The Young Lions Club business dinner held on Monday, October 24 was extra special as the local club had the company of the 1st Vice District Governor, Gavan Ellis who resides in Bathurst.
There are 52 clubs in the District which includes Young and two District Governors are required to cover the area.
There was great fellowship prior to the meeting which had 26 members in attendance.
Gavan Ellis spoke of his time with the Lions movement and what it meant to him being a member of Lions.
He was Superintendent of the Bathurst Ambulance Service for 32 years.
He was also involved with the SES for two years as the local controller.
Thirteen years ago he was approached to join the Bathurst Lions Club whilst attending the Farmers’ Markets.
Gavan said going to Lions meetings gave him a break from his job.
One of Gavan’s passions is mentoring young people.
He is able to do this in the SES and with Charles Sturt University students who, he said, enjoy talking with someone with experience.
He also loves dealing with old people as they are honest with you.
“Honesty is one of the most important things in life,” he said.
Gavan said being in Lions is very rewarding.
He has been President of the Bathurst Club twice which was very pleasing for him and has been a Board member for 11 years.
“Clubs need to move with the times and shouldn’t try to mirror other Lions clubs,” Gavan said.
“As long as each club follows the International Lions Laws that is all that matters,” Gavan said.
He added that the International Charter was made some 40 years ago and if we try and be strict with the rules we run the risk of not attracting new members.
Clubs need to be flexible for this to happen.
‘You need to reward members to encourage them to do more.
“It’s about serving with compassion and fun,” he added.
Gavan awarded our President, Ray Bourke, with the 100 years Centenary badge and is looking forward to an invitation to our Changeover dinner in 2017.
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