The South Dakota Lions Foundation is lead by a board of directors elected at the annual Lions State Convention.  The board consists of 6 members from Lions District 5SW and 6 members from Lions District 5SE.  Members serve 3 year terms and can be elected to serve two consecutive terms.  In addition, ten member - Lions or non-Lions - can be appointed to two-year terms on the board.

2020-2021 Board of Directors


Lion Geraldine Ray




Geraldine Ray became a member of the Pierre/Ft. Pierre Lions Club in 2013.  She has served as Membership Chair, 1st Vice President, and is serving second term as President.  She is also serving as Zone 7 Chair 2018 – 1019.  Geraldine earned the Proud Lion award, Lion of the Year award, Presidential Service Award, and International President Certificate of Appreciation.  She served as Co-chairperson for the 2016-2017 State Meeting.   Geraldine is involved in all aspects of club fund raising.  She has been instrumental in arranging and participating in KIDSIGHT screening events. FUN, FUN!! Geraldine has 2 children, 3 grandchildren, and 1 great-grandchild.  She worked for the State of S.D. for just short of 44 years.  She is a member of Faith Lutheran Evangelical Church, Pierre Chamber of Commerce, serving on Ambassador Committee, RSVP, and Prairie Potters Master Gardener Club.  She volunteers in the Reading Buddy program at 2 locations, conducts tours of the Capitol, and group tours of the Pierre area as requested.  Geraldine calls BINGO at a local nursing home every Monday, conducts a blood pressure clinic at a local retirement home once a month, and is a Greeter for the Capitol Christmas Tree display.  In her spare time (?), she is a Master Gardener and enjoys playing in the soil in her gardens and also assists in maintaining 2 flower beds in City Parks.


 Vice President

Lion Lee Klocke


Lee Klocke, has been an active Lion since joining Feb 1989, has held numerous club positions , been Zone Chairman, and  held a few Cabinet positions. It is with great pleasure and pride to be a Lion and  to see the accomplishments of the Organization and its members living the motto "We Serve".  A Motto so small yet so powerful!  Lee has been married to Rose Ann for 27 years, together we have 3 daughter and son-in-laws, and 7 grandsons and 1 granddaughter. We have lived in 3 different states and returned to Huron in 2000 when Lee accepted a job with Sunbird, Inc. a company whose main business is bird food.




Lion Jody Bymers

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Jody Bymers has been a member of the Sioux Falls Downtown Lions Club since 2007 and for the past few years has served as the Club Treasurer.  She first joined the Lions Club Organization in Independence, Wisconsin in 2003.  In 2005 she moved to Aberdeen, SD and joined the Aberdeen Lions Club.  During her time with the Aberdeen Lions Club she obtained the Proud Lion Award and served as the Club President from July 2007 through October 2007 when she moved to Sioux Falls. 


PDG Larry Buntrock


Lion Larry Buntrock was born in Los Angeles, California. His family moved back to South Dakota when he was 6 years old. While Larry lived in Corsica, South Dakota, he along with the late. PDG Red Beukelman started the Corsica Lions Club in 1981 which still exits today. Larry was the charter President of the Corsica Lions and also served as Club secretary. He also served as Zone 5 Chairman in 1982-83. PDG Red and Larry were the Guiding Lions for the Armour, South Dakota Lions Club in 1982. Larry has been a member of the Britton Lions Club since 1997. He has served as President and various other offices. He is currently the membership chairman. He served as Zone 1 Chairman in 2005-06.


Lion Lester Forkel


Lester has been a member of the Ipswich Lions Club along with his wife Colleen since 2006. He has served the Ipswich Club as Treasurer, Vice President, President and currently holds office as the club's first Vice President. The Ipswich Lions Club provides concessions for all football, basketball, volleyball and track activities at Ipswich High School.  Lester and his wife live on a farm outside of Ipswich where they farm about 2,000 acres and raise wheat, corn and soybeans.


PDG Doug Scheller 


Lion Doug was born and raised in Arlington, SD.  He is a middle child, and has 2 brothers, one 3 years older and the other is 3 years younger.  He attended Arlington Public Schools and graduated from high school in 1966. Doug attended SDSU in Brookings, SD from 1966-1971 and graduated with a B.S. in Pharmacy. He would later earn a M.S.B.A from Boston University in 1977.  However, it was at SDSU he would meet the love of his life. Donna, a pretty nursing student, who he married in May of 1972.  They have 2 grown children and 4 grandchildren. Doug began his professional career as an Army Pharmacy Officer for four and a half years, and five and a half years as a civilian pharmacist for the Army and the V.A.  In 1982 he, Donna and their two young children moved from Aurora, CO to Rapid City, SD where they established The Medicine Shoppe Pharmacy. Doug and Donna joined Canyon Lake United Methodist church in 1982 where they have been active members ever since.  It was at that church that Doug and Donna would become friends with Dr. Ken and Bea Gifford. It was Lion Ken who sponsored Doug to become a Lion in 2003.  Doug would eventually serve as Vice District Governor for then District Governor Ken in 2008-2009.  In July 2018, 1st VDG Bea Gifford will become the 8th District Governor along with many Lions who attend Canyon Lake United Methodist Church! Doug is proud to be a Lion, and is grateful for the opportunity to serve on the SD Lions Foundation.




Ex-Officio:  Executive Director Lion Jennifer