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December 2015/January 2016

The magazine of the British and Irish Multiple District of Lions Clubs International

THE SPIRIT OF

Service

NORTH NORFOLK

TRIATHLON

IT’S A

KNOCKOUT !

Lions Clubs International

WE SERVE

PHOTO BYBRETT KIGER


PRESIDENT’S

MESSAGE

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 ayoung girl in Pakistan,

she demanded that girls receive an

education. ATaliban gunman shot

her in the head in 2012, but she

survived and received the Nobel

Peace Prize in2014 for continuing to

advocate for girls’ education.

In accepting the Nobel, she knew

she stood for so many others. “I am

also Shazia. IamKainat [two girls

who also were shot],” she said in her

powerful speech. “I am Mezon [a

Syrian refugee]. IamAmina

[threatened by Boko Haram in

Nigeria]. Iamthose 66 million girls

who are deprived of education. And

today Iamnot raising my voice. It is

the voice of those 66 million girls.”

My presidential theme revolves

around “dignity, harmony and

humanity.”Ibelieve 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. Weneed 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 inthe same

way asHelen Keller's plea to help

the blind resonated with Lions 90

years ago. AsMalala said, “We have

already taken many steps. Now is

the time to take aleap. …Wemust

work, not wait. Not just the

politicians and world leaders, we all

need to contribute. Me. You. We. Itis

our duty.”

PICTURED: Einar Lyngar of

Norway aids achild 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

President

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2014-2015

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Editorial

In this issue wecapture the spirit of

service in both words and pictures. For

many, the Christmas period is atime

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 ofusare

fortunate enough tolive comfortably, there are many that

are facing hardships and adversities, even atChristmas.

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 afruitful year, reaching out to members of the

community that need their help the most. As acollective,

MD105 have actively fundraised aphenomenal sum of

money (some in the most imaginative ways -see P10!)

to support causes they hold close to their hearts on both

alocal, 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’!

Iwould also like tocongratulate the newly re-formed

Whalley &District Lions in celebrating their first Charter

(P8). The sheer scale of fundraising and service they

have done inone year is absolutely astonishing. Here’s to

many more years!

Ihope you all enjoyed avery merry Christmas and Iwish

you aprosperous New Year.

Clowance (Clo) Lawton

LION Magazine Editor

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‹‹‹‹CLUB PROFILE

Contents

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awards &anniversaries

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16

fundraising

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18

club profile

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world

28

community

37

lions community

LION

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lions’ letters

46

youth

48

52

health

sport

32

62

crossword

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EXECUTIVE SUMMARY

INTERNATIONAL BOARD OF DIRECTORS MEETING

Budapest • Hungary • October 1-4 • 2015

AUDIT COMMITTEE

1. Amended Chapter II, Paragraph Bofthe

Board Policy Manual removing reference to

ajoint audit committee, reflecting the

establishment of the separate LCIF audit

committee.

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

chapter.

CONSTITUTION AND BY-LAWS COMMITTEE

1. Approved CSC (Corporation Service

Company) asthe registered agent for the

International Association of Lions Clubs.

2. Adopted aresolution to revise board policy

to reinstate the office of International Third

Vice President.

3. Adopted aresolution 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. ofthe

Board Policy Manual to make it consistent

with other provisions inthe Board Policy

Manual.

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 By-

Laws.

6. Revised the Trademark Policies in Chapter

XV of the Board Policy Manual to make

board policy related toconvention trading

pins consistent with practice.

7. Revised the Advisory Committee toReview

Vice President Candidates inChapter II,

Paragraph Aofthe Board Policy Manual to

further define the objective, composition,

duties and term ofthe Advisory

Committee.

8. Adopted aresolution 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 aresolution 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 Aand Bofthe Board Policy

Manual related to administrative officers.

CONVENTION COMMITTEE

1. Revised 2016 Fukuoka convention

schedule.

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.

DISTRICT AND CLUB SERVICE COMMITTEE

1. Granted protective status to the Tabubil

Lions Club for aperiod 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

Moldova.

3. Provided new districts, that result from

redistricting proposals that consolidate

transitional districts and isapproved prior

to October 2018, agrant in the amount of

US$2.00 per member the first year the

new district isformed 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 ofredistricting and support

growth.

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

areference tothe Executive Administrator.

8. Revised the Board Policy Manual to correct

areference toaparagraph that had

changed location.

FINANCE AND HEADQUARTERS

OPERATION COMMITTEE

1. Approved the FY 2016 1st Quarter

Forecast, reflecting adeficit.

2. Approved requesting Constitution and By-

Laws draft anamendment to the

Constitution to remove Article IXatthe

International Convention to be held in

Fukuoka, Japan, in June 2016.

3. Approved rescinding Resolution 5ofthe

Finance and Headquarters Operation

Committee report approved atthe 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 achange 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.

LEADERSHIP DEVELOPMENT COMMITTEE

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.

LONG RANGE PLANNING COMMITTEE

1. Approved the primary goal and supporting

goal ofthe new five-year strategic plan

being developed: LCI Forward. The primary

goal istoimprove the lives of 200 million

per year by the end of 2020-21, tripling

Lions’ service impact. Adopted aplan

framework summary.

2. Appointed astrategic planning team for

further plan development and approved

modest budget support.

3. Authorized formation ofaninternational

working group ofLions to explore future

service approaches toengage more people

in our humanitarian service actions.

4. Added to the composition ofthe Centennial

Action Committee.

MEMBERSHIP DEVELOPMENT 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 amembership grant for

US$25,000 for aspecial initiative in

Multiple District O(Argentina).

3. Revised the new club charting process

policy language to include online

chartering.

4. Revised the family member policy language

in relation to qualifications and reporting to

include the verification ofresidence

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.

PUBLIC RELATIONS COMMITTEE

1. Replaced current Order ofPrecedence with

Exhibit Atothe PR Committee Report.

2. Placed amoratorium on new official

editions of LION Magazine until January 1,

2018.

3. Updated several sections of Chapter XX of

the Board Policy Manual to reflect current

practice.

SERVICE ACTIVITIES COMMITTEE

1. Selected Leo Club Advisory Panel members

and alternates for 2015-2017.

2. Consolidated and clarified Chapter 1ofthe

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 lionsclubs.org or

contact the International Office at

630-571-5466.

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AwArds &AnniversAries

CREDIT: HARRY HAWKSWORTH

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Whalley &District Lions

Celebrate Their First Charter

The Club re-formed in 2015 starting

anew 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 asthe

Treasurer and thus the Club was

born. The Club members are hard

working and have all been active

members oftheir community for

many years having managed events,

lead local groups and arranged fun

and fundraising activities inthe area.

Guiding Lions, TomSlattery 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.

TOUR OF BRITAIN

The Club volunteered in the run up

and on the day tosupport 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

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AwArds &AnniversAries

RY HAWKSWORTH

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provided byWhalley Chamber of Trade, the

Lions gave out flags and horns onthe day to

St Leonards School in the morning and

Whalley School in the afternoon creating an

amazing patriotic atmosphere. The Lions also

held atable top on the day inthe Village Hall

to serve tea and coffee tovisitors. It turned

out to be atremendous event!

Melvin Jones

Fellowship

George Bruce of the Lions Club of Bletchley

receives his Melvin Jones Fellowship

George Bruce was aCharter Member ofthe Bristol Interchange

Lions Club in 1969.The name was later changed to Bristol

Winterbourne Lions Club. Hewas President Elect in 1976, but a

job promotion meant amove so he joined the Hayes and

Harlington Lions Club where he was President Elect in 1979. In

1980 he was promoted toSenior Manager and sent to the Head

Office of the Manpower Services Commission in Sheffield.

Naturally, he then transferred to the Sheffield Lions Club. In1983

he was President Elect again, but managed toget atransfer to

the Letchworth Skillcentre in January 1984 as the Deputy

Manager of the Largest Skillcentre in the country, ofwhich there

were 120. He then transferred tothe Hitchin Lions Club and in

1986 he was President Elect again. George was then asked to

manage the Skillcentre of Milton Keynes which required amove

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 hewas President

Elect in2002, but due

his wife’s ill heath he

withdrew from the

President’s Office.

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PICTURED: President

Mike Bartlett Presenting

George Bruce with his

Melvin Jones Fellow

award for being aLions

member for 46 years and

introducing 13 new

members and many years

of working for good

causes.

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Fundraising

It’s aKnockout!

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 2 nd August

2005, 34 teams comprising of 300

competitors descended upon

Meridian Park in Cleethorpes to

compete in avariety 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 acourse

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 bythe 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 ateam 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 sothey, ofcourse, have

been helped this year.”

The day raised over £26,700 for

charities that are mostly involved in

helping young people. The largest

donation of £12,000 went to the

Grimsby and District branch of the

NSPCC.

Sue Proudlove from the charity said,

"We are delighted the Lions have

chosen us as their main charity. They

have raised such alarge amount. It

will make ahuge difference to our

ability todeliver 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 acheque

and was most grateful to the Lions.

"We put ateam in and helped raise

funds for our parenting programme

and improving healthy options for

families. It is alifeline to alot 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 aproud

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.

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Fundraising

The Perfect

Christmas Present

Danni Clarke, a32year old mum of four paralysed by arare brain

condition and unable to walk has had the Christmas present she wished

for; aspecially 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 ather home in Bodenham Hereford said, “This was the best

Christmas present Icould possibly have wished for and Iamgrateful to

the Lion’s Club for such agenerous gift.”

Kilkenny Lions Launch

Spirit ofChristmas Appeal

This appeal is the biggest fund

raising event of the year for the

Kilkenny Lions. Over three days, the

Clubs hold anauction oflocally

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 aseparate 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 inthe run up to

the Christmas period, which includes

the Hamper Appeal, Schools

Concert, Wine Fair and the Street

Collection.

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 tobe

auctioned as part of the appeal.

Even though there are so many calls

on them, the Kilkenny business

community constantly come forward

in agenerous 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 tothe launch ofthe

Appeal which is now in its 24th year.

She said, “When we think of

Christmas weconjure 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. Byusall coming

together, putting in an effort,

making acontribution we are

enhancing our community and

making it abetter and nicer place to

live in.”

“The people of Kilkenny, the

businesses, shops and companies

show adeep 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.

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Fundraising

The Bubble Foundation

PICTURED: Bubble

baby Emily Liu, with

mum Zhihua

In apacked programme between 28 th

September and 5 th October 2015, the

Morpeth Lions Club managed to raise

over £2000 for the President's chosen

charity, the Bubble Foundation.

"Bubble" babies are born without an

immune system and they cannot

fight infection. Even the simplest cold

virus passed on by amother's kiss

can kill them. They are cared for by a

bubble of clean air known as sterile

isolation. The Bubble Foundation

works tosave the lives of these

babies.

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 6months or

more. The Unit also treats older

children with deficient immune

systems. The good news is that

survival has now

increased from 50%

to 80% thanks to the

staff and expertise of

the Bubble Unit.

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 afurther

£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.

Bubble Foundation's Fundraising

Manager, Gill Johnson was invited to

receive acheque 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 ofthe 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.

The

Bubble

Foundation UK

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Fundraising

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 achild with Autism

in association with AADI Ireland. The

puppy is now in training and will be

suitable for achild in 18 months. The

dog will then be placed with achild 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 inavery

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 aPuppy Foster Carer who brings

it up in asociable environment in

order for it to become asuitable

assistance dog.

The dog then starts its training for

three months after which it is

matched to asuitable 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 ared jacket

with alogo 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 along process but avery

worthwhile one!

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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.

To donate to this appeal

send a cheque payable to

‘WaterAid’ to

47-49 Durham St

London SE11 5JD

or call 020 7793 4594

Water Aid / Anna Kari

Registered charity numbers 288701 (England and Wales) and SC039479 (Scotland)


Fundraising

LIBRA Campaigner Receives

Melvin Jones Fellowship Award

Dedicated LIBRA supporter Trevor Jones, from Woking, received aMelvin Jones

Fellowship on 2 nd December 2015 in recognition of his outstanding fundraising

efforts for the Lions International Blood Research Appeal (LIBRA)

Trevor received lifesaving

treatment for Acute Myeloid

Leukaemia under the

supervision of the

Haematology team atKing’s

College Hospital and he

decided to launch a

fundraising campaign for

LIBRA as away of giving

something back to the

Haematology Department.

With the support of family

and friends, he launched a

campaign on 1 st March 2013

and within 18 months

£20,000 had been raised.

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 ofKing’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

meetings.

Following the award presentation

Trevor made atouching speech and

he commented: “I am humbled to

receive this prestigious award and

would like tosay ahuge thank you.

Ireceived such great care at King’s

and can’t thank the haematology

team enough. When Iwas receiving

treatment Ipicked up aLIBRA

newsletter and decided to raise funds

for the charity asitsupports the

department that saved mylife.

“I am also grateful to the nursing

staff at King’s, my friends and family

who have supported me throughout

my treatment. Iwill treasure the

award and really appreciate Woking

Lions Club securing it for me. Iam

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 amagic 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 4Growth Campaign inaid of

the Haematology Department. The

campaign target is £200,000 and

these funds are urgently required for

the development of three laboratories

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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, alicensed cleanroom facility.

The Rayne Cell Therapy Suite is

dedicated to the manufacture of

advanced experimental therapies

including anew cell vaccine by

immune gene therapy for the

treatment ofAcute Myeloid

Leukaemia (AML), the first of its kind

in the world.

To find out more about the

Giving 4Growth Campaign in

aid of LIBRA, please visit:

www.libralionscharity.org

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Fundraising

Riding for the Disabled

Blackmore Vale Lions support Riding for the Disabled (RDA) with adonation

of £500 to Tessa Woodhouse, the Chairman of Henstridge RDA

RDA is acharitable 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 atleast aone to one

volunteer to rider ratio.

At Henstridge there are currently

eight horses available to ride but in

the event of inclement weather, orif

anyone either cannot physically get

on ahorse or are of anervous

disposition, there are two mechanical

horses that will provide agreat

stepping stone to the real thing.

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 atrip

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 sorealistic’. One

elderly and disabled member of the RDA said, "I feel

Ihave anew lease of life. What an amazing piece of

equipment, allowing me to relive the love of riding."

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‹‹‹‹CLUB PROFILE

‹‹CLUB PROFILE

Sandwell Lions Club

Sandwell Lions Club, formed in 2009, is aclub with fun at its heart. Described as

‘Brownies for adults’, byPast 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.

Each issue this section will

focus on aClub, 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

lion.editor@lionsclubs.co

with information and

photographs (in ahigh

resolution JPEG format).

The Club’s membership has remained at approximately 25 since formation with

members ranging from 25 to 85! Building on this, aBranch Club has been

formed in alocal community nearby. Yellow Card drops have been a

fundamental part of our membership with approximately half of the club

members being recruited as aresult 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 areputation of‘trying

anything once’ and hearing the words ‘I’ve had an idea…’ at ameeting 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 ofservice helped to put the weekend together.

WHAT THEY’VE BEEN UPTO…

Environmental projects have been a

focus of the Club during the last six

years, with the very first event the

club participated inbeing alitter pick

at alocal nature reserve and then the

planting of over 900 trees in one

morning at Sandwell Valley Country

Park. It was truly acommunity event

with over 60Lions, members of the

public and aDistrict 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 avariety ofservice activities,

helping members ofthe local

community. For example, the Club

helped redecorate and furnish aflat

for alocal family who were separated

due to both emotional and financial

difficulties because of the ill health of

aparent, thus providing the family

with asuitable environment for them

to live inand be reunited. Two

members regularly transported a

local resident to weekly rehabilitation

sessions at Conductive Education

Therapy after she suffered astroke.

Club members and their families

have also regularly supported

collections for alocal food bank,

alongside this, over the past two

years donations of Advent Calendars

and selection boxes atChristmas

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.

Over the course of the last six years,

the Club has formed successful

partnerships with local businesses

and the local council. As aresult of

this, BMW Sytner Oldbury, have

provided Santa with acar, 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.

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 astar

of CBeebies, Mr Bloom, at aBBC

filming event, enabled the Lions to be

‘security’ for the television star,

protecting him from the hoards of

three year old groupies atalive stage

show! Over the two days,

approximately 3000 people saw the

Lions logo being proudly displayed by

their our members.

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As aclub, members work hard to

fundraise, through aselection of

events such as aSpooky Sponsored

Walk, aHalloween 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 asocial 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 aWater 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 aprevious home, visiting twice

in recent years to provide donations

for the building of ahouse for a‘gogo’,

agrandmother and her grandchildren,

whose house had been destroyed

by fire. More recently, afurther

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 anintegral part of the

local community and is proud to be

making memories!

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world

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 aconcrete reminder

of their commitment to service: the

Quito los Olivos Lions have operated

acommunity medical centre in the

space adjacent toits clubhouse

since 1997.

Funded by modest patient fees, the

Quito los Olivos Medical Center is

staffed by ateam 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 inneed 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 onthe 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.

Lions Clubs International Foundation

(LCIF) awarded aUS$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, afetal

monitor, newborn cribs, three electric

hospital beds, aportable

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 areason 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 anexpected

30,000 people each year, which

means healthier mothers, healthier

families and ahealthier community.

LCIF Standard grants provide

matching funds from US$10,000 to

US$100,000 toLions clubs ordistricts

that have identified aneed within

their community and have aplan to

address that need. Projects must

serve alarge 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.

To learn about Standard grants,

please visit lcif.org.

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PRESIDENT’S

MESSAGE

The Joyful Spirit of Service

We live inthe age ofvideo. YouTube

uploads 300 hours of video every

minute. You, Iand everyone else are

watching them. Yetphotography

remains anincredibly powerful

medium for capturing our modern

lives. As U.S. photographer Alfred

Stieglitz once said, “In photography

there is areality so subtle that it

becomes more real than reality.”

In this special photo issue we

spotlight the profound reality ofour

service through the brilliant gaze ofa

camera lens. These photos illuminate

the grace and beauty ofour service.

In atypical issue ofthe LION we tell

stories of those we’ve helped and the

Lions who serve. Here we convey our

remarkable, timeless impact onthe

world through the power of images

fixed in particular times and places

worldwide.

Service is beautiful. It’s love. It’s

kindness. It’s charity inaction. It’s

spirit taking flesh. It’s dignity,

harmony, humanity (my presidential

theme)—not only for those we serve

but also for Lions.

Our service is not in any way rote or

routine ormechanical. Our service is

joyful, peaceful and full of good

cheer. It’s quite in line with the

buoyant mood ofthis time ofyear—

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

ones.

PHOTO COURTESY OF WHEATON PARK DISTRICT

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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.

Dr. Jitsuhiro Yamada

Lions Clubs International

President

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PICTURED: Acamper at

the Louisiana Lions

Camp befriends ahorse

on the day an

equestrian group

visited.

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World

PICTURED: John David Friend

of Kentucky luxuriates amid

the 210 pairs of shoes

collected for those in need by

him and other Stanford Lions.

AP IMAGES

PHOTO BYJAY KARR/REPRINTED WITH

PERMISSION OF THE (HILTON HEAD, SOUTH

CAROLINA) ISLAND PACKET

PHOTO BYHOUSTON COUNTY NEWS

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PICTURED ABOVE LEFT: Susan

Wolff prepares to ice acake at

the Macoupin County Center

for the Developmentally

Disabled, aday learning center

in Carlinville, Illinois, that is

supported by Lions. Wolff

baked acake for the annual

Carlinville Lions Club Carnival.

PICTURED ABOVE:

Acounselor at Camp Leo and

aformer 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.

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PICTURED ABOVE: La

Crescent Lions (from left)

Larry Stryker, Teresa

O’Donnell-Ebner and Bill Goff

plant atree, one of more than

2,200 planted by the

Minnesota club.

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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

atrain station to promote local

tourism. The club partnered

with schoolchildren and the

Toyohashi Railroad Company on

the project. Nanohana in

Japanese means “wild flower.”

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PHOTO BYJAY SEIDE/LA HABRA JOURNAL

PHOTO BYTHE ENTERPRISE OF BROCKTON

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.

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.

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PICTURED: Ablind teenager visits

afarm inMinnesota as part ofthe

Buddy Program, supported by the

Lafayette &Area, New Ulm,

Shakopee, Richfield and

Minneapolis Riverview Lions clubs.

PHOTO BYBILL KILLILLAY

PICTURED: Astaffer 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.

PHOTO COURTESY OF THE DAILY NEWS/ROCCO LAURIENZO

PHOTO BYBARRY CHIN/THE BOSTON GLOBE VIA GETTY IMAGES

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PICTURED: Apublic safety

employee demonstrates a

drone at abeach in

Duxbury, Massachusetts;

the Duxbury Lions Club

held afamily fun day to

raise funds for the fire

department to buy adrone

to help search for people

missing in the water or

woods and to assess

storm damage.

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PICTURED: Aman in Nepal

thanks Lions from Multiple

District 300 Taiwan who

aided his village after the

devastating earthquake

in April.

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world

PICTURED: Schoolchildren in

Bangladesh display their clean hands

after Chittagong Karnaphuli Lions

instructed them in avoiding disease.

PHOTO BYROB WILLIAMS/APN

PICTURED: Malaysian

schoolchildren try ontheir glasses,

donated by Penang Komtar Lions.

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PICTURED: Dr. Adel Racz, aLeo

in Hungary, checks aman’s

vision at ascreening organized

by District 119.

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PICTURED: Awoman in India has

her eyes tested at ascreening

organized by the Chennai

Triplicane Lions Club, which

chartered this year.

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World

PICTURED: Ayoung patient at a

hospital in the Philippines is not alone

in her fight against cancer thanks to

the Quezon City Kawilihan Lions Club.

PHOTO BYROB WILLIAMS/APN

PICTURED: President

Bernie Newell of the

Rosewood Lions Club in

Australia gets

comfortable before his

club’s lawn bowling

fundraiser.

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PHOTO BYBILL KILLILLAY

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.

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PICTURED: These wee lads

join hands at the Twin

Festival in Ireland held by

the Carrickmacross Lions

Club.

››

PICTURED: Hired by the

Miskolc Lions Club, aclown

entertains children with

special needs including

vision impairment in

Hungary.

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community

Centennial Service Challenge:

Protecting the Environment

"If you are thinking ayear ahead,

sow aseed, if you are thinking ten

years ahead, plant atree.” 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, wehave 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, ona

wider scale, we have been

systematically denuding our forests

for lumber. This we do at amuch

quicker pace, often prompted by

greed, than carrying out work of

reforestation, unmindful of the

negative effects on the symbiotic

relationship between plants and

animals.

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 ofProtecting the

Environment provided agreat

opportunity that brought tolife 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 aconcerted

response together. Needless to say,

the tree planting conservation effort

carried out by the clubs

internationally as aresult of the

Centennial Service Challenge of

Protecting the Environment has

slowed down the negative effects of

deforestation. Itisaconcrete

manifestation ofconservation 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 ofour Environment.

FACT!

Asingle tree can

absorb as much as

48 pounds of carbon

dioxide each year

and produce enough

oxygen to support

two human beings.

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community

Last Night of the Proms

Saturday 10 th 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 avery 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 intheir

evening dresses they treated the

audience to avery varied programme

including an amazing rendition of ‘I

had aDream’ 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

on British Sea Songs. The choir then

joined the band in arendition 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 25members 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 ajoy to

listen to. Tothose 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

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community

Welcome Home Sadie

Acancer diagnosis is life changing atthe

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 areturn would

almost certainly put her recovery at risk

whilst her immune system was returning

to normal.

But when anumber oflocal 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 achimney

liner free of charge for her new fire which

he acquired at avery competitive price.

Whilst Sadie was convalescing with her

family, 40volunteers worked on the

house fitting the bathroom suit that had

been kindly donated by the local branch

of MKM. The Malton Rotarians also

made afinancial contribution that helped

the renovation.

After returning home, Sadie held an open

day tothank 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.

BEFORE

BEFORE

AFTER

AFTER

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community

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 ofBeccles, MrHugh 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 athand watching for

pitfalls and obstacles, it was an

unnerving thing todo. 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 alittle 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 nothreat,

became threatening and alarming as

did sensing or hearing people passing

close by-this was awholly different

world tonavigate. Having someone

else nearby in the same predicament

was comforting though and we found

that we were calling out toeach

other for, Isuppose, reassurance and

had we had neither guides nor each

other for company, there were

occasions during our ‘walk’ when Ifor

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 aroad with the sound

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 Isuspect, that

the carrier was both blind and deaf.

The loss of that sense too would have

made something quite difficult and

disconcerting, toput it mildly,

almost terrifying.

So, when next you see ablind or

partially-sighted person, spare a

thought astothe difficulties and

challenges they face in navigating

their way through aworld that most

of us find it comparatively easy to

deal with -believe me, it is not.

Iwould like tothank the Beccles

Lions and the Observatory Opticians

for allowing me to experience,

albeit briefly, the world ofthe

visually handicapped.”

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community

PICTURED: Mayor of

Llandudno Cllr Frank

Bradfield

PICTURED: Lion President

Gordon Woodyatt at

Remembrance Sunday

Parade

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 aservice 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 tothe church.

After the service an Act of

Commemoration took place at the

memorial obelisk within the church

cemetery. The Mayor ofLlandudno

Cllr Frank Bradfield and Club

President Gordon Woodyatt laid

wreaths atthe memorial after atwo

minutes’ silence.

This annual service followed on from

when the Llandudno Lions had the

memorial refurbished over five

years ago. Ithas now become a

regular Club event that takes

place on the Saturday before

Remembrance Sunday.

Aspokesman for the Club said, “This

is what Lionism is about. It is agroup

coming together and doing something

for the community. The memorial

needed attention and we were able to

do something. Following this, the

Town Council made adonation 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 awreath on behalf of the

Lions Club of Llandudno.

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community

Newquay Beer Festival

Friday 25 th -Sunday 27th September

2015. Newquay Towan Blystra Lions

held their third Newquay Beer

Festival at Hendra Holiday Park. What

afantastic weekend! All three days of

the beer festival drew in large crowds

of family and friends from the local

community who mingled in the

sunshine.

The event featured awhopping 68

real ales and 21 ciders as well as

lagers, wines and soft drinks plus onsite

catering. Throughout the

weekend there was agreat 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 apint of the

ale she sponsored in memory of

her late husband, former District

Governor Ken Clarke MBE

The festival organisers were

delighted with the support of the 50

plus sponsors who had helped the

event take place. They’d like tothank

in particular, headline sponsors St

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community

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 touse this as the

venue for the first of, what it is hoped will

be, aseries of motorhome and

caravan/camping rallies.

For more information and next

year’s dates visit

www.newquaybeerfestival.com

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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 arefugee camp

As the refugee crisis continues, Lions

Clubs across the British Isles and

Ireland have launched five online

appeals with www.lionsgiving.org 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 towithstand 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 www.lionsgiving.org,

include acall 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, aspecific appeal for funds

to cover the cost of items urgently

needed by those in Serbia and an

appeal for funds to develop amedical

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 toleave

their country in order to escape war

or persecution.

We decided to launch five appeals so

that people can donate to aspecific

cause, rather than ageneral appeal if

they prefer. Any amount, no matter

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 itthrough

what is sure to be agruelling winter.”

Lions Clubs hope that people will

come forward to help raise funds for

refugees inthe run up to Christmas

and the New Year. Make adonation

by visiting www.lionsgiving.org

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Lions community

LION

John Price House

The building which houses the

Kenilworth Lions Furniture Store has

been renamed ‘John Price House’, in

honour ofthe man who over the last

25 years had been the main driving

force behind its success.

In aceremony 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 ofhow 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

afurniture store was conceived.

After humble beginnings, the store

was established in Farmer Ward

Road in 1990.

Whilst the Furniture Store relies on

the support ofall Lions members, it

was one man, Lion John Price, who

PICTURED: Lion John Price

had the imagination and dedication

to make itthe great success it is

today. John was ahands-on man and

worked tirelessly to make the Store

an important part ofthe community,

not only raising funds approaching

half amillion 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 agreat

character, very kind, generous and

fair. He built avery impressive

operation here at the Store, and

what he did for the local community

was wonderful.”

The Chairman ofthe Furniture Store

Lion TedCurtis said, “John made the

Store what it is today. It is very

fitting that it now carries his name, a

memorial to aremarkable man, one

we miss dearly.”

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WETHERBY DISTRICT

LIONS CLUB

Publicity and Membership

Drive Initiatives

Wetherby Lions Club is approaching

its 50 th 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.

“Whilst we have amembership of 32,

many ofusare either approaching or

are over 70years of age!

Last year, wewere fortunate to

recruit 5younger members, who

were in business and had those vital

contacts that our retired members

lacked. We decided, as astrategy, to

target business organisations to

recruit both associate and active

members. Lion John Handley (Vice

President) was given the brief of

recruitment and he has used his wide

business contacts togood effect. We

recognize that not all potential

members have the time to commit to

being anActive Member, but might

welcome the opportunity inthe

Associate Member role.

Lion Jon persuaded aprofessional

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

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Another of our new members is

skilled in running and developing

websites and she has done agreat

job in overhauling our existing

website, tomake itmore appealing

and easier to access. We also give

recognition to local business

organisations, who are regular

sponsors inour events, such as our

Beer Festival and the recent Duck

Race. Our website can be viewed on

the following link:

www.wetherbylions.org 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

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LIONS AWARENESS

Lions Clubs do so much on aregular basis raising “Lions

Awareness” in their own communities. What if this

awareness could bemultiplied by 56?

This year, during Lions Awareness week (4 th -10 th October)

all the Lions Clubs inDistrict 105-E, were encouraged to

participate in aservice activity orproject 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

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’

events.

Other activities and PR publicity included awalk with the the

local Coningsby Bookshop holding aLions window display

for two weeks, and spectacle collection atincluding

Coningsby New Surgery, Tattershall Primary School, Holy

Trinity Tattershall School and the Barnes Wallis Academy

who received Certificates ofAppreciation for their support.

Students from the Barnes Wallis Academy and Holy Trinity

also participated in ablindfolded lunch.

During Lions Awareness week astaggering 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.

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This year, 105-E's District-wide Lions Awareness week was

launched by District Governor Paul Stafford onSaturday 3 rd

October 2015 at the Open Day organised by Coningsby &

Tattershall Lions Club at their appropriately named Lions’

Den!

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 astall 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

Radio.

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WEEK 105-E

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WHAT THE CLUBS OF 105-E GOT UP TO…

Notts Derby Hemlockstone

16 th October 2015 Sight Awareness Day atBeeston with

guide dogs, Tesco opticians and the Mayor.

Spalding

3rd October 2015 Sight Awareness Day: DG Paul was given

aGuide Dog experience and walked blindfolded with acane

using blackout masks.

There was also amarket 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 asimple device,

which can be attached to an electrical appliance plug. When

wrapped around, they form astrong handle which makes it

easier to pull the plug out of the socket.)

Skegness

10 th October 2015 PR stall inHildred Centre, Skegness.

Boston

7 th October 2015 PR tent in Pescod Square.

Woodhall Spa

4 th -30 th October 2015 The Lions collected spectacles in

four locations and presented certificates ofappreciation

during this period.

Nottingham West

10 th October 2015 Big Sight event with the

Sherriff present.

Horncastle

10 th Charter anniversary.

Lincoln

10 th October 2015 Coffee &Sight Awareness at

St Mary Le Wigford.

Derby

Lions Awareness stall with leaflets and collection at Derby

Athletics Festival and Asda for Sight Awareness.

Market Rasen

High visibility jackets donated tolocal schools as well as

various PR work.

Matlock &Derwent Valley

4 th October 2015 At the Matlock Derwent Valley Charter DG

Paul Stafford greeted guests wearing ablindfold and Sight

Support Derbyshire made apresentation.

Ashbourne &District

7 th 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.

Gainsborough

12 th October 2015 Rebadging up Stefan Szafran.

Sleaford &District Lions Club

The banner flew high in the centre of Sleaford! Their

awareness activity included abook stall atthe Farmers

Market, their 11th Race Night at Sleaford Academy, PR

displays in local shops and cafes as well astheir 6th social

where four new members were inducted tothe Club bythe

District Governor Paul Stafford.

Retford

Involving local schools, Retford Lions collected spectacles,

presented and promoted Message in aBottle at flu fair over 3

days.

North Notts

North Notts Lions have made great efforts tobring 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 totry to experience what it must be

like tobeblind orvisually 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 toIndia, Africa and the FarEast for

use in Lions free eye clinics. If you would like acopy of the

DVD, please email dvd@northnottslionsclub.co.uk. 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

3 rd October 2015 Casino Night for Messingham residents.

6 th October 2015 Coffee Morning incorporating aBring &

Buy.

Brigg

9 th October 2015 Race Night atBrigg Serviceman’s Club.

Mablethorpe

PR stall distributing Message in aBottle and general

information about Lions.

Ilkeston

Celebrated their Charter with District Governor Antonio

Belpietro, of their twinned club, Brescia. Lincoln the Guide

Dog was also present.

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Letters To The

Editor

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 achallenging

trip and get them to drive Round the World in

aWeekend!

Afew years ago ateam from Guildford Lions Club drove

Round the World in aWeekend, 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 aweekend. 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 aWeekend. For more

information contact me through

www.guildfordlions.com.

Vic Quayle

Guildford Lions Club

Dear Editor,

Iheard something last week which Ifound to be most

offensive and quite staggering. Unfortunately it was at our

club meeting. Yes you’ve guessed, aletter was read out

with regards to the abandonment and disbanding of

Lionesses. Ijust couldn’t believe what Iwas hearing. I

think the last time Iheard anything like it was about a3rd

world, tin pot, despot dictatorship. How disgraceful for the

hierarchy to behave is this arbitrary fashion.

It has made me stop and think about mymembership of

Lions, when an organisation considers the ‘academia’

within the organisation is of ahigher priority above what

its primary function is.

Let’s not forget that there is but one, and Imean only one

purpose of Lions and that is to help other people less

fortunate than ourselves. Itisnot aplatform 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 orlocal etc. are completely

inconsequential as it is not about status but about helping

people.

Quite clearly this is being driven either byanindividual or

individuals and is solely and entirely about money. Which is

ashame because, unless Ihave 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 usnaively and

very patronising.

Apparently it is ameans of trying to increase membership.

Iwouldn’t be at all surprised to see anet loss, assome

Lions leave the organisation in support. Which is quite

ironic really, when the chairman of the council, Simon

Moss, in the Oct/Nov issue, isconcerned about the loss of

500 members per year. Idon’t think this is going to help.

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Ihave lost all respect with the hierarchy of Lions and will

direct all my energies towards working inmyown club to

help local people. The only thing that I‘cling’ to, in

circumstances such as this, is something afellow 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 usasindividuals, itispurely and

simply and unequivocally about helping others.

Colin Hibberd

Sleaford &District Lions Club

Dear Sirs,

On behalf ofAylesbury Lions Club Ifeel bound to respond

to Lion Chris Southworth who wrote in the

August/September issue.

Iknow we are not the only Lions Club who are providing

the Message in aWallet 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.

Secondly, as along-time member of the Fire and Rescue

Service Ican assure Chris Southworth that all information

relating to avictim ofaccidental or medical emergency

would be sought inorder to provide the best care possible.

This may well entail looking in pockets, wallets or

handbags to see if there isany identification should the

person not be able to speak. All members ofthe

emergency services are bound by rules of confidentiality

and would not use any information inaninappropriate

way. Items such asDonor cards, chemotherapy

information and blood thinning drug use are routinely

accessed in order to ascertain the best treatment ofany

patient.

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. Istrongly

suggest that following the massive support we and I'm

sure other Lions Clubs have received for this project that it

be reconsidered as aLions overall initiative to avoid the

need for each Club issuing alocal form when one could be

sourced centrally.

Fourthly, the provision of Medicalert Iunderstand 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, inthe 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.

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Youth

Youth Exchange

Part Two

LION SYLVIA COOK, YOUTH

EXCHANGE OFFICER 105SW

MY ROLE

The YE programme is one ofthe best

projects Ihave 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 isvery

rewarding. You get out what you put

in! So, apart from reporting to

Cabinet, what does the job entail?

• Seeking host families through

advertising at Forums and

Convention, plus visiting zones to

explain the responsibilities of

hosting

• 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

responsibilities

• Attend two MD meetings, one in

March to choose the students that

come toSWand one in September

to review the visit/Camp and plan

for the next year

The Zone Chairman:

• Zone C–Lion Andy Burnard

• Zone L–Lion David Fitzpatrick

The Lions Clubs:

• Callington

• Cheddar Vale

• Clevedon

• Minehead

• Portishead

• Worle

• YeoValley

This was agreat 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

atour of Bristol, the SS Great

Britain, Dunster Castle, aride 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

round!

Lion Keith Johnson Zone L

(Host Family supported by

Worle Lions Club)

Never having hosted before it was with some trepidation that Iwelcomed

Agata into our family. Ineed 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.

Iwas amazed atthe participation

and support of the Lions involved

in this year’s Youth Exchange

programme and Icannot finalise

this report without expressing my

sincere appreciation to the

following:

The host families:

• Lion Keith Johnson and Judith

Johnson (Worle)

• Lion Marion Adcock (Cheddar

Vale)

• Lion President Sue Miller

(Clevedon)

• Lions Ute and John Newell

(Clevedon)

• Lions Vanessa and Rodney

Hancock (Callington)

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

avery busy and varied

weeks schedule with sightseeing,

tours and enjoying

the British way of life. The

girls were introduced to

Cornish pasties, aCream

Tea, and skittles. Abig

thank you to all who were

involved.

Clevedon Lions President

Sue Miller and Lions John

and Ute Newell

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Young Leaders in Service

Throughout MD105 there are

amazing young people giving

up their time toserve 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 ofservice have

been recognised bythe presentation

of YLiS Awards to596 YLiS. These

YLiS have volunteered with awide

range of organisations, their local

schools, Scouts and Guides, Boys

Brigade, Police, Sea, Army and Air

Cadets, StJohn Ambulance, onyouth

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 toLeo

Clubs and being ayoung carer, from

across MD105.

YLiS Awards recognise young people

in your area between the ages of 11

and 18 (school years 7to13) for

their community service within a12

month period. Atthe

end of this time they are awarded

either aSilver Seal Award Certificate

for completing at least 50 hours or

aGold Seal Award Certificate for

the completion of 100 or more

hours of service and acongratulatory

letter from the Lions Clubs

International President.

10 AREAS OF SERVICE

Service to the elderly: performing

simple home repairs and jobs around

the house; running errands, chatting

and being afriend, 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, asaGuide,

helping with Brownies,

Rainbows; as aScout,

helping with Cubs,

Beavers, perhaps sewing

on achievement badges, at

St John Ambulance helping with the

younger groups.

Service toparents or family:

caring for adisabled family

member, shopping and cleaning,

entertaining, chatting and motivating,

looking after younger brothers or

sisters; babysitting

Environment: planting trees, caring

for open spaces orclearing litter

Services for the

homeless/hungry: collecting food,

clothing and toiletries for donation to

alocal welfare centre, helping to

raise money tobuy essentials to set

up home

Education: helping achild or adult

to learn how to read and write,

reading tothose 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 aleaders’ role with:

Cadets, Boys’ Brigade St John, Red

Cross, Church, youth club,

community youth group, youth

councils, orany similar group

Helping the Lions with: fundraising

for local charities and for

welfare activities, planning aparty for

children, organising atreat 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. AYoung

Leaders in Service Club guide and

poster are available to download from

the MDwebsite. Or contact the YLiS

MD Officer at

youngleaders@lionsclubs.co for

more information and any help you

may need.

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Lions’ Compassion Helps

Expand Transplant House

Imagine you need akidney

transplant—imagine the anxiety and

stress of putting your health in

someone else’s hands. Now imagine

traveling to anew city toget 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 ofWisconsin

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 aplace to stay

is essential to asuccessful 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 atatime without

vacancy, the Lions from Multiple

District 27 D1 decided tohelp. 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 acommunity kitchen,

on-site laundry and other amenities.

With the second phase of the

expansion plan, set to begin inthe

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, lcif.org.

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PICTURED: Restoring Hope

Transplant House will more

than triple the available

rooms for transplant patients

in Madison, Wisconsin

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First Responders

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PICTURED: Lion President

Bob Lilley with the

EMAS vehicle

Shepshed Lions serve their

community with the launch of

Shepshed Lions’ Community

First Responders Scheme

Initially, aproposal 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 onaproject 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 tothe general public and

eight volunteers were trained ready

for when the scheme first went live.

Now CFR volunteers are deployed at

the same time asParamedics 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. Onsome occasions team

members have been sent to back up

EMAS staff atother incidents.

One incident involved a21year old

student, (aCFR in our scheme) being

sent to aone 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

aParamedic, 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

pumps and other items including

oxygen. Shepshed Lions Club

purchased adefibrillator, 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 aSkoda

Fabia saloon car marked out in EMAS

ambulance livery. This has aradio

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 aresult of this

demanding venture.

WANT TO GET INVOLVED?

www.emas.nhs.uk/get-involved

Or contact Lion President Bob

Lilley 01509 508265,

07585 772902 or e-mail:

thelilleys15@gmail.com.

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Diabetes Screening

This year, the Lions of 105-I have

broken their own record of 7,210

and screened 7,912 people in three

days!

Between 22 nd -24 th September 2015,

the Lions ofIreland 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.

ACKNOWLEDGMENTS FROM

JOHN O’DONOVAN, DIABETES

AWARENESS OFFICER 105-I

• 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

agreat job prior to the event and

ensured that we hit the ground

running.

• Caroline Foley Kearns, our PR

officer, did it again she got alive

interview with Alan Cantwell on

ITV. She had us on Facebook and

several radio stations. We even

got alook 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 ofShane 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.

• 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 anurse when

she arrived at our site, now that

shows commitment.

• Finally Ishould acknowledge the

help and support that we got

from our IPIP Lion Joe Preston

and his wife Joni who paid us a

SUMMARY OF RESULTS

visit onTuesday morning. Indeed

Anna May came to greet them and

her daughter Anna Marie to whom

DG Marion made the presentation of

aHumanitarian 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.

2013 2014 2015

No % No % No %

Total Tested 4,811 7210 7,912

Male 2,674 56 4090 57 4,382 55

Female 2,137 44 3120 43 3,530 45

Referrals 545 11.3 617 8.6 693 8.8

Male 326 12.2 391 9.6 447 10.2

Female 219 10.2 226 7.2 246 7.0

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Boost Distribution of

Message in aBottle

Lowestoft Lions Club have seen a

massive increase inthe 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 aBottle 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 ofproducing asmall

display unit to promote the Club’s

Message in aBottle containers, which

are ahealth initiative toaid

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 –inthe fridge! However,

we identified aneed to have an

attractive display inwhich to show the

bottles –toboth 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, todesign 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

MESSAGE IN

ABOTTLE

• The emergency services

are all aware of the Lions

‘Message in aBottle’ 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 5million 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 tocarry a

supply of the bottles togive

to patients they attend.

LIONS MDHQ

Lions Clubs headquarters in

Birmingham also sell display

boxes for Message in aBottle 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

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Sport

PICTURED: Lion Dave

Thomas who was our

auctioneer for the evening,

pictured with life time

friend, Gordon Monroe and

his son Gavin

PICTURED:

Lion Ernie

Pearce

Charity Boxing Dinner

VERSUS

On Saturday 14 th 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 afabulous three

course dinner arranged by Hatfields Catering

and afull programme of very impressive boxing

between Police Clubs of GB and the Royal Navy

which was presided over byofficials from the

Amateur Boxing Association.

This was the 24 th 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 astanding ovation from the crowd on

the night.

The evening raised awhopping £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.

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THE TEAM MATCH

LINE UP OF BOUTS:

G.Fernandez

Police Clubs GB (Woking)

v

LPT Andy O'Donnell

Royal Navy

Prince Hussain

Police Clubs GB (Bradford)

v

A.B. Charlie Williams

Royal Navy

Gavin Francis

Police Clubs GB

(Wolverhampton)

v

A.B. Lee Grey

Royal Navy

Ryan Lynskey

Police Clubs GB

(Phoenix Fire Manchester)

v

Mne. Jamie Whittacker

Royal Navy

Mickey Parsons

Police Clubs GB (Bristol)

v

A.B. Iain McCondichie

Royal Navy

Courtney Chadwick

Police Clubs GB

(Phoenix Fire Manchester)

v

A.B. Luke Fisher

Royal Navy

PICTURED: The winner by a

unanimous decision, Gavin

Francis, Police Clubs

Wolverhampton

Each match consisted of three

round of two minutes and the

overall result of the team

boxing matches was atie,

with three wins to Police

Clubs of GB and three to

the Navy.

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Sport

CREDIT: DAVID McARTHUR –WWW.SPATIALPHOTOGRAPHY.CO.UK

North Norfolk Triathlon

On the 20th September 2015, Janice

Whitaker, Anita Rose and Cat

Cameron from Wells-next-the-Sea

Lions Club took part inthe 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!

The bike course went through local

villages on aloop 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

Janice tells us more…

As anew member of the Wells-nextthe-Sea

Lions Club Ihad an idea to

link mypassion for fitness toafund

raising opportunity and suggested

that we organise aLions Triathlon

team! We entered the North Norfolk

Olympic distance Triathlon 2015 as a

team of three with each of us training

for aparticular 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.

We had registered the night before

and were labelled with our race

number on our legs and arms. We

Iwas in the first wave ofthe 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 amarker, 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 agood position, but

Imanaged 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 upand

round to the transition area on the

quay topass the digital tag to the

next member of the relay team.

Anita then went off on her 24 mile

bike ride!

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. Iran

down to join her on Wells beach for

the final 2miles 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 agood feeling to finish

but we were delighted to later realise

that we had completed the event in

just 2hours 41 minutes and achieved

first place in the ladies team

category! Not bad for the underdogs

charity team!

We also came 7 th out of 16 teams

beating many all-male teams so our

training paid off!

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PHOTO CREDIT: REG HOLL

CREDIT: REG HOLL

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. Aportion of the money raised will also gotowards

the Lions International Charity 'Sightsavers.' The latter

choice was quite appropriate as my swim goggles

steamed up so much during the swim that Iswam

most of the mile 'blind', making meappreciate 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 ofsponsorship. Our Lions Treasurer Jim came to

watch and congratulate us at the finish line!

As agroup, wehad to step out of our comfort zone,

train and compete with amind-set of helping others

and in exchange we received the award of being proud

of what wehad achieved!

CREDIT: MARTYN GOULD

The Course:

The North Norfolk Triathlon is set over an Olympic

distance which starts with a1.5km (just under a

mile) open water sea swim in Wells Harbour.

This is then followed by a40km bike route around

North Norfolk coastal villages. The triathlon

finishes with a10km 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.

PHOTOGRAPHY WAS PROVIDED BY THE KIND PERMISSION OF WELLS HARBOUR

MARITIME TRUST AND WELLS HARBOUR COMMISSIONERS

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Sport

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

Atotal 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 Am-

Am 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, acharity

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 Iwould like tothank all

the golfers from Truro and outside.

Iamamazed 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 aspecial 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

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Sport

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 byafreak accident and no

longer able to play Squash. His team

mates and Hinkley and Burbage

Lions decided tohelp him and raise

£5000 topay for asports wheelchair

and gym equipment so Mark could

continue toplay 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 asthe support

from the Hinckley and Burbage Lions

Club has been incredible. It shows

how much goodwill there is in our

community and that wecan all come

together to achieve such afantastic

response. Iwould just like tosay a

great big thank you to everyone who

helped and money is still coming in

so hopefully, itwill be well inexcess

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 avery friendly

family club and despite our move to

new premises, clearly that remains

true. It means agreat deal to me to

be able to continue being involved

with the sport Ilove 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 itisgreat that

the club and its members are

supporting Mark and his family in

such apositive way.”

Hinckley Squash and Racketball

Club’s new base boasts four

courts and is now accepting

new members who can apply

online at

www.hinckleysquash.com

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)

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OBITUARIES

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 aCharter Member after along

illness. Percy gave along and loyal service

over many years to Lionism.

HHH

BRADLEY: Lion Trevor

Taverham &District Lions Club. Trevor

joined the Club in 1991 and resigned in

good standing in August 2011. He served

atotal of 9years as secretary, aswell as

serving on the Lions Youth Centre

Committee. Hehas also served as a

Club Director, Constitution officer,

Projects Chairman and Club Safety and

LCIF officer.

HHH

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. Hewas always onhand

with his car and trailer to transport

marquees and barbecues to the Club’s

various events. He will be greatly missed.

HHH

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 aglass

sculpture on attaining 50 years’ service.

Ian had awonderful sense of humour, a

twinkle in his eye and just the right witty

remark when the need arose!

HHH

CHURCH: Lion Jack Bryan

Radstock and Midsomer Norton Lions Club

report the passing of Lion Jack amember

of the Club for the past 34 years. Akeen

and enthusiastic member, Lion Jack served

on all Club Committees aswell as Club

President 1990-1991. He will be sadly

missed and our sympathy goes out to his

daughter Louise and her family.

COOPER: Lion Reginald T. (80) MJF

Cockermouth Lions Club. Past President

Lion Reg dedicated 35 years of service to the

Club. Hewas always available for all Club

activities: hewas afounder 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.

HHH

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 acharming and friendly

personality hewas the epitome of aLion and

will be sadly missed by all.

HHH

FARRER: Lion Dave (76)

Ashbourne and District Lions Club. Lion Dave

was awell-respected Lion since 1979 when

he joined Fakenham Club, Norfolk. He

moved toMatlock 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 byhis passing.

HHH

FUNNELL: Lion Andrew (68) MJF

Calne Lions is sad to report the death of Lion

Andy after 12 years of illness bravely borne.

Amember for 27 years, he was President

twice and Secretary for many years. Always

active, hewill be sadly missed. We would

like tooffer our hearty condolences tohis

wife and son.

HHH

GANE: Lion David (80) MJF

Northampton Eighty Lions Club. ALion 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 25years. He was

abig man with abig heart who will be

sadly missed.

Send in obituaries to

lion.editor@lionsclubs.co

Please make sure they are no

longer than 50 words (after

the Lion’s name and Club) to

guarantee that they are

published in full.

GARDNER: PDG Lion George (84) MJF

Lions Club of Clacton on Sea. During his 36

years as aLion and aCharter 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.

HHH

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

HHH

Dereham Lions Club. With deep regret we

announce the death of Lion Charles Green of

Dereham Lions Club whilst on holiday.

HHH

HAINES: PDG Lion Howell (89) MJF

Hereford Lions Club. Afounder 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. Hewill be

remembered as an expert on the Lions

International Constitution and arespected

mentor tonew members.

HHH

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. Abeautiful lady who is sadly missed.

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HANDFORD: Lion Mark (MJF)

Harpenden Lions Club regrets toannounce

the sad passing of Lion Mark. Mark had

been aLion since 1985, and served twice as

Club President and also as Zone Chairman.

He was atrue Lion, chaired many

committees and was always acalm,

measured and cheerful voice. Mark will be

sorely missed byusall. Our deepest

sympathy goes to his wife, Mary, and all

his family.

HHH

LLOYD: Lion Michael

Fishguard &Goodwick Lions Club. It is with

extreme sadness we report the passing of

our President Michael Lloyd. Anactive,

inspiring leader, Mike was well known for his

work in the local community, as acouncillor

and former Mayor. We extend sympathy to

his widow, Lion Rhian. Mike will be

greatly missed.

HHH

LOWNDES: Lion Graham (76) MJF

It is with great sadness that Bridgnorth

Lions Club announces the passing ofLion

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.

HHH

MEREDITH: Lion Alan (82)

Bromsgrove Lions Club. The Club's last

Charter member, has sadly passed away.

Involved with the formation of Bromsgrove

Club, heworked 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.

HHH

PECK: Lion Jim

Felixstowe Club. Lion Jim was avalued

member of the Club, especially for his

work with the Lighting Scheme. Our

thoughts and condolences go out to his

widow Pattie.

HHH

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 afounding

member of their Talking Newspaper. Bert had

held most positions in his Lionistic career

including Council Chairman in 89/90. He was

amentor to many.

REED: PDG Lion John William 'Bill' (86) MJF

Lion PDG Bill toall who knew him passed

away in hospital on 11th August 2015 after

avery short illness. He had been aLion for

over 45 years and aCharter member of the

Blackmore Vale Lions Club. Hewas known

for his enthusiasm and dedicated

commitment toLionism throughout the

District and beyond.

HHH

ROWE: Lion Fred (87)

Portishead Lions Club are sad to announce

the passing of Lion Fred who was aCharter

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 toJoyce and Family, hewill be

sadly missed.

HHH

SEEAR: PDG Lion Jack

Teesdale and District Lions Club. Only afew

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.

HHH

SHAH: Lion Chandrakant (72) MJF

Finchley Lions Club. Lion Chandrakant,

affectionately known asLion Chandu Shah,

joined our Club in January 1988. He was our

official Club photographer and has won

many awards for the quality ofhis photos.

He was aservice-minded, sober and

helpful individual, softly spoken and well

respected. Our hearts go out to his widow

and his family.

HHH

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 berelied upon

for his energy and enthusiasm.

HHH

SMITH: Lion Michael (68)

Birmingham Acocks Green Lions Club.

Members are deeply saddened at the

passing of Past President Lion Mike who has

been aClub Member since 1980. Mike has

held many offices and was currently serving

as Chairman of Community Services

Committee. He was avery active and

enthusiastic member who was highly

respected wherever hetravelled. He will be

greatly missed.

HHH

TAYLOR: Lion Geoff (73)

Devizes Lions. Twice President, Lion Geoff

was our last Charter member after 45

years. Alocal man, hewas well known

as asportsman, councillor and

auctioneer as well as astaunch Lion.

Our thoughts are with his wife

Rosemary and their family.

HHH

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, hehelped 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.

HHH

WISE: Lion Barry

Lions Club of South Woodham Ferrers. It is

with sadness that we announce Lion Barry’s

passing. He was aCharter Member and a

Past President of the Club and will be sadly

missed. Our condolences go out to his

family and partner, Gill.

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2. People often mail these to friends and

acquaintances.

5. Santa's home and workshop are located

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6. Traditional red-and-white-striped candy.

8. Santa's vehicle.

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15. If you ____________________ alive

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33. Kris ___________________.

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