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Since I last wrote I’ve been out and about on Lions’ activities. These have been a mixture of business and social activities and perhaps highlights the range of things you get involved in as a Lion.

I started with my own club’s business meeting at which, among other things, we agreed to sponsor youth cricket at Marston Green Cricket Club again. We are shortly going to begin planning for a Fun Day with them to take place on 29 July. After that it was out on the road for me starting with a meeting of the MD Convention Host Night committee where plans are coming together for a smashing night of entertainment.

Our candidate Liam on the right

On 19th February I went with Christine to Dudley for the Multiple District Finals of the Young Ambassador of the 21st Century Award. We were there supporting our club’s candidate, Liam, who had won the district final. It truly is an inspirational day with thirteen candidates from Great Britain and Ireland showing why they are special in terms of the service that they give to others.

For me it was slightly spoilt by the over formal ceremony surrounding the presentations. I’m not against tradition and ceremony in its proper place but here we had a group of future leaders and their parents and friends who were subjected to speeches preceded by the full formal protocol. If we are serious about using our activities to attract members we need to make ourselves attractive. Certainly Liam’s parents who were with us found the speechifying boring.  

Perhaps part of the reason for the formality was the presence of the International First Vice President of Lions Clubs International, Wayne Madden. In July of this year he will become the leader of over 1.3 million Lions worldwide. My only real contact with him was to assist with moving his and his wife’s 8 large suitcases and a set of golf clubs to the cars that were taking him to the airport after the event.

The following Tuesday was a club visit to Birmingham Exhibition Lions Club who were formed around the time that the NEC was opened as the Birmingham Exhibition Centre. The main thrust of my visit was to encourage them to have a website and I’m pleased to say that they now have one (www.e-clubhouse.org/sites/exhibition/).

The 22nd of February was my club’s Christmas meal. We always postpone it into the New Year because we are so busy around Christmas itself. Friday 24th saw me and four other members of my club in the regional final of the district’s skittles competition. This is a competition aimed to get clubs to meet each other and isn’t taken too seriously. We were up against Kenilworth and Malvern Hills Lions Clubs and, although it was neck-a-neck after two rounds, we went to pieces in the final round and ended up last behind Kenilworth and Malvern Hills.

The victorius quiz team

The following Monday we got our own back in the district Masterteam quiz organised each year by Knowle and Dorridge Lions. At the half way stage we were in third, four points behind Kenilworth, but managed to win by one point. Over the years Kenilworth and Marston Green have now won the quiz four times each and come second in most of the other years. Congratulations to me, Christine, Jonathan and Sara.

Tree planting in Dudley

In between these two events I went to Dudley to help the local Lions with their tree planting. This time the trees were fairly mature rhododendron bushes. Around 20 Lions turned up and the job was finished in a couple of hours.

On 29th February I chaired a meeting of the MD Convention committee in Andy’s absence due to illness. And so into March which started with a club visit to Corby. When I asked them if I could come to their meeting they did not have a website but by the time I arrived they had created one (www.e-clubhouse.org/sites/corby/) so, apart from some advice on its maintenance, my main thrust this time was the signature projects. 

Last night I visited Handsworth Lions Club who hosted a lively if cold meeting due to no heating in their venue. Again I focussed on websites as they don’t have one although they do have a Facebook account which is kept up to date. By the end of today I will have registered an E-Clubhouse site for them.

That’s all for this post though with three more club visits and two race nights in the next seven days there should be plenty to tell you next time.

Lion Simon Moss

@simonhmoss @MarstonGnLions @lions105m @lionsclubsorg

1050 miles travelled so far as 2nd VDG

330 hours since 1 July 2011 on Lions’ activities

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Rather than bore you with tales of more meetings, I’d like to use this blog post to tell you about Lions’ Signature Projects within Great Britain and Ireland and particularly within my own district.

The Council of Governors decided last year to focus attention on two of the many projects available as Signature Projects for the Multiple District with the tag-line “Our signature on your community”. The aim is to encourage clubs throughout MD105 to take part in both these projects alongside their other activities to help establish a better national identity of what Lions Clubs do and why. (more…)

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So I started the year with every intention of providing regular updates to the blog but suddenly it’s February and it’s been nearly a month since my last post.

I‘ve not been idle during this time I just keep forgetting to blog about it. Must be an age thing. So what have I been up to?

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Or if you are a Lion happy second half of the Lions’ year. If you are not a Lion why not make helping your local Lions Club help your community one of your resolutions. This could range from supporting events run by your local Lions to becoming a member but Lions Clubs can only serve with your support. To find your nearest club go to the LCI website.

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Last night, 20th December, was our last night out with Santa for this year. We were collecting in the last bit of Marston Green, the Maple Leaf Avenue estate, and what a generous bunch they were.

As a result of a great weekend, not to mention a wonderful week before, we needed £93 to break through the £3,000 mark. We had a good turnout of collectors and had finished the estate by 8:10pm, just as it started to rain, but had seen lots of children and received a lot of nice comments from the adults. As it turns out we had received a lot of money as well with the count for the night being a magnificent £320 taking our total collected to £3,227!
We traditionally have a small apres sleigh party on the last night with mulled wine, port and various sweet and savoury nibbles. We were able to celebrate a record collection, despite the current hard times, and to look forward to our own Christmases.
It has been a pleasure going out this year with only one night of rain, very little illness and no trouble (we have had eggs and rocks thrown at us in the past). I would like to publicly thank all the club members and supporters who turned out and did such a professional job. We also had a couple of enquiries about membership and I really hope that we can attract some new members next year.
Finally can I wish my small but growing band of readers of this blog a very merry Christmas and a Happy New Year.
Lion Simon Moss

@simonhmoss @MarstonGnLions @lions105m @lionsclubsorg

640 miles travelled so far as 2nd VDG

235 hours since 1 July 2011 on Lions’ activities

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An amazing turnout for our Sunday collection around Marston Green with 8 Lions and 6 supporters out with the sleigh and three Lions counting the money. A fairly tricky route with quite a few turns and some busy roads to collect on. Nevertheless we were finished by our target time of 6:30 so well done everyone!

Our totals for the two days were very good too with £856 collected on Saturday and £741 on Sunday making a total for the weekend £1,597 and a £2,907 total for the whole collection with one day to go. Thank you very much Chelmsley Wood and Marston Green.
For anyone who missed us while we were coming round you can still donate via BT MyDonate. I’ll be back on Wednesday to let you know how the final night went and to give you the overal total for the year.

Lion Simon Moss

@simonhmoss @MarstonGnLions @lions105m @lionsclubsorg

640 miles travelled so far as 2nd VDG

230 hours since 1 July 2011 on Lions’ activities

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Although there was a bit of rain or sleet in the air, the Saturday Christmas Collection around Marston Green was so much better than last year when we had to cope with 6 inches of snow and about half the normal number of collectors. By comparison this year went really well and we completed the route before 6:30.

As well as collecting the previously delivered envelopes we also deliver Christmas cakes to some of the local elderly and young people with special needs. The collection seemed to go well although a children’s party at the Marston Green Club meant several people were out. We don’t count the money on the Saturday so I won’t have a total to report until tomorrow.
This evening we continue our journey round Marston Green, collecting the envelopes from Coleshill Road, Station Road, Chelmsley Lane, Alcott Drive, The Orchard, Holly Lane, Moseley Drive, Martin Rise, Marston Croft, Elm Farm Avenue and Wayside. We start at 3pm and go on until about 6:30.

Lion Simon Moss

@simonhmoss @MarstonGnLions @lions105m @lionsclubsorg

640 miles travelled so far as 2nd VDG

225 hours since 1 July 2011 on Lions’ activities

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