Helping our local food pantry

IMAGE: HELPING OUR FOOD PANTRY: Delavan Lions Club President Ryan Schroeder presented a check to the Delavan Food Pantry for 1,200 dollars on behalf of the club. Pictured with Schroeder are volunteers from the Delavan Food Pantry. From left to right are Terry Bailey, Jean Getka, Eva Godina, Elma Morales, and Dela Reece.

Delavan Lions Club President Ryan Schroeder presented a check to the Delavan Food Pantry for 1,200 dollars on behalf of the club.

Pictured with Schroeder are volunteers from the Delavan Food Pantry. From left to right are Terry Bailey, Jean Getka, Eva Godina, Elma Morales, and Dela Reece.

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Lions select local 8th grader as Peace Poster Contest Winner

IMAGE: Lion Marilyn Carlson, Faith Allen and Phoenix Principal Hank Schmelz show off Allen's winning Peace Poster.

Lion Marilyn Carlson, Faith Allen and Phoenix Principal Hank Schmelz show off Allen’s winning Peace Poster.

DELAVAN – Phoenix Middle School eighth grader Faith Allen has taken the first step to becoming an internationally-recognized artist by winning a local competition sponsored by the Delavan Lions Club.

Allen’s poster is among more than 600,000 entries submitted worldwide in the 30th annual Lions International Peace Poster Contest. Lions Clubs International is sponsoring the contest to emphasize the importance of world peace to young people everywhere.

“Peace means everyone comes together no matter where you’re from. We’re all accepted and we help each other out,” the 13 year-old from Delavan said.

The poster was selected by several Delavan Lions Club members for its originality artistic merit and portrayal of the contest theme, “The Future of Peace.”

Delavan Lions Club President Ryan Schroeder said he was impressed by the expression and creativity of the students at Phoenix Middle School.

“It is obvious that these young people have strong ideas about what peace means to them,” Schroeder said. “I’m so proud that we were able to provide them with the opportunity to share their vision.”

Posters from the other students who participated in the contest will be put on display at Phoenix Middle School, said Principal Hank Schmelz.

Allen’s poster will advance to face stiff competition through the district, multiple district, and international rounds of competition if she is to be declared the international grand prize winner.

One grand prize winner and 23 merit award winners will be selected in the international contest. The grand prize includes a cash award of $5,000, plus a trip for the winner and two family members to an award ceremony. The 23 merit award winners will each receive a certificate and a cash award of $500.

“Our club is cheering for Faith as her poster advances in the competition, and we hope that her vision will ultimately be shared with others around the world,” Schroeder said.

View international grand prize and merit award winners at

Lions Clubs International is the world’s largest service club organization with 1.4 million members in more than 46,000 clubs in more than 200 countries and geographic areas. In addition to its efforts toward conquering blindness, the organization has made a strong commitment to community service and helping youth throughout the world.

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Lions support Aram Public Library Renovations, Expansion

IMAGE: A check presentation by Lions Club President to the Aram Public Library Foundation

The Delavan Lions Club is proud to provide a sizable donation of seed money for the Aram Public Library Building Expansion and Improvement Project.

The club donated a $1,000 check the the Aram Public Library Foundation, which is leading the effort to renovate and improve the inside of the library, while also expanding the building’s footprint.

Aram Library Director Anita O’Brien said the hope is to have the project complete by 2021 or 2022.

In addition to overall updating and remodeling, preliminary plans call for improved and expanded meeting spaces, a new space for teens and improvements to the children’s area of the library.


Front row, from left: Anita O’Brien, Aram Public Library Director ; Anna Seaver, Library Foundation Board Member; Terri Yanke, Library Foundation Board Member; back row: John Boland, Library Foundation Secretary; Wayne Osborn, Library Foundation President; John Grober, Library Foundation Treasurer; Lion Ryan Schroeder, Delavan Lions Club President; Bob Betzer, Library Foundation Board Member; and Lion Karen Heine, Delavan Lions Club Board Member.

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Lions set 2017-18 Board

2017-18 Lions Club Board of Officers

Seated from left: Deb Schwaan, Ryan Schroeder, Diane Morrison; standing from left: Greg Pryor, Mike Heine, Karen Heine, Alex Beauchamp, Kathy Springhorn, Christine Gulifoyle, Rick Heine, Marilyn Carlson, Steve Carlson, Steve Cass; not pictured: Brian Bickle.

Lions Club International celebrated 100 years of existence, having been formed in Chicago on June 7, 2017.

Lions 100 Years LogoDuring the week that Lions Club International celebrated its century of service and making communities better, the Delavan Lions Club installed its 2017-18 Board members.

Installing the board at a special meeting at Greenie’s Clubhouse Restaurant Monday, June 5, was Past District 27-A1 Governor Greg Pryor.

The Delavan Lions Club officers serving for this Lionistic year are:

  • Ryan Schroeder, President
  • Christine Gulifoyle, 1st Vice President
  • Marilyn Carlson, 2nd Vice President
  • Deb Schwaan, Secretary
  • Kathy Springhorn, Treasurer
  • Steve Carlson, Tail Twister
  • Mike Heine, Lion Tamer
  • Steve Cass, Director
  • Brian Bickle, Director
  • Karen Heine, Director
  • Alex Beauchamp, Director
  • Rick Heine, Membership Chair
  • Diane Morrison, Past President

We look forward to another year of continuing to serve the Delavan community, surrounding areas and state of Wisconsin!

For more information about joining the club, visit or call 262-728-1978.

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Lions support middle school pillow case project

IMAGE: Phoenix Seventh graders with their pillow cases for Ryan's Case for SmilesPhoenix Middle School seventh graders in Ms. Terri Brown’s Family and Consumer Sciences classes sewed 310 standard-size pillow cases for sick children in Wisconsin hospitals.

The cases were donated to “Ryan’s Cases For Smiles,” a non-profit dedicated to helping make long-term hospital stays for children as best they can be.


The brightly-colored pillow cases were funded by a gift from the Delavan Lions Club.

The seventh graders learned how to measure and cut fabric and use a sewing machine in their Family and Consumer Science class in order to make the 300-plus. Using an assembly line format, the students began to sew. Along the way they also created and donated special cases for Phoenix students and staff who had family members dealing with cancer.

“The students were very proud of their accomplishments,” Brown said. The students invited Joleen Adkins from Ryan’s Cases For Smiles to Phoenix to receive the cases. The students told Atkins about what they learned on sewing and the importance of giving back to the community.

This community service project has been a favorite of Phoenix students for the past five years, with the Lions Club supporting it annually.

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Successful 2017 Easter Bunny Breakfast

IMAGE: Delavan Lions Club President Diane Morrison (center) presents a $2,544 check to Walworth County Special Olympics Agent Manager Betty Aguirre (right) and Special Olympian Jamie Aguirre.

Delavan Lions Club President Diane Morrison (center) presents a $2,544 check to Walworth County Special Olympics Agent Manager Betty Aguirre (right) and Special Olympian Jamie Aguirre.

The Delavan Lions Club would like to thank the community for its generous support of our 2017 Breakfast With The Easter Bunny event.

The event raised more than $2,500 for the Walworth County Special Olympics team and its more than 200 athletes!

In particular, we’d like to thank Sun Mist Café, KFC, Wendy’s, McDonald’s, Alder Foods, Home Depot and Thrivent for their gifts of food and funding for the meal and kitchen accessories.

We’d also like to thank the nearly 80 businesses and individuals who donated items for our raffle drawings, including:

Attitudes of Delavan, Abbey Springs, Abbey Resort, Ace Hardware, DancingHorses, Anthony’s Steakhouse, Auto Zone, Belfry Music Theater, Beloit Janesville Symphony Orchestra, Big Foot Lions Club, Bond’s Auto Care, Bradley’s Department Store, Brodie’s Beef, Lopez’s Anchor In, Butterfly Club, Busy B’s Garden Center, Cartridge World, Chili’s, Cold Stone Creamery, Country Club Estates, Deb’s Country Cafe, Delbrook Golf Course, Duck Inn, Elkhorn Veterinary Clinic, Evergreen Golf Course, Fannie May Candies, F&F Tire, Four Lakes Athletic Club, Greenies Clubhouse Restaurant, Hair Techniques, Hair Studio 621, Illinois Railway Museum, Harley Davidson Store, Hawk’s View Golf Course, Lion Karen Heine, Kilwin’s Chocolates, Kohl’s, Lake geneva Clue Room, Lake Geneva School of Cooking, Lakeland Bakery, Lakeland Players, Lake Lawn Resort, Little Cesar’s Pizza, Lowe’s, Mia Faccia, Milwaukee County Zoo, Moy’s Restaurant, Music By The Lake, Pesche’s Greenhouse, Pet Pals, Phillips 66, Piggly Wiggly, Prairie Woods Golf Course, Rig-A-Tony’s, Remember When Gift Shop, Sentry Foods, Snappers Baseball, Snug Harbor Inn, Sorg’s Country Meats, South Shore Bar & Grill, Sprecher’s, Showboat Theater, Staller Winery, Starbucks, Old World Wisconsin, Star Rock Bar & Grill, Wilson Farm Meats, Sweet Aroma Ristorante, Taliesin Preservation, Tractor Supply Company, Treasure Hut, Tubby’s Too, Wal-Mart, Walworth Couty Fair, Studio Winery, Wishing Well Florist, Crandall’s Restaurant

You’ve made our event even more special for the Special Olympians.

Lastly, thank you to the many patrons who came out on Easter Saturday to enjoy a good meal, good company and to support a great cause.

In sincere appreciation,

Mike Heine,

Delavan Lions Club, Publicity Chair

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Eyeglasses Collection in Delavan on May 2

Lions Club Eyeglasses Collection TrailerAs part of the centennial celebration of Lions Club, the Wisconsin Lions Foundation is looking to collect 200,000 pairs of eyeglasses this year to support those who need them.

The WLF eyeglasses collection trailer is touring the state and will be in Delavan, from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. Tuesday, May 2, in the Shopko/Piggly Wiggly Parking lot, 1450 East Geneva Street.

Anyone with used prescription eyeglasses may donate them to the Wisconsin Lions Foundation at that time. The eyeglasses are refurbished and donated to those in need in our communities across the state.

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Breakfast With The Easter Bunny 2017

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Delavan-area kids and families will not want to miss the Delavan Lions Club Breakfast with the Easter Bunny!

The breakfast buffet event is scheduled for 8 a.m. until noon, Saturday, April 15, 2017, at the Delavan United Methodist Church, 213 S. Second St., Delavan.

The menu includes scrambled eggs, sausage, pancakes, biscuits and gravy, juice, milk and coffee.

Tickets are $7 for adults, $5 for children 5-10, and free for kids 4 and under. Tickets are available at the door or at Stinebrink’s Piggly Wiggly. Parents can take pictures of their kids with the Easter Bunny.

Many great raffle prizes will also be available!

Proceeds benefit the Special Olympics of Walworth County.

For more information call Lion Diane Morrison at 262-745-2164.

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Enjoy a Great Corned Beef Dinner March 12, Support a Great Cause

Delavan Lions Corned Beef Flyer 2017You don’t have to be Irish to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day.

The Delavan Lion’s Club will once again be serving corned beef and cabbage with all the fixins at its 54th annual St. Patrick’s celebration from 11:30 a.m. to 7 p.m. Sunday, March 12, at the Village Supper Club, 1725 South Shore Dr. on Delavan Lake.

Cost for adults is $12 at the door, or $11 in advance available from any Delavan Lions Club member, or at Stinebrink’s Piggly Wiggly, Bradley’s Department Store or at the Village Supper Club. Cost is $6 for children 6 to 12 while those 5 and under eat for free.

Ticket charges include coffee or milk and all of the trimmings — succulent corned beef, sweetly steamed cabbage, baked chicken, Irish potatoes, carrots, horseradish, fresh rye bread and butter. Also, there will be an hourly 50/50 raffle for cash prizes.

Proceeds from this and other Delavan Lions fundraising events go to various charities and other good causes within the Delavan community, and to the Wisconsin Lions Camp in Rosholt, Wis. The camp offers a quality camping experience for eligible children and adults who are blind or visually impaired, those who are deaf or hard-of-hearing, and those with diabetes or educational autism, etc.

A chance remark – “Blind kids can’t go to outdoor camps and stuff like that…” – started it all in 1955. The following year, Lions Clubs in the State of Wisconsin founded the Wisconsin Lions Camp and the Wisconsin Lions Foundation, Inc. to administer the Camp program.

From that humble beginning when it served 26 campers, your Wisconsin Lions Camp now serves more than 1,300 campers each summer.

For more information about the dinner event, or advance tickets, call 262-949-5387.

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SAVE THE DATE: 2017 Corned Beef & Cabbage Dinner

Save the date for the Delavan Lions Club’s 54th Annual Corned Beef & Cabbage Dinner!

Sunday, March 12 at the Village Supper Club on Delavan Lake. 



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