It is a unique time for all, as we continue to mitigate against the Covid-19 pandemic. Service organizations have faced challenges with how they continue to serve the communities. The Lions Club of Antigua has recommitted to service and forged ahead with installing their new Executive Board for 2020-2021. The installation ceremony was held on Saturday, 27th June, 2020 at 6:30pm at The Lions Den.
Lion Desiree Edwards, MJF has been installed as the new President for the upcoming service year with Lion Erica Edwards as Club’s Secretary and Lion Leandra Lewis as the Club’s Treasurer. This marked an inaugural moment for the club, as the top three positions in the Club are now being held by women. Other installed Board Members are Lion David Matthias- 1st Vice President; Lion Gerard Shoul- 2nd Vice President; Lion Virgil Daniel MJF- Membership Director; Lion Franklin Maynard, MFJ- LCIF Coordinator; Lion Carol Scholar-Marketing Communications Chairperson; Lion Gail Henry Lewis- Service Chairperson; Lion Kim Joseph- Tail Twister and Lion Kadesh Bailey- Lion Tamer.
According to Lion Desiree Edwards, MJF, President of The Lions Club of Antigua, ‘as we social distance we must not lose the human connection and caring. That is why I have chosen my theme “LIONS IN SERVICE: CARING FOR OUR PEOPLE, OUR COMMUNITY AND OUR ENVIRONMENT”. Coincidently our District Governor Maureen Graham PMJF has as her theme “Building a Better Tomorrow Through Kindness”. We both recognize in times like these we need more compassion. We are called to care more and serve more in this time”.
Since the club’s chartering in 1968, its members have worked on a variety of projects in the local community, such as the Annual Prostate Screening and Eye Screenings in schools. Proceeds from fundraising events have gone to the continuity of the Hot Meals Program, Bursary Program for Primary Schools and visits to ClareVue Psychiatric Hospital. The Lions Club of Antigua has 65 members and meets on the first and third Tuesday every month at 8 pm. Lions clubs are a group of service driven men and women who identify needs within the community and work together to fulfill those needs.