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 the time this newsletter is read by Sydney Chinese Lions, Lion Dr Anthony Cheung will have returned to Sydney from the LCI International Convention in Toronto, after having been formally inducted as the District Governor of District 201N5 which covers the Sydney Metropolitan area and Norfolk Island.
On Saturday, 19 July, we were expecting two Lion dignitaries, Immediate Past International President and Chair of the Lions Club International Foundation Lion Barry Palmer AM and Past International President Lion Wing Kum Tam MBE to officiate the Joint ChangeOver of eight Chinese Australian Lions Clubs. Regrettably, PIP Tam had to cancel his trip downunder as the inclement weather in Beijing prevented him to take his flight as originally scheduled. However, for the new Boards of Directors of the eight Clubs to be inducted by an Australian Past International President is indeed unprecedented. We hope to see many of you as possible at this historic event on 19 July at the Zilver Restaurant.
On the evening Saturday week (26 July), District N5 will be holding its ChangeOver at the Blacktown Workers' Club. Sydney Chinese Lions are having a busy social schedule this month.
July is the beginning of a Lions' Year and financial year for Lions. All are reminded that our annual fee is due and payable. Please keep your Lion membership financial at your earliest convenience so that the accounts can be finalized in good time.
Moving forward another two weeks - on 9 August, a barbecue for members and friends of Sydney Chinese Lions will be held at the Clarks Point Reserve, Woolwich (UBD Map 5, L11). Please bring your family and friends along to enjoy the nice Sydney weather of the Winter afternoon. For further information on this barbecue please contact our President Lion Jason.
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