(2010 Issues)

Published by the Appleton Noon Lions Club, P.O. Box 762, Appleton, Wisconsin 54912
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Meetings: Mondays 12:15 p.m. - The Grand Meridian, 2621 N. Oneida St., Appleton, WI

Vol. 87, No.20,       December 13, 2010,       next deadline Dec. 20

Monday, December 20 --- Egg Nog Party. This will start at 11:30am at the Grand Meridian with a social half hour. Dinner will be at 12:00pm. Cost of the dinner will be $12.00 per person payable at the door. Egg nog costs $1.00 for one drink or $3.00 for all you want.

We will take up a collection for the Veterans Home at King and you can bring books, cards, toiletries, clothes, etc. for delivery by Ralph Acker, Dave Cooper, Mike Tassoul and Bill Sund.

We will honor the Lion of the Year and donate $1,000.00 each to: Fox Cities Boys and Girls Club, Emergency Shelter, LEAVEN, St. Joseph¹s Food Program, Bay Lakes Boy Scouts, Fox River Area Girl Scouts, Fox Valley Warming Shelter, Harbor House, Salvation Army, Red Cross, Thompson Center, Fox Valley Sibling Support Group. The $12,000.00 donated came through your hard work at the Senior Living EXPO which had a net income of $16,341.00.

No meetings December 27 or January 3, but Monday, January 10, we will have as our program Judge Mark McGinnis who is the founder of our county Juvenile Court.

January Greeters are Dobbie Robertson and Mike Weyenberg. Program Chair persons are Ken Pawlak and Mary Beth Nienhaus.

Board meets Monday, January 17 at 11:00am. All members welcome to see how your club is run and financed.

Celebrating birthdays in January are Lions Howard Pleuss and Ed Schmidt. Many happy returns!

Reminder: Roses For Spring Sale starts January 10 with last sale date March 17. Cost of a dozen roses delivered is $15.00 of which the club gets $7.60.

A very Merry Christmas and Happy New Year from your officers and Board members.!!!!

Vol. 87, No.19,       November 29, 2010,       next deadline Dec. 6

Monday, December 6 --- You have read about the new Warming Shelter for the homeless and our club will be donating $1,000,,00 to it at our Egg Nog Party. You probably talked to member Brad Vivoda, Director of the Shelter, about its progress. Now we can see what has been accomplished. After Lunch at the Grand Meridian, drive to the shelter. Go west on College Ave. over the overpass and turn right on Perkins St., hard right on Frontage Road, east on Frontage to the St. Vincent Depaul sign, left at the sign between two storage buildings to the shelter where Brad will take over.

Monday, December 13 --- Our program speaker will be Mike Marsden, Town of Grand Chute Chairman. Lots is happening in the Town, much of which affects all of us.

Remember all members are welcome at the Board meeting, 11:00am, Monday at the Grand Meridian.

December Program Chairmen are Dobbie Robertson and Rik Madisen. Greeters are Charlie Garnier and Del Schuh.

Celebrating birthdays in December are Lions: Ron Dunlap, Dave Bayer and Sharron Huss. Many Happy Returns!!!

Our club had four representatives at the 27-B1 District Convention in Manitowoc: Tom O'Hearn, Jim Wieser, Bob Randa and Dick Novitske.

Bring gifts for the Veterans Home at King: clothing, toiletries, sundries, cards, books,, etc. and a cash collecction will be taken up at the Egg Nog Party on the 20th.

We will need a count for the party, members and guests. Meal cost will be $12.00 each with $1.00 for one drink of Egg Nog, more for more (listen to announcements at meetings).

Tom Gasman's office has candy at $9.00 a pound, great gifts for Christmas.

Ring the bells for the Salvation Army. Call 955-1225 or e-mail to set up a time and place.

No meetings December 27 and January 3.

Vol. 87, No.18,    November 15, 2010,    next deadline Nov. 22

Monday, November 22 ---Our speaker will be Chris Mehring of the Wisconsin Timber Rattlers. Get a peek into the next season.

Monday, November 29 --- Dave and Sandi Miller will tell us about their trip to Haiti. Haiti is often in the news because of its disasters and poverty.

Our Restricted Sight Account received $100.00 in honor of James Cronmiller's father in law who died recently.

See Tom Gasman if you want to order some delicious candy for the holidays.


Our club delivered 528 to third graders in the area at a cost of $608.75. We joined other organizations to see that every third grader in the Appleton school district and parochial schools received a free copy. We are getting some neat "thank you's" back.

President Bob has around 40 left over which are great as gifts to kids, grand kids, Snort editors, Tailtwisters, presidential candidates, etc. for $1.25 each.

Thanks to all who worked on this project.

The Board voted to go completely on line with the Snort when present supplies of the yellow printed forms run out. As of now, you can go to the club website to access the names, phone numbers, etc. on the back of the Snort. Joe Ferris, our faithful web master deserves thanks for giving our club a great website.

Congratulations to Lion Penny on her relection to the Assembly!!!

The 2011 Rose Sale starts January 10 with last sale date March17. Delivery will be Friday April 8 and Saturday April 9. The $15.00 per dozen price delivered is a bargain. More on the sale as it gets closer.

Call 955-1225 or e-mail to set up your Salvation Army Bell Ringing time and location.

Vol. 87, No.17,    November 1, 2010,    next deadline Nov. 8

Monday, November 8 --- Referee Bill McGinnis will speak about officiating at the high school level, then and now. Let's hope the Tailtwister gets a 15 yard penalty.

Monday, November 15 ---Our speaker will be Dan Collins. He is a Pierce Field Representative for the sale of Pierce Fire Trucks in the western part of the United States.

Board Meets Monday, November 8 at 11:00am at the Grand Meridian. All members are welcome. Check where our money goes with the Treasurer's Report, see how business is conducted.

The club's sympathy goes out to Tom Loveall on the death of his wife. Tom is just recovering from a knee operation and has had more than his share the last few weeks.

Congratulations to Lion Brad Vivoda who is director of the recently opened Warmng Shelter. Through his work, the homeless persons in the area have a welcoming, safe place to stay the night.

The Appleton Noon Lioness Club decided to disolve after 25 years. We thank them for their service during that time.

WE SERVE; By the time you read this we hope to have distributed 1,200 free dictionaries to Appleton area third graders. This is another place our charitable money goes.

Sign up now for the Salvation Army Bell Ringing which starts November 5. Call 955-1225 of e-mail to to get a two hour shift inside or outside, your choice.

November greeters are Dave Cooper and Otto Cox. Del Schuh and Pat Cox are Program Chairmen.

If you want to attend the 27-B1 District Convention at Manitowoc November 12 and 13, contact Secretary Tom.

Vol. 87, No.16,    October18 , 2010,    next deadline October 25

Monday, October 25 --- Our program will be on joint replacement and hip resurfacing. It will be presented by Dr. Jeffrey McLaughin of the Kennedy Center for the Hip and Knee.

Monday, November 1 --- Hizzoner Appleton Mayor Tim Hanna will be our speaker. He will give us a look at the 2011 city budget and how it will affect you.

Tom Loveall is in the hospital. Send a card to him at home as he recovers.

Now is the time to think about spending a day at the 27-B1 District Convention. It will be held November 12 and 13 at the Holiday Inn in Manitowoc. Our club can send six delegates, who will get registration and lunch Saturday paid for by the club. Others are welcome to attend. Let Tom O'Hearn know if you want to go so all paperwork can be sent in ahead.

Just so you know how much "WE SERVE" has accomplished from the 13 years of the Senior Living EXPO, we have donated over $67,000 to non-profits. We will be donating $1,000.00 to each of twelve organizaations from the 2010 income of the EXPO.

Heads up for your outstanding holiday event! The annual Egg Nog Party will be held Monday, December 20 aat the Grand Meridian. Guests are welcome.

Another holiday activity which our club is known for is the Bell Ringing of the Salvation Army Red Kettle Campaign. It will start Friday, November 5 and continue through Friday, December 24.
To sign up for a two hour shift, call 955-1225 or e-mail to Locations are inside or outside as you prefer.

Sorry about that! Missed October birthdays which are: Elmer Tilque, Charlie Garnier, Sid Kroeger, Mark Keller and Brad Vivoda.

To repeat for you who are going to celebrate in November: Del Schuh, Mary Jo Mohr, Tom Loveall and Penny Schaber. Many happy returns to all.

Board meets Monday, November 8, 11:00am at Grand Meridian.

Vol. 87, No.15,    October 4, 2010,    next deadline October 11

Monday, October 11 --- Our speaker will be Appleton Fire Department Chief Len VanderWyst. He will cover fire safety and current trends in fire fighting.

Monday, October 18 --- Continuing information on what makes Appleton a safe city, we will have Appleton Police Gang Unit Lieutenant Steve Elliott speak to us on the gang situation in our city.

Taking over programs in November are Del Schuh and Pat Cox. Greeters are Dave Cooper and Otto Cox.

All members are welcome to attend the monthly Board Meeting. It will be at the llth hour (am) on the llth day at the Grand Meridian. You can get any question on club operation answered and view the monthly financial report.

Speaking of finances, all you members who worked on the 13th Senior Living EXPO can pat yourselves on the back for a job well done. With some bills still to come in and a few receipts coming the net seems to be around $16,000.00. This money is charitable income and will get to a number of non -profits. Just part of the "WE SERVE" which is our Lions motto.

If you can transport eyes for the State Lions Eyebank, please sign up with Del Schuh.


Del Schuh pops up again in this Snort plus Mary Jo Mohr, Tom Loveall and Penny Schaber. Many happy returns.

Zone Chairman Eugene Hardell gave our club an A grade after attending our August 30 meeting.

We can send six delegates to the 27-B1 District Convention. It will be held November 12-13 at Manitowoc. If you are interested in attending, see Secretary Tom. You do not have to be a delegate to attend.

Sad to say, we still have some 2010-2011 dues out. Please get these to Secretary Tom ASAP. $80.00 same as last year.

Vol. 87, No.14,    September 20, 2010,    next deadline Sept.27

Monday, September 27 --- Appleton Police Chief Dave Walsh will speak to us about the remodeled police station, crime prevalence and preventive measures.

Monday, October 4 --- We will have lunch at the Grand Meridian and then those who wish can drive to the Appleton Police Station for a tour of the new facilities. Details on the trip at the meeting.

Taking over for October are Program Chairmen Mark Keller and Carolyn Cox. Greeters are Karl Blahnik and Blaine Priebusch.

Report on the club Golf Outing: 16 golfers played at Winagamie Golf Course on August 23.
First place team: C. J., Ron Mohr, Carolyn Cox, Del Schuh.
Second place team: Pat Cox, Mary Jo Mohr, Dobbie Robertson, Ralph Acker.
Third place team tie: Charlie Garnier, Ken Pawlak, Tom Piskor, Ed Ogurek.
Third place team tie: Ed Schmidt, Bob Randa, Otto Cox, Elmer Tilque.
After the fray, refreshments were provided by Ralph Acker and cash awards for all teams were provided by chairman Dobbie Robertson.


A big thank you to Chairmen Bob Randa and Bob Simon and all who worked so hard to make this a success. When bills are paid, you will get a complete report on how we did. This is our major fundraiser and allows us to donate to many local charities.

Eaters note that IF you want a salad at our Monday meetings, you must call the Grand Meridian before 11:00am that day.

Looking ahead, the 27-B1 District Convention will be held in Manitowoc November 12 and 13.

As you may know, a request came from state Lions for us to run the state convention in May 2011, less than 9 months away. Other clubs which turned this down were Grand Chite, Black Creek besides our club. The state will run the convention without our club. As more information on the convention becomes available we will keep you informed. Our board evaluated a great deal of information which President Bob provided before making this decision.

Vol. 87, No.13,    August 30, 2010,    next deadline September 13

No meeting Labor Day, September 6.

Monday, September 13 --- Everyone should attend this briefing on the 13th Senior Living EXPO. You will find out in detail what you will do and what time you should be at work. This is our major fundraiser of the year and we need to put on our best Lions performance for the hundreds of visitors who will attend.

Before that, pick up a poster at the meeting, for the EXPO and get it posted at church, stores, other places that have a bulletin board.

The Senior Living EXPO will be held Thursday, September 16 at The Player's Choice, same place as last year. This is east of North High School on County JJ, 1.5 miles.. Hours are 9am to 1pm. Stick around to help close up if you are on the late shift. Questions, check with General Chairman Bob Randa.

ALL CHAIRMEN of all committees, not just EXPO should be prepared to hand in a written report on plans and what the committee has done to date on the 13th..

Monday, September 20 --- Our own Ed Ogurek will present a program, which he participates in, "The Joy of Life Long Learning", which brings engaging professors into our home, by great teachers from the Ivy League, Stanford, Georgetown, etc. to provide the adventure of learning. A short video of a senior Appleton couple performing a spectacular and memorable dance follows, a must see.

Board meets Monday, September 20 at 11:00am. at the Grand Meridian. Every member is welcome to attend to see how our club conducts business

A big thank you to Mike Tassoul and his picnic committee for a great event. Thanks also to Dobbie Robertson for organizing the golf outing.

Don¹t forget to bring in cell phones, inkjet cartridges, laptop computers, MP3 Players which we turn in for cash. Tom Piskor chairs this and can answer any quesstions. Our income is over $300.00 since this started.

Vol. 87, No.13,    August 9, 2010,    next deadline August 23


Mike Tassoul and cohorts have planned a rain or shine event at the Plaman Park pavilion starting around 5:00pm with serving at 6:00pm. $5.00 for families and $3..00 for singles. Guests are welcome. Sweet corn, burgers, brats, potato salad, etc. on the menu.
Bring a gift for the raffle!!!

Sorry, no word on the August 23 program, but Monday, August 30 will be Kristen Marshall, Sales Specialist and Bobbie Jo Weber, Occupational Therapist from Heritage and Peabody Manor Community on, "Arthritis/joint Protection".

September Program Chairmen are Mary Jo Mohr and Ed Ogurek and greeters are Rod Wolf and Mike Tassoul.

Our club presented a plaque to LensCrafters in appreciation of their arrangement to provide eyecare and glasses to those in need referred by our club, for $50.00.

Our Board met August 9. The Annual Golf Outing at Winagamie was also on the agenda, starting at 2:15pm.Team 1: Pat Cox, Mary Jo Mohr, Ralph Acker, Dobbie Robertson, C. J. Montour. Team 2: Ed Schmidt, Bob Randa, Otto Cox, Elmer Tilque. Team 3: Mike Weyenberg, Ron Mohr, Carolyn Cox, Del Schuh. Team 4: Charlie Garnier, Ken Pawlak, Tom Piskor, Ed Ogurek.

Brat Sales at Copps netted $160.25, dropped off after 1:00pm. Thanks to all who organized and worked on the two sales.

Thanks to Tom Gasman and his wife for the $10.00 gift certificates for our members and as prizes at the Senior Living EXPO. Sign up at meetings to work at the EXPO which will be Thursday, September 16 at Player's Choice.

Birthdays coming up in September: Celebrating are Dan Cloud, Dude Hahn, Tom Piskor and Tim Young. Many happy returns.

If you haven't paid your $80.00 dues, please do it now.

Vol. 87, No.12,    July 26, 2010,    next deadline August 2

Monday, August 2 --- With all the publicity about Social Security, come hear Tim Gierke, District Manager of Social Security on, "The Future of Social Security".

Monday, August 9 --- Our speaker will be Jim Resick, Community Resource Educator at the UW Extension on, "Sustainable Living in the Home and Community".

Brat Sale report: $101 profit with the afternoon rained out. Next sale August 14 at the new Copps at Vaalley Fair. Sign up at the meeting.

Noon Lions Golf Outing will be August 9 at 2:15pm at Winagamie Golf Course. 4 man team scramble. Pay your green fee. Cash prizes.. Food and drinks after golf. See Dobbie Robertson for details.

The Snort form has been reprinted. Let Secretary Tom know if you have any corrections to make on it.

Sick call, Joe Neton has had back surgery. Drop him a card..


Note that special awards are given on 5 year anniversaries of when you joined:
Acker, Bayer, Blahnik, Cloud, Cooper 25, C. Cox, O. Cox 10, Ferris, Garnier, Gasman, Hahn, Huss, Kroeger, Madisen, Mauk, M.J. Mohr, R. Mohr, Novitske, Ogurek, O'Hearn, Pawlak, D. Piskor, T. Piskor, Pleuss, Priebusch, Randa, Robertson, Schmidt, Schmit 5, Schuh, Simon, Spitz, Sund, Tassoul 30, Tilque 15, Weyenberg.


Dobbie Robertson, Karl Blahnik, George Schmit, Rob Randa and Gerry Edinger. Many happy returns!

Pay your $80 dues now if you have not already. The breakdown is $39 Lions International, $10..50 State Lions, $5 District 27-B1 with our club gettinng $25.50

Annual Family Picnic coming August 16.

Vol. 87, No.11,    June 28 2010,    next deadline July 19

No meeting Monday, July 5, but do celebrate independence!

Monday, July 12 --- Our speaker will be Tracy Blahnik who is an on line teacher. On line learning is the topic.

Monday, July 19 --- Brian Pelot will talk about Forestry.

Monday, July 26 ---District Governor Jerry Post will install new officers, induct new members and tell us about the international convention. We will also present a plaque to Lenscrafters for their service to those in need of glasses. New members and sponsors need to attend.

Your $80.00 annual dues are due July 1. Make out your check to Appleton Noon Lions Club and hand to Secretary Tom.

From the last Board meeting, these are the dates for Brat Sales: July 14 at Festival Foods, July 31 at Copps, August 14 and 21 at Copps. Sign up sheets are available at meetings. Details will be announced at meetings.


The exclusive two are Mike Tassoul and Carolyn Cox. Many happy returns!

Contact Ralph Acker about the Grand Chute Lions Golf Outing Thursday, July 15. 11:30am shotgun start at Winnagamie Golf Course. $68.00 per person includes 18 holes of golf, cart, box lunch, 2 drink tickets, favors, golf prizes and steak dinner at the American Legion Club at 6:00pm. Deadline July 5, to sign up.

We received a thank you from Leader Dogs for our $400.00 donation

Heads up: The club Family Picnic will be Monday, August 16.

Board meeting at 11:00am, Monday, July 19 at the Grand Meridian.All members welcome to see how your new officers are doing. Curious about club finances? You can get details in the Treasurer¹s report.

Lions Night at the Timberrattlers is coming in August. Get details at meetings..

Vol. 87, No.10,    June 14, 2010,    next deadline June 21

Monday, June 21 ---Jeff Badger, Chief Financial Officer of Affinity Health System, will address the pros and cons of the Health Care Reform Legislation from the providers perspective.

Monday, June 28 --- Alan Peche, University of Wisconsin- Fox Valley, will speak about the recent developments at the Barlow Planetarium.

July Program Chairmen are Karl Blahnik and Joe Neton. (Please get first two speakers to Editor Rik by June 21).

WELCOME TO NEW CUB PAT COX! He has a consulting business and is sponsored by Ken Pawlak.

Our club will have three brat sales starting in July. Dates and times will be announced at meetings. Plan to sign up for a shift where you will have fun and fellowship while you raise money for the less fortunate our club helps.

Also, watch for a "Lions Night at the Timberrattlers" coming up in August, around the 19th or 20th. Projected cost is $15.75 including game ticket, food and drinks.

The computer reading machine used by Chez is already at work with another person with vision problems.

The club received a thank you for a $100.00 donation to Volunteer Braillists and for a $200.00 donation to the Diabetes Association. Your work on fundraising projects made these donations possible.

Our Lions Year ends July 1. Now is a good time to reflect on our year and thank our officers and directors for their work. Our fearless leader led us from a crematorium to a golf course to a pizzeria among other things.

July 1 is also the time when you need to pay your 2010-2011 dues. The annual dues are the same as last year, $80.00. Make your check out to Appleton Noon Lions Club and give it to Secretary Tom.

The Senior Living EXPO is coming up at the Player's Choice Thursday, September 16, 2010. Let Bob Randa know if you can help with posters, other tasks as they come up.

Vol. 87, No. 9,    May 24, 2010,    next deadline June 7

Monday, June 7 --- Our speaker will be Jon Hanson. He will talk about his recent experience of mountain climbing in Tibet.

Monday, June 14 --- Aaron Gorenc, FVTC will speak on the Cass Scholarship Program (an international scholarship program founded in 1985 by the U.S.Agency for International Development). Arlan Delgoto, a student from Nicaragua will talk about the Cass Program in his country.

Winagamie Golf Course and Happy Joe's were fun meetings and thanks to both. We are back ot the Grand Meridian after Memorial Day for meetings.

Senior Living EXPO committee meets at 11:00am June 7 at the Meridian.

Our sympathy to Chez Hoeft's family on his recent death. He had donated $400.00 to the club as a gift in thanks for his use of the reading computer we provided to him for the last few years. Chez was a long time active member and will be missed.

Were we well represented at the state convention by President Mike, Past President Dick and incoming president Bob? We understand Sandy and Janet also attended. Surprise, the convention will be in Appleton in 2011. Unlike the last time it was here when we all worked on it and also made a lot of project money, the state committee now runs it.

HAPPY BIRTHDAY to our members born in June: Bill Sund, Wayne Tauber, Bob Muck, Joe Spitz, Mike Weyenberg, Dick Novitske, Ed Ogurek. Many happy returns to all!

Golfers alert: The Grand Chute Lions Memorial Golf Outing will be held Thursday, July 15. at Winagamie Golf Course. 11:30 am shotgun start. 4 person scramble. $68.00 per person includes 18 holes of golf, cart, box lunch, 2 drink tickets, favors, hole event and golf prizes and steak dinner at the American Legion Club at 6:00pm. If interested contact Lion Jon Krein at 920-731-8559 or e-mail Ralph Acker) Deadline is July 5.

Real bargain for incoming members, dues are 1/12 of $80.00, prorated down to one month. As of July 1, the full $80.00 is due. Bring a prospective member to a meeting then get the name approved by the Board, get application from Secretary Tom and sign the prospect up. We need members!

Vol. 87, No. 8,    May 10, 2010,    next deadline May 17

Monday, May 17 --- Our meeting will be at Happy Joe's, program by Tom Gasman. Go on Evergreen Drive east from Ballard Road. There will be some detour signs.

Monday, May 24 --- Our speaker will be Debra Cronmiller, Executive Director of Emergency Shelter of the Fox Valley. She will speak on, "Innovative Solutions to Chronic Homelessness".

Program Chairpersons for June are Carolyn Cox and George Schmidt. Greeters are Mary Jo Mohr and Dick Novitske. Please get programs to Editor Rik three weeks ahead for the Snort.

Board will meet Monday, May 24 at the Grand Meridian at 11:00am. All members are welcome to attend. See how club business is conducted and look over our financial report.

It is official. Members voted in our new officers and directors as follows:
President, Bob Randa Past President, Mike Weyenberg
1st Vice President, Bob Simon 2nd Vice President, Tom Piskor
3rd Vice President, Gerry Edinger Secretary, Tom O'Hearn
Assistant Secretary, Del Schuh Treasurer, Blaine Priebusch
Lion Tamer Bill Sund Tailtwister, Sid Kroeger

1 year, Rik Madisen and Sharron Huss
2 years, George Schmidt and Dottie Piskor
3 years, Ralph Acker and Ken Pawlak

Membership Committee:
Chairman 1 year Dave Cooper,
2 years Ed Schmidt,
3 years Sandy Buettner

Our sympathy to Chez Hoeft and his family on the recent death of his wife Doris.

We received a thank you from the Legion Auxiliary for sending a girl to Badger Girls State. We also donated $100.00 toward an Eagle Scout project of putting a flagpole in at Bubolz Nature Center.

Information will be coming on Lions Night at the Timberrattlers game. We are also going to sell brats and hamburgers this summer. Plan to sign up for a shift when dates are firmed up.

Vol. 87, No.7,    April 26, 2010,    next deadline May 3

Monday, May 3 ---You have all heard of our Lions Pride Campaign. The goal is to raise $25,000,000. This principle will furnish enough interest, wisely invested, to support Lions Camp in future years. Our club has contributed to this. The Lions Pride Campaign Chairman DuWayne "Dewey" Carl will be here to tell us about the campaign and where we go from here.

Monday, May 10 --- Mary Beth has a brand new knockout of a clubhouse at her Winagamie Golf Course. For a change of pace, we get to hold our meeting there and look things over. Our lunch will cost $9.00 each. Meet at the regular time (and you might want to bring along your golf clubs: 9 holes cost $10.00 and a cart costs $6.00). Detailed directions at the meeting before, but the course is west on Prospect Avenue which turns into County BB, past State 76.


Members growing older in May are: Ralph Acker, Joe Neton, Otto Cox, Ken Pawlak, Ron Mohr and Mary Beth Nienhaus. Many happy returns to all.

The club received a thank you for its donation to the Boys and Girls Club of the Fox Cities.

Lions International recognizes members on the five year anniversary of their joining. Here are members with brand new recognition pins: 10 years, Otto Cox and Tom Loveall; 15 years Ed Schmidt, 20 years, Ron Dunlap, 25 years, Bill sund; 30 years, Joe Spitz; 35 years, Joe Ferris and Mike Tassoul; 55 years, Dan Cloud and 60 years, Dude Hahn. We¹re proud of you!

New date for the Senior Living EXPO is Thursday, Spetember 16.

Proposed Officers and Directors for 2010-11 and you will have a chance to nominate others if you wish: President, Bob Randa; 1st VP, Bob Simon, 2nd VP, Tom Piskor; 3rd VP, Gerry Edinger; Treasurer, Blaine Priebusch; Secretary, Tom O¹Hearn; Assistant Secretary, Del Schuh; Directors for 3 years, Ralph Acker and Elmer Tilque; Membership, 1yr, Ed Schmidt; 2yrs, Dave Cooper, 3yrs., Sandy Buettner.

State Convention coming May14-15 at Stevens Point. 6 delegates get registration and meals paid by our club. Let Secretary Tom know if you want to go.

Vol. 87, No.6,    April 12, 2010,    next deadline April 19

Monday, April 19 --- Our program will be about the Nicaraguan Partnership Project. Presenting the information will be Judy Miller and Linda Weber.

Monday, April 26 --- The program will be on A Better Chance and Program Co-chair Bob Simon will present it. He hopes to have one or two ABC students with him for the presentation. (Bob has been recovering from hip replacement surgery).

Coming up in May: Greeters are Mike Tassoul and Howie Pleuss. Program Chairmen are Joe Ferris and James Cronmiller.

At the April 12 meeting President Mike Weyenberg will present a $500.00 donation to Fox Valley Sibling Support. This is the last of a total of $5,500.00 in grants donated to non-profits by our club. This money was the result of the Senior Living EXPO profits. YOU made this project a success.

Our March 29 meeting highlighted biographies by newer members Brad Vivoda and Howard Hardesty.


About 330 dozen were sold by our members. We had great weather for the two delivery days in our assigned territory south of the river. Thank you to all who sold roses and to the following members who delivered them:

Otto Cox
Dick Novitske
Tom O¹Hearn
Del Schuh
Rik Madisen
Dude Hahn
Dave Bayer
Bob Randa
Carolyn Cox
Ralph Acker
Mike Weyenberg
Charlie Garnier
Dave Cooper
Elmer Tilque
Mark Heller

Some delivered Friday and Saturday. Great Job!

Our fearless leader will inform us about our next project coming up, which is selling brats and hamburgers on a few weekends in the summer. Money goes to serve the less fortunate.

Board meets at 11:00am April 19 at the Grand Meridian. All members welcome.

Vol. 87, No.5,    March 29, 2010,    next deadline April 5

Monday, April 5 --- Our speaker will be Carol Brauer. She is with Bright Star Home Health Care Services and will tell us about that company.

Monday, April 12 --- Our program will be about the Fox Valley Technical College Foundation. Director Alyce Dumke will tell us about the Foundation.

We are sorry to lose Jim Kinder who has moved and transferred to the Neenah Club. Tom Loveall has dropped because of his wife¹s illness and need for care.

THANK YOU to all who delivered roses last Friday and Saturday. Working together on the sale and delivery of the roses helps bring our members together and provides project money which helps the less fortunate.

The club received a thank you from the Lions Pride campaign for our contribution. Incidently, we will have a program on Lions Pride in the next few weeks.

Still time to talk to Nominating Committee Chairman Dick Novitske about your desparate desire to be on our list of officers, board members or membership committee members. Anyone who wants to donate to Lions causes, at least $10,000, is assured of a spot (for that amount, we would be willing to bump incoming pres Randa).

Note also that there is an opening at this writing for Zone Chairman. Tom O'Hearn can provide more information on this.

Bring used cell phones, ink jet cartridges, laptop computers, hand held game systems, digitlal cameras including batteries to the club. These can be turned into money. Check with Tom Piskor if you have questions.

We have some interesting programs coming up and it is a good time to consider bringing in a prospective member. As noted above, we have lost two good members and we need to replace them and add new members. Only you can ask someone to join. Our club pays for the prospect¹s first lunch. Just ask for a guest ticket. Get a membership application from Secretary Tom. Talk about our club, state projects, etc. to your prospect. Sell them on our club.

Vol. 87, No.5,    March 15, 2010,    next deadline March 22

Monday, March 22 --- Dr. Michael Vrabec will speak to the club about new eye surgery techniques. He is an eye specialist in Appleton.

Monday, March 29 ---Some of our most interesting and entertaining programs are those biographical sketches by members. We will feature some of our newer members.

We're sorry to lose Jim Wieser who has moved. Jim was third Vice President. Nominations for this post and other officer and director slots are being put together by Dick Novitske's committee. Let Dick know if you are interested in helping run our club.

Word on the latest weekend of candy sales is that we have a net income of around $650. Thanks to all who worked and candyman Tom Gasman.


Our club has sold approximately 300 dozen, which is good, but less than in the past. A sign up sheet for delivery Friday, March 26 or Saturday, March 27 has been passed around at meetings. If you deliver Friday, pick up your roses and orders at the American Legion Club. Get the time at our meeting. If you deliver Saturday, pick up roses and orders at the Budweiser Distributor in the east industrial park at 8:00am. These are the same locations as last year.

Workday at Lions Camp is April 24 to get it in shape for campers. You will get a meal. Check your Wisconsin Lion for signup information. Last year 1,418 campers with various handicaps were served. Appleton sent 35 campers.

Coming up in April are Greeters Dave Cooper and Joe Spitz. Program Chairmen are Sharron Huss and Bob Simon. (Please get programs to Editor Rik three weeks ahead for the Snort).

Please bring old cell phones, ink jet cartridges, laptop computers,, hand held game systems, digital cameras including batteries. Tom Piskor will turn these into money for the club. Check with him if you have questions.

Vol. 87, No.4,    March 1, 2010,    next deadline March 8

Monday, March 8 ---Peter Gebhardt, Lions Camp Program Director will be our speaker. He oversees collection of used eyeglasses, hearing aids and the camp program.

Monday, March 15 --- YOU worked to bring in charitable money. Now hear how it is used as each of the following get a grant of $500.00 from Senior Living EXPO income: Baylakes Boy Scouts, Girl Scouts and the Fox Cities Boys and Girls Club. Each will present about 10 minutes of information.

Sick (or on the mend) call: Recovering at home are Del Schuh and Chez Hoeft. Drop a card or call before you visit.

We are saddened to hear of the death of former member Fred Biesecker.

WELCOME to new member Brad Vivoda spnsored by Bob Randa. Brad is Director of the Warming Shelter project, another place Senior Living EXPO profits go.

Celebrating birthdays in March are: Ken Lang, Tom O¹Hearn and Dale Schaber. Many Happy returns!!!

Our club has worked with the Realators Foundation to donate $100.00 to the Lions Pride campaign.

Our club donated $300.00 to a diabetic college student, along with other clubs so that he could complete four hours of classes and graduate.


Get your orders and money in now to Karl Blahnik or James Cronmiller. The end of the sale is close. James notes that as of February 22 we have sold 166 dozen roses. Price delivered is the same as last year, $14.00. Plenty of posters and order forms are available at our meetings.

This is a major project and some of our charitable grants depend on it.

March 6,7 are the dates of a candy sale at Festival Foods on Northland Ave.

Vol. 87, No.3,    February 15, 2010,    next deadline February 22

Monday, February 22 --- You all remember the devastating fire which burned down Valley Funeral Home, owned by member Wayne Tauber. The newly rebuilt business will be toured at 12:45pm after our usual lunch at the Grand Meridian. Valley Funeral Home is on Richmond St. across from American National Bank. Plenty of parking at the funeral home..

Monday, March 1 --- Wisconsin Assembly person, our own member Penny Bernard-Schaber will give us a report on current legislation and where our $6B budget gap is being closed this time around.

Looking for work? Dick Novitske can help. He is Nominating Committee Chairman and will be glad to hear from members interested in serving as an officer or board member for the 2010-11 Lions year.


This is about 1/6 of where sales have been in the past. It is up to you to use the order forms, posters, etc. to get sales on track. Karl Blahnik likes to hand out a lot of cards, with a sales pitch, and watch many of them come back as orders. The $14.00 price is unchanged from last year --- and they are delivered. Turn in orders and money to Karl or James Cronmiller. Plan to help deliver March 26 Friday or March 27 Saturday.

The candy sale in January went well with a gross of about $550.00 and a net to the club of about $275.00. Thanks to Tom Gasman and all who sold candy.

Get serious about that new member you thought of asking to join our club. Here is the sequence:

  1. Bring the prospect to a meeting and tell about our club, state functions like the eyebank and Lions Camp, Lions International. Ask for a guest lunch ticket and the club pays, first visit only.
  2. Get an application from Secretary Tom, fill it out and submit it to the Board for action.
  3. Upon Board approval, invite the prospect to join.
  4. Dues are prorated with $80.00 due July 1, and 1/12th less due each month after that (joining in June would be a huge bargain).

Someone asked YOU to join, now it's your turn to ask someone.

Vol. 87, No.3,    February 1, 2010,    next deadline February 8

Monday, February 1 --- Appleton Red Cross Director Tony Gonzales will be our speaker. We will present a check for $500.00 from the Senior Living EXPO profits to the Red Cross to help with Haitian relief. He will talk about Red Cross effforts there. You can bring checks for the Red Cross Haitian relief if you wish.

Monday, February 8 --- Some of our newer members will present short biographies. These have proved to be some of our most interesting programs. We want to thank Sid Kroeger for his bio January 25 when no program was set up.

Monday, February 15 --- EXPO $500.00 grant recipients from Harbor House, St. Joe's Food Pantry and LEAVEN will be speaking about how they have met the needs of those hit by the recession.

Note that our Board will meet at 10:30am that day at the Grand Meridian and members are welcome to see how the club runs and finances are reported. Note also that the back of the Snort has been reprinted. Please check your information and let Secretary Tom know if any change is needed.

The Wisconsin Lions Eyebank has recognized the work of Del Schuh and a special pin was presented to him.

ROSE SALE EFFORTS BY YOU SALES PERSONS NEEDED NOW! At meetings all the tools you need are available: order blanks, posters, etc.Turn in completed orders and checks to James Cronmiller. A dozen roses delivered for $14.00 is a bargain (same price as last year).

Do you want power? Do you want to run things? Approach Nominating Committee Chairman Dick Novitske who is looking for members to fill out the slate of officers and directors for 2010-2011.

Thanks to all who sold candy the last weekend of January. We had a new smaller Lions sign for use at the candy sales and the brat and burger sales later this year.

March Program Chairmen are Ralph Acker and Ed Schmidt. Greeters are Del Schuh and Bob Muck.

Vol. 87, No. 2,    January 18, 2010,    next deadline January 25

Monday, January 18 --- Our program will be on the Peace Corps presented by Bennie Westgore.

For you electronic Snort recipients, note that you are invited to the Board Meeting at 10:30am on Monday, January 18. All members are welcome to learn about the club's business and read the financial reports.

Sorry about not having programs in this and the last Snort. Your editor just reports what program chairmen give him and requests that program details get to him three weeks ahead of when the program is presented.

February Program Chairmen are Charlie Garnier and Ron Mohr. Greeters are Tom O'Hearn and Ed Schmidt.

Lions International has recognized long term members with pins. This represents the anniversaries of when they joined. Dan Piper, 10 years; Elmer Tilque, 15 years; Archie Mauk, 25 years; Joe Spitz, 30 years; Mike Tassoul, 35 years; Del Schuh, 40 years and Dan Cloud, 55 years. Congratulations to all of you!


Chairman James Cronmiller provided each of us with ten rose order forms. Cost for a dozen delivered is same as last year, $14.00. You can sell through March 22. Delivery will be Friday, March 26 and Saturday, March 27. Posters are available at club meetings. We need everyone to join in this project. If you can't get out, sell by phone.

Our club will serve as the "host" club for the area State Lions Peace Poster Contest at Wilson Middle School. Appleton Area Schools Art Department will handle the work involved.

We received thank yous from our grants to Salvation Army, Warming Shelter, Emergency Shelter and Wisconsin Lions Foundation.

Celebrating birthdays in February are members: Bob Simon, Tom Gasman, Dottie Piskor and Sandy Buettner. Many happy returns!

Vol. 87, No. 1,    January 4, 2010,    next deadline January 11

Monday, January 4 ---Appleton's new Fire Chief VanderWyst will be our speaker. Bring a prospective member as your guest.


James Cronmiller alerts you to the start of the sale. Delivery will be the last Saturday in March, the 27th. Details at January meetings.

Ringing in the New Year with birthdays are members: Howie Pleuss, Ed Schmidt, Rick Langan and Mike Thornton. Many happy returns!

Welcome to our newest member, Mark Keller sponsored by Joe Spitz. Mark and other recent members were welcomed into Lionism by our past district governor at the Egg Nog Party.

Many thanks to all who organized and worked on the party and to the intrepid travelers who took our donations to the Veterans Home at King.

Cash collected at the party for sundries needed by King residents totalled a new record of $300.00.


Highlights of the party were the Lion of the Year Award to Secretary Tom O'Hearn --16 years as Secretary, plus President, plus many other tasks. We also donated $500.00 each to the Emergency Shelter, Salvation Army and the Warming Shelter. More donations will be given in coming months. This money was raised by you from your work on the Senior Living EXPO.

Ralph Acker continues to collect eyeglasses and is over the 60,000 mark since he started. Do bring in donations.

Don Goodman is now at Manor Care. Drop in or send a card to him.

Candy sales in December netted approximately $225.00. More sales are planned this month. Look for word on this at meetings.

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