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Edinburgh Lions help make Wester Hailes Fun Run 2015 a success!

..and they're off

..and they’re off

Wester Hailes Fun Run 2015 took place on Sunday 14 June, and though the sun may not have been shining plenty of people came along to run, cheer and have a great time!

Edinburgh Lion’s honorary member Lord Provost Donald Wilson club braves it in his T-shirt regalia.

There was a celebration before the event where the Lord Provost Donald Wilson presented an award to Ellie Campbell who had won the design a Fun Run Poster competition.

The Fun Run, the fourth since it was brought back due to interest in older photos, saw participants run or walk a 5km route around Wester Hailes. Starting from WHEC the route runs along the canal, over the bridge towards Dumbryden before looping and heading up to Clovenstone and then back along the canal to WHEC. Over one hundred people endured the chilly weather to take part.

As an area, Wester Hailes has a complex and fascinating history, sometimes controversial, always thought provoking. It is a place of social historical significance both in terms of its physical transformation but also through the emergence of a strong community that developed what was once regarded as one of the most sophisticated forms of community involvement in the UK.

Lions Tom and Beth Jamieson from the City of Edinburgh Lions Club supported the day by doing the registration. Our service to the community – we serve as stewards. And our honoranry member Lord Provost Donald Wilson club braves it in his T-shirt regalia.

Wester Hailes Fun Run/Walk is a 5k route round Wester Hailes starting and finishing at the WHEC. It’s for everyone- serious runners, fancy dress runners, families, friends etc. You can run, jog or walk, it’s up to you! – so a fun day for all.

Hospice and “Home Away From Home” Benefit From Durham Lions

l to r Lion President Alvan, Jade McArdle and Lion George

Durham Lions President Alvan Bailey and Secretary George O’Donnell visited St Cuthbert’s Hospice at Merry Oaks, Durham.  There, we met Jade McArdle, the Community and Events Fundraiser, to make the formal presentation of our cheque for £350.00, which was raised by the proceeds of a challenge darts match held some time earlier at the New Inns in Durham between Ustinov College and the Ushaw Moor Catholic Club Ladies team.  Jade was very pleased to be able to let us know that St Cuthbert’s, after an unannounced visit from the governments Care Quality Commission, had been rated as ‘OUTSTANDING’.  There is no higher mark and no other adult hospice has thus far managed this. After the presentation we enjoyed coffee and tea served by cheerful volunteers in their tearoom and then had a walk around the lovely grounds surrounding the hospice.

l to r Lion Alvan, Lion Miriam, Tracy and Lion John with the cheque for £300.00

l to r Lion Alvan, Lion Miriam, Tracy and Lion John with the cheque for £300.00

Durham Lion President Alvan Bailey with Lions Miriam and John King visited the Butterwick House in Stockton on Tees and had the pleasure of being able to present a cheque for £300.00 to Tracy Bowstead.  Butterwick House is set up as a home away from home for children, teenagers and their families to visit, some for the day, many for a few days.  The children ranging from 0 to 19 years have a range of healthcare needs.  Butterwick has many facilities including a large lounge/playroom, kitchen, hydrotherapy pool, sensory garden, multi-sensory room and craft room. It has four colourful bedrooms that can be adapted to suit a variety of needs.  There are also facilities for families to stay.  Sadly, some children need end of life care and this is provided in a thoughtful, caring way with a Bereavement Service available.

Every year, thousands of small cranes cross over the Himalayas at an altitude of 8000 meters for their seasonal migration. These demoiselle cranes are the smallest crane species, and their survival during this grueling migration depends upon the cooperation, teamwork, family structure, and harmony between every member of the flock.

In Japan, the crane has traditionally been a symbol of long life. In the Japanese art of origami, the crane is the most basic form that all children learn how to make. The custom of folding origami cranes is a meditative act that shows the heartfelt wishes of friends and family for the ill to become well again. The crane has also become known as a symbol of peace – not only in Japan, but around the world.

Peace, hope, determination, teamwork and uniting people through service are central elements of International President Dr. Jitsuhiro Yamada’s 2015-2016 presidential theme – “Dignity. Harmony. Humanity.”

Dignity through Humanitarian Service

One of the basic tenets of human dignity and self-respect is the ability to provide for oneself and for one’s family, yet millions of people face the future with little hope of bettering their lives and caring for their children.

Making a difference through service to children will continue to be a main focus area this year by strengthening or expanding our existing programs with the Children’s Dignity Initiative. Under this initiative, Lions are encouraged to expand service to children by:

• Supporting and brightening the outlook of children in hospitals

• Responding to the needs of children in refugee camps

• Addressing the needs of hungry children

• Continuing and expanding the Reading Action Program

Those are only a few of the many services opportunities that address the needs of children. More information about the Children’s Dignity Initiative will be available on

Serving others. Our legacy of service has been cultivated for almost 100 years. In order to reach our Centennial Service Challenge goal of serving 100 million people between now and June 30, 2018, we must triple our output of service in those areas and continue to encourage clubs to report their efforts via the Service Activity Report in MyLCI. In serving others, we are changing the world and sowing the seeds of harmony, understanding and peace.

Harmony through Cultural Exchange and Joint Global Projects

As an international association, we must understand and appreciate cultures unlike our own. District governors and council chairpersons are encouraged to connect with each other internationally to seek opportunities for joint international service projects. Clubs are also encouraged to participate in this initiative through our Twinning program. Interacting with members from different cultures and with different points of view will broaden our outlook and provide inspiration for activities in our own communities.

More Members Equals More Service

Our members and our clubs are the heart of our organization, and to continue to serve, we must continue to grow our membership. Our growth depends on many factors, including a dynamic Global Membership Team, effective marketing strategies coupled with membership growth programs, dedicated leaders beginning at the club level, and outreach to women and family members.

Together, we have built our membership to nearly 1.4 million, and must continue that growth to stay relevant in our next century of service. Be open to new ideas, and work with the members of your Global Membership Team and Global Leadership Team to find new ways to promote growth, engage members through service, and develop leaders.

Club Presidents Hold the Keys to Our Success

Club presidents are critical to our success as an association. Each club president will be encouraged to transform the atmosphere of their clubs so that members feel confident and work in unison with each other and their communities.

“Ask One” Begins at Home

Share your commitment and enthusiasm for Lions with your family members. Families that serve together as Lions establish a family tradition of serving others. The Ask One membership campaign starts at home. If Lions families are on the front lines serving their communities, we will gain the recognition we deserve as the greatest service organization in the world.

LCIF – Restoring Dignity, Promoting Harmony, Serving Humanity

LCIF is at the heart of our worldwide service, using grants to create goodwill, eliminate human suffering, and restore hope and dignity for people around the world. Lions are asked to take every opportunity to support LCIF with your generous donations and Melvin Jones Fellowships.

Lion Jim receives his Melvin Jones Fellow award

l to r District Governor Elect Lion David Wells, Lion Jim Reilly and Middlesbrough Teeside President Lion Veronica Jackson

Jim Reilly joined Lions in 1983 as a member of the then Redcar Lions Club which unfortunately closed due to lack of members in 1994. Lion Jim, with 2 other ex Redcar Lions, transferred to Middlesbrough Lions Club which was subsequently named Middlesbrough Teesside Lions Club.

Lion Jim was, and is, a canny Scot having been born in 1922 in Blair Drummond. During the war, Jim trained in Canada with The Royal Canadian Air Force before transferring to 7AFU in Northern Ireland for Advanced Training then on to 16OTU for the training as a member of bomber crews before being finally posted to 218 Squadron RAF Bomber Command at RAF Chedburgh. Flying Officer James Reilly served as an “air bomber” (bomb aimer) in RAF Lancaster bombers during the bombardment of German industry from November 1944 until he finished his first, and only, Operational Tour on 20th April 1945 having completed a total of 32 sorties. Until 2 years ago, Jim and 2 or 3 fellow aircrew met on an annual reunion near their base in Suffolk – sadly, as age has taken its toll, it is no longer possible for the ex-colleagues to meet.

After the war, Jim joined the explosives division of ICI in Ayrshire – he obviously enjoyed the “BIG BANGS” – before transferring to the company’s factories on Teesside. In his spare time, Jim continued his lifelong interest in athletics (he had been the coach for the Ardeer running club and his wife, Anne, was a Scottish sprint champion) by joining Redcar Running Club where he still marshals at weekly runs in the local park and half and full marathons which take place in the area.

As a Lion, Jim was very active and when fund raising, obviously has a way with the ladies – Jim’s bucket always had more money in it than anyone else!

At a recent Club meeting Lion Jim was presented with his Melvin Jones Fellowship Award by District Governor Elect David Wells – an award well deserved. Lion David congratulated and thanked Lion Jim for all his work as a Lion. All Club members also expressed their appreciation of the work Jim has done for Lions in the community.

Lion Jim’s celebrations were not over at the Club meeting – a week later he was celebrating his diamond wedding with his wife Anne at Redcar Cricket Club with family and friends and some of the Middlesbrough Lions.

Joint Celebration of 100 years service in Banchory

Banchory Lions Club was chartered in 1990 and this year celebrates it’s 25th anniversary. Some 50 years earlier in 1940 the Scotland Citizens Advice Bureau (CAB) was founded so it seemed entirely appropriate to celebrate with Banchory CAB.  Of course 25 years of Lions and 75 years of CAB gives 100 years of service.

To celebrate, the two organisations chose to run a quiz night which was well attended and supported by the two neighbouring Lions Clubs in Aberdeen. In addition District Governor Lion Andrew Kerr Sutherland and Edinburgh Lion Lachlan MacKay drove north to take part.

DG Andrew’s raffle prize!

From the DG’s point of view it was an evening of mixed fortunes having failed miserably in the quiz he managed to win a selection of beauty products in the raffle to repair the damage!

Banchory Lions Club was formed by a group of 21 enthusiastic local people committed to serving the Community of Banchory and supporting local Community Organisations, Individuals, Clubs and Charities. They celebrated their ‘25th Anniversary’ with the same enthusiasm as their founder members and continue to work to help others, young and elderly, who are less fortunate than themselves and make their community a better place.

Ready for the 100th Anniversary Quiz

They also have lots of fun doing it, meeting together each month for social events with family, friends and other Lions clubs within the Aberdeen and Aberdeenshire area. Two of their remaining Charter members are still very active within the club having survived 25 years of service!

Well done Banchory Lions for reaching 25 years and keep up the service. Congratulations!

Edinburgh Lions helping homecare and sight

Angela Cobburn from Allander Homecare accepts over 200 plastic bottles for message in a bottle from City of Edinburgh Lions President ANdrew Kerr Sutherland

Lion DG Andrew made a presentation of 200+ Message in a Bottle to Angela Cobburn of Allander Homecare at the Capital Hotel in Edinburgh on Thursday 11 June.

Allander Homecare were nominated as finalists in the 2015 East Dunbartonshire Business Awards – in the Service Business category – in recognition of the valuable role played by their carers on behalf of their clients throughout East Dunbartonshire. The plastic bottles, kept handily in each client’s room, provide a unique way for vulnerable people to store vital personal information about their health, regular medicines, and emergency contacts and fits with Allander’s philosophy of going the extra mile.

If you would like to know more about the “Message in a Bottle” scheme please click here.

Sorting through some of the 7,500 pairs of glasses donated this year

Lions Clubs International British Isles & Ireland Spectacle Recycling Initiative, launched originally by the Lions Club of Chichester in 1967, today sees nearly a third of a million pairs of used glasses collected, sorted and distributed to clinics and eye camps in communities across Africa, India and eastern Europe in partnership with Medico France.The project also raises financial support for eye related projects at home and overseas by recycling scrap metal from spectacles that are broken or unsuitable for recycling. By 11 June, members of the City of Edinburgh Lions Club have collected 7,500 pairs of glasses for recycling and beat theri! In the past 5 years we have collected over 40,000 pairs. Very well done to the Sight team.

There’s more about spectacle recycling on this link.

Quoit a Zone 4B Challenge

Filey and Malton – quoits in hand – ready for action

Lion John Harrison, Malton’s Secret Weapon (absent on the night!)

Having beaten Easingwold Lions at ten pin bowling to retain the Zone Cup, Malton Lions received a challenge to take on Filey at quoits. Malton President Nick had ensured his team was fully trained although they perhaps didn’t take the training as seriously as they should have done. Equally Lion John Harrison, their secret weapon, was unfortunately not available on the night.

So it must be said that Filey probably went in to the evening as marginal favourites having tried to psyche Malton out at the Zone Quiz in May by relating stories of their combined experience at quoits. (Is that quoital experience??!!)

On a wonderful summer evening the two sides lined up at Beck Hole near Goathland for their needle match. Indeed it was a very close run thing with little to pick between Filey and Malton – nail biting stuff but Malton President Nick and new member Lion James Lindenberg clinched the last game that gave Malton victory.

Sue Harrison (left) and Suzanne Everett (right) look on as Lion Peter Smurthwaite shows wife Daphne the finer points of quoits during Malton’s earlier training session!

Although Malton won it has to be said that Filey were a class act, getting the only ringer of the evening  when Maureen at the start of her game with James landed the quoit over the peg. Fortunately James refused to be intimidated and rose to the challenge!

The Beck Hole Quoits Club showed us their usual warmth and hospitality and the monies raised from our evening go to the Yorkshire air ambulance –  which was more than £100 in total. The Birch Hall beer at Beck Hole was fantastic …  it’s such a pity so many of the Malton team were driving and could not indulge as much as they wished.

So Zone 4B – who can knock the mighty Malton off their perch? – challenges please to incoming President Lion Mark Harrison.

Our thanks go to Lion Steve from Malton who made all the arrangements including nice sandwiches at the pub and to Canon Lion John Manchester for arranging the excellent weather!

Dumfries Lions Club Raft Race 2015

This is a fund raising event organised annually by Dumfries Lions Club on the River Nith, a course of 1.5 miles, from Nunholm to the Caul in Dumfries, Scotland

In preparation for the Raft Race Dumfries Lions proud sponsors Border Cars ran a great competition with a chance to WIN A MEAL FOR 2 AT CASA MIA! Entrants had to tell the Lions what year the Lions Club Raft Race began and give their answers via the Facebook page. The competition was open until the Sunday of the race and was run jointly with Border Cars Facebook page.

The winners of Sunday’s Raft Race were as follows:

Best Fancy Dress: Normandy DD Landing – Normandy Bar

2nd Fancy Dress: Pirates – Charlie Lauder

1st 4 Ladies: Not so Teenage Mutant Turtles – Normandy Bar

1st 6 ladies: Choir For Charity – Welfare Rights

1st 4 Man: Stuart Kiltie

1st 6 Man: I Row Boat – Manor House Hotal

1st 8 man: Normandy DD Landing – Normandy Bar

Morpeth Lions Entertain Dutch Lions

The Dutch and Morpeth Lions at Beamish

This May Morpeth Lions hosted a party of eight from the Heemskerk and Castricum Lions Club of Holland.  This is the latest in a series of biennial visits between the two Clubs. The Dutch arrived on the ferry early Saturday morning returning late Sunday afternoon.

First stop for the visitors was Beamish Museum. It was a warm sunny day and they caught the tram to the old town.  As well as the shops and other buildings to look round, they enjoyed the music of a band parading and playing in the main street and town park.  Following lunch they visited the railway station and “played” in the signal box before walking onto the old village.  The Dutch had a break from the sun when they down the drift mine and learnt about coal mining.

In the evening they joined more Morpeth Lions for a meal at one of the local Italian restaurants.  At the end of the meal the Dutch Lions had devised a quiz with a difference as the questions had either/or answers but both answers were correct.  Due to alcohol dulling the brain, it took some time for some Morpeth Lions to realise all answers were right.

The next day it was off the Tynemouth to visit the market in the Station and have lunch on the seafront.  Sadly it was goodbye again until Morpeth Lions visit Holland next year.

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District Convention 2018

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