Under normal circumstances the start of a new Lions year is marked by the ‘Changeover’ meal where the newly elected officials of the club take up their roles and the outgoing post holders are thanked for their service in the preceding years. This year for obvious reasons this was not an option so the handover by president Peter Coles to our new President Mark Campbell had to take place virtually at the clubs monthly Friday evening Zoom meeting. Peter who had done a fine job as the Eastleigh Lions Club president for the last two years physically handed over his chain of office at a staged photo opportunity at the Eastleigh bandstand. The photos were shared into the Zoom meeting as a token attempt to mark the event.
Mark, who takes over the Presidents role, is a teacher is his other life. He told the meeting ‘My core values are about helping people and doing the right thing… I think we will move forward as a strong group’ he also emphasised the importance of the fun element in being a Lion.
Most of the other positions stayed the same although Chris Shehan handed over the secretaries pen to Ursula Nicol as Chris is moving away. He is planning to stay in touch and attend meetings in the short term. The hard work and dedication of both Chris and Peter have been very important and much appreciated by the members.