Special Ways to Celebrate Dad


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Have you seen an increase in ads relating to home improvement, technology or men’s personal care items? You’re not the only one! The increase in promotion of all things manly tells us that Father’s Day is just around the corner! In honor of the occasion, let’s take a look at the most common gifts, then we’ll throw out some alternatives to shower dad with extra appreciation.

On the third Sunday of June, kids celebrate dad with practical gift ideas. Here are some of the typical gift ideas:

  1. A necktie (or another clothing item)
  2. An electronic gadget
  3. A gift certificate

Rather than relying on the same tried-and-true items, how about surprising Dad with something different this year?

  • Tickets

    We’ve said it time and again, but this summer is extra special because many of us get to come together again after being apart for months at a time. Celebrate dad by purchasing tickets to a concert or sporting event. Starting next week, the Milwaukee Brewers will be allowing full capacity at American Family Field.  
  • Project assistance

    If your dad is like many out there, summer is the busiest time of the year. Between yard work and other summer projects, you might notice that he hardly has time to just sit and take in the most beautiful season of the year. Help him get to relaxing faster by offering a hand. We can bet he’ll enjoy the company as well as the assistance.
  • A donation to his favorite cause

    Does Dad have a special cause that he loves to support? Consider helping that organization carry on in its mission by giving a gift in his honor. Remember that donations are the lifeblood of any nonprofit organization. If your dad is a Lions Pride supporter, an honorarium or memorial donations can help us continue preserving, providing and protecting for the Wisconsin Lions Camp and all WLF statewide projects. Click here to learn more.

Dad’s special day is only three days away, so don’t wait to find the perfect present. From the Lions Pride Board and Staff, we’d like to wish all the dads out there a happy Father’s Day!

Lucky 13: The Lions Pride Annual Shoot


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To those who consider themselves to be superstitious, the number 13 is a less than ideal number. It’s often associated with Friday the 13th, black cats and non-existent hotel floors. But, after the year we all just endured, we could not be more excited to celebrate the 13th Annual Lions Pride Shoot, Deja Vue Redo.

Apart from 2020, we’ve held the Lions Pride Shoot at Milford Hills in Johnson Creek for the past 12 years. If you’re new to the sport, you may be interested in learning that sporting clays simulates actual hunting situations in the field and are enjoyed by people of all ages. In fact, more than 3 million people a year shoot sporting clays either competitively or recreationally. Sporting clays is both fun and challenging as well as one of the fastest-growing sports in America. It is a unique sport that provides instant gratification and brings out one’s competitive nature.  

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

The day begins with an early lunch, followed by a challenging course with games and door prizes. After shooters have finished the course, they finish up their action-packed day by participating in a live auction, drinking ice cold beer and indulging in a delicious meal.

The Lions Pride Shoot may only be a one-day event, the staff has planning and preparing for months. Many small details go into the overall preparation of the fundraiser, including recruiting participants, finding sponsors, collecting both door prizes and auction items, coordinating all of the day’s events with the Milford Hills staff and recruiting volunteers to help create a successful event. We were disappointed to have to cancel last year’s event but cannot believe that we are now only days away.

As we continue to finish up the final details of the event, we’d like to give a special shoutout to our donors, sponsors, shooters and volunteers. We have first-hand experience that it takes a village of people to create a unique and enjoyable event. We look forward to being reunited in Milford Hills, we know that our 13th year will be the best one yet.. And as always, we cannot thank you enough for your endless support.

See you on Saturday!

2021 Summer Bucket List


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As students finish out the school year, it is starting to feel like summer in Wisconsin. Of course, this is not your typical summer. After nearly 15 months of being hunkered down, Wisconsinites are ready to get back to normal summertime activities (ourselves included.) To help get you in the spirit of the return, we’ve compiled a list of 21 activities to help kickstart your summer:

  1. Reunite with friends and family by hosting an outdoor cookout
  2. Look for live music events at your favorite bar or restaurant
  3. Pack a lunch and invite an old friend to picnic in the park
  4. Visit a state fair and pretend the calories don’t count by indulging in a deep-fried treat
  5. Watch a flick under the stars at a drive-in movie theater
  6. Treat yourself to an ice cream cone
  7. Stay up late to watch the sunset, or get up early to witness the sunrise
  8. Play a round of golf with your favorite foursome
  9. Read a book and soak up the afternoon sun
  10. Bring nature in by picking a bouquet of wildflowers
  11. Order an iced coffee from a local coffee shop
  12. Plan a day trip to one of the many beautiful locations around the state
  13. Reconnect with Mother Nature by spending a night in the great outdoors
  14. Put your toes in the sand at an area beach
  15. Pick up baked goods and surprise a loved one who you haven’t seen in a while
  16. As the days warm up, beat the heat by visiting a museum
  17. Build a campfire and enjoy an ice-cold beer
  18. Explore a state park you’ve never visited
  19. Open the windows to let in the fresh air
  20. Buy a ticket and watch a ballgame
  21. Spend a day doing nothing at all

This is the moment many of us have been waiting for. What activities are you most looking forward to this summer? We’d love to hear in the comments below.

Let’s make June, July and August the best months ever.

Happy Summer from Lions Pride!

Keeping Their Memories Alive


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We likely don’t have to tell you that we are less than 48 hours away from a long weekend. We’re guessing you know that Monday is Memorial Day and the unofficial start of summer, but we thought we all could use a refresher about the origin of the federal holiday. Not to be confused with Veteran’s Day, Memorial Day is celebrated on the last Monday of May and honors the military men and women who lost their lives in the line of duty.

The holiday once known as “Decoration Day” originated in the years after WWII. The term, “Memorial Day,” did not appear until 1971. Previously, Decoration Day or Memorial Day was celebrated on May 30, regardless of the day of the week. Then in 1968, the Uniform Holidays bill was passed as a part of a move to use federal holidays to create 3-day weekends.

Each Memorial Day, the US flag is flown at half-mast from dawn until noon and volunteers around the country place flags on every gravestone in national cemeteries. A national moment of remembrance also takes place at 3 pm local time.

While last year was very much out of the ordinary, people typically celebrate with picnics, sporting events and family gatherings. As more and more Americans become fully vaccinated, we are again seeing calendars fill up with these activities again in 2021.

This Memorial Day, while you and your family are enjoying your cookouts and reunited time together, we hope that you’ll remember the origin of the federal holiday. Make it a point to keep the brave Americans who gave their lives to protect our freedom on your mind all day long.

The Lions Pride Board and Staff would like to offer a special “thank you” to all of the courageous men and women who gave the ultimate sacrifice.

Our office will be closed on Monday, but we will be back on Tuesday, June 1. We wish you all a safe and enjoyable Memorial Day weekend!

3 Reasons to Adopt a Rescue Dog


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You might be surprised to learn that approximately 3.3 million dogs enter animal shelters each year. Today, May 20, is National Rescue Dog Day! While there are many ways to make a difference in the lives of rescue dogs, we’d like to shed light on our favorite way – adoption.

There are countless benefits to adding a pet to your family, including love, companionship, protection, stress relief, entertainment, and more. If you have room in your heart and your home, we’d highly encourage you to think about adopting a dog. Here are a few reasons to consider:

  1. Adoption fees can be significantly less expensive than breeder fees

    According to CostHelper, purchasing a dog can cost between $300 and $1500 with show-quality dogs costing as much as $15,000. Meanwhile, adopting a dog from a shelter costs between $70 and $300. With savings like that, you are free to spoil your furry friend or support another worthy cause.
  • You are helping to control pet overpopulation

Sadly, the breeding rate of puppies and kittens exceeds the number of loving home available to pets. The best way to fight overpopulation is to adopt from a shelter then have your pet spayed or neutered (which is often covered within the adoption fees.)

  • You are saving more than one life

    Yes, you read that correctly. When you choose to adopt a dog from the shelter, you are, of course, saving a life by offering a second chance to him, but you also need to remember the dog who takes his place. When one dog is adopted, another dog can receive the care he needs until he finds his furever home.

These are only a handful of advantages to adopting a rescue dog. If you are a rescue dog advocate, tell us about your best friend. We’d love to hear about them in the comments below.

Happy National Rescue Dog Day from Lions Pride!

The 2021 MD27 State Convention


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In 1921, the first Lions roared into Wisconsin. This weekend, we’ll commemorate the 100th anniversary of the Wisconsin Lions, and it would only be fitting to celebrate in Green Bay, home of the second Lions Club chartered in the state.

This convention is extra special – not only because we are celebrating the centennial, but because we’ll be together in person. The MD27 State Convention, “Marching Into the Next Century” is happening today through Saturday at the KI Convention Center.

The fun kicks off today with a four-person golf scramble at Royal St. Patrick’s Golf Links in Wrightstown. The afternoon will include registration, exhibitor table set-up and the Council of Governors Meeting.

We’ll hit the ground running on Friday as the morning begins with board meetings and informative seminars. Followed by the opening luncheon featuring Tom Thibodeau, who will inspire us with the Positive Power of Servant Leadership. We’ll have our choice of interesting seminars to attend in the afternoon. We’re especially looking forward to listening in on the Lions Camp Seminar, a panel discussion with families and campers moderated by Dr. David Selner.

The day will finish with an Elections Officials Meeting, Strides Walk and Past DG Organization. Then, we’ll get together to celebrate the roaring ‘20s! Be sure to pack your flapper skirt and fedora. 

Saturday will begin with a Lions Business Meeting and Awards Presentation. District meetings will commence at 10:30 am, followed by a noon luncheon and last block of seminars. The afternoon will continue with the WLF Annual Meeting, voting and Governors Honor Banquet. Click to see the complete schedule of events.

We are excited to participate in the various seminars and meetings, but we cannot wait to see the smiling faces that we have been missing for months. It will feel so good to work together to reach, touch and improve lives as Lions.

What are you most looking forward to at the state convention? Let us know in the comments below.

See you in Green Bay!

Lyme Disease Awareness Month


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After a long, hard winter, many of us look forward to seeing the many signs of spring. We love to hear the birds sing, the flowers start to bud and the crickets chirp the night away. However, there is one area of spring that we can almost certainly guarantee that no one looks forwards to – the return of ticks.

The Centers for Disease Control estimate that approximately 476,000 people in the US are diagnosed with Lyme Disease each year. But because Lyme Disease can be incredibly difficult to diagnose, experts believe that number may be much higher. May is Lyme Disease Awareness Month, so we felt it was a good time to learn more about this particularly creepy disease.

Lyme Disease is a bacterial infection, primarily transmitted by Ixodes ticks (more commonly known as deer ticks.) Not every deer tick has Lyme, they get it after feeding on an infected animal such as a mouse or deer. Then, they pass it along to the next animal or person they bite.

A popular misconception is that an infected tick must be attached for 24 hours to transmit Lyme, but one report has shown that it was after only 6 hours. The risk may be low on day one, but there is still a chance of transmission.

One of the scariest parts about this disease is the fact that it can mimic symptoms of other diseases. Patients with Lyme are often misdiagnosed with conditions like chronic fatigue syndrome, fibromyalgia, multiple sclerosis and other psychiatric conditions.  

To prevent the contraction of Lyme Disease, work the following tips into active tick season (April through September) after being outdoors:

  • Inspect clothing and pets to find any lingering ticks.
  • Take a shower within two hours of being outdoors to help wash away any unattached ticks and conduct a tick check.
  • As previously mentioned, Lyme is commonly misdiagnosed, so educate yourself by knowing the symptoms.

Don’t let ticks stop you from enjoying the beauty of the season. Happy Spring from Lions Pride!

Celebrating the Beauty of Our Planet


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Photo Credit to Wisconsin Lions Camp

You likely already know that today is Earth Day, but did you know that the birth of the modern environmental movement started right here in Wisconsin back in 1970? Senator Gaylord Nelson of Wisconsin had long been concerned about the deteriorating state of the planet, but after a massive oil spill in Santa Barbara in 1969, he knew that the country needed a change.

Senator Nelson was keeping a close eye on students involved in the anti-war movement and was inspired by their energy; he wanted to bring the same type of attention to the public regarding air and water pollution. He decided to bring the idea of teach-in to college campuses and recruited Pete McCloskey and Denis Hayes to spearhead the effort. The team of three chose April 22 as their day of action because it was a weekday that fell between Spring Break and Final Exams.

They realized the potential to influence all Americans, so Hayes hired 85 staffers to promote events across the country, which then grew to include a wide range of organizations, faith groups and more.  

Although it may not be initially obvious, Lions Pride is a big supporter of Earth Day, stick around to find out why!

As you likely already know, we work closely with the Wisconsin Lions Camp. Each year, we are able to bring children with special needs from around the state to Rosholt for a week of fun and inspire a generation of nature lovers.

During their week away, campers have 440 acres and a 45-acre private lake to explore. They each have the opportunity for a comprehensive outdoor program. Days are filled with outdoor camping, canoeing, hiking, swimming, sailing, archery, sports and so much more. The importance of environmental awareness is rooted in each of these activities.

Once the week has come to an end, we hope they take back an appreciation of our natural world and reappears to choices they make at home. For instance, we hope that when given the opportunity they choose the great outdoors more often than modern devices such as helping their parents plant a garden rather than staying in to play on their iPad.

Our world is an incredible gift and Earth Day reminds us all to cherish it as such. How will you choose to celebrate the beauty of our planet?

Get Out and Enjoy Our State Parks


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Every April, the National Park Service and National Park Foundation team up to celebrate America’s natural treasures. This year, National Park Week will take place from April 17 to April 25. What better time to get out and explore everything that Mother Nature has to offer?

If you recall, life in April of 2020 looked quite different from what we were used to experiencing. Most of the country was locked down and Wisconsin residents were advised to follow the “Safer at Home” order. Adventure seekers were encouraged to commemorate National Park Week virtually.

Fast forward 12 months and our lives are starting to look a little more normal. As the COVID vaccine continues to rollout, many people are anxious to get out and participate in activities that may not have been easy or possible during the pandemic. Might we suggest taking a trip to take in one of three Wisconsin National Parks?

Apostle Islands

Located in Lake Superior, the Apostle Islands National Lakeshore consists of 21 islands and one 12-mile mainland unit dedicated to preservation and public enjoyment.

Ice Age

The Ice Age National Scenic Trail is a 1200-mile trail that spans the entire state from north to south and east to west. Trailheads and access points are located in many places along the route. If you are looking to hike for a day, week or even a month, the Ice Age Trail is an incredible way to explore.

Saint Croix

The St. Croix National Scenic Riverway offers over 200 miles of water surrounded by a beautiful forest landscape. Choose your mode of transportation by foot or paddle.

Although it feels like we are on the home stretch, please remember that we are not through the pandemic just yet. Before planning your trip, be sure to check the park website to verify its operating status. Masks are also required on NPS-administered lands where social distancing cannot be maintained as well as inside all NPS buildings and facilities. Follow their guidelines for recreating responsibly.

Which Wisconsin National Park would you be most interested in visiting? Let us know in the comments below!

Happy National Park Week from Lions Pride!