Nanango Lions bring in the year in their restored Den
THE Nanango Lions Club have had its yearly changeover while celebrating nearly 20 years in the Den, formerly the old Nanango Post Office.
President Sue Cox said they've had a great year, and she was even more excited for the year to come.
"We've had many fundraisers and have done a lot as a little community club,” she said.
"We may not have the people and funds of those big shot city clubs, but we've got each other.
"And we really are a community driven and hard working club. We do a lot for what we are.”
The Lions re-elected all of their executive committee members, and inducted two new members at their yearly change over on Sunday, July 14.
The Nanango Lions Club also invited along Wayne McDonald, who was responsible for completely re-storing their Den nearly 20 years ago.
Mr McDonald said he led a team of unemployed Nanango residents, and together they made the Old Nanango Post Office what is today.
"We had about 12 unemployed folk from around town. Then it was my job to train them up to restore the building and give them some new skills,” he said.
"This then helped them to get back into the workforce. It was a really great program for the community and those involved who wound up with jobs afterwards.
"When we took over the building it was almost condemned. Everything was a rotting mess.”
Mr McDonald and his team worked hard to restore the building, a job that would have normally cost an estimated $70,000.
"People from around the area saw them working and heard about what they'd learnt. They then ended up employed after the project was done,” he said.
"It's still one of my favourite projects.
"I'm a bit old school. I always say I'd much rather restore than demolish.”
The old Nanango Post Office (opposite the Cultural Centre in Nanango) is now over 100-years-old.
"Thanks to the help of that team this piece of history is still standing here in Nanango,” Mr McDonald said.
"Hopefully it will be standing for another 100 or so years.”
New Executive positions:
President: Sue Cox.
Treasurer: Rob Ashby.
Secretary: Jenny Robinson.
Membership Officer: Andrew Lipp.
First Vice President: Sam Gaffney.
Second Vice President: Andrew Beck.
Past President: Dick Robinson.
Lion Tamer (and Lion of the year): Scott Barsby.
Publicity: Melita Marshall and Jeanette Thompson.
Safety Officer: John Harrod.
Markets: Dick Robinson, Scott Barsby, and Brian Smith.
Orthopaedic Beds: Sue and Phil Cox.
Park: Dick Robinson and Andrew Lipp.
Speedway: Sam Gaffney, John Harrod, and Phil Cox.
Cakes Mints: Scott Barsby.
Youth of Year: Sam Gaffney, Jenny Robinson, and Sue Cox.
Den Care: All Members.
New members: Susan Dodd and John Cahill.