Meet Hilton Bloomfield, the new President of the Lions Club of Kiama. Although relatively new to Lions, having joined four years ago after moving down permanently, he has a wealth of strategic planning experience to bring to the organisation.
After 35 years with the NAB group, his final role was General Manager of Custom Credit during the winding up of the company. He then went on to be Chief Executive of Scouting Australia NSW for eight years, before spending two years as the senior executive officer of the 22nd Asia Pacific Jamboree held at Cataract Scout Park in 2001.
The event had a $6.5 million budget, and brought together 9500 teenagers from 20 countries
with the help of 2500 volunteers. Hilton was responsible for the build-up and administration of the event, which made a small surplus.
He takes over the presidency from Peter Scifleet, who led the Club through a very successful year which saw it donate $55,000 to a total of 49 local recipients. Members also lent their physical support to almost thirty activities and events, including working bees, Relay for Life and setting up the Art Society’s annual show.
Lions’ major fundraising events for the year continue were the Kiama Lions Race Day at Kembla Grange, the Trivia Night and BBQs at Kiama Seaside Markets. They also operate the Driver Reviver stop on the highway at Dunmore.
Hilton recently facilitated a Members Ideas Forum which identified many potential initiatives. The majority of these have been included in the Club’s program for coming year.
“They are aimed at further improving members’ active participation, encouraging the entry of new members and further expanding our community service and youth development involvement,” he explains.
In his term as President, Hilton is focussing on friendship and fun for the Club’s 67 members, effective fund raising, community service, local youth development support and lifting the local profile of the Lions Club of Kiama. He is looking forward to having a simple but effective approach to all that the Club undertakes through its members over the next year.
The Club meets twice a month, with a dinner and guest speaker.
Details: Anyone interested in joining Lions can contact Hilton on 0413 834 248