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 News Letter Archive

January  2002

Thanks to all the members who attended our Governor’s night/Christmas party. Special thanks to Lions Gloria Wheeler, Linda Amman, and Cathy Rufer on decorating our meeting place on that night.  Among the dignitaries in attendance were District Governor Al Roberge and his wife Molly, Vice-District Governor Gary Johnson and his wife Marlene, Region I chairman Lee Kaspar and his wife Marlene, and Zone II chairman Wayne Murphy.

The District Governor also handed out awards to H.L. Lion President Dan Judd and Lion Secretary LaNette Thorson.  There was also a special present given to Lion President Dan Judd by the District Governor.  The present was his gavel that was “lost” at our last meeting in November.  To say the least, Lion Dan was pleased to have it back and promised to keep a better eye on it from now on (We all hope so!).

Thanks to Santa Claus (aka Lion Denny Frey) for making a special appearance and handing out gifts at our Christmas party.

The highlight of the evening was the new recipient of the “Crow Award.” This fun award goes to the H.L. Lion who despite good intentions makes an error in judgment.  Lion Duane Hass (the previous recipient for the last six years) announced the new winner of the award.  The award this year goes to Lion Mike Main.  Lion Mike was the chair of our Community Appreciation Dinner back in August.  He “slightly” overestimated the amount of pork chops needed for the dinner. (He ordered 4,000!) We ended up selling the remaining pork chops that were left over.  Lion Mike indicated that he would not have this award for no more than a year.  (BEWARE HOWARD LAKE LIONS!  LION MIKE WILL BE WATCHING YOU!)

Our next meeting will be on Thursday, January 3, 2002 at our regular meeting place. There will be a meal prior to this meeting.  Lions Terry and LaNette Thorson will be doing the cooking and serving that night.  The meal will be at 7:00 P.M. with the business meeting at 7:30 P.M.

Our second meeting will be on Thursday, January 17, 2002 also at our regular meeting place.  There will be a Board of Directors meeting at 6:30 P.M.  There will be a meal on this night also.  The meal will be cooked and served by Lion Mike Main.  The meal will be at 7:00 P.M. with the business meeting at 7:30 P.M.
Orders are still being taken for our new Lions shirts.  The cost of the shirts are $18 (for sizes S – XL), $20 (for size 2XL), and $21 (for size 3XL).  You must pay for the shirt when ordering.  If interested in ordering but cannot attend any of our upcoming meetings, you can order one by mail by sending a check (payable to Howard Lake Lions) along with your name and shirt size to: Howard Lake Lions; P.O. Box 13; Howard Lake, MN 55349.

The Mid-Winter Convention will be held at the Marriott in Bloomington on January 18, 19, and 20, 2002.  Rooms are $78.75 per reservation.  When making your reservations, you must pay either by check or credit card.  Also, if you are rooming with someone, please specify which type of room you prefer (double beds, king-sized bed, or nor preference & smoking, non-smoking, or no preference).  If you want to attend and make room reservations, you can still contact Lion Joyce Thorson.  She will then call the Marriott for any additional reservations.

If you attend the Gambling seminar on the Friday afternoon of the convention, the club will pay for your room on that Friday night plus one meal and mileage.

Also, you can purchase a meal book for $50 per person if ordered before December 31, 2001.  If you purchase one after Dec. 31st, price goes up to $53 per person.  The meal books will not be sold at the convention.

You may also purchase single meals instead of a meal book.  The cost of each meal is as follows: Saturday Luncheon--$14; Governor’s Banquet--$23.25; and Sunday Brunch--$14.  Just like the meal book, the price of the individual meals goes up $1 per meal if ordered after Dec. 31st.  There will also a Melvin Jones breakfast on the Saturday morning of the convention.  (This is for the Melvin Jones recipients only.)  The cost of the breakfast is $13 per person.  You can order your meals for the convention by contacting Lion Joyce Thorson at one of the meetings in December or by calling (763-658-2012).

If you have not paid your membership dues ($40) for 2001-02, you must do so by no later than February 1, 2002.  If they are not paid by then, you will be dropped from the membership list. You can pay it by mailing your check (payable to the Howard Lake Lions) to: Howard Lake Lions; P.O. Box 13; Howard Lake, MN  55349. (A bill will be sent to the unpaid members.)

Our Lions club will once again have our annual bowling party at the Park Tavern and Lanes as a result of raising the most money (as a club) at the Heel-n-Wheel fundraiser in September.  Tentatively, we will be going on Saturday, April 6th.  More details in upcoming newsletters.  We might go to Mystic Lake Casino again after the bowling. (A sign-up sheet will be available at the first meeting in January.)  Lion Steve Weber is the chairperson.

Donations were made to the following:  (1) the After-Prom Committee; (2) Silent Santa;
(3) Saturday Junior Bowlers (to help pay their sanction fees); and (4) a female student at HLWW High School (to help pay for her People-to-People trip to Australia this summer.)

The Howard Lake Lions and Lioness clubs will once again sponsor the Drug Awareness Poster Contest.  The contest is open to students in the HLWW school district and St. James Lutheran School.  The judging for the posters will take place on Thursday, January 10th.  Howard Lake Lions Nancy Main and Steve Weber and H.L. Lioness Marcy LePage will be the judges.  The winner of each grade division will have his/her poster judged at the Mid-Winter Convention in January.

Our Lions club once again sponsored a Holiday Lighting Contest in December. Thanks to Lion Darrell Main for being the chairman of this function.  The winners of the Lighting Contest are as follows:

OVERALL:  Clayton Helinski

TRADITIONAL: 1st Place – Lila Drusch; 2nd Place – Darwin Zitsloff

RELIGIOUS: 1st Place – Melvin Frank 2nd Place – Richard Waddell

HONORABLE MENTION:   Dave Skogman, Harvey Drusch, Mike Luhman, Curt Levang,              Bob Heber, Marcy LePage, and Jack George

The Howard Lake Lions will once again be sponsoring snowmobile radar run on Howard Lake (weather permitting) on Saturday, February 16th.  More details will be available in next month’s newsletter.  Lion Mike Main will be the chairperson.


Happy birthday to the following Howard Lake Lion members who will be celebrating a birthday in January: Tom Sullivan (2); John Kadlec (5); Dan Judd (8); Darrell Main (12); Terry Thorson (19); Glenn Behrends (19); and Dennis Massey (31).