Two Lions from Murray Bridge have been honoured at a district convention of the service club.
Ann Hughes and Carolyn Kilpatrick were each presented with certificates by Lions International vice president, Gudrun Bjort Yngvadatir, of Iceland, whose attendance was a highlight of the convention.
Each certificate from Lions International president Naresh Aggarwal bore an identical citation: “In recognition of distinguished achievements in fulfilling the mission of Lions Clubs International.”
Ms Hughes – who was stunned at the announcement – was recognised for her outstanding work with the club’s youth of the year program over the past six years, as the C2 district youth of the year chairman.
Her various roles at club level have not interfered with her passion for providing opportunities for young people throughout the district, which encompasses parts of South Australia, Victoria, New South Wales and the Northern Territory.
Ms Kilpatrick, a member of Murray Bridge City Lions, was honoured for the enormous contribution she has made as zone chairman.
Her peers reportedly consider her to be the right person for the very exacting job, which she undertakes with great professionalism.
The pair were joined by four other Murray Bridge and Murray Bridge City Lions Club members at the convention, held in Adelaide.
There they heard an address by Ms Yngvadatir on numerous topics, including the similarities of Australia and her own island nation of 333,000 people.
She said the service Lions members provided to communities throughout Iceland was just as strong and productive as it was here.
Other notable figures at the convention included Ms Yngvadatir’s husband Jon, a past director of Lions Clubs International, and district governor Judy Glastonbury.
The mission of Lions International is to empower volunteers to serve their communities, meet humanitarian needs, encourage peace and promote international understanding through Lions clubs.