Welcome from the Lions!

Every year we take a group from Ryedale Special Families on the North Yorkshire Moors Railway from Pickering to Whitby and back in our own special carriage. On 7th October 2012 Leon the Lion entertains our guests awaiting the arrival of their steam engine,

Malton, Norton and District Lions Club is a registered charity that is proud to have served our local community tirelessly since 1963. We are part of an international organisation whose motto is “WE SERVE” and we are the largest and most committed voluntary service organisation in the world with more than 1.35 million members in 207 countries. You can read more about Lions Clubs International by clicking on this link.

President Nick Simpson is photographed promoting Lions to Anne Harrison – although she probably knows more about it than Nick, as her father John was President of the club in the early 1980s and her brother Mark is next year’s President!

Our 52nd President is Nick Simpson who with his wife Sandra has lived in Thorpe Bassett since the early 1980s. Building our membership is a key objective for Nick during his year at the helm. Our August special new members event at Scampston Hall was a great opportunity to find out what being a member means and was enthusiastically received by those who attended.

Club members are all volunteers giving our time to run events that raise money to help those less fortunate than ourselves whilst enjoying fun and fellowship. Absolutely every penny we raise helps numerous good causes – our administration costs are covered from the modest subscriptions our members pay.

People become Lions for many and varied reasons. For some it is the wish to put something back in to their community, for others it’s the desire to make a difference. Whatever your motivation for wanting to join Lions we would love to hear from you. There is no minimum time commitment required from members, but we all try our best to work our commitment to Lions around the demands of our family and work lives.

The events we run are many and varied. Our key fund raisers are the annual golf event at Sandburn and our Santa’s Sleigh which tours Malton, Norton and the surrounding villages during December. In addition our summer lunch has traditionally raised money for a nominated charity – for the last two years this has been the Yorkshire Air Ambulance.

David Fisher & Mike Elvy test the fish and chips in 1994

We use the money to fund the delivery of Fish and Chips at a subsidised price to people with serious mobility issues between October and April each year. We take Ryedale Special Families on the North Yorkshire Moors Railway in October, travelling to Whitby and providing picnic boxes, ice cream and entertainment in our private carriage during the journey. We take up to 200 senior citizens by coach each year to The Milton Rooms where we feed them and entertain them with bingo and music hall style entertainment. And we consider individual requests for assistance based on their merits – our resources are limited so we can only support some of those who are referred to us.

But it isn’t always about giving. When Malton and Norton was hit by severe floods in 2000 we received donations from Lions Clubs around the UK and from Lions Internationally – the money going in to the appeal fund managed by the two towns to benefit those worst affected.

The weather throws everything at us when we take Santa out during December, sleet, snow, sheet ice – you name it and we’ve experienced it over the years. But it’s great seeing the expression on the childrens’ faces and there is always the hope that the next door we knock on there will be mince pies and a small tipple waiting for us!!

Delivering fish and chips between October and April to the house-bound of Malton, Norton and the villages can also be exciting at times. In 1989, on an extreme winter’s day, one of our members got 50 portions of fish and chips delivered when even the snow ploughs had ground to a halt. (Click here to read more).

Our monthly meetings are usually short and snappy – if the President lets them run beyond 90 minutes he’ll probably get fined!!

For nearly 100 years since the first Lions Club was established in Chicago in 1917, Lions have served their communities with dedication and contributed to the development and well-being of millions of people around the world. As we look toward our centennial celebration our global aim is to help reach the Centennial Service Challenge goal of serving 100 million people by December 2017.

 

Have a look at the challenge we’ve set ourselves!


 

We’re going to need YOUR help!

 

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Club Officers 2014-2015

President: Lion Nick Simpson Secretary: Lion Ian Dewhurst Treasurer: Lion Mike Wingrove

Recent Donations

In July 2014 we
- we made a donation of £160 towards the costs of a Youth Camp run by Lions in North East England
- £133 was paid to assist a deserving family who had fallen behind on payments of their water rates
- £100 donated to child support officer to be used as appropriate to fund summer activities at local schools
- £200 donated towards the costs of new instruments for a local Ukulele band
- £500 donated to a local brass band to assist with costs of attending national brass band finals
- £3,000 donated to the Yorkshire Air Ambulance
- Some Lions acted as marshals for the Ryedale Special Families Bike Ride which raised £13,000 for their funds

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District Convention Hosts


Malton, Norton & District Lions hosted the District Convention for the first time in our 50 year history in Nov 2013
Click on the links below to see what it was all about
Host Night
Business Session
Banquet and Ball
Convention Edition of Spotlight

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Lions In the UK & Ireland

The Lions motto is “WE SERVE” and we are the largest and most committed voluntary service organisation in the world. We have 45,000 clubs and more than 1.3 million members. To see the bigger picture take a look at the NE England & Scotland website and the UK & Ireland website