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Convention Last Call

Join the membership campaign and find new members for your club. Details at the Midwinter Convention!

The Midwinter Convention is just two weeks away. If you haven't registered, please do so as soon as possible. There will be two Lions International guests: International Director Connie Le Cleir-Meyer and Area Global Service Team Leader, Al Hedstrom. Lions will be learning about starting new projects, recruiting new members, and learning from each other on other topics. Don't forget the inspirational presentation Friday night, "I'll Push You".

Clubs are requested to bring a gift basket for the raffle.

Look for more convention updates on our website.

Meet the Candidates

For DG 2019-20 - Lion Jim Spanberger, Meridian Lions Club

Lion Jim Spanberger is a member of the Meridian Lions Club and has been a Lion since 1986. Many Lions may remember Jim as the owner of Raedean's Restaurant in Boise, home of famous cinnamon rolls. Jim still enjoys cooking along with wine tasting, golfing (although he says he's not good at it), and biking on the green belt.

Jim is originally from Wisconsin, the son of German immigrants. His wife, Nancy, is from Southern California and they have lived in Idaho since 1984. The have 3 children, 4 grandchildren, and 2 shih tsus.

Jim's wife Nancy works at St. Luke's and is involved with Special Olympics. She loves spending time with the grandchildren, walking, knitting, and sewing.

For 1st VDG 2019-20 - Lion Lynn Johnson, Caldwell Lions Club

Lion Lynn Johnson is a member of Caldwell Lions Club. He has this to say:

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.  My wife died of cancer a couple years after we moved.  I have since remarried to Linda and we live in Caldwell with our cute cocker spaniel, Casper.

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.  We have a 5th wheel camper and enjoy traveling.  We have spent a few weeks in the winter in Arizona and are planning a trip to Jordan and Israel in March.

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.

For 2nd VDG 2019-20 - Lion Kathy Donahue, Star Lions Club

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.

Kathy is a fan of the St. Louis Cardinals, enjoys golfing, traveling, and fantasy baseball, and loves her dogs, a Lab, Kiowa, and 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.

Guiding Lion Training

Guiding Lion training will be offered February 16, from 9:00 until 12:00 at the Foundation office, 1090 N. Cole Rd., Boise. District Global Leadership Chair Deanna Rostock and District Global Membership Chair Linda Clemenger are coordinating this program for Lion interested in starting new clubs or branch clubs, reviving smaller clubs, or just learning more about the ne club process. To be certified as a Guiding Lion, Lions must complete the course every three years. It can also be completed online.For more information or to sign up, contact Linda at

Tech World

Do you find yourself wishing you had a picture or graphic to use on a flyer or program? Do you take lots of club photos for your facebook page but still don't have the one that is just right? Many people when looking for a photo will just use Google-but most of the photos (anyway the best ones) are subject to copyright, meaning you really shouldn't be using them.

One way to use Google to find pictures you can legally use is to first perform your search, choose "Images", then "Tools". You'll see a menu that says "Usage Rights" and you can filter the pictures to find one that's okay to use.

A good source for free photos is Pixabay. Photos and graphics submitted there are free to use and usually modify as you wish. It's a good idea to read the licensing information to make sure your use is allowed, but in most cases it will be.

Another source of high quality photography that's free to use is Unsplash. Photos there (and they are gorgeous) are free to use without asking for permission or giving credit. Just as with Pixabay, be sure to read the licensing information first.


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Deadline for March news is February 28



Your District July 1 - 1009
Your District November 30 - 981
Your District December 31 -965
Your District January 31 - 961
Lions International Today - 1,438,159


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. 22-23 - Midwinter Convention
Feb. 23 - Declo Charter Party
April 12 - Parma Charter Party
April 27 - Twin Falls Trivia Night
April 27 - Boise Vista Charter Night
May 11 - Fruitland Chicken BBQ
May 24-26 - MD Convention



Lions 39W website
Lions Clubs International
Lions Clubs International Foundation
Idaho Lions Sight and Hearing Foundation
Lion Magazine
39W Facebook Page
39W Facebook Group


Eyeglass Boxes

The Packaging Corporation of America, Burley, Idaho, has donated 545 eyeglass recycling collection boxes.Last year 90,508 eyeglasses were donated and redistributed through the Lions Sight and Hearing Foundation. If your club is in need of recycling boxes, contact Chris or Edie at the Foundation office.

Membership Contest Winners

The clubs inducting the most new members through Dec. 31 were Caldwell and Nampa, tied with 5 each. Caldwell President Dave Moore was the individual winner, bringing in 3 new members. Winners receive a convention package and reserved seating at the convention. Congratulations!


Essay Contest

Patriotism Essay Contest Rules and Cover Sheet are available on the Lions 39W website.

Club Service Projects and Fundraisers

A total of 30 service activities were reported in January for 8 clubs in District 39W. If clubs report on MyLCI, activities are listed here. Don't forget to send your best photos!

Nampa Lions

Nampa Lions adopted 31 families for Christmas giving. Each family received a turkey and all the trimmings for Christmas Dinner and an additional week's worth of food. Each child received 3 presents with Lions and Leos wrapping over 200 gifts. Nampa School District provided names of families and helped with distribution. The project was completed in honor of the late Lion Dennis Sharpe who led the project in the past.

Emmett Lions

Collected eyeglasses, hearing aids, pull tabs, and cell phones for recycling, awarded a scholarship, hosted the Boy Scouts Pinewood Derby and assisted with camping trip.
Boise Bench Lions Childhood Cancer Project

Boise Bench Lions supplied 100 sling backpacks and 323 items to fill the bags for children  at St.Luke's Children's Hospital undergoing cancer treatment. Items included dolls, games, puzzles, coloring books, stuffed animals comic books, activity book, blankets, play dough, and more.

Weiser Lions

Sponsored Empathy Day at the elementary school to help the third graders experience what it is like to be blind, paid sponsorship fees for Boy Scouts and Cub Scouts

Caldwell Lions

Screened vision and hearing of 89 students at the Seventh Day Adventist School, donated to Camp Hodia, paid fees for Boy Scout Leader training.

Vale Lions

Returned to four schools to screen vision of children who were absent during first visit

Kuna Lions

Donated to the food bank

Boise Vista Lions

Held a casino night fundraiser.

Star Lions

Star Lions sponsored a Can Sculpture Competition to fill the shelves at the Star Food Bank. The club built a canned food sculpture with 144 cans of soup and 6 boxes of spaghetti on display at the library to encourage other groups to participate.


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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