MARSHALL - Members of the Marshall Lions Club will be expecting a good crowd this weekend. Their fellow Lions will be coming from around the region, the state, and even from Canada to attend the District 5M3 Lions winter convention in Marshall starting Friday.
The convention is an annual event, said Lions District 5M3 governor Vickie Radloff, but this will be the first time in around 15 years that the convention will be held in Marshall. About 250 people are expected to attend, she said.
The convention is a chance both for fellowship with club members, and for official business, Radloff said. This weekend's schedule includes leadership and business meetings, a visit from Lions International Director Carolyn Messier and the presentation of awards. This year, Radloff said, she will be presenting two President's Awards and two Leadership Awards to area Lions Club members. A memorial service is also planned for Friday.
"That will be when we remember all the Lions who have gone before us," Radloff said.
Perhaps most importantly, Radloff said, the convention will offer a chance to talk about the service projects that Lions Clubs do and support. Examples include a presentation on the Soles 4 Souls program, a diabetes walk and blood sugar and blood pressure screenings, and an appearance by the Can Do Canines service dog organization.
"The purpose for the convention is what's cool," Radloff said.
Planning for the event has taken a lot of combined effort including area Lions, Marshall businesses and schools, and Southwest Minnesota State University, Radloff said.
"It's not just a one-person show," she said. "Everyone has been great."
More information on the Lions can be found online at 5m3lions.org.