MAREEBA Lions held their annual changeover dinner on Saturday, August 1 with long standing lion Trevor Chapman being awarded a lifetime membership for his service.
The Mareeba Lions Changeover is an annual dinner where the results for the voting of positions in Lions are announced.
Trevor started his 33 years of service in Kuranda before moving to Brisbane where he became a part of the Logan Lions which then became Logan West.
Learning has been one of the key aspects of Trevor’s Lion journey with him working with people and gaining new skills over the years.
Lions has also affected his social and work life with him improving them with the skills and resources that he gained by being a lion.
Before becoming a Lion Trevor had difficulty speaking to people and in front of crowds but now can do it confidently and without missing a beat.
After being awarded with his lifetime membership Trevor looked back on all the years of hard work and realised that it was all worth it.
“It feels that all the time you put in, the long hours the long days has really been worth it,” he said.
“Being in Lions has definitely made me a better person.
“I have no regrets Lions has helped me so much.”
The lifetime memberships are awarded to members with over continual 30 years to Lions and are a way to recognise their work.
Continuing Mareeba Lions President Gary Searle was honoured to present Trevor with his lifetime membership to recognise his work for lions and the community.
“He (Trevor) likes helping people and when you’re in an organisation like Lions its our moto, We Serve,” he said.
“Trevor started his service elsewhere and continued after he moved to Mareeba.
“He’s seen all sorts of different projects in all sorts of different places.”
Trevor will now be taking a step back and enjoying his time in Lions after the years of work he has done for Lions and the broader community.
The Mareeba Lions club also received a generous $1000 donation from Community funerals that will go to more projects in the future.
One such project on the cards for lions in the upcoming year is an upgrade to the BMX park on Kennedy Highway that is adjacent to the new fire station.