LION PRESIDENT CLIVE YATES - 2016/2017
The Lions Christmas fundraising events are well and truly under way as I write this. However before these take place our attentions turn to yet another annual event. Our bonfire has been built and our plans for another spectacular firework display has now been finalised. The site at the Paddock will be completed during the daytime on the 5th November and the gates will open to our friends and much appreciated supporters and members of the public at 6 15 p.m. for the usual start of 7 p.m. On behalf of all involved I wish you a sincere warm welcome.
Post event and with barely time to catch our breath at the beginning of December we embark on nearly 3 weeks of collecting for charity with Santa and his Sleigh. Everyone, especially Santa, is looking forward to seeing hundreds of children on the visits. The money we raise from our sleigh collections will be split between Rainbows Hospice for Children and Young People, Dove Cottage Hospice and other local charities. Please be aware that every penny raised/donated will support these wonderful causes.
We are helped by many family, friends and other members of the community at this time of year and I would encourage anybody who might be interested to get in touch and come and have a night collecting. It is a great evening with a really good atmosphere, whatever the weather, and we have also been known to count the collection in a local pub to see how we've done during the evening.
A huge thanks to everybody who is supporting the work that our Lions club does. If you are interested in getting involved, drop me a line at firstname.lastname@example.org
As I start my year as president of the Vale of Belvoir Lions club we can, once again, reflect on a hugely successful year steadied by the guiding hand of Immediate Past President Matt Burton. With nearly £15,000 pledged to people and organisations ranging from local fundraisers to international charities we continue to make a difference to many many peoples lives.
The club membership remains buoyant and enthusiastic however, like any organisation, we are always looking to expand our membership so I would extend a welcoming hand to anyone wishing to come and help at one of our events, or attend one of the club meetings* where we discuss our forthcoming events and make decisions on where our fund raising efforts will support.
* Held at the Durham Ox Inn, Orston on every 2nd & 4th Wednesday commencing at 8 p.m.
I intend to continue in the same vein as previous Presidents to ensure our club membership remains pro-active whilst having fun and serving our community as a whole. We are not an exclusive club but embrace anyone willing and able to help others wherever they can.
It's both a privilege and pleasure to lead the club into our 37th year and to play a small part in the great work our club of volunteers do for our community. Here's to yet another successful year.