Lions prepare for milestone

READY FOR THE CENTURY: Tracy Pukallus, Kris Chard and Julianne Shipway preparing for the convention.
READY FOR THE CENTURY: Tracy Pukallus, Kris Chard and Julianne Shipway preparing for the convention. Sam Flanagan

IN JUNE of this year Lions Clubs International turned 100, and after months of preparation and countless hours of hard work, local Lions Clubs are putting the final touches on their celebration plans.

Lions District 201Q3, which stretches all the way from Brisbane to the South Australian border, will be holding its Centennial Convention in Dalby this weekend.

The convention is being organised by the Dalby Lions Club in conjunction with the Cecil Plains Club, with over 300 Lions from across the district expected to attend.

The incoming District Governor also happens to be a local man, Engelbert Krampl, a cotton grower in the Cecil Plains area and a member of the Cecil Plains Lions Club.

The centenary of Lions International coincides with the 70th anniversary of Lions in Australia, giving the event extra meaning.

Convention Chair Julianne Shipway of Dalby Lions Club said they are excited to show off the area to the hundreds of visitors.

"Both clubs are honoured to co-host the Centennial Convention and we look forward to showcasing the projects and services that Lions Clubs International provide through their 1.4 million members in over 210 countries,” Mrs Shipway said.

The convention will be held over three days at Our Lady of the Southern Cross College beginning Friday.

Mrs Shipway added that many shops in Dalby will have a Lions window display leading up to the convention and welcomes other businesses to do the same.

Topics:  100 years cecil plains cecil plains lions club centenary celebrations dalby dalby lions club lions club australia

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