Lions take pride in their 50 years
TROPICAL Cyclone Marcia did nothing to dampen the spirits of members of the district's Lions "family" who gathered with local dignitaries at a dinner on Saturday night to mark the 50th anniversary of the Bundaberg Lions Club.
Bundaberg Lions Club president Jeff McColl welcomed guests who attended the celebration, noting that the Bundaberg Lions was the first Lions club to be chartered in Bundaberg.
"The club began with 25 members on February 27, 1967 and was sponsored by the Maryborough Lions Club," he said.
One of those Maryborough Club Charter members, Noel Birch, was present at the celebration, now in his 57th year of active service as a Lion.
The club president also detailed some of the many projects undertaken by the club during its proud history - from the Targo St renovation of the "wharfies' hut" to become the first home for Bundaberg's Meals on Wheels to the construction of the Activity Therapy Centre in Killer St, now a part of the Tom Quinn Centre.
"The construction and enhancement of numerous parks, ongoing support for Meals on Wheels and fundraising via the sale of those famous hot beef rolls at the Bundaberg Show have all been part of the 50-year history," Mr McColl said.
Three of the clubs' members, and their wives, who have been present for the entire history were honoured on the night. Jim Anderson, Graham Plath and Noel Searle were charter members of the club who continue their active service.