A message from our new Club President 2012 to 2013
'As the new President for 2012 - 2013 I am looking forward to the year ahead. My aim is to make our Club meetings business-like yet fun. I am very proud of the work of the various committees within the Club and delighted that our projects receive the full support of all the members. We are currently planning our first Fireworks Extravaganza for November 2012. We are also hosting another of our fundraising Gala Dinners with the monies raised to be distributed amongst various Armed Forces Charities. I am also looking forward to my annual stint as 'Santa' when we take our sleigh to the streets of Reading in December. Let's hope for some nice weather! The general public have always been very generous with their donations and I am confident that with their kind support we can continue to make a difference to those in need in our local community. '
Lion David Lawton.
Club President 2011 to 2012:
"As the new President of the Lions Club of Reading for the year 2011-2012, I would like to continue with the excellent relationship we have with our local partners, such as Reading Borough Council and Reading Football Club Community Trust, to name but a few.
Most of us, either from the Lions Club or our local partners give freely of our time, trying to raise funds for, or give our time to our local communities, individuals or organisations that need our help.
We will also continue to support other Lions Clubs around the world with their projects.
I know we make a difference - if you are interested in becoming a Lion or learning more about the work we do, please have a look at our website for further information, or why not join us at one of our meetings where you would be made most welcome."
Lion Dave Ebsworth.
My six month report:
" I am now just half way through my year as President which has had a lot of happiness and of course it's share of sadness too. The sadness relates to the loss of a lovely man and friend, Lion David Hatton and to members and their family members who have unfortunately been affected by cancer. I speak on behalf of the club when I send best wishes for a speedy recovery. On a happy note, just before christmas, by joining together with members of the public, Pangbourne Rotary Club, Caversham Round Table, Pangbourne Lions Club and of course our own club we were able to raise enough funds for a local young boy to be provided with a new specially adapted trike.
Following the generosity of the local people of Reading and the surrounding area we raised more than six thousand pounds from our collections with Santa and his sleigh. These funds will enable us to continue to answer appeals for assistance from those in need. We have also been very active with our community projects over the last six months, whether this be our commitment to maintaining the green space at County Lock, providing food vouchers for the needy at Christmas, painting and decorating a classroom at Phoenix House, answering individual appeals for help, or planning our 2012 Community Fun Day and November Firework event, to name but a few. We are also working closely with the Reading Powerchair Football Club and supporting the Reading FC Community Trust Kickz projects.
There is of course still much work to do so we as a club will continue to work with the youth, to find new ways to raise money and most importantly be there to help others where needed."
Lion Dave Ebsworth.