Former garda sergeant Dan takes the reins at Wexford Lions
Wexford Lions Club celebrated their end of year with a barbecue at the Riverbank House Hotel. Prior to the event, President Willie Roche handed over the chain of office to incoming President, Dan Redmond.
Former garda sergeant Dan is well known in Wexford town and beyond before and during his time with the Club, has been involved in numerous projects, most notably, the annual Trabolgan holidays.
Wexford Lions Club also honoured a number of people with a Melvin Jones Fellowship, the highest award Lions can bestow. In his final duty as president, Willie Roche said it was a great pleasure to present these award for dedicated humanitarian services.
The presentation was a surprise to many of the recipients, people used to working quietly in the background who were recognised for their dedication.
Awards went to:
John Shorten: President of Wexford Lions Club on two occasions, he spearheaded numerous fundraisers and projects and oversaw the Club's first hosting of the annual national Convention in 1990, an event that brought hundreds of visiting Lions to the town.
Mary Maguire: Married to long standing member, Jim Maguire, Mary was the first of two 'non Lions' to receive an award. As co-founder of Wexford Meals on Wheels over 45 years ago, she and her colleagues organise dinners delivered to the homes of many Wexfordians year round. Many recipients would be without a visitor, much less a dinner, without the hard work and dedication of Mary and her team.
Seamus Flood: President in 2010/11, Seamus leads the Annual Walk for Wexford project, Wexford Lions Club's largest fundraising project. During his presidency, he had the foresight to invite guest speakers to the club, resulting in a long standing friendship with Wexford Tidy Towns and the Club's ongoing custodianship of Selskar Abbey.
Seamus Murphy: President twice, Seamus applies his management expertise and good humour to every aspect of his involvement in the Club, encouraging and cajoling members and ensuring the very best response. He guided the Club during the annual Convention in 2014 and is a stalwart of the Annual Walk committee.
Phil Murphy: The second 'non Lion' recipient, Phil is the force behind Wexford Tidy Towns. Her commitment to this organisation over the past eight or more years has resulted in Wexford's rating in the Tidy Towns competition improving year on year.
Catherine Jordan: Without Catherine's involvement in the Club, many events would lack that extra special touch, as any participant of the Annual Walk will confirm. As well as gathering participants for the walk, Catherine also rustles up the catering, and allows her business, Westgate Design, to be used as a collection point. The Club specifically wished to honour Catherine for her fundraising for the Nepal Earthquake.
Georgina Willis: A long standing member of Wexford Lions, Georgina has recently retired from her role as Wexford County Council's Civil Defence Officer. Her dedication to this role has assisted the Club over the years in numerous events, including the weekend long Wexford Coastal Walk.
Her involvement with the Trabolgan project is legendary as she and her good friend, Anita Ryan deliver a hugely enjoyable quiz to hundreds of guests.
Georgina's free time will be put to good use by the Club as she is the second Vice President.