Board of Directors
Marie Anne Ben • President
Stan Anker • Vice President
Richard Waits • Treasurer
Robyn Tyler • Secretary
Get to Know Your Board of Directors
President - Marie Anne Ben/Vermillion
Marie Ann became a Lion in September of 2006.
Her background is in teaching and peer coaching and she recently reconciled finances for her employer totaling over six million dollars. When she is not busy with work, she likes to travel, enjoys gourmet meals, cooking and wine.
Becoming a club member and becoming familiar with and involved in the governmental structure of Lions Club have been important accomplishments for Marie Anne.
Vice President - Stan Anker/Rapid City
Stand has been a Lion for eight years.
He is an attorney, with a background in accounting. When it's time to get away, Stan enjoys his annual fly-fishing trip to Montana. He has served as an officer of the District 5SW Cabinet for four years – and is currently serving as such. Stan has also served as an officer of his club and on the club's Board of Directors for seven years and served as president in 2009-10. Stan has chaired several committees at club level, served on a committee for MD5 and attended the Great Plains Lions Leadership Institute.
One of his greatest accomplishments during his time as a Lion has been; helping the Foundation and the District with changes to the by-laws, which in turn makes them more responsive to the needs of the people being served.
Treasurer - Richard Waits/Rapid City
Richard has been a part of Lions for six years.
His career has been in the areas of accounting and teaching. He holds a BS in Education, with a major in Social Science and a minor in Accounting. Richard has put his degree to good use, teaching both high school students and adults in the fields of accounting, taxation and leadership. He has been in business for himself for over 25 years.
One of the more important projects that Richard has been a part of was the Rushmore Lions Clubs service project that developed the Rushmore Lions Nature Park in Rapid City.
Secretary - Robyn Tyler/Sioux Falls
Robyn has been a member of the Sioux falls Siouxrise Lions Club since about 1993. Prior to joining Siouxrise Lions, she was a member of Lioness clubs in Aberdeen, Huron and Sioux Falls. Robyn has a long family history of dedication to the work of the SD Lions Foundation.
She works as an advanced practice nurse (Clinical Nurse Specialist). Her current role is Diabetes Education Coordinator and Clinical Nurse Specialist, Organ Transplant Coordinator, and Hepatitis C Coordinator at the Sioux Falls Veterans Affairs Health Care System. Robyn feels her work with diabetes and preventing vision los marries nicely with the vision and mission of the SD Lions Foundation. She also serves on numerous professional committees for several National Certification Bodies and she is active in the SD Nurses Assocaition and the American Association of Diabetes Educators.
One of her greatest achievements presented itself while she was serving as the District 5SE Diabetes Awareness Chair, she received the horor of being asked by LCIF to present about diabetes at the International Convention in Montreal, Canada in 1996. For this, she received an International President's Certification of Appreciation.
Thomas C Beadnell/Watertown
Tom currently serves as Past President of the Watertown Lions Club, of which he has been a member of the past 23 years.
He is a graduate of Augustana College and has been in the securities industry since 1987. He served in the capacity of Branch manager for the Wire Houses of AG Edwards, Wachovia Securities and Wells Fargo Advisors prior to joining Dougherty and Company in 2010. He serves on the Executive Council of the Watertown Area Chamber of Commerce as Incoming Chairman and is a member of the H20-20 Vision Process.
John has been a Lion for 41 years.
He was an educator at the middle school level for 28 years. During that time he had the opportunity to touch the lives of over 2,000 students. His background is in Social Studies, plus he has a Master's degree in American History. John also has a degree in vocal music, which he feels gives him the opportunity to communicate with people in a difference way. He explained, "I have been able to touch many people through the messages that music delivers."
As a Lion, one of his greatest accomplishments was to be elected as an International Director. This gave him the opportunity to share ideas with Lions throughout the world. He has been involved in Lions Foundations in South Dakota and Wyoming. While Secretary of the USA/Canada Leadership Forum, he had the ooportunity to help plan the Forums and be involved at every level of planning.
Jan Endes/White River
Jan has been a member of the White River Club for 10 years.
She has served in many areas including, Club President, District 5SW Cabinet Secretary-Treasurer, Club Secretary and the Club’s Liaison Officer to the Foundation. Jan is also serving as the Zone 6 Chair for District 5SW this year and is a Melvin Jones Fellow.
Ron has been a member of the Brookings Lions Club for 14 years. He has served as membership chairman for three different terms during this time and also served in many other capacities including president, chairman of the Board of Directors, chairman of their summer fundraising event for the last four years, spearheaded the Kids.See program, has co-chaired the White Cane Days program and also helped with most of the other fundraising event the clud has had. In addition, Ron has served as Zone 4 Chair on two different occasions.
He worked and taught at South Dakota State University in the Printing Department, then owned his own printing company for 20 years before retiring. In retirement he is working part-time with one of the funeral homes in Brookings.
Ron is also a 47 year member of the Knights of Columbus and has held several leaderships positions. He has served as Grand Knight of his council as well as other positions, a District Deputy on two different occasions, State Secretary for four years and South Dakota State Deputy for two years.
Kay began her membership with the Lions in May 0f 2007 and has served as president of her local Palace City Lions Club.
As an optician, you might say her career and the mission of the Lions are closely intertwined. She has been involved in VOSH (Volunteer Optometric Services to Humanity) and has participated in 20 missions to Gomez Palacio, Mexico. Kay is a member of South Dakota VOSH and is involved in the sorting and shipping of glasses for the South Dakota missions to Mexico and Jamaica.
One of her proudest moments since becoming a Lion was receiving the Howard Hanson Award at the SD Lions State Convention in 2012. Kay has also received a Melvin Jones Fellow award.
Jerry has been a member of the Beresford Lions for 18 years.
After High school he worked a few jobs before being drafted into the Army. Jerry decided to make the Army his career, during which time he was a finance instructor, inspector, recruiter and a First Sergeant. During his service years he was stationed in Texas, Arizona, Indiana, Ohio and Germany.
Jerry has always been a very active member of Lions, he served two terms as president, has been vice-president, a board member, a membership chari and a zone chairman for two terms. He also stays involved by attending Lions events, such as; fall forums, state and MDS conventions, the Great Plains Leadership Institution 2009 and an International Convention.
Simply put, Jerry loved people and feels he learns from them daily. He truly believes he can make a difference.
Brittany Williams/Rapid City
Brittany is a Junior at SDSM&T and plans to use her Interdisciplinary Science degree to become a Science teacher. She was inducted into the Evening Star Lions Club in November 2012. She is the club secretary for year 2014-2015 and has enjoyed building relationships with all the local Lions members.
Brittany is engaged to James Tomich and they plan to wed on June 13, 2015.