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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Delavan Lions celebrate 75 years

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The Delavan Lions Club celebrated serving our community for 75 years Saturday, May 11, 2013.

The club started in May of 1938. The country was coming out of an economic depression. The world was on the verge of war. And yet, a group of men in Delavan met and chartered a Lions Club and dedicated themselves to serving the community in countless positive ways.

The club is one of the longest-serving in Southeastern Wisconsin.

Our charter members in 1938 included:

Donn Borrer, Dr. J. R. Buckley, Dr. J.A. Carroll, Jack Christian, David Ekdahl, Madison Farrar, George Flood, Herbert Goff, Harold Lindner, Archie McBride, Ben McCauley, Harold McSweeney, Eugene Mink, Dr. S. C. Rusdal, Luis Schauwitzer, Jack Schmidt, Edgar Sikes, Bert Smith, Herbert Weiland, Lawrence Wuhrman.

A few notable milestones about the club:

  • The club has managed the Sweet Corn Tent at the Walworth County Fair since the 1950s. We started using an automatic, propane-powered corn roaster in 1972. It was invented by Delavan Lion Lloyd Foote, who was legally blind.
  • The club was home to then District Governor Lion Leo McGlade in 1959-1960.
  • The club has sponsored the annual St. Patrick’s Day Corned Beef and Cabbage Dinner fundraiser since 1963.
  • In 1970, the club pledged $10,000 to launch the Delavan Mill Pond fund drive, which helped establish the city’s public swimming area.
  • Scholarships are awarded annually to graduating seniors of Delavan-Darien High School and the Wisconsin School for the Deaf. Usually four scholarships are given to DDHS graduates, and two are given to WSD graduates.
  • The club funded construction of the Delavan Veterans Park picnic shelter in 1986. We proudly hold our annual summer picnic there under our logo, and we sponsor some of the kid’s games during the city’s Fourth of July festivities.
  • The club provides new eyeglasses to residents in need in the Delavan area and collects used glasses from throughout the community which are distributed to those in need in developing countries around the world. Club members also provide transport services for the Wisconsin Eye Bank, delivering transplant tissue between hospitals to help give the gift of sight.
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50th Annual corned Beef and Cabbage Dinner is March 17

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The Delavan Lions Club’s 50th annual, all-you-can-eat corned beef and cabbage and baked chicken dinner will be held Sunday, March 17, 2013, at the Village Supper Club.

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 the Village Supper Club.

You may buy them at the event for $11. Cost for kids is $5. The buffet dinner is available from 11:30 a.m. until 7 p.m.

For more information or advance tickets, call 262-728-1978.

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

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Lions donate to Delavan-Darien’s Challenge Day

Lions Challenge Day Donation

Lions Club Past President Marilyn Carlson (right) gives Challenge Day volunteer coordinator Lori Grover (left) and Delavan-Darien High School Principal Mark Schmitt $3,000 to bring Challenge Day back to the school district in the 2012-13 school year.

The Delavan Lions Club made a commitment to bring back three days that positively impacted the lives of hundreds of Delavan-Darien School District students this spring.

In April, the nationally-known anti-violence, anti-bullying program known as Challenge Day came to Delavan-Darien High School to work with students in grades 7 through 12. Using trained facilitators to lead a variety of activities, the program helps students understand that they are not alone in dealing with life’s struggles, and that support is available to them in many places from many people.

The school district is seeking donations to bring Challenge Day back again during the 2012-13 school year. Members of Delavan Lions Club wanted to see that it would be back, and voted to contribute $3,000 to the cause.

The school district’s  fundraising goal is about $15,000. District officials say they are just over halfway toward meeting that goal.

For more information, check out the following sources:

Delavan-Darien School District Challenge Day website

Participant thoughts on Challenge Day

Official Challenge Day website

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