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).






Presidents Message: Welcome to a new Lion’s year. The ongoing effects of the COVID-19 pandemic have resulted in most all activities being cancelled.  I would like to resume our regular second and fourth Wednesday monthly meeting schedule at BS-Bar.

Regular Meeting;     Our next meeting will be October 28 2020,  at 6:30 p.m.



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.

Lions State Bonspiel;  We have received the entry form for the Lions State Bonspiel the first weekend in January 10-12, 2020. Anyone who is interested in curling let me know and we will see how many teams we can send to this fun event. Lion Bill

****  Lions State Bonspiel: This year’s bonspiel was hosted by the Pardeeville Lions. Games were played at the Portage and Pardeeville Curling Clubs. Thirty-two teams participated. The Medford Lions were represented by Lion Steve DeLonay, Lion Mitch Mertens and Lion Bill Weiland. Lion Bill Ehlert from the Pardeeville Lions was our fourth player. We had a very successful bonspiel finishing first in the first event. The Lions State Bonspiel will be coming back to the Medford Curling Club next year, hosted by the Whittlesey Lions Club.

Lions Christmas Party:      *******  Due to below zero weather and some member's cancellations already. The December 11, 2019 Party will be rescheduled to our regular January. 8th, 2020 meeting night. I also left a message on your phone. Stay warm! Merry Christmas! See you in January! Lion Virginia Ellis  ****       

Committee Chairman Lion Virginia Ellis reports that the annual Christmas party will now be held at BS Bar on Wednesday, January 8, 2019.
Cocktails at 6 p.m., Dinner at 6:30 p.m. followed by a short meeting, gift game and raffle. Spouses and guests are invited.  

RSVP to Lion Virginia at EMAIL; ( or Phone; (715-785-7145).  ASAP

Thank You.

****  Thank you everyone who helped and enjoyed the party!!

Dial Santa: Head Elf, Lion Len Hamman reports that Dial Santa will be held Tuesday, December 17th at Nicolet Bank from 5 – 8PM. This is a fun event. More elves are always welcome. Come and join the fun.   FOLLOWUP; Another successful Dial Santa was held on Tuesday, December 17th. The phone command center was operated out of Nicolet Bank using 6 dedicated phone lines. Thanks to Nicolet Bank for the use of their facility and for setting up the phone system. Santa, Mrs. Santa and Santa’s Elves talked to 95 children. As usual, there were various gift requests that kept the Elves entertained. Thank you to Lions Bill, Dennis, Steve and Len and high school girls Autumn Evers and Destiny Jochimsen.

Peace Posters;  Peace Poster Contest: Theme Journey of Peace.
The Medford Lions Club 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, “Journey of Peace”. 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 1st Place Poster - $75.00 & medallion, 2nd Place - $50 & medallion and 3rd Place - $25 & medallion, from the nine semi-finalists. The remaining 6 semi-finalists were also awarded medallions.
1ST Place - $75.00 & Medallion – Brynn Thorson - MAMS  

FOLLOWUP; District Governor Mary Ann Gretenhardt announced that the District Peace Poster Winner is Brynn Thorson, a student at Medford Middle School. Brynn was the First Place Winner in our local contest and her poster will now face stiff competition at the state level. Brynn will receive her District Award at our District Convention on April 18, 2020, at Lac du Flambeau. Congratulations, Brynn!

2ND Place - $50.00 & Medallion – Hailey Murray - MAMS
3rd Place - $25.00 & Medallion -- Rachel Daniels – MAMS

Lily Holmes - MAMS – Medallion
Javier Jacobo – MAMS - Medallion
Toryn Rau – MAMS – Medallion
Katie Niggemann – Holy Rosary -- Medallion
Mason Harris - MAMS -- Medallion

Marlee Perrin- 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.


2019 PARADES: 

     Rib Lake Ice Age Days parade;  Lion Herman reported that the Rib Lake Ice Age Days parade was a success. New signage on the float is a nice addition. Lion Sue was very popular walking the parade route in the Lions costume.

    Ogema Christmas Tree Festival parade iOnce again the Medford Lions had our float in the Ogema Christmas Tree Festival parade. Thanks to Lion Herman and crew for representing the Lions and our club.

   Medford Harvest Days parade The Medford Lions were well represented in the parade. A chilly but sunny fall day made for a good turnout. Thanks for contributing to the decay of my grandson’s teeth. Seriously thanks to all the Lions who participated. We can put the float away for the season, unless. I know of a couple of Christmas parades.

Disabilities Appreciation Luncheon;   For Families and Community. on Wenesday, October 16, 2019 from 10:30AM till 12:30PM at Our Village Playground in Medford City Park.      See Attachment.

Curling for your Cause;         Want to try Curling and Help your favorite cause??   1 day Charitable Event  Saturday, November 2, 2019 at the Medford Curling Club.  See Attachment.

Demo the Eye Gaze Technology;   Just a "heads up" on a presentation by a fifth grade student and the Assistive Technology Specialist Caroline Radlinger on Tuesday, October 1, 2019, at the Medford Area Middle School at 8:30 am.  The presentation will demo the Eye Gaze Technology which the Medford Lions purchased using funds from the Helen Hessing Lindsay Grant.  This equipment is currently being used by a student with a vision impairment at MAMS.  Mr. Greget has arranged for a photo op with the Star News through their social media outlet.  I will invite all Medford Lions at our next meeting on Sept. 25, 2019.  Hopefully at least 4 to 5 Medford Lions will be able to attend - the more the better.

(We will meet in the foyer of MAMS using the front doors on the south side.  Those doors open but the once inside the foyer you need to use security to enter the building.)

Shirley Lemke

Road Side Clean Up: Thanks Lion Dennis for your organizational skills. This year the weather was pleasant, and a large crew showed up. With less trash in the ditches the clean-up was completed in record time. Thanks to everyone who helped.

Maple Fest Annual Meeting/Lions Zone Meeting: September 9th, 6:00 p.m. at the Whittlesey Park.  Talked about what worked and did not work. Looking at new Ideas for next year.  1) Inga Richard - "Cooking around the Farm Table" would like to come @ 1PM - 1 hour presentation on cooking with Maple Syrup.  Hopeing to bring back Antique Tractors, Need a chairperson??

RODEO CLEAN-UP: The K Bar R PRCA Rodeo is taking place the weekend of July 19th through the 21st. Cody and Debbie Rabska have supported the Lions by working at the snowshoe race. Lets return the favor. As in the past we have been asked to clean-up the grounds in the morning after the Friday & Saturday night performances. We will need to start Saturday morning by 6:00 AM. Many volunteers have made quick work of this clean up in the past.

The Great Duck Race: The duck race is scheduled for Sunday July 28th at 5:00 PM. Committee chairwoman Sue Giese reports that help is still needed to sell tickets. Help will also be needed for pulling ducks, course set up and sorting ducks the following Monday. Lion Sue will have more information at our next meeting.

Our Village Playground;  We will be having a Ribbon Cutting for the Grand Opening of Our Village Playground on Tuesday June 25th at 9:15 am.  This will be part of our Special Education Family Day in the Park from 9:00 am to 12:00 pm featuring the playground and open swim.

Outgoing Officer Celebration; is scheduled for June 26, at the Medford City Park .  5:30 Social, 6:30 Dinner..  Sign up for a great grilled steak dinner at the next meeting if you haven’t done so yet.

****OUTGOING OFFICERS: The Outgoing Officer’s Party was held June 26th in the City Park. Thanks to our steak grillers, the food was excellent. Congratulations to Lion Sue Giese and Lion Joe Ellis on becoming Melvin Jones Fellows. Congratulation to Lions Jim and Judy Sorge as Co Lions of the Year. Congratulations to outgoing President Steve DeLonay on a very successful Lion’s year.

July 4th Food Stand will need workers both July 3 & 4. Sign-up sheets will be available at upcoming meeting. This does require a crew of several people during all shifts so please help out as much as possible.

****FOURTH of JULY: Thank-you to committee chairman Dennis Christianson and to everybody who helped work at the Lions food stand on July 3rd and 4th. Lion Dennis reported that sales and profits were similar to last year.

Officer Induction: Thank-you to the Committee for the nice set up for Office Induction. District Governor Collette was very informative and entertaining. Congratulations to all of the incoming and returning officers.


Greg Cemke will be at our May 8th meeting to present to us about CHRISTMAS IN JULY, a charity designed to help children hospitalized at Marshfield Children’s Hospital. This is the only facility dedicated to children in north & central Wisconsin.

Thank You Greg Cemke for an interesting presentation.

Clean Sweep: The appliance and electronics portion of Clean Sweep was Sat May 4 at the Taylor County Fairground. Lions Sue and Steve were among the small group of volunteers who helped out. Fewer people cleaned out basements, attics, and garages but they still seemed to find those old console and large projection TVs!

2019 Lions District Convention;

From Collette A. Sorgel  -  District Governor  MD27-C2 

(Home Club) Lions Club of Three Lakes

608.516.1831 Cell Collette

608.516.1830 Cell David

I would like to personally invite you to attend the District 27-C2 District Convention at Lake of the Torches Convention Center April 12th and 13th, 2019.  Your club President and your Club Secretary will have the forms to fill out for you to sign up for convention.  Please review attached Flyer.

** Marvin Liske was mention at the Convention. Services of Remerbrances wad held in Manitowish Waters WI.


Our Village Playground.  This is a project by Joe & Laura Holms, from the Medford High School, to bring a HANDICAP ACCESSIBLE Playground to the Medford City Park. Please review the following attachments for more information;

Playground Information -1   Playground Information -2 

Medford Lions Special Donation;

1)  The Medford club presented the Ipod to the young girl at Medford High School. There have been apps installed on the device to help her continue with her schooling. She was very thankful for the Lions club as she has been attending Lions camp for quite a few years now and looks forward to joining the adult camp.

2)  The Medford Club presented $40.00 because of a Financial Need to purchase glasses for a Young man in High School.

3)  The Medford Club donated $1000.00 towards the Taylor County "Moving For A Cure"  walk.   Date; Friday May 18, 2018 -  Meet at the Park. Lions who wish to walk, Please call Lion Shirley Lemke (715-785-7573) for a shirt.

4)  The Medford Club donated $100.00 to support a American Legion fund raiser for the Veterns Memorial Wall upgrades.

5) The Medford Club used money from the Helen Hessing fund $3000.00, towards Large print items and CD's to be used at the Medford Public Library.

6)  The Medford Club used money from the Helen Hessing fund $3000.00, towards Taylor County Humane Society Bldg. Fund.

7)  The Medford Club used money from the Helen Hessing fund $472.95, towards purchase of a Ipad & equipment for a senior in Medford High School with Vision Impairment. He will be attending River Falls college next Fall. There will be a presentation at Medford High School on Momday May 7th, 2018 at 3:15 PM.




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

Did you know that you can get a WISCONSIN LIONS LICENSE PLATE????   You can order your plate online at (, search on special license plates.

The following is information and sites where you may learn more about Lions conventions.

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C2 e-District site
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