After two years as president of Clitheroe Lions Club Alan Clifford handed the chain of office to incoming president John Wilkinson at a busy club handover meeting at the Brown Cow in Chatburn.
Following lunch Alan thanked the club’s members for the support he had received in his two years of office which had resulted in healthy amounts of funds raised for both local charities and internationally via the Lions Clubs International Foundation.
Alan then installed vice president John Wilkinson, who lives in Clitheroe, as the 36th president of the club and wished him every success in his year of office which started on Sunday.
John said that he was proud to be the new president and hoped to continue to expand the work of the club particularly in the fields of youth and membership expansion.
The annual presentation of the Geoffrey Braithwaite MBE award followed which is given in memory of this former well loved and respected charter member of the club. This year’s worthy recipient was Robin Sharpe for his service to the local community as the president of Clitheroe Cricket Club for more than 20 years. He received a framed certificate and a cheque for £500 to be given to a charity of his choice. This was presented by Geoffrey’s widow Diana Braithwaite.
Charter secretary and past president Ian Lloyd completed the awards when he was presented with a Melvyn Jones Fellowship in recognition of both his service to Clitheroe Lions Club and his contribution to the local area.
This award is the highest honour that a club member can receive and is presented in memory of the first international president and force behind the formation of Lions Clubs International Melvyn Jones in 1917.