ON WEDNESDAY, April 2, The Lions Club of Leek held their monthly meeting at the Red Lion Hotel in Leek with Lion President Les Critchlow (LP) presiding. LP Les opened the meeting with a toast to Lions International and The Lions Club of Leek.
The club also welcomed our guests for the evening Ed Tilman and Chris Gee.
LP Les informed club members that we have received a £50 donation from Karen Webster as a thank you for the club's assistance in the redecoration of her house.
We also received a letter from Lydia Alcock requesting sponsorship on her forthcoming trip to Ghana, which was readily agreed by the club.
Lydia has been chosen as a volunteer in the community to represent The Young Farmers Group on her visit to Ghana, through the company Projects Abroad. While there, Lydia will be involved with farm and garden maintenance along with animal care and educating children on how to take care of their animals and crops, and a whole host of other farming duties. On her return she will give a presentation of her trip and experiences to the club.
On Tuesday, March 25, four members of the club were invited to attend Endon High School's Industry day. The event was run by the school with 17 volunteer adults – including lions – to act as a guide to 17 groups of Year Ten students.
The aim of the day was for students to take on a variety of tasks along with members of the school which they would not normally be working with in a bid to try and create a new workplace environment in preparation for their future working lives. The event proved extremely enjoyable and interesting.
The club is highly delighted that a working partnership has been established with the school not only locally but also in the Nepal project.
We have also been very fortunate to establish a link with Kathmandu Eureka Lions Club.
It should be noted that all students' community work for the Nepal project can qualify for Lions International Young Leaders in Service Award. This award is recognised worldwide, and on completion the participating students gain a certificate of their achievement which is placed in their respective folders of achievements and qualifications.
The club has also been lending a hand to the Marie Currie Daffodil appeal.
Lions members have already been collecting at Morrisons and will be collecting again at Sainsbury's and Aldi supermarkets. The amount collected is divided by 20 and the results is hours of care that can be provided. So far nine hours care has been achieved and we also hope to increase this with future collections.
Last Saturday the club ran its annual Late Christmas party, but more on that in our next report.
Lions international is the largest Service Organisation in the world and supports those less fortunate than ourselves not only locally but worldwide. For more information on Lions International call 01538 754672 or visit the website Lions International 105 BS.