(2016 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. 92 No. 24,     December 14, 2016

Just love the Christmas season and all of the festivities. The Appleton Noon Lions are in the spirit and offering their candy for stocking stuffers at the local Festival Foods store. We thank Festival Foods for giving us the space at this very busy time of the year and thank the Lions that are doing the selling.

We enjoyed a very informative presentation regarding Project Search that assists our citizens with some special needs find careers. Very rewarding program.

At the board meeting December 11, 2016 results of the hearing survey were reviewed and it as suggested that that we learn more about the loop portable system on January 16, 2017 at 11:00 am before our regular meeting. All interested are asked to attend.

In the new year we will explore the collaboration with the Delta Gamma Sorority at Lawrence University for sight screening that we do in the Appleton School System.

We are also reminded that ideas are needed for the Lions Centennial Project. Share thoughts with Lion Daphne.

We are also looking forward to our EggNog Party On December 19, 2016 at which time we will offer our grants to the local nonprofits that work hard through the year helping our citizens. Come celebrate with us at 11:30 am and let the fun begin.

On December 20. 2016 the Appleton Noon Lions will visit the Grand Old Army Hospital in King, Wi laden with wonderful donations for our veterans. Lunch after a tour at King's table will be enjoyed by those in attendance.

These events will close out our 2016 activities for we will not have meetings on December 26 nor on January 2, 2017.

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year to all our Lions and let 2017 be a roaring success for all of our projects.

Vol. 92 No. 23,     December 6, 2016

We are preparing for our Egg Nog party, December 19, by inviting family and friends including our grant recipients for 2016.

This year the grants committee has selected the following agencies:

Boys and Girls Club $1000
COTS $1000
Harbor House $1000
Homeless Connection $1000
Housing Partnership $1000
LEAVAN $1000
NAMI $1000
St. Joseph Food Pantry $1000
Warming Center $1000
Big Brothers and Big Sisters $500
Community Clothes Closet $500
Valley Memory Project $500
Fox Valley Veterans Council Veterans emergency fund $500
Salvation Army $500
Mother and Unborn Baby Care (Earn while you learn) $500

The Boys and Girls Club and the Salvation Army grants are to be given as part of matching grant days. Remember these funds all come from the Senior Expo earning and we should be pleased that the work we put in will help our community non profits. Way to go Lions--now that's a ROAR!

Another notable roar will come from our trip to King with loads of goods for the Veterans Home. Meeting at Sharron Huss's home on December 20, at about 9:00 am, the caravan will proceed to King, deliver goods, tour the beautiful facilities and lunch at King's Table before returning to Appleton. What a very important mission and interesting day awaits those that can make the trip.

The Appleton Noon Lions were pleased to have Mayor Tim Hanna lunch with us and bring us up to date on the plans for major projects in Appleton. The Exhibition Center is beginning with a unique plan to access Jones Park. This added value will enhance downtown and the surrounding area. Building under the College Avenue Bridge is another example of creative use of land along the river and will hold the first Marriott Hotel in the area. The Foremost Dairy site along the river is to be developed into assisted living units and the river lock site will see a River History and Lock Visitor Center. A Task Force is charged with planning for Thompson Center on Lourdes and is looking at different models to accommodate the older adult programing that has become so important to our community. On top of all of these wonderful projects, the Mayor stated that the plans for Trinity Church and Michael's Banquet site will be announced in the near future.

Our area in Wisconsin is very blessed to have generous businesses and a very health not-for-profit community. We heard from Renee Waterman of Thrivent Financial about the Action Teams and how they give back to our community. She is involved in the Caregiver Coalition that empowers families as they transition from spouse or child to caregiver with much needed support.

We Lions take on so many opportunities to give and help and Daphne Kennett is looking for ideas to let others know what Lions do. She would like to seriously think of and develop a Lion Centennial Projects that projects what our clubs do for our area. Start thinking...

President Tim Barnes is calling a Board meeting Monday, December 12, 2016 at 11:00 am. One topic will be the results of the hearing survey. All are welcome to attend. See you there.

Vol. 92 No. 22,     November 21, 2016

Appleton Noon Lions has had a busy couple of weeks. We had a board meeting November 14, 2016 with a treasurer's report showing that we are financially sound and ready to award grants at the Egg Nog Party. The following week--today--the grant's committee met and agreed on disbursement. Later, at the regular meeting, the Appleton Noon Lions Board of Directors agreed to the list and amount. We are disbursing $12,000 in grants to community agencies all from our Senior Expo. Way to go Lions!

Lions Kennett, Nienhaus, and Strelow attended the recent district convention at Green Lake and nominated Lion Lee for the position of 1st Vice District Governor. They participated and enjoyed the educational presentations especially the Blind Sailors program. Ask them about this if you get a chance. You might also want to know about the puppies trained as service dogs. Fascinating and the ladies have pamphlets on the programs. They suggested that attendance gave them a fuller view of being a Lion and are proud of all the services we provide.

On Nov. 14 we heard about another service available in our area. The Clothes Closet serves struggling families by providing free clothing to those in need to prepare for work interviews, work, or school. This service allows them to use their limited funds on other basic necessities.

Today, we heard from two of our new members and how they found themselves to the Appleton Noon Lions. Sara Strelow grew up with the Lions with both mother and father in leadership positions in their local Lions Club. After establishing herself in Appleton, she decided to join the Appleton Noon Lions and experienced her first State Lions Convention with her parents. Very memorable..

Lion Katie Bradfield also had a compelling story about her life and desire to be a Lion. Both she and her husband completed advanced degrees in psychology and worked together in their field. But, Katie's husband started losing sight at age 12 and wasn't able to advance in school until a Lion in his community assisted him in being matched with a trained service dog. That kindness and dog helped him through his BA, MA, and PhD. They met during the schooling and the rest is history and heart warming and we now have the honor of working with a dedicated Lion who has seen the results of what we do!

Up coming events:

December 5, 2016 we will meet at Liberty Hall--same time--regular meeting

December 19, 2016 Egg Nog Party--com and meet our grant recipients--regular meeting time. Entertainment will be the Fox Valley Flute Choir under the direction of Patricia George.

December 20, 2016 annual trip to the Grand Army Home at King. We'll meet about 9:00 am, tour the facility, distribute donations and lunch at King's Table before returning early afternoon.

December Programs: Mary Beth and Bob Randa

December Greeters: Rik Madisen and David Lee

But for now, let's concentrate on a Happy and Safe Thanksgiving!!

Vol. 92 No. 21,     November 8, 2016

The fall continues to be enlightening for our Appleton Noon Lions.

The Appleton International Airport is a major economic enhancer for our area. Pat Tracey, the Airport Marketing Manager explained that the customs office at the airport handles passengers coming in on corporate jets owned by the companies that do business or want to do business in the Fox Cities. This service attracts new business and make doing work here easier.

The Appleton International Airport also has done 38 Old Glory Honor Flights serving over 3000 local vets! Our airport also celebrates Make a Wish flights and has started Wings for All assisting families dealing with autism prepare for flights.

The following week we heard from Dan Balliet who was a social studies teacher at Wilson Jr. High School but spent his summers working on an 186 acre family owned tree farm in Waushara County. Dan's father, who was POW survivor of WWII purchased the acreage in 1958 and made into a family enterprise that not only kept the family close but also a successful venture. Fascinating...

On to other business, Lion David Lee reports that we have completed the Menasha vision screening with over 2000 children screened. Lion Daphne Kennett reminds us of the ideas for the Centennial Project. Get your ideas to her. Lion Sharron Huss had a good experience working with the Grand Chute Lions club and Lion Adam Berg. He assisted a wheelchair bound client of Sharron's with ramps to access her condo. Sharron wrote a thank you note mentioning that "This is what Lions do! Helping others!"

Should you wish to purchase a Lion sweatshirt or other Lion wear, contact Lion Tom O'Hearn. He is preparing an order.

On November 14 we will hear from Diane Mc Donald from the Community Clothes Closet. November 21st we will catch up on some of our new members and November 28 we'll hear Appleton news from Mayor Tim Hanna. Plus we will get a report on the convention in Green Lake and, of course, the Thanksgiving events of our members. Always entertaining and enjoyable--that's the Appleton Noon Lions!!

Vol. 92 No. 20,     October 24, 2016

The Lion Clubs International are celebrating their centennial. We, as members, are charged to celebrate this event with a major project in our communities. Get creative and bring ideas to Lion Daphne next week at the board meeting.

Lion Charlie Garnier reported that he delivered 2700 pairs of eye glasses to Rosholt, WI and still has 700 pair to be delivered. Way to go.

Lion David Lee reports that vision screening has bee completed for 14804 children in the last 2 1/2 years. We have completed or commitment to Head Start and to the Menasha School District. We will continue sharing the service with Butte des Morts club doing the Winneconne Schools nrxt week.

Last week we heard about the mental health services offered by Homeless Connections through a moving talk by Rosemary Fraser and this week we heard from Former Outagamie County Executive Toby Paltzer. He talked about partnerships on projects such as the law enforcement/fire fighter learning center out by the Appleton International Airport and its impact on the area. He emphasized the need for local governments to cooperate with each other to the benefit of the constituents. Would it be nice if federal governments could work like this?

October 31, 2016 we will hear from either Abe Weber, Appleton International Airport Manager or Pat Tracey, Airport Sales Manager. The effect of the "International designation" will be discussed.

Monday, November 7, 2016: Del Schuh, introduces Mr. Daniel Balliet speaking on The story of a family tree farm in Wisconsin.

Monday, November 14, 2016: Charlie Garnier, introduces Diane McDonald speaking on The Community Clothes Closet.

Monday, November 21,2016: Charlie Garnier, introduces newer members Sarah Stehlow, Kathryn Bradfield, and Stevie Schmidt to tell us about themselves.

Monday, November 28, 2016: Del Schuh, introduces Mayor Tim Hanna to speak whats happening in the City of Appleton.

November holds six birthdays: Del Schuh, Mary Jo Mohr, Penny Schaber, Jerry Breen, Stevie Schmidt, Tin Bauer.

November Greeters: Mike Weyenberg and Sharron Huss

Vol. 92 No. 19,     October 14, 2016

We have had an eventful and educational October thus far and plan to continue the trend for the rest of the month.

Monday, October 17, 2016, we will hear from Rosemary Fraser who is a certified peer counselor at Homeless Connections. I believe you will find her presentation regarding the mental health issues facing our community homeless enlightening. The more we understand this population the better we are able to assist in the stability of our community.

October 24, 2016 we will hear from Former Outagamie County Executive Toby Paltzer who will talk about the development of the partnership between FVTC and Outagamie County for the emergency services training facility located by the airport, that we have toured. This is just one of the partnerships Toby formed while county executive. He believes local government is the best form of government because it is non-partisan and is basically neighbor cooperating with neighbor to enhance the area. He also has a great sense of humor.

October 31, 2016 is not confirmed yet but I am hopeful that the Appleton International Airport Director Abe Weber will be with us. Abe will discuss the impact of the "International" designation on the airport and entire Fox Valley area.

The September 2016 issue of National Geographic contains an article entitled "The End of Blindness". It states that roughly one in every 200 people on earth can't see. That is 39 million people.

I believe our mission is critical! Way to go Lions--lets roar.

Vol. 92 No. 18,     September 20, 2016

We had a very successful Senior Living Expo and what an experience in planning, organizing, and pulling it all together. The Appleton Noon Lions should be proud of the results. We had 747 in attendance and raised $497 in Packer Football raffle tickets both of which are records. A further accounting will be made after we are all settled but it appears that we did well. This is our charity fund and we look forward to granting these donations at the Eggnog Party in December. We are surveying the vendors for suggestion on how to improve, however, the comments from the attendees were most encouraging that we have met an important niche for our senior citizens.

Our next project is the donation of dictionaries to all third graders in Appleton Public and Parochial Schools. When we get the final number, we will deliver.

Lion Dave Lee has received acceptance for Lion Leadership Training in Huston, TX. We look forward to his report on the training which is in preparation of his transition to becoming a District Governor.

And we continue with our mission regarding sight. Eye tissue transport in August consisted of 18 transports. Thank you to those that dispatched and transported. We are gearing up for the new school year with scheduling eye exams for the children. Huntley has requested that we do the entire school! We have the opportunity to borrow an exam machine from Greenville Lions which will assist us greatly. Menasha has offered financial assistance to the program so that we can do some of their schools.

It was also noted that Grand Chute Lion Adam Berg is the contact should we receive a request for a house ramp for the handicapped. So far he has made 272 such ramps and because of the cost of lumber and supplies, charges $300.

Today, we heard from Monance Clare from St. Joe's Food Program. This organization, consisting of 8 part-time employees and 300 volunteers effects approximately 1000 families in a week in the Fox Cities area. The organization started at St. Joe's Catholic Church in 1982 with then idea that unused foods could relieve the hunger of those unable to feed their families. The organization coordinates with other food pantries and shares the wealth so that feeding the hungry in our communities becomes a reality. To read more about this organization, go to

We are looking forward to a "magical" presentation on September 26, 2016 when we welcome Tom Boldt to our club. Tom is not only President of Boldt Co. but also extremely knowledgeable of an Appleton notable Harry Houdini.

October is looking interesting also with Fox Valley Symphony addressing us October 3, 2016. This is their 50th year!

October 10th we will hear from Chris Dearing about Wisconsin Public Radio.

Appleton Noon Lions is a very active and informed organization!!

Vol. 92 No. 17,     August 30, 2016

The August picnic was a success and all had good food and a good time. I gauge the success by the fact that all of the desserts were gone! Thank you Sara and Karl who got the beer and all the other volunteers and servers. Rik Madisen was the grand prize winner. Congrats Rik.

Our last meeting of August offered a presentation of the history of water in Appleton-where it came from then and noe. Did you know that the Appleton Water District Facility is in Menasha? Chis Shaw explained why that is and how we progressed from well to the river to Lake Winnebago. Fascinating and reassuring that we have safe and clean water at our disposal every day.

A reminder that we will not have a meeting on September 5, 2016 and that the Senior Living Expo is September 14, 2016, leaving only one meeting between to iron out and details and review assignments.

Birthdays for September: George Hahn, Sherri McNamara, Erik Adams
Greeters for September: Joe Ferris and Carol Jansen
September Programs: Ed Ogurek and Tom O'Hearn

Have a safe Labor Day and enjoy the warm weather while it still is with us.

Vol. 92, No. 16,     August 16, 2016

The planning for the Senior Living Expo, September 14, 2016, to be held at the Player's Choice on County Rd JJ, is progressing nicely. We have all but 8 booths filled and these may be filled by Expo time. Walgreen's will be doing the health checks, blood pressure, and flu shots. Volunteers are scheduled and the coffee and donuts are ordered. Remember, we need to be there at 7:15 am and the Expo ends at 12:15 with the drawing of the grand prize. Bob Randa and Bob Simon will make their TV debut on channel 5 early morning show (6:00 am) the week before the event. Check the TV guide for this performance. And the placemats at Golden Basket will advertise the event for the two weeks prior to the event--pick up your copy at the restaurant and try not to spill syrup on it!

Another date to calendar--Monday, August 22, 2016, there will be no noon meeting but the NOON LIONS FAMILY PICNIC will take place at Plamann Park starting at 5:00 pm. Five dollars per family and raffle prizes plus great food and corn on the cob. Come and bring family and friends!

In the last two weeks, the noon Lions have had very informative and entertaining speakers. First, we heard from Julie Krause the director of the Appleton Education Foundation. The foundation fills niche project funding that enhances the Appleton school system. Our educators donate through payroll deductions and the funds are under the umbrella of the Community Foundation.

Jim Krueger, a history hobbyist, presented his film of "Twenty Years Ago" which made us all remember how it was in Appleton 20 years ago. He also shared the history of his family that survived the Great Depression. What a contrast between the 1930's and just 20 years ago.

Vol. 92, No. 15,     August 1, 2016

Yes! It is August and the Appleton Noon Lions are busy with planning some major events.

The Senior Living Expo, one of our largest fund raisers, offers valuable information to our senior citizens. It was suggested that the Lions advertise the Expo on place mats of restaurants frequented by the seniors, and being loyal Lions, this group had to scope out the plan! No decision was made, but I understand that the pancakes were very good.

We will get an update on the Expo planning at 11:00 am, August 15, 2016 prior to our regular meeting. All are invited to attend. remember this is an important fund raiser and a value to our community.

Other planning of events include our annual golf outing, August 29, 2016, at Winnegamie Golf Course, and our family picnic at Plamann Park on August 22, 2016. For the family picnic we are asked to bring raffle prizes and a desert. The raffle tickets will be sold at the picnic at $1/one or 6 for $5. the picnic entrance will be $5 per family.

At the last meeting of July we were informed of the working of COTS and the first meeting of August gave us an understanding of Leaven and how these two organization benefit our residents and interface with each other. Both agencies mentioned the impact of disability, either physical or mental, on the problems encountered by those living in less than stable environments in our community. Both agencies also work with a coalition of 29 agencies working with this population so that the needs are met but not duplicated. It should be noted that our fund raising benefits these agencies.

Our new members have received their formal orientation and we are expecting good things from them. As a matter of fact, Sara Strelow is already at work planning our Lions Family Picnic! Way to go Sara.

We celebrated the return of two members recovering from surgeries--Mary Beth Nienhaus and Carol Jansen are back and ready to enjoy the rest of summer. It was good to see them both.

August Lion Birthdays: Karl Blahnik, George Schmit, Bob Randa, Gerry Edinger, Kathyrn Bradfield, Anne Adams

Greeters for August are Ed Ogurek and Sherri McNamara.

Program for August are planned by Dave Lee and Bob Simon

Vol. 92, No. 14,     July 20, 2016

We started our new year with a Lions board meeting but that was just the beginning of our month of fun!

We also awarded perfect attendance pins and were most surprised to find out that we have a forty year and a sixty year member. Del Schuh has been a member for 40 yrs and Rik Madisen received a Special Service Award for 60 yrs of service to the Lions. Thank you for your dedication and knowledge. It was noted that Rik has been doing the Snort for 56 of those years. I will try my best but I know I don't have 56 years left!

Before our next meeting, July 25, 2016, we will have a Senior Living Expo Planning meeting at 11:00 am, but at this point we have 32 vendors signed up and we may have a party for administrating flu shots. Mark your calendars--EXPO Sept. 14, 2016 at Player's Choice.

Macy's is generously helping us with dictionary fun raising. Don't forget your $5 coupons good for use August 26-August 28 just in time for back to school shopping. We each have four to either sell or buy as gifts for family and friends.

Reminder: T-Rats game is scheduled for Aug. 8 but we need 20 people to attend and we have yet to reach that number. If interested-sign up next week.

Our program coordinator have really exceeded expectations these last two weeks.

First we had a very interesting presentation from the ladies at Trout Museum. Their permanent collection and the special seasonal offerings are enticing and the also sponsor Art in the Park coming up July 31, 2016.

At the last meeting we not only had our District Governor Tom Berendes and wife Rose with us but also had Cody Splitt as a guest speaker. The Governor swore in officers and new members as well reporting on National Lions event. And Cody thoroughly entertained us with her 95+ years of memories of the great depression, her service as a WAVE during WWII, her entrance into law school in 1946, and her career as well as the people she met throughout the years. A very enjoyable day. .

Following is the perfect attendance roster.

Monday, July 11, 2016, the Appleton Noon Lions, commemorating the new business year, presented the following awards:


One Year Pins
Tom Barnes, Karl Blahnik, Jerry Breen, Otto Cox, Ron Dunlap, Gerry Edinger, Joe Ferris, Charlie Garnier, Sharron Huss, Mark Keller, Daphne Kennett, Sid Kroeger, Mary Mohr, Ron Mohr, Dick Novitske, Tom O’Hearn, Blaine Priebusch, Mike Weyenberg.
Five Year Pins
Ralph Acker, Carolyn Cox, David Lee, Bob Simon.
Ten Year Pins
Ed Ogurek, Bob Randa, George Schmit.
Fifteen Year Pins
Ken Pawlak
Twenty-five Year Pin
Howard Pleuss
Forty Year Pin
Del Schuh
Sixty Year Pin
Rik Madisen

Rik Madisen Recipient of Special Service for editing and creating the newsletter (SNORT) for 56 Years!!


Vol. 92, No. 13,     July 8, 2016

Welcome to July, 2016, hoping you had a great July 4th with wonderful food, beautiful sunshine and fireworks.

The Appleton Noon Lions also have a firecracker of July programs to offer.

Monday, July 11, we have Kathryn Pheiffer, the Coordinator of Events and Ed Education for Trout Museum to inform us of the many activities coming up at the museum.

Monday, July 18, we have two honored guests sharing lunch with us. First, our District Governor, Tom Berendes from Oxford, WI will swear in our new officers and induct our new members.

We are also honored to have Attorney Cody Splitt with us. She is a WWII vet, an accomplished attorney, and a county board supervisor. She will share some of her most meaningful memories from her 95+ years.

Monday, July 25, we will hear from COTS, how the service is supported and insight into the population they serve.

Planning for the 19th Annual Senior Living Expo, to be held Sept. 14th at Players Choice continues. Contact Lions Randa or Simon to see how you can be involved.

The Appleton Noon Lions club members are also looking forward to our picnic for family and friends at Plamman Park, August 22, and a Timber Rattler's game. More information on these events will be forth coming.

August is also our month for eye tissue transfer and Lion Schuh will be training members who are new to the program.

We are a very active club!!

Vol. 92, No. 12,     June 20, 2016,     Next deadline Monday, June 27

OUR CLUB was named the recipient of the 2016-2017 Appleton Association of School Administrator’s Friend of Education Award. This is in recognition of the work Dave Lee, Sue Lee and 23 other members have done in screening over 13,000 students for eye problems. The Award was also in recognition of the dictionary program led by Bob Randa. Congratulations!!!

Monday, June 27 — Our speaker will be Gwen Hinzman Sargent, an officer with the Fox Cities Cycling Association. She will share their work with us.

Have a nice July 4th, but not with our club.

Monday, July 11 — Kathryn Pfeiffer is Coordinator of Events and Education at the Trout Museum. Take a look at the many things the Museum offers.


Meet and greet these new members: Erick and Anne Adams, Sara Strelow and Judy Knaus.

As of July 1, your 2016-17 dues are due. Same as last year, $85.00. Our new officers and Board take over also on July 1. The new committee booklet will be out soon.

Coming up: We will transport eyes in August. If you want to join the list, let Del Schuh kn know. Our family picnic is coming in August also.

Celebrating birthdays in July are Uncle Sam on the 4th and Mike Tassoul and Carolyn Cox. We wish Mike good health.

Your Snort Editor as of July 1 is Sherri McNamara working with General Program Chairman Mark Keller. Mark will see that monthly Program Chairmen get the information to Sherri three weeks ahead so the Snort can come out on time.

Vol. 92, No. 11,     June 6, 2016,     Next deadline June13

It’s over! We hosted a wonderful State Lions Convention. "Go to" person Sue Lee (assisted by Dave) ran registration. Blaine Priebusch hosted a seminar. Lots of club members did their share. THANKS TO ALL WHO HELPED.

Monday, June 6 —Bring a guest or prospective member to hear Dr. Dean Gruner. He will be speaking on the ”Proposed Theda Care Regional Medical Center. This has been in the news for the last few months.

Monday, June 13 — Our speakers will be Laura Magstadt, Regional Vice President of Operations-Ministry Eastern Region, and Heather Schimmers, Vice President of Patient Services, St. Elizabeth Hospital. Ministry Health Care, including Affinity Health System, is part of Ascension Wisconsin, an integrated healthcare delivery system with 27 hospitals, 114 primary care clinics, 24,000 associates and more than 1000 medical group physicians.

Monday, June 20 — Lt. Jeff Miller, Head of Community Resources Unit of the Appleton Police Department will speak about, “Methamphetamine, Who Uses It, When and How.”

Sara Strelow is sponsored by Daphne Kennett. Erick Adams and Anne Adams are sponsored by Tom O’Hearn. Sit with these “cubs” and make them welcome.

Vol. 92, No. 10,     May18, 2016,     Next deadline may 22

No meeting Memorial Day.

Monday, June 6 —Bring a guest or prospective member to hear Dr. Dean Gruner. He will be speaking on the ”Proposed Theda Care Regional Medical Center. This has been in the news for the last few months.

Gaye Tassoul notes that Mike has cancer which has invaded his brain. It affects memory and other functions. Our club has sent a card signed by members. Contact him through email. He is at Prairie Home in the Town of Menasha on Midway Road. Prayers would be appreciated.

Rose sale net is $1,714 so far. Candy sales to date $2,422. Thanks to all who have helped bring this money in to the club.

If you want to spend some money, Secretary Tom O’Hearn has vests,$ 30-40; wind shirts, $20; Fleece vests, $20; Polo shirts, $20; Sweatshirts, $20-25; Baseball caps, $10.

Over 600 Lions are preregistered for the convention. Thanks to all who helped with it.

New committee lists are coming. For June, Greeters are Carolyn Cox and Gerry Edinger. Program Chairpersons are Otto Cox and Mary Jo Mohr. (Please get programs to Editor Rik three weeks ahead.)

Do you have any graduates? We’d like to list them. Joe Ferris has a grandson and granddaughter graduating from college. Rik Madisen has a grandson graduating from high school.

Vol. 92, No. 9,     May 2, 2016,     Next deadline May 9


Monday, May 9 — Janet Fowler ad Janelle White of American Automobile Association Travel will be our speakers.

The Board may or may not (at this writing) meet at 11:00am at Liberty Hall May 9.

Monday, May 16 at 11.00am at the Grand Meridian will be a Senior Living EXPO meeting for the EXPO committee. The regular club meeting will be on planning and organization for the state convention.

Monday, May 23 — Find out what treasures we have in new members when they give short biographies.

No meeting on Memorial Day May 30.

More volunteers are still needed for the Lions State Convention May 19, 20, 21 at the Paper Valley Hotel since our club is the host. See President Daphne or Dave Lee for an assignment.

Gerry Edinger noted that the last weekend of candy sales brought in $720,00. Congrats to the candy salespersons.

WELCOME NEW MEMBER Kathryn Bradfield. Be sure to greet her at meetings.

If you have preferences for the committees you will be appointed to for the 2016-17 Lions year, let incoming President Tom Barnes know NOW.

Vol. 92, No.8,     April 18, 2016,     Next deadline May 2

We meet at Liberty Hall May 2 and 9th on East College Ave.

Monday, April 25 - Our speaker will be Marie Van Lanen, President of the Fox Cities Performing Arts Center. The best entertainment around is at the PAC, find out how it gets to Appleton.

Monday, May 2 - Jenni Kudlinger and Amy Jo Christinson of Victim Crises Responders will tell about this important task. They are trained by law enforcement officers.

THANKS to all the Lions who delivered our portion of the 317 dozen roses sold, 30 dozen total over last year and to Chairman Mark Keller who put the sale together.

You can win big if you have a lucky Wisconsin State Lions lottery ticket -$10.00 from Daphne at the meetings.

Sign up sheets have been passed around at meetings concerning working, registration, meals at the Lions State Convention at the Paper Valley Hotel May 19, 20, 21. Still time to help out.

Those who pick up used eyeglasses for Charlie Garner, please be sure his name and phone number are on the collection boxes.

Golfers, the state tournament will be May 19. Check at our meetings to sign up.

Congratulations to our 2016-17 Officers and Board elected in March:
President Tom Barnes Past President Daphne Kennett
1 st VP Mark Keller 2nd VP Mary Beth Nienhaus
3rd VP Ron Dunlap Seaetary Tom O'Hearn
Assistant Secretary Del Schuh Treasurer Blaine Priebusch
Tailtwister Sid Kroeger Lions Tamers Jerry Edinger and Dick Novitske
Directors: 1 year, Mike Weyenberg and Dale Schaber
2 years, Ken Pawlak and Charlie Garnier
3 years, Carol Jansen and Sharron Huss

Happy May Birthdays to Lions: Ralph Acker, Otto Cox, Ken Pawlak, Ron Mohr, Mary Beth Nienhaus and Sue Lee. Congratulations and many more!!!

May Greeters are Sharron Huss and Mary Jo Mohr. Program Chairperson for May is Sharron Huss.

Vol. 92, No. 7,     April 4, 2016,     Next deadline April 18

A great windup for March programs. Our own third VP, Mary Beth Nienhaus told us about her mission trip to Peru.

Monday, April 11 — Get a first hand look at the many things the Salvation Army does to help the needy. Major David Minks will be our speaker. Remember our club donates ($1000.00) to the Salvation Army from Senior EXPO income.

Monday, April 18 — SOAR of the Fox Cities will be our program.The organization provides programs and services to individuals with developmental disabilities.

You sold 290 dozen roses as of the March 24 sale end. Now these need to be delivered on Saturday April 16. If you can drive and deliver, sign up at he meeting.

You probably saw the Human Race flyer in the paper. The race is Saturday April 30. If you can pick up sponsors and participate, our club keeps 75% of this total.

Raffle tickets for the State Lions Convention are $10.00 and our President has them. If you know of a firm that might support the convention by advertising in the Program Book, you did receive a form with this information. Deadline is April 15. Dave Lee has this information.

Vol. 92, No. 6,     March 21, 2016,     Next deadline April 4

Sorry, no March programs at deadline.

Monday, April 4 — Our speaker will be Jody Ashenbrenner, Registered Nurse. She will tell us about " Mothers and Unborn Baby Care”. You will remember that we donated $500.00 to this non-profit last December.

WELCOME BACK TOM O’HEARN, looking good, but he did not make the Packers cut.

If you get some pledges for The Human Race, our club keeps 75% of them. Check with President Daphne for forms.

ROSE SALE winds up, last day to sell is March 24. Order blanks and posters available at the meetings. Total sold as of March 14 was 161. Turn in orders and money to Mark Keller. He will have a sign up sheet for those who can help with delivery Saturday, April 16. Thanks to all who sold roses at Ace Hardware March 12 and 13. Candy was sold there also. Total candy sales is around $2549.00 with a net of around $1100.00 to date.

Dave Lee says that the fame of his vision screening program in Appleton has brought requests for screening in Menasha and Oshkosh and Head Start.

Charlie Garnier has a revised list of used eyeglasses pickup up locations. If you can help with some locations let him know. Hearing aids can also be donated for recycling.

Nominations will be accepted from the floor when the Nominating Committee presents its slate for next year March 21. Now is your chance.

“Unlock the Magic of Lionism” is the theme of the State convention at the Paper Valley May 19, 20, 21. 600 are expected. If you want to take an ad in he convention booklet, flyers are available at our meeting. Raffle tickets are also available for $10.00, three for $25.00.

Our club donated $200.00 toward the Marigold Mile Project and our name will be on a sign at the start of the mile.

Program Chairmen, don’t forget to ask your speaker if he/she might be interested in joining this fine group of Lions.

Vol. 92, No. 5,     March 7, 2016 ,     Next deadline March 14

Sorry no programs at deadline.

March 24 is your last date to sell roses — one dozen for $15.00. Order blanks and posters at meetings. Delivery will be April 16. Now is the time to wind this up, contact your remaining prospects and turn in orders and money to Chairman Mark Keller. Help will be needed to deliver roses sold. Roses will be sold at Ace Hardware on Northtland Ave. Saturday, March 12.

Gerry Edinger brought in (with a lot of help) $750.00 from candy sales.

Secretary Tom O’Hearn is doing well after surgery and we hope to see him back soon.

Used eyeglasses pickup chairman Charlie Garnier is looking for some help in picking up glasses from the area. These are at eye doctors, some stores, etc.

Important: Our incoming president will be assigning members to committees soon. If you have a preference for certain committees, now is the time to let Tom Barnes know.

Dave Lee reports that eye screening is going well, he also can use more help, and that some screening was done in Winneconne schools.

A great raffle coming with more April birthdays. Celebrating are Rod Wolf, Blaine Priebusch, Joe Ferris, Rik Madisen and President Daphne Kennett. Many Happy Returns!!!

April program chairmen are Charlie Garnier and Ron Dunlop. Greeters are Rik Madisen and Dave Lee. As always, get programs to Editor Rik three weeks ahead of time.

Vol. 92, No. 4,    February 22, 2016 ,    Next deadline March 7

Monday, February 29 — Ever heard of the Wild Ones (no, not the Tailtwister)? Loris Damerow, President of the Fox Valley Area Chapter of Wild Ones, a former Master Gardner, professional landscape Designer and civic gardening coordinator will be our speaker. Her topic is “Wild Ones Fox Valley Area”. Find out why native plants are essential in any yard or garden.

Monday, March 7 — Our speaker will be Susan Bach with the Better Business Bureau. It helps to make sure you get your money’s worth and good value for your money.


Major push will be Saturday, March 12 at Ace Hardware on Northland Ave. Sign up with Mark Keller at the meeting. Also there are more order blanks and posters. Turn in money and orders to Mark. This is our second biggest fund raiser and now is the time to bring in orders.

Faithful Secretary Tom O’Hearn had a hip replacement and we sent him a card signed by the club members. Get better fast, we miss you!!

When a new member comes in, now Sharon Huss will provide information about our club and Lions International to them. Among topics will be our famous vision screening;
Dave Lee runs among other things. Dave can use more help, so contact him if you can spare a few hours.

The Human Race will be April 30, 2016. President Daphne would like us to participate in raising money, and our club will keep most of it. Check with her if you are interested.

Celebrating birthdays in March are: Tom O’Hearn, Dale Schaber, Pat Cox and Carol Jansen. Many Happy Returns!

March Greeters are Bob Randa and Howie Pleuss. Program Chairman areTom Barnes and Joe Ferris (as usual, please get programs to Editor Rik three weeks ahead).

Vol. 92, No. 3,    February 8, 2016,    Next deadline February 22


Remember the price is the same as the last two years, a pretty good bargain at $15.00 a dozen beautiful roses. You can specify color and if possible, you can deliver that color. More rose order blanks and posters are available at meetings. Give money and orders to Chaiman Mark Keller. Sign up for selling roses at Ace Hardware, March 12.

Monday, February 15 - Come hear from 57th District Assembly Representative Amanda Stuck, Maybe bring a guest. A lot has happened in Madison. If you disagreed with some of the legislation this is your chance to speak out.

Monday, February 22 - In the news on and off is the famous Marigold Mile on South Oneida Street. Someone must make this happen and that is Joe Sturm, President and co-owner of Fox Valley Nursery, Inc. Mike Turner is a Master Gardner and Volunteer Coordinator for the Marigold Mile.

Dave Lee can use some help screening eyes of our youngest students. Check with him if you can spare a couple hours.

Del Schuh reports that we delivered eyes to Wisconsin Lions Eyebank in January.

Welcome guest February 1 was Dobbie Robertson.

Did you see the photos of our Knight of Sight Bob Simon and Birch Sturm Dave Lee in the State Lion Paper?

If you have a committee you would like to serve on or a particular month you would like to serve as program chairman or greeter, let incoming President Tom Barnes know.

Vol. 92, No. 2,    January 25, 2016,    Next deadline February 1

Monday, February 1 — Abbey Unruh with Reach Out Fox Cities will be our speaker. She has a lot of interesting information on learning for us.

Monday, February 8— Come to hear a program by Julie Filapek, “Neighborhood Partners Program”, a grassroots approach to transforming communities at the neighborhood level. Goodwill Industries is a sponsor with projects at Columbus Elementary in Appleton and Jefferson Park in Menasha as examples.


By the way, speaking of money, at our Christmas party we collected $181.00 for veterans at King and $713.00 at our latest candy sale organized by Gerry Edinger.

Do you like to run things? Let your officers know you are interested in being nominated for 3rd vice president or a three year term as director (2). Nomination Committee meets February 1. If you have a preference for serving on a committee next year, let incoming President Tom Barnes know.

Every member received a packet of 10 Rose Sale forms. A dozen costs $15.00, same as last few years. More forms and posters are available at meetings. Turn in forms, filled out as fully as possible and money to Mark Keller. Now is the time to sell.

Board meets Monday, February 8, 11:00am at the Grand Meridian. All members welcome to sit in.

Happy Birthday to Lions: Bob Simon and Jim Pleuss!!!!

Vol. 92, No. 1,    January 11, 2016,    Next deadline January 18

Famous club members, recognized at our Egg Nog Party. Bob Simon, Knight of Sight. Lions of the Year: Dick Novitske and Ed Ogurek. Congratulations!!

Monday, January 18 — Our speaker will be Haty Milka from the Chamber of Commerce on the educational system. Note, meeting is back at the Grand Meridian. Thanks to Sharon Huss for arrangements at Liberty Hall for the January 4 meeting.

Club members send their sympathy to Sid Kroeger on the recent death of his wife.

We donated $1,000.00 to the Lions Park Fund. We and the evening club are building up a fund to update equipment when needed.

Long time member Elmer Tilque is moving to Green Bay. We’ll miss you !!!

It’s a long way away, but put the date of the 2016 Senior Living EXPO down, September 14, 2016 at Player’s Choice.

Dave Lee would like volunteers to help with screening eyes of students. Last year Dave and his crew screened 7,118 students (total to date 10,436). Of these, 7.51% needed a followup with an eye doctor.

May 20 and 21 are the dates of the Wisconsin Lions Convention to be held at the Paper Valley Hotel. You are asked to sign up to help. Sheet will be available at our meetings.

Mark Keller advises that the Rose Sale information will be available shortly.

Lions recognized by International were Ken Pawlak, 15 years, Ed Ogurek, 10 years, Rik Madisen, 60 years.

February Program Chair persons are Stevie Schmidt and Dale Schaber. Greeters are Tom O’Hearn and Dick Novitske. Please let Editor Rik have programs three weeks ahead.

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