A Busy Year Ahead With New President Lion Mike

From the left – President Lion Mike Lynch and wife Lynda, Dr. Louise Dewhurst and outgoing President Lion Ian.

At the end of a remarkable year which saw Malton, Norton and District Lions Club collect more money than ever before to benefit good causes both locally and further afield, Lion Ian Dewhurst handed over the Presidency to Lion Mike Lynch at The Old Lodge in Malton on Thursday 29th June.

Lion Peter Smurthwaite receives his Silver Centennial Award from Lion Ian

Following an excellent meal outgoing President Ian thanked Lions, their partners and the many “Friends of Malton Lions” who collectively assist with a multitude of fund raising events. “The teamwork that is demonstrated at so many events is what makes our Club as strong as it is” said Ian. During the year we have also seen some new members join us and one or two long serving members leave. Our Club has received five “Silver Centennial Awards” for individual Lions who have sponsored new members. Two were present at the Handover Dinner to receive their awards from Ian – Lions Mike Lynch and Peter Smurthwaite.

After 40 years Lion Bill Thompson’s retirement from Lions was marked with the presentation of a Melvin Jones Fellowship.

Sadly the Handover Dinner marked the end of Lion Bill Thompson’s membership which has stretched to over 40 years including his time as President in 1991/92 – which was memorable for its packed programme of events. But Lion Bill has also worked tirelessly in so many other ways, for many years working to deliver the Lions Boxing Tournament which in its time was our biggest fundraiser, organising the Golf Event at Sandburn for many years and leading in all aspects of membership recruitment. In recognition of all his achievements in Lions the Club was delighted to award him a Melvin Jones Fellowship (named after the founder of Lions in 1917). Lion Bill has decided to retire as he approaches his 80th birthday but we all hope to see him and Marty at Lions’ Events in the future.

Outgoing President Ian handed the Chain of Office to our new President Lion Mike Lynch. Mike introduced his programme of events which will guarantee the Lions remain as busy as ever. Amongst new initiatives Mike announced is the “Malton and Norton Lions Community Fund”. This was first mooted a couple of years ago by Past President Lion Mark Harrison and will see Lions actively going out to seek individuals and organisations requiring financial assistance to improve lives in our community. It is planned to announce the scheme in the local press over the coming weeks.

Our new President Lion Mike Lynch

An exciting year is in prospect for Lions as the organisation celebrates it’s 100th anniversary and President Mike announced a large all day event at the Milton Rooms in October at which we intend to involve all age groups in the community in a combined 100th anniversary of Lions worldwide and 54th birthday party for Malton, Norton and District Lions Club. More news on this event shortly here on the website, on Facebook and Twitter, in the local press and on local radio.


Club Who’s Who 2019 – 2020

President: Lion Jack Wilford
1st Vice President: Lion Di Keal
Minute Secretary: Lion Annie Harrison
General Secretary: Lion Ian Dewhurst
Treasurer: Lion Russ Grimshaw
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