Lions hold annual induction

2017-07-06 06:01
Port Shepstone Lions Club president Jeff Smith (left) presents an Appreciation certificate to Lion Denis Meyer.PHOTOS: supplied

Port Shepstone Lions Club president Jeff Smith (left) presents an Appreciation certificate to Lion Denis Meyer.PHOTOS: supplied

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PORT Shepstone Lions, Lion Ladies and guests celebrated the club’s 47th annual presidential induction last Saturday at the Port Shepstone Lions Clubhouse.

Guests included District 410-C Governor Kim van Wyk and Lion Vicki van Wyk from the North Durban Lions Club and Port Shepstone Round Table chairman Rudi Prinsloo and his wife Lilli.

Club president Jeff Smith paid tribute to both the Lions and Lion Ladies for their outstanding community service and fund-raising efforts throughout the past Lionistic year.

The Lion of the Year Trophy was awarded to Lion Alastair Warman in recognition of his ongoing commitment to the community services portfolio. President’s Appreciation certificates and awards were presented to Lions Denis Meyer in appreciation of his mentorship, guidance and support during the past two years and Lion Kevin Ross for his work in building a new shelter for the Umtentweni Clinic patients.

Lion Martin Rundle received a Secretarial medal for administering the club and club treasurer Richard Borradaile received a Treasurer’s medal for looking after the club’s finances during the past year.

The Stirrer of the Year trophy was awarded to Lion Justin Hinchliff in his absence. International President’s Certificates of Appreciation were also presented to Lion Ladies Estelle O’Neill and Anna Compion in recognition of their commitment to community service.

Outgoing Lion Lady president Estelle O’Neill praised the Lion Ladies for their projects in support of the needy and presented appreciation gifts to Lion Ladies Yvonne Rodda and Anna Compion.

The highlight of the evening was the presentation of the Melvin Jones Fellowship Award, the highest award in Lionism, to Lion Smith in recognition of his outstanding leadership of the club over the past years. Club president elect and council chairman Meyer also presented Lion Smith with an International President’s Certificate of Appreciation in recognition of his leadership at both club and district level.

Long service awards were presented to Lion Warman for 20 years’ service, Kenny Rolfe and Nico De Jong for 10 years’ service and Barry van der Veen and Clayton Curnow for five years’ service.

Twelve club members were awarded for 100% attendance of club meetings throughout the past year.

New members Marius du Plessis and Craig Curnow were inducted by Smith and welcomed into the Port Shepstone Pride of Lions.

Past District Governor Martin Rundle officially inducted Meyer as club president for the 2017/2018 fiscal year. In his acceptance speech, Meyer thanked the club for their faith in his leadership, undertook to promote membership growth and increased service activities and announced the incoming board of directors.

He also thanked his wife Chantell for her patience and support during his term as council chairman.

Lion Lady June Rundle was also thanked for agreeing to stand as the Lion Lady president for the forthcoming year.

The club has a busy start to the new Lionistic year and is hard at work preparing for their 32nd South Coast Lions’ Show which will be held at the Port Shepstone Country Club from July 13 to 16. - Supplied.

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