Lions Club of Barossa Valley members have once again excelled in fundraising, enabling donations of $16,700 for the benefit of the local community, secondary school students, the Royal Flying Doctor Service and various Lions projects reported outgoing Lions president, Trevor Schmidt at the Lions Club of Barossa Valley annual Handover Dinner held at the Vine Inn Barossa Community Hotel, Nuriootpa last Friday night.
Lion Scotty Milne had earlier on officially welcomed all present.
Continuing his address, president Trevor said, “We have maintained our regular projects of manning the footy gates in both Nuriootpa and Tanunda, hosted the Melbourne Cup luncheon and conducted the giant Christmas Stocking raffle, sold Christmas cakes, hosted many barbecues, helped Driver Reviver and other activities.
“We have successfully hosted the Lions Skin Cancer Bus and referred 50 people for further follow up on suspect skin problems.
“Recently we have sponsored Georgia Thomas from Nuriootpa High School in the Lions Youth of the Year Contest and seen her win the State Title and then go on and represent S.A. with distinction at the national finals in Geelong.
“Just a few weeks ago we hosted the 35th Sir Condor Laucke Oration at the Vine Inn Barossa Community Hotel, Nuriootpa with former Senator Grant Chapman as guest orator.
“At the start of the year, I had high aspirations of gaining more members.
“Despite our efforts we have not grown our numbers, but very sadly lost three Lions Ladies in Elva Falland, Connie Hausler and Marie Canavan and a respected, enthusiastic member in Lions Lawrence Linke.
“We, like other service clubs here and elsewhere are finding it very hard to attract new members.
“Society seems to be changing at such a rapid pace and it is taking a toll on volunteering and community service.”
New president’s report
In his report as incoming president, John Reed said, “After being a resident in the Barossa Valley for nearly four years it is a privilege to be nominated to serve the club.
“We hope to be able to continue with the football gates next year but if it continues to be a problem in filling the roster as Lion Milton is finding, then we will have to give up at least one gate and this will mean a substantial increase in membership fees which we try to avoid.
“I hope to bring some variations to our meetings with perhaps an inter-club visit and a dinner meeting at an alternative venue.
“In planning for the future the time is now for Lions to try and attract new members to our club.”
Special award presentation
During the night Dianne Linke received the Don Heidrich Award for outstanding effort and Joan Reed received the Keith Davis Award. Members were also interested to learn that their former Barossa Valley Lions member, Keith Davis is now aged 90 years.
Service award presentation
Lion John Falland received the top service award with 48 years followed by Alan Fyfe and Sue Roesler, six years and Trevor Irrgang, two years.
New office bearers
Office bearers for 2019-2020 are: John Reed, president; Scotty Milne, vice-president; Trevor Schmidt, past president; Milton Medlow, secretary; John Falland, treasurer and Guy Martin, tinker shed chairman.
Officers: Sue Roesler and David Marshall, lion tamers; Trevor Schmidt, membership; Trevor Irrgang and Lyn Brew, tail twisters;
Alan Fyfe, events co-ordinator; Scotty Milne, public officer and Dennis Cox, bulletin editor.