Lions Of South Dakota
  District  5 SE

Lion Neil Bowes  DG
Yankton, SD
(605) 665-2685
ngbowes@hotmail.com
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We are located on the eastern side of South Dakota; part of the MD5 District. We currently have 47 Lions, 3 Liones Clubs, as well as 1257 members in the District. 
   Our District Governor for the Lions Year 2017-2018 is Lion Neil Bowes


This 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. 

 Last week, 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 membership drives. 
 
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. 

In 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, ngbowes@hotmail.com or telephone 605 660-7468 so that we can have an accurate lunch plan. 
 
 Please 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.

DG Neil Bowes