Four Ways to Celebrate Summer Solstice


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Get ready because summer is officially here! This morning, the sun rose at 5:12 am and Sunsetwon’t set until approximately 8:46 am. That adds up to 934 minutes of daylight. And we think that’s cause for celebration (especially after the dreary week we’ve had.) Here are a few enjoyable ways to celebrate the summer solstice:

  • Bask in the sunshine

    You might be surprised to learn that vitamin D is one of the important vitamins for the human body, but many of us aren’t getting enough. Its primary job is to store the right amount of calcium and phosphorous in your blood to keep your bones strong. The best source for vitamin D? The sun! Studies show that if your skin is exposed to 10 to 15 minutes of the summer sun, then you are probably getting enough. Keep in mind; however, when you put on sunscreen, it will prevent your skin from soaking up the rays so there truly is a balancing act.

  • Host an impromptu party

    We know, we know, you can’t just throw a party on a whim – but the truth is you can! Rather than spending weeks planning, preparing and cleaning every surface of your home, consider inviting a few close friends over for a get-together. Encourage everyone to bring a dish to pass and just enjoy the company. We bet you won’t miss the usual summer party stress.

  • Practice yoga or meditation

    Did you know that June 21 is also International Day of Yoga? We can’t think of a better way to honor the lasting sun than with a few sun salutations.

    To celebrate the summer solstice, The Times Square Alliance recently introduced a counterpart to New Year’s Eve (the winter solstice,) by creating “Mind Over Madness Yoga.” Today, thousands of yogis from all over the world will travel to New York City to participate. Of course, we’re not in NYC, but everyone can still participate through webcast.

  • Watch the sunset

There may not be anything different about tonight’s sunset versus any other night of the year, but we think tonight would be the perfect evening to watch the beautiful sunset and reflect on all of life’s blessings.

It’s not every day that we have the chance to enjoy over 15 hours of sunlight. How will you celebrate the longest day of the year?

Happy Summer Solstice from Lions Pride!



The History of Father’s Day


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Fathers Day GiftsThink about the last show you watched on TV. Do you remember any of the commercials? More than likely, it was something related to home improvements, gadgets or men’s clothing, which can only mean Father’s Day is near. This week, we thought we’d celebrate dear old dad with a short history lesson and a few popular gift ideas, so let’s get started!

Believe it or not, the inspiration for the Father’s Day was Mother’s Day. A common story recounts that the creator of the event was named Sonora Smart Dodd. One Sunday morning, the young woman was listening to a church sermon about Mother’s Day when we thought that her father was equally deserving of a day filled with praise.

Her father, William Smart was a Civil War veteran and widower. Sadly, his wife died while giving birth to their sixth child. William went on to raise his children on a small family farm in Washington. Sonora wanted to show her appreciation for William love and support with a day dedicated for him and other dads around the world. The first Father’s Day was celebrated on June 19, 1910.

For the next half-century, Father’s Day was celebrated at a local level in communities around the United States. In 1966, Lyndon B. Johnson designated the third Sunday in June as the official Father’s Day, but it was officially recognized as a national holiday until the Nixon administration in 1972.

Today, children all around the world celebrate their dad with fun gift ideas. The most common presents are as follows (courtesy of MarketWatch):

  1. A special outing such as dinner or a sporting event
  2. An electronic gadget
  3. Clothing
  4. A gift card or gift certificate
  5. Home improvement and gardening tools

With Father’s Day only three days away, there isn’t much time to find the perfect gift! If you are still searching for a thoughtful, meaningful gift, consider donating to Lions Pride in honor or memory of your father. Your gift will work to help preserve, protect and provide for Wisconsin Lions Camp and all WLF statewide projects.

Happy Father’s Day!

The 11th Annual Lions Pride Shoot


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Ready, aim, fire! We know it’s hard to believe, but we are only days away from thisTichigan Lions week’s 11th Annual Pride Shoot, happening once again at Milford Hills Hunt Club in Johnson Creek.

Sporting clays shooting is often called “golf with a shotgun,” but unlike golf, shooting sporting clays is as fun for beginners as it is for seasoned experts (we’re sure golfers would agree!)

Our sporting clays fundraiser is our most popular event that takes place on the second weekend in June. Both Lions and non-Lions come together to enjoy a day on the course in the beautiful rolling hills of Southern Wisconsin to support Lions Pride.

The day consists of an early breakfast followed by a challenging 22-round course with games and door prizes. After shooters have finished the course, they celebrate with beer, auction and delicious supper. The Pride Shoot is one of the most, unique and successful fundraisers that takes place for our organization.

Although we still have a lot of work ahead of us, we are eagerly anticipating Saturday’s arrival. We are always reminded of Dewey’s spirit, but it’s even more present this time of year as he so looked forward to the annual shoot. We feel we have a personal responsibility to make the upcoming event even more rewarding than the last.

We’d like to thank all of our donors, sponsors and volunteers for all of your support – both leading up to, during and after the shoot. We know firsthand that it takes a village to create and implement a successful event, and the Pride Shoot would not be what it is without all of your help.

See you Saturday!


The Start of the 2018 Camping Season


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Pack your bags, grab the sunscreen and let’s get ready to camp! We are officially less lions-pride_sunset-at-campthan ten days away from the start of the 2018 camping season at Wisconsin Lions Camp, and we couldn’t be more excited. For the past 60+ years, nearly 1300 campers with vision, hearing, mild cognitive disabilities and Type 1 and 2 diabetes travel to Rosholt for the adventure of a lifetime.

Below you will find the 2018 schedule:

Block One

June 10-15                       Adults who are Blind or Visually Impaired

June 17-22                       Children with Type I & II Diabetes

June 24-29                       Children with Type I & II Diabetes

July 1-6                             Children with Intellectual Disabilities or Educational Autism

July 8-13                           Children with Intellectual Disabilities or Educational Autism

July 15-20                         Staff Transition Week


Block Two

July 22-27                          Children who are Deaf or Hard of Hearing

July 29-August 3               Children who are Deaf or Hard of Hearing

August 5-10                       Children who are Blind or Visually Impaired

August 12-17                     Adults 18-25 with Intellectual Disabilities or Educational Autism (by invitation only)

August 20-24                     Adults who are Deaf or Hard of Hearing (July 20)

During their week away, campers have the chance to create a comprehensive program built around their interests. Overnight camping, canoeing, hiking, swimming, sailing, kayaking, paddle boarding, archery and crafts make up the daily activities that take place at camp.

The goals of camp are to assist each child in the areas of self-confidence, interdependence, environmental awareness, but above all, to have a fun, safe experience combined with camaraderie and friendship.

What do our campers and Lions Pride have in common? We both look forward to the camping season all year long. Did you know that when the Wisconsin Lions Camp was first opened, it was funded primarily by Lions Club donations? In the last decade or so, however, expenses for camp and all other WLF statewide projects have increased drastically.

Many might be surprised to learn that combatting rising costs was the primary reason for the birth of our organization. Read the whole story here. Today, the Wisconsin Lions Camp is one of the statewide WLF projects that receive financial support from the Lions Pride Endowment Fund. We’re proud to work alongside both donors to help create lifetime camp experiences for both now and future generations.  We sincerely appreciate your support as we continue on to preserve, protect and provide.


Involve a Veteran this Memorial Day


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If we were to ask you what the most patriotic month of the year is, how would youBoy salutes flags at Memorial Day display in a small town respond? You’d probably say July; it’s a no-brainer. But what about the second most patriotic month? We’d say May.

This month, we’ve already celebrated Armed Forces Day on May 19, and Memorial Day is right around the corner. Veterans gave a major sacrifice when they chose to enlist, but often, their eagerness to make a difference does not end when they complete their term. Many look to get involved at a local level, which could make Lions the perfect fit.

Veterans have so much to offer to any organization. They have a strong sense of dedication and commitment, have a keen sense of leadership and know precisely what it means to be a part of a team. That’s why LCI created the Involve a Veteran Program. From now until June 30, 2018, qualifying veterans have the chance to join a Lions club with an entrance or charter fee waiver. Eligible veterans include Army, Navy, Air Force, Marines and Coast Guard personnel as well as the Canadian Armed Forces who retired or were honorably-discharged from their service. National Guard and Reserve personnel who were called to active duty are also eligible.

When inviting veterans to join your Lions Club, consider trying one of these simple recruiting ideas:

  • Drop off brochures at your local Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW) clubs. You might be surprised to learn how many chapters exist in our state!
  • Exhibit at a local Veteran community event. Be sure to check out the Wisconsin Department of Veteran Affairs Events page and watch your local newspaper.
  • Use the press release template to attract local media attention.
  • Take the opportunity to thank Veterans on your social media pages. Memorial Day would be an excellent day to express your gratitude for their service – you never know who might stumble across your post.
  • Start a new project and invite Veterans to join in on the fun.

It’s not too late! Join the over 700 clubs that have taken advantage of the Involve a Veteran program and give veterans the opportunity to continue serving, as a Lion.

The Lions Pride Office will be closed on Monday, May 28, to honor those who bravely served our country and made the ultimate sacrifice. We’d like to wish you all a fun, safe holiday weekend!

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

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!