Lions grow from strength to strength
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.