Region’s first Lions Club of women members only

2017-11-09 06:00
=Members of the first ever Uitenhage Lioness Club (back/left) Jorlina Botha, Liesl van Wyk, Tanja Erasmus, Gloret Landman and Mardre Deyzel. In front are Suné Strydom, District Governor Tillie Nel, Sue-Ann Geldenhuis and Nikita van der Merwe.                                                      Photo:SUPPLIED

=Members of the first ever Uitenhage Lioness Club (back/left) Jorlina Botha, Liesl van Wyk, Tanja Erasmus, Gloret Landman and Mardre Deyzel. In front are Suné Strydom, District Governor Tillie Nel, Sue-Ann Geldenhuis and Nikita van der Merwe. Photo:SUPPLIED

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The Uitenhage Lions Club, chartered on 16 January 1962, decided to branch out which led to the establishment of the Uitenhage Lioness Club branch.

“Since the establishment of Lions International during 1917, women were only granted membership to Lions Clubs approximately 30 years ago,” said District Governor Tillie Nel.

Nel is the first ever woman to be appointed as District Governor in District 410D. She confirmed that the Uitenhage Lioness Club branch is only the 3rd Lion Club in South Africa (District 410) and the first in District 410D consisting of women members only.

According to the President Lioness of the Uitenhage Lioness Club, Sue-Ann Geldenhuis, they will continue to make a difference in the Uitenhage and Despatch communities by living the Lion motto of “We Serve”.

First Vice District Governor Freddie Erasmus explained that members of a Club branch form part of the existing parent Club, but hold independent meetings and select their own projects and activities.

Past District Governor Bokkie Oberholzer congratulated President Sue-Ann and all Lioness members, confirming that they will receive the full support from the Uitenhage Lions Club as the parent Club.

.Lions International was founded by Mervin Jones on 7 June 1917 when he formed a Club that consisted of service minded people who were interested in improving their communities.

Today Lions Clubs International is the world’s largest service club organisation.

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