Vaino to lead Lions

Outgoing president Bob Nichols hands the reins over to incoming Lions president Vaino Keskula.

Outgoing president Bob Nichols hands the reins over to incoming Lions president Vaino Keskula.

Col Morris, Luke Pope, past presidents John Britton and Jack Nott.

Col Morris, Luke Pope, past presidents John Britton and Jack Nott.

Lions Club Treasurer Geoff Simpson collected the cash from Tony Hayes.

Lions Club Treasurer Geoff Simpson collected the cash from Tony Hayes.

Ready to enjoy the Lions Club Changeover dinner are Marie and Max Povey.

Ready to enjoy the Lions Club Changeover dinner are Marie and Max Povey.

Here's cheers to the Cooma Lions Club, celebrating are Winston Phillips, with Virginia and Keith Kinsella of Cooma.

Here's cheers to the Cooma Lions Club, celebrating are Winston Phillips, with Virginia and Keith Kinsella of Cooma.

Bob and Marilynne Weston took a moment to catch up with Jackie and Russell Fox during pre-dinner drinks.

Bob and Marilynne Weston took a moment to catch up with Jackie and Russell Fox during pre-dinner drinks.

Lions' Ladies Mandy Reeks and Jan Neilson.

Lions' Ladies Mandy Reeks and Jan Neilson.

VAINO Keskula is the new president of the Cooma Lions Club.

Outgoing president Bob Nichols handed over the reins at the annual changeover dinner at the Cooma Ex-Services Club on Saturday night.

"To all members of our club, thank you for your support throughout the year. It is much appreciated, and I am sure you will be equally supportive of incoming President Vaino," Mr Nichols said.

"Working closely with him over the past year, I am confident he will do an excellent job as our president and I wish him well."

Mr Nichols said Cooma Lions Club had a busy year in 2013-2014 volunteering 3,599 man hours, raising $52,816 and donating $17,406.

Among the extensive activities and projects of the Lions, some of the highlights Mr Nichols outlined for the year included welcoming nine new members, the visit to Yamaga, Japan, the completion of the renovations to the Cooma Hospitals nurses quarters and raising $10,000 as part of the All British Car Club dinner.

Other activities included assisting older members with gardening maintenance, concreting paths at Yallambee Lodge, maintenance of Southern Cloud Park, and countless barbecues and dinners.

"As you can see from the information presented, it has been a busy year indeed, and it doesn't happen automatically," Mr Nichols said.

"It requires the generosity and commitment of very good members, and our club has no shortage of these."

Mr Nichols also congratulated a number of members on special awards they received this year.

Chriss Tucker received the International President's Award for Distinguished Services, Tony Mackenzie was named a life member of the Lions Club of Cooma while Chris Reeks picked up a special achievement Australia Day award and Member for Monaro community service award.

A number of members were awarded for their many years of service. They are John Field for 45 years and John Evans and Jim Appleby both for 25 years of service.

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