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Activities and Events Summary - 2013

The Manitowish Waters Lions Club is a vibrant, thriving and progressive club dedicated to public service in the heart of Wisconsin’s northwoods.  Its history is long and its traditions are strong.  The Club sponsors numerous fund raising activities during the year, the proceeds from which are then distributed to the benefit of the greater community.  The motto of the Club is WE SERVE and members of the club are expected to “step up and help out”. 

The Manitowish Waters Lions Club promotes camaraderie and good fellowship.   Members can get to know their neighbor, network and make contacts within the local community.  Whether home grown or transplants to the north woods, all members of the Club bring a wealth of rich and diverse personal stories, life experiences and are easy to get to know.         

The following are a compilation of the various club activities, events and club responsibilities:

1.      Apparel – Jim Higgins

Lions Club apparel is offered for sale at reasonable rates through the club representative.  Lions are expected to “wear the colors” at activities and events.  Shirts, vests, jackets and hats are available. 

2.      Bingo – Henry Bauers/Gordon Biggar

Lions Club sponsored bingo takes place at the Community Center each Monday night (except the third Monday in July) in June, July and August.  Doors open at 6 PM with bingo beginning 7 PM.  Snacks and refreshments are available.  

3.      Car Show/Gun Show – Dick Pavlov

The first annual Car Show/Gun Show is scheduled for July 29, 2012.  This new event will see the Lions Club bringing a car show and concessions to the Manitowish Waters airport grounds in conjunction with the Northwoods Wildlife and Wetlands Club sponsored Gun Show.  Doors are open 8 AM to 4 PM.               

4.      Cash Raffle – Gordon Biggar/Dick Henske  

A Lions Club sponsored cash raffle takes place at the Community Center on Labor Day Sunday beginning at 5 PM.  Raffle tickets are sold locally by Lions Club members.  First place prize is $5000.  Free lunch is provided to all who participate.  

5.      Concessions – Louis Wroblewski

In 2011, an anonymous donor made possible the purchase of a camping trailer by the Manitowish Waters Lions Club.  The trailer was converted by Lions members into a concessions stand and now is used each Thursday of the summer in support of the Flea, Craft and Farm Market.  Typically, brats, burgers and assorted refreshments are made available through the concessions stand.  The stand has also been used at additional events including the Manitowish Waters’ Little League baseball team tournament.

6.      Deer Hide Collection – Dick Henske

Deer hides are collected via local drop sites (e.g. Little Star Garage) from area hunters in the fall.  The hides are transported and sold to raise money in support of the Lions Camp at Rosholt, Wisconsin.

7.      Dinner Meeting Programs – Mark Suckow

Occasionally special programs are scheduled to occur in conjunction with the dinner meetings.  They generally consist of speakers from the area who present on topics of interest to Lions Club members.  

8.      Dinner Meeting Reservations – Bob Bridges

A Dinner Meeting Reservations Coordinator is responsible to handle the dinner meeting reservations.  A procedure has been developed to notify area restaurants of the expected number of Lions attending a dinner meeting in advance of the event. 

9.      Dinner Meeting Scheduling - Henry Bauers

Dinner Meeting Scheduling covers the series of 10 monthly Lions Club dinner meetings which take place beginning in September and continue through June of the following year.  Arrangements with local restaurants are primarily completed prior to the Fall of the year but then continue as needed until all dinners have occurred. 

Dinner meetings are generally the third Thursday of the month and rotate through various area restaurants.  Many of the meetings have a theme and purpose such as September is Member Steak Fry night; April is Officer Election night; May is Awards and Ladies night; and June is Officer Installation night.  The February meeting is a Zone meeting and responsibility moves through the various individual clubs in Zone 3.  Cocktail time is 5:30 PM until time of the dinner at 6:30 PM.  Speakers are occasionally scheduled for the dinners.   

The chairperson arranges and coordinates the dinners.  He solicits input from members as to pricing, quality and variety of food and choices of facilities.  Consideration is given for privacy and exclusive use during the business meeting portion of the evening.  The chairperson completes a follow-up with the facility to confirm details about a week prior to the event.  The chairperson gives appropriate feedback to the facilities after a scheduled event.  

10.  Donations – Bob Becker

The Lions Club occasionally receives requests from the general public to monetarily support local activities and fund raisers.  The Donations Committee evaluates the requests as to merit and scope and presents their recommendations to the Board of Directors and club officers for consideration.   

11.  Education and Scholarship – Dennis Lipp

The Education and Scholarship Committee is responsible to administer the Scholarship Program Policy.  The committee evaluates the educational needs of the community and develops programs to be recommended to the Lions Board of Directors that support youth and adult education.   

12.  Eye Glass Collection - Tom Hyland

Eye glass collection consists of collecting eye glasses via recycling boxes located at various drop off spots around the community.  The boxes are kept clean, attractive, in good condition and emptied at regular intervals.  Eye glass collection is done in support of the Eye Glass Project.      

13.   Eye Glass Project – Earl Watkins

The Eye Glass Project is a beneficial and rewarding activity that the Club participates in.  The Eye Glass Project is a process of classifying eye glasses in preparation for use in third world countries.  The World Health Organization estimates that more than 157 million people around the world have uncorrected refractive errors in their vision.  Such errors are easily corrected with eyeglasses and yet many lack access to basic vision services.  The Lions program helps fill the gap by providing thousands of eye glasses through this recycling process.

Eye glass classification begins with used eye glasses transported from the Lions Camp at Rosholt Wisconsin to the local lions club.  With the help of volunteer Lions and Lioness, the eye glasses are cleaned, sorted by type, evaluated for prescription using a Lensometer, and then packaged for transport back to the Lions Camp for distribution throughout various third world countries.   

Since 2005 the motivating force for eye glass classification has been Betty and Earl Watkins with over 38,000 pairs of glasses processed. 

14.  Flea, Craft, Farm Market – Mark Suckow

Each summer, the Manitowish Waters Lions Club sponsors a Flea, Craft and Farm Market on the Manitowish Waters Airport grounds.   The market, initiated in 2006 through the efforts and vision of Dave Wickeham, has grown through the years and is now a premier area event during the summer season.  Participating vendors have found the event an opportunity to display their wares for the area’s residents, tourists and visitors.  

The market is held each Thursday, June through August, mid-morning to mid-afternoon and during September weather permitting.  Typically, 40 to 60 vendor sites are rented each week.  In 2011, a Lions concessions stand was introduced which provides food and refreshments for those frequenting the market.  The Lions Club’s responsibilities around this event are significant and volunteers willing to assist in the endeavor are always welcome.      

15.  Golf Outing – John Hanson

A Golf Outing is held at the Trout Lake Golf Club on the third Sunday in September in conjunction with the Boulder Junction Lions Club.  The public is welcome to participate.  Proceeds are used to help support local entities such as the Boulder Junction Food Pantry and Manitowish Waters Fire Department. 

16.  Highway Clean-up – Carl Carrillo/John Hilbert

The Adopt-A-Highway Clean-Up program is undertaken by the Lions Club to clean up and beautify a 2 mile stretch of State Highway 51.  The clean-up is normally conducted three times a year; before Memorial Day, prior to the Fourth of July and after Labor Day. 

17.  Historian/By-laws – Vacant

The Historian maintains the club’s historical records and files and by-laws.  The LCI by-laws are preeminent in governing the Club.  Local By-laws may be developed to facilitate local Club governance and are updated periodically as appropriate.    

18.  Meat Raffle  - Henry Bauers/Tom Hyland

The Meat Raffle Committee manages the Meat Raffle as a Club money making event.  The chairperson is responsible to purchase a selection of meat from an area market as prizes.  300 raffle tickets are purchased from local printers.  The tickets are sold by Lions Club members in the community.  When all the tickets are sold, generally by a scheduled end date, a drawing is held at a Lions Club event.  Four raffles were held during the year of 2011.  About $550 in profit is achieved for the club each raffle.

19.  Meat Shoot – Earl Watkins

The first annual Meat Shoot took place in the fall of 2011.  The new event which took place at the Minocqua Gun Club featured a day of trap shooting and lunch.  Prizes were awarded to winners of the group shoot offs.  The general public is invited to participate.   

20.  Membership – Mark Suckow

The Manitowish Waters Lions Club regularly accepts new members.  Prospective members identify a current club member as a sponsor/mentor who will assist them in their introduction into the club and introduce them to opportunities for service.  The prospective member will participate in a new member orientation and induction.    The Membership Chairperson should be contacted for details.       

21.  Newsletter – Mike Hahn

Mike Hahn presents each month the Lions Roar, the official newsletter of the Manitowish Waters Lions Club.  News, member profiles, dates, events and activities are featured each month. 

22.  Pancake Breakfasts – Parker Sharpe

Two pancake breakfasts take place at the Community Center.  The first is on Memorial Day Sunday and the second on Colorama Sunday.  Pancakes are served from 8 AM to noon.    

23.  Pavilion - Vacant

The Lions Club Pavilion is situated adjacent to the Manitowish Waters Community Center and children’s playground.  It was funded by the Lions Club and is used for certain Lions Club events and other Chamber of Commerce and Town of Manitowish Waters authorized events. It is the site of such activities as the Lions Pork Chop Dinners, Lions September Steak Fry and Chamber of Commerce sponsored 4th of July activities and Colorama.  The front area of the Pavilion is a refreshments and food serving area and the back area is a Lions Club equipment storage area.  

24.  Pork Chop Dinners – John Hanson

Three pork chop dinners take place at the Lions Pavilion adjacent to the Community Center.  The dinners are scheduled for the third Thursday in June and August and the fourth Thursday in July.  Dinner is served from 5 PM to 7 PM. 

24.  Publicity – Dennis Hill

The Club Publicity Chairperson is responsible to communicate to local media regarding the various Lions Club activities.  Communication may be prior to the event with the intent of advertising and promoting the event with the public or after the event reporting the success and outcome of the event.  Communication may typically include pictures and narrative.  Local media most often used include FYI and the Lakeland Times.  Chairpersons who would like their event publicized should notify and collaborate with the Club Publicity Chairperson.

25.  Refreshment Service – Don Barnabo

The Lions Club refreshment service is a welcomed addition to several other Lions and community events and activities.  It features beer, wine and soft drinks and set up is typically at the Lions Pavilion or Community Center. 

26.  Recognition and Awards – Vacant

Periodically, awards are given to recognize Lions Club members for their efforts and activity on behalf of the Club or the Community.  The May dinner meeting each year is designated as the Recognition and Awards Dinner.  Typical recognition and awards include:  Lion of the Year, Citizen of the Year, Melvin Jones Fellowship, Birch Sturm Fellowship, Bud Hyland Award, Presidents Award and Service Awards.  A Recognition Committee, chaired by the Club President, shall meet at appropriate times to review and evaluate the activities and contributions of the individual club members to determine the awards and recognition to be awarded.  

27.  Sunshine Committee – Bill Radant

The responsibility of the Sunshine Committee is to support club members who have health and other serious concerns through the sending of cards, prayers and well wishes during their difficult times.  A column in the Lions Roar newsletter is dedicated to Sunshine Committee news.  The Sunshine Committee Chairperson will coordinate and communicate concerns, needs and conditions as appropriate.  Care is taken to respect the wishes and sensitivities of all club members.  Club members who become aware of co-members in need should coordinate with the chairperson to make the appropriate information available.

The Sunshine Committee is a committee of the whole.  Every member of the Manitowish Waters Lions Club is automatically a contributing member.  The effectiveness of the committee depends on every member’s support and participation.  

28.  Vision Screening – Homer Sykes

Vision screening is a beneficial and rewarding activity that the Manitowish Waters Lions Club participates in.  The purpose of the screening is to help identify persons that may be at high risk for eye diseases, vision issues or in need of a professional eye examination.  Vision screening may detect eye disease in the early and treatable stages and provide the public with valuable information and education about eye care.  Vision screenings include risk assessment, visual acuity at various distances and peripheral field of vision testing which is recommended for those 40 years of age and older. 

Vision screenings are conducted by Lions Club members that have been certified by the PREVENT BLINDNESS WISCONSIN organization.  Certification training is conducted each year for interested Lions. 

Vision screenings are conducted once or twice a year at the Manitowish Waters Community Center.  Typically, two certified Lions plus three or four volunteer helpers are needed.  Associated activities include publicity, site scheduling, set up, follow up contact with participants who have been identified with eye/vision problems and reporting the results to PREVENT BLINDNESS WISCONSIN.

29.  Website – Mark Suckow

Go to mwlionsclub.com for the Manitowish Waters Lions Club website and additional information about the club.    

30.  4th of July Activities - Vacant

The Lions Club takes part in the Manitowish Waters Chamber of Commerce sponsored 4th of July activities.  Participation may include before event set up at the Community Center and Airport grounds, traffic control during the event, refreshment service at the Lions Pavilion and parade involvement.  Annually the Lion of the Year and Citizen of the Year are featured in the parade.  Lions Club members may also participate in other aspects of the parade and Airport grounds activities.                                                                       


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