Lions Clubs International came to South Africa in 1957 and the organisation has grown exponentially since then. There are now 4 Districts within this Multiple District which cover the countries of South Africa, Namibia, Swaziland and Lesotho. The numerous clubs around the country provide a vital lifeline for the many needy communities. Clubs are made up of dedicated members from all walks of life who give up their spare time to serve those in need.
Hilton Lions Club falls within the Lions Clubs International DISTRICT 410-C that covers two provinces, namely KwaZulu Natal and the Freestate, made up of 37 clubs that are divided into 6 Zones.
Hilton Lions Club was chartered on 17 May 1974, and today has a current membership of 17 dedicated lions.
Hilton Lions Directors:
• President: Lesley Waring 083 6116 127
• Treasurer: Al Cardoso 083 457 1234
• First Vice: Rob Lombard 071 164 9199
• Second Vice: Jan Hartman 084 629 2074
The club holds a Business Meeting every second Thursday of the month at 18h30, with a Directors Meeting every fourth Thursday of the month. The Hilton Lions Community Centre is situated in Flamingo Drive, Hilton
Fund Raising Projects
• Royal Show (annual)
• Garden Show (annual)
International / District Projects
• UNICEF School in a box
• Christmas Cakes
• And many more ......
Club Service Projects
• Garden of Remembrance
• Never Never Land Creche
• Hire of Community Centre Hall - Flamingo Drive, Hilton
LIONISTIC YEAR 2012-13
International Lions President, Mr Wayne A. Madden's Presidential Theme for 2012-13 is:
"In a World of service."
The International President has set 4 special Service Action Campaigns for 2012-13 of which, Hilton Lions will be achieving in the majority.
AUGUST – Engaging our Youth
- Reading Action Program
- Develop after school reading programs
- Reading to children at local libraries
- Donate books or computers to local schools or libraries
- Volunteer as a tutor through a local school
- Work with local literacy experts and agencies
Lions Quest is a life skills and prevention program of Lions Clubs International Foundation (LCIF), implemented in more than 50 countries around the world. Lions Quest programs teach young people skills necessary for everyday success.
Skills for Growing Program
Through a series of thematic teaching units, skills for growing will help create a classroom environment that nurtures and enhances learning. This primary school program contains thematic units designed to teach young learners how to make positive decisions and maintain positive self-esteem.
Skills for Adolescence Program
This program helps middle school youth, parents and teachers cope with the physical, emotional and social challenges of the early adolescent years. The program builds important competencies by promoting positive social attitudes, respect and responsibility, while serving as a strong prevention tool – guiding young people towards healthy choices and a drug free & violence-free lifestyle.
Skills for Action Program
A unique high school curriculum, Skills for Action combines the development of personal, social and thinking skills with service-learning to help young people improve self-confidence and build resilience, maintain connectedness to school, engage in real-life issues and learn 21st century workplace skills.
Each year, Lions Clubs around the world proudly sponsor the Lions International Peace Poster Contest in local schools and youth groups. This art contest encourages young people worldwide to express their visions of peace.
Each years contest consists of an original theme incorporating peace. Participants use a variety of mediums, including charcoal, crayon, pencil and paint, to express the theme. The works created are unique and express the young artist's life experiences and culture.
Each poster is judged on originality, artistic merit and expression of the theme.
Grand Prize Winner of the 2011-12 Peace Poster Contest
"Children Know Peace"
Trisha Co Reyes
13 years old from Philippines
The theme of the 2012-13 Peace Poster contest is "Imagine Peace".
Students, ages 11,12,13, on November 15, are eligible to participate.
OCTOBER – Sharing the Vision
DEC/JAN – Relieving the Hunger
APRIL – Protecting our Environment
If you are interested in, or feel you, or the community, can benefit from any of the above projects, please contact Corinne on 083 230 1137
About Lions Club International
Founded in 1917 by Melvin Jones in the USA, Lions International can proudly say it is the largest international service organisation in the world. A family of members spanning from Australia to Brazil, from South Africa to Scandinavia - all united by a common motto - "We Serve".
Lions throughout the world accomplish varying activities, from cornea transplants to the supplying of hearing aids, creating awareness of diabetes, promoting peace amongst the youth, fostering international relations through youth exchange and developing and creating awareness amongst the youth through "Leo" Clubs. LCIF, the organisations international grant-providing wing, brings in much needed grants for training facilities, medical units and disaster relief in times of need. During the floods in Mozambique, emergency grants were given to aid the victims of this catastrophe. After September 11, 2001, victims families were aided with counseling camps, paid for by LCIF funding. The recent Tsunami disaster in South East Asia also received substantial funding from L.C.I.F.