SECTION 9 : INTERNATIONAL COMMITTEE
NAME: Femi Onabolu OFFICE : International Committee Chairman,
International Relations and Europa Forum.
November 2011 Cabinet Report.
DECISIONS REQUIRED :
That our District should buy 5 pieces of ‘School In a Box’ at £170.00 each.
JUSTIFICATION FOR DECISION :
At the recently concluded meeting of the MD IROs it was suggested that each District
should help to promote this laudable UNICEF/LIONS Educational programme by
purchasing at least one box. I propose that our District should identify strongly with
this project because the future of Developing countries depends on the education of
their children. Education will give equal opportunities to all children to have a chance
of becoming future leaders..
ACTIONS TAKEN SINCE LAST MEETING :
Members of the International Committee continue to be in regular communication
with each other, sharing ideas and conveying messages on International matters on
visits to Zones and Clubs meetings. Next meeting will be at 09.15am before next
I attended the MD IROs meeting on 22nd October where far reaching decisions
(which were later ratified by the MD Council) were taken as follows:
United Nations: Promote and encourage attendance of Lions at the annual
Lions’ United Nations Day celebration which will be held in the Houses of
Parliament in London on the 13th of March 2012 from 5.30pm to 8.00pm, in
Ireland from the 2nd to 4th March 2012, in Cardiff, Wales, at the Temple of
Peace on 11th March and date for Scotland yet to be determined.
Europa Forum: this year’s Europa Forum held in Maastricht, has come and
gone. It was adjudged to be a success with about 1,200 participants but there
is a clamour for it to be made more attractive to more Lions across Europe by
reducing registration and functions fees and encouraging partners to attend.
MD 105 is looking into the possibility of hosting 2014 Forum and Council has
delegated the Bornemouth 2006 organising committee to review its feasibility.
Council also approved payment of expenses to Europa Forum for 2012 &
2013, for Chairman Advisory Committee, MD Treasurer, MD IRO, European
Young Ambassador’s officer and the Council Chairman.
Twinning: Progress is being made in promoting and encouraging Clubs to
undertake twinning activities. Some Clubs have already sent me details of
their twinning activities with other overseas Clubs. I urge Zone chairmen to
assist in propagating this laudable bond of friendship, fellowship and mutual
understanding among the Clubs in the world.
UNICEF – Edukits. Otherwise known and now rebranded as ‘School in a
Box’, will continue to be publicised and promoted among the Clubs. A box
costs £170 and the MD IROs are urging each District to be involved by buying
at least one box.
Water Aid: Council agreed to continue promoting through Lions Clubs but
requests from Wateraid that annual reports will henceforth be required
showing where donations from the Districts are spent and what is achieved. It
was also suggested that Lions projects are made identifiable by Lions Logo.
Street Children: MD Council approved the resolution that five nominated
projects under the Consortium for Street Children be adopted by the MD and
recommended for support by the Districts. The list of five projects will be
submitted for approval at the January 2012 Council meeting.
Malawi Education Programme: This project received a lot of discussion at
the IRO meeting. Districts contribution data over the years was circulated and
shows that 105M has not really adopted this project properly. In order to
revamp interest, it was decided that specific details of sponsored students
and their progress will be requested from the three Lions Clubs to ensure MD
continued support of the project.
Dentaid: It was decided that this project will remain District 105D project and
not adopted as MD’s. District that wish to support it should do so through
Music Competition: Declining interest from Clubs promotion has been
identified as resulting from incredibly high standards required by entrants for
the competition. Wider appeal competition (not restricting it to only classical
instruments and offering wider variety rather than single instrument per year)
will offer better value for Lions investment through attracting more entrants.
Attracting sponsorships will help encourage participation and reduce high cost
per entrant to Lions.
A Gift For Living: This project received a statement of support from the
office of our MD Patron HRH The Countess of Wessex,(quote) “ fully supports
the Gift For Living Project and encourages the family of Lions to continue to
fund this very worthwhile programme of saving vulnerable mothers and their
babies in Bosnia Herzegovina and Kosovo” (unquote).
Lions/Moorfields Korle Bu is an LCIF/MD105 joint venture. It is part of our
International commitment even if it is sight related and is now under
International Relations. The land has now been officially secured and fenced.
To successfully chair and coordinate the activities of the Committee
To motivate attendance at Zone meetings for promotion of programmes
To keep Lions in the District informed of activities of International Committee,
MD IRO and Council through its 3 quarterly Newsletters and Cabinet reports.
To keep International news and programmes alive in District 105M
NAME : Richard Wilson. OFFICE : LCIF District Coordinator
Cabinet Report November 2011
DECISIONS REQUIRED : None
ACTIONS TAKEN SINCE LAST MEETING :
Attended Autumn Forum and managed a stand selling LCIF Contributing members
pins, and showed the latest videos on the Measles Initiative. I have now received a
supply of Measles pins, these are available for a donation to the Measles Initiative of
£10 pounds whilst stocks last.
Responded to requests from individuals and clubs for information regarding MJF
availability and grants.
OBJECTIVES : To continue to promote all activities of LCIF wherever possible.
NAME : John Barnes OFFICE : North Sea Lions Officer
November 2011 Cabinet Report
DECISIONS REQUIRED : None
ACTIONS SINCE LAST REPORT :
The Annual Board meeting was held in Lubeck, Germany, during the weekend of
9th/11th September at the meeting Lion Ruurd Kuipers 110BN was elected Chairman
& I was elected as Secretary.
The meeting was updated on all the projects which were currently being or had been
completed during the past year – final reports were received in respect of the
2009/10 projects – Baltjos Gymnasium, Klaipeda, Lithuania total costs 131000 Euros.
And Public School,Kroboda, Burkino Faso total cots 46140 Euros.
Progress reorts were given on 2010/11 – Himalaya Eye Hospital, Pokhara, Nepal –
50% of the work has been completed.
The current project 2011/12 – Permanent Eye Clinic, Djbo, Burkino Faso – has been
delayed slightly whilst awaiting for response from LCIF re grant – if this is not
forthcoming District 106C will make up the shortfall out of the accumulated funds of
NSL in the District.
Future project 2012/13 – 105M was the only District to put forward a project, whilst
there was agreement that this project was worthwhile – there was some discussion
on whether it completely met the NSL criteria – also there was concern over the fact
that we were looking for some funding £30000 from LCIF – further discussion took
place over what would happen should the funding from LCIF fail – with the support of
Lion Richard Jones 105E we convinced the Board to accept the project and it was
approved by all concerned.
Subsequently we have had the Grant application to LCIF refused, however we are
currently looking at ways of raising the monies needed – a private donation of £10K
has already been promised if needed, however we will be approaching various Grant
making Trusts with the help of the Amala Trust in order to get the shortfall.
In the current financial climate it will be difficult – but we have 9 months in which to
do so – we have also discussed scaling the project down to meet the finance we will
On behalf of NSL Board I also attended Europa Forum to do a Workshop
presentation about NSL, this is the first time we have had a presence at Europa
Forum – I cannot say that it was a qualified success – but we spread the word – one
of the current objectives is to increase the number of Districts in NSL.
I have also written to all club Presidents with information on the current project, also
reminding them of their obligation to NSL.
NAME : Pauline Hoogerwerf OFFICE : Water Projects & Street Children
November 2011 Cabinet Report.
DECISIONS REQUIRED : None.
ACTIONS TAKEN SINCE LAST MEETING:
Produced and circulated first International Committee Newsletter.
Attended Autumn Forum and gave a presentation on Niger Well Project.
Have contacted all Zone Chairmen and, by the time of Cabinet, I will have visited
all but one Zone to promote Water and Street Children projects and Edukits.
The Niger Well project is being well received (pardon the pun) and, as at the middle
of October, £1175 had been already been received by the District Treasurer.
A Kenilworth Lion has pledged to run the Stockholm Marathon next summer and is
hoping to sponsor a whole well. Currently, we are trying to find the best way for him
to set up an online fund-raising page.
To raise awareness about Water and Street Children projects and Edukits
throughout the District.
To encourage donations to all projects.
To raise enough money to repair our wells.