A Message from International Director Candidate Ben Apeland

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April 2020 District Newsletter Available

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2020 Lions International Convention Cancelled

Dear Lion,

The Board of Directors has voted to cancel the 2020 Lions International Convention due to concerns about the coronavirus (COVID-19). This means that the next International Convention will be held in 2021 in Montreal, Canada.

After evaluating a variety of different options including moving the convention to a different venue or postponing the convention to a later date, the Board of Directors voted to cancel the 2020 convention. This decision was made with the health and safety of our Lions, staff and vendors in mind.

Canceling the International Convention for 2020 impacts international officer continuity and candidate elections. After review of the International Constitution and By-Laws, this impact is outlined below:

  • Executive officers and international directors will continue in their respective positions until the 2021 convention in Montreal. All candidate elections for these positions shall comply with the provisions of the International Constitution and By-Laws for election at the convention in Montreal.

  • An international director from the areas of Africa and Australia, New Zealand, Papua New Guinea, Indonesia and the Islands of the South Pacific is permitted only in even-numbered years. As a result, no director from Africa or Australia, New Zealand, Papua New Guinea, Indonesia and the Islands of the South Pacific would be eligible for election until the 2022 convention.

  • Barring any district election complaints, district governors, first vice district governors and second vice district governors elected during a convention of their respective districts will be accepted by Lions International. The International Board of Directors intends to authorize commencement of the DG terms beginning July 1, 2020.

We are disappointed that we will not be able to move forward with this international event, but we are optimistic that with each new day there is hope, and as Lions we will continue to find new ways to put our kindness in action while safely serving our communities.

Regards,

Dr. Jung-Yul Choi
International President

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You and the Lions Clubs International Foundation

lionlogo_1000WE WILL NEED LIONS CLUBS INTERNATIONAL FOUNDATION

LIONS CLUBS INTERNATIONAL FOUNDATION NEEDS US NOW!

     Most of us are homebound or have limited outside activity, but “OUR FOUNDATION” is hard at work serving those in need around the world! Our Foundation has given Italian Lions $350,000, to mention only one nation, in their fight against NOVID-19, and has set up a new $10,000  NOVID-19 emergency grant for Districts around the world. Our Foundation does not have unlimited funds to meet this pandemic, floods, tornadoes, hurricanes and earthquakes which we know are coming, even to Montana!

     Montana has received over $300,000 over the past 3 years and has a $44,000 grant awaiting approval along with several clubs putting together projects to submit for grant consideration. What can we do to repay, or payforward, for assistance we know we will need to ask for to complete service and meet humanitarian needs in Montana?

     $8 a month or $100 a year from each member of your club qualifies for the 100/100 Club recognition. Your Club will receive recognition, each Club Member will receive recognition, but most importantly Our Foundation will be able to continue meeting service and humanitarian relief worldwide, including Montana.

     A $100 gift can fund 2 cataract surgeries, Lions Quest curriculum for 1 year, 18 Diabetes screenings, 100 Measles vaccinations for children, regular access for 14 cronically hungry people, Equipment testing for 8 young cancer patients, Access to clean water for 14 people and immediate relief for 4 victims of a natural disaster. You can go online to lionsclubs.org/donate {for a one time gift} or by credit card through direct withdrawls from your bank accoundt (ACH) for monthly donations.

     I wish every Lions Club would qualify for this, but even if your Club does not, you can still do your part to ensure the continuation of Lions Serving the World. I want to thank all who have, are or planning for your donations. They all make a difference!

Yours in Lionism – We Serve, PDG Lary Garrison, District 37 LCIF Chair                                                                              

If you have any questions contact me at: lionlarygarrison@gmail.com, (406)855-6997, 703 Conway St., Billings, Mt. 59105

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Foundation ATV Raffle Continues – Drawing April 25th

Help Support Your

MONTANA LIONS SIGHT & HEARING FOUNDATION

YOU COULD WIN ME!! 

Contact a Lion or Foundation trustee for tickets.

An image of a Honda Pioneer 700.

2020 Honda Pioneer 700 with Dump Box, Roll Bars & Doors

  • Tickets: $20.00 each or 8 for $100.00
  • Drawing: April 25, 2020 in Kalispell
  • *Need not be present to win*
  • Thank you for Supporting the Foundation!
  • Return ticket stubs and money to:
  • Lion Monte Weisser, 533 West Arizona, Kalispell, Montana 59901
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Official Sources of Information for Coronavirus (COVID-19)

Check the box.Webmasters Note: Lions: Amid the ongoing virus situation, the need for accurate, reliable and regularly updated information is essential. Please use the links below and share them with your fellow Lions.

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Montana Convention Postponed

THE DISTRICT CONVENTION HAS BEEN POSTPONED.  NEW DATE TO BE DETERMINED AT A LATER TIME. Please see the post below and the Special District Governor’s newsletter available within it.

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Special Coronovirus Newsletter for Montana Lions

The District Governor has issued a special newsletter concerning coronovirus impacts in Montana. Click here to read the newsletter which contains sources of reliable information and current conditions from Montana state officials. Below is a brief summary of DG Verna’s message to Montana Lions.

Individual Actions

The best advice from health professionals is to wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds or use at least a 60% alcohol-based hand sanitizer. Use soap and water when your hands are visibly soiled.  Avoid touching your face. Avoid unnecessary travel Be aware of the risk of COVID-19 in your local community.

  • Follow guidance of your state or local health department.
  • Avoid crowded places and use social distancing.
  •  Avoid contact with sick people.

What Clubs Can Do

A number of calls and emails regarding club meetings and District Governor Visits have been received.

As a precaution, consider using alternative methods of meeting and communicating if necessary. Begin by using whatever method you currently use to inform members about special events. Go-To- Meeting or other Tele-Conferencing technology can be used in place of meetings as well.

Our District has invested in these tools to accommodate you. If you have  questions or need help in using these tools, please contact District Governor Verna Love, 1st Vice District Governor Mike Colins, or our Communication & Technology Team Member Lion Jerry Leggate.  Also, check periodically in with our FaceBook page at at Montana Lions district 37 and our District website for updates as they become available.

District Events

There are a couple of concerns that our district leaders have about coming events at this date:

  1. Officer Training hosted in Fort Benton.
  2. State Convention in Glendive.

We are currently working to consider changing the Club Officers’ training to a webinar format as it is in April. There is the possibility that the State convention may be postponed to a later date. These measures are being considered due to the uncertainty of the incubation and recovery periods of this virus.

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March 2020 District Newsletter

37_state_mail_headHey, Lions! Print a copy and share it at your next meeting. Open a copy of the newsletter.

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Glendive Convention is Coming this April

FELLOW LIONS,

Please note the materials linked here for the District 37 Lions Convention in GLENDIVE on April 24th and 25th. (click to open welcome poster)

One of the available activities on Friday will be a guided tour of the Legacy Sculpture Trail by the Artist, Pamela Harr!  Transportation for the tour is provided. (click here to see brochure)  Complete your registration (click here to open a copy) now to reserve your spot!  Spots will be limited.

We look forward to seeing you in Glendive.  For any questions please call Patty Winchell, Glendive Lions Secretary, at (406) 377-5631.

Sincerely,  Melonie J. Beeler, President Glendive Lions Club

Also available is a list of District endorsed projects.

NOTE: a complete convention package is available from the convention button in the banner above.

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Updated Montana Convention Packet Available

Click here for a complete packet of info and registration form for the April 24 & 25 Convention in Glendive.

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February Newsletter Available

Open a copy of the February, 2020, newsletter.

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Another Success Story: Laurel Lions Grant

$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.

Dollar signs as leaves on a tree.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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Registration Form for 2020 Montana Convention Available

The registration form is available here or through drop down menu for the convention in the banner above.

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Kindness Mattered to a Great Leader

Animage of Judge TownsendInternational 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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Info Available for 2020 Glendive Convention, April 24-25

Open the “Save the Date” distribution from the convention team.

Please print a copy and share it with others!

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District Membership Satisfaction Survey

Check the box.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.

Click here to open a copy of the survey.

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

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December 2019 District Newsletter Available

logo_rainbow_fullClick here to open a copy of the newsletter.

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Online Version of District 2019-2020 Directory

37_state_mail_headThe 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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October 2019 District Newsletter Available

Click this line to open a copy of the newsletter. Print a copy and take it to your next next club meeting to share.

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Montana Lions Forum Cancelled

THE MONTANA FORUM SCHEDULED FOR HELENA, SEPTEMBER 27 & 28, HAS BEEN CANCELED.

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MT Lions Sight & Hearing Foundation Raffle

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).

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UPDATE: Montana 2019 Lions Forum, Helena, Sept. 27-28

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.

Montana Forum logo with laurel weath around the Lions emblem.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).

Registration form available here.

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; wingatehelena@kdiamondhotels.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; sturdydan@gmail.com.

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On-Line 2019 Montana Lions Directory Available

37_state_mail_headThe 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.

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USA/Canada Forum Coming on 19th

The USA/Canada Forum logo.There is still time to register!

Click here for information and the September newsletter.

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District September 2019 Newsletter Available

lionlogo_150Click HERE to open a copy of the newsletter. Be sure to share it with others!

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Successful Fort Benton Golf Tournament

Check the box.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!

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2019 Montana FORUM – Sept 27 and 28, 2019

Montana Forum logo with laurel weath around the Lions emblem.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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Townsend Broadwater Lions Charter Night 8/14/2019

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The advances in technology that began in previous years continue to gain speed in 1982 with the release of the Commodore 64 computer and the first CD player by Sony. The shift is so significant that Time Magazine names The Computer as the person of year Continue reading

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USA?Canada Forum: Still Time to Register

The USA/Canada Forum logo.Lots of great opportunities to grow as a Lion! Visit the Forum webpage.

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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

Click here to open a copy and be sure to share it with other Lions!

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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

An image of the reader machine.

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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