Caymanian is Lions leader

At the recently concluded Multiple-District 60 Convention in St. Maarten, members of the Cayman Islands contingent were especially proud to have one of their own – Lion John Edward Ebanks – elected to serve as Vice-District Governor of Sub-District 60B.

Convention at St Maarten

From left, Wally Havertong Incoming District Governor 2006-07; Beverly Reddock, District Governor 2005-06; and John E. Ebanks, Incoming Vice District Governor 2006-07 make their way to the podium at the Convention in St Maarten.
Photo: Submitted

Sub-District 60B covers a total of 72 Lions Clubs from Barbados in the eastern Caribbean to the Cayman Islands in the western Caribbean.

In his acceptance speech, Mr. Ebanks thanked the Lions family across the Caribbean for its overwhelming support and committed himself to supporting and learning from the newly elected District Governor 2006-07, Lion Wally Havertong, who hails from St. Maarten, said a Lions press release.

Mr. Ebanks appropriately quoted from Sam Rayburn, as follows ‘You cannot be a leader and ask other people to follow you, unless you know how to follow too.’

The Lions administrative year and official duties commenced for Mr. Ebanks on 1 July and saw him attending the 89th Annual Lions Clubs International Convention held in Boston, Massachusetts.

As Vice District Governor, Mr. Ebanks, will help set the future direction for the Lions Clubs of Sub-District 60B, ultimately taking up the mantle as District Governor in July 2007.

His objectives are to effectively market the organization, enhance succession planning and leadership development and to better retain members.

‘Clubs have to be marketed successfully and members have to be encouraged to take up leadership positions, in order to maintain the viability of our organization,’ he said.

Mr. Ebanks and his wife, Sharon, have two children and two grandchildren. He is the National Roads Authority’s Superintendent of Roads and has been a stalwart member of the Lions Club of Grand Cayman since June 1973. He has held many positions within the Lions Club of Grand Cayman including President, Tamer, Tail Twister and Director and has been on a number of club committees including Sight, Lions Aquatic Pool and Fundraising.

His District appointments have included serving as Region 4 Chairman and Zone 4B Chairman.


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