Lions District 201 T1

Tasmania, Australia

District Governor 2017-18


Together We Can LogoDistrict Governor Hester van Niekerk writes:    Disctrict Governor Hester van Niekerk

Michael my husband and I were born in South Africa, lived in Rhodesia then immigrated to Australia in October 1979.  We have 3 married daughters and seven grandchildren living in Tasmania.

Michael joined Blundstone Boot Manufacturing Company in 1979, retired in 2012 as Head of Product Design and Development.
I joined the Department of Veteran Affairs at the Repatriation Hospital Hobart.  Whilst at the Repat I completed my Bachelor of Applied Science and retired from Nursing as the Clinical Director in 1993.

Later I completed an Early Childhood Diploma retiring once again in 2015 but still maintain a strong connection with local schools, parents and children.  My civic interests include volunteering with schools and community events.  I am a ‘one eyed’ Sydney Swans supporter and make no apologies for being very biased regarding my family.

In 2010 I was invited to join the Lions Club of Kingborough, became their first female President and was honoured with a Melvin Jones in 2014.  I have a firm belief that the awards that I have been awarded are only worth something if I continue to work for my Club, community and Lions within our district.  

My objective for the year is……. “Club + Community, together we can”.   We need to look after and support those that make up our Lions family first.  If we achieve this, the ‘rest’ will join…..even if it is 1 new member at a time.  Each Club’s membership only needs to be in the positive by 1 for 2017-2018.

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