A new branch of an international community service organisation has been launched in Mitchell’s Plain.Lions Clubs International, first introduced in South Africa in 1957, now has 44 clubs in Cape Town and Namibia alone, with the introduction of the Lions Club of Mitchell’ Plain being the 45th club. Lions Club International has member clubs in 211 countries and is the largest of all the service organisations with its headquarters being in Oakbrook in the United States. The organisation celebrated its 100th anniversary in June.The club members are residents who want to help the less fortunate. The Mitchell’s Plain club hosted its nominations meeting on Monday last week in the Northwood Hall in Woodlands and elected the executive members.“When approached by Paula Lang earlier this year, councillor Joan Woodman of ward 75 embraced and grabbed this opportunity with both hands to have the first club established in Mitchell’s Plain. “We are excited and looking forward to this being the start of many more clubs to be established within the Mitchell’s Plain area,” says Linda Engelbrecht of the organisation.The objectives of the organisation are to create and foster a spirit of understanding amongst most people of the world, promote the principles of good government and good citizenship, take an active interest in the civic, cultural, social and moral welfare of the community, unite the clubs in the bonds of friendship, good fellowship and mutual understanding, provide a forum for open discussion on all matters of public interest, provided, although partisan politics and sectarian religion will not be debated by club members, to encourage service-minded people to serve their community without personal financial reward, and to encourage efficiency and promote high ethical standards in commerce, industry, professions, public works and private endeavours.At the meeting, Neville Hendricks was elected as club president, Washiela Harris as deputy president, Sharon October as club secretary, Benita Diener as club treasurer, Mymoena Carelse as global service chairperson club officer, Vanessa Peregrino as membership chairperson and Bevil Lakay as the club’s spokesperson. V For more information contact 079 348 4532 or email@example.com.