Forty-three Lions and guests attended the Jerilderie Lions Club’s 40th birthday and changeover dinner on Monday night, in the Ian Gilbert Room of the Jerilderie Civic Hall.
Lions from the Finley, Berrigan, Coleambally and Oaklands clubs, as well as past members of Jerilderie Lions and other special guests, came to share in a night of reminiscing and friendship.
Outgoing president Paul Ryan paid tribute to the only remaining charter member of the club, 92 year-old Harry Sleeman, who is still a force to be reckoned with in the club.
Mr Ryan also praised former Finley Lion Fred Cuthbert, who was instrumental in the formation of the Jerilderie Lions, and attended almost all meetings for first 12 months of the club’s formation in 1977.
Ruth McRae spoke on behalf of the Murrumbidgee Council, and congratulated Lions on their 40 years of service.
Achievements of the club’s history were noted, amongst them the contribution made by the club to the establishment of Luke Park and Steel Wings (the big windmill). This was a project led by former members George Cornish and Clive Langfield, who are both now deceased.
Jerilderie Lions helped Jerilderie Mini Rail become a reality, and led a community fundraiser for the Albury/Wodonga Care Hostel.
The Lions Catering Caravan, a Murray Collier (dec) legacy, appears at many community functions and fundraisers.
Lions zone chairperson Inara Fox installed the new board of Jerilderie Lions, with Louis Kelly elected as president.
Colin Powell is secretary and Richard Wright is treasurer.
Guests enjoyed a delightful three course meal prepared and served by the Patu family, accompanied by locally produced Bonic’s wines.
Congratulations to Jerilderie Lions and may they continue strongly for another 40 years.