The Moorooka Story
The Moorooka Lions club was chartered on May 17, 1965.
It all came together due to the initial effort of five members from the Western Districts Club, (now known as Brisbane Oxley-Sherwood Lions Club Inc.) who formulated a plan to establish a new branch in the Moorooka area early in 1965. Ted Kalinin, (the late) PDG Peter Greer, Graham Vann, Bill Leech, and (the late) Les Reid were instrumental in soliciting sufficient membership enabling them to formally launch the Club in that year.
The Charter Presentations was held on 17th of May at the Lennons Hotel located at that time on the corner of George and Ann Streets in Brisbane. John Thorpe who was elected the first President of the club, received the Charter from the then World President of the Lions, Lion Walter Campbell.
With the club now in full swing, the members proceeded to construct seats for the Gow Park at Moorooka as their inaugural project. These seats are still in use to this day, and subsequent additions to this project in later years has included the erection of a Gazebo and the installation of barbeques.
A club building and $2,000 was donated by the Moorooka Progress Association to the Moorooka Lions in 1969. The building is permanently leased and has been a great source of revenue for the club throughout the years. The Chardon's Hotel raffles, which has also been a great source of income, was also started in this year and still continues today.
The Moorooka Lions first Miss Personality Quest entrant, Miss Julie Hunt, took out that title in 1973 at a function held at the Schonell theatre at the Queensland University. In 1975 the Yeronga Meals on Wheels (jointly financed by the Moorooka, Yeronga, and Ekibin clubs as well as a local community fund) was opened. In 1978, Moorooka Lions supplied a fully equipped ambulance for the Moorooka Ambulance Brigade. The cost of almost $15,000 was met by the Lions and the Queensland Government on a dollar for dollar basis.
Moorooka Lions have been highly visible in the community. Almost $18,000 has been donated to Blue Care, a home nursing organisation. The club has supported many organisations dealing with the handicapped, visual impairment, Autistics, Paraplegic welfare, and Multiple Scleroses. There has been regular donations to various medical foundations and groups dedicated to assistance for the less fortunate.
Membership dues cover all Club administrative expenses. Our charter does not allow us to use any money raised through fund raising projects for other than those of non-profit Lions and community programs.
The Club celebrated its 50th birthday with a Dinner Dance on Saturday 23 May 2015 at the Francis Rush Centre, Charlotte Street, Brisbane, next to the Cathedral of St. Stephens.
The Lion slogan says it all...
"We Make Things Happen"
ORDINARY PEOPLE - AMAZING THINGS
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