Lions Club of Whistler elects 29-year-old as president 

Tristan Galbraith "excited" to raise funds for charity

The Lions Club of Whistler is looking to younger generations to lead it into the future.

Tristan Galbraith, a 29-year-old exterminator with Critter Get Ritter Pest Control Services, said he's "really excited" at the opportunity to lead the Whistler chapter of what's been called the "world's largest service organization."

"I'm really excited and motivated," he said of being elected to the position. "There's a ton of support from people moving forward, raising more funds for charities."

Elected in June, Galbraith set immediately to reach out to members through online channels. He started a WordPress blog to help members keep up to date with the club's activities and he plans to post photos from previous events to help promote its initiatives. He also wants a more interactive approach than the club has seen before.

"We're not going to sit down and have these long meetings," he said. "People can check stuff online, just try to be comforting for people, for members, because some of them are older."

One of the fundraising activities that the Lions Club has coming up is Foodworx, a food drive during the annual Crankworx biking festival, which takes place July 16 to 24.

The event will see members set up boxes at grocery stores so that people can donate non-perishable goods to the food bank, which has in recent years seen longer lines of people who have trouble affording groceries.

The Lions Club has made a strong push for more members in the past months. Ten years ago the club gathered enough members that it was able to hold a regional conference, but more recently it has struggled to attract people. Earlier in 2011 it had only four members.



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