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:

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!

Spring Ahead for Daylight Saving


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The time has finally arrived; it’s the moment that we’ve all been waiting for! Okay, maybe this isn’t exactly the event we’ve been early anticipating since snow first touched the ground, but it means we’re getting closer. Daylight Saving will be starting on Sunday morning at 2 am.

DST is that special time of the year where we get out step ladders and car manuals to set the clocks one hour ahead. You probably already know that when Daylight Saving Time starts, the sun will rise and set one hour earlier than the previous day, but here a few fun facts that you may have not already heard:

While out on an early morning horseback ride in London, Willett came up with an idea that would allow more people to enjoy the sunlight. He spent much of his lifetime and personal wealth, advocating that the United Kingdom move clocks forward by 80 minutes between April and October. Sadly, he never saw his idea come to fruition.

  • Germany was the first country to observe Daylight Saving Time

On April 30, 1916, Germany embraced the idea of daylight saving to conserve energy. Weeks later, the United Kingdom followed suit and “summer hours” were born.

  • Daylight Saving Time was never supposed to benefit formers, contrary to popular belief

Many people assume that farmers were strongly in favor of Daylight Saving Time when it was just the opposite. The agriculture culture was very opposed to the time switch when it was implemented in 1918. The sun, not the clock – dictated farmers’ schedules, so Daylight Saving Time was actually quite disruptive. After the time change, farmers had to wait an extra hour for the dew to evaporate, hired hands worked an hour less and it was too early to milk the cows. Over the past few decades, stores and recreational businesses have been the true champions of DST.

Although most of us change our clocks twice a year, Daylight Saving Time is not observed by Arizona (with the exception of the Navajo Nation,) Hawaii, Puerto Rice or the Virgin Islands. Worldwide, only approximately one quarter or 70 percent of countries observe DST.

People all across the America seem to either love or hate the observance of Daylight Saving Time. How do you feel about the time change? If given a choice, would you do away with the practice?

We may not be looking forward to less sleep, but here at Lions Pride, we are looking forward to the extra hour of sunlight. Remember, spring is right around the corner – don’t forget to enjoy the time change!


Annual Nonprofit Audits


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We are officially 48 days away from Tax Day. If you haven’t done so already, you have Nonprofit Auditlikely gathered all of your W-2s, 1099-MISCs and other taxes documents, and have made plans to meet with your accountant or sit down and file your 2017 taxes. Everyone seems to have Uncle Sam and their finances on their mind. Lions Pride is no exception – but we’re not filing taxes; instead, we’re completing our annual audit.

For some reason, the word ‘audit’ has an amazing way of sparking apprehension or fear in people. While an audit may seem like a punishment for individuals, they are actually a standard procedure for nonprofit organizations. An audit simply refers to an independent review of an organization’s financial books.

An independent audit is an examination of the financial records, accounts, business transactions, accounting practices, and internal controls of a charitable nonprofit by an independent auditor. “Independent” refers to the fact that the auditor/CPA is not an employee of the organization but rather is retained through a contract for services. For the last five years, we have contracted with Schenk SC to conduct our audit.

For the next two days, the auditors will examine our bank reconciliations, selected restricted donations and grant letters. They will also review physical assets, journals, ledgers and board minutes. After the review, the auditors will then issue a formal opinion about the accuracy of all financial reports, and provide recommendations to continue improving our financial management.

Here at Lions Pride, we know that an annual audit is an essential part of a check-and-balance system to guarantee all finances are in order and allows the LPEF Board of Directors to be confident LPEF staff is following proper accounting practices. The audit also demonstrates our commitment to financial transparency, which donors have come to expect from our organization.

Trust is one of the most critical components of a nonprofit-donor relationship. The annual audit is just one more way Lions Pride works to build that trust by ensuring all donations are properly managed and secured so we can continue to preserve, protect and provide for Wisconsin Lions Camp and all WLF projects. We thank you for your continued support.

It’s Girl Scout Cookie Season!


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We have to be honest. The winter weather has gotten us down this week. Although the temperatures have remained fair, the icy roads are making us feel as though the warm, summer months will arrive. That’s when we were to see a timely announcement – the return of Girl Scout Cookie Weekend.

Last month, Girl Scouts of the USA kicked off their 101st year of selling cookies. The Girl Scout Cookie Program is one of the most successful programs in any organization. Over 1 million Girls Scouts participate in selling cookies to benefit their troop. Scouts can show off their G.I.R.L. (Go-Getter, Innovator, Risk-Taker, Leader) Spirit by selling cookies to help power amazing experiences all year-round. All of the net revenue stays within the local area to benefit the girls and their councils.

This year, troops were happy to welcome the return of the Girl Scout S’mores Cookie, the most popular flavor to launch in the past century. In 2017, GSUSA debuted two versions of the cookie – a crème covered crispy graham cracker cookie dipped in chocolate, and a chocolate marshmallow filled graham cracker sandwich cookie decorated with designs honoring Girl Scouts’ Outdoor Badges.

With the new cookie arrival, bakers have gotten creative in the kitchen by whipping up new delicious recipes. We’re excited to try the S’more Campfire Cupcakes, created by Little Brownie Bakers, which will help put us in the camping spirit – even if there is still snow on the ground. Of course, we’ve also craving old favorites like Thin Mints and Tagalongs.

Now to answer a question that is often asked this time of year, “How I can purchase Girl Scout Cookies if I don’t know any Girl Scouts?” This year, it’s easier than ever to stock up on your favorite do-good cookie. Simply visit the Cookie Locator to find a location near you. As we mentioned, this weekend (February 23 – 25) is National Girl Scout Cookie Weekend, so troops all over the country are hosting exciting events. If you’d rather than stay in, there is also an online portal available.

No matter how you choose to enjoy your cookies, dipping them in a glass of milk or using them as a key ingredient in a new recipe, you can rest easy knowing that your purchase is helping young girls develop lifetime, leadership skills.

Have you or will you purchase Girl Scouts some time in 2018? What cookie is your favorite? The Pride Staff favors the Thin Mints.

Happy Girl Scout Cookie Weekend!

Celebrating Chinese New Year


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Happy New Year! Wait, didn’t we already do this? No, it’s not deja vu – it’s the Chinese Chinese red lanternNew Year. Unlike our traditional New Year on January 1, Chinese New Year is never on a fixed day because it is dictated by the lunar calendar, which can place anytime from January 21 and February 20.

Although the event will officially begin tomorrow (February 16), Chinese communities have been preparing for weeks. Typically, most families start by thoroughly cleaning their homes “sweeping the dust,” this process is representative of putting old things away and leaving the past behind.

Once all of the cleaning is complete, people decorate their homes with red lanterns and red posters with poetic verses. The color red is much loved because it symbolizes happiness and good fortune.

On the eve of the New Year, family events are extremely common. The festivities begin with a traditional dinner. Throughout the evening, fireworks and firecrackers are set off to get rid of bad luck and encourage good fortune. Other activities include beating drums, striking gongs and as well as Dragon and Lion Parades (we especially like the sound of the last event!)

Each year is given its name from the Chinese zodiac. This year’s zodiac animal is a dog. Years of the Dog include 1934, 1946, 1958, 1970, 1982, 1994, 2006, 2018 and 2030. If you were born in a Dog year, you’re a Dog, and the following elements are seen as lucky for you:

Lucky numbers: 3, 4, 9
Lucky color: red, green and purple
Lucky flowers: rose, cymbidium orchids

Unfortunately, it appears that people born in a year of the Dog are destined to have less good luck in 2018, but there are ways to make your own good luck.

Believe it or not, this is not the last New Year we will celebrate in 2018. It’s hard to believe, but in four short months, we will be getting ready to start the Lionistic New Year! We hope the time is going as quickly for you as it is for the rest of us. Lions Pride would like to thank you for your dedication to the Lions organization and appreciate your service.

Do you make plans to celebrate the Year of the Dog? Let us know in the comments below.

Happy Chinese New Year!




Get Ready for the 2018 Winter Olympics


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Looking for a way to display your American spirit? Tune in to the 2018 Winter Olympics, airing on NBC tomorrow night.Ice Skates

It seems like only yesterday we were cheering on our teams at the 2016 Summer Games in Rio. This year, the games are taking place in Pyeongchang, South Korea, a city approximately 80 miles east of Seoul.

To get ready for the action, we’ve compiled a list of fun facts to commemorate this year’s competition:

  • The first Winter Games took place in Chamonix, France, in 1924. The 2018 Games will mark the 23rd Winter Olympics.
  • Four new events have been added to the competition. This year, viewers will be able to watch big air snowboarding, freestyle skiing, mass start speed skating and mixed doubles curling.
  • Lee Suk-Woo designed the 2018 medals that feature lively diagonal lines and 3D consonants from the Korean alphabet. The design was inspired by tree trunks that were made to symbolize the “the work that has gone into developing Korean culture and the Games themselves.”
  • The 2018 Mascot is a white tiger named Soohorang. The tiger is an animal that is highly regarded in Korean mythology and culture; the white tiger is seen as a symbol of trust, strength and protection.

    Here at Lions Pride, we like seeing Soohorang as the mascot, but Pride the Lion from the 2012 Summer Olympics will always hold a special place in our hearts!

South Korea may be 15 hours ahead of Chicago, but Americans will be able to stream all of the events in real time. The first figure skating competition will begin tonight at 6 pm.

Will you be watching the 2018 Winter Olympics? Which event do you enjoy watching most?

Enjoy the winter games!