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The tree commemorates 100 years of Lions service from 1917 to 2017.

In 1917, Melvin Jones, was a 38-year-old Chicago business leader who told members of his local business club they should reach beyond business issues and address the betterment of their communities and the world. Jones' group, the Business Circle of Chicago, agreed. After contacting similar groups around the United States, an organizational meeting was held on June 7, 1917, in Chicago, Illinois, USA.

The Business Circle subsequently joined one of the invited groups, the "International Association of Lions Clubs" and at a national convention held in Dallas, Texas, later that year, those who were assembled: (1) adopted a Constitution, By-Laws, Code of Ethics and an Emblem; (2) established as a main tenet “unselfish service to others”, (3) unanimously elected Dr. William Perry Woods as its first President effectively securing his leadership for the first two years of the existence of the International Association of Lions, and (4) selected Melvin Jones to serve as the Organization's Secretary-Treasurer.


Address:Queen Street, Lions Park, Gayndah, 4625
GPS Coordinates:Lat: -25.626892
Long: 151.608327
Note: GPS Coordinates are approximate.
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Monument Type:Tree
Monument Theme:Culture
Actual Event Start Date:
Approx. Event Start Date:1917
Actual Event End Date:
Approx. Event End Date:2017


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This tree was planted by Gayndah Lions to commemorate 100 years of Lions service

1917 - 2017

Source: MA
Monument details supplied by Monument Australia - www.monumentaustralia.org.au