Last month we hosted the Island Games on the Isle of Wight, afterwards one of our residents was prompted to write to our local newspaper, the County Press.
It was heart-warming to read the letter to the editor from Mrs, Hunter in which she praised the courtesy and politeness of the Cayman Islands athletics team during the Island Games. She reported that, when travelling on a bus with the youngsters, they readily gave up their seats for older folk to sit – unfortunately, this display of respect by youngsters in the UK is seldom seen.
At a reception for the same team, I met their team manager Liz Smith. She explained a transport difficulty they had and asked for help. Liz had noticed I was wearing my Lions badge and revealed that she was a member of the Tropical Gardens Lions Club of Grand Cayman. This Lions tale is typical of how members of Lions International strive to assist each other across the world.
I rallied the Cowes Lions and, as a result, the athletes were driven back and forth between hotel and sports venue by Lions using their own vehicles until alternative arrangements could be made.
Those young athletes were well mannered and gracious at all times. They loved the Isle of Wight and the hospitality they had encountered. It was a pleasure to help them and refreshing to know that they will have returned to their sunny Caribbean islands with happy memories of our sunny isle in the Solent off the south coast of England!
I have also written to the County Press and our district Lions Newsletter, as a result, similar letters to this have appeared in both publications.
President, Cowes Lions