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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This month almost all global leaders: President Obama, Chairman Xi, President Putin came to Queensland to attend the G20 meeting. To many it is exciting that China and the USA reached an agreement on emission control. Australia and China also signed a Memorandum of Understanding to a China-Australia Free Trade Agreement.
In the universe of Lions Clubs, we have had in the opinion of many, the best ever District 201 N5 Convention held in Castle Hill, Sydney. The nine lions dance, the two pipe bands, the Jazz band as well as the Youth Wind Orchestra and the vocalists were absolutely professional. All the proceedings of the business of the Convention went smoothly. Without disappointment, most people nominated for a position were elected. Even the audited accounts of the District were approved without a single question asked.
This brings us to that the Annual General Meeting of the Sydney Chinese Lions which will be held on 7 January 2015. Notice of the AGM and copy of the audited financial reports are in the mail.
On the coming Saturday, 22 November, we are having a team participating in the annual Lions Basketball Championships hosted by the Sydney Inner West Lions Club. For further details please contact Lion President Jason Zhang.
After that, it is party time again as Christmas is around the corner. This year we will be having the December Members’ Dinner Meeting concurrent with the Christmas Party on Wednesday 10 December 2014 at the Zilver Restaurant. Tickets at $50 are selling like hot cakes. Please contact the President or the Secretary for bookings.
Last but not least, collecting of Silent Auction prizes, Raffle prizes in support of Charity Ball 2015 has already begun. Acknowledgements for donors will be made in the Ball Commemorative Booklet.
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