Jordaness Lions

Lion Julie Beckius, left, Christy Trutnau, right, of the Jordaness Lions.

The Jordaness Lions have our own club motto: “It’s All About the Fun!”

That is part of the reason that so many women are proud to be part of this great club. We do have fun. We enjoy our meetings, our projects, our relationships, our new friends and helping our community. However, that being said, we are very proud of the work we do as Lions and we work very hard to fulfill our obligations and our go beyond the Lions International guidelines for a successful club.

The 2018 President Lion Martha Reger attended the USA/Canada Lion’s Forum in Portland Oregon last September 2017. The theme was Leadership with Imagination & Service with Creativity. Lion Martha shared this experience with Lions from the USA, Canada and several other countries.

The forum was packed with three days of great learning sessions, speakers and the opportunity to meet some great folks from around the globe. The forum concluded with Lion Martha attending the Lion’s University graduation ceremony, where she received her Bachelor’s degree from Lion’s University.

President Reger stated “Both the forum and the university courses are great experiences and I encourage others seek out those opportunities if interested.”

Two Lions took up this recommendation from Lion Martha. This September, Lions Julie Beckius and Christy Trutnau joined more than 1,800 Lions from across the U.S. and Canada for the 2018 U.S./ Canadian Leadership Forum in Columbus, Ohio.

There were over 80 seminar options for Lions Julie and Christy to attend. These sessions were presented by current and past foundation leaders and guest speakers. The seminars focused on developing leadership skills and team cooperation themes.

Ideas were shared that can support our clubs with diverse members and work toward common goals and be successful clubs. The two Jordaness Lions had the opportunity to engage with the current Lions International President Gudrun Yngvadottir.

Yngvadottir is the first president from Iceland and the first female international president. Christy and Julie appreciated Yngvadottir’s initiative to promote women leadership growth within Lions clubs internationally.

Referred to as “New Voices,” women make up just 30 percent of the Lions International membership. Regardless of this lower percentage, the Jordaness Lions are highly respected and admired within our district of 5M-2. We are new, expanding our boundaries with members partaking in ventures such as this US/Canadian Forum.

By taking online courses, lots of study and attending this form, Lions Christy and Julie received their Bachelor Degrees from Lions University. There were close to 300 Lions receiving either their Bachelor degree, Master degree, Bachelor + Master’s at the same time, or Doctorate degree.

Beckius reported that “networking with Lions from across the U.S. and Canada is always one of the best parts of these events.” Julie shared that she is glad that she made the commitment to earn her Bachelor degree and attend the forum.

A young lady from Jordan High School recently worked on her leadership skills development by attending Minnesota Girl’s State. Congratulations to Grace McLaury for this great accomplishment. McLaury was the guest speaker at the club’s membership meeting in September. Grace shared her experiences and thanked the Jordaness for their support. The Jordaness Lions work with the American Legion Post #3 to assist young women who have an interest in attending Girl’s State.

On Sept. 15, the Lioness held their first Bean Bag Tournament. Although the sweltering heat may have kept some participants away, the attendees had a great time. Much was learned in how to conduct a more successful tourney and the club is excited for next year’s event.

Over 135 dictionaries were distributed to third-graders at the Jordan Elementary and St. John the Baptist schools. This is one of the club’s favorite service projects. The third-graders are so very appreciative of this gift. Even with online dictionaries, these children have these books to hold, to write in, to underline and to keep as their very own. Thank you to Lion Diane Hesse for chairing this project and coordinating the distribution efforts.

On Sept. 26, members of the Jordaness put in a shift at Feed My Starving Children. The night was topped off with fun at a gathering at a nearby restaurant. Thanks to Lion Lindsay Barker for organizing this group.

On Oct. 24 the Jordaness Lions held our version of Lions 101 at Brentwood Apartments. This is an informal, fun, “get to know us” night for new members and anyone that might have an interest in learning more about the Jordaness Lions and the Lions Club International Foundation.

Now onto the fun! The club is very busy preparing for our 29th annual holiday show. Please come and share the fun on Saturday, Nov. 17 at the Ridges at Sand Creek.

The theme this year is so appropriate for our club and the holiday:”Oh, What Fun!” Guests are encouraged to wear their favorite fun holiday outfit. The social starts at 11 a.m., followed by a noon luncheon, and the program and fashions will begin at 12:45 p.m.

Come and start off your holiday season with your friends. There will be a great silent auction, unbeatable entertainment by the cast of the Jordaness Lions, fabulous Wall of Wine raffle and valet parking. The $25 tickets are pre-event only and can be purchased from any Jordaness Lion or by contacting member Lion Donna Will at 612-599-2646. Don we now our gay apparel…fa la la la la…..

Jordaness Lions meet the second Wednesday of each month. For membership inquiries, please contact any Jordaness Lions member or Lion Mary at


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