Black River Falls Lions Club

Black River Falls Lions Club The Black River Falls Lions Club was chartered in 1937. Meetings: Skyline Golf Course 612 N. Eleventh Street Black River Falls Wisconsin, 54615
LOCAL LIONS CLUB SUPPORTED PROJECTS: BLACK RIVER FALLS FOUNDATION TRAIL BLACK RIVER FALLS PUBLIC LIBRARY JACKSON COUNTY FAIR PARK LUNDA COMMUNITY CENTER LUNDA COMMUNITY PARK HOFFMAN AQUATIC CENTER SKYLINE GOLF COURSE FIELD OF HONOR LOUIS GARDIPEE SCHOLARSHIP JACKSON COUNTY LITTLE LEAGUE SOCCER FIELDS BLACK RIVER FALLS HIGH SCHOOL SCORE BOARD AND BLEACHERS MILT LUNDA MEMORIAL ARENA DALE BORRESON MEMORIAL SCOREBOARD AND MANY MORE PAST—PRESENT—FUTURE Lions Work to Improve Sight Through efforts like these, Lions have gained worldwide recognition for our work to improve sight: We recycle glasses at 17 centers worldwide. We support Lions Eye Banks, which annually provide quality eye tissue for 30,000 sight-saving surgeries, medical education and eye research. We screen the vision of hundreds of thousands of people every year. We provide cataract surgeries and other eye care services to those at risk of losing their sight. We raise donations through programs like SightFirst and Campaign SightFirst II. In 1925, Helen Keller challenged Lions to become "knights of the blind in the crusade against darkness." And we accepted. Today, sight programs remain one of our defining causes. Locally you can deposit your old eye glasses at Co-op Credit Union in Black River Falls collection box. It is located in the lobby and at Walmart in Black River Falls and it is located at the front of the store near the vision center. Our Black River Falls Lions Club recycles eyeglasses at: WISCONSIN LIONS FOUNDATION EYEGLASS RECYCLING CENTER 3834 County Road A Rosholt, WI 54473-9355 Contacts: SHARON CHEREK, PDG, Manager Email: [email protected] DALE L. SCHROEDER, PCC, Facility Manager Email: [email protected] Tel: 715/677-4969 (Toll Free in Wisconsin only: 877-463-6953) Fax: 715/677-4527 Web site: www.wlf.info Lions Eye Projects Supported by The Black River Falls Lions Club Tissue Transport – Lions transporting donated eye tissue for transplant surgery. Wisconsin Lions Eye Bank—Providing eye and cornea transplant surgery. Leader Dogs for the Blind – support the training for guide dogs for the blind. Mission to Mexico – the transport and distribution of eyeglasses to the poor in Mexico. Wisconsin Lions Camp – weekly camping experience for kids and adults with all disabilities Reference: http://www.e-clubhouse.org/sites/blackriverfalls/projects.php
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History In 1917, Melvin Jones, a 38-year-old Chicago business leader, told members of his local business club they should reach beyond business issues and address the betterment of their communities and the world. Jones' group, the Business Circle of Chicago, agreed. After contacting similar groups around the United States, an organizational meeting was held on June 7, 1917, in Chicago, Illinois, USA. The new group took the name of one of the invited groups, the "Association of Lions Clubs," and a national convention was held in Dallas, Texas, USA in October of that year. A constitution, by-laws, objects and a code of ethics were approved. Within three years, Lions became an international organization. Since then, we've earned high marks for both integrity and transparency. We're a well-run organization with a steady vision, a clear mission, and a long – and proud – history. Beginning in 1917 Melvin Jones asked a simple and world-changing question – what if people put their talents to work improving their communities? Almost 100 years later, Lions Clubs International is the world's largest service club organization, with 1.35 million members in more than 46,000 clubs and countless stories of Lions acting on the same simple idea: let's improve our communities. 1920: Going International Just three years after our founding, Lions became international when we established the first club in Canada. Mexico followed in 1927. In the 1950s and 1960s international growth accelerated, with new clubs in Europe, Asia and Africa. 1925: Eradicating Blindness Helen Keller addressed the Lions Clubs International Convention in Cedar Point, Ohio, USA, and challenged Lions to become "knights of the blind in the crusade against darkness." Since then, we have worked tirelessly to aid the blind and visually impaired. 1945: Uniting Nations The ideal of an international organization is exemplified by our enduring relationship with the United Nations. We were one of the first nongovernmental organizations invited to assist in the drafting of the United Nations Charter and have supported the work of the UN ever since. 1957: Organizing Youth Programs In the late 1950s, we created the Leo Program to provide the youth of the world with an opportunity for personal development through volunteering. There are approximately 144,000 Leos and 5,700 Leo clubs in more than 140 countries worldwide. 1968: Establishing Our Foundation Lions Clubs International Foundation assists Lions with global and large-scale local humanitarian projects. Through our Foundation, Lions meet the needs of their local and global communities. 1990: Launching SightFirst Through SightFirst, Lions are restoring sight and preventing blindness on a global scale. Launched in 1990, Lions have raised more than $346 million for this initiative. SightFirst targets the major causes of blindness: cataract, trachoma, river blindness, childhood blindness, diabetic retinopathy and glaucoma. Today: Extending Our Reach Lions Clubs International extends our mission of service every day – in local communities, in all corners of the globe. The needs are great and our services broad, including sight, health, youth, elderly, the environment and disaster relief. Our international network has grown to include over 200 countries and geographic areas. Reference: http://www.lionsclubs.org/EN/who-we-are/mission-and-history/index.php

Mission: We Serve Mission Statement To empower volunteers to serve their communities, meet humanitarian needs, encourage peace and promote international understanding through Lions clubs. Vision Statement To be the global leader in community and humanitarian service.

Thanks to Mrs. Kelly LaBar for sharing information about the local Boys and Girls Club with us.  We were delighted to su...
02/25/2020

Thanks to Mrs. Kelly LaBar for sharing information about the local Boys and Girls Club with us. We were delighted to support their work with a $500 donation from our club. Keep up the great work, and thanks for all you and your team do for our kids. #weserve

Congratulations to Lion Lael Hall, Sr., who was inducted into our club last night.  Welcome aboard, Lion Lael! #weserve
02/18/2020

Congratulations to Lion Lael Hall, Sr., who was inducted into our club last night. Welcome aboard, Lion Lael! #weserve

02/05/2020
LCIF is there for Australia

Lions Club International Foundation has been providing its support to the people of Australia who are impacted by the devastating wildfires. Our club will also support the relief effort, as well. To learn more about how Lions Club is doing to help, please listen to this message from Past International Lions President, Barry J. Palmer, a native Australian.

To contribute, please visit: https://www.lionsclubs.org/en/donate
#weserve

As bush fires continue to ravage parts of Australia, Lions Clubs International Foundation is there during this time of need. Your generous donation to LCIF w...

Our club would like to extend a big THANK YOU to everyone who made our 2020 Casino Night a success!  We had a record tur...
01/29/2020

Our club would like to extend a big THANK YOU to everyone who made our 2020 Casino Night a success! We had a record turnout and such incredible support from our local community members and businesses. We’re proud to be a part of a community that gives so generously in support of our mission: “We Serve.”

Here’s a list of the businesses who sponsored our event and a list of the causes the Casino Night proceeds will benefit. Thanks again! 🦁

Black River Falls Lions Club's cover photo
01/22/2020

Black River Falls Lions Club's cover photo

Congratulations to our newest Lions member, Sam Bach-Hanson, who was sponsored by Lion Todd Luttio.  Welcome aboard, Lio...
01/22/2020

Congratulations to our newest Lions member, Sam Bach-Hanson, who was sponsored by Lion Todd Luttio. Welcome aboard, Lion Sam! #weserve

Join us THIS SATURDAY for our annual Casino Night fundraiser at the Skyline Golf Course!  Get out of the cold and enjoy ...
01/20/2020

Join us THIS SATURDAY for our annual Casino Night fundraiser at the Skyline Golf Course! Get out of the cold and enjoy a night of food and games. All proceeds will go to benefit positive initiatives in our community and across our state. We hope to see you!

Pastor Elden Simonson recently shared information about Sleep in Heavenly Peace (SHP), a non-profit dedicated to providi...
01/15/2020

Pastor Elden Simonson recently shared information about Sleep in Heavenly Peace (SHP), a non-profit dedicated to providing new bunk beds to youth ages 3-17 who are in need. Over the past year, SHP has created and delivered over 250 beds in the Coulee Region.

“All children deserve a safe, comfortable place to lay their heads. Too many boys and girls go without a bed—or even a pillow—to sleep on...That’s where Sleep in Heavenly Peace comes in. We’re a group of volunteers dedicated to building, assembling and delivering top-notch bunk beds to children and families in need.” - SHP Website

Thanks, Pastor Simonson, for your presentation and for the good work you and SHP are doing in our communities!

Learn more about SHP at: www.shpbeds.org

The BRF Lions Club sent three teams to the annual WI State Lions Bonspiel in Portage last weekend.  One of our teams too...
01/14/2020

The BRF Lions Club sent three teams to the annual WI State Lions Bonspiel in Portage last weekend. One of our teams took 1st Place in the 4th Event. Congrats to Lions Marcia Hagen, Jennifer Boice, Casey Engebretson, and Tim Tranberg on bringing some hardware back to the club! 🏆

Our annual Casino Night fundraiser is coming up on January 25th at the Skyline Golf Course here in Black River Falls!  J...
01/09/2020

Our annual Casino Night fundraiser is coming up on January 25th at the Skyline Golf Course here in Black River Falls! Join us for an evening of food, games, and fun. We hope to see you there!

Did you know that there are 37 million people in the United States who do not have access to food regularly?  In 2019, a...
12/21/2019

Did you know that there are 37 million people in the United States who do not have access to food regularly? In 2019, approximately 11 million of those struggling with hunger are children.

To help, Lion Jennifer Boice organized a food drive to benefit those in need. Lion Lee Goehering serves on the local food pantry’s board of directors and delivered our club’s donation. Great work, Lions!

Welcome to our new Lions members, Jody Hanneman and Jason Wood!  They were inducted last Monday by our special guest, Di...
12/18/2019

Welcome to our new Lions members, Jody Hanneman and Jason Wood! They were inducted last Monday by our special guest, District Governor Stacey Nesseth. The governor also recognized several Lions with chevrons indicating their length of service in the club. Congratulations to our new members and our long-serving members, too!

Our club's annual Casino Night fundraiser is taking place on January 25, 2020.  Come join us for fun, food, and games.  ...
12/16/2019

Our club's annual Casino Night fundraiser is taking place on January 25, 2020. Come join us for fun, food, and games. All the proceeds we raise will go to sponsor our local philanthropy and other important projects such as Lions Camp, Leader Dog Program, and Project Christmas. We hope to see you there!

On November 18th, our club welcomed three new Lions: Jeff White, Amy Erickson, and Andy Strelow.  Congratulations to our...
11/20/2019

On November 18th, our club welcomed three new Lions: Jeff White, Amy Erickson, and Andy Strelow.

Congratulations to our new Lions!

Our club was proud to conduct vision screenings for nearly 500 BRF School District students grades 4K to 5th grade.  Tha...
11/01/2019

Our club was proud to conduct vision screenings for nearly 500 BRF School District students grades 4K to 5th grade. Thanks to Lions Dave Cooley, Jim Krarup, and Dr. Paul Helstad. #weserve

Why is vision so important to us? Ever since Helen Keller inspired us to champion the cause in 1925, we’ve served and advocated for the blind and visually impaired. Nearly a century later, this long-standing mission continues unhindered.

Learn more about it here: https://www.lionsclubs.org/en/start-our-global-causes/vision

Thank you to Mrs. Dana Olson of Friends Sharing Food for presenting to our club tonight.  In addition to her presentatio...
10/22/2019

Thank you to Mrs. Dana Olson of Friends Sharing Food for presenting to our club tonight. In addition to her presentation, she accepted a $400 donation from the BRF Lions in support of the work they do for our community.

She is pictured below with Lion Lee Goehring, who frequently volunteers at the food sharing program. Keep up the great work! #weserve

Learn more about the program and the work they do at: https://www.blackrivercountry.net/directory/listing/friends-sharing-food

More pictures from the Black River Falls Lions’ club
10/20/2019

More pictures from the Black River Falls Lions’ club

Thank you to everyone who attended the Black River Falls Lions Club annual breakfast today. The turn out was great and t...
10/20/2019

Thank you to everyone who attended the Black River Falls Lions Club annual breakfast today. The turn out was great and the monies raised will be used for community projects. We appreciate your support! Thank you to representatives from Miss Jackson County and Miss Black River Falls for your help at our event!

This Sunday, October 20th, is our club's annual breakfast fundraiser at the Miles Hagen American Legion Post 200 in Blac...
10/16/2019

This Sunday, October 20th, is our club's annual breakfast fundraiser at the Miles Hagen American Legion Post 200 in Black River Falls. Please come join us for pancakes, eggs, and biscuits and gravy.

We aren't selling tickets this year, but we do ask that attendees make a freewill monetary donation of their choosing. We hope to see you for breakfast this Sunday!

Thanks to all who attended our Fall Social yesterday at Tenba Ridge Winery!  Despite the chilly temperatures, we had a g...
10/14/2019

Thanks to all who attended our Fall Social yesterday at Tenba Ridge Winery! Despite the chilly temperatures, we had a great turnout of current Lions, potential Lions, and good friends.

Special thanks to Sean Jordan Music for providing excellent music for the crowd, and to Jon and Kim Sylla for hosting us at their beautiful new space. We had a great time!

Our club social is taking place this weekend (snow or shine) at the Tenba Ridge Winery event center.  If you're interest...
10/09/2019

Our club social is taking place this weekend (snow or shine) at the Tenba Ridge Winery event center. If you're interested in learning more about our club, becoming a member of our club, or just enjoy fine artisan wines and craft beers, please come and join us!

We'll be there from 12:00pm to 4:00pm, and don't worry - the Packers don't play until Monday night so you won't have to miss the game. Please park down by the newly renovated event center and enjoy an afternoon with us.

We hope to see you there! 🍷🦁

09/27/2019
Being A Lion Changed My Life: Brad Johnson

Lion Brad Johnson shared his personal story about how being a Lion has changed his life and given him new opportunities at mobility. Watch his story here.

“Lions Club is all about helping the community...it’s about giving back. I’m pretty proud to be a Lions member.” #weserve

How has being a Lion changed your life? Lion Brad Johnson shares his story.

09/25/2019
Being a Lion Changed My Life: Johnson Opayemi

Being a Lion has changed Johnson Opayemi’s life by making him aware of how many people in the world need help. Hear his story here.

“If you want to go faster, go alone. If you want to go further, work as a team.” #weserve

How has being a Lion changed your life? Lion Johnson shares his story.

Congratulations to our club’s newest member, Lion Tyler Meyer!  He was sponsored by his father-in-law, Lion Jon Rush.  W...
09/24/2019

Congratulations to our club’s newest member, Lion Tyler Meyer! He was sponsored by his father-in-law, Lion Jon Rush. Welcome to the family, Tyler! #weserve

09/23/2019
Being A Lion Changed My Life: Tom Toland

Watch Lion Tom Toland’s story about what being a Lion has meant to him. How can becoming a Lion change your life?

“It just opens up a whole world of opportunity to get involved and basically fulfills my life.” #weserve

How has being a Lion changed your life? Lion Tom Toland shares his story.

09/21/2019
Being a Lion Changed My Life: Nilofar Bakhtiar

Becoming a Lion can change your life for the better. Here’s the story of Lion Nilofar Bakhtiar, our club’s first-ever female international director.

“My training as a Lion has given me a lot of confidence in life.” #weserve

How had being a Lion changed your life? Lion Nilofar shares her story.

Join us for wine, beer, and learn more about our club!  We hope to see you on October 13th. 🦁
09/20/2019

Join us for wine, beer, and learn more about our club! We hope to see you on October 13th. 🦁

09/18/2019
Being a Lion Changed My Life: Victoria Hansen

Being a Lion is about making positive differences in people's lives - and that includes members' lives as well. Watch as Ms. Victoria Hansen shares how being a Lion has changed her life for the better.

"I love the passion and the outreach that each of us brings to our club. I just think it's awesome when you can reach out and help someone." Lion Hansen

#weserve

Learn how being a Lion changed Victoria Hansen's life.

The Top 10 Reasons You Should Become a Lion:#1 - SERVE YOUR COMMUNITY Lions Clubs partner with local leaders and organiz...
09/15/2019

The Top 10 Reasons You Should Become a Lion:

#1 - SERVE YOUR COMMUNITY

Lions Clubs partner with local leaders and organizations to identify the unique needs of the community and plan service projects to address them. From community clean-ups to food drives to scholarship donations to recognizing the academic achievements of local high school students to fundraising, we help people in need close to home. All of our work is in fulfillment of, and our belief in, the Lion Club’s motto: #weserve

The Top 10 Reasons You Should Become a Lion:#2 - MAKE A DIFFERENCE IN THE WORLDLions Clubs around the world are committe...
09/14/2019

The Top 10 Reasons You Should Become a Lion:

#2 - MAKE A DIFFERENCE IN THE WORLD

Lions Clubs around the world are committed to serving humankind. Through our philanthropy, events, tissue trainings, and volunteerism, we are dedicated to improving the lives of people in our communities and beyond. Join us today and help us make a positive difference in our world. #weserve

The Top 10 Reasons You Should Become a Lion:#3 - MAKE NEW FRIENDSJoining a local Lions Club is a great way to make new f...
09/13/2019

The Top 10 Reasons You Should Become a Lion:

#3 - MAKE NEW FRIENDS

Joining a local Lions Club is a great way to make new friends and to network with other people in our community. Uniting with other people dedicated to serving others can forge a bond that will last a lifetime. #weserve

The Top 10 Reasons You Should Become a Lion:#4 - ENJOY REWARDING EXPERIENCESThere are few greater feelings than making a...
09/11/2019

The Top 10 Reasons You Should Become a Lion:

#4 - ENJOY REWARDING EXPERIENCES

There are few greater feelings than making a positive impact on someone's life. Lions are doing good for our local communities, our countries, our world, and for ourselves. Join us in our quest to make the world a better place for everyone. #weserve

The Top 10 Reasons You Should Become a Lion:#5 - LEARN, GROW, & SHAREThrough volunteer work and community service, Lions...
09/10/2019

The Top 10 Reasons You Should Become a Lion:

#5 - LEARN, GROW, & SHARE

Through volunteer work and community service, Lions are learning new things and developing leadership skills every day. For example, learn how to plan a food drive and feed the hungry. Or learn about the implications of Diabetes Type I and Type 2, and share that knowledge with community members to help them lead healthier lifestyles. We endeavor to make a difference throughout the world every day, one life - one Lion - at a time. #weserve

Lions Club is an international organization that functions as a family and we take care of our own.  Last year, Nebraska...
09/10/2019

Lions Club is an international organization that functions as a family and we take care of our own. Last year, Nebraska experienced devastating flooding that left many without homes, power, and resources. Our club made a monetary donation to the O’Neil Lions Club in Nebraska, and we recently received a wonderful note of thanks from their club. We were the beneficiaries of so much support from around the world when we were struck by a flood of our own back in 1991 that we’re glad to return the favor to other clubs in need. #family #weserve

The Top 10 Reasons You Should Become a Lion:#6 - GROW AS A FAMILYLions clubs offer opportunities for families to volunte...
09/10/2019

The Top 10 Reasons You Should Become a Lion:

#6 - GROW AS A FAMILY

Lions clubs offer opportunities for families to volunteer together. Become a Lion with your spouse, children, grandchildren, and siblings. It’s both possible and rewarding to spend time with your family while in the Lions Club serving others in your community and around the world. #weserve

The Top 10 Reasons You Should Become a Lion:#7 - DEVELOP YOUNG LEADERSLions are working to develop strong future leaders...
09/08/2019

The Top 10 Reasons You Should Become a Lion:

#7 - DEVELOP YOUNG LEADERS

Lions are working to develop strong future leaders. Leo clubs provide youth with volunteer opportunities to help their communities, and to learn about the impact that they can have around the world by serving others. Join today and help us mentor the leaders of tomorrow in our community. #weserve

The Top 10 Reasons You Should Become a Lion:#8 - EXPAND YOUR HORIZONS THROUGH NETWORKINGLions began as a means for busin...
09/07/2019

The Top 10 Reasons You Should Become a Lion:

#8 - EXPAND YOUR HORIZONS THROUGH NETWORKING
Lions began as a means for business owners to expand their professional and career contacts. Today, Lions membership continues to be a valuable method to network and link with people that can benefit your work, social, and personal lives. #weserve

The Top 10 Reasons You Should Become a Lion:#9 - SHARE YOUR TALENTSEvery person offers unique talents to any organizatio...
09/06/2019

The Top 10 Reasons You Should Become a Lion:

#9 - SHARE YOUR TALENTS
Every person offers unique talents to any organization. When we combine our efforts and work toward a common goal, the results are incredible. The work of the Lions Club is like a gigantic puzzle, and your unique piece of the puzzle is a vital part of our community service. Join our club this fall and join our worldwide effort of service! #weserve

The Top 10 Reasons You Should Become a Lion:#10 - CONTINUE A CLUB'S LEGACYThe work of Lions Clubs requires the effort of...
09/05/2019

The Top 10 Reasons You Should Become a Lion:

#10 - CONTINUE A CLUB'S LEGACY
The work of Lions Clubs requires the effort of many people. Your support as a member will ensure that the services we contribute to our community and throughout the world will continue in perpetuity. You have undoubtedly heard it before, but the work of many hands (paws) doing little things yields great results. #weserve

Great article about our club in today's "Banner Journal."  As the article says, we're excited to expand our membership o...
08/21/2019

Great article about our club in today's "Banner Journal." As the article says, we're excited to expand our membership over the next year so we can contribute even more to our wonderful community. Thanks, Kyle VonRuden, for a great write-up!

If you're interested in joining the BRF Lions Club, please send a message to this page for more information.

08/19/2019
Lions Clubs International - The Power of WE

Folks often ask, "What does the Lions Club actually do?" The answer is multi-faceted and varies by each individual club, but we all share the same guiding principle: service. "We serve" is more than our club motto, it is a clarion call to do good work in our local communities, our states, our countries, and our global community for the betterment of humankind. This video provides a brief snapshot of some of the service that Lions Club International is doing around the globe.

If you are interested in joining the BRF Lions Club, please send us a message through this page and we will be happy to get you connected! #weserve

Service is the reason our global organization exists. As Lions enter our second century, we are evolving to meet the needs of our ever-changing world. We can...

Sunday work crew from Black River Falls Lions, serving breakfast at the World Quarter Horse Foundation Show. Thank you t...
07/21/2019

Sunday work crew from Black River Falls Lions, serving breakfast at the World Quarter Horse Foundation Show. Thank you to Lions Paul Helstad, Harvey Wood, Keith Brown, John Lindahl, John Larkin, Ole Olson. Missing from photo is Lions Paul Helstad and Shawn Callisto. No photo from Saturday- the storm preoccupied us!

The “work crew” from Lions serving breakfast this morning at the horse show at the Jackson County fairground. Thanks to ...
07/19/2019

The “work crew” from Lions serving breakfast this morning at the horse show at the Jackson County fairground. Thanks to Chuck Buswell, Dennis Young, Ole Olson and Dave Cooley for your help today! We will be serving again tomorrow and Sunday.

07/18/2019

The Black River Falls Lions Club will be serving breakfast at the Foundation Quarter Horse World Roundup this Friday, Saturday and Sunday (July 19,20,&21) from 7:30 - 10:30 am at the Jackson County Fairgrounds (shelter by the grandstand). $7.00 donation to the Lions Club. All proceeds go to support community projects. Free will offerings accepted also.
Menu on Friday is sausage gravy and biscuits, Saturday is breakfast taco, and Sunday pancakes and sausage. Join in on this event and support your local Lions Club.

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P.O. Box 73
Black River Falls, WI
54615

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