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Bemidji Lions Club to host chief executive officer of Minnesota Eye Bank on Thursday

Pioneer Staff Report

BEMIDJI — The Bemidji Lions Club will host an evening meeting Thursday at the Eagles Club, featuring Jackie Malling, chief executive officer of the Lions Minnesota Eye Bank.

Anyone who wants to learn more about the Lions’ efforts to assist with sight impairment and about the other work of the Lions Club is invited to attend. Doors will open at 5:30 p.m. for a buffet-style dinner for $11. The meeting will start at 6:30 p.m.

Malling, a Lions Club member from Minneapolis, has a degree in nursing from the College of St. Catherine and is a member of the nursing honor society Sigma Tau international.

Malling has been involved with eye banking for nearly 20 years and is a certified eye bank technician. She has served on many boards and committees of the Eye Bank Association of America. She is editor-in-chief of the International Journal of Eye Banking, the first professional journal devoted to eye banking.

The Bemidji Lions Club is seeking civic-minded adult men and women of all ages to join in making a difference in the community. The club has 81 members.

“We want to share the great things we’re doing in the community, and let others know how they can help,” said Ron Porter, club president.

The Lions’ motto is “We Serve,” and the Bemidji Lions Club has lived up to it. For 75 years, the club has donated funds to many local non-profit and youth-related organizations. Most recently, Bemidji Lions Club donated $12,000 to 15,000 to more than 30 organizations, including $5,000 to $6,000 to 15 local youth-related organizations

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