District Governor Brian Gertiser
Brian was born in Michigan, the 3rd of eight children. The family moved around the state as his father was promoted in the Michigan State Police. The family settle in Davison, MI where Brian graduated from Davison Sr. High. Brian also graduated for trade school at the same time. After graduation he started working in the heating and cooling field.
One of his employers was very involved in the Optimist Club, and his neighbor was involved with Lions and often ask him to join their service clubs. With the desire to see other parts of the country, Brian loaded up the family and moved to Bozeman. While still working in the HVAC field, Brian returned to school and earned a degree in Business Management. Brian and his Wife Deborah started their own heating and cooling business and after 26 years have retired to their home in Bridger Canyon, near Bozeman.
Brian spends some of his free time training his hunting dogs and running them in hunt tests, working on the house and several other projects including his chickens and birds. In 1986 Brian joined the Gallatin Empire Lions for the first time, but life got too busy and complicated, and he dropped out for a short time. Brian rejoined Lions in 2001 and just recently receive his 20-year monarch chevron. Brian is a Melvin Jones recipient, Past President, held the secretary position, served as Zone Chair for Zone 13, and is currently the treasurer of the Hyalite Youth Camp.
1st Vice District Governor
1st Vice District Governor Raleigh Peck
Raleigh Peck was born in Scobey MT the youngest of 3 boys. At the age of 3 the family packed up and moved to the big city, Great Falls, MT. Where he attended grade school. They again moved to Glasgow AFB, MT, where Raleigh attended Jr. High and then Graduated from Glasgow Sr. High in 1980.
Raleigh got further education by working in the oilfields of Eastern Montana and Western North Dakota. When that boom went bust, he worked in a couple tire shops and a muffler shop before taking a job with a regional auto parts supply store. Where he spent 15 years working and learning about business, until July of 2000, when the opportunity arose to buy his own business. The local RadioShack franchise and named it ElectricLand, Inc. During the last 22 years he became known as Raleigh, Raleigh, Raleigh from ElectricLand. Ask sometime about the jingle. He sold the store to an employee in January of 2023 so he can focus his time on the District Governor Roll and enjoy traveling and seeing parts of Montana he’s missed so far.
1982 is when Deb Etzel arrived in his life. They have been married since 1984, that’s 39 years if you’re counting. Raising 5 incredibly smart children, Son Rory, Daughter Keelia, and triplet daughters Alyssa, Briana and Courtney. They have 5 grandchildren, Zoey, Oliver, Sophia, in Fresno CA and Riley and Addison in Lockwood, MT.
The Sidney Lions club recruited Raleigh in 2001 and he has served through the VP ranks to President plus another half year as a fill in pres. His favorite position has been servicing for several years and Tail Twister. He has also served as East Region Chair. Raleigh is a Melvin Jones Fellow, and recipient of the Distinguished Leadership medal.
2ND Vice District Governor
2nd Vice District Governor Corinna Christensen
Corinna Christensen is a proud native of Montana, having grown up on Windy Water Ranch in Ennis. She graduated from Ennis High School then attended the University of Montana School of Business, where she eared an honors Bachelor of Arts degree in Marketing and Small Business. After graduating from university, Corinna returned to her hometown of Ennis, where she operated Ennis Pharmacy and Yesterday’s Soda Fountain for an impressive 33 years alongside her mother, Lion Marie Hajny. Throughout her career, Corinna was known for her strong work ethic and dedication to her customers.
After the sale of the family business, Corinna successfully transitioned into real estate with the encouragement of Past District Governor Bill Mercer. Corinna quickly advanced to become a top producer in the Madison Valley Real Estate Market and has been awarded the honor of being a Platinum Producer by RE/MAX year after year. Furthermore, Corinna has been on the executive board of the Ennis Chamber of Commerce demonstrating her deep seeded commitment to her community through involvement and action.
In February 2015 with encouragement, or possibly arm-twisting, of PID Dave Hajny, Corinna joined the Ennis Lions Club and quickly became an active member. Over the years, she has held various leadership positions within the organization, including treasurer, sectary, president, administrator, tail twister, and zone chair. Corinna was deeply honored to be named as Lion of the Year in 2017. Leadership training has included attending Emerging Lions International Retreat, Montana Lions Leadership Academy and numerous State Lions Conventions throughout the years. Her hard work and dedication to the Lions Club have snot gone unnoticed and she has been recognized as a leader within the Lions organization.
In her free time, Corinna enjoys spending time with her husband, Shawn and adult children, Jamie and Paul and friends. She enjoys hiking, camping, attending music festivals and exploring the great outdoors of Montana. She is a true Montana girl at heart and her love of her home state shines through in everything she does.
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