Student Miranda Rose has become the youngest member to be inducted to the Horsham Lions Club and already has plans to start a network for young farmers in the region.
The 19-year-old is currently studying an advance diploma in agricultural business management at Longerenong College and attended her first Lions Club meeting last Thursday.
"It is my first time involved in a services club and I thought the Lions Club would be a great avenue for me to give back to the community," Ms Rose said.
"I will be starting Horsham Young Farmers, a group where like-minded agricultural business people can come together.
"I spoke to the Horsham Lions Club prior to joining and they were really on board with the idea.
"Everyone was really welcoming and involved me in the meeting."
At the Horsham Lions Club meeting last Thursday Stan Penny was also presented with his 50 years service award.
Mr Penny has been involved with the Horsham Lions Club for over 50 years and a life member for 25 years.
"Miranda is the youngest member I have ever seen join and it's great for the club," he said.
He said over the 50 years his highlight was been the president in 1975 and running the rag drive.
"In the early days we would raise money by doing rag drives," Mr Penny said.
"We would go around on a Sunday morning in teams and cover all the streets putting bags out and collecting clothes.
"I also used to love doing the Meals on Wheels and what made it even better was my wife loved coming with me.
"Because of my age I can't do the things I used to but I have many fond memories from the club ... I don't regret one minute of it."
Former club president Jan Morris said during the COVID-19 pandemic they have had a couple of meetings with social distancing.
"We had a very exciting meeting last week - we inducted Miranda and presented Stan with his 50 years award," Mrs Morris said.
"Although we only had 20 members present it was a great way to welcome Miranda to the club.
"We are a very active club and I am especially passionate about getting young people involved.
"I was the first lady in the club 15 years ago and it is great to look back and see the progression the club has made."
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