Legos and a Pub Crawl Through Excelsior -
Hosted by the Excelsior Lions Club
The MN Lions Childhood Cancer Foundation was pleased and surprised to receive a check from Cannon Falls Lion Deb Norstad’s employer, Gemini, Inc. in the amount of $5000.
The donation was from the Sharon Weinel Stewardship Award from Gemini. The award is named for Sharon Weinel, the wife of Jim Weinel and co-founder of Gemini who passed away in February of 2022. The award is peer-nominated (that is, co-workers at Gemini) and finalists embody Weinel’s values of kindness, humility, grace and generosity.
Lion Deb chose the Childhood Cancer Foundation because it is a 501c3 charitable organization and in honor of her niece, who was afflicted with cancer at age 3½ and 6½ and finally succumbed to the disease in 2009 at age 27.
Representatives from the Foundation met with Lion Deb at Gemini headquarters to receive the check and present Lion Deb and Gemini, Inc. with Believe Awards.
Believe Awards with McCarthy, 5M1 Director Julie Arney, Foundation President Jeannine McDonald, Gemini employee and Lion Brian Niehaus, 5M1 Director Deb Nisbit, Lion Deb
Norstad and Gemini Controller Christine Gronseth.
(Christine Gronseth and Brian Niehaus nominated Deb Norstad for the Stewardship Award.)
Wannaska Lions Club sewed port shirts (zippers in the shirt allow medical staff to access ports without taking off the shirt) last Saturday. A group of 9 volunteers including 6 Club members cut, pinned and sewed 20 shirts! They will continue sewing shirts over the winter months!
Thank you, Wannaska Lions!
If you're thinking about doing port shirts (or blankets, etc), make sure you have a hospital or other facility that can receive and use them!
With September being Childhood Cancer Awareness Month, the timing was fitting for presenting our proceeds from our 10th Annual Community Golf Scramble. With the help of participants and local community sponsors, we were able to raise $6,000 towards fighting childhood cancer.
Thank you all!