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
RANDOM LAKE LIONS OFFICERS FOR 2016-2017
(Newly installed on June 21, 2016)
|Dan P. Uelmen, Sr. (Life Member)||President|
|Blaine Werner||1st Vice President|
|LuAnn Silver||2nd Vice President|
|Tom Silver||Treasurer/Lion Tamer|
|Wayne Stroessner||Secretary (WLF Prog Assoc/Eye Bank Rep)|
|Dan R. Uelmen, Jr||Past President|
|Ron Klitzkie||1 Yr. Director|
|Lon Biedenbender||1 Yr. Director|
|Melissa Singer||2 Yr. Director|
|Roger Scholz||2 Yr. Director/Computer Mgr|
|Jim Benson||Tail Twister|
|Mike Cofta||Active Member|
|Jeff Mueller||Active Member|
|Paul Verhage||Reserve Membership|
- 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 $32.00 which pays $8.00 toward dinner meals – tax and tips are included (rest of meal cost is paid after eating meal when attending).
- Wear Lions vest or shirt to regular meetings;
- Attend meetings;
- Participate in Lions fund raising and other work projects.
LOCAL ACTIVITIES During the 2016-2017 year, over $19,000.00 will be 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;
- Free Vision Screening of local Pre-School through 12th grade;
- Donations and other fund raising projects.
- 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 Eyes to Eye Bank
DATES OF SCHEDULED ACTIVITIES
- Brat Fry – at Tri Par Service Station – will be announced
- The last Sunday in September: Annual Chicken BBQ Carry Out Dinner
- Easter Saturday: Easter Egg Hunt
- Restoring Hope Transplant House
- Providing eye glasses for needy children
- Glasses – collecting and recycling
- Hearing Aids – collecting and recycling
- Vision Screening
- Sheboygan Eye Bank
- Eye Bank of Wisconsin
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)
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
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
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.”