Gloria Lassey hands over to Chekete

BY: Samuel K. Obour

Lion Gloria Esi Lassey (right)handing over documents to Lion Godefroy CheketeLION Mrs Gloria Esi Lassey has ended her tenure as Governor for District 403-A2 of Lions Clubs International for the 2012-2013 Lionistic year and subsequently handed over to Lion Godefroy Chekete who will handle affairs for  2013-2014.

At an impressive ceremony at the  M-Plaza Hotel in Accra, where Lion Lassey and her key district cabinet officers handed over documents of the district to Lion Chekete and his core cabinet officers, Lion Lassey gave an account of her stewardship along four thematic areas.

These included expanding the frontiers of service delivery.  She said she was happy that this area was well covered, while building their capacity for response to new challenges through training which was equally encouraging.

The Immediate Past District Governor (IPDG) noted that Lionism depended so much on knowledge of the association and new ways of doing things were always coming up. She said the issue of training was, therefore, very important and more efforts would still be needed for training to ensure that officers and members in general, became abreast with the  knowledge necessary for running the clubs in the district.

On building a stronger district through effective and vibrant membership drive, she disclosed that positive gains were made in this direction and expressed the hope that it would continue under the current administration.

Lion Lassey said there was the  need to sustain the growth and tenets of the association through focus on  the programmes and development of the Leos, the youth wing of the association

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She mentioned projects undertaken during her tenure as including equipment for the Tema Eye-Care Project, the Sakite Diabetes Centre for Benin and Habitat for Humanity for  Cote d’Ivoire.

With  the assistance of  some of her cabinet officers, she said she was able to increase the number of her clubs which stood at 83, by 11 clubs, including the Accra Spintex Road Lions Club and the Accra Gye Nyame Lions Club. The last club to be added was in Sierra Leone just recently, where efforts had been put in place for over 10 years to organise a club.

Lion Lassey is the managing director of Diva Ghana Limited, an advertising and promotional  company based in Accra.

Receiving the documents, Lion Chekete, an electrical engineer  in Republic of Benin,  called on each club president in the district to sponsor at least two new friends and have them inducted into their clubs before February 28, 2014,

He advised the  clubs to think of new and innovative ways to recruit new members and retain them, saying, they should not be in a hurry to always drop members, but find out what was making members drop from the clubs and address those issues.

As Governor for District 403 – A2 of LCI  for the 2013–2014 Lionistic year, Lion Chekete is responsible for Benin, Ghana, Liberia, Sierra-Leone, La Cote d’Ivoire and Togo.

Present at the handing over ceremony were officers from both Lion Lassey and Lion Chekete’s cabinet. They included Lion Nana Esi Parry, Lion Charles Ninsing, Lion Abigail Amoah, Lion Williams Rey, Lion Herve Tchiakpe and Lion Charles Anagonou.

By Kate Baaba Hudson/Daily Graphic/Ghana