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Plymouth Lions Club delivers soup to Aurora Health Center workers amid COVID-19

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, Sheboygan PressPublished 3:36 p.m. CT April 30, 2020

PLYMOUTH – Since the safer-at-home order went into effect in March, the Plymouth Lions Club has been meeting, via conference calls, in its quest to lend a hand to its community.

“The Lions’ motto is ‘We serve,'” said President Lorena McKerrow.

McKerrow said that in the last six or seven weeks, the club met often via conference call to hash out ideas about how to give a hand. Those discussions led to having Chef PJ Campbell’s at The Depot make soup to be served to health care workers at Aurora Health Center in Plymouth Thursday.

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Lions Club dedicates Stayer Park all-inclusive playground

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It was a special day all around, but no more so than for one special guest.

Plymouth Lions Club members and city officials held the official dedication and ribbon-cutting Saturday for the new all-inclusive playground in Stayer Park downtown. Among the honored guests was Plymouth native and 2017 Miss Wheelchair Wisconsin Myranda Gereau. “Everyone’s going to be able to come to this park and do whatever they can and be just like anyone else,” Gereau told the audience at the ceremony.

Gereau was referencing what she termed the “all abilities playground” in the midst of the riverfront park that Mayor Donald Pohlman termed “a jewel in our downtown.” They were among the speakers at the ceremony held on the pavilion just east of the playground prior to the ribbon cutting.

The Lions Club took the lead in raising funds to match a $300,000 grant from the Stayer Foundation for the new playground, then worked with city officials to design the “all abilities playground” with a Cheese Capital of the World theme.

Gereau told the group that when she was growing up, she was only able to watch from a distance as other children played on playgrounds. “I’m not telling you this to make you feel sad,” Gereau said reassuringly, “but to bring you some perspective on what this park is going to mean. I’m so excited that I’m going to be playing on it and I’m 22!”

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Plymouth Review story and photos by Emmitt B. Feldner

Lions Help with Youth Vision Screening

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For the eighth year, Plymouth Lions Club volunteers put in countless hours to screen Plymouth students for vision problems.

“We would like to thank the Plymouth Lions Club for their dedication to this yearly screening,” said district nurse Anne Nelson. “Every year we see how our early detection of vision problems has a direct impact on a student’s success in school, affecting both the ability to learn and the enjoyment in learning.”

This year, 720 district students were screened, with 44 of them referred to eye-care professionals for further evaluation.

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Youth Vision Screening provided by Plymouth Wisconsin Lions Club

Lions Club members, from left, Mike McKenzie, Marty Bonk and Sara Baltus screen the vision of Brinley Baltus, a student at Fairview Elementary School. Photo by Dennis Schwartz

Deer Hide Collection Benefits Wisconsin Lions Camp

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If you are a deer hunter and want to put your hides to good use, the Plymouth Lions Club is helping coordinate a statewide collection. All proceeds from the hides will be used for the Wisconsin Lions Camp to help serve the needs of others. For more information or to coordinate a hide drop-off, please contact our club.

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Stayer Park fundraising goal achieved

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The Plymouth Lions Club has achieved their goal in securing the $600,000 in funding necessary to proceed with the equipment order and build for the new Stayer Park in downtown Plymouth.

Capping the fund raising effort was the news that Lions Club International Foundation has agreed to assist the club with this project by awarding a grant of $100,000 earmarked for the park.

“This year is the 100th anniversary of Lions clubs, and Lions Clubs International is encouraging local clubs to celebrate with centennial projects in partnership with their communities, especially those fitting the overall mission of Lions, to support the blind and handicapped, to support children, and to build and support our communities. Lions International feels the Plymouth Lions’ Dare to Dream project for Stayer Park is a great example of meeting those causes, and made a substantial commitment of their own for our local community. It’s pretty special to have them commit so greatly to a local project it,” said Randy Kulow, president of Plymouth Lions Club.

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A GENEROUS DONATION of $5,000 from Bank First National has helped the Plymouth Lions Club achieve their fundraising goals for the Stayer Park project in Plymouth by their donation of $5,000. Taking part in the donation were (left to right) Jerry Baltus, Plymouth Lions Club; Todd Neils, Bank First market president; Brian Yerges, city administrator; Kevin Loose, president of the Plymouth Lions Foundation; and John Mueller, Bank First vice-president. “As a community-focused bank, we are proud to support this project that benefits individuals and families in our community. Our Plymouth roots date back to 1948 when Dairy State Bank was founded and when they began their commitment to making our community a better place to work and live. We are proud to continue that tradition today,” Neils said.

Lions donate Reading Machine

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The Plymouth Lions Club recently donated a Reading Machine to the Plymouth Public Library. Library Director Martha Rosche (center) accepted the machine from Lions Michael Dimig (left) and Steve Dimig (right).

A Reading Machine is a special device consisting of a TV monitor, closed circuit camera, and a viewing platform. The user places reading material on this platform, then the camera projects the image of what the user wishes to read on the large screen. The machine has adjustments of various magnification levels allowing users with macular degeneration conditions the ability to read again. The latest technology in Reading Machines has technology which converts text to audio, allowing people with total blindness the ability to hear what is on the written page.

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Lions Club donates $100k for park project

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The Plymouth Lions Club and Plymouth Lions Foundation presented a gift of $100,000 to the city of Plymouth recently to assist with enhancements to Stayer Park as part of the Mullet Corridor Project.

The Plymouth Lions have been planning for this project since their 50th anniversary in 2014. Lions International will be celebrating its 100-year anniversary in 2017, making the timing of this gift extra special.

Preliminary park design concepts have been submitted to the city. While the plans are being finalized, the Plymouth Lions will continue to look for opportunities to raise more capital through fundraising efforts like the annual Fish Boil, Green Bay Tailgate Party, and of course their famous grilled cheese sandwiches at the Sheboygan County Fair.

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Plymouth Lions Club donates $100,000 to the City of Plymouth Wisconsin for Stayer Park Playground improvements

On hand for the ceremonial presentation at City Hall were (left to right) Mayor Donald Pohlman, Ron Erdmier, Mark Melcher, Dennis Schwartz, Charlie Hansen, Warren Wieser, Plymouth Lions Foundation President Kevin Loose, Steve Rolzin, City Administrator/Utilities Manager Brian Yerges, Marty Bonk and Plymouth Lions Club President Randy Kulow.

Inclusive, accessible playground planned in Stayer Park

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Back in September, the Plymouth Lions Club shared their vision for arguably the club’s most ambitious community service project, nicknamed “Dare to Dream.”

As part of the city’s Mullet Corridor project, the Plymouth Lions will be focusing on enhancing Stayer Park. The design of the playground equipment is well underway, with some preliminary artist concepts provided by equipment partner Landscape Structures.

These are only “concepts” at this point, providing a vision and inspiration for what the park may ultimately look like. Final design of all the equipment will come together in the coming months.

At a glance, some of the equipment may appear to be somewhat typical of what one would expect at a playground: slides, swings, climbing apparatuses, etc. However, the overall design of the park an equipment is far from typical.

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Plymouth Wisconsin Lions Club Dare to Dream Stayer Park Playground Renovation 2017

Lions, city team up for ‘dream’ effort at Stayer Park

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The Plymouth Lions Club celebrated its 50th anniversary in 2014. Prior to that, club members challenged themselves to dream of a community service project worthy of such a milestone. The project became known among club members as the “Dare to Dream” project. The club’s vision was to enhance one of the city’s public parks and play areas, making it more accessible for children of all abilities. Ultimately, Stayer Park became the front-runner as the site for “Dare to Dream.”

As the vision became a preliminary plan, it quickly became evident that the magnitude of this project and funding it would require more than selling few grilled cheese sandwiches at the County Fair. In 2015, our club became aware of the city’s Mullet Corridor Study project. In fact, several members of the Plymouth Lions Club were invited to actively participate in the study and the planning phases.

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Plymouth Lions Brian Yerges and Kevin Loose visit Landscape Structures in Delano Minnesota

PLYMOUTH CITY ADMINISTRATOR Brian Yerges (left) and Plymouth Lions Club member Kevin Loose (right) visited Landscape Structures in Delano, Minn., to explore future playground equipment designs for the Plymouth Lion’s “Dare to Dream” project at Stayer Park.