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Local Lions on the horizon

15 Apr 2014

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Lions International has seen an opportunity in Southbank and is looking to establish a group based in the area.

District Governor for Lions, Graeme Lukey, said he was hopeful of launching a group to cover the Southbank and Docklands area of Melbourne.

There had been a club in Docklands in the past, but with the growth in both Southbank and Docklands over the last couple of years, Lions has decided to have another go.

“We’re at first base as far as establishment goes,” Mr Lukey explained. “We’ve been in contact with about 10 people about this possibility, so we’ve already got a bit of a core running there.”

He also explained that new areas like Southbank had seen a change in Lions clubs as well, with more flexibility within each individual club.

“A very important principle of Lions is that each club is autonomous. Each club has its own charter and each club decides how it will run,” Mr Lukey said.

“In that sense, individual members have a direct interest in activities going on in their clubs.”

District Vice Governor, Stan Falloon, told Southbank Local News clubs were often set up on the back of one idea.

“There’s a big need in these places. We like local people to get into these clubs and they bring their own ideas. Quite often two or three people will come in with a particular passion for a certain activity,” Mr Falloon explained.

“Lions can help give the structure to achieve those things,” he added.

“Clubs can either meet every week or however many times they like during the year, it all depends on the people who want to be involved.”

He also said Lions was realistic about the fact that people can be time-poor, and any new group would have that in mind.

“Your family comes first, your job second, and then, if you have some time, come and join Lions and help give back to the community,” Mr Falloon said.

Mr Lukey said the power of a group such as Lions was a great vehicle to achieve community activities. 

“A good group can always achieve multiples of what we can do individually.”

The next working meeting for the group will be on Thursday, May 15 and anyone is welcome to attend. For more information or to register your interest call Graeme Lukey on 0409 337 877.

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