Lion Melissa Smith

19F District Governor
WE SERVE! (Anything in Red is a Hyperlink)

19F District Governor Bio

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I was born in Weiser, Idaho, where I attended school and later moved to Lewiston, Idaho in 1995 to attend Lewis-Clark State College. I graduated in 2000 with a bachelor’s degree in History/Political Science.
While in college I started working at the Lewiston Tribune writing about people from their beginnings (birth announcements), to their middles (engagement and wedding announcements), and their ends (obituaries). I eventually went on to become a graphic designer at Washington State University College of Agriculture for 11 years. Currently, I am the Program Director for the City of Potlatch Afterschool Program for youth in grades 6-12.
In 2011 a mutual friend introduced me to my husband, Philip. Our first date was at Zeppoz Fun Center in Pullman, Washington, where we both agreed to a second date despite our misgivings (his was that I beat him handily at bowling, and mine was that he was wearing a Boise State University shirt). We married in 2014 and live happily with our three dogs and the agreement that we will always disagree on the best NFL team.
In my spare time I enjoy reading, crocheting, photography, and about a dozen other crafts/hobbies that I dabble with. Philip and I are also members of the Potlatch Logger Booster Club and can usually be found working concessions at home Logger Football and Volleyball games.

District Governor Contact Information

  • 1023 Guernsey Cutoff Road, Potlatch, ID, USA

19F Spring Conference


If you would like to register for the 19F Spring Conference go down to the next tab labeled upcoming events - MD19F SPRING CONFERENCE 2021- VIRTUAL and click on more about event.

Special Guest Speaker: Michael D Banks - International Director  


Michael D. Banks, from Stillwater, Oklahoma, USA was elected to serve as international director of Lions Clubs International at the association’s 102nd International Convention, held in Milan, Italy, July 5 through July 9, 2019. Director Banks has 43 years of experience in the accounting and real estate industries. He is currently president and CEO of Banks & Banks, CPA, PC and managing member of Banks Properties. He became a Lion in 1990 as a member of the Stillwater Noon Lions Club. Director Banks has held a number of offices within the association including numerous terms as multiple district council treasurer. He has also served on the State Finance & Audit Committee and Constitution and By-Laws Committee as well as part of the Lions Senior Leadership Institute and USA/Canada Forum. In recognition of his service, he has received a number of recognitions including two International President’s Certificates of Appreciation and an International President’s Award. Director Banks is also a Progressive Melvin Jones Fellow. In addition to his Lions activities, Director Banks has served his community as treasurer of the Will Rogers Elementary School PTA; treasurer of Community Aids Network; member of the Payne County Sales Tax Oversight Board; and member of the Stillwater Chamber of Commerce. Director Banks and Lion Anne Matoy-Banks, also a Melvin Jones Fellow, have been married 27 years and have a blended family of 7 children and 10 grandchildren.


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Upcoming Events

  •  06/24/2022 08:00 AM - 06/28/2022 09:00 PM

Save the date for LCICon 2022 Montréal! Next year, LCICon will be June 24-28 in Montréal, Canada. Stay tuned for more information. We can’t wait to see you there!

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  •  06/25/2021 08:00 AM - 06/29/2021 09:00 PM
  • Online Event

We’re excited for you to join us at LCICon 2021, Lions Clubs International’s first-ever virtual convention! This new, exciting convention format gives every Lion around the world the opportunity to connect with each other and partake in the excitement that is LCICon. You’ll be able to experience all your favorite aspects of convention, including: Touring virtual exhibit halls Connecting and networking with fellow Lions Enjoying world-class entertainment Hearing from our leaders and keynote speakers You’ll also have the opportunity to partake in our virtual parade of nations and virtual flag ceremony! Delegates registered for LCICon, whose clubs are in good standing, will be able to cast their votes virtually for the first time ever. More information on these events is coming soon, so be sure to check back to stay up to date.

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  • $1.00
  •  05/15/2021 09:00 AM - 05/15/2021 12:00 PM
  • Online Event

Registration is $5 and Raffle Tickets are $1 each. Hawaiian Theme! Wear your best Hawaiian outfit and show it off online. Each person who wants to attend the virtual conference must register with their own registration (No couples registrations) Guest Speaker: Ardie Klemish (Past International Director)

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  • $20.00
  •  11/07/2020 09:00 AM
  • Online Event

First 300 registered get a convo pin Registration gives you access to 50 sessions and seminars Your access code will let you view those 50 sessions and seminars for 30 days after the Convo.

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  •  03/20/2020 05:00 PM - 03/21/2020 08:00 PM
  •   Selah Civic Center, Selah WA

Please click on more about event to see all options for registration for the spring conference 2020. Proceeds from spring conference will be donated to ongoing childhood cancer research project. Friday: Hawaiian Attire Saturday: Come in your Lions Shirt or Vest, or in anything yellow in support of Childhood Cancer Research. When Registering please register only 1 person per online application. (Thank you)

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  •  11/09/2019 09:00 AM - 11/09/2019 01:00 PM
  •   645 Pine Street, Potlatch, ID, USA

09:00 AM - 01:00 PM Location: Potlatch Senior Center, 645 Pine Street, Potlatch ID Serving chicken pot pie, green salad, and dessert for $7.00 for those who might be interested. Please RSVP for lunch to Melissa Smith at

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  •  11/01/2019 05:00 PM - 11/01/2019 07:00 PM
  •   Selah Intermediate School, 1401 W Fremont Ave , Selah, WA, USA

120 students participating in the Peace Poster Art Show "Journey of Peace"

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  •  10/17/2019 12:00 PM - 10/20/2019 01:00 PM
  •   Wenatchee, WA, USA

The following is the information needed to book hotel rooms for the 2019 MD19 Lions Annual Convention in Wenatchee, October 16-20, 2019. Host Hotel: Coast Wenatchee Center Hotel Phone: Direct 1-509-662-1234 Reservation link: Coming Soon! Reservation Email: Website: The room rate is $119.00 for single or double occupancy, $129.00 for triple occupancy and $139.00 quad occupancy (plus taxes and lodging fee). When you phone the hotel, tell them you are with the MD19 Lions Convention in October to get this rate. For those wanting to extend their stay to enjoy Wenatchee, the hotel will honor this rate three days before and three days after the convention. Deposits are refundable if cancellation is made 48 hours in advance. Reserve by September 17, 2019 to get these rates! As part of the package deal… • Connected by Sky Bridge to the Wenatchee Convention Center • Casual Dining Restaurant. Lounge on the 9th floor • Complimentary parking, high-speed wireless and Business Center • In-room coffee makers • Walking distance to Downtown shopping, movies, restaurants, night life, Art on the Avenue and Pybus Public Market If you have any questions, please contact: Convention Chairpersons Patti Sparks and Lori Reed 509-888-1539

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  •  10/05/2019 12:45 PM - 05/30/2020 03:00 PM
  •   Eagle Lanes, 307 1/2 W Chestnut Ave, Yakima, WA 98902, USA

Please sign up to help with Specials Bowling League. We need Score Keepers. *Dates needing help are listed below * Sat Oct 5, 2019 Sat Oct 19, 2019 Sat Nov 2, 2019 Sat Nov 16, 2019 Sat Dec 14, 2019 Sat Dec 28, 2019 Sat Jan 11, 2020 Sat Jan 25, 2020 Sat Feb 8, 2020 Sat Feb 22, 2020 Sat Mar 7, 2020 Sat Apr 4, 2020 Sat Apr 18, 2020 Sat May 2, 2020 Sat May 16, 2020 Sat May 30, 2020

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  •  09/28/2019 06:30 PM - 09/28/2019 09:00 PM
  •   9 North 9th Street, Yakima, WA 98901, U.S.

Guest Speaker: PID Don Shove Buffet Dinner: $23.00 Cornbread Filled & Western Breaded Chicken Breast topped with cream sauce and sliced roast beef with demi glaze. Yakima Valley green garden salad with assorted dressings. Chef's Choice 2 assorted salads. Homemade dinner rolls and butter and cinnamon knots. Dress Code is Casual RSVP by September 24, 2019 PDG Bill Shepherd 509-966-3927 cell: 509-901-1010 or Email:

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  • $345
  •  09/19/2019 08:00 AM - 09/21/2019 10:00 PM
  •   Spokane, WA
  •  09/06/2019 05:00 PM - 09/07/2019 11:00 PM
  •   Naches, WA, USA

Sportsman’s Days in Naches 9/6/2019 - 9/7/2019 Location: Naches 208 North Naches Avenue Downtown Naches at the Historic Depot Park. Sportsman’s Days is one of the longest-running community day events in the Yakima Valley. The event features free entertainment throughout the weekend along with midway rides, food booths, game booths, silent auction, button drawings, free shows and much more. The event kicks off on Friday night at 5 pm when the midway. Sportsman’s' Days provides a great time of community fellowship and fun which draws in visitors to Naches from around Central Washington.

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  •  08/10/2019 09:00 AM - 08/10/2019 12:00 PM
  •   513 South 8th Street, Sunnyside, WA, USA
  •  07/05/2019 08:00 AM - 07/09/2019 09:00 PM
  •   Milan, Italy

BENVENUTO A MILANO! Wholeheartedly we say with pride “Welcome Lions of the World”. These simple words are in our minds and hearts since March 2014 when Milan was awarded the International Convention of 2019.

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About Lions Club

Where there's a NEED, There's a LION!

Whenever Lions clubs get together, problems get smaller, and our communities get better. That's because we help where help is needed, in our own communities, and with unmatched integrity and energy.

So, come join us at Lions International.  We are the World's Largest Service Club Organization. Lions Clubs International has over 46,000 clubs and 1.4+ million members. Everywhere we participate, we make friends, with families who need eyeglasses or seniors who just need a meal. WE SERVE!

About Lions Club



We Serve. Our Global Causes focus the efforts of Lions and Leos on five service areas with the goal of tripling our humanitarian impact by serving 200 million people per year by 2021. Our Global Causes complement all of the great ways clubs serve locally, and gives Lions and Leos new opportunities to help meet the growing challenges facing humanity. No matter how you choose to serve, Lions matter now more than ever!

Donations can be made online or by mail.

Online at:   (*Note all online donations will be dispersed evenly through our 5 causes when you choose Empowering Service Fund.)

Mailed To:
Lions Clubs International Foundation
Department 4547
Carol Stream, IL 60122

District F Chair Reports

Lions Clubs International

Lions Clubs International
Serving the World
One Community at a Time. Across the globe, Lions are rolling up their sleeves and taking action. With over 1.4 million members, we’re the largest service organization in the world. And we’re as dedicated to helping those in need today as we were over 100 years ago when we first began.

You can visit their website at Lions Clubs International.


The Foundation of Service
Our mission is to support the efforts of Lions clubs and partners in serving communities locally and globally, giving hope and impacting lives through humanitarian service projects and grants.

Visit: Lions International Foundation

Multiple District 19

Multiple District 19
Multiple District 19 of Lions Clubs International is administered by a Council Of Governors consisting of the seated District Governors and Immediate Past District Governors of each of the 9 MD19 Districts, the Council Chairperson, Vice Council Chairperson and Immediate Past Council Chairperson.

District Governors are elected at their respective District conferences, usually held in the spring, and serve 1 year terms over a fiscal year from July 1 through June 30.

The Council Chair serves as the chairperson of the Multiple District and the Council Of Governors. Council Chairs and Vice Council Chairs are elected annually by club delegates, allocated based on club size, with the election being held at each District conference. Council Chairs and Vice Council Chairs also serve 1 year terms over a fiscal year from July 1 through June 30.

The Council Of Governors typically holds 3 formal meetings each year: A Fall Council Meeting at the annual MD19 Convention, a Winter Council Meeting in February, and a Spring Council Meeting in May.

MD19 holds an Annual Convention in the Fall, typically in October. Lions clubs in the Multiple District vote at the annual convention by delegates allocated to the clubs based on club size.

The MD19 Executive Secretary Treasurer, a full–time employee hired by the Council Of Governors, oversees day–to–day business operations.

The MD19 office is located in Bellingham, Washington U.S.A.

Have you visited? Well click here: Lions MD19 Website

Take the Lions Journey

MD19 The Border Crossing

MD19 Youth Exchange Program

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Visit their website: MD19 Youth Exchange Program 

The Youth Camp and Exchange Program  (YCE) brings the ideal of global citizenship to life. Each year this program gives thousands of young people the opportunity to experience life in other cultures and gain new understanding of the world through travel abroad. Unlike some youth exchange programs, YCE does not involve academic study or employment. Instead, participants are encouraged to use this travel opportunity to represent their home countries and share their own culture while learning about and embracing a new one, forging the way to becoming young ambassadors for peace and international understanding.

Mighty Lion Prints​​​
Youth Exchange Handbook
Host Family Handbook

MyLCI / MyLion

If you need to submit your monthly reports please visit MyLCI Reporting Website.

Here’s a quick run-down on how to get the report from the MyLion site.
  1. Once you are on the MyLion site where service activities are reported you will notice on the main page the words ‘Metrics” over on the upper right side. Click on that and you will see a large blue banner that has collated the hours, funds, etc. that club has done for the year.
  2. There is also a box for selecting the year and you will need to select the previous year as we are already into the new fiscal year.
  3. Once you’ve selected the correct year you can now take a ‘picture’ of the screen by hitting your ‘prtscn’ button on your keyboard. This is normally found along the top bar of the keyboard – usually on the right side.
  4. Open up Word and copy the image onto it and save.
  5. Email as an attachment to our office.

Lions Peace Poster Information

Lions Peace Poster Information
Peace Poster Theme for 2020-2021 year:  "Illuminate The World" 

For over three decades, Lions clubs around the globe have been sponsoring a very special art contest in schools and youth groups. Creating peace posters gives children everywhere the chance to express their visions of peace and inspire the world through art and creativity.

Students ages 11, 12 or 13 as of November 15 are eligible to participate in the International Peace Poster Contest. Entries not meeting the following deadlines will be disqualified.

  • January 15: Kits go on sale from the Club Supplies Sales Department at International Headquarters.
  • October 1 (Extended to October 15, 2020): Deadline to purchase kits from the Club Supplies Sales Department at International Headquarters.
  • November 15: Postmark deadline for a club to send one winning poster (per contest sponsored) to the district governor.
  • December 1: Postmark deadline for a district governor to send one winning district poster to multiple district council chairperson.
  • December 1: Postmark deadline for a district governor not belonging to a multiple district to send one winning poster to the Public Relations Department at International Headquarters.
  • December 1: Postmark deadline for a club not belonging to a district to send one winning entry to the Public Relations Department at International Headquarters.
  • December 15: Postmark deadline for the multiple district council chairperson to send one winning poster to the Public Relations Department at International Headquarters.
  • February 1: International winners notified on or before this date.

Order your peace poster kits here:

MyLion Mobile App Help

Leader Dogs for the Blind

Leader Dogs for the Blind

Lions Clubs International Foundation (LCIF) and Lions have a long history of supporting guide dogs and the people who need them.

Founded by three Detroit-area Lions Clubs members in 1939, Leader Dogs for the Blind empowers people who are blind, visually impaired or deaf-blind with skills for a lifetime of independent travel, opening doors that may seem to have closed with the loss of sight. Leader Dog programs are crafted to address individual situations and adapt to clients’ changing needs at any point in their lives. Leader Dog’s programs give people the confidence and skills they need to live independent lives. Leader Dogs places approximately 200 dog/client teams every year.

The Lions of Multiple District 11-A2 recently received a Standard grant from LCIF to help Leader Dogs improve their facilities. The US$100,000 grant will support renovation and construction in the training bay area.

Donations can be made here:

Leader Dogs Report from Ray Fujiura: ​
Leader Dog 8-9-19.pdf & Photos: Carol Whitman and I.jpgGayle Cobb VDE S. Carolina.jpgGayle Cobb VDE S. Carolina.jpgMe with guide dog.jpg

LEADER DOG REPORT, Cabinet Meeting, July 25, 2020
This will be a short report as The Leader Dogs in Detroit, Michican are in the same boat as we are as far as this awful virus.
However, they plan to meet with the chairman in August via Zoom which I plan to attend. I will share any new programs, etc. they may have in mind for the New Year 20-21.
I plan, however, to set up a letter explaining the importance of our donations to this program. If each club donates whatever they can even if it is just $29 it would be greatly appreciated. With all of the clubs cooperation we can send them monies that are badly needed.
The Leader Dog Foundation was started in 1939 by three Lions willing and determined to help a blind person to have somewhat of a normal life.
I will promote this by a monthly newsletter to keep the clubs committed to this program.
As I stated before, after August I will know more of the special programs they may offer to interest a club to participant and donate.
Yours In Lionism
Carol A. Whitman

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MD19 C.A.R.E.

MD19 C.A.R.E.
Project Snapshot Name: Community-Managed Girls’ Learning Centers
Location: 20 Rural Communities in central Haiti
Duration: 24 Months (Dec 2021 – Dec 2023)
Funding Requested: $80,000 ($40,000 per year)
CARE Contact: Dana Tseng, Email Address:

In Haiti, many children lack access to quality, basic education. And for girls, the problem is even greater. In the Central region of Haiti, the number of girls who complete primary education is shockingly low. In 2018, more than half of school age girls in this region did not complete more than 2.5 years of schooling. This is despite the government’s pledge to strengthen public education and improve teacher training. The main reasons for children (both girls and boys) abandoning school include: parents’ inability to afford school fees; heavy household chores; lack of parental support for children at both school and home. While progress has been made in enrolling girls by the Haiti government, the number of girls who do not enroll in primary school and/or drop-out early is woefully high. The Government of Haiti is committed to strengthening girls’ education and improving opportunities for vocational training. The Ministry of Education has developed a 10-year policy and operational plan to foster collaboration across local, international and government partners geared toward advancing basic education in Haiti. CARE is partnering with the Haiti government in support of this plan to increase girls’ access to education.

Project Summary
Using our decades of experience around the world in girls’ education, CARE is undertaking a new initiative in Haiti. CARE plans to establish community-led and community-managed learning centers for girls ages 10-19 who either dropped out of school or have not had a chance to attend one. Established centers will provide 9- to 12-month accelerated learning courses tailored to the realities of girls in Haiti. The centers will be equipped with learning curriculums based on CARE’s groundbreaking program called Strengthening Opportunities for Adolescents Resilience (SOAR). The centers will enroll primarily girls who were unable to either start or remain at school due to the extreme vulnerability of their parents. These learning centers will be created and managed by already-established village saving and loan associations (VSLAs) in the target communities. These VSLA groups, primarily comprised of women, have been a part of CARE’s long-term approach in Haiti to increasing economic security. For nearly 30 years in over 50 countries around the world, CARE’s VSLA model has proven itself to be a successful, adaptable platform for making transformative change in communities. Through this new initiative, CARE plans to pilot an informal education model in which VSLA groups are the primary drivers and champions. Once established, the model would operate differently than a traditional SOAR program that is fully funded by project resources. Rather, the project will build and connect local resources to set up an informal education that addresses the issues of education among disadvantaged girls in rural areas. Participation in the centers CARE Project Proposal for MD19 Lions Haiti Project Snapshot Name: Community-Managed Girls’ Learning Centers Location: 20 Rural Communities in central Haiti Duration: 24 Months (Dec 2021 – Dec 2023) Funding Requested: $80,000 ($40,000 per year) CARE Contact: Dana Tseng, 2 will be based on merit among girls from extremely poor families who never got a chance to go to and/or remain in school and will require a recommendation by a member of a founding VSLA. Courses will be tailored to local realities and needs in order to prepare girls to be confident in their abilities to overcome the adversities and gender social-culture barriers in their societies, and therefore gain the basic skills needed to fulfill their dreams. Courses will be age-sensitive, with a strong emphasis on stimulating and nurturing entrepreneurial spirit among girls. Parents will play a crucial role in the project, which not only will help ensure that impact is sustainable, but also that child-parent relationships are strengthened at home and at school. The centers will support parents to build positive and supportive relationships with their children, while also instilling a culture of promoting girls’ education in the wider community. Courses will be organized in a series of two- to three-hour sessions three times a week. Each center will develop its own schedule based on community needs, with input from VSLA members. Centers will be managed by a committee set up by founding VSLAs in collaboration with their local leaders. Every center will aim to provide two courses per year for a maximum of 25 girls per class. The course will provide these girls a path to either transition them back to formal school or to vocational training to give them skills to start and grow a business. With support from MD19 Lions and other donors, CARE will implement community-managed girls’ centers in 15-20 communities in the Central region of Haiti. CARE has set up more than 300 VSLA groups in the target area, and 50% of these VSLAs are more than 2 years old, mobilizing 6,699 members – 80% women. These members have maintained a consistent pattern of saving and investment in microenterprises that have contributed to set up a voucher school feeding business with formal schools in their catchment areas. As an example of the community impact these groups can have, VSLAs – with support from the French Embassy in Haiti – set up a kitchen to provide food to school canteens. VSLA members have long expressed concerns about not being able to send their children, so they are motivated and eager to find innovative solutions that benefit their entire communities. For this pilot, the project team will help interested VSLA groups develop business plans for their individual learning centers, with a clear plan for withdrawing CARE financial support to the management of the centers within a 36-month period. From Year 2, the project will intensify business management capacity-building the founding members of the centers to provide them with the required knowledge and skills to effectively manage the centers from a social business perspective. The project will have three phases of 12 months each, starting in 2021 and ending in 2023. The proposed MD19 Lionsfunded project will support the initial two phases to complement and expand CARE’s VSLA work to date to address a crucial issue of girls’ education in rural impoverished communities. Key activities in the pilot project will include: • Mobilize communities. The project will engage target communities to assess the barriers to girls’ education, and mobilize community support for community-managed learning centers. • Sensitize VSLA groups on girls’ education. These meetings also will involve school management committees (SMCs) and parent-teachers associations. • Set up community-led girls’ learning centers. The project will work closely with interested VSLA groups to identify a location for the learning center, establish a good working relationship with SMCs, and develop a process for recruiting teachers and students, as well as establishing basic rules for the management of the centers. • Train VSLA members on financial literacy, business planning and quality monitoring. The aim is to build capacity among VSLAs and their partner SMCs to manage centers, as well as monitor, report and facilitate dialogue on the quality of teaching and coaching. • Improve nutrition. The project team will help develop action plans at each school for the production of vegetables to improve the availability of nutritious food in a sustainable way, using an environmental protection approach. Expected outcomes include: 3 • Increased learning opportunities for children, especially girls, from extremely poor families who don’t have access to formal school. • Functional community-managed girls’ centers that serve as a model for supporting girls’ education. • Improved parental guardianship and participation in their children’s education. Target beneficiaries Over two years, direct beneficiaries will include 1,000-1,200 learners (80% girls) who are enrolled in girls’ learning centers; and 1,500-2,000 VSLA members who go through capacity-building training, along with 200 people directly related to school management committees or parent-teacher associations. Budget Item Total Personnel $24,000 Girls’ Centers $30,500 Trainings $9,500 Office Costs $5,600 CARE USA Technical and Administrative support (13% of gift total) $10,400 Total $80,000 Thank you for your Consideration! We would be grateful to have the support of Multiple District 19 Lions, to create learning centers in Haiti where girls who have missed-out on basic schooling can catch-up on the education they have missed. By investing in girls’ education, you can change the trajectory for a girl, putting her on the path to a better future.
June 2020

Send C.A.R.E. Donations to: MD19 Lions Clubs International 4141 West Maplewood Avenue Bellingham, WA 98226

IMPORTANT: In order for your C.A.R.E. donations to be credited to the MD19 C.A.R.E. Project, they must to be sent to the MD19 office— donations made directly to C.A.R.E., C.A.R.E. Northwest or C.A.R.E. Canada will not be credited to the MD19 C.A.R.E. Project.

District 19-F Leadership 2021-2022

Melissa Smith

District Governor

Ray Fujiura

Immediate Past District Governor

Tammy Allan

F1 Zone Chairman / MD19 Youth Exchange Chairman

(Still Needed)

Zone Chair F-2

(Still Need)

Zone Chair F-3

(Still Need)

Zone Chair F-4

(Still Need)

Zone Chair F-5

Darrell Toombs

Zone Chair F-6

Russell Biggam

Zone Chair F-7

(Still Need)

Zone Chair F-8

Betty Holway

Cabinet Secretary & Treasurer

Beverly Johnson


Julia Hart

District Pediatric Cancer Chairperson

Larry Carley

District Convention Co-Chairperson

Christopher Babin

District Diabetes Chairperson

Judy Riggers

District Environment Chairperson

Ashley Burmaster

19F District Admin / District F Youth Camp and Exchange Chairperson / District Peace Poster Chairman/ District Governor Website Designer

Garry Johnson

LCIF District Coordinator

(Still Need)

District GMT Coordinator

Melba Fujiura

District GST Coordinator & District Convention Co-Chairperson

Zone Contacts

Tammy Allan

Zone Chair

Home Club: Selah Lions Club

Deanna Haverfield

Cle Elum Centennial Mtn President

Club Meetings: 12:00pm on the 2nd Wednesday of every month Putname Centennial Center, 719 E 3rd street, Cle Elum

Jeremy R Storrs

Ellensburg President

Club Meetings: Wing Central’s Roadhouse Grill 3rd Tuesday 12:00 101 W Umptanum Road Ellensburg WA

Bill G Davis

Naches President

Club Meetings: Naches Valley Elementary School 4th Thursday 18:00 151 Bonlow DR This meeting is on the last Thursday of the month) Naches WA


Naches Sunshine President

Club Meetings: Naches Fire Dept. 2nd Thursday 19:00 102 Naches Avenue NACHES WA

Scott Stahl

Selah Valley President

Club Meetings: Selah Civic Center 2nd Wednesday 18:30 216 S 1st Street SELAH WA


Terrace Heights President

Club Meetings: Terrace Heights Civic Center- Downstairs 1st Thursday 19:00 4011 Commonwealth Drive Yakima WA

Larry I Carlton

West Valley President

Club Meetings: Shari's Restaurant 2nd, 4th Thursday 18:30 1401 Lakeside Court Yakima WA

Ruth M. Bishop

Yakima President

Club Meetings: Red Lion Hotel 2nd, 4th Wednesday 11:45 607 E. Yakima Avenue Yakima WA


Club Meetings: Marie's Sod Busters 4th Tuesday 18:30 1040 E Broadway St Goldendale WA

Valdemar Valenzuela

Granger President


Claudio Ortega Jr.

Sunnyside President

Club Meetings: Sunnyside Senior Citizens Center 2nd, 4th Thursday 18:30 1400 Federal Way SUNNYSIDE WA

Mark D Oaks

Toppenish President

Club Meetings: Branding Irong Cafe 1st, 3rd Tuesday 18:30 61311 US Highway 97 TOPPENISH WA

Kiona Dick

Wapato President

Club Meetings: NLA Group 2nd, 4th Monday 18:30 Conference Room WAPATO WA

Rick Reed

Zillah President

Club Meetings: Zillah Civic Center 2nd Tuesday 18:30 119 1st Avenue Zillah WA

Darling McInturff

College Place President

Club Meetings: LIONS PARK CLUBHOUSE 1st, 3rd Sunday 17:30 801 LARCH COLLEGE PLACE WA


Dayton President

Club Meetings: DELANY BLD 1st, 3rd Wednesday 18:30 111 S 3RD ST DAYTON WA

Michael Himmelberger

Prescott District President

Club Meetings: PRESCOTT LIONS HALL 1st, 3rd Tuesday 19:00 101 South D Street On CORNER OF Hwy 124 and D ST. PRESCOTT WA

Mike D Buckley

Touchet Gardena President



Waitsburg President

Club Meetings: Waitsburg Lions Memorial Building 2nd, 4th Tuesday 18:30 E 10th Street, end of driveway Waitsburg WA

Harry W. Wiessner

Walla Walla Downtown President

Club Meetings: Clarette's Restaurant 2nd, 4th Tuesday 12:00 15 S Touchet St Walla Walla WA

John P Edson

Walla Walla Eastgate President

Club Meetings: Pioneer Park Garden Center 1st, 3rd Wednesday 18:30 Sasayama Drive off Alder Walla Walla WA

Carla Negrete

Walla Walla Valley Hispanic American President

Club Meetings: College Place Lions Club Building 2nd Tuesday 19:00 801 SE Larch Avenue College Place WA

Jack P. Uptmor

Cottonwood President

Club Meetings RoDonna's Country Haus 4th Monday 18:30 407 Foster Ave. Cottonwood ID

Bill Gehring

Craigmont President


Justin R DeFord

Grangeville President

Club Meetings: OSCARS RESTAURANT 1st, 3rd Thursday 18:30 101 E. MAIN ST. GRANGEVILLE ID

Mike G Webster

Nezperce President

Club Meetings: Nezperce Cafe 2nd, 4th Wednesday 19:00 605 4th Ave. NEZPERCE ID

Ty Aiken

Asotin President

Club Meetings: ASOTIN LIONS HALL 2nd, 4th Tuesday 19:00 118 2ND STREET ASOTIN WA

Mr Frank K Dammarell

Clarkston President

Club Meetings: Clarkston Lions Clubhouse 1st, 3rd Wednesday 19:30 615 1/2 Sycamore St Clarkston WA

Fritz B. Fliger

Kendrick President

Club Meetings: KENDRICK FIREHALL 2nd, 4th Wednesday 18:30 6TH STREET KENDRICK ID


Lewiston President

Club Meetings: LEWISTON LIONS CLUBHOUSE 2nd, 4th Wednesday 18:30 1205 8TH AVENUE Lewiston ID


Troy President

Club Meetings: TROY LIONS COMMUNITY CENTER 1st, 3rd Thursday 19:30 415 S MAIN ST POB 417 TROY ID


Whitepine President

Club Meetings: Deary Community Center 4th Thursday 19:00 401 Line Street Deary ID

Darrel Toombs

Zone Chair

Home Club: West Richland Red Mtn Lions Club

Joni Ashley Eberly

Benton City President

Club Meetings: LIONS DEN 2nd Tuesday 19:00 1100 ELLEN AVE BENTON CITY 99320 WA

William A Hoage

Kennewick President

Club Meetings: Bob's Burgers & Brew 1st, 3rd Tuesday 18:30 3609 Plaza Way Kennewick WA

Sabrina Barrera

Richland Centennial President

Club Meetings: Roasters Coffee 3rd Tuesday 18:30 496 George Washington Way Richland WA

Jill L Toombs

West Richland Red Mountain President

Club Meetings: Yoke's 1st Monday 18:30 Deli seating area 1401 Bombing Range Rd West Richland WA

Russell Biggam

Zone Chair

Home Club:

Charles L Stefani

Moscow Central President


Steven D Alred

Palouse President

Club Meetings: PALOUSE LEGION HALL 1st, 3rd Thursday 19:00 MAIN ST DOWNTOWN PALOUSE WA


Potlatch President

Club Meetings: POTLATCH LIONS CLUB HOUSE 1st, 3rd Wednesday 19:00 620 LARCH ST POTLATCH ID

Scott D. Vik

Pullman President

Club Meetings: Hilltop Inn, Legends Room 1st, 2nd, 3rd, 4th, Monday 18:30 NW 928 Olsen Street PULLMAN WA


Harrington President

Club Meetings: MEMORIAL HALL 1st, 3rd Wednesday 19:00 S 6TH 3RD ST HARRINGTON WA


Kahlotus President

Club Meetings: KAHLOTUS LIONS CLUB 2nd, 4th Monday 19:00 300 WESTON ST KAHLOTUS WA

Shane C Strohmaier

Lind President

Club Meetings: LIND LIONS BUILDING 1st, 3rd Wednesday 19:00 E 108 1ST LIND WA

Gerald A Greenwalt

Odessa President

Club Meetings: OLD TOWN HALL 2nd, 4th Wednesday 19:00 HWY 28 21 MAIN ST ODESSA WA

Adalia A Hille

Ritzville President

Club Meetings: AMERICAN LEGION HALL 2nd, 4th Tuesday 18:30 106 WEST BROADWAY RITZVILLE WA

Kriss Bottino

Washtucna President

Club Meetings: LIONS DEN 1st, 3rd Wednesday 18:30 240 S MAIN STREET WASHTUCNA WA

Cabinet Meetings

10:00 AM  -  12:00 PM
1st Cabinet Meeting - July 25, 2020
09:00 AM  -  01:00 PM

2nd Cabinet Meeting - December 5, 2020 By Zoom

04:00 PM  -  05:00 PM

Cabinet Meeting Reports

Cabinet Meeting:  May 11, 2019.PDF

Cabinet Meeting: August 10, 2019 ; DISTRICT F FIRST CABINET MEETING (In Sunnyside).pdf

Cabinet Meeting: November 09, 2019 ; DISTRICT F SECOND CABINET MEETING.pdf

Cabinet Meeting: March 20, 2020 (Cancelled due to COVID-19)

Cabinet Meeting: July 25, 2020  ;DISTRICT F FIRST CABINET MEETIN1.docx

Cabinet Meeting: December 5, 2020 ; SECOND DISTRICT F CABINET MEETING .docx

Cabinet Meeting: February 25, 2021 ; 3rd DISTRICT F CABINET MEETING.docx

Governor Visitations

12:00 PM
Yakima Lions
Location: Red Lion in Yakima

November 11, 2020

06:30 PM  -  08:00 PM
Selah Valley Lions Club Meeting Visitation
Location: 204 East Naches Avenue, Selah, WA 98942

Meeting is not at Civic Center it has been moved to Daniels Kitchen back room.

November 11, 2020

12:00 PM
Cle Elum Centennial Mt. Lion
Location: Putnam Centennial Center, 719 E 3rd Street, Cle Elum WA
12:00 PM
Ellensburg Lions
Location: Wing Central Road House Grill, 101 W Umptanum Road, Ellensburg WA
06:00 PM
Naches Lions
Location: Naches Elementry School, 151 Bonlow Drive, Naches WA
06:30 PM
Washtunca Lions

07:00 PM  -  08:30 PM
06:30 PM
West Valley Lions
Location: Sherri's on Fruitvale
06:30 PM
Cottonwood Lions
Location: 407 Foster Ave, Cottonwood, ID

Location of Meeting:
RoDonna's Country Haus
407 Foster Ave
Cottonwood, ID

07:00 PM
Asotin Lions
07:00 PM
Nezpeerce Lions
07:00 PM
White Pine Lions
07:00 PM
Harrington Lions
07:00 PM
Terrace Heights Lions
Location: The Olive Garden, 222 E Yakima Ave, Yakima WA
06:30 PM
Benton City Lions
07:00 PM
Touchet Gardena Lions
07:00 PM
Naches Sunshine Lions
Location: Yakima Valley Orchards, 70 Locust Lane, Naches WA
06:30 PM  -  06:30 PM
Wapato Lions
Location: American Legion Room, 210 E 3rd Ave, Wapato WA
06:30 PM
Toppenish Lions
06:30 PM
Waitsburg Lions
Location: Lions Memorial Building, E 10th Street, Waitsburg, WA
06:30 PM
Kendrick Lions
Location: Kendrick Fire hall 6th Street, Kendrick Idaho
07:00 PM
Kahlous Lions
Location: Kahlotus Lions Club, 300 Weston Street, Kahlotus WA
06:00 PM
Pullman Lions
Location: Zeppoz, 780 Bishop Blvd, Pullman, WA 99163
12:00 PM
Moscow Central Lions
Location: University Inn, 1516 West Pullman Road, Moscow Idaho
07:30 PM  -  07:30 PM
Clarkston Lions
Location: Clarkston Lions Clubhouse 615 1/2 Sycamore Street, Clarkston WA
06:00 PM
Troy Lions
Location: Troy Lions Community Center, 415 S Main Street, Troy ID
06:30 PM
Ritzville Lions
Location: American Legion Hall, 106 W Broadway, Ritzville WA
07:00 PM
Odessa Lions
Location: Old Town Hall, Hwy 28 21 Main Street, Odessa WA
07:00 PM
Potlatch Lions
06:30 PM
Grangeville Lions
Location: Trails Inn
06:30 PM
Zillah Lions
07:00 PM
Prescott Lions
06:30 PM
West Richland Re Mt. Lion
Location: Yokes Deli, 1401 Bombing Range Road, West Richland WA
05:30 PM
College Place Lions
06:30 PM
Location: Bobs Burgers & Brew, 3609 Plaza Way, Kennewick WA
06:30 PM
Lewiston Lions
06:30 PM
07:00 PM
Lind Lions
07:00 PM
Goldendale Lions
12:00 PM
Walla Walla Downtown
07:00 PM
Granger Lions
06:30 PM
Craigmont Lions
06:30 PM
Dayton Lions
06:30 PM
Walla Walla Eastgate Lions

Trainings & More

The following links below are training's for board members, Policy Manuals , Constitutions and By Laws & Governor's Calendar and additional information you might need.

District Governor Blog

This little girl is a little over a year old and is currently fighting liver cancer. Her dad is a ski patrol officer with Past District Governor Ken Allan. They have worked together for the past 4 years and he's an amazing individual. If you can find it in your hearts please support this fundraiser by donating to their go-fund me page.

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This virtual event on May 23, 2021, 1-3pm PDT, is being provided to kick-off the celebration of Helen Keller Vision Month of June and provide ideas for celebrating locally in your own Clubs and Districts. See details and specific contact information in the flyer for specific details:For information on kits for club celebration ideas contact Art Ruben at since1965@aol.comFor ZOOM accessibility questions and ZOOM event replies, contact kotb.md19@hotmail.comFor information regarding Knights of the Blind membership or activities, contact me or your MD19 KOTB District Representative. In Lionism, Andy Arvidson, ChairMD19 Lions Knights of the Blind Committee(425) 218-0190  

The Lions of MD19 KNIGHTS OF THE BLIND COMMITTEE invites you to join us on a virtual tour ofTHE HELEN KELLER MUSEUM Sunday, May 23, 2021 - 1pm to 3pm (PDT)and to participate inLions Helen Keller Vision Month
  • Join us on an Exclusive Guided Virtual Tour of THE HELEN KELLER MUSEUM in Tuscumbia, Alabama, the birthplace and childhood home of Helen Keller and location of the famous water pump. We will be guided by Susan Harrel, VP of Tuscumbia, Alabama Lions Club.
  • Learn about the June HELEN KELLER MONTH as we revisit Helen Keller’s challenge to the Lions “to become Knights of the Blind” and showcase years of achievements in response to that challenge.
  • Learn about MD19 Lions Knights of the Blind Committee and its commitment to Helen’s challenge in today’s world, and how you can become a part of that mission.
  • Deaf-Blind Communication Methods
  • Clubs are invited to participate in celebrating the Legacy of Helen Keller. We have prepared a kit filled with ideas and information to share Helen’s Vision of Advocacy, Accessibility and Independence. For more details about the kit contact Art Ruben at
 NOTE: Although reservations are not required, you may let us know if you plan to attend, so we can prepare for the number of participants, or learn more about the Knights of the Blind, you can email   All participants other than the panel will be muted during the presentation. ZOOM Connections: Meeting ID: 814 8743 9241   Passcode: 938222One tap mobile:
from US: 
+12532158782,,81487439241#   from Canada:  +16473744685,,81487439241#
Dial from USA:  +1 253 215 8782     Dial from Canada:   +1 647 374 4685If you require ASL interpretation contact no later than May 10 with your request, and we will accommodate you as best we can.
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Hello all,

Just a quick reminder about our follow up meeting to the Summit SWOT analysis. Hope to see you all there!
It will start at 9:00 a.m. on Saturday, April 10, and we will be done by 10:30 a.m. I'm looking forward to seeing what kind of plan we can make for the future of our district and our clubs!
Please feel free to share this invite with anyone that you think might be interested. They don't have to have attended the first meeting in order to participate in this event.
Yours in Lionism, VDG Melissa Smith

Topic: District F SWOT Analysis Follow-up Meeting
Time: Apr 10, 2021 09:00 AM Pacific Time (US and Canada)

Join Zoom Meeting

Meeting ID: 820 4818 5063
Passcode: 112812

Dial by your location
+1 253 215 8782 US (Tacoma)

Meeting ID: 820 4818 5063
Passcode: 112812


Melissa D. Smith
(208) 790-7746 

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Dear Lion Dignitaries,

Three weeks from now will be our District 19A Spring Conference which will be held on Saturday April 24, 2021 via Zoom.

You are cordially invited to attend our biggest Annual Event. We are honored to have ID Gary Brown to be our Guest of Honor and Speaker. We would be honored to have your presence.
Please favor me with your reply by return e-mails so that our Conference Chair will be happy to send you the Agenda and the link to join the meeting.

I look forward to welcoming you all and together we will share a day of wonderful memory.

With Best Wishes for a Happy Easter!

DG Hans Wong
District 19A

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Dear District Governors and other Friends of Knights of the Blind, As you probably know, meetings of MD19 Lions Knights of the Blind Committee are open to all interested parties.  Attached are last months minutes, pending approval, as well as our April Agenda and ZOOM information. Please feel welcome to join  us this Tuesday. In Lionism, Colette Arvidson, SecretaryMD19 Lions Knights of the Blind On behalf of KOTB Chair, Andy Arvidson

KOTB Meeting Agenda – Tuesday, April 6, 2021, 6:30-8:00 PM

Here is the ZOOM link information for this and upcoming meetings:

MD19 Knights of the Blind, March 2, 6:30 PM ID: 862 5021 3577    Passcode: 223596One tap mobile   +12532158782,,86250213577#,,,,*223596# 

6:30PM Call to order, Welcome, and directions from Vice Chair on ZOOM protocol:

If you are not speaking it is best to stay muted to block background noises. After you speak, please remember to go back on mute. PC:  Raise/lower hands: Alt Y    Mute/Unmute: Alt A                        Mac Computer:  Raise/lower hands: Option Y, Mute/Unmute: Command Shift A Smart phone App:  Raise/lower hands: More at lower right hand corner find option raise hand,  Mute/Unmute: Mute button on lower left hand corner                        Land line phone:  Raise/lower hands: *9    Mute/Unmute: *6                         Raise hands to speak, participants will say their name before speaking, limit comments to 2 minutes per person, all who want to must have a chance to speak before a second comment on same topic 

6:35 Roll Call, Approval of February Meeting minutes (attached), Secretary’s Report: Approve March 2, 2021 minutes.


6:40 Chair Report


6:50 Vice Chair Report


7:00 Snohomish Sight & Hearing Foundation report: Janet George


7:10 Tech Committee Report: Judy Jones


7:15    District Rep Guidelines:

          Create your contact list. DG, Zone Reps, Clubs, DGs want monthly updates          Provide monthly report of activities/calls to KOTB          Identify number of blind or visually impaired members in your District          Connect with local clubs          Share info from minutes and/or write article for District Newsletters          Meet with KOTB Chair or Vice Chair if needed 

7:25 Helen Keller Birthday Celebration Proposal: Art Ruben


7:40 Lions Memorial Garden: Art Ruben


7:50 New business


8:00 Adjourn


In Lionism, Colette Arvidson, SecretaryMD19 Lions Knights of the Blind Committee

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Hello District Lions,
The District Contest and Awards Chair Larry Carley wanted me to pass this information along to all of you. Please take a few minutes to look at the attachment.
Thank you Lions, Sincerely, Ray
"Kindness does Matter when Serving in our Communities...."

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Here's an outline of our prep for 2021 (virtual) Seaperch Challenge - Club heard about my similar experience and interest and offered to sponsor an underwater robotics team. Started with academics in October to cover: DC electricity basics (Ohms law - volts, amps, resistance; How DC powers the ROV thrusters (motors) and controlled with DPDT switches, troubleshoot with a multimeter; Practice soldering skills; Archimedes Buoyancy principles - how to make the ROV neutrally buoyant - not sink or float, and vehicle dynamics/performance. Design/modify ROV from kit form. From November to the present - practice and modifying ROV tools used to accomplish the tasks outlined in the Challenge; Submitted application for Challenge qualification:  Work on required Engineering Report, practice for the live interview with Seaperch judges Must complete engineering report and videos of ROV working on mission tasks in the Aquatics Center entries by May 3, 2021. Seaperch Challenge results announced June 4-5,2021. A couple of photos attached for grins. Ella, Rachel, and Claire learning buoyancy laws;  and girls in the Workshop. There's more, of course!  

Thank you Asotin Lions Club

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District F Lions,
On April 1st the District F Elections Committee will be sending out your voting instructions and ballots. The voting period is from April 1st until April 15th, please take the few minutes to read the instructions and submit your ballot(s).This is time sensitive.
Since we are having a Virtual Conference this year, we need to complete the elections in this manner.
Also please take the time to check with your Club Treasurer to see if your dues are current with MD19 and with LCI. If your dues are not current you will not be receiving your club ballot(s) on the 1st. Please do this now, after April 1st it will be too late for your to cast your ballot.
The results of this election will be announce on May 15th 2021 during our District F Spring Conference. A reminder that the Conference is virtual this year, the registration cost is only $5.00 and that includes 5 raffle tickets for some awesome gifts. The conference committee will be sending out information as we get closer. Please go to the website to register and to get more information about the Conference.
The website address is: 

Please register today!
Ray Fujiura
"Kindness does Matter when Serving in our Communities...."

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Dear Lion,
Due to the continuing concerns about the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, the board of directors voted to transition the 2021 Montreal Lions Clubs International Convention to a virtual event that will be delivered totally online. This decision was made with the health and safety of our Lions, staff and vendors in mind as limiting international travel and large gatherings is key to global containment strategies. Although we are disappointed that we won’t be able to host this event in person, we are excited about hosting our first virtual international convention that can safely connect Lions from around the world. We are still finalizing the details of your new convention experience, and will share those with you as soon as they are ready. Here are some important details about the 2021 virtual convention we’d like to share with you:

  • Everyone’s invited – Our 2021 convention will be a virtual event that’s open to all Lions and Leos around the world.
  • Registration fees – The registration fee will be US$50 until March 31, then US$75 beginning April 1. The registration fee for Leos will be US$30 regardless of date. Convention is currently scheduled for June 25-29. Additional event and registration details will be provided soon.
  • Current registrants – Lions who are currently registered for convention will receive an email soon with more information about their registration options.
  • Elections – Executive officer and international director elections will be conducted electronically, and voting procedures will be forthcoming.
  • Convention updates – Check our convention website LCICon for convention updates and details as they become available.

This global health pandemic has forced us all to make decisions and changes that place health and safety first. However, we are optimistic that with each new day there is hope, and as Lions, we continue to find new ways to stay connected, safely serve our communities and continue our global mission of service. We appreciate your understanding during this challenging time for our organization and the world, and thank you for your incredible service as a Lion.


Dr. Jung-Yul Choi

International President 

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I hope that 2021 finds all of you doing well.  I thought now would be a good time to send out another email to all the Clubs in the District.  The 2nd half of our Lions Year has officially begun.  
I thought it would be a good time to remind everyone that Lions Clubs International dues for the 2nd half are now due.  A reminder that our Multiple District dues for the second half are also due now.I have heard from a number of you that you are not receiving your dues statement.  If you would like to receive a paper statement mailed to you, ask your Treasurer to log into the LCI website ( ).  Once you are logged in, on the top left look for "My Lions Club." click on that and go down on the drop down to "Statement and Dues."Once you are there, you can click on the circle for "Opt in for Paper Statements."  Be sure your mailing information is correct.If you want paper statements for Multiple District 19, email: and request a paper copy to be mailed to you.
Almost all of the LCI dues are current for the District Clubs, there are a few more clubs that still owe Multiple District 19 from the 1st half of our Lions year. Please check with your Treasurer to be sure you are current with LCI and MD 19 dues.

HAVE YOU RECEIVED AN EMAIL FROM ERIC MIURA? If you have, please share it with the rest of your Club. Eric is the MD 19 GAT Membership Chair and also the person responsible for creating the MD19 COVID Campaign website.Please take some time and go to this website and look at the information. The website address is: THE NUMBER ONE QUESTION I HAVE RECEIVED IS.... "What are other Clubs doing now?"This website was created to share with all the clubs in the Multiple District what other clubs are doing. There are ideas for projects listed also.
Lions, we need to be active and visible in our communities. My club like most of you has had to cancel all of our annual activities, this does not mean that we cannot be visible and active in the community. Please look at the website and my hope is that you can find ideas on thing you can do in and for your communities.
Vice District Governor Melissa Smith has been involved with a membership initiative that District F will be participating in. I asked her to share a few words about NAMI so you are all aware of our efforts. Please also share this information with your Clubs as you will be hearing more about this for the rest of this year and all of next year.The following is from Vice District Governor Melissa:

"If you haven't heard anything about the North American Membership Initiative (NAMI) allow me to correct that oversight. NAMI is a project by Lions International to help rejuvenate districts, revitalize clubs, and re-motivate Lions in Constitutional Areas 1 & 2 (United States and Canada respectively). This is an ongoing project that District 19F has unofficially joined for the 2020-2021 Lions year. Currently we are looking for Lions in our district to join us in performing a SWOT analysis of MD19-F. (SWOT stands for Strengths, Weaknesses, Opportunities, and Threats.) By performing this analysis we hope to set plans and goals for the District in the near future. We are looking for any and all Lions who would like to participate, so whether you are a current or past club officer, a new or a seasoned Lion, and/or someone who wants to voice feedback about our District ... we want you! Please note that those who attend this discussion will not be obligating themselves to anything beyond this discussion, unless you would like to participate further. If you would like to be added to a list of participants for this discussion, please reach out to VDG Melissa Smith at or DG Ray Fujiura at"Vice District Governor Melissa SmithPotlatch Lions Club

Lions, this is one of the most important things that we as a District will need to do. We as a District must increase our membership numbers. This has to be our number one priority for the rest of this year into the future. I understand that it will be difficult especially now, that is why we need to continue to be visible during COVID. We also need to stay in touch with one another to continue to support and provide encouragement to each other.Consider joining our team to complete the SWOT analysis. We need your feed back, it is vital so we have a better understanding of what our challenges are.

I wanted to let you know about a new MD19 committee called "Knights of the Blind."This committee was formed during the winter Council of Governors meeting. Knights of the Blind are now gathering information regarding low vision and blind Lions in our district. If you have a low vision or blind person in your Lions Club let us know. Our district representative to Knights of the Blind is Sally Mayo from the Yakima Lions Club.The purpose of this group is to encourage, aid and support our low vision and blind members. What are the needs of our low vision and blind members?

In closing, I would ask that you discuss with your Clubs, the possibility of making a donation to LCIF. Especially now with so much need around the country and the world, your donation is really needed.As of my last report, District F as a district has donated less than $1000 to LCIF. This is well below previous years, I encourage you to make a donation, even if it is only $25. Everything you donate will be of help. Remember that individuals can also donate directly to LCIF by going to lionsclubs.orgI know that in past years, the District Governor has been able to travel to all clubs and meet and visit with you. At this time the DG usually encourages donations to Leader Dogs for the Blind, CARE and LCIF. Because of COVID I have not been able to do this. I can however ask you to bring this to your club and please consider making these donations.
Thank you District F Lions for being Lions and working to serve your communities.ALSO please ask your Secretaries to be sure to report all activities that the Club or that Club members may be participating in.Helping at your local food bank is a reportable item. We need to know what are doing for your communities.Please also remember that Kindness does Matter in your Service.
Ray Fujiura

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District F Cabinet Members and District F Lions Clubs,
I received and email form Andy Arvidson who is the first Chairperson for the MD 19 "Knights of the Blind" Committee.He discussed this at the last MD19 Council of Governors meeting.
Below is a description from Andy on what the purpose of the Committee is:
"As the first Chair of the newly formed MD19 KOTB Committee I will be working with our elected District Representatives to contact all District Governors, Zone Chairs and Lions Club Presidents to inform them of what we are, who we are and the main purpose that we are striving to achieve as a committee, as noted in our Mission Statement: To accept and act upon the Helen Keller challenge made to Lions to become the "Knights Of The Blind," which includes the improvement of the quality of life for people who are blind and visually impaired."

I have also attached the complete attachment that he recently sent to me.  If you or any of your members have interest in becoming active with this committee, please send Andy an email.  His email address is at the top.
Thank you District F Lions for all you do.
Sincerely,Ray FujiuraDiistrict Governor

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District 19F SWOT Analysis

Hello all,

Thank you to the cabinet members who were able to attend the SWOT 101 training on Saturday, Jan 9.

As we learned during the training session, we truly do need to involve as many Lions in the District as possible to help us plan for the future of our District and our Clubs.

For the next step, I would like to have each of you think of 5-10 Lions from District 19F who you think would be interested in participating in our SWOT analysis exercise. Please consider all Lions ... whether they are long-time Lions, new Lions, current Club officers, past Club officers, Lions who have held positions at the District level ... any and all of the above. Even Lions who might be jaded with the process of being a Lion can give us valuable insight (who knows, we might even help to rejuvenate their enthusiasm as Lions during the process).

Please understand that by giving us a name (and hopefully some contact information) you are not committing them to any sort of long-term list where we will expect them to step up into leadership positions within their Club or the District. This is strictly an informational exercise and it is up to each individual Lion as to how far their level of participation goes. We are simply asking these Lions to participate in a SWOT analysis exercise via Zoom (on a date to be determined). All ideas and input will be heard and recorded for use in helping us with future building and planning for the District. All Lions will be heard.

I would like to be able to schedule a Zoom meeting for our SWOT analysis sometime in late February, so I would like to begin contacting prospective Lions as soon as possible. I would greatly appreciate it if you could send me a list of Lions that you think would be interested by Wednesday, Jan 20. I also ask that all current Cabinet members consider participating in the SWOT analysis as well.

For those who were unable to attend the training on Saturday, I have included a
short description of the kind of information we are seeking as part of our SWOT analysis

Thank you in advance for your help.

Yours in Lionism,

VDG Melissa

Melissa D. Smith
(208) 790-7746