Lions an­nual changeover

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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.

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