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.
- MD19 ELECTION RESULTS — Congratulations to VCC Al Hedstrom and PDG John Moralek who are now, officially, Council Chair Elect Al Hedstrom and Vice Council Chair Elect John Moralek! The Council Chair and Vice Council Chair elections were held a “little differently” this year since 8 of the 9 Districts cancelled their conferences in response to the coronavirus. District 19–H held the elections in the traditional manner, all others were held by a mail in ballot. Ballots from Canadian clubs were sent out and returned to a Canadian address to expedite the process. U.S. clubs mailed their ballots back to the MD19 office in Bellingham. VCC Al Hedstrom and PDG Chair John Moralek each received a majority in favor of their elections. Many thanks to the election committee for their efforts (Steve Noble, Wendy Canessa, Linda Davidson, Michele Barrie and Peter Anderson)!
- MD19 OFFICE CLOSED — In compliance with Washington Governor Jay Inslee's “Stay–At–Home” orders, the MD19 office is closed. MD19 staff will be working from their homes until the aplicable State rules and orders permit the office to be open to the public. In the interim, you may contact Peter Anderson at ExecutiveDirector@lionsmd19.org, Michelle Barrie at email@example.com, and Forrest Gust at firstname.lastname@example.org. Council Chair J. D. Nellor can be reached at email@example.com.
- SPRING COUNCIL OF GOVERNORS MEETING — The Spring Council Of Governors meeting originally scheduled for May 21, 2020 (pre–council May 20) in Yakima, Washington has been cancelled following the closing of the Canada–U.S.A. border to non–essential traffic to help mitigate the coronavirus outbreak. Alternatives to the May 21 Council meeting are currently being explored. Stay tuned for updates.
- DGE, VDGE and ZCE TRAINING — MD19 training for incoming Disrtict Governors, Vice District Governors and Zone Chairs will not be held in Yakima on May 21 to 23, 2020 as originally scheduled. Video training will be provided to Zone Chair Elects ln lieu of in–person training, and additional training with the DG, VDG and ZC teams will be provided at a date, time and place to be announced. Details from the MD19 Global Leadership Team will be forthcoming. Check back frequently for updates.
- LCI CONVENTION IN SINGAPORE — Lions Clubs International has announced that that the 2020 Convention, scheduled for June 26 to 28, has been cancelled. Further information is available on the LCICON page of the LCI Website.
- USA/CANADA LEO LEADERSHIP FORUM — The 4th USA/Canada Leo Leadership Forum on July 22–26, 2020 at the Wyndham Visalia in Vasalia, California has been cancelled. Visit www.leosforum.org for more information.
On The Horizon…
- 19–B CLUB OFFICER TRAINING — District 19–B will be hosting “Lions Club Officer Learning” from 9:00
a.m.to 12:00 noonon May 30, 2020, via ZOOM. You do not have to be from District 19–B to join in the fun! All MD19 Lions are welcome. Special guests include Past International President Joe Preston, to explain the LCIF Campaign 100 and your club's LCIF Coordinator, and Lion Nick Heiser from Wisconsin, who will explain the Bags To Benches service project. You need to register by May 27, 2020 to get the log–in information and attend the training, but that is easy to do: Just contact PID Anne Smarsh by email to firstname.lastname@example.org or by phone, 316-304-0300. Download the flyer and spread the word.
- 19–C CLUB OFFICER TRAINING — District 19–C will be hosting new club officer training from 9:00
a.m.to 12:00 noonon June 20, 2020, via ZOOM. You do not have to be from District 19–C to join in the fun! All MD19 Lions are welcome. The training features a secret, special guest who will also appear by ZOOM. You need to register by June 17, 2020 to get the log–in information and attend the training, but that is easy to do: Just contact PDG Sharon Sikes by email. And… download the flyer and spread the word.
- MEMORIAL GARDEN DEDICATION – The annual MD19 Memorial Garden Dedication is on the calendar for 1:00
p.m.to 3:00 p.m., Saturday, August 22, 2020, at the MD19 office, 4141 West Maplewood Avenue, Bellingham, Washington U.S.A. Memorials are available for purchase: $10000 for a bush or a shrub, $5000 for a flowering perennial or decorative grass. Memorial costs include the plant, care and watering, planting soils and an engraved plaque on the Memorial Wall. The Memorial Garden is supported solely by contributions. An annual club donation of $100 per member would be spectacular. Contact the MD19 office for other ways to help.
- SOOKE LIONESS BRIDGE TO LIONS CHARTER NIGHT — The Charter night celebration of the Sooke Lioness Club bridging to a Lions Club, originally scheduled for June 13, 2020, has been rescheduled to September 19, 2020. Look for more information in the District 19–I Pride of 19–I, or contact Jackie Lawrence for more information.
- NORTHWEST LIONS LEADERSHIP INSTITUTE — The Northwest Lions Leadershp Institute, originally scheduled for June 4–7, 2020, at Harrison Hot Springs, has been rescheduled to September 24–26, 2020. Check the Institute's web site for additional information.
- MD19 ANNUAL CONVENTION — October 15 to 17, 2020 is the date, and the Penticton Lakeside Resort & Conference Centre in Penticton, British Columbia Canada is the place, for the 2020 MD19 Annual Convention. Endless Vision For Providing Service is the convention theme, and Mardi Gras is the fun night theme. Call 800-663-9400 for room reservations at the following, discounted rates (just tell them that you are attending the MD19 Convention) for up to 3 days before and 3 days after the convention:
Room Rate ($CAN) Available Queen City view $13300 45 Queen Beach view $13800 37 Queen Lake view $14200 79 King City view $14600 5 King Beach view $15000 4 King Lake view $15500 24 West Wing King view $17000 31 Executive Suites $18800 (and up) Call
In The Know…
- DEALING WITH THE CORONAVIRUS IN MD19 — Yes we can! We are Lions! We can still be Lions! We can still serve! Download a letter from MD19 Council Chair J. D. Nellor to all MD19 Lions, Leos and Lioness about being Lions, staying at home, helping our communities, learning new tricks and helping each other, as SARS–CoV–2 runs its course.
- LIONS CLUBS INTERNATIONAL CORONAVIRUS INFORMATION — Check out the following information on the Lions Clubs International website regarding LCI's efforts, and assistance to clubs and districts, concerning the coronavirus outbreak:
- HISTORY OF LIONS IN CANADA — A book entitled “History of Lionism in Canada” is now available and can be downloaded at http://quebeclions.ca/canada100/. This book is a summary of the 100-year history of lionism in Canada and its territories. Download the flyer here.
- NEW CLUB GAT REPORTING BROCHURE — Check out the new LCI brocure with step–by–step instructions on how to go about reporting service hours on MyLion. With pictures, too! You can download the brocure here.
- CANADIAN LIONS CENTENNIAL — All Lions of Canada are encouraged to celebrate the Canadian Lions' 100th Anniversary. Download the Centennial brochure here. It outlines the various ways Lions can participate and report through the District Governors. Also note that there is a great opportunity for Districts to apply for a matching grant in the amount of $5,000 US (approximately $6,500 CAD) from LCI for the promotion of a service project which (among other purposes) is for the purpose of publicity, marketing, communications and attracting membership in celebration of the Centennial. Pass on the brochure and encourage your clubs to participate! Contact PCC Polly Voon for more information, and to keep her in the loop over your club's and district's Canadian Centennial activities.