Dear Fellow Lions, Lionesses, Leo’s and Partners.
First of all I would like to make two apologies from the last District Newsletter, first of all to Elmet Lions Club for not mentioning my visit to their Club at the beginning of January and to Guiseley & District Lions Club for omitting my Club visit in the DG’s diary.
I would now like to take this opportunity to thank everybody who attended our District Convention in Harrogate and helping to make it a success. I also must pay tribute to the Host Committee who went beyond the call of duty assisting in the smooth running of the Convention. There were some problems with the food service from the Hotel which we are addressing, but on the whole everyone I have talked with was really happy with the way the Convention went.
The highlights for me were the Host Night with us dressed as Pirates, Elmet Lions Club winning the DG Club Excellence Award and Lion Roy Field being honoured with a Melvin Jones Fellowship, well done Lion Roy. Also well done to our other competition and award winners. Our guest speakers, Calendar Girl Tricia Stewart and our International Director Elisabeth Haderer were impressive too.
I would also like to congratulate Lion Clive Barwell on being elected District Governor for 2018 – 2019, I know that he is already making preparations for his year and both Carole and I wish Lion Clive and Patsy every success and send our best wishes.
As well as our District Convention it has been a very busy month with visits to Morley & District, Ripon, Goole District and Guiseley & District Lions Clubs. Lion Carole and I also attended Thorne Rural Lions Club Charter, where I had the pleasure to present 4 Melvin Jones Fellowships to Lion Auriol Henton, Lion Christine Whiteley, Lion Dennis Drury and Lion Peter Render.
Then a surprise for Lion Barry Goforth when he received a Progressive MJF, my congratulations to you all. We also attended Todmorden Lions Club Charter with members of my own club, Keighley Lions and then the next day an enjoyable Sunday Lunch Charter at Bramley & Wickersley Lions Club.
I am now planning the remainder of my visits to Clubs and hopefully by the end of this Lions year, Carole and I will have visited every Club in the District. It has been hard work but fun and I thank you for the warm welcome we have received.
Finally one thing that I have picked up on recently is the sense of fun and enthusiasm that is evident amongst you all. This was evident at the District Convention but also at the way you all support each other’s Charter celebrations and of course at Club Meetings. It is this positive attitude and fellowship that makes all Lions so very special and is the core of my theme for this year “Have the Courage to Encourage”, long may it continue.
Lion Michael Boldero
District Governor 105C