The Lions Club of Henley-on-Thames celebrated its 45th charter anniversary with a luncheon held today at the Red Lion Hotel. Henley’s club members were joined by Lions from Maidenhead, Slough, Burnham, Bracknell and Warminster. Lion President Pam Pitts spoke about the work the club does in the local community and the various local organisations and individuals it supports. District Governor Alan Chapman congratulated the club on its membership and all the work it does in and around Henley. He cited his personal visit to the club remarking that he was very impressed with the fact that the Henley club members are involved in so many aspects of community service. Mayor of Henley, Cllr Lorraine Hillier, an honorary member of the club, thanked the Lions for all that they do for the community and said how much she has enjoyed the club meetings that she has been able to attend during her year in office. The mayor was accompanied by her mother, Mrs Shirley Hillier, who, by all accounts, thoroughly enjoyed the luncheon and is hoping to attend the club’s April business meeting.
At our September meeting Lion President Pam Pitts inducted Christine Free into our club as its newest member. Chris was proposed by her cousin and sponsor Lion Vice President David Skinner. Lion Chris has supported the club on numerous occasions prior to her induction and we are all extremely pleased to have her as one of our members. Club membership currently stands at 27 members.
Each year every Lions Club welcomes their new club president and thanks their outgoing one. This year was no exception when Lion President Mel Williams handed over to Lion Pam Pitts. Mel completed his second term as club president and Pam was beginning her second term. The event was held as a BBQ in Pam and Rod’s back garden and was a most enjoyable event. Mel thanked members for all their support and hard work over the past year while Pam explained her priorities for the coming year. Both said how proud they are to be members of the club and were so pleased with all the service we give to our local community.