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About the Lions Club of St. Andrew Central

 

 BRIEF HISTORY

 

 

Lions Clubs International is the world’s largest service club organization, comprising of over 1.3 million members in more than 45,000 clubs worldwide.  Lions are active men and women in more than 200 countries and geographic areas.

 

Lions have a dynamic history.  Lions Clubs International was founded in 1917 by Melvin Jones, a Chicago Business Leader.  Lions are best known for fighting against blindness but we also volunteer for many different kinds of projects – including feeding the hungry, aiding seniors and the disabled, working with young people and caring for the environment.

 

Lionism was introduced to Jamaica in 1965 with the Charter of the first Lions Club in Kingston.  Today, there are twenty-seven Lions Clubs and some sponsoring Leo Clubs (the youth arm of Lions) in Jamaica providing voluntary service.

 

When Lions International decided to allow women into the membership of Lions Clubs, the Lioness Club of St. Andrew took the decision to seek membership as a Lions Club.  Lioness Clubs were previously projects of Lions Clubs.

 

Forty-five members of the Lioness Club of St. Andrew, under the guidance and sponsorship of the Lions Club of St. Andrew became members of the Lions Club of St. Andrew Central.  Lions International signed the Charter Document signifying the Club’s formation on February 12, 1992.

 

On March 7, 1992, the newly installed Charter President, Lion Carmen Chen, PMJF, received the Charger Document from the then District Governor Ronald Josephs, MJF.

 

The Lions Club of St. Andrew Central has gone from strength to strength since 1992.  The Club as well as individual members have received several prestigious awards.  Today, many Charter members, including the Charter President retain membership in the Club.  Several members have been lost through death or migration.

 

The Club has produced outstanding leaders in the Lionistic movement.  Four members have served as Zone Chairpersons, whilst three have served as Region Chairpersons.  Several members have also held senior District positions.

 

 

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YOUTH AND EDUCATION

 

In 1999, the Club partnered with the Mamby Park Baptist Church and sponsored the Mamby Park Basic School, which is situated on the grounds of the Church.  The Club has maintained the School which is now a very vibrant institution.  Fourteen years later this Project remains the Signature Project of the Club.  Several members of the Club play a very vital role in the lives of the children.

Contribution in cash and kind have been made to several Children’s Homes including the Elsie Beamand Home for Girls, Homestead Place of Safety, the Salvation Army’s NEST and the National Children’s Home.  Several members of the Club have also provided counseling and given health and nutrition talks to the residents of these institutions.

 

The Club also has close ties with the August Town Primary School, conducting an annual Health Fair on the premises and continues to be engaged in an on-going breakfast feeding programme at the school during the school term. We also initiated a Book Collection Drive in 2012 to assist with refurbishing the Library. The Ministry of Education endorsed this project.

The Club has sponsored and supported the Leo Club of St. Andrew Central.  Members of the Leo Club also participate in projects similar to those of the Lions.  The St. Andrew Central Leo Club has an impressive record of service.

Financial assistance has also been provided to Nursing Students, Visually Impaired and Hearing Impaired students and other needy students at educational institutions.

SENIOR CITIZENS

The Club has provided tangible assistance to Senior Citizens’ Projects including the Horizon Home for the Aged, the Gallimore-McPherson Home at St. Margaret’s Church, Dallas Citizens ‘Association in Rural St. Andrew and the National Senior Citizens Association.

HEALTH SERVICES

The Club, in partnership with organizations such as Guardian Life Limited, GSB Credit Union and several Churches and Church Groups has conducted numerous Health Fairs and Health Screenings.

The Club promotes awareness of health issues such as Diabetes, AIDS/HIV and Cancer among others

COMMUNITY INVOLVEMENT

Several members of the Club have received training in counseling from the Woman’s Inc. Crisis Centre.  As a result of this training they have ably manned the Crisis Centre “Hot Line” for several hours each month.  Hundreds of women have benefitted each year from the efforts of the counselors.

Missionaries of the Poor’s The Lord’s Place is another beneficiary of the efforts of the members of the Club.

The Club has participated in the Registration of the Blind Project whereby Lions in Jamaica seek to register all visually impaired persons.  This Project was to help the Government to formulate programs to assist this vital sector of our society.

The Club also vigorously participated in the “Feeding the Hungry” initiative started last year and is continuing.

ENVIRONMENT

The Club is seriously concerned about the environment and has participated in several clean-up campaigns such as the Palisadoes Beach Clean-up Project (a yearly venture) and especially after natural disasters such as hurricanes.  It has also participated in other projects by providing garbage bins for schools and tree planting projects.

LEADERSHIP TRAINING

The Club provides on-going Leadership Training for its members.  Several seminars are held each year both on Lionism as well as topical issues.

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Lions Clubs International is the world's largest service club organization with more than 1.4 million members in approximately 46,000 clubs in more than 200 countries and geographical areas around the world.

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