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February Business Meeting

With 2016 behind us, the Lions members gathered to agree their future plans and also to decide what to spend the money raised last year, particularly from the 1066 Race, on. With a wish to spend the money primarily on youth the members were disappointed at the lack of any response to their previous press releases. They are beginning to wonder whether youth in Battle and Villages need support!!! We don’t believe that but why is no-one coming forward? We aren’t ogres!!

The Secretary took bookings for Hailsham Club’s Beetle Drive, Uckfield’s Curry Lunch, and the Trustee training day at Woking. There was a distinct lack of enthusiasm for Gillingham’s Charter Dinner, however support for Brighton’s Charter by Bob and Margaret bought some life back into things and that increased with the Zones request for assistance running the Bluebell Walk Days in aid of the Air Ambulance.

The Club surpassed itself by already having the names agreed for next Lions Year President, Secretary and Treasurer, although the selection of the latter two was more a case of everyone else studiously looking somewhere else!

The Treasurers report was short and succinct. We still have “tons of dosh” in the Charity Account and the Admin Account is healthy as well!

We still don’t have many requests for aid from youth and groups, or indeed from other age groups!! Why is it harder to spend money than to raise it? But we allocated some. Aid for local groups including the Robertsbridge group refurbishing the Childrens Play Area, and the provision of Smart Boards for Salehurst Primary School at Robertsbridge were agreed. On the international front, a donation was made toward the new furniture urgently needed for the Babichi Orphanage in Belarus which is supported by the Lions of this District was also approved. There was even a discussion of other aid requests however these all required the supply of more information.

On the service front the club is investigating the possibility of providing public use defibrillators in Battle and the possibility of funding a “Dream Come True” idea through Chestnut Tree House Hospice for the young. They even discussed the provision of Lions signs on the approach roads into Battle similar to those in other towns, which the President is following up.

Then it was down to how to raise money this year. The luxury monster chocolate Easter Eggs for the Easter raffles are being bought to put in the local pubs that support us. Yes, watch the bar in your local, the eggs will be there well before Easter! Our china smash stall will be at some of our local events, the annual Go-Kart Grand Prix Endurance Race is on in September, so all you would be race kings start practising, and there will be the annual Children in Need Quiz Night. In December we will be seen in the High Street shaking our tins in our street Collection. Watch this space for other events!

Recruiting new members was mentioned again – like youth it appears that fresh blood is hard to come by in Battle!!!!Why not join us and have some fun doing something really worthwhile. The Battle and Villages Lions Club is small, friendly and needs your support to continue its service to the community, and local good causes, charities and the many local and international causes supported on your behalf. Why not join and help the community while you enjoy yourself! We have a whale of a time!!

Come and meet us on the second Monday of each month at 8pm at The Royal Oak Public House at Whatlington.


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