Lion Steve Perry (R) presented a check of $216 to Greenfield Elementary School Principal J.R. Dachel from Woodville Lions members who donated to the Special Projects Fund. Submitted photo
Lion Steve Perry (R) presented a check of $216 to Greenfield Elementary School Principal J.R. Dachel from Woodville Lions members who donated to the Special Projects Fund. Submitted photo

WOODVILLE, WI – “Oh, the weather outside is frightful…Let it snow, let it snow, let it snow.” That pretty much summed up the weather report as the Woodville Lions Club members and guests held their December meeting and annual Christmas meal together on Saturday, December 1, 2018 at Papa’s Bar & Grill in Forrest, about 15 miles north of Woodville.

Of 36 confirmed R.S.V.P’s there were only three no-shows and no one blamed them for not making the potentially treacherous drive up to the meeting and Christmas dinner that night.

But those that did make the journey to Papa’s in Forrest found it to be alright as the plows were out right away and with prudent care on the roads it was just another winter drive in Wisconsin.

And it was worth the trip as the Woodville Lions and guests enjoyed a cozy social hour of comradery with each other together in the game room before dinner.

At 7 p.m. the Lions with guests were seated in their own separate dining room. Club President J.R. Dachel welcomed everyone to the Woodville Lions Club Christmas dinner and thanked them for braving the weather to be together. The President called on Lion Rick Torgerson to say the Table Prayer, which was a nice inspirational invocation for the gathering of the Woodville Lions.

President Dachel then adjourned the group table by table to move to the buffet counters that featured succulent fall-off-the-bone B-B-Q ribs and fried chicken. There was also a grand assortment of salad bar choices as well as a tasty soup and dinner rolls. To accompany the main course there were choices of several delicious sides to load, as you so desired.

Papa was keeping an eye on the serving area and made sure there was a generous supply of everything as the hungry Lions filled their plates.

There was only one young lady and a young man (sorry I didn’t catch your names) that served the big group and they did a marvelous job taking care of beverages and clearing plates, taking drink orders and helping to serve the yummy cupcakes that appeared for dessert.

Not one Lion or guest went away from that bountiful Christmas meal hungry you can rest assured!

Following the meal, President Dachel called a brief December meeting to order. He asked Lion Julie Mahoney, who is on the Woodville Lions Queen’s Committee to give the Lions the pleasure of being introduced to the lovely 2018-2019 Syttende Mai Royal Court. With that, Lion Julie introduced Syttende Queen Amber DeLong, First Princess Libby Whirry and Second Princess Abbie DeLong.

The Court gave a report on what activities they have attended of late and their upcoming plans that will include all of them attending the St. Paul Winter Carnival in January 2019.

President Dachel then presented each member of the Court with a gift bag containing a pair of lovey Norwegian wool mittens that were obtained by Mary Jacobson for the girls. This was as a token of appreciation by the Woodville Lions for all they do to represent Woodville and the Lions Club. 

The other item that President Dachel brought up was the schedule on Wednesday, December 5, for the Lions Vision Screening of 290 4K and Kindergarten students at Greenfield Elementary School in Baldwin and Kids View in Woodville that will include both the morning and afternoon students.

Finally, the President announced that the Club members had donated $216 for the B-W Schools Special Projects Fund in lieu of gifts to each of the ladies in attendance as had been done in the past. The Special Projects Fund donation will help provide snow pants, coats, boots, hats & gloves to students in need.

The meeting was adjourned to allow for additional Christmas socialization. It was a very lovey event!