Boroughbridge Lions are preparing for the Christmas 2016 Season with their sleigh – it is our principle fundraiser and the source of much of the money we put back into the local community. As we do so comes the realization, that this may be the last year for this and the many other things we do throughout the year. Our band of dedicated members are all getting older and it could well be that, without new members, we will be unable to continue our activities. Although Boroughbridge based, our area of action ranges from Green Hammerton to Dishforth and Marton cum Grafton to Roecliffe.
Although some 80% of our funds are re-invested in the local community we also support national and international events (mainly disaster relief). Space precludes me detailing all we do locally and, for the more adventurous, the many Lions overseas projects, but our brand new web site (www.borougbridgelions.co.uk) contains all the details, including video links.
All Lions Clubs have their respective communities at the heart of what they do, but are backed by national and international organisations who provide such things as comprehensive insurance cover, performing rights licenses, and advice on such vital matters as health and safety, risk assessments and food hygiene – all very necessary if you are organizing any sort of event. Indeed, Lions International is the world largest service organisation with some 46,000 clubs in over 200 countries. There is plenty of scope for participation in a numerous overseas projects for those who wish to extend their contribution beyond the local community.
Boroughbridge Lions meet monthly, but attendance requirements are flexible to accommodate the time pressures on today’s young families; we also welcome couples, with discounted membership rates, so that, if necessary attendance can be shared. We really appreciate all the help we get from volunteers for our events, but without new members to keep the club going the end is inevitable. If you would like to find out more, why not come to one of our meetings on the second Tuesday of the month at 8pm the Crown Hotel – they are informal and very friendly. Alternatively call Ann or Graham on 01423 323 867 for a chat about what it means to be a Lion and to make a difference.