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New Lions Club launches

08 Oct 2015

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The new Melbourne City Southbank Lions Club was officially chartered last month with more than 70 friends and guests at the Melbourne City Bowls Club.

Having launched in Southbank late last year, the group chartered on Wednesday, September 16 with 27 members from Southbank, Docklands and the CBD.

Deputy Lord Mayor Susan Riley and Lions District Governor Maureen Thorpe inducted the new Lions members and welcomed them ahead of their work in the local community.

Past council chairman and area leader of the global membership for Lions Australia Tony Benbow installed club office bearers: Alan Cui (president); Damian Ng (vice president); Cheng Ji (secretary), Bo Li (treasurer), Amy Monsma (membership); and Andrea Johnston (director).

Lion’s district membership officer Graeme Lukey, who played an integral role in establishing the group in Southbank, said the club possessed a diverse cross-section of the community.

“The club is a diverse representation of the community it will serve,” he said. “It includes members from nine different countries of origin and an age spread of 20 to 60, with an average age of 33.”

“It is effectively the only inner-city Lions Club serving all of Southbank, the CBD and Docklands and members look forward to working with and having the support of the local community.”

As the club’s first order of business, it will be holding a meeting with Deputy Lord Mayor Susan Riley this month to address ways of working with the City of Melbourne.

Mr Lukey said the club would seek to provide humanitarian and advocacy services to assist new immigrants and international students in the area as well as address homelessness and environmental issues.

The Melbourne City Southbank Lions Club will host meetings every second Tuesday of the month from 7pm until 8pm at the Boyd Community Hub in Southbank.

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