DG’s April report

Dear Fellow Lions, Lionesses and Partners

March started with a visit to BN Convention near Chorley. It was a pleasant event, and it was interesting to see how another district ran its convention. I was disappointed that very little mention was made of re-districting, with the delegates told to vote for the Council of Governors’ proposals.

While at the BN Convention, I borrowed some Centennial tabards. These were used at the launch of Ossett Brewery’s Lions Centennial Ale, where your DG was to be photographed “pulling a pint”. It was very nice ale, and my only regret was that having to drive home I could not consume several more. If you get the chance do sample it, and think of the Yorkshire Air Ambulance receiving some benefit.

That same evening Otley Club ran a Fashion Show, in conjunction with M&Co. This was a first for the club and combined some useful fund-raising with an enjoyable evening. The subsequent shopping did not prove too expensive!

On the 14th Barbara and I went to London for the Lions UN Day at the Houses of Parliament. This was an interesting and informative day. We had talks by a UN Commissioner for Refugees about the problems of managing the large number of refugees at the current time, a member of the International Maritime Agency about the rules for international trade and safety at sea, as well as a talk from the current DG for Ireland who has had a military career with the Irish army and UN peacekeeping forces. We were also addressed by Al Brandell, past International President of Lions and, in a charming little speech, by the young winner of this year’s Peace Poster competition.

I attended a joint meeting with District E to discuss our proposed merger, and also tactics for the MD Convention next month.

Catching up on club visits Barbara and I had a busy three days. We visited Maltby Rother Valley Club on the Monday, and were treated to a pie, peas and chips supper which followed a short but efficient business meeting, which was punctuated by much light-hearted banter. A small but lively club, which is doing good work in its community.
The day after took us to the Mexborough Club. This is quite a small club, but none the less active for that. As is true of several small clubs they seem to be able to act quickly when the need arises. We were made very welcome and I was pleased to be able to present several long service chevrons. We visited Knaresborough Club on Wednesday. This, by contrast, is a much larger club, and able to run larger scale events. Their bed race is well known throughout the District, and I am looking forward to attending this year. What I didn’t realise was that they seem to have some sort of event nearly every month, and have funds that would be the envy of many clubs. Again I was pleased to present long-service chevrons.
As I go round the district and see different clubs in action, I am constantly surprised at the different activities that clubs undertake, all the hard work that is put in and both the enjoyment and community service that results. It is this uplifted feeling after visiting a club which makes other problems worthwhile.

Rothwell Club’s Charter Dinner on Saturday, and a visit to Todmorden Club and another meeting with District E on Tuesday will round off the month.

Lion David McDowell
District Governor 105C