Jeannine Windels of Crookston has been inducted into the Lions Multiple District 5M Hall of Fame. MD5M includes 665 Lions clubs in the 12 sub-districts of Minnesota, Manitoba, and Northwest Ontario.

    Jeannine Windels of Crookston has been inducted into the Lions Multiple District 5M Hall of Fame.  MD5M includes 665 Lions clubs in the 12 sub-districts of Minnesota, Manitoba, and Northwest Ontario.    

    Windels was elected to the Hall of Fame by the Lions of District 5M-11 and inducted at the recent Multiple District Convention in Morton, Minnesota attended by over 550 Lions and guests.     

    The Lions Hall of Fame honors Lions of character and substance who have demonstrated the highest level of commitment and dedication to their club, district or multiple district and best represent the Lions International association motto “We Serve.”     

    Jeannine joined the Crookston Lions Club in 1991, and has served in many roles at the club level, including president 1997-1998.  Since 2006, she has served as club secretary and newsletter editor. She has led numerous cub projects over the years, including the club’s 75th anniversary celebration.  Jeannine also continues to serve as a Guiding Lion to the University of Minnesota Crookston Campus Lions Club, chartered in 2010.     

    At the District level, Jeannine has served in various capacities, including 5M-11 District Governor in 2009-2010.   She has remained active on the District level as a Past District Governor, serving as Club Excellence Process Facilitator, Peace Poster Chair, 2012 Mid-Winter Convention Chair, and workshop presenter at conventions and leadership training. In July 2013, Jeannine was appointed to represent District 5M-11 on the Board of Directors of the Minnesota Lions Vision Foundation.   

    Jeannine’s community leadership includes 13 years as President & CEO of the Crookston Area Chamber of Commerce, retiring in 2006.  During her tenure at the Chamber, responsibilities grew to also include management of the Convention & Visitors Bureau, the United Way of Crookston, and the Ox Cart Festival.  She was instrumental in developing a partnership with Explore Minnesota Tourism for the CVB to operate the Fisher’s Landing Travel Information Center beginning in 2001.              

    Following her retirement from the Chamber, Jeannine continued working seasonally as Manager of the Travel Information Center, retiring from that position in October 2013.      

    Her earlier career included 14 years in Marketing & Customer Service with Bremer Banks, Crookston.   Jeannine was also host and producer of a daily TV talk show “Lunchbreak” on Crookston Cable from 1983-1985.     

    In addition to her Lions activities, Jeannine has held leadership roles in numerous community, regional, and statewide organizations.     She continues to be actively involved in several organizations, including President of the Trinity Women of the ELCA, Chair of the Glenmore Foundation Board, Golden Link Board, Crookston Planning Commission, and the NW Minnesota Women’s Fund Advisory Committee.      

    Jeannine and Dr. Harvey Windels have been married for 55 years; they have six sons and 14 grandchildren.    

    Jeannine has been recognized for her many contributions with the Lions International Leadership Award, the Helen Keller Sight Award, and a Progressive Melvin Jones Fellowship.    

    Other significant recognition includes the University of Minnesota Crookston Torch and Shield Award, the Northwest Minnesota Ruth Edevold Excellence in Leadership Award, the Crookston Chamber Distinguished Service Award, a Northwest Minnesota Community Builder, and an Experienced American with her husband Harvey.   

    “Jeannine Windels truly exemplifies what it means to be a Lion, as she lives and breathes Lion-ism every moment of every day” (Hall of Fame induction, April 26, 2014).