Lions International MD Convention & Council Meeting

Wednesday 19th to Sunday 23rd April 2017

Norbreck Castle Hotel, Queen's Promenade, Blackpool FY2 9AA

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Convention programme to include:

Presentations accompanied by exhibitions and Lions displays

Thursday evening: District Governors’ Last Supper in Boston Suite
 Dress code: smart casual

Thursday evening: 1st Vice District Governors’ Supper in Adams Suite
 Dress code: smart casual

Friday evening: Evening Meal in Castles
 Dress code: smart casual

Saturday: MD Convention

Saturday: Partners outing - A day out in the Lake District 

Saturday evening: Banquet & Ball in the Norcalympia
 Dress code: Black Tie

A Message from Chairman of Council 2016/17, IPDG Lion Heather Jeavons

This year we celebrate our Centennial Year, as we Lions were founded in June 1917 by an exceptional group of people, who recognised that it is a wonderful thing to come together in the service of others. We can achieve so much more service together than alone, and along the way we can enjoy fun and the fellowship of our fellow Lions. Every Lion contributes in their own way to the success of us all, and every contribution is equally valuable – we should be proud and thankful for what we achieve by working together.

The Centennial gives us the chance to celebrate loudly and proudly the achievements of the last 100 years, and to show the Lions of the future who are yet to join us how their service can add to the successes of the here and now and of the future. 

This is the last year that we have District 105I Ireland with us as part of MD105, as they will become the separate District 133 Ireland with effect from 4th July 2017. We have enjoyed their hard work and the enthusiasm with which they have shared being part of our Multiple District, and I know that we all wish them well with their new status, and we will continue to meet and work with them as friends in the future.

There will be some challenging decisions to make at the Blackpool 2017 Convention about how we organise the shape of the remaining part of our Multiple District.  Several of the remaining 12 districts have struggled for members over the last few years, despite the sterling efforts of District and MD Membership teams. The Eastbourne Multiple District Convention of 2016 instructed the 2016/17 Council of Governors to put forwards proposals to Convention 2017 for Redistricting MD105 with effect from 1st July 2019, and to consult and communicate on those proposals with members via Districts. Council has reached out to every member, through their Club and District, to ask for everyone’s views on the way forwards. 

The Council of Governors has sought to act without parochialism or self -interest in their consideration of Redistricting.  It has not been an easy task to bring together all the suggestions made for the future shape of the Multiple District, and it will be almost impossible to give every member, every Club, or every District exactly what they want; but I ask you to give your wholehearted support to Council as they seek to find proposals which are fairest overall to everyone -  even if those proposals are not everything which you personally would prefer. 

We will look back with pride on the achievements of the last 100 years, we celebrate our Centennial with glad hearts, and we will look forwards together in friendship and in the expectation of future achievements.