Wendy Wiltshire was installed as
the new president of the Lions Club of Tropical Gardens on 18 June at the Grand
Ole House Restaurant.
She will serve for one year,
beginning 1 July, succeeding Melrose Gooding.
Guest speaker Anthony Ritch urged
the new president to make fundraising a priority, despite the current global
He also encouraged her to “speak to
a brighter future, which you, with your donors’ help, are going to create.”
He emphasized that it is vital to
“show donors how much they are valued, for when the economy rebounds, your
understanding and gentle persistence will pay dividends.”
Mrs. Wiltshire pledged to build on
the many projects and programmes of the club by strengthening the weaker projects
to retain their position in the community.
Her theme is “reaching out and
touching our community through service and education”.
Mr. Gooding was awarded the Melvin
Jones Fellowship, the highest honour accorded by the Lions Club International
Foundation, and a new board or directors was installed.
In addition to Mrs. Wiltshire and
Mr. Gooding, other officers are: Belinda Blessit-Vincent, first vice-president;
Noreen Thomas, second vice-president; Marcia Cornale, third vice-president;
Norma McField, secretary; Eleanor Conolly, treasurer; Jondo Obi and Beth
Taylor, first- year directors; Denise Ashby and Patricia Bazzell Taylor,
second-year directors; Blanca Welds, tamer; Carmin Godfrey, tail twister; and
Anne Hunte, membership director.
Also during the annual banquet, the
club received several honours, including president of the year award; first
runner-up project of the year; recognition for public relations, visibility in
the community, and information technology, and for Lions Club International
Foundation chairperson of the year.