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In Altitude Beatrice Mac Donald


We have come to the end of the first half of the lionistic year and we can safely say that we have grown. But lions have we truly grown? Have we achieved the goals that we set ourselves and our club for that period. Have we made a difference in our club life. Have contributed in the way that we should have? If the answer to these questions is yes, then Lions ROAR and let us move forward with strength into the second half of the year. If there is an alternate answer then Lions we need to reflect on the goals that we set and review them.. We need to reflect on our participation in Club activities and see what difference we can make in the coming year.. let us focus on these questions and ensure that we continue to REACH WITHIN TO EMBRACE SERVICE A LOOK INSIDE Diamond Jubilee Award


Annual Christmas Party Super J Yoplait Walk Diabetes Awareness Talk SLDHA—Health Fair


Health Corner


Leo Zone Lions Church Service


Mental Health Day First Zone Meeting


Christmas Lunch Death Announcement Club Information





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QUEEN ELIZABETH DIAMOND JUBILEE AWARD As part of celebrations to mark the diamond Jubilee of the reign of Queen Elizabeth the II, the Governor General of Saint Lucia Dame Pearlette Louisy presented awards to Saint Lucians in a number of categories. The Lions Club of Castries nominated Lion Keith Weeks for the award for outstanding community service. The award was bestowed on Lion Weeks by the Governor General during an impressive ceremony. The Board of Directors and Members congratulate Lion Weeks on this achievement.

ANNUAL CHILDREN’S CHRISTMAS PARTY The Lions Club of Castries assisted by the Leos held its annual Christmas party in the Community of Babonneau. This year participants were drawn from five infant and primary schools in the community - Babonneau, Fond Assaux, Debarras, Bogis and Laguerre. The students were treated to face painting, eats and drinks, and engaged in song and dance. This year a new feature was added and each school presented a cultural piece depicting the Christmas theme. A unique piece was performed in Creole. The highlight of the party was the appearance of Santa who engaged the students in song and dance. Each Child was presented with a gift by Santa. Our thanks go to the many corporate sponsors, individuals, Lions and Leos who contributed and participated in making this event the success that it was. We take this opportunity to wish all a spirit filled Christmas and a prosperous 2013. ROAR Lions and Leos of Castries



BREAST CANCER AWARENESS WALK 2012 The members of the Lions and Leo clubs of Castries assisted at the Super J Yoplait Breast Cancer Awareness walk. A number of Lions and Leos participated in the walk. The walk was to raise awareness of Breast Cancer in Saint Lucia and also to remember those we lost through this disease. The funds raised from the Yoplait sale and the walk will go to the National Community Foundation - which is an NGO set up to provide assistance to needy persons in areas such as medical and educational expenses among a few.

Before inviting someone to become a LION, make sure that the prospective member is fully aware of the financial obligations of membership, attendance requirements, and expectations for Involvement. MY CLUB MY FAMILY

In observance of Diabetes Awareness month the members of the Lions Club of Castries engaged the services of former Lion Sister Elvina Ravenaeu to conduct a lecture session with the students of Grades 5 and 6 of the Canon Laurie Anglican Primary School on the warning signs of Diabetes Myths and facts. The over 120 students were enthusiastic and the interaction was great. The lecture session debunked a number of myths which the students had and the newly acquired information can now be shared with parents, siblings and friends

HEALTH FAIR TO MARK THE END OF DIABETES AWARENESS MONTH To mark the official close of diabetes awareness month the Saint Lucia Diabetic and Hypertensive Association partnered with a number of organizations - Lions club of Castries, Ministry of Health, Super J supermarket, Lady Gordon Opportunity Center, Peter and Company and many others to host a Health Fair in the William Peer Boulevard. High blood Pressure and Sugar were tested as well as education provided by the many professionals on hand. The Blood Bank was also available soliciting persons to donate blood The fair which lasted from 9 am to 4 pm saw hundreds of citizens coming to get tested, to sample the healthy food and snacks available as well as enjoying the demonstration by the students of the Lady Gordon Opportunity Centre. - ACT ON DIABETES NOW






Health Corner : 1.

Quit the sugar habit. The average can of sugar-sweetened soda or fruit punch provides about 150 calories. If you were to drink just one can of a sugar-sweetened soft drink every day, and not cut back on calories elsewhere, you could gain up to 15 pounds in a year. Cutting back on sugary drinks may help control your weight and may lower your risk of type 2 diabetes.


Go calorie-free naturally. “Diet” drinks with artificial sweeteners may condition our taste buds to crave supersweet foods. Plain old water is the best calorie-free beverage—but if it’s just too plain, try adding a squeeze of lemon or lime or a splash of 100% fruit juice. Plain coffee and tea are also healthy calorie-free choices, in moderation.

3. If you don’t drink alcohol, there’s no need to start. Moderate alcohol consumption lowers the risk of heart disease and diabetes; it also slightly increases the risk of breast and colon cancer. For some people—especially pregnant women, people recovering from alcohol addiction, people with liver disease, and people taking one or more medications that interact with alcohol—the risks of drinking clearly outweigh the benefits. 4. Save sports drinks for athletes. Sports beverages are designed to give athletes carbs, electrolytes, and fluid during high-intensity workouts that last an hour or more. For sedentary folks, they’re just another source of sugary calories. 5. Pull the plug on energy drinks. These pricey concoctions have as much sugar as soft drinks, enough caffeine to raise your blood pressure, and an unpronounceable list of herbs and additives whose long-term health effects are unknown. No one needs them. There are many options for what to drink, but without a doubt, water is the best choice: It's calorie-free, and it's as easy to find as the nearest tap.


INTERNATIONAL LEO DAY– December 5, 2012 The Lions Club of Castries join with our

District Governor, Lion Claudius (Tony) Buncamper, Region Chairman, Lion Rhon Stephens and Zone Chairman Lion Beatrice Mac Donald in congratulating the members of the Leo Club of Castries as they observe International Leo Day on December 05, 2012. To join in the celebration Leos are challenged to invite a potential new member to your next club meeting, plan your next service project, or write a quick thank you to the lion or Leo who introduced you to the Leo Club Programme.


Leo Social—Whale-watching Experience The members of the Leo Club of Castries used the whale watching experience as their social activity for the month of October. The ship set sail at 9:00 am on Saturday October 20, and returned to shore at 12:00 noon. The group was not part of the 85% recorded as sighting whales, but were thrilled by the dolphin display.

Thanks to the Man-

On Saturday December 15,, 2012 the members of the Leo club of Castries together agement and staff of with the staff of Six staff members from the various branches of Super J supermarConsolidated Food kets converged on the grounds of the Ave Maria Primary school for their annual Limited, the memChristmas Lunch. The items for the preparation of the lunch was donated by Consolidated Foods Limited. The Leos each prepared a dish which was served to the bers of the Lions elderly less fortunate in the Castries environs. Super J Supermarkets - subsidiaries of Club of Castries and Consolidated Foods sent six members (two staff members from selected the Leos, prospective members and friends who branches) to participate in the serving the lunch. The activity was a resounding success and although the base was the Ave Maria Primary School Leos could be seen participated in this activity. around the City circuits distributing lunch to those person who could not make it to the school.




If you have not paid your dues, Especially arrears please do so.

Speak to Lion Treasurer ASAP

Buddy Responsibility It is the responsibility of each buddy to: Know your buddy; Keep your buddy informed of all club activities; Keep in constant communication with your buddy; Inform other club members of activities surrounding you buddy birthday, anniversary, Illness, etc. Inform club of your buddy’s absence from meetings Introduce your buddy to other club members and to guests at meetings and social activities; Complete on-line activities on the Lions International Website with your buddy and report results to the club. HELP BUILD OUR FAMILY OF LIONS



CASTRIES LIONS ATTEND CHURCH SERVICE The members of the Lions and Leo clubs of Castries celebrated mass at the Mount of Prayer Coubrail on Sunday October 6, 2012. To mark the commencement of each lionistic year the two club come together and attend mass in a different community. After Service the lions and Leos socialized at a sumptuous breakfast/brunch at the Auberge Seraphin Hotel.

World Mental Health Day In observance of World Mental Health Day the members of the Lions Club of Castries visited the Mental Wellness Center and treated the patients. The members spent time chatting and at one point engaged them in singing. In addition the members made a donation of blankets to the institution. Thanks to Lion Sharon, Chairperson Community Services Committee and her Team for this interesting activity. A big thank you also to Helen Charles of the St Helen Day Care Center for preparation of items..

Lions Attend Multiple MD Convention - Jamaica The Lions and Leos of Multiple District 60 held a successful Mid Year Convention at the Jamaica Pegasus. The convention was addressed by the International Director and Past International Director as well as the Cabinet Secretary Treasurer. Reports on the status of the Sub-district was given by the two District Governors. In addition a number of workshops including Marketing, Leadership and Membership Development and a Leo Forum were held. The social activities included a talent night, costume party and the Gala Dinner. Three members from the Lions Club of Castries attended the Convention.




FIRST ZONE MEETING FOR ZONE 3B The Lions and Leos of Zone 3B were hosted by the Lions Club of Castries at the Bay Gardens Beach Resort on Saturday October 6, 2012 for the First Zone Meeting for the lionistic year. Club Presidents reported to the Zone Chairman, Lion Beatrice Mac Donald on the status of clubs projects and activities for the first quarter of the year July 01 to September 30, 2012, as well as the financial administration of the clubs. An important part of the meeting was the workshop on Protocol in Lionism facilitated Lion Eldridge Stephens MJF. Two new members were inducted to the Lions Club of Castries at that Meeting.

“Longevity: Shaping the Future” In Observance of the day for older persons the members of the Lions Club of Castries joined with the members of the Club 60 of Castries to walk with the older folks. The walk commenced on the Marc hand field at 6:30 am and culminated at the Marion Home for elderly. After the talk members spent time talking to the older persons about their experience.


As is customary on Christmas Day December 25, 2012, the members of the Lions Club of Castries assisted by the Leo Club and friends and family together with the members of the Reduit Football club, shared a part of their Christmas lunch with the less fortunate from the city environs. Each member was to contribute a dish from their Christmas lunch and bring it along to serve the homeless and less fortunate around Castries. The residents were in high praise of the meal and were generous with their greetings to members

Excerpt From Zone Chairman’s Christmas Message 2012 ...As we move into January let us ensure that each club complete the member profile as requested by the District Governor. The Zone Secretary will be circulating a form that we developed to assist in that regard. The second half will begin with a bang; first we will convene our Zone Advisory meeting followed by Zone meeting. Members in the Zone should make every effort to support the Region Chairman – Lion Rhon Stephens at his Region Meeting in Barbados. This will be following by the District Governor visit to audit the clubs. Lions and Leos let us ensure that we continue to hold the banner of Lionism high in Zone 3B as we recommit ourselves to “STILL BELIEVE IN A WORLD OF SERVICE”. Let me wish you and your families a spirit filled Christmas and a blessed and fruitful 2013.

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“We Still Believe In a World of Service”





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Charter Member & Past President (1968-69) Lions Club of Castries The Lions Club of Castries and by Extension the Lions and Leos of Zone 3B mourn the passing of Mr. Ornan Monplaisir, Charter member and past President of the LiQuote “Watch your thoughts, for they become ons Club of Castries. Our thought and prayers go to his siswords. ter former Lion Marjorie Joseph, Watch your words, for they become son Gregory Monplaisir ,member actions. of the Gros Islet Lions Club and Watch your actions, for they become their families. May His Soul rest habits. in Perfect peace Watch your habits, for they become character. Watch your character, for it becomes your destiny.” Robert McCloskey

Club Information The Club’s general meetings are held twice a month in the Lions Den, Sans Soucis, Castries at 7:00 p.m. The Business meeting is held on the first Thursday at which members are expected to wear their regalias, followed by the Social meeting every third Thursdays. Guests are welcomed to attend the Social meeting. Meeting of the Board of Directors are held on the Monday following the Business Meeting. These meeting which are hosted by Members of the Board commences at 7:00 p.m. Dinner meetings are held on a quarterly basis at the Social Meeting.

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