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Lions Of South Dakota
  District  5 SE
About the DG
Marie Anne BenLion Marie Anne Ben
2018-19 District Governor
District 5 SE SD
DG Marie Anne Ben is originally from Hatboro, Pennsylvania. After graduating from Hatboro-Horsham High School in 1979, she attended Duquesne University, Pittsburgh, earning a Bachelor of Science degree in 1983 with a double major in special education and elementary education. She earned a master’s degree in Educational Development and Learning Strategies from Wilkes University. Marie Anne taught students with special needs for thirteen years and was also a peer coach for four years before retiring from her teaching career in 1996. She then worked for Godiva Chocolatier for nine years, most of that time as the international shipping coordinator.

Marie Anne has lived in Vermillion, SD since September 2005, joining the Vermillion Lions Club in Sept. 2006. She has served on committees and in leadership positions including two one-year terms (2009-2011). She continues to serve on the board as club secretary. She attended her first LCI convention in 2009. She was a three-year 5SE Zone 8 chair, served as the 2012 state convention treasurer and has been on the district cabinet for seven years. Marie Anne has also served six year on the South Dakota Lions Foundation board including two terms as the SDLF board president and an ex-officio member to the Dakota Lions Sight and Health board of directors.

Marie Anne serves as a member of the Vermillion American Legion Auxiliary Wallace Unit #1 including two terms as president and board of directors. She has assisted in the holiday Buddy Basket drive and the Military Purple Up events.

Marie Anne works at the University of South Dakota Along with her partner, Moses Ikiugu, she is taking private pilot flying lessons. She enjoys traveling and looks forward to the trips to their home in Meru, Kenya. She enjoys gourmet cooking, reading gourmet food magazines, dining, and meeting people.

The first year of the next century for Lions Clubs International and for the members of 5SE will be the start of a new beginning of service, leadership and membership.