“Joining the Lions when the Knowle & Dorridge Club was formed in 1976 changed my life,” says current President Brian Burgess. “My wife Jean & I were involved in scouting and my involvement in the local community lead to my joining Lions and becoming President, as well as District Governor in 1989. This led to meeting many Lions not just in the UK but all over the world travelling to National and International Conventions.
Lion President Brian with golf trophy with event organiser Lion Andy Luckett (Shirley Lions) (left) and current District Governor Lion Chris Burrows (right)
Each year Past District Governors meet for a Golf Tournament, which Brian (centre) won (again!) this year
Brian says “In taking on the role of President of Knowle & Dorridge Lions for the 5th time my aim is to help the club regenerate by attracting new younger members to help present Lions support the local community and organise the Knowle Fun Run, Festive Walk & Summer Bike Ride which raised £75,000 last year.”
A group of us enjoyed a fish meal at the Robin Hood Golf Club last Friday night. We were joined by former Lions and partners and had a whale of a time.
Perhaps it was the legs that encouraged the customers of Sainsbury’s Dorridge to give generously when the Lions undertook a collection and membership drive on Sunday 9th July. In 180 minutes the good folk of Dorridge swelled the “local causes” fund by £154.48.
Whilst the money was very welcome it was equally pleasing to get the opportunity to tell Sainsbury’s customers of the real need of new members to allow our Club to continue the work Lions undertake in our community. We are very grateful to the Sainsbury’s management and PR team for their assistance in arranging our visit. We hope to revisit before too long. We promise to be better dressed next time.
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”