November 2016

Presidents Jottings

I wonder if you were in one of the 2,200 cars we helped park at the recent Apple Tasting Day at the Blackmoor Estate? Or whether you were one of the generous people who helped us raise funds at the venue for local needy causes? If you can say yes to either or both, then Woolmer Forest Lions would like to say a very sincere thank you. Next year we will be there again, if you think you could help us on the day, then please get in touch.

Worldwide news has come in rom our Lions Club International of the assistance being given in Haiti following Hurricane Matthew and in Italy after yet another significant earthquake. The financial assistance goes directly to Lions club in the areas affected, who are pointedly aware of where the help is most needed. So although we are a small club in the Bordon area, many miles away, we are part of a worldwide voluntary service organisation delivering help and assistance, following these natural disasters.

Nearer to home, and why we exist, help has gone out to a local young homeless couple, who at last were re-housed. Without furniture or furnishings, and expecting a baby very soon, we have been able to help with some of their needs, including a baby buggy. We simply could not achieve this without the donations from the public, so once again we give sincere thanks for your continued support.

This month, we will be celebrating the 35th year of our founding. Sadly we don't have any of the founder members still with us, but we do have some long serving Lions to remind us of our past. Looking to the future, like a number of similar organisations we always are looking for new members to continue the great work for the community that we do. Please contact us, if you think you would like to join us.

During the coming month, we will be present at the Bordon War Memorial for the wreath laying, assisting at the Country Market fireworks, and taking part in the Quiz Night at the community centre. Oh and I nearly forgot on the 19th of the month, we shall be back at the Bordon War Memorial to plant 200 spring flowering bulbs. At the end of the month will see us making food parcel collections for the needy at Christmas.

If you need help, or know of someone who needs our help, please get in touch with us. So 35 years on we are a small club with big hearts, who are here to serve the local community.

Lion President Tony