|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.