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.

It’s a beautiful day to present our contest winners with their prizes.  Thanks again to all who participated!  $500 in l...
05/11/2020

It’s a beautiful day to present our contest winners with their prizes. Thanks again to all who participated!

$500 in local gift cards to Edward Jones
$300 in local gift cards to Reflections on Water
$200 in local gift cards to Sand Creek Brewing Company

#brfstrong #weserve

The winners of our Window Decorating Contest are:1st Place - Edward Jones - Financial Advisor: Kristin Franks, AAMS, CRP...
05/11/2020

The winners of our Window Decorating Contest are:

1st Place - Edward Jones - Financial Advisor: Kristin Franks, AAMS, CRPC

2nd Place - Reflections on Water

3rd Place - Sand Creek Brewing Company

Each of the winners will receive gift certificates and chamber bucks from the other local businesses that participated in the contest. We are so proud to promote positivity and hope in our community during this trying time. Thank you, BRF!

"Alone we can do so little; together we can do so much." -Helen Keller

#weserve #brfstrong

Here are the participants in our Window Decorating Contest taking place this weekend.  If you're going to get out and vi...
05/07/2020

Here are the participants in our Window Decorating Contest taking place this weekend. If you're going to get out and view these excellent designs, we ask that you please practice safe physical distancing while doing so. Good luck to all of our participants!

Stay safe, friends. #brfstrong #weserve 🦁

Alrighty, BRF: Today is the last day for local businesses to register for our window decorating contest.  To enter your ...
05/06/2020

Alrighty, BRF: Today is the last day for local businesses to register for our window decorating contest. To enter your business, which must be within the city limits, email us at [email protected].

All designs must be up by this Saturday at noon! #brfstrong #weserve 🦁

Hey, everyone!  Just a reminder that the deadline to register for our upcoming Window Decorating Contest is May 6th, whi...
05/05/2020

Hey, everyone! Just a reminder that the deadline to register for our upcoming Window Decorating Contest is May 6th, which means there's only today and tomorrow to get businesses on board.

We've got a great turnout already, but there's definitely room for more! Email your business name, address, and contact information to [email protected]. Best of luck to all in the contest!

Our Lions Club was proud to donate $1,000 to Friends Sharing Food to help combat hunger during the COVID-19 Pandemic.  A...
04/23/2020

Our Lions Club was proud to donate $1,000 to Friends Sharing Food to help combat hunger during the COVID-19 Pandemic. Accepting on behalf of the organization is its treasurer, Chad Bahnub. Both he and our club president practiced physical distancing during the check presentation outside City Hall :).

To learn more about how you can help combat hunger in Jackson County, please email: [email protected]. #weserve

The BRF Lions Club is announcing a new window decorating contest for local businesses to promote community pride and uni...
04/23/2020

The BRF Lions Club is announcing a new window decorating contest for local businesses to promote community pride and unity during the COVID-19 Pandemic. It's no secret our community is hurting, and our club is interested in helping spread some positivity during these challenging times.

Here are some highlights:
(1) There is NO COST for businesses to enter this contest.
(2) Open to businesses within the BRF city limits
(3) Designs must be ready for judging by Saturday, May 9th at NOON
(4) Businesses must register to participate at [email protected]

We're going to be giving away prizes for the top 3 as determined by our judges. Here's the kicker - the prizes will be in the form of gift certificates to other local establishments to keep the resources in our community. Our citizens have been doing a great job keeping our community moving and we are excited to do our part.

To enter your business, email us at: [email protected]. #weserve

The BRF Lions Club has suspended our meetings until the COVID-19 pandemic makes it safe for us to gather together once a...
03/26/2020

The BRF Lions Club has suspended our meetings until the COVID-19 pandemic makes it safe for us to gather together once again. However, we are still willing and able to serve our community. If we can be of any assistance in this challenging time, please send us a message.

We can help by checking on those who are homebound, picking-up and delivering groceries, etc. Our entire mission is built around two simple, powerful words: We Serve. Please reach out if you or someone you know could use some help in this challenging time. We will do our best to assist. We are all in this together. #weserve

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic and in an abundance of caution, the BRF Lions Club will suspend its meetings and activities...
03/17/2020
Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19)

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic and in an abundance of caution, the BRF Lions Club will suspend its meetings and activities until further notice. For more information on how to stay healthy, please visit the CDC's website. We look forward to resuming our service to the community soon! #weserve

Coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) is a virus (more specifically, a coronavirus) identified as the cause of an outbreak of respiratory illness first detected in Wuhan, China.

This weekend's Lions Club District 27-E2 Convention has been cancelled.  Stay healthy, friends.
03/16/2020

This weekend's Lions Club District 27-E2 Convention has been cancelled. Stay healthy, friends.

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

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

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