Lions attend international convention

Deborah Ebanks, President of the Lions Club of Grand Cayman and two members and a Partner in Service, recently attended the 92nd Lions Clubs International Convention in Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA.

They were four of 15,000 Lions who participated in the meeting that drew representatives from 100 countries and geographic areas around the world.

According to Lion Debbie during the convention the Cayman Islands received a lot of coverage, having hosted a Lions Club International Foundation film crew earlier this year.

Clips from these sessions were predominately featured in various presentations including the new International President’s video presentation of his programme for 2009-2010 and the Public Relations Workshop in which Cayman’s 1st Council Chairperson Lion John Ebanks was one of the presenters.

‘You don’t know how proud I was to see our fellow Lions and Leos up on the big screen for an audience which equates to more than 25% of Cayman Islands population to see and then being asked about your country. What a golden opportunity it was to promote our beautiful islands.’

Convention highlights included a spectacular Parade of Nations featuring 10,000 Lions from 100 countries, many in native dress, who marched along with floats and 25 marching bands. Attendees also heard a keynote address from former U.S.

Secretary of State Colin Powell, and saw the association honor Australian youth activist Father Chris Riley for his work helping

homeless and troubled youth.

Convention delegates attended workshops, learned about important issues facing communities around the world, elected international officers, voted on constitutional amendments and helped set the future direction for Lions Clubs International.

There was also a fantastic performance by the legendary Beach Boys.

‘This is the 3rd International Convention I have attended’ said Lion Debbie ‘It was exciting to meet so many people from countries all over the world. I am looking forward to future conventions so I can reconnect with my new international friends.’

Since the club’s chartering in 1972, its members have completed a number of projects in the community, such as Lions Community Centre, Lions Eye Clinic and Lions Pool.

Proceeds from past fund-raising events have gone to sight screening, equipping the Eye Clinic, Big Brother Big Sister, social services projects including assistance with building projects and support of our junior arm the Leos Club of Grand Cayman.

The club continues to provide service through their school sight screening and vision programmes, the elderly, youth and environment.

The Lions Club of Grand Cayman has 106 members and meets on the 1st and 3rd Thursday of the month at the Lions Den at the Lions Community Centre, Crewe Road.

Lions Clubs are a group of men and women who identify needs within the community and work together to fulfill those needs.

For more information or to get involved with the Lions Club of Grand Cayman, please contact Lion Debbie Ebanks at [email protected].