Lions ring in new year
Erpel steps up as new president
WHEN Ivan Erpel first moved to Chinchilla in 2014, the Lions were there to help him.
After moving the 4000km from Perth to the Western Downs, Mr Erpel and his wife Ursula found themselves renting an unfurnished house.
Not knowing how long they were going to be in town, a chance encounter with the Lions Club of Chinchilla saw then president Lindsay Marsden offer to help them.
❝ I just want to do the same for the club that they’ve done for me. — Ivan Erpel
Three years later Mr Erpel, now a Lions Club of Chinchilla member, has taken over the reins as president for the 2017/18 year.
“When they nominated me for president, I said ‘look, whatever I can do to help out, I will’,” Mr Erpel said.
“I just want to do the same thing for the club that they’ve done for me.”
Mr Erpel’s goals for the year include increasing the membership of the Lions Club of Chinchilla and raising the club’s profile.
Mr Erpel replaced outgoing Lions president Doug McNally, who listed off a number of the club’s achievements over the year at the packed-out annual changeover meeting on Saturday night at the Chinchilla RSL Memorial Club.
The shelter at the Cactoblastis Monument on Clarks Rd and the club’s contribution to the annual Chinchilla Community, Commerce and Industry’s Christmas Street Party were highlights, as was the club’s involvement in conjunction with the Chinchilla Netball Association at the biennial Chinchilla Melon Festival.
Mr McNally also heaped praise upon the “expertly organised and run” Lions Youth of the Year competition, co-ordinated by Melissa Hoffensetz.
He wished the incoming board all the best for their duties over the next 12 months.
The evening was also tinged with sadness as Lions Ladies Auxiliary vice-president Ena Brown stepped up to present the annual report in the place of the late president Julie Minnis, who lost her battle with leukaemia in May.
NEW BLOOD: The Lions Club of Chinchilla board for 2017/18 with new president Ivan Erpel (centre).