District 105C’s 49th annual convention was held at the Bridlington Spa Royal Hall on 7th to 9th February, allowing Lions to benefit from the bracing North Sea air at one of the Yorkshire coast’s most picturesque spots and many took advantage, with nearly 200 Lions and partners from 105C attending the event.
There was a distinctive feel lent to proceedings – and we don’t just mean the taste of salt air! This was inevitable really, given that this 2014 convention was organised by the very lively Bridlington club. The opening address was made by ‘Gloria’, the glamorous and hilarious alter ego of organising committee chairman Pater Jay.
After explaining safety procedures in the event of a tsunami, he introduced a performance by the excellent choir from Headlands School, which ushered in an enjoyable morning business session.
In the afternoon ex-Yorkshire policeman and top-selling author Mike Pannett regaled the audience with stories from his life as a rural copper.
Past International Director Howard Lee gave an upbeat presentation on just how much difference is made by funds contributed to LCIF to needy people around the world, citing by way of example the building of the Lions Eye Hospital at Korle Bu in Ghana.
Tribute was paid to our efforts in support of the Yorkshire Air Ambulance and Eric Wright detailed the very successful Eye Laser appeal in Harrogate which generated the £80,000 for the local hospital in just 10 months of concentrated effort – 18 months had been the target.
Mayor of Bridlington, Councillor Terry Dixon, opened the convention and there were other presentations from Bramley and Wickersley on fund raising for the Gambia, on plans for the 2015 Youth Camp, and by the District’s 2014 Young Ambassador and the Peace Poster winner. We heard about arrangements for the upcoming MD Convention in Manchester and the Europa Forum to be held in Birmingham in October.
Delegates confirmed Ian Sagar as District Governor Elect, Nigel Ware as First Vice DG from July and David McDowell as Second Vice DG.
Special commendations were presented including the very special Bert Mason Award to George Bennett for his successful Children’s Library in a Box programme for Sri Lanka (27,000 and counting).
Delegates were entertained at the Host Night on the Friday by ‘Loose Covers’ and at Saturday’s Banquet by the Mike Brown Big Brown.
Watch out for details of next year’s District Convention in our Golden 50th Year: Doncaster Holiday Inn from 14 to 16 February 2015.