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State/District Officers – Kentucky Lions

Multiple District 43 Council Offers


Gary Logan
District Governor 43K

Lion Gary Logan has been a Lion since March 1st 1978.  During that

time he has been a member of three different Lions Clubs in two states.  He has risen to the position of President in each one, a position he has held multiple times in two clubs.  He has served on each Board of Directors and held a variety of committee chairs.  He

held 2nd Vice District Governor of the old 43K, 1st Vice District Governor of the reorganized 43K and now a District Governor of

same.  Lion Gary is a Progressive Melvin Jones Fellow and his wife (Lion Brenda) is a Melvin Jones Fellow.  He has many awards and perfect attendance years.  Lion Gary holds a Bachelor’s degree from the US / Canada Lions Forum and has completed all assignments for a Master’s degree which will be awarded at the 2019 Forum in

Spokane, Washington in September. Lion Gary has spent the last 21 years as Chief Financial Officer for Max Arnold and Sons, LLC in Hopkinsville, KY.  Prior to

that he was president of the Bank of Louisiana, Louisiana, Mo for 8 years, Senior Vice President and Cashier of Pennyrile Citizens Bank, Hopkinsville, KY for 12 years, Senior Vice President and Trust Officer at Sedalia Bank and Trust

Co, Inc for 3 years.  He is a Vietnam War Veteran, having served 1 year in Phu Cat, RVN with the USAF, and completed a

30-year career in the USAFR and KYANG retiring as Logistic Group Commander holding the rank of Colonel. Lion Gary and Lion Brenda will celebrate their 40th Anniversary in July and are active in the Southside Church of Christ in Hopkinsville, KY.  He is Chair of the Hopkinsville Community

College, an appointment by the Governor of Kentucky.  His community service includes President of a Red Cross Chapter,  Chamber of Commerce, President of Economic Development Boards, and Board Directors of a

Compassionate Friends Organization (organized to assist parents, siblings, and other family members that have lost children) and other civic and business


He is looking forward to serving each District 43K Lion and together serving our communities at a level never before achieved in each community.

Jeff Lorenzen,
District Governor 43Y

District Governor Lion Jeff

Lorenzen is a member of the Erlanger Lions Club since October 2011. He has served his club as Lion Tamer, Bingo Captain, Finance Chair, Vice President and President. He was also a zone chair for Region 1 Zone 2. He is a Melvin Jones and Finis Davis

Fellow.  DG Jeff was raised in the NKY area and graduated Scott High School, Taylor Mill, KY in

1983. He went on to Berea

College and was awarded his BS in Business Administration in 1987.  After Graduation he joined the United States Air Force where he served honorably for 20 years in the Financial Management and Comptroller career field, retiring 30 September 2007. While in the service was awarded the

Meritorious Service Medal with 3 Oak Leaf Clusters, the Defense (1) and Air Force (4) commendation medals and numerous other medals, awards and professional recognition.  He also earned his Community College of the Air Force Degree in 2006. After retirement he worked four years for a defense contractor at Langley AFB, VA until 2011. He is

currently a Senior Budget Analyst with the US Environmental Protection Agency’s Office of Research and Development in Cincinnati, Ohio.  He holds a Certified Defense Financial

Manager certificate from the American Society of Military Comptrollers and is a graduate of the USAF NCO and Senior NCO academies.On June 1st, 1985 he married his wife, Marsha

Lorenzen, an Erlanger Lion since July 2018. They have two children; Joseph, an Erlanger Lion since 2013, and an editor for WKRC News 12. His daughter, Sara,

is a Special Education teacher in Norfolk, VA. Jeff lives with his wife and son in Southgate, KY.

Susan Collins
MD43 Council Chairperson

Lion Sue has been a member of the Fairdale Lions Club for over 23 years. 

She has served on the club level as 3rd,2nd,1st Vice President and serving as President for two years.  For many years she has and is still serving as eye glass chairperson for her club.  Sue has been both Region and Zone Chairperson  for several years.  She has been 3rd, 2nd, 1st Vice District Governor and also served as District Governor. She served as a Guiding Lion for two years and has received the following awards:  Lion of the

Year, a recipient of the Pride One Lion and Proud One Award with two accommodation from the Lions International President.  Lion Sue has also received The Melvin Jones Fellow Award and The Finis Davis Award.  Which she

is very proud of.  She retired as a secretary for over twenty-five years and has been married to the same great man Willie Collins for over 53 years. They have two amazing children, Ina and Lil’ Willie with six grandchildren.In her free time she always enjoys volunteering for KLEF and several fellow Lions Clubs.  Willie and Sue enjoy time at their country place.  Lion Sue is committed to working hard as Council Chairperson for MD43 and all the great Lions of Kentucky

Karen Nitschke,
MD43 Council Secretary

PDG Karen Nitschke has been a member of the Independence Lions Club since April 1998. PDG Karen has served as LEO Advisor, Director, Lion Tamer, Tail Twister, Treasurer, Secretary (13 Years), Vice President, and President of the Independence Lions Club.

PDG Karen has also chaired numerous committees and projects of the Independence Lions Club. PDG Karen has served as Region One Zone One Chairperson, Appointed as Region One Zone Two Chairperson, Region Chairperson, Leo Advisor Chairperson, PDGA Secretary, Cabinet Secretary (eight years), 2nd Vice District Governor and 1st Vice District Governor.

PDG Karen has received Lion of the Year Plaques and several Certificates of Appreciation. PDG Karen is a Finis Davis Fellow, a Melvin Jones

Fellow, a member of the Kentucky Lions Hall of Fame, has received an International President’s Certificate of Appreciation.

PDG Karen has attended all District 43T Convention’s since becoming a Lion,

Four International Conventions, Two USA/Canada Forums. Lions Leadership Camp at Camp Crescendo.

PDG Karen earned her Associate’s degree in Accounting at Indiana Business College. PDG Karen is a recipient of the NAPW (National Association

of Professional Women) VIP Woman Award of the Year Award and is a member of the BNI Chapter – Referrals R Us. PDG Karen is currently Administrative Assistant for a Remediation/Remodeling/Restoration Company in Elsmere, KY.

To relax, PDG Karen enjoys quilting, reading, traveling, and spending time with family. PDG Karen is married to Lion David and they will be celebrating 37 years of marriage this October. PDG Karen and Lion David have two sons – Daniel and Jonathon and one Granddaughter – Lakyn, and one Step Granddaughter – Lauren.

Larry Munson,
MD43 State Treasurer

PDG Larry Munson joined the Salem Lions Club – MD43-K, in 1971. PDG Larry transferred to the Calvert City Lions Club-MD43-K in 1975.

PDG Larry transferred to the Louisville Downtown Lions Club-MD43-N in 1989. While being a member of those Clubs PDG Larry has held offices from 2nd Vice President to President.

PDG Larry has achieved the 100% President’s Award. PDG Larry moved to Nicholasville in May, 2017 and is a member of the Lexington Lions Club.  On the Multiple District PDG Larry is a Progressive Melvin Jones Fellow, a Progressive Finis E. Davis Fellow, and a KLEF Life Patron. He is presently serving his sixth year as MD-43 State Treasurer and prior to that served MD43 as Auditor and Treasurer of the Kentucky Lions Eye Foundation.

From Lions Clubs International he has received two International Presidents Certificates of Appreciation and the International Presidential Leadership Award. PDG Larry has been inducted into the KY Lions Hall of Fame.

 On the District Level, PDG Larry has served as Zone and Region Chairperson in MD43-K. PDG Larry served as District Governor of MD43-K, 1980-1981 while being a member of the Calvert City Lions club.

PDG Larry received the 100% District Governor Award. PDG Larry is retired from Diversified Ophthalmics, Inc,

Cincinnati, OH. PDG Larry was an Account Manager, working with Ophthalmic and Optometric Practices in Kentucky, Southern Indiana and Utah.

PDG Larry and Linda attend the Nicholasville United Methodist Church. Their son Brad and daughter-in-law Jill have blessed them with four beautiful granddaughters Katie, Elizabeth. Caroline and Abby. 

Thomas H. Matney,
Past International Director

PID Thomas H. Matney of Harrodsburg, Kentucky served a two-year term as a Director of the International

Association of Lions Clubs following his election at the Association’s 77th International Convention in Phoenix, Arizona in 1994.

Past Director Matney recently retired

from Corning Incorporated as a human resource development supervisor in

Corning’s Harrodsburg, Kentucky plant and is now keeping himself busy with some consulting work and working part time at Auto Zone. A member of the Harrodsburg Lions Club since 1979, Past Director Matney has held many positions within the Association, including club president, district governor and council chairman.

He has also served as Chairman of numerous district and multiple district

committees and as President, Secretary, and Treasurer of the Kentucky Lions Eye

Foundation. Lion Matney has also been a presenter or moderator at twelve

International Conventions and eleven USA/Canada Lions Leadership Forums.

Past Director Matney has received numerous awards in recognition of his

contributions to the Association, including the 100% President’s Award, 100% District Governor’s Award, two Leadership Awards, seven International

President’s Awards, an International President’s Certificate of Appreciation

and the Ambassador of Good Will, the highest honor bestowed upon a member by the Association.

He is also a Melvin Jones Fellow, a Finis Davis Fellow, a Helen Keller Fellow and a member of the Kentucky Lions Hall of Fame. In addition to his Lion Activities, Past Director Matney is a former Cub-Master, Past President of the Wilderness Trace Family YMCA, Treasurer of the Central Kentucky Regional Training Consortium, past chairman of the Curriculum Materials Committee for the Harrodsburg Middle School and a member his county’s United Way fundraising committee.

Past Director Matney and his wife, Ruth, have one son, Stephen, and two grandsons.

Judge Christopher “Shea” Nickell,
International Director

Judge Christopher “Shea” Nickell from Paducah, Kentucky, USA, was elected to serve a two-year term as a director of Lions Clubs International at the association’s 102nd International Convention held in Milan, Italy, July 5 through July 9, 2019. 

Director Nickell serves as Chief Judge Pro Tempore of the Kentucky Court of Appeals.  Prior to being elected in 2006,he served 22 years as a trial attorney, public advocate, prosecutor, and university instructor.  A member of the Paducah Lions Club since 1989, he has held many offices within the association, including club president, district governor, multiple district council chair, and president of the Kentucky Lions Eye Foundation.  He was a member of the 94th Lions International Convention’s Rules Committee, co-chairperson of the 96th Lions International Convention’s Nominations Committee, and co-parliamentarianand DG/PDG Banquet chair of the 100th Lions International Convention.  He was also a faculty member for the inaugural “Bachelor’s Degree” club-level programs of Lions University.  In recognition of his service to the association, Director Nickell has receivednumerous awards, including the Senior Master Key Award and several International Presidential awards.  He is a member of the Kentucky Lions Hall of Fame. In addition to his Lions activities, Director Nickell has been active in many professional and community organizations.  An Eagle Scout, he has been recognized as a Kentucky Colonel, Duke of Paducah, Honorary Captain of the Belle of Louisville, and a Sagamore of theWabash. 

DirectorNickell is a Progressive Melvin Jones Fellow and his wife, Lion Carolyn S.Watson, M.D., a pathologist, is also a Melvin Jones Fellow. 

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