2022-23 Council Chairperson: Steve Boyce, V3
I joined the Lions Club of Sale in 201 0.The Lions Club of Sale is a very active club and I have experienced a wide variety of Lions activities through my club. Ranging from doing BBQ’s, to raising funds for the Good Friday appeal, to raising money to buy the Community Policing Program a new car.
Within District, V3 I have had a particular interest in rebuilding membership. The District membership was in decline and the District was in transition. As Global Membership Team Coordinator I worked to create an active membership team. To assist the clubs, to encourage and mentor the clubs to recruit, and to work actively on membership retention. A multiple year strategy was created.
The District has since moved out of transition and the membership is continuing a positive trend.
The other major Lions role for me over the last few years has been working with the clubs and our Lions to assist the affected families, and communities, of the 2019/2020 Summer Bushfires, in East Gippsland. This was an extremely challenging but very rewarding role. I think this was my most rewarding Lions role yet.
This led to the development of the East Gippsland Timber Milling Project. The project aim is mill timber fallen on properties, due to the 2019/2020 Summer Bushfires. The timber is milled to the sizes and specifications needed by the victims for the use that they decide, in their rebuilding. The most usual uses are for fence posts and to rebuild stockyards. And this is done free of charge to the victims.
I am fortunate to be the Chairman of this amazing and meaningful project. We have brought many stake-holder together to deliver and operate this project. Stakeholders such as Rotary, State government agencies and a list of foundations, including our own Australian Lions Foundation.
So much of my time both within Lions, and outside, has been about bringing teams together. Making sure every member of the team is valued and heard. And making sure that every member gets what they need from the team, and from the service that they provide.
This background, coupled with my values and visions, I believe, gives me the experience and skills needed to be a successful and useful Council Chairperson, for your term as the Council of Governors
Other than Lions, I have also been active with the Sale Scout Group. I spent about 10 years as part of the group committee. The group committee oversees the overall management of the Scout Group and its activities. I was both Secretary and President of the committee several times each.
In recognition of my service to the Scout Association I was awarded, a certificate of Merit, by the Governor General of Australia.
I was born in Sale, one of 4 children, and attended Gippsland Grammar School. I worked in retail with Target and Northern Warehouse in Casual, Full Time and Management roles from 1984 until 1996.
I started working with V/line (Victorian State public transport) in 1996 and am still with them today. I provide administrative and operational
support and customer service
I have a very supportive wife Karen and 3 daughters, Johannah (26) ,Georgina (25) and Jessica (23). Karen, Johannah and Georgina are also Lions.