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At the October,2016 meeting, the Iron River Lions gave cash gifts to the Iron River Historical Society, the Evelyn Goldberg Library, and the Rural Share and Care food shelf. Roberta Ruef accepts the Historical Society check from President Faith Pittsley.
Linda Hultman represents both the Evelyn Goldberg Briggs Library and the area Care and Share Food Shelf. She accepts those donations from President Faith Pittsley.
President Faith Pittsley presents Rural Share and Care board member Linda Hultman with a $956 donation to support the local Food Shelf.
President Nan Olson presents checks to the IR Library and Food Shelf boards
Blueberry Royalty at the Ashland Christmas parade
Christmas Party 2013
The annual Christmas celebration was held December 7 at Northern Pines Golf Course. The clubhouse was decorated like a Christmas fairyland. Good cheer, good food, good times.
7th Annual Golf Scramble 9/7/13
WOMEN: April Reder, Ellie Munson, Dee Ginther and Marlene Parkhurst MIXED: Tim Landgreen, Andy Ranio, (Karen Helenius, Bob Ranio) MEN: Jerry Peck, Paul Kulig, Dan Kulig, (Paul Anecki)
Highway 2 Cleanup
Thanks to a crew of Iron River Lions two miles of US Highway 2 have gotten their spring cleaning. We picked 26 bags of trash and collected several pounds of woodticks.
Nan and Jim Olson, Linda and Dave Hultman, Janelle Armbruster and Fred Baue attended the 2012 District Convention hosted by the Tomahawk club in April.
Lion of the Year
Andy Edwards is presented the prestigious Lion of the Year award by President Darren Hanson. Andy is a truly ACTIVE Lion. He headed the deer hide collection, works on publicity for the Blueberry Festival, is the club photographer, and is just generally available when the club needs a hand. Congratulations, Andy.
THEY ALSO SERVE
At their November meeting, the Iron River Lions Club passed a motion saluting area protection services personnel and thanking them for their service. Organizations cited were Iron River Police Department, Fire Department, Ambulance and EMT Department, Bayfield County Sheriff's Department and Wisconsin State Patrol.On November 16, over 60 area residents crowded The Spot to celebrate and honor these service groups.
Honored Guests (l to r): Paul Voigt-WI State Patrol, Paul Susienka-Bayfield County Sheriff Elect, Gary Victorson-Bayfield County Coroner & IR Ambulance Director, John Darwin-IR Fire Chief, Scot Eisenhauer-IR Police Chief, Michael Krig and Will Stoychoff-IR Police Officers
2010-11 Officers Installed
Directors and officers for the 2010-11 year were installed at the May meeting. Seated (l-r), Sue Lindquist (Tail Twister), Linda Hultman (Secretary), Ted Callahan (Director), Janelle Armbruster (Director), Darren Hanson (President), Reen Modeen (Director), Nan Olson (Vice President), Ken Watters (Director). Standing, "Tiny" Schweiger (Vice President), Kent Getty (Lion Tamer). Not pictured, Lona Schmidt (Treasurer), Steve Schmidt (Director), Bill Trautt (Director).
Thanks to Vice President Darren Hanson and his Special Projects team, the memorial plaque at the Iron River ball fields looks as good as it did when installed in 1983. The plaque reads, "Iron River Lions Memorial Park. 1983. In memory of all members of the Iron River Lions Club for services rendered to the citizens of Iron River." Additional work on the parks is underway in cooperation with the Town of Iron River and Youth Baseball clubs.
Gitchee Gumee 4H Shooting Sports advisor, Lion Ray Kangas, accepts a check from Iron River Lions Treasurer, Reen Modeen. Ray will accompany the Gitchee Gumee team to the United States Junior Air Rifle Championships in Ohio at the end of June.
Kayla Brannon is shown receiving the first installment of her $1,000 scholarship from Lions President Jeanne Joseph. The presentation was made August 15, 2009, at the Iron River Lions Golf Scramble. Proceeds of the Scramble provide funds for scholarships. Kayla will be attending WITC-Superior. Her connection with the Lions is not new--she was the 2007 Blueberry Festival Queen.
As they have for many years, in December 2016, Santa and Mrs Claus visited Iron River Elementary School.
First Ramp Project Completed
Dick and Marilyn Woerle inspect their new ramp.
Richard Woerle is a Korean War Air Force Veteran who has faced significant health issues. As a result, there was a need for an access ramp to be installed on his house. The Iron River Lions Club developed a program to install ADA compliant access ramps within our service area. Program chair, Jeanne Joseph, contacted the Bayfield County Veterans Service Officer, Kevin Johnson, seeking a funding source. Kevin, in turn, contacted Bong-Hofstedt American Legion Post Adjutant, Chad La Lor. The Poplar Legion Post raises funds through a winter “Warrior Ride.” They were able to provide needed funds to purchase the bulk of the required material. The remaining amount was donated by Iron River Building Supplies where the project lumber was purchased.
We support our history
Lion Ernie Pittsley presents our donation to Leila Hoefling, President of the local museum society.
June '15 Meeting Highlights
Dick Berge, Melvin Jones Fellow, presents Nan Olson with her prestigious Melvin Jones Award as President Faith Pittsley looks on.
Two $1,000 scholarships were awarded to graduating high school seniors. Lion Marie Larson presents the scholarships to this year's winners Lyndi Graff and Heather Montavon.
Three new members were installed at the June meeting. Sponsors and their new members areAnne Madison and Tom Madison, Karen Wicklund and Wendy Biggerstaff, and Jon Hamilton and Rick Nelson.
District Governor Marla Sucko and her husband, Lion Mark joined us with a special presentation. During her year as DG, Marla visited all Lions clubs within her district. Her apprearance at our June meeting was her final club visit.
Lion Linda Hultman receives a certificate of thanks for her years of service as Club Secretary at the June meeting.
Iron River Lions have been champions for "Wayside" park after it was donated to the Town.
"A big THANK YOU to the Iron River Lions Club Members who came out to Howard Furhmann Community Park to do an annual clean up May 27th. The park looks great." Scot Eisenhauer
Veterans' Appreciation Day
Working with other area organizations, Iron River Lions served at the 2013 Veterans Appreciation luncheon held at the Community Center November 2.
Lion Dick Berge, President of the Wild Rivers Chapter of Trout Unlimited asked Iron River Lions for help with their Healing Water fly fishing outing. The event, exclusively for military veterans was held August 17th on the Pike Chain of Lakes. Veteran Larry Yaezle shows off a nice smallmouth (above). Lions Guy Suo, Ray Kangas, and John Weiss donated their pontoon boats and their time for this fun activity. Click here for more pictures.
Food Shelf Support
Iron River Lion John Schweiger presents a $550 check to Joan Jemiola for the local food shelf. The donation was made possible from tips collected at the Blueberry Festival beer tent and was a nice addition to the actual food items collected during the Community Talent Show. The annual Blueberry festival remains the Iron River Lions main fundraiser that allows us to work toward our motto of “We Serve” in the local community and we thank everyone for their support.
After assembling and setting the flag pole on July 2, there was one more chore awaiting the crew. Bill Maki's family has purchased a bench in his memory which was dedicated during the 2012 Blueberry Festival.
After assembling the bench, the crew tested it during a well-deserved break
Faith Pittsley and the Iron River club received International Awards for work done promoting diabetes awareness and prevention. This is the first such award in District 27-C2. From left to right above: Wisconsin Lions Foundation Director, Greg Tobisch, District Diabetes chair Lion Bonnie Ashby, Faith Pittsley and Iron River Lions President, Darren Hanson.
We Serve Area Youth
Lion Fred Baue attaches custom-made brackets to the swing set being installed at the Iron River Lions Memorial Park. The brackets were fabricated and generously donated by Hood Equipment Inc.
Cory Holsclaw, Iron River Youth Baseball, accepts a $1,000 check from Vice President Darren Hanson. Darren is the club Special Projects Director. The money will be used to improve Iron River's baseball fields. The athletic fields were originally built as part of an Iron River Lions project.
A Magic Night
October 30, 2015 found many of the Iron River Lions serving at the Community Center. The occasion was the fourth annual Veterans Recognition Lunch ("brunch" this year). All five branches of the armed forces were represented and saluted with the playing of their respective anthems by Ray Levine who also provided a prelude and background music.
May 10 a group of ten Lions marched up and down Highway 2 cleaning up trash and debris from the winter. If you missed this opportunity to serve, there will be another chance in the Fall.
Ernie Pittsley is Lion of the Year!
At their annual Awards Banquet October 23 Iron River Lions named Ernie Pittsley as their Lion of the Year. The honor came as no surprise to all who have seen Ernie's selfless willingness to help with any and all projects.
Send your Deer Hide to Camp
Iron River Lions are collecting deer hides through the end of the 2013 season. All proceeds support the work of the Wisconsin Lions Camp which is dedicated to providing quality camping experiences for people with disabilities. Your hide will help someone in need.
O'Brien Spur C-Store
Iron River Hardware Hank
Food Shelf Donations
Newsletter Editor Retires
Lion Marie Larson has been editting our newsletter longer than we can remember. Here she accepts a tote bag from Presiden Nan Olson as a token for her years of service. Check out the new newsletter here.
Club Assists Ambulance Service
The Iron River Lions Club recently made a $1,000 donation to the Iron River Ambulance Service to assist them in their efforts to procure a mobile cardiac unit. The Lions’ club efforts to help their fellow community members through efforts like these can only be made possible with your support of their events like the annual Blueberry Festival. Thank you for your support!
We Serve in Winter, Too
Along with many other local Lions groups, Iron River Lions helped on Thursday, January 23 at the International Paralympic Nordic Skiing World Cup series held at Telemark last week. Great event.
Pictured above: Jim Olson, Nan Olson, Ernie Prittsley, Fred Baue, Janelle Armbruster and Dick Berge.
We Serve Seniors
Lions Faith Pittsley, Marie Larson, Jeanne Joseph (above), Ernie Pittsley and Bob Ruef were at the Senior Luncheon at the Iron River Community Center September 9 to offer free Glaucoma Screening. Below, Lion Marie administers screening.
10,000 STEPS for DIABETES
March 23, 2010 was the kickoff day for the 10,000 Steps for Diabetes Education and Fundraising program in Iron River. It is a joint effort, supported by the Iron River Elementary School and the Iron River Lions Club. A ten-week program is offered to students at the elementary school. You can participate at home.
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