Surprise, Surprise!

14 June 2014

It was a night of surprises when we celebrated our 44th year of service to the community in Newbury & Thatcham on Saturday 14th June. A celebration dinner was held at the Regency Park Hotel in Thatcham with over 60 Lions and guests in attendance. For District Governor Lion David Merchant, principal guest and a member of our club, it was a nice surprise that members of his family had come from various parts of the UK and Switzerland to attend. Lion David had another surprise when Lion President Judith presented him with a Melvyn Jones Fellowship, the highest honour that a club can bestow, in recognition of a very successful year as Governor of District 105D. This is the first time in our 44 years that a member of Newbury Lions Club has held this position.

District Governor David had a surprise of his own, when he brought greetings from Lions Clubs International President Barry Palmer. He presented the club with a framed copy of its original Charter, the original having been lost some years ago.  Following an address by the Mayor of Thatcham, Councillor Gary Johnson, and a toast to the club, Lion Adrian Ho was duly installed as President for the forthcoming Lionistic year.

The evening  continued with dancing and it was no surprise that everyone had an enjoyable time!

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