Lions recognised for service
WHITSUNDAY Lions club members have reached some important milestones over the past few weeks with members elected into higher district positions and recognised for more than 35 years service.
Proserpine Lions member Doug Winterflood was named District Governor, while Airlie Beach member Betty Wilson was named Second Vice District governor at a district conference in Atherton last month.
The pair will take up their new positions in July next year, with Ms Wilson then taking on the position as Vice District Governor and then Governor in the future.
"To me it's the ultimate role you can achieve to become president of a district," Ms Wilson said.
The district is in charge of branches from Sarina in the south, Papua New Guinea in the north and then to Mt Isa in the west.
Ms Wilson has only been a member of the club for seven and a half years and said she was the first Airlie Beach Lions member to be appointed to the position.
"When I do things I jump in with both feet and get stuck into it," she said.
"That's my motto anyway. I think most women do things like that I think."
Ms Wilson said that as part of her new role she would be looking at building membership numbers in the club.
"More memberships means we can raise more money," she said.
Proserpine Lions member Don McDonald was recognised for 35 years of service with his club and Kevin Watson was presented with a certificate for his 40 years of service.
Mr McDonald joined Lions in 1976 after a good friend took him along to a few meetings.
He said it wasn't long before he realised the importance of service groups in the community.