The Lions Club of Murray Bridge hosted its 52nd Handover Dinner at the Community Club on June 24.
The attendance of around fifty guests was pleasing.
It was also pleasing to have special guests, district governor Judy Glastonbury and husband, Frank, together with past district governor Rhys Robert, zone chairman Carolyn Kilpatrick and representatives from Lions Clubs from Karoonda, Mannum, Ridley, City Lions and Tailem Bend as well as our own club members.
The Handover chairman for the event was Lion Paul Wade who most capably undertook the duties with professionalism to ensure the proceedings flowed smoothly.
A number of apologies were read by Lion Maurice Fry.
Next, the ‘Toast to Lions International’ was given by Mayor Brenton Lewis who covered in detail many aspects of the service given by service clubs both locally, and on the global and national scene.
Zone chairman, Carolyn Kilpatrick responded and touched on depth and strength in Lions, generally, to the various programs directed throughout the world, nation and, in particular, at the local level by our club.
Following the main course, president Ian gave an overview of his main report featured in the comprehensive bulletin issued to guests.
He expressed sincere thanks to members and warmly acknowledged their contribution during the course of the year.
Emcee, Paul wade called on the DG Judy to present two awards. Firstly to long-serving treasurer, Terry Critchley for 21 continuous years as the club’s treasurer.
A framed certificate was presented. Next, Ian Hollick was presented with the coveted James D. Richardson award for outstanding service to the club.
A suitably researched and prepared citation was read covering the various executive and other positions Ian has held in the eight years of his membership, the various other activities which have been engaged in and his service on the building committee.
In particular Ian became heavily involved in undertaking the barbecues and other catering duties to the extent he is the Club’s “BBQ King”.
District governor Judy Glastonbury then conducted the installation of the 2017 - 2018 board then conducted the induction of president, Lion Lew Webb, who 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.