Dec. 11, 2017

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The Bemidji Lions offer excellent programs and fellowship with weekly Wednesday meetings. All Lions and friends volunteer for a number of community activities through the year. The Bemidji Lions Club is a successful club which was chartered March 31, 1939. Dues notices go out in May.

Bemidji Middle School students help out! See how they contributed!

Lions glasses donation box

WELCOME to the Bemidji Lions Club!

The Bemidji Lions Club was established in 1939, and has provided local community service and financial contributions annually during nearly 75 years of its existence. The club is also associated with Lions International, a service organization that was established in 1917.

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Centennial Cookbook

The Bemidji Lions Centennial Cookbook is hot off the presses and available for purchase at the Bemidji Woolen Mills.The cookbook is Celebrates of 100 years of Lionism,  100 Bemidji members, and 100 personal recipe favorites. The book is a true Bemidji product, assembled and printed in Bemidji and makes a wonderful Christmas gift.

Hosts Successful Fall Cash Raffle Event

On Thursday evening October 26, 2017, 96 Bemidji area citizens and members from the Bemidji Lions Club and the First City Lions Club gathered at Hampton Inn to find out who would win over $6,000 in cash prizes. “Bemidji Lions Club members sold event tickets to other Lions, area citizens and local businesses,” said event chair Mel Milender. “We also raised additional funds in special raffles and an auction.” Five ticket holders won $1,000 each and nine ticket holders won $100 cash prizes. “In addition, one person won $250 cash in a consolation drawing. The Fall Cash Raffle is designed so that the last five ticket holders who can make an on-the-spot decision to split the $5,000 grand prize. If one person says ‘No’ then there is an elimination draw,” said Milender, “This year the last five people, who were all in attendance, opted for splitting the $5,000 prize.” “The net profit we raised from this Lions fundraising event helps our Lions Club to provide charitable donations to our local community,” according to Milender.

Bemidji Lions Club would like to thank the Bemidji area community for supporting third annual Fall Cash Raffle event. We would also like to thank club members who sold tickets and attended the event. Special thanks to First City Lions and these Bemidji Lions Club members for assisting at the Cash Raffle: Co-Chair Craig Cameron, Brett Overson, Ann Marie Ward, Vance Balstad, Steve Caron, Kari Klisch, and John Liapis.

Upcoming Lions Meetings

Jan. 10, 2018 History of Beltrami County Courthouse Cecelia McKieg
Jan. 17, 2018 Business meeting

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Each year the Bemidji Lions donate over $16,000, going to community and Lions International organizations. Our 2011-12 list has over 35 different charities that we support.

The Bemidji Lions Club conducts three major fundraising events annually: Flapjack Day since 1978, the Fall Cash Raffle, and the BBQ Chicken Lions Fare and Auction since 1951. Lions Clubs have four "pillars" that it supports: Eyesight, Hearing, Diabetes, and Youth.

In recent years Bemidji Lions Club has raised $12,000 to $17,000 annually to support these four pillars. We provide donations to approximately 30 organizations, including $4,500 to $5,500 to 15 community organizations that provide support and services related to youth. BEMIDJI LIONS DONATIONS SINCE 2012 (pdf will download)


Board Member Update for 2017-2018

President:Bob Sandbo
1st Vice President: Jim Molde
2nd Vice President: Craig Cameron
Secretary: Leon Nelson
Treasurer: Bob Weber

1 Year Board Term:
Marcus Bruning
Wayne Tieman
Mel Milender
Bob Woodke

2 Year Board Term: Tricia Andrews
Ann Marie Ward
Ron Porter
LeRoy Hill

Lion Tamer: Bob Madeson
Tailtwister: Neil Hensrud
Past President: Vance Balstad

Membership Committee:
Steve Caron
Bob Weber
Vance Balstad
Wayne Tieman
David Gill
Mel Milender
Bob Woodke

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Slide Show
New Member Orientation Presentation-click here

This is a video format (mp4) of the Lions new member orientation slide presentation

The 98th MD5M Convention Final Report

Check out the link to the: MN Lions Diabetes Foundation!

NewMinnesota Lions Vision Foundation Report