Longstanding Knowle & Dorridge Lions Club lion Stuart Davis has been inaugurated as the Mayor of Solihull for 2017/18.
Stuart who joined Knowle and Dorridge Lions in 1996 from Tenerife Sur club where he had served as President and Zone Chairman, originally joined Lions back in 1987. In our Club he has undertaken numerous roles including President 1999/2000, and became a Melvin Jones Fellow in 2016. Careful never to mix Lions and politics Stuart has been one of the many stalwarts of the club for 20 years and has asked to be allowed to go ‘at large’ for the duration of his Mayoralty, but has insisted on clearing his Mayoral diary for the club’s key fundraising events -the 34th Knowle Fun Run, 12th Heart of England Bike Ride and 25th Lions Festive Walk
Stuart’s political ‘career’ started in Solihull way back in 1979 and was re-kindled in 1999. His prime interest has been serving on Solihull’s Planning Committee chairing it for many years, and more recently Transport and West Midlands Fire Services.
Lions, Partners and Friends enjoyed a day discovering a few of the many faces of Brum. Starting with a visit to the Q.E. Law Courts they witnessed law in action by sitting in on trials after which a mandatory sentence of a visit to The Bull’s Head in the Gun Quarter was not contested. The warm welcome from Rose and her team coupled with some very good food and beer made our “time” inside all too short. Putting aside pleas to remain in the custody of this two hundred year old pub our Walk leader moved us a couple of hundred yards up the road to St. Chads Cathedral where we enjoyed an Organ Recital and the wonderful interior of this hidden jewel on the edge of the Jewellery Quarter. An hour later and after a quick photo we moved deeper into history with a visit to the Pen Museum which celebrates the lives of the manufacturers and workers of this 19th century trade which supplied the world with their products. Our diverse day finished with a ride of a very modern tram and quick dash for a train back home.
On 19 January we visited Aston Martin’s factory at Gaydon for an excellent guided tour. We were shown just how well their cars are still made with personalised loving care, justifying the fantastic price tags which go with them around the world.
Those of us who visited Toyota’s Burnaston plant last Summer compared and contrasted Aston Martin with Toyota’s high volume highly mechanised robotic production. Someone suggested we should raise funds to buy a new DB11 for the club, and hire it out by the day. Our guides offered driver training essential before taking one of their high performance cars out of the showroom!
No not really. But how about this for a New Year’s Resolution:
- Why not start the New Year with a new interest?
- Join our Lions Club and put something back into your local community
- Volunteer, have fun and make a difference and make some new friends
- Get involved with our successful fundraising events
- Lions Festive Walk
- Knowle Fun Run,
- Heart of England Bike Ride and
- and help ensure that every penny goes to support good causes
- You don’t have to live in Knowle & Dorridge
- Subscriptions are only £55 p.a.
- We will make you very welcome – regardless of age, gender or ethnicity
Please have a look at our website and then get in touch we would be delighted to hear from you
This week 11 of us enjoyed a guided tour around Toyota facility at Burnaston, Derby. As well as learning ‘the Toyota Way’ and a few key motivational terms like Kaizen, Genchi Genbutsu & Jidoka we were treated to a guided train trip through the press, weld & assembly lines to see just why cars costs so much to buy.
This week we spent a great evening casting our boules about at the Blossomfield Sports Club, with expert training again required from Barry Cox. For the first time in over 10 years we have been going there the weather was dry & warm, as opposed to cold & wet.
The photos below belie the rivalry as teams of Lions & wives competed for the much coverted winners trophy. Winner for the past 3 years Tony Robson said: “If I have to take that **** thing home again this year I’m resigning from Lions”
When it came to the presentations the old winners trophy had been relegated to 3rd place and was won by Chris Kiddle-Morris, whilst the overall winner Dave Carter was speechless to receive a maneki-neko, especially as he had never been higher than the lower quartile in the past. Christening him Fluke Dave said “I’ll cherish my Japanese waving cat, made in China, & rest assured it will be looking for a new home this time next year”
New Lion Nimmi Patel was formally inducted as a new member of Knowle & Dorridge Lions this week
Having shown her great admin & organisational skills at registration at last May’s Knowle Fun Run and more recently at the Heart of England Bike Ride, Nimmi was welcomed by all Lions.
Recently installed President Richard Buckley welcomed Nimmi as what he hopes will be the first of several new Lions. He said “Our Club is now has a couple of vacancies and would like to hear from anyone who may like to help with our great successful fundraising events as well as serving the community. For more information please contact us now”
At our meeting this month Stuart Davis was duly presented with his Melvin Jones Fellowship plaque and pin.
Presenting the plaque President elect Richard Buckley apologised on behalf of the club for its late appearance, blaming headwinds across the Atlantic Ocean! In fact it arrived just 24 hours after the 40th birthday celebration held at the Forest Hotel in May when President Bob Thurtle apologised for the delay.
Well done Stuart and so say all of us.
On Sunday 22 May 2016 Knowle and Dorridge Lions celebrated the 40 years since their Club was formed in 1976 with a lunch at the Forest Hotel in Dorridge.
Past District Governor and charter Knowle and Dorridge Lion Brian Burgess spoke briefly of his early memories of being asked to join the Club when in his 40s and visiting PDG Doug Cross from our mother club Solihull told us exactly how the Club was formed, one of many created throughout the UK & Ireland in the late 70s
After welcoming other previous past Presidents, President Lion Bob Thurtle introduced toastmaster Marion Canning who entertained everyone with stories of her career as a lady toastmaster and her support of the Solihull Talking Newspaper. She was delighted when Bob made a generous donation on behalf of the Club thanking her for her interesting talk
Dear K&D Lions supporters
Like all Lions Clubs we are always looking for new members to help us continue our fund raising with events like the Fun Run and charity work. So whether you are 18 or 80, male or female may I invite you to take a “no obligation” look at us. You never know you might actually like what you see and decide to join us.
In the first instance please take a look at our website www.knowleanddorridgelions.com
and then email me
or call me on 08458 335 894. We can arrange for you to sample some of our socials and meetings which will give an insight to our club, its fund raising and charity activities.
Knowle and Dorridge Lions Club
Tel. No. 08458 335 894