Meningie & Districts Lions Club Inc

District 201C2, South Australia


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Lions History
The Lions are men and women dedicated to serving those in need, whether in their own community or half-way around the world. In addition to humanitarian service, they enjoy fellowship and develop leadership skills.
Lions began in the United States in 1917 when a group of independent clubs responded to an idea presented to them by a young Chicago insurance agent, Melvin Jones. He believed that local business clubs should expand their horizons from purely professional concerns to the betterment of their communities and the world at large.
This was heralded as a departure from the trend current at that time of forming clubs basically with a commercial motive --Jones' own group was the Business Circle of Chicago. An organisational meeting was held at a local hotel on June 7, 1917, and from this meeting the organisation was born.
The association became "international" with the formation of the Windsor, Ontario, Canada, Lions Club in 1920. From that time on clubs were formed worldwide.
The guiding force and founder Melvin Jones was the first acting secretary of the association, thus beginning an affiliation with Lions that only ended with his death. He served the association from 1917 until his death in 1961. Melvin Jones, who was born on January 13, 1879, in Fort Thomas, Arizona, is buried at Mount Hope Cemetery in Chicago, Illinois U.S.A.
The first annual convention was held in Dallas, Texas, at the Adolphus Hotel, October 8 - 10, 1917. Thirty six delegates representing 22 clubs from nine states participated, approved the " Lion Clubs " designation, and elected Dr. William P. Woods of Indiana as their first president.
That first convention also began to define what the association was to become. A constitution and by-laws were adopted, the colours of purple and gold approved, and a start was made on the Objects and Code of Ethics.
The official name of " Lions "is" The International Association of Lions Clubs "or simply" Lions Clubs International "
It consists of a gold letter " L " on a circular purple field. Bordering this is a circular gold area with two conventionalised lion profiles at either side facing away from the centre. The words " Lions " appear at the top and " International " at the bottom. Symbolically, the lions face both past and future - proud of the past and confident of the future.
It is the obligation of every Lion to wear and display this emblem with pride.

Developed at the 1997 International Convention in Philadelphia and included in the masthead of THE LION Magazine beginning with the October 1997 issue.
" To create and foster a spirit of understanding among all people for humanitarian needs by providing voluntary services through community involvement and international cooperation. "
" Liberty, Intelligence, Our Nation's Safety. "
Purple and Gold
To Lions, Purple stands for loyalty to country, friends, one's self and the integrity of mind and heart. It is the traditional color of strength, courage and tireless dedication to a cause. Gold symbolises sincerity of purpose, liberality in judgement, purity in life and generosity in mind, heart and purse towards those in need.
Any person of legal majority, good moral character and good reputation in the community may be granted membership in a duly authorised Lions Club. Membership is by invitation only.

Founding Members


William R Tresise
The first Australian Lions Club was formed in the northern NSW town of 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. Melvin Jones cabled: " Congratulations to the 18th country to enter the International Association of Lions Clubs."

"Charter Night" Lismore Lions Club
The second club, Murwillumbah, was formed on August 3rd, 1948, but it was after the formation of the third club, Melbourne, on March 19th, 1952 that the rapid development of Lions Clubs, throughout Australia began, by 1976, there were 1,000 Clubs. Much of the credit for this expansion is due to the professional officers appointed by Lions Clubs International during this period.
Gordon Smith served a one year term from 1952, during which a number of clubs were formed in northern NSW, as well as in Sydney, Brisbane and Melbourne. Terry Fairburn, an ex-army officer and Vice President of Sydney Lions Club, served from 1953 to 1960, followed by James McLardie from 1960 to 1987. During this period Joe Mason, another tireless worker, was employed in extension work. The energy and dedication of these men was an essential factor in our expansion. This tradition has been continued by the current International appointment, Bob Allen, who has served since 1973.
Of course they could not succeed alone. The early Lions Club members themselves played an enormous role, at a time when the one Lions Club District took in all of Australia. To list their names is to risk offending those who are not mentioned, something our pioneering Lions would not countenance.
Bill Tresise was made a Member of the British Empire for his services to the Community. He died in Lismore on June 15th, 1975. His widow Fonnie was presented with his Melvin Jones Plaque in August 1977.


Club news

District news

  • Youth of the Year

    A link to the YotY National newsletter and how to access [members only] the National YotY pass worded resources is found below.


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  • Club officer documents

    The Club documents for the following positions have now been placed in the Training & development section of C2 Documents.

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  • Lions Mad Minute Question sets

    The Challenge & Super Challenge Question sets have undergone review and been refreshed.

    The updated sets are on the website for download.

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  • C2 District Projects list posted

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  • Information on quorums & membership

    CBL Chair Dave Thomas has put together this information on and answers to the most common questions on quorums and membership.


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  • Darwin 2018 Convention

    The web page of the 2018 Darwin is now up and running with some early news on accommodation.

    Follow the link below or the look on the convention page.


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  • C2 Leadership & Training Documents

    The documents for President, Treasurer, Secretary & Zone Chairs have all been placed online with links to them available in the Members Documents page.

    Please go to the site listed below under more details.

    Log in with your first name, surname and the password (your member number). If you need any of this information (ie how you are registered in the system), please contact Cab Sec Cheryle Pedlar.

    On accessing the page, please click on "C2 Documents" and then "Documents for Members" in the menu bar across the top.

    Then scroll down to "District Officer Documents" and select the link for the document you want.

    Once the file has opened, please save the file to your device of choice (laptop, tablet etc).

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  • C2 Peace Poster & Winner

    The results of the 2016 Peace Poster have now been finalised in our district.

    Details of the winning entry in the link below!


    Bryan Hearn,
    DG C2


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  • C2 Zone Chair Manual

    The Zone Chair manual is now available at the link below


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  • Results of "C" Districts 2016 Cancer Screening Program

    Just available, have a read now!

    See document below

    Attachment: c2-scstats.pdf

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    Youth of the Year - Region 4 final outcome

    DG Dave Thomas with winners from the Region 4 Youth of the Year final.

    The final was hosted by the Naracoorte Lions Club.

    DG Dave, Region 4 Public Speaking winner Breanna Garrigan & Region 4 YotY Jack Lane

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    "C" Districts 2016 Free Skin Cancer Screening Program released

    Details of the 2016 skin cancer screening program have been released.

    Locations & dates are in the PR along with basic information on skin cancer and why the free skin screening can be a life saver, REMEMBER, Just one look can save a life!

    Attachment: sc-cd-0216.pdf

  • ABC Riverland interview re Berri Lions project at Martin Bend - March 2016

    Great interview on ABC Riverland this week! Meg Vonic-Joyce interviewed Steve Rodley about Berri Lions Club project, the Woodcutters Hut, currently being built at Martin Bend, in Berri.


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    Save The Date - initiative of C Districts 50/50 Pathway Committee

    Save The Date

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  • Sleeping Rough Project

    This project is now a District 201 C2 Project and we need your help. in providing toiletry care packs for the homeless.

    These are is distributed through welfare and community agencies.

    Donations of travel sized toiletries ideally with an emphasis on soap, shampoo, toothbrushes and toothpaste are now sought.

    Full details in the flyer attached below.

    Attachment: c2-srp-15.pdf

  • Lions Christmas Cakes

    A short video on Lions Christmas Cakes is available for viewing on the link below!

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    District Governor Dave Thomas - radio interview 4 August 2015

    District Governor Dave was the guest of Mildura's Dave Burrows on Easy Listening 1467 radio station this week.

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    Carolyn's Chemo Caps Project

    Designated a District project at the 2013 C2 convention the work and effort behind the project has continued to grow and meet ever increasing demand for the caps.

    Download an information letter on the chemo caps project, see far right under Most recent updates!

    Image left of a happy group of Lions and volunteers from Battunga hard at work and having fun making the caps!

    Check back shortly for information on how your club can also take on this exciting project giving much needed help to people across your communities.

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    C2 triumphs at C Districts State Youth of the Year Final

    Murray Bridge Lions hosted the C Districts State final on Saturday 11th April.

    C2 representative Lily Thornley - Gambier City was the successful candidate on the night.

    Lily as SA/NT representative now goes to the National Final to be held in Newcastle at 9.00am on Saturday May 2nd.

    Amy Nield from C1 district and from Cleve was the Public Speaking winner on the night.

    Lily is with C2 DG Ron Sargent - left

    Well done to these two young women, and to the other four finalists.

    All the best for Lily in the National Final.

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    C2 District Final Results - 2015 - Mount Gambier

    Gambier City hosted the C2 Districts final on Saturday 28th March in Mount Gambier.

    Pictured left are the five finalists from that day

    Phillip Konstandopoulos, Mildura Secondary College Mildura VIC, Irymple Inc

    Sam Lissner,Glossop High School Barmera SA, Berri Inc - to also represent C2 at C districts State final

    Lily Thornley, C2 District YotY & Public Speaking winner, Grant High School Mount Gambier SA, Gambier City Inc

    Brayden Mann, Investigator College Victor Harbor SA, Victor Harbor & Port Elliot Inc - to also represent C2 at C districts State final

    Rebekah Starick, Unity College Murray Bridge SA. Murray Bridge Inc

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    C2 50/50 Pathway Facebook page

    The District 50/50 Pathway website page is now on line.

    Go to the link below for all the exciting news on this project.

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