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

Click here to open the December newsletter.

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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

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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

Click here to open a copy of the newsletter.

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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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Did You Know: International Foundation Funds Special Olympics

Lions on the move logo of four colored arrows forming a square.Many Montana Lions Clubs assist Special Olympics through donations and projects for local/regional/state games. Lions Clubs International awarded an 8.8 million dollar grant to Special Olympics this past July as part of Lion’s ongoing commitment.

LCI and LCIF have been one of the Special Olympics movement’s largest and most active Global Partners since 2001, providing support to Special Olympics – Lions Clubs International Opening Eyes, as well as key initiatives such as the Special Olympics Unified Sports program, Special Olympics Family Health Forums, the Special Olympics Leadership Academy, and the ongoing shared commitment to full youth empowerment and activation.

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There is Still Time (click on image for more)

Building teams through leadership: the goal of the USA/Canada Forum, September 20-22.

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September District Governor’s Newsletter Available

Click this link to open a copy of the newsletter. The newsletter includes registration form for the upcoming Forum!

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Club Service Chairs and New Opportunities for Clubs

The Lions logo and heart outline framing the text Club Service Chairperson.Clubs are urged to appoint or elect a club member to become their Club Service Chairperson (CSC). This Lion becomes a member of the Global Service Team and has the ability to submit club service activities within MyLCI. The Club Service Chair provides the following benefits to a Lions club:

  • Takes the service activity reporting burden away from secretary.
  • Allows another Lion upward mobility into a leadership role in the club.
  • Encourages creation of new service opportunities. (Coming soon are a new series of Lions International grants designed specifically for clubs. Plans for these grants are currently being finalized. Initial word is these grants are independant of all other District grants and are designed to match club funds for maximum local impact.)
  • Directly receive new resources and ideas from LCI.

Current Resources for the CSC include: oCSC e-book and CSC webpage.

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Lions are changing lives. Read & Watch Now.

Catch up on all the latest Lion news in the September issue of LION Magazine. 

Enjoy some of this issue’s features and digital extras:

  • Watch how Lions Clubs International Foundation impacts millions of lives across the globe and why they have launched their biggest campaign in the foundation’s history.
  • Read how a home for families undergoing transplants takes care of one of its own in Blessings Come Back.
  • A young Lion leads by example after ten people are killed in a nearby high school. Being Kind tells her story.

Don’t miss a single issue of LION!

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Wherever you go, LION Magazine is already there.

Best regards, Your LION Magazine Team

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World Diabetes Day in November

Get ready to be a part of the world’s largest diabetes awareness campaign on November 14. Lions, in partnership with the International Diabetes Federation, have set the bar high with the goals of reaching an audience of more than 1 billion people in over 160 countries.

Visit Lion’s special World Diabetes Day website to get involved.

  • Learn more about the management, care and prevention of this disease.

  • Find resources to plan your own diabetes event.

  • Win a Fitbit Charge 2 when you complete tasks in the Diabetes Service Journey Sweepstakes.

Follow us on Facebook or Twitter to join the global conversation on diabetes, and be sure to check out the World Diabetes Day page today!

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Still time to register for the USA/Canada Forum

The USA/Canada Forum logo.There is still time to register and attend the Forum September 20-22, 2018, in Columbus, Ohio. This is the premier leadership event for the continent and provides a host of presentations and other activities for every Lion. All from the folks that host Lions University. Click here for the USA/Canada Forum website.

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August 2018 District Governor’s Newsletter Available

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2018 Emerging Lions Leadership Institute (ELLI)

The next Emerging Lions Leadership Institute for the Lions of United States of America, Its Affiliates, Bermuda & The Bahamas & Canada will be offered in Chicago, Ilinois USA from November 3-5, 2018. Now is the time to assist younger Lions in your area by recruiting qualified participants for the institute.

image descriptionThis institute teaches valuable leadership skills at the club level and is targeted to Lions who have not yet been club president.

The institute will be conducted in English we will be accepting 100 Lions, total.

Please download the application below and actively encourage qualified candidates to apply. Completed forms must be received by: August 20, 2018.

application form

If you have questions or need further information, visit our the ALLI website or contact institutes@lionsclubs.org.

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NEW PLUSOPTIX VERSION

There is a new Plusoptix version out. It is 7.0.6.0
Please go to the web site PlusOptix.com/support to find it. If you have any problem down loading the new version please contact me. Please let me know when you have the new version. Send me your Serial number so I can keep track if you have the newest version. The Serial # is located on the bottom of your machine.  My Contact Info is: lion.dfalcon@gmail.com Thanks you Lion Dave

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June 2018 District Governor’s Newsletter Available

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Entrance fees waived June 7-30!

To close out our incredible Centennial Celebration in style, we’re waiving entrance fees for new members who join between June 7 and June 30! For more than 100 years, we’ve delivered hope and change to the world. Now, as we prepare for an innovative second century of service, there has never been a more exciting time become a Lion, and we want to make it as easy as possible for new members to join us.

So how does it work?

  • Invite family and friends to join your club between June 7 and June 30.
  • Report your new member to Lions International by 11:59 p.m. CDT on Saturday, June 30.
  • Save money when your club billing automatically reflects this special promotion.
  • Earn a Centennial Sponsor Pin for inviting a new member, and wear it with pride.

This is a limited offer that does not apply to new members added prior to June 7 or after June 30, 2018. No exceptions will be approved. Charter and transfer charter fees do not qualify for this special waiver. If you have any questions, please contact membershipdev@lionsclubs.org.

Invite your family and friends to join the greatest service organization in the world as we write the history of our second century together.

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May Cabinet Meeting Minutes Available

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ATV Fundraiser Winner Announced

The Montana Lions Sight & Hearing Foundation sponsored ATV FUNDRAISER winner is Greg Seder of Roundup. He won the raffle of a 2018 Honda, 700 series, side by side, ATV.  Congratulations Greg!

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.

THANK YOU FOR SUPPORTING YOUR FOUNDATION!

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MyLion is Replacing MyLCI for Service Reporting this July

Try something new is illustreated with colored arrows.In May, LCI will be announcing to officers and chairpersons the discontinuation of service activity reporting and data collection through MyLCI or any other reporting system, starting July 2018. We will be transitioning service reporting to the newly expanded MyLion, which will now be available on desktop.

Changing this July:

Lions Clubs International is launching something big this summer. It’s called MyLion, just like our official mobile app, now available in over 70 countries. Starting in July, you will use the new MyLion website to report all of your service activities. While you’ll still use MyLCI or your local system for everything else (membership management, club management, etc.), the new MyLion website will be your one-stop destination for all things related to service.

All club-level officers will now be able to create, edit, and report on service activities.

All officers will now have access to service reporting data from all over the globe through MyLion.

Want to learn more? Check out our FAQ.

Our upcoming webinar will teach you everything you need to know before the July 1 expansion of MyLion. Get ready for a completely revamped service experience!

  • Tuesday, May 15th 8:00am-9:00am CDT
  • Thursday, May 17th 6:00pm-7:00pm CDT
  • Monday, May 21st 12:00pm-1:00pm CDT

Register for the Webinar

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New PlusOptix Version

There is a new S-12 Plus Optix update that needs to be installed on machines. New version is 7.0.4.0.  The update is located at plusoptix.com.  Click on Support then Download Area.  Scroll to orange color –vision screening devices.  Roll mouse over the device picture and click on it.  Download software update version 7.0.4.0 and follow the instructions.  When finished please send me an email that your S12 has been updated.  Send to lion.dfalcon@gmail.com.

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May 2018 District Governor’s Newsletter Available

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Click the line to open a copy of the newsletter.  Be sure to print a copy to share with other Lions at your next meeting.

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2018 Convention Held April 27-28

a blue and gold Lions wall drape.If you didn’t attend this year’s state convention in Butte America, you missed a real treat! Great attendance, excellent programs, delightful food and interesting tours that gave attendees a glimpse of Butte’s history. Butte Mile-Hi really out did themselves. Hats off to Butte Copper City Lions for driving the trolleys for the tours and manning the registration. The two clubs working together truly demonstrated the concept of “THE POWER OF WE”!

Verna Love, 2nd VDG

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April Cabinet Meeting Documents Available UPDATED

Clipart of a District 37 file cabinetBelow is a list of documents for use by the cabinet and any Lion in the District seeking information about administrative activities.

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CONVENTION NOTICE: April 27-28, 2018 in Butte

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Club Service Chairpersons needed throughout District 37

The Lions logo and heart outline framing the text Club Service Chairperson.As clubs conduct elections and select leaders for next year, all are urged to appoint or elect a club member to become Club Service Chairperson (CSC). This Lion becomes a member of the Global Service Team and has the ability to submit club service activities within MyLCI. The Club Service Chair provides the following benefits to a Lions club:

  • Takes service activity reporting burden away from secretary
  • Allows Lion upward mobility into a leadership role in the club
  • Encourages creation of new service opportunities
  • Directly receive new resources and ideas from LCI

Current Resources for the CSC include: oCSC e-book and CSC webpage.

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Understanding LCI Forward and Club Activity Reports

Club Activity Reports, You, and Lions International

image descriptionLCI Forward provides a strategic framework to help clubs to strive for excellence. This plan was developed by the Long Range Planning Committee of the International Board of Directors and guided by the association’s vision statement “To be the global leader in community and humanitarian service”.

It is a platform for action that will help your club develop priorities to significantly expand humanitarian service, improve current operations, and pursue new ways to unite people in Lions’ service. LCI can give us this vision, but it takes application at the club level to make the vision a reality.

The primary goal is to improve the lives of at least 200 million per year by FY 2020-21
through expanded humanitarian service – tripling of our service – as measured through the Service Activity Report system. This is important to Lions because activities reported by clubs increase the ability of Lions to forge strategic partnerships with other organizations. This will accomplish more for those in need all around the world and in your back yard!

MyLCI

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April District Newsletter Available

The Lions International logo within an outline of the state of Monatana.Click this line to open a copy of the newsletter.  Be sure to print a copy to share at your club meeting.

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