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Local Lions to celebrate 60 years

President of Lions Club of Coolangatta/Tweed Heads Duncan MacLennan and ex-president Ray Phippard at the Tweed Maritime Museum.
President of Lions Club of Coolangatta/Tweed Heads Duncan MacLennan and ex-president Ray Phippard at the Tweed Maritime Museum. John Gass

A STRONG border-straddling community force celebrates its 60th anniversary in December this year.

The Lions Club of Coolangatta and Tweed Heads was the seventh formed in Australia and its history is nothing short of superb.

Current president Duncan MacLennan said three of his members had been district governors and the first National Lions Convention was hosted by the club on April 8, 1953.

"The Ladies Auxiliary was formed in 1957 and they were a strong force in raising money and assisting the club," Mr MacLennan said.

"In 1988 ladies were admitted to the club as Lions and, sadly, since then the numbers of the auxiliary have dwindled.

"Besides assisting other volunteer organisations, schools, the Tweed Hospital and individual people in the local community over the 60 years, the Club has been involved in major projects."

He said the club met on the first and third Tuesdays of each month, and invited community-minded people to help continue the club's legacy.

"Fun, friendship and the pleasure of serving your community is promised," Mr MacLennan said.

The Coolangatta and Tweed Heads Lions Club has a list of achievements:

  • It raised money which built the Twin Towns Kindy that opened on March 14 1962;
  • Tweed Shire Council and the Gold Coast City Council met in 1969 to build a memorial, which became the Captain Cook Memorial Lighthouse - designed by the club's members, who also installed the drinking fountain;
  • $400,000 was raised by the club between March 29, 1972 and February 19, 1977 to build the Coolangatta Senior Citizens Centre which was designed by one member, built by another, opened on June 29 1977 at a cost of $398,450.85 and handed to the Gold Coast City Council;
  • One member had a dream about the Tweed Heads Court House during the 1980s in which it was imagined as a museum. Land was purchased in Kennedy Dr, money was raised and the court house was moved - instead of being demolished - and it is now the Maritime Museum;
  • The Community Centre near the Tweed River High School which opened May 15 1993 was a joint venture by the club, the council and the NSW Government at a cost of $700,000;
  • The club sponsored both the Burleigh Heads and Palm Beach-Currumbin Lions Clubs' formations in 1955, after which they grew their own strong histories of community service.

Phone secretary Mim McMurray on 07 5536 2975 for more information.

Topics:  anniversary, community, coolangatta, lions club, tweed


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