July 3, 2017
Burnham-On-Sea Lions Club appoints its first lady President

Burnham-On-Sea Lions Club enjoyed a special lunch at the town's Lighthouse Inn on Sunday where outgoing Club President Roger Tolley handed over the chain of office to Claire Oliver for the club’s 40th year.

Members are proud to have selected Claire as the first female to hold the Office of Club President in the Centenary Year of Lions Clubs International and the Burnham club's fourth decade.

Roger also presented awards to Colin Rufus and Keith Conway, as well as thanking members for all they have achieved this year.

Claire echoed Roger’s congratulations, reminding members that they have contributed to many local individuals, causes and organisations.

She said she hopes this coming year the club can continue to grow and work for those in need, especially in our community, while having fun doing so and enjoying many social occasions.

If anyone is interested in joining the Lions, contact any member who will be happy to give information about the club. Take a look at its website at or its Facebook page to find out more.

Outgoing President Roger Tolley presented Keith Conway with a badge thanking him for his service for many years running the Lions Club 'Message in a bottle' scheme, as pictured above.

This scheme provides a special bottle, given away by Lions Clubs for free, to elderly and infirm to keep in their fridge with all details of their medication and illnesses for the emergency services if they need it.

Left to Right, Colin Rufus, Claire Oliver, Keith Conway and Roger Tolley

Outgoing President Roger Tolley presenting Colin Rufus with a badge for 30 years service with the Lions Club

Lions Club members and their guests at Sunday's event in Burnham-On-Sea


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