After a decade dedicated to helping charity groups through the Letterkenny Lions Club, Glencar man Pauric Gallen has been selected to take on the roll of the association’s national District Governor in two years time.
This is a first for the Donegal based club and Pauric says he is looking forward to the role, albeit with “some trepidation”.
“Recently, we had our national convention in Dublin and I was voted in to be the District Governor of the Lions of Ireland in two years time. It hasn’t come to the county before. It’s new for Donegal and new for the Lions Club in Letterkenny and certainly new for me,” Pauric explains.
When he assumes the post he will be Governor over 171 clubs across the country with roughly 2,500 members.
As well as local and national issues it will also include some international duties within the worldwide Lions Club movement.
This, Pauric admits, he finds daunting but he says he’s willing to give it his all to make his time as Donegal’s first District Governor a special one. He particularly wants to help establish the reputation of the Letterkenny club as well as establish a second club in Donegal.
“It was great to be considered for it and secondly, to be voted in by your peers in an open vote in Clontarf Castle three weeks ago.”
The Letterkenny Lions club was founded in 1996 and Pauric has been a member since 2001. He previously served as the club’s president in 2005 before taking a second term in the position before he was given the prestigious Governor position.
He has also performed a variety of functions for the club at national level.
When he assumes the national role he takes over from well-known RTE news reporter Ciaran Mullooly who serves in the role in 2012-13 after he takes over from Governor-elect Sean Sanford. Pauric meets both this week to plan ahead so he can hit the ground running when he assumes the role.
A Letterkenny man through and through, Pauric was born raised and still lives in Glencar with wife Majella, daughters Aoife and Niamh and son Michael.
As well as working on various national projects he will also continue to work closely with a number of local charities.
“The charities we look after mostly, say over the last 12 to 15 months, would be the Diabetic Association, Donegal Women’s Domestic Violence group, the Rape Crisis Centre, we have supported the Lourdes/Raphoe Invalid Fund. We do the food appeal every Christmas and assist Cara House and St Vincent de Paul. That’s only mentioning a few of the groups,” he added.
“Another thing we are trying to set up, with the help of one or two of my other past presidents, is a new club in Donegal Town. That is a project I would like to take on and see coming to fruition during my term in the next two years. We are actively seeking members over there. We have a few people that are interested. They too have the same demands in that neck of the woods as we have in Letterkenny,” he stated.
The Letterkenny Lions club meet every two weeks in the Mount Errigal Hotel and everyone is welcome to get involved.
“I can tell you this, nobody I ever knew of got made redundant from a voluntary organisation,” Pauric laughed