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2015 Presidential Induction Evening

The club celebrated the induction of Lion President Vicki van Wyk as the club’s 49th president at a formal dinner held at the club’s clubhouse on 11 July 2015.  The club was also delighted to induct and welcome Elaine Turton and Avril Hobbs as new members at the same evening. 26 guests from other Lions clubs and friends of the club joined the members for a lovely and special evening.

In keeping with new Lions International President Dr Jitsuhiro Yamada’s theme for the year, the table decor included more than 60 colourful folded paper cranes.

Outgoing Lion President Trevor Hobbs spoke on the excellent year of service the club had completed and presented several awards, including awarding Lion Phil Meyer as the 2014/2015 Lion of the Year.

6 members of the East Coast Lions club were present on the evening and they presented the club with a much needed replacement microwave.

LP Vicki opened her year of leadership by introducing her theme and plans for the year, built around being “keys of service”.

Some photos of the evening are below:

Unusually, there were 2 Michaels, 2 Denises and 2 Ruths at the same table.

Unusually, there were 2 Michaels, 2 Denises and 2 Ruths at the same table.

Past District Governor Fred Weller inducts Lion President Vicki van Wyk

Past District Governor Fred Weller inducts Lion President Vicki van Wyk

Lion President Elect Vicki receives a plaque of appreciation to LP Trevor Hobbs

Lion President Elect Vicki receives a plaque of appreciation to LP Trevor Hobbs

Lion Phil Meyer receives the Lion of the Year award from LP Trevor Hobbs

Lion Phil Meyer receives the Lion of the Year award from LP Trevor Hobbs

A close up of the table decorations, including folded paper cranes.

A close up of the table decorations, including folded paper cranes.

LP Trevor addresses the club on his year in office

LP Trevor addresses the club on his year in office

LP Trevor Hobbs with the microwave donated by the East Coast club

LP Trevor Hobbs with the microwave donated by the East Coast club

Induction of new members Elaine Turton and Avril Hobbs with their sponsors, Trevor Hobbs and Kay Erskine

Induction of new members Elaine Turton and Avril Hobbs with their sponsors, Trevor Hobbs and Kay Erskine

Induction of new members Elaine Turton and Avril Hobbs with their sponsors, Trevor Hobbs and Kay Erskine

Induction of new members Elaine Turton and Avril Hobbs with their sponsors, Trevor Hobbs and Kay Erskine

Past District Governor Fred Weller inducted Lions Elaine and Avril and LP Vicki.

Past District Governor Fred Weller inducted Lions Elaine and Avril and LP Vicki.

Some of the table decor.

Some of the table decor.

Some of the table decor.

Some of the table decor.

LP Vicki van Wyk presents her plans for the year.

LP Vicki van Wyk presents her plans for the year.

 

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Survivor Afternoon

Lion Vicki van Wyk organised an afternoon of “Survivor” style team challenges which was very well attended by the club and many of the member’s friends and family. Everyone had great fun and really enjoyed their day. Some photos of the day are below:

Team "Autumn Leaves" choosing their team name and designing their flag and mascot with crayons and playdo.

Team “Autumn Leaves” choosing their team name and designing their flag and mascot with crayons and playdo.

Team "Snoils" flag. Note the snoil mascot in he top left.

Team “Snoils” flag. Note the snoil mascot in he top left.

Team "Autumn Leaves" colourful flag

Team “Autumn Leaves” colourful flag

The "Snoils" raft floating successfully.

The “Snoils” raft floating successfully.

The "Autumn Leaves" raft floating successfully.

The “Autumn Leaves” raft floating successfully.

Team "Snoils" designs a raft

Team “Snoils” designs a raft

Team "Autumn Leaves" designs a raft

Team “Autumn Leaves” designs a raft

Lion Sandra, Lion Sheila and Brenda Meyer work on a puzzle in team "Snoils"

Lion Sandra, Lion Sheila and Brenda Meyer work on a puzzle in team “Snoils”

Liz Ping shows off her croquet skills

Liz Ping shows off her croquet skills

Lion Sandra, Lion President Trevor, Lion Lion Kay and Liz Ping of the "Snoils" team work on their house of cards.x

Lion Sandra, Lion President Trevor, Lion Lion Kay and Liz Ping of the “Snoils” team work on their house of cards.x

Lion Phil Meyer of the "Autumn Leaves" team prepares to take aim.

Lion Phil Meyer of the “Autumn Leaves” team prepares to take aim.

Grant Hobbs of the "Snoils" team shooting a water pistol at the target.

Grant Hobbs of the “Snoils” team shooting a water pistol at the target.

Liz Ping of the "Autumn Leaves" team shooting a water pistol at the target.

Liz Ping of the “Autumn Leaves” team shooting a water pistol at the target.

Team "Snoils" choosing their team name and designing their flag and mascot with crayons and playdo.

Team “Snoils” choosing their team name and designing their flag and mascot with crayons and playdo.

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Lions Information Evening

The North Durban club organised an information evening at its clubhouse, to inform invited guests about the club and its activities. The evening was well attended and the guests were very interested to hear about the club’s work. The municipal councillor for the Durban North area, Shaun Riley also came along and was equally interested in the club’s service to the community.
The club was donated a beautiful double bed quilt by the Quilters-by-the-Sea quilting group. The club raffled the quilt and raised several thousand rand from the generosity of the quilters.  The quilt was handed over to the winner, Mr J Austin at the information evening.
 The winner of the club's quilt raffle, Mr J Austin (middle) with Lion President Trevor Hobbs (left) and Lion Phil Meyer (right).

The winner of the club’s quilt raffle, Mr J Austin (middle) with Lion President Trevor Hobbs (left) and Lion Phil Meyer (right).

Lion Kim van Wyk (left) with municipal councillor Shaun Riley (right) and guest Shirley Tait (middle) at the club's information evening.

Lion Kim van Wyk (left) with municipal councillor Shaun Riley (right) and guest Shirley Tait (middle) at the club’s information evening.

 

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Lions Information Evening

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Sunflower Walk

15 members of the club and their family took part in the 5km Sunflower Walk on Sunday, joining more than 50 Lions from in and around Durban who represented Lions. All of us carried a Lions flag, and a large colourful banner was carried. The R30 entry fee for each participant goes to aid the Sunflower Fund.

Special mention must go to the Hilton Lions club, who drove down to Durban with several members to take part.

Thank you to all the club members and family who took part – it was great fun.

A photo of most the North Durban team is below:

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Queensburgh Presidential Induction

DC Denise Bolland of the North Durban club was honoured to be asked by Lion President Elect Jolene Wilesmith of the Queensburgh Lions Club to perform the club’s presidential induction on Saturday 23 July. LP Kim van Wyk and District Cabinet Secretary Vicki van Wyk also attended the induction, which was held as a fantastic brunch at the Queensburgh Caravan Park. The club wishes LP Jolene every success in the coming year, and congratulates Immediate Past President Pierre Basson on a very successful year in office.

Some photos of the induction are below:

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Induction Evening

The club held its annual presidential induction dinner on Saturday 25 July at its clubhouse. This is always a formal event and as usual, was greatly enjoyed by all who attended.

Lion Wendy Ferguson was inducted into the club by the club’s guest for the evening, Lion Tricia Smith.

LP Ian presented a report on his excellent year in charge, highlighting the many projects we have run and the enormous amount of work the club did for those in need.

LP Ian handed out several awards and certificates of appreciation to many members who worked so hard during the year.

Lion Kay Erskine received a membership key award from Lions Clubs International in recognition of the 10 new Lions Kay has sponsored. Lion Denise Bolland received a similar award for sponsoring 3 new members.

Lion Vicki van Wyk was the deserved recipient of the North Durban Lions Lion of the Year award for her dedicated work as the club secretary and her support at almost every activity the club undertook.

Lion Tricia inducted Lion Kim van Wyk as the 44th president of the North Durban Lions club. LP Kim presented his board and plans for the year to the club. He paid special tribute to Lion Ian’s excellent leadership during the past year. Lion Ian had explicitly asked not to be given a plaque commemorating his year as president (he has one from a previous stint as club president) so the club presented him instead with a certificate to mark his outstanding service and a hamper of goodies.

Some photos of the evening are below:

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Charter of East Coast Lions Club

The North Durban Lions Club is extremely proud to be the chartering club for a brand new Lions club in Durban: the East Coast Lions Club. The club was chartered at a black tie event at the Coastlands Umhlanga hotel on Saturday 18 July. 48 new Lions were inducted, making it one of the largest clubs in Southern Africa.

LP Ian Ping presided at the function, while several North Durban members attended the function, many of whom took part in the formalities. Several Lionistic dignitaries attended, including Council Chair Rashmi Kooverjee, District Governor Debbie Berry, District Governor Elect Stuart Charlton, First Vice District Governor Elect Adrian Barnes and the presidents of several of the clubs in District C. The Consul General of India was also in attendance.

Lion Trevor Hobbs of North Durban acted as the MC for the evening.

Lion Trevor and Lion Denise Bolland will be the Guiding Lions for the new club, attending their meetings and providing a wealth of Lionistic experience and wisdom for the new club to draw on.

North Durban Lions wish Charter Lion President Sundru Pillay and all the members of the new East Coast Lions Club every success as they start their Lionistic journey. We look forward to working with the East Coast Lions in the current year as we collectively fulfil the Lions motto: “We serve”.

Some photos of the evening are below:

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Presentation Evening

DG Debbie Berry visited the club at our February meeting on 24 February. Instead of holding a regular meeting, the club decided to instead have a presentation evening to thank individuals and organisations who have helped the club serve the community. Several awards were also made. Our new member Nick was inducted by DG Debbie.

A certificate of thanks was presented to Lauren Anthony of the Northgen News, to thank the paper for promoting our fundraising and service events.

A certificate of thanks was also presented to Lauren Glossop, the Audiologist who has assisted the club’s hearing projects by donating large amounts of time and free services:

Lauren Glossop, Lion President Ian Ping and Lion Jacquena Henning, the convener of our hearing project

A cheque for R10000 was presented to the SA Guide Dog Association from the funds raised at our recent Carols event to assist in providing a guide dog to a blind recipient. Di Turner of the Guide Dogs Association was on hand to receive the cheque from Lion Maria Stowe, who convened and ran the Carols:

Di Turner, Jenny and guide dog Gracie from SA Guide Dogs accept the cheque for R10000 from Lion President Ian Ping and Carols Convener Lion Maria Stowe

DG Debbie inducted Lion Malcolm “Nick” Nicholas into the club. Some more photos of the induction are included in the gallery at the end of this post:

Lion Phil Meyer sponsored Lion Malcolm Nicholas, shown here being inducted by DG Debbie Berry

DG Debbie received the club’s banner from LP Ian, and presented one of her banners in return. DG Debbie then spoke on a number of topics to do with Lionism, including the importance of membership growth and the service we do, and commended the club for its successes.

The evening concluded with awards for several Lions: Lions Maria Stowe and Trevor Hobbs were presented with Membership Keys to acknowledge that each had sponsored two new Lions.A 25 Year Monarch Chevron was presented to Lion Trevor in recognition of his 25 years of service as a Lion.

DG Debbie also handed over a very special award to Lion Trevor Hobbs, who was made a Melvin Jones Fellow by the club. This was a complete surprise to Lion Trevor, and richly deserved for his more than 25 years of dedicated and extremely selfless service to Lions:

Lion Trevor Hobbs receiving his Melvin Jones plaque from DG Debbie Berry

Several more photos from this special evening are inclued below:

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Valentines Social

To coincide with Valentines Day and the celebration of the arrival of SA’s Indian population 150 years ago, the club’s February social was themed “East meets West”. Members were asked to dress in Indian attire – which Lion Fred Weller did brilliantly by coming as Hashim Amla, complete with cricket gear and a beard! The food was fantastic, the music excellent and in all it was a very pleasant evening. Some photos:

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