Kenilworth Lions held its first ever virtual changeover event on the evening of Monday 13th July, when outgoing president Graham Pemberton handed over the presidency of Kenilworth Lions to Steve Luff, who will serve in the role until June 2021. Steve in turn handed over his previous 1st vice-president badge of office to Rob Sullivan. Special invited guests at the event were Richard Dickson, Mayor of Kenilworth, and Richard Williams, District Governor of Lions International Club District 105CW, which has over 1700 members in 91 clubs across the Midlands and Wales. The membership of Kenilworth Lions currently stands at 49, making it the largest individual club in District 105CW.
Richard Dickson spoke warmly about the unique place which the Lions hold in the life of the Kenilworth community, and in particular the important role the Club has played in supporting vulnerable residents during the current Covid-19 crisis.
New president Steve was born in Birmingham, and spent most of his working life in the construction industry in various parts of the country before settling in Warwickshire 19 years ago, joining Kenilworth Lions as a member soon after. He has had a long association with the Waverley Day Centre, and is a trustee of the charity. Steve has no illusions about the difficulties facing Kenilworth Lions in adapting to the impact of Covid-19 on its usual range of activities, in particular how and when to reopen the Furniture Store in Farmer Ward Road, but has no doubts about the resourcefulness of Lions members in rising to the challenge.