Chicago is Ours! (Left photo) Lions who attend the centennial convention in Chicago can get a bird’s eye view of the city at Willis Tower. Yoly and Ben Zoleta of the Chicago Filipino American Lions Club show how it’s done at the Ledge, a glass box extending four feet outward from the 103rd floor. President Yoly and Zone Chairperson Ben will be among the tens of thousands of Lions in Chicago June 30 to July 4. The convention has a great entertainment lineup including the rock band Chicago (above). Ledge photo by Alex Garcia The tournament drew players primarily in their 20s and 30s. On Frozen Pond One of the 19 Brandon Lions, John Lund watches the action with his grandson. In 1969, the year their club was chartered, Brandon Lions in Minnesota built an outdoor ice rink for their small town of 489, and they’ve maintained it since. Last summer Lions repaired and painted the boards, and thanks to donations from businesses, added netting, new hockey nets and a new hose for flooding. In February, the club celebrated the upgraded rink with a four-team pond hockey tournament in Lions Park. From eight in the morning until late in the afternoon teams chased the puck. “It took a lot of stamina, skating up and down. I think the Lions got tired just watching them,” says Vice President Mike Ranweiler, a Lion since 1983. The tournament also honored the memory of charter member Fran Fuller, who grew up skating on rivers in North Dakota. He steadfastly maintained the rink for decades until he passed away several years ago. The nearest indoor rink is in Alexandria, 15 miles away, so the lighted rink in Brandon, close to regulation size, has always drawn a crowd. “You could hear the puck banging around at 10 or 11 o’clock at night,” says Ranweiler. The tournament was “not a big moneymaker. It’s not always about the money,” he says. “It’s to do something good for the community and have some fun.” Photos by Lion Lisa Hynes
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