The Lions Club of Athlone held its annual presidential induction on Friday 2 August following the election of Zarina Hendricks as its new president. The election followed the nomination and voting meeting that took place in June. Hendricks is taking over from Rashid Adams, who served for one year. The club has been in existence for the past three years and the election of a new president happens every year.Hendricks said the club is part of the Lions Club International which has been in existence for over 100 years. The club has 47 000 clubs world wide, in over 200 countries with 1.4 million members worldwide.She said their club, which was established in 2017, has focus areas and it concentrates on hunger, vision, childhood cancer, diabetes and environment. “This organisation aims to source out the need within communities and assist where possible to promote betterment,” she added.According to her, a president does not carry unique duties, and merely aims to see to it that the 23 members of the club perform their expected tasks.The event that took place at Tuscany Gardens in Rylands East was attended by Mayco member for safety and security, JP Smith and for community services and health, Zahid Badroodien. Badroodien said he felt honoured to attend the induction event and hoped that it would create better interactions with the community.“It was a great pleasure to attend. I look forward to the conversations and partnerships that will come out of the networking opportunities,” he said.The club also honoured Faldiela Casper who runs a safe house, House of Hope, in Hanover Park. House of Hope is a haven that houses orphans and abandoned children. She manages the facility which she runs from her house and funds the house from her pocket with help of friends.She was given the Louis Volks Humanitarian Award which is the most prestigious award to be granted at the Lion’s Club in South Africa. According to her, it was the first time that her work has been acknowledged.