Lions Of South Dakota
District 5 SE
Lion Larry Buntrock DG
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
It is hard to believe that I am over half through with my year as District Governor. I have visited 42 of the 49 clubs in our SE District. I hope to have the rest of the clubs visited soon. I have thoroughly enjoyed visiting each club.
I want to thank the Fort Pierre and Pierre Lions Clubs for hosting a successful State Convention. Co-chairman Geraldine Ray and Gary Watzel deserve a special thank you for their many hours planning and coordinating all the activities and the rest of the Club members for all working together.
Governor Dennis Daugaard was the Saturday morning opening speaker. There were many other interesting and informative programs throughout the convention.
Three elections were held at the Convention. Lion John Emmett from the Aberdeen Lions Club was elected as your new 2 Vice District Governor Elect. Congratulations and thank you John. Lion John Ruffolo from the Brookings Lions Club was elected to the Dakota Lions Sight and Health Board of Directors. We want to thank Lions Dennis VanAsch and Sunshine Cady for their years of service on the Board. Lions Tom Beadnell and Ron Seeley were reelected back on the Board of the South Dakota Foundation.
Over $30,000 was collected on the Parade of Green. Thank you to each club for your generous donations. We want to congratulate Lion Louise Schley of the Sioux Falls Siouxland Lions Club for being inducted into the Past District Governor’s South Dakota
Lions Hall of Fame. Lion Linda Voellmer from the Newell Lions Club was also inducted into the Hall of Fame as a non Past District Governor. I want to keep encouraging each and every member to still “Ask 1” so we can gain new members and give more people the chance to become Lions.
As I check our numbers as of January 2017, I find we have gained 60 new members but we have dropped 112, so we have a net loss of 52 members in our District. So, please, keep asking. I would love to have a positive net by July 1st. With everyone’s help, I’m sure we can do that.
I also want to keep encouraging you to report your activities that your club does to LCI. That is the only way we can let LCI know what we are doing in South Dakota and also to record how many people we have served in our communities. The records show we have spent 11,666 hours in service so far this year. Thank you for those hours you have spent serving your communities.
The Melvin Jones Centennial Silver Dollar coin is now available to purchase at the United States Mint. You may order one at - catalog.usmint.gov. I have received mine and it is very nice. They are approximately $50 with $10 of that price going to LCI.
February 13 – Zone 1 meeting – Aberdeen
February 15 – Lions at the Capitol – Pierre
February 16 – Eden Lions Visitation – Eden
March 31 – April 1 – MD5 Council of Governors - Minot. ND
April 1 - Special MD5 Election of International Director – Minot, ND
May 17-20 – MD5 Convention – Deadwood – The Lodge
June 3 – Final 5SE Cabinet meeting – Mitchell
September 29-30 – 5SE Cabinet and Fall Forum meeting – Vermillion
WE SERVE DG Larry Buntrock