Lions cel­e­brate 40 years By JUSTIN JENVEY

Myrtleford Times - - BUSINESS IN FOCUS -

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.

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