October 2019 District Newsletter Available

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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

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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

presentWhere you in 1982?!

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

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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

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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!! 

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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

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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

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