Cooma Lions Club (Inc)

NSW, Australia, District 201N2

District 2011N2 Convention 2015

Last weekend the Monaro High School Leo Club and Cooma Lions Club sent delegates to the Lions District Convention in Fairy Meadow. The Lions/Leo district 201N2 stretches from Cabramatta to Jindabyne and all along the south coast. Two Leo Members, Laila Bradshaw and Taya Evans, competed in the Leo of the Year district competition which included a five minute prepared speech on a topic of their own choosing and an interview about their community service, leadership and Leo Club involvement.

Taya drew upon the recent tragedy in her home town of Nimmitabel to highlight the need for awareness and treatment of mental health issues in rural and regional areas. Laila gave an impassioned about gender diversity, prompting the audience to consider the ramifications of an issue which was largely unfamiliar to them.

Laila's clear and concise speech and articulate delivery saw her awarded the prize for best public speaker. Taya's leadership credentials and community involvement along with her presentation manner in the interview won her the overall award. As District 201N2's Leo of the year Taya will compete in the state Leo of the Year final in early 2016.

The weekend also afforded two contestants along with Leo Club President, Gabby Kerr, the privilege of engaging in a forum with Leo's from other clubs. They also had the privilege of meeting Katerina Blekic, the reigning Australian Leo of the year.

Cooma Lions Club delegates, John Britton and Lee Riley, accepted the district award for Best Club Bulletin on behalf of Lion Mark Fox, Snow Lion editor.

The Convention emphasised Lions' continuing commitment to youth projects, an area in which Cooma is leading the way. Preparations are being made for the Charter of the Cooma Leo club, welcoming youths aged 16-30. For more information contact Lion Lee Riley at written by Leo Gabrielle Kerr



Leo Taya Evans, Leo Gabby Kerr, Lion John Britton, Leo Laila Bradshaw and Lion Lee Riley     Taya Evans (L), Laila Bradshaw (R)


District Governor Sally Wilton, Leo Chariperson Jenny Cee, Leo Advisor Lee Riley

with Leos from Monaro High School Leo Club, Cabramatta Leo Club and Ambervale Leo Club