Random Lake Lions Club

Lions_LogoRandom Lake Lions 2016-2017

The Random Lake Lions Club is part of a worldwide organization known as Lions Clubs International, whose motto is “We Serve.” Approximately 45,500 Lions Clubs of this volunteer organization can be found in 206 countries and geographic areas and our membership stands at over 1,350,000 men and women. All Lions share a core belief – community is what we make it. Together, Lions are involved in the most extensive program in history to conquer blindness through a program called SightFirst. In addition to sight programs, Lions Clubs International is committed to providing services for youth. Lions clubs also work to improve the environment, build homes for the disabled, support diabetes education, conduct hearing programs and, through their foundation, provide disaster relief around the world. Lionism began in October of 1917, when a group of men in Dallas, Texas created the first service club organization truly dedicated to helping others by sharing their time, talents and treasures. The late Melvin Jones is the founder of the present Association of Lions Clubs International. For more international information, go to: http://www.lionsclubs.org/EN/aboutlions/index.php

(Newly installed on June 18, 2019)


Blaine Werner President
Bill Singer 1st Vice President
Dan R. Uelmen, Jr 2nd Vice President
Tom Silver Treasurer
Wayne Stroessner Secretary
LuAnn Silver 

Past Immediate, Past President, Service Chr.


Roger Scholz 1 Yr. Director
Jim Benson 1 Yr. Director
Karen Mole 2 Yr. Director
Gary Smith  2 Yr. Director/Membership Chr.
Ron Klitzkie  Tail Twister
Lon Biedenbender  Active Member
Mike Cofta                                 Active Member
Ryan Schreurs                 Active Member 
Ruth Smith                              Active Member
Kenneth Borchardt Member-at-Large




  • Held on the 3rd Tuesday of each month at 7:00 PM (Social Hour begins at 6:30 PM) at The Five Pillars Restaurant


  • (Semi-annually) are $40.00 (International Dues = $21.50; State Dues = $5.25; District Dues = $2.25; District Training = $0.75; Local Dues = $10.25. “Life Members” do not pay International Dues.) Meals including tips and taxes are paid after eating meal.)


  • Wear Lions vest or shirt to regular meetings;

  • Attend meetings;

  • Participate in Lions fund raising and other work projects.

LOCAL ACTIVITIES raising funds:

During the past several years, nearly $20,000.00 has been distributed to more than thirty beneficiaries (see Supported Projects below). These funds are raised primarily by the following methods:

  • Chicken B-B-Q on the last Sunday in September;
  • Brat Frys;
  • Breakfast with Santa;
  • Donations and other fund raising projects.

LIONS ACTIVITIES with our spouses:

  • a. St. Pat’s Party (or St. Valentine’s Party)
  • b. Christmas Party
  • c. Steak/Corn Roast Picnic (August meeting)


  • Transport Donated Eye Tissue to and/or from the Eye Bank
  • Free Vision Screening of local Pre-School through 12th grade;


  • Brat Fry – at  Casey’s General Store – will be announced
  • The last Sunday in September: Annual Chicken BBQ Carry-Out Dinner
  • Easter Saturday: Easter Egg Hunt
  • Breakfast with Santa – will be announced

Supported Projects

  • Restoring Hope Transplant House


    The Random Lake Lions Club recently donated $500.00 to the Restoring Hope Transplant House located in Middleton, WI, not far from the UW Hospital where many transplants take place. The House has been restored so that there are now 16 rooms for families of transplant patients and caregivers. It will provide a place for them to stay while the patient is having a transplant at the hospital. The Lions and Lioness of Wisconsin approved this project as a statewide project and will be similar to the Leader Dog project.




















  • Providing eye glasses for needy children
  • Glasses – collecting and recycling
  • Hearing Aids – collecting and recycling
  • Vision Screening
  • Sheboygan Eye Bank
  • Eye Bank of Wisconsin
    Presenting the Knight of Sight Fellowship Plaque to Teresa Lulkowski and son Stanley Lulkowski in honor of husband and father, Stan Lulkowski who died last November, is Lion Phil Weber, Lions Eye Bank of Wisconsin’s Director for District 27-B1.

    Presenting the Knight of Sight Fellowship Plaque to Teresa Lulkowski and son Stanley Lulkowski in honor of husband and father, Stan Lulkowski who died last November, is Lion Phil Weber, Lions Eye Bank of Wisconsin’s Director for District 27-B1.

    Knight of Sight

    The Knight of Sight Fellowship award is presented in recognition of individuals who exemplify the Lions Eye Bank of Wisconsin’s mission to give the Gift of Sight in Wisconsin, the United States and Internationally.  A Knight of Sight is the Lions Eye Bank of Wisconsin’s highest form of recognition that can be presented to an individual by a Lions Club.  The Knight of Sight recipient’s name is prominently and permanently displayed on the Lions Eye Bank of Wisconsin’s Knight of Sight Wall of Honor in Madison, WI.

    The Random Lake Lions Club presented the Knight of Sight Fellowship posthumously to Teresa Lulkowski, widow of Stanley Lulkowski, and their son Stan Lulkowski at their January Lions Meeting at The Five Pillars.

    Stanley was a Random Lake Lion who died on November 21, 2015, after serving as President of the Sheboygan County Eye Bank which is responsible for transporting of eye tissue.  Stanley was also active in the collection of used eyeglasses and hearing aids which are recycled by Lions Clubs throughout the country.

    At the recycling center in Rosholt, Wisconsin, over 800,000 pairs of glasses are processed annually, with over 450,000 pairs being sent to 49 different developing countries.  Eyeglasses received at the eyeglass facility at Lions Camp are sorted, cleaned, categorized, bagged, and boxed in preparation for shipment to developing countries.

  • Wisconsin Lions Foundation
  • WLF Cabins at Lions Camp in Rosholt, WI
  • WLF “Wish List”
  • Lions Pride Foundation (WLF Camp)
  • Guide Dogs (Both Leader Dogs for the blind and dogs for Hearing)
    Ken Borchardt who lives on Butler Street and his Leader Dog, Beth, take a short break on their way to the post office.

    Ken Borchardt who lives on Butler Street and his Leader Dog, Beth, take a short break on their way to the post office.

    Beth is retiring!

    It was nearly ten years ago when Ken Borchardt traveled to Rochester, Michigan, to have a month-long training session on how to work with a Leader Dog and graduate as a client/dog team.

    Nearly every day it is possible to see Beth leading Ken on his daily exercise walks or on trips to the post office, bank, or more recently, to Kathy’s 111 Trackside cafe.

    Recently, Beth’s hips have been giving her trouble so it’s time for her to retire. Ken is planning on getting a replacement Leader Dog this fall. He will be leaving for Rochester on September 13th to spend three weeks to train with a new Leader Dog.

    The kennels at Rochester Hills “accommodate 310 large dogs in modern, clean stalls with radiant heat and fresh water delivery system.”

    Each year 300 legally blind clients are served at the residence and training center where Ken will be housed. The center accommodates up to 24 clients in private rooms.

    Leader Dog had it beginning in 1939. Since that time, 14.000 clients have been served.

    Lions Clubs and the Leader Dog program have been together for 75 years. Lions Clubs throughout the world have continued to support Leader Dog and its clients financially.

    The Random Lake Lions have financially supported this program for many years and will see to it that Ken will get to Rochester in September. We invite anyone who agrees that this is a good program to join the Random Lake Lions. Just let us know of your interest.

    To this day, the mission of the Lions, “We serve,” perfectly complements the Leader Dog mission of empowering people who are blind or visually impaired with lifelong skills for independent travel.

  • Hearing Program – Special Hearing Aids
  • Diabetes Foundation
  • Easter Egg Hunt
  • All Local Scout Charters
  • Providing Scout Building
    Ever since the scouting program started in Random Lake, the Lions have paid for Scout Charters and have recently provided a Scout Building which was a Town Hall but remodeled for Scout activities.  Most of the labor and materials were donated by local businesses and local volunteers.  The photos show the remodeling project in progress.
    An exterior view of the back part of the new addition to the Scout Building
    An interior view of the office area within the Scout Building still under construction.
    Photo shows the construction framework for the new restrooms in the new addition of the Scout Building. There was no plumbing, water or sewage in the original building.
    In 2005, the Scouts celebrated their 50th Anniversary.The Random Lake Lions pay for the upkeep, insurance, utilities, heat and whatever else arises.  The Scouts, (Boy Scouts, Girl Scouts and Cub Scouts) use the building and there is sufficient space for their numerous projects and outings throughout the year.
  • Scholarships (4)
  • Youth Exchange
  • Peace Poster Contest

  • Random Lake Area Food Pantry
  • Random Lake Area Chamber of Commerce
  • Random Lake Fire Department
    Provide funds to purchase “Smoky The Fire Dog” costume
    Provide funds for smoke & CO detectors

    Under the direction of Blaine Werner, a Random Lake Fireman and Lion Club member, a program was begun to get smoke and carbon dioxide alarms into every home in the Random Lake area, Shown above from left to right: Lions President Dan Uelmen; RLFD Daneen Ten Haken; Bill Wessing; RLFD Rachel Uelmen; Lon Biedenbender; RLFD Kathy Kopping; Wayne Stroessner

    Successful Random Lake Fire Department/Lions Club Project

    According to the International Association of Fire Chiefs (IAFC), “the risk of dying
    is twice as high in a home without working smoke alarms than in a home with
    working smoke alarms.”

    Fire Chiefs agree that “the existence of working smoke alarms in a residence
    constitutes the most cost-effective way to save lives of both occupants and firefighters.”

    “Hear the Beep Where You Sleep” was the theme during last year’s National Fire
    Prevention Week. The Random Lake Lions Club, the Random Lake Fire
    Department and the Kidde Corporation joined efforts to assure that homes in the
    Random Lake area have the appropriate smoke and carbon monoxide alarms.

    In last year’s efforts, 240 alarms were distributed in the Random Lake area.

  • Random Lake Improvement Trust Fund
  • Lakeview Community Library
  • Special Olympics
  • Wisconsin Badger Camp
  • Disaster Relief
  • Mission to Mexico (eye correction, plus)
  • Inter-Lions Club Projects
  • Lions Clubs International Foundation (LCIF)
  • Lions K-9 Companions For Independence
  • Random Lake Area Historical Society
  • Random Lake Area United Fund
  • Funding for Village Hanging Flower Baskets
    Wisconsin’s Random Lake Lions Club provided the funds for the Village of Random Lake to purchase fourteen hanging flower baskets and mounting brackets to fasten to utility poles to help beautify the downtown area. Pictured are Random Lake Village Trustee Eric Stowell; one of the hanging flower baskets with a solid bronze 5 inch Lions’ emblem; Wayne Stroessner, secretary of Random Lake LionsClub and Don Dohrwardt, owner of Don’s Greenhouse in Fredonia, Wisconsin. (Photo courtesy of The Sounder)(Information from Random Lake’s weekly local newspaper, The Sounder. with permission from Editor Gary Feider.)

    Flower Baskets Decorate Carroll Street

    Visitors to Random Lake will see 14 flower baskets adding a festive summer look to Carroll St.

    The Random Lake Garden Club approached the village board with the concept. Board members liked the idea, and assigned Trustee Eric Stowell, who chairs the Community Betterment Committee, to carry out the project.

    Financial help came quickly. The first donors were longtime village residents Blain (who also is a member of the Random Lions Club) and Cinda Werner, who donated $350 toward the plantings.

    Next the Random Lake Lions Club presented a check for $3,097 to cover the creation of brackets and purchasing the baskets, which all include a three-gallon water reservoir.

    For the actual choice of plants and planting, the village turned to Don’s Greenhouse of Fredonia. Each unit is 22 inches in diameter and a five-inch bronze Lions’ emblem is attached to each basket. Don’s Greenhouses also made a donation toward the project.

    Next the Random Lake village crew fastened the hangers and baskets on each utility pole. The hangers are 11 feet high with the baskets hanging three feet below.

    The village crew will also be taking care of watering the flower baskets.

    Stowell said he wants to thank all who contributed toward the project and especially the Random Lake Lions Club.

  • Other Community Donations
    Random Lake Lion Lon Biedenbender (right) installs hand rails at the home of Keith Gross, 75, at W5576 Townline Road. Keith is an American Veteran.

    Random Lake Lion Lon Biedenbender (right) installs hand rails at the home of Keith Gross, 75, at W5576 Townline
    Road. Keith is an American Veteran.

    One of the objectives of Lions International is for members to take an active interest in the civic, cultural, social and moral welfare of the community. That is what Lion Lon Biedenbender did this fall at the home of Keith Gross.

    Lon installed two hand rails to make it easier for Keith to maneuver the stoop at the front of his home. The Random Lake Lions Club paid for the materials and Lon did the installing. There is no better way to promote the Lions’ Motto – “We Serve.”

    Random Lake Lion Lon Biedenbender (right) is just getting started with the installation of two hand rails at the home of Keith Gross (left).

    Random Lake Lion Lon Biedenbender (right) is just getting started with the installation of two hand rails at the home of Keith Gross (left).

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