Posted by paul on May 1, 2018

president blog

Greetings Lions,

Quite a few things have happened or come to fruition over the last month.

On Anzac Day our club laid a wreath at the Stockade Hill Anzac Service. The 11am service had a big crowd and Lions Grant and Brian S. placed the wreath. Our club did this in past years and we are now continuing the tradition. Anzac night some of our members attended a combined Lions dinner at Bucklands Beach Yacht Club hosted by Pakuranga-Panmure Lions. Bucklands Beach Lions also attended; a great night. At the start we had a minute’s silence for those fallen. The guest speaker, a volunteer at the Corrections Dept. gave a very interesting talk about the work she does there, helping detainees at the Women’s Correction Facility master the skills of needlework and home skills. When examples of their work were handed around the tables I realised that my own patchwork skills left much to be desired.

Two Howick Historical Village painting days were cancelled because of the weather but those will resume in May. Howick Historical Village looked at their attendance roster and issued six café passes to our members who had the highest roll call. A nice thought from the Historic Trust.

Paul and myself were interviewed by the Eastern Courier – the article and photo have appeared on-line and in local papers around the country. The interview was about Paul’s pet project, the Cyber Branch Club, that Paul placed online this month. (Paul has also just been interviewed by Lion Magazine regarding our new cyber club). Already from this there will be two people inducted at our our next dinner meeting and more at the June meeting. We welcomed Faye Gamble into our club last business meeting and she will be in the second induction. Also Lihong Wei (a Member of a Beijing Lions Club) has requested to join our club. We have asked her to arrange a transfer from her club to ours.

The month of May will see our club trialing a new meeting venue. It seems to tick most of the boxes and after a dinner and business meeting there we will discuss at the latter to decide if we continue or not at this venue.

What else? Oh yes; the social front; the fun part of our club. As above, the Combined Lions Dinner, then 11’s at Jean’s home followed by the President’s Bash during May.

The election of the incoming new officers happened at the April business meeting and secretary Alan has sent the names to Lions International. 2018 has been an interesting and exciting year so far for our club with quite a few things

President Colin