Georges River Electorate Service Clubs

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SubjectsClubs: Rotary Club; Clubs: Lions Club
SpeakersGreene Mr Kevin
BusinessPrivate Members Statements

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    Mr KEVIN GREENE (Georges River) [5.24 p.m.]: During what is known as the winter recess many members attended the changeover to the various Lions and Rotary clubs within their constituencies. The seven service clubs in my electorate had changeover functions and my wife, Frances, and I attended each of those functions. I recognise the work of our community organisations and acknowledge the new and outgoing presidents for their contributions to our community. I recognise first Linda Robinson from Oatley Lions Club. Linda is retaining her presidency this year.

    Oatley Lions will celebrate its thirtieth anniversary with a major dinner on 22 March next year. Frances and I will again attend. Oatley Lions is well known for the Oatley Lions Festival, which this year will take place on 21 October. I wish Linda well in continuing in her position as president. Another continuing president is Di Whittaker, President of the Georges River Lioness Club. My wife, Frances, represented me at the changeover function as I was attending another function.

    Mr Ian Armstrong: She probably did a better job, too.

    Mr KEVIN GREENE: She most definitely would have done a better job. I thank the honourable member for that interjection. Frances is an associate member of the Georges River Lionesses, which celebrated its twentieth anniversary earlier this year. Another continuing president is Anton Bregovic from Hurstville Lions Club. Anton and his committee put together the first St George Festival, held on 23 April. The club is looking to build on the beginnings for next year with a bigger and better festival. Jan Gartrell takes over as president of Hurstville Rotary Club, succeeding Dr Barry Pearson, who had a gap of 40 years between his terms as president. Jan Gartrell will continue the proud tradition of the club.

    Hurstville is well known for its antiques fair in February each year. The fair is generously supported by Hurstville City Council. Cliff Felton will take on the position of president of St George Central Rotary Club following the presidency of Bernie Hayward. One of the many functions of the club which springs to mind is the race day at Oran Park. Young children in difficult circumstances are driven around the circuit in race cars by professional drivers. That very successful day is held in December of each year.

    Lugarno Lions Club holds its annual spring fair at Gannon's Park on 17 September this year. With good weather, the regular crowd of about 25,000 is anticipated. It is an enormous event to organise. I encourage as many people as possible to attend. Bill Penfold has this year taken over as president of the club from Tony Alifano. Tony did a great job, particularly in organising many functions to bring the Lions clubs together. I am sure Bill Penfold will continue that tradition. St George Hurstville Lions this year will be led by Rosemary Craven, who has taken over from another young lady, Tina Harrison.

    St George Hurstville Lions, as with Lugarno Lions, is a great support to me in holding the Hurstville City Council Mayoral Golf Day. Last year about $30,000 was raised for the Prostate Cancer Institute. Both those Lions clubs assist us with workers on the day. This year the day will be held on 17 November. St George Hurstville Lions also put together a very successful sportsmen's lunch. This year the guest speaker was the well-known journalist and former rugby league coach Roy Masters.

    In speaking of changeovers in both Rotary and Lions clubs I also mention that Geoff Ingram, a member of and great worker for Oatley Lions, has become the zone chairman for Lions in our area. Reg Walker, who was last year's zone chairman, is a member of Lugarno Lions. I am proud to be an honorary member of that organisation. Reg has now moved up to the position of region chairman. It is fantastic to see continued contribution at higher levels from our local Lions club members. I am sure all honourable members would agree with me that our service organisations, Rotary and Lions, do magnificent work within our local communities. I wish all our incoming presidents every success in their new roles and thank the outgoing presidents for their leadership.