February 12, 2014 --
Tom and Betty Clausen received the prestigious fellowships at a recent
Fond du Lac Evening Lions meeting. The Knight of Sight Fellowship was
presented to Betty by the club for her continued support to club
activities, fund raisers and participating as a Lions Eye Bank Tissue
Transporter. A Knight of Sight Fellowship is awarded by the Lions Eye
Bank of Wisconsin upon receipt of a $1,000 donation by a club or an
individual to the Eye Bank's operating fund. Betty has been a member of
the Fond du Lac Evening Lions Clubs for 14 years and has served as
president of the club.
Lions from all over the state volunteer their time and automobiles to
transport donated eye tissue down to the eye bank in Madison for
processing. The corneas are then transported back to doctors throughout
the state for transplantation.
Presenting the fellowship to Betty Clausen is Phil Weber, Director of
the Lions Eye Bank of Wisconsin and also a transporter for the Sherwood
Other FDL Evening Lions that are Knight of Sight Fellows are Wayne
Bargenquast, Frank Bartzen, Tom Clausen, Gary Colton and Erv Karls.
Tom Clausen was also presented with a Ray Hempel Fellowship the same
evening. A Hempel Fellowship contribution of $1,000 by his club will be
deposited into the permanent Lions Pride Endowment Fund where interest
earnings will help support The Wisconsin Lions Camp and other Wisconsin
Lions Foundation statewide projects both today and tomorrow. The Lions
Pride Endowment Fund is "Today's Help, Tomorrow's Hope," contributing
annually to the WLF, while protecting the contributed principal,
ensuring the lasting legacy of service, that began with Lion Ray
Hempel's vision of Wisconsin Lions Camp.
Hempel is credited with starting the Wisconsin Lions Camp in the
mid-1950s. His story can be read on the Lions Pride website at
Pictured are Tom Clausen, president of the Fond du Lac Evening Lions and
former president of the Wisconsin Lions Foundation which operates the
camp and Gary Colton, a past president of the club and now the vice
president of the Birch-Sturm Memorial Fund which also supports the
operation of the Lions Camp.
Clausen is the first Fond du Lac Evening Lion member to receive this new
fellowship offered by the Wisconsin Lions.