Oreo Cookie Fun Facts


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Photo Credit to LoveTheseRecipes.com

Saturday, March 6, is National Oreo Cookie Day! If you’re anything like us, you’ll celebrate with a pack of Oreos, tell yourself that you’re going to have a few, then finish a whole sleeve. (Don’t worry, we don’t judge!) In honor of milk’s favorite cookie, we’ve compiled a list of interesting facts you might not know about the sandwich cookie:

  • The origin story of the brand name remains a mystery. Though fans have many theories of their own.
  • It takes nearly one hour (59 minutes to be exact) to make an Oreo.
  • Many unknowingly believe that Hydrox is a copycat cookie, when in fact, they were introduced 4 years before Oreo.
  • The first Oreo flavor was lemon creme, which debuted in the 1920s but was later discontinued.
  • The name Double Stuf Oreo is deceiving. A high school math class in upstate New York determined that these cookies only have 1.86 times the amount of filling compared to the originals.
  • Women are more likely to twist off the wafers of their Oreos before indulging.
  • Oreos became kosher in 1997 when they removed lard from their recipe.
  • The wafer color of Oreos is either dark brown or black, depending on who you ask. According to Oreo, they do not have a color assigned.

There you have it – a handful of fun facts about Oreos to match a handful of cookies. Did any of these fun facts surprise you? Let us know in the comments below.

You may think an Oreo Cookie on its would be enough of a dessert, but if you’d also like to showcase your love of Lions Pride, you can turn them into adorable lions with the help of some orange sprinkles and melting chocolate. Click to see the recipe.

Happy Oreo Cookie Day!

The 2021 Lions Club Convention Season


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Lions Club International Convention Registration is now open! Although COVID-19 vaccinations are underway, the Board of Directors elected to transition the Montreal LCICon to a 100% online event. Here’s what you need to know about this year’s convention as well as other district events:

  • Virtual LCICon 2021 is scheduled for June 25-29. Stay tuned for updates and event details, which will be published on lcicon.lionsclubs.org.
  • The registration fee is $50 from now until March 31. Lion Registration will increase to $75 on April 1. The registration fee for Leos is $30 from now until the time of the convention. Register now!
  • The elections for Executive Officers and International Directors will be conducted electronically. The official voting procedures will come ahead of the convention.

If you’ve never experienced a Lions Club Convention, this year may be the perfect time to get your feet wet as the registration fee is inexpensive, there’s no passport, hotel stay or airline ticket required and everyone’s invited (including your pets!)

Back here at home, many districts are following the lead of LCI by moving their conventions to virtual settings. Districts D1 and E1 are also conducting totally online events. District B2 put a twist on their digital event by creating an un-convention. DG Lion Amy Quig set up a YouTube channel and asked all of the presenters to record their presentations for participants to view at their leisure. Since there were no registration, dining or lodging costs, attendees were encouraged to consider donating that sum to an upcoming Lions project or local food pantry.

Of course, many of us are understandably disappointed that we will not yet be able to gather in person for many of our events, but we understand that these decisions were made to put health and safety first. We are still optimistic that brighter days are ahead and love to continue witnessing our organizations’ dedication to service, even in times of uncertainty.

What are you most looking forward to seeing with the online conventions? Let us know in the comments below.

Happy Convention Season from Lions Pride!

Fun Facts About Pets


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Let’s play a guessing game! We’ll use a few characteristics to describe a loved one and we want to see if you can determine who it is we’re talking about. This special someone likely has four legs; can make you smile even after the roughest day and is always there for you – both literally and figuratively. Who are we talking about? Your pet, of course!

This Saturday, February 20, Is National Love Your Pet Day, a day to celebrate your most loyal companion. In honor of National Pet Day, we’ve compiled a list of interesting fun facts that you might not already know about your best friend:

  • You may have heard that yawning is contagious, but did you know that it can actually be triggered between species? Research shows that dogs are more likely to yawn if they see their owner yawn first.
  • Like a human fingerprint, a dog’s nose print is unique.
  • You may have noticed that dogs often curl up in a ball when sleeping. This evolutionary habit is thought to be rooted in their DNA. When dogs primarily slept outside in the wild, they would sleep in a ball to conserve their body heat as well as to protect their vital organs from predators.
  • Believe it or not, dogs really do have a sense of time. They get used to regular routines and know when it’s time to eat or go for a walk.
  • Despite popular belief, domesticated cats are more closely related to a puma or lynx rather than a lion or tiger.
  • Cats have the ability to rotate their ears up to 180 degrees.
  • Human brains and cat brains have a lot in common. In fact, studies show that the structure of a cat’s brain is 90 percent similar to ours.
  • Once cats reach maturity, they typically only meow at humans. Meanwhile, they will hiss, purr and spit at other cats.
  • Rabbits have similar grooming patterns to cats. They clean themselves by licking their paws. 
  • Goldfish can see more colors than a human. In addition to red, blue and yellow, they can see a fourth color which allows them to see ultraviolet light.

Whether you own a dog, cat or another special creature, there is just no denying the positive impact they have on our lives. Be sure to take the weekend to give them a little extra loving.

Happy Love Your Pet Day from Lions Pride!

Three Reasons Why We Love Our Supporters


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Valentine’s Day is right around the corner, which gives us all an opportunity to tell our cherished loved ones how much they mean to us. For most of us, our favorite people may include our spouses, children, friends and community members, but if you’re a nonprofit organization, you have one more group to add to the mix – donors.

Here are three (of many reasons) why we love our supporters:

  1. Their kindness

You may likely already know that the Lions Pride staff is small but mighty, which means it’s not always easy to finish big tasks on our own. Whenever we are in need of additional support for stuffing mailers or working a fundraising event, we can always count on the kindness of Lions and our donors to come to the rescue.

  1. Their loyalty

The Lions Pride Endowment Fund was born in 2006 when it became clear that the rising costs of the camp operating expenses could no longer be maintained by Lions Club Donations alone. We feel so fortunate to say that many of our donors have been with us since the very beginning and others continue to stick with us, year after year, supporting us as we continue on our mission.

  1. Their warmth

Campers may only stay at Lions Camp during June, July and August, but it takes nine months of preparation to make sure they have the most memorable week of the summer. The weather may be downright cold outside, but we always have summer on our mind, thanks to the warm and giving hearts of our donors.

At Lions Pride, our mission is to preserve, protect and provide for Lions Camp and all other WLF statewide projects. None of this would be possible without the generous support of our donors. We feel so lucky to have the greatest donors out there. Thank you for your continued support.

Happy Valentine’s Day from Lions Pride!

The Benefits of Getting Outside


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Photo Credit to Wisconsin Lions Camp

Did you know that the first Saturday of every month is known as National Play Outside Day? This unofficial holiday gives families including kids, parents and grandparents a regular opportunity to get outside to play together. You may be wondering why we need a monthly occurrence to remind us to spend some time outdoors, but the fact is both kids and adults alike have stopped playing outside (and we’re not just talking about the time during these chilly winter months.)

One of the easiest ways you can improve the health of yourself and those around you is by spending a little more time outside. Here are a few important health benefits associated with getting out and enjoying nature at its finest:

  • You can find ways exercise without giving it much thought.
  • You can increase your Vitamin D intake, which is beneficial for your bones, blood cells and immune system.
  • You can improve your sleeping habits by regulating your internal clock.
  • You can enhance your creative problem-solving capabilities by refocusing your attention.
  • You can stay active and more easily manage a healthy weight.

Time outside may be on the decline, but it remains a core factor for our special campers in all of the summer programming at Wisconsin Lions Camp. In each session, children have the chance for a comprehensive outdoor program that includes everything from overnight camping, canoe and hiking trips, swimming, paddle boarding and more.

The goals, of course, are to assist each child in the development of self-confidence, interdependence and social skills, as well as help build upon their outdoor recreational skills and environmental awareness. The staff understands that there is no better way to observe everything that Mother Nature has to offer with a variety of fun, outdoor activities that encourage campers to continue playing outside – even after leaving camp.

We can all take a play out of the Wisconsin Lions Camp handbook by remembering to get out and play. We know that the frigid temperatures this weekend may not necessarily be conducive to enjoying a lot of time outside, but it will be the perfect time to plan your favorite outdoor winter activity when the weather warms back up.  

If you know someone who could benefit from a trip to the Wisconsin Lions Camp, you can find additional program information and online applications on the Wisconsin Lions Camp website.

Fun Facts to Celebrate National Puzzle Day


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There’s no question that technology has been the driving force behind life during the pandemic. We’ve hosted Zoom meetings to conduct business, reconnected with friends using FaceTime and passed hours with one of the many streaming services. But as useful as technology can be, we can all probably agree that it is possible to take in too much.

If you’re looking for a reason to take a break from your screens, you’re in luck! Tomorrow, January 29, is National Puzzle Day. But before you stow away to the game closet to find your favorite puzzle, let’s celebrate with a few fun facts about one of the oldest past times:

• Many credit English engraver John Spilsbury as the inventor of the first puzzle around 1760. He used a sheet of hardwood to mount a world map, then cut around country borders with a handsaw.

• Spilsbury called these puzzles “dissected maps” and sold them as teaching tools to the wealthy, including King George III. 

• The name jigsaw puzzle comes from the special saw used to cut the puzzles, but this name didn’t catch on until after the jigsaw was invented in the 1880s.

• Cardboard jigsaw puzzles had a boost in popularity during the Great Depression due to their low cost. A single puzzle could provide hours of entertainment for one family member and then be passed on to another to enjoy.  

• Although many put together puzzles to decompress, others use puzzles to bring out their competitive sides. The World Jigsaw Puzzle Championship takes place in Spain and challenges the fastest jigsaw puzzlers from around the globe. The 2021 event will take place from September 25-26, 2021.

• Lastly, working on puzzles can be good for your health. A 2018 study shows that people who do jigsaw puzzles have longer lifespans and have a decreased chance of developing memory loss.

Is quietly working on a puzzle your idea of the perfect afternoon? If so, tell us your favorite part about jigsaw puzzles in the comments below. 

Happy National Puzzle Day from Lions Pride!

Uncomplicating Home Organization


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Over the course of the past nine months, many of us have spent more time in our homes than ever before. Due to the increased time at home, many of us have probably realized that we aren’t as organized as we’d like to be.

If your New Year’s Resolution includes home organization, but you are apprehensive to get started, know you’re certainly not alone. The idea of organizing an entire home can be both daunting and overwhelming, so we’ve compiled a few ideas to uncomplicate the process:

  1. Pace yourself

Don’t make the same mistake that many aspiring organizers make by believing everything needs to be done immediately. Yes, you may start out strong, but burnout can happen quickly if you don’t have a plan in place to keep your momentum high.

Set realistic expectations by assuming the job is not going to take an hour or even an afternoon. Consider starting with one area or room, dedicating 15 to 20 minutes to organizing the space. After taking the allotted time, you will either start seeing progress and want to keep going or feel accomplished enough to wait before starting the next area.

  1. Develop an exit strategy

It’s not enough just to sort through your possessions. You also need to have an action plan for the applicable items. Use boxes you collected over the holiday season to sort through all of your possessions. Box examples may include Toss, Store Elsewhere, Sell or Donate.

The next question you will likely ask is where you can donate items that you no longer want or need. You may be surprised to learn that you can support Wisconsin Lions with items taking up valuable space in your home.

Eyeglasses – Did you know that many developing countries lack the resources to manufacture quality lenses? The Eyeglass Recycling Center is working to help those who need eyeglasses to see clearly. At any particular time, the inventory available is about 125,000 pairs of glasses, which are then provided without cost to sponsors of Vision Mission projects. If you’d like to donate used eyeglasses, send them to 3834 County Road A, Rosholt, Wi 54473.
Hearing aids – the WLF Hearing Project works to promote awareness of hearing loss, knowledge about prevention, recognition and treatment. Wisconsin Lions collect and recycle used hearing aids for salvage credits then using them to reduce costs for purchase of new hearing aids for the project. Consider working with your club to organize a collection drive.  
Used cell phones – Next Tuesday, January 26, is International Mobile Phone Recycling Day. You can free up space in your junk drawer by donating your old mobile device. Contact the Wisconsin Lions Foundation for more information.

Who would have thought that by decluttering your home, you can also help an organization that is close to your heart – talk about a win-win!

  1. Ensure all items have a home

Is there anything more frustrating than not being able to find an item because you don’t know the last place you left it? The best way to resolve this issue is to make sure all of the items in your home have a place of their own. Of course, that’s easier said than done.

Come up with a plan by envisioning all of the activities that will take place in each room and find a storage solution that will work for all of the necessary items. This task will be one of the biggest challenges but will likely yield the most long-term results.

  1. Stick to a routine

After dedicating time to home organization, you will want your results to last. Whether you decide to spend the first part of your weekend decluttering the common areas or take 10 minutes each evening putting miscellaneous items away, find a routine that fits your lifestyle.

Home organization is a marathon, not a sprint! Do you plan on making organizing a top priority in 2021? Let us know in the comments below.

Happy organizing from Lions Pride!

Top Snowmobile Safety Tips


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Coincidentally, this week also represents International Snowmobile Safety and Awareness Week. Before packing up your gear for a weekend enjoying the beautiful Wisconsin scenery, let’s take a moment to review some essential safety tips to keep in mind during your travels.

  • Dress appropriately: To prevent injuries from twigs and other flying debris, consider wearing goggles or some type of face shield. You’ll also want to dress in layers of water-resistant clothing and ensure that you have no loose ends that might get caught in your equipment. Last, but certainly not least, always wear your helmet.  
  • Take it slow: According to the Wisconsin DNR, speed is a primary factor in nearly all fatal snowmobiling accidents. Be sure to drive at speeds that will allow you to effectively react in any situation.
  • Stay on marked trails: Only drive your snowmobile where permitted, whether it be on designated trails or the right shoulder of the road. Be sure to also be on the lookout for fences, tree stumps or stretched wire that may be hidden under the snow.
  • Remember your first aid kit: It’s never a bad idea to plan ahead. Prepare a first aid kit complete with bandages, a map, compass, flashlight, knife and matches. Be sure to keep everything in a waterproof pack.
  • Avoid traveling alone: The most dangerous situations take place when someone is injured and alone. Stay safe by traveling in a pack. Besides, isn’t snowmobiling with friends all the more fun?
  • Don’t drink and ride: Last winter in Wisconsin, alcohol was a contributing factor in 70 percent of the 23 snowmobiling fatalities. Stay safe by not consuming alcohol until your ride is over.

One of the best parts about living in Wisconsin is the visible seasons. If you plan to take your snowmobile out this weekend or sometime this winter, be sure to keep these safety tips handy.

Happy Snowmobiling from Lions Pride!

The Best Time to Take Down Your Christmas Tree


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The holidays are officially behind us. Christmas and the New Year have seemingly come and gone in the blink of an eye, and now you may be wondering when the best time is to take down your Christmas décor. Many of us would like to close the chapter on 2020, but there is no denying that there is something magical about the Christmas season that several of us would like to hold on to as long as possible. So, when is the best time to put away your Christmas tree?

To us, there are two schools of thought. If you like to pay attention to the calendar, there is an easy answer. According to Christian tradition, you should keep your tree up until the 12th Night of Christmas, which commemorates the arrival of the Three Wisemen.

As straightforward as the 12th Night sounds, unfortunately, that is not exactly the case. Different religions have different starting points, which makes pinning down the 12th Night a bit more challenging. The Church of England starts the 12 Days of Christmas on December 24, but the Catholic religion starts it on December 25, making January 6 (Epiphany) the 12th and final day of Christmas. If you were waiting for the ideal time to take down your decorations, that day has arrived.

But, as we mentioned time and time again; however, these past nine months have been unlike any other period many of us have seen in our lifetimes. To cope with the uncertainty, many people decided to put up their Christmas decorations earlier than they would have in the past, which brings us to the second theory.

If the sight of twinkling lights and beautiful ornaments still brings you joy on January 7, we would encourage you to leave your tree up as long as you wish. Arguably, the most magical part of the holidays, is the kindness that people associate with the season, so who are we to say when that feeling should end?

From all of us at Lions Pride, we hope you’ll keep the spirit of the holidays alive as long as you can, regardless of when you decide to take down your Christmas tree.

Christmas Caroling Safety Tips


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We know that likely everyone could use a boost of holiday cheer in 2020, and what better way than through the sound of music? Although many tried-and-true traditions, including cross-country travel and large family gatherings, may be frowned upon during the pandemic, Christmas caroling may be an activity you can still add to your holiday bucket list.

Sunday, December 20, is Go Caroling Day. What better time to gather a small group of loved ones to spread joy throughout your neighborhood? However, safety precautions are likely still necessary to stop the spread of coronavirus. If you plan to head out caroling, consider following these tips:

  1. Keep your choir small

    When it comes to event gatherings, the CDC guidelines say the more people you come into contact with and the longer that interaction lasts, the higher your risk to become infected and spreading COVID-19. To decrease the chance of spread, try to keep your caroling group on the smaller end.
  2. Maintain social distancing

    We know that Christmas caroling primarily takes place outdoors, but your group should continue to uphold a physical distance of at least 6 feet. You can further decrease your risk by keeping your masks on, avoid sharing items (like sheet music) and using hand sanitizer.

  3. Reach out to community leaders to determine your route

    As we mentioned, this particular holiday season may be especially dreary for some members of your community. Consider reaching out to community leaders who may have a good idea of who could use some extra holiday cheer. By speaking with these leaders, you may be able to efficiently plan your route and reach new people. 

    But remember, this year is unlike any other. Be sure to keep in mind that not everyone will feel comfortable opening the door to neighbors, especially if he or she is immunocompromised. You may want to reach out ahead of time to determine their caroling interest level.

  4. Gather virtually

    Lastly, if you’d rather avoid the risk, choose an online meeting platform to get friends together to sing your favorite holiday tunes. You may want to record your session and share it with your social network to get all of your friends in the holiday spirit.

The holidays certainly look different in 2020, but with a little creativity, we may still be able to participate in several well-loved traditions, including singing with friends.

Happy Go Caroling Day from Lions Pride!