Finley Lions Club celebrated its 48th annual changeover with a dinner at the Finley Bowling Club last week.
More than 60 people attended on Tuesday evening, representing Lions from Finley, Jerilderie, Berrigan, Tocumwal, Barooga and Deniliquin, as well as members from the Finley Rotary and Apex clubs.
Lions chairman Eric Dean introduced past Finley Lions Club member Allan Dixon, who inducted the new board for 2017-2018, as well as the new executive — president Peter Braybon, secretary Bill Endrizzi and treasurer Steve McRae.
New president Peter Braybon has been a member of the Lions Club for the last five years.
‘‘I’m looking forward to helping the Lions help the community,’’ Mr Braybon said.
‘‘We fit the community needs as they arise, and we have a number of projects underway to support the area.
‘‘We’d love to see new members join, too,’’ he said.
Retiring president Greg Brunt reported on a successful year, with many Lions international projects supported as well as local projects.
Last year’s works included involvement at local schools, soccer field watering system and painting the Memorial Park fence, as well as helping people in need.
Members also enjoyed catering at the annual Finley Extravaganza and Tractor Pull, Seniors Week afternoon tea and organising the Show ‘n’ Shine.
Ongoing projects for the Finley Lions Club include the maintenance of the cemetery, the Driver Reviver program, wood raffles and public speaking competitions for junior and senior students.