DG Clive’s May report

Fellow Lions, Lionesses and Partners,

Patsy and I have enjoyed fellowship with Lions from several Clubs over the past month, with visits to Todmorden, Warmsworth & Edlington, Withernsea, Thirsk & Northallerton, Pocklington, Huddersfield, Leeds Skyrack, York, Castleford & Pontefract, Maltby (Rother Valley), Hornsea and Doncaster Went Valley. We also had the penultimate 105C Cabinet meeting. In the interests of accuracy, Patsy didn’t accompany me to Maltby, as we had two of the Grandsons visiting for Easter and they won!

As you will see from my diary, the number of events is beginning to diminish as we reach the end of the current year, a year that sadly sees the demise of District 105C after 36 years in its current format. Elsewhere in this edition is an advert for the Final Fling on Sunday 02 June 2019 and I hope most Clubs will be represented at the celebratory lunch, even if they don’t come to Cabinet beforehand.

Much of the material discussion at Cabinet was a follow-up to the session we had at Convention regarding the new MD insurance arrangements, as a result of which District Secretary, Lion Michelle Nicholson, has written to MDO Lion Becky Hall to clarify several issues. What appears to be a comprehensive reply has been received from Lion Becky and our new Insurance Brokers, JLT, which I have now forwarded to our District Insurance Adviser, PCC Lion Bryan Riley, for his comments.

I have no more knowledge about General Insurance than anyone else, but ,I am satisfied, based upon the assurances I have received, that Lions, their associates and members of the public attending a Lions event are adequately insured. The only issue that we have raised, which is unresolved, is in relation to the cover previously afforded by the Self Assurance Fund, which appears could now be inadequate if there was a natural disaster at a multi-Club event, such as our Fun and Sports Day. As soon as we have fully addressed all the concerns raised by Lion Bryan and some Clubs, I will ask Lion Michelle to provide all Clubs with a comprehensive report.
My favourite event of the past month, possibly of the year to date, was the installation of Lion Kayleigh Hepworth at President-elect for Warmsworth & Edlington Club just a few months after her 21st birthday. It begs the question, “Is your Club one that a 21-year old would want to join?”. Whilst, in part, my motto of “Embrace Change” had something to do with redistricting, CIO and GDPR, it is more about modernising our association to make it fit for the 21st century. Unless, we make ourselves attractive to the next generations of Lions, the forthcoming redistricting will be the tip of the iceberg.

Lion Keith Trott, Charter Member of Keighley Lions, at their 64th Charter celebrations, talked about the then District Governor travelling back to London on the night train after their first Charter celebration, as they were the 30th Club in the then single British Isles District. I don’t consider those to be the “good old days”, a return to which would be a disaster. Incidentally, Lion Keith Trott, pictured is the longest serving Lion in District 105C and perhaps in the British Isles, having joined on 01 February 1955!

Lion Clive Barwell District Governor 105C