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Merrigum Lions welcomes first ladies

Julie Henderson and Dee Chandler are Merrigum Lions Club's first female members.

March 26, 2014 4:20am

Merrigum Lions president Warren Henderson, new Lion Julie Henderson, 1st Vice District Governor Anne Eldridge, new Lion Dee Chandler and Lions member Graeme Donaldson.

Merrigum Lions Club has welcomed the first female members in the club’s 40-year history.

First vice district governor Anne Eldridge inducted Julie Henderson and Dee Chandler at a ceremony last week.

Mrs Henderson’s husband Warren joined Merrigum Lions several years ago and is the club’s president.

‘‘Warren joined the Lions after our son finished school and I couldn’t understand why women couldn’t become members,’’ she said.

‘‘We go along and assist with all the events and it’s something I really wanted to be part of.

‘‘I think it’s good to have new members in organisations like this as they can help bring in new ideas.

‘‘I’m really excited to be able to stand up now and say I’m a Merrigum Lions Club member.’’

Mrs Henderson said she would like to see more women become Lions members in future.

Mrs Chandler said she was pleased to be able to contribute to the group’s activities.

‘‘The Lions Club does a lot of nice things for the local community,’’ she said.

‘‘I was told the club was considering inducting female members and they’ve really welcomed me in.’’

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