Graduation Fun Facts

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With these bouts of 80+ degree temperatures, we’re getting a first-hand experience of

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what’s to come. Summer is finally on its way. It won’t be long until Lions Camp is filled with the sound of campers’ laughter (our favorite time of the year!) As for the rest of us, our calendars will be filled with weekend barbecues, wedding celebrations and, of course, graduation parties.

This weekend, thousands of students will walk across the stage and out into the world as graduates. Let’s celebrate their educational success with a fun more fun facts about graduation.

  • The first known diplomas were made of sheepskin and tied with ribbons. As paper-making became easier, they were replaced with parchment. Ribbons were eventually removed from the process altogether because the diplomas were too difficult to frame.
  • 16th Century Church Dignitaries were the first people to wear the famous commencement hat. The caps were called “mortarboards” because of their similarity to the masonry tool called the “mortarboard.” The tassel wasn’t added until the 19th
  • Everyone is familiar with the tradition of graduates throwing their caps in the air, but did you know the practice can be dangerous? In 2008, Anglia Ruskin University in England tried to ban cap-tossing after a student received stitches when a mortarboard came down on his head a few years prior, but the practice has since been reinstated. Remember, to be aware of your surroundings.

Here at Lions Pride, we’d like to wish all of our state graduates best wishes. We know that the road wasn’t always easy, but the payoff is great. We hope you have a chance to reflect on your accomplishment and know there is a bright future ahead. Congratulations!

 

“Your education is a dress rehearsal for a life that is yours to lead.” – Nora Ephron

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Non-Traditional Mother’s Day Gift Ideas

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“All that I am or hope to be, I owe to my mother.” -Abraham LincolnFun

She wiped your tears when you were sad, provided the bandage when you scraped your knee and cared for you when you came home sick. Mother’s Day is this Sunday, May 13, but you how exactly do you say “thank you” to the person who brought you into this world and gave you the gift of life?

Rather than giving her the predictable presents that all moms have come to know and expect like flowers, cards and chocolate, we have a couple of out-of-the-box gift ideas that don’t require ribbons and bows. This Mother’s Day, consider giving her:

  • Time to relax: We all have responsibilities that we don’t necessarily enjoy completing, but doesn’t it seem like many of these duties often fall on mom’s plate? Whether your mother has plans to empty out the basement, mow the grass or give the house a thorough spring cleaning, help lighten her load by offering your hand.
  • A day filled with her favorite activities: If you were to ask anyone about their most prized possession, time would likely be the most frequent answer. There’s no denying that life can get busy. When was the last time, you spent quality time with your mom? Spend Sunday with the activity of her choice. She might enjoy going to church, tending the garden or simply spending the afternoon catching. If you both happen to already have plans for this Sunday, a raincheck is always an option!
  • The gift that keeps on giving: If mom has a special cause that she carries about, give a donation in her honor. Nonprofit organizations thrive on funding. If your mother is a Lions Pride support, consider giving an honorarium donation to help us continue to preserve, provide and protect the Wisconsin Lions Camp and all WLF statewide projects. Learn more about memorial/honorarium donations.

This Sunday, show your gratitude for your mom with a present she won’t soon forget. Remember, the best gifts in life don’t always come in beautifully wrapped boxes; the best presents come from the heart.

Happy Mother’s Day from Lions Pride!

The 2018 Wisconsin Lions State Convention

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Pack your bags, grab your golf clubs and get ready to celebrate your commitment to Where Theres a NeedLionism. Today marks the start of the 2018 Wisconsin Lions State Convention, and we’re excited to get reacquainted with our friends in Lake Geneva at the Grand Geneva.

The convention unofficially starts this morning at 9 am with a four-person scramble at The Brute Golf Course. The Magnificent Brute is considered one of the most challenging layouts within the Midwest and one of Wisconsin’s best courses. We’re looking forward to seeing how our groups compete. At 3 pm, convention registration will take place, and hospitality will run from 7 pm to 10 pm in the Evergreen. (Don’t forget to dress as your favorite futuristic character!)

The learning opportunities will get started at 9 am with meetings and informational seminars. At 11:30 am, we will get to listen to motivational speaker Michael Schnitzka as he shares his experience as a world record-holding athlete and adventurer extraordinaire. He’ll act as a guide through his journey of a lifetime while encouraging all of us to create our own.

Saturday starts bright and early! After breakfast, you will be able to visit exhibitors and  take part is a service project. District meetings will begin at 9 am, followed by seminars about the 2018 LCI Convention, social media and diabetes. Our keynote luncheon speech will come from Past President J. Frank Moore who will share his inspiring story. On Saturday evening, hospitality and banquet will wrap up the convention. We’re in for an extra special treat as our most talented Lions will be showing off their skills in an exclusive edition of “MD27’s Got Talent.” See the entire convention schedule here.

We have another fun weekend ahead of us filled with outstanding information and even better company. Lions Pride would like to extend a special note of gratitude to the Watertown Lions Club for hosting this event. We always enjoy weekends away with friends. What are you most looking forward to at the convention? Let us know in the comments below.

See you in Lake Geneva!

Plan a Tree Planting Project

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“The best time to plant a tree was 20 years ago. The second best time is now.” –ChineseTrees proverb

As the long living species on Earth, trees have an amazing ability to connect to the past, present and future, while also providing a whole slew of environmental and health benefits. Here in Wisconsin, many of us are lucky enough to be surrounded by trees of all shapes and sizes, but that doesn’t mean we should sit back and idle.

Tomorrow marks the observance of Arbor Day, and while the ground may still be a bit too frozen to physically plant a tree, there’s no better time to make plans for a club tree planting project.

As part of the Lions organization, we understand that every tree planted is part of a broader scale effort by members all over the world to make a significant impact on the environment. According to the European Environment Agency, one mature tree will absorb more than 48 pounds of carbon dioxide from the atmosphere and release oxygen in exchange. Read more interesting tree facts from the Arbor Day Foundation.

Before creating your tree planting project, consider the following preparations from LCIF:

  • Evaluate your community’s needs – is there an area where new trees may be more beneficial over others?
  • Work with a local forestry or agriculture department to identify the most appropriate tree species for the local environment.
  • Partner with other local groups or organizations to leverage resources and expertise.
  • Outline a plan that includes procedures, materials needed and expenses.
  • Submit your plan and budget to your club, district or multiple district for approval.

Once your plan is approved, the fun can begin:

  • Request Lion volunteers for the project committee.
  • Obtain approvals or permit for your project, if necessary.
  • Create marketing materials such as a flyer, press release or social media post to promote the event – be sure to include protective clothing recommendations for volunteers!
  • Invite the local media to observe or take part in the project.
  • Remember, if your Lions Club participates, you will fulfill complete the Environment portion of the Centennial Service Challenge.

There’s no need to worry about rushing to complete your tree planting project. Some experts even say that planting in the fall can have its advantages. No matter when you decide to plant trees, remember that you are making an important contribution to both present day life as well as future generations.

Happy Arbor Day from Lions Pride!

Protect Your Pet with Proper Identification

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Did you know that an estimated one in three pets becomes lost at some point in its

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lifetime? Fortunately, having the right identification in place for your furry companion can increase its chance of being returned home. No ID? No problem – as the third week of April is Pet ID Week, now is the perfect time to give Fido or Fluffy proper identification.

Let’s start with the collar tag. First, does your pet have one? If yes, you’re off to a great start, but you need to make sure it includes all pertinent information. The most important piece is your telephone number. With that simple 10-digital number, your dog or cat will most likely be returned to you. The pet’s name and address can also be helpful but are not always necessary.

Tip: If it’s been a while since you’ve examined your four-legged friend’s collar tag, be sure that it’s not too worn and easy to read.

Next on the list is licensing. Dogs have an added advantage over cats in this category as many municipalities require dogs over a certain age to be registered with the county. Check with your local officials to learn more about your area laws.

Lastly, one of the best ways to protect your pet is by microchipping. A microchip is a small, electronic that is enclosed within a glass cylinder. The chip itself is only the size of a grain of rice and is placed under the skin with a hypodermic needle. The microchip is activated by a scanner and transmits an identification number. When a lost pet is taken to a shelter or veterinarian clinic, one of the first things they do is scan the animal for a microchip. If they find a chip, and it has accurate information, they can quickly find the owner. Read through more FAQs about the microchipping process.

To many of us, pets are not just animals that we feed and care for; they become an extension of our families. Keep them easily identifiable so if you ever do get separated, you will be able to help them find their way home.

Happy Pet ID Week from Lions Pride!

 

Eyeglass Recycling Month

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It seems that in just about every household, you’ll likely find a pair of eyeglasses that areLERC no longer being used as prescriptions change annually, and styles are always evolving. If you have a pair of glasses lying around, there’s no better time to get a jumpstart on spring-cleaning by donating your lenses.

On January 30, 2018, Governor Scott Walker declared April as Eyeglass Recycling Month in Wisconsin. Since the 1950s, Wisconsin Lions have been collecting and donating used glasses. It was until 1994 that a matching grant from Lions Club International Foundation helped establish the Eyeglass Recycling Center right here in Rosholt. Our ERC is one of 17 such facilities found worldwide.

Approximately 800,000 used glasses are received each year. Upon arrival, each pair is visually inspected and cleaned; the prescription is then read with specialized equipment and categorized, packaged, labeled, sorted, boxed and put into inventory.

The available inventory is approximately 125,000 pair of glasses, which are provided to Vision Mission projects to developing countries. Some mission groups included Lions, of course, but there are many others out there including vision professionals.

The need for eyeglasses is more significant than you might think. Millions of people around the world need glasses to see clearly, but many developing countries lack the resources to manufacture quality lenses. People are known to walk miles to get their eyeglasses so you can rest assured that your pair can make a difference.

If you’d like to donate your eyeglasses, here are some helpful tips to keep in mind:

  • The most useable glasses are those with intact frames and undamaged lenses.
  • Cases are not mandatory but can be useful to avoid damage during transit.
  • Sunglasses are also received and can be beneficial for people living in hot climates.
  • Children’s glasses are always desirable.

Eyeglasses that you wish to donate can be dropped off in Lions Collection boxes. To find a collection box near you, please contact your local Lions Club. Eyeglasses can also be mailed directly to the Eyeglass Recycling Center:

WILERC
3834 County Rd A
Rosholt, WI 54473

Use the month of April as an opportunity to connect with friends and family to see if they also have unused glasses available. You might be surprised to see how many pairs you can collect with only a bit of effort.

Whereas, Wisconsin Lions strive to make a difference in the lives of people in need throughout the world; now, therefore, be it resolved by the senate, the assembly concurring, that the legislature hereby proclaims April 2018 as Wisconsin Eyeglass Recycling Month.

Lions Pride encourages working together to change the lives of people all over the world, one pair at a time. Happy Eyeglass Recycling Month!

National Beer Day

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There’s an unofficial holiday up this weekend, and we’re glad it’s landed on a Saturday. glass of beerNational Beer Day is taking place on April 7. The observation marks the day that the Cullen-Harrison Act was enacted. President Franklin Delano Roosevelt signed the law in 1933, which made buying, selling and drinking beer and wine legal for the first time since Prohibition in 1920. After putting his name on the law, FDR reportedly said, “This is a good time to have a beer.”

Since it is only Thursday, we thought the best way to celebrate early was with fun facts about beer (we can celebrate with a glass the day of!)

  • According to a 2016 Gallup poll, beer is the most popular alcoholic beverage in America.
  • From March 1921 until November 1921, people were prescribed “medical beer” after a temporary law allowed people to skirt the laws of Prohibition. Congress quickly took back their decision.
  • Stanford researchers found that beer bubbles create a gravity-defying loop. Bubbles head up in the center where frictional drag from the glass is less and down on the outside, as the top gets crowded.
  • Beer commercials in the United States never show people drinking the beer. Federal law prohibits advertisers to show people consuming alcoholic beverages on television.
  • In Argentina, political parties have their own brands of beer.
  • The world’s oldest brewery can be found in Germany and is nearly 1,000 years old. It’s been in continuous operation since the year 1040.
  • In Russia, beer was not considered an alcoholic beverage until 2013.
  • McDonald’s franchises in France, Germany and Austria have been on the menu.
  • Cenosillicaphobia is the fear of an empty beer glass.

If you plan to celebrate the occasion this weekend, please remember to do so responsibly. From all of us at Lions Pride, we’d like to wish a safe and enjoyable weekend.

The Symbols of Easter

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If you’ve stepped into a retail store sometime in the past few weeks, you know thatJoyful Easter rabbits, pastel-colored boxes and candy of all shapes and sizes have recently taken up residence in the seasonal aisle. We know that Easter is traditionally known as a religious holiday, have you ever wondered where these symbols got their origin?

We did, too, and after a bit of research, we think we found the answers!

Believe it or not, these characters are said to pre-date Christianity. The origin of the word, “Easter”’ stems from Eostre, the Germanic goddess of spring. Each year, on or around the 21st of March, the Celtic people would celebrate Ostara. Although it sounds like a holiday, it was seen as an opportunity to be in tune with the changing of the seasons.

Because the Spring Equinox is known as a time of rebirth, it has strong ties to fertility and sowing seeds. The symbol of the rabbit first appeared during medieval times in Europe. Hares had been known to be nocturnal most of the year, but in March when the mating season began, bunnies could be seen everywhere. In no time at all, the hare became known as a major symbol of fertility.

As for chocolate and candy, you will not be surprised to learn that we could find evidence of existence during the original Celtic celebrations. We can likely assume the abundance of candy can be rooted back to Catholic traditions. Christians typically sacrifice items they enjoy during the Lenten season such as rich food items like meat, soda or candy. On Easter Sunday, we celebrate the end of Lent by indulging in sweets.

There you have it – some of the best-known origins of Easter. What is your favorite symbol of Easter/Spring Equinox?

It indeed is a remarkable time of the year. After a long winter season, it’s amazing to see our beautiful land coming back to life. We hope you have a chance to take a moment to appreciate spring’s arrival as you celebrate with your family this weekend.

Happy Easter from Lions Pride!

Eye Donor Awareness Month

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When you think about the month of March, several topics probably come to mind. YouNatl Eye Donor Month may think about the first day of spring, St. Patrick’s Day and the start of baseball season, but did you know that March is also Eye Donor Awareness Month?

In 1983, President Reagan established the first National Eye Donor Month as a way to recognize its donors, celebrate the recipients and bring awareness to eye donation.

Approximately ten million people around the world are affected with corneal diseases that have resulted in blindness or other visual impairments. Corneal transplants have become one of the most frequently performed transplant procedures. According to the National Eye Institute, doctors perform approximately 40,000 corneal transplants each year.

Have you ever considered becoming an eye donor? Regardless of whether you have thought about donating in the past, or this is the first time you’ve carefully considered the idea, here are a few areas of to note that may help you make your decision:

There is just no substitute for human corneal tissue. If you have considered becoming an eye donor, you can rest assured knowing that your donation can make a world of difference for someone in need. Just think your gift could help restore someone’s vision, support the advanced treatment of blindness or other vision impairments – and beyond.

To get started, be sure to discuss your wishes with your loved ones, and thank you for your precious gift.

Happy Eye Donor Awareness Month from Lions Pride

St. Patrick’s Day Celebration in New Dublin

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We all know that everyone has the opportunity to become unofficially Irish on StNew Dublin 2018. Patrick’s Day, but the residents of New London (or shall we say New Dublin?) may take the option more seriously than others. Each year, the Shamrock Club of New Dublin works tirelessly to plan St. Patrick’s Day festivities that help bring individuals of Irish descent or relationship, or those that wish they were, for the purpose of celebrating being Irish.

The Irish Pride in New London is mighty. Their events began on Monday when leprechauns changed the name of the town to New Dublin. The mischievous leprechauns then continued to celebrate their day by entertaining children, visiting the elderly and make guest appearances at local businesses.

Throughout the week, locals celebrate with corned beef and cabbage and Irish caroling. Tonight, the fun continues with more authentic Irish entertainment. Tomorrow night, the town will hold an Irish Céili, a social gathering filled with friends, family, music and dance.

When the holiday finally arrives, New Dubliners go all out. From 11 am to 6 pm, three bands will play under a huge heated tent for New Dublin Irish Fest. The event is complete with Irish food, beverages and market booths. Then, at 1 pm, attendees will witness the state’s largest St. Patrick’s Day Parade. The Grand Parade features an extensive lineup of bagpipe and marching bands, and up to 125 specialty units and business floats. Prizes are awarded for the best entries so you can expect participants get creative with their presentations. We’re excited to see what our friends, the New London Lions Club, come up with for their 2018 float! Learn more here.

Attending the New Dublin Irish Fest is one way to celebrate the occasion. How do you celebrate Irish heritage on March 17? Let us know in the comments below.

Happy St. Patrick’s Day from Lions Pride!