THE BI-WEEKLY SNORT

(2008 Issues)

Published by the Appleton Noon Lions Club, P.O. Box 762, Appleton, Wisconsin 54912
Web address: www.appletonnoonlions.com    E-mail: appletonnoonlions@tponet.com
Meetings: Mondays 12:15 p.m. - VFW Hall, 501 N. Richmond St., Appleton, WI

Vol. 85, No.25,    December 22, 2008,    next deadline Dec. 22

Monday, December 22 --- Annual Egg Nog Party. Starting at 11:30am with chance to talk and drink egg nog. Dinner at noon. Cost $12.00 per person. Thanks to the committee for setting this up and pianist Joan Neton for music.

No meeting December 29.

Monday, January 5 --- Our speaker will be Post Crescent Sports Writer Mike Woods. Get some inside information, bring your questions.

Mike Tassoul, Ebie Ebert and Ralph Acker will take our donations to the veterans home at King. Thanks to all who contributed.

We received a thank you from the Appleton Area School District for our part in providing dictionarys for third graders -- and also from many of the grades which received them.

The back of the Snort will be updated next month. Get any changes to Secretary Tom as soon as possible.

Entertainment Book Sales Chairman Otto Cox says we made a profit of $375.00 on our sales this year.

To recap our Appleton Noon Lions Club grants from profits of the Senior Living EXPO, we gave $800.00 to each of the non-profits listed below:

Boys and Girls Club
Emergency Shelter
Leaven
St. Joseph Food Pantry
Girl Scouts
Network Warming Shelter
Bay Lakes Boy Scouts
Harbor House
Salvation Army
Thompson Community Center
Fox Valley Sibling Support
 

Chairman Tom Gasman has set our candy sale at Festival Foods on Northland Avenue for January 16, 17, 18. A sign up list for workers will be passed around at the meeting.

Your officers and Board wish you a very Merry Christmas and Happy New Year.

Vol. 85, No.24,    December 8, 2008,    next deadline Dec. 15

Monday, December 15 --- Content of this program will affect all of us. Kris Schuler will talk about the U.S. Highway 41 reconstruction.

Monday, December 22 --- Our Annual Egg Nog Party will start at 11:30am with lunch at noon. Guests are welcome. Cost is $12.00 per person.

Taking over as January Program Chairmen are Jim Wieser (wasn't he on for September?) and Ralph Acker. Greeters are Dobbie Robertson and Rik Madisen ---all according to our committee booklet. Let Rik Madisen know programs three weeks in advance for Snort.

Thanks for Otto Cox and his sub, Dude Hahn for running the Entertainment Book Sale.

We received thank you's from many third graders for the dictionarys they received from the club and Mary Beth. Also thank you's from the Diabetes Foundation, the Wisconsin Lions Foundation, and St. Josephs Food Pantry.

After you ring bells for the Salvation Army, be sure to note that on your attendance slip to get credit toward 100% attendance. The Salvation Army number to call for assignment is 955-1225, or go on line to www.safoxcities.org. Our club traditionally helps ring bells.

JANUARY BIRTHDAYS

The short list incliudes Howie Pleuss and Ed Schmidt. Few in numbers, but great in distinction.

Charlie Garnier will chair a committee to compile all information on club policy for future use.

More about this at meetings: The club will sell candy in January at Festival Foods on Northland Avenue.

Let's start the new year with many new members. Only you can ask someone to join. Bring that person to a meeting, and the club pays for lunch for the first visit. Talk about our club, how We Serve and our projects. Get an application from Secretary Tom, have it filled out, bring it to the board to approve and invite the member to join.

Vol. 85, No.23,    November 24, 2008,    next deadline Dec. 1

Monday, December 1 --- Our speaker will be newly elected 57th Assembly District representative Penny Bernard Schaber. Bring a guest and/or prospective member to hear her.

Program for December 8 not in by deadline, but do plan to come to the Annual Egg Nog Party December 22. Nog and mingle at 11:30am, dinner at 12:00 noon. Please be prepared to let us know how many will be in your party.

Our club's sympathy to Herb Krueger and family on the death of his wife Lily.

There is a lot of health related news:
Archie Mauk had open heart surgery and was at the club meeting!
Don Goodman had a stroke and is at home.
Fred Biesecker had both knees replaced.
John Jooss is at home. Call before you might stop in.
Members signed cards at the last meeting for these members.

LUCKY ENTERTAINMENT BOOK BUYERS

IF you bought a book already for $30.00, you now may buy as many of the remaining books as you wish for the 50% off Christmas Sale price of $15.00. See Otto Cox for the books.

After you ring bells for the Salvation Army, be sure to note that on your attendance slip to get credit toward 100% attendance. The Salvation Army number to call for assignment is 955-1225, or go on line to www.safoxcities.org. Our club traditionally helps ring bells.

The Board voted to grant $800.00 to each of the following non-profits from money raised by YOUR hard work in making the 10th Senior Living EXPO a success:

Boys and Girls Club
Emergency Shelter
Leaven
St. Joseph Food Pantry
Girl Scouts
Support Network Warming House
Bay Lakes Boy Scouts
Harbor House
Salvation Army
Thompson Community Center
Fox Valley Sibling
 

Vol. 85, No.22,    November 10, 2008,    next deadline Nov. 17

Monday, November 10 --- Our speaker will be Oscar Boldt. He will talk about the economy and the Performing Arts Center

Monday, November 17 — Jim Fleming with John Hancock will be our speaker with a humorous presentation.

Monday, November 24 — The topic is estate planning and will be presented by Drew McDonald..

December Program Chairmen are Charlie Garnier and Archie Mauk. Greeters are (believe it or not) Charlie Garnier and Archie Mauk, the dynamic duo.

BOARD MEETING NOVEMBER 19 MONDAY, NOVEMBER 17

Meeting will be held at the VFW Hall, 11:00am 10:30am. Dutch treat lunch. All members are invited to see how your club conducts its business and to check our financial report.

Birthdays coming up in December: Members celebrating are Ron Dunlap, Dave Bayer and Sharron Huss. Many happy returns!

Our club has always supported the Salvation Army Bell Ringing Campaign. Secretary Tom provides these contacts to sign up for a shift: call 955-1225 or go on line to www.safoxcities.org.

THE DICTIONARY PROJECT

As we did last year, we are helping other organizations (and our own Mary Beth who is personally providing some) to provide dictionarys to all third graders in our schools. Bob Randa heads up this endeavor. Thanks to all who helped distribute the books.

ENTERTAINMENT BOOKS

What can we say to convince you to pick up the last few books? Dude Hahn has the remaining books while Otto Cox is away. Still only $30.00 each (Dude and Otto or the books). They make great Veterans Day gifts, also Christmas. They are good after November 1 for buy one, get one free or discounts on purchases.

Our understanding is that meetings will be held at the VFW Hall. This was selected by the food/meeting committee and voted on by the club. Egg Nog Party will be there December 22, meal cost $12.00.

Vol. 85, No.21,    October 27, 2008,    next deadline Nov. 3

Monday, November 3 --- Look forward to hearing Mayor Tim Hanna. A lot is happening in the city and you will want to get up to date on this.

Monday, November 10 --- Our speaker will be Oscar Boldt. He will talk about the economy and the Performing Arts Center

The November 3 meeting will be at the VFW Hall, Packard and Richmond. Members voted to make the change permanent. Lunch will be $8.50. Tentatively our Egg Nog Party will be December 22 with lunch costing $12.00.

ENTERTAINMENT BOOKS

You could buy the last one of the 26 books available for $30.00. See Otto Cox if you can buy one. This will be our last year of selling them because there is too much competition to make it worthwhile. Dude Hahn will have books when Otto is away.

HAPPY BIRTHDAY to members celebrating in November. They are Del Schuh, Mary Jo Mohr and Tom Loveall. Many happy returns.

Congratulations to Past President Charlie who received a Zone Award.

The Salvation Army starts bell ringing in November. Our club has always been a big supporter of this. Plan to take a shift or two. Secretary Tom will have some information on signing up.

The Board has approved a project suggested by Tom Gasman. We will sell candy bars at the two Festival Food stores early next year. Bars sell for $1.00 and we make 50 cents on each sale. Details will be forthcoming.

Smash Hit! The dictionary project, giving one to each third grader in the area, will be done again this year. Bob Randa has ordered them and when they are distributed, you can help. Other clubs will join us in this project. You can be proud of being a part of this. Remember all the thank you notes we received last year?

Do bring in a prospective member in November. Ask someone on the Membership Committee (listed on the front of the Snort) for help or info.

Vol. 85, No.20,    October 13, 2008,    next deadline Oct.20

Monday, October 20 --- Brian A. Blahnik, Deputy Chief of Staff for the US Army Cadet Corps National Headquarters and Commanding Officer or the US Army Cadet Corps of the Fox Valley will present an overview of the US Army Cadet Corps military career exploration program for youth ages 12 - 18 yrs.

Monday, October 27 --- James W. Cullen of Wells Fargo Home Mortgage will explain the benefits of reverse mortgages and how they work.

Program Chairmen for November are Tom Gasman and Ken Lang (please get info for the Snort to Rik Madisen three weeks ahead if possible). Greeters are Carolyn and Otto Cox.

ENTERTAINMENT BOOKS AVAILABLE

As of this writing, we have 40 books left. Every member should buy one. They are great presents also. Lowest price yet, with discount they are only $30.00. Otto Cox will be glad to personally hand you your book, possibly autograph it.

The District 27-B1 Convention will be November 7 and 8 at Fox Hills, at Mishicot. Get details on rooms, registration from Secretary Tom. You can go just for Saturday when most things occur. Club will pay for registration and lunch for delegates. Decide NOW if you are going. Let Tom know.

Looking for help, chairman and committee members to carry on the project to turn in discarded cell phones, ink cartridges and DVD's (in the original case, no scratches). Club turns these in and gets paid for them.

BidRX earns money for the club through this online way of receiving prescription drugs. Details on on our website.

Program chairmen ask your speakers if they are interested in joining Lions. All of the rest of you ask friends, neighbors, business contacts about membership in our club. Only you can ask a person to join. Bring the prospect to a meeting. Club pays for first lunch, just ask for a guest ticket. Give him/her our yellow flyer, your copy of the state and International magazines. Get an application from our Secretary. Fill it in and get the person approved by the Board, then ask them to join. Dues are pro-rated, 1/12th less each month from July 1. Membership committee is following up on prospects from the Senior EXPO.

Vol. 85, No.19,     September 29, 2008,     next deadline Oct. 6

Monday, October 6 --- Our speaker will be Dick Swanson. He is Director of the Thompson Center and one of our former members.

Monday, October 13 --- A special treat having Mike Tassoul's Son Shane with us. He has a student in his Tae Kwan Do class who has spent a week at Lions Camp. We'll hear some interesting insight on the camp from the camper's viewpoint.

Monday, October 20 --- Brian A. Blahnik, Deputy Chief of Staff for the US Army Cadet Corps National Headquarters and Commanding Officer or the US Army Cadet Corps of the Fox Valley will present an overview of the US Army Cadet Corps military career exploration program for youth ages 12 - 18 yrs.

A few more EXPO notes: We had 396 from registration, 158 returning from last year. Without all expenses in, net is around $14,000.00.

ZONE MEETING

This will be held at the Four Aces at 6pm, Wednesday, October 1. See the Secretary if you want to attend.

The 27-B1 District Convention will be November 7 and 8 at Fox Hills in Mishicot. If you want to be a delegate, let Secretary Tom know.

Your Board voted to phase out Lions Mint sales. Diminishing returns have made this happen.

ENTERTAINMENT BOOKS

Get em while they last. $30.00 each from Otto Cox. We need to sell that last 60%. Every member should buy at least one for this project.

PERFECT ATTENDANCE AWARDS FOR THIS LIONS YEAR

Acker, Bayer, Blahnik,, Cloud (10 years), Cooper, Cox, Ebert, Ferris, Garnier, Goodman, Hahn, Hoeft, Huss (5 years), Langenhahn, Madisen, Mauk, M.J. Mohr, R. Mohr, Muck, Neton, Novitske (5 years), O¹Hearn, Ogurek, Pawlak, Piper, Piskor (5 years), Pleuss, Priebusch, Randa, Robertson (10 years), Sawyers, Schmidt, Schmit, Schuh, Simon, Spitz, Sund, Tassoul, Tilque, Weyenberg (5 years), Wieser. CONGRATULATIONS TO ALL!

Del Schuh won golfing at Sentry, with a cart, on his Wisconsin Lions Foundation raffle ticket.

Vol. 85, No.18,     September 15, 2008,     next deadline Sept.22

Monday, September 22 meeting will be at the Four Aces.

Monday, September 29 --- Our speaker will be Kathy Flores from Harbor House. She will discuss domestic abuse in our community.

October Program Chairmen are Mike Tassoul and Ed Ogurek. Please get programs to Rik Madisen for the Snort, three weeks ahead if possible. Greeters are Blaine Priebusch and Karl Blahnik.

A BIG THANK YOU

To Senior Living EXPO co-chairmen Bob Randa and Bob Simon whose year long work along with all who worked on the EXPO paid off in a fine event and a potential record net profit. Details to come when all bills are in. You can all be proud of helping at Player's Choice.

BOARD MEETS WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 17 at 11:00am.

All members are invited to attend at the Four Aces to see how the club is run, put in your suggestions and look over our financial reports.

HAPPY BIRTHDAY LIONS!

Celebrating in October are members Elmer Tilque, Fred Biesecker, Chez Hoeft, Charlie Garnier and Jim Kinder. Many Happy returns!

On the Wisconsin Lions Foundation Sports Raffle, tickets bought totalled $280.00. This gave our club a net of $140.00.

Are you ready for this? It is time to start selling Entertainment Books again. They are the same price as last year, or $30.00.You can get them from Otto Cox. We only ordered 100 this time, down from past totals so we should be able to move them out fast. They make excellent Christmas presents.

Note to our newer members (and the rest of you also), now is the time to bring in a new member. Invite the prospect for a meeting, club pays for first lunch, just ask for a guest ticket. Talk about the club, hand out the yellow flyer about our club. Get an application from Secretary Tom, when filled out, the Board will act on it and you can then ask the prospect to join.

Vol. 85, No.17,     September 8, 2008,     next deadline Sept. 8

OUR BIGGEST MOST IMPORTANT FUND RAISER IS WEDNESDAY!

The Eleventh Senior Living EXPO is Wednesday, September 10, 9am to 1pm at Players Choice. Players Choice is one and one half miles east of North High School on County JJ.

If you signed up to help, be sure that you attend the meeting Monday, September 8 when you will get details of what you are to do to make the EXPO a success. Workers will be given a light lunch. Wear your Lions vest. Remember that the EXPO depends on the hundreds of visitors attending. They are YOUR customers, so treat them well and try to help them when they ask for help.

Visit the exhibits when you can. You and your immediate family are not eligible to win prizes.

Monday, September 8 --- Briefing at our regular meeting, everything you always wanted to know about the EXPO. Talk it up among your friends, use the discount coupons on our website.

Monday, September 15 --- A return visit from Appleton Chief of Police David Walsh.

Results of the Golf Outing at Winagamie Golf Course:
First Place:   Ed Schmidt, Dobbie Robertson, Ralph Acker, Ken Pawlak, Tom Piskor. Score 31.
Second Place:   Bob Randa, Otto Cox, Ron Mohr, Mary Jo Mohr, Carolyn Cox;. Score 33.
Third Place:   Mike Weyenberg, Tom O'Hearn, Elmer Tilque, Ed Ogurek. Score 34.
Tom O'Hearn won the long putt. Lion Mary Beth Nienhaus donated a dozen Titleist golf balls for a prize.

Bring your discarded cell phones, ink cartridges and DVD¹s in the original case to Tom Piskor.

Look on our website for information on BidRX which gives the club money when you use it. Ken Langenhahn has more information.

Vol. 85, No.16,     August 18, 2008,     next deadline August 25

Monday, August 18: Meeting will be held at PLAYERS CHOICE. Regular time.

Monday, August 25: Sorry no information on the program, but the meeting is at the Four Aces..

No meeting. Monday, September 1, Labor Day. SENIOR LIVING EXPO WEDNESDAY, SEPT. 10

See our website for details. Everyone who can work should plan to be there. Get details at the meeting. Location is Player¹s Choice which is one and a half miles east of North High School on County JJ. Do put out the posters you received at churches, clinics, etc. Do ask for prizes to give out at the EXPO. Website has free coupons for admission. Print them out and use for family and friends.

Remember our visitors are making it possible for us to make money on the EXPO. Be a good host and helpful to them. Look for prospective members.

A big thank you to the committee and all who helped make the family picnic a success. Especially to President Novitske who provided the excellent weather.

Somewhat unbelievable is the success of the Brat Fry at Festival Foods. Thanks to Tim Mutterer who set it up and to Cochair Mike Weyenberg and all the workers. The August 22 crew netted $422 and the August 9 crew netted $450. Weather courtesy of Randa, and Channel 5.

Happy Birthday to our September Members: Dan Cloud, Dude Hahn and Tom Piskor. Many happy returns!

Get money and ticket stubs in for the Wisconsin Lions Foundation Sports Raffle to Charlie Garnier. Tickets are $5 each or 5 for $20. Our club keeps half the money.

Do bring a friend to a meeting as a prospective member. Club pays for prospect's first lunch. Give them a pitch about our club, Lionism, etc. We have updated yellow flyers about our club to give them. Check with the Membership Committee for more informatio

Vol. 85, No.15,     August 4, 2008,     next deadline August 11

RAIN OR SHINE, OUR FAMILY PICNIC, AUGUST 11

This will be at Plamann Park in the same pavilion as last year. Food and drinks included for the $5.00 for immediate family and $3.00 single price. Guests are welcome. Get there from 5pm on, with food served at 6pm when brats, burgers and corn on the cob are cooked.. No meeting that day. Bring a prize for the raffle.

First find North High School, corner of JJ and Ballard Road. Go east on JJ for a mile and a half to Player's Choice. Monday, August 18 is your chance to see the location of the 11th Senior Living EXPO, coming Wednesday, September 10. We will have a $7.00 lunch served there and the meeting will be about the facilities..

The chef at Four Aces has asked for suggestions for meals. Give them to President Dick. Remember for our $8.00 we get beverage, dessert and storage for club items. Don't do the lobster and steak bit.

Dobbie Robertson will announce details of our golf outing at meetings.

Second Brat Fry at Festival Foods is Saturday, August 9,   9am to 6pm. Come buy brats or burgers from our crew on Northland Avenue.

If you have not paid your $80 dues you are delinquent. Make check out to Appleton Noon Lions Club and give to Secretary.

Our annual budget was approved by the members as required.

All members received a book of five Sports Raffle tickets. They are $5 per ticket or five for $20. This is a Wisconsin Lions Foundation fund raising project.. Money will help operate Lions Camp, State Eye Bank, etc. Charlie Garnier has a complete list of prizes. Our club keeps half the cost of each ticket we sell. If you have questions, see Charlie.

September Program Chairmen are Jim Wieser and Ron Dunlap. Please get programs to Rik for the Snort three weeks ahead. Greeters Dude Hahn and Tom Loveall.

Vol. 85, No.14,     July 20, 2008,     next deadline July 27

Monday, July 20 July 21 --- Presentation and discussion on 2008-09 budget......

Monday, July 27 July 28 --- Things are happening at the Outagamie County Museum. A representative of the Museum will bring us up to date.  (Prior to the regular meeting, there will be a Senior EXPO Committee meeting at 11:30. If you are on the committee, please come to this important meeting!)

Monday, August 4 --- Nicole Voelzke from Valley Transit will speak about changes and new ideas in its operation.

FIFTEEN OF YOU STILL OWE DUES FOR 2008-09. Make an $80 check out to Appleton Noon Lions Club.

FUND RAISING PROJECT ALERT

Saturday, August 2 and 9 we will hold a brat fry at Festival Foods on Northland Ave. Shifts are 9am to 2pm and 2pm to 6pm. Help is needed for the second shifts both days. Contact Tim Mutterer or Mike Weyenberg.

Please plan to bring a gift to raffle at the Family Picnic Monday, August 11 at Plamann Park. No meeting that day. Immediate families $5, single persons $3.

Your name is probably on several committees, some of which are already working... Please pick up your committee booklet at the next meeting.

AUGUST BIRTHDAYS

Members celebrating are Dobbie Robertson, Karl Blahnik, George Schmit and Bob Randa.

Senior EXPO news: There will be a meeting August 18 at Players Choice. Our lunch there will cost $7.

The 27-B1 convention will be at Mishicot November 1 and 2. More details at club meetings.

Start the new Lions year by bringing in a prospect for membership.

Vol. 85, No. 13,     July 7, 2008,     next deadline July 11

Monday, July 7 is your final deadline to make any changes in your info on the reverse of the Snort. Give them to Tom O'Hearn ASAP.  (Prior to the regular meeting on July 7, there will be a Senior EXPO Committee meeting at 11:30. If you are on the committee, please come to this important meeting!)

Monday, July 14 — Annual visit of our 27-B 1 District Governor Gary Bilke. He will induct our 2008-2009 officers and directors and initiate five new members. They are Dottie Piskor sponsored by Lion Tom; Carolyn Cox sponsored by Lion Otto; Lori Ploederl sponsored by Lion Sharron Huss; Jim Kinder sponsored by Lion Bob Randa and Linda Brousard-Norcross sponsored by Lion Tom O'Hearn.

All new officers and new Lions and sponsors should be present. As time permits DG Gary will tell us about the Lions International convention.

A big thank you to all of the officers and directors who guided us the last Lions year.

If you have not paid your $80 annual dues, you are now late and subject to the wrath of the Tailtwister. Make check out to Appleton Noon Lions and give to Secretary Tom.

Thanks to Tim Mutterer for a most interesting bio last month.

Member Mike Thomton has been transferred by the State Eyebank and says he will miss us (some of us anyway).

GOLFING

See Ralph Acker about the golf outing at Chaska July 17 if you are interested.

A golfing fund raiser for Nicaragua will be held at Winagamie on July 30. Call Judy Miller at 734-0615 to get details.

Looking ahead, Lions Camp will hold its open house Saturday, September 13. Club will pay for the chicken dinner. Let Tom O'Hearn know if you are interested in going.

Sick call: Chez Hoeft, at this writing is at home with a very sore arm. Give him a call or drop a card. We hope he is back soon.

Vol. 85, No. 12,     June 16, 2008,     next deadline June 23

Monday, June 23 — Open date, Tim Mutterer will present his biography.

Monday, June 30 — Gregg Pawlak ,Senior Vice President at RBC Dain Rauscher will discuss the General Market Outlook.   (Prior to the regular meeting, there will be a Senior EXPO Committee meeting at 11:30. If you are on the committee, please come to this important meeting!)

BOARD MEETING WEDNESDAY, JUNE 18

11:00am, Four Aces with a dutch treat lunch. All members welcome. See how the club's business is conducted, check club financial statements.

The new Board, your officers and directors will be in place July 1 for the next year. Remember your $80.00 annual dues are due July 1. Make checks payable to Appleton Noon Lions Club.

WELCOME NEW CUBS

Dottie Piskor and Carolyn Cox were inducted into the club. Welcome to both!

An update on requests for glasses from Ron Dunlap. In 2005 we had three requests, 1 student and 2 adults. In 2006 we had 16 requests, 5 students and 11 adults. In 2007 we had 2 requests, both from adults. We give out $50 vouchers for eye exams and glasses from Lens Crafters after investigation.

HAPPY JULY BIRTHDAYS

Celebrating are John Jooss, Mike Tassoul and Carolyn Cox. Many happy returns to our birthday Lions.

Mike Weyenberg passed a sign up sheet around for the coming Brat Frys at Festival Foods on Northland Avenue. Dates are August 2 and 9. We need around four Lions for each shift. Shifts run from 9am to 2pm and 2pm to 7pm. Apprenticeships available. Four week training course at FVTC.

By the time you read this, our float will have been in the Flag Day Parade. Tim Mutterer and his crew did a fine job on this. The truck was donated by Les Stumpf Ford. Thanks to all who helped.

DO ASK a friend to join our club. Now is the time to do this.

Vol. 85, No.11,     June 2, 2008,     next deadline June 9

Monday, June 2 ---Todd Mueller from BidRX is returning to update us on this program. Joe Ferris notes that there is information on our website on this.   (Prior to the regular meeting, there will be a Senior EXPO Committee meeting at 11:30. If you are on the committee, please come to this important meeting!)

Monday, June 9 ---- Our speakers will be Robert Safford and his wife Lucille. They will talk about the wonderful environment on the Galapagos Islands after a recent visit there.

Monday, June 16 --- Lawrence University Athletic Director Bob Beeman will talk about the LU athletic program.

Our sympathy to Dude Hahn and his family on the death of his wife.

Congratulations to Fred Biesecker on receiving a certificate and pin for 30 years of membership.

There is a golf outing coming up July 17. See Ralph Acker if you can play.

Congratulations to Doris and Chez Hoeft on their 63rd anniversary.

We donated $300.00 of the money YOU raised to help sponsor the June 20 conference of the Wisconsin Council for the Blind and Visually Impaired with Lutheran Social Services at Liberty Hall.

The Board approved membership for Carolyn Cox and Dottie Piskor. (Note Tom Piskor is now taking used laptop computers and digital cameras along with the DVD's, ink cartridges and cell phones.)

Coming up Lions Brat Frys at Festival Foods on Northland Ave. August 2 and 9, arranged by Tim Mutterer at the Board's request. Plan to work a shift.

Note that Tim and Ken Langenhahn and Mike Weyenberg will want some help with our Flag Day Parade float so plan on signing up for that also.

Your Board has held the line on dues which will be $80.00 due July 1. You might want to know that Lions International takes $39.00 and the State takes $10.50 of this amount.

Happy Birthday to Bill Sund, Wayne Tauber, Don Goodman, Bob Muck, Joe Spitz, Mike Weyenberg, Dick Novitske, Ed Ogurek and Jim Wieser.

Vol. 85, No.10,     May 12, 2008 ,     next deadline May 19

Monday, May 12 --- Cindy Mueller is the Executive Director of the Bubolz Nature Preserve. She will speak about the Wisconsin timberwolves recovery program in the state. (After the meeting, the Senior EXPO Committee will visit Player's Choice.)

Monday, May 19 --- Jeff Badger, Chief Financial Officer of Affinity Health System will discuss the proposed hospital assessment (tax) of the state.

May 26 is when Memorial Day will be celebrated this year. Don't come.

BOARD TO MEET WEDNESDAY MAY 21

11:00am at the 4 Aces all members welcome, dutch treat lunch. Check on the club business and financials.

Speaking of money, Tom Gasman turned in $275.00 from candy bar sales. The sale is on now and let Tom know if you want to help.

DAN CLOUD MADE IT!

No less than a letter from International President Amarasuriya and a 60 year Old Monarch Award. Congrats Dan, you don¹t look a day over 104.

As part of our youth program we sponsor a junior girl to the American Legion Auxiliary Badger Girls State each year. We received a thank you for this donation.

GOLFERS ALERT

There will be a golf outing at Chaska on July 17. If you are interested, sign up by June 1 with Ralph Acker.

Looking far ahead, we will host a Zone Meeting at the 4 Aces October 1. All members are welcome. More details later.

Drop a card to Bob Sawyers to let him know we miss his dulcet tones and shrewd ideas as a Director.

Check our website for details on BidRX which can make money for the club. Ken Langenhahn can answer questions.

Give Tom Piskor discarded cellphones, ink cartridges, and DVD's in the original case (no scratches). This can also make the club money.

June Program Chairmen are Ken Pawlak and Ron Mohr. Greeter is Mary Jo Mohr.

Vol. 85, No. 9,     April 28, 2008,     next deadline may 5

Monday, April 28 --- Linda Brussard-Nrrcross will return with her leader dog. She went to Rochester, MI (with part of her trip paid by our club) to train for her leader dog. She arrived back April 3.   (Prior to the regular meeting, there will be a Senior EXPO Committee meeting at 11:30. If you are on the committee, please come to this important meeting!)

Monday, May 5 --- Zen Miller will be our speaker. He is the University of Wisconsin Extension livestock agent. Your chance to find out about the economics of the dairy industry in our county.

Monday, May 12 --- Cindy Mueller is the Executive Director of the Bubolz Nature Preserve. She will speak about the Wisconsin timberwolves recovery program in the state.

Add Howie Pleuss to the list of those who delivered roses. Hope there were no more missed on the list given your editor.

Our club received a letter from Lions International President Amarasuriya congratulating us on our 85th anniversary.

We donated $300.00 to the Nicaragua Project as reported on a recent program. Member Mary Beth participated on the trip there.

Tim Mutterer arranged for us to sponsor a brat fry at Festival Foods in August. Mike Weyenberg will co-chair with Tim. Details to come later.

Tim will chair our Flag Day float committee. Ken Langenhahn has already lined up a truck and trailer for the float.

Sorry to report that Dr. Jack Burr has moved to Illinois to be closer to his grandchildren. We will miss Jack.

Bob Sawyers is still getting some tests. Drop him a card. We do miss our song leader.

Celebrating birthdays in May are Lions: Ralph Acker, Joe Neton, Otto Cox, Ken Pawlak, Ron Mohr and Mary Beth Nienhaus. Many happy returns.

The club can make money on discarded cell phones, ink cartridges, and DVD¹s in the original case, no scratches. Turn them in to Tom Piskor.

We also can make money from members and others using BidRX as an online way to receive prescription drugs. Details will be on the club website soon.

Do invite a prospective new member to a meeting (and a free lunch).

Vol. 85, No. 8,     April 21, 2008,     next deadline April 28

Monday, April 14 --- Theiiir bacck! The Nicaragua Project Report by our own Mary Beth, Judy Miller and Linda Weber. (Prior to the regular meeting, there will be a Senior EXPO Committee meeting at 11:30. If you are on the committee, please come to this important meeting!)

Monday, April 21 --- We will have an ABC representative speak on the current ABC program.

Monday, April 28 --- Linda Brussard-Nrrcross will return with her leader dog. She went to Rochester, MI (with part of her trip paid by our club) to train for her leader dog. She arrived back April 3.

THANKS TO ALL WHO HELPED ON THE ROSE SALE

Our net income for charities is around $3,000.00. Final accounting will be soon. While selling is important, getting roses to the customer is the final job.

Note that a number of Lions stepped up more than once to help make this a success.

BOARD MEETING WEDNESDAY, APRIL 15 16

Meeting is at 11:00am at the Four Aces, dutch treat lunch. All members welcome to see how the club runs and look at our financial report.

Coming up in May: Program Chairmen are David Bayer and Otto Cox (please get programs to Rik Madisen for the Snort ASAP). Greeter is Mike Tassoul.

You probably saw the two major articles in the Post Crescent on the eyeglass collection and the dictionery distribution to third graders. NOW is the time to contact prospective members since they probably have seen one or both articles on our club and its service. This is our reason for being, to serve the less fortunate and our community. Think how effective we could be with twice the number of members. All you have to do is ask a person, first lunch is free, just ask for a guest ticket, and tell them about our club and Lionism.

Vol. 85, No. 7,     March 31, 2008,     next deadline April 7

Monday, April 7 --- Our speaker will be Terry Bergan from the History Museum of Outagamie County.

Monday, April 14 --- Theiiir bacck! The Nicaragua Project Report by our own Mary Beth, Judy Miller and Linda Weber.

ROSE SALE

While we hope to have a list of members who delivered, this is being written before that happens -- so next time. Latest sale total is about 500 dozen.

After a lot of work and long life, Ebie Ebert has been declared a 50 year Old Monarch with all the privileges that go with it by a letter from Lions International President.

Dan Piper has resigned as club treasurer and as a member because of ill health. John Jooss is also on the sick list. A card or call would be welcome.

We are making sure that all third graders in Appleton get dictionaries. They finally arrived and thanks to all who could put stickers in them noting that our club provided them.

The Revised Nominees for 2008-9, Constituting Our Board:

President:
Dick Novitske
Directors:
1 year: Ralph Acker, Dave Cooper
2 years: Ken Langenhahn, Ken Pawlak
3 years: Rik Madisen, Jim Wieser
Vice Presidents:
1st VP, Mike Weyenberg
2nd VP, Bob Randa
3rd VP, Bob Simon
Secretary:
Tom O¹Hearn
Assistant Secretary:
Del Schuh
Treasurer:
Blaine Priebusch
Lion Tamer:
Bill Sund
Tailtwister:
Bob Randa and volunteers
Past President:
Charlie Garnier
Membership Committee:
1 year, Otto Cox, Chairman
2 years, Chez Hoeft
3 years, Sharron Huss

Vol. 85, No 6,     March 17, 2008,     next deadline March 24

Monday, March 24 --- Our program will be several five minute biographies of members. These are always interesting and enlightening.

Monday, March 31 --- Our speaker will be Peter Hensler on the topic, "Appleton Community Development Progress". Get a heads up on coming changes.

April Program Chairmen are Del Schuh and Bob Sawyers. Greeter is Dave Cooper.

The Rose Sale is over with about 350 dozen sold. We honestly, desparately, certainly need you to help deliver roses on Friday March 28 or Saturday, March 29 (starting with pickup at 8:30am at the Tri-County Distributors in the Northeast industrial park). Check with the chairmen on Friday details. Thanks to James Cronmiller and Karl Blahnik and everyone who sold roses. We hope to list all who deliver roses in a coming Snort.

Bob Sawyers won't give up on making singers out of us. He just had our songbooks repaired, so no excuses. Thanks Bob.

Please bring a prospective member as a guest to the next meeting. Club pays for the first lunch, just ask for a guest ticket. Talk about our club, Lions Camp, the work of Lions International. Get an application from Secretary Tom and fill it out. Dues are prorated so the prospect only has to pay for 3 months now.

April birthday celebrants are: Archie Mauk, Rod Wolf, Dave Cooper, James Cronmiller, Dan Ferris, Bob Sawyers, Dan Piper, Herb Krueger, Blaine Priebusch, Joe Ferris, Rik Madisen and Tim Mutterer. Many happy returns and what a huge raffle!

BidRX has given our club the referral code of LIONS through BidRX as a free easy to use online way of receiving prescription drugs. This will earn the club money at no cost to us. Your friends can also participate. We get 30 cents each time a consumer enters our referral using the BidRX competitive electronic marketplace. Brochures are available, drugs are from pharmacies in the U.S. Ask Ken Langenhahn for more information. Our Board has endorsed this fundraiser.

We also make money from your used cell phones, ink jet cartridges, and undamaged DVD's in the original case. Turn them in to Bob Randa.

Vol. 85, No 5,     March 3, 2008,     next deadline March 10

Monday, March 10 --- You've been eating it most of your life. Now hear Lee Blohm on, "The History of Cheese".

Monday, March 17 --- "A Community Without Tobacco" is in the news frequently. Shawn Boogard will be our speaker.

ROSE SALE ENDS MARCH 6

At last count, we had sold around 210 dozen, well down from last year. Get order blanks at the meeting, turn in orders and money to James Cronmiller. It is easy to contact friends, business acquaintances, etc. in person or by phone. Now is the time in these last few days to sell roses.

Together with three other clubs, we helped pay transportation to Rochester, MI for Linda Brousard-Norcross to train and pick up her Leader Dog.

Our sympathy to Ken Langenhahn and Mary on the death of her father.

Ralph Acker has spent the last five years collecting eyeglasses and taking them to Lions Camp for recycling. He has just hit the 50,000 mark. Congratulations, Ralph!

Sign up with Bob Randa if you want to hand out dictionaries to third graders.

THESE ARE THE NOMINATIONS FOR YOUR NEW BOARD 2008-9

President, Rick Langan
1st Vice President, Dick Novitske
2nd Vice President, Mike Weyenberg
3rd Vice President, Bob Randa
Secretary, Tom O'Hearn
Assistant Secretary, Del Schuh
Treasurer, Blaine Priebusch (appointed Acting Treasurer March 1)
Directors:
1 year, Ralph Acker, Bob Simon.
2 years, Ken Langenhahn, Ken Pawlak.
3 years, Rik Madisen, Jim Wieser
Lion Tamer, Bill Sund
Tailtwister, Bob Randa
Membership:
1 year, Otto Cox.
2 years, Chez Hoeft.
3 years, Sharron Huss
Past President, Charlie Garnier

When these come to the club, you may make additional nominations. Dan Piper has had health problems and had to give up the Treasurer¹s post. We wish Dan a speedy recovery.

Vol. 85, No.4,     February 18, 2008,     next deadline Feb. 25

Monday, February 18 ---Linda Brousard-Norcross is legally blind. She will be getting a Leader Dog in March. Our club and the Grand Chute Club will probably help on this. You all helped raise money for Leader Dogs through your work on projects. Now hear how your work pays off.

Monday, February 25 --- Bill Toddhunter will speak about the sport of curling. Bill is a member of the Appleton Curling Club and one of two Appleton curlers on the reigning 2007 U.S. championship team.

Monday, March 3 --- Very pertinent right now, Carolyn Mewhorter of the League of Women Voters will be our speaker.

Wednesday, February 20 is the Board Meeting, 11am at the Four Aces. Dutch treat lunch. All members welcome. See how our money is spent, bring your suggestions for running the club.

ROSE SALE CLOSES MARCH 6

James Cronmiller reports around 200 dozen have been sold. Now is the time to make your sales. Every member can phone prospects and mail out an order blank, or mail a blank with a postpaid reply envelope as Chez does, or just make a contact to a friend or neighbor. Still only $13 a dozen.

Chez says the Nominating Committee is still looking for a treasurer and a tailtwister. The latter is not so bad, you only are hated for a year. Let Chez know if you can help run the club next Lions year.

Long time member Lee Logan is now living with his daughter in Rochester, MN. He is 90 years old. We miss you, Lee.

March birthdays will be wildly celebrated by Mike Ferris, Loren Ebert, Ken Lang, Tom O¹Hearn and Lee Logan. Many Happy Returns!

March Program Chairman is Ed Schmidt. Greeters are Ebie Ebert and Bob Muck.

Please ask a potential new member to come to a meeting. Club pays for the first lunch, just ask for a guest ticket. Tell about our club, Lions, and the many good things we do. We need 6 new members by July 1.

Vol. 85, No.3,     February 4, 2008,     next deadline Feb. 11

Monday, February 4 --- We are honored to have hizhonor Mayor Tim Hanna as our speaker. A sort of State of the City address.

ROSE SALE, DID YOU SELL YOUR 10 DOZEN? (Click here for details)

Get order forms and posters Mondays and turn in money to James Cronmiller. March 6 is the sales deadline. Deliveries will be March 28 and 29. Price is the same, $13 a dozen.

Membership is lagging. Only you can ask someone to join. Otto Cox has set a goal of six new members in the next six months. If a member¹s wife joins us, she can get a 50% reduction. Now is the time to sign up new members.

Did we say the Rose Sale is on and you need to sell now?

FEBRUARY BIRTHDAYS

Lions celebrating are Bob Simon, Ken Langenhahn and Tom Gasman. Many happy returns.

You may have forgotten we have a $13 per dozen rose sale on. Every member needs to sell to make this a success.

The Club can make money from your discarded cell phones, ink cartridges, and DVD's. Turn them in to Bob Randa. DVD's must have the original case and no scratches.

BidRX has given our club the referral code of LIONS through BidRX as a free easy to use online way of receiving prescription drugs. This will earn the club money at no cost to us. Your friends can also participate. We get 30 cents each time a consumer enters our referral using the BidRX competitive electronic marketplace. Brochures are available, drugs are from pharmacies in the U.S. Ask Ken Langenhahn for more information. Our Board has endorsed this as a fund raiser.

Please contact the Nominating Committee if you want to serve the 2008-9 year. Members are Chez Hoeft, Otto Cox, Tom O'Hearn, M. J. Mohr.

Vol. 85, No.2,      January 21, 2008,     next deadline Jan. 21

Monday, January 21 --- Our speaker will be Naomi Dvorechek, speaking about CAP Services. This helps low income students with assistance in getting to college.

Tenure Noted: On the anniversaries of joining Lions recognition is given: 10 years, Mary Jo Mohr, Joe Neton; 15, Ralph Acker, Rod Wolf; 20, Chez Hoeft, Herb Kreuger, Bob Sawyers, Bob Muck; 30, Fred Biesecker; 45, Dave Cooper and 50, Ebie Ebert and Dobbie Robertson. Congratulations!

HAPPY BIRTHDAY

Celebrating in January are: Howie Pleuss, Ed Schmidt, Rick Langan and Mike Thornton. We wish you many more.

ROSE SALE IS HERE NOW (Click here for info)

Every member should be selling roses. Call if you can¹t make a personal contact. If you can make a corporate or office contact, do it -- sell them one dozen for each woman on staff @$13 per dozen. See James Cronmiller for order blanks and turn in money to him.

Ron Dunlap is recovering from a hospital stay. Send him a card.

If you want to help make the club work, contact the Nominating Committee of Hoeft, Cox, MJ Mohr and O'Hearn and let them know you can help. We especially need a Treasurer replacement for Dan.

You helped make our charitable money and here goes some or it. We will be buying over $1,100 worth of dictionaries to give to third graders in Appleton. We will pay $250 toward 16 weeks of eye therapy for a 9 year old girl who has a vision problem. The Board is considering helping on a detached retina operation and transportation to Rochester, MI for a woman picking up a Leader Dog.

We still want used cell phones, DVD's, etc. which can be turned in for money for the club. Give them to Bob Randa.

Herman Ripp's widow, Elaine, has dozens of pins, some international, which she would like to sell. if you are interested, call her at 734-6751.

Vol. 85, No. 1,     January 7, 2008,     next deadline Jan. 7

THREE STARS

Otto Cox was given the Birch-Sturm Fellowship at our Egg Nog Party.

The first Knight of Sight award was presented to Ebie Ebert.

Tom Piskor received the club's Lion of the Year award. Congrats to all!

Monday, January 7 ---Our speaker will be Judge Nancy Krueger from Branch 2 of the Outagamie County Courts. Bring a prospective member to hear her and:

Monday, January 14 --- Ellen Kort, Wisconsin's first Poet Laureate. She will speak about, "Appreciation of Poetry". She also gives classes on the healing power of poetry.

The club's sympathy goes to Dick Novitske and his family on the death of his father.

A BIG THANK YOU

To all who worked to put on the Egg Nog Party which was a big success. Special thanks to Marge Sawyers for the music. We presented grants of $700 each to eight non-profits. Money came from the 10th Senior Living EXPO.

Thanks also to Mike Tassoul, Ebie Ebert and Ralph Acker who took the collected items to the Wisconsin Veterans Home at King. We also collected $381 in cash for other needs of the veterans.

The Board voted to spend up to $1,500 on buying dictionaries for Appleton School District third graders. This money is from the World Affairs Seminar allocation, since the Seminar was permanently cancelled.

We received thanks from the Eyebank of Wisconsin and Leader Dogs for District Convention contributions.

The Columbus Club has been sold and is now the 4 ACES Club.

Program Chairmen, let Rik Madisen know three weeks ahead to get your programs in the Snort.

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