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Sunday 18 August 2019

Joe takes the reins at Wexford Lions Club

Outgoing Wexford Lions Club president Gabrielle Willis hands over the chain of office to new president Joe Costello
Outgoing Wexford Lions Club president Gabrielle Willis hands over the chain of office to new president Joe Costello

Simon Bourke

Wexford Lions officially handed the reins to its new President at its annual summer barbecue last week.

A member of the club for the past eight years, Joe Costello will take over from Gabrielle Willis for 2019/2020 and he was handed the chains of office at a special ceremony in the Riverbank House Hotel.

'I am proud and honoured to become the Wexford Lions President for the coming year,' Joe said. 'As a member for eight years, and now incoming President, I have been most impressed by the charitable works undertaken by the club. We are determined to continue, where possible, supporting meaningful and plausible projects beneficial to the Wexford community in the future.'

Outgoing President, Gabrielle Willis, said she was honoured to have fulfilled the role for the past year. 'I appreciate and thank all my fellow Lions for their support and contribution throughout the year and especially to the club officers for this assistance, and also to the Wexford community for their unfailing support to Wexford Lions club.'

Both Gabrielle and Joe reminded members that while meetings were suspended for the summer months, work was still ongoing in relation to the Club's biggest fundraiser, the annual 'Walk for Wexford'. This event takes place on the weekend of August 24-25 at Tintern Abbey and Kilmore Quay, with sponsorship cards available now from members and at Westgate Design on North Main Street.

In addition to the conferring of a new president, Wexford Lions Club also presented Sean Kinsella with a Melvin Jones Fellowship award. Named after the founder of Lionism, the Melvin Jones award is the highest honour the Lions can bestow.

A dedicated humanitarian, Sean has served on the National Social Services Board for seven years, St Vincent de Paul for 65 years, the Parish Hall for 60, and Wexford Community Services for 50. Rosemary Hayes, PRO of Wexford Lions, paid tribute to his achievements. 'Sean is a role model to many, a quiet and unassuming man with a gentle sense of humour. His dedication to the community of Wexford, his care for others and his passion for social justice is immeasurable; Wexford Lions Club were honoured to have him as their guest and privileged to present him with his award.'

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