LCIF Update

Dear Montana Lions,

We have come to the end of another Lionistic year, and what a year it has been. A pandemic that has challenged our clubs in ways we never imagined. A loss of meetings, fundraisers, service projects and our annual convention.

The last report shows that only 46.3% of District 37 Lions Clubs supported the Lions Clubs International Foundation  this Lionistic year. District 37 received over $100,000 from LCIF for the Lions Park in Laurel for a handicap fishing dock and an Emergency Preparedness Grant during this Lionistic year.

There are several grants being worked on from around our district at this time. Is one of them for your community? Why not? We at District 37 and the former MD37 have received over $1,000,000 dollars during the past 50 years.Your Foundation is there for you, not just every other club around the world. At the same time it needs your support to continue to meet humanitarian needs here in Montana as well as around the world.

Visit to donate online and to learn about other ways to give.
Yours in Lionism,

PDG Lary Garrison, LCIF Chair

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2020 Club officer Training

District 37 held online club officer training in May of 2020.  There were 4 sessions and they were recorded.  The recordings are available on YouTube by clicking on the links below:

  The District is planning on repeating some of the online training classes in the future.  We also hope to have 4 regional in-person training sessions in the Spring of 2021.

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CAMPAIGN 100  Extended by COVID-19

When visiting clubs I occasionally hear a Lion say we need to take care of the United States first and that they are tired of the United States supporting relief to other countries and that those countries never help us in return. That is not how our Lions Clubs International Foundation works.On some years the Lions of the United States donate more money to the Lions Foundation than is returned in grants to the United States, yet, on other years the Lions Foundation grants more money in grants to the United States than donations from the United States.

EveA colored logo for campaign 100.ry day Lions and Lions Clubs worldwide make donations to the International Foundation not knowing when or where that donation will be used. Every day our Lions Foundation receives those same donations not knowing where or when they will be needed. Where will the next  fire, flood or earthquake occur? No one knows, but our Foundation is ready to quickly respond anywhere in the world. When will the next hurricane or tornado occur? No one knows, but our Foundation is ready to quickly respond anywhere in North America. Disasters don’t make their needs known until they occur i.e. COVID-19!

Do we make a donation to the American Cancer Society, the American Diabetes Association, the Alzheimer’s Association or any other charity with the expectation we or someone we know will be the beneficiary? Most of us are hopeful we or our relatives or friends will never need it, but we do know that someone somewhere will.
In the long run Lions in the United States will hopefully always donate more to our Foundation than we receive, but it is a fact that the majority of our donations are used in the United States.

Because other disasters do not stop for COVID-19, Campaign 100 has been extended for another year. You or your club can make a donation at: or by calling 1-630-203-3836. Remember individual donations are tax deductible.

Lary Garrison, District 37 LCIF Chair

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June 2020 Newsletter Available

Click here to download a copy of the newsletter. Share it with other Lions.

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Lions Clubs International Update

Dear Fellow Lions,

We are still going through trying times around our District. Most clubs are not meeting or meeting via video, our convention was cancelled and we all look forward to getting out and about again.

Although we may not be as active at the club and district level our International Foundation continues to meet needs around the world. This is the time many clubs have made donations to the Foundation, and it is just as important to do so again this year.

An outline of montana state with the lions clubs logo.     Lionsclubsinternational Foundation has awarded over $1 million dollars worldwide to address the COVID-19 pandemic with the purchase of personal protective equipment for front line responders. Your foundation is also giving relief to the tornados and flooding areas here in the United States. We are looking at the possibility of a $10,000 Emergency Grant from the Foundation for relief here in Montana from the effects of COVID-19.

I will keep you informed of any changes, but the need is there, not only for COVID-10 relief, but also for hurricane and fire relief which will be coming into the forefront soon.

Remember 100% of all donations from clubs and individuals go to relief and are tax deductible for individuals. Online donations can be made through

Yours in Lionism, PDG Lary Garrison, LCIF Dist. 37 Chair

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Veterans: We Salute You

USA flag in outline of the 48 States.

Memorial Day 2020

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Club Elections and Officer Reporting Due ASAP

Below is is a link to the 2020-2021 PU 101.  This form should be used to electronically submit your clubs 2020-2021 club officers.  Please make every reasonable attempt to select your 2020-2021 club officers and report to LCI.

Open or download a copy of the PU 101.

PDG Dennis Kopitzke, District Administrator

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May 2020 District Governor’s Newsletter

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Online Club Officer Training Offered

District 37 will be offering club officer training for all club officers for the upcoming Lions year.   We will be starting with a training session for all incoming club officers.   The second session will be for club treasurers.   Sessions for secretaries and membership chairpersons will be announced soon. 

The first session is for all officers and will include: Continue reading

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District Election Results (from mail-in ballot in lieu of convention)

April 30, 2020

District 37 Election Details

Potential Voting Delegates                          165

Returned Delegate Certification Forms      29      Clubs

Total Voters                                                      56

56        Votes for DG Candidate Mike Collins
56        Votes for 1st VDG  Candidate Michael Tobin
56        Votes for 2nd VDG Candidate Scott Dornfeld
56        Votes for Kalispell as the site for the 2021 convention
55        Votes for Constitution Resolution – Officers and District Cabinet
52        Votes for Constitution Resolution – Miscellaneous
52        Votes for By-Laws – Article I – Section 8
1          Vote Against the Proposed Change to the By-laws

There was only 1 vote in opposition to any of the ballot proposals.  Several of the ballots were incomplete.

Ballots have been appropriately destroyed.

PDG Dennis Kopitzke, Chair, Elections and Certification Committee
Lion Darrell Grogan Forsyth Lions Club
Lion Bob Martelle, Forsyth Lions Club
Lion Gordon VanAsh, Forsyth Lions Club

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