The Lions Club of Kingstown-SVG came into existence on 1st July 2002 as a result of a merger between Lions Club of St. Vincent and Lions Club St. Vincent West. Many Vincentians are familiar with the Lions Building at Frenches Gate which is the present headquarters of Lions Club Kingstown-SVG. It should be noted however, Lionism got started in St. Vincent since 1964 by Barbadian banker Fitz-Herbert Davis.
Lions Club St. Vincent West had its origin in 1992 establishing its headquarters in the Campden Park Community Centre. After a period of ten years of operations from that locale, as a consequence of various challenges, both clubs thought it prudent to amalgamate their services. This led to the ultimate agreement of a merger of all assets and operations under the authority of Lions Clubs International with the assigned name change in the organisation to- Lions Club of Kingstown-SVG.
The first president of this new outfit was Lion Franklyn Young from the former Lions Club St. Vincent, while the 1st Vice President was Lion Beverly Reddock from former Lions Club Kingstown West. Over the past twenty years, Kingstown Lions Club has dedicated its service to several communities especially from Calliaqua to Fitz Hughes inclusive.
Many persons from throughout St. Vincent and the Grenadines are familiar with the Eye Care clinics and surgeries which enabled hundreds of Vincentians to receive free eye care, free spectacles and eye surgeries in collaboration with the Mobile Medical Mission Hospital of USA. A number of other humanitarian projects have been attributed to Lions Club Kingstown, including the annual distribution of school bags and supplies to deserving children, assistance in home repairs and health care to the elderly and infirmed.
With a current membership of over thirty persons, this Lions Club continues to effect a meaningful community presence. On Saturday, 24th September, the Lions Club Kingstown continued its 20th anniversary with the annual Charter Night celebration at Paradise Hotel.
Over the past few years, the Club has honoured persons and organisations who have made an invaluable contribution to society. However, this year the decision was taken to honour its own distinguished members who have been enrolled since inception and have made an indelible mark in service to communities.
The awardees were- Past Region Chairperson Lion Sylvia De Freitas, Past Zone Chairperson Lion Dr. Alson Jack, Past Council Chairperson Lion Beverly Reddock, Past Zone Chairperson Lion Monica Glasgow and Past Cabinet Secretary/Treasurer Lion Gillian John. The Club exhibited, in a tangible manner, its appreciation for these outstanding members as they continue to roar in service.