THE CLUB IN 2017/18
The current membership stands at 54 and meets twice per month, a business and dinner meeting, in addition to both the wide a varied programme of service, fund raising and social activities. These range from running a nationally recognized triathlon and the town carnival to Christmas barrel organ collections, a fun day for the disabled, quiz nights and numerous other events.
Gordon Hill becomes new President of Tonbridge Lions Club.
On Sunday 25th June Gordon Hill was inaugurated as the sixty-eighth President of Tonbridge Lions Club. Outgoing President, Bob Bartlett, presented Gordon with the chain of office at a luncheon at Hever Golf and Country Club.
Gordon was born in Heathfield and raised in Sussex where he was educated at Bexhill Grammar School. After a few years living in London, Gordon relocated to South Africa, where he lived and worked for four years before returning and planting roots in Tonbridge in 1976. Gordon met his wife Peggy whilst travelling to Cape Town, where they married in 1974.
Gordon and Peggy have three children: Fiona, Andrew and Robin, all educated in Tonbridge schools and now living in the London area, and four young grandchildren. Now mostly retired, Gordon spent his whole career developing and managing commercial computer systems in the UK and abroad, chiefly with Shell and then as IT Director of a leading London law firm. In addition to his involvement with the Lions, Gordonís interests include riding his motorbike, flying aeroplanes, teaching English to foreigners and supporting the Duke of Edinburgh Award scheme on expeditions.
Gordon and Peggy are looking forward to their year leading the members of Tonbridge Lions Club and their Ladies as they continue to serve the community of Tonbridge during the clubís 68th year.
Tonbridge Lion Clubís new President Gordon Hill and his wife Peggy
Board of Directors 2017/18
|President ||Lion Gordon Hill|
|Secretary ||Lion Keith Bourne|
|Treasurer ||Lion Peter Godsall|
|Greeter ||Lion Bob Bartlett|
|First Vice President ||Lion Tom Simmons|
|Second Vice President ||Lion Lofty Bunyon|
|Third Vice President ||Lion Owen Baldock|
|Minutes Secretary ||Lion Mike Stout|
|Director (1 year) ||Lion Mike Edwards|
|Director (2 year) ||Lion Paul Davidson|
|Activities Chairman ||Lion Mike Fenn|
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|OTHER CLUB OFFICERS || |
|Tail Twister ||Lion Neal Charlesworth|
|Lion Tamer ||Lion Gurbax Sira|
|Activities Secretary ||Lion Dixon Hawkins|
THE EARLY DAYS
The summer of 1949 saw the beginnings of Tonbridge Lions Club.
During the 1939/45 war a Tonbridge hairdresser CWH Addy was often in touch with servicemen from the United States and Canada. He heard many stories about the Lions and the aims and objectives of Lions Clubs, and decided he would try to organize a club in Tonbridge.
In 1947 he wrote to the headquarters office of Lions International for advice and as a consequence was able to advise that office in 1949 that he was in contact with enough interested men in Tonbridge to form a Lions Club.
The official formation of Tonbridge Lions Club followed on the 9th February 1950, though it had been operating as a club for some months prior to that date.