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Eye Bank Gears Up For 2012 .................................................... 2 Let Me Be Frank For Lions Pride ................................................ 3 State Convention News ........................................................... 4 District News ......................................................................... 5 Recruiting Club Officers ........................................................... 16

MD27 NEWS February 2012

Calling All Campers

by Lion Andrea Yenter, Camp Operations Manager It is recruiting season at your Wisconsin Lions Camp! I've often heard the question, "What do you do at Camp all winter anyways?!" I hope you have a few minutes to read on and let me tell you what needs to be done to run your Wisconsin Lions Camp. Remember, we served 1,369 campers in 2011. First of all, we need to find those campers. A 20,000 plus piece mailing went out to public and private schools all over the state,as well as health departments and other agencies that serve our populations. The information in the mailing was designed to get the word out about Lions Camp to the educators, health care staff and social workers who work with the populations we serve. We get these addresses from the Department of Public Instruction and other state sources. Unfortunately, that mail doesn't always get to the person who should see that information. Help us find these campers by doing the following: · Stop in your local school

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district office and health departments; connect with the special education department, guidance counselor, social worker or school nurse. Ask them if they've received the mailing. Direct them to our website - www. wisconsinlionscamp.com for the Camp brochure, camper and staff applications. A packet of information was sent to each club's WLF Program Associate or Secretary that included all sorts of information regarding Summer Camp, including a 2012 press release. Contact your local paper and have them run that press release (it should be free-ofcharge). If you did not get this information, check with your WLF Program Associate or Secretary. We spend a lot of time to assemble this information for you and we'd appreciate it being shared with all club members!

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YOU CAN HELP RECRUIT CAMPERS & STAFF by spreading the word in your local media and to those who work with kids with disabilities.

Potential campers are asked to complete the six page application and mail it back to us. Please note the following about our applications and populations: We do not accept applications via e-mail or fax. They must be mailed. · A deposit check must be included for us to consider the application. This $25

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deposit ensures people will call us to cancel a camper, instead of not showing up. For campers with financial hardship, I will waive those deposits after talking with the family. On the front of each application is a list of the eligibility requirements

the campers must meet. These are set forth by your WLF Board of Directors and must be followed. We do not serve campers who are in a wheelchair or physical disability that does not affect sight, hearing, or cognitive function. If you have questions about the application, please call the Camp office and talk to either myself or Jamie Jannusch, our Assistant Camp Operations Manager. Campers with diabetes need to contact the American Diabetes Association at 1-888-3422383. That registration process and fee of $135 per camper is all received by the American Diabetes Association. That program is a partnership ­ we donate our part of the camp experience, and the American Diabetes Association uses those funds to cover the costs

of supplies, stipends for the extra medical staff and other costs they incur in the running of the program. · Children with epilepsy as a primary disability are served through the Epilepsy Foundation as a rental group within our summer program; they pay a reduced camper fee rate. This is because epilepsy as a primary disability is not in the mission of Camp and is not one of the four populations we will serve free-of-charge. We do not have space in the summer to add another population or the resources to do so. But they pay the reduced rate because we use the extra 25-30 campers to fill our visually impaired week, which has lower numbers. Now that we've recruited campers, we now need to find the summer staff to work with those

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Money, Money, Money

by Lion Jodi Burmester Imagine spending five minutes on a website or a phone call and coming away with money in your pocket. Sounds like a scam, right? In this case, it's not a scam at all, it's the real deal and it doesn't cost you a dime to find out if you have assets coming to you. The Wisconsin State Treasurer's Office division of Unclaimed Property is looking for Wisconsin residents, businesses and clubs who have lost track of assets totalling $411 million. According to Wisconsin State Treasurer Kurt Schuller, "Last year alone, we returned $34 million on 26,000 individual claims." Individual claims values range from as little as a dollar up to the hundreds of thousands. At last count, the Office had 100,000 claims that exceed $10,000 in value. Finding out if you have unclaimed property coming to you is free and easy... 1. On the web just go to www. wismissingmoney.com and click on the "Begin your search here" magnifying glass. You will then be asked for the business name or first and last name of the property owner that you are interested in searching on. Once you click on "Search," bonds and the contents of safe deposit boxes. The staff inventories these items and holds them for an additional five to seven years. After that time, physical assets such as coins and jewelry are appraised and sold in monthly auctions on eBay. As you can imagine, the joy recipients experience when they find an unclaimed asset is often off the charts. Schuller, who has been in office for a little over a year, has many touching stories of reuniting Wisconsonites with their assets. Schuller, "I have such a great job! I get to personally present checks that change lives... from the diner in Burlington that received over $13,000, to the Wisconsin Humane Society that received almost $60,000, to the 80 year old couple who received a $750,000 check. Then there was the Janesville woman who stopped into an unclaimed asset search event without the funds to pay her rent. I wish you could have seen her reaction when she learned that she had $5,000 in unclaimed assets coming her way. Like I said, what we do truly changes lives." Find out today if you or your club has unclaimed assets coming to you.

MD27 Mourns The Passing Of PID Merriman

Past International Director Harry T. Merriman passed away peacefully on Saturday, December 24, 2011 at home. PID Merriman was a 53 year member of the Green Bay Downtown Lions Club which he joined in 1958. PID Merriman was a retired certified public accountant. He served as the President of the Wisconsin Lions Foundation from 1975-76 and most recently served as a member of the Long Range Planning Committee for the Wisconsin Lions Foundation. He served in the U.S. Army during the Korean War. PID Merriman was a member of Saint John the Evangelist Parish, sang in the choir for 33 years and was a Parish Council Chairman for two terms. He was also a member of the Seafarer's Ministry. He was a noted poet and jokester with his family and loved spending time at his cabin, where he enjoyed fishing and hunting. Nothing gave him more pleasure than being with

DO YOU HAVE MONEY COMING TO YOU? There are over $411 million of unclaimed assets in Wisconsin. Find out if any of this is yours by visiting www. wismissingmoney.com or call 877-699-9211.

a list of potential unclaimed property matches will be directed to a list of potential matches that include the property owners name, last known address, where the property came from and a value range. If you believe one or more of those assets to be yours, you click the "Add to My Claim" button, at which point you will be asked to provide your name and mailing address so claim paperwork can be mailed to you. 2. On the phone - If you prefer to find out whether you have any unclaimed assets via telephone, just call 877-699-9211 and ask to speak to a Claims Specialist.

They will ask you for the same basic contact information and do the search for you. They can also answer any questions you might have. The Treasurer's Office staff is also proactively searching for unclaimed asset owners through public records, social media, public notices and face to face So where are all these unclaimed assets coming from? Each year, the Wisconsin State Treasurer's Office receives assets from financial institutions, utilities, insurance companies and other business that have been abandoned for at least five years. This includes cash, stocks and

his family including wife, PDG Kathy, three daughters and sons-in-law, grandchildren, and great-grandson. Lion Merriman served the Association as International Director (1991-93), elected at the 1991 International Convention in Brisbane, Australia. He received many awards for his service, including the Ambassador of Goodwill, the highest honor the Association bestows to its members. PID Merriman was also a Melvin Jones Fellow and a Birch-Sturm Fellow. His enthusiasm to help others will be greatly missed.

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- February 2012

NEWS

Volume 59, No. 2 Wisconsin Lion (USPS No. 688-740) is published 12 times a year for the 20,000 Lions of Wisconsin at 3834 County Road A, Rosholt, WI 54473. Periodical postage paid at Stevens Point, WI and additional mailing offices. POST MASTER: Send form 3579 with new address to 3834 County Road A, Rosholt, WI 54473. EDITORIAL BOARD DG Joe Fisher, Chair 1st VDG Daryl Porter Connie LeCleir-Meyer, GLT Doug Fleming, GMT Evett Hartvig, WLF Dick Hauser, Lions Eye Bank Jodi Burmester, Editor/Designer EDITORIAL OFFICES: Jodi Burmester, Editor 517 Seven Nations Dr. Madison, WI 53713-3389 [email protected] DEADLINE: 1st of preceding month. ADVERTISING and SUBSCRIPTION OFFICES: 3834 County Road A Rosholt, WI 54473 715/677-4764 Fax: 715/677-4527 [email protected] All inquiries, orders must go direct to State Secretary. Deadline: 1st of preceding month. Subscriptions: $5/ yr. CHANGE OF ADDRESS Address changes should be submitted to your club secretary for update to your member record; mailing labels are purchased quarterly from LCI and are based on member record information. STORY SUBMISSIONS Send stories to the Editorial Offices listed above. Articles, accompanied by photos of Lions in action, should explain the successful completion of a project or fundraising activity. Story length isn't important as long as you cover all the basics: · What the project was about · Who was involved · When and where it took place · How it happened · The results Please type your story and proofread it for errors. Include the mailing address, daytime phone and e-mail of the person submitting the story. Photos should be sharp, clear, glossy color prints. On a separate sheet, clearly describe the action and name the people pictured. PLEASE DO NOT STAPLE OR WRITE ON PICS. Mail all prints flat, protected by cardboard. Digital photographs must be at least 300 dpi and be saved as a .jpg or .tif file. Complete submission guidelines can be found at: http://www.wisconsinlions.org/ newspaper.html

Eye Bank Gears Up For 2012

What a year 2011 was at the Lions Eye Bank of Wisconsin. We had a record year with 847 corneal donors in 2011! And, because of the great work Lions are doing to promote the donor registry in Wisconsin, we expect the LEBW to be on track for another record setting year in 2012. As we move into the new year, we are very excited to share with you a major part of LEBW's successes... our technical staff. They are the heart and soul of the Eye Bank. They examine tissue, assist with recoveries, prepare the eye tissue for transplantation, and operate our laboratory 24 hours a day, seven days a week. We're pleased to have several new technical staff members join the lab in the past couple of months. · Candace Peterson and Jason Raney. Both have previous lab and/or quality experience that has helped them hit the ground running. · In addition, Sharon Christenson joins the lab staff with over 10

Rabbach Recognized By The Need Has Never Been Donate Life America

The Lions Eye Bank of Wisconsin is proud to announce that Community Relations Manager Jerry Rabbach is the recipient of a "100 Million Commemorative Medal" from Donate Life America. The medal recognizes individuals who are committed to saving lives by increasing awareness of organ, tissue and eye donation. Nationwide, 100 million people have signed up on their state registries; one million of those have signed up here in Wisconsin since the Registry's inception in April 2009. That is a major milestone for donation. The Donate Life Wisconsin

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years of lab and hospital development experience. These folks join our current technical staff consisting of: · Stacey Larson · Shelley Zimbric · Ivan Castenada · Jess Grimm, Lab assistant · Mikelanne Schipper, a long time Lab tech, has recently transitioned into managing our Quality department. · Joyce Kratz continues as LEBW Technical Director. With this excellent staff in place, rest assured that LEBW is poised and ready for a fantastic 2012.

Chapter awarded Rabbach the medal at their last meeting to recognize all his support for the registry, including countless hours spent creating information packets that Lions Club members across the state can use to educate their communities.

International Director Mark Hintzmann

The problems children face vary from country to country, but the need for health and education services is constant and universal. Margaret Mead said, "The solution to adult problems tomorrow depends on large measure upon how our children grow up today." Lions participate in a wide variety of services for children, as well as programs that offer young people opportunities to learn, grow, serve and earn awards. These programs include the: Leo Club Program Sponsoring a Leo club brings young energy to your Lions club. Leo clubs provide youth volunteer opportunities and can increase your club's community exposure by attracting new audiences such as young professionals and parents. Being a Leo is a great way to serve your community, develop leadership skills and make new friends. Lions International Peace Poster Contest - Celebrate the 25th Annual Lions International Peace Poster Contest by sponsoring a local school or youth group. The 2012-2013 theme is "Imagine Peace." Lions have given millions of boys and girls a chance to express their visions of peace through this program. Contest kits are now available from Club Supplies. Lions International Youth Camp and Exchange Program Youth Exchanges can be arranged in hundreds of countries. Most exchanges last between four to six weeks during which the participants (ages 15-21) stay with one or more host families in another country. Participants experience life as part of their host family. Lions Quest - More than 12 million youth have been taught positive life skills through Lions Quest. The program improves test scores, changes attitudes and beliefs regarding substance abuse and violence, lowers rates of disciplinary problems, lowers risk of dropping out of school, and decreases uses of alcohol, tobacco and other drugs. Many clubs also sponsor Scouts (Lions sponsor more Scout troops than any other non-religious organization) and the Association upholds partnerships with other youth organizations such as the Special Olympics. Find out more about all of these Youth programs at www. lionsclubs.org. Click on Member Center, then click on Planning Projects, and click on Youth. "Our most basic common link is that we all inhabit this planet. We all breathe the same air. We all cherish our children's future. And we are all mortal." John F. Kennedy Believe in our youth! I believe in you. I believe that the Lions family makes a difference! Thanks for all you do!

Promote Donor Registry Sign-Up At Your Upcoming Events

Contact LEBW today for materials to promote YesIWillWisconsin.com at your events & fundraisers

LEBW Community Relations 877-233-2354 ext. 8 or [email protected]

61st ANNUAL WISCONSIN STATE LIONS / LIONESS / LEOS

BOWLING TOURNAMENT

February 25th - May 6th, 2012

No bowling March 24 & 25 and April 7 & 8

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SPONSORED BY: MEDFORD LIONS & GILMAN LIONS/LIONESS AT THE SPORTS PAGE BOWL & GRILL, MEDFORD

Reserved Registration Deadline: February 15, 2012

SQUAD TIMES

Singles & Doubles Saturdays @ 11 am Saturdays @ 2:45 pm Teams - Sundays @ 9:00 am *More shifts added if needed CAPTAIN'S INFORMATION (print)

Name Signature Street City/Zip Day Phone Email ( )

CLUB INFORMATION

Club Name Club ID# Team Name Give full name for each event - "reserved" or "partner" is unacceptable. Enter USBC Average & number or circle YES if the bowler does not have an USBC average but has bowled previously in the Lions State tournament or circle 150 or 140 for a 1st time bowler.

PREFERRED DATE & TIME

Enter choices based on your travel plans. 1st choices will be given the highest priority for clubs greater than 50 miles from Medford.

Singles & Doubles Events

1st Choice 2nd Choice

Team Members 1. 2.

LCI Member #

USBC Avg.

USBC #

No USBC

1st Time Bowler

YES YES YES YES YES

M-150 / F-140 M-150 / F-140 M-150 / F-140 M-150 / F-140 M-150 / F-140

Team Events

1st Choice 2nd Choice

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Prize Money Bowling Fee Host Club Admin. Fee State Bowling Committee Fee TOTAL PER EVENT

$3.50 $8.00 $3.00 $1.50 $16.00

Singles 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. Doubles 1.

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USBC Avg.

USBC #

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M-150 / F-140 M-150 / F-140 M-150 / F-140 M-150 / F-140 M-150 / F-140 M-150 / F-140

ENTRY ENCLOSED

Doubles @ $32/pair Singles @ $16/bowler Team @ $80/team

TOTAL ENCLOSED MAKE CHECKS OUT TO & MAIL ENTRY & FEES TO:

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YES YES

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2. State Lions Bowling Tournament c/o Becky Clarkson 1174 W. Broadway Ave., Medford WI 54451 1.

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M-150 / F-140 M-150 / F-140

[email protected]

HOTEL / TRAVEL RELATED INFORMATION

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www.medfordwis.com

BOWLING / SQUAD TIME RELATED QUESTIONS

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YES YES

M-150 / F-140 M-150 / F-140

[email protected]

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WLF

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3834 County Road A, Rosholt, WI 54473 . 715/677-4969 . 877/463-6953 . [email protected] . Pride Office 715/677-7000 . [email protected]

We Make Life Better Every Day

Calling Campers

campers. It takes many talented young adults and support staff to make Camp happen. While you may know me as the Camp Operations Manager, we have many, many people that work to provide that successful camp experience. The full-time and part-time year round staff that work for the Wisconsin Lions Foundation all contribute in many ways. However, for the purpose of this article, I am referring to the staff we hire for the summer. We need: · 24 cabin counselors- work with campers · 4 program counselors ­ assist counselors who have cabins that need extra help · 12 program specialists ­ run all the program areas of Camp. e.g. swimming, boating, etc. · 4 Unit Directors ­ assist the full time staff in counselor/camper supervision · 4 nursing assistants ­ live on site all summer, working with the all the healthcare staff · 3 office assistants ­ summer secretary, summer PR director and trading post secretary · 2 Interpreters for the Deaf or Hard of Hearing ­ they live on site for those two weeks · 15 kitchen staff ­ local people we hire on an hourly basis to provide the meals for campers · 24 healthcare staff ­ Things we look for in staff that gives them a better chance of being interviewed includes experience with special needs, certifications in life guarding, first aid and CPR, and other camp skills. · Most of our summer staff are hired for the length of the summer program ­ we can work with staff to miss a few days here or there, but it is for June 1 to August 17, 2012 (weekends are off). · If you have a local college, ask the career center to post the brochure from the website. · If you know young people who would fit the above bullet points, invite them to check out the website. Finally, the third thing we need to run Camp besides campers and staff is the word that some people don't like to talk about ­ money. Yes, money. It takes a lot of financial support to raise the funds we need every summer to make this program happen. Your club's annual donation to the Wisconsin Lions Foundation supports the six projects of the Foundation, of which the largest is your Wisconsin Lions Camp. The Wisconsin Lions Camp does not have a checkbook or a bank account. We are not called Camp Rosholt, or Lions Camp ­ our official name is Wisconsin Lions Camp, a project of the Wisconsin Lions Foundation, Inc. I am an employee of the

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WLF President Andy Deinhammer

Time sure flies when you are having fun! This year serving you as WLF President has been a blast, and I am sure the rest of the year will be just as much fun. We are now into February and that reminds me of Groundhog's Day. Will Jimmy see his shadow and predict six more weeks of winter or will we have an early spring? I know one thing for sure...the summer camping season will start on May 30th when our summer staff starts training. One week after that, Camp kicks off with a bang when our first campers arrive. I am sure that there are many things that our Camp Staff needs to replace before summer camp begins, and you can help out with this by purchasing or donating towards an item on the WLF Wish List. This is the perfect Valentine's Day gift you could give your Wisconsin Lions Camp Staff and campers. In the next few weeks, we will be wrapping up the District Conventions around the State. I am looking forward to seeing you at your Conventions and hearing how you are Reaching, Touching and Improving Lives in your Community and District. I am looking forward to hearing how you help those in need.

TEAM BUILDING EXERCISES is a part of summer staff training that all enjoy. Here staffers taking part in one such exercise.

hourly RN's, LPN's, PNP's and MD's who work in our health lodge on registration days or on a weekly basis. If you add up the numbers above, we look for approximately 100 seasonal staff. This means we need to find them, recruit them, get their applications, interview them, second interview them, check their references, check their background checks, check the National Sex Offender Registry, then finally hire them. After we hire them, we have a ton of paperwork to get filled out and we need to train them all! It's a lot of work and we estimate that we have a 35-45% return rate for staff. The five of us in the Camp office spend most of the time confirming campers and hiring staff in the winter. This doesn't include preparing all of

our paperwork, manuals, training procedures, standing orders, and other information needed to train the staff. Here's how you can help us find the staff we need: · Candidates need to be at least 18 and willing to be trained to work with children with special needs. We cannot accept staff or volunteers under the age of 18 because we work with special needs. · They must fill out a job application which is available on our website ­ along with brochures outlining the duties of each position. The applications are job specific, meaning we have a healthcare application, a summer staff application, a food service application and a volunteer application.

Wisconsin Lions Foundation ­ as is all of our staff. We have a budget for the camp program and let me tell you ­ we work very hard to ensure the funds we raise as Lions, Lioness and Leos are used wisely, efficiently and timely. We also work very hard in telling others about Camp and raising funds through our fundraisers, grants and other friends and donors. Some Lions I've met over the years have grumbled ­ it's expensive, it's a lot of work, we don't have much money in the club, etc. Well, many of you know I was a previous camper and I was so moved by my experience that I'm running the place now! Our campers deserve a place to be accepted for who they are, not for what they have. We serve campers from over 400 Wisconsin communities. We expose thousands of people to what Lions do for others. Quite honestly, if you question the value of your investment in the Wisconsin Lions Camp, then it's time to check on your investment. In April's issue of the newspaper, I will be introducing you to our new Visitor's Day program ­ a way for individuals, Lions or non-Lions, to visit the Wisconsin Lions Camp during the summer and see firsthand what Camp does. Please help us continue the tradition we started in 1956 and thousands of campers ago, of providing children and adults with disabilities an adventure that lasts a lifetime.

Diabetes Alert Day is March 21

Inside Pride

UPDATE YOUR EMAIL ADDRESS WITH LIONS PRIDE - Has your email address changed in the last year? Would you like to receive email updates from Lions Pride? The Lions Pride Endowment Fund, Inc. would like to know. Because email is free, it allows Lions Pride to keep donors and friends informed of important information and opportunities to support Pride, while keeping our expenses low. To be put on the list for email updates from the Lions Pride Endowment Fund, Inc., send your request to [email protected] lionspride.org today. LIONS PRIDE WEBSITE UPDATED - The Lions Pride's website has recently been updated to include information about the recent restructuring, our latest newsletter, photos and biographies of the Lions Pride Endowment Fund, Inc.'s Board of Directors. Visit www.lionspride. org to peruse the updates. LIONS PRIDE OFFICE CONTACT INFO - The Lions Pride Endowment Fund, Inc. has been officially established as its own 501(c)(3). However, contacting the Lions Pride Office, located on the grounds of Lions Camp is the same only the email address has changed. You can email the Pride office at [email protected] or [email protected] Our phone numbers and mailing address remain the same.

Let Me Be Frank For Lions Pride

On Friday evening, May 18th, in Green Bay, a special show will be presented by Let Me Be Frank Productions, a locally famous comedy/musical group to benefit the Lions Pride Endowment Fund sponsored by the State Convention Committee. Performances feature the songs of famous entertainers like: · Reba McIntyre · Elvis · Neil Diamond · Martina McBride · Cher · and more Let Me Be Frank performs regularly in the Green Bay area and currently presents several original shows at the Meyer Theater in downtown Green Bay. They are well-known locally for presenting funny skits with professional vocal performances. Owners Frank Hermans and Pat Hibbard are communityminded, and at the request of the Wisconsin Lions State Convention Committee, will be donating a portion from every ticket sold to the Lions Pride Endowment Fund. Ticket prices are $25 and tickets are available now from the State Convention Committee. Just sign

Doing Good One Search Or One Purchase At A Time!

Supporters of the Lions Pride Campaign are using GoodSearch and GoodShop. They are raising money with every internet search and every on-line purchase! What if even a fraction of the $140 billion generated by search engine advertisers* and online shopping was directed towards ensuring the future of Wisconsin Lions Camp and the other WLF Statewide Projects? That is the concept behind GoodSearch.com a search engine powered by Yahoo! GoodSearch donates 50% of its revenue, approximately a penny per search, to the charities designated by its users. You use it exactly as you would any other search engine and the pennies add up quickly ­ just 500 people searching four times a day will earn around $7,300 in a year. It doesn't cost the users a thing! Similarly with GoodShop. com, consumers are helping their favorite causes by shopping at hundreds of well known retailers including Amazon, Target, Apple, Macy's, Best Buy, Orbitz, Staples and others. The shopping experience and the prices are exactly the same as going to the retailer directly, but by going through GoodShop, up to 37% of the purchase price is donated the user's favorite cause!

LET THEM ENTERTAIN YOU - Let Me Be Frank entertainers Amy Riemer as Reba McIntyre and Let Me Frank's namesake, Frank Hermans as Elvis Presley.

up for the "Friday Pride Let Me Be Frank" event on your State Convention Registration Form. Though this is being held in conjunction with the Lions State Convention, attendees do not have to be registered for the convention or even be a Lion to attend. Invite your friends and family to join you for an evening of comedy skits, music and just plain fun. For ticket information, contact Lion Sue Selner at [email protected] charter.net or the Lions Pride Office at [email protected] org. To find out more about Let Me Be Frank, visit their website at www.letmebefranks.com.

GOODSEARCH IS DESIGNED TO HANDLE ALL YOUR INTERNET SEARCH NEEDS including web searches, coupons, discounts & deals for charity!

Using GoodSearch is simple. Because the site is powered by Yahoo, users are assured of high quality results - but each time you search, money is generated by the advertisers for your favorite charity or school. Lions Pride Endowment Fund is registered with the sites, giving you a chance to raise money for the Pride every time you search the Internet or shop online. Bryan Arnold, Gordee, Nowicki & Arnold, LLP, Irvine,

CA said "I frequently search the web doing research for my firm and GoodSearch gets me the information I need. At the same time is allows me to help my favorite charity, Lions Pride, in my home State even though I am thousands of miles away. There is really no reason not to use GoodSearch." For more information and printable instructions, visit our website at www.lionspride.org/ goodsearch.html.

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Wisconsin Lions Annual Golf Scramble & Cribbage Tournament

Thursday, May 17th

Royal St. Patrick's Golf Course

201 Royal St. Pats Dr., Wrightstown www.royalstpatricks.com

www.wisconsinlions.org/stateconvention.html

A Legacy Of Service

4-PERSON SCRAMBLE $75/golfer

includes:18 holes & cart, chicken & beef tip dinner

CRIBBAGE TOURNAMENT

$20/player

includes: Chicken & beef tip dinner All participants must be registered for the Convention Registration form available at www.wisconsinlion.org/stateconvention.html

Green Bay is looking forward to hosting the Wisconsin Lions State Convention! Be sure to discover the historic Broadway boutique shopping and dining district in downtown Green Bay. Many restaurants are within walking distance of the KI Convention Center. Just one block away, the Foxy Lady II is docked on the Fox River. Take a sight seeing cruise and see the community from the water. Visit unique museums like the National Railroad Museum and the Oneida Nation Museum. Shop at the farmers markets, or stop by the Green Bay Botanical Garden to see some of the best greenery in the state. Take in a show or concert by visiting CityDeck, the Meyer Theatre, the Weidner Center for the Performing Arts or one of our many summer-in-the-park concerts. For a complete list of restaurants, attractions and events, visit www.greenbay.com. Call 888-867-3342 for a free visitors guide. Photo courtesy of the Greater Green Bay CVB.

2011-12 Council Chair Barry Boline

I have been reflecting on one Lion's lifetime of service. I know there are other articles in this issue of the newspaper that talk about our recently departed Past International Director Lion Harry Merriman. This is not an obituary of Lion Harry. Lion Harry was deeply committed to service and I think he did prefer to be remembered by the influence he had on Lionism in Wisconsin rather than on his individual accomplishments. This Association gives all of us the opportunity to have dramatic impact on the lives of others. We often find leaders here in Wisconsin who lead not only in Lionism but in other aspects of their lives like in their religious congregations, their communities and their businesses. Like many of you, Lion Harry did so in profound ways. I don't remember when I first met Lion Harry, but I remember the first time that I had an opportunity to really discuss things with him. Lion Harry provided me with significant guidance regarding the MD27 Constitution, Bylaws and Policy Manual, and he gave me similar guidance up until as late as November of last year. Few knew the Constitution and Bylaws of the Lions of Wisconsin better than Lion Harry, not because he was tasked with knowing them, but because he realized the importance of having a complete knowledge of the workings of our Association. Similarly, Lion Harry was involved with the workings of the Wisconsin Lions Foundation and has always been a resource for technical questions on Foundation policies or rules. Since his service on the International Board, Lion Harry remained involved in the Multiple District and stayed current in order to help others who had questions or needed guidance. Again, he did this not because he was asked, but because he knew it needed to be done. Each of us has an opportunity to affect the lives of others through our time in Lionism. While we may not all serve as District Governor, or as Council Chair, or Past International Director, as did Lion Harry, we have the ability to dramatically affect the lives of other individuals as he did, not because we are asked, but because we know that it is the right thing to do. Someday, years from now, other people will look back on our lives and remember the things that we have done and the impact that we have had serving others. I hope that all of our lives are filled with as much service as Lion Harry's life was. I am told that there is a Cherokee saying that goes: "When you were born, you cried and the world rejoiced. Live your life so that when you die, the world cries and you rejoice." Lion Harry did.

Questions? Bob VanCamp 920-766-5009 or

[email protected]

Hotel Accommodations

Make your reservations today! A limited number of rooms have been reserved. To receive listed rates you must ask for a room in the WI Lions State Convention block. Rooms are on a first come first served basis. Rates DO NOT include applicable taxes. Visit www.wisconsinlions.org/stateconvention.html for complete rate and registration/cancellation deadline info.

Program Advertising

Reach the 950-1,100 attendees expected at this year's State Convention by advertising in the official program. This is a great opportunity to "Toot Your Own Horn" about your club's projects and upcoming events.

Size Covers Full 1/2 1/4 5" x 8" 5" x 8" 4" x 5" 2" x 5" Cost $200 $125 $80 $50

Facility

Hyatt on Main

333 Main St., Green Bay www.greenbay.hyatt.com

from Hyatt on Main

Distance

host hotel

Phone

800-236-3330

Rates

$110 std double/double $120 king $99

Clarion Hotel

200 Main St., Green Bay www.greatlakesinn.com/ .1 miles 920-437-5900

Quality Inn & Suites

321 S. Washington St., Green Bay www.qualityinngreenbay.com/ .5 miles 920-437-8771 $89

Comfort Suites

1951 Bond St. Green Bay www.comfortsuitesgb.com/ 4 miles 920-499-7449 $85.99

Mail checks payable to & ad copy to: 2012 WI Lions Convention, LLC c/o Lion Dennis Peterson 5640 Aspen Ct., Denmark WI 54208 920-863-6917 [email protected]

Country Inn & Suites East

850 Kepler Dr., Green Bay http://www.countryinns.com/green-bayhotel-wi-54311/wigbaye 6 miles 920-288-0101 $89

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District Editor: Joan Weber . W128 S6402 Berger Ln., Muskego, WI 53150 . 414/425-9066 . [email protected]

27-A1 District Governor Rick Steinberg

[email protected] 262/784-2511 Congratulations again to our Convention Committee for putting on another great Convention. They deserve our sincere thanks. There are about 27 other District committees that are doing great things, too. Here are some of their current projects that need your involvement: GMT and GLT are keeping busy and just finished presenting some great seminars at the Convention. GMT and Dale Cichon are currently putting together a new club in Sullivan/ Rome. They need our help. Please contact Dale, and he will let you know how you can help. The Information and Technologies Committee (Jim Schelenske and Deborah Condon) have finished our Business Directory. Debbie is currently working on putting out a monthly district newsletter. Look for both on the district website/e-mail. Lions Quest committee members Bill Stone and Tal Janowitz have received a grant and are now approaching schools. Please let them know if you know anyone who works in education that they can contact. Alert Committee members, Jackie Ove and Gary Payne need an emergency/disaster contact in your area so that they can finish their plan to incorporate phases of emergency management into all of our communities. Our Hearing Committee (Jeff Meyer and Ed Hida) has been extremely busy. It appears that our district leads the state in the number of applications and approvals for hearing aids. Please let them know if you know someone who could benefit from our Hearing Aid Program. Guiding Lion committee members Dan Eberhardt and Christopher Dannenmann have been assisting individual Lions and Clubs who may need their expertise in dealing with club problems, LCI, or just the need for information on how to do certain reports, etc. Please contact one of them if you need help. Patty Penn is putting together another great Honors Banquet. She is undertaking this alone and could use our help. Please let her know how you are willing to help. Finally, Joe Weirich, Charlotte Stewart and Jeff Meyer have been doing a great job in the first year of the Prevent Blindness Screening Program. Their efforts have helped many of our district Lions get certified to vision screen. Certain area clubs have now started screening in their communities and schools. They will be happy to assist your club to set up your own screening program. I wish I had more space to write about all of our committees and their efforts this year. Please thank all of them. They deserve our thanks.

Lions Make The Holidays Happy

Clubs all over 27-A1 celebrated the holidays by making them brighter for others. Here's just a few examples of the joy our Clubs spread during the holiday season. The Muskego Lions Club was able to help 28 Muskego families this Thanksgiving and 33 Muskego families this Christmas by providing them with turkey and ham dinners, complete with all the trimmings, in addition to non-perishable food items. Partnerships with the Muskego food pantry and the New Berlin Food Pantry, Muskego Police Department, and several businesses helped to make this possible. Fifty years ago, Lion George Paulsen from the Elkhorn Lions had the idea to make Christmas happier for the Lakeland School special needs community. With the help of 12 clubs in Region 4 of 27-A1, all the classes at Lakeland School were presented with gifts for the classrooms, and each child received candy canes, apples and a visit from Santa Claus. You can see from the photo that Santa can truly make a child light up with joy. Big Bend/Vernon Lions hosted special needs residents from Southern Wisconsin Center for their annual Christmas Party. Santa presented each resident with gifts from their wish lists,

It's Not Over `Til It's Over

by Gary Jund, 27-A1 GMT Coordinator We have all heard the saying, "It's not over until it's over." In sales we say it's not over until all the paperwork is in. The same is true when you are trying to build membership in your club. It is vital that you follow up a successful Visitors Day Event with an e-mail, a letter or at least a phone call to guests inviting them to your next meeting. If they were interested in joining, remind them to bring in the application for membership. Remind them that their application has to be reviewed by the membership committee. Once the membership committee has reviewed the application, the club should vote to accept them as members. It is also very important to get some money for dues from the applicant. In the past, my club was a little sloppy about this. We found out the hard way that some people will fill out the application but never actually pay any dues. Not good! If the applicant cannot pay, defer their membership but find out why they cannot pay. In one case, my club president actually referred an applicant to his employer who had a job opening. Our District also has a program for any Lion who, for a temporary reason, cannot pay dues. We in Lions have always been willing to help whenever and wherever we can. Once you've accepted the applicant, find out what his/her strengths are. Then with that information in mind, assign him/ her to an appropriate position within the club, e.g. membership, community service, fundraising, public relations, etc. Make the person feel welcome before meetings with a proper greeting. Never let the person sit alone. Finally, take him or her to the new member training in the spring and to our Convention in January, if possible. To give a football analogy, the receiver catching the ball from the quarterback is like completing a successful Visitor's Day Event (VDE), but what the receiver does with the ball after he caught it is like the follow up to the VDE. Will your club fumble the ball or will your club take the ball in for the score? The choice is yours.

SANTA PLAYING DOMINOES with children at the Lakeland School during the Elkhorn Lions annual holiday visit to the school.

dinner was served, and Christmas Carols sung. What a joyful event. On December 4th, the Oak Creek Lions Club held their 14th annual "Breakfast with Santa". It is believed that this was the most successful and fun breakfast that has been held to date. The Lions served over 400 pancake and sausage breakfasts to the young and old alike. Santa and his helper elves gave each child a stocking full of goodies and their choice of two gifts each that were available. The Oak Creek Leos were in their clown costumes making balloon hats and animals for the kids. The Hales Corners Lioness were

there selling coloring books and children's books. The highlight of this year's event was the addition of the "Door County Sled Dogs" who were there for a meet and greet. These dogs, mostly huskies or husky mix, are all rescued dogs and are so friendly. Everyone just loved petting or hugging and having their pictures taken with all 12 dogs. The Lions liked hugging "Musher Bonnie" the most. The Lions would like to thank the Lionettes, Leos, Santa and his Elves and the Door County Sled Dogs for making this the most memorable "Breakfast with Santa" ever held.

Upcoming Events

BIG BEND/VERNON SPECIAL OLYMPICS BASKETBALL TOURNAMENT SUN, FEB 5 9:30 am - 3:30 pm

by Lion Joan Weber On February 5, 2012, the Super Bowl is not the only game in town. The Big Bend/Vernon Lions host 46 special needs basketball teams in one of Wisconsin's largest Special Olympics basketball tournament. This event takes place at the Mukwonago High School starting at 9:30 a.m. until 3:30 p.m. Admission is free to the public. Come and see these special athletes with all their enthusiasm running the court and battling in the paint to make those precious scores. They truly exude sportsmanship, as everyone helps when a comrade falls and needs a hand to continue to play. You have not seen anything quite as exciting as the resting athletes having fun with the DJ and dancing their souls out. The Mukwonago Cheerleaders are right there on the dance floor helping them learn the latest moves, or maybe it is the other way around. These athletes not only play basketball, but could really participate on "Dancing with the Stars." The Boy Scouts and Mukwonago Athletic Association also provide services in helping with score keeping, preparing lunches, and the Wisconsin Referee Association provides the referees necessary to keep four games going at a time. What a wonderful event. from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. As many of you will attest, this is one of the best chicken barbecues around, so come on down. You can purchase ½ chicken dinner for $8.50 and ¼ chicken dinner for $5.50. Free delivery for those living within a mile of the clubhouse with a minimum of four orders is available. Carryouts are also available and there is immediate seating. You can participate in the basket of food raffle with a lot of other prizes available, as well. This event is truly the place to be on February 19. Bring your old eyeglasses and hearing aides for recycling.

Lions Leadership Training Classes

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4TH ANNUAL MILWAUKEE ADMIRALS/LIONS GAME SUN, MAR 25 3 pm

by Lion Tracy Muskego Lions DeAngelis,

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by 2nd VDG Greg Pryor By the time this article is printed, our District Convention will be history. It was great to see all of the dedicated Lions, Lioness, and Leos in attendance. I had a wonderful time attending, and I hope you did, too. The District Convention is a time to catch up with old friends and to make new ones. It is also a time to learn new things about Lions and recharge our batteries. Speaking of recharged batteries, I hope the seminars ignited the flame of enthusiasm in your soul for Lions Leadership. We are always looking for Lions willing to step up to a leadership role within our Clubs and the District. Now is the time to start thinking about what you want to achieve down the road. Leadership takes a time commitment, but it is worth it. If you are interested in serving on the District Cabinet in the future, please contact 1st VDG Ken Bitter for next year's cabinet or myself for the 201314 cabinet. It is never too early to start planning.

WAUKESHA NOON COMMITTED TO CHILDREN'S VISION SCREENING - Since last May, 290 children have been screened by the Waukesha Noon Lions Club with the help of numerous volunteers. ABOVE: Lion Rudy Spiering screening a preschooler.

WEST ALLIS WEST HOSTS OUTSTANDING TOURNAMENT

by Lion Bill Pallaske District Bowling 2011 was a great success. On behalf of the West Allis West Lions Club, I want to extend a thank you to everyone who participated and to the members of the West Allis West Club for their hard work and support. The final standings for the top ten spots were: 1. Williams Bay #1 2. East Troy #2 3. Big Bend/Vernon #1 4. Mukwonago Lions #2 5. St. Francis Lions

6. Waterford Lions #1 7. Big Bend/Vernon #3 8. Cudahy Lions #3 9. Cudahy Lions #2 10. East Troy #1 In addition to team prizes, awards for individuals for 1st place in Handicap and Scratch Games and Series will be awarded. As soon as the audit and accounting have been completed all checks for the winners will be mailed in care of the team captains. Congratulations to PDG Dave Hempel, the winner of the Wheel Barrel of Booze Raffle. He was able to share his winnings with Convention-goers.

BIG BEND/VERNON CHICKEN BARBEQUE SUN, FEB 12 11 am - 6 pm

by Lion Joan Weber Rain, wind, snow, nor sleet can dampen the Big Bend/Vernon Lions enthusiasm for doing their 38th winter Chicken Barbeque. February 19, 2012, is the date and Chicken dinners will be served

Milwaukee Admirals Lions Day, Sunday, March 25, 2012 at 3 pm at the Bradley Center is the place you will want to be. It is Lions Day with Wisconsin Lions Campers and their families attending complements of the Admirals. Eyeglasses and hearing aids will be collected by volunteer Lions. Lions representatives will be interviewed during the game on the Jumbotron by the Admirals Game Host. A Lions information table will be set up on the Bradley Center Concourse. The Lions Rap Video will be shown on the Jumbotron, and the Lions Mascot "Blade" will go one on one with Admirals Mascot, Roscoe. It just does not get any better than that. What a great way for a club to have a social outing by attending this game. Tickets are just $16 each and $4 of every ticket sold goes back to the Wisconsin Lions Camp. Order your tickets by Wednesday, March 19, 2012. To order your tickets contact Lion John Bitter at [email protected] com or call him at 414-227-0829. We look forward to seeing a lot of Lions at this event.

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Youth Exchange Alive & Thriving In 27-A2

by Lion Ray Tweedale 27-A2 Youth Exchange Chair In 2011, our MD27 Youth Exchange (YE) program served 57 youths from 25 different countries. Special thanks to cabinet members PCC Augie and Lion Donna Fortmann, 1st VDG Larry and Lion Mary Braunschweig for attending Visitor's Day at Camp Vista last July. The youth were very appreciative of our program and thank you all for your support. Special thanks also goes out to the Kangas and Kuettel families who hosted youth here in 27-A2 and continue to benefit from the experience. Here in 27-A2, we hosted three youth, Elisa from Finland, Tal from Israel and Benedikt from Germany. All of them had much to share with their host families and with all the people they met while here. The sharing continues due to the lifelong friendships that were created. This surely fulfills the Lions Objective of "promoting peace and understanding among the people of the world." The YE program also involves sending our area youth to other countries. Last year, two 27A2 youth were scheduled to go overseas. Unfortunately, one had to cancel; but the other, Lion Melissa Tweedale, participated in a very successful host family exchange from May 20 until August 14 in Italy. Tweedale stayed with the family of whom the father is a Lion and secretary of the Roverto Host Lions Club in northern Italy. The family also includes two children, ages 11 and 7, whom the parents hoped would improve their English skills by living with an American for nearly three months. During that time, Tweedale was able to take in all the wonders that Italy has to offer. Prior to her departure for Italy, Tweedale had planned to be inducted into the Richfield Lions Club. Unfortunately, the timing did not work out as she departed right after college let out so there was not time to attend a club meeting and be inducted. So it was arranged for her to be inducted at a Roverto Host Lions meeting in June. It is safe to say the three course meal, the Murano Glass wear gifts for the ladies and a Certificate of Membership entirely in Italian was a very ceremonious way to become an official member of Lions. To learn more about the experience, visit Tweedale's blog on this topic and check out her other adventures.http:// menospeakitaliano.wordpress. c o m / 2 0 11 / 0 7 / 0 1 / w e - s e r v e official-membership/ If you would like to learn more about sharing your home with a youth of the country of your choice during July 2012, and create your own lasting lifetime experience by just doing what you always do, visit www.wilions. org/youthexchange or join our Facebook page by searching for "Wisconsin Lions Youth Exchange 2011" or contact: 27-A2 YE Chair Ray Tweedale [email protected] 262-224-5517 You only need to supply a sleeping space, meals and the willingness to share our culture and learn about the youth's culture. Be a Host Family - Send a Youth Abroad- Be a Camp Counselor - Volunteer at Camp Vista. You do not need to be a Lion to participate ­ tell your friends! Many of our host families are retirees who have the time, open room and desire to learn of far away places.

Building A Better Lions Club Through Service

The 27-A2 Convention at the Olympia Resort and Spa in Oconomowoc is fast approaching. Here are some last minute details that should encourage all of you to attend this great weekend of Lionism, February 17-19. Keep in mind you must be registered to attend all activities except Saturday's Banquet. Friday Night Hospitality ­ Dress up as a builder and enjoy the Hospitality and Friendship! There will be a DJ and Karaoke, refreshments and snacks. Saturday All Convention Breakfast ­ Melvin Jones, Birch-Sturm and Knight of Sight Fellows will be recognized Saturday Sessions ­ learn more about Lionism and building/improving your Club. · Diabetes Screening · Children's Vision Screening Training · New Fundraising Ideas, Service, Lions & You · Diabetes, Screenings for Service · GMT ­ How can we get new members! · Lions Newspaper, Spotlight your clubs Service · Tree, Trees, Trees ­ International Project · GLT ­ Building Leaders Quest Leader Dog Lions Eye Bank WLF Lions Pride Saturday Luncheon ID Brian Sheehan will be speaking, along with awards and installation of two very important individuals. Saturday Night Honors Banquet ­ make sure your President, Secretary and Treasurer are present so we can honor them for all their work. ID Brian Sheehan and Lion Lori are looking forward to meeting you and participating in our Convention. Clubs please do the following: · Provide a gift for the Merchandise Raffle · Sell Convention Cash Raffle tickets · Bring or send in your annual Donation checks · Bring in used eyeglasses and hearing aids · Send in your voting Delegate form · Encourage everyone in your Club to attend Find answers to all your questions at www.md27a2.org or contact PDG Jerry Wille at [email protected] or 414418-1104

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27-A2 District Governor Butch Hale

[email protected] 414/801-0138 How many times have you heard, "I'm not going to the District Convention this year. It's the same thing year after year." If you hear that this year, please set them straight; this year's 27-A2 District Convention at the Olympia Village in Oconomowoc, February 17 and 18 will be different. It will be educational and it will be fun! This year's theme is "Building A Better Lions Club Through Service" and a tremendous amount of planning has gone into having a Convention that both entertains and educates all in attendance. Our International guest is International Director Brian Sheehan from Minnesota who is a very energetic Lion and has a message that will inspire all of us as Lions. If you have never attended a District Convention before, please plan to join us. If you haven't attended in a while, then it's time to come back. Friday night's hospitality will be something to see with fun to be had by all. Be sure to watch out for the caution tape in the hardhat area. Saturday's seminars are designed to help each club and member become stronger through the information being delivered through open communication. I would like to give a huge Thank You to PDG Jerry and Lion Trudy Wille and the Convention Committee for all of the hard work and planning that has gone into organizing this year's District Convention. Is everyone ready to plant some trees in a couple of months? I have had the opportunity to speak to most of you as I have visited the clubs in our District about our upcoming service project to plant as many of the 1,000 tree pledge as possible. I am happy to report that if each of the clubs plant the number of trees they have committed to, we will nearly double my commitment to International President Tam. Many clubs are talking to schools, churches, business parks, city parks and Nursing Homes to find places that can really use a few trees planted, if not a lot of trees. The possibilities are endless on finding where we can plant our trees. The important thing is we get our Lions name in the public and maybe even get the public involved with us. I know several clubs have contacted youth and community groups who are now eager to join us on this project. The only way this will be a success is if we plan ahead, know where we are going to plant those trees and get all Lions involved. Let's spread our Lions Spirit, get involved, and plant some trees. I want to thank all of you for a wonderful year so far and I look forward to seeing all of you at the Convention!

Blood Drives, Lions Camp & Diabetes Awareness

You never know when you are going to meet someone who's life has been touched by the work we do as Lions. This story begins at a recent Cedarburg Lions Blood Drive when blood donor Talia Henkle mentioned that her sister, Amanda went to the Wisconsin Lions Camp. Amanda, who has juvenile diabetes, has gone to Lions Camp six times. Two weeks each summer the Wisconsin Lions Camp runs camps for diabetic children in cooperation with the American Diabetes Association. Amanda is an extraordinary youngster. As a nine-year old, she was the Youth Ambassador for the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation. She has made speeches to Lions and other groups to raise awareness about diabetes. She has also raised over $25,000 in JDRF Walks to Cure Diabetes. Amanda was six years old when unusual symptoms started to manifest. She felt tired and kept falling asleep. She lost a lot of weight despite eating all the time. Amanda was diagnosed with Type I Diabetes. Amanda and her family have since learned how to manage her diabetes. She checks her blood sugar five times a day and has an insulin pump to dose herself as needed. Amanda can do all the things she loves like basketball and horse back riding. World Diabetes Day is November 14th. Diabetes is the number one cause of blindness in adults ages 25-74. Wisconsin Lions Camp is one of Amanda's favorite places. Her Mother, Michelle, calls the Camp, "Lions Resort because the cabins are so nice and air-conditioned." Amanda says, "The food is great and a Children's Hospital Dietician helps us count our carbohydrates so we know how much insulin to dose. Everyone on camp staff knows about diabetes. We even had a doctor in our cabin to check our blood sugar while we slept." Some of Amanda's favorite activities are the climbing wall, canoe tipping, and fishing. She got muddy at the mud pit and then swung out on the rope and dropped into Lions Lake. She especially enjoyed the theme dance and brought a costume to dress up in. Amanda keeps in touch with friends she met at camp throughout the year. The Henkle Family has a lengthy connection to Lions Camp. In 1969, Michelle's father managed the project to accommodate cognitively disabled campers for the first time. Michelle's mother has been a volunteer nurse, two of her sisters have been Camp Counselors, and another sister was also a Camper. Besides diabetic children, the Wisconsin Lions Camp holds specialized camps for children that are blind/visually impaired, deaf/hard of hearing, and have mild cognitive disabilities. Thanks in part to funding from Wisconsin Lions and Lioness, this amazing Camp is free for campers and their families. Nine Cedarburg children went to Lions Camp this summer. By the way, Amanda's sister, Talia, is also a go-getter. She regularly recruits friends from Port Washington High School to donate blood at the Cedarburg Community Blood Drives.

Lions Share & Upcoming Events Events

FEBRUARY SAT, FEB 11 - SUN, FEB 12 - Grafton Lions 9 Pin Tap Bowling Tournament at Grafton Pub and Bowl in downtown Grafton. Shifts at 11:30 am and 3 pm. Five person teams, $15 per person. -- For more info contact Lion Bob during the day @ 262-377-1910 SUN, FEB 12 - West Bend Lioness/Lions Vision Screening during "Celebrate Families" at Washington Fair Park from 11 am to 4 pm. The free event marks the start of Celebrate Families Week. There will be entertainment and activities for all ages. FRI, FEB 17 - SUN, FEB 19 - 31st Annual District 27A2 Convention at Olympia Resort & Conference Center ­ Oconomowoc. MARCH SAT, MAR 10 - Stone Bank Lions Club 7th Annual Pancake Breakfast 8:00 am until Noon @ Stone Bank School, N68 W33866 Hwy K, Oconomowoc. Adults $7.50; Seniors $6; Children 6-12 $5; Children 5 and under free. SAT, MAR 24 - Zone Wide Lions Public Awareness and Membership Drive from 9 am to 3 pm at Washington County Fair Park. TUE, MAR 27 - Grafton Lions Diabetes Awareness Day - Lions will maintain booths at local retail stores to distribute information on diabetes care and prevention.

FIVE CORNERS LIONS TEAM WITH SCOUT TO BUILD CONCESSION STAND - by Lion Michele G.D. Ward - Members helped local Boy Scout Bryce Rutkiewicz construct his Eagle Scout Project, a 12' x 12' concession stand at the Fields at Five Corners in the Town of Cedarburg. The Club not only helped with the project by providing financial support, but provided construction help, as well. The completed concession stand will be used by the Five Corners Lions Club to sell concessions at Little League games, as well as other Town activities that will take place at the fields.

OCONOMOWOC LIONS ANNUAL FOOD DRIVE occurred from November 17 to December 27. Along with collecting several grocery carts filled with food, a gift of $6,600 was also given to the food pantry. The club matched the first $1000, all the remaining amount was from donations. ABOVE (L to R): PDG Jerry Wille, Lion Trudy Wille, food pantry volunteer, Bill Jackson, Lion Pat Murphy and Lion Rich Schulte. ALLENTON LIONS MAKE THE HOLIDAYS BRIGHTER - Instead of exchanging gifts this year, the club decided to bring script and gift cards for four needy families in the area. A total of $150 from donated gift cards and another $100 in script and gift cards from the club were donated to each family. The cards were for groceries, gas, and pharmacies in the area. The families were surprised, overwhelmed, and extremely thankful for the gift. What a perfect way to celebrate Christmas; sharing what we have with those in need. Also, the Club's December 19th blood drive collected 42 pints of blood.

FREDONIA LIONS HELP FIRE VICTIMS - The Fredonia Lions supported the Wally and Stacy Orten Family with $400.00 of Rosemary School Script Cards for Gas and Groceries. ABOVE: Lion Frank Peterson, Wally Orten, and Lion Ron Schmit of the clubs community service committee.

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by ADP Sue Robinson Ah, February! A month of hearts and flowers. Love is frequently a topic of conversation. Let's not forget, as Lioness, to show our love through our work in our clubs. Share what your efforts do for your community and invite others to get in on the "fun." Whether our Lioness Clubs give to hospice centers, donate to Youth Exchange, give scholarships to college bound seniors, hold parties at nursing homes, organize vision screening sessions, buy Christmas gifts for needy families in their communities, or donate to the Lion Programs, they do this in the spirit of our motto, "We Serve Too!" 27-B1 Lioness Clubs will continue to face many challenges in this new year. Budgets and changing policies to fit the needs and demands of a changing Lionistic vision and the communities we live in continue to stress us all. Often I get asked, "Why not just be a Lion?" My answer is that I enjoy being a Lioness. Many of us did not have the option of being a Lion. As Lioness we can do a lot of projects that are in the name of Lionism, just in different ways. We enjoy our individuality. We remain proud to be a member of the Lions family! As spring approaches, our clubs will be electing new officers. We need to take the opportunities available to learn and grow in our capabilities. You may have to step out of your comfort zone and become a club officer or serve in your district cabinet. I encourage all Lioness members from 27-B1 to attend seminars, conferences, forums, and conventions to learn and become familiar with all aspects of Lionism. State Convention, in May, is an excellent opportunity for each of us to expand our knowledge and experience. Lions State Convention is a time to make new friends, learn what is going on throughout the state, hear great speakers, and gather information and new ideas to take back to our clubs. It may seem like a long way off, but make plans now to attend Lions State Convention May 17-19 in Green Bay. As always, Lioness, continue to be thankful for and to thank others for the Lioness members that give their time to help others, the generosity of our communities who support our fundraisers, the vision of our leaders, the support of our Lions Clubs, and especially the friendships we develop within our local club, the district, the state, and even the world. Remember,"We Need You In Order To Serve."

27-B1 District Governor Merle Strelow

[email protected] 920/295-2236 We have a great start in 2012 with membership and Club activities on the rise. Let's support other Clubs in their fund raisers and have fun doing it. Then when your Club has an event, the support will be returned, we're family. The ice is on the lakes and people are preparing for opening day of Sturgeon spearing. The Sherwood Lions have a sturgeon raffle for everyone, but if a record fish is speared by a ticket holder, they could win $5,000. We know rose sales are right around corner and many Clubs use that as a fundraiser. Order roses and surprise that special someone or many loved ones you care about with Lions' roses. I am happy to report that 2012 has started out with many more Clubs sending in MMR's and activity reports on the computer. This not only saves the cost of postage and stationery, but it is recorded immediately to LCI. I have noticed that Clubs have gone back and updated their Club's activity reports. which is easy to do with the computer. Keep up the good work, it's nice to see all the great things Clubs are doing in 27-B1. March is Eye Donor Awareness Month, so let's try to put out some information in our communities to make people aware of what Lions, Lioness and Leos do in Wisconsin. We have the best Eye Bank, so let's tell people about it and invite an Eye Bank representative to your Club to give a presentation. The transporters make great speakers. Ask one of them to talk about their call outs and how rewarding it is. Clubs, consider naming a Knight of Sight with your Club donations. We have so many deserving people. The winter months can be filled with speakers at Club meetings from all of the Lions supported groups, Leader Dog, WLF, Pride, Diabetes, Hearing, Peace Poster, Youth Exchange, Mission to Mexico, Special Olympics, Canine Companions and don't forget that boring District Governor visit. Make the call, set up a date. Before we know it the robins will be back and you will be electing new Club officers that need to be installed. This year, I am asking Clubs to invite the incoming District Officers to install their new Club officers. I want the Clubs to meet and get to know the new DG Meg, 1st VDG Dawn, and 2nd VDG Jim. It feels wonderful to have such qualified leaders for 27-B1 and I look forward to talking to Clubs about members moving up into leadership roles. Remember, we need new Zone Chairs for our District this year. So let's discuss candidates. Remember to send articles and action photos to Bonnie and I for this news page.

A common question at new member installation ceremonies is, "How long do you wait until you give a new member something to do?" According to IPDG Jerry Post, "You wait until about five minutes after they say, "I will." They did not join to sit, they joined to help." Here's just one example of how getting new members active benefits the new members, your current membership and your community. St. Nazianz Lions' two newest members had been Lions for about a week when they were encouraged to attend the 2011 District Convention. They enjoyed their Convention experience, including being installed by the visiting International Director, and brought back a new project for the club to consider... deer hide collection. Needless to say, everyone

was excited to hear that our two newest members not only had a great Convention experience, but that they now wanted to organize a deer hide collection. We expected that there would be two or three pick up sites around St. Nazianz for this year's collections. Boy, did we underestimate these Lions. By the time they finished, they had set up 24 sites in three different counties. Not too many hides yet, but this is just the first year. Look for photos and a final report after the hides are delivered to the Wisconsin Lions Camp. This is just one example of how new members can help revitalize our clubs and membership. Let's share these stories to help inspire all of us to recruit new members and look for new ways to serve our clubs and communities. Plus, we all like to hear about new members and their successes.

FEBRUARY SAT, FEB 4 - St. Peter Lions Annual Sub Sandwich Sale Club members will build a 300' sub sandwich to sell to the public the day before Super Bowl. Get your subs at the Fond du Lac Pick `n Save stores on West Johnson St. (across from the Forest Mall) and also Pioneer Road near the intersection of Main Street. The third location is Festival Foods on East Johnston St., just off the Highway 151 by-pass. Funds raised will be donated to Salvation Army, Fond du Lac ARC and Lions Camp. ABOVE: Lion Alvin Sabel is shown on the cheese run of last year's sandwich. MARCH SAT, MAR 31 - Winnebago East Shore "Late Night Catechism" - This production of Vicki Quade and Maripat Donovan's hysterical comedy will be held at 7:00 p.m. in the New Holstein High School Auditorium. General admission tickets are $25 in advance/$30 at the door. "Sister's Front Row" seating is $50. Purchase tickets at entertainmentevents.com or by calling 920-918-9617.

Environmental Photo Contest While you are out planting trees this spring, why not take the camera get some photos of tree planting and maybe a wild critter or two for the photo contest entry? Entry details can be found at www.lionsclubs.org then search on Environmental Photo Contest.

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drive to benefit the Fond du Lac Salvation Army. Also throughout the evening the clubs Lion Bank gathered donations totalling $47 which was designated for Lions Pride. LOWER LEFT: Weber and Costello displaying some of the food drive items collected that evening.

IS THERE A SANTA CLAUS?

by IPDG Jerry Post This is something we have all seen in our communities, children with little hope of seeing presents or even having a tree in the house. It is something that affects all religions and ethnic backgrounds, it is poverty. I have seen families that had nothing, not even very much hope that the next day would be even a little better than today. They give their children all the love they can because that is all they have to give them and then cry themselves to sleep because they have nothing else to give them. I am ashamed to say this, but I have thrown out more food in one week than I have seen in their refrigerators that has to last them a month. This year we helped sponsor more than one family and I had the great experience to put food, clothes and yes, a few presents under the tree. We asked the mom and dad to trust us and leave the house open so we could sneak in and do our thing without their children knowing what was going to be there for them. For two years they had little or nothing, not even a tree until we helped. Remember, we took on more than one family so we were quite busy. We don't know what happened on Christmas morning, we can

NEENAH LIONS PROVIDE DICTIONARIES

The Club purchased and delivered age appropriate dictionaries to the third graders at the following Neenah area schools: Roosevelt Alliance, Wilson School, Lakeview Elementary School, Coolidge, Hoover, Clayton, Martin Lutheran Tullar School, Spring Road School, New Hope and Trinity Lutheran. What a joy and great feeling of satisfaction! The third graders were so excited and all enjoyed the purpose of the Lions. Many talked to the Lions during the presentation and shared many things, such happy moments. The dictionaries have many features including details of all of the states (the capitals, the state birds, flags, etc.). They also include the longest word in the English language. This is the fourth year the Neenah Lions have provided these dictionaries to Neenah area third graders. ABOVE: Some of the third graders showing off their new dictionaries. Pictures taken by Lion Dennis Rockow.

FOND DU LAC EVENING LIONS CLUB PLACED TWO OPTICAL READERS - Both recipients expressed their appreciation to the Lions who delivered the readers saying that they can now read the daily paper which they missed reading due to their failing eyesight. Gary Silah, president of the Fond du Lac Evening Lions said, "The Lions would like to thank the two Fond du Lac residents who sold the readers to our club at a very reasonable cost, which allowed us to provide that equipment to those who could not afford to purchase a reader at retail prices." ABOVE (L to R): Rose Siedschlag and Dolores Kind reading the local paper. only imagine the look on all their faces. We were not the only club to do this so it is not unique and clubs have also been doing this for many years. This is the first year I have been a larger part of this, not just earning the money to spend but being able to go shopping and put the gifts under the tree for them. As Meg works for a parish, she not only gets to see the faces of those we help, she shares in the tears and joy. I spent the night before trying to imagine what happened on that magical morning when the families saw how much strangers care. Is there a Santa Claus, yes there is, and his name is in the form of all Lions, Lioness and Leos throughout the world. Thank you everyone.

ST. PETER LIONS COLLECT 1,800+ POUNDS OF HIDES FOR CAMP - ABOVE: Lions Dick Schaefer and Larry Dikeman work on preparing hides before taking the two skids to Lions Camp. The total weight of the hides collected amounted to over 1,800 pounds. Also helping out were Lions Al Sabel, Ken Pitzen, Dave Miller and Charlie Keifenheim.

ST. PETER LIONS CELEBRATE THE HOLIDAYS - Lions Dan Weber and Brian Costello headed up the club Christmas Party and organized a food donation

ELKHART LAKE LIONS BROUGHT 1,590 PAIRS OF EYEGLASSES to the Lions Camp. ABOVE (L to R): PDG Deloran Peterson, Lions Shirley Peterson, Tom Nett and Mary Ann Nett.

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MD27 State Convention Ad Book

The 2012 State Convention planning committee has begun working on the ad book and we need your help to fill the Book. The ad book is a great way to promote a club fundraiser or honor members and thank them for their service. It's a great opportunity for you to promote your business too! You can run a... · Full page ad for $125 · ½ page ad for $80 · ¼ page ad for $50 · Inside front cover and inside back covers are available for $200 each. If you or your club is interested in placing an advertisement, please contact: Lion Sue Selner [email protected] This year's State Convention is being run by the Lions Clubs of: · Denmark · Kaukauna · Bellevue · Wrightstown Please support them by placing an ad!

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LUXEMBURG DIABETES AWARENESS EVENT

by Luxemburg Lion Donna Thomas A Diabetes Workshop was held December 9th at Stodola's IGA on Center Drive in Luxemburg. The hours were 8am - 10am and 5pm - 7pm. The event was held in conjunction with the Luxemburg Rescue Squad who checked blood sugars. The test tubes were displayed to show how much sugar, fat, and salt were consumed in different foods and beverages. Pamphlets and magazines were displayed to educate on Diabetes. Three people that were tested were identified with very high blood sugars and were encouraged to see their doctor. The meters and strips were generously donated by Diagonstic Devices. The Prodigy voice blood glucose monitoring systems require no coding and alternate body sites for testing. The meters and strips will be donated to local families that have children with Type I Diabetes.

27-B2 District Governor Sue Doell

[email protected] 920/734-9662 Once in a while, I get tapped on the shoulder or slapped upside the head; I contribute it to divine intervention. Have you ever had one of those "oh my gosh" moments; different, but similar to an "ah ah" moment? As you may know, Past International Director (PID) Harry Merriman died on December 24. The following Friday, following the visitation, PID Ron Duffe led a Lions Service in PID Harry's honor. I was one of many Lions in attendance. Lion Harry actually wrote the service. My "oh my gosh" moment came when PID Ron was talking about how we serve one another. He read a familiar story about doing for others, less fortunate than ourselves. I have heard and read that story many times ­ never however, thought about doing it as a Lion. But isn't that what Lions is all about? Serving others, the least of these in our community, in the next town, county, state, country; all around the world. Many of us do it quietly, without fanfare! What connects us all is service. For Lion Harry ­ he was of service because that's who he was! Lion Harry was indeed a good and faithful servant! Thank you Lion Harry, one more time, for being such a gentle giant in our little corner of the Lions world! You are missed and will continue to be missed! We are in the middle of winter; what kind of service are we doing? It's a little early to start planting trees ­ but please, when you plant trees later this spring, let your club secretary know; ask them to report it on their Activity report? The local club doesn't spend enough time "tooting our horns" ­ I know that's not why we serve. But to continue to grow and develop our clubs, if we don't share our stories, of the good things we are doing, how are others going to know? In February, we wish everyone a Happy Valentine's Day. How about this year, when we wish each other a Happy Valentine's day, we tack on a big thank you! Thank everybody for doing what they are doing! What would the garbage collector think if you ran outside, while they were dumping your trash and said ­ Hey thanks! How `bout the mail carrier, the UPS driver, the clerk at the gas station or the grocery store. What about thanking the people you work with; for just the little things they do to make life easier. What about then thanking the people in the parking lot, the library, at church? I challenge you to pick one day (or more) in February to just say thank you ­ thank you ­ thank you! If you call or email me (to say thanks), I would be honored to donate $1 to Lions Pride. It would be a great thing if I could donate $1 for every member in our district!! Thanks for your service!!

McCASLIN LIONS HOST ANNUAL CHILDRENS CHRISTMAS PARTY - The McCaslin Lions Club hosted area children ages 10 and under at their annual Christmas party. Prizes were awarded to Bingo winners before lunch was served. Santa hitched a ride to the party with the Townsend Fire Department with sirens and lights a flashing! He listened to each child's wishes for Christmas. After Santa's visit 20 age appropriate trikes and bikes were given to 20 lucky children. Fun was had by all. The McCaslin Lions Club would like to thank the Town of Townsend and the Townsend Fire Department for their help. UPPER LEFT: Picture: Santa arrives with the help of the Townsend Fire Department. LOWER LEFT: A lucky trike winner checking out her winnings. BOTTOM: Talking to Santa one on one.

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by DG-E Earl "Sande" Guinther It's been a very interesting and busy experience. As District Governor-Elect I have come across many interesting experiences. When I accepted this position they said there would be a million things to do. Wrong! I have already surpassed that figure and my term is only half over. Between assisting my local club, attending District Cabinet Meetings, State Council Meetings, zone meetings, visiting clubs, installations, etc., there has been little time to spare. Then there is the task of choosing next year's District Cabinet. And of course the training sessions. And would you believe the final training is in Busan Korea! Would you care to guess my wife's reaction when I told her we were going to Korea. Here's a clue; how, when, why. Eventually she settled down and decided it may be an exciting experience. Then there's that other matter. If you really want a challenge try getting a passport when you were adopted and your birth certificate was filed five years after you were born. Can you begin to imagine the red tape. Fortunately I am once again a living being with a registered birth certificate (showing the right age) and a passport. Now all I have to do is hope I get all those many certified paper's back that I had to send to the government. So, bottom line, it's been a very exciting experience. The people I am meeting in training sessions, trainer's, district governor's, district governor's elect, have all been very helpful and are nothing short of a great bunch of people. Thus far, although it may not seem so, I have enjoyed this past six month's very much and am looking forward to the next six month's as well. I can't wait to see what being district governor has in store for me. I wouldn't have missed it for the world.

six children and four adults to a summer camp. Boys attend the Pack from the towns of Townsend, Lakewood, Riverview, and Doty. LOWER LEFT: Cub Master David Seeber (right) accepting a check from President Gerry Flanery.

400+ HIDES COLLECTED IN DOOR COUNTY

The Forestville Maplewood Lions Club spearheaded the 2011 Deer Hide Collection Project in Door County. This year FM Lions members Lion Jerry Meyer and Lion Hank Gilson built three donation boxes for deer hides. They placed them at gas stations in Sturgeon Bay, Egg Harbor and Forestville. Door County Radio Station, WSBW, donated air time to the FM Lions to advertise the deer hide campaign. Foundation Director, Lion Tom Mueller, produced three radio ads that ran throughout October and November. The radio ads asked hunters to donate their deer hides to help kids go to our summer Camp. The response was terrific. The FM Lions, with the help of Lion Charlie Massart (Brussels) and Foundation Director Patrick Pflieger (Sturgeon Bay) collected over 400 deer hides. ABOVE: Wisconsin Lions Foundation Directors Tom Mueller and Pat Pflieger next to one of the collection boxes.

BEAR CREEK RECOGNIZED Bear Creek Lion Cheryl Heiman, on behalf of the Wisconsin Lions Foundation, presented a plaque to President Jim Clinton for the club's 2010 annual donation to WLF for at least $5,000.

McCASLIN LIONS GIVE TO CUB SCOUT PACK - Recently the McCaslin Lions Club donated $500 to Cub Pack 4048 to send

WABENO LIONS HELP NURSING HOME RESIDENTS CELEBRATE CHRISTMAS - The Wabeno Lions Club helped residents of Nu-Roc Community Healthcare celebrate Christmas. They made a $1,700 toward Christmas gifts, and two Lions members shopped for gifts selected especially for each resident. Lions members then attended the Christmas party, serving food, singing Christmas Carols, and assisting in gift opening. The Wabeno club considers this to be one of their most rewarding community service events. TOP: Members dishing up food. BOTTOM: Lion Lonnie Bodoh helping a resident to open gifts)

BEAR CREEK GIVES BACK - New Lion Wade Wisnefski and Charter member Lion Gerald Mares look over the food that they are going to deliver to the Clintonville and New London Food Pantries. The Lions also delivered checks for the pantries. For the first year, food coupons were also included in the deliveries. The Bear Creek Lions also donated money to the Town of Bear Creek to purchase new tables and chairs for the Town Municipal Building.

THE LUXEMBURG CASCO LEOS PAINT THE TOWN - by Leo Advisor Vernie Ihlenfeld - The Leos and students from the high school Art Department painted winter scenes on Main Street business windows in Luxemburg. The project was over seen by Scott Winkler head of the Leos club and the Art Department teacher. The high school principal gave the students the day off to support this community event. Lunch buffet was provided by the Leo Club and Art Department. Thanks to the high school principals for their support of the Luxemburg Beautification Endeavor.

BIG FALLS LIONS SUPPORTS LOCAL COUNSELING SERVICE - ABOVE: Lion President Sandy Krause presents a $1,000 check to Lola Zaug, Board Chair for HOPE (Helping Out People Everywhere) Counseling that provides affordable counseling in the area.

EMBARASS RIVER'S FIRST PEACE POSTER CONTEST WINNER TAKES SECOND AT STATE - Bowler Elementary sixth grader Maranda Brei was named the winner of the club's first ever Peace Poster contest. From there it went to the District, there were 250 students that entered the contest in the 27-B2 District from 11 different schools. Brei's poster was chosen as the 27-B2 winner and came in second at the state level. ABOVE: District Governor, Sue Doell presenting Brie with a plaque for her winning poster. Also there to honor Maranda were four members from Embarrass River Lions, President Dick Crane, Elaine Thoma, Zone Chair Wayne Thoma, and Vice President Marcia Bleck.

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27-C1 District Governor Richard Koch

[email protected] 608/548-4615 Believe it or not winter is almost half over. Lion Joyce and I are out visiting clubs and preparing for the April 29th Honors Night at Dale's Weston Lanes. There will be gifts for club presidents, secretaries, and treasurers, plus District cabinet members and Melvin Jones / Birch Sturm Fellowships through the Journey for Sight program will be presented. Two of our distinguished Past District Governors will receive awards for their service from the Lions of 27-C1. Clubs who wish to present Melvin Jones, Birch Sturm, or Knight of Sight Fellowships at Honors Night should contact DG Rick. Honors Night festivities will kick off with a social cash bar, followed by dinner, award and gift presentations. The evening will feature fun and a raffle orchestrated by District Tail Twister Leroy Dehnel. Registration forms for the District Honors Night were sent out in the District Governor's newsletter. Lion Joyce and I look forward to seeing all of you there. This is also the time in the Lions year when clubs begin looking for officer nominees. Many clubs have an officer nominating committee. If your club does not have a committee, consider appointing one. Begin now to ask Lions to step up and take officer positions in your club to allow more time to fill the slate of officers and encourage new Lions to accept these positions. It is important to allow the Lions in your club the opportunity to serve on the Board of Directors and as President, Secretary, and Treasurer. By bringing new Lions on the club board and into leadership positions each year allows for fresh new ideas to be considered in your club. Clubs that do not have perennial officers are generally more vibrant and healthier clubs because new ideas are considered each year. This also allows all members of your club to feel that their turn will come. As experienced officers, you will be able to mentor these new officers while giving them their turn to shine. Elect your new officers by your April meeting. It is important to send in your Club Officer Report Form (PU-101). These forms should be sent in to LCI by May 1, 2012. Please try to use the online version of the Club Officer Report Form as this is immediately available for your District Governor team to use in preparing the MD27 online Directory. If you must file a paper form, please send a copy to DG Richard Koch or VDG Emil Wasniewski. Lion Joyce and I look forward to seeing many of you at the February Cabinet meeting, during our club visits, and at the April District Honors Night. Thank you all for your dedicated service.

I was really nervous flying on the airplane alone, plus it was my first time out of the country. After a very long airplane ride I finally made it to Nagoya. I got to meet my first host family, the Kojima Family and the president of the Lions Club. The weather was really hot - about 100 degrees Fahrenheit with high humidity. Bungosan, Mikikosan, Asukasan, and I went to a Japanese restaurant. We had fried shrimp, raw fish, miso soup, a mystery jelly food, and fried fish. When we were leaving a couple at the airport was yelling out "Americano" when they saw me. In the morning Mikikosan and I went grocery shopping and visited with the mayor. I felt awkward being the tallest person and being white. I just ended up getting use to it. I took a shower that night, but the shower was different than the showers in the U.S. The shower and the tub were separate, but I figured out how to use it. I also noticed that there were slippers in the bathroom, probably to not make the floor dirty. I gave so many speeches in Japan. My translator was very surprised that I wrote my speech in Japanese, but during the speech I was so nervous that I spoke mostly in English with a little Japanese.

There was a fun party the Kojima family and the Lions Club planned. I got to attend a "Bon Odori" which is a dance festival at the temple. I met a sumo wrestler at a restaurant. I attended a karate class; Arikasan was part of the class. The next day I got to see Maho, a youth that my family hosted in Wisconsin two years ago, and her mother. I got the chance to cook a meal for them. They all loved the food that I cooked which was tuna fish casserole. The next day I went to a Nagano temple with Mrs. Kojima and Asukasan. It was really fun to see the temple. We stayed at a hotel called "Diawa Hotel" in Nagano. I went to a museum of fairy tale stories. The next day we went to Nagoya to see the Tokugawa art museum; I liked the different art media that they had there. We went to the Nagoya Castle Hotel to eat, then to the Nagoya Castle. The next day I got to do Japanese flower arrangement with Asukasan. It was very different from our style of flower arrangements. The day after was eel holiday; a lot of food had eel in it. I heard that they have eel ice cream and candy etc. I only tried fried eel on top of rice, it was good. After all this, I had to leave my first host family to attended the Youth Exchange (YE) Camp. During camp I got to go to OSU and go shopping. I got

to meet so many people from different countries. Everyone had to give a country presentation. I learned so much about their cultures from the presentations. We also went to Lake Biwa to go swimming and in Kyoto we shot off fireworks. I learned about their calligraphy and flower arrangements. We went to Todaiji Temple to see the Great Buddha, and Kiyomizudera, a temple which was very interesting to see the Buddhas, and to the Uzumasa Movie Studio. It looked like the old Japan time period. Another place we went was the Golden Pavilion and Sanjusangendo Hall. I really had a great time at camp and made so many friends. It was very difficult to depart from them. I went to my second host family, the Ishibashi family. I got to see the mayor and be in the paper and on TV. I was embarrassed when I saw myself on TV. The Lions Club held a barbecue party for me, and there was so much food to eat. I also went to another friend of the family's place and we went shopping, also karaoke, plus to the NHK studio. Another day, I went to Himaka Island with some of the Lions Club people where we got to swim with dolphins, the highlight of my trip! I went to a pottery place to learn how to make pottery, which I enjoyed. I got to try on a wedding kimono and it was hard standing for two hours in the kimono. I

also got to go to Mt. Fuji and see the mountain. It was very cloudy and hard to see. The next day I got to go to another Bon Odori. I made a lot of friends through the Ishibashi family. The third host family I got to meet was the Okubo family. We got to see the mayor and then after that I could relax. I got to go to Mt. Fuji Highland with the family; I enjoyed going on rides. We also spent a night at a hotel which had a great view of the Mt. Fuji and experienced a spa there. We did a trip to Tokyo, went shopping and sight-seeing. It was great going to Tokyo and Mt. Fuji. My host mother and I got to go shopping together. I also went to another Bon Odori; I was pretty good when it came to the dance by then. I went to Nagoya Castle and there was a reopening festival. It was fun. There were games, dancing, singing, and people dressed in armor. I had a great time with my host family. I was very happy that I got to meet all of my host families. I am grateful for all the places and things that we did together. Going to the Lions YE Camp was a memorable experience, plus I got to meet many new friends. I am also grateful for all the Lions Club members that made all this possible for me to go to Japan. It was a once in a life time experience that I will never forget.

What's So Special?

by 1st VDG Wasniewski Lion Emil I've been asked "What is so special about being a Lion?" It is being part of the world's largest service organization,. But even more importantly, it is the pride of accomplishment of our local Lions Clubs. Lions are active in many services in the community; often teaming with businesses, schools, churches, etc. to collect for the food pantries' needs, as inspired by Peyton's Promise. It is assuring to see young people, including the Boys and Girls Scouts, helping at events while learning social and charitable skills as they develop leadership. In turn, the Lions support the Scouts, local activities for youth and hand out scholarships. Park equipment, shelters and even parks are provided by Lions Clubs. Also, hundreds of young children are given free vision screening each year and small gifts cheer up the infirm and elderly. What can be more special than seeing a chain saw carving by a man who a year ago was legally blind? Several local Lions Clubs joined together to assist with funding his corrective surgery. How special it was to take a visitor from Australia to see the Lions Camp at Rosholt for the visually and hearing impaired, diabetic and mild cognitively disabled children. Lions Camp provides a free week of camping for over 1,400 campers each summer. Each fall deer hides are collected to help finance this project. These are only a few of the special services local Lions are involved in. If you find this type of volunteering special and satisfying to you, please contact a local Lions member or call 715-581-6456 or 715581-6458.

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and make your wishes known. Remember that the Lion motto is, "We Serve."

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FEBRUARY SUN, FEB 5 - Wisconsin Rapids Superbowl Bash at their clubhouse. -- Contact Lion Dan at [email protected] wctc.net SUN, FEB 5 - 38th Annual Pittsville Lions Fisheree - 10 am to 3 pm at Lake Dexter, Pittsville. -- Contact Lion Marv Kohlbeck 715-884-6442 SUN, FEB 12 - 27-C1 District Cabinet Meeting at the Wisconsin Rapids Clubhouse. ROCHE-A-CRI SUPPORTS COATS FOR KIDS - ABOVE: Adams County Coats For Kids Director Laurie Falash accepting a check from President Mary York along with Lion Jim Smith. SAT, FEB 25 & SUN, FEB 26 ­ Town of Texas Lions Club 36th Annual Pancake Feed & Raffle at Riverview School. Saturday from 4:30 pm to 6:30 pm; Sunday, 8 am to 12:30 pm. MARCH SUN, MAR 4 - Port Edwards Lions Pancake Brunch at Port Edwards High School Cafeteria. -- For info contact, Lion Dave Thiel at 715-887- 4338 or [email protected] wctc.net SUN, MAR 4 ­ Owen-Withee Lions 11th Annual Ice Fishing Contest - 12 noon to 3:00 pm, Owen Mill Pond. ABBOTSFORD RAISES FUNDS FOR FOOD PANTRIES with the proceeds from brunches and brat fries. ABOVE: Lion Karen LaPine of the Abbotsford Lions is handing a check to Diane Ruiz accepting on behalf of the Indian Head Community Action Food Pantry. Not shown: Ivadene Abbeglan accepting a check for the CUB Food Pantry in Colby. APRIL SUN, APR 14 - Roche-A-Cri Lions 40th Anniversary at Lake Arrowhead Lodge, Nekoosa. Social at 5:30 pm, Dinner at 6:30 pm. -- Contact Lion Loren Lecy at 608-564-2421 SUN, APR 29 - 27-C1 Cabinet Meeting at Dale's Weston Lanes, Weston.

LAKE MASON LIONS CONTRIBUTE $2,000 TO DELLS FOOD PANTRY

"Even though our club has a small membership, we do manage to make a difference in our local and national community with our work and financial assistance," said Lake Mason Lion President Marie Gabris. The club was able to donate $2,000 to the local food pantry to help them buy necessary supplies to get them through the Thanksgiving and Christmas holidays. The club sponsors an annual scholarship to a graduate of Wisconsin Dells High School and provides financial assistance to those in need in the near area, as well as the world community. Club members assist with parking during events held at the Easter Seal Camp Wawbeek at various times during the year. The club buys gasoline and bait for the Camp members when they venture out to fish on Lake Mason and helps fund the "Angel Tree Project" which works to provide Christmas gifts to those who might not otherwise receive any. When submitting this information to their local newspaper, the club added, "We're always looking for new members with new ideas of how to better serve those in need," said Gabris. If you'd like to participate, contact Lion Randy Sus at 608-253-6567 and he'll tell you when and where our next meeting is so you can come

ROCHE-A-CRI LIONS GIFT BAGS - Club members gathered to assemble fruit and candy in gift bags to give as holiday gifts to local shut-ins and needy.

PITTSVILLE LIONS CHRISTMAS CASH DRAWING - The Pittsville Lions have an Annual Calendar Raffle each December that raises $3,000. All monies are donated to Lion activities, local groups and scholarships. ABOVE: Lions David Masephol and Gordon Anderson drawing the winners.

27-C1 Cabinet Meeting

Mark your calendars for the third District Cabinet Meeting on February 12 at the Wisconsin Rapids Lions Club, 3331 10th Street S, Wisconsin Rapids. The day will start at 10:30 am with a Club Officer and Zone Chair Training planning meeting. All interested Lions are invited to attend. Remember this year there will be two locations for Officer training, so we need your help to make this work. Social will begin at 11:30 am with lunch at 12:00 noon, followed by the District Cabinet meeting. Cabinet Members please submit reports by e-mail to Cabinet Secretary Evett Hartvig by February 10, 2012. There will be copies of the written reports available at the Cabinet Meeting, therefore please keep your reports to three minutes and highlight changes or additions that may not have been included in your written reports.

EDGAR LIONS PRESENT MEET AND GREET WITH HOLOCAUST SURVIVOR - by Lion Bill Heindl - ABOVE: Edgar Lions pose with Judith Sherman, a Holocaust survivor of the Ravensbruck Concentration Camp. The Edgar Lions and members of the Edgar community helped bring Judith and her story to the Edgar school and a very interesting meet and greet before the community presentation of her life story.

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District Editor: Sarah Waby . 1303 Chapple Ave., Ashland WI 54806 . 715/682-8293 . [email protected]

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Deer Hides For Camp

All Wisconsin Lions stand proud in ownership of the Wisconsin Lions Camp. Clubs contribute financially each year to offset the costs of running this Camp. One of the great successes is the ability for campers to attend the Camp, despite personal financial difficulties. The generosity of all Lions, Lioness and Leos Clubs makes this possible with their cash donations. Many clubs around the state have found another way to financially support our Camp. Each fall, the proud hunters in Wisconsin prepare to process their trophies. A by-product of this annual event are deer hides. The Wisconsin Lions Foundation has found a vendor that will purchase these deer hides and put them to use. It is reported, that dependent on the condition and size of the hides, the Foundation can receive from $6-$8 per hide. Clubs that realize the benefit of collecting these deer hides spring to action during this time of year. Ads are run in the local newspapers and public service announcements solicit the hunters to contribute their deer hide for the benefit of our Camp. Collection and drop off points are established, and volunteers from each club get together to salt, trim and prepare the hides for transport to the vendor. A recent report indicates that the Lions Camp receives approximately 50,000 hours per year benefit from the clubs that participate in this project. We wish to acknowledge all of the clubs in 27-C2 that have participated in this beneficial

Save The Date For The 27-C2 Convention

by Lion Tom Waby One of the best locations for Lions members to learn, enjoy camaraderie, make new friends and get fresh ideas for Lions projects is at your District Convention. The world is a better place because of the Lions organization. We all agree with that. But how we serve our communities is as different as night and day between clubs. That's why creating an environment that allows sharing ideas, such as the Expo at our District Convention, is so rewarding. Learning from experienced Lions is a great way to grow in your personal development. That's why seminar speakers are chosen to address topics helpful to all Lions members... · Some speakers are motivation driven to help us recharge our batteries of service. · Other speakers carry messages of changes necessary through our international and state organizations. · Still others are Lions deserving of awards in special recognition in front of our peers. · Updates of longtime Lions projects are always interesting. For all these reasons, and many more, that is why you will find the Lions that attend District

Photos Needed

by Lion Sarah Waby One of the most visible and important parts of the District Convention is the way we honor those Lions that have passed away since the last time we met. It is right to remember and reminisce about the lives and commitment that each of these Lions and Lionesses have so graciously contributed to the service of others. The District Convention has a reputation of presenting this service with extreme dignity. You may hear the names of Lions that sound familiar, but with pictures, recognition improves tenfold. That is why we need the help of every club that has had deceased members not recognized since the last District Convention in April of 2011. We ask each of you to check your records and supply a photo of the member to be used the Service Of Remembrance. Time is of the essence. Please do this today and send photos with the member name to: Tom Waby P.O. Box 832 Ashland, WI 54806 Your help is badly needed to provide a service that honors the contributions each of these members has made. Thank you in advance for your help.

27-C2 District Governor Leon Christiansen

[email protected] 715/453-7535 In January, I again appealed for clubs to look for innovative ways to find new members. I mentioned a pizza party or wine and cheese party as options. Then, when I was reading the January Wisconsin Lion Tool Kit page, I saw a picture and article that proves that through innovative ideas, any club can find interesting ways to attract new members. The Iola Lioness hosted a Chocolate Party with over 50 people in attendance that resulted in 17 new members. Valentine's Day is just a couple weeks away. This may be the perfect time to plan an event that explains your club's activities in your community and beyond. We are quickly approaching the District Convention. The Tomahawk Lions Host Committee intends to make this Convention a memorable one. Whether you are a new or veteran member, there is no better way to learn about Lionism and be inspired by all we do. You will make new friends, meet International representatives, view Lion's activities in a new and educational way, attend breakout sessions on a variety of topics and see first-hand where your donations go. The rewards that you take home from a Convention will stimulate your Lionistic heart and renew and invigorate you. I look forward to seeing each of you there. If I haven't had the chance to visit your club as of the release of this newsletter, please contact me to schedule a visit to your club. I look forward to hearing about your events and your community service projects. One of the best rewards of being your Governor is to meet as many of you as possible. As other previous Governors have told me, the friendships last forever. In all organizations, including ours, there are always changes. It is very important to stay in touch with these changes. Please attend the officers training, region meetings and zone meetings as they are scheduled in your regions. It is very important for all secretaries to attend as their reporting procedures are constantly changing. Club Officer elections will be held soon. The strength of Lions clubs are dependent on the strength of our leaders. If you have the desire to know more about leadership roles in your club, let it be known. It is very rewarding and another great way to serve. I hope everyone's heart is touched by peace and love this Valentine's Day. Share the joy and good wishes with every person you come in contact with. Remember, a Lion is one that reaches out to touch someone and touches their heart. Happy Valentine's from the Christiansen family.

HIDES MAKE A DIFFERENCE ABOVE: Rhinelander Lions Tom O'Rourke and Harry Helwig preparing the hides. BELOW: Ashland Lions Don Houle (left front) and George Skogen (right front) stack salted Deer Hides as Jim Lee records.

A CHANCE TO LEARN MORE ABOUT LEADER DOG - Bunny Tabbatt and Leader Dog "BentLee" will share her amazing journey in a keynote presentation. Karen Burke and Leader Dog "Shadow" will be answering all your questions at the Leader Dog vendor table.

program. Lists can be a terrible thing because somebody is always forgotten. As the author of this article, I have to apologize up front for not having all of the names of the participating clubs from our district. We do however wish to recognize the following Lions clubs at this time: Rhinelander, Ashland, Glidden, Mellen and Iron River. These are only some of the clubs that make a major contribution through this program. We are sure there are other clubs within our district and we wish to extend our thanks to you as well. Clubs that may be interested in this project should contact any of your Wisconsin Lions Foundation Directors for more information.

Conventions returning year after year. The chance to revisit friends that you may only see once a year is exciting. The time we spend together honoring those Lions that have passed away during our Service Of Remembrance is a tremendous way to reflect. All Lions, Lioness and Leos should mark your calendar to attend the 27-C2 District Convention to be held in Tomahawk on April 13 and 14th. You may find registration materials at www.md27c2.org. All club officers should encourage members to attend. Your leadership requires you to provide the information that can be such a great advantage to your members.

Caught In The Act

The plan is to transport the finished Totem to the Camp in the Spring of 2013 where it will be erected on the shore of Lions Lake. LEFT: Lion and Totem Pole carver Pete Blaskowski with the wings from the previous Totem Pole. store manager, Jenny. LEFT: Lion Karen Kocovsky taking time to chat with an Inn Care resident. toy drive. Lions draw member names in November and wrap a toy for the December toy exchange. There were lots of laughs as the gift recipient opened the gift which was then donated to needy families in the community at Christmas.

Around 27-C2

SAT, FEB 11 - Rhinelander Lions Fisheree & Winter Festival - 7 am to 3 pm at Boom Lake Boat Landing. WED, FEB 15 Junction Lions Dinner Meeting - Boulder Zone/Social

LAC DU FLAMBEAU LIONS TOTEM POLE PROJECT

by Lion Dick Rosenthal The Lac du Flambeau Lions, in cooperation with the Lac du Flambeau Band of Ojibwe, Island City Dray and others, has embarked on a project to supply a new Totem Pole for the Wisconsin Lions Camp in Rosholt. This is the fourth Totem Pole supplied by the Club since 1963. The Totem has become the symbol of the Camp. Lion Bill Hirschauer is coordinating this two year project. In early December 2011, a more than 200 year old white pine measuring nearly 100' was selected and harvested on Ojibwe Tribal Land. Prior to harvesting, Leon Valliere, Ojibwe Tribal Language Program Director conducted a ceremony. The trunk was then cut to a 44' section measuring 39" at the base and transported by Island City Dray to Lion and Totem Pole carver Pete Blazkowski's facility in Woodruff. Blazkowski, who did the actual felling of the tree, will debark it and let it cure until 2013 at which time he will carve the Totem to closely replicate the previous Totems. RHINELANDER LIONS BRING SANTA TO THE RHINELANDER HEAD START CENTERS by Don Fredrickson - ABOVE: Lilly Coleman sharing her Lions secret Christmas List with Santa at the Crescent Lake School Head Start Classroom. Head-Start children were presented with mittens, hats, coloring books, a toy, oranges, and a small bag of candy by the Lions attending the annual party. Members of the Rhinelander Lions Club have hosted the Head-Start Christmas party yearly, since 1984.

TUE, FEB 21 - Hazelhurst Lions Blood Drive - 2-6 pm at the Hazelhurst Town Hall SAT, FEB 18 - Region Three Meeting at the Hotel Chequamegon, Ashland. Coffee and rolls at 8:30, with the meeting from 9-11:30 am. The presidents, vice-presidents and secretaries of the following clubs are asked to attend: Hurley, Ashland, Mellen, Butternut, Fifield, Glidden, Park Falls, Barnes, Cable, Iron River, South Shore, Washburn, and Bayfield. If you are unable to attend please send a club representative. RSVP to Region Chair Greg Tobisch at 715-682-4504 or [email protected] centurytel.net by February 14 as to how many will be attending. SAT, FEB 25 - SUN, MAY 6 - Medford Lions State Lions Bowling Tournament at the Sports Page The Medford Lions are Sponsoring the Event which takes place every weekend from Feb. 25, thru May 6th. SAT, FEB 25 - Three Lakes Lions Ice Fishing Derby on Maple Lake. Family fun, great food, excellent fishing, prizes and more! 715-546-3344.

HAZELHURST LIONS VISIT LAKELAND NURSING HOME by John Kocovsky - On Saturday morning, December 10th, the Hazelhurst Lions continued a tradition of many years standing by bringing a little holiday cheer to the residents at local Lakeland nursing homes. Lions visited Avanti and two Inn Care facilities where they entertained the residents with the singing of Christmas carols with the welcome assistance of a group of Campanile Chorus volunteers. Besides passing time visiting with the residents, the Lions also gave out Christmas gifts that were purchased from Lakeland Variety and beautifully wrapped by the

WASHBURN LIONS TOY DRIVE by Mary Johanik - ABOVE: Washburn President Mary Johanik checks the "loot" collected at the December meeting for the local

RHINELANDER CLUB HOSTS CHRISTMAS DINNER - by Co-Chair PDG Harry Helwig Approximately 400 people were served Christmas Day dinner at the Rhinelander Lions Club "Christmas Home, Not Alone Dinner". Lions, Leos and other volunteers gathered on December 24 to prepare a traditional turkey dinner including 26 turkeys, 90 pounds of dressing and a mountain of potatoes for the Christmas Day event. All community members were welcome to attend the dinner held. Over a dozen volunteers delivered home meals to persons unable to attend but wishing to receive the hot meal. ABOVE: Volunteers peeling potatoes, with others making dressing in the background

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District Editor: Peggy Daluge . 5321 Fairway Dr., Madison 53711 . 608/273-1091 . [email protected]

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Youth Exchange District Convention Corner March 9-10, 2012 . Madison Marriott West, Middleton Program Host Families Needed

27-D1 District Governor Neil Winchell

[email protected] 608/346-4272 Most Lions readily identify themselves as local citizens, actively engaged in community service. That is great, as the vast majority of your time and effort is given to meet needs in your local community, but sometimes that focus can prevent us from seeing the bigger picture. There are Lions who never get involved in anything outside their local communities, and they are missing opportunities to grow and appreciate what Lionism is all about. Lion Clubs International comprises a big family, and if you don't meet and interact with other members of your family, you may become isolated and miss opportunities for personal growth and celebration of shared accomplishments. When you are wearing your Lions pin, no matter where you go, someone will recognize the pin and say to you, "Hey, I am a Lion, too", and they will want to know where you are from, how long you have been a Lion, and what your club does to meet community needs? A few club members participate in zone meetings, and many will attend neighboring clubs activities, but few make the effort to really learn about Lions at district, state, and national forums. Over the past several years, I have spoken to Lions who attended their first District Convention, and they made comments like "Wow, I didn't know Lions were involved in that", "The speakers were so inspiring", and "I met a lot of people who are doing great things in their communities, and I picked up a lot of ideas on things we can do better in our own club". When you attend a District Convention, you really see how our organization works and how decisions are made. You get to vote on district officers and select sites for bowling, curling, and future conventions. You also get to mingle with fellow Lions from the other fifty four clubs, and meet dedicated people who are giving of their time and effort to make their individual communities, the state, and the world a better place to live. When you attend, you get to see local club presidents, secretaries, and treasurers individually honored for their service, and you have a really good time. After experiencing a District Convention, Lions are often inspired to attend State and even International Conventions, where you learn what the concerted efforts of almost 1.4 million members can accomplish. You may decide to attend a separate forum, like the USA/Canada Forum, where renowned speakers present, and where a great variety of workshops are offered. Once you attend any of these events, you will see what you have been missing, and may find the skills to help you be a better Lion. by Ben August, 27-D1 YE Chair Each year Wisconsin hosts 5060 International Youth through the Lions International Youth Exchange Program. Youth visit in July and attend a Lions International Youth Exchange Camp for one week of that month. This program brings a 16-19 year old into your home for a cultural exchange experience. The youth participate in families' activities and are treated as a family member. They come to learn about our American culture and way of life and will enjoy even the things we might consider mundane. Often, Lion families co-host by taking a youth on an outing, out to dinner or anywhere that provides a new experience. Many of these cultural exchanges result in lasting friendships. For example, this past holiday season, our "German Daughter" Barbro Mueller spent the holidays with us. If you would like to receive information about this program, please contact:

LASTING FRIENDSHIPS - YE provides lifelong memories for the youth and their hosts and often results in lifelong friendships too. The August family with their Lions Youth Exchange "Daughter" Barbro.

Lion Ben August [email protected] 608-513-2468 Or visit http://www. tokencreeklions.org/27-D1YE/ for a Host Family Program Guide Book. And finally, thanks to each and every club and club member for their generous financial support that makes this worthwhile program possible. Youth Exchange is a program that satisfies the first objective of the Lions, "To create and foster a spirit of understanding among peoples of the world."

2012-13 Officer Training

As you recruit next year's slate of officers, don't forget to give them the following Officer Training Dates Region 1 - April 19 in Albany Regions 2 & 3 - April 16 in Waunakee Region 4 - April 17 in Belmont

We are only weeks away from the 27-D1 Convention and your Committee has a tremendous line-up of speakers and programs this year. You already know about the Red Cross Blood Drive scheduled for Friday afternoon from 2-6 p.m. In addition, the new Diabetes DVD will be shown throughout the afternoon and evening. Finally, on Friday evening starting at 7:30 pm, will be our wine and beer tasting, so plan to arrive early enough Friday to take part in these activities! Remember to register no later than February 21 for both the Convention meals and hotel space. Visit the district web site at www.md27d1.org for a registration form. Clubs should plan to send their allotted delegates to the Convention and encourage their participation in the business sessions and voting, starting at 3:45 pm on Saturday. Each Lions club in good standing is entitled to one delegate and one alternate for every 10 members who have been members for at least one year and a day in the club, or major fraction thereof. The District Cabinet Secretary will be sending out delegate cards to club secretaries this month. In addition to electing our new leadership for 2012-13, two clubs will be competing for the 2013 district bowling location. Make plans today to have your delegates there to vote! Watch

CHELSEY REILLY WILL SHARE HOW LIONS HAVE IMPACTED HER LIFE during Saturday morning's keynote address.

the March Issue for the names that will be on the ballot! Our Convention program begins at 8:30 am Saturday with an opening session that includes comments from our District Governor, Affiliate District President and State Council Chair. This will be followed by keynote speaker, Chelsey Reilly, a college student, daughter of an Edgerton Lion, and former Wisconsin Lions camper You won't want to miss her talk! Breakout Sessions are planned for the rest of the day. 10:00 am Club Excellence Process - Learn how your club can better meet the needs of your community and membership. I Believe In Service - If the community doesn't know you are doing something, how can it be a

signature service project? Learn what some other clubs in the District are doing. Eating The Mediterrranean Way - UW Nutritionist Donna Weihofen, will explain how this diet can help reduce your risk of heart disease, diabetes, cancer, Parkinson's and Alzheimer's. 1:45 pm I Believe In Donate Life - Hear representatives from LEBW, Kidney Foundation and UW Organ Procurement talk about the gift of donation. We Want You - This program will help grow your club membership. Learn what younger Lions want out of membership and how clubs recruit! I Believe In Leader Dog Meet Steve Johnson and his Leader Dog, Misha. 2:45 pm I Believe In Eye Research - Dr. Apama Lakkaraju and Dr. Rob Nickells, of the UW Department of Ophthamology will present research being done on glaucoma and macular degeneration. Everything You Wanted To Know About Lions/Lioness But Were Afraid To Ask - An interactive session with Lions/ Lioness Leadership. We Have Pride - Learn the new structure of the Pride Campaign from Madison West Lion Kevin McPherson who is a Pride trustee and board member. He is also the parent of a Camper.

Registration & up-to-date convention info available at www.md27d1.org

Club News & Events

Korn and Jeff Russell, Mayor Tom Lethlean, Council members Jim Paquette, Carl Ballard, and Darrell Morrissey. Missing: Dan Spillane.

Upcoming Events

FEBRUARY SAT, FEB 4 - Madison Monona Lioness Meat & Money Raffle at Tully's II. POTOSI-TENNYSON HOST OVER 200 FOR CHRISTMAS DINNER - A friendly game of cards followed the PotosiTennyson Lions 18th Annual Senior Citizens' Christmas Dinner on Saturday, December 10. Lions served a ham dinner to 205 Potosi residents and made over 40 home deliveries to Potosi Seniors not able to attend the event. SUN, FEB 5 - Edgerton Lions Annual Super Pancake Breakfast - 7 am - noon, Tri County Community Center, Edgerton. SAT, FEB 11 - Albany Pancake Day - 6 am - 1 pm, Albany Lions Building, $6-Adults, $3-Children. SAT, FEB 11 - Cycle For Sight 10 am-2 pm, indoor cycling event, three UW-Madison Campus locations. Contact [email protected] wisc.edu or 608-265-0690. SAT, FEB 11 - Fitchburg Chili Supper - 4:30-7:00 pm, Fitchburg Senior Center Lower Level. WED, FEB 15 - Beloit Evening Lions Chicago Auto Show Trip $35/person includes admission & coach bus. Contact Todd Nelson at 608-290-3628 by January 20. SAT, FEB 18 - Lake Wisconsin Lions Eskimo Open Fundraiser at Lakeside Resort. Contact Pete Taylor, [email protected], or 608-635-9799. MARCH SUN, MAR 25- Shullsburg Lions 65th Anniversary - 1 pm at the Wheel Inn. Reservations [email protected]

Is Your Club Meeting The Need?

by Jodi Burmester, 27-D1 GMT Coordinator If your club is having a hard time getting community support/ participation in your projects and fundraisers or having a hard time recruiting or keeping members, odds are that your club could benefit from implementing the Club Excellence Process (CEP). CEP is a 4-step, club-driven process designed to help clubs improve their "service" through tools that allow them to understand the needs of their community and membership. The initial CEP program takes anywhere from four to 12 weeks to complete; and when complete, will provide clubs with valuable insight and a working plan to better meet the identified needs. If you think your club could benefit from the CEP program, or you want to learn more, plan to attend the CEP Session at the upcoming 27-D1 Convention on Saturday, March 10 from 10 am - 11:15 am or contact: GMT Team Leader Jodi Burmester [email protected] 608-444-9123 GLT Team Leader Rob Sherman [email protected] 608-695-4511

OREGON-BROOKLYN LIONS CLUB DELIVER HOLIDAY GIFT BASKETS - Oregon/Brooklyn Lions delivered Christmas food baskets to needy residents on December 22nd. They also donated $200 to the Brooklyn Fire Department/EMS; $500 to Three Gaits Farm, an equine therapy facility for disabled children and adults; and $500 to Cycle for Sight. ABOVE: Club members preparing the gift baskets.

SHULLSBURG DONATES A KITCHENAID MIXER TO SHULLSBURG HOME - ABOVE: Club members pose with some of the Home's residents and staff.

Every Club In 27-D1 Has Something To Toot Their Horn About What's your club's story?

MADISON MONONA LIONESS DONATE A MEAL to the American family Children's Hospital in December. ABOVE: Lioness Kathy Easland and Debbie McCann delivering the meal.

SHULLSBURG DONATES AN AUTOMATED EXTERNAL DEFIBRILLATOR to the City of Shullsburg for use at the Townsend Community Center. ABOVE: Shullsburg Lions Carol

Send your news, events & photos of Lions in action to [email protected]

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District Editor: Jerry Frigo . 1578 E. Young Dr., Onalaska, WI 54650 . 608/783-5114 . [email protected]

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Peace Poster Winners

by Rita Thompson 27-D2 Peace Poster Chair Lions International Peace Poster Contest is wrapping up. The theme was "Children Know Peace." The District congratulates and thanks the Spring Green, Gays Mills, Hillsboro and West Salem Lions and the Sparta and Norwalk Lioness for participating in the contest. Winners are: · 1st place - Morgan Mack, River Valley Middle School sponsored by Spring Green Lions. She wrote, "Peace is not just about getting along and not fighting, but also accepting each other for who we are and not being separated by race, religion and language." · 2nd place - Alexandria Decker, NorwalkOntario-Wilton School District, sponsored by Norwalk Lioness. Her quote is "I chose the dove to symbolize peace, so some day there will be peace in our world." · 3rd place - Jasiah Scott, Meadowview Middle School, sponsored by Sparta Lioness. His vision, "The cross spears mean peace between two tribes." The 1st place winner receives $75 and her poster goes to the state judging, 2nd place will receive $50 and 3rd place will receive $25. We will honor the three winners at our 27-D2 District Convention, February 11, at Western Technical College Lunda Center, La Crosse. Honorable Mention goes to: · Gays Mills Lions sponsoring North Crawford School, Autum Clark. Her vision, "I think peace is a good thing because if we didn't have peace this world would be horrible." · West Salem Lions sponsoring West Salem Boys and Girls Club, Alana Hill-Jones, her vision is "When we get along with each other and don't fight." · Hillsboro Lions sponsoring Hillsboro School District, from Rachael Tuttle, Her vision is "Peace is the act that all people should cherish peace is caring." The Peace Poster Contest gives young people aged 11-13 the opportunity to express their feelings for world peace and to share their vision with the world. This contest lets Lions interact with young people in their communities. Clubs can sponsor schools or groups in their communities. With the contest ending at the District level, now is the time to start thinking about and contacting a group or school to enter the next contest. Peace Poster kits are on sale from the LCI Club Supplies. Schools and civic groups can begin planning for the next Peace Poster Contest.

27-D2 District Governor Joe Fisher

608/783-0554 [email protected] Hopefully, by this time, we are looking at the major part of another Wisconsin winter in our rearview window and getting ready to celebrate St. Valentine's Day. I have a fellow District Governor (name to be withheld) that has the philosophy that every "other" is significant. No, not really; it's only a bad joke caused by the winter doldrums. Speaking of these winter doldrums, a good way to break them up is to attend our 27-D2 District Convention in La Crosse, February 11. The Convention Committee has been very busy putting together a Convention schedule that is educational, informative, exciting and most of all "fun." One example is the Leader Dog presentation. Recently, a Lion of 47 years mentioned he had never seen a more memorable Lionisitic performance. Another very enjoyable presentation will be done by a series of actors depicting major players in the early formulation and growth of Lionism. International Director Carolyn Messier will host a Q and A session for Lion presidents and aspiring presidents. This should afford the opportunity to acquire knowledge from both our visiting ID and your fellow Lion leaders. With the importance of telling the story about what we Lions do, State PR Chair and Wisconsin Lion editor Jodi Burmester will be here to add her experience and insights into this vital aspect. On the lighter side, we will have a few different forms of entertainment and IPDG Don Nelson will put on a short presentation relating various popular music to Lionism. I think most have by now heard of the GMT (Global Membership Training) and GLT (Global Leadership Training) initiatives. Representatives from both of these crucial areas will present. Finally, my Army boss, Major General Paul Lima will give the keynote address tying Lions community service to service to our Country. Again, this event will be held at the beautiful Lunda Center on the Western Technical College Campus in La Crosse. February 10th is "Fun Night" with the 11th being the Convention day. See you there! On a few other fronts... · Lion Bud Greene reported that our acquisition of deer hides was up significantly this year. · During my club visits, I have been privileged to swear in goodly numbers of new members. · Lion Mary and I continue to be impressed by the nature and variety of activities that our district Lions are doing as we visit your clubs. Keep up the good work.

ELROY LIONS CHRISTMAS AT HERITAGE MANOR - This past December 19th, the Lions made their annual holiday visit. The evening began with the Lions gathered in front of the Christmas tree singing traditional carols with many of the residents joining in on their favorites. During the song "Jingle Bells", Santa made his entrance, followed by Mrs. Claus. They visited with the residents and presented gifts to each of the residents with the help of Lions Club members. Every year the Lions Club provides funds and the Heritage staff buys personalized gifts for each of the residents. The evening ended with cookies and ice cream - a tradition for many years.

GIFT BAGS BRIGHTEN HOLIDAYS FOR WARRENS SENIORS - by Lioness Lorry Erickson

Marking 21 years of service to the Warrens community, the Cranberry Country Lioness continued its tradition of giving Christmas gifts to Warrens area seniors. During the holiday season, more than 90 gift bags containing home-made cookies and other treats were delivered. "In prior years we had given poinsettias to the seniors, but getting the plants delivered in good condition was often difficult if the weather was nasty," said Lorry Erickson, Cranberry Country Lioness secretary. "A few years ago, we decided to switch to a goodie bag containing Christmas cookies and other treats to go along with the fruit baskets delivered by the Warrens Lions Club." This year the Lioness goodie bags contained cranberry juice, sweetened dried cranberries, Christmas candy and Christmas cookies baked by club members utilizing the commercial kitchen at Becca's Bakery, Warrens. "While the treats are appreciated by the seniors, they enjoy the gift bags we use just as much as the cookies and candy. For the past several years, the Warrens Elementary School students have decorated our white bakery bags with drawings of Santa Claus, Christmas trees and other holiday scenes," Erickson said. The Christmas gift bags are just one of several community projects undertaken by the Cranberry Country Lioness. The club organizes a "mitten tree" project in cooperation with Farmers and Merchants Bank, delivers Easter baskets to area seniors, and assists the Warrens Lions in serving meals for community dinners and benefits. "During the month of December, Cranberry Country Lioness members volunteered a total of 75 hours in community service projects," Erickson said. ABOVE: Lioness Sara Moseley, right, visits with Berniece Helming while delivering a Christmas gift bag. ANNOUNCED - Alexandria Decker, an eighth-grade student at Brookwood Junior/Senior High School, won first place in the contest held by the Norwalk Lioness. Her poster was submitted to the 27-D2 contest where she won second place. She and her parents will be guests at the District 27-D2 Lions Convention where she will be awarded a certificate and cash prize of $50.

ELROY LIONS FREE CHRISTMAS MOVIE for area youth at the Elroy Theatre. Several Lions Club members remembered watching a free Christmas movie as children, and Juneau County's only movie theatre seemed like the proper place to bring back the event. Each year, children and their parents enjoy a movie suitable for children provided by the Lions. Upon their arrival, the children were presented a coupon to use at the concession stand. After the movie, everyone was treated to a visit from Santa as they left the theatre. This year the classic 1977 movie "The Rescuers" was shown on December 3.

Let's All Go To Convention

by ADP Loretta Ewelt In a couple of days many of us will be at the Lions District Convention at Western Technical College in La Crosse. The Lions will have many good speakers and interesting things at the convention. The finale of 90 years of service by the La Crosse Lions. Hope to see everyone there. Just two months from now the 27-D2 Lioness will be holding their Convention in New Lisbon. I understand that a great time should be had by all. Now is the time to think about becoming a district officer. We are in need of a vice president, although you can also offer your services as secretary or treasurer. It is not a hard job, as there are many to help you with your job. It is also time for your clubs to be thinking about new officers. Officers should be on the ballot for March and voted on so new addresses and names can be given to the District Governor and me in April to be in the new directory.

NORWALK PEACE POSTER

LIONESS WINNER

27-D2 Convention Registration Form

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International Convention Your Fruit treasures in Gyeongju, the by 1st VDG Ron Edlund

Now is the time to begin preparing to attend the International Convention in Busan, Korea this June 22-26. My wife and I are planning to go as this is where I will start my year as a District Governor. Those who attend will experience one of the most beautiful cities in the world. Busan is surrounded by blue mountains, rivers and long beaches; its splendid scenery is decorated with neon lights. Busan has modern convention facilities and a harbor you will enjoy. Attendees will also experience mild temperatures, unique Korean culture, fresh seafood and kimchi. The proximity of UNESCOdesignated world heritage beautiful resort volcano island JeJu and Yeosu World Expo during the Convention will provide unique experiences. You may also enjoy shopping at the world's largest department store or entertaining yourselves at the hotel casinos. Among the must-see attractions are the marine sports beach of Haeundae, the movie district centered, the 1,300 year old Buddhist Temple Beomeosa, and brilliant night views from Diamond Bridge. Both my wife Elaine and I are looking forward to this journey of a life time; neither of us have ever been to a foreign country. Let's make 2012 a year of going forward by adding new members and by telling the world the importance of Lions clubs.

Club News

LAKE HOLCOMBE YOUTH PROJECTS - Several Lions went to the elementary school and conducted a vision and hearing screening. The Club again hosted their Annual Breakfast with Santa. Children 12 and under received free breakfast, a picture with Santa and special treat bags. JIM FALLS BUSY DAY - On December 10, the Jim Falls Lions Club held their Annual Breakfast with Santa from 9:00 to 11:00 a.m. with about 200 children attending the event. Then that evening they held their Annual Christmas Party and Governor's night which was well-attended.

Purchase Supports MTM

by PDG Bill Taubman Once again it is time to think about ordering grapefruit and oranges. The Mission to Mexico caravan will be leaving here early February for Texas with a return planned around the 13th or 14th. As in the past, we will haul back those delicious grapefruit and oranges; exact costs are not yet available, but are expected to be similar to last year. This project goes a long ways towards paying for the fuel to haul the items we have collected to the Mexican border. This year we have a very nice school bus and enough "stuff" to warrant pulling two trailers down so the fuel bill will be big. Please spread the word and get your orders in ASAP. Last year, between the MTM trailer and Taubman's trailer, we were able to haul back nearly 10 tons. If we take both trailers, we will be able to do the same this year; but if only one trailer goes, it will be more like five tons. You can order fruit right up to the time it is purchased in Texas on or about February 6. The earlier you get your order in, the more likely we will be able to fill it. We may run out of room. You can order by the case or the half case by contacting: PDG Bill Taubman [email protected] 715-468-2910 home 715-520-7692 cell Thanks for your continued support.

27-E1 District Governor Jerry Spies

[email protected] 715/472-8034 As we approach our District's Annual Convention in Danbury, I again urge you to consider attending this event. A highlight of the Convention is rubbing shoulders with all the other Lions from the District. You will also be impressed, as Pat and I have been, to find out about all the great things that Lions do here in northwestern Wisconsin. Projects like backpacks for needy kids, providing Christmas baskets for families in need (and we have a lot of them), doing health fairs, and the list goes on. In addition, we will have Dr. Sam Levine at the Convention. He is from the University of Minnesota Lions Hearing Center and will tell us about what is happening with the hearing programs at the University. Dr. Levine is the doctor who performed the surgery on our daughter Michelle, removing her acoustic neuroma, thus providing her and us with a medical miracle thanks to the Lions of Minnesota. Providing support for the hearing programs of Lions is one of my main goals for this year and I appreciate the support of the clubs I have visited. One of the improvements being made at our Camp in Rosholt is the installation of the "loop" in the dining hall. It will provide our hearing impaired campers the ability to hear what is said when they are in the dining hall. Many churches, theatres, and auditoriums in the state are making use of the same device for their hearing handicapped patrons. Lions continue to provide hearing aids for the needy. In our District, Lion Marcia Lyons from Hawkins is the contact for any club that is looking to provide a hearing aid for a needy adult or child. Her number is 715-585-7738 and her e-mail is [email protected] net. While we make a special effort to show our love for that special person in our lives, Valentine's Day is also a good time to think about our love and care for those who are on the down side of our economy. It is also a time to be thankful that Lions don't get involved with the divisive and destructive bickering that goes on in the political arena. I believe that is one of the reasons Lions have such respect in our communities. Staying away from partisanship and divisiveness is critically important as we strive to live up to our motto, "We Serve." So Happy Valentine's Day to all. Continue to do the great things you do in our communities that reflect our commitment to serve.

Have you bought your District Raffle Tickets yet?

If not, contact your club president or 27-E1 Raffle Chairs Ron & Rosie O'Connell at 715-833-2140

Convention Is Almost Here

by ADP Billie Gravesen We are all looking forward to the District Convention in March. Every time I attend a meeting or convention, I learn something new. If any of our members have not attended a convention, please make every effort to attend the upcoming Convention. You will learn how your money is used, from projects ranging from the Leader Dog program, Mission to Mexico, diabetes information, hearing and speech, Lions Eye Bank vision program, the Lions Camp, Wisconsin Lions Foundation, how we honor our deceased members with a wonderful Memorial Service and so much more. I invite all Lioness to bring a guest as a potential member to our Convention so they can see how hard we work and show potential members we are not just a social organization. Hopefully, we can expand our membership by all of our current members bringing at least one guest. The District Board hopes to see you all at the Convention, which is going to be held at the St. Croix Casino in Danbury. You will get an opportunity to meet your board members and each member will be able to provide input to the Board on how we can help your club, or give us ideas for fundraising and membership drives. If you don't know me, I will be the one in the red and white jacket. Please make an effort to find me and introduce yourself, as well as any potential member/ guest you hopefully bring. See you at the Convention!

LAKE HOLCOMBE AWARDS NIGHT & CHRISTMAS PARTY included presenting a Melvin Jones Fellowship, two George Sutor Sr. Community Service Awards and a Past President's plaque. The community service award has been renamed in honor of a deceased member. Everyone donated money to the local food pantry instead of exchanging gifts. ABOVE (L to R): Lion Dianne Bayerl (Melvin Jones); Ag teacher Brian Guthman, George Sutor Sr. Community Service Award; Lion Ron Plumer, IPP Award; Sue Sutor, accepting posthumously the first Geroge Sutor Sr. Community Service Award for her husband Lion George. LAKE WISSOTA GROWS & SERVES - PDG Richard Mousel inducted two new members and the Club sponsored a Christmas family with a single mother with five children.

LAKE HOLCOMBE SUPPORTS LOCAL FAMILY: ABOVE: Lion Jim Trottier presents a check for $1,500 to Jesse Andres, whose husband Rick was fatally injured. The Lions also donated $500 for the raffle at their benefit.

S P O O N E R -T R E G O THANKSGIVING DINNERS - ABOVE: Lions Ruth and DeWayne Swanson, Chair Louette Rand and Lorrain Cotts purchasing turkeys and other food items for Thanksgiving dinners they provided to more than a dozen needy families.

SHELL LAKE & SPOONERTREGO COLLECTED 436 HIDES for the Lions Camp.

SPOONER-TREGO & SHELL LAKE DELIVER JOY TO 200 LOCAL FAMILIES - Club members collected and then spent three days distributing food baskets with gifts for the children.

28th Annual 27-E1 Convention Registration Form

March 30-31 St. Croix Casino ­ Danbury

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St. Croix Casino-Danbury $35 - $50 30222 Highway 35 &77 Danbury, WI 54830 800-238-8946 or 715-6563444 Trailside Motel - $55 - $60 30790 Highway 35 &77 Danbury, WI 54830 715-656-4050 Webster Motel - Starting at $40 26480 Lakeland Ave S Webster, WI 715-866-8951 Lodge at Crooked Lake 24271 State Rd 35/70 Siren, WI 877-843-5634 Best Western Northwoods Lodge 23986 State Rd 35 Siren, WI 877-349-7800

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District Editor: Jan Kademan . 723 Ballentine Rd., Menomonie WI 54751 . 715/715-235-1546 . [email protected]

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Toot Your Horn At Our District Convention

Lions from all over our great District will be gathering at the Plaza Hotel in Eau Claire March 16-17 at our Annual District Convention/Expo. This is an excellent time to share ideas, promote your club fundraiser and community events. You may promote your fundraiser by selling raffle tickets at your display table only. Don't be caught selling them anywhere else! Please share some of what you do with the rest of the clubs at this year's convention. Your display is NOT entered in a contest! It is NOT being judged! We just want you to share what you are doing. If you need a 8' table - GREAT. If you only need 1' of table space - GREAT. To reserve your space, contact: Lion Keith Edison Phone (715) 985-3615 FAX (715) 985-5225 PO Box 755 Independence, WI 54747 [email protected]

Make The Most Of Your Website

by Lion Lee Leidal Last month, we announced workshops to be held at the 2012 District Convention featuring websites of interest to Lions. This session will include a closer review of one club website, that of the Hudson Sunrise Lions. In preparation for that workshop, this is the first in a series of what today's technology and a website can do for a club, as a member "Center", and for promoting the club locally. Though many clubs have created websites, few are robust, and the value is minimized. When the Hudson Sunrise Branch was formed in 2009, one of the first orders of business was to set up a website as a means of promoting Lions to the community, but once that happened, something was still missing. The site, hosted by Google, did not have the capacity to be a center for members, to hold club records, reports, and minutes privately. In the summer of 2011, the club discovered the Lions International e-Clubhouse services, and despite reluctance to start all over and build a new site, the Member Section was inviting, and a decision was made to "take the plunge." Now it is the "one stop" center for all club information. The "public" pages show what is happening as a club, and in reality, provides an effective internal promotion, as well. Members need to know what is going on at any event they may have missed. Then, by logging into the site, the member is opening the door to a private Lion Club world with information conveniently ever "goes away." And for member convenience, all the minutes are properly titled and already organized in "collections". This ensures members will never be trying to determine which drawer in their desk to use for "losing" another piece of paper. Links were added for state and district Lion sites, as well as links to websites regarding past and present program presenters. Finally, recent incoming club correspondence is posted for member review. The system is not flawless but it is valuable. The club relies on being able to create and store documents "in the clouds" and that is not a concept quickly grasped by members who struggle with computer literacy, but is becoming easier over time. The April issue in this series will address the simplicity and value of the format. In the next Wisconsin Lion issue we'll discuss the advantages of the website for promoting to the public all that we do and offer as Lions. To get a sneak preview, go to HudsonSunriseLions.com. By the way, if this article is raising questions about the practicality of getting all members "on board" when hard copy has been the norm in the past, never fear. The final story in this series that will run in May will address ways to achieve that, just in time for planning sessions for next year. Club leadership will need to make a clear statement as to their intent from the git-go. Good luck as you begin or continue to expand your web presence.

27-E2 District Governor David Schaefer

[email protected] 715/538-4875 We have passed the halfway point in our Lionistic year. A good number of District clubs are adding multiple new members. We all need to work on membership, and to draw upon the resources of our Wisconsin and District Membership teams for help. Since July 1, our District has gained forty-eight new members, but we have lost ninety-eight, for a net loss of fifty. Our District of 50 clubs has 1,820 members today. (Our total international membership totals 1,367,966). Some membership loss is inevitable, but numbers consistently tell us that retention of current members is as important as new member recruitment, if we are to maintain strong clubs. International President Tam urges us to consider our fellow members as our family. Can we do this better within our club? Our District Convention's plans are rapidly coming together. Your presidents and secretaries will have received newsletter via mail with all information important to your club. Now is the time to submit the names of deceased members to be honored at our necrology service, submit your convention booklet ad, elect next year's officers so they can participate in our officer training, plan for your contributions at the Parade of Checks, and plan your "Toot Your Horn" exhibit. Can your club subsidize some Convention expenses to encourage those who have never attended to become "First Timers"? Some clubs are paying the registration and noon luncheon fees for everyone, and others pay some or all fees for officers. Linda and I are just returning from our annual eyeglass trip to Nicaragua that occurred January 20 to January 30. It's sponsored by Wisconsin-Nicaragua Partners. Lion Brad Martin of Whitehall is our leader for this yearly trip, and it will be our ninth. We usually have several participants from Whitehall, and have about 15 total from Wisconsin. Our prescription eyeglasses come from our Wisconsin Lions Eyeglass program, and we also acquire a good assortment of reading glasses. This year will be different in that we leave the Managua area for the east coast, which is less densely populated and has large areas of wet lowland. We have the option of flying, or driving part of the way and finishing our trip on a ponga boat. We will dispense eyeglasses for five days in and around the port city of Bluefields. It has a population in excess of 80,000, and gets its name from a Dutch pirate. Local Nicaraguan Lions Clubs will be assisting us. We excitedly look forward to this adventure, and will have a report for you in an upcoming issue.

GO TO HUDSONSUNRISELIONS.COM FOR A VIEW OF THE PUBLIC ACCESS WEBSITE designed to "market" both local and International Lions. To get a close-up of the Member Section discussed in this article, email a request for guest access to [email protected]

this is your page, help fill it by sending an article, photos & events to Editor Jan today!

established just for them. In the member section, there is a new way of doing business. In the days when all minutes and reports were made available by hard copy they were · easily lost or "dumped" · a nuisance to organize for future review Often only one or two members, usually an officer, had responsibility for record retention. Yet each new officer had his or her own system that may or may not have been followed by the next, and before long the threering binders were a mess. Today, the Sunrise Lions have shaped the Member Home Page to be THE place to go for all club documents, such as: · Club Policy Manual · New Member Orientation · Eyeglass Pickup Locations

Committee/Officer History and Assignments · Committee Reports for key committees Each title has a link to an online document; click the link and the document will pop up for viewing. When any document is updated by those authorized to do so, it remains the only version available. The only requirement to view is a valid Club ID and password. In a separate listing, members find links to · Treasurer's Reports · Current and Prior Year Secretary Minutes · Complete & Current Roster · Member Attendance Records. The Treasurer Report is updated monthly with new information, in the same spreadsheet, so nothing

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Checks payable to: 27-E2 Convention Mail to: 27-E2 c/o Whitehall Lions, P.O. Box 444, Whitehall, WI 54773 Questions? PDG Bill Davidson [email protected] 715-832-4110 ACCOMMODATION INFORMATION

You are responsible for making your own hotel reservations at the Plaza Hotel, Eau Claire. Mention Lions Convention. 800-482-7829

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COUNCIL CHAIR BARRY BOLINE 10224 N Port Washington Rd Mequon, WI 53092 Cell: 262-305-3435 Bus: 262-241-3440 [email protected] INTERNATIONAL DIR MARK HINTZMANN (Jayne) 1507 Oconomowoc Ave Watertown, 53094 Res: 920-261-7289 [email protected] STATE OFFICE Kathy Gruna, State Sec. 3834 County Rd A Rosholt, WI 54473 715-677-4764 [email protected] LIONS EYE BANK OF WI Art O'Neal, Exec. Dir. 2401 American Lane Madison, WI 53704 608-233-2354 [email protected] WISCONSIN LIONS FOUNDATION OFFICE Evett J. Hartvig, Exec. Admin. 3834 County Road A Rosholt, WI 54473 877-463-6953 [email protected] info LIONS PRIDE ENDOWMENT OFFICE Geri Schlender, Exec. Dir. 3834 County Road A Rosholt, WI 54473 877-463-6953 [email protected]

29 C1 Cabinet MeetingDales Weston Lanes, Weston MAY 17 Council Of Governors Meeting-Green Bay 17-19 State ConventionGreen Bay 18 WLF Board of Directors Meeting - Green Bay 19 A1 Cabinet Meeting At State Convention 19 B1 Cabinet Meeting JUNE 1-2 District Governor Elect School-Rosholt 22-26 International Convention- Busan, Korea JULY 26 Lions Eye Bank of Wisconsin Annual MeetingMadison

LEONARD BAERWOLF Roger Westphal TED BAUCH Sturgeon Bay Lions Club DREW BRANDT Shawn Redington WILLIAM BRAUCHT Thomas Grote* E1 - Lake Holcombe DIANNE BAYERL BEVERLY CARL Mary & John Mann* BONNIE CARLSON Jerry & Judie Zais HENRY CHECK Ronald & Judy Duffe PDG Glen & Louise Spring* GORDON COWLES Gerald & Andrea E. Nelson* KENNETH FRYDENLUND WLF Director Walt & Eileen Althaus PDG Glen & Louise Spring* JIM GARVEY Glen A. Betthauser GEORGE GOGGINS DG Sue & Eugene Doell* MARIAN HAELFRISCH Reedsville Lioness Club ROBERT HANSEN Ladysmith Lions Club JAMES HAPPLI Robert & Donetta Ulrich E1 - Rice Lake DICK MOE ADOLPH & VERNIS HAUGLAND Steve Haugland RALPH HEACOX David & Tracy De Angelis WLF Director Dave & Darlene Hempel Chris & Suzanne Porath Wayne & Joanne Weber SHIRLEY HEESAKKER Mike & JoEllyn Van Lieshout KRISTI HUND Stoughton Lioness Club MARIANNE JANTE Robert & Elisabeth Cropp Marianne Jante Living Trust Michael & Carol Knight Daniel Oelke JOHN JONES PDG Gary & Dorie Solum Turtle Lake Lions Club ROBERT KARCHINSKI Denmark Lions Club E1 - Rice Lake ALBERT SCHULTZ DIANE C. KARPFINGER 27-A1 Past District Governors PDG Sherman & Diane Allen PDG Bob & Arvilla Blunck* WLF Director Dave & Darlene Hempel Harry & Kathy Merriman Mukwonago Lions Club PDG Dave & Mary Sugden WILLARD KOHLHAGEN James Depagter Deborah Duecker Kohlhagen Family Larry & Elizabeth Meisegeier Christina & Bob Newton Edgar & Patricia Vogt DANIEL H. KRAMER Daniel J. & Elvira B. Stevens DESMA KRAUS Jim & Jennie Greisch E1 - Rice Lake THOMAS SHERVEY MARION "MERRY" KREITZMAN Roger Westphal RONALD "RON" KRYGER Lyle "Bob" Buckman JONATHAN JAMES LAPINSKE Neshkoro Lions Club JOSEPH LARENZ Jerry & Judie Zais HARLAND LEE Beverly Lee* HAZEL LICHT Jerry & Judie Zais RICHARD LISS Bob & Jan Gracyalny LLOYD LUEDTKE

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STATE CONVENTION May 17-19, 2012 Green Bay, Wisconsin INTERNATIONAL CONVENTION June 22-26, 2012 Busan, Korea USA/CANADA LIONS LEADERSHIP FORUM Sep. 13-15, 2012 Tampa Bay, Florida

610 Birch-Sturm Fellowships

Send your order & payment to: Wisconsin Lions State Office 3834 Cty Rd A, Rosholt WI 54473

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CLIFF & RUTH NOLL Allen & Paula Noll* MIKE QUIGLEY Maggie, Don, Matthew, and Nathan Hucko DG JERRY SPIES Almena Lions Club Turtle Lake Lions Club DAVE TREUTEL Colby Lions Club

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FEBRUARY Wausau Monarch - 25 years

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FEBRUARY 4 Diabetes Focus Group - Lions Eye Bank 4 PDG MeetingShooters, Plover 10-11 D2 ConventionWestern Technical College, Lacrosse 12 C1 Cabinet Meeting-Wis. Rapids Lions Clubhouse, Wis. Rapids 17-18 A2 Convention, Olympia Village, Oconomowoc 19 A2 Cabinet Meeting-Olympia Village, Oconomowoc 25-26 Communicate Like A Leader Seminar-Stevens Point MARCH 2-3 Council Of Governors Meeting-Stevens Point 9 D1 Cabinet MeetingMarriott Convention Center, Middleton 9-10 D1 ConventionMarriott Convention Center, Middleton 16-17 E2 Convention-The Plaza Hotel, Eau Claire 18 D2 Cabinet MeetingHolmen American Legion, Holmen 23-24 WLF Board Meeting Lions Camp 24 B2 Cabinet MeetingGolden Sands, Cecil 30-31 E1 Convention-St. Croix Casino, Danbury APRIL 8 E2 Cabinet Meeting 10 A2 Cabinet MeetingIron Ridge Inn, Iron Ridge 13 C2 Cabinet MeetingInshalla Country Club, Tomahawk 13-14 C2 ConventionInshalla Country Club, Tomahawk 14 A1 Cabinet Meeting 26 LEBW Board Meeting- Madison 28 Spring Work Day Wisconsin Lions Camp

correction: In the January issue, Melvin Jones recipient Lion Larry Gehri was accidentally listed under Knight of Sight Fellowships. He is correctly listed in this issue. 600 Melvin Jones Fellowships

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GAIL SCHIEFELBEIN Mary & Larry Braunschweig George &Marlene Raether Linda Rasmussen Jerry & Barbara Rabbach Watertown Lions Club DAVID EVANS & ED MATHISON PDG Del Plank UNKNOWN Bernard & Christine Koenig IN HONOR OF ........ JIM & MARY ANN MILLER PCC Dick & Mary Hauser DICK & MARY HAUSER 50TH ANNIVERSARY Ithaca Lions Club DALE STAEBELL Paul & Alison Doyle DG NEIL WINCHELL Cuba City Lions Club DG RICK KOCH Stratford Lions Club

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Communicate Like A Leader

There's still a few more spots left for Lions, Lioness and Leos interested in improving their communication skills at the upcoming Communicate Like a Leader session. Good leaders are good communicators. This class is designed to help you polish your communication skills while also working on three key leadership skills. Sessions include the following areas of professional training: · Effective Listening · Public Speaking · Conflict Resolution · Managing Change · Time Management · Presentation Skills The session will be held February 24 - 26 at the Econo Lodge in Stevens Point. Any Lion, Lioness or Leo member in good standing and incoming district officers are encouraged to attend this weekend of learning. There is no registration fee and breakfast and lunch will be provided. Participants are responsible for hotel cost ($49 + tax per night), Saturday evening dinner and transportation. To get your application, contact your District Governor or: PDG Connie LeCleir-Meyer MD27 GLT Coordinator [email protected] 715-875-4112 Completed applications are due by February 1; late applicants will be considered on a first-come, first-served basis until the space is filled.

Recruiting Club Officers

by Lion Jodi Burmester The most important leadership roles in our entire organization are found in each of our clubs; they are our own local club leaders. These dedicated Lions are the people who lead our clubs to be more successful in meeting our community and member needs. Now is the time to begin recruiting next year's club leadership, so your slate of officers can be: · Presented at a February or March club meeting. · Voted on by April 1. · Reported to LCI and your incoming District Governor by May 1. These officers may include your club: · President · Vice Presidents · Secretary · Treasurer · Membership Chair · Lion Tamer · Tail Twister · Board Of Directors Since each of our clubs operates a little differently, you may or may not elect all of these officers each year. Regardless of your local slate, every Lion that is recruited to serve in a leadership role should be well-informed of the duties, responsibilities and expectations of the position, prior to being elected. It is up to the club nominating committee to handle this initial introduction to the local club's expectations of each officer; and up to the District, State and LCI to ensure they are trained on the duties and skills they will require to be successful in their role. Club Officers Orientation - A training resource package including an instructor guide, training materials, and presentation slides to design your district training for club officers. · Club Officer Orientation Instructor Guide · Club Officer Orientation PowerPoint Presentation · Club Reports PowerPoint Presentation · Club Officer Orientation Handouts · Club Officer Orientation Curriculum · Web Monthly Membership Reporting (WMMR) Complete Reference Guide · Time Management Handout · Time Management Pocket Guide · Time Management PowerPoint Presentation Club Secretary Training Webinar - Learn how to login, submit membership and service activity reports, and use club member data. · Wed., Apr. 18 at 7 pm · Tue., Apr. 24 at 10 am · Fri., Apr. 27 at 7 pm For more information about your specific District training programs, contact your District GLT Coordinator. For general leadership training questions, contact: PDG Connie LeCleir-Meyer MD27 GLT Coordinator [email protected] 715-875-4112 Thanks to all who will step into these vital leadership roles in 2012-13.

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Order Trees For Spring Planting

by Diane Venden, Environmental Chair 27-D1 The DNR State Nursery Program has posted a list of 2012 species, seeding ages and prices. They range from $15$29 per hundred for conifers to $40-$80 for hardwoods. Access more information at dnr.wi.gov/ forestry/nursery/order Get organized now, identify a committee, purchase saplings or trees, and find suitable sites to make your tree planting a worthwhile project. Contact your local DNR forester for advice on site preparation and best species for your site and tree planting plan. You could also... 1. Develop an awareness campaign regarding environmental issues. 2. Organize a beach or riverbank clean-up project. 3. Organize a communitywide bike to work/school day. 4. Establish a school-wide recycling program. 5. Remove debris from a nature trail. 6. Conduct community-wide clean-up projects. 7. Organize a roadside cleanup; adopt a highway. Make sure to include all your club service projects with photos of Lions in action on your club's monthly Activity Report. Contact your District Environmental Chair or District Governor for more information on the Plant A Million Tree Campaign.

LEARNING THE ROPES at one three officer training sessions held last year in 27-D1. Here you see incoming secretaries in the foreground learning about their duties, with incoming membership chairs in the background. Contact your District GLT Coordinator or District Governor for upcoming Officer Training dates in your area.

Most of our District's offer Spring Officer Training Sessions during the month's of April and May. These sessions are designed to introduce incoming officers to the duties and responsibilities they will have in their role, along with providing an opportunity for attendees to share their questions and experiences with other incoming officers from around the district. Each session is lead by qualified local Lion leaders who will also act as an ongoing resource for attendees. Club nominating committees

should be setting the expectation that every club officer will attend a training session in preparation for their upcoming role. For clubs in Districts not offering Officer Training, LCI has a number of resources available at www.lionsclubs.org. Just search on "Officer Training " and you will find links to: Club Officer Individual Training - Online courses reviewing the roles, responsibilities, tasks and resources for Club Presidents. Secretaries and Treasurers.

visit the lions learning center at www.lionsclubs.org

Lions Q&A: Hearing Aid Collection

by Lion Jodi Burmester Q: Our community members know all about the Lions used eyeglass collection program as is evidenced by the number of glasses we collect. However, they don't seem to know that we also collect and recycle used hearing aids. Are there any promotional materials available that will help educate our community about hearing aid collection? (from Shell Lake Lion Mike Cox) A: The "Help Them Hear What They've Been Missing" press release provides information on both the used hearing aid collection program and the program that provides hearing aids for low-income individuals. Help them hear what they've been missing. An estimated 28 million Americans are afflicted with hearing loss and cannot fully appreciate this unique sensory experience. Hearing is the last sensory function to leave us when we fall asleep and the first to "come on line" when we awaken. Normal hearing provides vital information about our environment and warnings of danger, allows us an open channel with communications with others and pleasures of listening to music, laughter and sounds in nature. The ______________ Lions are serving their community by collecting used hearing aids and turning them into the Wisconsin throughout the State collecting used hearing aids which provides funding for others. Collection of the hearing aids is absolutely critical to the success of the Hearing Aid Program in Wisconsin. Individuals in the state can apply for a new hearing aid by filling out an application for financial assistance. Applications can be obtained by contacting a local Lions, Lioness, or Leo club, contacting the Wisconsin Lions Foundation office, toll-free 877463-6953 or visiting the website at www.wlf.info. WLF also has used hearing aid collection containers that can be ordered by contacting: Meghan Postelnik [email protected] 877-463-6953 Postelnik can also provide you with a copy of the hearing aid collection press release or answer your other questions about the hearing aid programs. The Wisconsin Lions Foundation (WLF) is a charitable non-profit Wisconsin Corporation organized and maintained by the Lions of Wisconsin and is in charge of all statewide service and fundraising activities including: Lions Camp, Eyeglass Recycling Center, Community Diabetes Education, Hearing Aid Project, Children's Vision Screening and Youth Projects. Visit www.wlf.info for more information on WLF or these projects.

contact your District GLT Coordinator for Officer Training dates in your area

Project Ideas

MARCH

Eye Donor Awareness Month Diabetes Alert Day - 3/27 Leo Club Month Awareness

APRIL

Welcome Your New Members

from LCI brochure me22.pdf The Induction Ceremony is the symbolic beginning to a member's service as a Lion. It is also a key element in the lifelong retention of a member. A thoughtful induction, followed by a thorough orientation and meaningful involvement in the club's activities will keep a new member interested and engaged in the club. While it is customary for the club president to induct new members, it is certainly appropriate to have a former international or district officer, the Membership Committee chairperson or a wellrespected senior Lion conduct the ceremony. Induction Ceremonies will vary depending on local customs or activities of the club and district. Also, it is acceptable and encouraged to adapt the New Member Induction Ceremony to the affiliate membership category. When planning the ceremony, it is important to keep in mind that it should be dignified and meaningful for the participants. Following are some ideas for creating an appropriate and meaningful Induction Ceremony. Suggested Ceremony Order 1. Begin by inviting each new member and their sponsor, individually by name, to the front of the room. 2. Welcome all the participants to the ceremony and share your joy for their attendance. 3. Give a brief history of the distinguished history of Lions Clubs International. 4. Present a short history about your club and its current activities. 5. Administer the pledge. 6. Present the pin. 7. Close the ceremony with a welcoming statement on behalf of your club and district, the presentation of a new member kit and an explanation of the sponsor's responsibilities. Lions Clubs International has created a brochure that includes suggested verbiage and other tips for conducting effective Induction Ceremonies. Go to www.lionsclubs.org and search on "Induction Ceremonies" to find all the information you will need.

Environmental Projects Global Service Action Campaign Lions Worldwide Induction Day - 4/21 Earth Day - 4/22 Recycle for Sight Month White Cane Week - 5/115/17 Helen Keller Day - 6/1 World Environment Day - 6/5 2nd Annual Wisconsin Lions Red Cross Blood Challenge Million Tree Campaign Adult / Children's Vision Screenings Diabetes Awareness Donor Registry Sign-up Blood Drives Special Olympics Clubs/ Collaborations

MAY

USED HEARING AID COLLECTION SUPPORTS PURCHASE OF NEW HEARING AIDS for low income individuals. Contact WLF at [email protected] or 877-4636953 for more information.

JUNE

JULY - AUGUST

ONGOING

Lions Foundation. The Wisconsin Lions Foundation is able to receive credit on the used hearing aids to purchase new hearing aids for those who need them but cannot afford them in the State of Wisconsin. Since 1981, the Wisconsin Lions Foundation realized the adverse effect which hearing loss can have on an individual. Hearing impairment is the most common and widespread form of physical disability in the United States today. It is a "silent" disability, evoking little public recognition and sympathy. The success of the Wisconsin Lions Foundation Hearing Aid Program relies on the collaborative efforts and generosity of many people

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