April 13, 2013 | Vol. 94, No. 87

Lions events continue despite weather hiccups

IRON BELT, Wis. — “The weather threw a little curve to us,” said Sandy Larson at the district Lion Club convention at Whitecap Mountains Friday afternoon.

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BOB TRACZYK, left, treasurer of the Hurley Lions Club, and Rick Deluge, of the Lions Eye Bank of Wisconsin, stand in front of the Lions Eye Bank display at the district Lions convention at Whitecap Mountains Friday afternoon. April is Donate Life Month, according to Deluge. The convention continues today.

Larson, Lion’s Club District Convention Chair, is attending the conference for Lions across Northern Wisconsin. She is from Rhinelander.

Some of the speakers scheduled for the weekend cannot make it due to the spring snow storm, said Hurley Lions Club treasurer Bob Traczyk.

Another speaker, scheduled to present at the Hurley K-12 School on Friday about the Lions Club’s leader dog program, had to cancel due to illness, Traczyk said.

“It is an honor to be chosen for the convention site, as it is picked out two years in advance,” said Traczyk. Two hundred forty-five people are registered for this weekend’s event for Lions, Lioness and Leo club members in eight northern Wisconsin counties.

The leader dog program and other vision health issues are key to the Lion’s Club, said Traczyk. The leader dog program provides funding for seeing eye dogs. The Lions Club is also involved with eye transplants and the Wisconsin Eye Bank.

Today’s programming includes business meetings, discussion sessions, and speeches from Lions Club officers, as well as a fundraising walk (held indoors due to the weather) and an evening banquet.