District 105 NE 34th Annual Convention
The Lions Clans from both North and South of the border gathered at the Holiday Inn at Seaton Burn joined by Lions from across the Multiple District. Following the Cabinet meeting on the Friday there was a relaxed evening and an opportunity to catch up with old friends and meet new ones. We were entertained by singers from the Sage Academy Performing Arts centre with a variety of song and music for all tastes and Kennedy “the mind reading guy” an amazing act of mystery and magic, you have to admire anybody who attempts to read the minds of Lions.
The business started promptly on time with just a little rallying from District SAA Mike Rogers. District Governor ‘David introduced the top table and the meeting was opened by the Mayor of Morpeth Councillor Andrew Tebbutt it was interesting with the usual comments we are ahead of time through to “quick dad it’s on now” apologies to those who don’t remember the old Radio Times advert, but District Governor David guided the delegates through the proceedings like a pro! As well as the usual business of the AGM we were given inspiring speeches from LEO Emily Davidson our Young Ambassador also from LEO VP Ruth Chapman their enthusiasm and passion for Lions projects is a wakeup call to us all, confirming that LEO’s are not just our future they are our today.
David Baxter-Smith MJF took us through a humorous look at Prostate Cancer and challenged lions to become leaders in combating this disease. Past International Director Howard Lee, not a stranger to our conventions reminded the delegates present about the work our Foundation does around the world and in our name, he thanked the Lions of 105 NE for our support in combating Blindness and Measles amongst other lifesaving LCIF projects.
Past District Governor Roy Chambers reminded us all about the need to get our centennial projects registered, Roy told the delegates present that this is our opportunity to mark a hundred years of community work Lions Clubs have completed locally and around the world.
For those who took advantage of going on the Partners trip they had an educational visit to the Woodthorpe Coal mining Museum and were entertained for lunch by the Mayor and his Lady at the Mayors Parlour, followed by free time and the shopping highlights of Morpeth.
The District Banquet and Ball was well attended by Lions from our own district and across the MD. The dinner was followed by music and songs to dance to performed by Rat Pack singer Alexander Lomas.
The convention committee led by Lion Richard Nash and all the Lions of Morpeth Lions Club are to be congratulated for putting together a very interesting, entertaining and informative Convention.