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

New Mountains to Climb.  

I have now come down from my “mountaintop” experience at the International Convention in Japan.  It was an experience I will never forget.  I had 3 days of training and then the Convention started with the International Parade of Clubs.  It was a fantastic experience to march along with hundreds of other clubs from all over the world. There were approximately 30,000 Lions members present.  International President Bob Corlew was installed.  There were speakers and entertainment each day.  On the final day, I along with 733 other District Governors were installed. 

Some of the things I will remember the most will be the Japanese people who were very gracious, the heat, 90 degrees and humidity, each day, the traffic, cars, bicycles & scooters and the food!!  

Back at the International Convention in 2014, then International President Joe Preston announced a new global initiative to serve 100 million people by the end of our Centennial year 2017. He said “This is a special time for Lions Clubs International and our members.  For nearly 100 years, Lions clubs have served their communities and touched the lives of millions of people.  The Centennial Service Challenge is an opportunity for Lions to celebrate our 100th anniversary by doing what we do best – serving others.” 

There are four service challenges: Engaging Our Youth, Protecting the Environment, Sharing the Vision, and Relieving the Hunger.  As of the start of our new year, we have served 90,045,786 people around the world and we still have this year to go.  So keep doing what we do best – serving- and we will hopefully serve 200,000,000 people.     

I hope each club has started to think of what their Centennial Legacy Project will be.  Your Legacy Project is an opportunity to do something for and with your community.  It can be something as small as a park bench or revitalizing a park.   Make sure you work with your local media so the community is aware of the project.  

Worldwide Week of Service for Youth is August 8 – 14.   Join Lions around the world for a special Week dedicated to mentoring, empowering and engaging youth through community service.  This international event is designed to inspire the next generation of volunteers and help us reach our Centennial Service Challenge goal.  Try to plan a project to involve the youth of your community sometime this month.  

August 31st is the deadline to submit the Club Excellence Award for 20152016.  Enclosed in the newsletter is the application.  

There is still time to register for the USA/Canada Leadership Forum in Omaha, NE on September 15 – 17.  Registration form is in the newsletter.  

I have already made visitations to 3 clubs, Groton, Yankton and Mitchell.  

Upcoming dates:

July 27 – North Sioux City Lions visitation

August 1 – Sioux Falls SiouxRise and Sioux Falls Downtown Lions Clubs visitation

August 2 -  Tea Lions Club visitation

August 3 – Sioux Falls Empire Lions Club visitation

August 6 – Cabinet Meeting - Watertown – 1 PM – Elks Club

August 19 – 20 – MD5 Cabinet meeting – Minot

September 15 – Brandon Lions Club visitation

September 23 – 24 – Fall Forum 5SW – Murdo

September 30 – Cabinet Meeting – Brandon – 6:30 PM – Pizza Ranch

 October 1 – Fall Forum – Brandon – 8 AM – Brandon Municipal Golf Course    

DG Larry Buntrock