Mar. 12, 2018

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The Bemidji Lions offer excellent programs and fellowship with weekly Wednesday meetings. All Lions and friends volunteer for a number of community activities through the year. The Bemidji Lions Club is a successful club which was chartered March 31, 1939. Dues notices go out in May.

Bemidji Middle School students help out! See how they contributed!

Lions glasses donation box

WELCOME to the Bemidji Lions Club!

The Bemidji Lions Club was established in 1939, and has provided local community service and financial contributions annually during nearly 75 years of its existence. The club is also associated with Lions International, a service organization that was established in 1917.

40th Annual Flapjack Day

The Bemidji Lions are celebrating their 40th Annual Flapjack Day on April 17th at the First Lutheran Church. Flapjacks, sausages, milk, juice, and coffee will be provided for the small price of $5.00 with children 5 and under free with a paid adult. Serving will start with the seven o’clock kickoff and will continue throughout the day until seven o’clock in the evening. Tickets will be available at the door as well from any Lions Club Member. All funds raised will be used to assist over thirty non-profit organizations.

As the Lions motto tells us “We Serve” including flapjacks.

Get your Bemidji Lions Club
Centennial Cookbook

The Bemidji Lions Centennial Cookbook is hot off the presses and available for purchase at the Bemidji Woolen Mills.The cookbook is Celebrates of 100 years of Lionism,  100 Bemidji members, and 100 personal recipe favorites. The book is a true Bemidji product, assembled and printed in Bemidji and makes a wonderful Christmas gift.

2018 Photos of Bemidji Lions Donations and Events. Check it out.

Giving Back to the Community

For the past eight years the Bemidji Lions Club has donated $12,000-$18,000 to community and Lions Clubs International organizations. Our 2017-18 donations include 35 different charities supported. The Bemidji Lions conducts three major annual fundraising events: Flapjack (pancake) Day since 1978; the BBQ Chicken Lions Fare since 1951; and the Fall Cash Raffle since 2015. The club also sells Lions Mints at several local businesses, and for many years conducted an annual summer Lions Charity Auction.

Lions Clubs International has six charitable priorities or pillars that it supports: Vision, Diabetes, Hunger, Environment, Pediatric Cancer, and Youth. For the past eight years Bemidji Lions Club has raised more than $12,000 annually to support these six pillars. Currently the club provides donations to 30-35 organizations, totaling over $10,000 to 21 local organizations that provide support and services to youth. BEMIDJI LIONS DONATIONS SINCE 2012 (pdf will download)


Board Member Update for 2017-2018

President: Bob Sandbo
1st Vice President: Jim Molde
2nd Vice President: Craig Cameron
3rd Vice President: Sharon Geisen
Secretary: Leon Nelson
Treasurer: Bob Weber
Immediate Past President: Vance Blastad
Membership Chairperson: Steve Caron
LCIF Coordinator: Vance Balstad

1 Year Board Term:
Marcus Bruning
Wayne Tieman
Mel Milender
Bob Woodke

2 Year Board Term:
Tricia Andrews
Ann Marie Ward
Ron Porter
LeRoy Hill

Lion Tamer: Bob Madeson
Tailtwister: Neil Hensrud

Membership Committee:
Steve Caron
Bob Weber
Vance Balstad
Wayne Tieman
David Gill
Mel Milender
Bob Woodke

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Slide Show
New Member Orientation Presentation-click here

This is a video format (mp4) of the Lions new member orientation slide presentation

The 98th MD5M Convention Final Report

Check out the link to the: MN Lions Diabetes Foundation!

NewMinnesota Lions Vision Foundation Report