Ian takes position at the top

Former President Stuart Lewis (left) handing over to new President Ian Brown.
Former President Stuart Lewis (left) handing over to new President Ian Brown.
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MORPETH LIONS CLUB

It is all change at the top for Morpeth Lions Club as it continues into its 44th year.

Taking over the presidential duties from Stuart Lewis is former club Social Services Chairman Ian Brown, who has been an active member for three years.

Ian is married to Lorraine and works as Sales Manager for N2 Limited, a company specialising in barcoding and data capture.

Ian’s Senior Vice President for the year will be Chris Offord, a post he has held on two previous occasions. The Junior Vice President is Margaret Trewick, the Secretary Ian Mills and the Treasurer Geoff Bushell.

On being installed as President, Ian paid a warm tribute to Stuart Lewis.

He said: “Stuart has worked tremendously hard for the club and pushed forward a number of ideas to ensure the continuing success of Morpeth Lions. It has been a year of continuing growth in membership, which bodes well for the future.”

Ian promised to ensure Morpeth Lions would continue to serve the community to the best of their ability, but it was important that they enjoyed doing so and had fun at the same time.

Last year, under Stuart’s presidency, the club was able to distribute more than £12,000 to numerous individuals, charities and other organisations, mostly local.

This has been helped by organising events such as Dickens of a Draw and the Lion Swim, where other groups are able to fund-raise for themselves.

Stuart was presented with an album highlighting the activities of the club during his year of office.

Ian said that plans for several activities and fund-raising for the new Lions’ year were well advanced, and he announced that the President’s charity is to be the Bubble Foundation.

Funds for this event will be raised at two Chinese Banquets to be held at Mulan Restaurant on September 28 and October 5. Anyone wishing to attend these events should contact David Armstrong on 01670 512000.