Wisconsin Lions News

Your eyes are like a wonderful camera. They take pictures of the world around you and send those pictures to your brain. For some of us it is not that easy!

The eye condition of Coloboma of the iris (the colored part of the eye) can look like a black notch at the edge of the pupil. This is how the term cat-eye originated. With the condition, many need to wear glasses to correct a refractive error which causes blurred vision. The main visual impact of a coloboma of the iris is light sensitivity. Without full ability to control the amount of light entering the eye, a child may have discomfort and poorer vision in bright light.

For Ty, this is the condition he has had since birth. He finds it extremely important to wear transition lenses. A huge thank you goes out to the Lancaster Lions Club for providing those lenses for Ty. When the club was approached and asked for assistance, they were on board immediately stating, “let's make this happen!” Early in November, Ty received his new transition lenses. According to Ty, “Before I had these, my eyes were being tortured and I was like, AHHHHHH, MY EYES ARE BURNING ALIVE.”

Ms. Price, Ty's teacher states: “Ty is a wonderful kid. He is so kind and caring toward others and always has a smile on his face!” Ty's CESA vision teacher, Ms. Breuer, agrees with his classroom teacher and adds that Ty has an incredible imagination that always puts a different spin on the way you view things. Ty likes to read graphic novels, and he is always putting his ideas into drawings. Maybe someday we will see his name as the author and illustrator of one of those novels. Ms. Breuer states: “Ty is the one who puts a smile on my face!”

The mission of CESA 3, located in Fennimore, is to serve the unique needs of schools and children in Southwest Wisconsin. The agency creates opportunities for schools to work together to share staff, which in turn saves school districts money, but extends opportunities to all children. With the Lions Club's Motto, “We Serve”, what better, than these two entities meeting in the middle to provide the best possible outcome for others. Effective collaboration is about maximizing time, talent and tools to create value, in this case, financial value. Thank You Lancaster Lions Club!

Pictured left to right are Lancaster Lions Club member Tom Davies, Lancaster Lions Club Special Requests Committee Chair Rod Slaght, Ty Leffler, CESA vision teacher Jan Breuer and Lancaster Lions Club Special Requests Committee member Kim Veech.

St Peter Lions Club helps Fond du Lac County with eye screenings
Fond du Lac Reporter - FOND DU LAC - In August 2017, Marian Sheridan, coordinator of School Health & Safety for the Fond du Lac School District, Julie Schmidt of the Fond du Lac County Health Department, and Fred Gebhart, District 27 B1 governor for Wisconsin Lions, met to set up an eye screening program for the Fond ...

Curt Horman receives Melvin Jones Fellowship Award
The Westby Times - Coon Valley Lion Curt Horman was awarded the "Melvin Jones Fellowship" by Past District Governor Cedric Veum. ... In Wisconsin, LCIF funding is also used for Lions Camp, Lions Eye Bank of Wisconsin and the cameras used in the widespread vision screening programs for students in local schools.

You are invited! to Beloit Evening Lions "Dining In The Dark". Experience the world of the blind and visually handicapped by enjoying a four course meal while BLINDFOLDED! A fun and informative evening is waiting for you. A four course meal, "Blind" wine grab, 50/50 raffle, cash bar, and a DJ/MC insure a lively time will be had by all.

Our event is being held Saturday, January 20, 2018, 5:00-9:00pm at the South Beloit Businessmens Hall. Reservations are due by January 14th.

For more information and to make reservations, contact Lion Sandie Storley (President - Beloit Evening Lions.) (608) 365-1155 or email sstorley@att.net.

Fontana Big Foot Lions Club focuses on catching students' eye problems before they get worse
Lake Geneva Regional News - That led to a resolve by the local Lions Clubs to start their own screening programs. As a first step, the area Lions chapters raised $6,000 to purchase a mobile vision screener by a company called Plusoptix of Atlanta.

Lions keep vision health in sight
Milton Courier - Members of the Milton, Edgerton and Verona Lions clubs and others provided free vision screenings for children in the School District of Milton. More than 700 elementary school students were screened by trained Lions club members or a member in training.

Fennimore Lions Club member Len Leis presents Amy Hartline of the Fennimore Food Pantry a check for $500 to help with costs connected to the Pantry.

2017 Christmas Baskets Project
One of longest running projects of the Avoca-Blue River-Muscoda Lions Club has been their Christmas “Baskets”. According to current Project Chair Pat Schneider, in just the past 15 years the Lions have supplied more than $15,000 to local families during the Christmas season. Over the years that works out to be 354 adults and 495 children helped by the annual project. The project organizing begins in October with the collection of family names. During November the committee meets to finalize the lists, addresses and amounts. This year the committee consisted of Project Chair Pat Schneider, Carol Bartlett, Pam Kul-Berg, Molly Schilling, Mary Stanek and Linda Wirtz.

Several years ago the actual food baskets were replaced with certificates to the local grocery store. The change allowed families convenience and to make their own selections of the grocery items. Schneider said this year 18 families were selected by the committee made up of 27 adults and 38 children.

The Lancaster Lions Club recently donated $1000 to the Lancaster Community Schools Food Service Program. Food Service Director Laurie Simmons is accepting the check from Lancaster Lions Past President Ruth Rupnow.

The Lancaster Lions Pasty Bake on December 10 was successful due to the helping organizations including the Lancaster Public Library Foundation and Lancaster P.E.O. Accepting a $500 donation each is Schreiner Memorial Library Director Jennifer Bernetzke, Lion Ruth Rupnow and Susan Metz, P.E.O. The Lancaster Lions next Pasty sale is February 24, 2018.

New Holstein Lions Club donates to Lion Camp
Delta Publications I Want The News - Recently at the New Holstein Lions Club dinner meeting, a check for the Wisconsin Lions Camp was presented to Andrea Yenter, camp director, who was the guest speaker for ... Wisconsin Lions Camp is a camping experience provided free to eligible children and adults with disabilities from Wisconsin.

Judge drops Lions Eye Bank suit against Milwaukee medical examiner
Wisconsin State Journal - A judge has dismissed a lawsuit by Madison-based Lions Eye Bank of Wisconsin against Dr. Brian Peterson, Milwaukee County's medical examiner. ... Darise Langham, executive director of the nonprofit Lions Eye Bank, said Tuesday the judge determined that a state statute requiring tissue banks to ...

Why not be a part of Giving Tuesday?
Swnews4u - ... Soldiers Grove Lions Club is sponsoring a Deer Hide Collection at Royal Bank, Gays Mills, McCormick's Bar & Grill, Rolling Ground, Bill McCormick's residence in Rolling Ground, and TazZee's Wonder Bar, Soldiers Grove. All proceeds from the deer hides will be used for the Wisconsin Lions Camp to ...

Lions Clubs collecting deer hides to raise funds for camp
La Crosse Tribune - Area Lions Clubs are collecting deer hides again this year as part of a statewide campaign to raise money for the Wisconsin Lions Camp, a summer ... The deer-hide collection program began in the seven-county 27-D2 Lions Club district in 2001, with 90 hides collected in the district, out of 2,249 ...

Neshkoro Lions kick off Hides for Kids Campaign
Waushara Argus - The Neshkoro Lions Club has place trailers at five locations around ... If any one is interested in more information regarding the Wisconsin Lions Camp ...

Community Connection: Lioness Club raising money to help community thrive
Kenosha News - One hundred percent of our proceeds are donated back to community groups, including Hospice Alliance, Wisconsin Lions Camp, the National ...

The DeForest Lions Club recognized World Diabetes Awareness Day by giving away bottles of water at DeForest and Windsor businesses. The bottles of water were labeled with WLF Diabetes Awareness stickers and were well received by business owners and their customers!

Wisconsin schools reject controversial scholarship
KOBI-TV NBC5 / KOTI-TV NBC2 - WISCONSIN DELLS, Wis. (WMTV) - A high school in Wisconsin is no longer accepting a $500 scholarship from a local Lions Club after a stipulation ...

Kids Halloween 2017
The Avoca-Blue River-Muscoda Lions Club along with the High School chapter of the Leos hosted their Annual Kids Halloween Party Sunday October 29th. A variety of games were played such as the skill testing Fishing Game, the spooky “Ghost” Bowling and the ever popular Balloon Pop among others. And the best part of course was that winners were awarded candy treats as their prizes. During breaks in the action, a few of the party goers took the time to color pumpkin pictures and try out maze games. The party concluded with a costume contest populated by princesses, vampires, cowboys and other assorted spooky creatures. Prizes were awarded to the first and second place winners.

Waupun Lions learn about service dogs from owner of Jessiffany Canine Services
Fond du Lac Reporter - Prior to moving to Wisconsin,he trained dogs for military use at Lakeland Air ...

Citizenship requirement leads Wisconsin Dells school to drop Lions Club scholarship from program
Baraboo News Republic - A local service organization's annual scholarship won't be available to a Wisconsin Dells student this school year because the scholarship's ...

District Fun Facts
In 2016-17, the average Lion in 27-D1 benefited 245 people (up from 174 the prior year)! Our Lions reported:
  • 3,148 activities
  • 89,267 Lion hours
  • 556,739 total people served.
We also won the Statewide Centennial Eyeglass Challenge by collecting over 65,505 pairs of eyeglasses and averaging 28.98 pairs/member! We will be celebrating this win at the 2018 District Convention March 10-11 at the Chula Vista Resort, Wisconsin Dells.