estled in the beautiful Pacific Northwest, at the southwest corner of Canada and the northwest corner of the United States, Multiple District 19 began its tenure as District 19 of Lions Clubs International in 1922. MD19 is a multi–national organization comprised of 9 Lions Clubs International districts serving 12,000 Lions, Lioness and Leos in 450 clubs in the Province of British Columbia, Canada, and the States of Idaho and Washington in the United States.
Founded in 1917, Lions Clubs International is the largest and most active community service organization in the world. There are now more than 1,400,000 Lions and 46,000 Lions Clubs in 210 countries and geographic areas worldwide.
- Elections And Ballot Measures At The 2019 MD19 Convention — The following 3 matters are on the ballot at the MD19 Convention, October 17–19, 2019:
- Constitution And Bylaws Revision: Shall the MD19 Constitution And Bylaws be replaced by the proposed, restated MD19 Constitution And Bylaws?
- MD19 Dues: Shall Article VII Section 5 of the MD19 Constitution and Bylaws, or Article VII Section 3 of the proposed restated Constitution And Bylaws (if adopted), be amended to provide that bi–annual dues levied on Lions clubs be increased by $300 per regular club member commencing January 1, 2020, followed by a biennial increase of $100 per member, to be re–evaluated in fiscal year 2026?
- Lions Foundation Of Canada Trustee: (For Canadian delegates only) The election of an MD19 representative to serve as a Trustee for the Lions Foundation Of Canada (Guide Dogs).
- Certification of delegates and voting procedures are set forth in Article VI, Sections 7–10, 15 and 16 of the Multiple District 19 Constitution And Bylaws, which are summarized in a written notice to Multiple District 19 Lions Club Secretaries from MD19 Executive Director Peter Anderson dated September 13, 2019.
- USA/Canada Forum — The 2019 USA/Canada Lions Leadership Forum is almost here! This is the perfect year to garner the essence since it is in our own backyard— the Forum will be held in Spokane, Washington, September 19–21, 2019. Better yet, if you hurry, there is still time to sign up. It's easy. Just point your browser to the USA Canada Lions Leadership Forum website and follow the links to register online.
- 2019 MD19 Annual Convention — Well now. The time for the 2019 edition of the MD19 Annual Convention is fast approaching. Consider this an Official Call for the convention by CC J.D. Nellor and IPCC John Kirry. When and where is it happening? October 17–19, 2019 at the Wenatchee Convention Center in Wenatchee, Washington. How do you sign up? It is pretty easy, actually— just download the, fillable, pdf registration form here, fill it out, and either email it to the convention registrar, Marcia Miller, or send it snail–mail to P. O. Box 135, Wenatchee, WA 98807. The deadline for registrations in October 4, 2019. And as long as you are registering, you may as well book a room at the official convention hotel, the Coast Wenatchee Center Hotel And Convention Center, at the special Lions rate of $11900 per night (add $1000 for a 3rd and 4th person)— book directly with the hotel by phone: 509-662-1234. Do it now! Convention chair PDG Patty Sparks promises this year's convention will be Simply The Best!
Wants And Needs…
- USA/Canada Forum Help Wanted — The 2019 USA/Canada Lions Leadership Forum Committee needs your help! The Forum will be held in Spokane September 19–21, 2019. Contact host committee chair, PDG Laura Wintersteen–Arleth, email@example.com by email or 509-999-6282 by phone, for more information and to volunteer.
- Raffle And Auction Prize Donations Needed — The MD19 Annual Convention is fast approaching— October 16–19, 2019 in Wenatchee. And the Convention Committee needs your help. In order to make ends meet, keep convention expenses down, and to cover all the "“extras” that will make this convention “Simply The Best”, please consider donating a prize that can be be auctioned or raffled at the convention. It is easy to do. Just download the Raffle Prize/Silent Auction Donation form and follow the very easy instructions. Or, email Dianne Cornell for more information.
- NEW MD19 EMAIL ADDRESSES — We know. It is hard to break a tried and true routine. But the MD19 staff email addresses have been updated, so the time has come to update your contact list to conform. You can find the new addresses on this site's Contact page, but just to make it as easy as we can, here they are:
- Executive Director Peter Anderson's new email address is: ExecutiveDirector@lionsmd19.org (the capitals on the E and D are optional, just for looks);
- You can now reach Michele Barrie at firstname.lastname@example.org, and;
- To reach Forrest Gust at the front desk, and for general correspondence, use email@example.com.
- Other than E.D. Peter's new email address reflecting his new job title, these changes are subtle (the change is that they now end in ”.org”, not “.com”), so look carefully. And if you mess up and happen to send something to one of the old “.com” email addresses? Well… they will still work… for awhile… but one day they won't… and that day is near! So, make the changes now before you forget and get a bounce–back you do not undersrand down the road!
- Help Out Your MD — Want to serve Lions at the MD19 level but do not know how to do so or who to ask? Want to get a taste for what serving Lions is about beyond your club, zone or district? Or are you just curious what MD19 does? Drop Council Chair J.D. Nellor an email and he will hook you up with a committee or task that fits your interests. And best of all, it will not hurt one bit… Guaranteed… What are you waiting for… Just do it!
- Passing Of The Banner — As the sun began to set on a cloudy evening, August 10, 2019, there in a parking lot on a bluff overlooking the Boat House Restaurant on the shore of Puget Sound at Point Heron, commonly known as the Manette Penninsula, in the former town of Manette, now Bremerton, IPCC John Kirry presented the official, MD19, Council Chair banner to CC J. D. Nellor, in a simple but moving, impromptu ceremony befitting the solemnity of the occasion, witnessed by select family members and a few, unwitting but curious strangers who watched the event unfold as they happened by.