Tom and Elizabeth Shields with Peter Tobin (right) at the special dinner.
Tom and Elizabeth Shields with Peter Tobin (right) at the special dinner. DAVID CROSSLEY

50 years aiding community

WHEN the number of RSVPs matches the number of attendees at a function - that's a pretty great response - as was the case when 144 past and present members of the Lions Club of Gympie celebrated 50 successful years with a dinner at the Civic Centre on October 29.

"It was a great night," club president Peter Tobin said.

"The District Governor came from Yeppoon and we had members from Maryborough, Caloundra, Tin Can Bay, Mary Valley, Rainbow Beach and Mooloolaba.

"We presented a 50-year pin and the Melvin Jones Fellow to Nev Lilley. Nev was a foundation member in 1961 and remains an active member."

Mr Tobin said he'd worked out that during the past 50 years, Mr Lilley would have "been absent from the family dinner table about 900 times" while he was attending Lions meetings.

Mr Lilley's wife Joyce was also presented with a pin in recognition of her continuing support of the club.

Mr Tobin also praised Lions member Elizabeth Shields and her committee for the "magnificent job at the Civic Centre".

"We were enthralled to hear a short address by Dr David Nimmo of the Lions over the past 50 years.

"To my surprise, the club was instrumental in pioneering Driver Revivor in Queensland. and it's since become a state-wide Lions project.

"It started under a tarpaulin without any funding from the government."

Dr Nimmo's address included the club's involvement in getting Gympie Meals on Wheels up and running.

"It was a great night and everyone had a wonderful time."

The committee for the next year will be president Peter Tobin, secretary Shawn Betts, treasurer Barry Warren.

Gympie Times


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