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Simkin recognised for 50 years with Lions

HAMILTON Lions Club member, Brian Simkin was awarded with a medallion, certificate and chevron last Wednesday night, recognising him for 50 years of dedicated service to the community.

“Reaching that goal was pretty special, I’ve been a dedicated member all my life,” he told The Spectator.

Hamilton Lions Club president, Francis Pekin commended Mr Simkin on the “great milestone” and said he was a wonderful example of what could be achieved by those committed to their community.

“Lion Brian was quiet, reliable and dedicated … who enjoyed working with fellow members and making a difference to the community,” Mr Pekin said.

Mr Simkin’s involvement with Lions dated back to February 12, 1971 when he was a founding member of the Merino-Digby Lions Club at the age of 28.

During his 34 years at the Merino-Digby Club, he served as vice-president, president three times and other Lions club roles, such as the tail twister ad lion tamer.

The tail twister’s role promoted harmony, good fellowship, life and enthusiasm in the meetings through appropriate games.

The lion tamer is responsible for the property of the club, including flags, banners, gong, gavel, song books, and the button board.

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