THE Bombala Lions Club held its annual Changeover recently, and we would now like to present the 2011/12 President’s Report to give a detailed outline of what the past 12 months has involved for the Lions.
“After a busy 2010/11 with the construction of the River Walk Track, this year has not been so hectic, and due to the rather wet season and delays, we still have some 250 metres of track to be laid to finish this project.
Throughout the year the Lions Club has purchased five blue powder coated steel seats, to be located at selected sites around the track. Currently three are in place with two still to be sited.
The club would like to thank Bombala Rotary and the Bombala Gun Club for their contributions towards the purchase of the seats.
Following a request from concerned parents who have used the Ginger Leigh barbecue facility and children’s play equipment, Bombala Lions has purchased 150 metres of safety fencing that will be erected around the children’s play equipment to fully enclose this area thus making it a safer area for the children to play given the closeness of the river. Plans are now underway for the placement of this fence in the near future.
Throughout the year the club also participate in various projects and fundraising events.
Once again the hiring out of the marquee proved to be a valuable source of income for the club with the Nimmitabel and Delegate Shows, Cathcart Country Music, Bombala and Bega races, Australia Day Celebration and private functions enjoying the benefits of the marquee.
Other activities the club was involved in included barbecues for Childhood Cancer Research, Schoolboy’s Football Carnival at Bibbenluke and the Annual Christmas Street Carnival.
The Club continued the tradition of Breakfast in the Street and assisted with the organisation of the Shop Locally promotion.
The Club was invited to cater for the Turning of the Sod to recognise the commencement of the new softwood mill in Bombala and feedback from Kylie Warne Promotions Pty Ltd suggested we did an excellent job on the day. The Club has also enjoyed an informative tour of the new mill site and I thank Tasco for their invitation to do so.
The Lions Club were successful in our application for funding to purchase a generator which has added to the club’s ability to be self sufficient in terms of remote area catering.
The club has successfully tendered for the removal of the fence at the Bombala Court House with work completed on June 24, 2012 and the club would like to express our sincere thanks to the community members and contractors who provided their machinery and expertise for the removal of the fence and levelling of the grounds.
The proceeds of this contract have been donated to Bear Cottage which is a children’s hospice where children with life shortening illnesses and their families can stay from time to time and receive rest and medical care in a home-like environment.
As a result of the proceeds from the above activities the Club has donated by way of our annual disbursement for 2011/12 a total of $9,550 to both local and Lions charities which is indeed a commendable result for a club of our size and all members should feel justifiably proud of this.
I would like to take this opportunity to express my sincere appreciation to all our Club members for their support throughout 2011/12 without which the year would not have been the success that it has been.
Sadly, some members of our club are currently not enjoying good health and I would like to offer our best wishes for a speedy recovery and hope to see them back on deck in the not too distant future.
Finally in closing, I would like to congratulate our incoming President Clare and the Board for accepting the responsibility of their positions thus ensuring the Club continues to function as a vital part of our community. I also say a special thank you to Fay for her valuable and continuous support throughout the year without which my job would have been that much harder to complete.” – Outgoing President, Ray Turnbull.