Clubs Host Lions' Share of Events; Clarence Community Will Suffer If Service Membership Continues to Drops

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Clubs Host Lions' Share of Events; Clarence Community Will Suffer If Service Membership Continues to Drops


Byline: Marco Magasic marco.magasic@dailyexaminer.com.au

FROM markets, go kart races, sporting events, book fairs and antiques shows, there are a lot of community events hosted by service clubs like Rotary and Lions, or held to raise money for them.

It is well known those funds are used for causes both at home and abroad.

Things like the cochlear implant and setting up eye camps in Nepal are just some of the causes service clubs are associated with abroad.

At home countless people have benefited from fundraising.

However, service clubs need more volunteers to continue their good work.

Maclean Rotary Club president Alan Weston said 10 years ago there were 49 members, now there were 33.

Mr Weston believed there were a range of factors that contributed to the decline in club membership.

"A lot of people become grey nomads and go travelling," he said.

"Some are getting old and cannot continue for health reasons. Four of our members are over 80."

Mr Weston was not always a Rotarian.

He said he started as a Charters Towers Lion at age 18 and remembers his first project was building a Girl Guides hut.

"That was terrific. It's still in use now," he said.

"Service clubs do a lot, but people don't realise it."

Mr Weston said the helicopter landing pad at Maclean hospital was one of their projects. …

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