GLORIA Lazarus is the new president of Newhaven, Peacehaven and Seaford Lions Club - its first female president in 42 years of the club’s existence.
She was installed in the post on June 16 and said it was a ‘busy role’ which she had to fit around caring for her husband, who suffers from Parkinson’s Disease.
“Finding the balance is the key to getting the best out of it,” she said.
“I take great pride in taking on the role as president as it gives me an opportunity to represent the club and set an example to all who follow.
“It also allows me to choose a good cause which is dear to my heart which affects both young and old alike.
“Aside from the many community service activities we do, it is my intention to raise awareness and funds for Seahaven’s ‘Young Carers’ to ensure that they get the backup and support they need to help them through their difficulties.”
Asked why she thought it had taken so long for there to be a female president, she said: “When Lions Clubs started it was a man’s world, women stayed at home to look after the children and that has taken a long while to change. ‘Old habits die hard’! It was a male dominated scene but we have evolved a lot since then.”
However, there is still a lack of female members.
“The reason may be because women do not realise that there are opportunities for them within the club; or maybe they feel they would not fit into the status quo. We could always do with more members, both male and female,” she said.
She would encourage women to join and said male and female club members complemented each other.
“It is also a good way to meet new people, learn new skills and have fun whilst helping those less fortunate in our community,” she said.
If anyone would like to help Care for the Carers – ‘Young Carers’, send a cheque to the NPS Lions Club, or direct to ‘Care for the Carers’ noting that it is specifically for Young Carers. Visit www.npslions.co.uk