Lions Of South Dakota
  District  5 SE

Lion Larry Buntrock  DG
Britton, SD
(605) 448-2949
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We 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 the District. 
   Our District Governor for the Lions Year 2016-2017 is Lion Larry Buntrock

Happy Fall, isn’t this weather just perfect.  It has been beautiful driving around visiting the clubs.   First off I want to say big “Thank You” to Brenda Feltman and the Brandon Club for putting on a great Fall Forum. International Director Bob Libin and his wife Lion Michelle from New York shared the podium with a very inspirational message.      

We want to congratulate VDG Elect Neil Bowes and 2VDG Marie Ann Ben for being elected for the 2017 2018 term.      

The new changes to the Constitution and by-laws were approved.  The following meetings were approved:  Fall Forum 2017 – Vermillion, date TBA and State Convention - January 19-20, 2018 – Huron.

               As many of you may know, Springfield was hit with very strong winds on September 4th and many homes were destroyed.  Thanks to many clubs who have made contributions to a fund which District 5SE set up and which will be given to the Bon Homme Lions Club to be distributed to the people in Springfield.  It is not too late if you would still like to help.  Donations may be made to District 5SE and sent to DG Larry Buntrock or Treasurer PDG Ray Schley.         

Our year is well underway and your Centennial Challenge patches are being delivered as I visit your clubs.  We have surpassed the challenge of serving 100,000,000 people.  We have served 33,068,117 in Engaging our Youth, 29,576,505 in Protecting the Environment,  15,830,458 in Sharing the Vision and 21,524,920 in Relieving the Hunger. I would like to challenge all clubs to complete a project in each of the 4 categories so we can serve over 200,000,000 by the end of our Centennial year.  Remember to enter ALL of your projects on the LCI website.  If you have problems, please remember that PDG Joan Marlette is willing to help you.  She can be reached at H-605-472-1442, C-605-460-0453 or at      

I also want to encourage each club to be starting their Centennial Legacy Project.  This Project should be something that you can be proud of and display in your community with the Lions emblem on it. You may do more that one if you would like.  Don’t forget to enter it as a Legacy Project in your activities on line.  You will get a patch next year for everyone completed.      

October is Share the Vision Month so it would be a great time to do a project to fulfill your Vision Challenge.  October 10-16 is Worldwide Week of Service in Sight with October 13 is World Sight Day. October 15 is White Cane Safety Day.  You can get small white canes from SDLF that can be passed out in observance of this day.      

October is also Membership Growth Month.  So everyone “Ask One”.  Everyone who signs up a new member with get a special Centennial Sponsor pin and the new member will get the Centennial membership pin.  If you need Centennial New member kits & Centennial pins, you can call LCI, 630-571-5466, and order them.      

I will be visiting the following clubs & meetings in October & November: 

October 6 – Dakota Lions Sight & Health Open House; Colton Lions Club

October 10 – Madison Lions Club

October 12 – Willow Lake Lions Club

October 13 – Viborg Lions Club

October 17 – Elk Point Lions Club; Alcester Lions Club

October 18 – Huron Noon Lions Club; Sioux Falls Siouxland Lions Club

October 19 – Brookings Early Bird Lions Club; Warner/Strafford Lions Club

October 20 – Armour Lions Club

October 24- Canton Lions Club 

October 25 – Aberdeen Lions Club

October 28-29 – North Dakota State Convention – Rugby, ND

November 3- Beresford Lions Club

November 17 – Vermillion Lions Club

November 21 – Brookings Noon Lions Club; Volga Lions Club

November 22 – Freeman Lions Club  


DG Larry Buntrock