BEXHILL LIONS CELEBRATE WITH MAD FISH

Bexhill Lions Club recently held their 46th Anniversary Dinner at the Cooden Beach Hotel ,which was attended by 70 Lions and guests.

Lion President Nick Porter welcomed the Worshipful the Mayor of Bexhill Cllr Tom Graham and the Mayoress Mrs Linda Graham, the Lions’ District Governor, Jackie Robinson and Lion Phil Robinson and Members, family and friends from six other Lions Clubs. A special welcome was extended to Paul Baxter who was a founder Member of Bexhill Lions Club in 1971.

Lion President Nick was keen to have a relaxed evening so short speeches were given before dinner.

President Nick’s was light hearted and he thanked Members and Friends of Bexhill Lions for their hard work and commitment over the past year in raising considerable sums of money through many varied activities. This enabled the Club to continue to support local charities, Good causes and individuals. He added that during his year of Office his focus would be on supporting youth activities, those in need and the vulnerable.

Master of Ceremonies David Burstow then introduced District Governor Jackie Robinson, who talked about the Lions Clubs International Foundation (LCIF), which is the official charity of Lions Clubs International. It provides worldwide support for humanitarian needs when disasters strike. Working directly with the local Lions Clubs on the ground, it helps to provide food, accommodation and other essentials at times of crisis. Funding is used and manged by Lions on the ground who understand what the needs are. DG Jackie told the guests that in 2015-16 grants had been made totaling $45.2m dollars and since its foundation in 1968 had given grants totaling in excess of $1 billion. LCIF is supported by the 1.4m Lions in over 210 countries.

Jackie concluded by congratulating and thanking Bexhill Lions and the other Lions Clubs for their continued support of their local communities.

Lion Clare Kersley, with some light hearted comments,thanked other Lions Clubs for showing their support by attending the dinner and invited all Bexhill Lions to stand and toast their visitors and guests.

Cllr. Graham responded by thanking the Bexhill Lions Club for its support over the years, to the local community. He said he was well aware of the range of activities undertaken by members which make a real difference to individuals as

well as charities and community groups. He went on to say that the Club was highly regarded and thanked members for their involvement in community activities and for giving over 460 hours of their time last year.

A very enjoyable dinner followed, after which a short break was taken before the entertainment. In line with its focus on supporting youth, this year the Club invited Mad Fish to perform. Eight students performed a wide range of songs as soloists, duos and as a company. Outstanding talent shone through numbers such as; Let yourself go, Cheek to Cheek and Thinking out Loud.

Nick thanked the troop and said how lucky Bexhill was to have such talent and that they deserved to get as much support as possible.

Mad Fish is a local award winning performing arts studio. It has been running for 19 years and has won over 10 awards for education, business, community and performance. Students have performed across the UK and Europe, as well as appearing in TV shows and films.

For more information about the Lions visit www.bexhill-lions.org or call Lion Rick on 0845 833 9591

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Richard Winrow Media Team Bexhill Lions Club   07817 056821