Retford Lions hope the new year brings you all health and happiness. Like everyone, Lions enjoy the Christmas and New Year break. In fact, after the efforts during December bringing Santa’s Sleigh for the children, they probably need the rest! Much effort was put in by Lions and helpers who gave up their time on rather cool evenings to attend Santa’s Sleigh and help collections. A big thank you to you all, you know who you are, also many thanks to those who made contributions to the club’s collecting buckets!
A lot of preparation was done getting the sleigh ready, planning the routes etc., now the Lions are getting ready to examine the sleigh and rebuild it on a new frame. The old chassis has done sterling service for 20 or more years.
Retford Lions Club has been around for even longer; it was in 1980 that they got their charter! However, Lions International has been around even longer, it was founded in Chicago in 1917 with the aim of providing service to local needs and causes and has grown until now there are 1.4 million Lions in more than 46,000 local clubs doing the same thing all around the world.
The first club in England was founded in 1950; effectively brought here by the late Queen Elizabeth, the Queen Mother. Canadian Lions had provided invaluable support for children orphaned in the Second World War, so she sent her equerry, Colonel Edward Wyndham, to Canada. He was so impressed that Windsor (Ontario) Lions Club agreed to sponsor the first London club. There are now some 50 Lions clubs within the UK.
Retford Lions are proud to be part of the biggest voluntary service organisation in the world and are always happy to welcome prospective new members too, so if anyone would like to know more about the club with perhaps an interest in joining please look them up on the internet; just search for ‘Retford Lions’. Join as a Lions Club member or volunteer; you can get involved in fundraising, organising projects, using your talents, gaining new skills, making friends and having fun. They regularly have social events which can help raise money which goes towards administration, as all donations and funds raised from the public go to charity.
They’ll soon be into planning this years’ activities and we will try to outline these in good time as they come around.