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MD Convention 2018 "The Wessex Way"

Welcome to Basingstoke for the 2018 Convention in the South of this Multiple District on the ancient Wessex Way from the 2018 Host Committee.

We have chosen this hotel in that it is rather unique in its ability to turn 5 indoor tennis courts into a top class Conference and Entertainment venue capable of seating up to 1500 people in a flexible seating and layout configuration.

Besides the business sessions and your AGM (Annual General Meeting), which is why we are coming together here, we are offering the well known Matt Black from Dorset as entertainment on the Friday evening (www.matt-black.org). Matt has appeared before at District 105D Conventions and is well known throughout the South of the country as a brilliant all-round entertainer who will enthral you with his musical ability and his humour. The Host Committee are working with the hotel to put together a truly international hot buffet to reflect the make-up of our organisation.

During the business sessions on Saturday there will be an organised partner’s trip to Winchester with its Cathedral and quaint shopping areas but we will also give you details of local attractions in and around Basingstoke should you wish to make your own arrangements. These range from the famous Festival Place shopping Centre to a gin distillery (Bombay Sapphire in nearby Whitchurch) and the famous Milestones Museum locally where you can go back in time as far as Victorian times and experience how things were.

Finally on Saturday evening is the Banquet & Ball with fine food and selected wines. On the basis of “if it ain’t broke, don’t fix it”, we have brought back that superb entertainer from MD Convention Blackpool 2017, DJ Scottie, who has agreed to come down from the North west of the country and entertain us again (www.djscottie.co.uk).

Finally, please remember this is a Bank Holiday weekend so the rates that have been negotiated with the hotels are also valid on the Sunday night if you wish to stay over an extra night and explore the countryside more.

Further details will be added to this website as time progresses; from 1st July 2017 you will be able to book your hotels by contacting your choice from the hotel list provided. Our intention is that you will be able to book all other functions and events online by 1st November.

My very experienced fellow committee members and I look forward to welcoming old friends and new to Basingstoke, May 2018.

Mike Hendy

Chair MD2018 Host Committee

www.md105convention.uk


MD Convention Blackpool 2017

This year we celebrate our Centennial Year, as we Lions were founded in June 1917 by an exceptional group of people, who recognised that it is a wonderful thing to come together in the service of others. We can achieve so much more service together than alone, and along the way we can enjoy fun and the fellowship of our fellow Lions. Every Lion contributes in their own way to the success of us all, and every contribution is equally valuable – we should be proud and thankful for what we achieve by working together.

The Centennial gives us the chance to celebrate loudly and proudly the achievements of the last 100 years, and to show the Lions of the future who are yet to join us how their service can add to the successes of the here and now and of the future. 

This is the last year that we have District 105I Ireland with us as part of MD105, as they will become the separate District 133 Ireland with effect from 4th July 2017. We have enjoyed their hard work and the enthusiasm with which they have shared being part of our Multiple District, and I know that we all wish them well with their new status, and we will continue to meet and work with them as friends in the future.

There will be some challenging decisions to make at the Blackpool 2017 Convention about how we organise the shape of the remaining part of our Multiple District.  Several of the remaining 12 districts have struggled for members over the last few years, despite the sterling efforts of District and MD Membership teams. The Eastbourne Multiple District Convention of 2016 instructed the 2016/17 Council of Governors to put forwards proposals to Convention 2017 for Redistricting MD105 with effect from 1st July 2019, and to consult and communicate on those proposals with members via Districts. Council has reached out to every member, through their Club and District, to ask for everyone’s views on the way forwards. 

The Council of Governors has sought to act without parochialism or self -interest in their consideration of Redistricting.  It has not been an easy task to bring together all the suggestions made for the future shape of the Multiple District, and it will be almost impossible to give every member, every Club, or every District exactly what they want; but I ask you to give your wholehearted support to Council as they seek to find proposals which are fairest overall to everyone -  even if those proposals are not everything which you personally would prefer. 

We will look back with pride on the achievements of the last 100 years, we celebrate our Centennial with glad hearts, and we will look forwards together in friendship and in the expectation of future achievements.

Heather Jeavons

Chairman of Council 2016-17

www.2017.md105convention.uk


MD Convention Eastbourne 2016

Multiple District Convention 2016 was  held in Eastbourne from Friday the 6th to Sunday the 8th of May 2016. The venue was the Devonshire Park Centre, Eastbourne BN21 4BP


As Chairman of Council I look forward to welcoming you to the Multiple District Convention in Eastbourne in May. 

Details of the social events and activities have been covered by the Host Committee [below] so let me tell you something of the business sessions this year.

If the grapevine is working as efficiently as usual you are probably already aware that there will be some important decisions to be made by your delegates at convention. Your Council of Governors will be presenting resolutions that will propose changes to the geographical organisation of the Multiple District and to the management and governance structure that will make our MD fit for the 21st Century and beyond. These are important proposals that will not only improve the efficiency of the MD and reduce the cost to members but will result in strong districts that are able to tackle our membership crisis and reverse the downward trend. I would urge you to study the resolutions carefully when they come out, to seek clarification from your DG Team if required and to make sure that your club is represented at convention so that your voice can be heard.

I am also trying to make the business sessions less “sit and listen” and more interactive and hope to turn a large part of the Saturday morning over to smaller workshops and seminars as well as providing an open forum during Sunday’s session. I hope to be able to release more details very soon.

This promises to be one of the most interesting conventions for some time so make sure you are there to take part.

Simon Moss

Council Chairman 2015-16

Social events

EASTBOURNE? – Yes Sunny Eastbourne on the Sussex Coast. There is plenty to see and do.

Why not come early or stay late or do both? 

Make the Convention weekend part of an early Summer Holiday. 

The Friday Host Night will be something a bit different, yes there will be a theme - “London through the ages”, but it will be led by a true cockney – Gordon Bennett (that’s his name, not just an expression). There will be other entertainment; singing & dancing with a London theme. So there will be plenty of scope if you want to dress-up. If fancy dress is not for you just sit back and laugh at those of us that do dress up. You can choose your own food from a buffet with something for all tastes.

On Saturday night the Banquet & Ball will be fairly traditional with music for dancing provided by one of the South’s premier Abba tribute bands – “Abalicious”. But this is Eastbourne, the Devonshire Centre, where Conventions have been held before and all the staff know what they are doing and what we want, so you can choose what to eat in advance. 

The Social evenings will both be held in the Floral Hall while the Convention Business Session, described by our Council Chairman, will be held in the adjoining Congress Theatre, with plenty of room to sit in comfort and lots of room for the exhibitions and the break-outs or workshops. Lion John Cattaway and his host committee recently organised the SE Convention in the same venue and they promise you will enjoy this weekend - so please come; support our Council Chairman and the District Governors; welcome the next Council; and most of all HAVE FUN!

To book, visit the District SE website