When Berrigan's Carol Kennedy was elected to be the Lions V6 District Governor last year, little did she know her reign would be during a pandemic.
Mrs Kennedy, who is a member of the Finley Lions Club and celebrating her 21st year as a Lion, was officially sworn in via a video conference call on July 1.
During her tenure, she is expected to visit the 57 clubs within her district.
She said the current circumstances will prevent her from doing that in the same time frame as her predecessors.
Mrs Kennedy has already managed to visit the Tocumwal and Deniliquin clubs since her induction, as well as a Mulwala-based meeting with Yarrawonga Lions.
“I am looking forward to visiting the 57 Lions Clubs in this district, which I hope will be in person rather than online,” Mrs Kennedy said.
“To do this, I've had to extend the visit dates into 2021 when restrictions should ease. In previous years, governors try to have all the visits done in the first six months or so.
“I will be encouraging Lions members to return to serving their communities as best they can.
“During some visits I will be inducting new members to Lions International, which is always exciting.”
Lions district governors have historically been sworn into their duties during the international convention each year, but this year a less formal ceremony performed by the International president was held online.
“It was a bit funny really. There I was holding up my right hand, dressed in my official uniform sitting in front of my laptop at my dining table saying ‘I will'.”
Mrs Kennedy was elected to her position last year and received her formal training in February this year during a three-day conference at the Chicago Convention Centre, USA.
She was scheduled to attend a further training day at the international convention in Singapore in June, which was cancelled because of the pandemic.
Mrs Kennedy said she will be drawing on the expertise of district governors before her, but that none has lead the organisation through times like these.