Lions celebrate 40 years By JUSTIN JENVEY
COINCIDING with Lions Clubs International’s 100th year, the Lions Club of Bright will soon celebrate 40 years of service to the town and surrounds.
Celebrations for the club will be spread over three days with the publishing of a booklet detailing significant events in their history, a commemorative dinner, and re-launch of the park named in recognition of their community involvement.
Bright Lions president Brian Kelly said it was a special occasion for the club after beginning its charter in 1976.
“We had 26 members when we first chartered and have 32 now but have regularly been around the mid-30s mark,” he said.
“A lot of us have been involved for 20 years or more and I think that shows the strength of those members’commitment to their local community.
“Most of those people joined when they had families and young families in town and wanted to use Lions as a way to improve the opportunities for their kids as they were growing up.
“I know I had young children when I first joined Lions here in Bright and one of the reasons I joined was to try and contribute to the town for the future of my kids.”
Although the work of Lions may have changed over the years Mr Kelly said the main purpose remained, to serve, as their motto suggests.
“We are not so much a social group as we are a big family all with one common interest,” he said.
“It’s about serving the community and our contribution to the community is significant while not always visible.
“We not only contribute to events and community organisations but also provide assistance to individuals, things that people don’t always hear about.
“Earlier on it used to be more physical service activities like helping out individual people or groups whereas these days it’s about the dollars and cents and raising funds to provide to others in Bright or further afield.”
Mr Kelly said the Lions’ 40 year celebration dinner will be held on Saturday, March 19 at the Bright Community Centre, from 6pm for a 7pm start, and is open to anyone who wishes to head along.
Tickets are $45 per person and include a three course meal provided by Straight from the Ovens, as well as entertainment.
Tickets are available by contacting Brian Kelly on 0417 551 023.
MILESTONE: Bright Lions president Brian Kelly is looking forward to celebrating the club’s 40th anniversary in a couple of weeks time.