Newspaper article Fraser Coast Chronicle (Hervey Bay, Australia)

New Blood Needed Now to Make a Difference

Newspaper article Fraser Coast Chronicle (Hervey Bay, Australia)

New Blood Needed Now to Make a Difference

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Byline: Loretta Bryce

Service clubs may soon be a thing of the past if a new wave of younger members don't join the ranks.

Clubs which years ago attracted young professionals are now made up of an ageing membership.

Maryborough Apex president Brian Fuller said club membership had dwindled to just four members.

"We used to have around 30 but in the last few years there's been transfers and retirements and the younger generation just don't seem interested," Mr Fuller said.

"Two of our members will retire in 18 months and if we don't get more new members the club will have to fold."

Apex Hervey Bay member and state secretary Nathan McGrath said the club aimed to build a better community and promote international understanding and friendship.

"When you see some of the things Apex has achieved, you do feel a part of that - that part of it is very rewarding," Mr McGrath said.

He said with an upper age limit of 45, membership can drop off as older members retire from the club. …

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