U’hage Lions celebrates 56th induction

2016-07-14 06:00
<Induction officer André van Niekerk (left) handing the Uitenhage Lions Club Charter to incoming Lions President André Minnie.         Photos: SUPPLIED

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At the Uitenhage Lions Club 56th President Induction, the outgoing President Juan Hay thanked club members, local business, the public and biker fraternity for supporting the various Lion projects all of which are to the benefit of the community.

The Association of Lions Clubs was founded by Melvyn Jones at a meeting between groups of businessmen held during June 1917. At this meeting he said that “you can’t get very far until you start doing something for someone else”. This is how the Lion’s motto “We Serve” emerged.

Lion District Governor Bokkie Oberholzer said in the history of Lions, 2014 saw the launch of the centennial service challenge with the goal to serve 100 million people by end June 2018.

“This centennial challenge is designed to engage all of the 1.4 million Lion members, in 208 countries and regions worldwide when Lions will celebrate 100 years of service to those less fortunate than ourselves,” said DG Oberholzer.

In service to the local community, the Uitenhage Lions Club has conduct various projects including Operation Bright Sight, Seniors Supper, Winter Jersey campaign, soup kitchens, supporting Mental Health, Lake Farm, the SPCA and manning water points.

This year’s awards for exceptional service went to Lions Christo van Eyk who was named the Lion of the Year and Hein de Vrey the Achiever of the Year. In addition the Uitenhage Lions Club awarded the Lions Lady Award of the Year to Lions Lady Marie Oberholzer.

Lions Induction Officer André van Niekerk inducted Incoming Lion President André Minnie for the Term 2016 to 2017.

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