It was an important year for the Lions Clube de Lagos, not only for being chartered as a new club in the Western Algarve, thus becoming part of the world’s largest international service club, but also for the public interest it is encountering.
The continuous support and space provided by regional publishers made our objectives known in the area, resulting in requests for support and attracting former and potential new members.
We are now established as the second English-speaking Lions Club in the Algarve, growing in numbers of international members, motivated and dedicated to serve the aims of Lions, enjoying the friendship and social activities, and gradually creating a sound charity account to support present and future projects.
All Lions Clubs in the Algarve have generously accepted our existence, resulting in positive regional contacts, demonstrating we are sharing the same goals, under the same international banner.
Our first large fundraising event, a performance by a Norwegian Chamber Choir, was a great success. At this event we also introduced our ‘own’ wine label, which is added on the bottles of quality wines produced by our club’s host Herdade dos Seromenhos, sold with a small surcharge to add to our charity fund.
Recently, artist Moa Gällström organised a Waffle Party at her art gallery in Albufeira, selling waffles, wine and paintings, and attended by many regular and invited guests. LC de Lagos held a raffle at the event which resulted in a significant amount being added to the club’s charity fund.
The year was closed with a special Christmas lunch for members, family and friends at the newly-opened Restaurant Aldeia Azul in Praia da Luz, Lagos. All enjoyed a lunch menu prepared and served by João Militão and his staff, in an amicable atmosphere.
During the last general meeting of 2016, a new French member was welcomed, after being unanimously approved by all members. More potential members are in the pipeline, to be introduced to our ever-expanding vibrant club. Seven nationalities are now ready to engage in our social and fundraising activities in the wider Lagos community.
Internationally, Lions surpassed the 1.4 million member mark at the end of October 2016, the largest we’ve ever been, thanks to members from all over the world believing in Lions and aiming to serve 200 million people a year by 2021. More members means we can provide more help to those who need us most.
Aware of the many needs in the community, the club’s active fundraising group is planning more events for 2017.
By THEO DE JAGER