40 years of Lions service

THE Lions Club of Leitchville achieved a milestone when it marked its latest changeover of office-bearers.

The changeover dinner marked 40 years of service to the local, national and international community.

REMEMBERING: Seven charter members of the Lions Club of Leitchville have gathered to explore photos documenting 40 years of service. John Walters, back left, Alan Dunne, Dan Dye, and Keith Link; Mayne Brewer,front left, Alan Fry, and Ray Opie.

REMEMBERING: Seven charter members of the Lions Club of Leitchville have gathered to explore photos documenting 40 years of service. John Walters, back left, Alan Dunne, Dan Dye, and Keith Link; Mayne Brewer,front left, Alan Fry, and Ray Opie.

Feted amongst the guests were seven men who were members when the club was chartered in 1978.

They were Mayne Brewer, Alan Dunne, Dan Dye, Alan Fry, Keith Link, Ray Opie and John Walters.

The annual changeover dinner marked the passing of the presidency from Geoff Behrens to one of those men, Alan Dunne.

Mr Behrens held the role for two terms and described the highlights of his time as president.

"We have updated our den, [in the] the old Leitchville railway station building. In 2016 and '17, with the help of Victrack, we upgraded the outside of the building and in this past year we upgraded the interior of the building," he said.

Other highlights included the Winter school breakfasts members prepared, purchasing upgraded bannerettes, the addition of the caravan stopover in town, as well as a number of donations made to the community.

Mr Behrens also paid tribute to members past and present.

Mr Dunne, who served as president in 1996 and again in 2002, is looking forward to his third term.

"It's a fairly easy job with plenty of helpers," he said.

"We will continue the way we've been going," he said.

Mr Dunne is also a charter member. "It's an honour to be a member for that long," he said.

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