Correspondence


DISTRICT 404B NEWSLETTER FOR APRIL 2014

I greet you, my wonderful and hard working Lion.

This newsletter for April 2014 captures our visitation to a number of Regions in the District and other District Activities.

1. NEW CLUB FORMATION AND MEMBERSHIP GROWTH: Gradually the Lions year is winding down. I wish to seize this opportunity to pay homage to those hardworking Lions who have formed and chartered new clubs. They are our unsung heroes in the challenging tasks of re-districting and bifurcation. They made pledges to our late Super Hero and Apostle of Raising The Bar; Lion Olayinka Julius Bolarinwa PMJF, NLCF and kept those pledges in the face of daunting challenges. Without these men and women, would we be having two brand new districts, come July 2014? I doubt it very much. Space will not permit me to name them individually here, but they are sure to be appreciated at the right time before the end of the Lions’ year.

2. VISITATION TO THE REGIONS:

a. REGION 11: Visitation to the Regions which was suspended with the demise of our late District Governor has now resumed. We started on 27 March with Region 11 at Oshogbo. The visitation was kicked off with a visit to the site of the Club House/Community Centre Oshogbo Living Spring Lions Club. The efforts of the President, Ln Olalekan Towoju and her team is commendable and worthy of emulation. We had useful exchanges and interaction during the Assessment/Interaction Session with Lions in the region. The following day took us to Iddo Ekiti for a flag off of the Cataract surgery for indigent patients at the Federal Medical Centre, Ido Ekiti. On the29th April, 2014 Helen Keller Day was celebrated in Ado Ekiti. The Day started with a “Walk for Sight” in the morning and an Interactive Session in the afternoon. The District Governor and Lions of Region 11 paid a courtesy call on the Ewi of Ado Ekiti, Oba Aladesanmi Adejuyigbe in his Palace where they received royal blessings.

b. REGION 4: We had a successful visit to Region 4 on 2nd April, 2014. During the visit we commissioned a bore hole donated by New Festac Lions Club to Ifesowapo Community. There were frank exchanges of opinions and ideas during the Interactive Session with the District Governor and his Team. A number of Clubs present made payments for outstanding dues.

c. REGION 3: The District Governor and his Team visited Region 3 on the 9th April 2014. It was an action packed day with donation of books to school children and medical equipment to the Comprehensive Health Centre at Badia in Lagos. These were donated by Apapa Modern Lions Club. We also flagged off the use of a Zebra crossing donated by Lagos New Lagos Lions Club at Ojuelegba bus stop in Lagos. At Mushin, we joined Lions of Mushin Lions Club as they donated beddings to the Paediatric ward of Mushin Comprehensive Health Centre. Due to time constraints, we were unable to undertake the donation of 30 sets of tables and chairs for teachers, renovation of 7 classrooms, provision of 4 industrial standing fans, provision of burglar proof for 6 windows and fence and wall painting at FAO School III, Pako bus stop, Okokomaiko, Ojo Local Government, Badagry expressway. These are the projects for Satellite Central Lions Club. The visitation was rounded up with an interesting Interactive plus social session at Club 69, Ladipo Street, Mushin. We thank the Region, Zone Chairpersons and Club Presidents for the warm reception and generous gifts for the DG and his team during our visitation.

d. REGION 2: We could not undertake the Visitation to Region 2 as planned for 16 April 2014. The Region Chairman, Lion Kojo Onwaeze could not be reached on phone. We were told he was out of the country but he did not hand over the planning for the Visitation to any other Lion.

e. REGION 1: The visitation to Region 1 took place on April 17 2014. We commissioned a borehole donated by Ilupeju Lions Club to the Neuro – Psychiatric Hospital, Yaba, Lagos. We made donations of 5 Wheel Chairs and beddings to needy patients at the National Orthopaedic Hospital, Igbobi, Lagos, on behalf of Irawo Lions Club. A donation of high quality Video Camera was made to the students of the Lagos State Vocational Skills Acquisition Centre, Anthony Village, Lagos by Maryland Lions Club. At the Mende Junior High School, we commissioned a Library/Reading Room refurbished by the Ikeja Platinum Heritage Lions Club. The visit was rounded up with an Interactive/Assessment Session at the Ikeja Golden Lions Club House at Opebi, Lagos. The DG and his Team thank the Region Chair, Zone Chairs, Club Presidents and entire Lions of Region 1 for a memorable visit and the wonderful gifts we received during the visit.

3. DISTICT ACTIVITIES

a. PARTY WITH THE DISABLED. This was held on Saturday 19th April at the Modupe Cole Home, Akoka. It was a wonderful occasion and it was a pleasure to see smiles on the faces of the children. Kudos to the Committee Chairperson, Lion Sade Akingbojule and her committee members for their efforts.

b. FAMILY TIES DAY. The last Family Ties day for D404B was held on Monday 21st April at Ota. It was a well attended event with lots of Lions from all parts of the District and their families in attendance. Many thanks to the committee chairperson, Lion K. F. Bankole, committee members and ambassadors for the success of the event.


UPCOMING EVENTS AND SCHEDULE OF ACTIVITIES FOR APRIL - JULY 2014

April 25 2014:

Regions 5 & 6 visit..

April 29 2014

WOMEN’S LUNCHEON

China Restaurant

OPIC Plaza, Mobolaji Bank Anthony Way

Tickets: N6,000

Contact Person: Lion Ann Mbamara 08023022612

May 03 2014:

FOURTH DISTRICT CABINET MEETING

Medical Centre Staff Club, LUTH/CMUL, Idi – Araba, Lagos State.

May 14 – 18 2014:

NATIONAL CONVENTION

Uyo, Akwa Ibom State.

May 24

LIONS WORLDWIDE INDUCTION DAY

Housing Corporation Club House, Abeokuta, Ogun State.

Contact Person: Lion (Alhaji) W.. A Kadiri (Ota Doyen Lions Club). Tel: 0803 337 9393

June 27– 28 2014:

Late DG Yinka Bolarinwa Football Competition

Under – 13 Football Competition

Semi – finals and Final in Lagos

June 20 2014:

DISTRICT GOVERNOR’S AWARDS NIGHT

Contact Person: Lion (Princess) Toyin Atobatele. Telephone: 0803 073 2727, 0818 029 7096.

Email: princesswendys@yahoo.com

July 04 – 08 2014:

LIONS’ INTERNATIONAL CONVENTION,

Toronto, Canada

MEMBERSHIP

The membership figures as of 23rd April 2014 are as follows:

Opening Balance: 1,922

Added Members: 1,322

Dropped Members: 377

Closing Balance: 2,867

Net Gain: 945

MONTHLY MEMBERSHIP AND ACTIVITY REPORTS

Most clubs continue to submit their MMR promptly. However, service activity reports are not regular. Please endeavour to submit these as soon as your club carries out any activity. Club Presidents who have difficulty in submitting activity reports should contact the District Cabinet Secretary II, Lion Noimot Olatunji for assistance.

CLUB DUES

Several Clubs still owe Local and International dues both to Oakbrook and to the District. However the most critical situation is that the following Clubs will to be placed on Financial Suspension (Status Quo) by 07 May 2014 if payment is not made to LCI before the end of April. All affected clubs must endeavour to pay up their dues immediately.

RECOGNITION BY THE INTERNATIONAL PRESIDENT

During the third quarter (Q3 2013/2014), our District, 404B Nigeria along with Districts 404A1 and 404A2, among others from different Districts and Constitutional Areas within the International Association of Lions Clubs was recognized with the Dream Achiever Award for Period 3 in this Lions year.



The message from the International President, Lion Barry Palmer reads:

Dear District Governor,

Congratulations on earning another star in Period 3 of the Dream Achiever Awards! You will be receiving your star, and four additional stars for your team, in the mail shortly. You're also being recognized on the Dream Achievers website so Lions around the world will know you've achieved.

Keep your momentum going by earning another star in Period 4. You can achieve it by staying focused on the four key membership goals:

· Expand your district by chartering new clubs

· Invite new members to join

· Retain existing members

· Grow your overall district membership

Thank you for strengthening your district. Keep up the good work and finish strong in Period 4!

Kind regards,

Barry J. Palmer

International President


PASSAGES

Lion (Engr.) Niyi Oguntoye, Ikeja Lions Club.

Lion (Pastor) Lolade Akeju (nee Sarumi), Lagos Unity Estate Lions Club

Lion (Dr.) Taiwo Oniwinde, Surulere Lions Club

Lion Samuel Ajibade, Ibadan Doyen Lions Club

Lion Jumoke Adenusi, Lagos Sapphires Lions Club

I pray the Lord grants them all eternal rest.

Finally, I thank you for your support for all District activities thus far. Let’s continue to raise the bar of Service.


Lion Gbolagade Adebisi MJF, NLCF

District Governor, District 404B,

Nigeria 2013 – 2014