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130811 - Cabinet - 1st - 011 - IMG_0349130811 - Cabinet - 1st - 018 - IMG_0356Once again I have been struggling to keep this blog up to date although August has been very much a family month for me with a family reunion weekend, my nephew’s wedding and a trip to Scotland to visit relatives. Lions is never far away, however, and August has seen my first cabinet meeting as DG as well as the first batch of club visits.
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This is very much a catch up post to bring you up to date with my activities since returning from Hamburg. Once I was back it was straight into action with my Club’s business meeting on the night I returned. A good first meeting for new president Geoff.

2013-07-13 10.30.56After two days back at work, the weekend brought more lions activities with my club’s attendance at Shirley Carnival on the Saturday. Last year the event got rained off and had to be restaged in September. This year it was fine and very hot which kept people away and reduced our takings. It was nevertheless a fun day and was good to see so many lions clubs represented there.
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Inside the O2

Inside the O2

As I continue to write this blog I have more and more admiration for people who are able to write daily blogs or even weekly ones. It’s now nearly two weeks since the end of International Convention and I’ve only just found time to write the third article I promised.

My final convention article is about the convention itself and some of the other events that surround it.
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Lions on Parade

Some Texans relaxing in the sun

Some Texans relaxing in the sun

This will be a short post to tell you a little about the parade at the Lions Clubs International Convention. It’s going to be mainly pictures but first a few details.

The Californian breakfast

The Californian breakfast

The parade takes place on the first day of the convention proper and is a glorious celebration of the diverse organisation that is Lions Clubs International. But I’m getting ahead of myself as the day started for Christine and me with a Californian Breakfast hosted by the Lions of California with our host being the wonderful Margaret, one of my classmates.

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Training Days

The main hall in the CCH

The main hall in the CCH

The venue for the DGE Banquet

The venue for the DGE Banquet

Don’t collapse with shock but here’s my second post of the year which will shortly be followed by the third and fourth as I post three articles about Lions Clubs International Convention 2013 in Hamburg, Germany.

The convention experience can be divided into three sections, Training for District Governors Elect, The Parade and The convention itself. This article will consider the three days of training ending with our DGE Banquet on Friday 5th July.

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Lions Flags outside the convention centre

Arriving at the Radission Blu

Arriving at the Radission Blu

Christine and I arrived in Hamburg yesterday after a simple one and a half hour flight from Birmingham. We were met at the airport by a well drilled team of local Lions who directed us to a coach which took us to the Radisson Blu Hotel.

View from Hotel

View from Hotel

After checking into the hotel and meeting up with Liam and Ann on the way in we decided to go for a walk.

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What a scary thought. As I sit here writing this I suddenly realise that the next article I write will be as District Governor of district 105M.

I do promise to try harder to make my updates more frequent during the next year and have to apologise again for the gap since my last post.

To be honest a lot of time since the last post has been taken up by work, including a week’s training in London, and by personal activities such as Games Fest 2013, a week in Cornwall with friends playing board games and chilling. I also competed in the Great Midlands Fun Run on 2nd June and achieved a modest 1:14:59 for the eight and a half miles. I need to get better for my planned run in each of the nine zones in the district during my year.
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