Lions You Should Know

     Lion Orland Paulsen

Lion Orland became a member of the Rapid City Downtown Lions Club in October of 1957. By profession, he was a CPA who also found himself as the Lions Club President in 1969-1970. He had quickly become involved in the many fund raising events such as selling brooms, light bulbs, candy and meat. It was fun and they met a lot of people.

One of his most prize possessions is a medal he received from Joe Wrovleski, International President for Orland’s work with the Youth Camp in the Black Hills. That camp continues to this day. For twenty-five years, Lion Orland and his snowmobile club helped the Ski for Light program every year towing them up the slope at Deer Mountain Si Area.

In 1981-1982 Lion Orland was the Club’s Lion of the Year. In 1982-1983 he was the District Governor of 5SW and followed that by becoming the Chairman of the Council of Governors in 1983 - 1984.

On August 25, 1992 he was awarded as a Melvin Jones Fellow and became a life member of Lions in 1998. He deeply enjoyed traveling to District Conventions, and multi-Districts in Canada where they had 1200 Lions in attendance in 1977. He says, "Canadians were great!"

In January, 2003, Lion Orland was inducted into the South Dakota Lions Hall of Fame. He advises "... that you really get more out of Lions if you go to other Clubs besides your own and attend conventions." he says that, "the best memories are with people you have met."

Lion Orland is always extremely active in Club activities. He returned as Club President from 2005-2006 and served as the Treasurer for the District through 2015. His wife, Lion Mary Lou is an active Lion in the Evening Star Lions Club.