At the Pambula Merimbula Lions Club changeover held on Saturday, July 7, outgoing president Clive Perrett handed the job over to Phil Hall. Following the resignation of Tony Criddle in January due to ill health, Clive as first vice president took over. Tony is to be thanked for his contribution over many years.
Clive gave Presidential Appreciation awards to Phyllis Agnez, John Davy, Tom and Lyn McKendrick and Ron Russell for their contribution. The honour of Lion of the Year went to Phil Hall.
In his acceptance, Phil stated traditional projects would continue.
It must be said that several of these projects were initiated by him, which include a liaison with Potoroo Palace for maintenance and construction works, the provision and erection of Christmas decorations and lights in town, helping out at Bimbimbie Park on their open days, and most importantly the organisation of three discos during the last year.
These were run under the auspices of the PCYC, and proved to be very successful. In November the theme was Halloween, where all sorts of hobgoblins appeared, the next was at Easter, and the most recent in June saw Super Heroes in great numbers!
He has hopes of forming an Alpha form of Leo Club. Alpha is for the 12 to 17 age bracket. There are already some interested candidates.
The new board was inducted by member Gordon Matthews, currently 1st Vice District Governor. Gordon will be next year's governor, and will preside over the District Convention to be held here in October 2019.
Gordon also presented Gold Centennial Awards for membership growth to Robyn Bedford, Addie Perrett and Maureen Stokes.
During the evening a cheque for $34,977 was presented to Rob Owen of Tathra Lions Club, donated by other Lions Clubs and individuals for relief after the March fires. This brings the total from Lions to around $200,000, a great effort.
We will be keeping our traditional projects going.Incoming president Phil Hall
Exchange student Talia Davids from Belgium was welcomed and spoke on her interests, medical studies at Leuven and her home town. Talia leaves the local area on July 21 to join other students at Proserpine, QLD.
Lions have been involved in the construction of a path to Middle Beach, Merimbula, supporting people with a disability, a Mens Shed, landcare and bridgebuilding in the Panboola Wetlands, construction of bus stop shelters and fundraising for worthwhile causes.