No shortage of female company for Mosgiel lion

"Happy club" . . . Mosgiel District Lions Club president John Stewart gets mobbed by his female club members (front from left) Gretchen Preston and Lynne Smith (top from left) Sandra Ramsay, Anne Stratford, Carol Partington, Rita Cartwright, Glenys Stewart, Doreen Vanderhoek, Rebecca Matthews, Gaylene Paterson, Sharyn McGlynn and Raylene Findlay. (absent female members Jan Bradley, Bon Smith and Helen Elliot). PHOTO: SHAWN MCAVINUE

Mosgiel District Lions Club president John Stewart rarely finds himself lacking female company.

The club has more female members than male – its largest gender divide since the club was founded in 2007.

Mr Stewart, of Mosgiel, said the club had 20 members and 75% of them were women.

Club member Rebecca Matthews, of Mosgiel, said a factor for the divide was many of the women being widows, he said.

Mr Stewart said when the club was founded it was closer to a 50/50 share of men and women.

The induction of Lynne Smith and Sharyn McGlynn at a club ceremony in Mosgiel last week and four women transferring from other clubs, strengthened the percentage share of ladies at the club.

The members ages ranged from 35 to 85.

New members were always welcome.

“We are a very happy club.”

The club’s motto “we serve” had members at fundraising events such as sausage sizzle, manure drives, street appeals but it wasn’t all work as regular social events were held, such as dinners, a Melbourne Cup day, Christmas parties and card nights.