Rose Sale thank you
The Sturgeon Bay Lions would again like to thank everyone who participated in our recent Rose Sale. We would also like to thank the local newspapers, radio stations and businesses who helped us advertise to make our sale such a big success.
We always hope the people who bought and received the roses enjoyed them as much as we enjoy seeing all the smiling faces when we deliver them. This is our biggest fundraiser each year and helps us help many people in need.
The Lions' primary goal is sight conservation and blindness prevention. Toward this end, Lions assist Door County residents to obtain eye examinations and glasses, screen children in area schools for vision problems and support programs such as Leader Dog for the Blind.
We collect glasses and hearing aids which are then given by health professionals to people in developing countries. A significant portion of our donations go to the Wisconsin Lions Camp in Rosholt.
This camp, the envy of Lions throughout the country, gives both children and adults with disabilities a quality camping experience. The camp is free of charge to Wisconsin residents. The funds donated to us by our neighbors also go to local organizations, which include the Sunshine House, HELP of Door County, Boys Baseball, Door CANcer and the Kimberley House, to name a few. Your rose purchase provides the money to help make these programs possible. Thank you.
Lion Greg Virlee
Rose Sale chairman
Thanks to a stranger
I came home from town today feeling all warm inside because of the kindness of another.
My lunch tab had been picked up by a stranger. I hope that person knows what a gift that gave me. It's been a long and difficult winter for me.
So thank you and to everyone who makes another's life brighter.
Overseas drama adds perspective
In light of the recent atrocities in Nigeria, where teenage girls wishing to get an education have been captured and enslaved, let me encourage you to pause and give thanks for how fortunate we are to be able to pursue an education without fear of violence because of it.
No teacher nor school is perfect, but the next time you find yourself critical of a teacher, a school, or an entire district, pause and give thanks instead that you've never feared your child's capture because she went to school. Students, pause and give thanks that you've never risked your life as you know it to enter any classroom.
Even as you read this, teenage girls in Nigeria are captured and enslaved simply because they want to learn and advance themselves. Parents and community members, pause and give thanks that such things never even cross our minds when our daughters and friends enter a school building. How blessed our children are to be able to learn and advance themselves without fear.
Thanks from Tellstrom family
Thanks to everyone who helped make the Steven Tellstrom Fundraiser happen for our family. We so appreciate our family and friends who took time to be with us to celebrate and support our "Steven's Journey."
Special thanks to the planning committee: Cari Bicoy, Tracy Dietman, Susan Eckel, Annika Johnson, Tina Reeths, Naomi Spritka, Teri Vanlieshout, Tracy Vreeke and their families. Jump On It, Bay Wear and the Draft Haus for hosting both events. Lars Braschnewitz at Music Masters for providing the amazing entertainment for the dance.
A huge thank you to all the businesses and private donors who provided the wonderful silent auction items. Thanks to Sturgeon Bay Schools for their great support in selling shirts.
Seeing the huge smile on our son's face was priceless! Thanks to all of his friends for coming! What a fantastic show of support from everyone! Thank you!
The Steven Tellstrom Family
Lost and found in Door County
Last Tuesday I enjoyed a wonderful lunch at The White Gull Inn. Before leaving there, I made a trip to the restroom and put my purse on top of the baby-changing unit, where I left it. Now, I walk with a walker, so it's rather a job to get around. When I arrived home at Scandia Village in Sister Bay, I realized that I did not have my purse with me.
I thought back to where it could be and came to the conclusion that it was back in Fish Creek. By that time I was too tired to make the trip back to Fish Creek. I remembered that some of the ladies I had eaten lunch with had talked about coming back to Alexander's on the Scand bus for the fish fry benefiting the Gibraltar boys baseball team.
I called the White Gull Inn and asked if they had found my purse, and the nicest girl at the desk said yes, she had it right there. I then asked if anybody there would be going near Alexander's on their way home. She said, yes indeed, she herself would go right by it and would be glad to drop off my purse on her way home. I then called my friend Gladys Austgen, who was going to the fish fry on the Scand bus and explained the situation to her. She said she would be glad to bring my purse home to me.
A couple of hours later my purse was right back in my possession - safe and sound with all its money and credit cards.
Where else but in wonderful Door County could you forget your purse in a "john stall" and in a few hours have it back via some wonderfully willing-to-help folks? That's the kind of people who live here in Door County, and my heartfelt thanks and God's blessings go out to each person who had a part in this heartwarming story.
The Meadows of Scandia