The Bemidji Lions offer excellent programs and fellowship. 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.

Minnesota Lions Vision Foundation


In 1925, when Lions International was only seven years old, the legendary Helen Keller spoke to the members at their annual convention and challenged them to become "knights of the blind in the crusade against darkness."  That speech set the Lions' course.  Since then, millions of Lions members worldwide have devoted their service careers to helping people with visual impairments.


The Minnesota Lions Vision Foundation has been doing excellent work for over 50 years. Bemidji Lion Wayne Tieman is honored to serve on the MLVF board, and is starting his second year of service.  Recently the MLVF had a training session and meeting in the Twin Cities. One of the directives is that after each board meeting is to provide a report to our district cabinet and clubs. This new page on the Bemidji Lions website serves as a venue in which news and information about the MLVF can be relayed to the Lions members and the public. Watch for updates and see what MLVF is doing to serve our communities. View the July 2013 - MLVF Report

Minnesota Knights of the Blind have built a Lions Sight Program at the University of Minnesota that includes:


MLVFCarolyn Hegland of the Lake Country Lions of Cass Lake and 5M-9 and Wayne Tieman of the Bemidji Lions and 5M-10. Both Lions Carolyn and Wayne serve on the MLVF board. They were given a tour of the Minnesota Lions Children's Eye Clinic.

Photo of Donation Recipients


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 two major fundraising events annually: "Flapjack Day," since 1978, 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.