Lions grow from strength to strength

Whitsunday Times - - COMMUNITY NEWS -

THE Proser­pine Lions Club cel­e­brated the in­duc­tion of their third fe­male mem­ber, Les­ley Slade, at their meet­ing at the Proser­pine RSL last week.

Ms Slade was in­ducted to the club by past dis­trict gover­nor Doug Win­ter­flood in front of more than 30 peo­ple.

Pres­i­dent David Hin­schen said he was happy to wel­come Ms Slade as a new mem­ber.

“We had a vote at the end of last year and we all agreed to al­low women to join the Proser­pine Lions to al­low us to con­tinue grow­ing as a club,” he said.

“It has been a re­ally pos­i­tive move be­cause we are now able to sup­port the part­ners of our mem­bers who want to join and par­tic­i­pate in our com­mu­nity projects to­gether.”

Mr Hin­schen also pre­sented a 30year long ser­vice award to Al­lan Connell, a 15-year long ser­vice award to Char­lie Atkin­son and a 10year long ser­vice award to Doug Win­ter­flood.

Club sec­re­tary Ho­race Low­bridge said one of the high­lights of the evening was hear­ing from Sarah Derendinger, an ex­change stu­dent from Switzer­land, who shared ex­pe­ri­ences about her life and cul­ture.

The Proser­pine Lions Club reg­u­larly sup­ports ex­change stu­dents through the Camp Kanga ex­change pro­gram which en­ables stu­dents to live with lo­cal fam­i­lies for the du­ra­tion of their stay in the Whit­sun­days.

Mr Hin­schen said club mem­bers set up a mar­quee and hosted a bar­beque lunch to help feed 170 North Queens­land ath­letes who at­tended the Whit­sun­day Ath­let­ics Club Pen­tathlon on the week­end.

He said the pro­ject was a great suc­cess and mem­bers would now be look­ing for­ward to host­ing an­other bar­beque lunch for the Aus­tralian Su­per­moto Cham­pi­ons at the Whit­sun­day Race­way from Septem­ber 6-8.

MEM­BERS HON­OURED: Pres­i­dent David Hin­schen pre­sented Al­lan Connell with his 30-year long ser­vice award, Char­lie Atkin­son with his 15-year long ser­vice award and Doug Win­ter­flood with his 10-year long ser­vice award at the Proser­pine RSL.

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