to Parneet Kang C.E.O. Of the Warwick P.A.Y.P. Educational charity following a devastating burglary during which over 50 items of electrical teaching aids and equipment were stolen. The money will also help to significantly improve the security of their premises
My Fellow Lions,
Thank you to everyone who came to our Multiple District Convention 2017 in Blackpool on 22 and 23 April 2017.
Our MD Convention Officer Paul, the Convention Committee and our MDHQ staff delivered a weekend of friendship and a wonderful party for our Banquet and Ball celebrating our Centennial with a night to remember in the company of our International President and our Lion friends from Europe and from all around our Multiple District. We said a fond and noisy farewell to Ireland and we enjoyed a weekend of catching up with friends old and new.
We elected our candidate for International Director for 2018-2020, and many congratulations and the full support of MD105 go to PCC Geoff Leeder, who is our elected candidate.
All debates were conducted in an excellent and courteous manner, and everyone approached the many serious and far reaching decisions with respect for the views of others.
There was a very high number of delegates attending and voting, and of other members attending to hear the debate and support their delegates. Everyone who wished to speak from the floor was heard, and was treated with respect for their views while expressing differing opinions with passion and conviction. International President Bob listened to the debates and commented that he was very impressed with the standard of the contributions from the speakers on all subjects and with the positive atmosphere of mutual respect for the views of others which was evident from everyone.
The decision was taken by a very clear majority of the delegates to Redistrict MD 105 from the 12 current districts which will be left when Ireland leaves us to 8 new districts with effect from 1st July 2019. The count of the secret ballot was witnessed by representatives from Districts 105 BS, C, D, M, NE and SW and supervised by PID Phil from District 105 EA and by the MD CNRO, with an observer from District 105E, and the decision was clear and decisive under our MD and International Constitutions.
We must now all move forwards together to make that change from the current districts to the new districts happen with a constructive and “can do” attitude of everyone working together, – whatever their personal views have been – to create a strong and attractive framework for our present and future members to deliver their service. Redistricting will not change the way in which members operate within their clubs and it will not change friendships with Lions throughout our association, – what it will do is to give an opportunity to modernise the way in which we operate, to fully embrace new technology and to embrace new ways of communicating and organising which reflect the changes in the way in which our members and our future members live their lives.
The decision of the MD105 Convention of 2017 to Redistrict to 8 new districts from 1st July 2019 will now be put to the International Board at their meeting in October 2017, and a detailed submission will be made identifying the new districts and the changes in structure as agreed in Resolution 14 as passed by Convention. The ethos of us all to “build up and not destroy” is embodied in the proposal for Redistricting as adopted by Convention, as across the MD as a whole we will build a stronger and more vibrant structure to take us forwards into the next 100 years of service. The changes adopted in agreeing to Redistrict are positive and exciting and they give a firm and modern platform for the future.
Best wishes to everyone, and many thanks to Convention 2017 for your positive and constructive decisions.
Chairman of the Council of Governors 2016/17, MD 105 British Isles and Ireland
Fifty dignitaries from all over the country enjoyed drinks and appetisers on the same day that Teresa May announced the General Election.
In attendance were representatives from the armed forces, ambassadors, captains of industry and community leaders.
After networking and having their official photographs taken, guests were provided a brief tour of the one hundred room Georgian building which included several elegant state rooms and a grand staircase adorned with portraits of previous Prime Ministers.
Later, the Home Secretary, Amber Rudd, joined the reception and chatted with guests before making an inspiring speech about leadership, community cohesion and charitable work.
The highlight of the afternoon was a short meeting with the Prime Minister who took time out of her busy schedule to meet with those in attendance.
We set off from Blackpool bang on time, being waved off buy the MD Convention on Sunday 23/4 at 10:30 with Google maps saying we had an eight hour journey of around 75 miles to get to our hotel in Newcastle under Lyme. We made good progress to Preston and on to Chorley.
Somehow though, despite following the route we now had a total of 90 miles instead of 75. Nevertheless we must thank all the local councils, the Canal Trust and National Cycle routes for providing so many excellent paths or cycle lanes and Google maps for finding them and, in the main, keeping us off the main roads.
Jaap’s chain came off at least six times and at the 70 mile mark suffered a puncture which he was able to repair. We continued along the worst paths for the last part of the routes which slowed our progress and by 9 PM we had run out of day light and both of us now had front wheel punctures. Fortunately we had found some civilisation and were able to phone a local taxi firm who had a minibus that could accommodate our bikes and get us the last six miles to our hotel.
So in all we cycled 137km or 85 miles managed to get some food, 15 minutes before the kitchen closed! We had to fix two punctures in the morning before cycling the remaining 60 or so miles back to Birmingham.
On Monday 24/4 we started with breakfast then an hour repairing punctures. We set off just after 9 AM and soon got onto the canal towpath where Jaap’s chain promptly came off. Pretty good progress until the towpath turned into a field for ten miles. At some point Jaap’s back tire developed a puncture and we lost another half an hour to fix it.
At one point Google maps took us off the canal onto country roads and then onto a dirt track and then through a wheat field and into the grounds of a country house before returning to the road and then the canal at Fradley where we stopped for lunch. The last 20 miles were tough going in parts with very little visible towpath. The path improved at Tamworth and stayed pretty good until we left the canal for the last three miles. It was around 6 PM when we reached the Welcome to Solihull sign.
Total distance 232km or 146 miles. Time 19 hours. 7500 calories burnt.
1. The idea of cycling from Blackpool to Birmingham seems more attractive than it actually is after three glasses of wine
2. Google maps is very good at finding a route for cycling but does not take account of the paths condition.
3. Thorns are sharp enough to go through Kevlar tyres.
4. Double check the distances for journey legs and allow an extra 33% time above what Google maps says
5. Cycling is fun
6. Old legs can get very tired
Thanks to all our supporters.
We have so far raised about £920 for hearing dogs for the deaf. You can still donate at https://mydonate.bt.com/events/blackpoolbirmingham
Shirley Lions, a club in the Midlands of the UK, tend to go away for the weekend to celebrate their clubs birthday. It all started many years ago with a trip to Dunkirk, but since then the club has stayed in the UK and travelled to Cardiff, Southampton, and many other places. Current President, Jaap de Jonge, chose Somerset. Jaap’s business is around cheese and his original idea was to go to Cheddar, but there were not large enough hotels in the area. The next best was 30 minutes to the west in Weston. On the Saturday a visit to Cheddar Gorge included the cheese maker there, so cheese was not left out.
A traditional celebration followed, interspaced with jokes from members, like: How do you deal with a dangerous cheese? Very carphilly! Before the entertainment started (Nigel Walton, singer), the members put on their show. Video’s of the event can be seen here:
On Saturday 8th April 2017 the Birmingham Chinatown Lions Club held its 30th Charter and Lions Centennial celebrations in Birmingham.
This was the biggest event held in the Club’s history with 280 guests.
On the night £15,000 was donated equally between The Birmingham Chinese School, Birmingham Cultural & Language School and RSVP.
Charter Members Lion Jeff Yap and Lion Joe Lee were presented with 30 year chevrons by PGD Lion Ian Haffner.
Over £6,000 was raised on the night with more to come.”