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Envoy Commends Critical Role

Envoy Commends Critical Role
Indian High Commissioner Vishwas Sapkal, with the Lions Club of Ba executives and their counterpart from New Zealand at the Ba Town Council Hall on Saturday night. Photo: WAISEA NASOKIA
May 21
11:00 2018

Members of the Lions Club of Ba were commended for playing a critical role in fostering peace, harmony and goodwill in society.

The commendation came from Indian High Commissioner Vish­vas Sapkal as he officiated at the Lions Club of Ba’s Golden Jubilee (50 years of humanitarian service) celebration at the Ba Town Council hall on Saturday night.

He said, “These organisations play a critical role in fostering peace, harmony, and goodwill in society”.

“Apart from developing strong bonding among its members, chan­nelling their energy, the club has provided a great service in the so­cial and cultural sphere.

“Its contribution to humanitarian causes is particularly commend­able.

“I really commend all of you as thousands of Fijian have benefited from the projects undertaken by the club for the past 50 years, which are the year of unity, celebration and services.”

He urged the club to keep its high tradition of togetherness and ser­vice floating for the next 50 years.

“You are in all spheres connecting to the people. We are in a society which is diverse as we came from different countries, some are tall, some are short, some are fair and some are dark, but we are to bring unity which is the important thing – an important task for all human being,” added Mr Sapkal.

District Governor Frank King–Turner said: “Your community would not be the same without the ongoing support of the LCB. You can be very proud of the projects you have given to assist and help your community grow.”

Special recognition awards were awarded to the founders of the club Vinod Patel, JD Patel, Brij Lal, Manik Lal and Pradeep Chandra.

All other members were also rec­ognised for their roles as well.

LCB co-founder Vinod Patel said, “We had a humble start in 1968 af­ter the Lions Club of Lautoka initi­ated the formation. It was this time when Ba got electricity connected from Lautoka by FEA”.

“Since the last 50 years, I have found Ba Lions Club always active and have done number of projects and it has been complemented by the some existing members.”

The gala dinner was attended by Lions Club counterparts from New Zealand.

On the occasion, Vodafone ATH Foundation handed a cheque of $10,000 to assist the projects for this year.


The first Lions club, the Chicago Central Lions club, was formed in the United States by Melvin Jones, a then 38-year-old Chicago business leader.

Mr Jones told his business club that they should reach beyond busi­ness issues and address the better­ment of their communities and the world.

He was officially designated as the founder of the club in 1958.

In 1963, Fiji joined the Lions In­ternational through a group of stakeholders of Suva which in­cluded professional men, indus­trialist, clergymen, educators and merchants formed Fiji’s first Lions Club. On July 27, 1964, the Lions Club of Nadi became Fiji’s second. Four years later business stalwart Vinod Patel was among the found­ing members in 1968 that formed the Lions Club of Ba with a charter dinner hosted on June 15.

Edited by Epineri Vula


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