THE Lions Clubs of Port Sorell and Latrobe jointly celebrated successful years and installed incoming office bearers for the 2013-14 year.
Outgoing president of the Port Sorell club, Jeanette Manson, attributed member and community support that resulted in donations of $46,000 being allocated and two new events – Christmas in the Street and Jazz at the Port – becoming established on the events calendar.
Club awards were also presented to Lions Stephen O’Connor, Dallas Cripps and Rob Donoghue.
Stephen O’Connor received a James D. Richardson Lions Foundation Fellow Award for outstanding service to the club, which included undertaking two consecutive years as club president.
Mr O’Connor has been responsible for a number of years in ensuring Santa arrives at the many Christmas events held in Port Sorell.
He has also assisted with the management and development of the Port Sorell recycle centre, which has encouraged greater recycling in the area.
Dallas Cripps was the recipient of the prestigious Melvin Jones Fellowship Award for his service to the club.
He has undertaken numerous board positions including club president 2011-2013, assists another local community organisation, is always ready to undertake club projects and events, and has made an outstanding contribution in his role as chairman of the Lions Club of Port Sorell Caravan Park Committee.
A Lions Australia Childhood Cancer Research Foundation Black Opal Award was presented for the first time by the Lions Club of Port Sorell to a very surprised Mr Donoghue.
The Black Opal award is the highest honour from LACCRF to be awarded to an individual.
Since joining the Port Sorell Lions Club, Mr Donoghue has held various positions on the board and is known for his quiet achievements.
He has been actively involved in improvements within the caravan park, installation of barbecues and seating around Port Sorell, Marys Creek bridge and worked tirelessly on the walking tracks in and around the area.
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