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.

2024 Board of Directors


Stan Anker - Rapid City

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Lion Stan Anker is an active member of the Rushmore Lions Club in Rapid City.  Stan received a bachelor's degree in accounting from the University of South Dakota and worked for Touche Ross, one of the Big 8 accounting firms in the world, (now Deloitte Touche) in Minneapolis, Minnesota.  While attending law school, Stan worked as an internal audit manager for a manufacturing company.

Stan has served in many leadership positions with both the Lions and the Optimist Clubs, dedicating his time to serving the Rapid City community and the State of South Dakota.  He and his wife atend the Canyon Lake United Methodist Church, where he has served on the Finance Committee and the Administrative Council.

In his free time, Stan enjoys fly fishing and golf. He has been married to his wife, Bonnie, for over 40 years. They have two children and have served as foster parents.


 Vice President

Lion Marie Anne Ben - Vermillion


Marie Anne is a member of the Vermillion Lions Club.  She became a Lion in September of 2006 and has since served in numerous leadership positions including District Governor and Multiple District Council Chair.  

Her background is in teaching and peer coaching and she recently reconciled finances for her employer totaling over six million dollars. When she’s not busy with work she likes to travel, enjoys gourmet meals, cooking and wine.




 Lion Mick Breske -Vermillion


Mick Breske was born and raised on a dairy farm until the 8th grade,  north of Webster SD, on the shores of Waubay Lake and the Waubay National Wildlife refuge.  Graduating from Waubay high in 1969.  Earning a BS in Psychology-Law Enforcement from the University of SD in May of 1973.  Spending a year with the Day County Sheriff, and then the next 14 years with the SD Highway Patrol. Following the SDHP the next 28 years were as an Agent for American Family Ins. In Vermillion SD.

Mick's life as a Lion started as the Charter President for the Parker Lions around 1980. (courtesy of the SFalls downtown club).  The state moved him to Ipswich for 5 years, where he served as the president of the Ipswich Lions Club.  He was finally moved to Vermillion in 1988.  He has served the Vermillion Lions Club as the President for 3 different terms, along with tailtwister, and different stints as a BOD and numerous duties as a fill in.  

Mick’s other activities include being the Chapter Advisor for the Gamma Alpha Chapter of Beta Theta Pi at USD, (which means he usually has about 60 plus teenage sons!). He is currently the treasurer for the Vermillion Eagles and the Eagle Riders Group. In addition to these “activities”, Mick has a cabin on Enemy Swim Lake which gratefully has an additional family group associated with it.

Mick has been married to Cheryl since April of 1999. Between us there are 6 kids and numerous Grand and Great Grand kids, scattered over the US. He has always had a passion in his life to help others, to be a part of society that is helping all of mankind.



 Lion Jody Bymers - Sioux Falls

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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. 








Jim Treloar - Rapid City 




Lion Jim Treloar was born and raised in Madison, SD.  He is the oldest of five children of Virgil and Mary Treloar and, has two brothers and two sisters. Jim graduated from Madison High School in 1966.  After graduation from High School he attended DSU in Madison from 1966 -1970 and graduated in 1970 with a B.S.Ed. Degree. He was very active in numerous college activities and organizations including being Chairman of Homecoming and Senior Class President. Jim was a College Intern in the US Senate in 1969. He was President of the DSU Alumni Association three times, first time Gibb Master Plan tried to make major changes to DSC, second time DSC was attached to USD and became independent again, third time DSC changed Mission and Rolls which led to our current status as DSU. Jim was also very active in patrician politics at the local, district and state level.  After college he worked with family in Treloar Construction. After leaving Madison in 1984 he worked for SD Dept. of Social Services - Economic Assistance for 31 1/2 years, for 31 years, was in supervision/management, the last 12 of those years Jim served as Regional Manager southwestern SD Region II which included the Pine Ridge Reservation/Southern Black Hills. Jim retired in October of 2015 and moved to Rapid City and joined St. Therese the Little Flower Catholic Church, and he has been a member of the Knights of Columbus for 52 years. Jim joined the Rapid City Rushmore Lion’s Club in early 2016.  He will be Rushmore Club President in 2021-2022.  At present, he is Region Chairperson for SW5, second year as editor of the SD State Lion’s Directory, and first term SD Lion’s Foundation.  Jim has received the Rushmore Lion’s Club “Jack Moravec Memorial” Lion of the Year Award, and two International President’s Certificates of Appreciation.   Jim is also a Progressive Melvin Jones Lion’s Fellow.







Ex-Officio:  Executive Director Lion Jennifer