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50 Years of Lions : 08-June-2013
50 Years of Lions : 08-June-2013
Photographs supplied by Arthur Garland

Trees planted in the playground commemorate 50 years of Lions service in Australia.

The first Australian Lions Club was formed in Lismore on July 1st, 1947, largely through the efforts of William R.Tresise. While serving as National President of Apex, and nearing 40, the compulsory retirement age of that organisation, Bill Tresise unsuccessfully urged the formation of a senior Apex movement.

A chance 1946 meeting in the US with a past International President of Lions (Fred Smith, from California) led quickly to interviews with Lions Past International President Ed Barry, of Arkansas, and then with the Secretary-General and Founder of the Lions Association, Melvin Jones, in Chicago. Tresise was appointed a provisional District Governor, with power to form Lions Clubs in his home country.

He called a meeting of the business and professional men in his home town of Lismore, where he operated a plaster and hardware business, to hear the Lions story. An eloquent speaker, Bill Tresise soon convinced enough members to form the club. The first President, Jim Brown, proudly received the Club's official Charter in September of the same year.

Location

Address:Guthrie Street (cnr Cobden Street), Quambatook, 3540
State:VIC
Area:AUS
GPS Coordinates:Lat: -35.851886
Long: 143.521002
Note: GPS Coordinates are approximate.
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Details

Monument Type:Trees
Monument Theme:Culture
Sub-Theme:Community
Actual Event STart Date:1927
Actual Event End Date:1997

Dedication

Approx. Monument Dedication Date:1997
Front Inscription

Playground
Quambatook
Lions Club
- 1979 - 
Trees Planted 1997 
Recognition Of 50 Years
Of Lions In Australia

Source: MA
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