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The future is closer than you think. Get a glimpse of LCI Forward and the innovations to come. From our four areas of strategic focus to cutting-edge technologies, see how LCI is moving forward into our second century of service. Visit the LCI Forward page to watch a special video that brings the vision to life, and download an LCI Forward PowerPoint and share it at your next club meeting!
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Lions do inspiring things. For 100 years, we have joined together to change the lives of neighbors next door and underserved populations around the world. Now that’s reason to celebrate.
Your club’s Centennial celebration is the perfect opportunity to share your achievements and spread the word about what Lions do in your community. When people learn about the difference you’re making as a Lion, I know they’ll be inspired to join you in service. And there are so many ways to include your community in the celebration.
Invite family and friends to serve with you on your next Centennial Service Challenge project so they can experience the power of service. Plan a Legacy Project to showcase your club and connect with community. Host a special Centennial celebration that highlights your achievements, your projects and the opportunities to serve with you.
Let’s make the most of our Centennial. So keep serving, keep celebrating and keep inspiring your community!
Very truly yours,
Chancellor Bob Corlew
Your International President
Over 6,000 Legacy Projects have already been completed. Build your Lion legacy by planning a Legacy Project and hosting a dedication ceremony to unveil it to your community. Invite members of your community and the local press to attend, and be sure to wear Lions branded gear like hats and shirts to show your Lions pride. Visit the Legacy Projects webpage to learn more, and start planning you project today!
Plan Your Celebration Lions have 100 years of service, but every club has its own history of success. Plan a special club celebration to engage your club members and community in the Centennial. Give your community an opportunity to learn, serve and celebrate. Visit the new Ways to Celebrate webpage for great ideas to make your Centennial celebration the event of the century.
My Fellow Lions,
Hurricane Matthew affected several areas, including the Caribbean and the United States. It was the deadliest hurricane in the Atlantic Ocean since 2005. Many main roads are impassible and many bridges have been washed away. Food and drinking water are in short supply and many of those who need aid the most are still waiting for it to arrive. When disaster strikes, Lions are among the first to offer help to the victims, even though they are often victims themselves. Lions Clubs International Foundation (LCIF) is right there beside them, ready to support their efforts with funding assistance through Lions disaster relief programs. Working together, LCIF, local Lions and Lions leaders assess the urgent needs and quickly deliver the aid most required by victims.
LCIF awarded an initial Emergency grant to Haiti to address immediate needs of disaster victims. Lions and Leos from Port-au-Prince traveled to Petit-Goâve to work with clubs there. Together, they have packed and distributed over 2,000 relief kits of medicine and food to residents in need.
LCIF has also awarded an Emergency grant to the Lions of 31-N in North Carolina, USA. Lions there are braving the conditions to bring much needed food, water, blankets and medical supplies to those affected most by the storm. More updates about the relief work there is forthcoming.
The situation is dire, but Lions are working to bring hope to their neighbors. You can show your support for Lions and their work by making a donation to LCIF’s disaster relief fund today.
Dr. Jitsuhiro Yamada
Chairperson, Lions Clubs International Foundation
In conjunction with the fall forum we were pleased to be told that the new Butte Copper City Lions Club has chartered. Congratulations go out to all the members and we wish you the best in all you do for your community.
Also the week before the forum a new club was started in Columbus with 27 members. It was a wonderful week with Lions club developer Ronnie Martin from Texas and IPDG from Hawaii, Kelvin Moniz helping and showing me the way to get a club started in one week. We had a great time and now the paperwork is going forward to be able to charter that club. Lions Andy and Elaine Black are the guiding lions.
We also got a great start getting a campus club started at Rocky Mountain College and look forward to when we have at least 20 members to be able to charter that club. The guiding lion is Jerry Leggate. Each club is planning their charter night celebration and I hope you are all getting ready to put your party attitude and attend the events. We’ll let you know.
– IPDG Richard Gessling
This year’s raffle winners were drawn this past weekend. 29 weapons were raffled including assorted handguns, rifles and shotguns. athe winning tickets were also eligible for a Grand Prize of $500. Firearms were provided and shipped through Shedhorn Sports of Ennis, Mt. Click for a list of winners (first name abbreviated).
The Forum officially opened at 8:30 am on Saturday, October 8, at the Big Horn Resort in Billings to provide specialized training based upon sessions chosen by those attending. Presenters represented Lions nationally recognized in their areas of expertise for membership, leadership, community service and all things Lions.
DR. PATTI HILL candidate for INTERNATIONAL
VICE PRESIDENT serving soup at the forum luncheon.
The luncheon followed the morning general session and two hour-long specialized presentations chosen from ten different subjects (five options ran concurrently for each hour).
Afternoon sessions repeated select topics from the morning and added some new offerings unique to the afternoon.
***NOTE: The friday evening taco bar social raised $1,630 for the Montana Lions Sight & Hearing Foundation by PID Tom Lehman auctioning items donated by clubs and Lions.
Thanks to Acting DG Lary, IPDG Richard, and all the presenters for a great event!
The drawing has been changed to October 9 in Forsyth.
Lions Montana Forum Agenda
Saturday October 8th, 2016, Billings, MT
7:00 AM – 8:15 AM Breakfast On Your Own
7:30 AM – 8:15 AM Registration – Big Horn Resort Lobby
8:30 AM – 9:15 AM Morning Keynote General Session – Yellowstone R00m, Lions the Big Picture – Past International President the Honorable Judge Brian Stevenson
9:15 AM – 9:30 AM (Transfer Time)
9:30 AM – 10:30 AM First Morning Workshop Seminars
Yellowstone Room – Recruiting Younger Members, Past District Governor Paul Baker
Big Horn R00m – Orientation as a Stategy for Retention, Global Leadership Team Western USA Leader Denny Grotrian
Stillwater Room – The Rich History of Lions, Zone Chair Verna Cragwick
Broso Room – Membership: An Intentional Mission, Not an Accident Waiting to Happen, Global Membership Team Western USA Leader Gary C Wong
Madison Room – District 37, your Club and Leadership, Past International Director Dave Hajny
10:30 AM – 10:45 AM (15 Minute Snack and Transfer Time)
10:45 AM – 11:45 PM Second Morning Workshop Seminars
Yellowstone Room – Member Orientation & Club Success ! – Zone Chair Verna Craigwick
Big Horn R00m – Getting New Lions For Your Clubs, Past District Governor Ronnie Martin
Stillwater Room – Free Money for Your Community, Acting District Governor Lary Garrison
Broso Room – Leos Rountable, Lion Jim Thompson and Leos
Madison Room – Attracting the next Generation of Lions, International VP Candidate, Past International Director Dr. Patti Hill
11:45 PM – 12:00 PM (15 Minute Transfer Time
12:00 PM – 1:15 PM Lunch – Gallatin Room
1:15 PM – 2:00 PM Afternoon General Session, Yellowstone Room – The Eternal Golden Rule of Lions, Past International President the Honorable Judge Brian Stevenson
2:00 PM – 2:15 PM (Break Time)
2:15 PM – 3:15 PM First Afternoon Workshop Seminars
Yellowstone Room – Attracting the next Generation of Lions, International VP Candidate Past International Director Dr. Patti Hill
Big Horn Room – Oreintation as a stragegy for retention, Global Leadership Team Western USA Leader Denny Grotrian
Stillwater Room – Officer Training for Lions Clubs, part 1, PCC Ben Apeland, Lion Judy Lehman
Broso Room – Membership: An Intentional Mission, Not an Accident Waiting to Happen, Global Membership Team Western USA Leader Gary C Wong
Madison Room – The in’s and out of Facebook & Lions Clubs, Lion Jessica Falcon
3:15 PM – 3:30 PM (Snack and Break Time)
3:30 PM – 4:30 PM Second Afternoon Workshop Seminars
Yellowstone Room – Do You Have The Personality of A Lion ? – Past District Governor Paul Baker
Big Horn Room – Getting New Lions For Your Clubs, Past District Governor Ronnie Martin
Stillwater – Officer Training for Lions Clubs, part 2, PCC Ben Apeland, Lion Judy Lehman
Broso Room – The Relationship Between the Montana Lions Sight and Hearing Foundation and Montana Lions Clubs, Lion 2nd VDG Dennis Kopitzke
Madison Room – Do You Hate Speaking in Front of People, Global Membership Team Western USA Leader Gary C. Wong
4:30 PM – 5:00 PM Wrap Up Session, District Governor Lary Garrison
The Centennial celebrates 100 years of Lions’ service, but our true legacy was built in communities like yours. Be sure to plan your own Centennial celebration to inspire your Lions and share your achievements with your community.
Visit the Ways to Celebrate webpage to find great ways to celebrate. With dozens of ideas to choose from, there’s a Way to Celebrate that’s perfect for your club. Start planning your club celebration today!
Save Sight in Your Community this October
Be sure to join the Worldwide Week of Service in Sight on October 10-16. Plan a project to save sight in your community and invite your family and friends to serve with you.
From sponsoring an inclusive sporting event, to organizing a vision screening, there are countless ways for your club to join this special Centennial Service Challenge event. Visit the Worldwide Week of Service in Sight for tools to plan your project. And remember to promote your club by wearing Lions branded gear when you’re serving in your community!
Montana Lions, You have great opportunites coming your way right here in October.
If you or your club is looking for help with membership this is the time to learn what you can do to bring more helpers into your clubs so that you can continue your service and expand that service to more people. There are four opportunities:
- The most knowledgable and able recruiter for new club development and member recruitment will be in Montana October 2nd through the 8th. Starting on Sunday evening in Columbus Montana at the Super 8 motel he will be presenting a workshop on starting new lions clubs. Then those that wish to learn and help will have that opportunity starting Monday the 3rd through Friday the 7th as he develops a new lions Club in Columbus Montana. Ronnie Martin is coming from Texas and he is the best speaker and mentor on Membership and New Club starts ever.
- He will be also be presenting twice at the Lions Montana Forum in Billings at the Big Horn Resort and Water Park on October 8th. “Getting New LIons for Your Clubs”. Don’t miss this opportunity. Register for the forum by downloading the registration form found on our Web site <montanalions.org> or register on site.
- If you are interested in recruiting younger members and want to help start a Campus Club at Rocky Mountain College this could be your opportunity to learn more about how to succeed with a workshop in Billings on Sunday evening October 2. Following that we will be recruiting on the Rocky College Campus from Monday the 3rd through Friday the 7th.
- At the Forum there will be presentations by Paul Baker the Campus Club expert from LCI on “Recruiting Younger Members” and LCI Presidential hopeful Dr. Patti Hill on “Attracting the Next Generation of Lions”.
Hope to see you at the forum and if you want the hands on experience at Columbus or Rocky Mountain College please contact me for the detailed information. IPDG Richard Gessling email@example.com phone 406-435-3785
We recently reached the 100 million people served milestone in the Centennial Service Challenge. This incredible accomplishment is proof that when Lions join together for the benefit of humanity, there’s nothing we can’t achieve.
I hope you’ll join me in celebrating this achievement in true Lions style—by renewing your commitment to serving the people who need us most. The Centennial Celebration is a great opportunity for every Lion to get involved in service.
You can plan a project for the Worldwide Weeks of Service, dedicate a Centennial Community Legacy Project in your community, and continue supporting the Centennial Service Challenge by hosting youth, vision, hunger and environmental projects. And keep reporting your activities to LCI so we can share our impact with Lions and the world.
I’d like you to take a minute to watch our 100 Million Served video and reflect on the millions of lives changed by your service. Then keep serving to see how high we can climb!
Very truly yours,
Chancellor Bob Corlew
Chancellor Bob Corlew
Your International President
The Billings Lions Club will be hold a celebration on NOVEMBER 5, 2016, at the NORTHERN HOTEL in BILLINGS. 5:30 pm cocktails and 6:30 dinner with special guest speaker PID Dave Hajny.
The next District 37 Cabinet meeting is October 9th at the Bighorn Resort in Billings in conjunction with the Fall Forum. Minutes of the July Cabinet meeting are now posted.
From PCC Dan Krum: I am saddened to report that PDG James M. Stout, Huntley Project Lions Club, passed away on August 14, 2016. PDG James was Governor in 1961-62. He was the oldest living PDG in Montana and the old MD 37. He has two sons living in Helena and one brother in Manhattan. No services were held. His address was: 3427 Blue Heron St., Helena, Mt 59602.
In this month’s Newswire, watch and share our new Centennial Service Challenge video, learn about the next Worldwide Week of Service, register for LCICon Chicago and more!
Congratulations on Serving 100 Million People!
Two years ago, Lions were challenged to serve more than 100 million people by the end of our Centennial Celebration in 2018. Now, you’re invited to celebrate the achievement of this incredible milestone in true Lions style—by renewing your commitment to service and joining together to continue to serve the people who need us most.
But first, take a minute to watch the 100 Million Served video on YouTube and reflect on the millions of lives changed by Lions service around the world. And keep going!
Save Sight this October 10-16
Join international president Chancellor Bob Corlew for a special Worldwide Week of Service event designed to end preventable blindness and visual impairment in your community and around the world. Plan a service project saving sight in your community during October 10-16, and your club will be eligible for special recognition. From vision screenings to white cane donations and more, there’s an opportunity for every club to change lives this October. Visit the Worldwide Week of Service in Sight webpage for more information and start planning your project today!
Register for the 2017 Centennial Convention in Chicago
Be part of history and register today for the 100th LCICon in Chicago, June 30-July 4, 2017. Celebrate your pride in being a Lion with thousands of members from around the globe for fun, fellowship and more!
January 13 is the deadline to lock-in the best 5-day centennial registration fee of US$130.00 and to guarantee your hotel reservation at our specially discounted Lions rates. These hotel rates are available only to Lions convention attendees and are sure to sell out quickly.
McCormick Place Convention Center will be the hub of activity where the plenary sessions, International Show, Lions exhibit hall, voting, seminars and more will take place – all within one convenient venue. March down Chicago’s famous State Street in the Lions International Parade of Nations. Make plans to tour the International Headquarters Office, visit Melvin Jones’ gravesite and see Chicago’s architectural gems on one of our special Lions convention tours.
Video: Seeing Better, Reading More
September 8 is International Literacy Day! Watch this video from the Lions Quarterly archives to learn how Lions in Arizona combined a community vision project with a literacy project – helping improve the sight of families while encouraging parents and children to read together. Share the video and your club’s literacy activities on social media to let everyone know how Lions are making an impact. Visit the Lions Clubs International website for more project ideas.
Purchase a Peace Poster Contest Kit by October 1
For more than 25 years, millions of children from nearly 100 countries have participated in the Lions International Peace Poster Contest. Purchase a Peace Poster Contest kit to sponsor a contest in your community, and encourage children to express their thoughts on peace through art. The deadline to purchase a kit for the 2016-17 theme, “A Celebration of Peace,” is October 1, 2016. The kit is available in all 11 of our official languages, and costs US$11.95 plus shipping, handling and applicable taxes. To order online, go to the Club Supplies Store (Item Search: Peace Poster Kit). Don’t forget to share your #PeacePoster photos on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter!
29 Clubs in District 37 will recieve achieve recognition through a Century of Service Award. Your club will be recognized for your club/s success. Acting DG Lary Garrison encourages all clubs to be represented at the Montana Fall Forum on October 8th in Billings. The Century of Service Awards will be presented then.
The Montana Fall Forum will be held in Billings at the Bighorn Resort. Speakers for the Montana Fall Forum include:
- PID Patti Hill, “The Next Generation of Lions”
- Western USA Area GMT Leader PDG Gary C Wong, “Membership Development Is An Intentional Mission, Not An Accident Waiting To Happen”
- Western USA Area GLT Leader PCC Dennis Grotrian, “Is Leadership Development Important In Growing Lionism”
- PDG Ronnie Martin, “Starting New Clubs Is The Real Answer To Membership Growth”
- PDG Paul Baker, “Reaching Tomorrow’s Lions Through Today’s Campus Clubs”
- and PIP Judge Brian Stevenson on a subject to be determined.
For more on the Fall Forum click here or use the link in the banner at the top of the page.
Hi Fellow Lions. It is that time of the year to start thinking about getting the PlusOptix machines ready to go. I have a couple of requests for you.
- Please verify your serial numbers on the machines and send me a contact name for who has the machines.
- Make sure if you have an S-12 that the software is up to date. The software version number should be 22.214.171.124. The Software version number can be found by touching the tool I-con. Next touch the Key I-con. The number should be on the Left top side. If it is not the version number above then refer to your manual and please get it updated. Also let me know when the S-12 is updated.
- One last thing please send me a monthly email on the number of students that you have screened. We want to keep track of how well the vision screenings are doing in the State. My e-mail address is firstname.lastname@example.org.
Have a Great Year and if you have a question feel free to contact me. Lion Dave Falcon
NEWS FLASH – The Lewistown Lions Club will be starting up again as a branch club of the Denton Lions Club. The club members are busy with organizational issues and getting the proper format in place so they can make application to Lions Clubs International to approve their club.
In the interim we have set up a Lewistown MT Lions facebook page and will updating this with current news items and events they are planning to serve the community and to grow their club. Anyone having ideas for good kickstarter projects could leave them a note on the site.
Lions serve in a variety of ways. With any service to the public, safety is of the utmost importance. In the case of an accident or any unfortunate event, a club may be held legally responsible. Originally adopted by the U.S. Congress in 1997, the Volunteer Protection Act (VPA) provides liability protection from claims that might be filed against a nonprofit organization’s individual volunteers. In the Act’s current form, however, protection from liability does not extend to the organization itself, including Lions clubs.
Currently before Congress is another bill called the Volunteer Organization Protection Act or VOPA. This Act would amend the VPA to extend liability protection that’s already given to individual volunteers to organizations as well.
Lions International needs your help in moving VOPA forward; contact your representative in support of VOPA!
Use one (or more) of these ways to contact your representative:
- Call – You can read directly from a phone script;
- Write – Send a letter by email, fax or mail; feel free to use this sample letter. We also give step-by-step instructions on how to contact your representative;
- Visit – Request and plan a meeting; here’s a general calendar of when representatives might be in their local offices;
- Resources – Visit us online for more information.
You can learn more about VOPA and how important this bill is on our blog.
We would love to see photos of Lions making calls, visiting representatives and sending letters. Email photos (selfies count) to email@example.com. Don’t forget to include your club’s name.
Protect your club today; thank you for getting the word out about the importance of VOPA!
COME ONE and ALL LIONS to the LIons Montana Fall Forum, October 7-8 2016.
- Don’t miss out on the fabulous gift to you and your club that is occurring right here in Billings, Montana.
- Great Speakers from around North America will give you ideas and set you on fire for LIons,
- Have it your way. Choose 4 Presentations out of 14. Come Friday evening and socialize and stay Saturday or Just come Saturday. Stay at the Big Horn Resort and Water Park or at home.
Most IMPORTANTLY COME ONE and ALL LIONS – IPDG Richard Gessling
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25th Anniversary Celebration of WINNETT LIONS
Chartered in June 1991 – sponsored by the Round-up Lions Club
A Celebration is scheduled for Saturday, August 6, 2016 at the Continue reading
Happy New Year Lions of Montana! Yes it is that time of the year for us to look to a new year of Lionism. And, just like people make their new year’s resolutions on January 1st, we Lions will have made, or should have made our new year’s resolutions as to what we want to accomplish this coming year.
I hope that each club has had held their election of officers and reported the results to Lions Clubs International. It is of the utmost importance that this be done in a timely manner as it allows the free flow of necessary and informative correspondence to your club from not only Lions Clubs International, but also Montana District 37. If your club has not done so, please submit that information as soon as possible.
Huntley Lions are once again sponsoring Homesteader Days at Homesteader Hall between Huntley and Worden this weekend. Friday July 8th. Erin Tippin and Blackhawk will be performing. There will be activities for kids and adults alike. If you are looking for something to do come on over!
Let me know of any activities you are sponsoring in the coming months. Also do not forget the Sight and Hearing Foundation meeting in Ennis Sat. July 24th and the Cabinet Meeting in Bozeman the 25th.
Designated District Governor, Lary Garrison
The meeting will be held at the Gallatin County Detention Center, 605 S. 16th St., Bozeman, Montana on Sunday July 24th, 2016, at 10am. Luncheon will be served. Please let me know by the 20th if you will be attending. This is a change from having it at PID Dave Hanjy’s house. I hope this location will be more advantageous to those that may have mobility issues.
Yours in Lionism, PDG Lary Garrison, Designated District Governor
I want to thank my cabinet and all the Lions of Montana for making my year as the District Governor very enjoyable and I hope you feel it was a success. It was an amazing experience for me to get around the state and meet all of the fantastic and wonderful Lions and your clubs. You are all to be commended for the service you all give to your communities.
I wish you the best going forward and ask you all to continue to support the members who donate their time and money to help your clubs be the best they can be. My hope is that you consider becoming more connected to the District and what we are trying to accomplish in order to to make you and your clubs the best you can be.
With service to your community you heap unknown rewards on yourselves, your clubs and your communities. I hope to see you again this year as we go forward and I encourage you to support the members who follow me in service to Lion members and clubs in Montana.
Thank you for all you are doing for Lions and your communities and may you be blessed in all you do.
DG Richard Gessling
Montana Sight & Hearing Foundation Meeting and 1st Governor’s Cabinet Meeting of 2016-17
There will be two meetings in Ennis on the weekend of July 23rd-24th at PID Dave and Marie’s house. It is located off of Hwy 287 outside of Ennis toward Virginia City. We will have balloons and a sign at the turnoff and balloons at the driveway for those that have not been there before. Continue reading
An Open Letter To The Lions of Montana
As of July 1, 2016 Montana District 37 will not have an elected District Governor. The reason for this is the unfortunate circumstance of Lion Jayne Pfeifer’s medical situation causing her need to resign from the 1st VDG position and relocate to Nevada.
District leaders gathered to determine how to meet this challenge. District Governor Gessling contacted Lions Clubs International to get feedback from them. It was determined to have DG Gessling serve again in 2016-17 as District Governor, PDG Lary Garrison to serve as incoming 1st Vice District Governor and Lion Dennis Kopitzke to serve as the incoming 2nd Vice District Governor.
Immediate Past District Governor Jim Johnke called for a special meeting to appoint an Incoming District Governor and a meeting to appoint an incoming 1st and 2nd Vice District Governor per Lions Clubs International Constitution and By-Laws. This was done in Helena in May and the results were sent to Lions Clubs International, where-upon we received an email telling us District Governors are not allowed to succeed themselves. Several emails later a statement was given saying that when there is no elected or appointed District Governor as of July 1st of the Lionistic year the 1st Vice District Governor automatically assumes the “authority and responsibility” and then is designated District Governor and can then be elected and serve as the District Governor the following year.
As of July 1, 2016 I will be the designated District Governor, and Lion Dennis Kopitzke will be the 2nd Vice District Governor.
Both Lion Dennis and myself will appreciate your assistance this coming year as we both will be taking on added responsibilities and duties.
Yours in Lionism, PDG Lary Garrison
Fall Forum News Update
October 8, 2016 at Big Horn Resort and Waterpark
1801 Majestic Lane 406-839-9300
Room rate is $89 + tax for King or 2 Queen Beds
Includes free breakfast and entrance to Waterpark
This is a great opportunity for a family weekend!!!
- Forum and luncheon cost is $70.
- Sessions start at 8:30am and end at approximately 4pm
- With special sessions for Leo’s
- There will be an optional Montana Lions Sight and Hearing Fundraiser Friday Evening with a Beach Party Theme and a Taco Bar for $16
- There will be an optional Saturday night dinner for $20
- With some special International Guests
- Ask 1 to come with you, it will benefit you and your club!
- The Second Governor’s Cabinet Sunday morning at 8am
- More Information Will Follow