The introduction of COVID-19 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's Day Parade, the fishing contest at Moonlite Bay, Crosslake Days and a holiday party at Golden Horizons for residents were canceled.

Monthly meetings continued, oftentimes online via 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 live in Crosslake or Ideal Township; donate funds to the railroad museum due to losses created by COVID-19 restrictions; purchase holiday gifts for residents at Golden Horizons; donate money to Bridges of Hope to help families in Crosslake and Ideal Township; purchase gift cards from each Crosslake Ideal Lions gambling site to be distributed to food shelf recipients; and donate money to the Christmas for Kids organization (the traditional fundraiser could not be held due to COVID-19 restrictions).

Club members are hopeful they will be able to resume their traditional activities in addition to adding new events in 2021. The Lions organization is staffed by all volunteers with the mission to help others and “Kindness Matters."

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Anyone interested in volunteering to service their community where “kindness matters" should contact Barb Hansen at blhansen68@gmail.com.

The saddest event to impact the Crosslake Ideal Lions Club was the loss of Joe Doerfler to COVID-19 in November. Joe was a charter member of Lions club since October 1982. He held many leadership positions, 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 in 2011-2012.

Joe started the club's fishing tournament at Moonlite Bay, which will be renamed in his honor as he was the founder of this event.

He was club membership chair for 15 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 lookout for any local organizations that could benefit from the support of the Lions club and participated in most award presentations. He will be truly missed but his memory will live on.