Alan, Barbara and Janelle enjoying the shade
In a gathering of 16,000 Lions, President Janelle and Secretary Alan, along with wife Barbara, walked with pride in 42ºC heat, in the parade of over 200 nations (including the latest countries to form Lions Clubs, Afghanistan and Myanmar).
Five days of meetings, interacting and seminars to enhance our local club’s community service followed, with the big push globally being awareness and prevention of Diabetes. Blockhouse Bay-Lynfield Lions have been supporting this cause for nearly 20 years and have conducted many screening sessions in the Bay.
A high point was the installation of the first female International President, Gudrun Yngvadottir from Iceland. The goal is to attain 50-50 parity between the sexes.
With a surprising number of younger Lions from age 20 up, especially from Africa, South America and the Caribbean, Lions Janelle and Alan were inspired in their Chapter’s goal of gaining at least 10 new members in the Bay. With more Lions, so much more can be done in service. (For info text "Lions Info 2018” to 027-661-1122)
Report from Alan Gray
Secretary, Blockhouse Bay-Lynfield Lions