Lions Of South Dakota
  District  5 SE

Lion Larry Buntrock  DG
Britton, SD
(605) 448-2949
buntrockl@venturecomm.net
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We are located on the eastern side of South Dakota; part of the MD5 District. We currently have 49 Lions, 2 Liones Clubs, as well as 1420 members in the District. 
   Our District Governor for the Lions Year 2016-2017 is Lion Larry Buntrock

As I start my last month as District Governor, I have to reminisce about all the generous and giving people I have met as I visited the 48 clubs.  Each club has their own special style of running their club, from all men clubs, couples club and mixed clubs.  Each fulfills the Lions motto, “We Serve” in their own way.  I want to thank each and every club for the warm welcome that Lion Lori and I received as we visited you.

We have learned more from you than you can imagine over this past year.
I have tried my best to represent District 5 SE in the Multi-District cabinet.  There were a few occasions where I had to stand up and present concerns of our District.  I believe, if we address these concerns, it will help us in the future.

We started the year with 1383 members in 5SE and have dropped 148 members, 31 from death, leaving us at this time with 1332.  I continue trying to get a new club started.  

On June 21st we are going to have an informational meeting in Webster.  Zone 2 Chairman Carl VanVoorst has been giving us a lot of help with Webster and is also working with the Rosholt Club.

I have asked the GLT’s and GMT’s and Vice Governors to help get the membership back to at least break even.  If each of our clubs get at least one new member we will be back to even.

In the newsletter, you will see pictures from the MD 5 Convention along with a short overview of the convention.   There was a nice turn out of clubs represented in floats in the parade on Saturday morning. PDG Pat Vannett was elected as a candidate for International Director at the International Convention in Chicago.

Congratulation to PDG Joan Marlette for receiving the Presidential Award presented to her by LCI 1st VP Naresh Aggarwal.  It is well deserved for the outstanding work she did as the District Administrator.

Congratulations to the Watertown Lions Club for being the 5SE Club of the Year and to the Brandon Lions Club for being the 5SE and Multi-District 5 Scrapbook of the year winner.  Also PDG Ray Schley submitted the 5SE and Multi-District 5 Environmental winning photo.

Congratulations to DG Terry Peterson for being elected Council Chair for 2017-2018.  I want to wish DGE Neil Bowes a great year.
 

This is the last Newsletter issue that Lion Sunshine Cady will be publishing.  We want to thank you, Sunshine, for your many years of wonderful Newsletters and wish you well.

Lion Lori and I will be attending the Lion International Convention in Chicago.  We have a good representation of Lions for 5 SE going to the Convention.  We will hold a dedication of the “Lion” which is now in front of the Lions International Headquarters. I would like to thank everyone who helped me through this year.  It has been a great experience and wonderful year.

We Serve,
DG Larry Buntrock