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What do Lions do at a typical meeting?

At this week’s typical Lions meeting, as well as discussing other business, we -

·         Happily agreed help & donations to -

o    £1000 to the LCIF appeal for the Taiwan earthquake disaster.

o    And also that 9 donations were made last month totalling £2861 for white goods, flooring, etc for local needy families.

o    Agreed to send a group of children & carers to Lions District Fun day at Marwell in June, including their lunches.

o    Donation of £250 each to 11 local scouts attending the Jamboree in Africa this year; total donated £2750.

o    £400 donation to a local primary school towards their planned Summer trip to Odds Farm.

o    Heard that >£14k has been donated so far to teams who took part in the 39th annual Swimarathon in January.

·         Voted in a team of Club Officer for the new Lions year in July.

·         Discussed badging up a new Lion at our next meeting in May.

·         Planned recording and standardising our DBS checks.

·         Heard about funds raised regularly for Lions by people participating in the local RBWM lottery & also using Easyfundraising for their on-line spend.



·         Planned for some of our future fundraising events, including –

o    Servicing & preparing our Fun Train for its summer outings to many fairs & fetes, including the Maidenhead Festival, Wokingham May Fayre etc.

o    Duck Derby & Family Fun Day on 16th June at Ray Mill Island, Boulters lock.  

o    Plans for our 40th annual Swimarathon in January 2025.

o    Planning our first Children’s Talent Show at Furze Platt School Theatre on 16th November.

o    Helping Windsor Lions with their annual Horse Rides in September.  



·         Discussed arrangements for our various service activities, including –

o    Donating and personally delivering a set of 7 ‘Wild Tribe Heroes’ eco books to each of 20+ local Primary schools.

o    Prostate awareness event on 28th September at Desborough Bowling Club; free blood tests for men over 40. Saving lives.

o    Update on our ‘Winter Warmth’ service project which helps locals suffering fuel poverty. 

o    We support 20 carelines for local people; installed one last week at a new widow’s home.

o    Collected and sent off more large boxes of used spectacles for recycling to the 3rd world.

o    Gave out more free Message in a Bottles (MiB) to local surgeries & pharmacies for distribution to local vulnerable people.

o    Report back from our Lion on the Older Persons Advisory group organised by RBWM.

o    Report back from early investigations on providing bleed kits & possibly defibrillators in local vulnerable streets/buildings.

o    Report back from our Lion on the Berkshire/RBWM Nature recovery workshop and planning how we can help with this.



·         Looked forward to some of our upcoming Social activities including –

o    2 groups going along to support one of our Lions Amdram production.

o    Getting teams together to go along to monthly free quiz at local club.

o    A group to enjoy a charity dinner & disco in Cookham in May.

o    A group to enjoy an early bird meal out at local hostelry in May.

o    Our annual Handover from one President to next – a June picnic in a member’s garden.  

o    In July, up to 50 of us will enjoy a Sunday afternoon cruise on the Thames, with a delicious cream tea, for the 2nd year running.

o    Planning for another skittles evening in June or July and possibly Digital Darts as well.



Think about joining us & influence all these decision & fun.  You know it makes sense!

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