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 March Meeting, elections of the 2014-15 Board of Directors and Office-bearers of Sydney Chinese Lions were held. Since there was only one nomination for each of the positions; members at the Meeting voted by voice call. All nominations were accepted and carried. Congratulations to Lion Jason Zhang and his team on their being re-elected again. The list of offices and office-bearers are provided separately in the February issue this newsletter.
At the same meeting, the Lions Nurses Scholarship Foundation (LNSF) took the occasion to present the 2014 Scholarships to the Scholarship recipients. Despite only four of the six Scholarship recipients were able to attend, all the Directors and Officers of the LNSF attended the meeting. An LCIF Delegate, Lion Jindale Beeck of Chicago, accompanied by the Australian LCIF Director, PDG Lion Nigel Jeny and Lion Genevieve Jeny, was the guest of honor of the evening.
Next Saturday the 15th will be the day for our Charity Ball 2014. We are looking forward to seeing all friends and guests of Lions and the Australian Red Cross at the Grand Ballroom, Allphones Arena, Sydney Olympic Park, Homebush. May we remind all those driving to this function that parking Station P1 is closest to the venue and getting a pre-booking E-ticket through internet ensures there is no need to walk miles from other parking stations. (Incidentally the Sydney Olympic Park website does not support Apple computers but Mac users can request people with PC access to pay for them and print the E-ticket for their use).
Sydney Chinese Lions are reminded that in accordance with our tradition there will be no meeting in April. The next Members Meeting is on Wednesday, 7 May, 2014 at 7 pm for 7:30 pm at Zilver Restaurant.
Finally, the Editorial Board on behalf of all the Sydney Chinese Lions sends their congratulations and well wishes to Lion Snow Li, our fellow Editor, on her upcoming wedding in Bali.
By Lion Henry Leung
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