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  District  5 SE

Lion Dennis VanAsch DG
Milbank, SD
(605) 467-0865
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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 2014-2015 is Lion Dennis Van Asch

As my year as your District Governor comes to a close, this will be my last article for your District 5SE Newsletter.

I would like to take this opportunity to thank all the Lions in 5SE for the support, friendship, and hospitality this past year. It was very interesting visiting clubs throughout the District. Each club whether small or large has their own unique way of serving their communities. These communities are much better off by having an active Lions club.

I would like to thank all of my cabinet members who have worked so hard in their respective positions. Our District would not be as strong as we are without you Lions.

In my club visits I have stressed our LCI theme for this year “Strengthen the Pride” through service in your communities, increasing membership, collaboration with other service organizations and through publicity in each community or as I approach the subject “Lions are the best kept secret”.

So many clubs do projects but they don’t publicize who, what, and where. A few clubs do a good job of getting news in their local newspapers and radio stations which I commend them for.

In membership we are showing a positive growth of plus 20 in the District as of April 30th. I do know there are several seniors in our Northern State Campus club who will be graduating in May so I expect some drops with the Campus Club. I have been stressing the family memberships and families working together on projects.

Our Lions Alert project is still a work in progress. Lion Tom Marquardt is heading up this program. He has been working with Lake Area Technical Institute in Watertown to have students build a trailer which we can take to any area that is might be needed. He has secured the ham radio club in Watertown to equip this trailer with a ham radio and they will provide an operator. The trailer will be equipped with flood lights that can be elevated, a generator and some cooking and storage facilities.

We have a very active diabetes awareness program in our District and you can help Lion Robyn Tyler by getting involved in the South Dakota Community Strides Walk Program which will be held on July 11, 2015 in Sioux Falls. Money raised and all donations received from clubs will be used solely to fund research to cure diabetes or to improve the outcomes of diabetes on health and mortality. For more information contact Lion Robyn Tyler at 605-321-7717 or email robyn.tyler@va.gov or the stamp-ingqueen@msn.com.

I recently attended the MD5 Convention in Fargo. The attendance was down from what it was in Watertown last year but it was a very interesting and informative convention. Fargo did a fine job putting the convention together.

I would like to congratulate the BRAN-DON LIONS CLUB for winning the MD5 Scrapbook Contest.
Also congratulations to PDG RAY SCHLEY for receiving the “Presidential Medal” presented to him by Lions International Director Larry Dicus.

Congratulations also to LION TOM MARQUARDT for receiving the Leader-ship Medal also presented by ID Larry Dicus.

As my year winds down, June and I will cherish all the friends we have made this year and over the years. It has been an enjoyable year and a learning experience we will never forget. My year went well other than a few bumps along the way with my health issues.

Yours in Lionism,
District Governor Dennis Van Asch