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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.

NewFeb. 13, 2017

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Each year the Bemidji Lions donate over $16,000, going to community and Lions International organizations. Our 2011-12 list has over 35 different charities that we support.

The Bemidji Lions Club conducts three major fundraising events annually: Flapjack Day since 1978, the Fall Cash Raffle, and the BBQ Chicken Lions Fare and Auction since 1951.

Lions Clubs have four "pillars" that it supports: Eyesight, Hearing, Diabetes, and Youth. In recent years Bemidji Lions Club has raised $12,000 to $17,000 annually to support these four pillars. We provide donations to approximately 30 organizations, including $4,500 to $5,500 to 15 community organizations that provide support and services related to youth.

BEMIDJI LIONS DONATIONS SINCE 2012 (pdf will download)

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.

Slide ShowNew Member Orientation Presentation-click here 

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

Coming this SPRING! Lions of the North
for the Next 100

The Lions of Bemidji and District 5M10 welcome Lions from around Minnesota, Manitoba, and Northwest Ontario to the 98th MD5M Convention to Bemidji’s Sanford Center April 20-23, 2017.


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The theme for the 2017 MD5M Convention is Lions of the North for the Next 100.  2017 will be the 100th year of Lions International. Special celebrations and activities are being planned. We are expecting up to 600 Lions at our convention.

The 2017 convention will be held at the Sanford Center with up to 65,757 square feet of meeting and convention space on the beautiful south shore of Lake Bemidji.  Take a virtual tour at

Pre-registration will start April, 2016 at the 5M Convention at Mankato, hosted by 5M2. Lodging nights will be April 20-21-22, 2017. Eight hotels within the city of Bemidji will have 330 rooms available for the 2017 MD5M Convention. One of these—Country Inn & Suites—is attached to the Sanford Center. Parking is always free at the hotels as well as the Sanford Center offering free parking for 1200 cars!

Planning has begun for the convention and the following committees are formed:  Administration, Registration, Greetings and Information, Publicity and Advertising, program Booklet, Finance, Entertainment and Speakers, and Souvenirs. Additional Information will be at the 5M10 midwinter convention at Fortune Bay in January, 2016.

If you are willing to serve on any of these committees, please contact either Lion Mel  or Lion Wayne Hosting a MD5M convention is a huge undertaking. We Bemidji Lions hope to draw from Lions clubs in 5M10 and the Bemidji area for volunteering for the many tasks at hand. Your encouragement and support is most welcome. We have an excellent opportunity to serve by working at this special event.

The last MD5M convention held in Bemidji was in 1941. The last MD5M convention hosted in 5M10 was in Thunder Bay in 2002.


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New Lions Members Orientation Recently Held At Hampton Inn

The Bemidji Lions Club recently hosted an orientation for twenty new Lions members from local clubs: Bemidji Lions Club, First City Lions Club and BSU/NTC Campus Club.

Bemidji Lions Club has recently surpassed 100 members (101) and is now the largest club in Lions District 5M10! New member Joan Berntsen was recently inducted as the 100th club member and was presented with a gift basket courtesy of Lion Leon Nelson and his spouse Debbie.

The orientation event was held at Hampton Inn on Thursday evening February 23rd. The Campus Club was recently formed and chartered with 25 student members. Bemidji Lions Club has experienced a growth of 17 new members in the past year, and First City Lions Club has added two new members all thanks to recruitment efforts by several members.

New Lions were provided with information on Lions Clubs International and their respective club. A presentation was prepared and given by Bemidji Lions Club members Steve Caron, Wayne Tieman, District Governor Mel Milender, Guiding Lion Bob Weber, and by First City Lions Club member Mary Lou Milender.

Following the presentations, a “Lions Quiz” was given with the incentive of a first and second place prize: gift certificates from Green Mill Restaurant.

Winners of the quiz (19 of 20 correct answers) were: Bob Anderson of Bemidji Lions Club and Paula Vigen of First City Lions Club. Several “tie breaker” questions were used to determine first place, with Bob the eventual winner.

Approximately fifty percent of new lions from Bemidji Lions and BSU/NTC Lions were unable to attend on February 23rd. Those Lions that wish to make up the session can contact Steve Caron (218-556-6431) to schedule a condensed presentation or they can view the PowerPoint by using the link provided here.