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
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