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.
- ELECTION RULES DURING COVID–19 — Lions Clubs International has weighed in on club, district and multiple district elections during SARS–CoV–2. In short, it is not complicated and there are several options available to clubs, districts and the multiple district to meet club, district, multiple district and LCI constitutional election requirements for the election of their respective 2021–2022 officers. Check out LCI's Election FAQs During COVID–19 for details.
- MD19 LIONS BAND UPDATE — The MD19 Lions Band has a new website! Check it out at www.md19lionsband.org, and stay informed about the comings and goings of this, great, new MD19 project.
- 2021–2022 19–B DISTRICT OFFICERS ELECTED — Congratulations to DGE Tom Smarsh his election at the District 19–B spring conference, March 27, 2021. And Kudos, as well, to DG Vilma Fernandez and her entire convention team on a terrific spring conference!
- 2021–2022 19–H DISTRICT OFFICERS ELECTED — Congratulations to DGE Ken Ball, 1st VDGE Steven Wong and 2nd VDGE Joel Haggen on their election at the District 19–H spring conference, March 13, 2021. And Kudos, as well, to DG Orson Chtrisensen and his entire convention team on a terrific spring conference!
- 2021–2022 MD19 OFFICERS ELECTED — Congratulations to Council Chair Elect John Moralek and Vice Council Chair Elect Lyndon Harriman on their election at the Winter Council of Governors Meeting, February 6, 2021.
On The Horizon…
- HAPPY BIRTHDAY — Happy birthday wishes from all of MD19 to MD19 Executive Director Peter Anderson and MD19 Administrative Assistant Michelle Barrie, who, somehow, managed to have the same birthdate— April 8! And they are not even twins! Go figure!
- DISTRICT 19–C SPRING CONFERENCE — The District 19–C spring conference originally scheduled for April 10, 2021 has been cancelled. An outdoor celebration in lieu of the conference is planned for July 17, 2021. Contact conference chair PDG Marilyn Danby for information and updates.
- DISTRICT 19–I SPRING CONFERENCE — District 19–I is holding a virtual spring conference on April 16 and 17, 2021. Click here to download the conference flyer. Click here to register online now. And, click here for a peak at district 19-I's very own DG, “Wild West” Jane, prepping for the conference back at the ranch.
- DISTRICT 19–D SPRING CONFERENCE — District 19–D is holding it's a virtual spring conference on April 17, 2021. The conference features “Show Case Of Service”— download a flyer here and sign your club up before March 31, or contact Dorothy Nilles for more information. Contact conference chair Sonia Ayotte for details on the conference.
- DISTRICT 19–A SPRING CONFERENCE — District 19–A's spring conference is currently scheduled for April 24, 2021 as an in–person, live event. Contact conference chair PDG Cecil Fung for information and updates.
- DISTRICT 19–E SPRING CONFERENCE — District 19–E is planning an spring conference for May 1, 2021. Details are in the works. Contact conference chairs PDG Ken Cook, PZC Lonnie Morse or Patti Patterson for details.
- DISTRICT 19–G SPRING CONFERENCE — District 19–G's spring conference is currently scheduled for May 7 and 8, 2021 as a hybrid event— a virtual conference the evening of May 7, and a social gathering May 8. And guess what? It is all FREE. Download the registration and RSVP form and sign up today. Contact conference chairs PDG Monte Ward or PDG Steve Patterson for information and updates.
- DISTRICT 19–F SPRING CONFERENCE — District 19–F has scheduled a virtual spring conference on May 15, 2021. Details are in the works. Contact conference chairs PDG Larry Carley or PDG Melba Fujiura for details.
- 2021–2022 CLUB OFFICER PREP — MD19 is offering seminars to help prepare incoming club officers for the new year, which will be repeated from 8:30
a.m.to 12:30 p.m.on three different dates: May 22, June 24, and September 25. Even if you have been a club president, secretary, treasurer or membership chair before, and even if you have attended new officer training before, there is always something new that will affect your club in the coming year. Download the May 22 flyer and check back for more details on the June and September sessions. Sign up for a session (or two… or all three).
- NORTHWEST LIONS LEADERSHIP INSTITUTE — Yes, the 2021 Northwest Lions Leadership Institute is still on. But the time and place have changed (it is called “COVID–induced broken–field running for Lions”). The event will be held at the Ross Point Camp & Conference Center in Post Falls, Idaho from June 3, 2021 tho June 6, 2021. Registrations are available online, at the Instutute website.
- ZONE CHAIR ELECT VIRTUAL TRAINING — Save the date! Incoming Zone Chair training will be held, via Zoom, from 6:00
p.m.to 9:00 p.m.Friday, June 18, 2021, and from 8:00 a.m.to 1:00 p.m.Saturday, June 19, 2021. Registration and login informatioon will be forthcoming.
- 2021–2022 CLUB OFFICER PREP — The second of three opportunities for MD19 club officer training will be held from 8:30
a.m.to 12:30 p.m.on June 24, 2021. Even if you have been a club president, secretary, treasurer or membership chair before, and even if you have attended new officer training before, there is always something new that will affect your club in the coming year. Check back for more details as they become available.
- 2021 LCI CONVENTION — The 2021 Lions Clubs International annual convention will be held June 25 to June 29, 2021. The registration fee is US$5000 until March 31, 2020, then US$7500 beginning April 1, 2021. The registration fee for Leos will be US$3000 regardless of date. Executive officer and international director elections will be conducted electronically, which means every eligible Lion will be able to vote! Check the LCI convention website, LCICon, to register and for details.
- DISTRICT 19–C CELEBRATION — The District 19–C will be holding an outdoor celebration in lieu of it's 2020–21 conference on July 17, 2021. A memorial service and banner–passing are planned for the event. Details are in the works. Contact conference chair PDG Marilyn Danby for information and updates.
- 2021 USA CANADA LIONS LEADERSHIP FORUM — No, it is not too soon to make plans for the fall, in general, or in particular for the 2021 USA/Canada Lions Leadership Forum. So save the date— September 9 to 11, 2021. The place: Des Moines, Iowa USA. The Forum is open for online registration right now.
- 2021–2022 CLUB OFFICER PREP — The third of three opportunities for MD19 club officer training will be held from 8:30
a.m.to 12:30 p.m.on September 25, 2021. Even if you have been a club president, secretary, treasurer or membership chair before, and even if you have attended new officer training before, there is always something new that will affect your club in the coming year. Check back for more details as they become available.
In The Know…
- STAY SAFE IN A MD19 LIONS FACE MASK — MS19 still has a suppply of Lions logo and MD 19 logo face masks. You know you want one! And guess what? One of these washable, reusable, Lions logo face masks, courtesy of MD19, can be yours! All it takes is $1000 (US), plus shipping (i.e., postage), and one can be yours. The, traditional, Lions logo face mask is fitted with ear straps, one size fits all. The MD19 logo face mask features elastic straps that go around the back or your head and neck— no more knocking off your eyeglasses or tangling up hearing–aids and earings— plus the addition of a bendable, form–fitting nose strip helps keep the mask in place and cuts down on eyeglasses fogging up. You can't beat the deal. Why not spring for a whole set and get both! Just drop ED Peter an email and get your MD19 Lions logo face mask today.