The late treasurer Russ Meurant, President Duncan MacLennan and Secretary Marion McMurray receiving the Melvin Jones Fellow Award by our President, January 2012.
The late treasurer Russ Meurant, President Duncan MacLennan and Secretary Marion McMurray receiving the Melvin Jones Fellow Award by our President, January 2012. Contributed

Lions celebrate 60 years of community achievements

COOLANGATTA Lions may not have lost their roar over 60 years, but they are in dire need of sponsors in the lead-up to their anniversary dinner.

The club will celebrate its 60th anniversary on Saturday, December 1 with a dinner at the Tweed Heads Bowls Club starting at 7pm.

Members and guests can expect a night filled with fun and prizes and raffles drawn throughout the evening.

Lions Club secretary Marion McMurray said she hoped the event would promote the community charity with sponsors and attract future members from different age groups.

"We are looking for anyone who wants to give back to the community and who has a willingness to help" said Ms McMurray.

She said donations and sponsorship had slowed over the past several years.

"We would ultimately like to find someone or an organisation to help us out so we can get back to giving to the community" said Marion.

Notable achievements of the club in its 60 years include:

The raising of $400,000 of funds over five years to build the Coolangatta Senior Citizens Centre.

The joint raising with the NSW government to raise $700,000 to build the Community Centre.

The teaming up with the Gold Coast and Tweed City Council to design and build the Captain Cook Memorial lighthouse.

"There is no end to the projects that we engage in at both a region and state level… its countless" said president Duncan MacLennan.

The dinner will feature a 10-minute play illustrating how 'Lionism' was conceived and the foundation's core values of 'loyalty, integrity and our nation's safety'.

You do not have to be a member to attend.

Tickets can be purchased at the door for $25. To book your seat before November 20 or for any further information ring (07) 5536 2975.

More Lions achievements;

The Lions Club individually raised the money and successfully build the Twin Towns Kindy in 1962.

In the 80's the club bought the Tweed Heads Court House and moved it to Kennedy Drive. The court house is now formally known as the Maritime Museum.



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