Local Lions Rise to The Challenge
White Cane fund-raising campaign Helps Lions those in need
Marquette, Michigan, June 22, 2018
In 1925 blind-deaf activist Helen Keller challenged the newly formed Lions Club to serve as “Knights of the Blind.” Local Lions from the Chocolay, Skandia, and Marquette Lions Clubs joined together to rise to meet her challenge. Annually, local Lions Clubs conduct their White Cane fund raiser the week of Flag Day. The clubs want to publicly thank the Marquette Walmart store for hosting this year’s event. Thanks to the generosity of the Walmart patrons, $4200 in bills and coins were donated. “It’s easy to stand out in the rain knowing that every penny donated by the public, goes directly back to help our community,” boasts Marquette Lion Lin Dembowski.”
The Lions White Cane campaign is a national event that originated to raise awareness and funds to help the blind and visually impaired. Known for collecting used eye glasses, providing eye health screenings, and purchasing glasses for those in need, the Lions Club has expanded its mission over its 100-year history. Local Lions clubs provide financial assistance with hearing aids, support local organizations who feed and clothe those in need, provide educational scholarships, help to arrange emergency medical transportation, and so much more.
With nearly 1.5 million members worldwide, the Lions Club is the largest service organization in the world. Nearly every community in the Upper Peninsula has a local Lions Club. For more information or to find a Lions Club in your area, visit: www.district10lions.org.
Dinner in the Dark sponsored by the Walkersville Leo Club
A Lion family in western Maryland raised their first puppy last year and got their Leos club involved in a fund raiser for Leader Dog. They wanted to raise $2,000. We put them together with a Lion in Waco, Texas who had spearheaded many very successful Dinner in the Darks. Last year the Walkersville Leo Club raised $9,527.13 for Leader Dog during the one night event. I went to this year’s event two weeks ago to give them the first EVER Top Dog Award to a Leos Club (that’s a club giving $5,000+ to our annual fund).
The kids could have been an orthodontist ad—they were smiles ALL NIGHT LONG. The group picture below is the club (they borrowed their bow toes and cummerbunds from the school marching band). The second picture is the “thank you award” they gave to people who helped in the effort (it’s a dinner plate with their Dinner in the Dark logo in the center – one of the students designed it from all of their ideas). The kids, their families and community was AMAZING! They never thought of the phrase “it can’t be done”.
I just received three checks from the Walkersville Leos for $11,718.97!! This is the beauty of Lions, puppy raisers and MIDDLE SCHOOLERS (!) doing great things. I’m so proud of each of them and thank you puppy development for supporting great volunteer puppy raisers near and far!
Stephenson Lions Club
On Wednesday, May 23rd, the Stephenson High School Seniors held their awards ceremony, during which the Stephenson Lions Club awarded two recipients with $1,000 scholarships. Applicants were to submit an essay demonstrating the importance of community service/volunteer work within their life and explain why they believe such service is important.
Lion Hannah Rice (right) presented the scholarships to LEO Ethan Brown and LEO Paige Thoune, both are members of the Stephenson LEO Club.
As Lions, we all try to live up to our motto, “We Serve”.
Every day around the world, Lions conduct humanitarian acts that we hear of and can help inspire others to do similar actions. With this in mind, I was asked by our District I T Chair, Dayna King, to share some of my experiences of humanitarian medical missions that I have been privileged to be a part of. My name is Joe Baczkowski and have been a member of the Marquette Lions Club the past 30 years. I am retired from a 40+ year career in the medical profession of Orthotics & Prosthetics. I also happen to be a Vietnam Veteran of the US Army. Click here to read complete article
PDGGary Klop challenged the District to raise $5000 to be divided between Leader Dogs and Eversight. If they did, the club/person who donated the most could cut his hair. Bark River was the largest donor. The total raised was $7500!
The Gwinn Lions were out with the Gwinn Cub Scout pack and troop 333, as well as members of the United Methodist Church to man a road crossing for The Jack Pine 30.
The Jack Pine 30 is an introductory event for new mushers. It leaves Gwinn at 10 am and the mushers are routed out through the Sands Plains and back. This year there were 14 teams competing in the event.
Lions and scouts shoveled snow down onto the road and managed traffic to help keep the event safe and running smooth!
Lion Floyd Birthday Message
Happy Birthday to the FAB four! Leader Dog littler-mate brothers. Floyd Preston, Elroy and Shadow. February 1, 2012. “They Say, “It’s my birthday, it’s your birthday too, ya!”
Peace Poster Contest
The SD 10 winner of the Lions International Peace Poster Contest is Emily Kiekhaefer, an 8th grade student at St. Mary’s Catholic School in Sault Ste. Marie. Congratulations to Emily and the Soo Lions for sponsoring her School! The theme of this contest was “The Future Of Peace”. (click image to enlarge)
Certificate of Appreciation
District Governor, Jim Whalen presenting immediate Past District Governor, Matt Doney with a Certificate of Appreciation for his service as District Governor from Immediate Past International President, Chancellor Bob Corlew! (click image to enlarge)
Fellow SD 10 LIONS:
I’m sure many of you know that there is a delegation from SD 10 in attendance at the 100th anniversary LIONS International Convention in Chicago this weekend. We were very proud to represent all of you in the “Parade of Nations” carrying several banners from our District including OUR International Director PDG Jenny Ware!!!
A link to a video clip to a very good article from WGN of Chicago > click to view
See you soon !!!
SD 10 LIONS Cabinet Secretary Joe Maki
Winter Camp For the Blind: February 2, 3, 4, 2018
Winter Camp has been a tradition for near- ly 50 years. Beginning in 1969, it is a special camp adventure for blind and visually impaired adults and a major project of District 11 B1. The camp is held the first weekend in February each year, providing a social gathering for up to 80 adult campers from all around the state. Click to download: Brochure | Application
Lions Day at Bay Cliff – From Stephenson Leos
July 8th was Lions Day at Bay Cliff Health Camp. Members of the Stephenson Leo Club and Bark River Leo Club, along with numerous Lions Clubs from the U.P. attended.
The Stephenson Lions Club and Stephenson Leo Club joined together and brought a donation of $750 worth of items from Bay Cliff’s wish list. The two clubs also each gave a monetary donation. > click here to view photos
Lions Day at Bay Cliff
July 8, 2017: Lions Day at Bay Cliff > click here to view photo gallery
The Gladstone LIONS Club recently held our annual “Spring Social” Community Service Fundraiser (this is the 4th-previously known as the Gladstone Area High School Jazz Band fundraiser. This year our club was able to earn after expenses $4,600 of which $500 was donated to our main entertainment “The Jam Band, $500 to our special guest former local resident Karlee Metzger who you might remember as a finalist on “The Voice” and $1,000 to the Delta County Children’s Protective Services program. Our Club’s Community Service Fund benefitted in the amount of $2,600 for our various service projects thru the LIONS year. We hold 2 to 3 major fundraisers each year. Pictured is King LION Rick Jones presenting a $1,000 check to Tammy Marenger of the Delta County Children’s Protective Services Department.
The Stephenson Leo Club helped plant flowers around Stephenson on Friday, June 9th.
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Leader Dogs Letter to Whippen Family
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Convention Thank You Note From Stephenson Lions Club
We could not have asked for a better weekend to host the 95th annual Single District 10 Convention in Harris, MI. Thank you so much to our fellow Lions, family, guests, and Leos who traveled less than a mile, or more than 2,874 miles (ID Nicolin and her husband Rudy) to attend the convention that we were proud to host. > Click here to read more and view photos
Melvin Jones Award Recipients for 2017 are: Ivan Ryan (posthumously), Joe Maki, and Peggy Lindeman.
The Marquette Lions Club donated proceeds from the Younkers Community Days fund raiser to JJ Packs, a local non profit that provides food to low income students over the weekends.
February 2017: The Delta Menominee Heart of the North Lions Club recently made its annual donation of $500 to the Salvation Army, and an additional $300 to Adpot a Family. Pictured,are, Major Ralph Hansen and Pat VanEnkevort, president of the Delta Menominee Heart of the North Lions Club.
The First Ever Mud Run fundraiser was held at the Gobert Farm in Perkins in October to raise awareness and funds for the newly formed Weight Lifting Club at the Mid Pen School. Coach/Trainor, Jordan Gobert organized the Mud Run to bring awareness to the new weightlifting club and to help raise funds for equipment. 30 participants raised $352!! > click here to view slideshow
Gwinn Lions Club
In a very moving time, Gwinn Lions members Marlene and Mark Breit presented toys purchased by the club to the Early Childhood Special Education classes at the KISawyer Elementary School. These toys replaced some rusty and worn-out toys. Pictured are Teacher Judy Kitchen, Lions Marlene and Mark Breit, Teacher Assistant Heather Holdwick, and children Devin Jarrett, Carter Vincent, and Mya Wade.
Gwinn Lions Club
The Gwinn Lions Club donated funds to Just Believe, a group that provides sun screen for children and in locations and parks in the community. Delight Hill is receiving a check from Gwinn Lion Treasurer Marlene Breit.
Bus Tour Photo
International Director Lion Jennifer Ware, International President Lion Bob Corlew, Lion Bill Munsell, Treasurer – Eversight Michigan
2016-17 Club Visits
PDG Gary Klop/ Lion Gretchen Preston – Leader Dog Co-Chairs
I was so honored at our 2016 district convention when DG Matt asked me to serve as his Leader Dog Co-Chair with my personal hero, PDG Gary Klop. We’re booking our club visits for 2016-17. Gary has a new Leader Dog puppy in training. Future Leader Dog Patriot has arrived. He is a Golden Retriever/ Yellow Lab cross, smart as a whip and ready to meet your club. Likewise, Leader Dog Floyd and I are ready to hit the road. Gary will cover clubs in the EUP and I will cover clubs west, central and north. This is for ease of travel purposes only. We will be thrilled with personal invitations if you prefer Patriot over Floyd.
It is our goal as Leader Dog Co-Chairs “to put a face on” Leader Dogs for the Blind in our district. As Lions we are involved in so many worthy causes, we want to showcase the dogs, share our personal experiences, and share stories of how your donations help real people.
If you are interested in having me and Leader Dog Floyd, or Gary and Future Leader Dog Patriot give a Leader Dog presentation at a club meeting or be present at a club event in our 2016 – 17 Lion’s Club year, please contact us and we will make our sincerest effort to accommodate your request. We all know how winter nights can be up here, so we respectfully will not drive long distances at night in inclement weather. Cancelled visits will be rescheduled. We look forward to meeting your club!
Marquette Lions Club
The Marquette Lions Club sponsored the Lions International Peace Poster contest at Father Marquette Middle School this year. The theme was “A Celebration of Peace”. Pictured are 7th grade students in Mr. Tom Taylor’s Art Class and winning poster by Maria Millado.
The Gwinn Lions recently donated $400 to the Forsyth Township Library for the purchase of large print books and magazines. Lion Marlene Breit presents a check and labels indicating that the funds are being given in honor of donations made in Rita Bobula’s name. Librarian’s name is Leslie Makela. Click image to enlarge.
Gwinn Lions Club
Four Gwinn Lions members received their Silver Centennial pins from First Vice District Governor Jim Whelen at their Charter night. Pictured: 1VDG Jim Whelan, Lee Rowe, Mike Prokopowicz, Bill Rowe, Kris Rowe.
Gwinn Lions Club
The Gwinn Lions also inducted three new members at their charter night. Pictured are Gwinn Lion Secretary Bill Rowe, 1VDG Jim Whelan, new member Diane Lawhorn, Mark Breit, Marlene Dietrich, sponsor, and new members Dorothy O’Neill and Gordy Mielke.
Stephenson Lions Club
Roger Allen Freis, a lifelong resident of Wallace, MI. passed away at the age of 78 on Friday October 21, 2016 in Green Bay, WI surrounded by his family. Roger was born June 25, 1938 in Wallace to the late Elmer and Elsie (Peterson) Freis. He grew up in Wallace and attended local schools. During his senior year in Stephenson High School he began working for the Bank of Stephenson, continuing there until his retirement as Senior Vice President in 1995. On May 9, 1964 Roger married the former Judi Anderson at the Community Lutheran Church in McAllister, WI. He was a lifelong and active member of Gethsemane Lutheran Church in Wallace where he served over the years in many positions of leadership. Roger was very civic and community minded. He was an active and very involved member of the Stephenson Lions Club for 50 years. For 30 years Roger made blue bird house kits for 3rd graders at Stephenson Area Public Schools, making over two thousand kits. He served on the Mellen Township Board over 50 years holding the position of treasurer for the majority of those years. He was also a charter member of the Mellen Township Fire Department. Some of Roger’s other involvements, but certainly not all, include being past member of Stephenson Area School Board, Luther Home Board of Directors, member of the County Remonumentation Board, North Shore Golf Club, and playing pool in the home pool league. He did tax returns for many people, and was bookkeeper for Linsmeier Livestock Auction for a number of years. One of Roger’s passions was his camp. This was the place he loved to be, whether he was relaxing, working, hunting, or entertaining friends and family. He had a real heart for people in need and many times gave generously but quietly. His real love and passion was his family, always generously seeing that they were cared for. Another way Roger gave back was serving his country in the National Guard.
Survivors include his wife: Judi of Wallace, MI; 2 daughters: Jackie Hoof and Sarah (Scott) Krzych; 8 grandchildren; 8 great grandchildren; 2 sons in law: John Hoof and Paul Kowalski. Sister: Janet (Elmer) Mullard; and sister in law Nancy Freis. Roger is further survived by many nieces, nephews, cousins, and his extended Anderson Family. Roger was preceded in death by his son Todd; his daughter Tina; and his brother Ed.
Visitation will be held on Tuesday October 25, 2016 after 3:00 PM at Anderson Diehm Funeral Home until time of Prayer service at 7:00 PM. Visitation will continue on Wednesday at Gethsemane Lutheran Church in Wallace from 10:00 AM until the funeral service at 11:00 AM with Reverend Roland Lindeman officiating. Burial will follow in Mellen Township Cemetery with Military Honors. Online condolences may be expressed at www.andersondiehm.com.
Stephenson Leo Club
Eleven of the Stephenson Leo Club members went to Roubal Care & Rehab in Stephenson to paint pumpkins with the residents on Saturday, October 15th. Click images to enlarge
Gladstone Lions Club
Gladstone Lions John Thomas and Don St.Germaine present Leader Dog handler and owner Gretchen Preston with a check for $ 700 for the Leader Dogs for the Blind Organization. Leader Dogs is an organization created by two Detroit Lions Club Members in 1939. Gretchen is with her leader dog, Floyd. Looking on is Leader Dog trainer and handler, Gary Klop with his current leader dog in training, Patriot. Donations to the Leader Dog for the Blind program may be sent to: 1039 Rochester Rd S, Rochester Hills, MI 48307.
Meet Single District 10’s Newest International Director: PCC Jenny Ware
PID Esther LaMothe, Jackson, gave the seconding speech at the Plenary Session on Monday, June 27th.
A member of the Brampton Township (Days River Area) Lions Club since 1993, she has held many offices within the association, including club secretary, club director, district governor, council chairperson, district GLT coordinator and district Sight Preservation and Action chairperson.
In recognition of her service to the association, she has received numerous awards including the Membership Key Award, an International Leadership Award and an International President’s Award. She is also a Melvin Jones Fellow.
Director Ware is a psychiatric nurse, and her husband, Jeff, also a Lion, have one daughter, Lion Heather. Lion Jim Frendeway, Iron Mountain, was the Districts last International Director serving 1983-85.
“I am very honored to be representing not only the Lions of Michigan, but the Lions of the World as we head into our Centennial Celebration!”
Marquette Lions Club
Dictionary Project time again with the Marquette Lions Club. For the 7th straight year, the Marquette Lions Club is providing dictionaries to the 3rd grade students in Marquette and Marquette Township. This program is an effort to promote reading and education to the youth in our community.
Crystal Falls Lions Club Appreciation Dinner
On Tuesday, September 6th, a dinner was held to thank all of the people that helped to make our “White Cane Program” and our “Bass Festival” a success. During these two activities, the Lions took in enough money to run all of our community service work for the year. A great dinner was provided by our club kitchen crew consisting of Chef Ray Bortolini, assisted by Ron Curnow and Chuck Pollak. Everyone enjoyed a super prime rib dinner. This is done annually to thank all of the non lions that work very hard to make these two programs successful. Our club members plan and work very hard to make these activities successful, but with out the help of these volunteers, it would be impossible to hold either of these events.
Pictured from left to right, around the table enjoying their meal are Golden K members Keith Locke, Ray Spencer, Bob Pozniak, Jack Jacobson and Curt Jacobson. In the other picture are King Lion Al Carrier presenting Golden K member Keith Locke with a check in the amount of $600, for the help they gave the Club during the recent White Cane Program.
Anyone interested in becoming a Lion, please contact any Lion member. We would be very happy to have some new young, or old members, to help us provide services to our brothers and sisters who are in need. We strive to make our community a better place in which to live.
We would again like to thank all of the great people who donated to our “White Cane Program” and to those who participated in our “Bass Festival”.
Lion Tom Cain, Gladstone Lions, and his wife, Marie, again gave of their time and energy at the Back to School Health Fair in Escanaba on August 7th! This year they screened just over 130 children!!
Iron Mountain Lions Club
Iron Mountain/Kingsford Lions Club President Scott McClure is shown presenting Lion Jim Frendewey a chevron to commemorate Lion Jim’s 55 years as a Lions Club member. He has held many local and district officer positions over the years. Lion Jim has also served as a past international director. Lion Jim says there is one position that is too much work, that of secretary. So he never held that position.
Lion Jim Frendeway exemplifies the Lions motto of “We Serve”. He continues to be a role model to his fellow Lions at 93 years old.
Crystal Falls Lions Club Installs New Officers For 2016
At a recent meeting of the Crystal Falls Lions Club, the new officers for the 2016 Lions year, were installed by Past District Governor Gene Schiavo. Pictured from left to right are Schiavo, Joy Fredericks, 2nd Vice President, Gary Ross, Chairman of the membership committee, Joanie Hietala, Head Tail Twister, Don Conners, 1st Vice President, Greg Calzetta, Secretary, Diane Carrier, 1st alternate Tail Twister, Larry Hegstrom, Lion Tamer, Al Carrier, King Lion (President), Gene Fredericksen, 1st Vice Chairman of the membership committee, Norma Prevo, Treasurer, Mike Delbridge, 2nd alternate Tail Twister and Charlie Bandacarri, 2nd Vice Chairman of the membership committee. These officers will serve our Club and community through June 30, 2017.
Stephenson Lions Club
The Stephenson Lions Club held our 14th Annual Charity Golf Outing on Monday, August 1 at Riverside Golf Club in Menominee, MI. We ran into a snag this year with the helicopter for the Chopper Dropper. We had a back up helicopter that was set to come, but that also had issues. We ended up having a crane brought over to use. It was a great backup and did the job!
IMK Lions Club
The IMK Lions Club have been working in conjunction with the Iron Mountain Kingsford Community Federal Credit Union with their Annual Kids Carnival. The Credit Union provides carnival games and free school supplies including a back-pack to their members and the public. It’s a great place to get in front of our target kidsight aged kids.
The three of us in the picture is Marianne Gardner, Rich Larson and Scott McClure (IMK Lions President). In the background Lions Helper Maddie Anderson is working the Popcorn Machine to serve the kids free popcorn.
Just another morning at Leader Dog, in the Canine Development Center the Lions helped build.
Learn more about the construction of our new Canine Development Center at leaderdog.org/canine-center or ‘like’ us on Facebook . Our mission is to empower people who are blind or visually impaired with lifelong skills for safe and independent daily travel.
Stephenson Leo Club Officers
Officers were installed during the Stephenson Lions Club meeting on June 27, 2016. From left to right: Mark Cappaert – President, Sarah Williams – Vice President, Brooke Tickler – Treasuer, and Kaylee Hukarevic – Secretary.
New Stephenson Lions Club Members
Newly installed Stephenson Lions Club members Melissa Revall and Dennis Morton. They were installed at our meeting on June 27, 2016 by Past District Governor James Wash.
PCC Jenny Ware and Lion Jeff
PCC Jenny will be the #2 candidate on the ballot for International Director from the United States during Tuesday’s election. PCC Jenny will be the next International Director to represent the state of Michigan.
Chocolay Lions at Work with their biggest fundraiser, the White Cane. Lions donated 32 hours of their time and raised $1,300.00.
Congratulations Lions of SD10!
Your participation in Project KidSight screenings for 2015-2016 resulted in a record breaking 1066 children screened in 29 screenings! Thank you for all you do!” Yours in Lionism – Project KidSight Cochairs Lion Don Connor, Lion Rose Potvin, Lions Duane and Judy Goltz and Lion Peggy Lindeman
Crystal Falls Lions Club Awards $3,000 in Scholarships To Local Graduates
The Crystal Falls Lions Club continues it’s Scholarship Program of many years. This year six students from West Iron County High School, North Dickinson High School and Forest Park High School, were the recipients of these awards.
The selection of these students is made in large part by the school’s Guidance Counselor. The Guidance counselor receives the applications from the students that are requesting consideration for these grants. The selection is made based on not only grades alone, but also on other qualities that the students have displayed during their High School careers. The students may be attending a four year college degree program, or a trade school. The high school counselor’s then present the applications to a committee of four to six people, for review. The committee then makes the selection, and the high school counselor then makes the referral to Lions Club Scholarship Committee. The scholarship committee consists of members Gene Fredericksen and Don Conners.
The high school counselors that are instrumental in this program are Christine Harrington-Veirauch of West Iron, Angie Jungworth of North Dickinson and Harold Payne of Forest Park.
This years winners of $500 each are Molly Sheehan, daughter of Jill Orvis and Michael Sheehan. She will be attending Central Michigan University, and will be studying Literature and Communications.
Zane Sarafini, is the son of Lauralee Pierquett and the late Gary Sarafini. Zane will also be attending Central Michigan University and will be in a pre-med program and will enter the medical field.
Graduating from North Dickinson and receiving a $500 scholarships, are Marlana Smith, daughter of Amy and Jacob Smith. Marlana will be attending Northern Michigan University in the field of Early Childhood Education. The other North Dickinson recipient is Kimberly Pekarek, daughter of Diane and Ken Pekerek. She will be attending Northern Michigan Universilty in the field of Elementary Education.
From Forest Park is $500 scholarship winner McKenzie Turner, daughter of Therese Peterson and Michael and Michelle Turner. McKenzie will be attending Bay College in the medical field. Macey Hammerberg, will receive $500. She is the Granddaughter of Linda and Richard Hammerberg. She will be studying Radiology Technology at Northern Michigan University.
(Pictures below) Left to right. 1. Lion Don Conners, Zane Sarafini and Molly Sheehan. 2. Marlana Smith, Lion Gene Fredericksen and Kimberly Pekarek. 3. Lion Gene Fredericksen, McKenzie Turner, Lion Don Conners and Macey Hammerberg.
Picture of one of the three signs that the Crystal Falls Lions Club erected for the City of Crystal Falls. Shown in the picture are left to right, Lions’ Bud West, Max Woelffer and Tony Albarello.
Powers-Spalding Clubs Lion David LeBoeuf (right) presenting Peach Blake (left) of O4P with a $300 check from monies we made from a Brat cookout fundraiser. Outfitters 4 Patriots is a Non profit that helps wounded Veterans and disabled children by taking them out hunting and fishing and other special events.
Leaderdog presentation at Bark River Harris High School that was done on Thursday evening, April 28th, 2016.
Photo from the Stephenson Lions Club recent Project KidSight screenings. Melissa Revall (left) and Nicole Machalk completed screenings for 80 children at Country Corner Daycare, Erica’s Big House Daycare, Stephenson Elementary and the home schooling group in the community.
Les Cheneaux Lions Club has Country/Western decorations for sale. These items were used at our February 2016 auction fundraiser and are in good condition. > click here for complete information
Marquette Lions Club Annual Pancake Breakfast “Buffet” which was to benefit the New Free Store. > Click here to view photo gallery
Photos taken during Stephenson Lions Club pancake breakfast on Sunday, April 3 at Stephenson High School.
Rapid River Lions Club St Patrick’s Day Dinner: The Rapid River Lions held the dinner fundraiser on Saturday, March 12th boasting the best corned beef in the county!! The dinner was served with all of the Irish fixings along with PDG Jack Holzworth’s homemade Swedish rye bread! Yes it was Leprechaun approved!!! Grrreat job Lions!
St. Ignace Lions Club members Kayla Pelter and Tracy Movalson offered assistance to the Les Cheneaux Lions Club’s Cabin Fever Reliever held February 27th in Cedarville. Kayla and Tracy assisted in a very spirited auction.
Lions Club Installs New Digital Signs. The Crystal Falls Lions Club has finally completed the new digital signs that you see as you come into Crystal Falls from the west, east and the south. The signs have been a long time coming, with many hours spent and funds raised to cover the cost. Much help was received from the City of Crystal Falls, with regard to the location of the signs, including rezoning. A huge thank you goes to Bud West, who spearheaded the entire project. Lion Bud spent many hours dealing with the State regulations and working with the City’s Manager Dorothea Olson. Without all the time and perserverance of Lion Bud, this project would have never been completed.
The signs are a great addition to the City, as they will be used to let the residents and visitors, know of all activities that will be up coming and curently going on in the City. The original signs, that were installed back in 1970, mainly made the residents and travelers aware of Lions activities. The signs were updated for the first time after many years of use. Now the signs have been completely replaced with brand new digital signs. They were installed as Community signs and will post all activities of the City, the Lions Club and any other organizations that would like an item posted. The signs can be changed and operated with a remote control, and can be done from the street, without trudging through the snow etc.
The Sheriff’s Department will also have a remote to be used for such things as an amber alert for a missing child, or other important information. The Sheriff’s Dept. received a $500 grant to be used for such an amber alert. With these funds, they purchased their remote.
The Lions Club would also like to thank those that donated to this project. This thank you goes out to the Business’, Organizations and private citizens that also donated to this project. Included would be the Nash Funeral home who purchased $400 worth of tickets for our raffel. They won a prize of $250, and then donated it back to the sign project. Wisconsin Electric donated $500, First National Bank $250, Co-Vantage Credit Union $500, the (DACF) Dickinson Area Community Fund $475, The City of Crystal Falls $500, the Women’s VFW Auxilliary $250, the VFW $250, and The Knights of Columbus $300. We also received donations from Community minded individuals that wanted to help. We received a $100 donation from Diane Kut, a $30 donation from Norman Mika, and a $1000 donation from a local citizen that wished to remain annonymous. It also should be noted here that the Lion Club Members collectively donated out of there own pockets, the amount of $1,885.
The Crystal Falls Lions Club is still in need of additional funds to cover the remaining cost of this project. If you are interested in donating, to this worthy cause, please send your donations to The Crystal Falls Lions Club at P.O. Box177, Crystal Falls, MI 49920.
Those of you who participated in Lions activities and helped with your donations, should be very proud of this accomplishment and improvement to the City. When you attended the Bass Festival and bought a hamburger or a brat, or a strawberry short cake, or even had a beer, you were contributing to this project.
The Lions Club has been doing this kind of thing for many years. Some of you may be old enough to remember that, the Lions Club of Crystal Falls raised the money to purchase the materials and have the scoreboard built at the Crystal Falls Highschool, which is now Forest Park’s Dick Metlack field. An article appeared in the “Out of the past column of the Iron County Reporter regarding that fund raiser 50 years ago. In the picture, from left to right are Dave Sherby, Bud West and Max Woelffer. Also having worked on the installation was Tony Albarello, not pictured.
Melvin Jones, the founder of Lions Clubs International, back in 1917, has an award named after him. It is an award that is presented to the Lion at the club level, that has contributed the most to his club during the past year.
Lion Ray Bortolini has been an exemplary Lion this past year. He has provided meals for every meeting held at the Lions Club House during this past year. He has worked on all club projects including chairing the semiannual highway clean ups, hauled the Christmas trees sold at our Christmas tree sale, has sold Christmas trees, has participated in our annual “White Cane Drive” and has done many behind the scene activities during our major “Bass Festival Fund Raiser”. It is our largest fund raiser annually. He was one of our largest 50-50 ticket sellers and sells many of our raffle tickets for that event.
In short, Lion Ray has done many things on and off the record for the betterment of the club and our community.
For these reasons he has been selected to receive the very highly regarded “Melvin Jones Award”.
This year the award was presented at the Crystal Falls Lions club’s annual Christmas party, that was held at the Paint River Landing, on December 2, 2015. The award presentation was witnessed by about 60-70 people present. The award had special meaning to Lion Ray as the award was selected by the Melvin Jones Committee, but was presented to him by his son Larry Bortolini, who was last years King Lion. It was a very moving presentation both to Lion Larry and to his father, Lion Ray, and to all who witnessed the occasion.
Pictured on the left is Immediate Past King Lion Larry making the presentation to his father, New Melvin Jones Fellow, Lion Ray Bortolini.
This was a great Christmas party with a great meal had by all. It should also be noted that unwrapped gifts for kids were brought by all attendees. These gifts were transported to the Michigan State Police Post in Iron Mountain. From there they were distributed to needy kids all over Iron County in time for Christmas.
On December 3, 2015, Lions Ernie Hagen and Elizabeth Denoyer read the book “Do Unto Otters” to kindergarten through second grade students at Les Cheneaux Community Schools. The book is about manners and how to be kind to others. It was written by Michigan author, Laura Keller. After the reading, the students signed a poster about the book, which is now on display at the Les Cheneaux Community Library. The program is part of the Michigan Reads program and is sponsored locally by the community library.
About the book (from the Library of Michigan website):
Michigan Reads! One Book One State Children’s Book Program
The Library of Michigan selected Do Unto Otters written and illustrated by Laurie Keller for the 2015 program. In the book book, Mr. Rabbit’s new neighbors are otters. OTTERS! But he doesn’t know anything about otters. Will they be friends? Will they even get along? Follow Mr. Rabbit as he learns how to be a good friend and neighbor by simply following the Golden Rule.
District Governor, Tom Lanaville, is shown presenting the Lions Clubs International Club Excellence Award to Immediate Past District Governor, Bill Rowe, Gwinn Lions Club and to Lion Joe Backowski, Marquette Lions Club. The Club Excellence Award is presented to Clubs that have 1. Completed three (3) service projects, 2. Donated to the Lions Club Service Foundation, 3. Have had a Net Membership increase, 4. Have communicated with the community in at least one of the many ways provided by LCI, 5. Have held proper Officer Training and have attended Zone Meetings, 6. Completed the Monthly Activites Reports, 7. Are a Club in Good Standing at the International level and 8. Completed the form to receive this honor!!!
Congratulations to the Gwinn and Marquette Lions Clubs!!
District 10 Vice District Governor, Matt Doney, is shown with three new members of the Iron Mountain Kingsford Lions Club. New members are Mark Rossato, Deb Rossato and Tyler Chartier. Pictured from left to right, Vice District Governor, Matt Doney, Scott McClure, sponsor, Mark Rossato, Lynne McClure, sponsor, Deb Rossato, Tyler Chartier and Dennis Rahoi, sponsor.
Marquette Lions Christmas Party
The Marquette Lions Club sponsored the 5th grade art class at Father Marquette Middle School in the Lions International Peace Poster contest this year. The theme was “Share Peace”. Pictured are Sophia Krysmalski, the class winner and her teacher, Mr. Tom Taylor. Her poster now goes on to judging at the District level. Good luck Sophia and to all students that participated! The International Grand Prize Winner receives a trip to an award ceremony where they receive $5000 and an award.
Photo of Lions Davida Mooers presenting a check for $400.00 to Gregg Johnson from Bark River Township.
This $400.00 will buy a sprayer to keep the weeds down on the walking trail at the Bark River Township Sports Complex.
That walking trail was partly sponsored by the Delta Menominee County Heart of the North Lions Club.
If you haven’t looked at page 28 of your November 2015 issue of Lions International Magazine….You really should!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Crystal Falls Lions Club elects and inducts officers for 2015-2016.
An induction ceremony was held on Tuesday, November 3rd, to induct the new officers of the Crystal Falls Lions Club. Officers elected included the following. King Lion, Al Carrier; First Vice President Lion Don Conners; Second Vice President, Lion Diane Carrier; Third Vice President, Joy Fredericks; Secretary, Lion Greg Calzetto; Treasurer, Lion Norma Prevo; Tail Twister, Lion Mike Delbridge with assistants Lion Joanie Hietala and Lion Diane Carrier; and Lion Tamer, Lion Larry Hegstrom. These officers will serve through June 30, 2016. The induction ceremony was performed by Past District Governor, Gene Schiavo and Past King Lion, Larry Bortolini. Pictured are L-R, Don Conners, Greg Calzetta, Diane Carrier, Al Carrier, Norma Prevo, Larry Bortolini, Larry Hegstrom and Gene Schiavo. Not pictured are Lions Mike Delbridge, Joanie Hietala and Joy Fredericks. Also at this time there was the formal passing of the gavel from Past King Lion Larry Bortolini, to New King Lion Al Carrier. Pictured on the left is Carrier and on the right is Bortolini. The next meeting Which will be our Christmas party, will be held on December 1st, at the Paint River Landing. Each Lion is reminded to bring to the meeting an unwrapped gift for a child of either sex. These gifts will be brought to the Michigan State Police post in Iron Mountain and will then be given to the Department of Social Services in Caspian for distribution at Christmas time to children in Iron County.
The St. Ignace Lions Club had great success with the Lion’s White Cane Day bringing in $588. The effort was led by Lion Doug Whitaker. Thanks Lion Doug!
It is with great pleasure that I inform you that SD 10 just voted to endorse the two very well qualified candidates for 2016-2017! We are sure they will continue serve our organization with great pride and help our organization serve the world!!! > click here to read more
Yours In Lionism,
PCC Jenny Ware
The Sugar Island Lions Club gathered this week for our Fall Road Clean-up. We sponsor others on the island to clean up sections of roads by providing the vest, pick-up sticks and buckets. We also post a sign along the road to acknowledge the volunteers. Great program. Keeps the island clean and gets lots of people involved. Big Lions Club logo on the back of the vests helps promote the cause.
Photo gallery from appreciation dinner for IPDG Bill Rowe
Days River Area Lions 25th Anniversary
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September 19, 2015
This will more than likely be my last year in contact with you as Leader Dog Chairman for our District. I have raised 6 going on my 7th Puppy and am pretty sure this will be my last one. I can not keep up with the changes nor do I have the expenses to go on with something I loved to do. I had been Leader Dog Chairman years ago when then PDG Brown was Governor and was unable to hold the postion of LD Chair. Lion Richard recieved awards for 100% donations from clubs, something I had dreamed of. In the past few years that I have taken over from PDG Holzworth I had those dreams that I could do the same if not top what PDG Brown was able to do and have fallen short. I believe last year only around 40% of our clubs donated anything and I really appreciated all you have done. Many clubs have gone way above normal donations and especially with the kennel renovation project. I am forever greatful for all you have done over the years. Keep up the good work as Lions and please see it in your heart as well as your club to make a donation no matter the amount to Leader Dogs for the Blind. Thank you for allowing me “TO SERVE” as Chair, Co Chair for YOUR District. After all, Helen Keller challenged us as Lions to become “KNIGHTS FOR THE BLIND”.
PDG Gary Klop
District 10 Leader Dog for the Blind Chairman
Project KidSight attended the annual Back2School Health Fair for the second straight year! Lions from the Gladstone, Escanaba and Days River Area Lions Club provided free vision screenings to 149 children!!
July 11, 2015: Lions Day at Bay Cliff and Changeover Meeting > click here to view photos
Sheila Grady and Tim Richards of Voices for Youth, an organization in Marquette which offers help to homeless youth who have aged out of the foster care system, receive a check from Lion Elmer Moisio for $2050.00. The Marquette Lions Club held a pancake breakfast fund raiser to raise money for the organization and bring Voices For Youth into the public eye.
Lions of SD10, I have officially stepped back as an ID Candidate and am. Sing encouraged to return next year at the International Convention! I thank you for your ongoing support and do not view this as a step back but view it as a step forward in my learning experience for next year! I will continue to partake and enjoy this wonderful experience in Hawaii! Until we meet again in the UP, ALOHA! Lion Jenny Ware
Rock Lions officers for 2015-16 are installed – The Rock Lions officers for 2015-16 assumed their duties recently at an installation and awards dinner at the Rock Lions Clubhouse. Julian Vandecaveye of the Perkins Lions Club conducted the installation ceremony. Rock Lions Board of Directors for 2015-16 are, standing left to right: Bob Koski, 1st vice president; Joe Kitiuk, president; Kathy Stams, secretary; Jim Ringelberg, two -year director; Kristin Bark standing in for Tom Beauchamp, two-year director; Jerry Maki, Tail Twister and Lion Tamer; and Joan Kitiuk, membership chair. Seated left to right are John Stams, treasurer; Dorothy Cherne, one-year director; and Dick Weidner, 2nd vice president and past president.
A great effort by event co-ordinator Lion Kayla Pelter, and a group of enthusiastic Lion volunteers, the St. Ignace Lions Club held it’s 2015 Live Auction at the Kewadin Casino in St. Ignace on May 9th. Thanks to the expert auctioneering by Lion Charlie Fowler bidding was spirited for a variety of items donated by local merchants, including a Mackinac Bridge Tower Tour, a two night stay at Mackinac Islands Grand hotel, and other great items. Eighty cupcakes were for sale with two containing hidden treasures, in one, a pair of beautiful earrings, the other a beautiful ring. Can’t wait until next year. – Click here to view photo gallery
Aloha Lions of SD10, Thank you for your endorsement for International Director Candidate for this upcoming International Convention in Honolulu, Hawaii!! As I pack for Hawaii, I have been doing a lot of reminiscing of how I have gotten to this pivotal point in my life!!!!! If it weren’t for the support and encouragement through the years that I have received from so many of you, I would not be taking this next big step in Lionism!! I have many grreat memories: productive and sometimes controversial meetings, traveling to and from meetings or events, nice talks over meals, sitting back and watching and hoping to be a grreat Lion like so many of you and just sharing good times and making memories! I’ve also been thinking of the Lions that have helped mentor me to this point who are no longer with us, from my Mom to our most recent loss, PDG Larry Klaus. Thank you all for what you have given me! I hope that my next correspondence is grreat news that I am stepping forward for this grreat Association!! If it is requested that I step back and come back next year, I strongly believe that we are out nothing! We will charge ahead and prepare for the international convention in Japan! Yours In Lionism, Lion Jenny Ware Endorsed Candidate for International Director SD (Super District) 10
Manistique Lakes Lions Brooke Moore of Curtis is the recipient of the Manistique Lakes Lion Club $1,500 scholarship award. Presenting the check was selection committe member John Norris. Moore will be attending Lake Superior State University in the fall and will persue a degree in the nursing field. The club installed Ron Hermanson as a new member. Ron is the owner of The Store in Curtis and will no doubt be a great addition to the club. (shown L/R Lion Secretary Bob Beaker, Ron Hermanson & Lion president Bill Mundinger. New board of directors were installed: L/R back row – President Bill Mundinger, Jerry Beaudin, Secretary Bob Beaker, Jim Wells, L/R front row – Father Phil Witkowski, Treasurer Mary Spratto & George Kelly. Lion Bart Spratto Manistique Lakes Lions
PRIDE IN THE LIONS ROAR!!!! The Lions of Single District 10 should be proud of the fact that 10 Scholarships were able to be awarded to students of their district. In order to qualify for these scholarships the student must be either physically challenged or have a learning disability. Here is a moment I want to share with my fellow Lions: I received a very special phone call from a school counselor in regards to a recipient of a Lions scholarship that demonstrates the lions pride. The counselor was especially excited about the choice that was made by the Lions Scholarship Committee elaborating on what a wonderful student the recipient is and how they considered them “an old soul” at the school. She continued to enlighten me on how this recipient managed to deal with their own learning disability and has become an outstanding mentor for younger students. It’s a great pleasure to serve as a part of the SD10 Scholarship Committee and being able to have experiences such as this phone call, help motivate and inspire me, as well as it should you! Lion Judith Racette Single District 10 Lions Scholarship Chairperson, Delta-Menominee County Heart of the North Lions Club, Bark River, Michigan
The Lions of Single District 10 should be proud in knowing that their District Scholarship Program awarded 10 scholarships to U.P. students.
Lions action in Earthquake in Nepal LCIF and local Lions work to help in a disaster area. – Click here to view photo gallery
Centennial Celebration – Membership Awards – Click here to read more
St. Ignace Lions Club Happenings
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Sunday, April 12th, the St. Ignace Lions Club held it’s annual Pancake Breakfast at the McDonalds Restaurant in St. Ignace. Community support was strong as Lions and other volunteers made the event a success.
Lions were present at the 2015 St. Ignace Home Show and Spring Expo on April 10th. Lion Connie Litzner and Del Powers man the St. ignace Club booth while Lion Doug Whitaker prowls the show as our “Lion on the Scene.
Northwoods Airlifeline Needs Pilots Imagine that you or someone very dear to you needs an organ transplant or urgent medical/surgical treatment outside the U.P. Many people have experienced just these circumstances and luckily have been able to get to their destination for their treatment or transplant because of the very generous volunteer pilots at Northwoods Airlifeline (NWALL). These pilots have saved countless lives. Now, imagine that you need this treatment but are not able to find a flight to your treatment hospital. Within the past year, NWALL has had to turn down people who really needed the air transport because NWALL simply does not have enough pilots. NWALL needs pilots, particularly in Houghton, Escanaba, Marquette, and Sault Ste Marie. The beginning qualifications for NWALL pilots are:
- Be a private pilot;
- with an IFR rating; and
- own his/her own plane.
If you have or know anyone who has these beginning qualifications and have a desire to fly for NWALL, please contact Bruce Rutter at 800-311-1760.
By Gary Klop OK things are shaping up. On Thursday April 23rd 2015 we will have a special presentation at 700pm in the LSSU Cisler Center on Leader Dogs open to the public. Lion Mike Dengate from Leader Dogs, Lion Greg Wagner and myself as puppy raisers, Lion Rob Batho on the prison program and Lion and author Gretchen Preston, from Marquette with an actual working Leader Dog will give an approximately 1 1/2 hour presentation on what we all do and what it has meant in our lives. Please help us get the word out to let others know. There will also be a question and answer time to go along with this.
Another World War II hero was lost Wednesday, Feb. 25, 2015 when Leo J. Neubauer, 93, of Escanaba, went to serve with the highest command. His most recent home was the Jacobetti Home for Veterans in Marquette. > click here to read more
Partnering with You in the Fight Against Measles > click here to read more
Photo of Peggy Lindeman performing a vision screening exam using the Spot Camera at the Gwinn High School’s 2nd annual Health Fair. Also present were SD10’s Governor Bill Rowe and his wife and fellow Lion Lee Rowe. While turnout was good overall, many of the children and parents attending the fair either had already been screened or were already in the care of an eye care professional. We did however screen 7 children who had not had a vision screening in a while. Requests for the Spot Vision Screeners has started to spike. So, if your club is considering hosting a screening, contact either myself or one of the other Project Kidsight Co Chairs (Don Conners in Sagola, Rose Potvin in Bark River or Duane Goltz on Drummond Island) to arrange to get a Spot screener to your area. Peggy Lindeman Gwinn Lions Club Secretary/Project Kid Sight Co Chair for SD10
Annual Art Contest for Kids – click here to read more
One Shot, One Life: Lions Measles Initiative – Lions’ Work – click here to read more
The Marquette Lions Club has two Christmas trees at the Peter White Library “Community Trees Display” for the holidays. > click here to read more
Mollie Kilpela is the District 10 winner of the 2014-2015 Lions International Peace Poster Contest. > click here to read more
More information on USA / Canada Forum 2015 now available. > click here
Teaching Family Homes in Marquette County As a proud supporter of Teaching Family Homes in Marquette County, the Gwinn Lions club was happy to assist with their annual fundraising bicycle tour by hosting a luncheon for the riders on the first day of their bicycle tour thru the UP. > click here to read more
Gwinn Lions Club Activity Gwinn Lions Treasurer Marlene Breit delivering a donation check for $100 to Mary Beth Carstens of the Gwinn Teen Clinic. > click here to read more
Photo gallery from USA / Canada Forum 2014 > click here to view
Teaching Family Homes in Marquette County As a proud supporter of Teaching Family Homes in Marquette County, the Gwinn Lions club was happy to assist with their annual fundraising bicycle tour by hosting a luncheon for the riders on the first day of their bicycle tour thru the UP. Nearly 60 cyclists and support staff were served. Sandwich fixings, potatoes salad, and coleslaw was provided by the club while many of the club members provided fresh baked goods for dessert. >Click here to view photo gallery Peggy Lindeman Gwinn Lions Club Secretary.
August 18, 2014 A Message about Leader Dogs for the Blind from Bill Hansen, PID Dear Fellow Lions, Seventy-five years ago, Leader Dog was founded by three Detroit-area Lions club members. Working together, the Lions family and Leader Dog team have changed the lives of more than 14,500 blind or visually impaired clients worldwide. The process starts in the Leader Dog kennel in Rochester Hills, Michigan. It is here that the Leader Dog team breeds future Leader Dogs, cares for young puppies and prepares the dogs for lifelong partnerships with people who are blind. Lions are an integral and invaluable part serving as breeding host families, puppy raisers, donors and advocates for the program. The kennels are a key component to the Leader Dog program. The newest facility, built in 1992 (and the oldest in 1968) no longer meets today’s needs. The last 20 years have witnessed dramatic changes in breeding techniques, the type of dog needed for clients, the kenneling environment and training techniques. Leader Dogs for the Blind has created a redesign of the kennel into a Canine Development Center–a critical component to meet current and future mission needs. Just as Lions did 75 years ago, once again we will play a key role. Leader Dog needs our support to fund this project. Success depends on our committed leadership and involvement, and yet, we must continue to promote Leader Dog’s mission and strengthen our community-based outreach and referral efforts. Through our participation as Lions in Leader Dog’s campaign, we have the power to continue to make a difference as we have for 75 years. It all begins with you. Sincerely, Lion Bill Hansen Past International Director Lions Phase Chair, Campaign for Leader www.leaderdog.org
June 2014 Lion Tom Wells of the Powers Spalding Lions Club, recipient of the Melvin Jones International Humanitarian Award, has now received the Ralph M. Sheehan Distinguished Service Award, for the highest level of community service, from Past District Governor Jim Wash, at the June 16th regular meeting. A reception was held for members and guests after the meeting. Wells has provided countless dedication to his community through his service, education and entertainment. He has built numerous projects using his mason and building skills. He has held all the offices of Lions Club, some multiple times, has chaired numerous civic service committees and entertained his whole community playing tuba since joining Lions in 1968. He has been a leader in the Adopt a Highway Project, Pasty Sale, and July 4th Celebration. No matter what the project is, Wells is always there.