Lions Of South Dakota
  District  5 SE

Lion Neil Bowes  DG
Yankton, SD
(605) 665-2685
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We are located on the eastern side of South Dakota; part of the MD5 District. We currently have 49 Lions, 3 Liones Clubs, as well as 1332 members in the District. 
   Our District Governor for the Lions Year 2017-2018 is Lion Neil Bowes

Happy Valentine's Day!   Interesting, Valentine's Day and Ash Wednesday are on the same day, and so April Fool's day is on Easter Sunday.
When asked what they want most, most people want peace, love, and happiness. So each one of us has the power to decide whether we will be at peace, in love with ourselves and others, and happy with the world and our lot in life.   Anger, Jealousy, greed, hate are also decisions that we might make during our life.   Most all of us have to the power to decide what our state of mind should be.   We have the power to change the world, with peace, love, and happiness emanating to everyone around us.   Happy Valentine's Day!

We who attended the SD State Lions Convention at the Crossroads in Huron had a great experience.    We enjoyed the exceptional hospitality of the Huron Crossroads Convention Center.   They put together a good menu, served a sit-down banquet featuring an excellent turkey dinner.  In my opinion, the only way it might have been better was if they would have put oysters in the dressing.  The agenda and the venue was always on schedule.   And the convention was finished before many of us realized that it had started.  So, our compliments to the Crossroads and especially to the Huron Lion, Lionesses, and the Eyeopeners are certainly in order.   Thank you very much, for your time, your planning, and your action to make this a very successful convention.  One of the highlights was our International Director, N Alan Lundgren, who probably had the most fun of all, and who rated our District and Convention very high.    You will find some of his Pix in this newsletter.

Now, it is time to move forward.   Time for more membership drives, time for more service, more vision screening, more Strides events (This was one of the most fun events at our convention), more youth projects (The exchange camp is coming in July at Augustana), more peace poster contestants, more environmental projects, (The cleaner the environment, the less extreme weather events and hopefully, healthier people).   Can we do this?   I believe we can.

Club meetings, conventions, leadership forums, service events, etc always produce great ideas for the future, so we look forward to the next Council of Governors and training session in Minot, ND, March 23-24, 2018 and the MD5 convention in Mandan/Bismarck ND in May.   I also look forward to visiting clubs in Huron, (Lionesses), Alcester, Dell Rapids, Volga, Sioux Falls Siouxland, North Sioux City, and Rosholt.  See you down the road.

DG Neil Bowes