The District Governor 2014/2015 is Lion Alan Good.

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Message from your District Governor Lion Alan Good.

District Governor - Alan Good

Hi all
October has been my busiest month to date and November looks set to be even more so, with visits to clubs,
attendance at charter celebrations, team meetings, social events, District Forum and somehow even managed to have a weekend in Winchester baby-sitting my granddaughter. We have been warmly welcomed in all the clubs we have visited, we really enjoy these occasions — it is great to meet the members of Lions and have time to chat with them. Each club is very different, both in size, and in the way they run. Every club, however, is active in its’ own community.
Membership has remained steady with new members replacing member that have left, transferred out of the district, or passed on to higher service. No matter how many members a club has, it is important to continue to seek more. Not only do new members help share the load, but they also bring in new ideas and a fresh approach to things. Once a Club has attracted new members, it is then important that they make sure someone looks after them and keeps them happy and interested otherwise all the effort put into recruiting can be lost with the
statistics showing that many leave in the first year of joining. Remember we have a membership team who are
working hard throughout the district and if you need help and advice, please contact them, I am sure they will be glad to hear from you. Just Ask!
Communication is the lifeline of our organisation and I have concerns that we in SW are failing in keeping the channels open and using the resource available for keeping all Lions members informed. The numbers have been dropping off for District Handovers and Forums, but how do we know why or what you would like thehandover or Forum to be like if there is no communication? How many responded to David Atkins request for feedback for the district Handover? How many clubs responded before the deadline with a yes or no for Autumn Forum? How many Lions will have the opportunity to read through this newsletter rather than it being passed around at a meeting to be signed off as having been seen, and, therefore, how much information about our organisation will they miss? E mail, phone, stick a stamp on a letter, attach the newsletter to the club minutes when sent out. Keep those communication channels open and if you need help we have a District Team to help and support.
Just Ask!
Planning for the 2015 Convention on 13, 14 and 15 March is coming together. The committee is working hard and the weekend activities are now starting to fall into place. can confirm that Past International Director Patricia (Patti) Hill will be our guest for the weekend. I have heard from my club visits there is a great deal of
interest in our convention so once the booking is live please do get your bookings in.
District Forum for me was one of the best we have had for many a year and this has been echoed by many of those who attended. Once again though, numbers were down on previous years, however, besides the great day we all had, it was encouraging to see so many new members and first timers attending. I would also like to thank the Leos who attended forum and gave us more senior Lions something to think about. If we can all tap into their enthusiasm, drive and passion for all things Lionistic we will have no problems with ensuring the future of this organisation. With the help of our Leos, the future is bright, the future is blue and yellow.

District Governor Lion Alan

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District 105sw Convention.

The venue for District 105sw Convention 2015 is Croyde Bay Holiday Resort and will be held on the 13th to 15th March 2015.

District Convention is moving to a new venue at Croyde Bay Holiday Resort this year and District Governor Lion Alan Good and his wife Sandra are looking forward to welcoming as many Lions and partners as is possible over the weekend.

Lions will have sole occupancy for the weekend. The venue is owned and run by the trade union Unison and the conference centre and hotel are on the level with access by lift to the bedrooms which are on two floors. Access to the fully winterised chalets/cottages is level but with a slight slope to the paths to/from the conference centre. The maximum distance to walk to the Conference Centre is less than 100 metres.
There is a choice of accommodation to be made when booking so if you want more information please take a look at the venue’s website www.croydeunison.co.uk. It will be first come first served as to choice of accommodation so get your booking in promptly!

The centre has plenty of parking, a reception, shop and bar area, dining room, spacious lounge, swimming pool, small fitness suite and beauty treatments are available. The conference room sits up to 250 delegates and it has full audio visual facilities including a “hearing loop” and video conferencing facilities.

The venue is a ten minute walk from the village centre and it is a short walk through the sand dunes to Croyde Bay so bring your surf board with you! There is a half hourly bus service to Barnstaple from outside the venue.

Our International Guest will be Past International Director Lion Patti Hill from Edmonton, Alberta, Canada who was our International Guest in 2010. Lion Patti served on the International Board from July 2007 to June 2009 and is a very eloquent speaker but also very approachable and will be keen to hear what Lions have to say about any topic.

It would be great to see all clubs in 105SW represented at sometime over the weekend even if only for the Business Session on Saturday. Rest assured that a warm welcome will be extended to all members and their partners who have never attended before.

This year on the Friday Party Night after a hot knife and fork buffet meal we will be entertained by comedian Tank Sherman and then music will be provided by the resident DJ. The theme of the evening will be Blue and Yellow, the Lions colours, and although the evening will not be Fancy Dress please dress for the evening as you feel comfortable. If you are so moved please interpret the theme as you wish. Ideas as to how to decorate the room are most welcome!

The Business Session agenda has to include set items but Lion Alan is determined to keep it slick, enjoyable and informative with a few new and different touches to the day.

Saturday Lunch will be available as an optional extra at a cost of £10.00 and it will be a hot buffet and it must be booked in advance – it cannot be booked on the day. In addition the venue will be offering sandwiches and soup to order on the day.

The emphasis of the District Governor’s Gala Dinner will be the social side so speeches will be kept to a minimum. The live band playing after the meal will be the guys who entertained so fabulously last year – Old Dogz…New Trix.

On Sunday there will be an informal session chaired by Lion Alan together with Lion Patti. Lion Alan is keen to make this a little more structured but there will be still the opportunity for discussion but hopefully less repetition!

A roast Sunday Lunch will be available on Sunday and the venue will take bookings and payment for this as you check in on your day of arrival.

All residential options are detailed on the Package Booking Form so please fill in all the details as requested. If you need a disabled room please ensure that you indicate this on the booking form in the pace provided. Payment can be made either by cheque with the booking form or online payments can be made from your bank. Details are on the booking form.

The Non Package Booking Form for those not staying at the venue will be distributed in the December mail-drop as will the form to make the choice of courses at the Gala Dinner.

Details of how club VOTING delegates must be registered will also appear in a forthcoming monthly mail-drop and the form will be available to download on the district website. If you are representing your Club as a VOTING DELEGATE, ALTERNATE or a club Lion you still need to complete a Non Package Booking Form which will be distributed in the December mail-drop and will be available in December for download from the District website www.lions105sw.org.uk.

All Booking Forms should be completed and returned to Lion Julie Kemish-Mills who is the Convention Booking Officer by 31st January 2015. This is essential to ensure that we get your booking requirements to the venue before the cut-off.
If you have any questions please just call me!

District Governor Lion Alan and your Convention Committee look forward to seeing you in Croyde for what will be a great Convention.
David Atkins
Convention Committee
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David AtkinsI look forward to welcoming everyone to a new venue in a beautiful part of Devon. Any questions just give me a call and book early to ensure your first choice of accommodation.1   ·  3 days ago

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