GYMPIE Lions Club outgoing president Peter Tobin made a big announcement on the club's behalf as he handed the job on to Colin Ross during the changeover dinner at the weekend.
Mr Tobin announced the inaugural fishing competition planned for Borumba Dam in October. He said club members were excited about their new main event, which will raise money for local charities.
"We're committed to continue fundraising and distribute funds within the local community," he said.
"All the funds raised stay local except for a small amount which goes to medical research trusts for the benefit of all Australians."
This year Gympie Lions helped many groups, including Supporting Chemotherapy in Cooloola, Little Haven Palliative Care, Gympie Legacy Group, Community Bus and Gympie Junior Cricket.
Members were also committed towards the upgrade of Lions Park facilities at Lake Alford and supported the local prostate support group.
Mr Tobin was particularly proud of the way members pledged support for a struggling local diabetic and purchased an insulin pump.
"And there's been many others supported throughout the year," Mr Tobin said.
"I am very proud of the Lions' team effort. They are good mob to work with. Everyone does their bit."
The fishing competition will be held on the last weekend of October thanks to a partnership between Gympie and Mary Valley Lions clubs.
Mr Tobin will carry on as the Club's treasurer, Shawn Betts has retained position as secretary and the board includes David Lee, Jeff Barton, Elizabeth Shields, Glenn Williams and Charlie Horne.