Miller given Humanitarian Award
A VISION by Margaret Miller some thirty years ago saw her presented with a Professor Ian Frazer Humanitarian Award by the Warwick Lions Club at their changeover dinner on Saturday night.
Warwick Lions Club president Ros Keim said while Margaret’s son was receiving treatment for leukaemia Margaret had a vision of forming a Warwick Branch of the Leukaemia Foundation of Queensland. Margaret later went on to serve as president for 30 years.
Margaret handed over the position last year but still maintains a role as the Warwick and district support person for families of people diagnosed with leukaemia.
Trevor Sheeran was also honoured at the event, being awarded life membership of the Warwick Lions Club.
Trevor has served as president twice, secretary for seven years, treasurer for five years and has been the club’s Christmas cakes and Lions mints custodian for many years. He has also been seen constantly seeking donations for the annual cubby house raffle.
The Lions Club celebrated another year of successful fundraising at the dinner, as they welcomed in the new committee.
Ros Keim had a terrific year at the head of the club, which achieved $25,000 in donations for the community.
“It was a really great year; I really enjoyed it,” Mrs Keim said. “We raised a wonderful amount.”
Member of eight years, Con Lo Giudice accepted the role of president after holding the position of vice-president for the past 12 months, and the position of secretary before that.
“I like a challenge and to help people and I found that Lions is the biggest club in the world for helping others,” Mr Lo Giudice said.
The club also welcomed Jeff Ferguson as the membership chairman, Dennis O’Connor as the vice-president and secretary and Mike Keim as treasurer.
Mr Lo Giudice said they will yet again focus on some big fundraising projects this term and will try to increase membership.
“We are always looking for new members,” he said. “We need new younger members to help keep the club going in the future.”
Outgoing president Ros Keim said membership was rewarding.
“It is a great pleasure to be a part of, to be able to help others,” she said.
If you are interesting in becoming a Lions member contact Mr Ferguson on 4666 1655.
The local Apex club also held their changeover meeting on Saturday night with current president Neil Briscoe taking on the presidency again. The vice-president is David Balfour, secretary Timothy Gallagher and treasurer Kay Webb.