District Governor John Davis 2017-2018
Home Club: Tamworth
'Embracing new ideas and growth in the spirit of harmony and friendship'
John & Rosalie Davis
John DAVIS (Rosalie)
PO Box 3124
West Tamworth NSW 2340
02 6765 4308
0428 255 062
FROM THE DG's DESK
“We Serve” is the motto of our organisation. It is a challenge to every Lion to look for some way to be of service and challenges us to seek opportunities to do something that will ultimately make a difference within the community. During the two months of my term as Governor it has been pleasing to see the diversity of the clubs and the number of fundraising and community services they are involved with. To date, every club has a centennial project with a plaque in place to mark the milestone Lions Clubs have achieved - either completed or is in the process of completion.
Rosalie and I have travelled the district from inland to both ends of the coast. It has been an interesting, enjoyable and educational experience for both of us. Apart from the Centennial projects all the Clubs are involved with fundraising and service within their communities. I have been privileged to have inducted new members during my visitations and present awards. Halliday’s Point is going from strength to strength and is in the process of chartering a new club at Nabiac. A very enjoyable evening was spent off the beaten track at Krambach. The theme of the night was “Western Style” depicting the surroundings well. Rosalie, her sister and brother-in-law got lost. Next time Rosalie will check her directions! Three inductions took place and awards presented to the very worth recipients. There are more inductions to come.
I encourage all Lions within the district to go onto the LCI website, particularly those new members who are familiar with current technology. There is a myriad of information that can help and teach members what Lions is all about. The opportunities and courses offered online are endless and are available to all Lions.
Our first Cabinet meeting at Wooli was an outstanding success. It got off to a great start with a well-attended “Meet & Greet”. Saturday morning the executive met breaking at morning tea for the dedication of a plaque to mark the birthplace of Australian Lionsonoz and centenary of the Lions Clubs.
The Saturday evening dinner, “Christmas in July” was made even more enjoyable and was the highlight of the night, when the Lions brought Santa on board to give members the traditional bag of lollies and three beautiful children came running up to Santa for a bag of lollies and a hug. A very happy family photo was taken just before Santa left.
We attended the Lions Save Sight & Health Foundation meeting before heading to Ballarat for the Council of Governors meeting and ANZI Forum. The tour of the Eye Bank was again an enlightening experience for me. Tours for Lions groups can be arranged and I encourage Lions Clubs to do this. Each year we have the Community Challenge and the annual Car Raffle to raise funds for the Lions NSW-ACT Save Sight Foundation. PDG Phil Bower asks that clubs find and support Community Challenge candidates and promote the annual Car Raffle. Clubs can buy Honour Awards. A community member with a handsome award plaque is a great advertisement for us.” I endorse that. Every year a grant of $100,000 is made to both the Save Sight Institute and the Lions NSW Eye Bank with the funding coming from the Lions NSW-ACT Save Sight Foundation.
On a sad note, we have lost Lion Jerry Reehorst and Lion Glenn Franklin. Both passed away during August. Our thoughts are with their respective families and Lioness Trish Johnson who lost her mother.
Finally, Rosalie and I want to thank all the Clubs we have visited to date for their generous hospitality and support for our Diabetes project. The high quality of medical care that we enjoy today is built upon years of research by physician-scientists, PhDs and other medical professionals. When you support medical research, you are helping to build the future of medicine.
Yours in lionism
District Governor John
Last Updated: 6 September 2017