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Childers residents encouraged to join Lions

Childers Lions Club
Grant MacDonald, Gail McKewen, Alan Williams and Reno Gastaldon of the Childers Lions Club.

The Childers Lions Club is calling on residents who have a passion for community projects to sign up for membership as the group works to reactivate its local presence.

Lions Clubs International is the world's largest service club organization with more than 1.4 million members in more than 46,000 clubs worldwide.

Membership coordinator John Seymour said the organisation had a proud and dynamic history.

“Founded in 1917, we are best known for fighting blindness – it's part of our history as well as our work today, but we also perform volunteer work for many different kinds of community projects,” he said.

“These include caring for the environment, feeding the hungry and aiding seniors and the disabled.”

John said Lions had grown from the vision of one man, Melvin Jones, a 38-year-old Chicago business leader who asked a simple and world-changing question: what if people put their talents to work improving their communities?

“Almost 100 years later we have countless stories of Lions acting on that same simple idea,” John said.

“Now in Lions, the members may have changed but the principles remain the same.

“Lions believe in the motto ‘we make things happen' and we also believe that family comes first, then work, then Lions.”

John said while Lions members responsibilities included attending meetings and being involved in community service activities they were, first and foremost, volunteers.

“We appreciate any time that you can spare.

“We always try to be flexible as we understand how busy our lives can be,” he said.

“The local Lions club have a desire to see Childers Lions Club once again be an active club in the local community.

“You can see that Lions international goals align well with our own community expectations to create and foster a spirit of understanding among the peoples of the world.”

John said there was something that everyone could work to achieve as part of being a Lion.

“If you want to serve others, there is a spot for you here in the Childers Lions Club,” he said.

“If you want to eradicate preventable blindness, you can – you’re a Lion.

“If you want to help break the cycle of poverty by teaching others to read, you can – you’re a Lion.

“If you want to preserve the environment for future generations, you can – you’re a Lion

“If you want to rebuild communities, you can – you’re a Lion.

“If you want to make a difference in the life of a needy child, you can – you’re a Lion.”

To find out more about the Childers Lions Club visit the Facebook page here or phone 0483 870 752.

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