Tuesday, August 02, 2022

Claremorris Lions, from left to right: John Whittle, secretary; James Preston, outgoing president; new president Andy Bibby and Melissa Walsh, vice president, as Andy receives his chain of office.

The newly elected president of a Claremorris-based charity has targeted increased membership as his main priority for the year ahead.

Incoming president of Claremorris and District Lions Club, Andy Bibby, said getting back to the pre-Covid levels of service and pushing the climate agenda is top of his list of priorities.

“Like every organisation, the Lions need to keep renewing itself. New blood is vital and we are delighted that some new members have joined over the past year but we would welcome more,” said Andy.

The club are a charitable organisation who raise funds for disbursement by other frontline charitable organisations including The Red Cross, Cúram and St Vincent DePaul Society. They also fund the Dance Memory Club for Dementia sufferers in the area.

“We have also contributed to many national projects including Guide Dogs for the Blind, as well as international disaster emergencies, including significant amounts to the Ukraine appeal.

“We organise many events during the year, including our annual Christmas Food collection, Plant a Tree week, Midsummer Night’s Walk, Dementia quiz might, Message in a Bottle, Diabetes Awareness, spectacles collection, to mention just a few. The Lions meet once a month to plan events. We are a small group and punch well above our weight. Anyone who would like to give something back to their community would be most welcome to join,” said Mr Bibby.

Melissa Walsh has been elected vice-president and John Whittle is the new secretary, Declan Reidy is treasurer and Darren Hennelly PRO. James Preston is the outgoing president. The Lions can be contacted at [email protected]

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