Deniliquin Pastoral Times

Calendar cancelled

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For almost 50 years, Pat Hogan has spent the last three months of every year painstakin­gly organising the Deniliquin Lions Club calendar with a small committee.

But the increased use of devices and online calendars has taken its toll on the public service project, with Lions voting that the 2021 calendar would be their last.

‘‘Originally we would print 1000 calendars, but in the last two of three years we’ve reduced that to about 700,’’ Mr Hogan said.

‘‘The calendars were sold for $2 each for the last few years, and last year because we weren’t selling any we said we would give them away.

‘‘But we still have so many left over. The digital age has taken over.’’

Mr Hogan became chairman of the Lions’ calendar committee a few years after his 1974 induction as a Lion, and he has held the position ever since.

‘‘I took over the committee near the end of the 1970s, and my main roles would be organising the advertiser­s and compiling the birthday entries.

‘‘The advertisin­g would cover the costs of printing, and then we’d sell the calendars.

‘‘It was never a large fundraiser for the club, more of a public service, but it is very sad to see it go.

‘‘I want to send my gratitude to the advertiser­s who have supported us over the yeas, some of which have been advertisin­g on the calendar since it was establishe­d.

‘‘Many of them continued to support the project even after the businesses changed hands.’’

The calendar was already an annual project for the club before Mr Hogan joined in 1974.

He said each calendar would take about three months of ‘‘constant work’’, completed by himself and a team of two or three helpers.

‘‘One of the big things was proof reading the birthday entries.

‘‘You did not want to accidental­ly put someone on the wrong day.

‘‘Janet Mathewson took charge of that side of things.’’

Despite recently celebratin­g his 90th birthday and being freed of the ‘‘time consuming’’ calendar coordinati­on task, Mr Hogan said he would continue to play and active role with the Lions Club.

He joined the Deniliquin Lions Club seven years after its 1967 formation, and the calendar committee is not his only long running role.

He also served as bingo treasurer for 30 years, standing down only a few years ago.

As as for whether he would take on another significan­t project for the club, Mr Hogan said it ‘‘depends what comes along’’.

 ??  ?? Pat Hogan’s almost 50 year tenure as Deniliquin Lions Club calendar committee chair has come to an end.
Pat Hogan’s almost 50 year tenure as Deniliquin Lions Club calendar committee chair has come to an end.

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