Celebrate National Puppy Day with Adoption

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Let’s play a game! We’re going to describe a creature; see if you can guess. This fellow typically has a wagging tail and a wet nose, has been known to be clumsy and receives the title of man’s best friend. What is it? A puppy, of course.

This Saturday, March 23, is National Puppy Day, and we don’t think there’s a better time to celebrate your favorite, furry companion.

National Puppy Day was first established in 2006 when Colleen Paige decided to dedicate a special day to honor “the magic and unconditional love that puppies bring to our lives.” But even more importantly, it’s a day to bring awareness to dog adoption.

Did you know that approximately 6.5 million US companion animals enter animal shelters each year? Of those animals, about 3.3 million are dogs and 3.2 million are cats. The ASPCA estimates that 710,000 animals that enter the system as strays are returned to their owners, and approximately 3.3 million are adopted. But that still leaves over 2.5 million animals in the shelter.

If you have room in your heart and in your home, we’d encourage you to consider adopting a dog. We’ve compiled a list of a few reasons to adopt, rather than shop:

  1. You’re saving not one life, but twoWhen you decide to adopt from a shelter, you are providing your dog with the second chance he or she deserves. Consequently, you are also allowing the next animal the opportunity to receive care from the shelter until he or she finds their furever home.
  2. Adoption fees are typically less than those from a breederCostHelper has found that purchasing a puppy can cost anywhere between $300 and $1500, compared to adoption fees, which can fall between $70 and $300. Additionally, when you choose to adopt, you will find that many follow-up expenses will be covered in fees – vaccinations, spaying/neutering and microchipping.
  3. Find nearly any breedMany dog lovers have preferences when it comes to dog breeds and assume that they can’t be found within a shelter. You may be surprised to learn that nearly any breed can be found in a shelter, including purebreds and young orphans. Start with a simple online search – you’ll never know who you’ll find.

There you have it! Just three of countless reasons to adopt your best friend. If you are an advocate of adoption, why did you choose to rescue your pet? We’d love to hear in the comments below.

Happy National Puppy Day from Lions Pride!

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Early Signs of Spring

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Do you smell spring in the air? May, not quite yet, but believe it or not, it is right around Screen Shot 2019-03-14 at 5.51.46 AMthe corner. Next Wednesday, March 20, marks the beginning of the vernal equinox.

As you may already know, the equinox is a moment in time when the sun positioned directly above the equator, so night and day are of (approximate) equal length. We know that it may not yet feel like spring, but if you would consider yourself to be a skeptic, we have some additional signs to help you see the light:

  • The snow is disappearing slowly but surely. February brought in record-breaking amounts of snow. In fact, the city of Wausau set a new personal best with 39.1 inches of accumulation, well exceeding their previous record of 28.4 inches set back in 1964. Understandably, it will take some time to get rid of the snow banks completely, but we are making progress.
  • Mother Nature is celebrating with well-above average temps. Today, we are expected to reach 52 degrees here in Rosholt, which will feel like a treat. But we’ll need to stay tuned because it appears that 50-degree temperatures will become the new normal in the upcoming weeks.
  • The birds are back in town. Sparrows and sandhill cranes are making their way back home, and the robins will get back to their usual routines.
  • The days are getting longer. We may have lost an hour of sleep last week due to Daylight Saving Time, but we are now getting more sunlight. We’re looking forward to seeing a little bit more of our old friend, Mr. Sun.
  • It’s almost time to play ball! The 2019 MLB will open on its earliest day ever. All 30 teams will play on March 28, excluding international openers. The previous earliest opening day was only last year on March 29, 2018.

There are many ways to show us that spring is almost here. From now until June 21, 2019, we will be witnesses to the rebirth of the beautiful, Wisconsin landscape. What is your favorite part of the new season?

Happy Spring from Lions Pride!

Sleeping Tips for Surviving DST

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Didn’t it seem like only yesterday that we were setting our clocks back and excited for an extra hour of sleep? It may be hard to believe, but Sunday marks the end of Daylight Saving Time (DST.)

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Understandably, most of us do not look forward to the end of Daylight Savings, like we do at the beginning. According to sleep.org, the average person sleeps 40 minutes less on the night following Daylight Saving Time then they would on a typical night. Many people feel adjusted to the change by Wednesday, but other unlucky individuals may struggle for weeks.

Anyone who has experienced a rough night of sleep will likely tell you that it can have several negative impacts on the following day. To prepare for Daylight Savings, now is the perfect time to audit your regular nighttime routine. Keep these following tips in mind as you plan to spring ahead:

  • Gradually transition into the time change

Ideally, you would already be going to bed a little earlier than usual. If not, it’s not too late to get started. For the next couple of nights, make an effort to go to bed 15 to 30 minutes earlier. If you are well-rested before Saturday night, you will help minimize the effects of DST.

Remember that different people need different amounts of sleep. Make an effort to determine how much sleep you need.

  • Limit caffeine and alcohol intake

Alcohol and caffeine, which can be found in coffee, chocolate, tea and pain relievers, can disrupt your sleep. If you have trouble sleeping, avoid these stimulating substances for four to six hours before bedtime.

  • Don’t schedule nighttime workouts

Moderate exercise during the day can help you sleep better at night. When done regularly, aerobic exercise can help improve your quality of sleep, but the timing is important. For some, working out too close to bedtime can hinder sleep. Rule of thumb, if you don’t often sleep well, think about exercising earlier in the day.

  • Establish a digital curfew

When using smartphones, tablets and other electronic devices at bedtime, you are unknowingly delaying your internal clock. These devices suppress the release of melatonin and make it more difficult to fall asleep. Create a digital curfew for you and your loved ones in which you all turn off electronic devices for the night. Consider setting the limit 30 minutes to 2 hours before bed. The earlier you in the evening you power down the electronics, the better.

  • Commit to a regular sleeping schedule

Finally, for the best night’s sleep, go to bed and wake up at the same time each day (yes, even weekends.) By sticking with a schedule, you can help your body regulate its sleep pattern and maximize the hours you sleep.

Here at Lions Pride, we may not exactly be excited about losing an hour of sleep, but Daylight Saving Time means that spring is right around the corner and brighter days are ahead. Don’t forget to enjoy the changing of the season!

15 Little-Known Facts About Dr. Seuss

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“The more that you read, the more things you will know. The more that you learn, the more

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places you’ll go.” – Dr. Seuss

Saturday, March 2, is Read Across America Day, a one-day celebration that encourages children to read 365 days a year. The date was selected to commemorate the birthday date of, arguably the world’s most popular children’s author, Dr. Seuss.

2019 would be Dr. Seuss’s 115th birthday. To honor the occasion, we’ve compiled 15 fascinating facts that you might not already know about Theodor Seuss Geisel.

  1. Seuss was born as Theodor Seuss Geisel on March 2, 1904. Throughout his lifetime, he used many pen names include Theo LeSieg (Geisel spelled backward), L. Pasteur, D.G. Rossetti ’25, T. Seuss and most famously, Dr. Seuss.
  2. Most people pronounce “Seuss” incorrectly. “Zoyce” is the German pronunciation of Seuss.
  3. His love of rhyme came from his mother who would entertain him with verses she used to sell pies at a bakery.
  4. Contrary to his most popular pen name, Dr. Seuss was not actually a doctor. He adopted the prefix because his father always hoped he would practice medicine.
  5. Theodor attended Dartmouth College from 1921-1925, where he was voted “Least Likely to Succeed.”
  6. Before writing children’s’ books, Dr. Seuss spent some time in the advertising industry. He started creating books for kids because it was one of the few creative projects that was not prohibited in his contract.
  7. His debut book, “To Think That I Saw It On Mulberry Street” was rejected 27 times before it was published.
  8. The book, “Green Eggs and Ham” was written based on a dare. His publisher bet him $50 that he could not write a book with only 50 words. Dr. Seuss, of course, delivered.
  9. The inspiration behind “The Grinch Who Stole Christmas” was Seuss himself.
  10. Seuss was credited with inventing the word, “nerd,” which appeared in “If I Ran A Zoo” in 1950.
  11. “Oh, the Places You’ll Go” was the last book he published. The book has become one of the most popular gifts for graduates.
  12. During his lifetime, he published 44 picture books.
  13. He kept a closet of wacky hats. Whenever he was feeling the twinge of writer’s block, he would find a hat that would help the words flow.
  14. Seuss was the first person to win a Pulitzer Prize for writing children’s books.
  15. In 2010, Dr. Seuss was listed in Life Books’ list of “100 People Who Changed the World.”

It should come as no surprise that an exciting author would also have an interesting life! What was your or your child’s favorite Dr. Seuss book? Let us know in the comments below.

Happy Read Across America Day from Lions Pride!

A Brief History of the Academy Awards

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What’s the first topic that comes to mind when you think about the Academy Awards?

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We bet we can guess! More than likely, you think about the red carpet, elegant dresses and the prized Oscar statue. You know that the Academy Awards is a night to feature Hollywood’s elite, but do you know the origin behind the ceremony?

The Academy Awards have an extensive history. Believe it or not, when the academy was first founded in 1927, “Awards” was one of several committees. Although an awards presentation was considered, the group was focused primarily on labor problems and making a strong effort to repair the damaged reputation of the film industry. In May of 1928, the academy approved the committee’s proposal to present Academy Awards of Merit in 12 categories.

In 1930, the number of categories was brought down to seven, and two major film awards were combined to create Best Picture. Throughout the last 90 years, the academy has made multiple changes to the rules, categories and procedures.

Today, winners are chosen in 24 categories. To be eligible to win an award in a given year, a film must be “publicly exhibited at a commercial theatre in Los Angeles County between January 1 and midnight of December 31. Only members of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences may nominate and vote for candidates.

It should come as no surprise, but an Academy Award can play an important role in the success of a major film. As for actors and directors, the designation often brings a higher salary, more media attention and better film offers.

At one point, the Academy Awards was a ceremony with an audience reaching millions of worldwide viewers; however, viewership has been declining since the late 2010s. We’ll be interested to see how viewers tune in this Sunday!

Do you get excited to watch the Academy Awards? Who do you think will take home the Oscar for Best Picture? We’d love to hear your thoughts in the comments below.

Happy Oscar Watching from Lions Pride!

Happy Birthday Geri

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There are several events taking place in February. Of course, today is 33298584_10156156990905999_7597001671436140544_n.jpgValentine’s Day, which is then followed by President’s Day and the start of the Winter Olympics. But, arguably, the most important event taking place is the 34th Anniversary of Geri Schlender’s 39th Birthday, happening on Sunday, February 17.

To celebrate Geri’s date of birth, we thought it would be fun to learn a bit more about our executive director with random interview questions:

  1. What is your favorite color? Blue
  2. Would you rather have the ability to fly or become invisible? Fly
  3. What do you bring with you everywhere you go? My American Express Card. I don’t leave home without it.
  4. Do you have any pets? One dog, a Shih Tzu named Ming LI
  5. Are you more of an early bird or a night owl? Night Owl
  6. Where did you last travel to? Toronto
  7. If you could only have one meal for the rest of your life, what would you choose? Pizza
  8. What does your perfect weekend consist of? Antiquing
  9. Do you prefer movies or books? Movies
  10. What do you feel is the best invention in the past 50 years? Cell Phone
  11. What do you wish you had more time for? Family
  12. Where is the most beautiful place you have ever visited? Greece
  13. What is your favorite time of the year? Fall
  14. If you could go anywhere in the world right now, where would you go? Italy
  15. What three words best describe you? Funny, trustworthy, loyal
  16. What personal goals do you have? Become a Certified Trainer for Lions Clubs International
  17. Why did you decide to join Lions Pride? I saw the passion in Pride Chairman Dewey Carl and knew I wanted to be a part of his dream.
  18. What do you like best about your job? Observing the generous hearts of Lions and non-Lions alike who share our vision. Also, the Lions Pride Shoot that is held every second Saturday in June.

There you have it! Eighteen fun facts about Executive Director Geri Schlender. Now, here’s one fact that you already know: Lions Pride would not be the organization it is today with her  continued leadership and dedication. We appreciate all of her efforts in preserving, protecting and providing for Wisconsin Lions Camp and all WLF statewide projects.

Please join us in wishing Geri a very happy birthday!

 

Celebrate National Pizza Day

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Whether you prefer deep dish, thin crust or something in between, there’s no question

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that pizza is an American favorite. If you are looking for a reason not to cook on Saturday, we have the perfect excuse – National Pizza Day.

To commemorate the unofficial holiday, we’ve compiled a list of pizza-related trivia that are sure to get your mouth-watering:

  • The first mention of the word, “pizza” was found in a manuscript in Gaeta, a small Italian town, in 997 AD. Talk about history!
  • The first documented pizzeria was opened in Naples in the late 1800s.
  • Although the term dates back centuries, pizza didn’t become popular in the United States until after WWII. Stories say that soldiers stationed in Italy took to liking pizza and brought the idea back home to make it one of the most popular dishes.
  • The first American Pizzeria was Lombardi’s in New York City. The company started as a grocery store but started selling pizzas in 1905. This introduction led to an explosion of pizzerias around New York City.
  • Currently, there are over 9,000 pizzerias in the state of New York alone.
  • According to the USDA, a majority of Americans consume at least one slice of pizza each month.
  • Most people eat pizza on Saturday night.
  • Pepperoni is the most popular pizza topping, followed by sausage.
  • Pizza delivery increase by approximately 39 percent on Super Bowl
  • According to Pizza Connoisseur Craig Priebe, 69 percent of Americans prefer thin crust pizza.
  • The world’s largest pizza was 122 feet long and 22 feet in diameter.
  • Pizzerias make up about 17 percent of all US restaurants.

If you’re looking for a fun way to spend this Saturday night, consider throwing a pizza party and making homemade pizzas, or take a trip to your favorite local pizzeria. We can almost guarantee that no one will decline your invitation to celebrate.

Happy National Pizza Day from Lions Pride!

Super Bowl Super Facts

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We’re only three days away from the biggest game of the year – Super Bowl LIII. If you’re planning on inviting the crew over to watch the New England Patriots take on the LA Rams, you probably already have the drinks and snacks taken care of. Now, we’ll provide the super facts to make it a real party!

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  1. The original name for the Super Bowl was “The AFL-NFL World Championship Game; however, “Super Bowl” was used unofficially since the very first game.
  2. The Pittsburgh Steelers currently hold the record for the most Super Bowl wins. Of course, there is a chance that the New England Patriots could tie it up after Sundays’ game; they along with the San Francisco 49ers and the Dallas Cowboys each have five Lombardi Trophies.
  3. Speaking of Lombardi Trophies, a new one is awarded each year, they are made by Tiffany & Co, out of sterling silver.
  4. The Super Bowl is measured in Roman numerals because a football season runs over two calendar years.
  5. Peyton Manning is the only quarterback to win a Super Bowl Championship with two different teams.
  6. A shutout has never taken place in Super Bowl history, but there have been close instances. The Miami Dolphins currently hold the record for fewest points scored when they faced the Dallas Cowboys in 1972. The final score was 24-3.
  7. The cost of a 30-second commercial has increased by 197.02% from Super Bowl I to Super Bowl LI. A 30-second spot will reportedly cost between about $5M – breaking it down to $166,666 per second.
  8. Super Bowl Sunday is America’s second largest consumption day, following Thanksgiving.
  9. The highest rated halftime show (which had higher ratings than the game itself) was performed by Michael Jackson in 1993.
  10. In 1967, the first Super Bowl touchdown was scored Green Bay Packers Wide Receiver Max McGee.

Although it’s disappointing when our Green Bay Packers don’t make it to the playoffs, it’s always fun to have an excuse to gather with friends. Will you plan to watch Super Bowl LIII?

Happy Super Bowl Sunday from Lions Pride!

Celebrate National Spouses Day

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If we were to you to name your favorite person, who would you say? You would likely

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respond with the name of our spouse. But when was the last time you expressed your gratitude for their presence?

Life is busy. We all need to find a way to balance jobs, (grand)children and other responsibilities, it can be easy to take life partners for granted. Fortunately, there is an unofficial holiday to help you celebrate your spouse this weekend.

National Spouses Day occurs annually on January 26, and that gives us all an extraordinary opportunity to express our love for our spouses. We’ve together a list of ideas to honor your partner in crime:

  1. Spend time togetherThe days may sometimes feel long, but there’s no denying that weeks and months can go by quickly. If it’s been a while since you’ve spent some quality time together, there’s no better time than the present. Plan an activity this weekend that is centered around your spouse. Make a reservation at their favorite restaurant, go see the newest movie or take a road trip. Remember, time spent together is time well spent.
  2. Take on a few of their usual tasksThere are always jobs on the To Do List that no one ever enjoys completing. (We’re looking at you, dirty laundry!) Surprise your spouse by taking on a couple of their least favorite chores like shoveling the walkway, putting away the dishes or taking out the garbage. They may only take a few moments for your complete but offer extra time for your spouse to relax.
  3. Honor them with a giftDoes your sweetie have an organization that he or she cares deeply for? If so, consider giving a gift in their honor! Donations are the lifeblood of any nonprofit organization, so a gift of any size will help them keep moving forward in their mission. Click here for a Lions Pride memorial/honorarium form.

No matter how you choose to celebrate the unofficial holiday, just be sure to tell your better half how much they really mean to you.

Happy National Spouses Day from all of us at Lions Pride.

MLK Day of Service

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“Everybody can be great because everyone can serve.” -Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

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Each January, we honor and celebrate the life of Martin Luther King, Jr. In 1983, Legislation marked the birthday of Dr. King as a federal holiday. But in 1994, Congress designated the holiday as a national day of service. Each year, on the third Monday of January, we are all encouraged to look at Martin Luther King, Jr’s birthdate as a “day on, not a day off.”

Martin Luther King, Jr. was born on January 15, 1929. In 1948, he received a BA degree from Morehouse College, at the age of 19. He was awarded a BD degree after three years of theological study at Crozer Theological Seminary.

Shortly after, he became the pastor of the Dexter Avenue Baptist Church in Montgomery, Alabama. He was always a strong advocate of civil rights, so he joined the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People as a member of the executive committee. In early December 1955, he accepted leadership as the Montgomery Bus Boycott. The boycott lasted a total of 382 days. On December 21, 1956, the Supreme Court of the United States declared bus segregation as unconstitutional. From that point on, people of all races rode the bus together as equals.

In 1957, he was elected president of the Southern Christian Leadership Conference, a newly created organization that was formed to provide leadership for the civil rights movement. In the next eleven years, Dr. King would travel over six million miles and give over 2500 speeches. Meanwhile, he wrote five books as well as several articles and led enormous peaceful protests. He may be most known for leading the 1963 march on Washington, D.C., of 250,000 people and delivering his “I Have A Dream” speech. During his lifetime, he was arrested more than 25 times, awarded five honorary degrees and was the youngest recipient of the Nobel Peace Prize. In 1968, while standing on the balcony of the Lorraine Motel in Memphis, he was shot. He died on April 4.

Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. believed in a nation of freedom and justice for all. The Day of Service is intended for engaging in community action that works to solve social problems. Service has an incredible ability to unite people of all ages and backgrounds while building stronger communities.

Honor the memory of Dr. King on Monday, January 21, by choosing to serve. Looking for a new service project? You need to see the Lions Club’s complete list of ideas for families. What project will you and your club start next? We’d love to hear in the comments below.

Happy MLK Day of Service from Lions Pride!