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