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District Governor Jim Spanberger,, 208-861-9625
!st Vice District Governor Lynn Johnson,, 207-423-6118
2nd Vice District Governor Kathy Donahue,, 208-866-1545

Midwinter Convention

When: February 21-22, 2020
Where: Courtyard by Marriott, Meridian, ID
Who:  YOU! Lions and guests
Cost: $95 


Friday: Cabinet meeting, appetizer buffet, cash bar, team games, Madhatter (hat) contest, hospitality suite

Saturday: General session,club reports, nominations and elections, guest speakers, tail twisting, raffle, lunch and dinner buffets, awards, keynote

Registration forms and tentative agenda can be found at this link. In addition, clubs have been mailed paper registration forms and the form is printed below..

Keep reading for more information!

Guest Speakers

We have several guest speakers scheduled for the convention. Headlining is Lion Daniel Marney Elkins  from  Delaware. Daniel was charter president of the Bellefonte Lions Club and currently serves his district as zone chair. He brings a wealth of knowledge in the areas of community organization, Lions Quest, social media, and video production. His speaking topics will be "Better Together-Successful Youth Projects" and "Strategic Recruitment and Community Partnerships".

Al Hedstrom comes to us from the Silverdale Sunrise Lions Club in Washington where he currently serves as Vice Council Chair of MD19. He's also the Northwest Area Global Action Team Leader. Al will be speaking on "Building Membership in Your Club".

Current Miss Idaho, Lion Grace Zimmerman from the Moscow Central Lions Club (and a former Leo in Weiser) will be sharing information with us as well. She was voted Miss Congeniality at the Miss America Scholarship Competition in December.

Also joining us will be Sandy Phillips with Camp Hodia, bringing us updates of new camps and projects to serve kids with Type 1 diabetes.

Your Club at the Convention

All clubs are requested to present a brief (2 minute limit) synopsis of their club. Consider telling about your signature projects or fundraisers, upcoming events (even charter parties), and in general what makes your club special.

Clubs are also asked to bring a gift basket for the raffle. The major prize this year is a 55" smart TV.


Candidates for 2020-21 governors are:
For District Governor - Lynn Johnson, Caldwell Lions Club
For 1st Vice District Governor - Kathy Donahue, Star Lions Club
For 2nd Vice District Governor - Betty Simpson, Weiser Lions Club

Lion Lynn

Lynn Johnson is a member of the Caldwell Lions Club where he's served on the board and as president and secretary. At the District level, he was a zone chair. Lion Lynn says he hasn't changed much since last year, so we are repeating his bio with a couple of updates. 

I was raised on the Oregon Coast, about 5 miles from the ocean. When I became 18 and draftable age I joined the Air Force, stationed in California and Bermuda. In Bermuda, I met my wife.  After service we moved to Oregon where I studied at the University of Oregon.  Later we moved to Maine, about 5 miles from the ocean,  where we raised our daughter.  There I worked in sales and administration in microwave technology, carbon-carbon manufacturing, woodworking tool store,  and in the residential building business.  We moved to Idaho after retirement to be near our daughter.  

I have always enjoyed woodworking and have a nice shop on Chicken Dinner Road in Caldwell.  I drive my pickup for Ground Support for the Forest Service, delivering supplies to drop points and meals to spike camps.  

While in Maine, I became interested in becoming a Lion when I saw the good that a club there accomplished for their community.  Our town did not have a club, so I helped charter a club in 2011. 

Lion Kathy D.

Lion Kathy Donahue grew up on a farm in Oklahoma. She studied elementary education and speech language pathology, obtaining a master of science degree and working as a speech pathologist for several years. She and her husband, Steve, moved with the Air Force from Oklahoma to Mountain Home, then on to Plattsburgh, New York, before returning to the west and moving to Idaho in 1992. Kathy now works (occasionally) as a real estate broker.

Kathy and Steve are both charter members of the Star Lions Club, which was formed in 2005. She has served as club president, VP, secretary and membership chair, and at the district level as Cabinet Secretary/Treasurer, Global Leadership Team Leader, IT, newsletter editor, and Envision trustee.

Kathy is a fan of the St. Louis Cardinals, enjoys golfing, traveling, and fantasy baseball, and loves her dog, a Chesapeake, Inca, and Steve's Chessie, Leo. She is also active with Chesapeake Bay Retriever Relief and Rescue Northwest, fostering, transporting, and providing home visits for rescued dogs.

Lion Betty

Joining Lions is one of the best things I've ever done! I feel blessed to be a Lion and am elated to be able to "throw my hat in the ring" for 2020-2021 39W Second Vice District Governor.

Those that know me will tell uu that I do my "research", then set my goals, "top it" with creativity, and "sprinkle" it with enthusiasm. My personal theme has been/continues to be, "Connecting ~Lion to Lion." I tend to be a Lion that is a "boots on the ground" individual; interacting, gleaning, sharing, and learning with/from my fellow Lions. Don't be surprised if you receive a phone call from me, just to "connect", share, and hear your valuable input. A "thank you" must go to each and every Lion; Lion to Lion is an extremely valuable asset. I APPRECIATE YOU!

Some years ago, I was asked by my school district to teach a terminally ill (cancer)10 year old student at his home. Being his personal teacher was one of those landmark moments on my "highway of life". As a result, childhood cancer is a cause dear to my heart and is one of the areas of service for Lions International. 

I'm looking forward to seeing you at the 39W Midwinter Convention in a couple of weeks. I hope you'll be there with "bells on", and "Connecting ~Lion to Lion"!

With Lion Spirit and Enthusiasm,
Lion Betty Simpson

Lion Positions Held:
Weiser Lions-Board of Directors, Tail Twister, Secretary, Membership Vice President, President
District 39W-Zone Chair, Regional Zone Chair

Lion Betty's Personal Fun Facts:
  • My husband, Jim, is a Lion. We have 2 grown children, 2 grandsons plus one "grand-dog", five "Grand-kitties", a Grand-gecko", and a multitude of "Grand-guppies" in our family.
  • I am a volunteer Master Trainer for the "Fit and Fall Proof" program 
  • I was a high school cheerleading advisor
  • I am a graduate of the College of Idaho, and taught at the elementary level.
  • I am an avid reader of a variety of genre. I am currently reading the book, Serve to Lead.
  • Silly and Fun Tidbits - I won a national coloring contest during grade school, played women's field hockey at college, and took eight years of piano lessons.


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Deadline for December newsletter is December 5.



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List your upcoming events on our District calendar. Events on our website calendar will be summarized here. Details can be found on our website calendar.

Feb.11 DG Training in Chicago
Feb. 17 Gooding Charter Party
Feb. 19 New Club Info Meeting Wilder
Feb. 20 New Club Info Meeting Middleton
Feb. 20 Fruitland Charter Party
Feb. 20-23 Winter Camp for the Blind
Feb. 21-22 Midwinter Convention
Feb. 29 Burley Charter Party
March 14 Star Charter Party
March 21 Weiser Charter Party
April 3-5 VDG Training in NM
April 17 Parma Charter Party
May 1-2 Sun Valley Convention



Lions 39W website
Lions Clubs International
Lions Clubs International Foundation
Lion Magazine
District Directory
39W Facebook Page
39W Facebook Group
MyLion Video Instructions

Social Media

Join the conversation at District 39W Share and Discuss. You'll be among the first to hear news and announcements, share flyers and photos, and get your questions answered by your peers. If you're on Facebook, request to join the group. If you're in the group, add your Lion friends.

Patriotism Essay

Don't forget to turn in your Patriotism Essay Contest winners to VDG Lynn Johnson before March 22. District 39W will send 3 essays per grade (1-6) to the Multiple District for judging. Topic, guidelines, and cover sheets available at this link.

Peace Poster

The 2020-21 Peace Poster Contest kits are now available. The theme is "Peace Through Service". Contacting schools now to partipate will haveyour club's contest ready to go in the fall. The 2020 winners will be announced soon.


MyLion, the activity reporting system has had several updates and it's now easier to report a completed activity. We still have just a handful of club reporting service activities. Presidents, secretaries, and club admins can report. There are two upcoming webinars that will walk you through reporting and answer other questions about myLion. Click to join February 13 at 5:00 pm or February 19 at 6:00 pm.

MD 39 Convention

The Multiple District Convention will be held in Sun Valley May 1-2. The registration form and hotel information is listed below. Highlights will be PID Jennifer Ware, games, awards, and more seesions to be announced. There will be an updated constitution and by-laws up for a vote.Changes will be included in the March newsletter.

New Clubs on the Horizon

There are three new clubs being formed in District 39W.  Recruiting is underway in Wilder, Middleton, and McCall. Sponsoring clubs are Parma, Caldwell, and Boise Bench, respectively. If you have an interest in growing our district and want to be involved, contact DG Jim. More hands, more service.

Unfortunately,we've also said good-bye to three clubs this year. Rupert Lions with one current member will be merging with Rupert Syringa Lions under the name of Rupert Lions Club. Vallivue and Jerome have also closed.


Notes from the editor

If you are a club secretary or president, it's your responsibility to share the newsletter with your club-the mailing list does not, unfortunately, include everyone.
If you are not on the mailing list and want to be added, use the subscribe link or contact me directly. Snail mail available on request.
If you have club events, news, photos, speakers, projects to share, please send to me or to your zone chair for publication. Have a flyer? Send that, too. I can't make up enough stuff to fill the newsletter, although I try.
Publication is the 10th; deadline to submit news is flexible, but end of the month is preferred. 
Comments, suggestions, complaints-always welcome!
Kathy Donahue
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