Monthly Archives: February 2016

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