The Lions of Wisconsin own one of the
best camps for disabled persons in the world. Located in Rosholt, just
east of Stevens Point, the 425 acre camp with a 40 acre privately owned
lake, hosts 1,700 children every summer for a totally free week or two
of camping. Programs are for visually and hearing impaired children,
those who are cognitively disabled and now a program for children with
diabetes. The rest of the year the camp is used by disabled adults and
rented out as a retreat center. Visit the camp's website at www.wisconsinlionscamp.com.
The camp is one project of the Wisconsin Lions Foundation which has many
other projects for those with disabilities. The Eye
Glass Recycling Center process
a million used eyeglasses and hearing aids each year, cleaning and
sorting them for distribution by Lions in countries like Mexico and the
Philippines. Each year several Wisconsin Lions make trips to Mexico to
distribute eyeglasses through our Mission to Mexico project.
The Wisconsin Lions bought a large trailer to transport the eyeglasses
as well as school and medical equipment donated by Wisconsin residents,
schools and clinics. The foundation also has a Diabetes
Education Program where
specialists travel the state educating medical professionals about the
signs and symptoms of the disease. The Hearing
Program supplies free
hearing aids to low income individuals. This program is funded by
donations of used hearing aids which are recycled by the manufacturer
and credit is given to the Lions for new aids. To learn more about the
foundation and its projects, visit www.wlf.info.
The highest honor that the foundation can
bestow a Lion or Lioness is the Birch-Sturm Fellowship, which is a
$1,000 donation, usually paid for by the member's club, to the
foundation's endowment fund. Seven Fond du Lac Evening Lions are
Birch-Sturm Fellows: Wayne Bargenquast, Robert Berryman, Charles
Browning, Thomas Clausen, Gary Colton, Michael Konen and Gary Silah.