Lions Of South Dakota
District 5 SE
Lion 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.
I would like to congratulate all of the clubs of District 5SE for membership growth. After several years of declining membership, the report of February 28th showed a net membership increase of 12 members. We have added 102 new members but we have dropped 90 members. Last month I mentioned the new program of “KEEP ONE”. To reach our full potential we have to give more effort to keeping our members. Thriving Lions clubs have happy members and when members are happy, they serve at a higher capacity and remain a part of your Lions club. Encourage your members to participate in club activities so they feel more satisfied. Also keep on “Ask One” and start working on “Keep One.”
March is Eye Donor Awareness month. It is a special time to honor donors and their families for giving the gift of sight and health. Eye do-nations are crucial for research and education as well as corneal transplants that can restore the sight to children and adults. The South Dakota Lions Eye & Tissue Bank recovers, evaluates, stores, and distributes human eye tissue for sight-saving procedures. Lions support more than 50 eye banks in eight countries. Recognize Eye Donor Awareness Month in March. You can contact our own SD Lions Eye & Tis-sue Bank to learn how you can raise awareness in your community.
Is your club looking for a great way to make a difference and find new members? Consider hosting a special service project for family and friends during the “Protecting Our Environment “ campaign in April. You can organize a community clean-up, plant a tree, plan a green campaign or a recycling project to make your community a better place for all. And remember to share your projects through MY LCI to earn a centennial banner patch for our club. Let’s show family and friends how much they mean to us and how much your Lions club means to the community. Host a special event and again invite family and friends – plan an open house, host a lunch or even a picnic – you decide how to introduce family and friends to your club. Start planning your events TODAY.
The Multiple District 5 Convention is coming up on May 28-30th in Fargo. Last year it was held in Watertown and we had a great turnout. Let’s go to Fargo and see if they can out-do 5SE in putting on the MD5 Convention.
The MD5 Youth Camp deadline is March 31st. The camp will be held at Camp Kinship in the Black Hills near Deadwood from July 12-18, 2015. If you need information, please contact Lion Desi Lamb @ email@example.com or call 605-532-3614. There will be more information in this newsletter.
We are still in need of a 2nd Vice District Governor. We need someone to step forward. It is an opportunity to meet other great Lions from our state, multiple district and the world. It is an educational experience you cannot receive else-where.
Don’t forget the Club Traveling Contest and remember to fill out your 5SE Club Visitation form for any traveling your club has done.
I am sure there are some clubs with three members that traveled to the State Convention in Rapid City. I have received a few completed forms but I know there are a lot more.
Remember ASK ONE, ASK TWO, ASK THREE and then KEEP ONE, KEEP TWO, KEEP THREE.