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Not a quiet time for Lions!

Rutland Lions
Rutland Lions

Rutland group recruits, entertains, supports, collects and meets together

The club’s new initiative, “Lions Matters”, informal Wednesday gatherings in either Caffe Nero, or The Lord Nelson in Oakham’s Market Place have been very well attended.

Rutland Lions - District Governor at Belvoir castle
Rutland Lions - District Governor at Belvoir castle

They are attracting both current members and prospective new members or supporters of the club, whilst also identifying a number of possible community service activities. The next gathering will be on Wednesday, April 13, at 7.30pm in the Lord Nelson, in Oakham.

On February 18, members and supporters of Rutland Lions hosted over fifty local adults with additional needs for their annual visit to The Railway Inn, for supper before a visit to the RATS panto, Linderella and the Travelling Circus.

Two days later, Lions were highly visible outside Tesco displaying the large yellow Marie Curie headgear, and collecting for that fantastic charity as part of a national arrangement between the two organisations. Thanks again to the very generous Oakham public for donating a massive £695.

In support of a number of local adults with additional needs, Rutland Lions have donated £300 to enable the purchase of gardening equipment. Along with their Mencap carer, two of these local adults, Mark and Eddie are part of a team also comprising Rutland Lions Brian Skevington and Michael Gillon who undertake work for the Wildlife Trust in and around Rutland. The equipment purchased will enable Mark and Eddie and a number of other less able adults to continue to develop their treasured allotment in Stamford.

Rutland Lions collecting for Marie Curie Daffodil Appeal
Rutland Lions collecting for Marie Curie Daffodil Appeal

Lastly, but by no means least, Rutland Lions sent four delegates to the Lions District Convention, this year hosted by the Duchess of Rutland, herself a Lion, in the magnificent Belvoir Castle. The convention is an opportunity for Lions from Rutland, Leicestershire, Nottinghamshire and Lincolnshire to share ideas and initiatives as well as recognise and reward both clubs and individuals who have gone “the extra mile” serving their community.

Unlike many charitable organisations, 100 per cent of the profits raised through Lions fundraising activity goes toward humanitarian causes either locally, nationally, or internationally.

The organisational overheads necessary to operate Lions locally and nationally come exclusively from members’ subscriptions.

If you would like to find out more about Lions generally, or Rutland Lions in particular, contact The Secretary on 0845-833-4319, e-mail us at rutlandlions@talktalk.net, or visit our Facebook page, Rutland Lions; you could of course join us at Lions Matters on Wednesday. April 13, 7.30pm in The Lord Nelson.


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