Tea Gardens Lions celebrate a new year of local service

Nathanial from Mumm’s on the Myall was presented with a surprise birthday card by Lion Carole Richards.

TEA Gardens Lions united for their annual Changeover Dinner, held this year at Mumm’s On The Myall on a chilly winter’s night on Wednesday 26 June.

The special occasion marked the changeover from last year’s Board to this year’s, and the night was a formal, yet familiar affair for all, enhanced immeasurably by the masterchef-level cuisine dished out by the Mumm’s kitchen.

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Outgoing President Doug Allen was cheered after he spoke quite eloquently about the Five Pillars of Lionism, bringing the focus of this chapter of the international group back to services to the local community.

“Tea Gardens Lions have had a number of projects established and completed, and when I think of our members I am continuously surprised by the amount of talent, ability, and dedication that you all possess,” Doug said.

“Our major achievements during the year include the fashion show to raise funds for childhood cancer, the new storage shed, Australia Day celebrations, and the introduction of the Christmas Fair.”

Doug thanked many members, not least of which is his successor and incoming Lions President Amanda Sykes, who spoke just as passionately.

“Our membership is diverse in interests, strengths, availability and enthusiasm, but we all work to serve our community,” Amanda said.

“We want Lions to be inspired about what we do, like when they look at one of the numerous Lions projects around town, and can say: ‘Wow, I helped make that happen!’

“We’ll be a great Club if we are all engaged – bring your ideas to the executive, and we can see what works.

“We are Lions because we choose to support our community, and we need to work with other organisations in town with similar mindsets, because we all have the common aim of making our community a better place.”

Upcoming Lions projects include an upgrade of the Myall Street playground with sun-shading, the off-leash dog park at Providence Bay Park, and working with sporting groups to help children achieve their dreams.

By Thomas O’KEEFE

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