Montana Lions ConventionInformation for the April 24 & 25, 2020, gathering in Glendive is available from the banner menu immediately above. The registration form will be available soon.
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District Activity Information
$95,000 LCIF Grant awarded to the Laurel Lions Club!
(1/16/2020) This evening I received word that Laurel, Montana Lions Club was awarded a $95,000 Grant from the Lions Club International Foundation to put in a handicap fishing dock and access to the Lions Park pond.
For several years I have advocated for Clubs to look at their communities’s needs. Ennis received $75,000 for their Senior Center, Great Falls received $100,000 for the Montana School for the Deaf and Blind for state of the art vision appliances (to be used throughout Montana), Turner-Hogeland received $10,000 for an emergency generator, and now Laurel is receiving $95,000 for a handicap fishing dock and access. These Clubs did not have the finances to do this on their own, and I am sure few Clubs do.
What does your community need? What are you planning for? Why aren’t you looking at possibilities? I can not guarantee that every proposed project will receive funding, but, I CAN GUARANTEE THAT EVERY PROJECT NOT APPLIED FOR WILL NOT BE APPROVED!!!
Do a community needs assessment ASAP. Donate to LCIF as a club or as an individual to keep funding of grants available.
Your in Lionism,
PDG Lary Garrison
Montana LCIF Chair
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International 1st Vice President, Judge Haynes Townsend passed away on December 14, 2019. Judge Haynes Townsend, from Dalton, Georgia, USA, was elected to serve as second vice president of Lions Clubs International at the association’s 101st International Convention, held in Las Vegas, Nevada, USA, June 29 through July 3, 2018.
At the 102nd International Convention in Milan, Italy, he was confirmed to serve as the association’s first vice president. Vice President Townsend served as a judge for the past 23 years. A member of the Dalton Noon Lions Club since 1979, he held many offices within the association, including club president, region chair, zone chair, district governor, district librarian, multiple district leadership chair and international director. He served on the international board from 2009 to 2011, and as chair of the Constitution and By-laws Committee (2010—2011).
He also served as a presenter at the USA/Canada forum. In recognition of his service to the association, Vice President Townsend received numerous awards including three Lion of the Year Awards, 15 District Governor Appreciation Awards, the Ervin-Crumbley Award, District 18-A Hall of Fame Award, six International President’s Certificates of Appreciation, two International Leadership Awards, six International President’s Awards, a Membership Key Award and a Knight of Strength Award. Director Townsend is a Progressive Melvin Jones Fellow.
In addition to his Lions activities, Vice President Townsend was active in numerous professional and community organizations. He was the chair of the Dalton-Whitfield Christmas Parade and was honored as the Judge of the Year by the State of Georgia. Vice President Townsend and his wife, Donna, also a Lion and a Progressive Melvin Jones Fellow, have two daughters, Morgan and Madison.
Although we morn his passing, the memory of his service to Lions Clubs International and Lions Clubs International Foundation, will linger in our hearts and minds for the generations to come. Memorials in his honor may be submitted to: Lions Clubs International Foundation 300 w. 22nd Street Oak Brook, IL 60523
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The District is asking each club secretary to make a copies of the survey and distribute it to club members. When completed they should be forwarded to DG Verna at the following address: DG Verna D. Love; 820 North Montana Street #10, Dillon, Montana, 59725. If you wish, you may give them to your perspective Regionor Zone Chairperson.
The information obtained will be be held in strict confidence and not be shared with anyone within your club. The purpose of this survey is to determine and compare the health of your club in comparison with the reports generated by LCI, and,to access if we, as GMT, GLT or GST, need to reach out to you to help with any issues or concerns provided by the club members.
Remember, this is YOUR district; as district officers, we are here to assist you. Without your input and feedback, we can only assume, by means of statics, and paper trails that you are operating at your best levels. As your district Governor, I want to give you the best tools to grow and maintain your membership based on what is pertinent to the culture of your individual club.Thank you in advance for your cooperation.
DG Verna Love
The online version of the directory is updated as new information is provided. To open a copy of the directory click on the link under “Admin” in the banner above or Updated 2019-2020 Directory.
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THE MONTANA FORUM SCHEDULED FOR HELENA, SEPTEMBER 27 & 28, HAS BEEN CANCELED.
This year’s raffle is a 2020 Honda Pioneer 700 with Dump Box, Roll Bars & Doors
Tickets: $20.00 each or 8 for $100.00
Drawing: April 25, 2020, Need not be present to win.
Proceeds from the raffle will be used by the Foundation to help provide financial assistance to citizens of Montana with sight, hearing and/or speech impairments. Ask any Lion about tickets (many have them available).
The event will be held at the Kleffner Ranch which is located 1 mile south of East Helena on Highway 518. Friday night events include a social and a live auction to benefit the Montana Lions Sight & Hearing Foundation. Please bring auction items.
Saturday includes a wide variety of educational and informative presentations including: Club and Community Needs Assessments; Goal Setting for Club Success; Fundraising and Service Project Development; informational presentations associated with the Montana Lions Sight & Hearing Foundation, MSDB Low Vision Reader Project, Plusoptix, and North American Membership Initiative (NAMI).
The Forum concludes on Saturday night with a prime rib dinner and a presentation by PCC Ben Apeland (Montana candidate for International Director).
The $45.00 registration fee includes hors d’oeuvres on Friday night, lunch snacks, and prime rib dinner on Saturday. Room reservations and Saturday morning breakfast will be the responsibility of attendees.
Several lodging options include: Wingate by Wyndham, 2007 North Oakes, 406-449-3000; email@example.com; Comfort Suites, 3180 North Washington, 406-495-0505; Hampton Inn, 725 Carter Drive, 406-443-5800; Fairfield Inn and Suites, 2150 11th Avenue, 406-449-9944.
See the Registration Form and Forum Schedule for more information and to register for the Forum, contact PDG Dan Sturdevant; Box 275, Clancy, 59634; 406-439-9297; firstname.lastname@example.org.
The District directory has been completed. Hard copies have been mailed to clubs, and a copy has been posted here on montanalions.org. This online version will be updated as new information arrives. If you see changes that should be made, simply comment on this post through the “leave a comment” link below.
There is still time to register!
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The Fort Benton Lions Club held their first annual golf tournament fundraiser on July 20th at the Signal Point Golf Club in historic Fort Benton. We raised over $1,500 for local diabetes care. 36 golfers signed up and competed for cash prizes and donated awards. No one won the $10,000 prize for a hole in one, but it was a beautiful day and all participants were excited to come back next year.
The funds raised are already being used to pay for diabetes medications at local pharmacy for low-income diabetics, create low sugar/carb “food baskets” at local grocery, and offset costs for diabetes education through the local MSU extension office. This tournament was a successful fundraiser and will no doubt grow much larger next year!
The Montana Lions Forum is in HELENA, MT. There is a SOCIAL EVENT FRIDAY EVENING with an AUCTION TO RAISE FUNDS FOR THE MONTANA LIONS SIGHT & HEARING FOUNDATION.
PLEASE BRING AN AUCTION ITEM TO SUPPORT YOUR FOUNDATION
SATURDAY FEATURES INFORMATIONAL AND EDUCATIONAL PRESENTATIONS followed by a PRIME RIB DINNER ON SATURDAY NIGHT.
Our FEATURED SPEAKER: INTERNATIONAL DIRECTOR CANDIDATE, PCC BEN APELAND.
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Lots of great opportunities to grow as a Lion! Visit the Forum webpage.
Click here for information about the Forum to be held in Spokane, Washington, on September 19-21, 2019.
The transition of all service reporting to MyLion® is fast approaching—July 1, 2019. To help you feel comfortable and confident with the change, we’ve developed a training site where you can get to know the new system.
Features to explore:
- Signature projects
- Multiple district and district-level projects
- And much more
Your Lion Account gives you access to the training site. If you have not created a Lion Account, you can register for the training site with your member ID and an email address or mobile phone number on record in MyLCI.
Greetings Lions of Montana:
International First Vice President Dr. Jung-Yul Choi and his wife Lion Seong-Bok Yang will visit Montana District 37 May 14-16. They wish to visit with as many Lions as possible during their stay. Our guests will arrive at the Bozeman Yellowstone International airport on May 14 at 4:50pm. A welcoming party will meet them at the airport.
Headquarters for the event will be the Element Hotel, 25 East Mendenhall, in downtown Bozeman. A meet and greet reception with hors d’oeuvres sponsored by the Montana Lions District 37 Friendship Committee will be held from 6:30pm to 8:00pm for the four Bozeman area Lions Clubs and all out of town Lions. Please RSVP to Lion Ben Apeland at email@example.com or 406-595-0102 no later than May 11th.
Friday night auction raised over $5,000 for the Montana Lions Sight and Hearing Foundation.
Saturday’s Parade of Green raised $26,289.02 for distribtion to authorized projects.
Presentations were made on behalf of many activities including:
- MT Lions Sight & Hearing Foundation
- MT Association of the Blind
- Leader Dog
- Plusoptix Eye Screening
- Lions/MT School for the Deaf and Blind Reader Project
- Lions Sight for Life
- Lions Clubs International Foundation
- NAMI – a new membership and Lions clubs growth initiative.
- Questions and answers about Lions International.
Entertainment was provided by a local band, school choir, and a cowboy poet.
Ben was officially endorsed by the District 37 Convention to be a candidate for International Director.
Hey Lions! The first 25 magnifying readers for vision impaired students have been delivered and are being used! The machines are part of a lending library at the Montana School fot the Deaf and Blind where specialized equipment is made available for students.
The program is now fully funded so the goal of 100 machines has been met. More machines are in the process of being manufactured (the supplier custom crafts each machine). This is a significant success story for readers and Lions that are continuing to meet the need. Our work is not done yet.
Save the date of September 27-28 for the Forum in Helena. Information will be available as plans ate developed.
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The Convention opened with training, tours, and other events on Friday, April 26. The evening was a fun gathering with auction benefiting the Montana Lions Sight and Hearing Foundation.
Register before the end of April and save. Click on “Sidney Convention” in banner above for the convention information package. The registration form is at the end of the document.
The district will be offering training to incoming club presidents, secretaries and treasurers. The training will take place on Friday, April 26 from 10:00 to 2:30 at the district convention in Sidney. The training will include workshops on Club Quality Initiative, duties and responsibilities of incoming club presidents, secretaries, and treasurers.
To encourage attendance: (1) district will provide lodging on Thursday and Friday (2) lunch and dinner on Friday will be provided (3) attendees will receive a $75.00 rebate on convention registration. To qualify for the incentives you must attend the entire convention.
Training will take place at Pella Lutheran Church, 418 West Main.
Please RSVP to VDG Verna Love. Contact her at firstname.lastname@example.org
The Convention is just over a month away. Register now by clicking on “Sidney Convention” in the banner above – the form is at the end of the document after other info about the gathering. Click “continue reading” for the revised agenda.
This newsletter has info on the upcoming convention – or use the link in the banner above to open the full convention packet.
Raffle – 29 Guns & 5000 Rounds of Ammunition
The Montana Lions Sight & Hearing Foundation Gun Raffle!!
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A complete package of convention information is now available. It has been distributed to clubs and is also available HERE. Included in the package is venue locations, speakers, schedule, info on hotels and local attractions and the most important registration form (last page of the packet).
Register today and be part of what looks to be a great and informative convention! And thanks to the Sidney Lions for a great effort!
NOTE: the following phone numbers for lodging were corrected in the original packet:
Candlewood Suites, 406-482-9692
Golden Prairie Inn & Suites, 406-433-4560
Richland Inn & Suites, 406-433-6400
Great News for Lions and Involved Partners with Montana School for the Deaf and Blind! We received notice that our grant was approved. We will receive details in the coming weeks and will be getting information out as we proceed.
Congratulations to PDG Jack Beckman, Great Falls Sunrise Lions Club, PDG Lary Garrison, PDG Monte Weisser and Montana School for the Deaf and Blind for the work they did on the vision equipment grant. LCIF has approved the grant. Great work. We Serve.
The Lions of Montana are appreciative and proud of the Reader project that PDG Beckman has put together for the children requiring help with their vision. Being the recipients of another LCIF Grant again in Montana is in my opinion, a Big Deal. Thanks to all those who helped make this possible. 🙂
The project’s not done yet and we all should energize our efforts to assist Jack to see that those in need get what he set out to accomplish.
Service at it’s best, PID Lion Dave
For videos showing how the magnifying reader works see the banner menu at the top of the page or click here.
To the Lions of Montana District 37.
We have received word that Lion Pat Witzel, Spouse and Companion in Service of PDG Ted Witzel of the Kalispell Lions Club, passed away Sunday, January 10. Services have been scheduled for Wednesday, January 16, 11:00am, at Michelotti-Sawyers Funeral Home, 1001 Alderson Ave., Billings, Montana. PDG Ted and Lion Pat represented District A on the Multiple District 37 Council of Governors during the Lionistic year 1969-1970. Lion Pat’s obituary is available at michelottisawyers.com/patricia-ann-larson-witzel/
She will be greatly missed by the Kalispell Lions Club.
Respectfully submitted, PCC Lion Ben