Mandan News

Vannett receives Lions recognition



Kevin Vannett, a member of the Mandan Dacotah Lions Club, was inducted into the North Dakota Lions Hall of Fame at the 2012 State Lions Convention held October 27 in Fargo.

Kevin became a member of this service club 22 years ago in Glen Ullin before coming to Mandan.

Selection for the Lions Hall of Fame honor is based upon an individual’s accomplishments at the local, state, and Multiple-District level.  The criteria also include community service.

Vannett has been a district governor twice for District 5NW and has served on the board of the Lions Eye Bank of North Dakota. He has been president of the Lions Foundation of North Dakota, and is currently its executive director. His favorite Lions project has been the Video Magnifier Program, which furnishes machines that enlarge printing and photos for those who are sight-impaired. Fifty-five of these magnifiers have been placed with recipients in the last two years through the Lions Foundation.

Past District Governor Vannett also spearheaded the building of a Habitat for Humanity house in Mandan in 2001 with a grant from Lions Club International Foundation and matching funds raised from Lions Clubs around the state.

He and his wife Pat, also a past district governor, have a blended family of five children.