36th and final District 105NE Convention
The final District 105NE Convention took place over the weekend 16th to 18th November 2018, hosted by Thirsk and Northallerton Lions Club at the Golden Lion in the centre of Northallerton. District Governor Lion David Wilson had put together a changed agenda for this meeting as much of the usual business of appointing officers for the future was being handled by the new larger District 105N which roughly covers the whole of Yorkshire, North East England and Scotland.
Convention was opened by the Lord Lieutenant of North Yorkshire Mrs Johanna Ropner in this her first official engagement since being confirmed in post by Buckingham Palace earlier in the week.
Convention was attended by International Director Lion Geoff Leeder and Past International Director Lion Phil Nathan. Lion Geoff spoke of both the successes of Lions Clubs International and the challenges it faces. Lions Clubs International Foundation is raising $300M to empower service where it’s needed most. We’re building sustainable solutions through generous support and the service of Lions around the world.
The guest speaker was the inspirational Angie Stewart who spoke about “Osteogenesis Imperfecta, the Brittle Bone Society and Me!” Despite not being expected to live beyond infancy Angie has devoted her life to promoting an understanding of the condition, raising funds to research it and working with others who have the condition to help them focus on all that they are capable of achieving.
In the afternoon Mr Motivation himself kicked off the session getting everyone including many of this year’s Council of Governors out of their seats and taking part in a peculiarly Scottish type of “aerobics” that tested their stamina.
Convention is largely about fun and fellowship and on the Friday evening our hosts, Thirsk and Northallerton Lions Club had arranged a “Good Old Days” cabaret which went down well with everyone who attended and included a number of sing-a-longs!
The formal dinner took place on the Saturday evening and was very well attended with two or three clubs sending parties of members and partners to enjoy the excellent food followed by dancing until late.
But the final word must go to Thirsk and Northallerton Lions Club whose organisation of the “Convention Weekend” was second to none and they were duly honoured by District Governor Lion David Wilson.