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Youth urged to join the Darke side

Wednesday, 3rd July, 2013

Newly-elected Lions president Warren Darke has his eyes to the future of the club. Newly-elected Lions president Warren Darke has his eyes to the future of the club.

By Kurtis J Eichler

New Lions Club of Broken Hill president Warren Darke says young people are the key to reversing the worrying trend of dwindling membership.

The retired teacher was sworn in as the service club’s new president for the year ahead at a change over dinner on Saturday night.

 “I guess it was just the opportunity to lead Lions and serve the community,” Mr Darke, a member since 2008, said.

“Now I’m retired I can take it on because now I’ve got a little more time to dedicate to it.”

Like any newly-elected leader, Mr Darke will tackle problems plaguing the organisation.

One of those is the consistent drop in members due to age and he says he hopes to rope in more young people to take the club into the future.

“You need volunteers and you need people willing to step up,” he said.

“Unfortunately we haven’t got many young people and that’s of course one of our aims to bring more young people on to Lions so when the older ones leave there’s someone coming through.”

He takes the reins from another local educator Nikki Cocks whom he heaped praise on.

“She’s done a fantastic job and is a great leader.”

Mr Darke says he will oversee the club’s biggest fundraiser - the car raffle - as well as countless fundraiser barbecues.

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