Dennis VanAsch DG
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 2014-2015 is Lion Dennis Van Asch
In 2017 Lions Clubs International will be celebrating its 100th as a world-wide “Pride of Lions.” We have served the world with disaster aid to many countries and communities. We have almost eradicated River Blindness in 3rd world countries. We are now on the verge of eradicating measles by collaborating with the Gates Foundation. We are vaccinating millions of people in many countries in an effort to stop the spread of measles.
Over the next three years and in anticipation of our 100th year, LCI is asking each of the 46,000 clubs world-wide to have a project in four categories: youth, vision, hunger and environment. LCI is asking clubs to serve over 100 million people in these categories by December, 2017.
LCI has set December and January as “Relieving the Hunger Months.” Let’s consider projects such as preparing and delivering food baskets to families in need, collecting food for your local food pantry, visiting your local nursing homes and providing treats for residents. With the Christmas holiday approaching, there are residents in your local nursing home who do not have family and they will not receive a Christmas gift. Stop at your local nursing home and visit with staff to see how you as a club can help make a merrier Christmas for residents.
I would like to thank those clubs that participated in the Peace Poster Contest. The winning poster was entered in the MD5 Contest and the winner in MD5 will advance to LCI for the International contest. Congratulations to Tucker Bahm from Yankton for the winning poster from 5SE.
Another contest we have is the “Lions International Photo Contest. Any Lion can participate. There are five categories in which to enter a photo, so get your cameras and phones and take those pictures. The rules and information is later in this newsletter.
I hope you are registered for the State Lions Convention in Rapid City which is coming up on January 23-24, 2015. DG Julaine promised me it would be an outstanding convention. We will need to elect a 2nd VD Governor, a SDLF board member and a SDLETB board member. Any Lion interested should contact me prior to December 29th.
I am reviving the contest whereby Clubs received awards, etc. for visiting other clubs. I will call this “5SE Visitation Challenge.” At the end of the year I will give an award to the Club that travels the most member miles to visit other clubs and attend Lions events and conventions.
The rules are simple: three members of a club must travel to a visitation. The District Governor, 1 VDG and 2nd VDG do not count for the visitations. It will be retroactive to July 1, 2014. Club visitations are a way of meeting Lions, making new friends, gaining valuable Lions information and increase the comradery we as Lions have.
There is a form in this issue that you can complete for every visitation. Please send the forms to me. I am revising this contest myself and I would hope that the District will adopt it for future years.
Remember, Ask 1—Ask 2—Ask 3. Let’s pay it forward with service this holiday season.
June and I hope you had a Happy Thanksgiving and we wish you a Very Merry Christmas. Have a safe and Blessed Christmas.