A Piece of Lions Weekend

Love, Editor Sue

Victoria Lion Matt Bergmann, co-chair of the Victoria Lions Tournament Weekend this year, has been a Victoria Lion for almost five years.  His wife is Erica and their daughter is Evelyn.  Matt is a co-owner and managing partner of Laketown Electric, the company that had the $300,000 electrical contract for the new Victoria City Hall and Library.

Matt was often seen during the Lions Weekend riding his John Deere gator, which he brings for tournament use each year. 

Thank you, Lion Matt and all Victoria Lions, for your continued contributions to the community.

Matt gave a summary of the 2015 third weekend in July.  “Weather-wise, fair.  It was pretty hot, and the heavy rains on Friday left us with waterlogged fields which we had to fix prior to the games starting at 9 a.m. on Saturday ...

“Food-wise, excellent.  And quality continues to improve each year with fresh, not frozen, hamburgers, hotdogs, brats, and bakery buns.  Crowd-wise, just average for this tournament.”

One of the many gatherings that enjoyed conversation at the Tournament (l-r):  Bob Mechtel, Joe Chapman, Joe Schmieg, Randy Vanderlinde, Hailey Notermann, Rhonda Notermann (mother of Hailey), and Bruce Schmid.

A wild wind through Victoria brought down a tree in Lions Park just before the Tournament.

Another downed tree was about a block away, just across the street from Lions Park.  The winds also broke off a large branch from one of the giant willows.

The St. Victoria Catholic Cemetery is right across the street from the Weeping Willows and Lions Park.  Did you know that room was made at the cemetery for five Franiscan priests to be buried next to each other?  From left to right, Father Robert Schmieg, Father Brennan Schmieg, Father Conran Schneider, Father Fred Schneider (still with us in Springfield, ILL), and Father Elstan Coghill.  Nearby are two other Franciscan priests, Father Louis Diethelm and Father Herbert Diethelm.

The Ave Maria is on the other side of the church.

And Father Bob White is in front of the church with his best pal Betsy.  See Lions Park in the background?