The Port Shepstone Lions’ 32nd annual Leadership Retreat was held at Camp Anerley this past weekend.
A group of 44 Grade 11 pupils, recently selected for the Port Shepstone High School 2019 Executive Council of Leaders, attended the camp.
The full weekend programme commenced shortly after they arrived at the camp on Friday with a welcome address by Retreat Convener, Lion Jeff Smith, a course briefing by Lion Peter Mc Killen, an address by Headmaster Mr Peter Jenkins and the official opening address by Club President Dale Mc Garry. This was followed by talk on Lions Clubs International by Lion Denis Meyer.
The group was thereafter divided into five colour-coded teams who took part in various team-building exercises. After supper the ECL’s participated in a very enjoyable ice breaking exercise before heading off to bed.
The ECL’s had an early rise on the Saturday morning and were served breakfast prepared by the Lion Ladies. Then it was down to business, with lectures on leadership theory, communication, motivation, an innovative engineering exercise, people to people relationships and conflict management.
Various presenters included Miss Kerry Mc Killen, Mrs S Van Wyk, Mr Agreement Sikhosana and Lions Jeff Smith and Peter Mc Killen.
After lunch, the group participated in a very enjoyable and challenging “Amazing Race” together with Lions who acted as marshals and transported the teams around the course.
Sunrise Farms once again kindly allowed the club to utilise their farm lands for this course which was organised and run by Lions Nico De Jong and Kevin Ross.
The Grade 11’s arrived at the Lions’ Formal Dinner, held at Port Shepstone Country Club on the Saturday night, wearing glittering make-up, elegant evening wear, and smart suits. The main hall and tables had been beautifully decorated by Lion Lady Jenny Vogt.
Guests of honour included Lions District 410-C Governor Lyn Botha and Harbourview Superspar owner/manager Mr Graeme Milligan, The Pulse magazine Editor Sandy Danckwerts and Mr Roger Ireland. Emcee Lion Peter Mc Killen did a superb job in explaining the various formalities and protocols associated with a typical formal Lions gathering.
Highlights of the evening included the presentation of a Louis Halse Fellowship award to Mr Graeme Milligan in recognition of his ongoing support and sponsorships towards the club’s community service initiatives and the presentation of the Lion Floating trophy to the “Green” team who won the afternoon’s Amazing Race challenge.
The guests enjoyed a superb three course meal and, once the formalities were over, they took to the dance floor until it was time to board the bus and return to the campsite.
On Sunday, the group, once again had an early start for breakfast. Then it was on to morning focus with Mr Bronson Pretorius and more lectures on goal setting and motivation presented by Lions Alastair Warman and Hilton Horsley, ECL in action and their evaluation of the weekend.
The afternoon session was dominated by the strenuous and very enjoyable obstacle course which was marshalled with much laughter by all Lions present.
The Retreat was, once again, a resounding success. Hats off to Course Convener, Lion Jeff Smith and his dedicated team of Lions and Lion Ladies. The entire project was funded by the Club’s charity account together with generous sponsorships and support.
Leadership development of our youth is one of the core projects of Lions Clubs International and this project is one of the signature service projects of the Port Shepstone Lions Club.
Photos by Denis Meyer