Lucan Lions Club ‘30 years of service’….
In April 1988, a group of twenty-five people assembled at the Springfield Hotel, to discuss the formation of a new Lions Club. The meeting was hosted by Paddy Cotter of Maynooth/Kilcock Lions Club. People from a variety of backgrounds attended. I can recall sitting in a smoke-filled resident’s lounge listening to Paddy talking about our community needs and social benefits of having a local Lions Club. There was a great response to his presentation. I signed-up while sipping tea with John McDonald (RIP) and Barry Bowman.
A development plan to set up the Club was agreed. Jimmy Cox was elected the first President of Lucan/Leixlip Lions Club. Bernard Hurley was selected as the club Secretary. Soon we were planning a Charter Dinner night. The dinner was hosted by Eoin Hickey, and it took place in the then newly opened Finnstown House Hotel.
People sometimes ask ‘what do Lions do’? Our club Moto is ‘We Serve’. In implementing this, we arrange charity events, and fundraise for local worthy causes. We often team-up with local organizations, to organize events in the context of helping the wider community.
There are 110 Lions Clubs in Ireland, with over three thousand members. Each club member pays an annual membership fee to cover the insurance and administrative costs of the Club. We can say for certain, therefore, that all funds raised for charity goes back directly into our community. Lions International celebrated their 100th birthday last year. They are the largest volunteer organization in the world.
A great deal has changed in the world since 1988! Notwithstanding this, Lucan Lions Club has maintained a constant positive presence in this community. Our ethos is to embrace those who seek our help. We strive to make a difference and improve the quality of life for those less well off in our community. Our record of accomplishment in Lucan over 30 years demonstrates the impact we have made through our own initiatives or working with other local charitable organisations.
We welcome visitors and new members to our meetings, which take place in Lucan Spa Hotel on the second Tuesday of each month at 8.30pm.
To celebrate our 30th anniversary and to mark our impact as a club, TV AM Celebrity Chef Joe Shannon will be preparing a delicious Gourmet Dining Experience. This will take place on 27 April in Lucan Spa Hotel. Tickets €45 from any Lucan Lions Club member.
Ray Barnes PRO, 0862394616