District Governor Eric R. Keller`s March Newsletter


District Governor Eric R. Keller`s March Newsletter
District 19A Monthly Newsletter
March 2016 Issue 6
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The Pacific Dogwood - Provincial flower of British Columbia
2015-2016 LEADERS
~ Lions Events during
one busy, BUSY March ~
District Governor
Eric R. Keller
Ambleside Tiddlycove Lions Club
1st Vice District Governor
Dear fellow Lions, Lionesses &
Leos from District 19A:
Well, March was one entertaining and successful Lions
month and we kicked off with two official Charter Nights in the same week.
On Tuesday March 1st our Northern Star Lions Club celebrated its Charter
at the Continental Seafood Banquet Hall and on March 4th our Vancouver
Sunshine Lions Chartered at the Riverside Banquet Facility. Both
events were very well attended with much “pomp & circumstance”,
speeches, presentations and numerous photo sessions. There was great
optimism and goodwill for our Lions International organization. I
congratulate Charter Presidents Susan Park (N. Star) & Wendy Yuan (V.
Sunshine) and wish them and their enthusiastic Members much success in
the Lions` years ahead.
Simon Yau
Vancouver Broadway Lions Cub
2nd Vice District Governor
Grace Hwo
Vancouver East Lions Club
Immediate Past District Governor
Jimmy Ho
Vancouver Metropolitan Lions Club
Cabinet Secretary/Treasurer
Clara Chow
Vancouver Diamond Lions Club
ZC Patricia Tseng (A1)
Vancouver Pacific New Century Lions Club
ZC George Sim (A2)
March also witnessed the first of our Multiple District 19 Spring
Conferences starting with DG Don Wight’s District `H` at the Ramada
Plaza in Abbottsford on March 12. Five fellow DGs attended and I am very
hopeful that a similar number shall attend our Spring Conference on April
29 & 30th at the Empire
Landmark Hotel.
Ambleside Tiddlycove Lions Club
ZC Dave Herd, PDG (A3)
Granisle Lions Club
ZC Rodney Proskiw (A4)
Prince Rupert Lions Club
ZC Bob Regnerus (A6)
Sunshine Coast Lions Club
Joining in with our
fellow Governors is
always great fun and
much Lions success &
info is exchanged. Our
Spring Con. Committee
met on March 5th and
many items were
thoroughly discussed
At DG Don Wight’s Spring Conference
(District 19H) - class of Governors
and agreed on.
Registrations are now
flowing as is the
participation in our
Alex Wong (A7)
Vancouver Diamond Lions Club
Lois Brodie (A9)
Burnaby Lougheed Lions Club
Bulletin Editor
PZC Angela Lam
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Contest & Awards segment. And we are already eagerly preparing for our Friday *Fun* Night - * Eric’s Let’s
Make a Deal * – don’t miss it ! See flyer !!
Visit to North Vancouver Host Lions Club presenting a
Judge Brian Stevenson Fellowship to Lion Currie Grass PP
Visitation to the Vancouver Oakridge Lions Club
I visited with our Pemberton-Squamish Lions Curling
Bonspiel in Squamish, always well attended and enjoyable
and on the 6th dropped by our Chinatown Lioness Spring
Fling at Federico’s Supper Club; then rushed over to our
Broadway Lions Fundraiser at Kirin’s at City Centre,
another sold-our event. Our 19A Lions keep you hopping.
This was followed by DG Visits with NV Host, always very
cozy at their Andrew’s on Eighth Rest., Metropolitan Lions
with Lucy Quinn & IPDG Jimmy and then our Oakridge
Lions on Garden City Road, a long trip from WV but
excellent dinner & setting. Thank you Pres. Angelie, for the
lovely box of chocolates handed me for Katrina. I finished
this crazy week with the Templeton Leos Installation dinner
events at our Floata Restaurant. 200 eager teenage faces
greeted me as I spoke about our many Lions Leadership
programs, success and worldly events, conventions &
forums. The room was filled with enthusiasm and our young
Leos put on several skits and musical performances.
I must complement our Leo Advisors such as PZC Glenn
Cho, Kirk Dickson, Leo Liaison Elaine Luk and others for
their continued devotion to these youngest Members within
our Lions Organization.
In addition to various MJ, Judge Brian Stevenson awards &
others I have also been handing out Centennial Service
Challenge Patches to many Clubs in 19A (see list). No
fewer than 30 Clubs have qualified with 9 receiving 3-Gem
awards and 2 (in A-2 - imagine) qualifying for all 4 !
Well done, Pemberton & NV
Deep Cove and many others.
The Service Challenges lead up
to our 100th Anniversary
Celebrations in Chicago and I
keep telling our many Club
Members to make every effort
to attend this very special
Centennial extravaganza !
Installation of the Vancouver Templeton Leo Clubs,
attended by over 200 Leos
Lastly more good news on
our Membership numbers as
we are experiencing a solid
month of Inductions. I shall
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Katrina and DG Eric visiting
Burnaby Lougheed Lions Club
Vancouver Sunshine Lions Club, chartered in 2014-2015, celebrated Charter
Ceremony in March 2016
Vancouver Northern Star Lions Club, chartered in the year 2015-2016,
also celebrating charter night in March 2016
be heading over to our Sunshine Coast with Katrina & 2nd VDG Grace this coming week to induct 5 new
Members in Sechelt. And on the 21st Burnaby Lougheed shall have two more Members and a number of other
Clubs are adding to their Membership as we speak.
See you all at our Spring Conference >> end of April <<
Yours in Service & Fellowship,
Eric R. Keller.
* 1250 * - Yes, we Can !
Yes We Can
District Governor
The Ace Team
Message from President Jitsuhiro Yamada
Our Roar Should Cross Borders
Droves of swallows arrive in Japan each spring. We welcome these seasonal visitors.
In Japanese clothing a v-shaped tail represents the swallow - a symbol of good luck,
fidelity in marriage and fertility. Where do they fly from? Well, I’m not sure. It
doesn’t matter. The world is interconnected; it’s a good thing to be open to
newcomers and outsiders, who enrich our lives.
This year I am encouraging Lions to undertake or support global projects, which increase the harmony
among nations. Donate to LCIF. Aid refugees. Support our measles initiative. Back projects that help
needy children. Consider getting your club involved in the Lions’ Twinnining program, which matches clubs
from two nations………..from the LCI website
You May Want to Go to These
April 29, 2016 Friday
Empire Landmark Hotel, 1400 Robson St. Van
3:00 pm - 5:00 PM: 3rd Cabinet Meeting at
the Pavilion Room,
8:00 pm Fun Night at the Spring Conference
at Coal Harbour Room (Refer to flyer)
April 30, 2016 Saturday
Spring Conference-Empire Landmark Hotel
May 11, 2016 Wednesday
Installation of Vancouver Broadway Lions
Club at Kirin City Square Restaurant
555 West 12th Ave. Vancouver
6:30 pm for 7:00 pm
Contact Secretary or President of Club
May 14, 2016 Saturday
10th Charter Anniversary and
Installation of Vancouver Diamond Lions Club
- Dinner gala at the Four Seasons Hotel
791 W. Georgia Street, Vancouver
Tickets at $88 pp
Contact CS Clara Chow at 604.773.8238 or
[email protected]
May 28, 2016 Saturday
50th Charter Anniversary of
Pemberton Lions Club at
1730 Airport Road, Pemberton
6 pm Cocktails + 7 pm Dinner
Contact Katie Sorensen at
[email protected]. Tickets $80 pp
May 29, 2016 Sunday - 10:00 AM
Purina Dog Walk at the Larcano Beach
Park Picnic Area (on the West side of
Jericho Park on Northwest Marine Drive
between Discovery St. & Tolmie St. Van.
June 8, 2016 Wednesday
Installation of Vancouver Pacific Lions
Club at Kirin City Square Restaurant at
555 W. 12th Ave. Van
6:30 pm for 7:00 pm $60 pp
Contact Secretary PDG Rita Fok at
[email protected] / 604.512-9138
June 11, 2016 Saturday
Installation of Vancouver Metropolitan
Lions Club at the President Radisson
Hotel, Richmond
Contact Secretary or President of Club
Please send information to [email protected] if you wish to invite other Lions
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Registration Deadline EXTENDED to Tuesday, April 26, 2016
Spring Conference Schedule of Events
Friday, April 29, 2016
3:00 pm - 5:00 pm
5:00 pm - 8:00 pm
5:00 pm - 7:30 pm
Pavilion Room
Main Lobby
7:30 pm - 10:30 pm
8:00 pm - 10:30 pm
Coal Harbour Room
10:30 pm - late
Saturday, April 30 Continued
9:45 am - 10:00 am
Pavilion Room
10:30 am - 11:15 am
English Bay Room
11:00 am - 11:45 am
Pavilion 1 & 2 /
Pavilion 3 & 4
11:45 am - 2:00 pm
Crystal Ballroom
Special Guest Speaker:
2:15 pm - 4:30 pm
Main Lobby
Coal Harbour Room
6:00 pm - 7:00 pm
8:00 am - 10:15 am
Coal Harbour Lobby
Crystal Ballroom
7:00 pm - 10:00 pm
8:30 am - 2:30 pm
Coal Harbour Room
Crystal Ballroom
Saturday, April 30, 2016
7:30 am - 10:00 am
8:30 am - 9:30 am
Pavilion Room
Keynote Speaker:
Direct from New York
International Director Bob Libin
Leo Conference - April 30, 2016 Saturday at the Coal Harbour Room 10:00 am to 2:00 pm
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Your last chance to register at the Spring
Conference Luncheon to listen to the
Rick Hansen’s Biography
Rick Hansen is a Canadian icon who has dedicated his life to creating a world
that is accessible and inclusive for all. Best known as the “Man In Motion” for
undertaking an epic two-year circumnavigation around the world in his
wheelchair, Rick is also a four-time world champion, nine-time Pan Am gold
medalist, and two-time Paralympic gold medalist. Now the CEO of the Rick
Hansen Foundation, an organization committed to creating a world without
barriers for people with disabilities, Rick and his team work hard to change
attitudes, create accessible spaces and liberate the amazing potential of
people with disabilities.
When Rick was 15, his life changed forever. Returning home from a week-long fishing trip, Rick was thrown
from the back of a pick-up truck and became paralyzed from the waist down. His new reality came with a
lot of challenges, but with determination, a sense of humour and a lot of heart, he found a way to keep
doing the things he loved, and began to make new dreams.
In 1976, Rick enrolled at the University of British Columbia, becoming the first person with a disability to
graduate with a degree in Physical Education. Between 1979 and 1984, Rick turned his focus to athletic
competition, winning 19 international wheelchair marathons, the world championship title four times, and
nine gold medals at the 1982 Pan Am Games. He won a gold and silver medal at the 1984 Paralympic
Summer Games in Stoke Mandeville, UK, and a gold, silver and bronze at the 1980 Paralympic Summer
Games in Arnhem, Holland.
With nothing but a vision, a trailer and a passionate team of supporters, Rick pushed his wheelchair out of
Vancouver on March 22, 1985, to set out on a journey that would make history. The Man In Motion World
Tour was fueled by two big dreams: to prove the potential of people with disabilities and to make
communities more accessible and inclusive. Rick and his team traveled through 34 countries, wheeling
through the United States, Britain and Europe, the Middle East, New Zealand, Australia, and the Far East,
before returning to North America on May 22, 1987. The Tour raised $26 million and became a catalyst for
enormous change in the way people with disabilities were perceived.
Rick is the recipient of many awards and honours, including the Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal;
the Christopher Reeve Award; the CPA Alberta Canada’s Walk of Fame award; Canada’s Sports Hall of
Fame – William Van Horne Visionary Award; the Athlete of the Century award from the British Columbia
Wheelchair Sports Companion; and the Order of Canada.
Rick and his wife Amanda live in Steveston, B.C. and have three beautiful daughters, Rebecca,
Alana and Emma.
DG Visitation to Vancouver Metropolitan Lions Club
Pres. Al Hailey handing out 1st of 3 Judge Brian
Stevenson Fellowship to Lion Paul Adams
Van Templeton Leo Club Installation
Recipient of Progressive Judge Brian Stevenson Fellowship PDG
Marilyn Martin - North Vancouver Host Lions Club
At Mount Seymour Lions Club’s 50th Charter Anniversary with
Pres. Clark Dickson & PDG Rob Dalton
Melvin Jones Fellowship Recipients at the
Sunshine Coast Lions Club
Lions Foundation of Canada
Purina Walk
Dog Guides
May 29, 2016 10:00 am
Locarno Beach Park – Picnic area
Hosted By
Vancouver Burrard Lions Club
Vancouver Shaughnessy lions Club