(2011 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. 88, No 23,       December 19, 2011,       next deadline Jan. 9

Monday, January 9 ---Shannon Krein will be our speaker. She is with the Fox Valley Humane Society and will bring us up to date on the work they do.

Monday, January 16 --- Our speaker will be Shannon Full. She is the new President of the Fox Cities Chamber of Commerce. The Chamber is moving in new directions, of interest to all of us.

Our club has received thank you's from the Appleton Area School District for our dictionary donations; from Leader Dogs for a $500 donation; from Lions Clubs International Foundation for a $1,000 donation and from Wiscconsin Lions Foundation for a $1,000 donation.

We want to recognize members who have transported eyes for the Wisconsin Lions Eyebank: Dave Lee, Mark Keller, Ron Dunlap, Tom O'Hearn, Mike Weyenberg, Elmer Tilque, Bob Simon, George Schmidt, Bob Randa, Howard Pleuss, Dick Novitske, Charlie Garnier, Joe Ferris, Otto Cox, Sharron Huss and Carolyn Cox.


Dr. Camille and Reverend Daniel Wissmann attended the Mark Murphy meeting and were impressed enough to join us. We now have five new mmembers this Lions year and hope to add five more by July 1, 2012.


We will be donating $800.00 to each organization from our profit from the Senior Living EXPO to: Baylake Boy Scout Council, Boys and Girls Club of the Fox Valley, Fox Valley Sibling Support Group, Harbor House, St. Joseph's Food Program, Outagamie County Red Cross, Fox River Area Girl Scouts, Emergency Shelter, Fox Valley Warming Shelter, LEAVEN, Salvation Army and Thompson Community Center.


No meetings December 26 or January 2.

Vol. 88, No 22,       December 5, 2011,       next deadline Dec. 12

Monday, December 12 --- Our speaker will be Tim Potter, Commodore of the Appleton Yacht Club. He will tell us about the history of the club and about its newly remodeled club house on the Fox River.

Monday, December 19 --- Our annual Christmas Party. Cost is $13.00 per person. Come at 11:30am for Egg Nog and some treats. Lunch will be at noon. CLICK HERE for more information on the Christmas Party!

We will be donating $800.00 from our profit from the Senior Living EXPO to: Bayland Boy Scout Council, Boys and Girls Club of the Fox Valley, Fox Valley Sibling Support Group, Harbor House, St. Joseph's Food Program, Outagamie County Red Cross, Fox River Area Girl Scouts, Emergency Shelter, Fox Valley Warming Shelter, LEAVEN, Salvation Army and Thompson Community Center.

Ed Schmidt is at Peabody Manor, Rose Grove Unit, Room 104 and would welcome any visits from Lions.

2012 January Birthdays coming up, Howard Pleuss and Ed Schmidt.

Every year we think of the veterans at King Veterans Home at Waupaca. You should collect books, toiletries, playing cards, etc. and bring them to the club. Usually thesse gifts are taken there after our Christmas Party. Ralph Acker is chairman and you can ask him about any items you want to donate.


Thanks to all the members who have transported eyes for cornea transplants during 2011.

Plan now to invite a prospective member to one of our meetings. Lunch the first time is free, just ask for a guest ticket. Talk about the many service projects we do, the donations above, dictionaries, Lions Camp, etc. Give the name to any Board member for Board approval. Fill out the application and ask Secretary Tom for the amount of pro-rated dues due that month.

Sign up to ring bells for the Salvation Army at the Bell Office 955-1225 or on the website at

Vol. 88, No 21,       November 21, 2011,       next deadline Dec. 5

Monday, November 28 --- Our speaker will be Jason Mroz, who is a Vice President/Territory Manager for Apple Tree Condominums. He will discuss how a condominum is organized, the condo lifestyle, considerations when purchasing a condo and the Villas at Apple Creek which will be the largest condo community in Appleton.

Monday, December 5 --- Outagamie County Circuit Court Judge Gregory Gill, Jr. will be our speaker. He was appoiinted by Governor Walker to replace Judge Harold Froelich who retired. One of his topics will be a possible new Veterans Court.

Looking ahead: Our Christmas Party will be Monday, December 19. There will be no meetings December 26 or January 2. January Greeters are Charlie Garnier and Del Schuh. Program Chairmen are Ken Pawlak and Mary Beth Nienhaus.


Welcome back Maudie Gasman and Dottie Piskor. This brings our member input to three toward our goal of ten by July 1. Please ask a friend to join us. Sandy Buettner is Membership Chairperson and can help with information and forms, etc.

Every year we think of the veterans at King Veterans Home at Waupaca. You should collect books, toiletries, playing cards, etc. and bring them to the club. Usually these gifts are taken there after our Christmas Party. Ralph Acker is chairman and you can ask him about any items you want to conate.

Our club has always been proud of its record number of members ringing bells for the Salvation Army. Bell ringing began November 4th and will continue through Christmas Eve at 2:00pm. Ringing will run Monday through Saturday (not Thanksgiving Day). There will be one and two hour shifts available from 8:00am to 8:00pm. There is one hour ringing available at select locations: Appleton East Cinema, Hollywood Cinema, Macy's, both Shopko Express stores and all Walgreen stores.

To sign up for shifts you can contact the Bell Office at 955-1225 or sign up on their website at

Vol. 88, No 20,       November 7, 2011,       next deadline Nov. 14

Monday, November 14 --- Our speaker will be Kristyna Williams. She is Volunteer/community Outreach Coordinator for Affinity Visiting Nurses and Hospice Care. Learn more about these services.

Monday, November 21 --- Our speaker is CWO-3 Mark Nielsen of the Marine Reserves. He was deployed to Iraq in 2003. He is presently Constituent Services Representative for Senator Ron Johnson. He handles VA cases for veterans, military, natural resources and aviation issues.

We will have over 100 attending the program by Mark Murphy. If any of your guests were potential members, please ask them to join our club.

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

Bob Randa was recognized with the Lions International Award presented by our Lions International President Wing-Kun Tam.

Our club has always been proud of its record number of members ringing bells for the Salvation Army. Bell ringing will begin Friday, November 4th and will continue through Christmas Eve at 2:00pm. Ringing will run Monday through Saturday (not Thanksgiving Day). There will be one and two hour shifts available from 8:00am to 8:00pm. There is one hour ringing available at select locations: Appleton East Cinema, Hollywood Cinema, Macy's, both Shopko Express stores and all Walgreen stores.

To sign up for shifts you can contact the Bell Office at 955-1225 or sign up on their website at

Congratulations to our Program Chairmen. We have had many interesting and out of the ordinary programs. General Program Chairman, 1st Vice President Gerry Edinger coordinates our monthly chairmen to make sure they don't repeat something we have had. He also has some suggestions if program chairmen need help.

Do let Gerry know what you want to present and get the details to Rik Madisen for the Snort about three weeks ahead of the presentation.

Vol. 88, No 19,       October 24, 2011,       next deadline October 31

Monday, October 31 --- Our speaker will be Julie Russell who is with Diversified Investigations. Her topic is identity theft.

Monday, November 7 --- Our speaker will be Mark Murphy, President and CEO of the Green Bay Packers. Guests are welcome, but you must sign them up by October 31 and pay for your guests on the 7th. If you have a prospective member in mind, this would be a good meeting to invite the prospect to visit. (Click Here for the Sign-Up Sheet )


Celebrating are Del Schuh, Mary Jo Mohr, Tom Loveall and Penny Schaber. Many happy returns.

October 16 was Dictionary Day. Our club under Bob Randa's leadership again will distribute dictionaries to third graders in the school district. This is an annual event. We thank Bob and all those who help put club stickers in the dictionaries and deliver them to the various schools.

District 27-B1 will hold its convention at the Manitowoc Holiday Inn October 28-29. O'Hearn, Schuh, Novitske and Edinger are our delegates. At the Parade of Checks we will present $800 to Wisconsin Lions Foundation, $250 to Lions Camp for the Handicapped, $400 to Leader Dogs, $200 to Juvenile Diabetes Research, $100 to Mission to Mexico. This is 50% of what we give with the rest donated at the state convention. This money is raised from YOUR work on club projects.

Our second Brat Fry netted $255.00. Thanks to all who worked on it.

Chairman James Cronmiller wants you to smell the roses for our sale next spring. Delivery dates are April 13 and 14. The price stays at $15.00 per dozen. Our net on each sale is $8.60. The sale will start January 5.

Use our yellow club flyer, your Lions newspaper and International magazine as part of a kit to sell membership to prospects. The $80.00 membership fee is prorated from July 1 so ask Secretary Tom what it is for the month you bring the prospect in to the club.

Vol. 88, No 18,       October 10, 2011,       next deadline October 17

Monday, October 17 ---Karen Schiller of NAMI of the Fox Valley will speak to us about mental illness issues.

Monday, October 24 ---We meet and eat at the Grand Meridian. Following that we will have a tour of Valley Packaging for about 30 minutes. Valley Packaaging provides work for handicapped persons. It is at 2730 N. Roemer Road on the corner of County OO and Roemer Road. More instructions at the meeting.

Heads up: Packers President Mark Murphy speaks to us November 7. Guests are welcome at $9.00 each for lunch. This is the perfect time to being a new member prospect. ( New member prospects are the guests of the club for their first visit, just ask for a guest ticket.) A sign up sheet is available at the meeting as we need a count for the Grand Meridian.

Program co-chairmen for November are Del Schuh and Pat Cox. Greeters are Dave Cooper and Otto Cox.

Our District 27-B1 Convention will be held October 28 and 29 at Manitowoc.We can send six voting delegates. Our club pays registration and lunch expenses. A 50-50 raffle to benefit Leader Dogs is being held. President Bob has the $2.00 tickets.

Due to Ed Schmidt's illness, the Board has appointed Sandy Buettner Chairperson of the Membership Committee and added Rik Madisen as a member. Do bring a prospect to a meeting, we do need more members to continue our service to the community. First visit, the prospects lunch is free, just ask for a guest ticket. Share information about our club, state eyebank and Lions Camp, etc.and the good Lions International does. Get an applicatiion from Secretary Tom, fill it in and turn it in. The Board must vote on the prospect to make him/her a member.

Our club will turn 90 on March 1, 2012. Co-chair persons for the event ccelebrating our birthday are James Cronmiller nad Sharron Huss. Let them know if you would like to be on the committee to help. The first club meeting was held at the Hotel Sherman in Appleton with 25 members at the charter meeting.

Vol. 88, No 17,       September 26, 2011,       next deadline October 3


Despite the road construction detours we had good attendance for our 65 exhibitors. Over 425 cups of coffee were served until the cutoff. Lions who parked cars deserved a gallon each because it was COLD out there. We do not have final financial figures yet, but $17,000.00 net is in the ball park.

The 2012 EXPO will be at Player's Choice September 13.

Our first Brat Fry brought in $271.97 and thanks to Mike Weyenberg and all who worked on that one September 10.

Monday, October 3 --- Out of the headlines, James M. Schlies, Vice President, Economic Development for the Fox Cities Chamber of Commerce will talk about the employment situation in the Fox Cities and State of Wisconsin.

Monday, October 10 ---Sheila Jenkins, President of Network Health Plan will talk about how the ³Americaıs Affordable Health Choices Act of 2009² will affect private insurance companies and their subscribers.

October Program Chairpersons are Carolyn Cox and Mark Keller. Greeters are Karl Blahnik and Blaine Priebusch.

Ken Pawlak received a special pin from Lions International for sponsoring two new members.

Sad to report, some members have not paid their 2011-2012 $80.00 dues at this date. On their behalf, the club has already paid the portion of the $80.00 to the Wisconsin State Lions and Lions International. Make your check out to Appleton Noon Lions CLub and give it to Secretary Tom.

We received a thank you for our donation to Leader Dogs.

Happy birthday to our Lions celebrating in October: Elmer Tilque, Charlie Garnier, Sid Kroeger, Jenifer Hasart, Mark Keller and Dave Lee.

White Cane income at EXPO was $53.00.

Vol. 88, No 16,       August 29, 2011,       next deadline Sept. 12

Take time off, no meeting Labor Day, Monday, September 5.


Monday, September 12 --- Our meeting is devoted to making the EXPO run smoothly. Chairman Bob Randa will go over assignments and what you are to do at the EXPO. It will be at Player's Choice, Thursday, September 15. This is the same place as the last few years. (Due to Road Work on Edgewood Dr ("JJ"), the following directions are the easiest route): Go East on E. Northland Ave, ("00") , pass under the HiWay 441 Overpass, and proceed about 100 yards. Turn left (North) on French Road and go 2 miles to Edgewood Dr ("JJ"). Turn right (East) on Edgewood Dr. ("JJ") and go 1/2 mile. Park along the east edge of the parking lot. Give our customers the close in parking spots.

Bob will tell you when to be where. We need everyone to help, so if you have not signed up, please do so. WE SERVE is the Lions motto and we have used the EXPO income to provide $1,000.00 each to 12 local non-profits. Let's try to do more this year.

Monday, September 19 --- Our program will be presented by Judy Hebbe, Vice-President of Attic Theater.

Monday, September 26 --- Our program will be presented by Hearthstone Executive Director Tricia Adams.

HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO MEMBERS CELEBRATING IN SEPTEMBER:Dan Cloud, George Hahn and Tim Young. Many happy returns!

There are a few members who have not paid 2011-2012 dues yet. They are past due and you can make the check out to Appleton Noon Lions Club for $80.00 or pay on the installment plan, $80.00 now and 00.00 later.

Every member should bring in a prospective new member. Invite the prospect to lunch, club pays for first lunch, just ask for a guest ticket. Talk about what we do as a club, our state eyebank and Lions Camp, Lions International. Give the prospect our yellow club flyer, Sign them up on a membership blank from Secretary Tom. Ask the Board to approve them --- thatıs it!

Note: Program Chairmen should ask every speaker if they would be interested in knowing more about our club and becoming a member.

We had a great family picnic thanks to Mike and his committee. There were many visitors. How about asking them about membership?

Vol. 88, No 15,       August 15, 2011,       next deadline August 22


Come rain or shine, and you can bring guests. It will be at the Plamann Park Pavilion, starting at 5:00pm. Bring a gift to raffle (this pays for the event). Everything is furnished and you know we have the top cooks in our club
Cost is $3.00 for a single, $5.00 for a family

Monday, August 22 --- Our speaker will be Jeff Z Drali from the Volunteer Reception Center. The Center is the communityıs best kept secret.

Monday, August 29 --- Mike Salter of the Naational Pork Board will speak on, "The Pork Industry -- More Than Just the Other White Meat".

September greeters are Bob Randa and Mike Tassoul. Program Chairmen are Ed Ogurek and Mary Jo Mohr.

Perfect Attendance Awards were presented to members. If you had perfect attendance for a 5 year multiple, a special award was presented. Recipients were: Acker, Blahnik, Buettner, Cloud, Cooper, O. Cox, C. Cox, Cronmiller, Ferris, Garnier 10, Hahn, Hardesty, Huss, Kroeger, Madisen 55, Mauk, M.J. Mohr, R. Mohr, Noviitske, Ogurek 5, O'Hearn, Pawlak 10, Piskor, H. Pleuss 20, Priebusch, Randa 5, Robertson, Schmidt 15, Schmit, Schuh 25, Spitz 15, Sund, Tassoul, Tilque and Weyenberg. Congratulatiions to you all!

Senior Living EXPO coming up fast --- September 15. Sign up to work, we need everyone to help. There will be an EXPO meeting at 11:00am Monday, August 29 before our regular meeting. Looking ahead, the Monday meeting on Septe,mber 12 will be devoted to the EXPO.

Thanks to Dobbie Robertson for organizing the club golf outing. A bit early, but thanks to Mike Tassoul and his crew for putting on our family picnic and to Pat Cox for his work ahead of and organizing the Timberrattlers game outing. Let's throw in thanks for our Tailtwister, Song Leader, Lion Tamer, too.

Membership goal of 9 more new members by July 1. Get your prospect signed up.

Vol. 88, No 14,       August 1, 2011 ,       next deadline August 8

Monday, August 8 --- Our speaker will be Will Dorsey, Regional Director for the Northeast Region of Wisconsin Department of Transportation. His topic will be, "What's Happening with our Highway System?"


Come rain or shine, and you can bring guests. It will be at the Plamann Park Pavilion, starting at 5:00pm. Bring a gift to raffle (this pays for the event). Everything is furnished and you know we have the top cooks in our club.

Cost is $3.00 for a single, $5.00 for a family


Jennifer Hasart, in insurance, was sponsored by Bob Randa. Now that you know it can be done, each of you needs to bring a membership prospect to a coming meeting. Bring them to a meeting, club pays for first lunch. Talk about Lions service on all levels. Bring the name to the board for approval, sign them up.

Your $80.00 dues are now past due if you have not paid them.

Ed Ogurek has replaced Dottie Piskor as a director on our Board.

District Governor Merle Strelow installed our officers and initiated new members.He presented faithful Bob (Randa) with a Past President's plaque. He reminded us of the District 27-B1 convention October 28 and 29 at Manitowoc and invited our members to attend.

Watch for the signup sheet for the Timberrattlers outing and plan to pay for the event coming up August 24.

Planned Brat Frys are Saturdays September 10 and 24 at Festival Foods on Northland Avenue. Tentative hours are 10-6 and there will be a singup sheet coming around early in September.

Vol. 88, No 13,       July 18, 2011,       next deadline July 25

Monday, July 25 --- Our program will be on the Housing Coalition presented by Crystal Lillge of the Housing Partnership of the Fox Cities.

Monday, August 1 --- Our speaker will be Bonnie Planner, Supervisor at the Outagamie County Aging and Disability Resource Center on, "Know Us B4U Need Us".

Congratulations to Ken and Lucile Lang on their 65th Anniversary!!!

Coming up is the Timberrattlers game August 24, cost $21 for adults, $17 for kids 10 and under. Questions: Pat Cox. Plan to sign up when the sheet is passed around.

Our club golf outing will be Monday, August 8 at Winagamie Golf Course at 2:30pm. More details at the meeting

The new committee booklet is out and there is one with your name on it. Pick it up at the meeting. All committees met and discussed what they were to do and when. If you missed this importanmt meeeting, check with your chairman because you probably have some duties to perform.


Our family picnic will be held at Plamann Park on Monday, August 15. Guests are welcome. Everything furnished. On, rain or shine, great food. Details at our meetings.


Celebrating in August are Dobbie Robertson, Karl Blahnik, George Schmit, Bob Randa, Gerry Edinger. Looks like a great raffle. Many happy returns!

Hey, you could be a deadbeat if you have not paid your $80.00 dues by now. Make the check out to Appleton Noon Lions CLub.

Be sure you put the name of a member prospect on the back of your attendance slip, AND invite the person to attend a meeting.,

Vol. 88, No 12,       June 27, 2011,       next deadline July 11

No meeting July 4, Tailtwister at rest.

Monday, July 11 --- Organizational meeting. All committees are to meet and determine what they are to do during the year and plan to get it done.

Monday, July 18 --- 27-B1 District Governor Merle Strelow will make his annual visit to our club. He will install our new officers so everyone of them should be present.


We joined other clubs by donating $120.00 toward a needed refrigerator for the Emergency Shelter.

We also presented checks for half of our annual donations to Wisconsin Lions Foundation, $1,000.00, Leader Dogs, $400.00 and Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation, $200.00. This is money YOU helped raise from our service projects. (The other half of these donations is given at our district convention.)

Our budget was approved by the club at the June 20 meeting with every member having a copy of the details.

Congratulations to Howie and Carol Pleuss on their 65th Anniversary.

Coming up: Grand Chute Lions Memorial Golf Outing. This is Thursday, July 21 at Winagamie Golf Course. Shotgun start at 11:30am. $69.00 per golfer includes 18 holes of golf, half cart, box lunch, 2 on course drinks, dinner at the American Legion Club and more. Ralph Acker is our organizer.

Annual Family Picnic is at Plamann Park pavilion on Monday August 15. Guests are welcome.

Plan to invite a membership prospect to the next meeting. Tell them about our club, state and Lions International service to others. First lunch is free for the prospect, just ask for a guest ticket.

Vol. 88, No 11,       June 13, 2011,       next deadline June 20

Board meets Monday, June 13, 11:00am at the Grand Meridian. All members welcome. See how your club runs, look over our finances, bring any ideas or suggestions to the meeting. (This is Randa's last stand.)

Thanks to all who delivered eyes the last month and to Del Schuh for coordinating this effort. The Wisconsin Eye Bank is run by the Wisconsin Lions Foundation and provides corneas for transplants as delivered by clubs around the state. Other eyes are used for research if not transplanted.


This will be Thursday, July 21 at Winnegamie Golf Course. Shorgun start at 11:30am. Four person scramble. $69.00 per golfer includes 18 holes of golf, range balls, half cart, box lunch, favors, 2 on course drink tickets, hole and event prizes and dinner. $16.00 for dinner only at American Legion Club.

Register with Ralph Acker by June 27. In case of inclement weather, dinner and program will be held.

Drop a card to Dan Cloud who recently had a stroke.

If you want a salad, REMINDER that you must call the Grand Meridian the week before our meeting to order it.

A fifth reading machine was donated to the club and is being used by Earl Brinkman who has macular degeneration. Thanks to the donor.

Monday, June 20 --- Don Hiepas, Financial Manager, Appleton School District will be our speaker

Monday, June 27 --- Our speaker will be John Weyenberg, Executive Director of Habitat for Humanity. This program has helped many low income residents to have houses.

Birthdays coming up in July: Mike Tassoul and Carolyn Cox. We wish them many happy returns.

Tailtwister Sid says wear green on the 27th --- or else!

Vol. 88, No 10,       May 23, 2011,       next deadline June 6

Monday, June 6 --- Our speaker will be Shelly Leadley from the Fox Valley Community Foundation. She will tell us of the many things the Foundation does to make this a great area to live in.

Monday, June 13 --- We will have lunch at the Grand Meridian and then take a field trip to the Boys and Girls Club to tour their facilities. Directions at the meeting.


Members celebrating are Bill Sund, Wayne Tauber, Bob Muck, Joe Spitz, Mike Weyenberg, Dick Novitske and Ed Ogurek. Many happy returns to all.

Our club hosted a Zone Meeting May 18 at the Grand Meridian. We also sent six delegates to the State Convention. Representing our club were: Mary Jo and Ron Mohr, Carolyn and Otto Cox and Penny and Dale Schaber. It was held at the Paper Valley Hotel.

Howie Pleuss is at home recovering from a heart attack. He hopes to be at our next meeting.

Discussed at the Board meeting: The Membership Committee is to contact any member who has not attended a meeting for a "long" time and encourage them to attend.

Tentatively, the first meeting after July 1 is to be used to have committees meet and discuss what they are to do for the next year. President Bob had asked all committees this year to submit a written report (which will certainly help the new committees get off on the right foot).

Plan ahead: Pat Cox plans an outing at the Timberrattlers game August 24. Cost $21 for adults, $17 kids 10 and under including a ticket, all the food you can eat, two drinks. This will be on the Homerun Porch in right field, Guests are welcome. A sign up sheet will be passed around as we get closer to the event.

We warned you last Snort that there is no meeting Memorial Day, but you can attend the parade.

Vol. 88, No 9,       May 9, 2011,       next deadline May 16

Monday, May 9 --- Katie Cronmiller (Daughter of member James) will speak to our group on the "YMCA Youth in Government Program".

Monday, May 16 --- Our speaker will be Gary Austin, Meteorologist In Charge of the Green Bay Office of the National Weather Service. His topic is, "Who We Are and What We Do".

Monday, May 23 --- JoEllen Wollangk from the Better Business Bureau will speak to us on, "Identity Theft".

No Meeting Memorial Day, May 30.


According to a report we took in $387.00 both Friday and Saturday. Thanks to Tom Gasman for setting this up. Thanks also to those who worked at the sale:
Dick Novitske Mark Heller
Gerry Edinger Dude Hahn
Sid Kroeger Jim Wieser
Joe Spitz Tom Gasman
Del Schuh Dave Lee
Bob Randa Ed Ogurek

Our club sponsored a girl to Badger Girls State and received a "thank you" from the Legion Auxiliary.

Joe Spitz and Rik Madisen received certificates from Lions International for bringing in a new member.

Which leads us to welcome new member Mark Bertrand sponsored by Tom Gasman. Mark came in earlier but we missed noting this in the Snort.

Pat Cox is planning an outing at a Timber rattlers game. Details coming at a future meeting. $21.00 includes ticket 2 drinks, all you can eat.

Mary Beth Nienhaus has been named Distinguished Alumnae of Marquette University. Congrats from all of our members.

June Greeters; Mary Jo Mohr, Dave Cooper. Program Chairmen: Bob Simon, George Schmidt.

Vol. 88, No 8,       April 18, 2011,       next deadline April 25

Monday, April 25 --- "What is unique about the Apple Creek YMCA?" Our speaker will be Jill Rasmussen Director. We are back at the Grand Meridian.

Monday, May 2 --- Program Co-Chairs James Cronmiller and Joe Ferris have promised an interesting program which is top secret at the moment.


David Lee, sponsored by Rik Madisen is our newest member. Dave is retired, his last stint being as Director of the Paper Discovery Center. The club is looking for YOU to bring in a new member. It is easy: bring your prospect to a meeting, the club pays for his/her lunch and tell about our club and its service. Get an application from Secretary Tom and fill it out. Our Board will vote on the prospect and then bring him/her in.


Again thanks to Co-chairs James Cronmiller and Karl Blahnik and all who sold roses. Those who delivered are: Ralph Acker, Mark and Mary Keller, Bob Randa, Dick Novitske and Sue, Jim Wieser, Otto and Carolyn Cox, Elmer Tilque, Del Schuh, Charlie Garnier, Dude Hahn, Sandy Buetner, Dottie and Tom Piskor, Tim Young, Bob Simon, Mike Weyenberg, James Cronmiller. Sorry if any were missed.

For May: Program Co-Chairmen are Joe Ferris and James Cronmiller. Greeters are Mike Tassoul and Howard Pleuss.

Celebrating birthdays in May are Lions Ralph Acker, Joe Neton, Otto Cox,, Ken Pawlak, Ron Mohr and Mary Beth Nienhaus. Many Happy Returns!

Plan on the Board meeting, Monday May 16 at 11:00 am at the Grand Meridian. All members welcome. See how your club runs, check the finances.

Secretary Tom has for sale this Spring: Vests, $20; Polo Shirts both Navy and Gold, $20; Sweatshirts $20; Baseball Caps, $10; Roll Up Hats, $10.

Sick call: Drop a card to Ed Schmidt and to Dave Cooper's wife Agnes. We wish them a speedy recovery.

Vol. 88, No 7,       April 4, 2011,       next deadline April 11

Monday, April 11 ---Our speaker will be from Lamers Tours and Travel about their operations and possibly a slide show.


Monday, April 18 --- Our speaker is the Director of the Appleton Public Library Colleen Rortvedt. She will tell us about the library operation and how the state budget bill will affect the operation.

Board meets at 11:00am Monday April 11 at the Grand Meridian. All members are welcome to attend See how the club runs, look at our finances.

A signup sheet will be passed around at meetings for our Candy Sale which will be Friday April 22 and Saturday April 23. It will be at Festival Foods on Northland Avenue.


Congrats to: Archie Mauk, Rod Wolf, Dave Cooper, James Cronmiller, Blaine Priebusch, Joe Ferris, Rik Madisen, Howard Hardesty and Janet Gray.

Lions International presented pins (on 5 year anniversaries) to: Ken Lang 15 years, Ken Pawlak 10 years, Rik Madisen 55 years.

New officers and Board as nominated will be voted in April 4:
Past President Bob Randa, President Bob Simon,
1st VP Tom Piskor, 2nd VP Gerry Edinger, 3rd VP Carolyn Cox,
Secretary Tom O'Hearn, Assistant Secretary Del Schuh,
Treasurer Blaine Priebusch,
Lion Tamer Howard Hardesty, Tailtwister Sid Kroeger,
1 yr Directors George Schmit, Dottie Piskor,
2yr Ralph Acker, Ken Pawlak,
3 yr Jim Wieser, Dale Schaber.
Membership Committee 1yr Ed Schmidt, 2 yr Sandy Buettner, 3 yr Janet Gray.

Latest word on rose sales is a total of 309 dozen. Delivery will be Friday April 8, pickup at American Legion Club and Saturday April 9, pickup at Budweiser Beer distributer in northeast industrial park. We need everyone available to help deliver -- sign up at the April 4 meeting.

Vol. 88, No 6,       March 21, 2011,       next deadline March 28


Thanks to all who worked so hard on the sales and to James and Karl for heading up this fundraiser. We need every member possible for deliveries on Friday, April 8 and Saturday, April 9. Sign up at meetings.

Monday, March 21 --- Genia L. Lovett, Vice President of Gannet and publisher of the Post Crescent will be our speaker.

Monday, March 28 --- Something new for the hard of hearing. Juliet Sterkens of Fox Valley Hearing Loop will be our speaker.

Monday, April 4 --- Our speaker will be Jeri Kukurich, Associate Diirector of Big Brothers and Big Sisters.


Nominated for Lions year 2011-2012 are:
Past President Bob Randa
President Bob Simon
1st Vice President Tom Piskor
2nd Vice President Gerry Edinger
3rd Vice President Carolyn Cox
Secretary Tom O'Hearn
Assistant Secretary Del Schuh
Treasurer Blaine Priebusch
Lion Tamer Howard Hardesty
Tailtwister Sid Kroeger

1 year: George Schmit, Dottie Piskor
2 year: Ralph Acker, Ken Pawlak
3 year: Jim Wieser, Dale Schaber

Membership Committee:
1 year: Ed Schmidt, Chairman
2 year: Sandy Buettner,
3 year: Janet Gray

Work Day at Lions Camp is April 30, check state paper if you can help.

April Program Chairmen are Sharron Huss and Howard Hardesty. Greeters are Rik Madisen and Mike Weyenberg

April 18 meeting will be at Happy Joeıs.

Note: our speaker March 7 lives on Lake Winnebago and said the state golf tournament at High Cliff is scheduled during lake fly infestation there.

Vol. 88, No 5,       March 7, 2011,       next deadline March 14

Sorry, as of this writing, no programs in and as a result your editor is leaving town for a week. Any programs will be announced at meetings. We thank Penny for her first hand report on the situation in Madison.


Still a bargain, $15.00 per dozen DELIVERED, and you know the money we raise will go to an excellent cause. Thursday, March 17 is the last day of the sale. Turn in orders and money to James Cronmiller or Karl Blahnik. Our net profit on each dozen is about $7.60.

Plan to help deliver Friday April 8 or Saturday April 9. No deliveries will be made to Libya, Pakistan or Iraq.

Happy Birthday to members celebrating in March: Ken Lang, Tom O'Hearn, Dale Schaber and Pat Cox. We wish you many more to come.


Right in line with the Lions motto, our club will help out a local 19 year old at the Wisconsin Center for the Blind. His eight year old computer finally gave up and he is getting a special replacement built by Milwaukee PC and programs which can handle braille, for his school. Our club is helping with the cost --- made possible by YOU through your work on our projects.

Bring in used cell phones, ink jet cartridges, etc. to Tom Piskor for recycling and money for our club.


All members welcome to attend the meeting at 11:00am at the Grand Meridian. One of the items coming up will be nominations for the 2011-2012 club officers and board members. If you are interested in holding office, contact Chairman Mike Weyenberg, Otto Cox, Sid Kroeger, Ralph Acker and Dick Novitske.

If you want to be one of six delegates to the Wisconsin State Lions Convention May 19-21, check with Secretary Tom, OıHearn.

Vol. 88, No 4,       February 21, 2011,       next deadline February 28

Monday, February 28 --- Our member in Madison, Penny Bernard-Schaber will give us a report on whatıs happening in the Assembly and the rest of state government. Bring a prospective member to hear her.

Sorry, no March programs given to your editor at this writing. Program chairmen for March are Ralph Acker and Ed Schmidt. Greeters are Bob Muck and Karl Blahnik.


Get your sales in to James Cronmiller or Karl Blahnik each week. There are more posters and order blanks available at meetings. Our price of $15.00 a dozen DELIVERED and is a bargain.

Delivery will be in April and is Friday April 8 and Saturday April 9. Plan now to save a date to help wiith delivery.

Tom Piskor has provided a copy of our constitution and by laws for each member. Please pick up your copy at a meeting. It is good to know the guidelines of our club and how we must operate.


Your Nomination Committee is at work planning a slate of officers and board members for the 2011-2012 Lions year. You are welcome to run for any office either as a committee recomendation or a nomination from the floor. Let Chairman Mike Weyenberg know if you are interested.

Bring in a new member: friend, fellow worker, church acquaintance, etc. There are many prospects you contact daily. Bring the prospect to a meeting, and the club pays for lunch the first time for the prospect (just ask for a guest ticket). Get an application from Secretary Tom, have it filled out. Hand it in to any officer to get Board approval. After that your prospect pays his/her dues which are prorated from $80.00 July 1 so the total is a bargain right now.

Fox Communities Credit Union has agreed to donate $250.00 toward our dictionary project each year. We thank them for theiir support.

Vol. 88, No 3,       February 7, 2011,       next deadline February 14

Monday, February 14 --- Besides being Valentine's Day, it is a first hand program about the construction happening on the World Trade Center site. Our man on the spot was Charlie Garnier. He will have photos of the progress being made there.

Monday, February 21 --- Our speaker will be Tom Lonsway, co-owner of the Stone Cellar Brewpub. He and his son Steve purchased the Stone Cellar Brewpub in 2004. He is actively involved in the management of the business. His son is the master brewer who runs the brewery while Tom oversees all aspects of the rest of the business.


Looking for a few good men and women to lead us are Nominations Committee Chairman Mike Weyenberg, and Otto Cox, Sid Kroeger, Ralph Acker and Dick Novitske. Let any one of them know if you are interested in this exceptional opportunity to serve. Contributions from your Political Action Committee to Lions Pride may influence them.

If you must have a Lions license plate, see our state paper for details. Plan ahead, April 30 is Workday at Lions Camp. State Convention will be in Appleton May 20, 21. This was the lead story in the state paper with a photo of the rear of the apartments on Olde Oneida Street. While our club suggested we could help put on the golf tournament at Winnegamie Golf Course owned by member Mary Beth, the Sherwood Golf Course was picked.

Many Happy Returns! Members with birthdays in February are: Bob Simon, Tom Gasman, Dottie Piskor, Sandy Buettner and Jim Pleuss.

All members invited to the Board Meeting at 11:00am, Monday, February 14 at the Grand Meridian. See how your club is run, check the financial report.

Candy sale grossed $466.00 thanks to the efforts of all who worked there.

ROSE SALE: Get posters, order forms at meeetings. Now is the time to sell, with a dozen delivered for only $15.00. Last sale date is Thursday, March 17.

Vol. 88, No.2,       January 24, 2011,       next deadline January 31

Monday, January 31 --- That familiar last name belongs to Greg Pawlak, Senior Vice President of RBC Dain Rauscher, and son of Lion Ken. His talk will be on the stock market in general.

Monday, February 7 --- Our speaker will be Jennifer Stephany, Executive Director of Appleton Downtown, Inc. ADI if a non-profit community coalition dedicated to an economically strong, safe, attractive and exciting downtown. Find out what is happening to make it that way.


Given on 5 year anniversaries of when members joined: 10 years, Otto Cox, Tom Loveall, 15, Ed Schmidt, 20, Ron Dunlap, 25, Bill Sund, 35, Joe Ferris and 60, Dude Hahn. Each member received a pin and certificate.

Welcome to our newest members. Jim Pleuss is sponsored by Howie Pleuss and Mark Bertrand is sponsored by Tom Gasman. WELCOME!

Sick call, Dude Hahn recovering from back surgery, Tom Loveall coming along after knee surgery, Kenny Lang at home.


Pick up order blanks and posters at meetings. Turn in money and orders at meetings. One dozen, delivered for $15.00 is a bargain.

Our club, thanks to your work on projects donated $1050 to Wisconsin Lions Foundation, $400 to Leader Dogs, $200 to Juvenile Diabetes Foundation, $100 to Mission to Mexico, $500 to Lions Pride (Lions Camp endowment), $500 to Lions Eyebank.

We donated $125 toward a wheel chair ramp which the Grand Chute Club buillt for a resident on Drew St.

Like to run things? Nominations for officers and Board coming up. Let an officer know you are interested.

Vol. 88, No.1,       January 10, 2011,       next deadline January 24

Happy New Year!

Congratulations to our 2010 Lion of the Year James Cronmiller for his many years as Co-chair of the Rose Sale. Not resting on his laurels, he starts the club off with the 2011 Roses for Spring Sale. A dozen cost $15.00 delivered. Pick up order forms and marching orders at meetings.

Monday, January 17 --- A different type of program by Asja Grater on the virtues and positive effects of laughter.

You are invited to come at 11:00am January 17 to sit in on our Board Meeting. See how your club is run and look at our finances. Decisions here may affect your life (like when the Candy Sale is held).

Monday, January 24 --- Author Suzanne Waters-Sund (wife of Lion Tamer Bill) will speak on her book, "He Calmed Troubled Waters".

Eighty one members and guests attended our Egg Nog Party. Past President Mike Weyenberg received recognition from our District Governor. Lions International recognized Dave Cooper and Tom Piskor for bringing in a new member in 2010. The following day donations to the veterans at King were delivered along with $347.00 in cash collected at the party. This is used to purchase items for veterans who canıt afford them.

A BIG thank you to the committee and all who made the Egg Nog Party such a great success.


Friday January 21 and Saturday, January 22 are the dates of the sale.. It will be held at Festival Foods on Northland Avenue. Hours are 9:00am to 4:00pm. You are asked to sign up for a shift at our meeting. Tom Gasman (734-9041 or 730-3333) is arranging for the candy. The club can make a good profit to help with charitable projects.

February Program Chairmen are Charlie Garnier and Dale Schaber. (Please get programs to Editor Rik 2-3 weeeks ahead for the Snort). Greeters are Tom O'Hearn and Dick Novitske.

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