Sunday, May 17, 2020


Belle Fourche Lions will meet Thurs., May 28

Location – Graps Burgers and Brews.  

Time – 7:00 p.m.

See you there!

Thanks to all Lions who assisted with the Highway 34 
ditch cleanup on Thursday, May 14th!

Lion Bartels, Lion Coleman, Lion Derry, Lion Rich Drabek, Lion Ensz, 
Lion D. Neumeister, Lion Oedekoven, Lion Shoemaker, Lion F. Walton, 
Lion R. Walton, Lion Willert and Lion Zupan.
THANK YOU
&
ROAR!!   

Thursday, April 16, 2020

Amid COVID-19, Lions conduct business...but not "as usual"

Lions President Kellen Willert chairs our "virtual meeting" via Zoom

It was something brand new for Belle Fourche Lions – we'd done nothing like it in our 83-year history:  a "virtual meeting" via videoconferencing through a service called Zoom.  It took place Thursday evening, April 9th, our regular meeting date and time, but the circumstances were anything but "regular."  The innovative gathering was arranged by Lion President Kellen Willert as a way of safely coming together to conduct business during the Coronavirus Pandemic, widely-known as COVID-19.

Note: At this writing 1,311 people in South Dakota have tested positive for the virus, and seven people have died – all but one of them in eastern South Dakota.

Twelve Lions participated in this meeting, which handled a "limited agenda."  Among business conducted:  members approved presenting $500 scholarships to two Belle Fourche High School seniors at a date/time yet to be determined; scheduled a Highway 34 Ditch Cleanup for Thursday, May 14th; advised members that the All-Car Rally has been cancelled for this year;  and selected Lions to fill officer/board vacancies beginning July 1st.  Read details of the meeting on our Minutes page

The next scheduled meeting is tentatively set for Thursday, May 28th.  Watch this website and your e-mail "Inbox" for updates.  

Be safe and be well! 

Saturday, April 4, 2020

Lions International HQ office closure extended


5:17am - April 4, 2020
Dear Lion,
The Illinois State government in the USA announced that its stay-at-home order will be extended until at least April 30 to slow the spread of the coronavirus. The measures included the requirement to cease all nonessential services in the state. Lions Clubs International is identified as “nonessential.” To comply with the state mandate, the Lions Clubs International Headquarters in Oak Brook will be closed at least until April 30, 2020.
While staff will not physically be in the building, staff teams will be working remotely and available during business hours to respond to the needs of Lions. You may contact LCI staff or LCIF staff as needed.
The performance of systems may be impacted due to the increased number of people working remotely, and response time may be affected. Some of our business operations that require physical interaction will likely be limited.
More details will be provided as the situation evolves, but here is some preliminary guidance:
  • For information on district and multiple district conventions, please check our coronavirus updates webpage.
  • Regarding payment of outstanding dues, we recommend that districts allow clubs that are able to demonstrate they have sent or submitted payment to participate in voting. This could be via a bank statement, copy of demand draft, etc. Clubs will not be cancelled during this time based on the challenges related to receiving and processing physical checks and electronic payments.
  • For Lions International payments, please utilize online payment options via MyLCI or any other electronic payment method (ACH, SEPA, Boleto, NEFT, etc.) instead of sending checks to the office.
  • Please submit LCIF donations via the website instead of sending checks to the office. Please also note that grant disbursements and recognition will be delayed while the office is closed.
  • There will be delays in shipping awards and recognitions, club supplies orders, as well as delays in processing reimbursements. 
We appreciate your patience during these extraordinary times and wish for the health and safety of all our Lions and staff around the world.
In kindness,
PIP Frank Moore
Executive Administrator and Secretary

Monday, March 23, 2020

Belle Fourche Lions - WE SERVE!

Although our March 26th meeting has was cancelled, and the Lions Pancake Feed scheduled for March 29th postponed  (date yet to be determined) our Belle Fourche Lions continue serve "behind the scenes."  

Please take note of the newest Lions Eyeglass Drop Box.  It's located at the Runnings store and is the handiwork of Lions Mike Derry and Cherie Coleman.  Great job....Thanks Lions Derry and Coleman!  

(Thanks to Lion Del Neumeister for sharing photo)

Saturday, March 21, 2020

Belle Fourche Lions Club: Minutes of Special March19th Meeting

The following members were present: Lion Cherie Coleman, Lion Mike Derry, Lion Rich Drabek, Lion Ron Ensz (by phone), Lion Melissa Kraft, Lion Del Neumeister, Lion Sue Neumeister, Lion Frank Walton and Lion Kellen Willert (by phone).
The meeting was held at the Conference Room of the Pioneer Bank and Trust.  A thank you to Lions Coleman and Kraft for making the arrangements.  Meeting was called to order by President Willert at 7 p.m. and Lion Ensz joined a short time later due to technical issues.
The purpose of the meeting was to discuss the future of the Annual Pancake feed scheduled for March 29, 2020 due to the coronavirus outbreak.  This was the only item on the agenda.
There was much discussion back and forth regarding whether to postpone or to cancel outright the feed.  Lion Frank Walton provided the group with some numbers regarding where his tickets, in the amount of $2110, came from.  Uncertainty of what the “best” thing to do was with each who attended. 
There was a motion by Lion Mike Derry to postpone, for the time being, the feed.  A second was given by Lion Del Neumeister, 8 for and 1 against; motion carried.  Lion Ron Ensz will prepare a statement for the newspaper regarding how tickets which have been sold will be handled.  Lion Cherie Coleman will put the notification on our Facebook page.
Due to the coronavirus a motion was made to cancel the next regular club meeting scheduled for March 26, 2020 by Lion Frank Walton with a 2nd by Lion Melissa Kraft; motion carried.
As there was no further business a motion by Lion Del Neumeister was made to adjourn, a 2nd by Lion Frank Walton; motion carried.
Your Lions secretary
Lion Del Neumeister

Wednesday, March 11, 2020

Lion "Chuck" Livingston (1930-2020)

Our long-time friend and fellow Belle Fourche Lion, Charles "Chuck" Livingston has passed away.  We received the sad news yesterday that "Lion Chuck" had died on Monday, March 9th. He was 89 years old.  Once we know specific arrangements for his funeral, we'll share them on this Belle Fourche Lions website.

Nearly three years ago, in early 2017, Lion Chuck was honored for 50 years of perfect attendance in Lions.  As we wrote on this website then, "That's no small accomplishment, and it's among many achievements that this low-key Lion leader has chalked up over the years.  Not just in Lions, but also within the community."

At that time, we assembled the following short video, providing more information about Chuck's life and his career of service in Lions – and throughout the community.