are located on the eastern side of South Dakota; part of the MD5
We currently have 47 Lions, 3 Liones Clubs, as well as 1257 members in
District Governor for the Lions Year 2017-2018 is Lion Neil Bowes
certainly has been an interesting, informative, and educational year as
District Governor of 5 SE. After looking forward to
centennial celebrations in 47 clubs, we have declined to 45 clubs with
prospects of stepping down again to 43 clubs, making the challenge of
growth very difficult if not impossible.
the Harrisburg Lions decided to pursue a merger with the Tea
Lions. The Tea Lions agreed to accept the merger proposal and a
new club will be established. Congratulations on a good
idea and a good plan. The new club of 28 members, 13 from
Harrisburg and 15 from Tea, will now have the strength in numbers to
accomplish more important service work, and to pursue successful
There are other clubs in 5SE
that may be eligible for merger plans and it is good to know that Lions
Clubs International has a simple process to complete and recognize the
new clubs. Although my term as DG will be over June 30, I will still be
available to help clubs with membership drives, sponsoring new clubs
and club mergers by invitation.
There are two clubs to
visit, the MD5 convention in Bismarck May 17-18, and the 5SE cabinet
meeting in Canistota June 2 that I will attend and then Mary Ellen and
I plan to meet our new Great Grandson, Emile, in Florida. Emile
is French. It would be fun to see all of our clubs represented at
the MD5 in Bismarck where we will be voting on the new constitution and
bylaw proposals. It will be fun to become familiar with Global
Action, Global membership, Global Leadership and Global Service.
any case, we will hear all about it at the 5SE cabinet meeting at
Suzie’s in Canistota, Saturday June 2, lunch at 12 noon followed by the
cabinet meeting. This meeting will not only be important, it will
be fun, with something for everyone. So please make it your priority to
be there. Please RSVP by email, email@example.com or
telephone 605 660-7468 so that we can have an accurate lunch plan.
DG Neil Bowes
remember the Youth Exchange Camp, July 15-21, at Augustana in Sioux
Falls. And there is still time to add new members to meet the LCI
Goal of 1.5 million by June 30. See you down the trail.