YANCO Lions Club has honoured its late president who dedicated his life to serving the community.
The club held its annual changeover dinner where the late Buster Ryan, who served as president for many years, was remembered and recognised for his service which totalled more than 30 years.
Mr Ryan's life was cut short last year during a tragic farm accident. Leeton mayor Paul Maytom was on hand at the changeover to speak about Mr Ryan's dedication to the community.
Travis Bambrick, one of the club's newest members, will now take on the top role for Yanco Lions.
Mr Bambrick said he was honoured to accept the role, telling members on the night his vision for the next 12 months includes attracting new members and forming an alliance with other Lions club in the area.
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Yanco Lions also honoured the late Max Preston, another club member who sadly passed away in 2020.
Mr Preston was a charter member of the club and missed by all members.
In other news for the organisation, the club has secured another new member who transferred from the Forbes Lions Club after moving to town.
The last 12 months also had the club being limited in its fundraising efforts due to COVID restrictions, but it is now up and running again with its battery collections, attending the Yanco monthly markets and selling raffle tickets.
Catering has also started back up again.
Guests at the changeover evening also heard from a representative from the Ronald McDonald House in Wagga, with Yanco Lions providing a valuable donation to this facility, as well as several other community groups in the shire.
With members also ready to be back out and about in the community, anyone who is interested in joining should get in touch.
The club is now also starting to collect bottles and cans to recycle to replenish funds that took a bit of a dive after COVID restrictions.
"Members are more than happy to come and collect your cans and bottles from you if you'd like to save them for us," publicity officer Sue Ryan said.
"We would like to welcome any interest from members of the community that may like to come along and have a chat and might like to join a great little club that is hard working, dedicated and committed to serving the community."
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