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Kinsale Lions Host 50th Convention District 133


The Kinsale Lions club were delighted to host the  50th convention of  district 133 of the Lions clubs of Ireland.  The three day event  was held on March 1st – 3rd 2019. The Convention  was attended by 330 delegates, partners and guests from all  parts of the island of Ireland.


The Convention is where the Lions clubs of Ireland meet to formally adopt the financial statements, accepted the reports from the various officers, and  adopt motions for the conduct of the organsition for the coming year.  A major  part of the weekend is the opportunity to meet Lions from other clubs and districts to discuss ideas for future projects , to renew old acquaintances and to make new friends.


The Kinsale Convention introduced a number of new aspects and events.   On the Thursday evening, held an informal event called “ meeting the Kinsale Lions at home”.  Some 30 delegates had arrived for Thursday evening that they were greeted by Kinsale members and partners.  During that event three Melvin Jones awards were presented by the District governor Frank O Donoghue. This ward is the highest honour Lions can bestow on one of its members for long and outstanding service to the club and  community.  Tony Boland and Pat  O Farrell  were the recipients from the club and Garda  James O Mahony from the community for his many years of  service to the youth of our area..


Kinsale introduced the Project Poster where over 30 projects from various clubs were displayed in a poster format  during the convention.    Clubs were invited to submit projects for consideration and these were collated and edited by Kinsale member Nick Grattan, mounted on foamex board and beautifully displayed.

Kinsale  also introduced Keynote speakers. On the Friday of the convention, a seminar  on Change by Degrees was held where Local environmentalists Dr Tara Shine and Madeleine Murray  gave a power full presentation on how as a community we would change our behaviour patterns one degree at a time to achieve remarkable results.  The Convention was challenged to extend this approach to every Lions club in Ireland so that together  we would influence  behaviours nationwide 


On Saturday, The main keynote speaker was Vice Admiral Mark Mellett  the Chief of staff of the Armed forces.  This address was on inclusion from the broad vista of Nations to problem solving between communities.  He gave a new insight into how we now have to deal with so many “known unknowns” and that our decision making is influenced by so many different factors, finding the right course forward will never be easy.  He received a standing ovation from all the delegates who enthusiastically endorsed his presentation .


The LE Ciara visited Kinsale for the convention and hosted a  reception on board for the Minister Jim Daly, local councillors, and business leaders from the Kinsale community.  A formal ball was held in Actons hotel for 260 guests which included Brian Sheehan 3rd Vice President of Lions International, Pat O Shea President of University College Cork , Vice Admiral Mellett and the officers of the LE Ciara.


Of the many national awards presented Kinsale was very please the the Club of the year went to Carrigaline club who were our sponsor s at our charter 27 years ago. Congratulation to them and to Therese Dineen form Cork Club who was elected to be the District nominees on the Lions International board for the next two years.

 Lions clubs of Ireland District 133  - 50th Convention – Kinsale 2019

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