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Just Ask Mid-year Conference 2014

Strengthen the Pride and come fly with me!

District 410A DG Moira Theron - Just Ask Mid-year Conference

District 410A DG Moira Theron

International President Joe Preston has challenged all members to strengthen the pride by the ‘Ask1’ campaign, I’m asking club leaders to grow their clubs by having each member invite at least one person to join their club and finish the year with one more than we started with. – let’s work together to grow our clubs and meet our Centennial Service Goals

Join the Centennial Service Challenge!

There’s never been a better time to serve than now! For nearly 100 years, Lions have served their communities and impacted millions of people around the world. To celebrate our 100th anniversary, we are asking Lions to help reach our Centennial Service Challenge goal of serving 100 million people by December 2017. Every club can play a part in reaching our goal, and your club can earn special Centennial recognition when you serve!

Engaging youth – organise projects that engage and mobilize youth while helping communities.

Share the vision – raise awareness about preventing vision loss or help those who live with blindness and visual impairment.

Relieve the hunger – organise projects that mobilize your club members to make a difference in your community, by helping those who don’t have enough to eat.

Protect the environment – forests provide a source of livelihood, protection from natural disasters and absorb carbon dioxide emissions that lead to global warming. Organize ‘hands on’ projects by planting trees, at creches, schools, old age facilities, parks and other public places.

Let’s work together to grow our clubs and meet our Centennial Service Goals.

Moira Theron
District Governor 2014/15
Lions Clubs District 410A

Photos courtesy of DC John Houston. Also included are this year’s Peace Poster entries.

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Dr. Lutz van Dijk, Citizen of the Year – 2014

Citizen of the year, Dr. Lutz van Dijk

Citizen of the year, Dr. Lutz van Dijk

Our District 410A, honoured Dr. Lutz van Dijk of HOKISA with a Citizen of the Year award. This achievement recognition, in the form of a Melvin Jones Fellowship was presented to Dr van Dijk by our District Governor Moira Theron at her Welcome Home Breakfast Gala.

A little history on Dr. Lutz van Dijk

“…is a German-Dutch writer, born in Berlin in 1955. He began as a teacher in Hamburg (Germany), later he joined the Anne Frank House in Amsterdam (Netherlands). Since 2001 he is at home in Cape Town (South Africa), where he became a founding member and Co-Director of HOKISA, a South African NGO which cares for children affected and/or infected by HIV/AIDS.
http://www.hokisa.co.za
HOKISA_logoMost of his books are written in German and translated into many other languages (like Afrikaans, Bulgarian, Chinese, Danish, Dutch, French, Hungarian, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Swedish, isiXhosa – and English). Lutz van Dijk has received several literary awards, among them the Namibian Youth Literature Award (1997) and the German Gustav-Heinemann-Peace-Award (2001).

Next to Germany and Holland, where he is on reading tours twice a year, he has given readings in schools, libraries, bookshops and with human rights groups in Austria, Bulgaria, Denmark, France, England, Hungary, Italy, Poland, Spain and outside of Europe in countries in Western and Southern Africa, the Middle East, Latin America and the USA.“
http://www.lutzvandijk.co.za/english.html

Dr. Lutz has a PhD; he is a qualified teacher for special education of disturbed children; writer (free-lance); volunteer fundraiser and coordinator of Amakhaya Ngoku housing project in Masiphumelele.

His most recent books are set in South Africa and his work includes a “History of Africa” with a foreword by Archbishop EM. Desmond tutu. All royalties from his South African books are donated to the Hokisa home, and form a major financial support for this project.

Dr. Lutz van Dijk, HOKISA

Dr. Lutz van Dijk, HOKISA

Characteristically, Dr Lutz van Dijk’s main concern is developmental, and his focus at all times is on those who have been marginalized, helping them to discover their abilities and nurturing them to grow into their full potential as human beings.

DG Moira Theron gave such an insightful introduction of Dr Lutz van Dijk and everyone present was overwhelmed with what he has achieved over the years. We are proud to have honoured one of many of South Africa’s unsung heroes.

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Welcome home breakfast held for DG Moira Theron

The traditional Welcome Home event upon the return of our District Governor from the International Convention was held as a breakfast in Cape Town.

This event was highlighted by announcing the “Citizen of the year” Dr Lutz van Dijk from HOKISA. Dr Lutz van Dijk was honoured with a Melvin Jones Fellowship for his commitment in creating a better society for those living with aids and the set-up of home HOKISA in Masiphumelele.

DG Moira also formally announced her cabinet to serve District 410 A during the coming year. Here are some photos of the event by Lion Dylin Kuni:

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