Northam Lions Club changeover dinner

Harry Taylor congratulating Lion of the Year Award winners Leonie Vaughan and Lion Brian Rutter.

Harry Taylor congratulating Lion of the Year Award winners Leonie Vaughan and Lion Brian Rutter.

Lions Club member Jim Smith greeted thirty five members, partners and guests to the Lion Club's 49th Annual Changeover Dinner on Saturday, at the Northam Aero Club. 

Past president Harry Taylor passing the reigns and congratulating new Northam Lions president Wayne Morgan.

Past president Harry Taylor passing the reigns and congratulating new Northam Lions president Wayne Morgan.

Master of Ceremonies Lion John Morgan welcomed special guest president Steve Pollard and wife Kathy, members from The Northam RSL Branch, and a member of The Rotary Club Northam. 

An Invocation & Loyal toast began the proceedings of this special evening.

President Harry Taylor thanked guests, his members and partners for their attendance.

He invited President Steve Pollard to toast Lions International and celebrate the 100 year centennial anniversary of Lions throughout the world. 

A wonderful three course meal was catered by The Federals Football Club, and the bar attended by members of The Northam Aero Club.

During the evening president Taylor gave his address to members and guests, celebrating the success of another exciting, busy and rewarding year for the club.

He made reference to the several groups throughout the community the Lions Club had donated to and talked about ongoing donations to organisations including the local hospice, Northam Senior High School Chaplaincy, local schools and local sporting clubs.

An installation ceremony of all new office bearers into the club was performed on the night. 

Northam Lions members and guests enjoying dinner on the annual Changeover evening, at the Northam Aero Club.

Northam Lions members and guests enjoying dinner on the annual Changeover evening, at the Northam Aero Club.

This prestigious ceremony was performed by Lion Peter Hammond, who appointed each new office bearer.

Wayne Morgan is the new Lions president, who together with his new office bearers confirmed their commitment to perform their duties to the best of their ability in the club for another twelve months.

An equally special occasion was the presentation of club awards.

Past president Harry Taylor had the difficult responsibility of choosing the Lion of the Year Award, which is regarded as the most prized award of the year among Lions. 

Members Lion Leonie Vaughan and Lion Brian Rutter were awarded the honour this year.

Their names will be inscribed on the Silver Cup, which has all the previous winners. 

Mr Taylor said they had “served diligently and with dedicated commitment to each community project”.

Northam Lions member El Rewell said the club will continue to stand strong in the local community.

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