Lions Of South Dakota
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From the District Governor - Neil Bowes


The fun has begun! Of course, I am still enjoying the memories of the fantastic centennial convention in Chicago, and I like to talk about it as I visit our 5SE clubs. On July 13, The Groton Lions welcomed me with delicious grilled burgers, potato salad, and other fixings. After the officer installation, they discussed the second annual Fall Fest. You can see how it turned out on Facebook. On Monday, July 17, my home club in Yankton invited me to install their new officers, and talk about the convention. On July 25, The Freeman Lions and I enjoyed broasted chicken Blue’s Family Restaurant. They presented a community service scholarship award to a local student and shared the results of their recent annual BBQ event. The Freeman club has been growing and are excited that they have installed seven new members over the last two years.

On July 31, Carol Becker, Nancy Haas, and Lyle Malone from the Yankton Club joined in a visit to the Noon meeting of the Downtown Lions in Sioux Falls. We heard about their scholarship presentations to members of the McCrossan Boys Ranch, and installed three new members. We also toured the Dakota Lions Eye and Health center. On August 3, I will be in Britton, and on Aug 8, I will travel to Brandon.

I remember 40 years ago, we would visit clubs and steal their bells, gavels and whatever else was not tied down. And the clubs would always return the visit to get their items back. It is fun and informative to visit other clubs and we all should do more of this.

There are many clubs across the country planning fall open houses with vision screening and other service projects. These events are fun for the public and they are a wonderful opportunity to inform people about the Lions organization.

I heard about a club in Minnesota that put on a beer-tasting event and ended up with 20 new members. A District Governor in India reported that he was increasing his goal of 14 new clubs to 20 new clubs this year and if everything goes right they will have 1000 new members this year in their district for a total of 3500!

In India they also drink some beer, and they like to dance. Twice a year they will dance from sunset to sunup. India has a lot of people including 700 million living in poverty, so there is a great demand for the Lions service work.

The Lions service framework this year includes Diabetes, Hunger, Pediatric cancer, Vision, Youth, and Environment. Believe me, there is plenty of room in all of these areas for improvement, so we need more Lions. More Lions, more action, and more service. We, the Lions, have the power to make the world better. Enjoy the rest of the summer, and we will see you down the trail.

DG Neil Bowes
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Mary Ellen and I have returned from the International Centennial Celebration Lions convention in Chicago. The celebration could not have been more spectacular, entertaining and educational. It was wonderful, the best convention that I have ever attended. They are still counting and auditing the number of registrations. At the Omaha Leadership Forum last September, they told us that we would see 15 times more than we had seen in our last five visits, and they were right. Search for Lions International Convention on Facebook to see a lot of convention celebration. We will have more details to talk about as we visit each of the 5SE clubs

One of the highlights was Monday afternoon when most of the South Dakota delegation gathered along with members of the LCI staff to enjoy a presentation by Lions Marie Anne Ben and John Daum. You will find pictures of this event in this newsletter and on Facebook.

We also bring greetings from our new international President Naresh Aggarwal and his wife Navita, from India. “Namaste” (Noma-stay) means the divine in me salutes the divine in you.

In this newsletter you will find the 2017-18 5SE cabinet. Thank you, Cabinet, for your willingness and service. The District Directory has gone to print and should be ready for distribution within a week or two. The International framework of service includes Diabetes, Pediatric Cancer, Environment, Hunger, Vision, and Focus on Youth. We will be working to overcome the associated problems with prevention and cure.

Schedule of club visits so far includes July 13, Groton Lions; July 17, Yankton Lions. August 5, Cabinet meeting in Redfield August 18-19, MD5 Cabinet Meeting in Minot.

If your club as a specific date or a special occasion in mind please give me a call, 605 660-7468, or an email, and let us get it scheduled. I am anxious to tell the stories and ideas I found at the convention, for growth in membership and growth in service. Remember, More Members, means more service and more fun!
DG Neil Bowes
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