2020 District 36G Convention
International Director and Keynote Speaker
Lion Mark views the opportunity to serve our Association as an International Director with the same determination and passion that he has in serving his local community. He is qualified to serve in this position, and is wholly committed to leading by example and to representing all Lions in accordance with our International Purpose and Code of Ethics. As International Director for the 2018 – 2020 term, Lion Mark is confident in his abilities to represent our Association, and pledges to do everything in his power to excel at each of the leadership principles expected to be demonstrated by an International Director. Lion Mark has served our International Association of Lions Clubs in many capacities for over 21 years.
A proud member of the Brookfield Lions Club since 1996, Lion Mark has a great appreciation for what our local Lions Clubs do every day to improve the wellbeing of their communities through active service Along his Lions journey, Lion Mark has benefited from the guidance and support of many mentors. Because of them, he more fully understands the importance of life-long learning, development of leadership skills, and fostering lasting relationships based on trust and mutual respect.
To this day, Lion Mark continues to accept the challenge of serving in roles of increasing responsibility within Lionism, including at the club, District, Multiple District, New England and now, International levels.
Carol Clupny grew up riding horses, climbing trees and tubing down the creek. The fish would not stay off her line nor the tales from her lips as she grew up into a fun-loving, storytelling adult. It came as a blow when at age fifty she was diagnosed with Parkinson’s Disease. Retiring from her career as a speech-language pathologist she became fed-up with sitting in a recliner and decided to travel. Her first steps, walking out her door to the mailbox, lead to treading over 1000 miles of pilgrimage trails on the Camino de Santiago in France and Spain. A dusty bike discovered in the garage resulted in three rides on the Des Moines Registers Annual Great Bike Ride Across Iowa. She lived through these adventures to write a book The Ribbon of Road Ahead: One Woman’s Remarkable Journey with Parkinson’s Disease.
Carol blogs about her everyday life as a middle-aged woman in the mid-stages of Parkinson’s disease. Her honest, humorous and casual narrative style brings the reader to a rocking chair moment. Sitting beside Carol on her front porch, listening to the cries of peacocks calling in the distance and horses chomping grass in the pasture just across the fence the reader understands why Carol is always writing about The Ribbon of Road Ahead. www.ultreiablog.orgCarol received a Masters of Science in Speech Pathology from Eastern Washington University and further certification in School Leadership and Adminstration from Lewis and Clark College. She provided speech pathology services and served as program director for 32 years in the wide geographic area of eastern Oregon. Active in the Oregon Speech-Language and Hearing Association she received honors of the association and the presidential award for her work on recruitment and retention of speech and hearing professionals. Carol presented numerous papers and projects at local, state and regional professional conferences. She was appointed by Governor Ted Kulongoski to two terms of the Oregon Board of Examiners of Speech Pathology and Audiology. She was selected by the Parkinson’s Foundation to provide leadership in planning a region wide forum of women with Parklnson’s. Recently the Michael J Fox Foundation chose Carol to attend the National Parkinson’s Disease Policy Forum in Washington DC. Carol serves a a support gorup facilitator for Parkinson’s Resources of Oregon and is an ambassador for the Davis Phinney Foundaiton.
Carol and her husband Charlie have raised two boys, two horses and numerous calves (but no chickens) over the years on their small acreage in Hermiston, Oregon.
T1D Buddy Camp
The mission of Type 1 Oregon is to provide an active, inspiring, supportive, and creative community for children and young adults with T1D [and their buddies] so they will in turn become leaders and mentors for their peers.
T1D Buddy Camp @ Tamarack invites children and teens with type 1 diabetes to bring their buddies (siblings and friends) to enjoy the adventures and challenges on the lake, trails, and climbing routes with them. We teach kids to use the on belay concept – “I’ve got your back” – in both outdoor adventures and diabetes care, and to have an awful lot of fun in the process.
This summer, we invite T1D campers to bring more than one sibling or friend to Buddy Camp. In this way we hope to grow awareness and support for the T1D community. Buddies aren’t required, but they sure make the transition to camp a little easier and more fun, especially for T1D kids who may not have ventured far from their parents’ care since diagnosis.
T1D Buddy Camp offers each camper a unique opportunity to challenge their outdoor skills while improving self care, and make lasting friendships, all by the shores of Dark Lake in beautiful Central Oregon. (Teens have the option of attending as a camper or exploring the teen leader opportunities.)
Dogs for Better Lives
Dogs for Better Lives (formerly Dogs for the Deaf) professionally trains dogs to help people and enhance lives while maintaining a lifelong commitment to all dogs we rescue or breed, and all people we serve. Dogs for Better Lives is a national 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization that rescues, trains, and places Assistance Dogs throughout the United States. We place Hearing Assistance Dogs (nationally), Autism Assistance Dogs (WA, CA, and OR), and Facility Dogs (nationally), all at not cost to the client. Dogs for Better Lives is fully underwritten through private donations made by individuals, foundations, community groups, and businesses. Dogs for Better Lives has earned the highest level 4-star rating with Charity Navigator for the last seven years and for every $1 raised, more than $.86 goes towards programmatic services.
Ronald McDonald House Charities Regional Director, Central Oregon & Willamette Valley
Ronald McDonald House Charities (RMHC) of Oregon & SW Washington provides access to medical care, a home away from home, and a community of support for seriously ill or injured children and their families.
Deschutes County Sheriff
Sheriff Nelson has been in law enforcement in Oregon since 1993. The Deschutes County Commissioners unanimously appointed Nelson as the 9th Sheriff of Deschutes County in July 2015 to replace the retiring Sheriff Larry Blanton. He was voted in by the citizens of Deschutes County in November 2016. He was born and raised in Bend and graduated from Mountain View High School in 1988. After graduating from Oregon State University in 1993 he moved back to Bend. He and his wife Lisa, a Bend Police Officer, have four children.
Deschutes County Commissioner
While living on Maui, Tony met his wife Kathy, a Central Oregonian. They married and had their son Michael in Hawaii, then moved to Seattle, Washington for four years where Tony worked as an Associate Computational Scientist doing drug discovery research. The family moved to Southern Deschutes County to seek a more rural lifestyle and to be closer to family.
Prior to his job as Commissioner, Tony served on the Board of Directors of the La Pine Park and Recreation District as Board Chair and the La Pine Rodeo Association on Land Acquisition.
Mayor, City of La Pine
Dan Richer has been in office since January of 2019.