Saturday, August 18, 2012

Kwong Yit Poh press report on 17 August 2012 ...


The Kwong Wah Yit Poh Press on 17 August 2012 featured an exclusive report on the Lions GTM-Pantai Penang Medical Fund's activities ~ Free Cataract Eye Surgery for needy patients and Charity Food Fair fund raising Carnival scheduled on 28 October 2012 at the Pantai Hospital Penang grounds.

The Lions GTM-Pantai Penang Medical Fund is a smart partnership between the Lions Club of George Town Mutiara and the Pantai Hospital Penang to help the needy peoples of Penang avail themselves of much needed medical treatment etc by providing cash subsidies to these patients. 
The Memorandum of Understanding between the Club and Pantai Hospital Penang was inked on 15 May 2010 in the Lions fiscal year 2009-2010 and officially launched by TYT Yang DiPertua Negeri Pulau Pinang on 02 November 2010.

To date, the fund has disbursed some RM100,000.00 to help the many needy peoples of Penang and neighbouring states. The fund current project is the free eye cataract surgery which is supported by the CIMB Foundation.


Friday, July 13, 2012

Lions Free Cataract Surgery project.

The STAR today (13July2012)...

CIMB Bank comes to the fore by contributing RM49,500.00 towards the Lions GTM-Pantai Penang Medical Fund's "free Cataract surgery" project aimed at restoring the sight of the needy peoples of Penang. This contribution will enable the Club to provide free surgery for forty five(45) patients.

The Lions GTM-Pantai Penang Medical Fund is a joint venture project between the Lions Club of George Town Mutiara and Pantai Hospital Penang via a Memorandum of Understanding inked on 15 May 2010 between both parties.

To date, twenty seven patients from as far as Kedah including a member of a prominent Lions Club in Penang have benefited from this project whilst another twelve have been identified and are waiting to undergo medical examination and surgery at Pantai Hospital, Penang.

The STAR...Friday 13 July 2012

Thursday, May 31, 2012

George Town Mutiara returns District Awards ...

R1C Dato' Yeoh receiving the returned awards on behalf of
District Governor witnessed by Z1C May Cheah.
The Lions Club of George Town Mutiara recently returned all five District Awards awarded to the club during the recent District Convention in Kuching to the District Governor during the club's 24th Charter Anniversary Celebrations on 19 May 2012.

President Mark Labrooy in returning the awards to the District Governor's representative that evening explained that the Club did not merit the awards as it had not achieved a positive growth as at 15 March 2012 as per the District requirement ... "f. To achieve a net increase of 3 new members from the minimum membership of 21 members as at 15 March 2012". In actual fact the club's growth status was at minus four (-4) as at 15 May 2012.

The action of the club (in returning the awards)  is not to show disrespect or to belittle the District Governor but to stick to its principles that awards should only be received if the club deserves it. The District Governor had recently imposed on Past International Director Hajjah Ellis Suriyati that President Mark Labrooy did not merit receiving the International President's Certificate of Appreciation due to the club's negative growth when she wanted to present one to the latter.


President Mark Labrooy had personally couriered the district awards by POS LAJU to the District Governor to ensure that the awards are safely received by the District Governor.

Wednesday, May 30, 2012

LC George Town Mutiara welcomes new Lions...

In conjunction with their 24th Charter Anniversary Celebrations, the Lions Club of George Town Mutiara welcomed two new lions into their pride.

The entire induction ceremony was done "in-house" with Zone 1 Chairperson (Club Secretary) May Cheah as the Inducting Officer, Past District Governing Dato' Khoo Kay Huat presenting the certificates of membership and President Mark Labrooy the Club's vest and badge to the new Lions.


Lion Tyson Yeap and Lion Jessy Khosuma were both inducted into the Lions Club of George Town Mutiara during a solemn and dignified ceremony in accordance with the procedures of Lions Clubs International. Lion Tyson Yeap was sponsored by 3rd Vice President Lion Ed Kiew whilst Lion Jessy Khosuma was sponsored by President Mark Labrooy.

Tuesday, May 29, 2012

George Town Mutiara is ... 24 years of age.

Mutiara Lions celebrated their 24th Charter Anniversary with a three day programme from 18 to 20 May 2012 which included fellowship with all four Sister Clubs lions, and two anniversary projects.

It has been a long time since all four sister clubs were present to join in the celebrations. The members from the Lions Club of Medan Raya (District 307A, Indonesia), Lions Club of Singapore Fort Canning (District 308 A1), Lions Club of Kota Budaya (District 308 B1) and the Lions Club of Petaling Jaya Metro (District 308 B2) were all present this time round. Also present to join in the celebrations were Lions from the Ellenbrook Lions Club (District 201W1), Australia.

The Club's first anniversary project was the improvement of the Home Library at the Seri Cahaya Welfare Home in Permatang Damar Laut. The home library was first started by the Club in September 2011 with the assistance of the crew of the mv Logos Hope. This time round, the club donated plastic chairs, fluorescent light bulbs, books, a table and diapers for the children of the home. Past President Wilson Chia of LC Singapore Fort Canning personally donated RM600.00 to the home as did District Chairperson Nelson Wong of LC PJ Mutiara who donated RM60.00.

The second project was during the Charter Anniversary banquet whereat thirty inmates from the Penang Cheshire Home were invited to join in the celebratory dinner. The Club also donated RM1,000.00 to the home.

Some two hundred and eighty Lions, friends of Lions and family members attended the dinner. Amongst the Lions Dignitaries were Past Council Chairperson Dr. Ong Tat Lien & Lady Kathleen; Past Council Chairperson S.T. Yeoh (D.308 B1); Immediate Past District Governor Hudson Hah; Past District Governor Kenneth Saw & Lady Girlie; Past District Governor Jason Kon (D. 308 B1); Past District Governor Woon Fong Piew & Lady Molly.

As the District Governor declined to attend the event at the eleventh hour, District Fellow Awards to Past Presidents Yeow Chin Chuan and May Cheah were presented by Immediate Past District Governor Hudson Hah whilst Past Council Chairperson Dr. Ong Tat Lien was given the honour to present the Customary Awards to the club's three principal officers viz President Mark Labrooy, Secretary May Cheah and Treasurer Ann Khor.

A picture paints a thousand words...








Friday, May 18, 2012

24th Charter Anniversary Celebrations...

HURRAY! ... The CELEBRATIONS begin...

Members of our sister clubs arrive today to join in our 24th Charter Anniversary Celebrations scheduled for three days from 18 - 20 May 2012. Arriving today are members from the Lions Club of Medan Raya (District 307A, Indonesia); Lions Club of Singapore Fort Canning (District 308 A1) and Lions Club of Kota Budaya (District 308 B1).

The celebrations starts with a gathering with the Lions of LC Medan Raya at 3.00 p.m. followed by a fellowship dinner tonight with all sister clubs' members.

Tomorrow (19 May) will see the arrival of members of another sister club - the Lions Club of Petaling Jaya Metro (District 308 B2). In the afternoon, Lions will converge on the Seri Cahaya Welfare Home in Bayan Lepas for the club's Anniversary Home Library Project for the home and in the evening, the main event, the Celebratory Anniversary Dinner at the Eastin Hotel, Penang.

Sunday (20 May) will see the departure of the visiting Lions but not before a final fellowship lunch gathering.

This will be the first time in many years that we have all four sister clubs attending our Anniversary Celebrations.


Thursday, April 26, 2012

50th Multiple District 308 Lions Convention ...

"Cat City" in the "Land of the Hornbills" was the destination of Lions from Multiple District 308 when they attended the 50th MD 308 Lions Convention hosted by District 308 A2 in Kuching, Sarawak from 19-22 April 2012.

President Mark Labrooy led seven Mutiara Lions to this convention. Mutiara Lions accompanying President Mark were Past Council Chairperson Allan Cheah Cheng Wah, Past District Governor Dato' Khoo Kay Huat, Past President Alan Cheah Teik Cheng, Past President Emery Cheah, President-Elect Ed Kiew and 2nd Vice-President Lion Gertrude Soong.

It is said that attending the Lions Convention is not all about obtaining District Awards, it is more about Lions rekindling friendships, enhancing bonds of sisterhood alliance and most importantly making new friends. So it was with us. Mutiara Lions had a wonderful time bonding with their sister lions from the Lions Club of Kota Budaya (B1), Singapore Fort Canning (A1) and Petaling Jaya Metro (B2) whilst making new friends with the Lions Club of Lutong (A2) and many others.

At the District Convention, Lions Club of George Town Mutiara was awarded five(5) district awards viz Best Club Bulletin & E- Bulletin, Outstanding Club President (President Mark Labrooy), Outstanding Club Secretary (Past President May Cheah), Outstanding Club Treasurer (Past President Ann Khor) and District Lion of the Year (Past President May Cheah). Past District Governor Dato' Khoo Kay Huat was awarded the International President's Certificate of Appreciation.

Surprisingly though, the Club's numerous service projects including the "Alleviating/Feeding the Hunger" project in support of LCI's Global Action Campaign was not worthy of district recognition. 
One wonder's why???  Could it be an oversight, or... ???

Nevertheless, WE SERVE...


With LC Singapore Fort Canning (A1)

With LC Petaling Jaya Metro (B2)

International President's Certificate of Appreciation for PDG Dato' Khoo Kay Huat

Lunch with LC Petaling Jaya Metro (B2)

At B2's Convention dinner

Sunday, April 8, 2012

Mutiara Lions take to the streets again...

To feed the hunger of the urban poor and destitute of Penang, Mutiara Lions again took to the streets to distribute one hundred (100) packets of food, drinks and cakes to those living off the streets of George Town City in Penang.
Assisted by the volunteers of the Kechara Soup Kitchen (KSK), the Lions led by President Mark Labrooy cruised the streets of Penang's inner city to distribute the food packages immediately after the 10th Business Meeting on 02 April 2012.


The Lions and KSK volunteers spent some two hours from 10.30p.m. to distribute the food packages to those in need.




Saturday, April 7, 2012

Cementing ties of Sisterhood Alliance...

President Mark Labrooy led six other Mutiara Lions in attending the 15th Charter Anniversary of their sister club, the Lions Club of Kota Budaya in District 308 B1 recently.


The Anniversary fund raising dinner was held on 30 March 2012 at the Renaissance Hotel in Kota Baru. Mutiara Lions who attended the celebrations were Past District Governor Dato' Khoo Kay Huat, Zone 1 Chairperson May Cheah, Charter President Danny Lim, Past President Alan Cheah, President-Elect Ed Kiew and Lion Gertrude Soong.

Mutiara Lions donated RM1,000.00 to the Lions Dialysis Centre of the Lions Club of Kota Budaya and shared a fun time with their sister lions.

22nd Charter Anniversary Celebrations

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Charity Countdown 2009