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April 2013

April 2013 Volume 10 Issue 10

Let Me Be Brave in the Attempt Happy Spring Time 5M5 Lions,

Governor Dave Reach

I would like to commend all of you for your outstanding effort to promote “Club Excellence”. It is paying off with increased numbers of new members, a sharp decline in membership drops, and increased satisfaction among club membership. We continue to have monthly membership increases. New membership helps all of us serve our communities better. Please remember to engage your new lions in service activities, planning, and the decision making process. We are in the final lap of the Lions fiscal year. Let’s make it a strong finish! The MD5M Convention will be in Rochester May 3-5, 2013. Our featured guest will be International Vice President Barry Palmer from Australia. Additionally, Lion David Dorn, president of Special Olympics Minnesota, will be the featured speaker at Saturday’s luncheon. I strongly encourage all of our Lions to attend the convention and meet our next international president.

Inside: 5M-5 Calendar DGE Lion Sonjia Wagner 1st VDGE Lion Diane Nokk Club Ads

Are you planning to attend the USACanada Forum in September/13-15? If so, how do you plan to get there? Would you do me the favor of contacting me via e-mail if you are planning to attend and are interested in riding a motor coach to the Forum. A decision will need to be made by May 1 whether or not there is enough demand to contract for the coaches. Please contact me right away for any additional information. We expect the cost to be approximately $100-$125 per person. Good news! The Council of Governors approved a subscription to Survey Monkey Gold that allows unlimited surveys to be conducted for one small flat fee. If your club is interested in conducting a survey, contact me and I will put you in touch with our multiple district technology advisor, Lion Steve Wasserman.

How are you progressing towards your clubs “Excellence Award” and your 100% secretary award? We’re now in the 4th quarter. It is time to conduct a pit stop and evaluate your progress. Let me know if I may assist you in achieving your goals. Our first “President's Forum” on Monday, March 11th was a huge success. Approximately twenty club presidents and district officers were in attendance. The club presidents would like to make this an ongoing event so that they can share ideas, work on mutually beneficial projects, and discuss issues that may arise in their clubs. DGE Sonjia Wagner did a wonderful job moderating the event. Congratulations to the Maple Grove Lions Club who celebrated their 50th anniversary earlier this month in style! Over 140 people attended this magical evening. The Otsego Lions Club, which was cosponsored by 5M5 and 5M7, celebrated their charter night with 41 charter members. Thank you to all the clubs who attended or financially supported this new endeavor. Extension Certificates were presented to PDG Jack Hines and Lion Vicky Cornelius. Lion Tim Bluhm will serve as their Guiding Lion. Thank you for your service to spread Lionism to this community. Best wishes to the Otsego Lions Club, they appear to be a young group of go-getters! Other upcoming events include: All-Zone Meeting on Monday, April 8th at the Crystal VFW. We encourage you to invite not only your current president, secretary, and membership chair, but your incoming officers as well. Furthermore, several of the district cabinet members will be bringing their laptop computers to assist clubs in setting up websites and Face-

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April 2013 book pages. You can bring your own laptop if you desire. If your club does not have a website, bring your club officer contact information and we will show you how to set up and maintain the website. Public Relations Workshop - We are continuing with the communication theme of the Club Excellence surveys. Lions Ken Pengelly and Jeff Kern will be providing club specific information about communication with the public. They will have specific information about writing press releases, other news copy, submitting photos, inviting the press to events, and creating attractive event advertising. ROAR College will be on Tuesday, May 28. This will be for new officer training, including president, secretary, treasurer, membership chair, and tail twister. Save the date! Lion Lucia and I continue to enjoy our club meetings and visits, and we appreciate the opportunity to serve and represent District 5M5.

Yours In Lionism, District Governor Dave Reach

“Club Presidents & Secretaries Contact DG Dave to schedule your official club visit”.

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2-Edina Lions Club Visit 7-Dayton Lions Pancake Breakfast 8-All Zone Meeting-Crystal VFW 12-Brooklyn Pk Lady Lions Steak Fry 13-Brooklyn Center Lioness Style Show 14-Plymouth Pancake Breakfast 18-21 Regional Leadership Institute, Mahnomen, MN 20-Lions Lake Minnetonka Crappie Contest 21-New Hope Pancake Breakfast 24-26 Brooklyn Park Lions Smelt Fry 26-Hopkins Noontime Spaghetti Dinner 29-Public Relations Workshop-Hopkins VFW

May 3/5– Multiple Convention Rochester, MN May 7-Can Do Canines Benefit LuncheonGolden Valley Country Club May 11-Maple Grove Lions Half Marathon May 11-Diabetic Magnetic Imaging Lab Tour May 16-Mpls Ambassadors Club Visit May 19-Can Do Canines Club Visit May 20-Eden Prairie Lions Club Visit May 28—ROAR College (new officer training) June June June June

7-Maple Grove Lions Annual Golf Tournament 8-D-Feet Hearing Loss Fundraiser Walk 8-Rogers Lions Golf Tournament 20/23 Rockin’ Rogers Days

April 2013 Greetings fellow Lions, I just want to take a moment to let you all know how the DGE training went a few weeks ago. All I can say is INTENSE! We had two days of training on Thursday and Friday from 7:30 a.m. until late evening culminating with the Council of Governors meeting on Saturday. I feel like we covered just about everything. I can’t believe there would be any more to teach us! They say that there will be more training once we get to Germany. Now I know why we have such awesome District Governors! I hope that I can measure up to the DG’s we have had in the past…there are big shoes to fill! My family and I are geared up for the trip to Hamburg Germany. I know it will be one of the best experiences of our lives. The best part is knowing that we represent the best District in Lions! My hat is off to the Camden Lions for their pancake breakfast. The best part of the whole experience was that the notification for the breakfast came through on FACEBOOK! Because I am a “friend” of the Camden Lions, their announcement about the breakfast automatically posted to my personal calendar! I didn’t have to do a thing – all I had to do was look at my calendar and show up! I really encourage all clubs to think about setting up something like this. It is a great tool to get people to hear about your events and also to get them to show up and on time :) We all talk about a busy schedule and getting things on our calendars – well I will tell you that I wish everyone had this capability to just show up on my calendar, that way I can’t double book myself or get the wrong date and time (as I often do sometimes) :) My thoughts and prayers go out to all those who have been ill this past month. I know there were several people who have been battling colds, flu and more serious issues. Keep the faith and take care of yourselves. Hope to see all of you at the Zone meeting and let’s hope spring is here soon!

Yours in Service, Lion Sonjia Wagner, DGE

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Greetings to All fellow Lions I can not believe that this is April and in 3 months I become 1st Vice District Governor. It has been a wonderful year meeting the clubs and members. Even my husband told me today that this is great seeing what other clubs are doing. He can not believe how many new friends and Lions he has met. So that means April is going to bring the spring in with showers to melt the snow so we can have flowers in May. Can not wait to plant my garden and go to the camper. But we are busy in April with Lions. We start off with the Zone Meeting at Crystal’s VFW. Just thinking of that steak makes me hungry. Even though this meeting is generally for the officer’s, we do encourage the members of your club to come. The more we can share the more we can serve. We want to see as many fellow Lions we can to get our message out. Then on April 29th we are having another workshop. The location is Hopkins VFW, 100 Shady Oak Rd, Hopkins, MN 55343 (952-938-9916. ) Time is 6:30 – 8:30 Dinner and refreshments on your own and available at the VFW. By April 26th rsvp to Bruce—— RSVP: Bruce Strachota These workshops have been showing positive out comes. Not just here, but all over Minnesota. The GLT & GMT teams are working hard to better our clubs and have great responses. We are all here “to serve” and harmonize together. We are Lions and we are Family. Lot’s of clubs are doing their Spring Fundraiser’s and all Lion’s need to go to other clubs to help support their fundraiser’s in their community. In March on Palm Sunday, District Governor Dave and I and my husband spread out to cover all the pancake breakfast. Boy I have not eaten that much in long time. What was great, meeting fellow Lions and in their community. All of you did a great job by adding 5 pounds to me and my husband. Keep up the great work you all were just wonderful.

By: Lion Diane Nokk; First VDGE

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This ‘n That…………….. The deadline to submit news for the Informer will be always the 20th of the current month for the following month’s issue. Deadline for May, 2013 issue is April 20th, 2013. Send To:

Email changes: Julie is

our email person for the first half of the clubs A thru L for the Informer Newsletter– Email changes for clubs M thru Z send to

2013 Hamburg, Germany July 5-9 2014 Toronto, Ontario, Canada July 4-8 2015 Honolulu, Hawaii June 26-30 2016 Fukuoka, Japan June 24-28 2017 Chicago, Illinois June 30 - July 4 NEW DISTRICT WEBSITE INFORMATION GO TO If you don’t you will never know what you missed!! May 3/5, 2013—94th Annual Multiple District 5M Convention—Mayo Civic Center—Rochester, MN— hosted by the Rochester Lions

Brooklyn Park Lions 52 yrs old…...……..5/24/61 Crystal Lions 51 yrs old…....……...5/16/62 Loretto Lions 44 yrs old…………...5/22/69 Mpls Northeast Lions 73 yrs old…..………..5/6/40 Orono Lions 61 yrs old…………….5/2/52




Tom VanEschen

Maple Grove

Marc Underthun

Jay Jaihouri

Maple Grove

Ken Kumpula

Terry A Parks


Bob Knoll

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April 2013 This is the second school series for the LIPTC scholarship fund. They will be available March 25th.

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American Student Wins Grand Prize in Lions International Peace Poster Contest

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OAK BROOK, IL, USA, Feb. 1, 2013 – Jenny Park, a 13-yearold from California, USA, has been named the grand prize winner of the Lions International Peace Poster Contest. Lions Clubs International is celebrating the 25th anniversary of the Peace Poster contest, which was created to showcase the importance of world peace to young people everywhere. More than 400,000 students worldwide, ages 11-13, submitted posters to be considered for the grand prize or one of the contest’s 23 merit awards. Entries were judged for originality, artistic merit and portrayal of this year’s contest theme, “Imagine Peace.” Park represented her image of peace through portraits of influential individuals who have made an impact on world peace. “These are people from different places and different times, of different faith, of different race, gender, ages and many more characteristics. Yet, they all share one thing in common: they all found peace within themselves,” said Park. The poster features portraits of the Dalai Lama, Barack Obama, Aung San Suu Kyi, Ban Ki Moon, Martin Luther King Jr., Mother Teresa, Woodrow Wilson and -- a self-portrait of Park. “The reason why I decided to draw a self-portrait in the middle of this poster is because I wanted to convey that peace begins with any regular individual, just like me and you,” said Park. “We don't have to be the Dalai Lama or Mother Teresa to be creators of peace.” As the grand prize winner, Park will receive US$5,000 and a trip to a special awards ceremony at the 96th Lions Clubs International Convention in Hamburg, Germany. She will be accompanied by two family members and the president of the Northridge Lions Club in California, USA, which sponsored her local contest. “We knew Jenny’s poster was special the minute we saw it,” said Yasin Lakhani, president of the Northridge Lions Club and a past district governor. “This contest is just one of many programs our club is sponsoring to serve residents in our community, and because of these efforts, we are seeing more people ask how they can become Lions.” “In addition to promoting peace on a global scale, Lions utilize this contest to encourage youth to think about the people and the world around them and creatively express their feelings,”

In addition to the grand prize winning poster, there were 23 merit award winners who receive a certificate of merit and US$500. This year’s merit-award-winners live in Brazil, Canada, Chile, China, Cyprus, Ecuador, Indonesia, Israel, Japan, Nigeria, Philippines, Republic of South Africa and the United States (Alaska, Hawaii, Minnesota, Missouri, Oregon and West Virginia). The grand prize Peace Poster and the 23 merit award winners’ Peace Posters will be featured prominently at the 96th annual Lions Clubs International Convention. Visit the Lions Clubs International Web site,, to view winning Peace Posters, learn more about the contest and send Peace Poster e-cards.

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April 2013 Lions Clubs International is the world’s largest service club organization with more than 1.3 million men and women in 207 countries and geographical areas around the world. Since 1917, Lions clubs have aided the blind and visually impaired and made a strong commitment to community service and serving youth throughout the world. Lions created the Peace Poster Contest to foster a spirit of peace and international understanding in young people worldwide. For additional information about Lions Clubs International Peace Poster Contest and media resources, visit mediaresources.

If your club is interested in participating in the Peace Poster Contest in Fall 2014, arrangements with your school art teachers should be made now. For information, contact 5M5 Co-chairs: Lion Ray Moonen (952) 926-3166

Lion Sandy Becker (763) 566-4347

See more at: american-student-wins-grand-prize-peace-postercontest.php?

5m5 District Governor Dave Reach presents Leadership Medal to Lion Ken Pengelly. Lion Ken has been instrumental with the Reading Program for children via serving on the District Cabinet this past year.

Congratulations Lion Ken

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April 2013 MINNETONKA LIONS Lion Ellie, Minnetonka Lions and Alex

young kids will learn more about Lions Clubs and how good it feels to make that difference. That’s what they are all about.

Children want to be helpers. So when I was telling my neighbor, Alex, about how Lions collect old eyeglasses and ship them around the world to people who needed them. I shouldn’t have been surprised by his response. “That’s what I’m all about. I’m all about helping.” Last night Alex and I sorted through numerous boxes of old glasses, separating the good from the broken, and removing all the cases. In just forty minutes we had talked about where these glasses might be sent to and how they would benefit others. We had also accomplished our task. Two large boxes of glasses were ready to be shipped to where they are needed.


Alex and I plan to invite other middle school kids to join us and we think we can make a difference working together. I think these

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Way to Go Bruce and Irma We are all proud of you and what you have started to help kids learn how to read. Very admirable!

Orono Lions share love of reading By The Pioneer & The Laker on March 15, 2013 at 12:36 pm First-grader students at Orono’s Schumann Elementary School were busy reading during February, trying to earn an incentive provided by the Orono Lions.

Bruce and Irma Kelley of the Orono Lions Club share a smile March 4 with Orono Schumann Elementary first graders, from left, Natalie Close, Natalie Widen, Ella Fering, Bennett Stovern, Victor Ruhland, Leah Barry and Max Kozar. (Submitted photo) Every year, club members share their love of reading through the R.E.D. (Read Every Day) Lions Program. Bruce and Irma Kelley visited the school March 4 to celebrate the completion of this year’s program with the seven first-grade classes. Students were challenged to read at least 20 minutes every day during I Love to Read Month. Those that accomplished that goal were rewarded with a $25 gift certificate to The Book Case by the Lions.

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The program, which began here in 2001, has been so successful that it has been replicated nationally by other Lions clubs.

Contribution to history

By The Pioneer & The Laker on March 25, 2013 at 1:00 am The Orono Lions Club recently donated $500 to the Pioneer Museum in Long Lake. The museum is located at 1953 West Wayzata Boulevard. Its exhibits are open to the public Saturdays from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m. and admission is free. Pictured is Orono Lions President Bradley Hansen and Nancy Ferrell Geng. (Submitted photo)

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