Lions are on the prowl

Port Douglas & Mossman Gazette - - FRONT PAGE - Rod Kil­ner

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

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