Cosmos Lions History, Lion of the Year, Awards

Club History

The Cosmos Lions began in summer 1964 as a way for local community members to support and promote small-town living. The local club formed following a meeting on April 29, 1964 at Vic’s Bowling Alley between District Lions officials and prospective members from Cosmos. The club was chartered June 6, 1964 with 21 members.

The Cosmos Lions began their charitable work quickly as its first project was to install a scoreboard at the Cosmos High School football field in 1964. The club’s next project was building the shelter at the city park in 1965, which still is used by Cosmopolitans and travelers. The Lions also have been faithful supporters of the softball park, Thompson Lake Park, Cosmos Space Festival, Cosmos Fire and Ambulance Departments,  and the youth of Cosmos.

Though the Lions do work hard for the community, they humbly acknowledge the support of the community who comes to their events and fund-raisers. Those major fund-raisers are the fishing tournament on Thompson Lake, pork chop feed in May, and the Labor Day Softball Tournament.

Charter Members: Don Bluhm, Vic Eastman, Virgil Olson, Russ Nordine, C.L. Haagenson, Marv Hackbarth, Martin Kutzke, George Lehmkuhl, Gale Lennon, Charles Lietzau, Wyman Lundstrom, R.C. Matthews, Spike Minnick, Eilert Flemming, Paul Peterson, Charles Porath, Ken Raiber, Tom Smrcka, Steve Spreiter, H.L. Swanson and Cedric Williams, Jr.

Lions of the Year   

Doug Adams & Don DeLeeuw
Butch Schmeling
Louis Doty
Dale Martin
Brad Dallmann
Reuben Martin
Harry Weseloh
Gary Martin
Don Bluhm
Gale Remmel
Paul Virnig
Dave Martin
Tom McCarthy
Mike Welter
Doug Adams
Smudge Schmeling
Gilbert Radloff
Keith Ackman
Roney Kutzke
Jim Flemming
Orville Wog
Arnie Blum
 

'14
'99, '13
'12, '08, '04
'10
'09, 
'07, '00
'06, '95, '90
'05, '90, '86
'03
'02
'01
'98
'97
'96
'94, '85
'93
'92, '88
'91
'89
'87
'84
'83

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2013-14 co-Lions of the Year Don DeLeeuw and Doug Adams (second and third from left in back) are joined by fellow Lions Chuck Raske (back,left) Keith Ackman (second from right), Butch Schmeling (right) and Harry Weseloh (front) just before the 2014 Cosmos Space Festival Parade.

Past Presidents  (Year Term Started)

Mark Minnick
Mike Welter
Harry Weseloh    
Dale Martin
Joyce Karrigan
Doug Martin
Brad Dallmann
Randy Schiro
Chuck Raske
Brad Thomas
Tom McCarthy
Dave Martin
Doug Adams
Butch Schmeling
Roney Kutzke
Reuben Martin
Harlan Jenkins
Jim Flemming
Gary Martin
Smudge Schmeling
Orville Wog
Harlow Karg
Keith Ackman
Gordy Reinke
Norman Johnson
Arnie Blum
Bill Sathre
Larry Carlson
Gary Davis
Harold Hesser
Lyle Petersdorf
Clarence Schiro
Vern Haagenson
Russ Nordine
Paul Peterson
Martin Kutzke
Wyman Lundstrom
Gale Lennon

'14
'13, '08
'12, '99
'11, '05
'10, '04, '98
'09
'07
'06
'03
'02, '89
'01
'00
'97, '92, '75
'96
'95, '86, '72
'94, '80
'93, '88
'91, '81
'90
'87
'85
'84
'83
'82
'79
'78
'77
'76
'74
'73
'71
'70
'69
'68
'67
'66
'65
'64