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Lions Of South Dakota
             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

    Every Lions Club need a plan. What we accomplish today and what we accomplish in the future depends upon building and strengthening our membership. Survey after survey and study after study have indicated people are volunteering now more than ever.But they have options for volunteering.In other words, the competition for volunteer time is keen. People who volunteer or join a club what to be assured that their time is being used to make a significant impact locally, globally, or both.Meaningful and important service projects will keep members motivated and will feed their generous spirt. They are a great way to show our pride in serving others and involve new members. So I am challenging every club this year to come up with a Membership Development and Leader Development Plan—one that is unique to your club and your community. The “one-size-fits-all” model simply does not work.
   It is my goal this year to have our Lions make more membership invitations that we ever have had resulting is more new members for 5SE than we ever had. JUST ASK.
   Our Fall Forum is coming up on September 27, 2014 in Mitchell. There will be a cabinet meeting September 26th at 7 PM. Remember this is our District 5SE Convention; it is for all Lions members of 5SE not just officers and leaders. All Lions can attend. It is your district and we need your input.There is more information in this issue.
    Peace Poster kits are here. You can contact PDG Ray Schley to obtain a kit. This program is a very good public relations project for your club.
     I have been asked what awards are available to clubs. If you go to our 5SE website and click on District and dropdown to Form & Doc you will find a list of awards. If you click on individual awards it will give you a form to fill out and the qualifications for that award, etc. Hopefully at our next year’s Fall Forum I will have a lot of awards to give out.
     We have a few clubs who have not reported any membership or activities for over 12 months. These reports have to be made monthly to Lions Club International whether you have any membership change or any activities.If you have trouble maneuvering the LCI website, please let me know so we can help you out.
    I would like to give a great big Lions thank you to Sioux Falls Downtown Lions Club member and friend Lion Henry Carlson for a challenge he issued to all Lions of District 5SE. He will match up to $25,000.00 for all donations to the South Dakota Lions Eye & Tissue Bank in the next six weeks. Lion Henry has been a strong supporter of the Eye Bank for many years and he graciously continues to serve the Lions of South Dakota.
    Congratulations to the Dell Rapids Lions Club for 70 years of service to their community. Lion June and I attended their celebration on August 7 along with several Past District Governors and 60 other Lions. I presented a 15-year and 20-year Chevron along with a 50-year Chevron to three Dell Rapids Lions.The keynote speaker for the evening was our South Dakota First Lady Linda Daugaard who gave a delightful and entertaining talk about several Lions she knew from Dell Rapids.
    As Lions we need to roar.  We need to tell everyone in District 5SE and the World who we are and that we will never stop trying because we have service to perform and we are going to provide it no matter what the challenges are.