L – r : Lions Dean Henney, Derek Miles & David Westwick, Immediate Past President Grant Taylor, Past District Governor Deidre Bridge, Past District Governor Alan Sheath, Incoming President Colin Salt
ACCEPTANCE SPEECH GIVEN BY INCOMING PRESIDENT COLIN SALT
Three years ago I was asked if I would put my name forward to be the 2nd Vice-President. At the time I thought that would be a reasonably cushy put as it was a hanker way from being President and I would be able to find a good excuse not to become President in the next intervene years. It is with repugnance that I now realise that no excuse presented itself and now I find myself standing trembling in presence of you. I have had four months experience as an interim President in my former Club when the President went on World trip and I was the inauspicious VP. But this is different by far .
Where to begin?
It is actually quite an honor to be accepting the position of President of the Howick Lions Club. I will try to be a good President for you and hope to be remembered for leading the Club forward without excessively many disasters on my separate. Hopefully I will not be impeached in the first few months.
first I would like to thank our Visitors and besides Past District Governor Deirdre Bridge who conducted the Change of Officers ceremony tonight. It was a very moving time as the new Officers were sworn in. As I stood there I thought well at least I am not alone. For my first base Official Act I would like Retiring President, Grant, to come ahead as I would like to make a presentation to him on behalf of our Club .
Presentation to Grant
I would like to thank Grant for his term as President. Although running his own commercial enterprise he has devoted much time to the Club. He has initiated raw ideas and worked indefatigably keeping our golf club operate, as a proud Club, achieving its goals of helping our community. He has been accessible at all times and listens to all ideas relating to the Club from members. I feel he has been a good President steering the Club forward. once again thanks Grant for a job well done. I am sure that in the future you will credibly lead the Club again.
I would now like to discuss the future of our Club over the coming year as I see it.
The theme for the year is “Strengthen Our Future”
You will have all received the Tatler which lists the assorted Committees and the allocation of Members to those Committees. I have discussed with most of you where you all fit in this structure and obviously it is identical exchangeable to the last year. besides there is listed under plan Managers or Lead Lions respective jobs which those Members have done in the past or have experience organizing those events. In some cases those Project people will have help as needed from all early Members.
I would like more remark this class exploring new Projects indeed that the Club increases its tax income well. This will enable us to fund more Community aid with dialect on our area. To be able to Fund more youth activities and to assist young people asking for help in projects that will assist in their learn and life experiences. so to this finish one of the Committees is besides charged with investigating new ways of generating gross. One way is investigating what other baseball club projects are and finding out if feasible in our sphere. We have brilliantly secretly placed an inner mole in the shape of new Zone Chair Neil, who can get inside information on what early Clubs are doing in Fundraising – what works and what doesn ’ metric ton.
besides I am looking at approaching assorted businesses and Corporates for Sponsorship of Projects as we have a boastful pool around us. lion Paul has some ideas on the way to approach this so we might make up a team to explore this. I would want other members to help the Committee with suggestions and one Business meet we could possibly allocate 20 minutes to having a round table lecture among those give, mining for ideas .
We need to keep the Club healthy by attracting new members. In all historic period groups from youthful to older. We all agree that we need younger members but besides the Club needs our older members just a much with all their feel which is invaluable. In the last year we have initiated fresh areas for attracting new members. Examples are Facebook, neighborly, our new upgrade modernized Website that went Live concluding week, a Notebook sitting on a board at BBQ ’ mho and Events inviting concerned people to type in their mention and e-mail address which we follow up immediately. In early words, our Club is using engineering and the internet in a campaign for newly members. To keep the Club at a reasonable size so we can serve our Community we need an ongoing, healthy recruitment plan. With back up for mentoring new Members to make their integration into the Club more enjoyable. unfortunately, we can lose some Members through the year for assorted reasons which are quite normal. Our prime goal is to have a pool of ACTIVE members to call on for servicing our assorted projects sol that we can distribute the workload more evenly among members. And on big Projects like the Festival we have enough people to run the consequence .