Bob Bertch, left, presents Bruce Weber with a plaque commemorating 50 years of membership in the service organization.
Bob Bertch, left, presents Bruce Weber with a plaque commemorating 50 years of membership in the service organization.
The St. Germain Lioness Club, originally chartered through the St. Germain Lions Club on June 24, 1985, recently learned that being eligible for insurance through Lions International would mean the ladies would need to form a separate club. 

At a chartering ceremony held March 3, the club became a separate Lions club under the name of St. Germain Northwoods Lions Club. With a membership of 19, the former Lionesses rededicated themselves to supporting Lions International and all of the caring programs they have focused on in the past.

Lions District Gov. Bob Bertch of Boulder Junction witnessed members sign the new charter. Bertch thanked the St. Germain Lions Club for sponsoring the new club. He was accompanied by previous District Gov. Mary Ann Gretonhardt in welcoming the new club.

The club has supported the work of the Lions with many fundraisers throughout the years, but its flea market bakery and food booth has been the biggest fundraiser of all. 

Flea market sales began in June 1994. Sue Kessro, membership chairperson, explained that the Lions club asked the Lionesses to sell desserts and coffee to a group of bikers, but due to bad weather a substantial amount of baked goods didn’t sell. The flea market was scheduled the next day, so the club decided to sell them there.

Since its humble beginnings, the flea market menu now includes sloppy joe sandwiches, brats, hamburgers, hot dogs, snacks, soda and a large assortment of homemade desserts. Club members have enjoyed the camaraderie and interaction with coworkers and tourists.

As of the end of the 2020 season, club donations have supported the various activities and causes of the community including the Northland Pines School District and Lions International initiatives which focus on hunger, environment, vision and childhood cancer. Throughout its 35 years, donations have exceeded $443,000.

“We would welcome all new members, male and female, to join our club and get involved with helping our community, state and nation,” Kessro said. “Interested parties may contact me at (715) 542-2860.” 

In addition to the new charter, longtime Lion Bruce Weber also celebrated a milestone at the meeting, where club members gifted him a plaque commemorating his 50 years of membership to the club.