Larsen-Winchester Lioness Club
Wisconsin District 27-B1
OVER 35 YEARS OF GIVING FOR THE LARSEN-WINCHESTER LIONESS
Our Club was founded in 1976 and several of our Charter Members are still participating today! Described as the women’s branch of the local Lion’s Club, we are rooted in the National and International Lion’s Club organization.
For over thirty-five years, the Larsen-Winchester Lioness organization has been participating in various fund-raisers only to give 100 percent of that money right back to the community. On average, the Lioness raise $5,000 - $6,000 per year and every single penny of profit goes right back to support various local community projects. In addition to the cash raised, the Lioness donate many other items such as baked goods for bake sales, raffle prizes for various events, gift certificates, and, of course, their time. All this while still having fun!
The Chicken B-B-Q is held in Readfield, WI the last Sunday in June with the Medina, Dale and Readfield Lion’s Club. Approximately six hundred chicken dinners are served along with home-made desserts and ice cream. Music and raffle prizes add to the picnic atmosphere.
Our OctoberFest wristband booth really keeps us jump’n! We recruit friends and family members to assist us with this event. It’s held the last Saturday in September in downtown Appleton, WI.
The annual spring geranium Mother’s Day sale is a big hit with our supporters in the community. The Lioness take your order, pick it up, and delver the geraniums right to your door!
Cribbage tournaments are usually held in the spring and fall. Two person teams compete for cash prizes. These Sunday afternoon card games always provide lots of fun for those involved with prizes available for all to win.
And did I mention we also sell candy bars, collect pop-tabs and stamps too throughout the year?
In addition to regularly contributing to the Leader Dog Program and the Wisconsin Lions Camp, the Lioness also support other area programs such as the Boys & Girls Brigade in Neenah, the Christine Ann Center in Oshkosh, the Harbor House in Appleton, Ruth’s Pantry in Winchester, and the Salvation Army.
We provided grooming bags in the past along with essential clothing for the foster children program in Winnebago County. Sometimes these children come to the foster program with only the shirts on their back. Hopefully, the personal items included in the grooming bags and the clothes can bring some small piece of comfort to these children.
Additionally, at Christmas time, the Lioness adopt one or two families in need and provide them with items to make their Christmas a little brighter. Typical purchases include new coats and hats for the growing children, or as basic as a gas card or groceries to provide the Christmas dinner.
When we learn of area soldiers in need, we show our appreciation of their support to our country by sending local soldiers “care packages” from home. Items included are pens, paper, puzzle books, games, non-perishable food items, personal care products, and other items requested.
We donate gas cards to area residents in need facing medical procedures to ease traveling expenses going back and forth to their treatments.
Trees have been donated to the surrounding community parks for beautification or as memorials.
We are always mindful of our community and how we can give back. This includes the Lioness “Sickness and distress” category by sending cards to those who need a note of cheer or a card of sympathy to show we care.
So the next time you see an event sponsored by the Larsen-Winchester Lioness group, please consider joining in the festivities. It’s always fun and you can be sure the funds you provide are going right back into YOUR community.
Please view our “Meeting Dates” link for specific details on our meeting dates, start time and location.
For more information on the Lioness or their functions, please feel free to contact me at 920-843-1887 or any other Larsen-Winchester Lioness. Come and join us!
Lioness Susan Rubick