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Recognition for Club Members at the 2018 District Midyear Conference

8 club members attended the 2018 District 410C Midyear Conference, the last Midyear Conference the District will hold before it merges with District 410B and part of District 410D to form a new District, 410E.

The Midyear was excellent on all fronts – the Conference was well-run and informative and the theme evening was one of the best events the District has hosted for many years.

Lion President Avril Hobbs was the worthy recipient of a certificate of appreciation from the International Lions President Gudrun Yngvadottir in recognition of her sterling and tireless work as the District’s Global Service Team Coordinator, assisting every club and Lion to serve people in need as effectively as possible. Very few of the 1.5 million Lions around the world are honoured with recognition from the International President and the club is justly proud of LP Avril’s efforts.

LP Avril Hobbs receiving a certificate from the International Lions President, present by DG Lyn Botha and IPDG Ken Toward

LP Avril Hobbs receiving a certificate from the International Lions President, present by DG Lyn Botha and IPDG Ken Toward

The club also received the Ian Murray Project Public Relations award, presented to the club that achieves the best media coverage for a specific project. This award is the result of constant social and traditional media engagement by members of the club, whose efforts are greatly appreciated.

Lion Grant Hobbs donned the District’s Melvin the Lion suit and made a great impact, demonstrating Melvin’s skill at the Baby Shark Challenge. Here’s Melvin doing the challenge:

DG Lyn Botha presented Melvin (and Lion Grant) a certificate of thanks for making an appearance at the conference:

Certificate of thanks to Melvin the Lion (and Lion Grant Hobbs)

In all the club had a fantastic time at the Midyear Conference and are grateful to DG Lyn Botha and the entire Ramsgate Lions Club for putting on a truly excellent weekend.

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2014 Lions District 410C Convention

4 of the clubs members attended the excellent 2014 District Convention hosted by the Howick/Umgeni Lions Club on 22 March. DC’s Vicki and Kim van Wyk both presented on their portfolios for the year as part of the District cabinet. Lions Trevor Hobbs and Ivanka Reynolds also attended and enjoyed the convention.

DC Vicki was presented with a well deserved certificate of appreciation from Lions Clubs International for her work on diabetes awareness and blood drives through the year. 

The club was also recognised for its many hours of dedicated service to those in need through the year.

The club is also proud to announce that DC Kim van Wyk was elected as the Second Vice District Governor for the 2014/2015 Lionistic year. He should serve as the District 410C Governor from 1 July 2016 to 30 June 2017.

The North Durban Lions Club congratulate DG Heather Hardman and the Howick/Umgeni Lions Club on an excellent and extremely well organised convention.

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2013 District 410C Midyear Conference

Every year, the Lions clubs of the District gather for a conference. This is called the Midyear Conference and brings together Lions from across KZN and the Free State to discuss how best to serve those in need. Lions tend to leave the Conference inspired to serve with renewed passion. The North Durban Lions Club convened the 2013 Midyear Conference, which was an enormous success. Many of the attendees considered it one of the best Conferences they’ve ever attended.

The Conference was a lot of hard work to organise but doing so successfully was extremely rewarding.

The Club would like to thank its many generous sponsors for assisting with prizes and items to place into the well-stocked Conference bags:

  • Future Life
  • Cooee
  • Your Family magazine
  • Discovery Health
  • Bay Union Investment Planning Services
  • Marshall Security
  • Tupperware
  • Umhlanga Accommodation
  • Star Stationers
  • Brand House Marketing
  • Pick n Pay Hypermarket
  • Cipla
  • Medpro
  • The Sharks

The club received many wonderful notes of thanks from attending Lions, which are included below:

DG Heather Hardman, Cowies Hill Lions Club:
What a Mid Year. North Durban Lions thank you so much for an outstanding and enjoyable 410C Mid Year Conference. To all the Lions that attended thanks for the fellowship and making it very memorable. To those that did not attend you do not know what you missed. I cannot believe that I rocked and rolled the night away but my today my body is feeling it. It is great to be Lion and serving those that need to receive our love and hope.

DC Karin Preston, eThekwini South Lions Club:
Thank You so much for a most enjoyable and successful Mid Year conference , I can see all of you worked very hard .

I was very impressed with the décor, the artistry, attention to detail, your hospitality, and I thoroughly enjoyed your company !

Well done on the goodie bags , name badges and all the little innovations that WOWED me !

DC Shirleen Ward, Cowies Hill Lions Club:
To All North Durban Members: Well done, what a fabulous weekend!! The conference went off without a hitch and the party on Saturday night was great. The inspirational speaker, Karen Tocknell was brilliant, very thought-provoking and emotional for me. A really BIG Thank you to President Vicki and your great team.

Lion Helen Toward, Kingsburgh Lions Club:
Awesome Mid Year Conference spent with friends, Thank you North Durban Lions for all your hard work. It was truly amazing.

Lion Gwen Ellis, Kingsburgh Lions Club:
Dear L P Vicki

On behalf of all three of us from the Lions Club of Kingsburgh who
attended the recent Conference may I express our sincere thanks. We
truly had a thoroughly good time and want to compliment you on a very
well run weekend. Your attention to detail was impressive.

Having been involved in the planning of both Mid-year Conferences and
MD Conventions, I am personally aware of the huge amount of work and
the many many hours involved.

Please pass our thanks on to L Trevor as Convener and to all your
members who gave so much of themselves.

Lion Pat Wilson, Kingsburgh Lions Club:
I would like to extend my personal sincere thanks to each and every member of North Durban Lions who must have given up many, many of their precious hours in order to plan, organise, provide and create every single aspect, right down to the smallest detail, that went into making the Mid-year Conference 2013 weekend such an outstanding, successful, motivating, fun-filled and memorable experience.

Something I was very aware of and really appreciated too was the fact that the members clearly displayed that in the true spirit of Lionism they are prepared to show warmth, caring, helpfulness and friendliness to other Lion members and not only to the communities in which they serve.
I am a new Lion, but can honestly say that “I am proud to serve with you” and to be a part of such an amazing organisation. THANK YOU FOR MAKING MY FIRST MID-YEAR CONFERENCE SO SPECIAL.

WELL DONE NORTH DURBAN LIONS – May your Club continue to grow and succeed in all its endeavours.

 Lion Sheila Rice, North Durban Lions Club:

Hi to all the members that made the Mid Year convention such a success. We did great, we can be proud of what we achieved. Thank you to Pres Vicki, Lions Trevor, Kim Jimmy, Ian P and R, Fred, Denise, Kay, for the happy times that we shared preparing and then putting together such an amazing saturday night theme. Together we can do anything.


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