THE HEATHCOTE Lions Club has put out a plea for new members in a bid to lift some of the load off their existing team.
Lions Club president Lorraine Speirs labelled the shortage of help a “membership crisis” and put the call out to any Heathcote locals who would be interested in joining.
“At the moment we have about 15 members and not all that long ago we had about 30,” Mrs Speirs said.
“All of our members are in their 60s, 70s and even 80s so it makes it hard on us to keep it going without that younger generation to help.”
Mrs Speirs said different members were needed in key executive positions for the Lions Club to go forward.
“There are a few of us who have been in the same roles a number of times and I think we need some new and fresh faces in there.
“We have had ‘Lions helpers’ over the last few years and they lend a hand at barbecues and different things but it is more the lack of members that is hurting us.”
The Lions Club members meet on the first and third Wednesday of every month and Mrs Speirs said it is as much about being social with each other as it is discussing business.
“We can understand it is hard for the younger generation with sport and work and other things on their mind but we encourage them to come down and try it out.”
Mrs Speirs said she hoped the people of Heathcote realised the severity of the position that Lions Club has found itself in.
“I think if people understand that in a few years’ time we might not have a Lions Club at all then they might be more inclined to stop and do something about it.”
The Lions Club will be running an information stall at the Heathcote night market on January 25 to give potential members a deeper understanding of what the role entails.