With help from the Trek4Kidz Starlight Foundation, President Stephen Whiticker from the Tenterfield Lions Club donated $1000 to the local drought relief for farmers in the Tenterfield Shire. Joel Soper from the Salvation Army was happy to accept the cheque from Stephen and Trek4Kidz.
Lions hosted the Trek4Kidz car rally when it passed through town recently, with rally participants extending their generosity to also help the local drought-support effort.
Mr Whiticker took over from outgoing president Wayne Lusty’s at the club's 52nd annual changeover held at Arrajay Downs. In his report Mr Lusty said he handed over the reins to the new president with a feeling of satisfaction that the majority of his aims were achieved, although he urged members to explore roles within the club that they may not have tried before.
“As I pass the gavel to Steve, I know the club will advance under his guidance and continue to grow and serve the community of Tenterfield.”
Lions Cracker Night did not proceed this year as the club reassessed the event, entering into partnership with Tenterfield Care Centre to mount a bigger, better night next year.
The Lions catering van did do the rounds again over the past year, serving at events including the Junior Soccer Club, Westpac Life Saver Rescue Helicopter and Legacy fundraisers, enabling all proceeds to go back to the community groups.
In addition to donating $3000 to various Lions organisations including its Cancer Research Foundation and Childhood Cancer support, the club supported local groups including the Salvation Army, three Rural Fire Service brigades, Mumma’s Pride indigenous football team, junior soccer, the Sir Henry Parkes Memorial Public School breakfast club and the Art & Craft Society – plus end-of-year presentations at six local schools – to the tune of nearly $5500.
Lions members were also active at other community events including Australia Day celebrations, Oracles of the Bush, the annual toy run, and also taking their turn at the new Tenterfield Farmers and Producers Market.
Catering efforts were again tested keeping the 500 members of the Moto Guzzi Club of Queensland fed during their annual Ruptured Budgie motorcycle rally at Mingoola, and the troops proved they were up to it.
The club also left its mark on the local landscape with a refurbishment of Market Square, first established by club back in the 1970’s.
Office bearers for the coming year are Stephen Whiticker (president), Ted Hartfield (secretary), Pamela Hartfield (treasurer), Rosemary Lusty (1st vice president), Martin I’Ons (2nd vice president), Maureen Graham (3rd vice president), Wayne Lusty (immediate past president) and Lynton Rhodes (membership director).