Vermillion Lions Club hosts district governor At the regular dinner meeting of the Vermillion Lions Club 6 p.m. at the VFW Club, on Thursday, Oct. 7 Jere Chapman and Kent Anderson were initiated into the group by Don Mitchell. They were sponsored by Julie Potter and Lyle Wagner respectively. Lion "Red" Beukelman of Madison was a guest for the evening.
Following the meeting, Beukelman, who is the District 5-SE governor, spoke on Lionism in South Dakota and around the world. He stated that there are 238 new members in this district which is an increase of 10 percent However, organizations everywhere are suffering from the loss of members through age and death and from members leaving. Two goals of those working in the area of membership are to reduce the loss rate by 25 percent and to return to the level of membership seen in 1950.
He encouraged local members to become involved in other levels of Lionism, for example at the zone and district level. He stated that leadership training is offered at multiple levels. The group was also encouraged to foster fellowship by visiting other Lions Clubs, by concentrating on the results of projects rather than on the work it takes to get them done, and to set goals for the group. He also offered the suggestion that Lions clubs join with other community groups to accomplish their projects. Beukelman stressed that clubs need to get out of the "survival mode" and into the "flourishing mode" and to "put Lionism back into Lions."
A challenge has been issued to Lions clubs to raise $10,000 by Nov. 1 to aid those in North Carolina who were so devastated by the recent flooding as a result of Hurricane Floyd.