LIONS Club International, the world’s largest humanitarian services association recently inaugurated a new charter, the Gye Nyame Charter at Dansoman with the admission of 26 new men and women as members of the charity organization.
The Minister for Heath, Hon Sherry Ayittey commended members of the Club for their commitment and continuous support in the area of eye care over the years.
Delivering an address on behalf of the minister, a Chief Nursing Officer, Mr George Kumi Kyeremeh, acknowledged the numerous projects the club has put up complimenting Government’s efforts towards quality health care delivery in the country.
He encouraged the Lion Club to develop educational materials that would persuade people living in the rural communities especially to examine their eyes regularly challenging the club to focus energies on getting Ghana free of avoidable blindness by 2020.
Speaking at the Charter Night/Fund-Raising ceremony, a Guiding Lion, Lion Nana Okoampah VII emphasized the urgent need for the club to increase its membership in order to cope with the increasing opportunity for service to mankind as the world advance in diverse ways.
Nana Okoampah VII who is the Sanahene of Atua-Ekumfi in the central region challenged both new and old Lions to join forces towards raising funds to support the less privilege in society.
“Unless we do something to make a difference in the life of somebody in need in our communities, we get nowhere’’, Nana told the gathering.
Lion Nana Okoampah had so many international recognition medals to his credit for his immense contributions towards service to humanity.
The President of the Gye Nyame Charter of the Lions Club, Lion Godwin Agianab in his acceptance speech pledged the new charter’s readiness in working for the service of mankind with the guidance of the association’s motto -we serve- urging members of the various clubs especially those from Gye Nyame to always desire for close collaboration between themselves and attend meeting regularly and actively participate in fund-raising activities in order to ensure the collective achievements of service initiatives.
He noted that, the unity of members can make a difference in the lives of the less privileged in society and in the lives of members as they gain personal and professional skills that will last a lifetime adding the need to demonstrate to everyone with whom we come in contact as lions, the true meaning of our inspirational signpost’’.
The occasion was graced by Lion Gloria Esi Lassey, Governor of District 403 A2 that comprises six (6) countries including Ghana in the African sub-region.
Lionism was founded on 7th June, 1917 by a Chicago Insurance Broker, Melvin Jones to promote the betterment of communities and the world at large with the code “You can’t get very far until you start doing something for somebody else’’. This has become the guiding principles for public-spirited people the world over.
LIONS stand for Liberty Intelligence Our Nations Safety.
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