Lions annual changeover
The Lions Club of Yarrawonga recently held its 53rd Annual Changeover at their clubrooms at the Lion’s Wool Pavilion at the Yarrawonga Showgrounds.
Approximately 50 members and guests enjoyed fellowship and a meal catered by The Naked Tree.
Lions travelled from Benalla, Tungamah, Cohuna and Cobram, our local Lioness’s, Leos and representatives from the Federation and Moira Shires attended.
The main purpose of the evening was to install the new Office Bearers and Board for the forthcoming year.
District Governor Norm Walkington fulfilled this duty and the new Committee is as follows:
President: Denis Griffiths, Secretary: Joan Tufvesson Treasurer: Jock McDonald
Vice President: Phil Oliver Membership Chairman: Doug Rankin Lion Tamer: Graeme Hodgins
Tail Twister: Gus Sanders
Directors: Gus Sanders and Debbie Van Corler
Doug Rankin reported that he was honoured to be presenting this report as Outgoing President having been entrusted with this position by the membership so early in service as a Lion.
“I thank the Members for electing me to this position and I thank the Board and many long-standing Members for their mentorship during my tenure as President.”
Doug Wilson has been appointed Chair of the 2019 Convention Committee and the team has been working vigorously to arrange the backbone of the upcoming convention.
“We have agreed to hold the convention on October 25-2, 2019 at ClubMulwala and we have engaged with the incoming District Governor for that period, Omeni Ndlovu, to ensure that we deliver the type of Convention that meets with his expectations,” Mr Rankin said.
“Ethan Carlin from Yarrawonga P-12 is the inaugural President of the Leos Club and I congratulate him on his election.
“We now have a ‘Community Based’ Leos Club that already are project-oriented and keen to be active in the community.
“Thanks to Jock McDonald we have been able to achieve a significant project that the whole community will appreciate.
“Jock has managed the re-surfacing of the showgrounds oval and the refurbishment of the toilet block adjacent to the Garden Club.
“This was not achieved by Jock alone and the many members that assisted him in realising this goal are examples of the Lions motto ‘We Serve’.
“In particular, I would like to thank Ron Stone, Gus Sanders and Denis Griffiths for their efforts with the toilet block.
“Rod Riding was instrumental in sourcing the seed from Valley Seeds.
“We are extremely grateful to Jo Tanner and the staff of Valley Seeds for their kind donation. The many suppliers who helped us achieve this significant improvement to the Showgrounds are similarly appreciated and just show what can be achieved when a community pulls together.
“Our members who gave valuable time ‘in kind’ to drive this project to fruition are also treasured.
“Rob Glover is owed a huge ‘Thank You’ for bringing in his machinery from Wilby to facilitate the seeding of the oval and Phil Oliver for helping with delivery of the seed.
“It’s anticipated that once a new library is built council’s customer service will be co-located in that facility which would make room for catering facilities within the town hall footprint.
“Once concept designs are available and the project costed we’ll be seeking State Government financial support through its Living Libraries program and selling the current library site to help fund the project.
“We still rely on catering as our main means of fundraising and I thank the catering committee and all of the members that help with these events for their achievements in the past year. However, I think we need to seriously consider other ways in which we can raise funds for our community and Lions International and perhaps, the Leos can assist us in this regard.
“The treasurer’s report details the outgoings of the club for this period.
“However, I would like to emphasise the following items: $6,852.54 through the Saturday BBQs – Thank you Graeme and all of the volunteers, this is a great result. $12,446.80 in other contributions – Not bad for a club of our size.These contributions cover a diversity of community organisations, but I would like to emphasise the work we are doing with the younger members of our community. $500 to P-12 for the RACV Energy Challenge; $500 to Yarrawonga Health and P-12 for the Empowerment Program; $300 to P-12 and Sacred Heart for the end of year awards.
“Participating in the fundraising for Michael Viggor at the BBQ arranged by Hargraves Joinery with whom he was employed.
“Leo of the Year, Youth of the Year and Junior Public Speaking are all events that recognise the younger members of our community and hopefully encourage them and their elders to become members of Lions International.
”Thank you to the Board and Members for helping me through this challenging year. Unfortunately, health issues have prevented me from contributing as much as I would like recently, but your understanding through this process is appreciated.
“I don’t wish to offend members from leaving them unrecognised in this report, but you can be assured you are all valued members of the club.
“However, I would particularly like to acknowledge some who received awards through the year, and others who contributed in their untiring way including: Denis Griffiths for his Chris August Award.
”Deb for her Chris August pin’Denis and Gerda for their award for their assistance to the Turban Angels; Joan and Ollie for their constant contributions for anything that is Lions; Little Jock, John Ellis and Rob Glover for their organisation of the Wool Show; The Lionesses for their support whenever we need it and their close relationship with the Club; Rod, Ron, Gus and Arch for their unbounding willingness to get involved; Jock McDonald and Deb for their guidance and mentorship.
“At this point I would like to extend my sincere thanks to my wife Diana for her continued support throughout my year as President,” Doug Rankin said.
Diana Rankin, Doug Rankin, Denis Griffiths, Gerda Leiterman.