District Governor John Davis 2017-2018
Welcome to our latest newsletter, the fifth this Lions year, all of which we hope helped to keep you updated on our latest news and provided you with information. With only four months of our term left we continue to enjoy the warmth and friendship shown as we attend club functions. It’s pleasing and inspiring to see the dedication and commitment Lion members put into their respective clubs in helping others and improving their communities. Congratulations to you all.
Some important events we will have attended since the last newsletter; the Charter of The Lions Club of Australian Online & Travellers, 3rd January, but the official Charter took place at the Kootingal hotel by the sponsoring club Kootingal & District Lions Club 20th February – a very enjoyable and memorable evening. Armidale Dumaresq Lions Club celebrated their 40th Anniversary at the end of January – another wonderful occasion we were honoured to be part of. We are looking forward to attending the 50th Anniversary for the Nambucca Heads Lions Club, 7th April and the 20th Anniversary of the Tamworth Lioness Club, 21st April.
During February I continued my official club visitations to Bowraville, Nundle, Armidale Dumaresq, Gunnedah Lions Clubs. I visited the Farrer Leos and we went to Glen Innes for a visitation and induction of new Leos. To date I have the Manilla and Premer Lions Clubs to complete the official Club visits. We enjoy our time with club members. The Leos are an inspiration and a credit to their advisors.
Notices from the Council of Governors’ meeting:
1 All Clubs are encouraged to promote, where possible the five Pillars of Service and LCIF under LCI’s Service Platform. Diabetes – LCIF has provided more than $1.5 million for Core 4 Diabetes projects around the world http://www.lcif.org/print/EN/apply-for-a-grant/core4-diabetes.php . Council has established the position of a National Diabetes Coordinator. Paediatric Cancer; Environment, e.g., Clean up Australia, Recycling, Tree planting; Vision, i.e., support in Lions Eye Health program, glasses; Hunger, e.g., Care parcels, Seniors and Infirm lunches, etc. in addition to their own club activities and projects.
2 Gender neutral titles are to be used in all communications going forward. Although we may be used to gender specifics it is no longer acceptable in this day and age. The title Chairman was replaced in 2012 and clubs were directed to update to the now accepted title of Chairperson. We cannot be seen as antiquated using outmoded language when other organisations are using current terminology.
3 Governors have been urged to remind members of registration for the Townsville MD convention to be held 4th – 7th May 2018. This could be an opportunity to spend time in tropical Queensland before or after the convention. If you’re contemplating a trip of a lifetime then Las Vegas, the Entertainment Capital of the World, may be the way to go – not too far from Hollywood or Disney Land. The 101st annual Lions Clubs International Convention will be held in Las Vegas, NV, USA from June 29th – July 3rd, 2018. There is also the ANZI Forum in Wellington, NZ. I personally recommend these forums. Dates September 7th – 9th 2018.
We are planning an “N” District get together dinner during the Townsville Convention. The cost will be around $50/head. Details are yet to be finalised.
4 The introduction of a Lions Advisory Board (LAB) will come before the MD Convention as a Motion in Townsville. If passed the LAB will assist the Council to deliver its objectives. Council Chairperson, Malcolm Peters gave an overview of what the objectives of the LAB would be at the District Convention in Inverell during October last year. There is a detailed article in the December – January issue of the MD Lion magazine.
Club elections take place this month. Members who have not served on the Board of their respective clubs, in any capacity now is your opportunity to raise your hand and have a say in the running of your club. It also gives clubs a chance to refresh by new ideas to grow.
There will be a chance for incoming office bearers and members to attend the incoming officer training during April–May to learn about changes that are taking place within the administration of the Lions organisation.
The Cabinet meeting at Harrington 9th – 11th February was hosted by the Harrington Lions Club in the local Community Centre. Although the weather was typical of summer there was positive feedback. The fellowship during the Cabinet meeting was exceptional with a relaxed and friendly atmosphere throughout the weekend. I thank Bill, Chris and members of the Harrington club for organising such an excellent venue and program. It was a very productive Cabinet meeting.
The YOTY program continues to be enjoyable event. We had a most pleasant evening at the Quirindi Lions YOTY night last Thursday, 1st March. There were three outstanding contestants. We look forward to attending the Region 5 finals to be held 10th March, hosted by Peel Valley Lions club; the District Finals hosted by Gunnedah Lions Club, 24th March and the State Finals at Bankstown, Sydney, 14th April.
PDG Phil Bower has sent an urgent request out to our District for candidates for the Lions Save Sight Community Challenge and Public Health Care Foundation to raise much needed funds to finance the ongoing grants for eligible funding from the foundations. The candidate does not have to be a Lion. For more information about Community Challenge go to: http://www.lionssavesightfoundation.org.au.
Please keep in mind donations to LCIF at the end of your year disbursements. Some Clubs have given coins towards the District collection.
Rosalie wishes to thank all the clubs supporting her Diabetes project. She still has tickets available for sale.
My visitations to Clubs continue to impress me with their projects and services to their respective communities. We have seen many outstanding accomplishments providing much needed Services and infrastructure within parks, hospitals, schools, public walkways, exercise/playground equipment. . . The Walcha Lions Club invited us to the unveiling of their new Shelter and BBQ in the Lions Park on Saturday, 24th February. An enjoyable event, including a delicious barbeque dinner!
The Christmas cakes in the Centenary tin will be available until sold out – there are still a substantial number available. At Council we were advised that cake sales increased by 6% this year.
Since Christmas I have been able to participate in some of my club’s activities including the annual Duck Race during the Country Music Festival.
My theme for the year: “Embracing new ideas and growth in the spirit of harmony and friendship”. Change is an important factor for growth. . .
“The dinosaurs of our childhood aren’t around anymore. The sluggish, swamp-bound pea-brains that haunted museum halls and trundled through picture books have been eviscerated by agile, hot-blooded, and, often, feathery dinosaurs that more accurately reflect what Tyrannosaurus rex and kin were actually like.” (Slate.com)
Look after each other.
Yours in Lions
Lion John Davis