THERE was a moment of solemn pause during Jess Flavel's speech addressing her departure from the position of president of the Lions Club of Murrabit.
"It's just a wonderful thing to..." and the whole audience understood what she wanted to say without having to hear it. "It's just a wonderful thing to help each other."
The club has celebrated its historic strive for gender equality and dedication to helping the community when it marked its latest changeover in office-bearers on Tuesday night.
Murrabit was the district's first Lions club to have female members when it was founded in 1988, a landmark achievement in the local, national and Lions International community.
Mrs Flavel reflected on the club's past year of service to the district and beyond.
"It's been a really big year," she said.
"So many Lions helped upgrade the Cenotaph area by planting trees around the boundary.
"We also upgraded the entrance to the golf club, and our club and people from Kerang and Barham to providing the chemo. chair for (chemotherapy patients at) the Kerang hospital."
In a joint effort between the Murrabit Lions Club and other clubs in the district, money was raised for the chair to be installed in the local hospital, which now provides more than 600 chemotherapy treatments per year.
"It's so important for people because it takes hours to travel away to get treatment whilst it takes a whole day to to be treated.
"The Lions have been great, I'd encourage anyone interested in being apart of something (to join)."
This year, the Centennial Award for outstanding club members went to Lyn Madden and Bill Hazen.
Other salient accomplishments include progressing major plantation through the Murrabit Golf Club laneways, sponsoring the Murrabit Markets, preparing morning tea after the Remembrance Day service, and the breakfast for sports-goers at the Murrabit leg of the canoe marathon on the Murray River.
Lions member John Flynn collected 100 pairs of spectacles for the Lions' sight program and individually sold many Christmas cakes for club fund-raisers.
District Governor Norm Walkington congratulated Mrs Flavel and her team for their year of service and installed Lyn Madden as the new president.
The 2018-2019 executive includes secretary Carmel Flynn, treasurer Pattie McDonald, first vice-president Chris Veldman, second vice-president Pam Waldron, Tail Twister [sergeant-at-arms] Stephen Monk, Lion Tamer [custodian] Colin Waldron, public officer Carmel Flynn, safety officer Jim Danson and membership chairman Bill Hazen.
The club also has a number of committees dealing with membership, Murrabit Country Market, programs, community service/Lions Park and war memorial, special events, meals-on-wheels, youth of the year and junior public speaking, Christmas cakes sales, raffles, special projects and Landcare.