New president for Reepham Lions

Reepham Lions have inaugurated a new president: Ann Graham, who has been vice-president of the club and succeeds Barry Howes, will now lead the club for the next 12 months.

Barry Howes handing over the president’s chain of office to Ann Graham. Photo: Reepham Lions

Mr Howes has been Reepham Lions’ president since January 2020 and has helped deliver successful community projects, such as the Christmas Tree Festival and Norfolk Day, as well as fundraising campaigns including the food festival tombola and last year’s grand raffle.
He handed over the official chain of office to Mrs Graham at the Reepham Lions meeting in July.
Club members thanked Mr Howes for providing strong, friendly leadership and steering the club through the Covid pandemic when fundraising and community projects had been particularly difficult.
“It’s been a challenging couple of years, but I’m proud of our achievements throughout the pandemic” he said.
“Many clubs and societies struggled to retain members, but we have held fast, using online meetings and quizzes when we couldn’t meet face-to-face to retain our sense of purpose and fun, and getting out there to raise money as soon as we could.”
Mrs Graham is looking forward to her year as president. “Barry will be a hard act to follow” she said. “Reepham Lions Club is back to a full programme of fundraising this year, so I’m determined that we will continue to go from strength to strength.
“We’ll also be looking for local projects and good causes to fund and I’m hoping that we can continue to grow our membership. It’s going to be a busy year”.
Reepham Lions meet on the first Thursday of the month, at 7 for 7.30 pm at St Michael’s, Reepham.
For more information, contact the club by email or via the website.

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