Meet the new Lions District Governor for 201N4 Stuart Freudenstein

Former Young Lions Club president and Young Shire Council Mayor Stuart Freudenstein has been elected as the new District Governor.
Former Young Lions Club president and Young Shire Council Mayor Stuart Freudenstein has been elected as the new District Governor.

Stuart Freudenstein is a familiar face for a lot of locals around town boasting titles such as Young Shire Council Mayor and Young Lions Club president, now Mr Freudenstein has been elected into a new position.

Though he's only been a Lions Club member since 2014 Mr Freudenstein was elected as the Lions District Governor for the District of 201N4.

"I was elected to be second vice-governor, then first vice-governor and then at last year's District convention at Wagga I was elected to be the governor," Mr Freudenstein said.

Australia is cut up into 19 districts, with five in NSW according to Mr Freudenstein with our district 201N4 one of the larger ones.

"It's a pretty big district, it runs from Bourke way down to Tumbarumba and Coleambilly out to Hillston and Nyngan then up to the Blue Mountains," he said.

Though he has only been a lion for half a decade Mr Fruedenstein said he knew he would always end up as a member.

"As you know I was mayor previously," Mr Freudenstein said. "About a month after that I joined.

"I had been planning to for years, it's just that I thought I'd wait until I was out of Local Government."

According to Mr Freudenstein he'd always appreciated the work of Lions and had been to a lot of their functions and said he knew that this is where he knew he'd always end up.

"My wife Lyn agreed, so we joined in late 2014, five and a half years ago and I was club president here a couple of years later and got into the district stuff," he said.

Mr Freudenstein is encouraging locals to get involved and to consider becoming members of the Lions Club to help not only their local community but to help the whole district as well.

"Service is a big thing," Mr Freudenstein said.

"To give you an example Lions International has taken on Diabetes so that's one of our five pillars of service as they call them.

"Our club here decided we'd take on diabetes and we ran a diabetes expo at the Town Hall."

The club had it booked in for 2020 as well, however it had to be cancelled due to COVID-19.

Clubs across the district have raised funds and held events with funds raised going directly to Diabetes Australia.

To find out more about the Lions Club in Young or your local area jump online and go to www.lions.org.au or search for their Facebook page. Lions Club take members of all ages, abilities and interests with anyone interested encouraged to reach out to their local club or members.