Fifty years have passed since Hull Kingston Lions were formed to serve the people in the community of the City of Kingston upon Hull as well as the national & global calls taken care of by The International Association of Lions. Clubs and it is my honour and privilege as the serving President of the Club to thank the members for the work they performed under the banner of our great Association.
The members of Hull Kingston Lions Club were a group of ordinary people who did some amazing things during their stay with the Club I can recall the name of a particular member Alex Earle who interviewed me, assisted by my sponsor Ray Hodgson and I can say that the story of Lionism, as told to me by these two venerable Lions, soon convinced me that here was an opportunity to join this splendid band of men in helping people less fortunate than ourselves. I thanked these two Lions who have been called to higher service, for providing me with the splendid style of life they introduced me to.
Many of the activities that they ecouraged all of their fellow members to join in were as follows (in no paricular chronological order)
The Christmas food Collection at various stores around the City where the public bought extra items and placed them on a table, after which the items were counted and put in their various boxes and stored until the Lions were ready for the parcel packing at which the ladies came to help, initially making up to 400 parcels which were then delivered to needy people around the City, one can only imagine the faces of the recipients (and the endless cups of tea drunk by the Lions).
The annual Xmas party (usually held in late January as some of the attendees have a lot to do around Xmas). This event caters for over 150 oap’s, some disabled people with a group of blind people who are drawn together to be entertained by various singing groups who all then enjoy a buffet and a chat with friends old and new, to start off another year together.