Li­ons ready for busy year ahead

Bush Telegraph - - News - By DAVE MUR­DOCH

Dan­nevirke Host Li­ons is ad­vanc­ing into the new Li­ons year con­fi­dent it has served the com­mu­nity well in the past and has projects and a grow­ing mem­ber­ship to cope with the next year.

At its change of of­fi­cers night on Wed­nes­day, June 27 a new board was in­ducted by zone chair­woman Vicki Wol­land but ob­servers would not re­ally no­tice much change. First vi­cepres­i­dent Mike Harold has been act­ing pres­i­dent since in­cum­bent Mike Brock left midterm and both Lindy Thomp­son as sec­re­tary and trea­surer Sh­eryn Harold re­main in their po­si­tions. This al­lows for good con­ti­nu­ity as a change of of­fi­cers can cause some ad­just­ments for a while.

Dan­nevirke Li­ons has no time to rest on its lau­rels with its ma­jor fundraiser for the year — its an­nual book sale — open­ing on July 23. It is even big­ger and bet­ter than the record sale last year, run­ning over a whole week end­ing Sun­day, July 29.

Im­me­di­ately fol­low­ing on Au­gust 5, Dan­nevirke Host Li­ons is host­ing more than 100 se­nior cit­i­zens at its an­nual winter sin­ga­long and those el­i­gi­ble are be­ing con­tacted this week to see if they need trans­port.

Meet­ings with af­fected par­ties are also be­ing held this week to co-or­di­nate the an­nual food drive set for Au­gust 26.

The club’s past year has been busy car­ry­ing out events to sup­port the el­derly with the an­nual Christ­mas party and the Easter bun de­liv­ery, sup­port­ing the youth with Young Speech Maker and rais­ing funds for wor­thy causes like the Small Hold­ers Auc­tion which raised $2500 to go to the res­cue he­li­copter.

It there­fore needs and wel­comes an in­flux of new mem­bers which has oc­curred since the Wel­come to Dan­nevirke morn­ing tea or­gan­ised by Ruaroa Women’s In­sti­tute ear­lier in the year, new­com­ers find­ing Li­ons a good way to meet peo­ple. Mem­ber­ship, with two new in­ductees on Wed­nes­day, has climbed to 42 with more in prospect.

The club has been work­ing on its Li­ons In­ter­na­tional Cen­ten­nial Project to place an elec­tric bar­be­cue at the up­per do­main and every­thing is in place but await­ing re­sponses for re­quests for fund­ing on this $20,000 project.

New mem­bers and spon­sors pose as fol­lows. From left: Spon­sor John Forbes, Lee Schoe­man, pres­i­dent Mike Harold, zone chair­woman Vicki Wol­land (cen­tre), new Lion Larry Schoe­man (tall), new Lion Larry Evans, spon­sors Yvonne Popow, Bar­bara Fer­gu­son.

The Li­ons’ new car­a­van sell­ing sausage and onions at the lat­est com­mu­nity mar­ket manned by An­drew and Lindy Thomp­son with John Forbes.

Mem­bers check tick­ets in the raf­fle, above.

Past pres­i­dent Si­mon Wil­liams hands in­com­ing pres­i­dent Mike Harold the gavel and gong of of­fice, right.

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