Lions Of South Dakota
District 5 SE
5SE DG Lion John Emmett
38280 129th St
Aberdeen, SD 57401
Cell: 605-228-4075 firstname.lastname@example.org
are located on the eastern side of South Dakota; part of the MD5
We currently have 43 Lions, 3 Liones Clubs, as well as 1200 members in
Our club year of 2019-20 has been a success. We have had many challenges that have made the past few month very memorable. With that said, we can all pat ourselves on the back for the work we have done this year.
Look at your club’s activities for this year. I know for a fact that each of your communities has benefited from the service that your club has provided. Your communities have become better places to live because the Lions are there. I have seen how much your communities have thanked you for your service. We have been forced to find creative ways to continue our service throughout the District. We have found new ways to serve, new ways to fundraise, new ways to meet, and new ways to socialize. And it is with that Lions spirit that we have come together for the common good.
So many clubs around our district, and around the world, have embraced video conferencing. It has been so important for all of us to be able to get together to make important decisions, and to make sure that our members are safe and healthy.
Many clubs, including my own in Aberdeen, have been meeting using ZOOM. We have had board meetings and we have had regular club meetings using this platform. We have had programs at our regular meetings and the attendance for both types of meetings has been very good. If you haven’t tried meeting in this manner I strongly suggest you try it.
We do have some very important items to complete to finish up this club year. Each club needs to make sure that your officers are elected and that your new officers get registered with Lions International (LCI). LCI staff is working from home for the most part. But they are very accessible if you have questions or concerns. And I am always available for assistance as well.
We also need to start making plans for the future once we can get back into our communities to serve. There will be so many items for us to deal with that we haven’t been able to do while we have been stuck at home.
Membership remains one of our biggest challenges at this time. Each Lion in our district can ask one person to join our great organization. Find that person and invite them to a meeting. You will be surprised how many community members will say yes.
The future of Lions is bright. We will be there when the need arises and we will be there ready for any challenge.
I would like to thank each and every Lion in District 5SE for your hard work, your dedication, and your friendship. As I have traveled around the District visiting clubs I have made so many new friends. I would also like you all to know what an honor and privilege it has been to serve as your District Governor this year.
Until we have the chance to meet again, stay strong and stay healthy.
DG John Emmett