On July 1, 2015, all Lions in Montana formed a new state-wide District 37. We are always looking for new members with fresh ideas and enthusiasm. If you are a Lion, or are interested in joining us, subscribe to get important information for Lions and their Clubs directly to you. As a District, we promise to listen to your concerns, too. That way all of us can work together to make Lions of Montana better at serving our communities and state!
Scott Dornfeld

District Governor

Scott Dornfeld

District Governor Scott Dornfeld

DG Scott was born in Minot, ND and the family moved to Montana when he   was 3 years old. He was raised and went through school in Kalispell, graduating from Flathead High School. After graduation, he attended Flathead Valley Community College for 2 years. Upon completion of coursework at FVCC, he attended Eastern Montana College, Billings (now called MSUB). After graduating from EMC, he went to work for a chemical distributor as the office/warehouse manager, and later, on the road as a salesman, travelling Eastern Montana and Western North Dakota.

In 1985, he had the opportunity to spend more time at home with the family and bought a music store in Sidney, MT. He owned and operated the store for 28 years, until retirement. He and his wife, Barb, moved back to Billings to enjoy their newfound freedom. They have two children, Becky, living in Miles City, and Jeff, living in Williston, ND. They also enjoy their 6 grandchildren and 3 great-grandchildren whenever possible.

Scott started his life in Lions with the Sidney Lions club, serving as a director, secretary, and president. When he returned to Billings, he transferred his membership to the Billings Heights Lions club. He has served as president, secretary, zone and regional zone chairman.

Brian Gertiser

1st Vice District Governor

Brian Gertiser

1st Vice 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 2nd Vice District Governor, and the treasure of the Hyalite Youth Camp. 

Raleigh Peck

2ND Vice District Governor

Raleigh Peck

2nd Vice District Governor Raleigh Peck
2nd VDG 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. Rode that wave and now is Eastern Montana’s leading integration technology specialists. During the last 22 years he became known as Raleigh, Raleigh, Raleigh from ElectricLand.  Ask sometime about the jingle.

1982 is when Deb Etzel arrived in his life. They have been married since 1984, that’s 38 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 Billings, 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. Also serving as East Region Chair. Raleigh is a Melvin Jones Fellow, received the Distinguished Leadership medal at the 2022 state convention and is currently is serving as the tail twister, again.

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