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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.


Candy for Kids '13


7th Annual Golf Scramble 9/7/13

The weather was balmy and the competition friendly. Winners were lauded in three categories: women, mixed and men.
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)


Cleanup Complete

The cleanup was finished long ago--during woodtick season--but the sign recognizing our toil was slow in coming. Finally, it's erected beside US Highway 2, near the Oulu Rock.

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.

District Convention-2012

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.


Iron River Police Department Logo

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).

Lions Park

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.

Shooting Sports

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.


Royalty in Port Wing Labor Day Parade, 2017

Health & Wellness Fair--Wednesday, May 3, 2017

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.


Healing Water

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. 

Bill's Bench

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

International Award

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

Swing set

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.


Youth Baseball

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.


Our second ramp project at Lion Marie Larson's was started and finished in a single day, May 19, 2017.


Groundbreaking for a new community playground occured in early November, 2016, with representatives from the Town of Iron River, Iron River Area Foundation, and Iron River Lions. From left are Jeanne Joseph, Bob Ruef, Linda Hultman, Helen Hyde, Ray Levine and Bill Trautt.

Hides for Campers

Gage Olson, son of Lion Chris Olson, helped deliver a truck load of donated deer hides. This last deer hunting season generous hunters filled the truck. All proceeds from the sale of the hides will be donated to the Wisconsin Lions Camp. The Iron River Lions do this project annually. 

New members are the lifeblood of any volunteer organization. Iron River Lions are no different. Two new members, John Angster and John Pieper joined our ranks at the October, 2016 meeting.

As part of their initiation, new members are blindfolded and asked to follow their sponsors on a tour of the room. Lions came into being as Helen Keller's "Knights of the Blind" and this initiation provides a small insight into the world of the blind.

Clad in their official Lions finery, John Angster and John Pieper flank sponsor Fred Baue.

 President Faith Pittsley presents a check to Mark Danielson of the Duluth Superior Area Community Foundation for the Marie Larson Scholarship Fund along with fellow club members Marie Larson (second from left) and Nan Olson (right).

June 1 Meeting Highlights

Iron River Lions 2016 scholarship recipients Rachel Montavon (Milwaukee School of Engineering, $1,000) and Austin Talso (Fox Valley Technical College, $1,000) with their parents and President Faith Pittsley.

Cub Scouts showed pinewood derby cars and garnered over $200 support for their new track. Pictured: Chris Olson, leader, Gavin Olson, Bear scout, Trevor Peterson, Bear scout, Tim Huber, Pack 212 Master

Hail Caesar!

Click the picture to see images from the 2015 Marie Larson Golf Scramble



A Magic Night

December 4, 2015, some 3 dozen Iron River Lions gathered at Northern Pines Golf Course to celebrate the coming Christmas season. Ray and Christine Levine provided amazing entertainment and a good time was had by all.

Veterans Honored

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.

The keynote speaker was Bob Fuhrman, Executive Director of the Bong Memorial in Superior. The highlight of the program was the performance of fourth and fifth grade students from the Iron River Elementary School, singing patriotic songs. Pastor Stai offered a benediction and the blessing for a sumptuous brunch prepared by the Iron River Lions Club. The school children and their teachers headed the brunch line.

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

Tips from the Beer Garden and donations from the Talent Fest resulted in $231 in cash and over 100 pounds of food for the local Food Shelf. Above, Lions Jon Hamilton and John Joseph present the check to Food Shelf directors Deb Landgreen, Linda Hultman and Ken Watters.

Talent Fest Food 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.

Meet the new Lions

Go to 2010 Awards Dinner Album

Pictures from October Awards Dinner

View 2010 Golf Scramble pix on YouTube

Pictures from Blueberry Festivals

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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.


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.

Follow the progress in Faith's log...



10,000 Steps on YouTube


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