LIONS member Russell Volker of the King William’s Town Lions Club was inducted as Council Chairperson for the centenary year, 2017-18.
The 53rd Convention of Multiple District 410 (which comprises South Africa, Swaziland and Namibia) of Lions Clubs International was held at Century City in Cape Town last Saturday.
Each of the fours districts in the multiple district of South Africa, is led by a district governor – and the four governors form a council of governors headed by a council chairperson.
Lions Clubs International was founded 100 years ago, on June 7 1917, in Chicago, America and started 60 years ago in South Africa, the first club being chartered in Cape Town.
Volker was raised and educated in King William’s Town and still operates an electrical contracting business that he started 30 years ago. He has been a member of the King William’s Town Lions Club for 30 years, has held every position in the club (several more than once), has held several positions on the district cabinet, was district governor in 2013-2014 and is a Melvin Jones Fellow.
In this current Lionistic year, he was instrumental in the chartering of two new Lions Clubs, Grahamstown and Beacon Bay, and is highly regarded as a leader and trainer within the Lions organisation.
At the banquet last week Friday evening, he was presented with a Certificate of Appreciation from the International President of Lions Clubs International.
Lions lady Pat Volker, Lions Andrew, Ann and Brian von der Decken and Lions lady, Janet von der Decken, were the only other members of the King William’s Town Lions Club who were able to attend the convention to support Lion Russell and enjoyed the several events over the three days.
“Obviously, for us, the highlight was the induction of Russell as council chairman,” Von der Decken said.
“But other special moments were the addresses by our international guest, Past International Director Salim Moussan from Lebanon and the award at the banquet of a Melvin Jones Fellowship to the Corporate Citizen of the Year, Pick ‘n Pay, for 47 years of support for the Lions Food Scheme for people in need in Cape Town.” The four districts also held their conventions where their district governors for the new year were inducted; and there were also several opportunities for fellowship and sightseeing around Cape Town.