Guest speakers a real inspiration

ABOUT 70 people attended the annual Combined Service Club's dinner on Monday night at Waterline on Shingley.

Each year a different service club organises the dinner. The Rotary Club of Airlie Beach hosted this year's event.

The club decided on a new format and had inspirational guest speakers rather than presentations by the participating clubs.

The first speaker was local year 12 student Ben Lloyd-Lewis who presented the speech that won him the Public Speaking Award at this year's Proserpine Lions Youth of the Year Awards.

Ben's speech was entitled “Changing my world, one job at a time”. It highlighted the role of volunteers in providing much-needed services to the community and was received well by the audience.

Speakers from the Spinal Injuries Association of North Queensland also caught the audience's attention.

Cathy Lengyel spoke about the association's work in north Queensland.

In a very inspirational speech, Col Makereth told his own story of how an accident when he was a young man left him a quadriplegic. Col explained how he worked to rebuild his life and become an active and contributing member of society.

The aim of such nights is to recognise the contribution that service organisations make to our community and to strengthen the relationship between like-minded organisations in our area.

The dinner this year was originally scheduled in March but was postponed due to Cyclone Ului.

It was fitting that the new date for the dinner actually fell in National Volunteers Week.

The Whitsunday Lions Club has volunteered to host next year's dinner.

Clubs represented:

ESA International – Alpha Epsilon Branch

Proserpine Meals on Wheels

Police Citizens Youth Club

Queensland CWA - Proserpine Branch

Quota Club of Whitsundays

Spinal Injuries Association – North Queensland

State Emergency Service

Whitsunday Crisis and Counselling Service

Whitsunday Lions Club

Whitsunday Meals on Wheels

Whitsunday Volunteer Marine Rescue

Zonta Club of Whitsundays

Rotary Club of Airlie Beach

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