District 29-I is one of three Lions club Districts in the State of West Virginia.  District 29-I had a membership of1456 members as of June 30, 2023.     Our service to the people of Barbour, Berkeley, Hampshire, Hardy, Harrison, Jefferson, Lewis, Morgan, Preston,i s from our  caring hearts, kindness to all and a helping hand when needed. Total membership in Multiple District 29 (West Virginia) was 3,864 members as of June 30 2023.




Kermit was born, raised an resides in Preston County, West Virginia and is  married to Judith Harder a South Dakota Lady. They have one son Mark and two granddaughters Mariah and Averie.

Kermit became a member of the Valley District Lions Club in 2010 and has been a very active member of the club.  Served as president for 6 ½  years, Vice President, Chairperson of most of the committees including LCI, Service and Membership.  He is involved in most activities of the Club, coordinates fund raising project (Ring the Bell) each year in November and December for the local Food Bank and represents the Club in the Zone Golf Tournament and eye screening.  Zone Chairperson for 3 years, Second Vice District Governor for ¾ year and First Vice District Governor for 1 year.

He Attended Calgary Leadership Seminar in September 2022 and the 2023 FVDG-DGE Seminar at the ”Q” center in  February 2023.  Has completed 40 online courses and also attended the Multi District Leadership Retreat in 2022.   Has received the Lions of the year award from Valley District Lions Club, the Leonard Jarrett Award,  Leadership Award from District 29I along with Certificate of Appreciation from the International President. He recently returned from lions International Convention in Boston.

He graduated from West Virginia University in 1997 with a degree in Agriculture with a minor in Business Administration.  Was immediately drafted upon graduation into the US Army.  Served three years active duty as a commissioned officer with  a last tour of duty with the 8th. Army  2nd. Infantry Division 4/7 Calvary near the DMZ in South Korea.

Was employed by USDA for over 30 years serving as Farm Program Specialist for over 20 years and retired from USDA Rural Development as West Virginia’s  Administrative Program Director.  Conducted training and audits  throughout the US.  Worked with FDIC on bank closures in Iowa and South Dakota and with FEMA on flooding in WV.

Participated in Dale Carnegie’s Seminars as an assistant trainer.  Attended numerous service-related training.  Served as President of the Preston County Workshop and currently Vice President.  Served as Vice President of the Preston County Historical Society.  Presently serve as Head Trustee and Chairman of PPR Committee for the Kanes Creek United Methodist Church.

Current activities :  District 29-I Lions Club Governor, Vice president of the Preston County Workshop. Church Trustee, President of family reunion (over 20 years), enjoys golfing (9 Holes) they  walk, traveling, gardening, wine making when he has enough grapes, picking up butternuts and being home with his wife Judy.


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