Local Lions elected at state Lions convention

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Two New England Lions were among many North Dakota Lions recognized at the October 25 – 26 annual State Lions Convention in Dickinson.

Submitted photo Current 5NW District Governor Michael Blazek (second from right) of Bismarck pauses with his three successors following district elections during the October 25 – 26 State Lions Convention at Dickinson.  From left to right are 1st Vice District Governor Judy Beaudry, Washburn Lions; District Governor-Elect Arlen Fetch of the Mandan Dacotah Lions; DG Blazek of the Washburn Lions; and 2nd Vice District Governor Mark Koller of the New England Lions.
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Current 5NW District Governor Michael Blazek (second from right) of Bismarck pauses with his three successors following district elections during the October 25 – 26 State Lions Convention at Dickinson. From left to right are 1st Vice District Governor Judy Beaudry, Washburn Lions; District Governor-Elect Arlen Fetch of the Mandan Dacotah Lions; DG Blazek of the Washburn Lions; and 2nd Vice District Governor Mark Koller of the New England Lions.

Published November 15, 2013

The Herald

Immediate Past District 5NW Governor Lewellyn Rustan was one of two District 5NW Lions to be elected to a three-year term on the Lions Foundation of North Dakota Board. The corporate mission of the foundation is to provide charitable and educational project funding to the board’s designated organizations and causes.

Lion Mark Koller was elected 2nd Vice District 5NW Governor during the October 26 annual District 5NW business meeting. He will serve as District 5NW Governor from July 1, 2016 to June 30, 2017.

A four-hour Bakken Oil Field tour, the afternoon of October 25, was one of the highlights of the two-day State Lions Convention.

Sixteen breakout sessions, with only a few repeats, offered 45-minute presentations on the impact of the Bakken Oil Fields on western North Dakota; challenges of the energy industry in North Dakota; Lions membership recruitment and bridging the generation gap; Make A Wish North Dakota; the food supply chain and changes in production through the years; Leader Dogs for the Blind; Service Dogs of Jud, the Lions video-magnifier program, which offers independence to visually impaired recipients in North Dakota; and a question and answer session with International Director (ID) Stacey Jones.

Keynote speakers highlighting the convention included ID Stacey Jones of Miami Gardens, FL, Dana Altendorf, Director of Community Relations with Make A Wish North Dakota, and Cowboy Poet Bill Lohman of Sentinel Butte, ND.

The New England Lions Club, chartered in 1933, meets the second Wednesday of the month at 6:15 p.m. at Slope Electric, 116 East 12th Street. Lions clubs are groups of men and women who identify needs within the community and work together to fulfill those needs. For more information or to get involved with the New England Lions Club, contact Club President Gary Morel at 701-225-8407 or Club Secretary Roberta Erickson at 701-579-4249.

 

 

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