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Lions mark milestone

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June 23, 2017

Yvonne Mumford, Dilio Schivo (back), Alice Hall, Jill Griffiths, PDG Brenda Henderson and Gerry Bates received awards from District Governor Brian Buchanan.

The Lions Club of Seymour Goulburn gathered with other Lions and friends on June 3 to celebrate the Centenary of Lions International, which formed in Chicago, United States in 1917.

The event also marked the 70th Anniversary of Lions in Australia, which formed in Lismore, NSW in 1947, and the Charter of the Lions Club of Seymour Goulburn 25 years ago.

Eighty people from Seymour, Nagambie, Broadford, Euroa and Melbourne enjoyed a celebration dinner.

District Governor Brian Buchanan presented long-service awards to the Lions who were part of the original Charter group — Gerry Bates, Jill Griffiths, Yvonne Mumford and Brenda Henderson — as well as 20-year awards to Dilio Schivo and Alice Hall.

There was a 35-year award for Barry Stephens who was a member of the Lions Club of Seymour before the two clubs merged in 2015.

Centennial membership pins were presented to Lions Alice Hall, Glenda Lewis and Leonie Willis who sponsored new members into the club during the Lions Centenary period.

Donations to various local groups were acknowledged and more than $15000 was donated this year.

Two special donations on the night were presented to Robert Falkenbach for Goulburn Options and to Nexus Primary Health for two blood glucose monitors.

Travellers Aid chief executive Elias Lebbos travelled from Melbourne to thank the Lions who drive the buggy at Seymour Railway Station as part of their service to the community.

Victoria Police had previously congratulated the Lions for 25 years of Driver Reviver rest stops on the Hume Fwy.

A special Melvin Jones Fellowship Award was presented to Linda Johns for her leadership in Lions projects and in club and district roles.

Linda chaired the Seymour Convention Committee in 2015 when more than 300 Lions from the district stayed in Seymour for their annual general meeting and convention weekend.

Linda joins the club’s previous Melvin Jones Award recipients Marj Homewood (dec.), Faye Ure, PDG Brenda Henderson, Elizabeth Johnson and Carol Smith.

Past District Governor Brenda Henderson outlined the history of the Seymour Goulburn Lions Club, which highlighted the 1999 and 2015 Conventions in Seymour.

Mrs Henderson referred Lions and guests to the display of club memorabilia.

There were photo albums, news clippings, club shirts, certificates of appreciation and awards from the past 25 years of service to the community.

Current District Governor Brian Buchanan spoke of the history of Lions, now a worldwide service organisation of 1.4million members in more than 200 countries.

He congratulated the Lions on their achievements then installed the new board of the Lions Club of Seymour Goulburn.

The evening concluded with the cutting of a celebration cake by the charter members of the club who were present.

— Carol Smith

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