Lions Club of Chepstow & District

Who are the Lions?

 

Lions are an international network of 1.3 million men and women in 200 countries and geographic areas who work together to answer the needs that challenge communities around the world.

Known for working to end preventable blindness, Lions also participate in a vast variety of projects important to their communities. These projects range from cleaning up local parks to providing supplies to victims of natural disasters.

Beginning in 1917, the association of Lions clubs has provided millions of people with the opportunity to give something back to their communities. View LQ (Lions Quarterly Video Magazine) on the Lions News Network to see how Lions continue to make a difference everyday and everywhere.

Who are Chepstow & District Lions?

Founded in 1971 by a group of local businessmen, today the Club is made up of about 20 members from all walks of life, and coming from an area that includes Magor, Caldicot, Chepstow, Tintern, Sedbury and other surrounding villages.

The men formally meet twice monthly at Dewstow Golf Club, near Caerwent.

On the first Wednesday of the month, starting at 8.00pm, there is a business meeting. Here we discuss:

  • Fund raising projects, as well as
  • Individuals and organisations that we are considering supporting either financially or physically, and
  • Social activities within our own club, and with other Lions Clubs in the vicinity (eg. Newport, Monmouth, Forest of Dean, Severn Dean, Ross-on-Wye and Thornbury).

*please click image below to access a larger photograph



photo: Chepstow & District Lions met Jessica Morden MP at Westminster in October 2007


On the third Wednesday of the month we meet at 7.00 for a meal at 7.30pm. Usually this is at Dewstow Golf Club but occasionally we go elsewhere.

Once every three months we have a Ladies Dinner night when the men's partners join them for a meal.

At the meals there is often a speaker of either local, regional, national or international interest.

The wives, partners and other lady friends of the Lions are also active in raising money, and distributing it to those in need. Although they work closely with the men, several of their projects are also independently run.

Between the men and the ladies we aim to raise and distribute around £10,000 each year.

Who do Chepstow & District Lions help?

We aim to spend 80% of what we raise on individuals and organisations within our area. There is a high emphasis on youth, supporting the elderly, or those the health services seem unable to assist..

Local beneficiaries include the Berkeley Centre (Mencap), Chepstow Community Hospital, Caldicot Health Clinic, Social Services, Local Schools, SARA (Severn Area Rescue), Scouts, Guides, Soccer Clubs, and a Stroke Group.

Internationally we annually sponsor an eye camp in India where up to 120 person's eye sights are restored. We also support an annual water well project in Africa and currently sponsor a child in Manila in the Philippines. In addition we make monthly donations to Ty Hafen, the Welsh Children's Hospice

Occasionally there is a world disaster where Lions can provide cost-effective support where it happens. When the Tsunami hit Sri Lanka many Lions throughout the world sent money and supplies to the Sri Lankan Lions Clubs. On the Island the Chief of Police is a distinguished member of Lions, and he co-ordinated the relief effort on behalf of Lions Clubs International, through whom supporting monies were channelled. As a result over 100 new homes have been build… all with very little being spent on administration or advertising.

Hardly surprising that Lions Clubs International, the parent organisation, has been ranked best non governmental organisation (NGO) worldwide. In a special report released Thursday, July 5, 2007, Lions Clubs International Foundation (LCIF) ranked best among NGOs worldwide. From 34 global organisations, LCIF came in first for its execution of programs, demonstrated accountability, communications internally and externally, program adaptability to the surrounding community, and understanding the goals of its corporate supporters.

LCIF beat Rotary International, Habitat for Humanity, UNESCO and UNICEF, to name a few on the list.
The ratings were compiled by the Financial Times in association with the Dalberg Global Development Advisers and the United Nations Global Compact. The assessment was published in the Financial Times' Corporate Citizenship and Philanthropy special report and highlights companies' growing interest in long-term partnerships to tackle an expanding range of social issues.

For further information

Telephone 0845 833 9565 (Local rates apply), or

Contact the UK headquarters of Lions Clubs International
257 Alcester Road South, Kings Heath, Birmingham B14 6DT
Tel: 0121 441 4544
E-mail: mdhq@lions.org
Website: www.lions.org.uk

Lions Clubs International website is: www.lionsclubs.org/EN