Port Shepstone Lions, Lion Ladies and their guests celebrated the club’s 48th annual Presidential Induction at the Port Shepstone Country Club on Saturday.
Club President, Past Council Chairman Denis Meyer paid tribute to both the Lions and Lion Ladies for an extremely successful year of community service and fundraising projects.
During his valedictory speech, Club President Denis announced that the Lion of the Year Trophy is to be awarded to Lion Clayton Curnow in recognition of his outstanding support and commitment throughout the course of the year. Lion Clayton was not present to receive the award as he is currently on holiday.
President’s Appreciation medals were awarded to Past District Governor Martin Rundle for convening the 2018 South Coast Lions’ Show, Lion Justin Hinchliff for his outstanding fundraising efforts, Lion Norman Holmes for successfully running the club’s bar facility, Lion Kevin Ross for his ongoing dedication to community service projects and for organising the many social functions within the club and to Club Treasurer Richard Borradaile for looking after the club’s finances during the past year. The Stirrer of the Year Trophy was awarded to Lion Justin Hinchliff.
A number of Appreciation Certificates were also presented to various members and Lion Ladies for their valued contributions.
Outgoing Lion Lady President June Rundle praised the Lion Ladies for their ongoing projects in support of the needy and presented appreciation gifts to several of the ladies.
The floating trophy for Lion Lady of the Year was presented to Lion Lady Audrey Leggett in recognition of her tireless efforts with a number of fundraising projects.
The highlight of the evening was the presentation of a Citizen of the Year Award to Rajen Mahabeer in recognition of his tireless and ongoing commitments to feeding hungry children through his Hibiscus Food For Life project.
Ten club members were awarded for 100% attendance of club meetings throughout the past year. New members Jason Watt and Noel Pieterse was formally inducted by Past Council Chairman Paul Brauteseth and welcomed into the Port Shepstone Pride of Lions.
Past Council Chairman Brauteseth then formally inducted Lion Dale Mc Garry as Club President for the 2018/2019 fiscal year.
In his acceptance speech, Lion Dale thanked his predecessor for his outstanding leadership of the club and undertook to further promote membership growth, fellowship and increased service activities for the forthcoming year.