The Independent (Accra)

14 January 2000

Ghana: Lions Club meets at Ho

Accra — The Second Consultative Zone meeting of Zone 161 Lions Club International has been held at Ho in the Volta Region.

The Ceremony which was co-hosted by the Ho Alpha Lions and Kpando Olive Club was under the theme "Sponsor/New Members Relationship" and was attended by 12 Clubs in the Zone.

The Clubs include Accra Premier, Accra Ebony, Ho Alpha, Kpando Olive Lion, Tema Lion, Sekondi (Twin City) Sankofa Leo. The others are Sakumono Club, Nyansapow Leo, Ho Asogli and Tema Leo Clubs.

Lions Club International has among its members prominent citizens among whom include Hon Mike Gizo, Cdr. Steve Obimpeh Mp for North Dayi; Brigadier Walter Amanie Director General in the charge of Planning and Development in Ghana Armed Forces; Sango Dzamefe a circuit Judge Prince Kwame Kludjeson CEO of Celltel and Kate B Hudson of the Graphic group of companies.

In a welcome address, the president of Ho Alpha Lions Club, Prosper Tay appealed to all members to develop a sharp and clear focus into the future so as to provide quality services to meet the total needs of the least privileged in the society.

He observed that during the previous years which were characterized with mixed feelings and very challenging moments, most of the various clubs in the Zone encountered serious problems especially in the Ho area where the spirit of Lions appeared to have dwindled.

He therefore called for a collaborative effort to rejuvenate the fruits of Lionism.

On his part the Zone Chairman, Prince Kofi Kludjeson expressed his sincere appreciation to Club Presidents and Members for the support they gave during the first half of the year.

He observed that the status of some clubs in the zone are not too strong but he assured them of the continued support and motivation to get those back on their feet.

He urged all clubs to put in a lot of determination and commitment to enable them turn the status of the clubs around.

Recounting the achievements of the zones during the first half of the 1999/2000 historic year, Prince Kofi Kludjeson cited the installation ceremony and fund raising banquet to introduce the chairman of Zone 161, which took place at Banquet Hall of the State House as yielding an amount of approximately ¢70 million in aid of projects. He said during the period Zone 161 in conjunction with Zone 162 co-ordinated a donation of 3000 pieces of exercise books worth ¢1.2m to Otumfuo Osei Tutu II's Education Fund of which his Zone contributed 60% of the funds towards the project.

A donation of 4000 bags of rice worth ¢31 million to NADMO to alleviate the plight of disaster victims in the north and other areas in Ghana and a grant of USD 75000 received from Echoing Hills Village USA to support Ghana's Echoing Hills village renovation project for the disabled in Madina, Accra.

Prince Kofi Kludjeson urged all members to employ visions of mind and sight to raise the standard of service and personal attitude and respect of society.

Giving the key note address, the Ho District Chief Executives Captain George Nfodzo said the nation had been proud about the shining example for the care of the needy.

He appealed to the Lions Club to engage itself in the bush fire campaign and the eradication of environmental hazards. He promised that the Ho District Assembly will assist the Ho Asogli Leo Club in all their efforts to help develop the district.

The executives of Ho Alphas and Kpando Olive Lions Clubs jointly presented 3 bags of rice, 2 bags of sugar, 2 cartons of Soap and a quantity of oranges valued at ¢500,000 to the inmates of the Ho Leprosarium.

Receiving the items on behalf of the inmates, Mr. Obitu Adams expressed sincere thanks to the donors for their kind gesture.

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