Lions’ share of duties for new club boss

Lancaster and Morecambe Lions Club new president, Ivan Huff.
Lancaster and Morecambe Lions Club new president, Ivan Huff.

A quick change was called for by the new Lions Club president when he performed his first official role.

Ivan Huff was opening the summer fair at Morecambe Bay Care Home where he is employed as an activities organiser.

The 64-year-old former police officer simply changed his work shirt for his Lions top and chain of office to cut the gold ribbon declaring the fete officially open.

Ivan from Heysham Road, Morecambe, served as a police officer for 17 years, retiring due to injuries sustained in service.

He then moved to Tenerife where he ran a bar for 10 years It was on the Canary island that he was introduced to the Lions in 1992 by former professional wrestler, Mark Hussey, who fought as Rollerball Rocco.

A member of the Tenerife Sur Lions Club, one of three English speaking Lions clubs on the island, Ivan was its millennium president in 2000.

He ‘retired’ to the UK only to manage and run public houses before again ‘retiring’.

He was also a guiding Lion in the formation of the successful Tenerife San Miguel Lions Club – a twin club of Lancaster and Morecambe.

Ivan said: “I soon became bored doing nothing, so decided to return to cooking and became head chef at Morecambe Bay Care Home and have just changed jobs to become an activities organiser at the home.

“I joined Lancaster and Morecambe Lions Club in May last year and because of my long involvement with Lions I was offered the then vacant position of president-elect and have just taken over as president. My priorities are to get everyone involved and to raise awareness of both our own club and the wider Lions organisation.

“ I also want to develop existing projects within our local community helping both organisations and individuals.”

The club’s retiring president, Mike Kaliszczak, returns to his former position as treasurer while Andrew Dodgson stays as secretary for the coming year.