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Lions’ milestones: 53 years in Narrabri, a century of service around the world

The Narrabri Lions Club recently celebrated Lions International’s 100th birthday

Narrabri Lions and guests at Saturday night’s Changeover Dinner.incoming Narrabri Lions president Ross Campbell outgoing Lions president John McPherson, Lioness Chairperson Trish Johnson, Narrabri Shire mayor Cathy Redding, incoming Lioness president Kerrie Haire and district chairman Peter Willis-Jones.

The Narrabri Lions’ pride in their club and community was evident in the room when the club celebrated Lions International’s 100th birthday and a milestone for Narrabri, the club’s 53rd birthday on Saturday night, July 1.

And joining the celebration at Narrabri Golf Club were Narrabri Lionesses who were marking their 31 years as a club in Narrabri.

The Lions Changeover saw the installation of Ross Campbell as president, succeeding immediate past president John McPherson.

Other directors for 2017-18 include secretary Bob Percival, treasurer Wayne Dornbusch, Vice presidents: Craig Jollow, Tom Bennett and Darrell Anderson, Rod Onus, Rob Gilbert, Tim Tapscott, Fred Shepherdson, Bernie Large, Daniel Clark and Vince Haire.

The incoming Lioness president for 2017-18 is Kerrie Haire, secretary Melissa Hancock, treasurer Christine Rex, vice presidents Sue Gleeson, Sheryl Barnes and Jill Jollow, publicity officer Jean Fairless, tail twister Margaret Guest, liaison officers Bernie Large and Vince Haire.

The club’s history records that Narrabri Lions held its Charter Night in 1964 with 22 Charter Members.

The first president was Len Keeffe with membership reaching 31 by end of 1964.

The Lions have been a strong and active club over the ensuing years, making major donations and contributions to the community financially and in voluntary man hours.

The club’s big project saw the raising of £500 for supply of an ice making machine for Narrabri Hospital in the early days.