Back to School Driving Tips

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Bus Stop SignIt may have been a quick summer, but school is back in session! While students are busy adjusting to their new weekday routine, the rest of us of legal driving age also need to adapt to school year driving.

We don’t have to tell you that the streets are more congested now than they were only a few weeks prior. School buses, bicyclists and children are everywhere you look; that’s why now is an important time for drivers to slow down and pay attention. Read through these back to school driving tips to keep everyone safe.

When sharing the road with pedestrians…

  • Don’t block the crosswalk when stopped at a red light or stop sign.
  • Obey the directions of adult crossing guards
  • Stop and yield to pedestrians crossing intersections in school zones. Remember, pedestrians always have the right-of-way.
  • Take extra care when driving through school zones and residential areas as well as near playgrounds and parks.

When sharing the road with school buses…

  • Keep a little extra distance between your vehicle and the bus.
  • Never pass a bus from behind if it is stopped to load or unload children.
  • Stop if the yellow or red lights are flashing and the “Stop” arm is extended. FYI: The 10 feet surrounding the bus is the most dangerous for kids.
  • Be sure to allow ample room for children to enter and exit the bus safely.

BONUSWhen sharing the road with construction workers… (Keep in mind that although the summer may be unofficially over, that doesn’t mean all road construction is complete.)

  • Put the phone down when you see orange cones. In October 2016, a new law went into effect that prohibits mobile device usage when driving in Wisconsin work zones, as a part of an ongoing effort to reduce distracted driving and increase safety for both workers and drivers. Violators may be subject to a $40 fine upon first offense.
  • Obey the speed limit signs. It’s not unusual to see reduced speed limits during work areas, make sure to pay attention to signs.

Lions Pride would like to wish you a Happy 2017-2018 school year. Let’s work together to create safer roads in our state!

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Lions Work to Help the Victims of Hurricane Harvey

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We are days away from a holiday weekend, but not everyone will be celebrating happily. As you already know Hurricane Harvey first reached the Houston metropolis last Friday, but residents in both Texas and Louisiana are still feeling its wrath nearly a week later.

Harvey is the first Category 4 hurricane to hit the continental United States since Hurricane Charley in 2004. The tropical storm made is second appearance yesterday morning, and the weather conditions do not seem to be improving as of writing.

Several parts of Houston set a record for rainfall in a single storm; the top reading showing 51.88 inches (as of Tuesday afternoon.) A resident meteorologist reported that 25 to 30 percent of Harris County is under water. At this point, local officials have confirmed 30 flood-related deaths.

The Insurance Information Institute has stated to Fox Business that damages could end up matching the $15 billion caused by Hurricane Katrina in 2005. In a recent statement made by Houston Mayor Sylvester Turner, the city’s focus “will continue to be on rescue” and not damage assessment.

Lions Clubs International Foundation has responded with an emergency catastrophe grant of $100,000. The grant will allow Lions in the area to provide life-saving supplies of food, water, blankets and other necessities. Please consider donating to the Lions Club International Foundation to help further their efforts on helping communities in need. We never know when or where disaster will strike, but LCIF emergency and major catastrophe grants enable local Lions to respond at a moment’s notice.

As you celebrate Labor Day weekend, the Lions Pride staff and board ask you to keep all of the families affected by this catastrophe in your thoughts and prayers. Many Texas and Louisiana lives will be changed after this event and will be in need of much support.

End of the Summer Bucket List

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The end of the summer is quickly winding down. We’re not sure where June, July Bonfireand August went, but we don’t have much time to left to take advantage of the beautiful Wisconsin weather. But you can complete the unofficial summer season on a high note by accomplishing the following bucket list:

  • Take a hike at a state park
  • Roast a marshmallow and make a s’more
  • Throw out a line at your favorite river or lake
  • Catch a ballgame
  • Watch a sunrise or sunset (your preference!)
  • Host a summer cookout with family and friends
  • Visit a state fair and indulge in a deep-fried goody
  • Pack a picnic and enjoy lunch in the lush, green grass
  • Remember Lions Pride

All good things must come to an end, right? If we had summer all year round, we definitely wouldn’t appreciate the beautiful weather like we do now. Just keep in mind; it will be back again this time next year.

What items have you already checked off your bucket list, and what else would you still like to complete? The clock is ticking, but there is still time to have the best summer ever! From all of us at Lions Pride, we’d like to wish you a happy end of the summer!

Safely Viewing the 2017 Solar Eclipse

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Rosholt EclipseHave you heard the news? A total solar eclipse is quickly approaching! This Monday, August 21, the majority of the United States will have a clear view of both total and partial eclipses (for the first time in 38 years.)

Although we are also excited to witness the nighttime wonder, we have several concerns that deserve addressing. Here at Lions Pride, you likely already know that we support one of the WLF’s largest projects; early child’s vision screening. So, it should come as no surprise that we’d want to do everything we can to educate our readers on how to view the eclipse safely.

Unfortunately, in Wisconsin, we will not have the opportunity to see a total eclipse, but we will still have an out-of-this-world view. But since the sun will not be completed covered, it’s important to remember that it is not safe to view directly with your naked eye. There are several types of solar filter glasses available (not to be mistaken for sunglasses,) but even these special glasses have certain risks.

The most critical case to keep in mind that most of these glasses are made with adults in mind, will likely not fit children properly and should not be used without adult supervision. Plus, if the solar glasses do not completely filter out 100% of the sun’s harmful UV rays, if they are not used absolutely perfectly or should there be any manufacturing defects, this will result in permanent and irreversible vision loss.

Dr. Michael Schecter, an optometrist in Columbus, Ohio, makes another important point about viewing the eclipse with kids:

“The biggest danger with children is ensuring proper use without direct parental supervision. During an eclipse, because the moon blocks so much of its light, if one looks at it without full protection, it does not cause pain as looking at the sun does on a regular day.Generally, if you try to look at the sun, it physically hurts, and you can’t see anything. During an eclipse, however, it is easier to stare for a bit, and even less than 30 seconds of exposure to a partially eclipsed sun, you can burn a blind spot right to your most precious central vision. With solar glasses, you can’t see anything except the crescent of light of the sun, but kids could have a tendency to want to peak around the filter to see what is actually going on up there. One failure, just one, where education and supervision fail, will have a devastating consequence.”

If you plan to view the solar eclipse on Monday, please do so safely. Sadly, one wrong move could result in a lifetime of vision loss that may not be immediately felt. If you do not have proper protection, please watch it on television. Lions Pride wants you to remember to protect and preserve your gift of sight.

Help an Area Family in Need With Stuff the Bus

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Although hard to believe, the new school year is right around the corner. Help local School Suppliesfamilies and children get ready for school by participating in Stuff the Bus 2017.

Did you know that in 2015, the cost of sending a single child back to school was estimated at $630? As childhood poverty continues to rise, it is becoming more challenging for families to find the resources to purchase necessary school supplies. You can help lighten their load by donating school supplies to a local Stuff the Bus Drive this Saturday, August 12.

We understand that time may have passed since you last purchased school supplies. Below you’ll see supplies most commonly found on area back to school lists.

  • Anti-bacterial wipes
  • Baby wipes
  • Backpacks
  • Ballpoint pens
  • Binders- 3-ring, 1 ½” to 2”
  • Binder Dividers – 5-tab set
  • Colored pencils
  • Compass
  • Crayons – 8 count, 24 count
  • Facial tissue
  • Flash drive
  • Folders – 2 pocket
  • Glue sticks
  • Hand sanitizer
  • Highlighters – Yellow
  • Washable markers – wide tip, 8 colors, thin tip – 8-12 colors
  • Sharpie Ultra-fine Marker – black
  • Spiral notebooks – single subject – wide lined & college rule
  • Loose-leaf notebook paper – wide-lined & college rule
  • Graphing paper
  • Printer paper – plain white
  • Index cards (100 pack)
  • Paper towels
  • #2 Pencils
  • Pencil case – zippered for 3-ring binder
  • Pencil sharpener
  • Pink erasers
  • Post-it notes
  • Ruler – 12″ with inches & centimeters
  • School box • School glue
  • Scissors – 4-5″ blunt & pointed tips
  • Small stapler
  • Staples
  • Whiteout (nonliquid)
  • Zip-lock bags – sandwich, quart & gallon

Area retailers are running great back to school sales; there’s never been a better time to pick up supplies. Whether you bring one item or handful of supplies, please know that you are making a difference for a local child by giving them the tools they need for a successful school career.

To find a drive near you, please visit your local Lions Club website or search Facebook for local events. On behalf of Lions Pride and all Wisconsin Lions, thank you for helping us Stuff the Bus!

Happy National Mustard Day

National Mustard Day

Photo Courtesy of National Mustard Museum

Summertime is prime grilling season. Whether you fancy chicken, brats or classic hot dogs, we can all agree that there is one flavor that gives all of these entrees a little more zing – mustard!

This Saturday, August 5, mustard lovers from near and far can celebrate their favorite condiment by participating in National Mustard Day. You have the choice of celebrating informally by whispering sweet nothings to your mustard bottle or by heading to the National Mustard Museum in Middleton, Wisconsin, for their annual event.

For the past seven years, the National Mustard Museum has hosted the event to help honor the King of Condiments and create the World’s Largest Mustard Challenge. The full day event features activities for the whole family including, music, games and entertainment complete with hot dogs, brats and free mustard samplings. (Did you know that there are over 20 different varieties?)

Proceeds from the day’s events go towards a local charity, this year the goal is to help raise awareness of the need for pediatric cancer research. The National Mustard Museum has joined forces with French’s Mustard and No More Kids with Cancer to support the Mustard Challenge. The challenge encourages participants to film themselves eating a spoonful of mustard, sharing the video with their friends on social media and donating to mustardchallenge.com. All of the donations will go towards pediatric cancer research and be matched by French’s.

There you have it! If you were looking for weekend plans, why not take a road trip to Middleton? Enjoy a full day event that supports a worthy cause. How do you plan to celebrate the famous yellow condiment? Please tell us in the comments below.

Happy National Mustard Day from Lions Pride!

The 2017-2018 Council of Governors Meeting

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The days continue to fly by this summer, and it’s hard to believe that it’s already time for the new district governors to meet. The entire MD27 Council of Governors is scheduled to meet this Saturday at the WLF Office here in Rosholt.

The first meeting of the 2017-2018 Lionistic Year will be chock full of information. The morning will begin with the call to order, introduction and opening remarks, the approval of agenda and 7/3/17 minutes, followed by the ratification of all previous action and minutes.

Next, the District Governors will hear brief reports from all of the district chairpersons:

Alert ChairLI We Serve
International Convention Chair
Diabetes Chair
Environmental Chair
Global Membership Team (GMT) Coordinator, Specialists and Team Members
Global Leadership Team (GLT) Coordinator
Global Service Team (GST) Coordinator
Hearing Preservation, Awareness & Action Chair
Information Technology Chair
International Relations Chair
LEO Chair
Lions Quest Chair
Lions Services for Children Chair
Pediatric Cancer Chair
Protocol Chair
Public Relations Chair
Reading Action Chair
Vision Chair
Youth Camp & Exchange Chair
Centennial Chair
LCIF Coordinator
MyLCI Expert Coordinator
Affiliate Club Liaison
Stuff the Bus Coordinator
USA/Canada Lions Leadership Forum
State Bowling Chair
State Curling Chair
State Elections Chair
State Resolutions, Constitution & Bylaws Chair
State Research & Long-Range Planning Chair
State Pin Trader Chair
State Convention Chair

(Remember, they only meet four times a year so they have to fit everyone in!)

The DGs will then hear from various committee members and break for lunch at Lions Camp.

The afternoon will begin with MD27 and state committee reports. The DGs will hear from 18 committees, including Lions Pride. Our newest board member DG Fred Gebhart and Office Assistant Katy Bailey will report.

The remainder of the afternoon will contain presentations from Lion-supported initiatives, a state convention update, miscellaneous committee reports, a finances report, policy committee discussion, DG Team Travel dates and other business. Talk about a full day!

We know that Saturday will be a terrific start to the year ahead. On behalf of Lions Pride, we’d like to extend a note of appreciation to the new DGs. We are looking seeing what you have in store for the new year. Thank you for your service!

Celebrate National Junk Food Day

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Most of us would already consider Friday Donutsto be the best day of the week, but this Friday(July 21) is even more special because it’s National Junk Food Day! Although we weren’t able to find the origin of this obscure holiday, we think it’s safe to assume a health conscious individual or group wanted a day to indulge without guilt.

The definition of junk food varies, depending on whom you ask. Dietitians will say junk food is any food with little to no nutritional value. Other people will say any food with high levels of salt, sugars or fat would fall under the umbrella. We think that we can all probably agree that the general term, “junk food” refers to anything that tastes good.

Here in America, we have our fair share of junk food readily available. After all, we are known as fast food nation. We have plenty of options for pizza, burgers and fries, ice cream and potato chips, all within arms reach and at all hours of the day. However, if you’re feeling adventurous, you might want to try something new.

Consider perusing the list of 100 Must-Eat American Foods to get your mouth watering. If you’re a lifelong Wisconsin resident, you’ll recognize a couple of staple items such as cheese curds and frozen custard, but there are 98 other foods that might not see everyday. There were even a few on the list that we never heard of before including hot water cornbread, pickled watermelon rind and geoduck. What’s your go to junk food? Please share with us in a comment below!

While we wouldn’t condone eating junk food every day of the week, we do think everyone deserves an opportunity to indulge. Just remember, moderation is key; you’ll thank us on Saturday when you’re not curled up on the couch, regretting your Junk Food Day celebration.

Happy National Junk Food Day from Lions Pride!

Lions Pride Annual Meeting – July 2017

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It’s that time again! This Friday, July 14, Lions Pride will host the 2017 Annual Meeting.

Annual Report

If you’re not already familiar with nonprofit organizations, you may not know that annual meetings are important events. While it may just seem like another meeting, this one is a bit different. Our board members meet four times a year, but they don’t always have a lot of opportunities to talk directly with the general public on the organization’s financial standing – that’s where the annual meeting comes into play.

The annual meeting will directly follow our third board meeting of the year at the Lions Pride Office. During the meeting, we will be discussing the 2016-2017 activities, fundraising efforts, donors and donations as well as the overall financial position. We’ll also hear from our President pro tem Sam Kochel and get the opportunity to thank our donors in person. After all, without you, Lions Pride wouldn’t be possible.

We’re looking forward to taking one last trip down the 2016-2017 Lionistic Year and celebrating the year’s successes while brainstorming new opportunities for the year ahead.

If you are unable to attend tomorrow’s meeting, the annual report will be available early next week. You can request an electronic or paper copy by emailing us at prideoffice@lionspride.org.

We’ve said it once, we’ve said it again and we’ll never get tired of saying “Thank you!” to all of our volunteers, donors and advocates for another phenomenal year. We are so appreciative of your continued support and can’t wait to see what lies ahead.

The 8th Annual Friendship 100 Ride

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Friendship 100 Riders

As you know, the Wisconsin Lions Camp gets special visitors all summer long, but in less than a week, we’ll be receiving a group of guests that won’t arrive in big, yellow buses – but rather roaring hogs!

We’re happy to announce that Open Road HD of Fond du Lac will be once again partnering with Lions Pride to hold the 8th Annual Friendship 100. The invitation-only ride was started back in 2009 and has raised over $30,000 for Lions Camp.

To participate, the riders raise a minimum donation of $100 before the event. Then together, the group takes a beautiful 100-mile ride from Fond du Lac to Rosholt. This year’s ride will be held on Wednesday, July 12.

After arriving, the riders will enjoy lunch at the recreation center, followed by a tour to experience the day in the life of a Wisconsin Lions Camper before making the trek home.

Year after year, we look forward to the Friendship 100. A unique part of our job is that we work with both Lions and non-Lions to support WLF projects, and there is nothing that we love more than taking part in activities that support the cause.

To all of the participating riders, we’d like to extend a special message for your continued support. Because of your generosity over the last eight years, you have guaranteed several camper spots in perpetuity, and we cannot say thank you enough for your support. See you soon!