The Club & Membership
The Clubs Organisation - 50 Years of Service 1968 to 2018
The Club was formed in 1968 with 20 members by our 'mother club' Crawley and has a mix of male and female members. More information about the 50 year Anniversary can be viewed by CLICKING 50 HERE. 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 0345 833 9506.
The key Trustee/Officer Posts for 2020/21 took office on the 1st July 2020 and are as follows:
President Brian Richens Secretary Richard Maynard
Treasurer Mike Barty 1st Vice President Ian Forbes 2nd Vice President Sharan Billings.
Fundraising Chairman Richard Parr - All Fundraising for Charitable Purposes
Community Services Chairman Sharan Billings - All Charity Support & Giving
The club has a number of other positions to handle the clubs adminstration. They are:-
Membership Chairman Steve Ellis - Recruitment and Retention of Members and Lions Welfare
Tail Twister Tim Green - Small fines for Members misdemeaners to help towards our admin costs
Lion Tamer Vacant - Arranging all Entertainment and Social events
Public Relations Jill Pyper - Relations with the Public & Press
LCIF (International Foundation) Coordinator - Vacant
Club Insurance Officer - Vacant
200 Club Lynn Graysmark - 200 Club Secretary/Treasurer
Webmaster Keith Pratt - Website Construction, Content and Management
Social Media - Facebook - Twitter & Instagram - Jill Pyper and Steve Ellis
The Fundraising and Community Service Chairman both have teams 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. With regard to raising funds for our work, 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, South East District Governor.
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 now in a meeting room upstairs in The Dorset Arms, 58 High Street, East Grinstead RH19 3DE Visitors and non lions wishing to attend should contact the Club Secretary Richard Maynard on 0345 833 9506 or via the Contact Us page.
Should the situation regarding COVID change, meetings will then be held on Zoom
You can also contact us using the following links:
|We now have a Twitter Account. Find us at: @Grinstead_Lions|
|We now have a facebook page. Find us at:- https://www.facebook.com/EastGrinsteadLions/|
|We are also on Instagram. Find us at:- https://www.instagram.com/east_grinstead_lions_club/ |
|Purposes and 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 Purposes & Ethics|
|Join Us||We appreciate that everyone has a lot to do these days but every little helps and we and the benificiaries of our charitable work would appreciate any time that you can spare to help with our events. Why don't you contact the Club Secretary Richard Maynard on 0345 833 9506 or make yourself known via the Contact Us page. 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. If you are interested in 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: [email protected]. 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.|
|New Members|| |
Over the past months we have had a number of people from East Grinstead wish to join our club. The pictures show some of them including, Ian Forbes the EG and District Lions Club Vice Chairman (and District Governor) was delighted to welcome and enrol Cllr Rex Whittaker as a member of the Club. Then Brian Richens, was delighted to welcome and enrol several new members to the Club. Pictured with Brian are new members Sean McDonnell, Gilly Foley and Tim Green, Angela Kyle and Bob Norton.
The EG Lions meet at the Dorset Arms on the first Monday of the month at 8pm. If you would like to volunteer or know more about the Club, please email.[email protected]. or why not pop along to one of our meetings.
The Lions Club members attended Dr Hills Presentation
On Wednesday 2nd March, East Grinstead Vice President and District Governor Ian Forbes, along with fellow East Grinstead Lions Richard Maynard, Harry Horsburgh, Mike Barty and Jill Pyper attended a presentation on LCIF by 2nd International Vice President, Dr Patti Hill. Patti spoke about the wonderful progress of the Campaign 100 Project which has now achieved 86.5% of its $300m target. The money raised will help with Lions Global causes namely; hunger, diabetes, vision, the environment and childhood cancer. Also discussed was the Ukraine crisis. Patti explained that donations of money were the best way to help, as local Lions Clubs on the ground were able to acquire and distribute what was needed. A LCIF ‘Refugees and Displaced persons Appeal’ for the Ukraine has been launched. The overriding message of the evening was that the Lions are above all else humanitarians and will continue to strive to help those in need around the world in any way possible.
A donation has been made of £2000 to the Lions International Disaster Relief Fund to help Ukraine
|Past Presidents||2018 saw 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 blue 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, the royal colours of blue and gold were selected as the official colours when the Association was organised in 1917. Blue 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 and heart towards humanity.|
|Privacy Statements||In recording the events run by the club, we reserve the right to take photographs to advertise our activities. However, we seek permissions where possible and appropriate, particularly in respect to young people, from Teachers, Staff and Parents and otherwise assume that people in more general scenes who are photographed agree to the publication of the pictures unless they notify us to the contrary.To see the full Privacy Statement please CLICK HERE|
|Town Crest||The East Grinstead Town Crest shown on the Welcome Page is used with the kind permission of the Council and the Mayor. dated 9.3.16.|
|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 Club has also started a walking group. The picture shows some of the members walking around Hartfield.