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Lion Martine Young has been working hard preparing her stall in Horsell High Street in support of Christmas parcels for the Woking Community. Since Covid19 regulations have resulted in Woking Lions Club beingunable to arrange their Christmas collections outside supermarkets this year, Martine has thought outside the boxto raise funds for the less fortunate. Martine said ‘Thanks to Hamlyn’s generous donations and use of their forecourt, we have been able to arrange a table top sale of Christmas cards, decorated bags, tags and mini boxes. These are all handmade and unique having been made from recycled cards and other materials.’ Over £400 has been raised which will enable the Lions to deliver hampers to families and other people in need.
Seen here with Martine is Past President Lion, Roger Chamberlain
LOCAL ARTISAN FLORIST PRODUCES CHRISTMAS
WREATHS IN AID OF GOOD CAUSES
Super talented florist Jamie Ri, who creates and designs for events in Surrey, has raised a fantastic £550 by turningaround a Woking Lions’ wreath master class, which had to be cancelled, by supplying DIY wreath kits andcustomised fresh wreaths to the locals of Woking. The wreaths are being delivered next week but Jamie is able to provide more giving her time free to support local good causes which is vital over the festive season. Lion NellaPastore (pictured with Jamie) says ‘Our annual Christmas lunch has had to be cancelled so on Christmas Day we are delivering goody bags to residents receiving Meals on Wheels and others who are on their own. Jamie’s contribution to our funds is invaluable so the purchase of every wreath or Christmas decoration will support us’.
Jamie can be contacted at instagram.com, facebook/flowersbyjamieri or telephone her on 07929034991
Having endured six months of Zoom Meetings, because of the COVID pandemic, it was decided that Woking Lions Club’s Board Meeting in August be held suitably socially distanced between members in mid-August, in the new President’s garden. After outgoing President Jackie Taylor handed over the Presidency to Paul Robinson, Jackie totally surprised Roger Chamberlain by presenting him firstly with The International President’s ‘Certificate of Appreciation in Recognition of Distinguished Achievements in Fulfilling the Mission of Lions Clubs International’, and secondly to present him with ‘The Melvin Jones Fellow Shield for dedicated Humanitarian Services to Lions Clubs International’ named after the founding member in Chicago 103 years ago.
Lions Clubs International now has local clubs in virtually every country world-wide, with some 1.4 million Members. Further details about Woking Lions Club can be found by visiting their web site on www.wokinglions.org.uk to see what they do to help local people.
It is understood that Roger, who moved to Woking from Camberley with his family in 1979, is the first Woking Member to receive the President’s Certificate and the second in the Club’s 46-year history to receive the Melvin Jones Fellow Award. Roger was President for 2 years from 2013 to 2015, again in 2017/18 and currently is chairman of Community Welfare Services.
Roger thanked Jackie, saying for once he was almost speechless would like to thank all involved particularly his Woking and wider Zone colleagues in Lions Clubs in West Surrey, and how humbled he was to receive these two International Awards.
PAST WOKING LIONS’ PRESIDENT JACKIE HANDS OVER TO SUCCESSOR PAUL
Woking Lions’ third female President 2019/20 Jackie Taylor, was pleased to hand over the chain of office on 1st July 2020 to Paul Robinson who has been a member of the club since 2017. Paul has lived with his wife andfamily in Woking for many years and is the highly motivated Head of Distribution in a reinsurance company. Woking Lions were therefore delighted when he joined them to help organise their annual fund-raising run on Horsell Common. Due to Covid19 the Martian Race will not take place this year but a virtual run is being organised.
Paul said: ‘In addition to the run and in line with Woking Lions’ moto ‘we serve’, I am working on ideas to increase donations tomany good causes in our community which are desperate for help during these terrible times inflicted by the Covid 19 epidemic. Woking Lions has an enthusiastic team of volunteers and together we will do our best to assist as many people as we can.’
Our walkers are out and about raising money for the Surrey Air Ambulance. Big shout out to President Jackie Taylor, and long serving Lions Roger and Anne. Please see their links below and donate what you can for this amazing cause.
Thank you for your wonderful donations. Another big shop at Morrison’s done by Nella and Paul for the WOKING Food Bank. As isolation continues the Lions are happy to be helping in time of continued need.