The introduction of Covid19 made 2020 a challenging year for most individuals, including the Crosslake Ideal Lions Club. Regular activities including volunteering at the Crosslake Food Shelf, Blood Drives, the Annual Easter Egg Hunt, the St, Patrick Day Parade, the Elite Fishing Contest at Moonlight Bay, Crosslake Days, and a Holiday party at New Horizons for residents were events cancelled.
Monthly meetings continued, oftentimes through ZOOM, and members discussed how the Crosslake Ideal Lions Club could help residents in the community during these challenging times. The following suggestions were made and approved: Increase the contribution to the endowment portion of the scholarship fund for students who reside in Crosslake or Ideal Township; Donate funds to the Railroad Museum due to losses created by Covid19 restrictions; Purchase holiday gifts for the residents at New Horizons; Donate money to Bridges of Hope to help families in Crosslake/Ideal Township; Purchase gift cards from each Crosslake Ideal Lion’s gambling sites to be distributed to food shelf recipients, and donating money to Christmas for Kids organization (the traditional fundraiser could not be held due to COVID19 restrictions).
We are hopeful that we will be able to resume all our traditional activities in addition to adding new fun events in 2021. The Lions Organization is staffed by all volunteers with the mission to help others and “Kindness Matters”. Anyone interested in volunteering to service their community where “kindness matters”, please contact Barb Hansen at email@example.com.
The saddest event to impact the Crosslake Lions Club was the loss of Joe Doerfler to Covid19 in November 2020. Joe had been a Charter Member of Lions since October 1982. He held many leadership positions in Lions including District Governor and Vice District Governor in addition to many Board positions. He also received an International Leadership Award in 2007-2008 and an International Presidential Award 2011-2012. Joe also started The Elite Fishing Tournament at Moonlight Bay which will be renamed in his honor as he was the founder of this event. He was Club Membership Chair for fifteen years and sponsored the majority of new members in the Crosslake Ideal Lions Club. He continued to recruit new members until his death. His daughter. Donna Leagjeld, in honor of her father, will continue his mission to continue to strengthen membership in the Crosslake Ideal Lions Club. He was always on the look-out for any local organizations that could benefit from the support of the Lion’s Club and participated in most award presentations. He will be truly missed but his memory will live on.