Lions Club elects new president

2018-06-26 06:00
Sharon Sampie (right) with Rashmi Kooverjee during the induction.

Sharon Sampie (right) with Rashmi Kooverjee during the induction.

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Sharon Sampie from Southfield was elected the new president of the Bergvliet Lions Club on Saturday 16 June.

She steps into this position after 12 years of being a loyal member of the club.

Sampie is the 50th president of the club and was the first woman to join the club.

The Bergvliet Lions Club is one of 46 000 clubs worldwide that are committed to providing critical relief services in natural disaster situations around the world. The Lions have been in existence for 101 years.

The Bergvliet club consists of 18 ordinary citizens who dedicate their time to doing good for their community and beyond. They constantly come up with ideas to raise funds to continue with their mandate.

They reportedly focus primarily on five main service areas, namely diabetes, sight, hunger relief, paediatric cancer and environment­.

Sampie says she is excited and honoured that the members have recognised her ability to lead the club for the next fiscal year.

“I have received excellent training in this regard and I am looking forward to the coming year as president. I will be taking over from a highly professional and competent board which ran the club very efficiently. So I’m stepping into rather huge shoes.”

The sincere gratitude that recipients have shown for their donations is what has kept her loyal over the years. She says she finds fulfilment in knowing that she is part of the positive change the club brings to the lives of many people in the southern suburbs.

Sampie plans to tighten and expand the club’s partnerships with organisations that share their interest while also focusing on growing their members.

Sampie adds: “I would like our club to twin with more clubs locally and internationally­.”

Sandy Roman, secretary of the club, says members recognised Sampie’s passion and leadership qualities. “She was unanimously elected to lead the club for the coming fiscal year.

“We raise funds and we are involved in a number of projects both local and slightly further away than Bergvliet and the surrounding areas. We are doing our best to assist the community where we can.

“We occasionally get together for socials among ourselves or with members of other Lions clubs.”V If you are interested in joining the club, call Sharon Sampie on 072 341 2417 or Sandy Roman on 072 741 7150.

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