art Dept. then selected a 1 st Place Poster - $75.00 & medallion, 2 nd Place - $50 & medallion and 3rd Place - $25 & medallion, from the nine semi-finalists. The remaining 6 semi-finalists were also awarded medallions.


1 ST Place - $75.00 & Medallion – Ashley Soto - MAMS

2 ND Place - $50.00 & Medallion – Madalyn Weber - MAMS

3 rd Place - $25.00 & Medallion -- Morgan Liske – MAMS


Kayla Daniels – Holy Rosary – Medallion       

Sophia Steinman – MAMS - Medallion

Kaelynn Balciar – MAMS – Medallion

Melika Steele – Holy Rosary -- Medallion

Abigail Harris - MAMS -- Medallion

Rylee Hraby- MAMS – Medallion

Congratulations to the semi-finalists and the 1st through 3rd place winners of the poster contest! The Medford Lions Club extends appreciation for the time and effort given by Medford Area Middle School & Holy Rosary teachers and students who were involved in the Peace Poster Contest. The winning poster will be sent on to our District Governor where it will compete with other local Peace Poster Contest winners. The poster will face stiff competition through the district round and three more rounds of competition if it is to be declared the international grand prizewinner. Ultimately, one grand prizewinner will be selected from 24 international finalists. The grand prize includes a cash award of US$5,000, plus a trip for the winner and two family members to the awards ceremony.

Dial-A-Santa Elves:

The Dial Santa date and time as follows:  Tuesday Dec. 15th.  5-8 PM .  A picture of our Dial Santa Crew is attached below. The 4 of us talked to 118 children.  Very successful! Nicolet National Bank set up the phones in their offices for our use.

Merry Christmas!


Lions State Bonspiel: At this time the Lions State Bonspiel is scheduled for January 8th through the 10th. The bonspiel will be hosted by the Whittlesey Lions and will be held at the Medford Curling Club.

Lions Christmas party;  Will be December 9, 2020. A lasagna dinner will be served. Bring a spouse or guest and please RSVP Lion Virginia Ellis at 715-785-7145 by December 1st... We will have a Raffle after a short meeting. Everyone please bring a wrapped White Elephant gift for the raffle table. Happy Hour will be shortened to 6:00 pm to 6:30 pm and dinner served at 6:30 pm..... Hope to see you there!    ( 15 Lions had  great time, Thank You to all who attended)

Indianhead Food Pantry Donation;     Below is a Picture of our Clubs $1,000 donation to the Indianhead Food Pantry.         Pictured from left-to-right are Len Hamman, Dennis Post, and Dennis Christianson.   Medfordlionsindianfoodpantrydonation

Rodeo Parking;  We do have one activity planned in July. The Medford Lions will be parking cars at the K – R Rodeo on Saturday, July 18, 2020. Help is needed from 4:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. Just show up if you are able to help.

Medford Library Donation Presentation; 

On Thrusday July 16, 2020, The Medford Lions Presented to the Medford Public Library Foundation a check for 2,500.00, which will be used for Large Print Calendars and Library needs.  Present from the Medford Lions was Shriley Lemke, Joseph and Virginia Ellis,  Accepting the gift is founation President Mike Shiffle, and Library Director Erica Petersen.

See attached Photo  Library Presentation

Update Needed for the List of Wisconsin Lions Eye Bank Transporters: An Eye Bank Transporter List is maintained at the Medford Inn with Owner Gary Jensen serving as our Dispatcher. He receives the call that a donation of eyes has been made at the Aspirus Medford Hospital. Mr. Jensen than goes down the list of transporters to find someone who can pick up the eyes at the Medford Hospital and take them to the Aspirus Wausau Hospital. This needs to be done in a timely manner. Names that have been on the list are the following: Dennis Christianson, Vic Schiszik, Dave Lemke, Shirley Lemke, Jim Sorge, Larry Ray & Janis Liske. Whittlesey Lions that have volunteered to serve as transporters are Greg Krug & Patti Krug. Others that are interested can email or call Lion Shirley Lemke and list your telephone number - Home or Cell.

The Scholarship Committee has been hard at work. Recipients of this years $1,000 scholarships are:
Isabella Veal – Pursuing a career in Police Science.
Kaitlyn Netzer – Pursuing a career in Optometry.

Maple Fest;

The drawing was made Saturday, April 25, 2020, and the winners are;
1. $1000.00 to Terry Oberle of Gilman
2. $500.00 to Roxanne Dachel of Jump River
3. $300.00 to Roy Jacobson of Withee
4. $100.00 to Rhyatt Brost of Medford.
5. $100.00 to Sue Giese, of Medford
Ticket sales were........................................... $5485.00
Cost of tickets and related items...................$2307.42 (This includes the prize’s issued)
Balance after deductions...............................$3177.58 (to be divided between clubs).
5 Lions Clubs, one Leo Club = 6 into $3000.00 = $500.00 for each club. $177.58 left for seed in the Maple Fest account.
Discussion of where the money should be given to, with one suggestion to the cancer society in Medford, but most went with donating it to the food banks. Final answer was each club do what is best for their own club or circumstances. (Whittlesey does not have a food bank).
The clubs were represented by each club, all tickets were p;aced in the drum, and turns were taken to draw a name, with back turned away from the drum.
9 people were there.
John Johnson, Secretary, Rib Lake Lions
Ken Klahn, Gilman Lions
Dave and Shirley Lemke, Medford Lions
Fran Pransnicky
Spike and Mary Speiles
Jim and Debie Sefeld
Helen Hessing Lindsay Family Foundation Grant:    The Medford Lions have been selected, again, to receive a grant from the Helen Hessing Lindsay Family Foundation. The check for $7000 arrived on December 20, 2019, and will be used to help visually impaired individuals to live productive and independent lives. This is the fifth year that the Medford Lions have received this grant. A letter has been sent to the Foundation Trustees expressing our gratitude!

Deer Hide Collection:       PLease call Lion Dave Lemke at 715-785-7573, or Lion Jim Sorge at 715-748-5467 for more information.  All hides are going to a Company here in the USA, for tanning.  Muzzleloader and late season archery hunting is still going on. Hunters are encouraged to kill more of these road hazards. The Lions deer hide collection committee is always looking for help with processing hides.

Perkinstown Tramp snowshoe race;  Scheduled for Saturday, January 18, 2020. Help is needed Friday, January 17th for set-up and preparation as well as on Saturday, January 18th, race day. Sign-up sheets will be available at the January 8th regular meeting.

****  Great Weather and Enjoyed by all !!  Thank You to all who helped, and all who came.

PERKINSTOWN TRAMP: We had ideal weather conditions for the snowshoe race this year with plenty of snow and temperatures in the 20s. Attendance was up from last year. We had 84 pre-registrations and 59 day of registrations for a total of 143 participants. We had 136 adult participants and 7 kids. The race went off without a hitch, almost. This was a year for getting equipment stuck. Lion Bill and son Adam both got snowmobiles stuck in a creek, and Lions Jim Sorge got the UTV/roller stuck in a creek. Special thanks to Lions Dave and Beaner Lemke, Lion Len Hamman, Lion Jim Sorge and Lion Bill Weiland for working overtime to get the grooming equipment out. Many of you turned out to help with this event. Thanks to all of you. Thanks to draftee/volunteers: Rick Sperl, Cody and Debbie Rabska, Leigh Henline, Debb Weiland, Paula Hamman, and Pat Olson. Special thanks to Adam Weiland and Chris Suraci for entertaining everyone in your deer costumes. Lion treasurer Len will have a financial report at an upcoming meeting.


Some interesting tidbits about the Leader Dog Program.
1. What is the name of the Leader Dogs for the Blind quarterly newsletter for Lions? (The Mane Event)
2. What is the name of the President & CEO for Leader Dogs for the Blind? (Susan M. Daniels)
3. What were the first 2 breeds used as Leader Dogs? (Dobermans & German Shepherds)
4. What is the annual budget for Leader Dogs for the Blind? ($11 million)
5. What percentage of the annual budget is donated by Lions? (20%)
6. What is the combined percentage of the annual budget that comes from State, Federal and United Way? (Zero)
7. How many days do clients spend on campus training with their Leader Dog? (26 days)
8. How much does it cost a client/student to obtain a leader Dog? (Zero; all costs are covered by Leader Dogs for the Blind)
9. What is the lead time to produce a Leader Dog Team? (About 2 years)
10. What is the gestation period for a dog? (9 weeks, about 63 days)
11. How many volunteers are on Campus every day? (About 50)
12. How many gallons of Puppy Poop is picked up during an average week in Puppy Land? (About 57 gallons)
13. How long does a puppy stay in the care of a Puppy Raiser? (12-14 months)
14. How much are Puppy Raisers paid to raise a puppy? (Zero. They volunteer their services)
15. What is the term given to a puppy/dog that does not make it to graduation? (Career Change)
16. Approximately how many families in the U.S. and Canada serve as Puppy Raisers? (450)
17. Each year Leader Dogs for the Blind recognizes the Lions Clubs who have donated $5000 or more during the fiscal year, with a certificate, banner patch and pins for every member. What is the name of that award? (Top Dog)
18. What is the minimum age to receive a Leader Dog? (16)

District 27-C2

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