Lions Club presentation: Monday 20 May 2013

Lions Club presentation: Monday 20 May 2013

Many thanks to Mike Mendy from the Bracknell Forest Lions Club for his interesting presentation at today’s meeting. To summarise, the Lions Club is part of an international, community focused movement.

Some fast facts:

  • Lions Clubs International is the world’s largest service club organization. They have 1.35 million members in more than 46,000 clubs worldwide.
  • Lions are everywhere. They’re men and women who are active in community projects in more than 207 countries and geographic areas.
  • Lions have a dynamic history. Founded in 1917, they are best known for fighting blindness – it’s part of their history as well as their work today. But Lions also perform volunteer work for many different kinds of community projects – including caring for the environment, feeding the hungry and aiding seniors and the disabled.

Who are the Bracknell Forest Lions Club?

Bracknell Lions club has been running since 1968. The smallest club in the district, they are proud of making a difference in the local area.

What do they do?

Funds are desperately needed to support the vital work Lions do. One relevant project they are working on is setting up a speech and hearing trust here in the UK; a worthwhile project that will require funding. The Lions Club find their time is taken up with fundraising, with all monies going directly to charitable causes. They are appealing for more local supporters to help rally their cause and raise much needed funds.

Why join?

Being a member of a Lions Club mean being part of a successful international community, and having friends all over the world. There are fantastic opportunities to travel, meet new people, be part of different committees and get more involved with local, national and international projects.

When do they meet?

Club meetings are held on the second Monday of the month at 19:45 at:

Forest Park Community Centre

Horndean Road

Forest Park

Bracknell

Berkshire

RG12 0XU

The one-off joining fee is £16. 

For more information about the work they do, please visit the website:

http://www.bracknellforestlions.org.uk

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Monday morning humour:

Monday morning humour:

Charlie Swinbourne: The 10 annoying habits of hearing people

This made me chuckle.

1. Overhearing things they aren’t even listening to

2. Correcting our pronunciation

3. Being too subtle

4. Faking sneezes

5. Looking away while communicating

6. When you go a bit deaf, pretending you don’t need hearing aids

7. Singing in tune

8. Not telling us your life story

9. Assuming

10. Shouting at us

Click here for the full post: http://limpingchicken.com/2013/05/20/charlie-swinbourne-the-10-incredibly-annoying-habits-of-hearing-people/

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“I am a different Gerry now to the Gerry I was when I left.”

“I am a different Gerry now to the Gerry I was when I left.”

“I am a different Gerry now to the Gerry I was when I left.” An interview with Deaf round-the-world sailor Gerry Hughes

Further to our earlier post, you can find the full interview with Gerry Hughes courtsey of LimpingChicken

http://limpingchicken.com/2013/05/15/gerry-hughes-interview/

 

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Sony’s Pioneering invention

Sony’s Pioneering invention

Pioneering invention from Sony gives the gift of permanent subtitles for deaf cinema patrons

This could well be the invention we’ve all been waiting for. Closed-captioning glasses for the cinema. Sound too good to be true? Here’s the scoop.

No more struggling to lipread or follow a film thanks to Sony’s Entertainment Access Glasses.

According to Sony, closed-caption viewing uses unique Sony holographic technology, which delivers bright, clear, and easy-to-read subtitles seemingly “in the air.” The system transmits closed-caption data from any DCI-compliant media server wirelessly to the glasses’ receiver box, and can be programmed to display subtitles in a choice of six languages.

A dream come true, this invention will transform the cinema experience for millions of deaf and hard-of-hearing cinema fans. Regal Cinemas plan to have distributed closed-captioning glasses to more than 6,000 theaters across the country by the end of May 2013.

For more information on this fascinating invention:

http://pro.sony.com/bbsc/ssr/mkt-digitalcinema/resource.latest.bbsccms-assets-mkt-digicinema-latest-EntertainmentAccessGlasses.shtml

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Disintegration of BSL. What impact does this have on deaf people?

Disintegration of BSL. What impact does this have on deaf people?

Funding cuts has been a hot topic of discussion lately as we are all witnessing the knock on effects of diminishing services, such as rubbish collections and social services, from local councils. Spare a thought for those relying on BSL interpreters. Charity “Signature” estimate that, with a national shortage, there are now only 800 registered interpreters serving a population of 25,000 BSL speakers; a ratio that is set to fall even further as more government cuts filter through.

The Guardian covers this in more detail:

http://www.guardian.co.uk/commentisfree/2013/may/13/deaf-people-linguistic-culture-disintegrate

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Deaf teacher’s inspirational sail around the world

Deaf teacher’s inspirational sail around the world

You can’t help but be inspired by this week’s news about sailor Gerry Hughes who has become the first deaf person to sail single-handed around the world past all five capes.  A teacher for the deaf at St Roch’s Secondary School in Glasgow, Gerry now joins an elite list of about 300 people who have completed solo-circumnavigation sailing trips.

You can find the whole story here.

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-scotland-glasgow-west-22448872

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Deaf awareness week

Deaf awareness week

Did you know 6th-12th May is Deaf Awareness week? This year’s theme is “Get involved, get aware!”

Following on from this national campaign BADHOGS will be conducting it’s own “mini-campaign”. We’re planning to launch posters and flyers designed to generate awareness of our deaf club and inspire new people to join us.

If you have any ideas for how to get more local deaf people involved, then let us know!

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Calling new members….

Badhogs is expanding its reach and looking for new members to join us. If you have any deaf or HOH friends or colleagues, why not bring them along to our meetings? We will also be planning a social summer drinks later in the season where we’ll be inviting you and your friends along for a drink and a natter. More details will be unveiled in due course so keep your eyes peeled……

In the meantime, if you have any comments or suggestions for us, whether it be news items you want to see covered, any issues to highlight, or perhaps just some ideas for us to promote this fantastic club, then drop us a line!

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