Monaghan Lions Club was founded 20 years ago by a group of people who felt that they
could help people in need through this international organisation. There are 1.35
million members in 45,000 clubs in 206 countries of the world whose motto is - ‘We
Serve’. Because the clubs are local they can identify needs and bring help where
help is needed immediately and more efficiently than other organisations. Because
it is international it can have great reserves of resources to get the job done quickly. Monaghan
Lions Club has assisted many organisations and individuals over the past 20 years.
Most of these have been within the County but the Club must also assist National
and International calls for aid too. Every cent raised by Lions Clubs goes to the
charities and is spent on aid to someone somewhere as the Lions do not charge any
administration fees. All administration and expenses are met by the Lions personally.
Last year Monaghan Lions raised and distributed €130,000. One of the main reasons
Lions was set up was to bring sight to the blind and assist those with sight problems.
This is still a major part of Lions work and Monaghan contributes to the national
Council for the Blind; to the Childrens’ Eye section in Temple Street Hospital and
by producing a Newspaper for the Blind every fortnight in Monaghan. Obviously to have
funds to distribute the Lions Club has to raise money and the Annual Charter Night
is one of the central events for doing so. This was held in the Four Seasons Hotel,
Monaghan, on Saturday night last Dec 11th and it was well attended and the annual
auction was very generously supported by patrons on the night. It was also a very
enjoyable night with great food, great music and plenty of entertainment. The main
beneficiary of the night will be the Alzheimer Society at Drumkill, Threemilehouse,
which does fantastic work and needs constant support. The Club will organise other
events during the year, like a Golf Classic on May Bank Holiday Monday, and it has
the reputation of having excellent prizes. If you can help at any stage please consider
it as we stress - every cent goes to a worthy cause.