Lions ring in new year

Er­pel steps up as new president

Chinchilla News - - NEWS -

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.

PHOTO: MATTHEW NEW­TON

NEW BLOOD: The Lions Club of Chin­chilla board for 2017/18 with new president Ivan Er­pel (cen­tre).

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