November and December were the most rewarding months to us. We could leave a big legacy of organizing the first ever Lions Anti- Drugs Magic Rally in the history of Lions Clubs International world over. The six hundred kilometres the Rally travelled popularised the name and service activities that Lions are doing for the community. The huge public participation at all the 18 centres of reception, presence of eminent public figures as chief guests, the mesmerizing magic show on drug abuse by magician Sudhir Madakkath and team, wonderful participation of lion members every where made the rally a real magic. I must thank the District Director Lion Roy Luke for the excellent coordination and hard work he did. He was one among the permanent members of the rally also. Along with your District Governor, District Cabinet Secretary Lion CG Sreekumar, District Cabinet Treasurer Lion Rajan N Namboothiri, District Chief Advisor Lion VK Varghese and District Director K Vijayakumar joined the rally as full time members. It was a sight of excitement and wonder to watch the magician riding the bike blind fold. Our District and lion’s movement are indebted to Sri Sudhir Madakkath for doing that heavy risk of driving the motor cycle blind fold all through out the rally, that too in the blistering sun and very poor roads of Idukki district.
I thank the 35 presidents who attended the International President’s visit at Calicut on December 10th. Thanks to Lion Ani Manoj, President of LC Kothamangalam Greater for the excellent coordination. More than 100 delegates attended the whole event. Thanks to the trip coordinator Lion TM Baby. District 318 C got the multiple award for the number one district that inducted women members so far this year.
Another mile stone achievement of December is our 15 lakhs donation to Akshayapatra Foundation for free mid-day meals to poor children. This is the highest amount from any lion’s district in India to the Foundation. All of us can be proud of sponsoring mid-day meals of 2000 poor students for one full academic year. Hearty congratulations to the most successful District Director Lion Sibi Kollamkudi.
World diabetic day observation at Thodupuzha on 14th November was the best of its kind we could ever organize. The participation in the Diabetic Walkathon was amazing. Thanks to the most effective District Director Lion Dr K Sudarsan.
The venue and style in which we organized Quiz Bowl this year were simply superb. Participation touched all time record. Congrats DD Lion Jose Mangily.
We could extend the seventh new club – Lions Club of Valakam and the inauguration was on 25th November. Hearty congratulations to the most hardworking president of LC Kolencherry, Lion Col VP Paul.
The construction work of fifty Lions Snehabavanam is going on in full swing. I could hand over the key of the first house under shelter to stranded scheme at Perumbavoor on 1st December. LC Perumbavoor completed the construction work of the house just within 56 days. Congratulations to president Lion Eldho and treasurer Lion Johnson, the main force that made it.
All these milestones could be created only because the PSTs and lion members stood strongly behind the district with only one agenda, do maximum service. I am thankful to you all and request everyone to continue the spirit and enthusiasm in the second half also.
Advocate AV Vamanakumar