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The deadline for registering has past for the district convention but has been pushed back to April 15th. If paid by that date the registration is only $100. If you wait till after the 15th it will jump back up to $120. Save $20 now and register. You can thank your District officers for moving this deadline back to give you all a break. (It was April 1st ). No joke.
Also, the time for Zone Chair and Club Officer Training is set for 2 pm on Friday afternoon (April 28). Please notify Monte Weisser at firstname.lastname@example.org if attending.
Please send me the total number of children screened this year. Also the number of Refers. Between the dates of June 2016 to Present. I would like to have this information for the Montana 37 Convention in Kalispell Mt. April 28th to 30th 2017. My email address is email@example.com. Thank You for all you do to help the children in the State of Montana.
Bingo at the Huntley Project Homesteader Hall at 6:30 PM. Snacks or meal TBD – contact Paddy Gwin 259-9343. And be prepared for a great time!
Great Falls Tribune STORY BY AMY GRISAK
Picking a project close to home is an excellent motivation for many people to step into a volunteer role. For Ronda Wiggers, joining the Lions Club made sense since her children
played in Lions Park at 2701 10th Ave. S. for years, and the organization did so much in her neighborhood.
“We do lots and lots for Lions Park, a place I’ve always enjoyed,” said Ronda, vice president of the Great Falls Lions Club. When she joined five years ago, the club finished the climbing wall project at the park, and it’s quickly become a favorite feature for kids of
all ages. With a stellar playground, pavilion and picnic tables set within an open and well-cared for park, it’s a favorite for many people in Great Falls.
“It’s always fun to see your hard work in the end,” she said of the children who love climbing on the rock practically every day and playing on the equipment.
Exerpt with publisher’s permission. Click here to read the rest of the article at the Great Falls Tribune site.
MAY 6TH, 2017
TIME: 6:00 P.M. MEAL, SOCIAL AND AUCTION with PROGRAM: 7:00 P.M.
PRICE OF MEAL WILL DEPEND ON LOCATION AND NUMBER OF ATTENDEES.
RSVP; CHARLENE WILLETT 406-565-0906, firstname.lastname@example.org
WANDA OTTENBREIT CALL-406-221-6476 or TXT 203-823-7204
Lions from across the state gathered to celebrate the new Lions Club with gifts and best wishes. A wonderful meal was catered and all present expressed interest in assisting the new club in their service activities – especially after PID Tom Lehman’s speech.
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The District is chartering new clubs officially known as “Centennial Clubs” because they are being formed during the 100th anniversary celebration. But all Montana Clubs have the opportunity to be recognized during our Centennial. Please read the following message from PIP J Frank Moore, III, the Centennial Action Committee Chairperson:
(Regarding implementing Lions Centennial activities)… I encourage you to look at opportunities to:
- Report on your Club’s Centennial activities – it is the only way we can measure and take pride in the worldwide impact of Lions. Share the Steps to Reporting Centennial Activities with anyone requiring assistance.
- Continue educating fellow Lions about Legacy Projects. Share the Centennial Community Legacy Projects Brochure and the FAQ found on the Legacy Projects webpage.
- Encourage all Lions to share their Legacy Project and Centennial Celebration on social media. They can post to the LCI Facebook Page and their personal pages using the #Lions100 hashtag. (Remember montanalions.org, too)
- Attract the media with the press release or the Lions Clubs Centennial Celebration Proclamation templates found on our Ways to Celebrate Webpage.
As we continue serving throughout our Centennial year, this is the perfect time to re-engage our districts and clubs with Centennial enthusiasm.
Thanks to all of District 37 and keep serving other for another 100 years!
Jerry Leggate, District Centennial Chair & webmaster.
Lions are hearing more about Lions Clubs International’s The Global Service Framework goal of tripling our humanitarian impact by serving 200 million people per year by 2021. The Global Service Framework complements all of the great ways clubs serve locally, and gives Lions and Leos new opportunities to help meet the growing challenges facing humanity by focusing on the five areas of service shown in the icons above.
Request for proposals
Out of the five program platforms diabetes was selected as the initial focal area and the LCIF Board of Trustees has approved funding for Lions/Leos to pilot diabetes prevention and control pilot projects under five select initiatives:
- Diabetes Screenings
- Community Health Activities
- Support Groups
- Diabetes Camps/Retreats
- Community Recreational Facilities
The purpose of the pilot projects is not only to support experienced Lions/Leos in expanding their existing diabetes efforts, but also for LCI and LCIF to learn how Lions/Leos successfully plan and implement diabetes projects and to identify additional resources that are needed to enhance project impact.
With this request LCI/LCIF is asking Lions entities with previous experience on diabetes work to submit project proposals on the five initiatives outlined below. LCIF grant funding is available to support these projects. Involvement of Leos is encouraged. The selection process is competitive, and priority consideration for funding will be given to eligible proposals that 1) are geared at serving vulnerable populations in the community; 2) present unique and innovative approaches, and 3) demonstrate experienced Lions/Leos collaborating with Lions/Leos with no previous experience on diabetes work.
Contact ADG Lary Garrison if you have questions that are not answered by the materials presented here.
Dear District 37 Lions,
Webmaster’s Note: This message is an official notification to Montana Clubs and Lions of potential actions to be considered at the convention in Kalispell this April.
District Dues Reduction:
At the District 37 Convention in Kalispell, Mt. We will be voting on a dues reduction of $5 per member per year. This would reduce the annual dues to the district from $25 to $20 for each member. The formula for voting delegates is provided below:
Article 8: District Convention, Section B: Club Delegate Formula:
Each chartered club in good standing in Lions Clubs International and this District shall be entitled in each annual convention of this District to one (1) delegate and one (1) alternate for each ten (10) members, who have been enrolled for at least one year and a day in the club or major faction thereof, of said club as shown by the records of the International office on the first day of the month last preceding that month during which the convention is held. The major faction referred to in this section shall be five (5) or more members. Each certified delegate present in person shall be entitled to cast one (1) vote only on each question submitted to the respective convention. All eligible delegates must be members in good standing of a club in good standing within this District.
In addition any Past District Governor in good standing belonging to a club in this district in good standing is entitled to one (1) vote.
District 37 Hall of Fame Nominations
Any Lion or Lioness may nominate a candidate from the District to be included in the District 37 Hall of Fame. The policies regarding the Hall of Fame and the nomination form are listed below:
- The District Governor must receive nominations at least 30 days prior to the District’s Annual Convention.
- The award may be presented to either a Lion or Lioness, with only one recipient annually.
- The award may presented posthumously.
- Each Candidate must have fifteen (15) years of service, been a participating member of a District Cabinet for five (5) years, and not be a member of current Executive Committees.
- The current Executive Committee shall decide on the recipient for the District 37 Hall of Fame from all the candidates received by the District Governor within the required timeframe and meeting all of the other minimum qualifications to be considered.
- Each candidate should have qualifications above and beyond the call of duty including social and human endeavors. She/he should be of good moral character and have a good reputation in his/her community.
- The sponsor will ensure the candidate, or a representative, will be in attendance at the District Convention.
- The successful candidate will be inducted to the Hall of Fame at the District Convention.
- A brief biography of the inductee shall be announced to the delegates attending the District Convention.
- All sponsor(s) shall use the District nomination form. No others will be accepted.
(Exhibit D of the Different Policy Manual)
- A perpetual plaque will be kept and displayed at the annual District Convention.
- All past honorees of Multiple District 37 Hall of Fame, which are, or were, Lions from a Club within District 37 will automatically be members of the District 37 Hall of Fame.
The form is printable for completing longhand and mailing by postal service to: ADG Lary, 703 Conway Street , Billings, Montana, 59105, or may be filled out in most browsers (or Acrobat Viewer), saved, and emailed to: email@example.com.
Post submitted by ADG Lary Garrison
3rd Reason to Attend the Montana Lions Convention
April 28,29 in Kalispell Montana, Red Lion Inn
Ideas that work for Fund Raising and Service Projects
Presentation by 2nd VDG Dennis Kopitzke
Lion Dennis has collected information on these fund raising projects and service projects during his visits to Lions clubs in Montana. We all need good ideas to keep our clubs functioning, serving and having fun. Don’t miss out. Come to Kalispell.
In this month’s Newswire, find out the 2016-17 Peace Poster Contest grand prize winner; learn how to participate in #WeekofService2017; register for convention and more!
Congratulations to the 2016-17 Peace Poster Contest Winner
Lakkana Meepara from Thailand is the 2016-17 International Peace Poster Contest winner! The theme was “A Celebration of Peace.” Thirteen year-old Lakkana, who is in her school’s art club and passionate about volunteering for environmental issues, says she “wants everyone to build peace together, because peace is something that makes everyone happy.” Lakkana will receive a cash award of US$5,000, and will be honored at Lions’ upcoming international convention in Chicago.
2017-18 Peace Poster kits are on sale now. Don’t miss your opportunity to engage youth in your community. Visit lionsclubs.org/peaceposter today to learn more!
LCICon Chicago, June 30-July 4 – Register by March 31
More than 24,000 global Lions have already registered for the centennial convention in Chicago and the only thing missing is…you! Register today and lock in the regular registration fee of US$180 before the price increases in April. Rooms are booking fast, so be sure to secure your special LCI convention hotel rate while they’re still available.
Network and make lasting friendships with Lions from around the world, enjoy the array of entertainment, show your Lions pride in the parade, explore the exhibit hall, participate in educational sessions, discover Chicago and more! This convention is for you!
Participate in #WeekofService2017 – March 25-31
The International Week of Service encourages service clubs to work together on existing projects, or to plan a project together during the week of March 25-31. Invite your local Rotary International, Optimist International, Junior Chamber International club or others to your service activity! This is an opportunity to make a big impact by adding more helping hands. Visit weekofservice.org to connect with organizations near you and submit photos of your clubs in action. Share your stories on social media with the hashtag #WeekofService2017.
Experience Lions History and the Power of Service
The latest installment of the Lions Journey is available now! The third of five installments in this special Centennial exhibit explores Lions’ tradition of humanitarian service through rare historical photos and video. From our early service to people with visual impairments, to Lion mobilization in response to disasters around the world, experience 100 years of service like never before. Share the Lions Journey at your next meeting, and with family and friends, to let them know what being a Lion is all about.
Don’t Miss Your Chance to Own a Centennial Coin!
The Lions Clubs International Centennial Silver dollar is on sale now! In celebration of a century of humanitarian service, Lions clubs worked with the United States Mint to produce a beautifully crafted silver dollar coin. Each coin is packaged in its own beautiful presentation case and includes a certificate of authenticity. Only a limited amount will be minted. Plus, for each coin sold, USD$10 is authorized to be paid to LCIF. This represents a USD$4 million opportunity to improve the lives of people in need through LCIF initiatives around the world. Visit lionsclubs.org/coin to reserve your coin today!
What seemed like routine flood warnings to the community of Rapid City, South Dakota, USA, soon turned into ravaging floods that took the lives of more than 200 people, left more than 5,000 people homeless, and created more than US$100 million in property damage. Local Lions did what would soon become our legacy, being among the first to arrive with relief. This event also marked the first grant ever awarded by Lions Clubs International Foundation (LCIF), US$5,000 to help the community rebuild after the catastrophic floods.
Since then, every day, LCIF works to fulfill its mission: “To support the efforts of Lions clubs and partners in serving communities locally and globally, giving hope and impacting lives through humanitarian service projects and grants.” Serving alongside many dedicated Lions, LCIF has made a significant impact on the world. In fact, I am proud to announce LCIF has awarded more than 13,000 grants totaling over US$1 billion since being founded in 1968.
We reached this milestone through our continuous efforts to support Lion-led initiatives in the areas of sight, youth, disaster relief, and other humanitarian initiatives. Every day, Lions are working to make a difference. Whether you are helping a grandparent see their grandchild for the first time, educating school children in your town, cleaning up a community after a flood, or working to end measles, you are making this world a better place.
As we prepare to celebrate LCIF’s 50th anniversary, look for messages about the impact that this US$1 billion has on the world. Watch this video to learn how LCIF is changing lives for students in the Philippines who are visually impaired.
Dr. Jitsuhiro Yamada
Chairperson, Lions Clubs International Foundation
The 2nd good reason to attend the District 37 Convention –
for some of you it may be the best:
LIons who are present will be able to vote
to reduce the District dues by $5 back to 20$.
Don’t loose this chance to tell the officers how you feel –
April 28,29 Kalispell, Red Lion Hotel and Convention Center.
Bachelor’s Elective Course 122 – Club Secretary
This webinar will be conducted on Tuesday, March 7 at 8 p.m. Eastern – Register Here!
As your Lions Club Nominations Committee prepares for the 2017-2018 Officers, please share this email with your current and/or future Lions Club Secretary!
Any Lion can register to attend the webinar by submitting your name and email at the registration link. However, you must have an account at http://www.LionsUniversity.org/ in order to view the webinar recordings and participate in the full programs of Lions University.
The new Columbus Centennial Lions Club will hold their Charter Night March 28th. Please RSVP to firstname.lastname@example.org by March 15. Continue reading
Protect the Environment in Your Community
Invite your friends and neighbors to help you protect the environment in your community during the Worldwide Week of Service to Protect Our Planet this April 17-23. Clean up a park or beach, plant trees in your community or start a recycling program. No matter how you choose to serve, this international event is a great opportunity to showcase your club’s activities to your community. Visit the Worldwide Week of Service webpage today and start planning your project!
For 100 years, Lions have served. Each and every Lion matters because they make their communities a better place for all. In celebration of our century of humanitarian service, we’re working to serve more people than ever before. To do this, we need more caring people like you who want to make to make a real difference in the lives of others.
Did you know that every Lions club member serves an average of 70 people per year? That’s why inviting your family and friends to join us in service is one of the most powerful ways we can serve more people and address unmet needs at home and around the world.
Plus, inviting new members and sponsoring new clubs is more rewarding than ever before. You and your club are eligible for special limited-edition Centennial rewards, including a pin and certificate, when you induct new members and sponsor new clubs.
If you haven’t welcomed a new member into your club this year, make it a priority to do so before the end of the Lion year. Thank you for working to expand the service impact of your club and Lions Clubs International!
Very truly yours,
Chancellor Bob Corlew
Your International President
Reasons to go to the convention:
- Meet with your lion friends and meet new lions and share ideas and successes.
- PID Brian Sheehan who is a candidate for 3rd VP of LCI is our guest speaker. He is said to have a wealth of ideas and a great sense of humor.
- Discussion led by 2nd VDG Dennis Kopitzke on Fund raising ideas he has gathered from his visiting with clubs.
- Dave Falcon will be updating S-9s and S-12s plus optix machines – So bring machines and if help is needed, assistance will be available as open as always.
- Officer and Zone Chair training will take place on Friday afternoon the 29th.
- Bring auction items as live and silent auctions will take place to benefit the Montana Lions Sight and Hearing Foundation and LCIF.
- Voting on District Officers and Constitution and Bylaw changes including a dues increase ( just kidding, the cabinet is recommending a reduction in dues of $5 back to $19).
All Montana Lions are invited to join the New Columbus Centennial Lions Club on their Charter Night Celebration, March 28,2017, in Columbus Montana. Join the District in welcoming this new club into our district and make them feel a part of our great Lions Family.
The District has not had many of these moments lately to welcome a new club into our fold. Make this a memorable event by planning to attend. We have another new club the Butte Copper City Lions Club planning their Charter Night Celebration also. It is important that as a district and that nearby clubs especially welcome these new clubs and their members. You can do this by attending these events, by visiting these clubs, and/or sending a donation. Donations will help new clubs with administration or service funds and show them how much we care about the new services they will be providing to their communities. Make donations out to these clubs and mail to Richard Gessling GMT, 20 Liberty Lane, Bridger, Montana. 59014 or bring them to the celebration parties.
Thank you very much and I look forward to seeing you at these Charter Night Celebrations. – IPGG Richard Gessling
Lions, we need your help!
Our Centennial Commemorative Coin went on sale January 18, 2017. To date, approximately 38,000 coins have been sold. The first week of sales was encouraging, with a total of 30,456 coins sold. But sales for week #2 dropped considerably from week #1, to just over 8,000 coins. If sales continue to decline in the first 60 days, the U.S. Mint may cease production of our Centennial silver dollar as minting additional coins is based entirely on sales expectations.
We can’t let that happen, and here’s why. Once the U.S. Mint has surpassed the break-even point of the program (approximately 200,000 coins), US$10 is authorized to be paid to LCIF for every coin sold. If we sell all 400,000 coins of our planned mintage, US$4 million will be given to LCIF to support our global humanitarian initiatives. Just imagine how many more people we could help!
We know that it takes time to get the word out to Lions, and that’s where you, our Lions leaders, can make the difference. In your highly respected and influential position, you can assist our marketing efforts by promoting the coin during your regular visits to Lions—at district and multiple district conventions, club visits, etc.—and encouraging them to purchase a coin. If you have already ordered and received your coin, bring it to events so Lions can see the beauty and value of this limited-edition coin for themselves. You can also download our Centennial Coin flyer and FAQ to help promote the coin to Lions.
With your help, we can make this program a success!
Very truly yours,
Chancellor Bob Corlew
The Forum newsletter has been updated and is now available in PDF format. Click here to open a copy. Print it and take to your next meeting.
Come Celebrate With Us in Chicago!
This year’s historic Lions International Convention, June 30-July 4, 2017, will commemorate 100 years of humanitarian service in the city where it all began: Chicago, Illinois, USA. Join Lion and Leo leaders from more than 100 countries as they gather in this extraordinary city to celebrate the Centennial in grand style. Register now!
To reach our goal of serving 200 million people a year by 2021, we developed a strategic plan called LCI Forward. This roadmap embraces new ways to serve, new cutting-edge technologies and new ways to engage youth in Lions. See how LCI Forward moves us into our second century of successful service. Watch the exciting video that brings this vision to life.
DISTRICT 37 CABINET MEETING 10:30 AM
SATURDAY, JANUARY 28, 2017
LEWISTOWN, ELKS LODGE, 320 COUNTRY CLUB LANE
DIRECTIONS TO ELKS LODGE: AT THE TRAFFIC LIGHT, FAR EAST EDGE OF TOWN, TURN SOUTH ONTO 1ST AVENUE SOUTH; THEN ONTO UPPER SPRING CREEK ROAD; 320 COUNTRY CLUB LANE; LEFT SIDE OF ROAD; CHECK “MAP QUEST” WEBSITE FOR DIRECTIONS Continue reading
We hope you have enjoyed time with family and friends over the holidays!
Many have been very busy serving in your communitites as we officially begin our Centennial year. Become a better Lion and Grow in Service with us. To learn more about Lion’s University visit our website.
2016 has been a year of life-changing service, new initiatives and a celebration of our legacy of bringing hope to underserved populations around the globe. I want to thank you for everything that you have done to help make this year a success.
Thanks to your hard work, Lions have helped more than 120 million people during the Centennial Service Challenge, far surpassing our initial goal of 100 million people—and we’re still going! Lions have completed nearly 8,500 Legacy Projects, providing lasting gifts and reminding their communities just how important Lions are. And more than 325,000 Lions have already received membership awards for increasing our service impact by starting new clubs and inviting new Lions to join us in service.
We have accomplished so much this year. But there’s so much more Lions can do during the holidays to help our friends and neighbors who need us most. Take the opportunity to finish 2016 strong and serve your community during the holiday season. And remember, when Lions come together for the good of mankind, there’s nothing we can’t accomplish.
PS: for a cute Christmas tale see this video on VIMEO (about 3 minutes long).
Lions Clubs International and the Glendive LIons Club have announced that a new Leos club was founded at Dawson County High School this last month. Congratulations go out to all those who made this possible. We hope to hear about the service this new Leos Club is providing to the Glendale area.
I look forward to more Leos clubs being organized and more service given in our Centennial year as in our slogan “Where there’s a need there’s a Lion”.
Congratulations again to all. Good Job. Membership Coordinator District 37 Richard Gessling
The Dates for the Wyoming Lions 2017 Summer School for Vision Impaired Youth are July 16-21, 2017. The camp is held at the Allen H. Stewart Lions Camp on Casper Mountain and is supported by the Lions of Wyoming, 224 Talon Ct., Cheyenne, WY 82009.
Lions, It has been brought to my attention that we are not utilizing the ShopKo Eye Care Program to the full extent of their kind offer. Please consider using this ShopKo service when you have a person that requests eyeglass assistance. Go to your local ShopKo in Missoula, Billings and Helena. The Kalispell ShopKo area clubs have used all of their 5 vouchers. Let’s use the remaining vouchers 5 left in Missoula, 5 left in Billings and 3 left in Helena. ” Where there’s a need there’s a Lion”. and a ShopKo.
Thanks for all you are doing for Montana Lions. IPDG Richard Gessling