USA / Canada Forum Newsletter

The USA/Canada Forum logo.Click here for information about the Forum to be held in Spokane, Washington, on September 19-21, 2019.

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My Lion Service Reporting

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.

Visit Training Site

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District Governor June 2019 Newsletter

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International First Vice President to Visit Bozeman Area

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 benjamin@montana.com or 406-595-0102 no later than May 11th.

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May Newsletter Available

Open a copy bu clicking here and remember to share it with your club!

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Sidney Convention Tidbits:

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.

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PCC Ben Apeland is Candidate for International

A portrait of Ben.

PCC Ben Apeland

Ben was officially endorsed by the District 37 Convention to be a candidate for International Director.

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Success Story: Lions/MTDB Reader Project

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Prodiji Connect reader

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.

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Montana Lions Forum

Save the date of September 27-28 for the Forum in Helena. Information will be available as plans ate developed.

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Official Opening of Convention in Sidney

Pictures tell part of the story.

A view of the hall full of Lions.

DG Dennis Kopitzke opens the convention.

About 100 Lions seated at tables watch the presentation.

Cowboy poetry and humor awoke attendees.

The entrance to the Lions convention.

Great facilities were used for the convention

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2018-2019 Montana Convention Begins

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.

Leo club members gather to learn how to plant a bare root tree.

Sidney Leos plant a linden tree as part of the convention as an Arbor Day event.

Lions enjoy a great meal and entertainment.

Friday social and auction.

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April 2019 District Newsletter Available

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Early Convention Registration ($avings) Ends Soon

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.

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Club Officer Training Offered at Convention

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.

presentTo 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 vporsgroup@hotmail.com

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Tentative Convention Agenda (April 26-27, Sidney) & More Info

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.

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March 2019 District Newsletter Available

Click here to open a copy. Be sure to print it and share with others.

This newsletter has info on the upcoming convention – or use the link in the banner above to open the full convention packet.

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Montana Foundation Raffle – Drawing to be Held at Convention

Raffle – 29 Guns & 5000 Rounds of Ammunition

The Montana Lions Sight & Hearing Foundation Gun Raffle!! 

29 Guns and 5000 Rounds of Ammunition; handguns, shotguns and rifles.  Continue reading

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2019 Convention Information – Sidney, April 26 & 27

The Lions International logo within an outline of the state of Monatana.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
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February 2019 District Newsletter Available

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Montana Receives Lions Clubs International Foundation Grant

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.

Jack Beckman

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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.

DG Dennis

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lcif_v2cThe 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.

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Lion Pat Witzel Passes

lion_sleeps1To 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

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GMT Update: Webinar Offers Ideas for Club Growth

membership_challenge_smEvery club needs to have a plan to find new members no matter how many members they have today. We have seen clubs like Lewistown , Miles City, Absorakee and Broadview, to name a few, go from healthy, active clubs to being nonexistent. We have also seen some clubs go from well over 100 members to less than 75. I am asking and encouraging every club in District 37 to have at least one member participate to get some ideas they may find useful. Even if it is only one idea, it may be that one idea that makes a difference in your club’s future. YOU WILL NEVER KNOW IF NO-ONE FROM YOUR CLUB PARTICIPATES!!!

This webinar is planned for next Thursday, January 10th, at 5pm MST. It is a one hour presentation that will share ideas which have worked to grow a club from 8 active members to 48 members over a 36 month period. To register go to http://app.e.roar.lionsclubs.org/e/es?s=94443966&e=214949&elqTrackId=320bc4c47118450db330ff5e51511b5f&elq=f71da0716b0f4cf88413659d19666686&elqaid=6580&elqat=1

Clubs can also utilize the Membership Growth Event Toolbox found at https://www.lionsclubs.org/en/resources-for-members/resource-center/membership-growth-event

Yours in Lionism,
PDG Lary Garrison
Montana GMT

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January 2019 District Newsletter Available

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Campaign 100 Under Way for LCIF

Fellow Lions,

As you may know a new LCIF has begun a new fundraising campaign for the time frame July 2018 thru June 2021.  The goal is to raise 300 Million in this campaign.  Please show the LCIF 100 power point presentation to your club.  Encourage your members to contribute at least $100 per year and your club to becoming a Model Club by contributing $250 per year.

I hLogo with text for Campaign 100.ave  information and contribution forms for your use, please let me know how many to send.  If you would like a presentation in person, let me know.   Due to the size of Montana, I may not be the one to present, it may be the DG or one of the VDGs.   If you have any questions, email me back.

PDG Monte Weisser, LCIF 100 District Chair

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December 2018 District Newsletter Available

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PDG Andy Black Sleeps (Update)

PDG Andy Black of the Billing Heights Lions Club passed away November 17. Continue reading

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UPDATE: Montana Lions Forum 12/7-8/2018 Cancelled

DG Dennis sent the following message:

The 2018 Montana Forum will not be held.  The number of received registrations was too low to warrant moving ahead with the Forum.  The district will begin an extensive review of our efforts to provide general training opportunities, officer training, zone chair training, and other training to district Lions.

If you have made room reservations you should take steps to cancel those reservations.  If you have paid the registration fee please contact VDG Verna Love:  406-988-4585, vprosgroup@hotmail.com.

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New Lions Clubs International Website Goes Live

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See the newly updated website at https://lionsclubs.org/en

 

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November District Newsletter Available

reload_symbolClick here to open a copy of the newsletter. Be sure to print a copy and take it to your next club meeting to share with others.

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Dr. Patti Hill Runs for International Office

The lunch line at the forum.

Dr. Hill getting some lunch at the 2016 Montana Lions Forum.

Following the official Endorsement of Dr. Patti Hill by the International Board of Directors, Dr. Patti Hill’s campaign began Sept. 7-9 at the ANZI Pacific Forum in New Zealand. During this Forum she met with Lions members from New Zealand, Australia, Indonesia and the Pacific region. She obtained several endorsements in her favor for Milan.

Click here to open a copy of Patti’s newsletter.

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Montana Lions Forum Information & Registration

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Recap of the Montana Lions Leadership Retreat

A photo of some of the instructors and attendees.

Some of our Instructors & Attendes; from left to right Lions;
Sara DeCock, Tracy Guenther, Dela Chatraind, Angela Wintrow, DG Dennis Kopitzke, PDG George Chenoweth, and Lion Charlene Willett-
and her faith companion in training.

The 2018 Montana Lions Leadership Retreat was held October 5th & 6th in Butte. The tallies are in and according to the evaluations, it was a great success. The clubs represented at this event came from Butte, Bozeman, Coutts-Sweet grass, Helena and Townsend.

On Friday evening, our own District Governor Dennis Kopitzke spoke to the leadership trainees regarding his goals and vision for our district. We had a great Pasty dinner via arrangement by Lion Kerry Sewell (Dillion), live entertainment provided by The Ruby Range Band, and PCC Ben Apeland, hosted the PDG Hospitality bar! We also raised $100 for the MLSHF through pin sales thanks to PCC Apeland.

Our Saturday morning speaker was none other than Former Coach Bob Green from Butte. Needless to say, he inspired us all speaking on “Team Leadership”.

Our Saturday morning speaker was none other than Former Coach Bob Green from Butte. Needless to say, he inspired us all speaking on “Team Leadership”.

Our Saturday morning speaker was none other than Former Coach Bob Green from Butte. Needless to say, he inspired us all speaking on “Team Leadership”.

The committee is most appreciative to IPID Lary Garrison, our moderator, who was invaluable for keeping things flowing smoothly; PID  Dave Hajny for sharing his wisdom in Conflict Resolution; PCC Ben Apeland for sharing information about Pin Collecting and how it relates to the Friendship Committee; PDG Steve Hadnagy for dropping in and sharing his support; and last, but certainly not least, District Governor, Dennis Kopitzke, who after much travel during the week, lent his support, approval and leadership for this event.

The purpose of such training session is to inspire District 37 Lions toward leadership – this one yielded a Zone Chair Person, Lion Dela Chatriand, (Townsend) and next year’s Cabinet Secretary Lion Peggy Tobin,    (Coutts – Sweet Grass). Lion Dela will take the lead in organizing the 2019 Retreat in Big Sky.

Thanks for all you do for MONTANA LIONS!

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The Montana Lion’s Forum Is Coming

WE SERVE

Join Us at the 4th Annual Montana Lions Forum. Learn, Share, Connect!

December 7 -8, 2018 in Butte, Montana, at the Quality Inn & Suites, 2100 Cornell Avenue  Butte, MT 59701 [Reservations : (406) 494-7800]

Forum Registration: $60 per person (Discounts may apply, contact us for details)Hotel Registration: $74.00 + Tax Incl. per night

3 Meals & Training Materials (included in registration)

                                      FREE HOT BREAKFAST!!

  • Pre-Registration and Hotel Reservations email us at: montanaforum2018@gmail.com Or Contact VDG – Verna Love: (406) 988-4585
  • Like us on facebook: montanalions2018 Or visit: http://news.montanalions.org/
  • Montana Lions Sight & Hearing Foundation
  • Friday Night Social and Fundraising Auction
  • All attendees and Lions Clubs are encouraged to bring/send items for the auction

Click here for registration form.

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Lions Clubs International’s Website Improvements

Getting the most out of the new Lions Clubs International website

lionlogo_150Our all-new website is almost here! And it’s been designed to improve the experience of Lions and potential Lions alike. The website is a critical part of Lions’ and clubs’ experiences, and we’re extremely proud to be launching a product that’s the result of years of research and development—listening to members’ and clubs’ wants and needs, and incorporating them in useful ways.

So, exactly how can our new website enhance your service? Let’s take a look!

1. The Service Launchpad
Lions Clubs International has developed ready-to-use, comprehensive project planners. The Service Launchpad guides you through a few simple questions to help you find the perfect project that supports one of our five global causes: diabetes, hunger, vision, childhood cancer and the environment.

2. The Resource Center
Over the years, Lions have produced so many great resources like guides, presentations, media and much more. To help members find what they need with ease, our new website features a powerful search and discover tool called the Resource Center. It’s as simple as typing a keyword into the search bar, and content filters in the sidebar will help you narrow your search.

3. The Club Locator
With more than 48,000 clubs around the world, the service of Lions reaches communities far and wide. The new website allows potential Lions, and Lions, to find any and every club by simply searching a location or keyword in the Club Locator. The new Club Locator is also fully integrated with MyLion™, so clubs that are using the MyLion™ app can showcase their clubs’ information, photos and upcoming projects to potential members.

4. Enhanced Storytelling
Lions are on the frontlines of service in countless communities around the globe. It’s time that these stories are given a bigger platform than ever before and are shared with the world. One of the main focuses of the new website is exactly this—featuring the stories of Lions, beautifully and across a variety of media including blogs, photography and videos. Sharing these incredible service stories will not only show potential Lions what we’re all about, it will also help Lions inspire  one another and take pride in the good that our nearly 1.5million members are doing every day.

5. Simple Donations
Lions Clubs International Foundation empowers the service of Lions through grants given to humanitarian projects around the world. Funding these projects, which help so many in need each year, requires donations from Lions and potential Lions alike. To make donating as easy as possible, the online process has been streamlined. We’ve added   a “donate” button to the top of every page so that all website visitors are aware of the opportunity to give in support of our life-changing service.

There’s Never Been a Better Time to Be a Lion
While the website may be getting a new look and feel, the tangible good provided by Lions to the world remains the same. The goal of the new site is simple: to provide an excellent experience to our members—one that is both stunning and useful—while sharing with the world who we are, what we do and how they can join in.

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DISTRICT 37 ENDORSED PROJECTS

Below is a list of endorsed projects as of the October 13, 2018, Cabinet Meeting. The sponsoring Lion and their email follow each project as well as any links to associated information. Look for more details on these projects on this site in the near future.

  • American Diabetes Association – Montana Chapter  – 2nd VDG Mike Collins; mikeaollins@bresnan.net; www.diabetes.org
  • Florence Crittenton Home (Helena) – Lion Danielle Vincent; craftycpa@gmail.com; www.florencecrittenton.org
  • Leader Dogs for the Blind – PDG Jim Johnke, jrjohnke@gmail.com; www.lionsclubs.org/leaderdog
  • LCIF –  PDG Monte Weisser; 533 West Arizona; Kalispell, 59901; 756-8528; monte014@gmail.com; www.lcif.org
  • Lions Gift of Sight, – PDG Dan Sturdevant; sturdydan@gmail.com; www.opthalmology.umn.edu
  • Montana School for Deaf & Blind Children Reader Project – PDG Jack Beckman; jtbeckman@bresnan.net
  • Montana Lions Sight & Hearing Foundation  – Lion Jessica Falcon; lion.jfalcon@gmail.com; www.mtlionsshfnd.org
  • Ronald McDonald House (Billings & Missoula) – PDG George Chenoweth;  osugeorge@gmail.com; www.rmhc.org/missionandvision
  • Women’s Resource Center  – 1st VDG Verna Love; vprosgroup@hotmail.com
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Electronic Version of District Directory

37_state_mail_headAll clubs should have received a copy of the 2018-19 District 37 Directory. An electronic copy is available here.

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October 2018 District Newsletter – Share With Your Club

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5.3 million lives impacted in July and August

The Lions logo and heart outline framing the text Club Service Chairperson.The Lions of Constitutional Area 1 (USA, Bermuda, Bahamas and the Islands of the Caribbean) are off to a great start. Since July 1, we have served more than 5.3 million people. Give yourself a pat on the back. Unfortunately, the needs of those in our communities continue to grow.

How can we improve and do more?

  • Make sure that all service projects are properly reported by the Club Service Chair (CSC) or Club Secretary. Click here to listen to our recent webinar, which explained why reporting is important.
  • Work with service project committees to ensure that at least four hands-on service projects per year are completed.
  • Monitor member engagement in service activities. Members who are engaged have a more valuable experience and tend to remain Lions.
  • Give members an opportunity to develop leadership skills by asking different Lions to lead service projects on an annual basis.
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Reminder: Club Officers Have Resources Online

Lions Clubs,

As the first quarter of this Lions year comes to an end, you are in a unique position to empower your Lions club and guide it to success during your term.

Lions Clubs International has created webpages and helpful resources for each of your club’s officers. Every webpage provides material and resources as well as e-Books to assist you as you serve in your role. Take a minute to visit your designated webpage and familiarize yourself with its content so you are able to best serve your club.

You will find information regarding critical club operations and resources for effectively leading your club.

You will find information to support the business operations of the club.

You will find information to assist in helping you manage all financial operations of the club.

Some key resources offered by Lions Clubs International are:

  1. Standard Club Constitution and By-Laws

  2. Standard Club Structure

  3. Club Resources

  4. MyLCI

  5. Best Practice for Financial Transparency

  6. LCI Store

We look forward to supporting you. Please contact us if you have any questions at (630) 468-6890 or clubofficers@lionsclubs.org.

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FORUM WEEK IS HERE: There’s still time to register for the best Forum ever! Walk-ins welcome!

Building teams through leadership: the goal of the USA/Canada Forum, September 20-22.Click on Image for more.

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