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May 2016 Message from your District Governor.

At the beginning of May I will be attending the Multiple District Lions Convention in Eastbourne when the resolutions for Redistricting will be on the table. I was pleased that we were able to have an open discussion on this subject at our District Convention and our delegates will be able to vote on our behalf. Immediate Past District Governor Lion Alan Good will be presenting 105SW’s thoughts.

District Governor 2015/2016 Lesley Clarke
I will be completing my club visits on my return from Eastbourne with a visit to Worle Lions. During the past 3 years I have visited all the clubs in 105SW. Each club is different, but most run along similar agendas and all with the same aim of “WE SERVE”. I have been most welcome at every visit where I have been able to impart current Lions news and award banner patches to clubs and service chevrons to members. Very humbling with some of the long lengths of service.


On a sad note I have had to send in the closure form for Torbay Leo Club to Lions Club International. Since the demise of Torquay Lions we have been unable to find another sponsoring club to take over the mantle and rebuild this Leo club. The one remaining Leo will transfer to another Leo Club. But on the bright side there are several clubs looking at starting Leo Clubs.
At Convention The Joint Humanitarian Project with our Twin District 103 Ouest France was launched. The project is an international Youth Centre for young people aged 18 to 25 from French speaking countries around the world. It takes place in La Baule and is run entirely by 103 Ouest Lions. Its objective is to promote peace, freedom and understanding amongst the nations of the world. It is like our Youth Centres but it runs for three weeks including a few days in Paris, hence costs are significantly higher, with a need to raise funds from sponsorship to subsidise the centre. The Lions are asking 105SW for their support towards running costs of the centre and in addition are making one or two places available to youngsters in our district. They must be proficient in French. It is recognised that this is not a true “humanitarian” project but is none the less very appropriate as an International Youth Project.


Please consider supporting this project and our twinning with 103 Ouest France by making a donation from your club’s charitable funds as the club sees fit. Please send your donation to the District Treasurer Lion Judith John, with remittance form A and marking the cheque “Joint Humanitarian Appeal”
The Leadership team will be running seminars for Presidents, Secretaries, Treasurers and Zone Chairmen over the coming weeks in all three counties. I implore existing post holders and anyone taking over any of these positions next year or in the future to attend, the world is changing and the only way to keep your clubs up to date with the latest is for the leaders and anyone interested in the future attending. I know you will increase your knowledge.


Membership in 105SW is still an issue with latest figures being 1211 members. We must put a stop to this decline in our membership somehow. If we could get our membership back to over 1250 we would be in a stronger position – this equates to every club having a net increase of one member.
This is achievable !!!! Please help us to achieve this.

[su_heading size=”16″ margin=”10″]Alone we can do so little, together we can do so much (Helen Keller)[/su_heading]

Lesley Clarke
105SW District Governor




April 2016 Message from your District Governor.

ALOHA……I would like to thank all the Lions and partners who attended our South West Convention held at Croyde Bay, it was great to meet up with all the Lions and their partners attending Convention, enabling everyone to make new friends and to find out more about lionism. Also many thanks to all the officers who made the exhibition displays very interesting. Everyone was given the opportunity to meet Past International Director Gudrun Bjort Yngvadottir from Iceland; along with all the other guests including my own family.

During the Hawaiian Party Night I presented a Melvin Jones Fellowship to a surprised Mr Eddie Farwell, the founder of Children’s Hospice South West. And indeed to thank the Convention committee, who all worked very hard to make the event different and enjoyable for everyone. I believe we truly found Fun and Fellowship during this weekend.

During Convention the shop was selling bars of different flavoured chocolate for me – all the profits will go to my charity this year which is the Adult Hospices in the South West. I ask that all clubs support me with this charity as I believe times are hard for them when the need is getting greater. I have only 60 bars left to sell, so soon I will be able to donate over £160 to my charity.

Big congratulations to District Governor Elect Fred Broom, 1st Vice DG Elect Ian Snell and 2nd Vice DG Elect Peter Rowe. I’m sure you’ll all join me in wishing them a great year.

Following on from Convention I travelled by train to London to attend the UN Day with the Lions at the Houses of Parliament. Prior to this I along with the 8 members from 105SW had a brief tour inside the House from my local MP. Past International Director Howard Lee was the International representative and we had speakers from Handicap International, Water Aid, Consortium for Street Children, Blind Veterans UK and our Chairman of Council Simon Moss.

I am now three quarters the way through my year and I have enjoyed meeting all the Lions at their monthly meetings, socials and charters. All of you have made my year memorable for me, and one that I will never forget.

In May I will be attending the Multiple District Lions Convention in Eastbourne when the resolutions for Redistricting will be on the table. I was pleased that we were able to have an open discussion on this subject and our delegates will be able to vote on our behalf. Immediate Past District Governor Lion Alan Good will be presenting 105SW’s thoughts.

Membership in 105SW is still on the brink of 1200 members. We must put a stop to this decline in our membership somehow. The DG team will be putting on another Membership seminar in Exeter shortly and I hope that those members who were unable to attend will come and be able to take back to their clubs positive ways of recruiting and retaining members. If we could get our membership back to over 1250 we would be in a stronger position – this equates to every club having a net increase of one member. This is achievable !!!!

You can’t get far until you start doing something for somebody else

(Melvin Jones)

Lesley Clarke
105SW District Governor




March 2016 Message from your District Governor.

District Governor 2015/2016 Lesley ClarkeShortly some of you will attending our South West Convention being held at Croyde Bay, where I will look forward to meeting up with all the Lions and their partners attending. Convention is your AGM being held on the 12th March and the one opportunity for your club to be represented with your voting delegates and any other members wanting to find out more about lionism.

There will be exhibition stands; an opportunity to listen to Past International Director Gudrun Bjort Yngvadottir from Iceland; the opening speaker who started Special Olympics in the UK; a presentation from the Chief Executive Officer from a Cornish Housing Group.  Indeed the Convention committee, who are working very hard to make this event different and more enjoyable than the previous one – see you there. ALOHA……

 

Membership in 105SW is now teetering on the brink of 1200 members. We must put a stop to this decline in our membership somehow. The DG team will be putting on another Membership seminar in Exeter shortly and I hope that those members who were unable to attend will come and be able to take back to their clubs positive ways of recruiting and retaining members. If we could get our membership back to over 1250 we would be in a stronger position – this equates to every club having a net increase of one member. This is achievable !!!!

 

A letter and questionnaire has been sent to every club treasurer, please complete and send back before 31st March, this will help us to see if we have any clubs requiring help prior to completing the new charity forms. Please send these completed forms before the deadline.
So far Lions donations to Blind Veterans UK has reached £56,000 and a further £4000 will be presented at the Lions UN day at the Palace of Westminster, to which I along with 8 others from our District will be attending. PDG Ewan Jones, the LCIF Liaison Contact, would like to thank all clubs for their most generous donations.

 

I would like to remind you of my charity for the year again, which is the Adult Hospices in the South West. I do hope that clubs will help me to make a difference for all those patients attending the hospices in the south west by donating generously. I thank all the clubs who have donated so far.

 
Melvin Jones was born in 1879 in Arizona, but eventually made his home in Chicago and became associated with an Insurance firm and in 1913 formed his own agency. He joined a businessmen’s luncheon group and became the secretary. This group solely devoted their time to promoting the financial interests of their membership. Because of their limited appeal, they were destined to disappear. So at his invitation delegate from men’s clubs met in Chicago to lay the groundworks for an organisation who put their talents to work improving their communities and on 7th June 1917 Lions Clubs International was born.
 

Liberty Intelligence Our Nations Safety – LIONS

You can’t get far until you start doing something for somebody else (Melvin Jones)

Lesley Clarke
105SW District Governor




February 2016 Message from your District Governor.

District Governor 2015/2016 Lesley Clarke

Now that all the Christmas collections have been counted the clubs can start to make a difference in the next half of the year and will be able to help the people in need and in unfortunate circumstances in our time honoured way of “We Serve”.

We are now being threatened with cold weather when our services may be counted on. There has been severe flooding in many areas of the country and help is at hand through the Multiple District’s Emergency Disaster fund. When this has been depleted a plea will be sent out to the clubs for help to replenish the fund. Watch this space !!!!

Shortly some of us will attending our South West Convention being held at Croyde Bay, where I will look forward to meeting up with all the Lions and their partners attending. Convention is your AGM being held on the 12th March and the one opportunity for your club to be represented with your voting delegates and any other members wanting to find out more about Lionism. There will be exhibition stands; an opportunity to listen to Past International Director Gudrun Bjort Yngvadottir from Iceland; the opening speaker who started Special Olympics in the UK; a presentation from the Chief Executive Officer from a Housing Group. And indeed the Convention committee, who are working very hard to make this event different and more enjoyable than the previous one – they have their work cut out !!!

The club visits by the DG team throughout our District will be resuming this month, with hopefully, better weather. It is very interesting learning all the different ways used by the clubs to raise and collect money from the public, and the varied community projects throughout our District. Charter Anniversaries are becoming more numerous and I would like to thank all the clubs who have invited me to attend their events for the festivities, fellowship and fun.

I will be able to give you further information on the two very important outstanding issues – Governance of the MD and Future Redistricting, in next month’s issue as I will have attended another Council of Governors meeting.

How is your membership committee working? Membership in 105SW is now teetering on the brink of 1200 members. We must put a stop to this decline in our membership somehow. The DG team put on a Membership seminar in Exeter at the end of January and I hope that members who attended were able to take back to their clubs positive ways of recruiting and retaining members. If we could get our membership back to over 1250 there would not be a need to redistrict – this equates to every club having a net increase of one member.

I would like to remind you of my charity for the year again, which is the Adult Hospices in the South West. I do hope that clubs will help me to make a difference for all those patients attending the hospices in the south west by donating generously.

Alone we can do so little – together we can do so much

Lesley Clarke

District Governor 105sw




January 2016 Message from your District Governor.

District Governor 2015/2016 Lesley Clarke

Another month of my year has passed. Almost all the leaves have fallen from the trees and now the colder weather is with us. Many of you are thinking of Christmas with collections at the supermarkets and garden centres and out with Santa Claus and his sleigh, his helpers knocking on doors to collect pennies and sometimes notes to swell the funds to enable the clubs to help the people in need and in unfortunate circumstances at this time of year in our time honoured way of “We Serve”

In October I attended my second Council of Governor’s meeting in Solihull. We discussed and debated many issues, including two very important issues – Governance of the MD and Future Redistricting. As soon as there are firm proposals I will be sending the information out to all the clubs and members. Most clubs would have received the initial consultation document from the Council Chairman. There will be a very important meeting at the end of November on which I will report back to you.

The October Cabinet meeting saw a change in the way business was conducted – this made for a more interesting meeting with discussion items on the agenda. The Convention Chairman PDG Dave Atkins asked everyone to be on the lookout for other venues suitable for Convention, items brought forward from the Long Range Planning Committee were discussed and we are hoping to hold a Leo Convention next year for all our Leos to attend.

I am visiting clubs along with Lions Fred and Ian throughout our District and learning all the different ways used to raise and collect money from the public. Why don’t you go visiting other clubs in your Zone to learn other ideas which have been tried and tested by others. Charter Anniversaries are now becoming numerous and I would like to thank all the clubs who have invited me to attend their event for the festivities, fellowship and fun.

After many months I was able to finalise the Lions Clubs International Foundation grant which was received and match funded by the Cornwall Lions to provide a £22,000 mobile life saving Zoll Patient Monitor for one of the new Cornwall Air Ambulances. So Lions I ask that you continue to support the Foundation with funds otherwise we may be unable to apply for future grants.

Peace Poster – I have selected SW’s winning entry to go forward to the Multiple District Final.
I received 16 winning entries out of 700 entries from 12 clubs. The winning entry came from Minehead Lions and was Lilac Cottington. The two runners up were Raphael Maxwell (Glastonbury & Street Lions) and Maizie Mae Patrick (Exeter West Lions) I must congratulate all the contestants on the high standard of entry making it a challenge to select the best entry. Good luck to Lilac in the Multiple District Final.

Young Ambassador – by the time you read this our SW final will have taken place at Okehampton so I will announce the winning finalist next month. This year we have 5 contestants, which is an improvement on past years, but I am sure with all the excellent young people in our communities we could have a much greater number entering in the future.

I would like to wish all the Lions, Leos and their partners and families my Seasons Greetings for a very Merry Christmas and a Prosperous New Year

Alone we can do so little – together we can do so much

Lesley Clarke

District Governor 105sw




Re-Organising Districts within MD105

Fellow Lions,

District Governor 2015/2016 Lesley Clarke

You will have received a letter from the Council Chairman Simon Moss in the November Mail Drop (and which is available on the SW website) concerning the Redistricting of our Multiple District 105.

It will shortly be decided whether 105I (Northern Ireland and Eire) stay with our multiple district or become a single district on their own.
Following the meeting of the SW Redistricting Team there are many issues that need addressing. A suggested counter proposal was put forward at a recent meeting of the Council of Governors and this is being considered.
We have taken the view that the original proposal is not in the best interest of 105SW or the Multiple District as a whole and we will be considering voting against the resolution at the Convention in Eastbourne in May 2016.
A resolution will be put forward at our District Convention to recommend that we oppose the Multiple District redistricting resolution.
Please let me have any questions or comments to allow us to move on.

Yours in Lionism
Lesley Clarke
District Governor 105SW