Seymour Lion Linda Johns is incoming district governor

By David Rak

Lions Club of Seymour Goulburn member Linda Johns is the new district governor for Lions District 201V5.

Linda started her time volunteering as a member of Camberwell Rotaract Club and later became president.

While living in Mildura she was an active member of the Holy Trinity Lutheran School parents and friends group and was the school fair co-ordinator.

She became a Joey Scout Leader in Mildura and then a member of 1st Seymour Scout Group Committee, later becoming the secretary.

Linda joined the Lions Club of Seymour Goulburn in November 2003 and was sponsored by Ruth Hall.

During her time in the club she has held positions as first and second-year director, first vice-president, second vice-president, president, membership chairman, zone two chairman, secretary, district convention chairperson for the 2015 convention in Seymour, district sergeant at arms for conventions and first and second vice-district governor.

At a club level she has been involved in Oaks Day, Youth of the Youth, Australia Day committee, Labour Day market committee, driver reviver and is a traveller’s aid buggy driver at the Seymour Railway Station. She has also assisted in many other club projects through the years.

Linda was awarded a District Medal in 2011-12 by former District Governor Anthony Stockdale (deceased).

In 2016 she received a James Richardson Award for excellence in leadership and the Don Owen Leadership Encouragement Award. Linda also received a Melvin Jones Fellowship at the club’s 25th charter anniversary dinner in 2017.

Linda is the first district governor for Lions in Seymour. Brenda Henderson was also a district governor in the club, but she represented 201V6.

Linda would have been inducted at the international convention in Seymour at the end of June, but it was cancelled due to COVID-19.

This has been disappointing for Linda and several fellow members who were set to travel with her.

The club plans to hold the district convention in Seymour in October, when it will celebrate Linda’s leadership.

Linda lives in Avenel with her retired husband Rod. They have twin boys and two grandchildren.

She enjoys travelling, gardening, reading and takes a real interest in trains.

All club members welcome Linda into her new position and wish her well for the next year.

By Lions Club of Seymour Goulburn secretary Liz Johnson