On the first Saturday in June, a group of motorcycle drivers get together and take VIPs for a ride through the winding roads of the Kettle Moraine. An activity is planned for the half way point of the ride. It is something different each year. In the past, these activities have been fishing at a trout farm, shooting guns at a target range, and mini golf. The ride starts and ends at the Richfield Fire Hall in Richfield, WI where the Richfield Lions Club provide a dinner. Every fifth year, an overnight trip is planned.
We get a couple of hours of ice time to our selves at Wilson Park Ice Arena, 4001 S. 20th Street in Milwaukee. Members of local high school hockey teams volunteer as guides. We usually do this event in September.
Alpine or downhill skiing is the activity that started it all. Since the beginning of BOLD, there has been a dedicated group of certified ski instructors who have taken it upon themselves to teach people who are blind to ski. They and VIPs meet each Sunday evening during January and February at a local ski hill for fun on the slopes. No matter the experience level of the VIP, the guides are ready to help you improve your technique. Some ski hills provide the rental of skis, boots, poles, and lift tickets to the VIPs free of charge or BOLD covers the cost.
We have been skating at Rollaero Skate Center, 5200 South Pennsylvania Avenue in Cudahy. We get 2 hours on this wood floor all to ourselves and free skate rental. Skaters from local roller derby teams sometimes volunteer as guides and lessons are available to anyone who has never skated before. This event is usually on a Sunday afternoon in March or April.
We spend an afternoon hiking the trails of Lapham Peak State Park in Kettle Moraine State Forest. A local Lions club may provide a picnic lunch while we socialize and get caught up with friends. Each VIP is paired with a sighted guide, who will hike with you at whatever speed or level you are comfortable doing, whether it is flat paved roads or steep hilly forest trails.
The Prospect Lions invite BOLD VIPs to participate in their Snowshoe Roar. VIPs are paired with experienced snowshoers who guide them through a 5k course. The snowshoes are provided by the Lions. This event is usually the last Saturday in January and is at Malone Park, located at 16400 Al Stigler Parkway in New Berlin.
BOLD goes everyplace.
Each year BOLD arranges trips to tour different locales. The Milwaukee Zoo, especially the petting zoo is a big favorite. Museums, breweries, you name it, BOLD goes there. Activities range from a trip to the Pumpkin Farm, Holiday Parties, Picnics, Hay Rides, Organized Games and much more.
To learn more about BOLD tours or if you would like to have BOLD tour facility, contact us. Contact Us
We have gone zip lining at Lake Geneva Canopy Tours located at N3219 County Road H in Lake Geneva. It was on a Sunday afternoon in late August. VIPs are paired with an employee of the park who guides the VIP through the course. They ride the wire with the VIP and assist with breaking and landing. A local Lions club may provide a picnic lunch.
We bowl at Burnham Bowl, 6016 W Burnham Ave. in Milwaukee.
We usually do this event on a Sunday, from 12:00pm to 3:00pm. BOLD covers 3 games and shoe rental for each VIP and guide/scorekeeper. Food is available at the bowling alley at own expense. They have rails, which help VIPs stay orientated on the approach to the lane and ball ramps for those who may have difficulty lifting a bowling ball.
VIPs are fitted for skis and boots and paired with an experienced ski guide. This event is for beginners as well as experienced skiers. Every other Saturday in January and February, BOLD goes to Lapham Peak State Park, W329 N846 Co. C Delafield. There is a flat loop or a few trails that go throughout the park that offer more hilly terrain. These trails are groomed with 2 sets of tracks that allow the guide to ski alongside the VIP. After about 3 hours of skiing, a lunch is provided by a local Lion or Lioness club.
BOLD has many more activities than we can list. Some others are canoeing where we start at the Big Bend Lions club house and paddle about 3 miles up the Fox River, turn around and paddle back. Fishing on Whitewater Lake, horseback riding, kayaking with SherriKayaks Outdoor Programs for a 2 hour paddling trip, square dancing with local square dancing clubs as partners and snowmobiling, if there is snow, and a hayride just to name a few.
Since Lions Clubs International was founded in 1917, Lions have worked on projects designed to prevent blindness, restore eyesight and improve eye health and eye care for hundreds of millions of people worldwide.
Using State-of-the-Art tools, Lions Clubs, free of charge, screen pre-school and elementary school children for vision problems.
If you are interested in vision screening for your school or pre-school, please contact us for more information and scheduling. Contact Us
Six and one-half percent of Wisconsinites (330,000+) now have diabetes, and the incidence is growing at an epidemic rate. It is estimated that an equal number have diabetes, but have not yet been diagnosed. The direct and indirect cost of diabetes in Wisconsin is counted in billions of dollars. Diabetes is the leading cause of new cases of blindness in people aged 20-74. Other diabetes complications include much higher incidences of heart disease, stroke, high blood pressure, kidney problems, nerve damage, and amputations.
Diabetes is a major focus of Lions International’s Lions Eye Health Program (LEHP), also known as SightFirst. Our Clubs offer free diabetes screening with the goal to improve awareness and education.
If you are interested in free diabetes screening for your organization or you are planning an event where we could offer screening, please contact us for more information and scheduling. Contact Us
For 75 years, Lions have supported Leader Dogs for the Blind, our clients and our canines. Our Clubs have contributed financially, identified people in their community who could benefit from Leader Dog’s services, assisted our clients in filling out applications and spread information about our programs throughout their hometowns.
Thanks to Lions generosity, all programs are provided free to clients, including meals and housing during training, travel and equipment..
The Lions Eye Bank of Wisconsin, Inc., a nonprofit 501(c)3, is a team of professionals and volunteers dedicated to the mission of restoring the Gift of Sight through recovery and transplantation of corneas, as well as research to advance the knowledge/treatment of eye diseases.
The Lions Club Transporters are essential to the successful operation of the Lions Eye Bank of Wisconsin. Thanks to their time and efforts, locally transported tissue is performed via a relay system with participating Lions clubs throughout the state. In 2015 alone, over 800 pieces of eye tissue were relayed within the state of Wisconsin completely free of charge courtesy of your local Lions Club.
Lions Eyeglass and Hearing Aid Recycling Center, located in Rosholt, Wisconsin, last year processed over 800,000 pairs of glasses with over 450,000 pairs being sent to 49 different developing countries. Eyeglasses received at the eyeglass facility at Lions Camp are sorted, cleaned, categorized, bagged, and boxed in preparation for shipment to developing countries.
Hearing Aids recycling has become an important part of our program. You can drop-off your used hearing aids at any of our local Lions recycling boxes or contact our Hearing Preservation Chairperson Tax Deductible with the subject "Hearing Aid Tax Deduction" for instruction on making your donation tax deductible.
For the location of our Lions Recycling Boxes Drop-Off Locations
“Blind kids can’t go to outdoor camps and stuff like that …”
This remark by a blind teenager started it all more than 60 years ago. That chance comment, overheard by a Lions Club member, has turned dream into reality for as many as 70,000 campers with disabilities throughout Wisconsin. In a typical year, campers representing some 400 different communities attend.
Wisconsin Lions Camp serves those campers that are blind and visually impaired, deaf and hard of hearing, cognitively disabled or diabetics. Your support for Lions Club fund raising events help to support our Camp.
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The Wisconsin Lions Foundation, Inc. (WLF) is a charitable non-profit Wisconsin Corporation organized and maintained by the Lions of Wisconsin and is in charge of all statewide service and fund-raising activities. The Foundation began in 1956 as the administrative arm to the Wisconsin Lions Camp. The Foundation now has a total of six statewide projects; The Wisconsin Lions Camp, the Eyeglass Recycling Center, Diabetes Education, the Hearing Program, Vision Screening, and Youth Projects.
In mid-2011, the WLF Board of Directors voted to establish two separate 501(c)(3) corporations, one being the Lions Pride Endowment Fund of WI, Inc.
“The sole purpose of Lions Pride remains the same: to preserve and protect and provide significant financial support to further the exempt projects of the Wisconsin Lions Foundation, Inc.” While separate corporate entities, the parties will always share common interest in the projects of WLF and those they serve. The Lions Pride Endowment Fund of WI, Inc. “Today’s Help, Tomorrow’s Hope.
Prospective donors may wish to consider a variety of available tax-advantaged and other giving options. Planned Giving
Every day, 400 people die from measles. That’s more than 145,000 per year and more than one million in 10 years.
Measles is a highly contagious disease. The virus spreads quickly through coughing and sneezing. When one person has measles, 90 percent of the people they come into close contact with will become infected if they are not already immune. Measles immunity comes through either previously being vaccinated against the disease or through previously contracting it.
LCIF and Lions have promised to raise US$30 million by 2017 in support of measles vaccination around the world. When we reach that goal, Gavi’s matching fund will provide an additional US$30 million, for a total of US$60 million! The safe and effective measles vaccine costs only about US $1.00. More about the Measles Initiative
Nonprofit organizations play a vital role in strengthening democracy, promoting civil liberties, and adding richness and diversity to community life. Over the course of its history, Lions Clubs International has provided a strong, collective voice to inform and influence public policy at the local, state and national level. Lions Clubs International continuously works to highlight issues affecting the community and align public policy initiatives to address civic-social needs. Through advocacy, Lions can inform their elected officials of specific social concerns and help policy makers find specific solutions to persistent problems.
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Lions Clubs are the backbone of our Lions organization.
While each Club may have different programs tailored to their respective communities, we also work together as a team to tackle larger projects. We're here to help so, when in doubt, contact our District office. We will work to find the correct resources for you. Contact 27-A1
Lions Clubs are the backbone of our Lions organization.
While each Club may have different programs tailored to their respective communities, we also work together as a team to tackle larger projects. We're here to help so, when in doubt, contact our District office. We will work to find the correct resources for you. Contact 27-A2
BOLD is for the whole family. Younger family members can help in many ways and for younger VIPs (Visually Impaired Persons), BOLD has a special outreach program for children ages 6 and older.
BOLD activities take place within the sighted community. This integration is vital to the experience because it connects the blind with the sighted world and the sighted world connects with the blind.
Wisconsin Lions Camp for handicapped persons serves over 1,300 campers each summer; all free of charge!
BOLD activities include Downhill Skiing, Pumpkin Farm trip, Holiday Parties, Picnics, Bike Rides, Swimming, Canoeing, Snow Tubing, Water Skiing Hay Rides, Bowling, Roller Skating, Organized Games and Hikes and much more.