The Lions Club of Sydney Chinese Inc is a member of Lions Clubs International, an international non profit community service organization, upholding a common motto “WE SERVE”. It has now been 96 years since Melvin Jones established the first Lions club in USA in 1917. A typical Lions year begins on 1 July and ends on 30 June in the ensuing year.
Today, there are Lions clubs in 208 countries and geographical areas all over the world. In District 201N5, which covers the Sydney area and Norfolk Island, there are some 70 clubs with around 1,650 members. Amongst these, there are 7 Chinese-based clubs. Sydney Chinese Lions is the first of these Chinese-based clubs chartered in April 1995.
Currently, Sydney Chinese Lions comprises 135 Active Members and 6 Associate Members. The 6 Associate Members that the club is privileged to have inducted are International President Barry Palmer AM, Immediate Past International President Wayne Madden, International First Vice President Joe Preston, Past International President Wing Kun Tam, Past International President Sid Sruggs III and Past International Director Tapani Rahko. In membership terms, the club enjoys top ranking in District N5.
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By now, all Lions Clubs had their Change Over functions and DG Anthony and Lions Lady Emma had their first official visit to The Sydney Chinese Lions Club at the August members meeting.
The theme of “our” DG, “Servicing in Dedication” calls us to put our wholehearted dedication to servicing the needy. Nevertheless, it is always advantageous to first sharpen our tools by improving our skills related to club affairs and servicing. To this end a Skills Sharing Expo has been organized (details in a separate flyer). All Lions are encouraged to support this Expo and thereby enhance their skills.
Sydney Chinese Lions jointly with various health practitioner organizations are going to hold a Health Expo for both the Mandarin and Cantonese speaking public. Please refer to details elsewhere in the newsletter and mark your diaries.
Lions annual fees are due and payable as of 1 July. We would like to remind all Lions to keep your Lions membership financial at your earliest convenience so that the accounts can be prepared well before the District Convention.
The District Convention this year comes back to Castle Hill, Sydney after it has been held outside Sydney for several years in a row. More than usual attendance is therefore expected. We are the hosting club for this Convention and many of our Lions are quietly working hard on the preparation for this Convention. It is shaping up to be an entertaining and enjoyable event. First timers to a District Convention will be particularly welcome. It is a District Convention not to be missed. Please reserve your Convention attendance with President Jason Zhang or Secretary Sophie He.
By Lion Henry Leung
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