GENESIS: District governor Elect Len Godlonton presents charter to Dalby Lions Club's first President Eric Rashleigh at Charter night in 1959.
GENESIS: District governor Elect Len Godlonton presents charter to Dalby Lions Club's first President Eric Rashleigh at Charter night in 1959. Contributed

Dalby Lions Club celebrates 60 years of serving community

FOR many of us, February 14 is synonymous with Valentine's Day.

For the Dalby Lions, Thursday marks the service club's 60th anniversary.

John Perry joined the club in 1959-the year it began.

"When I first started we did a lot of projects that have helped people and the community. We used to do things like build ramps for people who needed wheelchair access into their house. We're responsible for the construction of the lawn cemetery, which we did in the early days. We also built Anderson Home,” he said.

"I'm fairly proud I'm still able to do the job 60 years down the track,” he said.

He said he enjoyed each year he's been involved.

"I've enjoyed doing the community service and I've also enjoyed the fellowship of the members. It's great to belong to an organisation where you get fellowship, friendship and the satisfaction of helping people,” he said.

President Julianne Shipway said, while 60 continuous years of Lions was not unique it was "pretty damn good”.

"We've had a strong club the whole time,” she said.

Mrs Shipway said the club always strived to help others, in any way possible.

"In my first six months of presidency, we had two requests for assistance that aren't really within our capabilities to help them in the way they ask us to,” Mrs Shipway said.

"But we have helped facilitate them to do the things they want to do.”

In one instance, the Lions Club hosted a garage sale.

"It lasted a week and they didn't have to use their own home,” she said.

She said the Lions Club was for anyone who wanted to make a difference in the community, regardless of the areas they wanted to focus on.

"It gives you an avenue to do a lot of things by only joining one group,” she said.


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