Congratulations go out to our own Lions, recognizing their years of service as a Lion. Each has received a Milestone Monarch Chevron Award, representing years of service.
Lion Dave Lemke - 35 years Monarch Chevron Award
Lion Perry Arndt - 30 years Monarch Chevron Award
Lion Bruce Krug - 25 years Monarch Chevron Award
Lion JD Harries - 25 years Monarch Chevron Award
Lion Dave Pepper - 20 years Monarch Chevron Award
Lion Terry Phillips - 15 years Monarch Chevron Award
Lion Shirley Lemke - 15 years Monarch Chevron Award
Lion Jason Wanke - 15 years Monarch Chevron Award
Lion Judy Pinkston - 10 years Monarch Chevron Award
Lion Doug Pinkston - 10 years Monarch Chevron Award
Lion Julis Thums - 10 years Monarch Chevron Award
Lion Susan Giese - 10 years Monarch Chevron Award

These are Ongoing Projects:   (Current Projects)

Centennial Service Challenge
Lions Club International announced a Global initiative to serve 100 million people by 2017. The
Centennial Service Challenge is a humanitarian initiative that brings Lions Clubs around the world
together in service to celebrate the Association’s 100th anniversary in 2017. For nearly 100 years, Lions Clubs have served their communities and touched the lives of millions of people. Over the next 3 ½ years, Lions Clubs will work to achieve the goal of serving at least 100 million people. Lions Club International is the largest service club organization in the world. Its 1.35 million members in more than 46,000 Clubs are serving communities in more than 200 countries and geographical areas around the globe. BE PROUD TO BE A LION!

Two very fine articles on this subject were printed in the January 29th Star News - one on the Star News Editorial page, featuring Lion Shirley Lemke and the other by Brian Wilson.  Another article by Brian Wilson In the October 1st Star News, was printed about the Spot Vision Screener.  If anyone missed these, it would be beneficial to go back and check them out.
As of the present the Lions have allocated:
$2500 - Library
$1190 - School Vision Enhance
$2995 - Reading Machine
$2000 - River Walk
$7050 - Spot Vision Screener

2016 New Grant;  

2016 earmarked Grants as of Feburary

 2017-2018 Committee Members;

  • Fourth of July Food Stand
  • Great Rubber Duck Race
  • Adopt a Highway Cleanup on Hwy 64
  • Lions Golf Tournament
  • Eyeglass and hearing aid collection programs
    • * The Medford Lions purchase glasses for those in the community who cannot afford to buy them. The club receives verification of financial need from our County or School Nurse.
      * The Medford Lions donate to the Medford Public Library Foundation, to supplement the Library's budget, to purchase Large Print Books and Books on CD.
      * The Medford Lions place containers in many businesses to collect used eye-glasses. The glasses are cleaned/repaired/lenses identified at our Lions Camp near Stevens Point, WI. The glasses are then distributed in Third World Countries through Lions Missions.
      * The Medford Lions support financially the Wisconsin Lions Camp, near Stevens Point, WI, which is a camp for Kids with Disabilities including vision impairment. The camp is free to all campers. Medford sends campers every year.
  • Tissue Transporter for the Lions Eye Bank  
    • * The Medford Lions support the Lions Eye Bank of Wisconsin located in Madison. Medford Lions serve as transporters of Eye Tissue to the Eye Bank in Madison when donations occur at The Lions Eye Bank of Wisconsin, Inc., a nonprofit 501 (c)(3), is a team of professionals and
      volunteers dedicated to the mission of restoring the Gift of Sight through transplantation of corneas, research and education to advance the knowledge and treatment of eye diseases. The Eye Bank fulfills this mission locally, nationally and internationally by recovering, processing and distributing eye tissue to corneal transplant surgeons, researchers and educators. From 7/2013 to 6/2014, our Eye Bank gave the "Gift of Sight" to 1,097 recipients. Great Gifts!
  • Peace Poster Contest  
    • The Medford Lions Club is the sponsor of the Lions International Peace Poster Contest at the Medford Area Middle School, (MAMS), Holy Rosary and Immanuel Lutheran Schools. The teachers from the 3 schools work with the students, ages 11-13, in creating peace posters with the theme, new each year..
  • Ball Park Concession Stand
  • Dial Santa
    • This year Santa received approximately 70 phone calls and talked to 105 children. This was the largest number of children Santa has talked to in the last 4 years. Santa’s Elves did a spectacular job of handling the phone calls!   3 Medford Lions Elves participated this year, In addition, 3 Medford High School Elves assisted.
      One of the fun aspects of assisting Santa is listening to the various requests from the children. Santa has to be on his toes and have a quick wit to handle many of the calls.
  • Provide support to Local Food Pantry, Indianhead Community Action Agency
  • Deer Hide Collection for the Wisconsin Lions Foundation
  • Vision Screening (Children And Adult) 
    • * The Medford Lions assist with Vision Screening in our schools, screening hundreds of Kids each year. We currently use the Snellen Chart, which has been in use for 150 years and has done the job reasonably well. This is where our club could certainly use some funding: A "Spot Vision Testing Camera" is now available and is in use in Wisconsin. The Spot Camera offers advantages over the Snellen Chart in that children do not need to be able to read or speak. Children simply look into the device as it takes some pictures. Based on those
      images, it will proceed to notify if it detects potential vision problems -- all within no more than one second. Cost of 1 Spot Camera (discounted Lions Price) --- $7,015.00 Printer used with Spot Camera --- $150.00
      * The Medford Lions conduct Adult Vision/Glaucoma Screening at our Senior Health Fair in October. We have been trained by Prevent Blindness America to do the screening. * The Medford Lions also purchase Large Print Calendars which are distributed annually
      throughout our county to residents with Vision Impairment.

These are projects we have been involved in:

  • Construction of two building and a snowmobile bridge at the Medford City Park
  • Construction of a building at Grahl Park
  • Construction of gazebos in Medford City and along the River Walk
  • Lions Water Fountain at the Medford City ParkReplacement
  • Construction of a shelter at the Black River Golf course
  • Medford Lions "Mush"  (Sled dog races)
  • Bridge across the black River  Bridge Donation
    • * The Medford Lions contributed time & dollars to the Medford River Walk Bridge Project. The bridge connects the east side to the west side of the River Walk which circles the Mill Pond in Downtown Medford. Without the bridge, pedestrians had to use Highway 64 to connect the sides of the River Walk. The bridge offers safety to all, including those with vision impairment. Cost of the project is $130,000 -- we have paid off $125,000.
  • An annual Octogenarian Night which has been held for over 52 years


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