Lions are on the prowl
IF you see a pride of Lions on the prowl in Port Douglas and Mossman shortly, don’t be concerned.
In a coup for both towns, members of the Lions International Board and their partners will spend 10 days in Port Douglas for their annual board meeting.
The meeting will be officially opened by Her Excellency, the Governor of Queensland, Ms Penelope Wensley AC, at the Sheraton Mirage in Port Douglas on Sunday week.
The Board, which consists of the executive officers, 34 international directors plus other board appointees from all parts of the world, oversees all aspects of Lions business, finances, property and management.
The current president of Lions International is Australian, Barry J Palmer AM, who with his wife Anne, will host the event.
As the first Australian to be appointed International President, Mr Palmer selected Port Douglas as the venue for the meeting.
While other international meetings have been held in Australia, this meeting will be a "world first" for a regional location.
The 10-day meeting will culminate in the celebration of World Sight Day on October 10 with special events being held in Mossman.
Chairman of the host committee, past district governor John Muller said all members in the Far North were keen to help.
‘‘Lions, Lioness and Leos from Mossman, Port Douglas, Cairns and other North Queensland clubs will be assisting IP Barry and his Pride of Lions ‘roar’ in a community near you,’’ Mr Muller said.
World Sight Day in Mossman on October 10 will include vision screenings of school children and adults.
"Lions in Australia, and around the world, work hard to fight eye disease and save sight. Lions World Sight Day is a perfect opportunity to celebrate Lions Clubs International and Lions Clubs International Foundation’s commitment to promoting universal eye care,’’ Mr Palmer said
Held annually in October, World Sight Day is an international event launched by Lions in 1998 to recognise the importance of fighting preventable blindness globally.
LIONS BOARD MEETING: performer Manny Ross
International President Barry Palmer AM, with wife Anne and indigenous