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

Hello Fellow Lions, the new year is underway.  I hope each club has been busy getting their new year organized and looking for new members.  Remember Just Ask One!  For the Centennial year there are special Centennial Membership Awards provided to all Lions and Lions Clubs for inviting new members and helping to organize new clubs.  If a Lion sponsors a new member, they will be immediately recognized as a Centennial Sponsor and receive a Limited Edition pin and certificate. The new member will also receive a special Centennial pin.  If your club helps to organize a new club, they will also be recognized immediately as a Centennial Club Organizer and receive a Limited Edition pin and certificate.  The longer new members and new clubs stay active, the more awards a Lion or Lions club can earn.  Just a note to all Club secretaries: If you do not have the 20162017 New Member Kits, please order them from LCI so your new members and sponsors will get the Centennial Lions pins.  
You can order Peace Poster kits from Leanne Gutormson at  Please follow the rules as printed carefully so all entries are qualified to be judged. All children 11, 12, &13 on November 15, 2016 are eligible to enter.  Some were not judged last year as they were not correct.  All entries must be to Peace Poster Chairman Lee Ann Gutormson, 2187 21st St. SE, Huron, SD 57350 by November 1st.  
Last years International President Dr. Jitsuhiro Yamada is the Lions Clubs International Foundation Chairperson this year.  He strongly believes that the Foundation is a vital part of Lions International service efforts.  Millions of people around the world have benefited through more than 11,340 Foundation grants which have totaled more than $828 million.  South Dakota was the first one to receive a Grant from LCI.  After the Rapid City flood, they received the grant to help with the clean-up.  So we know first-handed how important they are.  I would like to encourage each club when they are making up there donation lists to include a donation to LCI.  When you as a club or a club member have made a donation to LCI and the amount has reached $1000, your club may present a Melvin Jones award to someone of your choice.
 All club secretaries should have received their 2016-2017 Directories for District 5SE by now.  If you have not, please let me know. 
I have received the LCI Centennial Service Challenge patches which each club gets for completing the Vision, Youth, Hunger, & Environment Challenges.  Those I have not delivered, I will bring to the Fall Forum.  I also have some Club Legacy project patches which I will get to the clubs.  
We have a great Fall Forum set up at the Brandon Municipal golf Course.  Registration forms are in the newsletter.  As we promote our motto of “We Serve”, please remember to bring a non-perishable food item to benefit the Feeding SD food pantry.  I will see you all there.  
DG Larry’s Schedule: September 10 – PDG meeting – Chamberlain
September 15 – Watertown Lions Club visitation – noon
September 15 – Brandon Lions Club visitation – 7 PM
September 15-17 – USA/Canada Forum – Omaha, Nebraska
September 21 – Clark Lions Club visitation – 7 PM
September 22 – Huron Eye Openers visitation – 7 AM
September 22 – Bon Hom Lions Club visitation – 7 PM
September 23-24 - 5SW Fall Rally – Murdo
September 30 – District Cabinet meeting – Brandon Pizza Ranch – 6:00 PM
October 1 – 5SE Fall Forum – Brandon Municipal Golf Course – 8:00 AM with banquet about 4:45 PM  
I hope each club is finding new challenges (mountains) to embark upon so we can make all of our communities better.  

DG Larry Buntrock