Lions celebrate new stamp
Members of Wexford Lions Club posted letters to themselves to mark the launch of a new stamp commemmorating the centenary of the founding of the international voluntary organisation whose motto is 'We Serve'.
A group including the President Dan Redmond arrived at Wexford Post Office in Anne Street on the first day that the anniversary stamp was released. The €1.35 stamp for postage worlwide features a photograph from a Lions annual holiday project. A first day cover was available for purchase.
The idea of a commemmorative stamp marking the setting up of Lions Club International in Chicago in 1917 by a group of philanthropic business people headed by Melvin Jones, came from Wexfordman David Dempsey of Killurin who approached An Post in 2007 when he was District Governor of the Lions of Ireland, with a view to having a special stamp for the 100th anniversary.
The request to An Post was followed up by Provincial District Governor Marion Connelly.
The Wexford president, Mr. Redmond said the centenary was an opportunity to 're-dedicate our club to the service of our community and look forward to a continuation of the generous support which we have received over the years,'
Paul Allen District Governor of Lions Clubs International in Ireland said it was a great honour to have a Lions Club stamp issued to mark the centenary of the organisation which has seen a growing membership in the 60 years that Lions have operated in Ireland.
The stamp which was designed by Dublin company Red Dog and features Lion Der Cogan from Cork with Annie Cronin at the annual Lions Holiday Project in Trabolgan in 2016, can be bought at main post offices, Dublin's GPO stamp shop and online at www.irishstamps.ie
Lions Clubs International is the world's largest voluntary service organisation with 1.4 million volunteers in over 200 countries including 2,500 members in 108 clubs across Ireland, north and south.
Lions organise projects to help vulnerable and elderly people within their communities and undertake humanitarian work such as aiding street children, providing diabetic screening and preventing suicide and blindness.