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Stroud Lions Club celebrate 60 years

Celebrating with friends, past members and Leos, Stroud Lions Club marked their 60th Anniversary at the Stroud Country Club View Room with a wonderful lunch sharing stories and catching up with old friends on the 7th of November.

Lion Cliff Johnson did a fantastic job MC’ing the day starting with a welcome to country as we looked out over Stroud and the Karuah Valley, a breathtaking view on a beautiful spring day.

It was an afternoon of sharing with Lion Keith Franks reading the poems of Eric Pereira. These poems had always been a regular feature of meetings whilst Eric was a member and his widow Judy kindly allowed us to once again marvel at his wit and laugh at the way Eric had with words as he captured the times and people in verse.

Guest speaker John Chadban, former Stroud Lion and Mayor of Great Lakes Council recalled the Club’s formation as a young boy growing up in Stroud and recounted stories of all the charter members, their passion for serving Stroud and how for 60 years their dream had been kept alive as new members joined to keep the Club active with many projects combining great fun with mateship. He remembered the many Lions who were no longer with us but their legacy was there with all the benefits that Stroud had now with parks like Silo Hill, Allen Park, Mill Creek Park and the Kevin Francis Memorial Park. Without Lions the Columbarium, the swimming pool, tennis courts, ambulance station and country club may still be wishful thinking but said the Stroud Community Lodge was the most ambitious of all Lions’ projects for Stroud and what a great benefit it was for the community. Lions in Stroud had certainly helped build Stroud and given the emotional and financial help to those in need, shown recently after the April flood. John finished his talk with a toast to Lions International as they approach their centenary in 2017. Another chance to showcase and celebrate all the work that Lions do throughout the world with more than 1.4 million members, in over 46,000 clubs in more than 200 countries. Lions’ is really a giant family stretching all over the globe.

Warren Thompson told the gathering of the great memories of all the fun times that the Leos had, with the work they did and the events they ran and even before he was a Leo he told of the good times he had as a small child when his Dad was a Stroud Lion.

Lions Eric White finished off telling of the projects like the Men’s Shed, the Stroud Community Web, the Stroud Heritage Growers and Artisans Market, The Brenton Teasdale Appeal and the Stroud Flood Appeal that are some of the projects the club is currently involved with. He reminisced of all the BBQs, annual dinners for the servicemen each year commemorating Anzac Day, Christmas parties, the picnic races and all the fun times that Lions had had fundraising over the last 60 years.

A DVD of projects highlighting the Branch Picnic Races ran in the background courtesy of Duncan Allen and many old photos of projects, senior’s Christmas parties, Leo’s events and the fantastic floats that they made for the Brickthrowing. Everyone was wondering where all the years had gone and enjoyed reliving the moments again.

Lion Sandy Wilson with former Leo Carol Parker (nee Canham) cut the cake. Sandy brought his expertise to the job as he has had a lot of practice lately; he turned 90 just the other day. Happy Birthday Sandy!

It was a fabulous day and a fabulous 60 years for Lions serving Stroud and the world community.

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