Newsletter - July 2018

Sadly this month I have to report the death of Dalton Hopkins. He and his wife, Dianne, joined us in 2012. They were not new to Lionism as they had previously been Lions in South Africa. But it took them three visits to our business meetings to make up their minds that we were not quite as “off the wall” as our behaviour suggested. Once they got the message, they really got stuck in. Dalton took on the job of Chairman of Fundraising and subsequently Zone Chairman whilst Dianne became Secretary and then President.

Unfortunately, as is so often the case, you learn more about people when they’ve gone than you did when they were here. We did not know that Dalton was a practicing Christian, that he used to ride a Harley Davison, or that he was once a Kenny Rogers lookalike and impersonator. What we had seen were beautiful examples of his work as a glass sculptor (done before his illness made the work too dangerous for him to continue), and his performance as Santa Claus which was very realistic - all in all, a talent gone too soon at the age of sixty-six. He will be sorely missed. Fortunately Dianne has family and friends to help her through this difficult time.

For the Club, it’s back to the arduous business of fundraising to enable us to serve the needs of the community. Our first offering is Motown Music with Lou Taylor on 22 September at the British Legion in Old Basing. Thereafter things have gone slightly pear shaped in the sense that our resident impresario has only just realized that he had mixed up our upcoming concert dates. The correct dates are, The Hampshire Police Band playing for us at QMC on 13th October and The Caerphilly Male Voice Choir on 17th November - Veritably old age does not come on its own!

Quiz Night at the Cliddesden Millenium Hall is still on 3rd November. If any of these appeal, please get in touch with us via the website www.basingstokelions.org.uk/

or by contacting one of the organisers  – tony.bamberger@hotmail.co.uk - mauricehockley@hotmail.comjomolincoln@btinternet.comphilipjhwilson@btinternet.com .

Thank you for your support. We look forward to seeing you.

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