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5 July, 2021

Pittsworth Lions Club donates to local causes

Pittsworth Lions Club has continued 56 years of civic service with the disbursement of almost $13,000 to community and Lions projects over the past year.

New Lions Club executive. Past District Governor Bev Bates installs incoming committee members (from left) John Murphy, Carol Shipley, Mim Shipley, Yvonne Cornford, Deanne Olischlager, John Dade, Wilma Proudlock and David Olischlager.

Addressing the club’s 56th changeover luncheon at the Bowls Club on Saturday, outgoing president Wilma Proudlock praised her fellow Lions Club members for their enthusiasm and commitment.

“Despite all the restrictions and limitations imposed by Covid-19, we have had a busy and, I think,nsuccessful year in terms of our membership, the funds we have raised, the fellowship we have enjoyed and the service given to the community,” Mrs Proudlock said.

Highlight of the lunch, attended by 40 people including Millmerran and Clifton Lions Club representatives, was the presentation of annual and special awards.

The club also donated cheques to six local causes, namely, Scouts, Care Pittsworth, Landcare, Senior Citizens, the schools chaplaincy fund and the high school’s breakfast program.

Professor Ian Frazer Humanitarian Awards were presented to long-serving, now retired, Blue Care nurse Faye Meyers, who was unable to attend due to poor health, and to Pittsworth Rotary Club, accepted by club president Ros Scotney OAM.

Lions Club members Yvonne Cornford and Alf Jensen were honoured with a Melvin Jones Fellowship and JD Richardson Honour Award, respectively, for their contributions of 14 years as treasurer and 25 years installing personal safety alarms in Pittsworth.

The club’s Lion of the Year award was presented to Carol Shipley, the John Hart Memorial Trophy to John Murphy, who was MC for Saturday’s function, and the Quiet Achiever Award, in memory of Merv Hart, to Tania Garratt. 

Despite the cancellation of the Leyburn and Pittsworth Sprints, November Market, Christmas in the Park and Kallangur Lions Club’s Cancer Bike Ride, the club still managed to raise significant funds through Bunnings barbecues, monthly fruit tray raffles, the Christmas hamper, Pittsworth Show weekend, April markets and a clearing sale. 

Lions also continued their usual range of projects, including Youth of the Year, Personal Alarms, Christmas cakes and puddings, recycling used spectacles, Emergency Medical Information booklets, Lions mints, Lions Medical Research Foundation, Fire Poster Competition and the Ticket Machine.

During the year, donations were made to larger Lions programs, including the Foundation for Disaster Relief, Need for Feed, Camp Duckadang, Eye Health and Drug Awareness, Hearing Dogs, Youth Insearch and the Lions Medical Research Foundation.

“As well, we have provided funds for a vision aid at St Stephen’s School, given half of our profits from the Show barbecue to the Show Society and provided Citizenship Awards to students from each of the five primary schools in our area, as well as two students from Year 9 at the high school,” Mrs Proudlock

“I would like to thank all the club members for their support over the last twelve months.

“Finally, my thanks go to the Pittsworth community - both businesses and individuals - for the many ways in which they support the Lions Club projects,” she said.

“It’s great to be part of a town where people work together.”

Incoming president David Olischlager outlined his vision for the ensuing twelve months, including the project to design a town clock for Pittsworth’s central roundabout.

Deanne Olischlager is secretary for the coming year, with Yvonne Cornford foreshadowing her 15th year as treasurer will also be her last.

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