Lions Magazine December January 2016



Lions Magazine December January 2016
December 2015/January 2016
The magazine of the British and Irish Multiple District of Lions Clubs International
Lions Clubs International
Helping Children Is Our
Most Urgent Task
Courage, strength and wisdom can
come from the most unlikely sources.
Malala Yousafzai stands five feet
tall—tall enough to stand up to the
Taliban. As a young girl in Pakistan,
she demanded that girls receive an
education. A Taliban gunman shot
her in the head in 2012, but she
survived and received the Nobel
Peace Prize in 2014 for continuing to
advocate for girls’ education.
In accepting the Nobel, she knew
she stood for so many others. “I am
also Shazia. I am Kainat [two girls
who also were shot],” she said in her
powerful speech. “I am Mezon [a
Syrian refugee]. I am Amina
[threatened by Boko Haram in
Nigeria]. I am those 66 million girls
who are deprived of education. And
today I am not raising my voice. It is
the voice of those 66 million girls.”
My presidential theme revolves
around “dignity, harmony and
humanity.” I believe that our
essential mission as Lions is to
perform service that enables people
to live with dignity. We especially
need to aid children, our future. We
need to help children who are
fighting disease, children who are in
refugee camps, children who are
suffering from hunger. We need to
help children escape the vicious cycle
of poverty. We need to provide
children with education and literacy
through the Reading Action Program.
We need to do so much more.
Now is the time for each Lion to take
action to serve children in need
around the world. Our future
depends on it. Malala’s passionate
call to action to help youths must
ring true to Lions today in the same
way as Helen Keller's plea to help
the blind resonated with Lions 90
years ago. As Malala said, “We have
already taken many steps. Now is
the time to take a leap. … We must
work, not wait. Not just the
politicians and world leaders, we all
need to contribute. Me. You. We. It is
our duty.”
PICTURED: Einar Lyngar of
Norway aids a child at a
camp for Syrian war refugees
in Lebanon. Lions of Lebanon
and Norway have brought
clothes and other goods to
the camps in Lebanon near
the Syrian border that hold
120,000 refugees.
Dr. Jitsuhiro Yamada
Lions Clubs International
December 2015/January 2016
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Patron of the Lions Clubs of the British Isles
Her Royal Highness The Countess of Wessex
In this issue we capture the spirit of
service in both words and pictures. For
many, the Christmas period is a time
of joy, food, festivities, tradition,
family, but most importantly it is a
time of giving. This time of year is a
reminder that whilst many of us are
fortunate enough to live comfortably, there are many that
are facing hardships and adversities, even at Christmas.
Thus, as Lions, our humanitarian service is even more
invaluable, especially during the winter months.
As you will read in this issue of LION, many clubs have
had a fruitful year, reaching out to members of the
community that need their help the most. As a collective,
MD105 have actively fundraised a phenomenal sum of
money (some in the most imaginative ways - see P10!)
to support causes they hold close to their hearts on both
a local, national and international scale.
It is also refreshing to see many Lions clubs actively
promoting themselves and Lionism within their
community. The Lions of 105-E epitomize this with their
successful district-wide awareness week (P42) and
Wetherby Lions with their audio-visual PR material to
drive publicity and membership (P39). Let’s not continue
to be ‘the best kept secret’!
I would also like to congratulate the newly re-formed
Whalley & District Lions in celebrating their first Charter
(P8). The sheer scale of fundraising and service they
have done in one year is absolutely astonishing. Here’s to
many more years!
I hope you all enjoyed a very merry Christmas and I wish
you a prosperous New Year.
Clowance (Clo) Lawton
LION Magazine Editor
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1. Amended Chapter II, Paragraph B of the
Board Policy Manual removing reference to
a joint audit committee, reflecting the
establishment of the separate LCIF audit
2. Deleted Chapter XI, Paragraph C.2. of the
Board Policy Manual and amended Chapter
II, Paragraph B.3. of the Board Policy
Manual to reflect the independence of the
internal audit function in the proper
1. Approved CSC (Corporation Service
Company) as the registered agent for the
International Association of Lions Clubs.
2. Adopted a resolution to revise board policy
to reinstate the office of International Third
Vice President.
3. Adopted a resolution to revised Chapter
XX, Paragraphs Q.2. of the Board Policy
Manual related to the distribution of the
Standard Form Constitution and By-Laws.
4. Revised Chapter III, Paragraph E.3. of the
Board Policy Manual to make it consistent
with other provisions in the Board Policy
5. Revised the Standard Form Multiple District
By-Laws in Chapter VII of the Board Policy
Manual to be consistent with previous
changes to the Standard Form District ByLaws.
6. Revised the Trademark Policies in Chapter
XV of the Board Policy Manual to make
board policy related to convention trading
pins consistent with practice.
7. Revised the Advisory Committee to Review
Vice President Candidates in Chapter II,
Paragraph A of the Board Policy Manual to
further define the objective, composition,
duties and term of the Advisory
8. Adopted a resolution to be reported to the
2016 International Convention to amend
the International Constitution to remove
the Emergency Reserve Fund from the
Constitution to allow for more flexibility in
funding programs and services.
9. Adopted a resolution to be reported to the
2016 International Convention to amend
the International By-Laws to revise the
designation of Administrative Officers and,
upon adoption, to revise Chapter XVIII,
Paragraph A and B of the Board Policy
Manual related to administrative officers.
1. Revised 2016 Fukuoka convention
2. Established per diem allowances for
appointed Credentials Committee members
serving without other reimbursement,
District Governors-elect and District
Governors-elect faculty and headquarters
staff attending the Fukuoka convention.
3. Revised convention bid policy to allow for a
designee to attend site inspections for
future cities.
4. Revised policy to increase the convention
registration and housing cancellation fees.
5. Amended policy to include the
reinstatement of the Third Vice President,
effective July 1, 2016.
6. Revised Election Procedures to eliminate
the certification of alternate delegates.
December 2015/January 2016
1. Granted protective status to the Tabubil
Lions Club for a period of six months.
2. Appointed Past District Governor Marina
Barsegova to serve as an additional
Coordinating Lion for the Republic of
Armenia and Past International Director Per
Christensen to serve as an additional
Coordinating Lion for the Republic of
3. Provided new districts, that result from
redistricting proposals that consolidate
transitional districts and is approved prior
to October 2018, a grant in the amount of
US$2.00 per member the first year the
new district is formed and US$1.00 for
each member plus US$10.00 for each net
member increase the two years following
the year of implementation to help defray
the cost of redistricting and support
4. Approved the redistricting proposals from
District 316-C (India), Multiple District 3
(Oklahoma), and Multiple District 316
(India) to take place at the adjournment of
the 2016 International Convention.
5. Revised the Board Policy Manual to
encourage electronic reporting to allow for
the collection of email and phone numbers.
6. Revised the Board Policy Manual to further
protect member information.
7. Revised the Board Policy Manual to correct
a reference to the Executive Administrator.
8. Revised the Board Policy Manual to correct
a reference to a paragraph that had
changed location.
1. Approved the FY 2016 1st Quarter
Forecast, reflecting a deficit.
2. Approved requesting Constitution and ByLaws draft an amendment to the
Constitution to remove Article IX at the
International Convention to be held in
Fukuoka, Japan, in June 2016.
3. Approved rescinding Resolution 5 of the
Finance and Headquarters Operation
Committee report approved at the July
2014 board meeting in Toronto which
modified the suspension policy. This
decision restores the suspension policy
effective immediately to its prior version.
4. Approved a change in board policy effective
July 1, 2016, regarding travel policy for the
third vice president.
5. Approved housekeeping revisions to
Chapter XII and Chapter XXI of the Board
Policy Manual.
1. Approved the plan, schedule and group
leader team for the 2016 DGE Seminar in
Fukuoka, Japan.
2. Revised the Board Policy Manual to
accurately reflect the current nomenclature
of the Leadership Development Committee
and Leadership Development Division.
Lions’ service impact. Adopted a plan
framework summary.
Appointed a strategic planning team for
further plan development and approved
modest budget support.
Authorized formation of an international
working group of Lions to explore future
service approaches to engage more people
in our humanitarian service actions.
Added to the composition of the Centennial
Action Committee.
1. Suspended the Join Together pilot program
but retained the program’s applicability to
Lioness Clubs that desire to become Lions
clubs in the program’s pilot area.
2. Approved a membership grant for
US$25,000 for a special initiative in
Multiple District O (Argentina).
3. Revised the new club charting process
policy language to include online
4. Revised the family member policy language
in relation to qualifications and reporting to
include the verification of residence
information, family relationship, and
reporting online through MyLCI.
5. Revised the Key Award policy language to
include reporting through MyLCI.
6. Updated the Life Membership policy
language to better reflect the automated
approval process.
7. Revised the Life Membership policy
language to remove the International
Board of Directors approval requirement.
1. Replaced current Order of Precedence with
Exhibit A to the PR Committee Report.
2. Placed a moratorium on new official
editions of LION Magazine until January 1,
3. Updated several sections of Chapter XX of
the Board Policy Manual to reflect current
1. Selected Leo Club Advisory Panel members
and alternates for 2015-2017.
2. Consolidated and clarified Chapter 1 of the
Board Policy Manual related to Youth Camp
and Youth Exchange Programs
For more information on any of the
above resolutions, please refer to the
LCI website at or
contact the International Office at
1. Approved the primary goal and supporting
goal of the new five-year strategic plan
being developed: LCI Forward. The primary
goal is to improve the lives of 200 million
per year by the end of 2020-21, tripling
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AwArds & AnniversAries
Whalley & District Lions
Celebrate Their First Charter
The Club re-formed in 2015 starting
a new club Whalley District as the
previous Club had folded around ten
years ago.
Gillian Darbyshire stepped up to be
the First President, Neil Martin the
Vice President, Margaret Twist as the
Secretary and Veronica Brown as the
Treasurer and thus the Club was
born. The Club members are hard
working and have all been active
members of their community for
many years having managed events,
lead local groups and arranged fun
and fundraising activities in the area.
Guiding Lions, Tom Slattery from
Bolton and Caz Morton from
Accrington, have been there
along the way to support the
group’s development.
The Club soon gathered momentum
and now has 21 members and many
friends. This year they have taken
on Best Kept Village and are
currently in the final round awaiting
the results. They have held various
events to raise funds to support their
local community and so far have
raised and donated £4,897.75 to
various local causes and charity.
Along side fundraising, they have
supported The Accrington Carnival
Event, Clitheroe Food Festival, The
Pickwick Festival in Whalley (which
the original Lions of Whalley Club
were involved with) and The Tour of
Britain through Whalley.
The Club volunteered in the run up
and on the day to support the Tour of
Britain and the crowds on the street
to ensure safety and provide
refreshments and entertainment.
This was one of the most exciting
events to have hit the streets of
Whalley and the Ribble Valley; school
children and visitors lined the streets
to watch in awe! After putting up
British and bespoke Whalley Flags
December 2015/January 2016
AwArds & AnniversAries
Melvin Jones
George Bruce of the Lions Club of Bletchley
receives his Melvin Jones Fellowship
George Bruce was a Charter Member of the Bristol Interchange
Lions Club in 1969.The name was later changed to Bristol
Winterbourne Lions Club. He was President Elect in 1976, but a
job promotion meant a move so he joined the Hayes and
Harlington Lions Club where he was President Elect in 1979. In
1980 he was promoted to Senior Manager and sent to the Head
Office of the Manpower Services Commission in Sheffield.
Naturally, he then transferred to the Sheffield Lions Club. In 1983
he was President Elect again, but managed to get a transfer to
the Letchworth Skillcentre in January 1984 as the Deputy
Manager of the Largest Skillcentre in the country, of which there
were 120. He then transferred to the Hitchin Lions Club and in
1986 he was President Elect again. George was then asked to
manage the Skillcentre of Milton Keynes which required a move
to Newport Pagnell and subsequently he joined the Stony
Stratford Lions Club, where he became President in 1989. He
then transferred to the
Bletchley Lions Club
where he was President
Elect in 2002, but due
his wife’s ill heath he
withdrew from the
President’s Office.
St Leonards School in the morning and
Whalley School in the afternoon creating an
amazing patriotic atmosphere. The Lions also
held a table top on the day in the Village Hall
to serve tea and coffee to visitors. It turned
out to be a tremendous event!
by Whalley Chamber of Trade, the
›› provided
Lions gave out flags and horns on the day to
PICTURED: President
Mike Bartlett Presenting
George Bruce with his
Melvin Jones Fellow
award for being a Lions
member for 46 years and
introducing 13 new
members and many years
of working for good
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December 2015/January 2016
It’s a Knockout!
Humberston North Sea Lions Club raise £26,700
After six months of organisation,
Humberston North Sea Lions’ ‘It’s a
Knockout!’ was all over after four
hours of madness. On 2nd August
2005, 34 teams comprising of 300
competitors descended upon
Meridian Park in Cleethorpes to
compete in a variety of (silly!) games
to win points.
After the warm up, competitors ran,
jousted, climbed and pulled team
mates through many inflatables in
the race to win the cup. The
competition’s highlight was the battle
of the giants, where team members
dressed up in these huge outfits and
had to run from one end of a course
to the other without falling over.
Sounds simple enough… except for
the fact that the course was littered
with slippery mats that could be
moved by the competing teams. Let
the hilarity commence!
In addition to the main competition
in the arena there were several
refreshment areas and
entertainments including stilt walkers
and street theatre. The Lions also ran
lots of children’s games for the
visitors as well as their marquee full
of information and regalia helping to
raise the Lions profile to over 2,000
visitors who had come to the arena
to enjoy the day.
Frank Chalkley, Lions President said
his team, led by Lions Tim Donovan
and Clive Genney, had done a
brilliant job.
“It was tremendous fun. We even
had a team from our twin club in
Duisburg, Germany and they said
they had the best time they had ever
had – and they came third! All the
money is going locally. Some of the
teams that took part were from local
charities so they, of course, have
been helped this year.”
The day raised over £26,700 for
charities that are mostly involved in
helping young people. The largest
December 2015/January 2016
donation of £12,000 went to the
Grimsby and District branch of the
Sue Proudlove from the charity said,
"We are delighted the Lions have
chosen us as their main charity. They
have raised such a large amount. It
will make a huge difference to our
ability to deliver services to
vulnerable children in the Grimsby
and Cleethorpes area. It is not every
day you are given £12,000 and we
are most grateful to the Lions."
Home Start Chief Executive Officer
Tracey Ruddock received a cheque
and was most grateful to the Lions.
"We put a team in and helped raise
funds for our parenting programme
and improving healthy options for
families. It is a lifeline to a lot of
families in East Lindsey."
Another recipient was Macmillan
Nurses, which was the chosen charity
of the Knockout winners Lovelle
Bacons, Estate Agents. Property
management spokeswoman Chloe
Probert said: "We are already
preparing for the next Knockout
event. It is all down to tactics. We
were delighted to have won at our
first attempt, but we will be back as
reigning champions!" Chambers pub
team of Grimsby came a proud
second in the competition.
Other recipients included 195
(Grimsby) Squadron Air Training
Corp, Fusion Boxing Fit, St Andrew's
Children's Hospice, the Child
Development Centre, two narcolepsy
charities and St Luke's Hospice
in Sheffield.
This was Humberston North
Sea Lions’ 7th It’s a
Knockout. This year's total
has taken the Club's total
amount raised by this event
since it began in 2007 to
more than £140,000.
December 2015/January 2016
The Perfect
Christmas Present
Danni Clarke, a 32 year old mum of four paralysed by a rare brain
condition and unable to walk has had the Christmas present she wished
for; a specially designed all-terrain wheelchair which will allow her to go
on adventure trips with her husband and children.
Hereford Lions Club, playing the role of Santa delivered the £3,300 lifechanging wheelchair they bought for her after hearing of her plight. It’s a
tough superbly engineered machine capable of taking her on country
rambles or to the beach on seaside holidays
Said Danni at her home in Bodenham Hereford said, “This was the best
Christmas present I could possibly have wished for and I am grateful to
the Lion’s Club for such a generous gift.”
Kilkenny Lions Launch
Spirit of Christmas Appeal
This appeal is the biggest fund
raising event of the year for the
Kilkenny Lions. Over three days, the
Clubs hold an auction of locally
sponsored goods through the local
radio station KCLR 96FM and the
local paper. The auction consists of a
general auction of over 100 items
and a separate farm auction of over
50 farm items. The auctions usually
raises over €25,000.
At the launch, Mayor Joe Malone
congratulated the Lions Club for the
positive contribution they make in
Kilkenny, such as the various
fundraising activities in the run up to
the Christmas period, which includes
the Hamper Appeal, Schools
Concert, Wine Fair and the Street
Brian Cody, Irish hurling manager of
Kilkenny senior team and former
player, said he was privileged and
proud to be involved with the Lions
Christmas Hamper Appeal as the
funds raised assist local
organisations that do such great
work. He also thanked the business
people who donate the goods to be
auctioned as part of the appeal.
Even though there are so many calls
on them, the Kilkenny business
community constantly come forward
in a generous way. He also thanked
the people of Kilkenny for their
support and community spirit as
well as KCLR radio station and the
Kilkenny People who do such good
work in promoting the appeal.
Maeve O’ Flynn, President of
Kilkenny Lions, thanked everybody
for coming to the launch of the
Appeal which is now in its 24th year.
She said, “When we think of
Christmas we conjure up an image
in our heads of warmth, open fires,
cupboards full of plenty, children
with their toys and gifts and an air
of happiness but sadly this is not the
case for everybody. By us all coming
together, putting in an effort,
making a contribution we are
enhancing our community and
making it a better and nicer place to
live in.”
“The people of Kilkenny, the
businesses, shops and companies
show a deep spirit of generosity and
kindness for which the Lions Club
are extremely thankful.”
The Club hopes that the 2015 “Spirit
of Christmas Appeal” will be the
biggest and most successful to date.
December 2015/January 2016
The Bubble Foundation
baby Emily Liu, with
mum Zhihua
In a packed programme between 28th
September and 5th October 2015, the
Morpeth Lions Club managed to raise
over £2000 for the President's chosen
charity, the Bubble Foundation.
survival has now
increased from 50%
to 80% thanks to the
staff and expertise of
the Bubble Unit.
"Bubble" babies are born without an
immune system and they cannot
fight infection. Even the simplest cold
virus passed on by a mother's kiss
can kill them. They are cared for by a
bubble of clean air known as sterile
isolation. The Bubble Foundation
works to save the lives of these
To raise money, the
Morpeth Lions were
on the streets
collecting during the
Food Festival raising near £650. The
very next day they were bag packing
in Asda, Ashington raising a further
£400. This eight day period also
included two Charity Chinese
Banquets that were attended by 120
people and raised over £1000. Not
content with just fundraising, Lions
Club members also helped out at the
Special Olympics held in Morpeth
Leisure Centre on 1st October 2015.
The Children's Bone Marrow
Treatment Unit in Newcastle is only
one of two specialised centres in the
British Isles that give these babies a
chance of life. The treatment involves
transplanting new immune cells into
the babies' bone marrow to help
them develop an immune system.
Treatment can be for 6 months or
more. The Unit also treats older
children with deficient immune
systems. The good news is that
Bubble Foundation's Fundraising
Manager, Gill Johnson was invited to
receive a cheque from President Ian
Brown. She was delighted to receive
the monies which will go towards
much needed state-of-the-art
equipment and research.
Lion President Ian Brown
congratulated the Club on a
tremendous effort but added none of
this would be possible without the
generosity of the local communities,
friends and visitors. Ian thanked all
those attending the events, those
who gave raffle prizes, the staff at
Asda Ashington and the management
and staff of the Mulan Restaurant
without whom the Charity Dinners
would not have been possible.
Foundation UK
December 2015/January 2016
Autism Assistance Dogs Ireland
Carrickmacross Lions members have
proudly donated their first portion of
their €15,000 raised to fund the
training and purchase of an
Assistance dog for a child with Autism
in association with AADI Ireland. The
puppy is now in training and will be
suitable for a child in 18 months. The
dog will then be placed with a child in
the Carrickmacross area.
Autism Assistance Dogs Ireland is a
national charity that provides highly
trained assistance dogs for autistic
children and their families. Their dogs
are trained to provide independence,
safety, and companionship to children
who would otherwise live in a very
isolated world.
Having an assistance dog helps them
to be able to partake in simple
everyday activities that the rest of us
take for granted. The dog allows
families to be able to go out again
and take their child to places that
they would normally avoid, such as a
simple trip to the local shop.
The dog is attached to the child via a
belt which is linked to the dog’s
jacket. The parent then takes control
of the dog by the lead, ensuring the
child is always safe.
It takes up to two years to train an
Autism Assistance dog. For the first
twelve months, the puppy is placed
with a Puppy Foster Carer who brings
it up in a sociable environment in
order for it to become a suitable
assistance dog.
The dog then starts its training for
three months after which it is
matched to a suitable child and family
who will have already been assessed
and accepted for an assistance dog.
All dogs have access to shops and
restaurants. and wear a red jacket
with a logo to identify them as an
assistance dog.
The family are given intensive
training to ensure they are confident
before taking the dog home. This is
then followed up by aftercare visits to
the home.
It cost €15,000 to train each dog and
all money is raised through
fundraising events. Carrickmacross
Lions Club are the only Lions club in
Ireland to have raised funds for this
cause. It is a long process but a very
worthwhile one!
December 2015/January 2016
Every minute a newborn baby
dies from infection caused
by a lack of safe water and
an unclean environment.
It doesn’t have to be this way.
This winter we want to reach 130,000
mums and their families around the
world with safe water.
Every £1 you donate to WaterAid’s Deliver Life
appeal between 10 November and 10 February
will be doubled by the UK Government
meaning we can help twice as
many mothers and babies.
Water Aid / Anna Kari
To donate to this appeal
send a cheque payable to
‘WaterAid’ to
47-49 Durham St
London SE11 5JD
or call 020 7793 4594
Registered charity numbers 288701 (England and Wales) and SC039479 (Scotland)
LIBRA Campaigner Receives
Melvin Jones Fellowship Award
Dedicated LIBRA supporter Trevor Jones, from Woking, received a Melvin Jones
Fellowship on 2nd December 2015 in recognition of his outstanding fundraising
efforts for the Lions International Blood Research Appeal (LIBRA)
PICTURED BELOW: King’s Patient
Trevor Jones holding his Melvin
Jones Fellowship (MJF) Award
Trevor received the MJF
Award during the LIBRA AGM at
King’s and was congratulated by
Trustees, along with many special
guests including Nick Moberly, Chief
Executive of King’s College Hospital,
and Professor Ghulam Mufti, Head of
King’s Haematology Department.
District Governor of 105 SE Lion Bob
Prebble presented Trevor with the
award, alongside Lion Alan Bartlett of
Woking Lions Club. Alan, former
LIBRA Treasurer, and the members of
Woking Lions Club made the MJF
Award application earlier this year.
They provided Trevor with support
during his campaign and he also
attended some of their Club
Following the award presentation
Trevor made a touching speech and
he commented: “I am humbled to
receive this prestigious award and
would like to say a huge thank you.
I received such great care at King’s
and can’t thank the haematology
team enough. When I was receiving
treatment I picked up a LIBRA
newsletter and decided to raise funds
for the charity as it supports the
department that saved my life.
December 2015/January 2016
“I am also grateful to the nursing
staff at King’s, my friends and family
who have supported me throughout
my treatment. I will treasure the
award and really appreciate Woking
Lions Club securing it for me. I am
delighted that the funds we have
raised will help to save the lives of
other blood cancer patients.”
Trevor, the figurehead of the
fundraising campaign, his wife Julie
and their close friend Ann Roberts
organised various fundraising
activities for LIBRA and inspired
others to get involved. From race
nights and pamper evenings, through
to a magic supper and Grand Finale
Ball – Trevor and his team worked
tirelessly to generate funds. One of
their biggest achievements was
securing a £3,000 grant from the
Lloyds Bank Community Fund 2013
for Woking.
The funds raised by Trevor and his
family have been donated to LIBRA’s
Giving 4 Growth Campaign in aid of
the Haematology Department. The
campaign target is £200,000 and
these funds are urgently required for
the development of three laboratories
Trevor received lifesaving
treatment for Acute Myeloid
Leukaemia under the
supervision of the
Haematology team at King’s
College Hospital and he
decided to launch a
fundraising campaign for
LIBRA as a way of giving
something back to the
Haematology Department.
With the support of family
and friends, he launched a
campaign on 1st March 2013
and within 18 months
£20,000 had been raised.
PICTURED: Nick Moberly, Chief
Executive at King’s College Hospital,
Professor Ghulam Mufti, Head of
Haematology at King’s, and LIBRA
Chairman Lion Andrew Lodge
including the Cellular Therapy
Laboratory, Stem Cell Laboratory and
the hospital's Rayne Cell Therapy
Suite, a licensed cleanroom facility.
The Rayne Cell Therapy Suite is
dedicated to the manufacture of
advanced experimental therapies
including a new cell vaccine by
immune gene therapy for the
treatment of Acute Myeloid
Leukaemia (AML), the first of its kind
in the world.
To find out more about the
Giving 4 Growth Campaign in
aid of LIBRA, please visit:
Riding for the Disabled
Blackmore Vale Lions support Riding for the Disabled (RDA) with a donation
of £500 to Tessa Woodhouse, the Chairman of Henstridge RDA
RDA is a charitable service that uses
horses and ponies to provide therapy,
achievement and enjoyment to
people with disabilities all over the
UK. They rely on voluntary help,
donations and legacies to deliver
their services.
Tessa Woodhouse explains that
although the RDA tag is “Riding for
the Disabled”, there are many users
of the service who may not wish to
be called disabled. For these people
RDA means Riding Develops Abilities
which is also an accurate reflection of
the work we do.
Many local schools take advantage of
this service together with groups who
are getting over accidents or illness
and the many volunteers ensure that
there is always at least a one to one
volunteer to rider ratio.
the event of inclement weather, or if
anyone either cannot physically get
on a horse or are of a nervous
disposition, there are two mechanical
horses that will provide a great
stepping stone to the real thing.
At Henstridge there are currently
eight horses available to ride but in
On Their High Horse
Lytham St Annes Lions in Lancashire have also
supported the charity Riding for the Disabled (RDA)
for many years and have donated many thousands
of pounds to the charity. Recently they made a trip
to Midgeland Riding School in Blackpool to view a
special piece of equipment that had recently been
installed with the help of their financial support.
The riding simulator known as 'RADAR' costed over
£50,000 and can be use by riders of all abilities, but
it is particularly useful for disabled riders.
Vice President Eileen Skelly was quick to mount the
horse followed by Lion Erica Collins and both were
thrilled by the experience as ‘it was so realistic’. One
elderly and disabled member of the RDA said, "I feel
I have a new lease of life. What an amazing piece of
equipment, allowing me to relive the love of riding."
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Each issue this section will
focus on a Club, their history
and what they’ve been up to
recently. To appear on this
page, please encourage your
President or Press and
PR Officer to email
[email protected]
with information and
photographs (in a high
resolution JPEG format).
Environmental projects have been a
focus of the Club during the last six
years, with the very first event the
club participated in being a litter pick
at a local nature reserve and then the
planting of over 900 trees in one
morning at Sandwell Valley Country
Park. It was truly a community event
with over 60 Lions, members of the
public and a District Governor and
Vice District Governor, who found
themselves up to their knees in a
pile of horse manure, while preparing
the ground.
Over the years, the Club has engaged
in a variety of service activities,
helping members of the local
community. For example, the Club
helped redecorate and furnish a flat
for a local family who were separated
due to both emotional and financial
December 2015/January 2016
Sandwell Lions Club
Sandwell Lions Club, formed in 2009, is a club with fun at its heart. Described as
‘Brownies for adults’, by Past President Rosie Eynon, during her Charter speech,
the Club strives to serve, fundraise and have fun all at the same time, through a
variety of activities, whilst always keeping family and fellowship in mind.
The Club’s membership has remained at approximately 25 since formation with
members ranging from 25 to 85! Building on this, a Branch Club has been
formed in a local community nearby. Yellow Card drops have been a
fundamental part of our membership with approximately half of the club
members being recruited as a result of an invite to an ‘Information Evening’
dropping through their door. The Club’s philosophy is that if nobody turns up, at
least 2000 people saw the Lions logo on their doormat!
In the six years the Club has been formed, it has built a reputation of ‘trying
anything once’ and hearing the words ‘I’ve had an idea…’ at a meeting which
resulted in the Club hosting 105M’s 40th District convention in 2015. The Club
were proud of the success of the weekend, especially as Lions with less than five
years of service helped to put the weekend together.
difficulties because of the ill health of
a parent, thus providing the family
with a suitable environment for them
to live in and be reunited. Two
members regularly transported a
local resident to weekly rehabilitation
sessions at Conductive Education
Therapy after she suffered a stroke.
partnerships with local businesses
and the local council. As a result of
this, BMW Sytner Oldbury, have
provided Santa with a car, lovingly
referred to as the ‘reindeers’, to tow
the Sleigh each year and have also
invited the Club to fundraise at
different events at the dealership.
Club members and their families
have also regularly supported
collections for a local food bank,
alongside this, over the past two
years donations of Advent Calendars
and selection boxes at Christmas
time has helped make Christmas
special for those in need. Their Lions
have also given their time to raise
funds for organisations
such as Marie Curie and the Royal
British Legion.
They were also invited to help
marshal the Olympic Torch route as it
passed through Sandwell and have
also regularly marshalled for the Free
Radio Walkathon and the Alzheimer’s
Society Memory Walk. Helping a star
of CBeebies, Mr Bloom, at a BBC
filming event, enabled the Lions to be
‘security’ for the television star,
protecting him from the hoards of
three year old groupies at a live stage
show! Over the two days,
approximately 3000 people saw the
Lions logo being proudly displayed by
their our members.
Over the course of the last six years,
the Club has formed successful
As a club, members work hard to
fundraise, through a selection of
events such as a Spooky Sponsored
Walk, a Halloween disco in association
with 888 Squadron Oldbury Air
Cadets, annual Easter Egg raffles and
the traditional Santa Sleigh run. They
also attend annual events such as The
Sandwell Show, where Bog Off is a
favourite game, with local people
often being asked to ‘test their aim!’
Participation in the local Raft Races,
also provides the Club with an
opportunity for fun and fellowship,
whilst raising funds. Building the raft
was a social event and everyone was
pleased that it stayed afloat!
Donations have been made to local
people and organisations, with Club
members often becoming emotional
support for those in need. The Club
supports Lions’ International projects
and fully funded a Water Well in Niger,
which provides clean water for many
people. Supporting the Past District
Governor’s Partners Appeal spurred
the Club on to help the homeless in
our area, through the purchase of a
washing machine for the SIFA Fireside
Centre in Birmingham, along with the
donation of many items of clothing
and household goods.
The Club has also twinned successfully
with Manzini Lions Club in Swaziland,
with two members, returning on a
visit to a previous home, visiting twice
in recent years to provide donations
for the building of a house for a ‘gogo’,
a grandmother and her grandchildren,
whose house had been destroyed
by fire. More recently, a further
donation was made to help fund a
water project to support the whole
village community.
The Club’s social events form an
important part of our calendar, with
camping trips (it always rains!), games
nights, travelling dinner parties, Car
Treasure Hunts, Bingo Nights, informal
Charter celebrations and through
making the meetings short, lively,
humorous! At the heart of these
activities is the fact that all family
members are invited and fully
encouraged to participate in the fun!
Over the years, Sandwell Lions Club
has become an integral part of the
local community and is proud to be
making memories!
December 2015/January 2016
Caring for Mothers and
their Babies in Ecuador
At meetings in their clubhouse Quito
Lions trade gossip, jest with one
another and plan projects. Next to
the clubhouse is a concrete reminder
of their commitment to service: the
Quito los Olivos Lions have operated
a community medical centre in the
space adjacent to its clubhouse
since 1997.
Funded by modest patient fees, the
Quito los Olivos Medical Center is
staffed by a team of 22 medical
professionals and operates six days
per week. From microsurgery and
neurosurgery to ophthamology to
maxillofacial surgery, the clinic
provides routine and specialised
medical care to approximately 20,000
people each year. Since 2002, the
clinic has offered extensive services
for cleft lip and cleft palate, free of
charge to the families in need of
those services.
Quito, Ecuador's capital, sits high in
the Andean foothills. Chartered in
1980, the Quito los Olivos Lions Club
has 29 members.
Recently, their clinic has seen an
increase in the number of low-income
expectant mothers seeking care. The
private clinics in the area typically
charge US$30 to US$50 for prenatal
and maternity services, which is
beyond the financial means of many
residents. Consequently, more
women are turning to the Quito los
Olivos Medical Center for quality,
acessible health care and
family services.
To accomodate the increased
demand, local Lions clubs built a
second floor on the clinic to house a
dedicated maternity ward. With the
new space allocated and the
professional expertise already on
hand, all that was missing was the
medical equipment.
December 2015/January 2016
Lions Clubs International Foundation
(LCIF) awarded a US$59,043
Standard Grant to the Lions of
Ecuador to equip the new maternity
clinic. Local Lions used these funds to
purchase critical supplies such as an
infant radiant warmer, a fetal
monitor, newborn cribs, three electric
hospital beds, a portable
electrocardiograph machine, other
diagnostic tools, a pediatric scale
and birthing table.
“It is important to face life with a
smile,” says patient Laura Inés
Rodríguez Zapater. “LCIF and the
Quito los Olivos Lions Club have
provided us with a reason to smile!”
The LCIF grant has substantially
increased the amount of services the
clinic can offer. The new maternity
clinic now provides women of
childbearing age with family planning
education, health screenings,
prenatal care, delivery and postpartum care. The clinic also offers
vaccinations, nutritional counseling
and therapeutic services for children.
The addition of the maternity clinic
means the Quito los Olivos Medical
Center will now serve an expected
30,000 people each year, which
means healthier mothers, healthier
families and a healthier community.
LCIF Standard grants provide
matching funds from US$10,000 to
US$100,000 to Lions clubs or districts
that have identified a need within
their community and have a plan to
address that need. Projects must
serve a large number of people and
must be beyond the scope of
traditional club and/or district
fundraising activities. Standard
grants generally provide capital
funding for equipment and
infrastructure needs.
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please visit
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The Joyful Spirit of Service
We live in the age of video. YouTube
uploads 300 hours of video every
minute. You, I and everyone else are
watching them. Yet photography
remains an incredibly powerful
medium for capturing our modern
lives. As U.S. photographer Alfred
Stieglitz once said, “In photography
there is a reality so subtle that it
becomes more real than reality.”
Service is beautiful. It’s love. It’s
kindness. It’s charity in action. It’s
spirit taking flesh. It’s dignity,
harmony, humanity (my presidential
theme)—not only for those we serve
but also for Lions.
In this special photo issue we
spotlight the profound reality of our
service through the brilliant gaze of a
camera lens. These photos illuminate
the grace and beauty of our service.
In a typical issue of the LION we tell
stories of those we’ve helped and the
Lions who serve. Here we convey our
remarkable, timeless impact on the
world through the power of images
fixed in particular times and places
PICTURED: Buddy (of the
film “Elf”) and his elf
friends are warm with
holiday spirit despite
frosty December
temperatures in Illinois
at the Reindeer Run 5K,
hosted by the Wheaton
Lions Club and the
Wheaton Park District.
Our service is not in any way rote or
routine or mechanical. Our service is
joyful, peaceful and full of good
cheer. It’s quite in line with the
buoyant mood of this time of year—
the holiday season. Toshiko and I
wish you health and happiness. May
2016 be filled with love and laughter
in your Lions world and among loved
Dr. Jitsuhiro Yamada
Lions Clubs International
December 2015/January 2016
PICTURED: A camper at
the Louisiana Lions
Camp befriends a horse
on the day an
equestrian group
PICTURED: John David Friend
of Kentucky luxuriates amid
the 210 pairs of shoes
collected for those in need by
him and other Stanford Lions.
Wolff prepares to ice a cake at
the Macoupin County Center
for the Developmentally
Disabled, a day learning center
in Carlinville, Illinois, that is
supported by Lions. Wolff
baked a cake for the annual
Carlinville Lions Club Carnival.
A counselor at Camp Leo and
a former camper, Steven Faulk
does yoga at the week-long
camp for blind children,
sponsored by the Hilton Head
Island, Hilton Head Island
Noon and Sun City Okatie
Lions clubs on Hilton Head
Island in South Carolina.
Crescent Lions (from left)
Larry Stryker, Teresa
O’Donnell-Ebner and Bill Goff
plant a tree, one of more than
2,200 planted by the
Minnesota club.
Continued on page 24
December 2015/January 2016
PICTURED: Lion Joe Wayne
Walker starts the turtle race
run by Panama City Lions in
Florida; Lion J.D. Webster is to
his right. Begun in 1960, the
race switched to batterypowered turtles about 20 years
ago because gopher tortoises
were declared as endangered.
PICTURED : Members of the allwomen Aichi Nanohana Lions
Club in Japan stand amid the
canola flowers they planted at
a train station to promote local
tourism. The club partnered
with schoolchildren and the
Toyohashi Railroad Company on
the project. Nanohana in
Japanese means “wild flower.”
PICTURED: Rylie Seidel, 7,
screams with joy at the La Habra
Corn Festival, the signature
event of the La Habra Host Lions
Club in California.
December 2015/January 2016
PICTURED: Randall DeWitt, 32, of
Stoughton, Massachusetts, wears
his night-vision goggles that allow
him to see after dark. Stoughton
Lions purchased the goggles for
DeWitt, who has Usher Syndrome.
PICTURED: A blind teenager visits
a farm in Minnesota as part of the
Buddy Program, supported by the
Lafayette & Area, New Ulm,
Shakopee, Richfield and
Minneapolis Riverview Lions clubs.
PICTURED: A staffer at the
New York State School for
the Blind, supported by
more than 100 Lions clubs,
helps Jordan with his golf
swing at the school’s new
miniature golf course.
PICTURED: A public safety
employee demonstrates a
drone at a beach in
Duxbury, Massachusetts;
the Duxbury Lions Club
held a family fun day to
raise funds for the fire
department to buy a drone
to help search for people
missing in the water or
woods and to assess
storm damage.
PICTURED: A man in Nepal
thanks Lions from Multiple
District 300 Taiwan who
aided his village after the
devastating earthquake
in April.
Continued on page 26
December 2015/January 2016
PICTURED: Schoolchildren in
Bangladesh display their clean hands
after Chittagong Karnaphuli Lions
instructed them in avoiding disease.
PICTURED: Malaysian
schoolchildren try on their glasses,
donated by Penang Komtar Lions.
PICTURED: Dr. Adel Racz, a Leo
in Hungary, checks a man’s
vision at a screening organized
by District 119.
December 2015/January 2016
PICTURED: A woman in India has
her eyes tested at a screening
organized by the Chennai
Triplicane Lions Club, which
chartered this year.
PICTURED: A young patient at a
hospital in the Philippines is not alone
in her fight against cancer thanks to
the Quezon City Kawilihan Lions Club.
PICTURED: President
Bernie Newell of the
Rosewood Lions Club in
Australia gets
comfortable before his
club’s lawn bowling
PICTURED: Participants in
the Canton Lions Club’s
Building Bridges Mud Run in
North Carolina delight in the
waterslide at the end of a
three-mile, mud-filled
obstacle course.
PICTURED: These wee lads
join hands at the Twin
Festival in Ireland held by
the Carrickmacross Lions
PICTURED: Hired by the
Miskolc Lions Club, a clown
entertains children with
special needs including
vision impairment in
December 2015/January 2016
Centennial Service Challenge:
Protecting the Environment
"If you are thinking a year ahead,
sow a seed, if you are thinking ten
years ahead, plant a tree.” This has
been the fighting spirit that inspired
members of the Aberystwyth Lions
Club and the Laoac United Lions Club
in Northern Philippines in their fight
to protect the environment.
For years now, we have been told
repeatedly that we have been
destroying Mother Earth and the
balance of Nature. We have been
cutting down far too many trees than
planting replacements. Also, on a
wider scale, we have been
systematically denuding our forests
for lumber. This we do at a much
quicker pace, often prompted by
greed, than carrying out work of
reforestation, unmindful of the
negative effects on the symbiotic
relationship between plants and
Environment provided a great
opportunity that brought to life a
united effort from most, if not all of
the 46,000 clubs in 208 countries
around the world.
The Aberystwyth Lions Club and the
Laoac United Lions Club, one and
united, were spurred into a concerted
response together. Needless to say,
the tree planting conservation effort
carried out by the clubs
internationally as a result of the
Centennial Service Challenge of
Protecting the Environment has
slowed down the negative effects of
deforestation. It is a concrete
manifestation of conservation and
preservation of our environment.
The officers and members of the
Aberystwyth Lions Club, District 105
W, British Isles and Ireland and the
Laoac United Lions Club in District
301-C Northern Philippines, are
happy in the knowledge that they
have somehow contributed towards
the Protection of our Environment.
A single tree can
absorb as much as
48 pounds of carbon
dioxide each year
and produce enough
oxygen to support
two human beings.
With the Tree Planting Program
initiated by the Lions Club
International, Clubs all over the world
responded to the need. The
Centennial Service Challenge
Campaign of Protecting the
December 2015/January 2016
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Last Night of the Proms
Saturday 10th October 2015 was a
night to remember in Gnosall when in
excess of 80 people were treated to
the most amazing evening of music
and singing courtesy of the brilliant
Rugeley Power Station Band and
Stafford’s own Military Wives Choir.
The evening commenced with the
Rugeley Power Station Band opening
with a very lively and diverse
programme of music from Colonel
Bogey through to Pirates of the
Caribbean, all of which got the hall
rocking and the enthusiastic audience
responding with gusto.
They were followed onto the stage by
the Military Wives Choir from
Stafford. Resplendent in their
evening dresses they treated the
audience to a very varied programme
including an amazing rendition of ‘I
had a Dream’ from Les Misérables
which moved many visitors to tears.
The second half of the programme
(happily!) did not commence
according to plan. The evening’s
entertainment was extended when
the choir wanted to carry on singing
other pieces they had prepared,
much to the delight of the audience!
The band then returned to the stage
with the continuation of their
programme with music from Dances
with Wolves, Can’t Help Falling in
Love, and the grand finale of Fantasia
December 2015/January 2016
on British Sea Songs. The choir then
joined the band in a rendition of
‘Land of Hope and Glory’ and
‘Jerusalem’ to three encores and
an enthusiastic audience on their
feet waving flags, programmes
and singing their hearts out along
with them.
Both the Band and the Stafford
Military Wives Choir gave such an
unforgettable evening. The Rugeley
Power Station Band comprised of
over 25 members aged from 13
through to over 70, all of whom are
so accomplished and professional.
The Stafford Military Wives Choir are
all wives, partners, daughters or exservice members who adopted
Gareth Malone’s idea to form a
similar choir in Stafford. Their group
has now been in existence for just
over two years, having grown both in
number and ability, and are a joy to
listen to. To those who were unable
to attend, Gnosall Lions have already
booked both for next year so keep
your eyes open for their posters
nearer the time.
The Club thanks all those who
supported the evening, having made
an amazing £340 which will all be
used by Gnosall Lions for approved
good causes. They would also like to
thank Den Seigetsz from BBC Radio
Stoke for inviting the Lions along to
their studio on his show to talk about
the event and also to Stafford FM
who did likewise.
PICTURED: Stafford Military Wives’ Choir
Welcome Home Sadie
But when a number of local tradesmen
discovered her plight they clubbed
together and offered their spare time free
of charge to complete the work Sadie
had started so she could continue her
recovery in her own home. After an initial
assessment, they costed all the materials
they would require and approached
Malton Lions who were happy to
contribute over £1,200 to the materials
bill for the roof and drains. In addition,
Dave Watson, the partner of Lion Anne
Harrison, was able to install a chimney
liner free of charge for her new fire which
he acquired at a very competitive price.
A cancer diagnosis is life changing at the
best of times, but when Sadie Pattinson
was diagnosed it also put an end to the
steady restoration she was completing on
her home. The knock on effect was that
after treatment, the state of her partially
restored home meant that a return would
almost certainly put her recovery at risk
whilst her immune system was returning
to normal.
Whilst Sadie was convalescing with her
family, 40 volunteers worked on the
house fitting the bathroom suit that had
been kindly donated by the local branch
of MKM. The Malton Rotarians also
made a financial contribution that helped
the renovation.
After returning home, Sadie held an open
day to thank everyone concerned and
Lion President Mark Harrison went along
to represent the Club.
The pictures tell the story and everyone
concerned is delighted that Sadie is
home and can continue her recovery.
December 2015/January 2016
Lions Club International
World Sight Day
Beccles Lions Club teamed up with
the Observatory Opticians to organise
an event to mark Lions Club
International World Sight Day. The
Mayor of Beccles, Mr Hugh Taylor and
Ms Jacqui Sayer, Practice Manager of
the Observatory, were blindfolded
whilst Club President, Lion Keith
Moore and Lion Chris Lambert guided
them round the streets of Beccles.
Following his experience, the Mayor
of Beccles said, “Walking around
familiar streets while blindfold was a
completely unfamiliar experience.
Although ‘guided’ for the most part,
and knowing that there was always
someone close at hand watching for
pitfalls and obstacles, it was an
unnerving thing to do. The complete
loss of sight meant that the other
senses (hearing and touch) quickly
became enhanced and it was
surprising how soon (very quickly)
those senses compensated for the
loss of sight.
That only made it a little easer
though as the perspective and visual
judgement which ‘sight' gives was
remarkably disabling. The sound of
cars which, if you could see them you
would have realised posed no threat,
became threatening and alarming as
did sensing or hearing people passing
close by - this was a wholly different
world to navigate. Having someone
else nearby in the same predicament
was comforting though and we found
that we were calling out to each
other for, I suppose, reassurance and
had we had neither guides nor each
other for company, there were
occasions during our ‘walk’ when I for
one would have felt the need to ask if
anyone nearby could help. For
instance, when realising that there
seemed to be no way around
obstacles as the white stick we each
held indicated no apparent route, or
when crossing a road with the sound
December 2015/January 2016
of cars and heavier vehicle engines
all around.
My stick was coloured red and white
to indicate, to those who would know
and not many would I suspect, that
the carrier was both blind and deaf.
The loss of that sense too would have
made something quite difficult and
disconcerting, to put it mildly,
almost terrifying.
thought as to the difficulties and
challenges they face in navigating
their way through a world that most
of us find it comparatively easy to
deal with - believe me, it is not.
I would like to thank the Beccles
Lions and the Observatory Opticians
for allowing me to experience,
albeit briefly, the world of the
visually handicapped.”
So, when next you see a blind or
partially-sighted person, spare a
PICTURED: Mayor of
Llandudno Cllr Frank
PICTURED: Lion President
Gordon Woodyatt at
Remembrance Sunday
An Act of Commemoration
Fallen but never forgotten. Llandudno Lions remember those that were lost in conflict
Members of the Lions Club of
Llandudno and the Mayor of
Llandudno held a service of
remembrance to honour the local
volunteers who had fought in the
South African (Boer) War between
1900 to 1902. The service was held in
the ancient church of St Tudno
situated on the Great Orme. The
service was conducted by the Rector
Prebendary John Nice, who warmly
welcomed members of the club and
the Mayor to the church.
This annual service followed on from
when the Llandudno Lions had the
memorial refurbished over five
years ago. It has now become a
regular Club event that takes
place on the Saturday before
Remembrance Sunday.
After the service an Act of
Commemoration took place at the
memorial obelisk within the church
A spokesman for the Club said, “This
is what Lionism is about. It is a group
coming together and doing something
cemetery. The Mayor of Llandudno
Cllr Frank Bradfield and Club
President Gordon Woodyatt laid
wreaths at the memorial after a two
minutes’ silence.
for the community. The memorial
needed attention and we were able to
do something. Following this, the
Town Council made a donation to the
Lions and the Club put this money
towards sponsoring new slates for St
Tudno’s church roof.”
The Lion President and members of
the Club were out on parade again on
Remembrance Sunday along with
other voluntary groups. It was a
proud moment for President Gordon
Woodyatt, the town’s Parade Marshal,
who laid a wreath on behalf of the
Lions Club of Llandudno.
December 2015/January 2016
Newquay Beer Festival
Friday 25th - Sunday 27th September
2015. Newquay Towan Blystra Lions
held their third Newquay Beer
Festival at Hendra Holiday Park. What
a fantastic weekend! All three days of
the beer festival drew in large crowds
of family and friends from the local
community who mingled in the
The event featured a whopping 68
real ales and 21 ciders as well as
lagers, wines and soft drinks plus onsite catering. Throughout the
weekend there was a great variety of
live music being played that got the
crowd up and dancing on their feet!
All the acts performed fantastically
on the purpose-built stage and kindly
did so free of charge.
PICTURED: District Governor and
Newquay Towan Blystra Lion
Lesley Clarke draws a pint of the
ale she sponsored in memory of
her late husband, former District
Governor Ken Clarke MBE
December 2015/January 2016
The festival organisers were
delighted with the support of the 50
plus sponsors who had helped the
event take place. They’d like to thank
in particular, headline sponsors St
Austell Brewery, The Maharajah Indian
Restaurant, Impact Sound and Light and
Hendra Holiday Park for their assistance
leading up to and over the weekend.
Lion President Colin Ransley, who site
managed the event, said, “It was another
fun and good natured gathering with
everyone enjoying themselves.” The event
made over £6,000 profit which will go
towards helping many worthwhile causes.
Lions from around the South West also
took the opportunity to use this as the
venue for the first of, what it is hoped will
be, a series of motorhome and
caravan/camping rallies.
For more information and next
year’s dates visit
December 2015/January 2016
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Lions community
Lions Clubs Help Tackle the Plight
of Refugees around the World
PICTURED: Hakim and Amira
wrapped up in their new
Unicef blankets peep out of a
tent in a refugee camp
As the refugee crisis continues, Lions
Clubs across the British Isles and
Ireland have launched five online
appeals with to
help save refugees in various parts of
the world. The appeals have been set
up by Lions Clubs International:
British Isles and Ireland for refugees
who are preparing to face the harsh
winter months and those who are in
need of specific items to survive.
Many displaced families don’t have
the protection to withstand the harsh
winter, leaving them at risk of
hypothermia, pneumonia and other
deadly diseases. It is hoped the
public will support the Lions appeals,
helping to see many refugees through
the cold spell.
The five appeals being promoted
online at,
include a call for donations to cover
the cost of UNICEF winter blankets
for child refugees and for funds to
help purchase UNICEF tents that
make child friendly spaces within
refugee camps. There is also a
general disaster appeal for the world’s
refugees, a specific appeal for funds
to cover the cost of items urgently
needed by those in Serbia and an
appeal for funds to develop a medical
centre for refugees in Norway.
Simon Moss, Chair for Lions Clubs
International: British Isles and
Ireland commented, “The refugee
crisis is global and we know that
more than 60 million men, women
and children have fled their homes.
Many have been forced to leave
their country in order to escape war
or persecution.
how small, will help us to make a
difference. Winter blankets for child
refugees cost just £5 and the tents
that make child friendly spaces are
£1,063. With public support we can
help these refugees make it through
what is sure to be a gruelling winter.”
Lions Clubs hope that people will
come forward to help raise funds for
refugees in the run up to Christmas
and the New Year. Make a donation
by visiting
We decided to launch five appeals so
that people can donate to a specific
cause, rather than a general appeal if
they prefer. Any amount, no matter
December 2015/January 2016
Lions community
John Price House
The building which houses the
Kenilworth Lions Furniture Store has
been renamed ‘John Price House’, in
honour of the man who over the last
25 years had been the main driving
force behind its success.
In a ceremony attended by his
widow Kathleen, his daughters
Caroline and Alison, his
granddaughter Rebecca and many
Lions and members of the public,
Lion President Paddy Murphy
unveiled the new name over
the entrance.
He spoke of how the idea for the
store grew out of the very popular
bi-annual jumble sale, where the
queues “stretched the imagination”.
Its success took the Lions along the
path of recycling and, in the late
eighties, the ambitious idea to start
a furniture store was conceived.
After humble beginnings, the store
was established in Farmer Ward
Road in 1990.
Whilst the Furniture Store relies on
the support of all Lions members, it
was one man, Lion John Price, who
PICTURED: Lion John Price
had the imagination and dedication
to make it the great success it is
today. John was a hands-on man and
worked tirelessly to make the Store
an important part of the community,
not only raising funds approaching
half a million pounds for local good
causes, but also taking direct action
in supplying furniture to those in
need. John died in July 2015,
aged 78.
Kathleen said “I am very touched
that so many have turned out to
honour the memory of John. He
would have been very proud.”
One of the regular customers Jo
Bloom said, “I’ve been coming to the
Furniture Store for over eight years,
and in that time I’ve got to know
John very well. He was a great
character, very kind, generous and
fair. He built a very impressive
operation here at the Store, and
what he did for the local community
was wonderful.”
The Chairman of the Furniture Store
Lion Ted Curtis said, “John made the
Store what it is today. It is very
fitting that it now carries his name, a
memorial to a remarkable man, one
we miss dearly.”
December 2015/January 2016
Publicity and Membership
Drive Initiatives
Wetherby Lions Club is approaching
its 50th year and like many Lions
Clubs its age profile was beginning to
worry the Directors of the Club. They
recognised that their needed to be a
concerted effort to both publicise the
Club and attract younger members.
recruitment and he has used his wide
business contacts to good effect. We
recognize that not all potential
members have the time to commit to
being an Active Member, but might
welcome the opportunity in the
Associate Member role.
“Whilst we have a membership of 32,
many of us are either approaching or
are over 70 years of age!
Lion Jon persuaded a professional
video company (at no cost to the
Club) to video our recent activities
and present a “cameo” of members
explaining why they joined our Lions
Club. The resulting video can be
viewed on the following link:
Last year, we were fortunate to
recruit 5 younger members, who
were in business and had those vital
contacts that our retired members
lacked. We decided, as a strategy, to
target business organisations to
recruit both associate and active
members. Lion John Handley (Vice
President) was given the brief of
Another of our new members is
skilled in running and developing
websites and she has done a great
job in overhauling our existing
website, to make it more appealing
and easier to access. We also give
recognition to local business
organisations, who are regular
sponsors in our events, such as our
Beer Festival and the recent Duck
Race. Our website can be viewed on
the following link: and we
are still developing the site.
We are looking forwarded to our 50th
year and have some special events
planned to mark the occasion.”
Lion Robert Rolfe
President, Wetherby and
District Lions Club
October 2nd 2015.
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Lions Clubs do so much on a regular basis raising “Lions
Awareness” in their own communities. What if this
awareness could be multiplied by 56?
This year, during Lions Awareness week (4th -10th October)
all the Lions Clubs in District 105-E, were encouraged to
participate in a service activity or project and generate
regional publicity for Lions International. Lions Awareness
week is not something new; it is an annual event in October
incorporating World Sight Day.
Knights of the blind
in the crusade
against darkness
Helen Keller, 1925
Other activities and PR publicity included a walk with the the
local Coningsby Bookshop holding a Lions window display
for two weeks, and spectacle collection at including
Coningsby New Surgery, Tattershall Primary School, Holy
Trinity Tattershall School and the Barnes Wallis Academy
who received Certificates of Appreciation for their support.
Students from the Barnes Wallis Academy and Holy Trinity
also participated in a blindfolded lunch.
During Lions Awareness week a staggering estimate of
around 5,000 spectacles were collected. It is hoped that the
district-wide concerted effort generated regional publicity of
both Lionism and Sight Awareness.
Clubs took this opportunity to obtain additional publicity
during this period by engaging in Sight Awareness initiatives
from handing out leaflets, simple eye tests, blindfolded
walks or shopping. Many local civic dignitaries and
journalists were invited and participated in the clubs’
This year, 105-E's District-wide Lions Awareness week was
launched by District Governor Paul Stafford on Saturday 3rd
October 2015 at the Open Day organised by Coningsby &
Tattershall Lions Club at their appropriately named Lions’
There, the Club provided visual displays, non-sight sense
challenges, collection boxes for the recycling of unused
spectacles and “Pin the Tail” on the Lion. Kathy and Barry
Sheppard and Marjorie Tointon manned a stall with
literature relating to Glaucoma and Macular Degeneration.
Theresa Roberts from the Lincoln & Lindsey Blind Society
was also in attendance and provided invaluable information
on the resources available to help people cope with their
visual impairment or blindness.
At noon, Coningsby Town Mayor Matthew Mason, Deputy
Mayor Phil Brown, Councillor Ruth Sharples LCC, Councillor
Colin Mair arrived to participate in the first walk along Silver
Street and the non-sight sense challenges. The Lion escorts
were ably assisted by PCSOs Ali and Jad.
At 2pm, the Lions District Governor, Paul Stafford officially
launched the District 105E Lions Awareness week
programme of events with Coningsby Town Councillors
Martin Foster and Ruth Sharples, Thorpe Parish Councillor
Gill Shaw, ELDC Chairman Councillor Stan Avison. They
were joined by County Linx radio presenters Andrew, Jay
and Ric and Dianne Tuckett from the Horncastle News. The
afternoon concluded with President Jackie presenting a
cheque to Andrew Ayers from County Linx Community
December 2015/January 2016
WEEK 105-E
Notts Derby Hemlockstone
16th October 2015 Sight Awareness Day at Beeston with
guide dogs, Tesco opticians and the Mayor.
3rd October 2015 Sight Awareness Day: DG Paul was given
a Guide Dog experience and walked blindfolded with a cane
using blackout masks.
There was also a market PR stall with Guide Dogs Blackout
masks with the local MP and Council
Spilsby supported by Louth Lions
10th October 2015 Spilsby promoted Lionism through flu
jabs, tea and coffee mornings, PR material, Message in a
Bottle and Plugsters. (The “Plugster®” is a simple device,
which can be attached to an electrical appliance plug. When
wrapped around, they form a strong handle which makes it
easier to pull the plug out of the socket.)
10th October 2015 PR stall in Hildred Centre, Skegness.
7th October 2015 PR tent in Pescod Square.
Woodhall Spa
4th - 30th October 2015 The Lions collected spectacles in
four locations and presented certificates of appreciation
during this period.
Nottingham West
10th October 2015 Big Sight event with the
Sherriff present.
10th Charter anniversary.
10th October 2015 Coffee & Sight Awareness at
St Mary Le Wigford.
Lions Awareness stall with leaflets and collection at Derby
Athletics Festival and Asda for Sight Awareness.
Market Rasen
High visibility jackets donated to local schools as well as
various PR work.
Matlock & Derwent Valley
4th October 2015 At the Matlock Derwent Valley Charter DG
Paul Stafford greeted guests wearing a blindfold and Sight
Support Derbyshire made a presentation.
Ashbourne & District
7th October 2015 The Club promoted Lionism at Brailsford
Ploughing Match, an agricultural show near Ashbourne that
her HRH Princess Anne attended. They organised parking,
marshalling and handed out PR leaflets.
12th October 2015 Rebadging up Stefan Szafran.
Sleaford & District Lions Club
The banner flew high in the centre of Sleaford! Their
awareness activity included a book stall at the Farmers
Market, their 11th Race Night at Sleaford Academy, PR
displays in local shops and cafes as well as their 6th social
where four new members were inducted to the Club by the
District Governor Paul Stafford.
Involving local schools, Retford Lions collected spectacles,
presented and promoted Message in a Bottle at flu fair over 3
North Notts
North Notts Lions have made great efforts to bring the
public’s attention to the plight of the blind and visually
impaired by preparing videos and distributing to local schools
in the North Notts Lions area including Beckingham,
Walkeringham, Misterton and Gringley. Scouts, Cubs,
Beavers and other youth groups have also been included.
The video invites people to try to experience what it must be
like to be blind or visually impaired. It also shows the work
carried out worldwide by Lions Clubs International who are
bringing free eye clinics to those in need. Schools and all
young people are being asked to collect old spectacles which
are then graded and sent to India, Africa and the Far East for
use in Lions free eye clinics. If you would like a copy of the
DVD, please email [email protected] For other
Lions Clubs if you like these videos please tell us by pressing
like. This video can be adapted for any Lions Club.
Glanford & Lindsey
3rd October 2015 Casino Night for Messingham residents.
6th October 2015 Coffee Morning incorporating a Bring &
9th October 2015 Race Night at Brigg Serviceman’s Club.
PR stall distributing Message in a Bottle and general
information about Lions.
Celebrated their Charter with District Governor Antonio
Belpietro, of their twinned club, Brescia. Lincoln the Guide
Dog was also present.
December 2015/January 2016
Letters To The
Hi Clo,
Firstly, Guildford Lions Club would like to congratulate
Cleethorpes Lions Club on getting to Monte Carlo and
raising funds for their causes.
Next we’d also like to issue them with a challenging
trip and get them to drive Round the World in
a Weekend!
A few years ago a team from Guildford Lions Club drove
Round the World in a Weekend, driving to all the many
towns and villages in the UK that have names normally
associated with foreign parts. For example there is
Bethlehem in west Wales, Canada near Southampton,
Dallas and Moscow in Scotland, Gibraltar, Palestine,
Toronto and many more and the idea is you drive round
them all – within a weekend. We did 1,400 miles picking
up 20+ places in 27 hours raising about £5,000. We even
met with fellow Lions along the way.
So come on Cleethorpes, or any other Lions Club, why not
try driving Round the World in a Weekend. For more
information contact me through
Vic Quayle
Guildford Lions Club
Dear Editor,
I heard something last week which I found to be most
offensive and quite staggering. Unfortunately it was at our
club meeting. Yes you’ve guessed, a letter was read out
with regards to the abandonment and disbanding of
Lionesses. I just couldn’t believe what I was hearing. I
think the last time I heard anything like it was about a 3rd
world, tin pot, despot dictatorship. How disgraceful for the
hierarchy to behave is this arbitrary fashion.
December 2015/January 2016
It has made me stop and think about my membership of
Lions, when an organisation considers the ‘academia’
within the organisation is of a higher priority above what
its primary function is.
Let’s not forget that there is but one, and I mean only one
purpose of Lions and that is to help other people less
fortunate than ourselves. It is not a platform for egotistical
people who have too much time on their hands and
nothing better to do with their time, than behave in this
awful and disrespectful manner. The positions of President,
DG, International or local etc. are completely
inconsequential as it is not about status but about helping
Quite clearly this is being driven either by an individual or
individuals and is solely and entirely about money. Which is
a shame because, unless I have got it wrong, the
inspiration that led Melvyn Jones to come up with the idea
to help other people, had nothing to do with money.
As for trying to mask this decision behind something to do
with the Charity Commission, is treating us naively and
very patronising.
Apparently it is a means of trying to increase membership.
I wouldn’t be at all surprised to see a net loss, as some
Lions leave the organisation in support. Which is quite
ironic really, when the chairman of the council, Simon
Moss, in the Oct/Nov issue, is concerned about the loss of
500 members per year. I don’t think this is going to help.
Lions’ Letters
I have lost all respect with the hierarchy of Lions and will
direct all my energies towards working in my own club to
help local people. The only thing that I ‘cling’ to, in
circumstances such as this, is something a fellow club
member said once to me some time ago, when there was a
little unsettling atmosphere in the club, and that is that
Lions is nothing to do with us as individuals, it is purely and
simply and unequivocally about helping others.
Colin Hibberd
Sleaford & District Lions Club
Dear Sirs,
On behalf of Aylesbury Lions Club I feel bound to respond
to Lion Chris Southworth who wrote in the
August/September issue.
I know we are not the only Lions Club who are providing
the Message in a Wallet information strips, and these
comments are only to be taken as those of my own Club.
Firstly, the research which we carried out before
considering providing these MIWs showed an
overwhelming positive response from all who we spoke to.
This included The Ambulance Service, Doctors and other
health professionals. The issue of confidentiality was, of
course discussed, and the view taken was that this was a
voluntary disclosure of medical and other information by
the person carrying the MIW. Information which they did
not want to be known would merely be omitted when the
form was filled in.
person not be able to speak. All members of the
emergency services are bound by rules of confidentiality
and would not use any information in an inappropriate
way. Items such as Donor cards, chemotherapy
information and blood thinning drug use are routinely
accessed in order to ascertain the best treatment of any
Thirdly, and possibly most importantly, the points raised by
PDG John Savell beg the question as to how deeply the
Council researched the implications raised. I strongly
suggest that following the massive support we and I'm
sure other Lions Clubs have received for this project that it
be reconsidered as a Lions overall initiative to avoid the
need for each Club issuing a local form when one could be
sourced centrally.
Fourthly, the provision of Medicalert I understand has a
cost implication whereas the MIW is completely free with
all costs being born by the providing Club.
Lion Andy Ward
Aylesbury Lions Club
Editors Response:
The question of liability on the part of Lions clubs and their
insurance cover was of concern earlier in the life of this
venture. However, in the last month or so clarification has
been obtained and there is information in this regard
shown on the MD website and would be worth reading for
anyone interested in having MIAW.
Secondly, as a long-time member of the Fire and Rescue
Service I can assure Chris Southworth that all information
relating to a victim of accidental or medical emergency
would be sought in order to provide the best care possible.
This may well entail looking in pockets, wallets or
handbags to see if there is any identification should the
December 2015/January 2016
The Zone Chairman:
The YE programme is one of the best
projects I have been involved with in
Lions. The fact that you can see the
culmination of all the effort in
building up to the students’ visits and
then the Youth Camp is very
rewarding. You get out what you put
in! So, apart from reporting to
Cabinet, what does the job entail?
• Zone L – Lion David Fitzpatrick
• Seeking host families through
advertising at Forums and
Convention, plus visiting zones to
explain the responsibilities of
• Co-ordinate the visits with the
respective Zones/Clubs to ensure
the students arrive safely & follow
an organised programme whilst in
the SW
• Publicise the “outgoing” YE to
Clubs and support them through
the application process and their
• Attend two MD meetings, one in
March to choose the students that
come to SW and one in September
to review the visit/Camp and plan
for the next year
I was amazed at the participation
and support of the Lions involved
in this year’s Youth Exchange
programme and I cannot finalise
this report without expressing my
sincere appreciation to the
The host families:
• Lion Keith Johnson and Judith
Johnson (Worle)
• Lion Marion Adcock (Cheddar
• Lion President Sue Miller
• Lions Ute and John Newell
• Lions Vanessa and Rodney
Hancock (Callington)
December 2015/January 2016
• Zone C – Lion Andy Burnard
The Lions Clubs:
• Callington
• Cheddar Vale
• Clevedon
• Minehead
• Portishead
• Worle
• Yeo Valley
This was a great example of all the
Lions pulling together to make the
Youth Exchange visit such a
wonderful success in 105SW and I
thank everyone involved for their
support and assistance.
We had five Youths from three
different countries staying in our
Zone (L). Marianne and Taisiya
from Israel, staying in Weston
super Mare, Tina and Anni from
Finland staying in Clevedon and
Agata from Poland, staying in
Cheddar Vale. They were later
joined by Vladimir from Serbia
and Jirka from Czech Republic. A
full programme of activities was
planned following their arrival on
Sunday 26th July which included
a tour of Bristol, the SS Great
Britain, Dunster Castle, a ride on
the West Somerset Steam train
hosted by Minehead Lions Club
London as well as trips to Wells
and London. All too soon the
week was up and we had to say
goodbye and all the girls were
driven to the Youth Camp in
Doncaster by Sylvia and Keith
together with Bernie and Clive
Robinson of Worle Lions. Tears all
Lion Keith Johnson Zone L
(Host Family supported by
Worle Lions Club)
Never having hosted before it was with some trepidation that I welcomed
Agata into our family. I need not have worried!! She spoke almost perfect
English and fitted in so well. She was very willing to help me and interacted
with my teenage grandchildren as if she had known them for years. The
whole group seemed to "gel" and they enjoyed all the activities that were
organised for them. Agata particularly enjoyed the Buckingham Palace trip,
and couldn't stop talking about it, even phoning her parents at 11pm to tell
them of it.
Lion Marion Adcock, Cheddar Vale Lions.
We welcomed and
entertained two young
guests from Finland on the
recent Youth Exchange. The
18 year olds who became
friends along with five
others in our zone area had
a very busy and varied
weeks schedule with sightseeing, tours and enjoying
the British way of life. The
girls were introduced to
Cornish pasties, a Cream
Tea, and skittles. A big
thank you to all who were
Clevedon Lions President
Sue Miller and Lions John
and Ute Newell
Young Leaders in Service
Throughout MD105 there are
amazing young people giving
up their time to serve their
local communities. Lions
Clubs recognise these young
people through the Lions Young
Leaders in Service Awards (YLiS).
During the last Lionistic year
79,248 hours of service have
been recognised by the presentation
of YLiS Awards to 596 YLiS. These
YLiS have volunteered with a wide
range of organisations, their local
schools, Scouts and Guides, Boys
Brigade, Police, Sea, Army and Air
Cadets, St John Ambulance, on youth
councils, church groups, with other
charities such as the RNLI and
Cancer Research, youth clubs, music
groups, care homes for the elderly,
Talking Newspapers, helping with
Lions projects including fund raising,
awareness days, shops and
gardening projects, belonging to Leo
Clubs and being a young carer, from
across MD105.
YLiS Awards recognise young people
in your area between the ages of 11
and 18 (school years 7 to 13) for
their community service within a 12
month period. At the
end of this time they are awarded
either a Silver Seal Award Certificate
for completing at least 50 hours or
a Gold Seal Award Certificate for
the completion of 100 or more
hours of service and a congratulatory
letter from the Lions Clubs
International President.
Service to the elderly: performing
simple home repairs and jobs around
the house; running errands, chatting
and being a friend, helping older
people with IT skills.
Safety training: helping younger
children learn about water safety, fire
prevention, traffic awareness, and
bicycle safety.
Service to children: collecting and
distributing toys or clothes, reading
stories and helping with
homework, visiting children
in hospital, as a Guide,
helping with Brownies,
Rainbows; as a Scout,
helping with Cubs,
Beavers, perhaps sewing
on achievement badges, at
St John Ambulance helping with the
younger groups.
Service to parents or family:
caring for a disabled family
member, shopping and cleaning,
entertaining, chatting and motivating,
looking after younger brothers or
sisters; babysitting
Environment: planting trees, caring
for open spaces or clearing litter
Services for the
homeless/hungry: collecting food,
clothing and toiletries for donation to
a local welfare centre, helping to
raise money to buy essentials to set
up home
Education: helping a child or adult
to learn how to read and write,
reading to those visually impaired or
record stories for them to listen to
Public health: assist with health
screening, collect used spectacles
and hearing aids for recycling, create
awareness of AIDS, teenage suicide
and substance abuse
Taking a leaders’ role with:
Cadets, Boys’ Brigade St John, Red
Cross, Church, youth club,
community youth group, youth
councils, or any similar group
Helping the Lions with: fundraising for local charities and for
welfare activities, planning a party for
children, organising a treat for older
people, disaster relief, working as a
member of the Lions team in
whatever they do.
Thank you to all the Lions Clubs in
MD105 who already recognise the
work of the youth in their
communities through the YLiS
Awards. If your club is not yet
involved, your District Officer would
love to hear from you and can offer
help with getting started. A Young
Leaders in Service Club guide and
poster are available to download from
the MD website. Or contact the YLiS
MD Officer at
[email protected] for
more information and any help you
may need.
December 2015/January 2016
Lions’ Compassion Helps
Expand Transplant House
Imagine you need a kidney
transplant—imagine the anxiety and
stress of putting your health in
someone else’s hands. Now imagine
traveling to a new city to get the
operation, knowing you don’t have—
or can’t afford—a place to stay during
your recovery.
This is the situation facing many
people who travel to Madison,
Wisconsin, for transplant operations
at the University of Wisconsin
Hospital and Clinics and lack the
resources or social connections to
secure housing while they’re in town.
Transplants are complex surgical
procedures that typically require
significant time for recovery and
preparation, so having a place to stay
is essential to a successful operation.
Thankfully, there’s hope.
Since January 2013, Restoring Hope
Transplant House (RHTH) has been a
home away from home for patients
who are in the Madison area to
receive medical transplants. The
home provides up to six weeks of
temporary housing for transplant
patients—and their adult family
members and caregivers—in an
environment that offers compassion
and supports healing.
And it works. In fact, it works so well
that there often aren’t enough beds
for potential residents.
After learning that the house was
experiencing weeks at a time without
vacancy, the Lions from Multiple
District 27 D1 decided to help. In
addition to fundraising, Lions secured
a $75,000 Standard grant from Lions
Clubs International Foundation (LCIF)
to help fund an expansion of RHTH.
The first phase of RHTH’s expansion
plan, completed in the summer,
includes the renovation of the current
patient rooms to include double and
twin-sized beds, as well as the
improvement of a community kitchen,
on-site laundry and other amenities.
With the second phase of the
expansion plan, set to begin in the
near future, RHTH hopes to expand
its capacity from five private rooms to
16, dramatically increasing its ability
to serve patients in need.
After years of fundraising and with
contributions from 10 different
districts, Lions’ and LCIF’s
contributions have helped RHTH
secure more than $200,000 of the
more than $1 million required for
the expansion.
“We are so grateful for [Lions’]
support of transplant families and
Restoring Hope Transplant House,”
says Cindy Herbst, executive director
and co-founder of RHTH. “We
are beyond words with your
extremely generous donation
that will allow us to expand this
home. The stories of our guests
are moving and powerful.
Having the Lions as partners
gives us greater courage,
resolve, compassion and
energy to do the right thing in
serving others.”
For information on
Standard grants and to
find out how your Lions
club can apply,
December 2015/January 2016
PICTURED: Restoring Hope
Transplant House will more
than triple the available
rooms for transplant patients
in Madison, Wisconsin
First Responders
Shepshed Lions serve their
community with the launch of
Shepshed Lions’ Community
First Responders Scheme
Initially, a proposal to purchase a
local community defibrillator was put
forward. However, following detailed
research, Club members made a
decision to do something much more
ambitious. consequently, they
embarked on a project to establish a
Community First Responder Scheme
(CFR) in the town to work in
conjunction with East Midlands
Ambulance Service (EMAS).
Responder management were
immediately delighted that Lions were
keen to support them. It was then
decided to offer membership of the
scheme to the general public and
eight volunteers were trained ready
for when the scheme first went live.
Now CFR volunteers are deployed at
the same time as Paramedics or
Ambulance staff to incidents suitable
to their level of training. These may
include cardiac arrests, heart attacks,
angina attacks, diabetic emergencies,
anaphylactic shock, strokes,
breathing difficulties, falls and
trauma. On some occasions team
members have been sent to back up
EMAS staff at other incidents.
One incident involved a 21 year old
student, (a CFR in our scheme) being
sent to a one day old baby who had
stopped breathing and was turning
blue. He was first on the scene and
inverted the baby over his knee,
massaged the baby’s back and
removed fluid and mucus that was
obstructing the baby’s airway. The
baby thankfully started breathing
normally again. This was done before
a Paramedic, Ambulance crew and Air
Ambulance Doctor arrived at the
scene of the incident. The Air
Ambulance Doctor said that without
the intervention of the CFR the baby
would have died before the arrival of
the other emergency services.
Following graduation this CFR has
now moved but has applied to join
the London Ambulance Service. This
incident alone surely justifies the
efforts of CFR volunteers and the
expense of purchasing of equipment
by Shepshed Lions Club to set up
the scheme.
EMAS are unable to supply
defibrillators and other equipment,
but do supply disposable items such
as masks, gloves, bandages, suction
PICTURED: Lion President
Bob Lilley with the
EMAS vehicle
pumps and other items including
oxygen. Shepshed Lions Club
purchased a defibrillator, kit bag and
other items to set up the scheme.
Since then other fundraising
activities, sponsorship and grants,
have enabled the purchase of other
equipment and now four full CFR
response kits are in use. Currently,
18 fully trained CFR’s cover
Shepshed, Loughborough and the
surrounding villages. Such has been
the success of the venture that EMAS
has now supplied and funded a Skoda
Fabia saloon car marked out in EMAS
ambulance livery. This has a radio
and satellite navigation device for use
by volunteers on call.
Operating the scheme has had no
effect on the Club’s ability to maintain
its normal fundraising efforts meaning
that other local causes have not
suffered as a result of this
demanding venture.
Or contact Lion President Bob
Lilley 01509 508265,
07585 772902 or e-mail:
[email protected]
December2015/January 2016
Diabetes Screening
This year, the Lions of 105-I have
broken their own record of 7,210
and screened 7,912 people in three
Between 22nd - 24th September 2015,
the Lions of Ireland offered free
diabetes screening to anyone over
the age of 18 attending the National
Ploughing Championships held at
Stradbally, Co. Laois.
Over the three days, there were 63
nurses and 75 Lions on hand that
were divided into six shifts, working
two shifts per day. Of the 7,912
people tested 693 or 8.8% were
referred to their own GPs for further
checks and tests.
• The effort made by all 10 clubs
involved: Baltinglass, Carlow,
Edenderry, Kilcullen,
Monasterevin, Naas,
Newbridge/Kildare, Portarlington,
Portlaoise and Tullamore.
• District PR Officer, Frank Corr did
a great job prior to the event and
ensured that we hit the ground
• Caroline Foley Kearns, our PR
officer, did it again she got a live
interview with Alan Cantwell on
ITV. She had us on Facebook and
several radio stations. We even
got a look in with Marty and Aine
Lawlor on RTE TV.
• Lion Laurence O’Keeffe,
Portarlington LC operated as site
manager and had all of us toing
the line. He was ably supported
by the “Back Room Team”
comprising of Shane O’Neill and
Collette Kennedy all from
Portarlington LC, along with VDG
Paul Allen and last but not least
PDG Liam Lyons, all of whom
gave of their time for all three
days and ensured that the wheels
were kept well oiled.
December 2015/January 2016
• Typifying the spirit of all the
participants Lion Mary Barsum
O’Regan, who is president of
Bantry LC, left her home at 4AM
on Wed morning and worked a
full shift with us as a nurse when
she arrived at our site, now that
shows commitment.
• Finally I should acknowledge the
help and support that we got
from our IPIP Lion Joe Preston
and his wife Joni who paid us a
visit on Tuesday morning. Indeed
Anna May came to greet them and
her daughter Anna Marie to whom
DG Marion made the presentation of
a Humanitarian award.
Thanks to all for your magnificent
efforts to make this project such a
success but especially to DG Marion
for crunching the numbers and
producing statistics.
Total Tested
Boost Distribution of
Message in a Bottle
Lowestoft Lions Club have seen a
massive increase in the numbers of
potentially lifesaving bottles picked up
by the public since they have placed
new display units in their town’s
doctors surgeries.
In just two months, over 600 Message
in a Bottle containers have been
handed out in Lowestoft months since
the new display units have been
in place.
Lowestoft Lions Club member Paul
Maye contacted Saxon Packaging Ltd
in Harvest Drive, Lowestoft, to discuss
the possibility of producing a small
display unit to promote the Club’s
Message in a Bottle containers, which
are a health initiative to aid
emergency services.
Lion Paul said, “These small plastic
bottles containing vital information
have been available from Lions Clubs
across the country for some time now
and are an effective way to keep basic
personal and medical details where
they can easily be found in an
emergency – in the fridge! However,
we identified a need to have an
attractive display in which to show the
bottles – to both promote the scheme
and to make them even more readily
available. The positive response that
we received from Saxon Packaging
was terrific. Technical and Design
Manager Ben Watson immediately
agreed to help us and he offered to
create the artwork, to design and
manufacture the display units.”
With design input from Marketing
Executive Suzy Harrold, the pair set
about the task of producing the
bespoke displays which are made from
robust corrugated cardboard, digitally
printed and cut using computer aided
design equipment.
Lion Paul added, “We are really
pleased with the initial batch of display
units, each of which will hold 15
bottles. The displays are really eye
catching and we have trialled the units
in local doctors’ surgeries and similar
medical establishments.”
For further information contact
Lowestoft Lions 0845 833 5737
• The emergency services
are all aware of the Lions
‘Message in a Bottle’ scheme.
• The bottles contain basic
personal and medical
records and are kept in the
fridge - where they can easily
be found.
• The bottles are available free
of charge.
• Lions Clubs have distributed
over 5 million bottles to
people with conditions such
as diabetes, allergies,
disabilities and life
threatening illnesses –
however, the scheme is
extremely beneficial for all no
matter how serious or minor
their illness.
• In Lowestoft, an agreement
has also been reached for the
seven paramedic cars that
operate locally to carry a
supply of the bottles to give
to patients they attend.
Lions Clubs headquarters in
Birmingham also sell display
boxes for Message in a Bottle as
shown in the photo. The display
boxes are £2.50 + postage.
However, MDHQ are in touch with
Saxon Packaging as mentioned in
the article above and will be
working with them
to offer clubs a
second option for
displaying boxes.
If you are
interested please
contact MDHQ on
0845 833 9502.
PICTURED: Lowestoft
Lions Message in a
Bottle Display Packs
December 2015/January 2016
Thomas who was our
auctioneer for the evening,
pictured with life time
friend, Gordon Monroe and
his son Gavin
Lion Ernie
Charity Boxing Dinner
On Saturday 14th November 2015, Lions Club of
Stowmarket & District held their annual charity
boxing dinner at the Debenham Sports and
Leisure Centre with more than 300 local
business sponsors and supporters donning their
dinner jackets. All enjoyed a fabulous three
course dinner arranged by Hatfields Catering
and a full programme of very impressive boxing
between Police Clubs of GB and the Royal Navy
which was presided over by officials from the
Amateur Boxing Association.
This was the 24th Charity Boxing Dinner
founding organiser Lion Ernie Pearce had
hosted. Over the years Ernie had contributed
over tens of thousands of pounds to Lions’ local
charities through this event and was overjoyed
to receive a standing ovation from the crowd on
the night.
The evening raised a whopping £12,500 which
was distributed to Lions charities, Sproughton
School for Parents, Macmillan Cancer Support,
Police charities, Suffolk Accident and Rescuse
Service and St. Johns Ambulance.
December 2015/January 2016
Police Clubs GB (Woking)
LPT Andy O'Donnell
Royal Navy
Prince Hussain
Police Clubs GB (Bradford)
A.B. Charlie Williams
Royal Navy
Gavin Francis
Police Clubs GB
A.B. Lee Grey
Royal Navy
Ryan Lynskey
Police Clubs GB
(Phoenix Fire Manchester)
Mne. Jamie Whittacker
Royal Navy
Mickey Parsons
Police Clubs GB (Bristol)
A.B. Iain McCondichie
Royal Navy
Courtney Chadwick
Police Clubs GB
(Phoenix Fire Manchester)
A.B. Luke Fisher
Royal Navy
PICTURED: The winner by a
unanimous decision, Gavin
Francis, Police Clubs
Each match consisted of three
round of two minutes and the
overall result of the team
boxing matches was a tie,
with three wins to Police
Clubs of GB and three to
the Navy.
December 2015/January 2016
North Norfolk Triathlon
On the 20th September 2015, Janice
Whitaker, Anita Rose and Cat
Cameron from Wells-next-the-Sea
Lions Club took part in the North
Norfolk Triathlon raising funds via
sponsorship for their Club.
set up our transition area on Wells
quay and listened to the pre-race
debrief feeling very nervous as we
were surrounded by dedicated
athletes who had obviously done this
lots of times before!
Janice tells us more…
As a new member of the Wells-nextthe-Sea Lions Club I had an idea to
link my passion for fitness to a fund
raising opportunity and suggested
that we organise a Lions Triathlon
team! We entered the North Norfolk
Olympic distance Triathlon 2015 as a
team of three with each of us training
for a particular part of the triathlon. I
trained on Wells beach and in the
quay all summer for the mile swim
and my friends Anita and Cat took on
the 24mile bike ride and the 10k
beach run. The weather was
fantastic on race day and the athletes
came from far and wide to compete.
I was in the first wave of the swim
and set off from the pontoons in the
quay with hundreds of other
swimmers. The swim was one mile
down to the far east quay, around a
boat positioned as a marker, and
back towards the harbour office. It
was quite brutal with swimmers often
bashing into each other and
swimming over the top of each other
in their fight for a good position, but
I managed to keep out of most of
this by sticking to the far right! We
came out of the swim at the far side
of the pontoons and ran up and
round to the transition area on the
quay to pass the digital tag to the
next member of the relay team.
Anita then went off on her 24 mile
bike ride!
We had registered the night before
and were labelled with our race
number on our legs and arms. We
December 2015/January 2016
The bike course went through local
villages on a loop finishing back at
the transition area where poor Anita
came towards the finish at such a
speed that she skidded and grazed
her leg quite badly. Luckily though
crowds cheered her on to reach Cat
waiting for the digital tag! Cat set off
down the beach road and then
headed left towards Holkham. I ran
down to join her on Wells beach for
the final 2 miles back to the finish
line and Anita met us in the last
100m so that we could cross the
finish line together!
It is always a good feeling to finish
but we were delighted to later realise
that we had completed the event in
just 2 hours 41 minutes and achieved
first place in the ladies team
category! Not bad for the underdogs
charity team!
We also came 7th out of 16 teams
beating many all-male teams so our
training paid off!
Most importantly though, we raised over £200 for Wells
Lions Club which will be going towards supporting local
good causes who might not otherwise receive financial
help. A portion of the money raised will also go towards
the Lions International Charity 'Sightsavers.' The latter
choice was quite appropriate as my swim goggles
steamed up so much during the swim that I swam
most of the mile 'blind', making me appreciate the
great need for this charity.
We wore our T-shirts with the Lions’ logo on to promote
the Lions charity and raised much needed money by
way of sponsorship. Our Lions Treasurer Jim came to
watch and congratulate us at the finish line!
As a group, we had to step out of our comfort zone,
train and compete with a mind-set of helping others
and in exchange we received the award of being proud
of what we had achieved!
The Course:
The North Norfolk Triathlon is set over an Olympic
distance which starts with a 1.5km (just under a
mile) open water sea swim in Wells Harbour.
This is then followed by a 40km bike route around
North Norfolk coastal villages. The triathlon
finishes with a 10km run along the coastal path
and beach with the finish line at Wells Quayside.
For 2015, the event was organised by the Wells
Harbour Maritime Trust.
December 2015/January 2016
PICTURED: The winning
Donnington House team. (L to R)
Andy Watson, Darragh Dunleavy,
Alan Downie (Lions Press
Officer), Jake Finn and Alan
Chick (Lions President)
The Lions Club of Truro
Crystal Golf Competition
A total of 200 golfers, playing in 50
teams of four, turned out in mixed
weather at Truro Golf Club for the
25th anniversary of The Lions Club of
Truro Crystal competition.
From modest beginnings in 1991, the
event has grown to become, what
many feel to be the best charity AmAm in the South West, says Lions PO
Alan Downie. An estimated £5,000£6,000 was raised from the day,
including £1,500 from an auction run
by auctioneer Phillip Buddell.
Barclays Bank have also promised to
“match fund” the event.
This year’s charities to benefit will be
Admiral Nurses, who specialise in
dementia care and ROC, a charity
which supports local people with
learning disabilities and which is also
celebrating its 25th anniversary.
This year’s organiser Peter Read,
said, “It was another magnificent
effort and I would like to thank all
the golfers from Truro and outside.
I am amazed at their enthusiasm.”
The overall winners were the
Donnington Guesthouse team of
Truro with 86 Stableford points who
beat the DJR Friends team of John
Rich, John Bishop, Mal Dickinson and
Doug Richards (who boasted a
combined age of 301 years) on
countback. The ladies’ winners were
the Diamond Belles team of Laura
and Catherine Andrew, Naomi Page
and Lynne Singleton with 84 points.
There was also a special presentation
to Messrs Rich and Richards to mark
the fact that they had played at
every competition since its beginning
over ten
years ago.
Lion President Alan Chick thank all
those who took part, as well as the
sponsors, especially Paul McIntosh of
Datasharp who has been the main
sponsors of The Crystal since 1997.
Over 25 years, the event has raised
close to £100,000 for local charities.
PICTURED: The winning ladies’
Diamond Belles team. (L to R)
Naomi Page, Catherine Andrew,
Laura Andrew and Lynne
December 2015/January 2016
24 Hour Squashathon
Hinckley and Burbage Lions
Club and Hinckley Squash and
Racketball Club raise over
£5,000 for paralysed team mate
Mark Langeveld was left partially
paralysed by a freak accident and no
longer able to play Squash. His team
mates and Hinkley and Burbage
Lions decided to help him and raise
£5000 to pay for a sports wheelchair
and gym equipment so Mark could
continue to play the sport he loves.
At the event, they smashed their
target of raising £5,000. Delighted
organiser Cath Brown said, “The
response from club members and the
general public, as well as the support
from the Hinckley and Burbage Lions
Club has been incredible. It shows
how much goodwill there is in our
community and that we can all come
together to achieve such a fantastic
response. I would just like to say a
great big thank you to everyone who
helped and money is still coming in
so hopefully, it will be well in excess
of the figure we were hoping for.
An emotional Mark, who went on
court in his wheelchair to start the
squashathon against Simon Eves,
was overwhelmed by the response
from his fellow club members.
“This has always been a very friendly
family club and despite our move to
new premises, clearly that remains
true. It means a great deal to me to
be able to continue being involved
with the sport I love and the support
from everyone who has taken part is
just fantastic.”
Hinckley and Burbage Lions Club
President Sue Patrick said, “We were
delighted to be involved with such a
worthy enterprise and it is great that
the club and its members are
supporting Mark and his family in
such a positive way.”
Hinckley Squash and Racketball
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PICTURED: Mark Langeveld
prepares to start the squashathon
watched by club members, with
Lions President Sue Patrick (first
left standing) and organiser Cath
Brown (second left)
December 2015/January 2016
These Lions of our Multiple District have recently left us. We honour their memory and
the contribution they made in their Lionistic service for the good of others.
BACON: Lion Percy (94)
Harleston Lions Club. It is with deep
sadness that we announce the passing
away of a Charter Member after a long
illness. Percy gave a long and loyal service
over many years to Lionism.
BRADLEY: Lion Trevor
Taverham & District Lions Club. Trevor
joined the Club in 1991 and resigned in
good standing in August 2011. He served
a total of 9 years as secretary, as well as
serving on the Lions Youth Centre
Committee. He has also served as a
Club Director, Constitution officer,
Projects Chairman and Club Safety and
LCIF officer.
CAUDWELL: Lion Selwyn ‘Sam’ (73)
Sam joined the Lions Club of Tavistock in
1992 after retiring from farming. During
his time with the Club he held the roles of
Catering Officer, Community Services
Chairman, Membership Chairman and
Equipment Officer. He was always on hand
with his car and trailer to transport
marquees and barbecues to the Club’s
various events. He will be greatly missed.
CHAPMAN: Lion Ian A.E. (86) MJF
Garstang & District Lions Club. Lion Ian
first joined the organisation in Maidstone,
Kent and transferred to the Garstang Club
in 1980. He was awarded an MJF in
1993/94 and presented with a glass
sculpture on attaining 50 years’ service.
Ian had a wonderful sense of humour, a
twinkle in his eye and just the right witty
remark when the need arose!
COOPER: Lion Reginald T. (80) MJF
Cockermouth Lions Club. Past President
Lion Reg dedicated 35 years of service to the
Club. He was always available for all Club
activities: he was a founder group member
of the fund raising party for our Swimming
Pool action group and Speakers Club and
Past President of the Cockermouth Probus
Club. Our thoughts are with Nora and family.
DIXON: Lion Jonathan
Tenterden Lions Club is deeply shocked to
announce the death of Lion Jon. Although a
member of this Club for only two years his
success in Service and Fundraising was
outstanding. With a charming and friendly
personality he was the epitome of a Lion and
will be sadly missed by all.
FARRER: Lion Dave (76)
Ashbourne and District Lions Club. Lion Dave
was a well-respected Lion since 1979 when
he joined Fakenham Club, Norfolk. He
moved to Matlock Lions in 1982 and helped
set up Ashbourne Lions in 1986. Over the
years, Dave had carried out many key officer
roles, including Zone Chairman and
President. Club and zone members are
saddened by his passing.
FUNNELL: Lion Andrew (68) MJF
Calne Lions is sad to report the death of Lion
Andy after 12 years of illness bravely borne.
A member for 27 years, he was President
twice and Secretary for many years. Always
active, he will be sadly missed. We would
like to offer our hearty condolences to his
wife and son.
CHURCH: Lion Jack Bryan
Radstock and Midsomer Norton Lions Club
report the passing of Lion Jack a member
of the Club for the past 34 years. A keen
and enthusiastic member, Lion Jack served
on all Club Committees as well as Club
President 1990-1991. He will be sadly
missed and our sympathy goes out to his
daughter Louise and her family.
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GANE: Lion David (80) MJF
Northampton Eighty Lions Club. A Lion for
37 years, David had served as President
three times and as Zone Chairman in
1992/3. He worked tirelessly raising funds
and organised the Club’s annual charity golf
day for more than 25 years. He was
a big man with a big heart who will be
sadly missed.
GARDNER: PDG Lion George (84) MJF
Lions Club of Clacton on Sea. During his 36
years as a Lion and a Charter member of the
Club, George had held many key positions
including Club President and Secretary. He
had also served as Zone Chairman, Sergeant
at Arms, Convention Chairman, Deputy
District Governor and District Governor
105EA. In November 2014 he was made a
Life Member.
GIBBS: Lion Eric (95)
The Harlow Lions Club regret to announce
the passing of Lion Eric. He had been a
member of Harlow Lions Club since shortly
after the Club was chartered.
GREEN: Lion Charles
Dereham Lions Club. With deep regret we
announce the death of Lion Charles Green of
Dereham Lions Club whilst on holiday.
HAINES: PDG Lion Howell (89) MJF
Hereford Lions Club. A founder member of
Hereford Lions Club in 1960, Lion Howell rose
through the ranks to be District Governor
105W, Chairman of the Council of Governors
and National Treasurer. He will be
remembered as an expert on the Lions
International Constitution and a respected
mentor to new members.
HALLIDAY: Lion Jenny
Little Orme Lions Club is greatly saddened by
the passing of founder member Lion Jenny
Halliday earlier this year. She had true Lion
values; always willing to serve and showed
understanding and kindness to everyone she
met. A beautiful lady who is sadly missed.
Harpenden Lions Club regrets to announce
the sad passing of Lion Mark. Mark had
been a Lion since 1985, and served twice as
Club President and also as Zone Chairman.
He was a true Lion, chaired many
committees and was always a calm,
measured and cheerful voice. Mark will be
sorely missed by us all. Our deepest
sympathy goes to his wife, Mary, and all
his family.
LLOYD: Lion Michael
Fishguard & Goodwick Lions Club. It is with
extreme sadness we report the passing of
our President Michael Lloyd. An active,
inspiring leader, Mike was well known for his
work in the local community, as a councillor
and former Mayor. We extend sympathy to
his widow, Lion Rhian. Mike will be
greatly missed.
LOWNDES: Lion Graham (76) MJF
It is with great sadness that Bridgnorth
Lions Club announces the passing of Lion
Graham. During his 37 years dedicated
service he served as President and chaired
many committees. His droll sense of humour
and commitment will be sorely missed. Our
deepest sympathy goes to Janet and all
the family.
MEREDITH: Lion Alan (82)
Bromsgrove Lions Club. The Club's last
Charter member, has sadly passed away.
Involved with the formation of Bromsgrove
Club, he worked tirelessly for local people.
Known throughout District 105M, especially
for THE design and production of posters
and banners, he will be sadly missed by
everyone. Thoughts go out to his
daughters, Karen and Alison.
PECK: Lion Jim
Felixstowe Club. Lion Jim was a valued
member of the Club, especially for his
work with the Lighting Scheme. Our
thoughts and condolences go out to his
widow Pattie.
RANDALL: Lion Bert (91)
Wanstead & Woodford Club. PCC Bert
Randall joined LCI in 1967. He was the
instigator of the first female Lions to join his
then Club, Redbridge and a founding
member of their Talking Newspaper. Bert had
held most positions in his Lionistic career
including Council Chairman in 89/90. He was
a mentor to many.
REED: PDG Lion John William 'Bill' (86) MJF
Lion PDG Bill to all who knew him passed
away in hospital on 11th August 2015 after
a very short illness. He had been a Lion for
over 45 years and a Charter member of the
Blackmore Vale Lions Club. He was known
for his enthusiasm and dedicated
commitment to Lionism throughout the
District and beyond.
ROWE: Lion Fred (87)
Portishead Lions Club are sad to announce
the passing of Lion Fred who was a Charter
Member (45yrs). He served on all
committees and Offices except Treasurer
and was awarded Privilege status this year
due to ill health. We extend our deepest
sympathy to Joyce and Family, he will be
sadly missed.
SEEAR: PDG Lion Jack
Teesdale and District Lions Club. Only a few
months ago, PDG Jack received his 40 year
chevron which was presented at his nursing
home by the District Governor of EA.
Always willing to assist in Club activities,
Jack and his wife Lindsay also hosted many
guests from around the world on the Youth
Exchange programme. He will be greatly
missed by many.
SHAH: Lion Chandrakant (72) MJF
Finchley Lions Club. Lion Chandrakant,
affectionately known as Lion Chandu Shah,
joined our Club in January 1988. He was our
official Club photographer and has won
many awards for the quality of his photos.
He was a service-minded, sober and
helpful individual, softly spoken and well
respected. Our hearts go out to his widow
and his family.
SOPER: Lion Russell Charles (75)
Lions Club of Plymouth. Lion Russell was a
well-loved and respected member of the
now closed Plym Valley Lions Club. Lion
Russell joined the Club in 1980 and during
his 34 years held many positions within the
Club including President. He was very
dedicated and could always be relied upon
for his energy and enthusiasm.
SMITH: Lion Michael (68)
Birmingham Acocks Green Lions Club.
Members are deeply saddened at the
passing of Past President Lion Mike who has
been a Club Member since 1980. Mike has
held many offices and was currently serving
as Chairman of Community Services
Committee. He was a very active and
enthusiastic member who was highly
respected wherever he travelled. He will be
greatly missed.
TAYLOR: Lion Geoff (73)
Devizes Lions. Twice President, Lion Geoff
was our last Charter member after 45
years. A local man, he was well known
as a sportsman, councillor and
auctioneer as well as a staunch Lion.
Our thoughts are with his wife
Rosemary and their family.
WINSON: Lion Geoffrey William (89)
Stamford and District Lions Club are sad to
announce the passing of Lion Geoff, a
dedicated Lion for 20 years. Past President
and Community Service Officer, he helped to
achieve great things for those in need in the
community. He will be greatly missed by
fellow Lions, friends and family. Our
condolences to his family.
WISE: Lion Barry
Lions Club of South Woodham Ferrers. It is
with sadness that we announce Lion Barry’s
passing. He was a Charter Member and a
Past President of the Club and will be sadly
missed. Our condolences go out to his
family and partner, Gill.
December 2015/January 2016
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14. Christmas Eve services are held here.
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15. "I'm dreaming of a white ___________."
2. People often mail these to friends and
36. St. ______________________.
16. A colorful decoration often added to the
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5. Santa's home and workshop are located
37. These electric decorations were
introduced as a safe replacement for
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6. Traditional red-and-white-striped candy.
18. Angels announced Jesus' birth to these
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8. Santa's vehicle.
11. A Christmas song.
1. Baby Jesus had this for a bed.
20. This type of Christmas tree may be used
year after year.
13. ____________________ Christmas.
2. Naughty children may find a lump of this
in their stockings.
21. A round object often hung on a door.
15. If you ____________________ a live
Christmas tree, you must throw it out
after the holidays.
3. "not a creature was stirring, not even a
17. A treat commonly left for Santa.
4. People who go door to door singing
Christmas songs.
26. He guided Santa's sleigh one foggy
Christmas Eve.
7. If you _____________ a live Christmas
tree, you may plant it after the holidays.
28. String this to decorate the Christmas
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