Wisconsin Lions Camp gearing up for 2016

Delavan's Jennifer Kuehni speaks to the Delavan Lions Club about the Wisconsin Lions Camp. Kuehni's son Andrew Ohl has attended the camp for five summers.

Delavan’s Jennifer Kuehni speaks to the Delavan Lions Club about the Wisconsin Lions Camp. Kuehni’s son Andrew Ohl has attended the camp for five summers.

The Wisconsin Lions Camp, owned and operated by the Wisconsin Lions Foundation, Inc., begins its 60th year of camping for youth and adults with disabilities on May 31, 2016.

In those prior six decades, the camp has given thousands of youth the support they need to feel valued and accomplish their goals and ambitions.

One of those campers is Delavan’s Andrew Ohl, who has autism and epilepsy, his mother Jennifer Kuehni told the Delavan Lions Club recently.

“The only regret I have about the camp is not having known about it the first year Andrew would have been eligible to attend it,” Kuehni told the club recently. “He had the chance to feel normal and accepted” in the five summers he went to camp. And, he never got homesick, she added.

The staff members are trained to work with children who have a variety of disabilities, from vision and hearing to cognitive and physical disabilities, Kuehni said. And the kids tend to get along very well because of their similarities and surroundings.

“As a parent, this camp has been such a God-send,” Kuehni said. “Andrew hasn’t always fit in socially. But it’s wonderful to hear him talk about how easy it is for him to make friends with his cabin-mates. He even enjoyed spending a night in the health care center once (after a seizure)… That in itself says a lot about how nice the camp is.”

The Wisconsin Lions Camp offers a 12-week summer camping program that is provided free of charge, made possible by the financial support of the Lions, Lioness and Leo Clubs of Wisconsin. Individuals and corporate donor also assist the Lions with financial support, making the camp possible.

Specialized camping sessions are scheduled for youth who socially or educationally function as having an intellectual disability or educational autism, or for youth with diabetes.

The Lions Camp provides summer employment opportunities in positions of cabin counselors, program specialists, and nurses, with male counselors and nurses being the camp’s greatest needs. There is also a counselor in-training program for youth ages 16 and 17 for a fee.

In addition to the regular summer camping program, the Wisconsin Lions Camp has rental opportunities during the off-season. The facility is available for rental, with preference given to school groups, organizations serving persons with disabilities and other non-profit groups.

Camper applications for various programs, or information on summer employment may be obtained by contacting: Wisconsin Lions Camp, 3834 County Road A, Rosholt, WI 54473. You can also call the camp at (715) 677-4969, email the camp at info@wisconsinlionscamp.com or visit the camp’s website, www.wisconsinlionscamp.com

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Have a Roarin’ Good Time – Learn About Lionism

 

cropped-banner-test.jpgNew Member Meeting is Oct. 5

Food, fun and frolic are on tap for the Delavan Lions Club’s New and Prospective Member Social. The meeting will be held at 7 p.m., Monday, Oct. 5, at the new Brick Street Market, 114 E. Walworth St. in Delavan.

If you enjoyed a delicious cob of sweet corn at this year’s Walworth County Fair, have had the mouth-watering corned beef and cabbage served up at the Village Restaurant each March, or had breakfast with the Easter Bunny in April, you’ve met some of your Delavan Lions. They’ve been hosting these and other fun events, and have been contributing to a variety of great causes in our area for more than 77 years.

All of the money collected at these events goes to charitable causes.

Prospective members who would like to learn more about the club and hear more about these events, as well as other fascinating information about Lionism, should register for the October 5 meeting by calling Lions Club President Deb Cross at (262) 728-4224 or you may email her a tdebra.cross@edwardjones.com.

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Delavan Lions/Lionesses Hosting Corn Roast

sweetcornThe Delavan Lions and Lionesses are once again hosting the corn tent at the Walworth County Fair, Sept. 2-7 in Elkhorn. Come on down and get some locally fresh-picked, buttery sweetcorn for just $3 per ear. Ice-cold water, soda and Gatorade available, too! Look for the green and white tent located on the corner of the main food aisle near the fair’s main entrance off Highway 11. The delicious smell of fresh roasted sweetcorn will get you there, too!

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Lions-sponsored ‘Walldogs’ mural is finished

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The Delavan Walldogs event is finished and the Delavan Lions-sponsored mural now hangs proudly on the side of the city’s post office.

The mural tells the history of the “Great Circus Stamp Controversy” and about the city’s longtime postmaster and historian W. Gordon Yadon.

Depicted proudly on the lower right side of the mural is the head of a lion, a tribute to both the city’s long circus history and the Delavan Lions Club’s sponsorship of the mural.

The mural is one of 18 that were created and displayed throughout the city in late June 2015. Each represents a significant part of Delavan’s long and proud history, from a temperance colony, to the days of being the winter home for some of the country’s largest circus acts,  to the manufacturing companies that supplied the WWII effort, and many others.

The Walldogs murals will likely be an economic driver for the city as tourists from throughout the midwest are expected to come in and see the many colorful paintings.

For more mural photos, click here.

For more about the Walldogs, click here.

Text from the Great Circus Stamp Controversy mural:

Immediately after Delavan was awarded the honor of issuing the American Circus Commemorative Stamp, thanks to Postmaster W. Gordon Yadon, several other towns argued that they were more worthy. Delavan became involved in a heated national debate with Somers, Ny, who eventually won the honor of unveiling the stamp before it was issued from Delavan on May 2, 1966, with a large celebration. Unbeknownst to the U.S. Postal Service, the image chosen for this stamp was that of world famous clown Lou Jacobs. This made Lou the first living person to have his image on a U.S. stamp.

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Easter Breakfast nets more than $1,000 for Special Olympics

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The results are in and the Delavan Lions Club’s Breakfast With The Easter Bunny raised just more than $1,000.

More than 160 youngsters and their families came out to enjoy the meal, which included a large selection of raffle prizes and having pictures taken with the Easter Bunny.

The proceeds from the event, held at the Delavan American Legion Hall, will be donated to the Special Olympics of Wisconsin. The funds will be designated to help the Special Olympics programming and athletes who live in Walworth County.

Special thanks to the attendees and the many sponsors who donated food, funds and raffle prizes, especially: Sun Mist Café, Alder Dairy, Kentucky Fried Chicken, Wendy’s, McDonald’s, and Kunes Country Auto Group, Andies Candies, Wal-Mart, Stinebrink’s Piggly Wiggly, Wilmar Pump and Supply, Walworth State Bank (Denise Petkoff), Southern Lakes Vacuum Center, Delavan Lakes Veterinary Clinic, Thelen Total Construction and Sugar Creek Mutual Insurance Company.

There were more than 60 other contributors to the event’s raffle drawings, which helped push the total beyond expectations.

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Breakfast with the Easter Bunny

bunnyKids and families: Don’t miss our Breakfast with the Easter Bunny!

  • When: 8 a.m. until Noon, Saturday, April 4.
  • Where: Delavan American Legion Hall, 111 S. 2nd St., Delavan (Map).
  • Menu: Eggs, sausage, pancakes, biscuits & gravy, juice, milk, coffee.
  • Price: $6 for adults, $3 for children 6-12, Free for kids 5 and under.
  • Tickets: Available at the door or at Stinebrink’s Piggly Wiggly.

Parents can take pictures of their kids with the Easter Bunny. Raffle prizes will also be available.

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

 

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Lions Club Corned Beef Dinner Returns March 15

Come join us for a great dinner on beautiful Delavan Lake!

ShamrockThe Delavan Lions Club’s 52nd annual, all-you-can-eat corned beef and cabbage and baked chicken dinner is set for Sunday, March 15, 2015, at the Village Supper Club on Delavan Lake.

It includes coffee or milk and all of the trimmings — baked chicken, potatoes, carrots, horseradish, bread and butter. Also, new this year is an hourly 50/50 raffle for cash prizes.

Advance tickets for this St. Patrick’s treat are $11 and are available from any Delavan Lions Club member or from these Delavan locations: Village Supper Club, Stinebrink’s Piggly Wiggly, Bradley’s Department Store or Hunter’s Service.

You may buy them at the event for $12. Cost for kids age 6-12 is $6. Kids 5 and under eat free.

The buffet dinner is available from 11:30 a.m. until 7 p.m.

For more information or advance tickets, call 262-949-5387.

The Village Supper Club is located at 1725 South Shore Drive on beautiful Delavan Lake.

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Lions helping ConKerr Cancer

Phoenix Family and Consumer Sciences Teacher Terri Brown (left) shows an example of the pillow cases her students made this year.

Phoenix Family and Consumer Sciences Teacher Terri Brown (left) shows an example of the pillow cases her students made this year.

A donation from the Delavan Lions Club has helped “ConKerr Cancer.”

The club earlier funded a Phoenix Middle School project to make pillow cases that are donated to the ConKerr Cancer Organization. The group then distributes the pillow cases to hospitals where they are given to children receiving long-term care.

So far, Phoenix Middle School students have just shy of 70 pillowcases.

The first year of the project, the teens at Phoenix made 18 cases. This year, the students really embraced the project and made nearly 50 cases.

Phoenix Middle School Family and Consumer Sciences teacher Terri Brown made the donation to Joleen Adkins, ConKerr Cancer’s Madison Area Coordinator, at the Lions Club’s May meeting at Greenies Clubhouse in Delavan.

The Delavan-Darien School District will accept donations for the pillowcase materials for next school year so students can continue to create the cases for the ConKerr Cancer organization as an ongoing service project.

The kids who sewed the pillowcases enjoyed learning the skills needed to create them. They really enjoyed the fact that they can use their sewing knowledge to help other kids in need feel special as they battle this life-changing illness, Brown said.

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Breakfast with the Easter Bunny is April 19

Happy-Easter-BunnyDELAVAN — A new Breakfast with the Easter Bunny event is coming to Delavan. The Delavan Lions Club is hosting the breakfast from 9 a.m. until noon Saturday, April 19, at Delavan’s American Legion Hall, 111 S. Second St.

Tickets are $6 each for adults, $3 for children age 5-12, and free for children under 5. All proceeds from the event will benefit the Boys & Girls Club of Walworth County (www.bgcwalco.org).

The Easter Bunny will be on hand from 10:30 a.m. until noon for families wishing to take photos. Kids can also get prizes.

The special Easter Breakfast menu includes all-you-can eat: scrambled eggs, sausage, biscuits and gravy, hash browns, pancakes, orange juice, coffee and milk.

To purchase tickets, please contact Lion Diane Morrison by calling (262) 745-2164 or buy them at Stinebrink’s Piggly Wiggly in Delavan or from any member of the Delavan Lions Club.

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Lions Club Corned Beef Dinner Returns March 16

The Delavan Lions Club’s 51st annual, all-you-can-eat corned beef and cabbage and baked chicken dinner will be held Sunday, March 16, 2014, at the Village Supper Club.Shamrock

It includes coffee or milk and all of the trimmings — baked chicken, potatoes, carrots, horseradish, bread and butter.

Advance tickets for this St. Patrick’s treat are $10 and are available from any Delavan Lions Club or from these Delavan locations: Village Supper Club, Stinebrink’s Piggly Wiggly, Bradley’s Department Store or Hunter’s Service.

You may buy them at the event for $11. Cost for kids age 6-12 is $5. Kids 5 and under eat free.

The buffet dinner is available from 11:30 a.m. until 7 p.m.

For more information or advance tickets, call 262-949-5387.

The Village Supper Club is at 1725 South Shore Drive on Delavan Lake (map).

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