The Lions Club of Murray Bridge hosted its 51st Handover Dinner at the Imperial Football club rooms on June 18. It was pleasing to have special guests, District Governor Bryan Hearn and his wife Kay, 2nd Vice District Governor David Snook and Lioness Pam together with three representatives from the Murray Bridge Rotary Club. Lions Clubs represented were from Karoonda, Mannum, Ridley, City Lions and Tailem Bend as well as our own club members.
The Handover Chairman for the event, Lion Paul Wade, ensured the proceedings flowed smoothly. Lion Stephen Fountain read the Invocation with Lion Dot Temby proposed the Lions Purposes.
The Toast to Lions International was given by Ken Coventry OAM who covered many aspects of the Lions global and national service together with elements of this club which continues great service in the community. An in-depth response was given by Lion David Snook who alluded to the strength in Lions, generally, to the various programs directed throughout the world and at the local level.
President Ian gave an overview of his main report, expressed sincere thanks to members and warmly acknowledged their contribution during the course of the year. He then presented the two Awards: a Monarch award to Terry Jenner for 35 years continued service, and the Lions Community Award to Ann Hughes for her 60 years serving numerous non-Lion clubs and organisations. Her involvement and contribution in these groups had previously been recognised with other significant awards being received during this period.
District Governor Bryan Hearn conducted the installation of the 2017 - 2018 Board then conducted the continuation of President, Lion Ian Hollick, for a third term. Lion Ian then introduced the members of his Board of which there were several newer members elected.
The event concluded with the drawing of the raffle followed by the reading of the Lions Code of Ethics.