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Paul Kilroy

Lions roaring ahead

Business, RuralJoanne Eisemann
Mary Gill, of Westbury Lions, with a pallet of Lions’ bagged sheep poo, outside Westbury Rural.  Photo supplied

Mary Gill, of Westbury Lions, with a pallet of Lions’ bagged sheep poo, outside Westbury Rural.

Photo supplied

THE LIONS Club of Westbury is celebrating its twenty five year anniversary and still going strong, according to President Chris Viney.

Over the years Westbury Lions have been involved in numerous community projects, including renovating the clock at Holy Trinity Church in Westbury, Westbury Skate Park, the gates of St Mary’s Church at Hagley, the Westbury Showground gates and barbecue areas at both Carrick and Bracknell.

‘This year, our total contribution to the community has been over $15,000. That’s a pretty good effort for a club of our size,’ said Mr Viney.

Ongoing projects include collecting used spectacles for recycling in under-developed countries and collecting used stamps to raise money for the Lions Child Mobility Fund.

Lions also sponsor the UTAS Adrian Geard Memorial Nursing Scholarship, assisting a local person to pursue tertiary study and a career in a field vital to the community,\.

Manning the Agfest gates and assisting at the Mountain Cattlemen’s annual get together are other regular fund-raising activities.

Selling sheep ‘poo’ is another money making venture for Westbury Lions. Working bees are held to bag the poo, which is sold at Westbury Rural Services, with all proceeds going directly to Lions.

‘We really appreciate the ongoing support of Westbury Rural Services,’ said Mr Viney.

Membership has ebbed and flowed over the years but Mr Viney said there was always room for more. Of the original members, six are still active, twenty five years later.

The club is keen to attract more members, regardless of age or gender, and is a great way to serve the community.

‘We really need to get younger men and women on board so that the good work of Lions can continue,’ said Mr Viney.

Prospective members can get more information about Lions from Club Secretary Paul Kilroy on 0414 891 793.

At your service

Community, EventsJoanne Eisemann
Tristan Webb and Shane Dale (right) from Deloraine Trade Training Centre.  Photo by Hayley Manning

Tristan Webb and Shane Dale (right) from Deloraine Trade Training Centre.

Photo by Hayley Manning

By Hayley Manning

‘SERVICE ABOVE Self.’

The Rotary slogan captured the collective sentiment of the volunteers who attended the National Volunteer Morning Tea on 23 May at Deloraine House.

The occasion was officially opened by Mayor Wayne Johnston and OAM recipient, Merrilyn Young, who said the community needed more young volunteers. ‘It is not all hard work. You make friendships for life, while helping others,’ she said.

The day room full of volunteers mingled to the lively beats provided by U3As Strummers and Drummers.

Hardy’s ‘Frogs’ Bakery made the Meander Valley Council funded cake, Linc funded the lunch, which was catered by Deloraine House with Deloraine Trade Training Centre volunteers serving.

Here are some of Meander Valley’s dedicated volunteers.

Kathryn Bryan

‘I did my Certificate 3 in Community Service and want to do Cert 4 via TAFE to get into welfare work. I love meeting people at Deloraine House.’

• Deloraine House Reception

• Deloraine Footy Club

• Junior and Amateur Basketball

Lydia

‘I Iove meeting new people and being involved in the community.’

• Literacy volunteer for Linc Tasmania

• Community Visitor Scheme for Aged Care

Paul Kilroy

‘Meeting people and being useful to others as part of community. Satisfaction. Fun. Mixing with other like-minded people.’

• U3A Golf organizer

• Movie Club Exercise Group

• Lions Club

• Strummers and Drummers

Russell Witcombe

‘The rewards are fantastic and far outweigh the effort. You come to realise how much the same people do, five days a week.’

• U3A golf

• Cycling group

• Westbury Baptist Church Kids Club

• Westbury Rotary

• Strummers and Drummers

Tristan Webb

‘I like serving the food and doing the clear away afterwards.’

Shane Dale

‘I enjoy working with food and gaining work experience today.’

• Shane and Tristan are both doing the Core course Certificate 2 in Hospitality at Deloraine Trade Training Centre.