Monthly Archives: April 2020

District News, MTLS&H Foundation

PlusOptix Eye Screening Update

Reprinted from MTLS&H Foundation Newsletter

Hello Fellow Lions – with the overwhelmingly proven success of the PlusOptix Vision Screening machines the MLS&HF decided to pre-purchase TWO machines to keep on hand for clubs looking to add a PlusOptix machine to their community.  If your club is An image of an eye.interested in puchasing a machine please contact me at [email protected] or 406.253.1726 or 406.257.2258.  The cost is $7,235.00, included is the S-12 machine with printer and labels.  For $7,015.00 you can just purchase the S-12 machine.  The machines are available now to be shipped or possibly delivered in person, depending on location.  Keep in mind, I am willing to provide personal training at a specific location and time that works for the purchasing club, you will not have to fly blind using these machines.

Reminder: please send in your total screened and total referred, monthly.  With this information we are able to purchase more machines and provide up to date statistics on the amazing work the Montana Lions do in their communities helping to alleviate vision issues for the future leaders of tomorrow.

As of March 13, 2020; 26,993 children have been screened in the State of Montana for FY 20 with 2780 referred.

– Lion Dave Falcon – [email protected] / 406.253.1726 / 406.257.2258

District News, MTLS&H Foundation, Newsletters

Montana Lions Sight & Hearing Foundation April Newsletter

A knight is the logo of the Foundation.Click the image at right for a copy of the newsletter containing the winner of the ATV raffle, PlusOptix info, License Plate campaign update, White Cane, and more.

District News, Lions Clubs International Foundation

District LCIF Chair Update

Dear Fellow Lions,

We are still going through trying times around our District. Most clubs are not meeting or meeting via video, our convention was cancelled and we all look forward to getting out and about again.

Although we may not be as active at the club and district level our International Foundation continues to meet needs around the world. This is the time many clubs have made donations to the Foundation, and it is just as important to do so again this year.

We are looking at the possibility of a $10,000 Emergency Grant from the Foundation for relief here in Montana from the effects of COVID-19. We have been working with the Billings and Bozeman areas as they have the majority of cases, however I will be working with the Food Banks around the state. At present the Food Banks are not eligible, however, the BODs are looking at including them as recipients.

I will keep you informed of any changes, but the need is there, not only for COVID-10 relief, but also for hurricane, tornado and flood relief which will be coming into the forefront soon.

Remember 100% of all donations from clubs and individuals go to relief and are tax deductible for individuals.

Yours in Lionism, PDG Lary Garrison, LCIF Dist. 37 Chair

Conventions, Forums & Conferences

Virtual LEO Leadership Conference

A banner with text promoting the LEO conference described in this post.The USA/Canada Leo Leadership Foundation is happy to invite you to our Virtual Leo Leadership Conference that will be conducted via Zoom on May 30-31, 2020 at 2:00 PM (EST). This online FREE event is open to Leos, Lions, Leo Advisors, and Faculty Advisors. We have scheduled awesome facilitators from throughout the United States and Caribbean. Among our facilitators is Lions International First Vice President Douglas Alexander.

Registration for the Virtual Leo Leadership Conference is NOW OPEN.


If you have any questions feel free to email us at [email protected]

District News

Pandemic Advice from Our International Director Candidate

Reposted from March 31, 2020

From the Desk of PCC Lion Ben Apeland
Your Montana USA Candidate for International Director

There have been a lot of text messages, emails, and calls inquiring about what Lions can do to help with this pandemic. After giving this some thought and also receiving input from PDG Christine and other Lions from both within the District and some of the surrounding Districts here is what we have come up with.

Let’s take care of our own: By this I mean taking care of the members of our clubs that need our assistance. Seniors in our clubs may need help getting a few essential items. Maybe a member who is in self isolation or quarantine may need something delivered to their home. I am thinking of two Lions who have returned from Nevada and are in self isolation for 14 days, what can my club do to help them? Maybe you have a club member who has mobility issues compounded by this emergency. Contact them to offer some support. Keep the lines of communication open in your club, email, or Zoom meetings, keep connected.

Let’s take care of our Families: Perhaps you have family members in another community. Parents who need help, we could ask a Lions club in their community to help. Other family or friends in need? You can let a local club know you need assistance. This can be done by contacting our District Governor Team. They have the tools and resources to reach out to other Lions Clubs and Districts.

Let’s take care of our communities: Helping facilities in your communities in lock down or other containment situations. Seniors need social connections, especially those who may not have their family or friends near them to visit, but that does not stop a Lions Club from helping. Sponsor an ice cream social at a senior home. We do not have to enter however; this can be organized with the facility staff. Tea or coffee breaks in the homes. Sponsor a movie and popcorn night. Be creative, there are lots of things we can do to help care facilities without entering the buildings. Perhaps someone creative can figure out how to help parents who have young children who are now home due to canceled schools with some sort of safe daycare so they can continue to work. These are just a few ideas that we have come up with. I know that all our Lions are resourceful people. If you have any other great ideas, please share them on our Face Book page montana lions district 37 or the web page

Making Service a Part of Your Life.
Lion Ben

Lions Clubs International Foundation

You and the Lions Clubs International Foundation.



Campaign 100 logo for LCIF     Most of us are homebound or have limited outside activity, but “OUR FOUNDATION” is hard at work serving those in need around the world! Our Foundation has given Italian Lions $350,000, to mention only one nation, in their fight against NOVID-19, and has set up a new $10,000  NOVID-19 emergency grant for Districts around the world. Our Foundation does not have unlimited funds to meet this pandemic, floods, tornadoes, hurricanes and earthquakes which we know are coming, even to Montana!

Montana has received over $300,000 over the past 3 years and has a $44,000 grant awaiting

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