At our March business meeting the club presented a cheque in the amount of £1,000 to the Footsteps organisation. Footsteps is located in Dorchester, Oxfordshire and aids children to become mobile. Most of Footsteps clients suffer from Multiple Dystrophy and can take years of intense therapy to learn to walk unaided. Maggie Davies accepted the cheque on behalf of Footsteps. The donated funds were raised through our Santa’s Grotto effort during the lead up to last Christmas.
Henley Lions presented a cheque for £1,000 to the Chiltern Centre for Disabled Children on Thursday last week to fund another Day to Remember for the children and their families. Mel Williams, Chair of the Lions said, “The funds were donated to the Henley Lions by the Shanly Foundation and were originally intended for Christmas parcels but as that project was fully funded for this year the trustees agreed to allow us to divert their donation to the Chiltern Centre.”
The second Day to Remember was a huge success. A good number of our clients and their families enjoyed a variety of events to include face painting, cookie decorating, ceramic plate painting, donkeys from a local sanctuary and a brilliant magician to name just a few.
Henley Lions have been involved in the annual Christmas parcels project for many years. However, 13 years ago, the club took on the entire project which involves securing funding, procuring the contents, ordering all the contents, packing all the parcels, organising all the deliveries and then delivering all the parcels. This year the club delivered parcels to 92 needy individuals and families in our local area. The parcels contain a variety of food stuffs which help make the Christmas holiday period a little more enjoyable for the recipients.
At our September meeting Lion President Pam Pitts inducted Christine Free into our club as its newest member. Chris was proposed by her cousin and sponsor Lion Vice President David Skinner. Lion Chris has supported the club on numerous occasions prior to her induction and we are all extremely pleased to have her as one of our members. Club membership currently stands at 27 members.
Each year every Lions Club welcomes their new club president and thanks their outgoing one. This year was no exception when Lion President Mel Williams handed over to Lion Pam Pitts. Mel completed his second term as club president and Pam was beginning her second term. The event was held as a BBQ in Pam and Rod’s back garden and was a most enjoyable event. Mel thanked members for all their support and hard work over the past year while Pam explained her priorities for the coming year. Both said how proud they are to be members of the club and were so pleased with all the service we give to our local community.