My name is Monte Ward and I have been a Lion since October 1980, a little over 36 years. My wife Anne and I celebrated our 50th wedding anniversary in April. We have two adult children, a daughter and son. Both are married and have families. We have 5 grandchildren and 2 great grandchildren. We have been fortunate that all but our son and his family live close by. They moved to Montana but that gives us a good reason to travel.
I enjoy watching most sports, especially football, but as far as playing, I golf, and go fishing. I enjoy traveling as much as possible, and as a Lion I get to do that.
We have lived in Florida and Kansas and have lived in Washington since 1972. In Florida, I was a communication tech. for RCA at Cape Canaveral for NASA. In Kansas I switched to being a Printer and continued that in Washington. I retired from Block Graphics in Portland, OR in 2009. Wish I could have done it sooner.
I coached Little League Baseball and Girls Softball for a number of years. I was an Umpire for Washington State High School girls’ softball and recreational leagues.
In 2010-2011 I was Kalama Lions Club President for the second time. I have held every office in my club except Treasurer. In 1990 I was Lion of the year. In 2010-2011 my club awarded me a Melvin Jones Fellowship.
I was a Certified Guiding Lion in 2013-14, and a CEP Facilitator (now CQP or whatever as it will probably change again). I was Zone Chairperson in 2013-14, 2nd VDG in 2014-2015, and 1st DG for 2015-2016.
I have participated in numerous training sessions: Advanced Lions Leadership Institute, Leadership 101 and Membership and Retention 201. I have been to Yakima for training for the past 4 years to prepare for the position of District Governor. I have learned a lot about Lions and how the Districts are run. From what I have seen, the clubs in the District do the work.