Brian - Why I joined Lions

I had two friends who were members of Sutton Coldfield Lions Club and they had asked me many times to join their Club, but being a full time carer looking after my wife I just did not have the time nor energy. Sadly my wife passed away and after looking after her 24/7 for 34 years I was suddenly left both lonely and looking for something to do with my life. Remembering the help and support I had received from the Lions of Sutton Coldfield after my loss, I decided perhaps I could help out at some of their fund-raising events, and was amazed how they took me under their wing, and the friendliness they showed me even though they hardly knew me.

Eventually, I decided to attend one of their meetings and again they made me so welcome and made me feel quite at home, so I went from having just a few close friends, to having many many friends. I was badged up in November 1995 and have been an active Lion since, being President several times, Secretary twice, and Treasurer for many years..

So after being a Lion for 15 years I'm still just as keen, and have made many many more friends, and still enjoy helping people much less able than myself. I transfered to Castle Bromwich and District Lions Club in June 2010 and received the same welcome as before, and made even more friends. Marston Green Lions have T-shirts, and on the back it says "There are no strangers, just friends we have not met yet" which is quite fitting to Lionism. I can recommend joining Lions, if you want friendship and fellowship, and want to help people less able than yourself, and feel, and see, the pleasure on the faces of the people you have helped. We also have a great social agenda with many events quizes, Charter Nights etc. so why not come and join us and have fun.