Lions from around the Caribbean gathered for our 23rd Multiple District 60 Mid-Year Conference which was held at The Princess Hotel in Guyana in November 2011. This year, Council Chair Lion Nicolin chose 'Lionism ... My Cherished Priority' as the theme for the Confernce.
As has been the custom, the Guyanese hospitality was at its best, with the Organising Committee led by Lion Denyse Thompson ensuring a smooth flow between the workshops and social events. District Governors of 60A & 60B conducted their second Cabinet Meeting and this afforded members of both districts the opportunity to attend both meetings.
At the 23rd Miy-Year Conference, attendees were addressed by our Council Chair Lion Nicolin, who spoke on "Differentiation - an important element of growth".
The highlight of this meeting was the feature address by Key Note Speaker, International Director Lion Douglas X. Alexander, PMJF, at the 23rd Mid-Year Conference.
Lion Douglas brought greetings from our International President and spoke of the goals and key projects of the President. Lion Douglas also spoke of his first encounter with the Lions Organisation and his "... another one of these meetings again" thought. He attended that meeting and was pleasantly surprised to learn it was not just another group of business persons trying to do something, but a group of people really and truely committed to assisting the less fortunate in the community.
He became a member of the Brooklyn Bedford Stuyvesant Lions Club in 1984 and spoke of an activity of his Club - the Distribution of Thanksgiving Baskets - as the specific time he truely felt he was a Lion. Lion Douglas encouraged members present to go down memory lane and think of that time during that specific service activity, when you realized that what you did as a member of a Club greatly affected someone else's life. It was at that momemt, he said, that you actually became a Lion.
At the Conference, four (4) Lions received their Melvin Jones Fellowship plaques and lapel pins from Lion Coucil Chair Nicolin, who was ably assisted by International Director Lion Douglas. The International President's Certificate of Appreciation was also presented to Lion Phil Branche, Lion Sheik Vic Nasseer, Lion Dave Scarlet and Lion Denyse Thompson.
There was also a power point presentation by the Parwani Lions Club. Also in attendance was Past International Director Lion Eugenio Roman, Area Co-ordinator of the Global Leadership Team.