The Lions Club of Bridgetown, one of the oldest such clubs in Barbados and the oldest among 61 others in its international zone, recently had a changing of the guard with the new officers vowing to continue the outstanding work of predecessors.
The function at the Lions Den in St Paul’s Avenue, Beckles Road, St Michael, also saw the installation of new officers, Leos, in an elaborate ceremony of oaths and pledges.
Lion Fay Lucas takes over the helm as president and Leo, Andrew Lowe, was sworn in as head of the younger members section.
Congratulating the outgoing team before presiding over the installation of new officers, Lion Ken Reece observed that “never in the history of this club, which is the oldest club in district 60B, some 56 years old, has it ever received such accolades in so many areas of activities in the same year”.
He noted that under the leadership of the outgoing president Lion Cy Francis the Club received the ‘Lions Club of the Year Award, for excellence in service, for excellent public relations and information technology’, and the ‘Administrative Efficiency Award, based on efficiency in the conduct of administrative operations and management’.
Reece also congratulated Francis himself who was named ‘President of the Year, for outstanding leadership and dedication to Lionism’.
Outgoing Club Secretary Keisha Small was named ‘Secretary of the Year for excellent content and presentation of reports’.
Lion President Lucas said that the focus during this term was “to bring more awareness to kidney disease and paediatric cancer.”
Displaying a willingness to keep up the outstanding work of the past board of directors, she told the meeting that the new theme for her year of leadership is ‘Impacting lives through service now and beyond’. She explained that this was selected based on the fact that Lions International Founder Melvin Jones had started the organization in an effort to improve communities.
She said for that reason, “I have challenged my team to look for new and innovative projects but also to complete those which were started previously. This ensures that our club has continuity and maintains a history of achievements and milestones. We will continue to set high expectations for ourselves and this club.”
Asserting that communities and youth are crying out for help, Leo President Lowe pledged that “with [the] full support of my Leo Club, I intend to do as much outreach as possible, bringing alive the Leo movement and leaving a legacy which should set a bar for future generations.”
“Let this be an organization which produces solutions to problems faced by our young people,” he implored his youthful membership. (GA)