Meetings: 2nd & 4th Monday at 6:00 p.m.
Century Elm, Larsen
Medical Locker (920)-427-3244; Ramps (920)-427-3236; Secretary (920)-722-9387
||Over 700 Ramps Built - We Serve|
The Larsen-Winchester Lions Club, Inc., formerly the Larsen-Winchester Lions Club, was organized April 30,1974, and received its Charter, June 1,1974, with 38 Charter Members. We have always been a very busy Service Club. During our early years, our Club sponsored the "Lil Britches Rodeo", Sweet Corn & Brat Roasts, the North American Cross Country 250 Snowmobile Races and Barn Dances. We sponsored Bingo and still sell Community Birthday Calendars. We host a twice yearly Pancake Breakfast. We have raised over $236,000.00 for our Project Fund. Our Club members are proud of the many benefits and accomplishments the Project Fund has brought to our local, state, and international communities. The list includes scholarships, eye examinations and glasses or contact lenses, cash donations to needy persons, families, and recovering hospitalized persons as well as contributions to organizations who help the less fortunate. Our four major Lion Projects are the Lions Camp at Rosholt, the Leader Dog and Diabetes Program, as well as the Lions Club International Foundation.
The Larsen-Winchester Lioness Club, the women's branch of Lionism, is sponsored by the Larsen-Winchester Lions Club, Inc. and was chartered May 18,1976. The Lioness have made a huge contribution to community betterment, and have made their presence known. Annually two $500 scholarships are awarded to deserving graduates who are planning to specialize in caring for the handicapped - one for a Winneconne High School graduate and one for a Neenah High School graduate. Financial assistance is given to needy area families. Medical cost assistance is given to numerous families where children have hearing and sight problems, and monetary aid is given to persons recovering from months of hospitalization.
Money for their Project Fund is raised by sponsoring a yearly Chicken BBQ, a Cribbage Tournament, as well as geranium and cookie dough sales. The Larsen-Winchester Lioness Club meets on the second Tuesday of each month, at 6:30 in the Clayton Town Meeting Room in Larsen.
WE RAISE FUNDS
By Selling Community
By Holding Pancake
By Serving Food at
Campaign Sight First
Some of the things that our Lions Club has contributed to through our state and international organizations:
* Established clinics
in countries like India, Madagascar, and China where people could come to
have cataracts removed for a cost of $5.00.
By making additional contributions to our International Organization, our club is able to honor a Lions Club member or a community leader, who clearly demonstrates a life lived with a commitment to our humanitarian ideals, by presenting the highest honor of Lions Clubs International, the Melvin Jones Fellow Award. The Larsen-Winchester Lions Club first presented this prestigious award to Lion Dannie G. Howman. Since that time we have recognized nearly twenty other Lions who have met this criteria.
WISCONSIN LIONS CLUBS PROJECTS
Wisconsin Lions Camp
Wisconsin Lions Eye
The Wisconsin Lions Foundation, with the support of all the local Lions Clubs, sponsored the Wisconsin Lions Eye Bank Research Laboratories at the University of Wisconsin-Madison's Department of Ophthalmology. The focus of the new Wisconsin Lions Club Eye Bank Research Laboratories is problems relating to corneal transplantation, corneal donor tissue, and corneal transplant rejection. Tissue rejection is the biggest reason why corneal transplants fail to restore vision. Research at this facility should lead to new methods of storing and treating tissue and thus prevent rejection.
The Larsen-Winchester Lions Club pledged $50.00 per member, or $900.00 toward construction of the Eye bank Research Laboratories. We were one of the first clubs in the state to meet our obligation.
The Birch-Strum Fellow Award is the highest award given by the 'Wisconsin Lions' organization. It was named for two Wisconsin Lions who were Lions International Presidents and is presented to a Lion member or a community leader, who clearly demonstrates a life lived with a commitment to our humanitarian ideals. Lester Laedtke was our first recipient.
WE BETTER OUR COMMUNITY - Our Lions Club members have given hundreds of hours to support community programs. In addition, we have earned and donated more than $225,000 to local, state and international programs.
Four years ago we built a 40 X 80 ft building to house ramp construction materials and the Medical Equipment Loan Closet. It is located at 8348 Cty. Road T, Larsen, WI 54947. Generous donations of money, site preparation, material and equipment made this project possible. Prior to that time, we stored some medical or ramp materials at the Larsen Coop and various members stored the remainder in their sheds, garages and barns.
Eye Glasses For Those In Need
We provide for an eye examination and glasses or contact lenses, for those who cannot afford to pay for them. In cooperation with the Larsen-Winchester Lioness Club, we have made arrangements with local optometrists to provide this service.
Used Eye Glass
The Lions and Lioness Clubs within our district, including the Larsen-Winchester Lions Club, purchased a used ambulance that was loaded with used eyeglasses, medical equipment, medical supplies, and fire fighting equipment. The ambulance was driven to Tula, Mexico, accompanied by Lion members, including some from our club, and an eye doctor who assisted in distributing the supplies, and fitting as many eye glasses as time allowed. The ambulance was given to the village for their use after the Lions returned home. Few people in the village had ever seen an ambulance.
WE SUPPORT OUR YOUTH
Lions Club Scholarship
Other Youth Projects
WE ARE THE LARSEN-WINCHESTER LIONS!
WE ARE VOLUNTEER MEMBERS from all walks of life living up to the Lions International motto "We Serve". By serving together we share our time, talents and goodwill with those in need and for the betterment of the community. We are optimistic about our future with leadership provided by our fellow club members. Our organization is open to both men and women without competing with the Lioness Club.
WE MEET on the 2nd and 4th Mondays of each month at the "Century Elm" Supper Club in Larsen with a dinner meeting starting at 6 p.m.. Our meetings include an interesting program.
WE PARTICIPATE in Zone, District, State, and International meetings as we can in support of our larger International Lions organization, the "Largest Service Club in the World".
WE KEEP INFORMED semi-monthly with meeting announcements and committee reports and monthly with publications of the 'Wisconsin Lion' and 'The Lion' Magazines.
WE HAVE FUN at our summer golf/picnic outing where we share good fellowship and food. We also enjoy special social events with our spouses such as our Installation Night, Ladies Night and our Christmas meeting.
WE ARE ONE of 45,392 Lions Clubs in the World. We think we are the best!
Links to Other Lions Club Sites
Lions International |
Wisconsin Lions |
Wisconsin Lions Foundation |
District 27-B1 | Lions Eye Bank of Wisconsin | Lions Pride