(2003 Issues)

Published by the Appleton Noon Lions Club, P.O. Box 762, Appleton, Wisconsin 54912
Meetings: Mondays 12:15 p.m. - Columbus Club    E-mail:
(NOTE: Some of these issues may not be exactly as originally published due to technical problems in the scanning into OCR. The content should be accurate, however.)

Vol. 80, No 24, December 22, 2003

Your work resulted in $8,000 being donated to non-profits: Boys & Girls Club, COTS, Emergency Shelter, Harbor House, The Red Cross, The Salvation Army, St. Joseph's Food Pantry, Thompson Center, Boy Scouts and LEAVEN.

Recognition for a great deal of service went to Ralph Acker and Dan Piper with Melvin Jones Fellowships and Tom O'Hearn with a Birch-Sturm Award at our successful Egg Nog Party. Thanks to the committee for a great event and to Bob and Marge Sawyers for Christmas songs. We also presented a check to the Colum­bus Club staff for their fine service to the club.

Ralph, Ebie, Mike, Dave were the King Committee and took donations plus $218 we collected at the party to the veterans home at King.

Monday, January 5 — Bill Devine will speak about the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation. Some of our donations go the this cause.

Monday, January 12 — Executive Director Kari Hawkinson of Big Brothers and Big Sisters of the Fox Valley will be our speaker as Program Chairpersons Blaine Priebusch and Sandy Phillips take over. (Greeters are Dave Searl and Dick dark).

Some of you owe money for Entertainment Books, 7 @ $27 each. Please pay up.

Celebrating birthdays in January are Howie Pleuss, Ed Schmidt and Rick Langan. Many happy returns!

SNORT printed portion will be revised. Get any changes on your listing to Tom O'Hearn NOW. Tom also noted thank you's for donations to Leader Dogs and Wisconsin Lions Foundation.

Karl Blahnik's efforts with Mint Sales continue to bring in steady income — thanks! Ralph Acker delivered another 3,000 pairs of eyeglasses to Rosholt for processing.

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year are the wishes of your officers and directors to all of you as we start 2004 (and-bring in a new member, too).

Vol. 80, No 23, December 1, 2003

Our club has had an excellent record each year in participating in the Salvation Army Bell Ringing. More help is needed. If any members have not taken a two hour shift, please sign up now. Many are inside, all have chairs available. Ringing the bell brings in much more money than an unattended kettle. Call Andrea dark at 734-3324 or sign up on line at

Right after our Egg Nog Party Ralph Acker and crew will take donations to the veterans at King. We do this annually. Bring contributions to the club meeting. Hard cover books, toiletries, cards, clean good repair clothing, etc. are welcome.

Monday, December 1 — Assemblyman Steve Wieckert will be our speaker. No word on December 8.

Monday, December 15 — Annual Egg Nog Party. Come and bring a guest, spouse, friend. Meal cost is the same, but you will be asked to contribute to the Egg Nog cost. There is nog "with" and without. We will award $8,000 in grants to local agencies from our Senior EXPO income. We will honor three persons with the Melvin Jones Fellowship and Birch-Strum Awards.

Our Board will meet Wednesday, December 10 at ll:30am at the Columbus Club and all members are welcome. Dutch treat lunch.

Belated congratulations to Mary Jo, now Mohr, on her marriage!

Monday, December 22, we will have a regular meeting with holiday songs and inspired singing by all of you for our program.

No meeting Monday, December 29. Officers and Directors instruct all members to have a very Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!

Grand Chute Lions will have a Christmas Tree and Poinsettia Day December 6 at the Plant Station Greenhouse on Northland Ave.

Vol. 80, No 22, November 17, 2003

Monday, November 24 — Our speaker will be Debra Cronmiller, Director of the Emergency Shelter. (She is the wife of member James.) She will tell us about the homeless situation in Appleton and what can be done to help.

December Program Chairmen are Don Goodman and Chad Collett. Greeters are Bob Sawyers and Dan Piper.

Our newest member is Mary Beth Nienhaus, Owner and Pro at Winnegamie Golf Course. She is sponsored by Rik Madisen.

All members are invited to sit in with good ideas welcome. 11:30am, Columbus Club, dutch treat lunch. Del Schuh will present a report on Octoberfest with his recommendations on our future participation. Del reported a net income of $496 this year.

Ralph Acker is planning the annual trip to the Veterans Home at King for December 16. Bring donations of clothes, hard cover books, toiletries, cards, etc. to meetings for collection.

Our bowling team took 6th place in the District Tournament and turned over $60 to the club as its winnings.

146 Entertainment Books were sold according to chairman Dick Swanson.

Ring Bells for the Salvation Army. Call 734-3324 and ask for Andrea dark for a time or sign up at You pick the time and place for your two hour shift.

At the District 27-B1 convention in Oshkosh Blaine Priebusch received a 100% Treasurer Award and Tom O'Hearn received a 100% Secretary Award. Congrats!

Happy Birthday to our December bunch of Lions: Ron Dunlap, Dan Rorabeck, David Bayer, Sharron Huss and-Harry Knox. Many happy returns!

Vol. 80, No 21, November 3, 2003

Monday, November 10 — Our speakers will be Pat Valentine and Margie Krueger. They are with the Visually Impaired Support Group at the Thompson Center.

Monday, November 17 — We are pleased to have Virginia Kamp, and Appleton High School North student as our speaker. We sponsored her to the World Affairs Seminar last summer as part of our youth work.

The Egg Nog Party will be December 15. December Program Chairmen are Don Goodman and Chad Collett. Greeters are Bob Sawyers and Dan Piper.

The District 27-B 1 Convention delegates are: Ebie Ebert, Bob Muck, Howie Pleuss, Dan Piper and Madisen. You are welcome to drop in November 8 at the Pioneer Inn, Oshkosh. Sessions will be of interest to Lions. You will need to pay a registra­tion fee of $5.00 and are on your own for meals. We will donate $1,000 to Wiscon­sin Lions Foundation, $300 to Leader Dogs, $125 to Wisconsin Diabetes Associa­tion, $250 to Hearing Dogs and $100 to the Mission to Mexico. We give the same amounts at the State Convention — and YOU helped raise this money!

Final Senior Living EXPO net income was $11,046 which will be donated to local organizations we support.

Chairman Dick Swanson reports he has only 15 Entertainment Books left. Let's wind this up. They are great Christmas gifts. $27 each.

We donated $500 toward a Braille Writer for a local visually handicapped boy as did the Grand Chute Club. We got a BIG thank you from the family.

Ralph Acker delivered 2,500 used eyeglasses to Rosholt from his collections. SALVATION ARMY BELL RINGING TIME AGAIN

You are needed and can sign up via the internet by bringing up the Salvation Army's web site ( You can select the site, day, and time you wish to ring bells. You may also contact the Salvation Army by phone at 734-3324. Ask for Andrea dark. Volunteer Coordinator.

Ron Dunlap has been inducted mto the Chicagoland Softball Hall of Fame as an umpire. He was voted in by players, managers, coaaches, and other umpires. Congratulations Ron!

Vol. 80, No 20, October 20, 2003

Monday, October 20, program slightly unsettled, come, be surprised.

Monday, October 27 — Our speaker will be Peter Hensler who is Economic Devel­opment Director for the city. Take a look at recent economic developments.

Monday, November 3 — Our team of speakers are: Robert Turner, COO, Northern Region of Affinity Health Systems and St. Elizabeth Hospital and Gary Kusnierz, Director of Construction and Development for Affinity and St. Elizabeth. Find out about all the changes and improvements being made.

These programs are of interest to many people, and some of these are prospective members. Consider your friends, those you do business with, meet at church, etc. and invite them to join the world's largest service organization. Get application blanks from Secretary Tom. Treat your prospect to a free lunch on the club.

A big thank you to the Thompson Center program and Karl Blahnik for arranging it. We enjoyed the lunch and presentation my Director Mark Ziemer.

Yes, there are some good members celebrating birthdays in November. Enough guessing, here are the celebrants: Woody Weber, Del Schuh, Jim Jacobs, Mary Jo Ripp, Tom Loveall and Jack Burr. MANY HAPPY RETURNS!

Valiant Bowlers finished third out of thirty teams. Those making the scores were O'Hearn, Schuh, Sinkula, Garnier (Charlie and Christine). We are investigating hosting the State Bowling Tournament in 2006. Charlie is tracking this down and we probably will co-host with other local clubs.

There are still some bills out on the Senior Living EXPO, but preliminary estimates are a net income of around $11,000. This money is spent locally and every one of you members who helped with posters, prizes, at the event, deserves high praise for making this a success.

State Lions Convention is November 7 and 8 at the Pioneer Inn at Oshkosh. We have sent in registrations and meal reservations for our official delegates. However, there is ample opportun ity for any member and spouse to register at the event and sit in on sessions. This is a fun event where you can meet many other Lions, Lion­esses, Leos. Displays on the Wisconsin Lions Foundation activities and other related things are on tap. Get a car load together for the day.

Vol. 80, No 19, October 6, 2003

Monday, October 13 — Our speaker will be Kathy Kamp from the Appleton Hous­ing Partnership. Find out about low cost housing in our area.

THANK YOU TO ALL WHO WORKED ON OCTOBERFEST. This has been a long time fund raiser for the club under Del Schuh's leadership.

If you come across some good program possibilities, let General Program Chairman Bob Muck know. He can pass them on to the monthly co-chairmen.

How about winding up the ENTERTAINMENT BOOK SALE? Of course, if you happen to need more books than Chairman Dick Swanson has on hand, he could probably manage to get some. Now is the time to sell the books which are great presents. Many other groups are selling also, so make your con­tacts. Books cost $27 each (if you buy 10 or more they are still $27 each).

Club membership is down and we need to bring in new members. Joe Neton is Membership Chairman and can help you with information and applications. The procedure is simple: Bring a prospect to a meeting and the club pays for a guest lunch on the first visit. Talk about the club and Lionism and what we do to serve the less fortunate. Give the prospect an application. When it is filled out, give it to any officer or Joe for approval by the Board. Remember, our $70 dues are prorated from July 1, so anyone joining now owes that much less for each month from July 1.

District 27-B1 convention will be November 7 and 8 at the Pioneer Hotel, Oshkosh. The club pays registration and meals for members and spouses. Let Secretary Tom know ASAP if you plan to go. We rate seven delegates.

Do you know all of our more recent members? The only way to meet and become friends is to sit with newer members. Be sure that you make the effort to do this and change tables each Monday.

Thanks to Sid and the Columbus Club for supporting the Senior EXPO with door prizes and an ad in the program as well as the drawing for two lunches each meet­ing.

Vol. 80, No 18, September. 22,2003

We share a wristband and beer ticket booth with the Elks Club. It is located at College and Appleton. Del Schuh asks that you show up 5-10 minutes before your shift. Park in a ramp of get dropped off near the booth from Appleton St. Let Del know if you have a question.

Thank all of you who worked on the Senior Living EXPO from posters to prizes. We will give you an accounting as soon as all bills are in.

Monday, September 29 — Our speaker will be Rod Lefler, DC who will give us an update on chiropractic medicine.

Monday, October 6 — The meeting will be at Thompson Community Center on College Avenue with lunch at 12:15pm there. Executive Director Mark Ziemer will be our speaker. Spouses are welcome to attend to hear about the many programs the center offers.

Dick Swanson has our supply of Entertainment Books. Cost this year is $27 per book. Sell now because there is a lot of competition for sales. Get books at meet­ings and turn in money to Dick.

Happy Birthday time for October. Lions celebrating are Elmer Tilque, Fred Biesecker, Chez Hoeft, Jim Smith and Charlie Garnier. Many happy returns!

WELCOME HARRY KNOX! He is our newest member and is spon sored by Dan Piper. With a fourth of the year gone, we need to get Membership in gear to replace members we no longer have. Bring a prospect to the next meeting. Club pays for their lunch for the first visit.

Rik Madisen received a Senior Builder Key for bringing in a total of 15 members.

Our club rates 7 delegates to the District 27-B 1 convention November 7 and 8 at the Pioneer Inn, Oshkosh. Club pays for registration and meals including spouses. See Secretary Tom to sign up. Tom also has a sale on vests, hats, shirts, etc. for the well dressed club member.

Our club plans to put in a bid for the State Bowling Tournament in 2006. Charlie Garnier is working on details for this.

Vol. 80, No 17, September 8, 2003

Monday, September 15 — Our Speaker will be Tom Ciske from the Fox Cities Chamber of Commerce. His topic will be on a Regional Business Park.

Monday, September 22 — A topic of great interest to Lions and our sight program, the latest on Corneal Transplants by Dr. Michael Vrabec.

Wednesday, September 17: 6th SENIOR LIVING EXPO Attached is a schedule of workers and shifts. Please check it over carefully. Chez Hoeft will help you with any questions on it. The EXPO is at Liberty Hall, Kim-berly (same as last year). Visitors will start coming about 8:30am with exhibits open at 9:00am. First shift should be there at 8:00am, wear your vests, etc. to show you are a Lion. Please park away from the building so seniors needing closer parking can get it. Chez has lunch tickets for all members who work.

Note at the bottom of the SNORT a coupon for free admission for two for club members only. Another two for the price of one coupon is for you to give to a friend or neighbor.

Board of Directors will meet Wednesday, September 10 at ll:30am at the Colum­bus Club. All members are welcome for a dutch treat lunch. It's your club, your ideas can help it work better.

Program Chairmen for October are Karl Blahn ik and Mike Ferns. Greeters are Blaine Priebusch and Woody Weber.

Secretary Tom has Fall apparel for sale - cheap because the club subsidizes it: caps, shirts, vests, swim suits, mountain climbing jackets, hip boots, etc.

Bob Sawyers recorded a public service club membership pitch for WHBY which will air as time permits. DO bring a prospective member to the club. Club will pay for the prospects first lunch. Just ask for a guest ticket.

Vol. 80, No 16. August 18. 2003

Monday, August 25 — Of great interest and importance will be Assemblyman Dean Kaufert's presentation on issues in the state budget. He was chairman of the joint finance committee.

Hey, relax, September 1 is Labor Day, NO Tailtwister.

Monday, September 8 — Our biggest fundraiser of the year is the Senior Living EXPO which will be held Wednesday, September 17 from 9am to 2pm at Liberty Hall, Kimberly. We need to do a good job of manning the EXPO, present the best face of Lionism to the Community and make everyone welcome. Committee chairmen will brief you on how things should work. Door Prize and Poster Com­mittees with have been at work already.

September Program Chairmen are Joe Ferris and Carl Lindwall, Greeters are Dobbie Robertson and Mike Tassoul.

Happy Birthday to September Lions Dan Cloud, Dude Hahn and Tom Piskor.

DRESS FOR SUCCESS! Secretary Tom has vests, shirts, caps (exotic underware) at a good price, with the club paying half the cost. Wear the Lions stuff for the EXPO.

This happens Saturday, September 27. We have a wristband booth at the corner of Appleton St. and College Ave. Del Schuh passed around a sign up sheet for 12 persons for each shift. Del will tell you more about this each meeting. We have made a good income from this in past years.

Jim Jacobs reported for Tom Loveall and gang that the picnic took in $762 from food and prize drawings and cost $622 for a net profit of $140. (Maybe we can afford steak and lobster next year!)

Appleton West student Ross Hefner thanked the club for his scholarship to the World Affairs Seminar.

West Point grad President Howte'was there to march the traditional old grad last two miles of the plebe summer orientation with his grandson who is starting this fall. Now if Howie only remembered some discipline and how to apply it to that Charlie . . . things might be different.

Vol. 80, No 15, August 4, 2003

Many thanks to the picnic committee and all who contributed prizes for the raffle.

Monday, August 11 — Our speaker will be Mary Beth Nienhaus who is the owner ofWinnegamie Golf Course, west ofAppleton on BB. She has invested time and money in a youth golf program and will tell us about it.

Monday, August 18 — Our program is about working with the poor through the Wisconsin/Nicaragua Partners of America. Linda Weber and Judy Miller will present the program.

August Program Chairmen are Otto Cox and Rik Madisen, Greeters are Ebie Ebert and Karl Blahnik.

GOLF OUTING starts at 2:15pm Monday, August 18 with a scramble start at Reid Municipal. Talk to Dobbie for details, or to sign up. Refreshments at Telulah Park after the triumph on the greens.

Our club will join with Grand Chute to help pay for a Braille Printer needed by a visually handicapped person in our area. We are hoping that two other clubs will join us probably at $500 each to make this happen.

Grand Chute plans a picnic at the Timberrattlers game August 21. Picnic 5:30pm, game 7:05pm. Cost $15.75 per adult. See Tom O'Hearn for details if you want to attend.

Coming Wednesday, September 17, our 6th Senior Living EXPO. Ed Schmidt's Door Prize Committee is at work and Jim Jacob's Poster Committee is on the mark. These hundreds of posters are important for getting the seniors to be award of the EXPO and attend.

Saturday, September 27 is Octoberfest. We will share a wristband sales booth with another non-profit group. Del Schuh needs 24 members to make up two shifts.

The Big Guy is about ready to enforce the dues ordinance for those who have not paid our $70 annual dues. Remember that the club is picking up the additional $5 Lions International socked us with AFTER our dues were set and mostly collected. You can personally thank Treasurer Dan Piper for the $5 donation toward your membership when your dues are paid.

Vol. 80, No 14, July 21, 2003

Monday, July 28 — Ann and Tim Moe will be our speakers. They have ridden bikes across the country and will talk about their adventures.

Monday, August 4 — Meeting is at Plamann Park pavilion for our annual Family Picnic. Use Meade Street, Ballard is under construction at this writing. Be there around 5:00 with a fine picnic dinner at about 5:30pm. $5 per family, $3 per single person. Everything is furnished. This is on rain or shine. Please try to donate a prize to be auctioned (tickets $1 each or 6 for $5). More details at meetings.

GOLFERS BEWARE — Lions invade Reid Municipal at 2:15pm Monday, August 18. Scramble start for a 9 hole run. Participants will adjourn to Telulah Park for refreshments after the grueling play. Contact Dobbie Robertson for more info.

THE 30 MEMBERS WHO HAVE NOT PAID THEIR DUES ARE NOW MORE DELINQUENT THAN USUAL. Bills are usually not sent to save the club money.

Our thanks to Governor King for inducting officers and initiating new members. Past President Woody received a plaque and pin for his efforts during the year.

Door prizes are being collected by Ed Schmidt and his committee. Exhibits are almost all sold out. The date for the 6th annual EXPO is Wednesday, September 17, at Liberty Hall, Kimberly. We have lined up some free interviews on TV and radio and are in need of Lions who could appear for these early in September. You will be given a script of points to cover and be briefed on what to do. Please contact Rik Madisen if you want to be a media star.

Tom O'Hearn wants you looking like a Lion at the EXPO and has a supply of navy or gold golf shirts, vests, roll up hats, baseball caps for $10, other shirts $20 and army style caps free.

HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO AUGUST CELEBRANTS: Dobbie Robertson, Karl Blahnik, Herman Ripp and Chad Collett.

Wisconsin Lions Foundation seat-the club a thank you for our donation. Foster School thanked the club for financial support for the Lions Quest Program.

Lions International raised its dues $5 without any notice, effective immediately. Our club will come up with the increase this year.

Vol. 80, No 13, July 7, 2003

Monday, July 14 — 27-B1 District Governor Tom King will install our 2003-4 officers and initiate new members. All officers, new members and their sponsors, please be present.

Monday, July 21 — Our speaker will be Paula Vandehey who is City Engineer with responsibilities for traffic.

Annual Family Picnic coming up August 4, friends, relatives welcome. More details at the meeting.

YOUR $70 ANNUAL DUES ARE NOW PAST DUE. PLEASE PAY SECRE­TARY TOM. We save on billing and postage by doing it this way.

This issue of the SNORT has the printed portion updated. Please check your infor­mation and let Tom O'Hearn know if anything is incorrect.

Sick Call: As of this writing Ron Dunlap is at home, Del Newton is at Rennes.

July 20 is Lions Day at Lions Camp. Van Dyne is again running a bus for $15 plus the $6 for the barbeque chicken dinner. If you are interested in the trip, which goes on to a casino, please contact Ebie Ebert.

Perfect attendance awards: 5 years. Cloud; 10 years, Acker, Dunlap, Jacobs; 25 years, O'Hearn.
For one year: Acker, Bayer, Blahnik, D. dark, J. dark, Cloud, Cooper, Cox, Cronmiller, Dunlap, Ebert, J. Ferris, Goodman, Gamier, Hahn, Hoefl, Jacobs, Jooss, Lang, Logan, Loveall, Madisen, Martin, Matz, Mauk, Muck, Neton, O'Hearn, Pawlak, Piper, Pleuss, Priebusch, MJ Ripp, Robertson, Rorabeck, Sauter, Sawyers, Schmidt, Schuh, Searl, Smith, Spitz, Swanson, Tassoul, Tilque, Torkelson, Weber, Wolf. Congratulations to all of you. You can get credit for working on projects, visiting an ill member, attending a Board meeting and the secretary can excuse you if you let him know ahead of time.

Do you know where our eyeglass-collection boxes are: If so, please let Ralph Acker know. He has collected another 729 eyeglasses for recycling at Lions Camp.

We received thank you's from the American Legion and our candidate for sending him to Badger Boys State.

Vol. 80, No 12, June 23, 2003

Monday, June 30 — Our speaker will be Bill Devine, retired pharmacist, to tell us about SCORE, Senior Corps of Retired Executives (at the Columbus Club).

Monday, July 7 — Tom Ciske of the Fox Cities Chamber of Commerce will speak about recent and pending legislation and the Chamber programs.

District Governor Tom King will initiate the following new members July 14, so please be present with your sponsor: Tom Piskor, Ken Pawlak Dr. Jack Burr, Bob Sawyers Sharron Huss, Sandy Phillips, Rik Madisen Dick Novitski, Woody Weber Mike Weyenberg, Dan Kocher, John Jooss Carl Lindwall, Howie Pleuss Jamie Wally, Harold Schifferl.
New officers will be installed also.

PAY $70 ANNUAL DUES NOW! Make check out to Appleton Noon Lions Club and give to Secretary Tom. We save money by not sending out invoices, but if you need one, let Tom Know.

July Birthday Celebrants are John Jooss, Cal Sauter, Mike Tassoul, Del Newton, Dick Swanson and Roger Sinkula. Many Happy Returns to all of you.

We received thank yous for contributions to Volunteer Braillists and Leader Dogs. We will again donate to the Foster School Lions Quest drug prevention program at the school.

Please make sure you received the new committee list handed out at the meeting. If not, ask neophyte President Howie or Secretary Tom for your copy. Some of the committees are at work already. For instance:

Senior Living EXPO will be held Wednesday, September 17 at Liberty Hall, Kim-berly. About 65 % of exhibits are sold as of this writing.

Annual Family Picnic will be held the first Monday of August, the 4th. Hold that date for a fun event for friends and relatives. No meeting that Monday.

Congratulations to Dobbie Robertson on 45 years of membership. He received a pin and certificate.

Good job Officers and Directors for 2002-2003. We done Good! Even the Tailtwister (he done very well).

Vol. 80, No 11, June 9, 2003

Monday, June 16 — KILL THEM! Member Dave Bayer will talk about invasive weeds and how to get rid of them.

Monday, June 23 — Janet Berry Principal Dave Hash (Principle of the Year) who is now atAppleton East as Director of Athletics/Activities will be our speaker.

Our Sympathy goes to the family of Bud Stach, member since 1950, past president and Melvin Jones Fellow who passed away recently. We will miss him.

We welcome new member Dr. Jack Burr, sponsored by Bob Sawyers. Be sure to meet Jack and make him feel at home. Move around to a different table too, to avoid the Tailtwister and his fines.

Thanks to Ron Dunlap and his crew for a successful Safety Patrol Party at the roller rink. This is a long time youth activity of the club.

Howie Pleuss, Ebie Ebert and Woody Weber attended the Lions State Convention.

The club has approved the budget for 2003-4. You can see a copy if you contact Treasurer Blaine. Incidently, your $70 annual dues are due July 1. Please give your check to Tom O'Hearn. We save some bucks by not mailing bills to you.

These former members have been sent a letter inviting them to rejoin us if their circumstances have changed. If you know any, please invite them back, Mike Loomis, Tom Werth, Jim Kennedy, Peter Schubbe, Eric Davidson, Brett Robertson, Don Schliecker, Jim Dreyer, Jr., Rick Simon, Ron Trimberger, Mark Fevior, Ray Sanders, Fran Zimmer, Gary Lichtenberg, Andy Hoian, Dennis Pringnitz, Dawn Washatka, Carlton Luedtke, Emmet Long, Tim Trettin, Nate Calder, David Kalas, John Gerhardt, Dick Orr, Larry Page, Ed Klug, Dick Van Eyck, Bob Van Handel, John Vander Zanden.

Del Newton is still ill and Ralph Acker has volunteered to collect used eyeglasses. In fact, he and Don Goodman have delivered many to Lions Camp for recycling.

As is our custom, we donated $50-to Wisconsin Lions Foundation in Bud Stach's memory. At the Parade of Checks at the convention WLF received $123,000.

Vol. 80, No 10, May 19, 2003

Monday, June 2 —Our speaker will be Sue Doell from Career Connection. She will talk about jobs for people who are incarcerated and need to get back to work.

Monday, June 9 — An inside look at the 2003 Timberrattlers operation. Lots of talent, a great ballpark and the prospect for each player to move up to the majors.

A heads up for June 30. We will meet at Angelus Retirement Community for lunch and a tour.

A distant heads up: The 6th Senior Living EXPO will be held Wednesday, Septem­ber 17, 2003 at Liberty Hall in Kimberly. We will need help ahead of time in obtaining Door Prizes, Ed Schmidt, Chairman of this committee and putting out posters, Jim Jacobs, Chair of that committee. This is our largest moneymaker and be prepared to help when asked.

Celebrating with appropriate gusto are Bill Sund, Wayne Tauber, Don Goodman, Bob Muck, Joe Spitz, Jim Hietpas, Sandy Phillips, Mike Weyenberg and Dick Novitske.

The Board will meet at 11:30am, Wednesday, May 21 at the Columbus Club. Dutch treat lunch. All members welcome to see how the club's business is conducted.

Very Important Booklet Coming
The 2003-2004 Club Committee List will be in your hands shortly. Check it over to see what committee you are on. Some will have to function right away, such as July program, the annual family picnic, etc.

Latest report on members who are ill: Del Newton is at Rennes. Herman Ripp is at home. Fred Biesecker is at home. Bud Stach is at Peabody section of The Heritage

It is a great time to being in a prospect for membership. Remember the club pays for the prospect's first lunch - just ask for a guest ticket. Talk about our club, how we serve the less fortunate, Lionism. Sell the club to the prospect!

Safety Patrol Seating Party, May 20, 7-9pm at Skaters Edge, 1150 N. Mayflower. Help needed to take tickets, etc.

Vol. 80, No 9, May 5, 2003

Monday, May 12 — Our speaker will be Todd Trueblood, Executive Director of the Fox Cities Arboretum and Garden. It you haven't seen it lately (in Memorial Park), you should get out to enjoy the gardens which have been built.

Monday, May 19 — At this writing, the program is not detailed, but it is probably going to be about the Lions eyeglass recycling program. Check at the meeting for details. Officially Memorial Day will be celebrated May 26, don't come, go to the parade instead of the meeting.

Taking over as Program Chairmen for June are John Jooss and Dobbie Robertson with Lee Logan as Greeter. Thanks to Deb Matz, Woody Weber and Tom O'Hearn for stepping in when we needed programs in April.

The back of the Snort will be reprinted soon. Contact Tom O'Hearn if you have any changes for it.

Herman Ripp is at home, Fred Biesecker is home after heart surgery, Del Newton is at Rennes Center. All would appreciate a card. Del Schuh reports that the Larsen-Winchester Lions put in a wheelchair ramp for Del's wife. He gives them an A+ foi an excellent job.

SMELL THE ROSE PROFITS! Karl Blahnik reports that our rose sale raised $4,304 from 680 dozen sold. Thanks to all who sold and delivered roses. This money supports many charities.

Dick Cark has been rewarded for his efforts in bringing in new members with a Membership Key. Now, how about the rest of you bringing in some new members to earn a key?

As part of our youth program, we sponsored a high school student to Badger Girls State. We received a thank you from the American Legion Auxiliary for this.

We will participate in Octoberfest September 27. Del Schuh wants 24 of you to reserve that date to help work on one of the shifts.

You can drop in at the State Lions Convention at Oconomowoc at the Olympia Hotel, May 15, 16, 17. We will give half our charitable giving to Wisconsin Lions Foundation, Leader Dogs, etc. at the Parade of Checks and the other half at our District Convention.

Vol. 80. No 8. April 21,2003

Monday, April 28 — Investors Seminar: Guide to Better Decisions by member Deb Matz, Investment Executive with Dain Rauscher.

Monday, May 5 — Our speaker will be John Pferfferle, whose investment company has been active in downtown, taking a look at the downtown Appleton area.

State Lions Convention is at Oconomowoc at the Olympia Hotel May 15, 16, 17. Our delegate's registrations have gone in, but you can still attend. Talk with Tom O'Hearn about going. The April WISCONSIN LION magazine has details of events, etc.

Membership: Congratulations to Ed Schmidt who received a key award for bring­ing in two members. Do you more recent members have a friend who would make a good member? It is simple to bring in a member. Check with membership Chair­man Bob Sawyers for ideas and help.

As of this writing, Del Newton was recovering from a fall. He was at AMC, but may be moving to another facility.

Are you an incoming officer? It so, there is a training session for new and continu­ing officers May 10 at Fond du Lac. Contact VP Howie Pleuss if you want to attend.

In Support of Youth:
Our Board has donated $200 toward the Eagle Scout Disc Golf Project at Plamann Park. You heard about this April 7 at the meeting.
The Board also donated $300 toward the Russian Exchange Program at North High School.

The Club received a patch for our banner for retention of members from our Lions International President.

Congrats members: Acker, Neton, Cox, Searl, Pawlak and Kocher celebrating May birthdays.

Vol. 80, No.7, April 7, 2003

Monday, April 14 — Foster School Principal Judy Baseman will be our speaker. She will talk about how the Lions Quest Program is working.

Monday, April 21 — Dr. John Toussaint, CEO ofTheda Care will discuss collabora­tive medicine as a means to cost savings in health care.

May Program Chairmen are Ralph Acker and Jim Heitpas. Greeters are Bud Stach and Joe Ferns.

Thanks to co-chairmen Karl Blahnik and James Cronmiller and all of you who sold roses. A financial report will be in a future SNORT. We have a distinguished list of delivery persons who worked in snow and rain. Those who showed up are: Weber, Sawyers, Martin, Gamier, Acker, Huss, M. Ripp, Madisen, Pleuss, Loveall, Hahn, Tilque, Jacobs, Muck, Cox, O'Hearn, Ebert, Shoberg, Sinkula, Schuh, D.. dark, J. dark. Sorry if anyone was missed. Let Editor Rik know and it will be in the next SNORT.

Sick Call: Tom Torkelson has had a pacemaker put in. Recover soon! Let your editor know of any others we should list.

Eyeglass Czar Del Newton noted that Park Place Optical donated a TV system that greatly enlarges words for visually handicapped persons. The system is wonderful for anyone who needs to augment vision for reading, studying, etc. If you know of someone to whom we could loan the system, let an officer know. Thanks Park Place Optical.

Correction: Fr. Doerffler is a St. Pauls Home, Kaukauna. Drop him a card.

Del Schuh says we will sponsor students from Appleton High School East, West and North to the World Affairs Seminar at Whitewater his summer. No takers from Xavier or Fox Valley Lutheran.

Let Tom O'Hearn know NOW if you want to attend or be a delegate at the Lions State Convention May 15, 16, 17 at Oconomowoc. Golfing details on Joe Ferris' website

Vol. 80, No.6. March 24

Monday, March 31 — Our speaker will be Superintendent of Schools for the Appleton School District, Tom Scullen. His topic is on the fiscal situation and program of the District.

Monday, April 7 — Gary Landerman of the Kaukauna Park Department and Lions club and Brian Feest, Plamann Park Director and an Eagle Scout from AHS-West will talk about disc golf.

Please sign up for the delivery March 28 or 29. Bring a spouse, child, grand child along to help. Pick up roses Friday at American Legion Club or Saturday at Budweiser distributors in the Northeast Industrial Park off Roemer Road north of 00. Details at meeting as to how to get there. Total sold, 511 dozen at this writing.

Sick Call — Fr. Doerffler at Franciscan Care, Herman Ripp at home. Drop them a card or call ahead for a visit. Please let the club and your editor know of members who are ill.

Many happy returns to members with April Birthdays: Archie Mauk, Rod Wolf, Dave Cooper, James Cronmiller, Dan Ferris, Bob Sawyers, Dan Piper, Herb Kreuger, Blaine Priebusch, Tom Torkelson, Rik Madisen.

Past District Governor Gene Norberg died recently. He was a former member of oui club. The club has sent a contribution in his name to WLF. Note also that the Milt Kaufman Memorial totalled $360 which is in our Restricted Sight Account to help with eye problems.

Our Board has dropped Art in the Park because it was unprofitable for the amount of time and manhours put in. We had to pay $300 to be there plus 10% of our gross income and had to buy all soft drinks through the sponsor.

District Bowlers Schuh, Smith, Torkelson, O'Hearn donated $25 to the club as reported by Charlie Garnier.

If you want to golf at the State Convention Tournament see Ralph Acker. May 15-17 at Oconomowoc are convention dates, see WI Lion.

Vol. 80, No.5, March 10, 2003

Monday, March 17 — Our speaker will be Mary Bitters, Hospice Volunteer Coordi­nator.

Monday, March 24 — Leam on the internet: Nichole Schweitzer will tell us about theWisconsin Connection of this Academy of the Appleton School District.

President Woody is appointing two porgram chairmen for April. Del Schuh is the Greeter.

As of this writing we are below the 200 dozen mark. We need to sell a lot more to equal our last year's total. At $13 a dozen, delivered to your door March 29, this is a great value. Turn in orders and money to Karl Blahnik. Pick up order blanks and posters at the meeting.

If you can, please save the morning of Saturday, March 29 to help deliver roses. It is a great time to take along grand kids, kids, spouses for a fun time. Get details on the rose pickup at the meeting.

Attendance is important to our club. No member can make all the meetings, but do put Monday noon at the top of your priority list. We have had some excellent programs, lots of fun, and make good use of our new songbooks - so join us.

Related is membership.The more members we have, the more "We Serve" becomes real. You meet a lot of nice people at our meetings. It is easy to bring in a friend, neighbor, person you do business with or go to church with and make them a valued member of our club.

Invite the prospect to a meeting. Club pays for prospect's lunch for this visit, make sure the prospect meets other members. Talk about Wisconsin Lions Foundation, the Eyebank we run, Lions Camp. Pass along one of our yellow club flyers which Secretary Tom has. This tells what our club does. Get an application from Tom and have the prospect fill it out. Our club pays the $25 initiation fee. Dues are prorated from $70 July 1. Join in March and pay only 3 months for this year. The Board does need to approve the prospect. Then invite the prospect to join.

Board meets at 11:15 am Wednesday, March 19 for dutch treat lunch at Columbus Club. All members are welcome to attend.

Vol. 80, No.4, February 24

Monday, March 3 — John Brixius of Safe Harbor Retirement Solutions will dis­cuss, "Choosing the Right Annuity".

Monday, March 10 — Our speaker will be Toby Palzer, Jr. Outagamis County Executive with a look at the county, present and future.

Please have all of your sales finished then and get your orders and money in to Karl Blahnik or James Cronmiller. More order blanks are available at the meeting. This is one of our biggest fund raisers and we need SALES to succeed. Money goes into our charitable account. Delivery is Saturday, March 29 and your help will be needed for this so save the date.

HAPPY BIRTHDAY MARCH LIONS! Celebrating are Deb Matz, Mike Ferris, Ebie Ebert, Ken Lang, Tom O'Hearn, Paul Shoberg, Lee Logan, Jim dark, Jamie Wally and Carl Lindwall. Many happy returns.

Nominations for our 2003-04 Officers and Board:
President, Howie Pleuss 1st VP, Bob Muck 2nd VP, Otto Cox 3rd VP, Mary Jo Ripp Secretary, Tom O'Hearn Asst. Secretary, Chez Hoeft Treasurer, Dan Piper Lion Tamer, Jim Smith Tailtwister, Charlie Gamier Past President, Woody Weber Directors: 3 years, Joe Ferris, Rik Madisen; 2 years, Del Schuh, Tom Torkelson; 1 year, Ralph Acker, Joe Spitz. Membership: 3 years, John Jooss; 2 years, Joe Neton; 1 year George Hahn

Our club is exploring the possibility of sponsoring a club in the Darboy area. If you know someone who might be a prospect there, please give the name and address to Bob Sawyers.

Around $400 has been donated to the Milt Kaufman Memorial Fund for the club. This is in our Restricted Sight Account. We thank the donors.

Ken Lang is recovering from his bypass operations, drop him a card at home.

Thanks Karl Blahnik for the steady income from Lions Mints. Do you have a place to sell them? If so let Karl know.

Vol. 80, No. 3, February 10, 2003

Monday, February 17 — Ron Van De Hey will be our speaker. He is a candidate for Outagamie County Executive.

Monday, February 24 — John Hoffmaster, Director of Admissions at Manor Care will be our speaker providing insight into senior living situations.

Taking over on March programs are Mary Jo Ripp and Tom Loveall. Greeters will be Toms O'Hearn and Torkelson.

Now is the time every member should be making a contact or passing out the ten order cards each received. If you need more cards, they are available at meetings a are posters. Roses sell for $13 a dozen (the club gets about half of this). March 15 is the last day to sell and delivery will be Saturday, March 29. Try to save that Saturday morning to help deliver roses. This is a great activity to do with kids or grandkids. If you have questions about the sale, contact Karl Blahnik.

MEMBERSHIP AWARDS These are given on the anniversary of membership in 5 year increments. Receiving 10 year awards are Shoberg, Acker, Wolf; 15 years. Sawyers, Hoeft, Muck, Krueger; 25 years, Biesecker; 30 years, Torkelson; 35 years, D. Clark; 40 years, Cooper, Searl and 45 years, Ebert and Robertson. Congratulations!

Sick Call
At this writing, Herman Ripp is hospitalized as is Ken Lang. We signed cards for these good Lions and wish them a speedy recovery.

Another $150 has been received as a memorial to Milt Kaufman. The club received another thank you from King, this one for the check we donated,

Board will meet Wednesday, February 19, Columbus Club, 11:15am, dutch treat lunch.

There is no better time than NOW to ask a prospect to join our club. If you have questions on how to do this or need materials, contact Bob Sawyers, Membership

Vol. 80, No. 2, January 27,2003

Monday, February 3 —Our speaker will be Fred Ebbesen who is the Planned Giving Coordinator for the AMC Foundation.

Monday, February 10 — What to do with all those millions? Hear Michael Litwin, Estate Planner with Litwin Financial Planning.

Each member present received 10 sales cards. Make contact now and sell a dozen roses for $13. Delivery is March 29. Posters and more cards are available at the meetings. Contact Karl Blahnik if you have any questions.

WELCOME TO OUR NEWEST MEMBER: Dick Novitske sponsored by President Weber. We are having some very interesting programs coming up so bring a pro­spective member. Club pays for prospects first lunch, and for initiation fee if they join. Get approval from the board before signing them up. See Membership Chair­man Bob Sawyers if you have any questions.

Happy Birthday to members celebrating in February: Fr. Doerfler, Dick dark, Harold Schiferl.

We are investigating helping start a new club in Darboy. If you know anyone there who might be interested, let Bob Sawyers know,

Dick Swanson reports an Entertainment Book profit of $806. Thanks to all who sold books.

This Snort has the updated information on the reverse. Please check it and give any changes to Secretary Tom.

The Salvation Army sent a thank you for our bell ringers who were: Spitz, Hahn, O'Hearn, Cox, Madisen, Dick dark, and any others who helped but did not turn in names to Tom O'Hearn.

Thank you to members who transported eyes for the Wisconsin Eye Bank: Ebert, J. Ferris, Goodman, Hahn, Huss, Martin, Neton, O'Hearn, Pleuss, Sawyers, Schuh, Spitz, Tilque.

Dan Piper's Nominating Committee is working - tell Dan if you want to run for office for the 2003-2004 Lions year.

Vol. 80, No. 1, January 13, 2003

Monday, January 20 — Tom Loveall takes over for Rich Martin and presents Mike Watch from the Epilepsy Foundation who will talk about seizures, treatment.

Monday, January 27 — Appleton School District School Psychologist Amy Jordan will talk about working with children, parents and teachers.

WELCOME NEW MEMBERS Mike Weyenberg and Dan Kocher, both sponsored by John Jooss. Way to go John!

Honored at our Egg Nog Party (thanks to the committee for a great party) with Melvin Jones Fellowships were Jim Jacobs and Dick dark. Ebie Ebert received the Birch Sturm Award. We also presented $6,000 of hard earned project income to Harbor House, Emergency Shelter, Boys and Girls Club, COTS, Thompson Com­munity Center, Universal Playground, Leaven, Bay Lakes Council of Boy Scouts. We have received sincere thank you's from these organizations.

Long time member Milt Kaufman died recently in Milwaukee where he had moved to be near his son. Memorials in his name can be given to our club.

Board meets Wednesday, January 15 at 11:15am at the Columbus Club. All mem­bers welcome, dutch treat lunch.

President Woody announces that a training workshop for preschool eye screening will be held Wednesday, January 22 at 10:00am at the American Legion Club on West College Ave. Spouses are welcome also to learn to be screeners.

In addition to the other donations, Ebert, Tassoul, Piper and Acker took $269 do­nated by our members to the veterans at King. This has become an annual project o our club.

Songleader Bob Sawyers is so happy with our new songbooks that he just had to sing. Be warned that the first gravy or coffee spill will be dealt with severly by the Tailtwister (who has been doing a great job (but we're glad his year is half over)).

Coming up with February programs is Dan Piper, February greeters are Paul Shoberg and Rich Martin.

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