Category Archives: Environment

Visit to Sinakekele

The club planted 2 trees at the Sinakekele home for abandoned babies and then enjoyed good fellowship with a braai at the home. Lion Denise and Mickey Bolland have recently moved out to Sinakekele and made the rest of the club very much at home.

(L-R) Grant Hobbs, Lion Kay Erskine, Mickey Bolland, Lion Ivanka Reynolds, Lion Ian Ross (at back), Lion Margo Whitmore and Lion President Trevor Hobbs (planting the tree)

(L-R) Grant Hobbs, Lion Kay Erskine, Mickey Bolland, Lion Ivanka Reynolds, Lion Ian Ross (at back), Lion Margo Whitmore and Lion President Trevor Hobbs (planting the tree)

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Eco-circle Vegetable Gardens

Eco-circles are a fantastic way of using a small area and very little water to grow a variety of vegetables. The Lions clubs of Multiple District 410 have been encouraged to plant eco-circles, at their clubhouses, local schools, orphanages and the like.  Several clubs in District 410C have made plans to start eco-circles. Lions Bev and Pat Riley of the North Durban club have planted 6 circles at their home – one tended by each member of the family. The circles have yielded fantastic vegetables and shown the concept to be an excellent one.

An introduction to eco-circles is in this PDF document.

Some photos of the eco-circles are below:

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Tree planting at Briardene Primary School

The North Durban Lions club planted 6 trees at the Briardene Primary School recently, continuing the club’s contribution to Lions Clubs International’s 1 Million Trees Campaign. The trees were generously donated by Mr Crispin Hemson of the University of KwaZulu Natal.

The school also provided an opportunity for the pupils to be told a little bit about Lions, which Zone Chair Denise Bolland addressed the pupils and staff about.

The school is very proactive and is constantly seeking to improve the educational experience of its pupils, despite most pupils being from disadvantaged backgrounds with few financial resources.

The North Durban Lions are proud to have been able to serve both the environment and the school and its pupils.

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North Durban Lions named the 2010/2011 Lions Club of the Year in District 410C

At the recent Lions District 410C Midyear Conference, a number of awards were made to clubs for their efforts in the 2010/2011 Lionistic year (the Lionistic year runs from July to June). The North Durban Lions club are delighted and proud to announce that the club won several awards for the 2010/2011 year, when we were extremely ably led by Immediate Past President Ian Ping:

PADDY MCMENEMY HEARING AWARD: This award is given to the club which has conducted the most outstanding hearing related project during the 2010/2011 year. The North Durban Lions were awarded this award due in large part to the fine and non-stop efforts of Lion Jackie Henning. To see articles on the hearing activities that the club undertakes, click here.

DISTRICT ENVIRONMENTAL PHOTO CONTEST: District Chairperson Denise Bolland won first prize in the “Weather Phenomenon” category in this competition, while District Cabinet Secretary Vicki van Wyk won first prize in the “Plant Life” category. Both of them also placed amongst the top-three in the other categories as well.

GEOFF CHETTLE CLUB SECRETARY AWARD: This award is judged based on the administration of a Lions club – regular and timeous completion and submission of meeting minutes, submission of Monthly Membership Reports, Activity Reports and club officer reporting forms in good time to the District, attendance at Zone and District events as the secretary and responsiveness to requests for information from the District. District Cabinet Secretary Vicki van Wyk was the deserved winner of this award – The North Durban Lions club is very proud of her achievement and believe the quality of her work as the club secretary has been justly rewarded.

LIONS CLUB OF THE YEAR: This highly prestigious award is judged on a large set of objective criteria, covering all aspects of a Lions club’s activities: administrative duties, a high percentage of members at monthly meetings, attendance at District and Zone events, membership retention and growth, the forming of new clubs and branches, timeous payment of dues, involvement in a variety of projects, PRO activities, online presence and donations to the Melvin Jones and Louis Halse funds. As can be seen, to win this award requires the efforts of the entire club, and we as the North Durban Lions are extremely proud of this achievement under Immediate Past President Ian Ping’s exemplary leadership.

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Tree planting and visit at Sinakekele

The 2011/2012 Lion International President, Wing Kun Tam, challenged the Lions clubs and members of the world to plant 1 million trees in 2011/2012, as part of the 1 Million Trees Campaign. To kick-off the North Durban club’s involvement in this project, several members visited the Sinakekele Home to plant two paw-paw trees.

While we were there, we also braaied wors rolls for the kids and the adults involved with the Home – the Lions who went along had a great time, and were really moved by the fantastic work done at Sinakekele.

A few photos of the tree planting:

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