Bert Mason Memorial Award 2024

Published on 7 May 2024 at 17:27

Chepstow and Caldicot Lions President Denise Harrison was delighted to have been named the Bert Mason Award Winner 2024 at the MD105 Convention in Weston-super-Mare for outstanding service to youth in the last three years. Image: District Governor Dave McKirdy (centre) picks up the Bert Mason Memorial Award on behalf of Lion President Denise Harrison of Chepstow and Caldicot Lions.

Who was Bert Mason?

Bert Mason, of Donaghadee, Northern Ireland, served for a one-year term as president of the International Association of Lions Clubs following his election at the association’s 67th International Convention, held in San Francisco, California, USA, 4-7 July 1984.

He became the third European to become International President – and the only Lion from Multiple District 105 (our geographical district) to have had the honour of leading the world’s largest service organisation.

Past President Mason was the chief executive officer of a premier printing and packaging company. A Lion for over 40 years, Bert Mason was the charter president of the Belfast Lions Club, which became the first Lions club formed in Northern Ireland in 1959. He was the first district governor of District 105-I, consisting of Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland. He was also elected as an International Director, held the offices of zone chairman, deputy district governor, chairman of the Council of Governors of Multiple District 105, British Isles and Ireland, and served a two-year term as a member of the association’s board of directors from 1976-78.

In recognition of his many contributions, Past President Mason received the 100% District Governor Award, an Extension Award, and 22 International President’s Awards. He was also presented with the Ambassador of Good Will Award, the highest honour bestowed upon association members. In addition, Bert Mason was a Melvin Jones Fellow.

Past President Mason passed to higher service in 2007. Bert and his wife, Beryl, were friends of many Lions within the multiple district and across the world.

What is the Award?

This Trophy is to be awarded to any Lion who, in the past 12 months, has made an outstanding contribution to a Club's or District's work with young people.

What was Lion President Denise' involvement?

Lion President Denise Harrison has led a tremendously successful endeavour in schools throughout the Chepstow and Caldicot area, with normally five schools from our area taking up the Lions Roar challenge each year for the last three years. The success of the program so far has allowed the local schools to shine on the national stage with thier year five challenge entries. Local schools Shirenewton Primary (2022), and Pembroke Primary School (2023) have both gone on to win in this national challenge. Congratulations go to the schools, the teachers, and of course to the parents for supporting thier children's learning.

LIONS ROAR is an inspirational education competition run in partnership between Lions Clubs in the British Isles and 8BillionIdeas. This unique programme inspires children between the ages of 7 - 11 years old to think big, dream big and change the world with their ideas. Find out more about Lions Roar.

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