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February 2014 1st : CANSA Relay 6th : Ladies Meeting - Den 13th : Directors Meeting - Den 15th : Bush Braai - Den 20th : Lions Expo Meeting - Den 22nd : Lions Bingo - Den 27th : Club Meeting - Den March 2014 6th : Ladies Meeting - Den 13th : Directors Meeting - Den 20th : Lions Expo Meeting - Den 21st - 23rd : District 410-C Falls Convention - Howick 27th : Club Meeting - Den 29th : Lions Bingo - Den Birthdays : February : 6th : June Rundle 7th : Barry Van Der Veen 8th : Jenny Smith 8th : Otto Wank 21st : Nico De Jong 19th : Mervin Curnow 24th : Jane Massey 30th : Karin Warman March : 17th : Clayton Curnow 10th : Denis Meyer 11th : Inge Wank


ecently I received a request from Hibiscus Academy in Umtentweni for books for their library. I immediately contacted Hibiscus Seconds and within days we delivered two bakkie loads of books to them with more to come. The staff and kids were so thankful. It made me proud to be a Lion. That little bit of effort brought big rewards for the kids and me personally. Guys, the reason I'm telling you this is that we as a club can make a big difference in our community without major projects like the proposed Expo. Smaller projects, with the help of the community and local business make a big impact without straining our resources to breaking point. Partnerships with other service organizations should also be investigated and encouraged. It has been said that if we cancel the Expo it will change the fabric of our club. I agree with that statement. But, if we don't make a success of the Expo

it will change the club even more. The club will end up with massive debt which will rip the club apart. There are many examples where exactly that has happened. Now is the time for clear and lateral thinking. Do not rush into decisions and think HARD about the consequences. If we commit to the Expo then I urge each and every member and our Ladies to support the effort. We have no option but to succeed. Andre Beneke Club President


he Club’s “roll up” projects advertising banners have been totally revamped and now proudly advertise our latest community service projects. These handy double sided banners retract into a zip up bag and are very ease to transport and erect at projects and fundraisers. Our contributing public are now able to identify with the core service projects of the Port Shepstone Lions Club. Our grateful appreciation to banner sponsors Curnow Garrun Insurance Group, Roll-A Fold (Trellidor) and Paton Agencies for sponsoring the cost and D M Web Design for the artwork.

Sheppie Lions relay participants

The Sheppie Lions stand


he Annual Cansa Relay For Life was held on Saturday 1st February at the Norwegian Settlers sports field in Marburg. The event, which is supported by various local companies and service/charity organisations was well supported and participants took part in the relay, tributes to those lost to cancer and the various other activities which were ongoing from 5pm until 5am on Sunday 2nd February. A group of Sheppie Lions, Lion Ladies and kids participated and remained throughout the night to show their support. Well done to Lion Gary Vogt for organising the Sheppie Lions stand and to all members who showed their support for this very worthy cause. Lion President Andre Beneke taking a breather.

Founder of Relay


ne person can make a difference! In 1985, one man decided he had to do something to stop the endless pain, suffering and loss due to cancer. He decided to raise funds for his local American Cancer Society, by doing something he enjoyed – running marathons. He spent an incredible 24 hours running around a track – a gruelling feat, but representative of what someone fighting cancer endures. He asked for the support of people he knew and raised $27 000 USD. While he circled the track, he thought about how others could take part. He envisaged a 24 hour team relay event that would raise money for the fight against cancer. Dr. Gordy Klatt’s determination was contagious and the following year he tapped into networks of friends, family and associates to raise funds and Relay For Life was born. No longer a one-man show, Relay For Life events now involve entire communities with a mutual goal to eradicate cancer. Today, Relay For Life is a recognisable brand worldwide, with 20 countries celebrating the lives saved from cancer; remembering those lost and those fighting back… Relay For Life is the largest cancer engagement and fundraising activity in the world!

Relay in South Africa Relay For Life is a unique event that offers everyone in your community the opportunity to participate in the fight against cancer. It represents the HOPE that all of those lost to cancer will never be forgotten; that those who are fighting cancer will be supported and that one day cancer will be eliminated. Relay For Life embraces entire communities; from the very young to the old. Teams raise funds before and during the Relay and these funds are dedicated to funding CANSA’s unique, integrated service within your community. Read more about CANSA’s service to those affected by cancer: English | Afrikaans. Relay For Life has taken South Africa by storm and in the past year 57 communities participated in Relay For Life events across South Africa. This year over 100 communities will participate in this amazing overnight event. CANSA invites you to make a difference in your community by joining your local Relay For Life click here for a list of Relay For Life events scheduled to take place around South Africa this year.

Activities at Relay Relay For Life teams (10 to 15 members) take turns to walk or run around a track for 12 to 24 hours. The goal is to keep one team member on the track at all times, as cancer never sleeps. Participants enjoy camping-out, entertainment, good food, games and community camaraderie. They all share a common purpose – their desire to help CANSA fight cancer and to support those affected by cancer.


heppie Lions recently received a request from Hibiscus Academy in Umtentweni for donations of books for t h e i r l i b r a r y. C l u b P r e s i d e n t A n d r e immediately contacted Hibiscus Coast Seconds and within days two bakkie loads of books were donated to them with more to come. The staff and learners were very grateful for this donation and the new library is well on it’s way to fruition. Anyone willing to donate any books is welcome to contact Lion P r e s i d e n t A n d r e

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During the institute, 1VDG Martin was a member of the Yellow Team comprising of members from our other 3 districts.

Members from District 410-C who attended the Institute are (L-R) Ken Toward (Amanzimtoti), Peter Hyde (Howick), Sandy Beykirch (Cowies Hill), Lyn Botha (Cowies Hill), Kryn Haus (eThekwini South), Martin Rundle (Port Shepstone) and Jane Wicks (Cowies Hill)


n order to facilitate the appropriate training of future leaders for our respective districts, a Regional Lions Leadership Institute was held in Wellington in the Western Cape during the month of January 2014. This Institute, which is funded by Lions Clubs International and the 4 districts within our Multiple District is the second one if it’s kind to be held during the past two years. Unfortunately it will be some time before another course will be held here in our Multiple District. Members of the Port Shepstone Lions Club have attended both of these institutes, namely Lion Andre Beneke in 2013 and 1VDG Martin Rundle in 2014. This training course is presented by our very own Multiple District Global Leadership Team and course presenters included PCC Cliff Hocking (410-B), PCC Wally Smith (410-D), PDG Paula Lang (410-A), PDG Nick Mare (410-B) and DC Beaulieu Mare (410-B). The course was, once again a tremendous success and those who attended have been well trained and equipped with the knowledge to eventually become effective District leaders within their respective Districts.

Nice to see Cliff wearing a Lions Shirt for a change.. He is usually seen wearing his signature Sharks Shirt!!

Enjoying a well deserved break from all the training are PCC Cliff Hocking (Midrand), PCC Wally Smith (Port Elizabeth Host, 1VDG Martin (Port Shepstone) and DCS Sandy Beykirch (Cowies Hill)

Outdoor & Leisure




Meet the newly appointed Expo Portfolio Holders....

The Conference

The Cabinet Meeting The Theme Party

Best Dressed Couple Cyril & Barbara Petley Harrismith Lions Club

Theme Party DJ Denis Meyer

Al was determined to braai “South African Style” in -10°! The neighbours thought that he was a little touched! We, of course, have known this for years!!


ion Alastair and Lion Lady Karin Warman visited St Johns, an island off the east coast of Newfoundland in Canada during December to see their new 3 month old granddaughter, Charlotte for the first time. Their son Kyle and daughter-in-law Andrea have lived in this part of the world for a number of years. True to his word, Al promised to send us a pic of him braaiing, South African style regardless of the weather which was a rather cool 10º for most of their stay! Al also visited with PDG Sam Wells who is a member of the local St John’s Lions Club, a club of 65 members which was chartered in 1948. Their District, 41-N4 is regarded as one of the smaller districts in Canada with around 50 clubs.

No fridges required in this part of the world to keep the bevvies cold!!

Al took time to visit the local St Johns Lions Club and exchange banners with PDG Sam Wells (District 41-N4 Newfoundland and Labrador, Canada)

Al Presented the St John’s Club banner to Lion President Andre Beneke at the Sheppie January meeting

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Port Shepstone Lions Club 2013-2014 Board Of Directors President : Andre Beneke Imm.Past President : Jean Masson Fundraising : Alastair Warman Service Projects : Jeff Smith House & Entertainment : Dale Mc Garry Secretary : Charles Wallis Treasurer : Richard Borradaile Membership : Kevin Ross Public Relations : Denis Meyer Bar Manager : Alister Love Lions Alert : Andre Beneke (Acting) Lion Tamer : Clayton Curnow Tailtwister : Barry Van Der Veen Lion Ladies President : Estelle O.Neill Lion Ladies Secretary : Anna Compion Lion Ladies Treasurer : Jane Massey Newsletter Editor : PDG Denis Meyer email : Web Site :


uring their recent Lions Expo meeting, Port Shepstone Lions' President Andre Beneke presented an appreciation plaque on behalf of the Club to Coca Cola Fortune Sales Manager John Graham (left) and Marketing and Special Events Coordinator Lindi Van Der Merwe (right). This presentation was made in appreciation of the many years of support and sponsorship that this company has provided to the club with numerous fundraising and community assistance projects.

Enjoying some superb fellowship after the first Club Meeting of 2014 are Lions Al Warman, Mike Heathcote, Jean Masson, Laurie Lourens and Nico De Jong.

Club Facebook Page : oneLionsClub Club Postal Address : P O Box 509 Port Shepstone 4240 Club Street Address : Lions’ Den Ambleside Road, Umtentweni

The Sheppie Pride - January 2014 Edition  

Monthly magazine of the Port Shepstone Lions Club, District 410-C, South Africa

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