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.