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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).

MEDFORD LIONS HISTORY

NOTE; BOARD MEETING WILL NOW BE  **  AFTER **    SECOND WEDNESDAY REGULAR MEETING.   

UPCOMING EVENTS:

Deer Hides

Archery season is in full swing and hides have already started coming in. If you can help in any way let Lion Dave know. I understand one of the freezers we use until the weather gets colder is out of commission so depending on weather and response we may need a replacement. Deer Carcass dumpsters will be at the Medford DNR Station, Rib Lake Cenex Station, & the Gilman Corner Store after Oct. 25 depending on weather. 

    The rut is beginning and deer are moving which means more deer hides coming in. Please consider helping if Lion Dave reaches out. Of course the largest influx will be gun season Nov 19 through Nov 27 and the following week.

        UPDATE;   As of Nov 30 over 600 deer hides have been collected & processed awaiting pick-up. Thanks to the Lions who are making this a part of their daily routine.

        UPDATE    As of Jan 3,  Deer Hides are still trickling in as archery season runs thru Jan 8. 2023  700 hides have been sent in so far along with tails. There are still opportunities to help with this project and thank-you to those who have been working on it since late September.

Christmas Party:  UPDATE:  Party was POSTPONED untill Jan. 11, 2023 because of weather!!   RSVP only if there is a change in your status of attending!!   by Jan 5., for the Club Christmas Party  at BS Bar. Happy Hour from 5:30 – 6:30, Dinner at 6:30. If you wish to participate in the gift exchange, bring a new wrapped gift valued at no more than $10.00. Call Lion Virginia @ 715-785-7145  There will be a brief  meeting following dinner.   

 Lions State Curling Bonspiel   . Thanks to those who have signed up but there are still many places we need help. Most importantly, we need some “night owl” workers as the last draw doesn’t get OFF the ice until 11PM on Fri Jan 6 IF everything is on schedule. Breakfast starts serving at 7 AM Sat and curling resumes at 8 AM thru 9:30 PM.

State Bowling;  Begins Feburary 18, 2023.

PAST EVENTS:

Dial Santa: Scheduled for Dec 13 from 5:00-8:00 PM at Nicolet Bank. Anyone wishing to make a child’s evening a little brighter is encouraged to help out.  UPDATE;  Event canceled due to phone problems

Meals in a Backpack: Nikki Gripentrog reported 30 boxes of Thanksgiving supplies and gift certificates were delivered which served 82 children in our community. Our donation of $1000.00 covered most of the $1372.91 expense.

HARVEST DAYS PARADE What a fantastic day for the parade!! As usual the streets were packed with spectators and they seem to get farther north of Broadway every year. Lions Len, Mary, Rick, and I passed out candy and did a better job of rationing this year than in the past. Lion Len even dressed up as a pirate. Lion Sue wore the Lion costume. It is a fairly long route so she may need some arm work outs next year prior to the parade to keep up all that arm waving. Lion Jim did a fantastic job driving, keeping an even pace for us walkers. Great community exposure!

ZONE/MAPLEFEST meeting is Sept 12 at the Whittlesey ball park. Cocktails at 5:00 meeting at 5:30 with the meal at 6:30. Whittlesey Lions will provide a fish boil and hamburgers. Please bring a dish to pass. RSVP to myself (965-4343) or Lion Shirley (785-xxxx) so we can forward by Sept 9.

ROADSIDE CLEANUP is scheduled for Wed. Sept 28 at 5:00. This will be prior to our regular meeting so a “waiver” on Lion shirt or vest is in effect for that meeting. Our section of HWY 64 begins at Wren Drive (Cindy’s Bar just past the rodeo grounds) and extends for 2 miles. If have begun by the time you get there, just drive to where the next safety vests, bags and poker sticks are set out. Begin on the north side until the next vehicle and work the south side back to your vehicle. The more people the faster this service project goes.

WELOME BACK TO SCHOOL RESOURCE FAIR ;     The Medford Area School District would like to use this event to recognize and show appreciation to the Medford Lions for our support of students with visual impairments and their families. It will be Monday Aug 22 in the Lions shelters in the city park from 4:30 to 6:30. Food will be provided. All Lions are welcome to attend. Please RSVP to Lion Shirley by 8/14. RSVPs need to be in to the district office by 8/15

The Great Duck Race
The Duck Race is scheduled for Sunday July 31. Ticket sales have started. If you any contact Lion Sue or pick some up at Medford Motors. Ticket sales at County Market begin July 19. A lot of Ducks get sold here, so if you can help please let Lion Sue know. I’m sure there will be a sign up sheet at our next meeting. Help will be needed “pulling ducks” and “race courses” set-up/take down. Times will be determined at upcoming meetings.

      UPDATE;  

The rubber ducks have been put back in their nests in the storage shed. Thank-you Lion Sue for the leading the project, all who sold tickets, duck pullers, race course set up & take down crew, everyone who helped the day of the race, and our duck sorters. I’m not sure it was much of a race. Low water & a south wind made for VERY slow progress. But with a couple leaf blowers and extra duck herders, we finally got them across the finish line. I’ll have a list of winners for the next newsletter.

Rodeo Parking
We have agreed to help with parking July 16 for the rodeo. We will need at least 4 members to help in the main parking lot starting at 4:15. Meet at the spectator entrance & Pam will have vests and sticks for us. Helpers are welcome to stay for the performances.

       UPDATE: 

Thank-you Lions Dave, Herman, Jim, Rick & Vic for packing the cars into the parking lot at the Rodeo. It was a huge turn- out & without your efforts so many vehicles could not have been stuffed into that field

Fourth of July
Thank-you to all of the club members who helped at the 4th of July food stand. Saturday’s crowd was pretty slim and business slow but that really changed for Sunday. Good hustle Lions! Thank-you Lion Dennis for chairing the event. We look forward to a report at upcoming meetings.

       UPDATE: 

Again Thank-You to Chairman Lion Dennis and all who helped at the 4th of July food stand.

Medford Lions Induction/Outgoing Officer Steak Fry on June 22 @ the Medford City Park Shelter by the Baseball Field – Committee: Lions Steve, Beaner, Jim, Dennis, Herman & Rick.  Great weather, and  Food, Thanks to the Committee.

Lions Camp in Rosholt   Reservations have been made for 11 Medford Lions to visit our Lions Camp in Rosholt on Wednesday, June 8, 2022, from 2:00 to 4:00 PM. This will take the place of our Regular Meeting. Meet at 12:00 @ D&D Rental Buildings on HWY 64 (more room for parking then at Medford Motors) to board the van headed to camp! Call Lion Shirley to make a reservation: 715-785-7573 

Medford Lions celebrated with Medford Area Senior High Graduates on May 25, 2022, by awarding $1,000 Scholarships to Laurissa Klapatauskas & Brook Meyer. Both seniors plan on majoring in Optometry. Their career choice of helping with vision ties in with the Lions goal of supporting vision world-wide.

Jessie Grober, Wisconsin Association for Education & Rehabilitation of the Blind & Visually Impaired, emailed he following: We would like to award the Medford Lions & Mr. Joseph Greget with a special recognition award this year for making a significant difference in the lives of those who are visually impaired. All Medford Lions are invited to the Award Presentation on Zoom at the Medford Area Middle School Library Commons on Friday, May 6 @2:45 PM. Refreshments will be served. 

Kyle Noonan, Zoning Administrator, is seeking Lion Volunteers for the Taylor County Appliance & Electronic Collection that will be conducted on Saturday, May 7, from 8:00 – 11:00 AM @ the Taylor County Fairgrounds.

HWY 64 Clean-Up – (just north of Cindy’s) @ 5:00 PM on Wednesday, May 11, prior to our Lions Meeting

Maple Fest; 

  • Thanks to the Maple Fest Committee & all Lions/Spouses that contributed to another successful Event. The weather didn’t cooperate, but good attendance & determined workers added up to a successful day! More details after our Maple Fest Wrap-Up Meeting on Monday, May 23 @ Sports Page – 6:30 PM.

Our website, taylorcountylionsmaplefest.org, offers downloads of our entry forms for the Maple Syrup Contest, Float Competition & Exhibitor Application plus much more information.

See the Maple Fest Poster;     Taylor County Lions Maple Fest Poster

Medford Aquafins Swim Club;   Medford Lions are also supporting the Medford Aquafins Swim Club’s meet on January 29-30, 2022, with an ad in their program.

Helen Hessing Lindsay Family Foundation Grant: At our last meeting, the Medford Lions decided to work in collaboration with Medford Area Public Schools to purchase a “Spot Screener” which is used to do vision checks for any students ages 3-21. The Medford Lions will contribute $4,000.00 using funds from our Helen Hessing Lindsay Family Grant. Total cost of the “Spot Screener is approximately $8,000.00.

Thank You Note from Medford Area Public Schools: “It is great in our community to have organizations working in collaboration for the purchase of these items which benefit our students. The Medford Lions Club continues to lead by example in our community.

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.

    UPDATE;   AWESOME NEWS: The Helen Hessing Lindsay Family Foundation has again provided the Medford Lions with a Grant for $7000.00 with the following note: This grant shows the
Foundation’s Gratitude for the Medford Lions Dedication and to help further your work in empowering and enabling visually impaired individuals to live productive and independent lives.

   UPDATE;    INVITATION TO THE MEDFORD LIONS: The Braille Writer, requested for 2 Medford Area Middle School students with potential  visual impairment, has arrived in the Medford Area Public School District. Medford Lions are invited to attend a photo op and a demonstration of the Braille Writer on Friday, January 28th , 2022, at 1:00 PM. This gift made possible with help from the Helen Hessing Lindsay Family Foundation!  Photo OP Picture;

UPDATE; Perkinstown Tramp;

  • Thanks to our Perkinstown Tramp Committee, chaired by Lions Bill Weiland & Len Hamman, our event was successful with over 100 Snowshoe racers. The Snowshoe Trail Committee had the trail in perfect condition according to the participants. Final report indicates a profit of $2548.76. Medford Lions are reviewing & comparing statistics from previous races to possibly increase the number of participants & profit margin.

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

  • Plans are being finalized for the Perkinstown Tramp, scheduled for January 15, 2022. Plan to help with this event! Tramp Committee: Lions Bill Weiland, Len Hamman, Tara Krug, Steve DeLonay & Herman Pernsteiner Snowshoe Trail Committee: Lions Rick Sperl, Jim Sorge, Steve DeLonay & Ken House.

  • Thanks to our Perkinstown Tramp Committee, chaired by Lions Bill Weiland & Len Hamman, our event was successful with over 100 Snowshoe racers. The Snowshoe Trail Committee, Lions Rick Sperl, Jim Sorge, Steve DeLonay & Ken House, had the trail in perfect condition according to the participants. A final report will be given at our next Lions Meeting.

Deer Hide Collection:   Deer Hide collection is underway – containers are located at Medford Motors, Lang Equipment, D&D Storage & Stetsonville Lumber. Help is needed to salt & sort the hides!

     UPDATE;   The Medford Lions Deer Hide Collection is going “great guns” with
over 600 hides salted & sorted with even more expected.
AMAZING!!!

Bowling Bonanza for Families;    The Medford Lions are helping support “Bowling Bonanza for
Families” on January 22, 2022, at the Sports Page with a $500 Sponsorship . This event is supporting our School Based Mental Health CARES Model & Counseling for all Youth in Taylor
County! “Great Community Support”

2022 Lions State Curling Bonspiel in Waupaca;  

The Medford Lions are sponsoring a Curling Team to attend the 2022 Lions State Curling Bonspiel in Waupaca on January 7-9. “Good Curling” to Lions Steve DeLonay, Rick Sperl, Bill Weiland & David “Beaner” Lemke!

UPDATE:  Lions Steve DeLonay, Rick Sperl, Bill Weiland & David “Beaner” Lemke participated in the 2022 Lions State Bonspiel in Waupaca on January 7-9. Their only defeat was in the Semi-finals of the First Event – which means our team was eliminated from the competition. However, there is always next year when the Medford Lions host the State Bonspiel on January 6-8, 2023.

Dial-A-Santa Elves:    Committee: Lions Len Hamman, Chair & Dennis Christianson

    UPDATE;    Dial Santa was successfully held on December 14th with the
assistance of Nicolet National Bank. While our total number of
children talked to was down from a high of 118 last year, we did talk
to 78 children which is still a solid number. Santa would like to
thank the following Lion Elves for their great work that night: Steve,
Rick & Vic! The Lions did an excellent job in conversing with the
children which can be difficult at times due to their young age. Well
done Lion Elves! And well done, Chair Lion Len Hamman!

Medford Lions Chrismas Party;    One of the highlights of the season was the Lions Christmas Party held at BS Bar & Catering on December 8, 2021.  Adding to the festivities were 2 Lions from Stevens Point: Medford Lion Dale Schroeder and our Wisconsin Lions Foundation Director Evett Hartvig. Director Evett presented an update on our Lions Camp for 2022.    Thanks to our committee, Lions Virginia & Joe Ellis, Judy Sorge & Rose Frelichowski for planning this Holiday event!

 

WHAT DO YOU KNOW?

 

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 (www.dot.wisconsin.gov), search on special license plates.

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

State - http://wisconsinlions.org

C2 e-District site http://www.e-district.org/sites/27c2/index.php
Convention - http://md27c2.org/Conventions/2010-2011%20conventions/Lions%20District%20Convention%20post.pdf

 

 

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