The Gunnedah Lions Club recently welcomed a new president in Neville Adams at its annual change-over dinner.
The change-over was performed by second vice district governor David Emanuel who attended from Kootingal with his wife Jill. Mr Emanuel will be the district governor in the 2018-2019 period.
Tribute was paid to outgoing president Steve O’Hara and his board for a successful 12 months.
Mr O’Hara said while the Gunnedah branch was a small club, it was energetic and driven by community interests and had the ability to successfully confront all the challenges put to it.
The outgoing president said the financial independence achieved by the fundraising committee enabled the club to be a worthy contributor to the community.
He reflected on a “fulfilling year”, pointing to the successful fundraising events at local race meetings and catering at Ag Quip and the Gunnedah Show.
The biggest project tackled by the club in the last year was an upgrade at the popular Lions Park.
The members updated the equipment and replaced the sand in the children’s play area with a soft-fall area.
The club undertook the upgrade to provide a safer and more desirable environment for children.
Mr O’Hara also acknowledged the 100 years of service worldwide and 70 years service by the Lions Clubs in Australia. A plaque will be installed at the Lions Park to commemorate the achievement.
He said he had a fulfilling year as president, which was supported by the annual distribution of funds to worthy causes within Gunnedah.
Activities such as Kids to the Coast and the Lions education van all contributed to a successful year.
A highlight was Lions Youth of the Year, with Gunnedah High School student Kirstiana Tuckerman performing exceptionally well in all categories and proceeding to the regional finals in Tamworth.
Current president Neville Adams said the club was looking for new members, male or female, over the age of 18. Those who are interested can contact him on 0429 904 677.