A report on a special occasion from Mike – a Lion for 9 months – who attended the prestigious event in London on behalf of Ross on Wye Lions Club. (edited).
Despite the weather carnage of the previous week, I managed to get to and from Buckingham Palace relatively easily, given extensive media coverage and forecasts and Armageddon which was to hit!
Buckingham Palace is as expected a fantastic building, even more so from inside. I joined around 300 fellow Lions in the state
ballroom where we were met and greeted by very handsome young men & woman dressed in Buckingham palace attire who served various alcoholic and non-alcoholic drinks accompanied by nibbles.I met a number of fellow Lions from various clubs across the UK. Until a hush ensued when the Countess of Wessex entered the room. The Countess gave a very warm welcome to all and thanked us for making the effort given the weather conditions for attending this centenary evening celebration. She outlined how proud she was to be patron on Lions Clubs International and complimented the Lions for the magnificent work and achievements completed over many years of service to the community at home and abroad.
Phil Nathan MBE, Past International Director of LCI, congratulated those of us representing our respective clubs for attending such a magnificent evening in celebration of Lions and he listed off a series of achievements including:
Over $1Billion dollars in grant funding over the years.
Helped restore sight to over 9 million people Worldwide through cataract surgery.
Set a target of collecting 1 Million spectacles, so far collected 1.3Million
Worked out for UK business equivalent all hours volunteered equated to around £5Million per annum to the British economy.
I was very proud to represent Ross On Wye Lions Club at this Centenary Event.