JOLLY EVENT: Lions international president Joe Preston (right) presenting Mackay Host Lions Club member Noel Roberts (centre) with the international Barry J Palmer presidents certificate of appreciation. They are pictured with past Q2 district governor Gary Kenny (left) at last year’s convention.
JOLLY EVENT: Lions international president Joe Preston (right) presenting Mackay Host Lions Club member Noel Roberts (centre) with the international Barry J Palmer presidents certificate of appreciation. They are pictured with past Q2 district governor Gary Kenny (left) at last year’s convention. Contributed

Lions set to travel for convention

THE biggest event of the year for Lions members from district 201 Q2 is around the corner with the convention and banquet dinner to be held from November 21-23.

This year's convention will be held at Camp Kanga near Peter Faust Dam with a formal gathering at the Proserpine Entertainment Centre on the Saturday night.

The Lions District 201 Q2 covers the Whitsunday region from Townsville to Sarina, out to Papua New Guinea and towards the Northern Territory border.

Chairman of the convention committee and past district governor Doug Winterflood said this would be the second convention held at Camp Kanga. "We had more than 300 people attend last year's convention in Mackay and we're expecting similar numbers this year," he said.

Lions' members from interstate and Papua New Guinea are expected to travel for the convention.

District 201 Q2 governor Gordon Bailey said the weekend would be a jamboree of all things Lions club.

"It's a celebration of what we have achieved in the last 12 months what plan to do in the next 12 months," he said.

The convention will include appearances from key speakers - senior medical research fellow Dr Tracey Bjorkman, who is trialling childhood cancer at the Princess Alexandra Hospital in Brisbane, Australian Leo of the year Joel Pattinson-Cashman who will address youth issues, past international director Cliff Heywood from New Zealand, district 29 Q3 governor Greg Rollason, neighbouring district Q4 governor David Trigg, Whitsunday MP Jason Costigan, Mayor Jennifer Whitney and district governor Gordon Bailey. Saturday night's dinner at the Proserpine Entertainment Centre will be in the theme of The Wizard of Oz and will include a floor show from local performers.

Those who are interested in attending the convention and are seeking accommodation at Camp Kanga should contact Secretary Helen Toy at lionsgettogether@gmail.com.

ROARING EVENT

What: Lions Club district 201 Q2 convention and dinner

When: November 21-23 (banquet dinner Saturday, November 22)

Where: The convention will be held at Camp Kanga and the banquet dinner will be at the Proserpine Entertainment Centre

Enquiries: lionsgettogether@gmail.com