DG David’s April report

Fellow Lions, Lionesses and Partners

This last month has been one of many very different experiences. These have included the following. Christine and I at the beginning of March attended the District BN Convention for (Lancashire & Cumbria) which was extremely well organised, where we were made to feel extremely welcome and with the business meeting including 5 very good guest speakers who all gave excellent presentations.

Club visits have continued and in the last month my visits have included a visit to Tynedale Lions Club where in the afternoon before the evening club meeting I was honoured to visit their recently completed men’s shed which has been established to help relieve the isolation of men in the local community. It has its first clients attending at the end of March. It was also very pleasing to visit the Forth Valley Branch Club and hear about the works they are planning and have completed including working closely with the local Food Bank. A membership drive is being planned there with the help of the Community Voluntary Services. Whilst at the Ponteland it was very interesting to hear about their local second hand book scheme and also how although they are a small club they are achieving a lot by working very closely with other local charities.

It has also been a month for attending funerals Keith Nicholson (Assistant District Secretary 105C), Geoff Otterburn (Ryedale) and David Moorhouse (Scarborough). All 3 in their different ways were occasions where the very valuable work that these Lions had carried out in their local communities for many, many years was highlighted upon in the respective eulogies. It was very pleasing to note that at each funeral the families must have felt very well supported not only by their own families and friends but also by the very good number of Lions in attendance at each one.

Message in a Bottle, the Clubs in the North East of England (Zones E and F) are looking to work closely with the North East Ambulance Service to spread the word and to provide more of these useful little containers to the vulnerable in their local communities. It is hoped to run this as a double Zone project which the North East Ambulance Service who are very keen to assist, they are even requesting hundreds of bottles that they can distribute on our behalf. I will give you further update on this project next month after I have attended a Zone Meeting in Sunderland in mid-April. It is very good and encouraging news.

Although Christine and I only have 3 months left in office it is going to remain very busy with my final 3 club visits of the year all in April in Scotland, a very good number of Charter Nights, the Multiple District Convention in Swansea with our term of Office coming to a conclusion at the International Convention at the beginning of July in Milan.

If you have any articles for the new combined newsletter, please submit them to Lion George Morgan gmorgan343@btinternet.com by the 24th of the preceding month i.e. for the May issue by the 24th.

Lion David Wilson
District Governor 105NE