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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At the Members’ dinner meeting this month we celebrated the beginning of the Chinese New Year. Five tables of Lions and friends, old and new, enjoyed not only the cutting of the suckling pig but the suckling pig as well. What a delicious way to start a New Year!
The first business of the meeting was the nomination of office-bearers for 2014~15. There is no pre-requisite for nominations in our Club. Any Lion can nominate any Lion of the club, including himself or herself to any position (with the exception of Immediate Past President). As of now all the current office-bearers were nominated for their respective positions. Elections of will be held at the next meeting on 5 March.
On the 20th of this month, at noon at Zilver Restaurant, a press conference will be held to promote the annual major project of our Club, Charity Ball 2104, to the general public. All Sydney Chinese Lions who are available are welcome to join and show your support to the Chinese press in Sydney. Yum Cha style refreshment will be served at the Club’s expenses.
This year, the Charity Ball is to be held at Allphones Arena, Sydney Olympic Park on Saturday, 15 March. Allphones Arena is a venue new to us but not to sports fans. There is a change in scenery from Darling Harbour to Homebush Bay but we are supporting, for the third time, Australian Red Cross (NSW).
The Red Cross is the keeper of the Geneva Conventions, or the laws of war. In peace and in war, the Red Cross is an impartial, neutral and independent organization to assist people in need, regardless of nationality, race, religious beliefs, class or politics. They are active not only in blood collection but also in disaster relief, searching of war-torn families, etc.
Established in Melbourne in 1914 as the Australian Branch of the British Red Cross, the Australian Red Cross is celebrating its Centenary in 2014. We are honoured to offer our service to this worthy organization on its Centenary.
We call upon all Sydney Chinese Lions to invite as many friends and folks to the function and reserve your ticket bookings with President Lion Jason Zhang or Ball Chairman, Lion Dr Anthony Cheung by Wednesday, 26 February 2014.
By Lion Henry Leung
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