Martin Froise, newly inducted President of Tzaneen Letaba Lions Club, getting ready ahead for the big moment. Photos: Roelof de Jonge

Martin Froise was elected as the new leader of the Tzaneen Lions pride on Saturday evening the 13th of November. The changing of the guard took place during the annual Presidential Induction Ceremony at Tzaneen Country Lodge.

This was where current president Rodney Sabatier handed over the reins to the newly inducted Froise, who will
serve for the following three years.

The Lion of the Year award was awarded to Lallie Williams by the outgoing President, Rodney Sabatier.

When the Letaba Tzaneen Lions Club inducted Sabatier as its president three years ago, little did he know what lay ahead. Hardly a year into his leadership role, the Covid-19 pandemic turned the world on his head. He, however, did not let the pandemic get him down and showed immense leadership skills and gusto.

With the support of his fellow Lions, they spent hours of their time distributing food parcels through donations
to help many destitute families who were the worst affected by the lock-down regulations.

Because of this, the Lions bestowed upon Sabatier a rare honour; the Melvin Jones Honoury Pin, to highlight his outstanding leadership role amidst the most difficult times. The Lions also inducted three new members into the club. The induction of the new members was performed by Letaba Tzaneen Lions Past District Governor (PDG), Ian King.

The new Lions who were welcomed to the pride are Diane Koelman, Lizette Froise and Ashleigh McLaren. The newly elected president, Martin Froise, welcomed them with this gesture.

The new Lions are Diane Koelman, Lizette Froise and Ashleigh McLaren. This club now boasts a membership
total of 21, with more pending inductions planned for next year.

For the first time ever, the club handed out a new award to a member, namely the Lion of the Year. This award, for the most dedicated Lions member, was awarded to Lallie Williams.

Letaba Tzaneen Lions Club also thanked the host and sponsors, Tzaneen Country Lodge, for the venue and outstanding catering services delivered.