Lions International Multiple District 37L District Governor Bob Hunter speaks at the last District 37 L convention held Nov. 1 in Edmonton. – Lucie Roy Photo
by Lucie Roy
The historic final Multiple District 37L meeting was held in Edmonton Nov. 1 with several Morinville Lions Club members in attendance. Multiple District (MD) 37L District Governor Bob Hunter of Cardiff also spoke at the event.
In addition to preparing for the Lions International 100-year anniversary in 2017, the Lions are in the midst of a historical re-districting affecting Montana, Alberta, parts of British Columbia, and the Northwest Territories. This past October, the Lions Club International Board of Directors voted unanimously to approve the plan put forward by MD 37 to re-district. The former MD 37 was formed in 1917 and Alberta was added to Montana in 1931. In 2004 the MD 37 redistricted to five districts to form 37L, I, O, N and S.
As of July 1, 2015 Montana will become a stand-alone Single District 37 and will no longer be part of the Multiple District. The other four districts in MD 37 will be divided into two new Canadian Multiple “C” Districts. With the changes in boundaries, new constitutions, by-laws and policies, uniforms, dues structure, etc. will be created. Additionally, several transitional matters would also be addressed, including financial reporting, property inventory, and current asset distribution.
Morinville Lions Club will be part of the new MD C-1 and members will attend three special conventions to elect the executive positions of District Governor (DG), and 1st and 2nd Vice District Governors. These conventions are scheduled for Jan. 10, 2015 in Fort Saskatchewan and Cardiff’s Bob Hunter is running for one of the executive positions. Hunter has attended many District and MD Conventions and is a member of the MD37 Finance Committee and was a moderator at the USA/Canada Forum in Overland Park, Kansas. He has served three terms as Zone 3 Chair and was awarded Lion of the Year, is a Melvin Jones Fellow, and has received a Club Excellence Award. In the 2011-2012 Lions year he received the Zone Chair membership Growth Award for all of MD 37. He successfully completed the Senior Lions Leadership Training in Chicago in 2013 and two DGE training schools.
The Lions Celebrating a Century of Service begins July 2016 in Japan and includes activities that centre on the number 100, including a Centennial Service Challenge goal of serving 100 million people by December 2017.
Above: Lion International Multiple District 37L District Governor Bob
Hunter with fellow Multiple District 37L meeting guest speakers Toatmaster Peter Kossowan, Second Cup founder, author and motivational speaker Frank O’Dea and NAIT President Dr. Glenn Feltham.
– Lucie Roy Photo