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District Governor Jim Spanberger,, 208-861-9625
District Governor Elect Lynn Johnson,, 207-423-6118
1st VDG  Elect Kathy Donahue,, 208-866-1545
2nd VDG Elect Betty Simpson,, 208-549-0299

Notes from DG Jim

Greetings to all the Lions of District 39W. Hope all of you are doing well and being safe. I know this is a hard time which we are all going through, not being able to meet on a regular time by having our club meetings. Since we are moving into phase 2 in Idaho of this time, some smaller clubs could meet in a park type setting and practice social distancing. The joy of seeing each other would be great. When this period is over, I still plan to visit all the clubs in our district which I have not been able to visit during my year as District Governor. I will contact your presidents or secretaries to find out when you will meet again within the next few weeks. Lions International has given over 3,500,000 dollars to help with the Covid-19 pandemic. This is something we can be proud of. I am looking forward not only to talk to you, but looking forward to visiting your clubs. 

God Bless,
Yours in Lionism, 
DG Jim 

Notes from DG-Elect Lynn

Hello, Lions. Expect the unexpected, especially from me as your incoming District Governor.  Due to the virus I was unable to get some good training in New Mexico and I'm sure there would have been valuable training that was cancelled in Singapore.  So I will have all kinds of excuses for things I might mess up during my year.  

I am excited about the Lions that I have asked and that have responded to be on the cabinet.  We will have a strong district because of the experience of some pretty great Lions.The coming year will not be easy.  The virus will affect our ability to raise funds.  Some of the district's biggest fund raising events have been or will be cancelled..  That is going to hurt many clubs in the pocketbook.  So we will have to be creative in finding new and different ways to raise funds.  And that could be fun to do something different than we are used to.  So think out of the box in the ways you find to serve or raise funds.

The district will be focusing on Hunger Relief during this new year.  I expect we won't have a choice.  The economy may not bounce back as quickly as we hope and unemployment will continue to be a factor.  Idaho is one of the biggest "giving" states and we should do well with food drives to help our food banks and especially the school food banks.

I am excited about leading the district and I have great support from the cabinet. The Lions Clubs will continue to find innovative ways to serve. It is going to be a very different year for Lions.I am looking forward to continue meeting your clubs as soon as we are able to start having meetings.  In the meantime, if you have any questions or comments, I answer every phone call and will be pleased to talk to you.

DGE Lynn Johnson

Notes from VDG Kathy

"How wonderful it is that nobody need wait a single moment before starting to improve the world."  Anne Frank

As Lions, we can continue doing what we do--improving our communities and the world--we may just need to do it in a different way. There's no need to wait until things are back to the way they were. I encourage you all to find new ways to meet, new ways to serve, new ways to improve our own lives and the lives of others. 

The pandemic is only a curve in the road that causes us to change direction. When we embrace the change and look for what is possible, our clubs can become stronger. We can become stronger. 

Don't wait another moment. 


Update: Diabetes Grant

So far, eleven clubs have made contributions toward the matching grant for Camp Hodia. The total amount donated stands at about $4100 and approximately $6000 is needed. There's still time to donate before the end of May.

For more information or to make a pledge, contact PDG Tim Vincent at 208-318-6176.  Make your check out to Lions District 39W and mail to Lions District 39W, Patty Frison, Treasurer, 1726 E. Stadler Ct., Eagle, ID 83616.

More Opportunities to Learn

Lions Clubs International has webinars on various subjects every week. To particiapte, you only need to click the link to register and you will receive an email with instructions and a link to click at the time of the webinar. LCI uses Go To Meeting which you can download on your computer or phone. There is no cost to you and you don't need a camera or microphone. You will only be listening and watching the slides.Classes are recorded if you miss the live class. The current list of live classes and recorded classes is available at this link to the Virtual Event Center.

May 18   North American Membership Fireside Chat with Vice Presidents
May 21   Club Officer Training and Resources
May 23   Beyond the Horizon  with PIP Gudrun Ynigvadottir
May 28   Virtual Team Building for Clubs with3rd VP Patti Hill
May 30   Virtual Leo Leadership Conference
June 6   The Next Generation

In addition to LCI classes, other Lions groups are hosting virtual entertainment event. You can find these events on Facebook on the page Lions Virtual Universe. Events are hosted on Zoom and any Lion can join in.

Creative Service Project Contest

Some 39W Lions have expressed their concern as to service projects that are easy to do during this pandemic and in the near future. They also need to be inexpensive due to the loss of their major fundraisers.

Let's put on our creative "thinking hats" and share our own creative, new ideas, "connecting Lion to Lion" and having FUN via a contest!

Email your service project ideas to VDG2-Elect Betty at by the end of May. Please put "Lion Betty's Contest" on the subject line. Thanks! Your creative ideas will be shared in the June 39W Newsletter. One lucky Lion will receive a $25 gift card for something yummy! Judges will be selected randomly.

In the meantime, you can check out our Lions District 39W Share and Discuss group on Facebook where VDG1-Elect Kathy has shared a few service project ideas from other places.

VDG2-Elect Lion Betty Simpson

College of Idaho Project

The College of Idaho has the largest foreign student population of a campus in the US. Right now, there are 150 foreign students from all over the world who are stuck on campus and can't go home because of the Covid-19 virus. The split is about 50/50 male and female students. The students by law can't work or volunteer, so their income is  limited right now. There is a need for personal items such as toothpaste, toothbrushes, floss, combs, soap, shampoo, conditioner, razors, lip balm, lotions, feminine hygiene, and cleaning supplies for their rooms. There are no known allergies. The Caldwell Lions Club will be sorting and bagging  items to give to the students.
Contact Linda Clemenger at (208)965-0502 or Lynn Johnson at (207) 423-6118 at the Caldwell Lions Club to donate items. This is a great opportunity for the Lions clubs to serve during the shut down. 

Virtual Coffee Break

Take a break from your busy day of Sheltering in Place and planning dinner to connect with your Lion friends from around the district. We're meeting up on Zoom for a little mid-day recreation next Wednesday at 10:00 am. You need a device with a camera and mic for the best experience-we want to see you and hear you! Here's the link to join, or go to or the Zoom app and use the meeting ID  829 788 5004 and password 4xApsb.


The now famous Cinco de Mayo Golf Tournament  of the Caldwell Lions Club has NOT been cancelled.  But it has only been postponed to a more virus free date in September.  So hang in there, keep practicing your almost perfect golf swing in your back yard and save up a little of your government check in anticipation of a fun day.  Its such a kick to swat a ball onto the little island in the Snake River or bounce a ball off of the silo on hole 5. We'll see ya then!

The Emmett Lions Cherry Festival Car Show scheduled for June has been cancelled. The July Show 'n' Shine Car Show is still being planned at this time.

The Meridian Lions Rodeo scheduled for June has been cancelled. The Meridian Lions plan to hold a bull riding event instead in August.

Patriotism Essay Winners

Winners in the Multiple District 39 Patriotism Essay Contest have been announced by Council Chair Joyce Saunders. Certificates and cash were delivered to winners in Soda Springs, Pocatello, Chubbuck, American Falls, Vale, Midvale, Dubois, and Hamer.

Midvale took second place in the 1st grade contest and 2nd place in the 4th grade contest. Vale won 2nd place in the 6th grade contest. The other winners in the Multiple District were all from 39E clubs. Looks like 39W has some catching up to do.



Don't wait for someone to forward the newsletter to you--get your own copy here!
Not all Lions are on the email list-please share with your clubs!
Deadline for June newsletter is June 10.



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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.


New Club officers for 2020-21 are now due to LCI. Even if you officers are staying the same, you still need to submit them. If you need assistance entering them into MyLCI, contact Lion Kathy D. for help.



The Rupert Lions Club and the Rupert Syringa Lions Club have joined forces and are now officially one club, the Rupert Lions Club. We wish them many more years of service to their community!

Peace Poster

The 2020-21 Peace Poster Contest kits are now available. The theme is "Peace Through Service".  The 2019-20 winners are available on the LCI website.


Vale Essay Winners

Lion Rich Thurmund with Vale's Essay Winners

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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