The Club & Membership

This section provides information about the Clubs Organisation, How to become a Member of the Club, Meetings and where they are held, Social events and a little about Lions International.

The Clubs Organisation

The Club was formed in 1968 with 19 members by our 'mother club' Crawley and has a mix of male and female members. There are a number of key people involved in its day to day operation. In July each year the club members elect the clubs officers for a twelve month period.  To contact any of the clubs officers please go to the  Contact Us page or telephone the Club Secretary on 0845 833 9506. The key Director posts for 2017/18 are as follows:

President   Mike Barty       barty1a   Secretary  Richard Maynard  richard m

Treasurer   Ron Millen      treas1    Vice President Ron Millen  treas1

The club has three further Directors to handle the clubs adminstration. They are:- 

Fundraising Chairman  Richard Parr  -  All Fundraising for Charitable Purposes

Community Services Chairman  Sharan Billings  -  All Charity Support & Giving

Membership Chairman  Mike Barty  -  Recruitment and Retention of Members and Lions Welfare

There are five other officers of the club who support the administration. They are:-

Tail Twister  Lynn Graysmark  -  Small fines for Members misdemeaners to help towards our admin

Lion Tamer  TBA  -  All Entertainment and Social events

PRO & Press Officer   Brian Richens  -  Relations with the Public & Press

200 Club  Keith Pratt  -  200 Club Secretary/Treasurer

Webmaster   Keith Pratt  -  Website Management

The Fundraising and Community Service Chairman both have a small team drawn from the membership to assist them with activities that they are engaged in. To read more go to Fundraising or Community Service for more detail. Please also see the Supporters Page for details of the 200 Club.

The East Grinstead & District Lions is also the home club of Ian Forbes, Region Chairman of all the South East Lions Clubs.

Becoming a Member of East Grinstead Lions

Our Club is part of Lions International District 105SE and was formed and chartered in 1968 with 19 members. The numbers have varied over the years but we are now 30 members.  Whilst we primarily spend time raising funds and undertaking community service activities, there is always time for us to get together for social occasions, with lunches, dinners and outings which bring us and our partners together in friendship.  Membership is normally by invitation but if you are interested joining us please download the Membership Enquiry Form and complete your contact details and then email it back to us or send your contact details direct via email at:  or contact the Club Secretary Richard Maynard on 0845 833 9506 or make yourself known via the Contact Us page. We would be pleased to welcome you to one of our meetings where you can have an opportunity to see what we do and talk to the team.

Meetings and Venue

The Club meets on the first Monday (providing that is not a Bank Holiday) of each month starting at 8.00 pm to talk about plans and discuss the running of the club and its activities. These monthly Business Meetings ensure we stay on track, raise enough money to fulfil our community plans and enjoy a sociable beverage afterwards. The location is a meeting room 'above' the British Legion Club 4, Station Road, East Grinstead West Sussex RH19 1DJ. A map is available to view by Clicking Here.    Visitors and non lions wishing to attend should contact the Club Secretary Richard Maynard on  0845 833 9506 or via the Contact Us page.

Social Events

During the year our members hold a number of social events including Charter Anniversary Dinners, Travelling Lunches, Outings, Suppers, etc. Our aim is to ensure that whilst we work hard to support our community, we can have some fun and enjoyment as well.  The pictures below were taken at a recent supper evening.

 Purposes & Ethics

To ensure that all Lions Clubs observe the highest standards in community life, Lions International has adopted a set of statements about our Purposes and Ethics. To view these Click Here

Past Presidents

2018 will see the 50th Anniverasry of the Clubs formation. A list of the lions who have been President over the past years can be viewed by Clicking Here

Lions International and UK Lions

The International Association of Lions Clubs, better known as Lions Clubs International, was the brain child of Melvin Jones and came into being on 7th June 1917, in October of that year the first Convention was held and a total of 22 Clubs attended.   The first Club to be formed outside the United States was Windsor, Ontario, Canada and so the International Association was started.  The first Lions Club in the UK was formed in 1950 as a result of the influence of US Servicemen here during the war. 

All Lions throughout the world wear in their lapel an emblem consisting of a gold "L" on a purple field. Bordering this is a circular gold area with two lion profiles facing away from the centre. Symbolically the lions face both past and future.    As you can see from the logo at the top of this page, the royal colours of purple and gold were selected as the official colours when the Association was organised in 1917.   Purple stands for loyalty to friends and to one's self, and for integrity of mind and heart. Gold symbolises sincerity of purpose, liberality in judgement, purity in life and generosity in mind, heart and purse towards humanity. To view more information about Lions Clubs in the UK Click Here





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The East Grinstead town crest used on the Welcome Page is used with the kind permission of the Council and the Mayor. 9.3.16

Updated 8.12.17