“We Serve” – locally, nationally & internationally

Ryedale Special Families trip on the train to Whitby

Malton, Norton and District Lions (registered charity no. 260406) raises £’000s each year.  Every penny we raise goes to good causes as we are all volunteers, with most of it distributed locally and the remainder assisting those in need further afield.

Every autumn we take over The Milton Rooms for “Meet The Lions” when we arrange transport for over 100 of our senior citizens to enjoy an evening of food and entertainment. This includes bingo, music from the shows and a sing along to some traditional music hall songs.

In July 2014 we donated £500 to Swinton & District Excelsior Band to assist with costs of attending the national brass band finals

Every year we pay for a group from Ryedale Special Families to travel in their own coach on the North Yorkshire Moors Railway from Pickering to Whitby return.  During the journey we provide a picnic lunch with soft drinks and ice cream.  A musical entertainer moves through the carriage encouraging the young people to join in with the percussion instruments that we acquire especially for the day.

We take up to 50 seats at the Malton Pantomime each year and transport people who would not otherwise get to see the show.

In the spring we take a number of senior citizens out to see the daffodils, usually in Farndale, and provide refreshments on the way back.

Lions Bill Thompson and Les Johnson serving fish and chips at Rillington Community Centre

Lions Bill Thompson and Les Johnson serving fish and chips at Rillington Community Centre

We deliver fish and chips to the elderly and house-bound between October and April each year. Of course if there are any left someone has to eat them as evidenced in the slide show below you’ll is a sadly missed Lion David Fisher with Lion Mike Elvy who still supports our events, but is no longer a member.

In addition to all these regular events, each month we receive requests for donations from local individuals and a range of organisations.  We work closely with other local charities and agencies to ensure that all genuine requests are supported wherever possible.

Here is a short pictorial summary of the last 50 years and some of the things we have achieved together



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About Lions Worldwide



Lions Clubs International was formed in 1917 by a Chicago business leader, Melvin Jones, who wondered what would happen if people put their talents to work improving their communities. As a result of his inspiration, 1.35 million men and women today are members of the world’s largest service club association – 17,000 of them based in 900 Lions Clubs in the British Isles and Ireland.

It was thanks to the support of the Canadian Lions – and the intervention of Her Late Majesty Queen Elizabeth, the Queen Mother, that the first Lions Club in London was founded.

Canadian Lions had provided invaluable support for children orphaned in the Second World War. To thank them, the then Queen sent her equerry Colonel Edward Wyndham (later Lord Leconfield) to Canada. He was so impressed that Windsor (Ontario) Lions Club agreed to sponsor the first London club, with Lord Leconfield as its founding Charter President.

The first Lions Club in England (London) was formed on 1st March 1950 and was quickly followed by clubs in Tonbridge and Brighton. Glasgow was the first Lions Club in Scotland, formed in 1953, the Dublin Club was the first in Ireland being founded in 1955. A full 8 years later in 1963 the first Welsh club – Wrexham was formed.

Milestones

Beginning in 1917

Melvin Jones, a 38-year-old Chicago business leader, asked a simple and world-changing question – what if people put their talents to work improving their communities? Almost 100 years later, Lions Clubs International is the world’s largest service club organization, with 1.35 million members in more than 46,000 clubs and countless stories of Lions acting on the same simple idea: let’s improve our communities.

1920: Going International

Just three years after our founding, Lions became international when we established the first club in Canada. Mexico followed in 1927. In the 1950s and 1960s international growth accelerated, with new clubs in Europe, Asia and Africa.

1925: Eradicating Blindness

Helen Keller addressed the Lions Clubs International Convention in Cedar Point, Ohio, USA, and challenged Lions to become “knights of the blind in the crusade against darkness.” Since then, we have worked tirelessly to aid the blind and visually impaired.

1945: Uniting Nations

The ideal of an international organization is exemplified by our enduring relationship with the United Nations. We were one of the first nongovernmental organizations invited to assist in the drafting of the United Nations Charter and have supported the work of the UN ever since.

1957: Organising Youth Programmes

In the late 1950s, we created the Leo Programme to provide the youth of the world with an opportunity for personal development through volunteering. There are approximately 144,000 Leos and 5,700 Leo clubs in more than 140 countries worldwide.

1968: Establishing Our Foundation

Lions Clubs International Foundation assists Lions with global and large-scale local humanitarian projects. Through our Foundation, Lions meet the needs of their local and global communities.

1990: Launching SightFirst

Through SightFirst, Lions are restoring sight and preventing blindness on a global scale. Launched in 1990, Lions have raised more than $346 million for this initiative. SightFirst targets the major causes of blindness: cataract, trachoma, river blindness, childhood blindness, diabetic retinopathy and glaucoma.

Today: Extending Our Reach

Lions Clubs International extends our mission of service every day – in local communities, in all corners of the globe. The needs are great and our services broad, including sight, health, youth, elderly, the environment and disaster relief. Our international network has grown to include over 200 countries and geographic areas.

 

 

 

It’s What Lions Do

Celebrating 100 years of helping the community 👏🎉

Posted by BBC Radio York on Saturday, 21 October 2017

Club Who’s Who 2017 – 2018


President: Lion Mike Lynch
Secretary: Lion Richard Lukey
Treasurer: Lion Russ Grimshaw
Registered Charity No. 260406

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Recent Donations & Activities


During October 2017
- A number of members brought donations for the Food Bank to our monthly meeting
- We agreed to make a substantial donation towards the cost of refurbishing the War Memorial at the top of Yorkersgate
- We took a party from Ryedale Special Families on the North Yorkshire Moors Railway to Whitby and back, feeding and entertaining them on the way
- We awarded prizes to pupils at both Norton College and Malton School who won their classes in the Lions Peace Poster Competition
- Malton School very narrowly pipped Norton College to the post in our bake off when both schools produced a cake to mark 100 years of Lions Clubs International
- A small donation was made to Malton Primary School to help cover the costs of extra-curricula activites
- Donations were made to Lions projects relating to measles prevention and restoring peoples sight. Each donation attracted match funding for measles from the Bill Gates Foundation and for the sight project from the UK Government
- We launched our Community Trust Fund which aims to make regular donations to good causes locally. More details in the panel above
- We paid a visit to Filey Lions for their Club Meeting
- We hosted the Lions’ Big Party for 400 people entertained over two consecutive events in the Milton Rooms, celebrating 100 years of Lions Clubs International (more info in Latest News above)
- We donated funds to assist a local lady purchase a small amount of carpet for her home
- We attended a meeting of local Lions Clubs in Whitby

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

Lions across the British Isles

The Lions motto is “WE SERVE” and we are the largest and most committed voluntary service organisation in the world. We have 46,000 clubs and more than 1.4 million members.
To see the bigger picture take a look at the
NE England & Scotland website
and the
British Isles website