Lions Of South Dakota
  District  5 SE

Lion Larry Buntrock  DG
Britton, SD
(605) 448-2949
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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

I hope everyone had a very Merry Christmas.  I know we did as our children and grandchildren were home for Christmas for the first time in 6 years.  Also Lori and I want to wish each and everyone a very happy and prosperous New Year.  

We are half way through our year.  All Cabinet Chairman and Zone Chairman should please send a report to Secretary Sharon Paranto, as soon as possible so she can have it ready for the State Convention Cabinet meeting, January 27, 2017.   

As I called on clubs this fall, I encouraged every club to report their activities and membership.  As we work towards meeting the goal of serving 20 million people by the end of our Centennial Year, please report all your activities but especially our Centennial Challenge projects – Engaging our Youth, Relieving Hunger, Protecting the Environment and Sharing the Vision.  

A good way to start the new year is to renew our motto “We Serve” as we observe Worldwide Week of Service to Fight Hunger and Poverty which is January 9-15, 2017.  January is always a hard month for many families so it would be a good time to make a donation to a Food Pantry or actually help out in a Pantry.  

January 13 is Melvin Jones’ birthday.  This would be a great time to honor one of your club members with a Melvin Jones Fellowship Award. 

I have called on 42 of the 49 clubs so far.  I will be contacting the 7 clubs I have not visited to set up a time to visit their club.  I plan to be visiting my son and family in Wisconsin the rest of January and will be home for the State Convention.  I can be contacted at either 605-448-8487 or 605448-8655 or you can email me if you would have to get a hold of me.  

I hope you all have plans to attend our State Convention put on by the Pierre/Ft. Pierre Lions Clubs on January 27-28.  The registration form is included in this newsletter.  The Pierre/Ft Pierre Lions are planning a great convention.  ID Melvyn Bray will be the keynote speaker.  

Multi-District 5 Convention will be held May 17 - 20, 2017 in Deadwood.  This is going to be a great time so please make plans to attend.  There will be parade on Saturday, so start making plans to submit an entry.  Contact Ken Wetz, or 605-490 -0565.  The registration form is in the newsletter.  100 YEARS!!   I hope to see many of you at the State Convention.


DG Larry Buntrock