Lions Clubs International District 306A2 under the leadership of District Governor, Lion Arjun S Abeysinghe PMJF, will celebrate its 10th Annual District Convention in a grand style at the ‘Mihilaka Medura’ of the BMICH, Colombo on May 23 (Saturday), with the business session, commencing at 1.00 pm and with the ceremnial session on May (Sunday) 24, commencing at 1.30 pm at the Eagle Lakeside Convention Cener at Attidiya, Dehiwala under the patronage of Past International President, Lion Mahendra Amarasuriya PMJF.
Melvin Jones, a Chicago businessman, believed that local business circles should expand their horizons from purely professional concerns to the betterment of their communities and the world at large. His dream became a reality on June 7, 1917 in Chicago, Illinois, the USA, where he organized a meeting of business groups and formed the ‘Association of Lions Clubs’ with 12 men and in October of that year a national convention was held in Dallas, Texas, the USA.
The association became international, just three years after its formation, when the first club was extended in Canada in 1920 and the international expansion continued as clubs were extended, particularly throughout Europe, Asia and Africa during the 1950s and 1960s.
Lions Clubs International established its first club in Sri Lanka in 1957 namely, ‘Lions Club of Colombo Host’ under a Lions District in India and gradually, the clubs were extended in many major towns in the island and a separate identity was given to Sri Lanka with Identification No. 306. With the membership growth and expansions, Lions Clubs International District 306 on the island has stretched out to Six Lions Districts such as, 306A1, 306A2, 306B1, 306B2, 306C1 and 306C2. Each District is administered by a District Governor and there are over 500 clubs on the island.
Lions Clubs International is the world’s largest voluntary organization spreading over 207 countries with 45,000 clubs and a membership of 1.4 million serving the less fortunate. ‘Sight First’ is the most aggressive sight preservation program of the Lions, who strive to rid the world of preventable and reversible blindness by supporting desperately needed health care service.
Our district comprising, 88 clubs expanding from Colombo through Moneragala has implemented many service projects valued over Rs. 4 million for the benefit of the less fortunate. One of the major service projects was providing pipe-borne water facility to 126 “AdiWasi” families of Rathugala We have donated more than 500 Hearing Aids, over 10000 calibrated spectacles and undertaken more than 250 Cataract Surgeries during this Lionistic Year.
The Convention is the most opportune moment for Lions and their families in meeting each other, exchanging views, strengthening the bond of relationship and mutual understanding. It is an important event which sees the election of the next District Governor for the Lionistic Year 2015/2016 and his two deputies.
Lionism in Sri Lanka coincidentally will reach its Diamond Jubilee Year in 2017/2018 when the Lions Clubs International celebrates its Centenary Year at the same time and many services related projects have been planned to be implemented for the next three years starting from 1st July 2015 including a Grand Centenary Parade organized by the Multiple Council 306.
Let’s join Lionism to serve the less fortunate with a Positive Change.