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