Past District Governor 2013-2014 Ken Bradford
My Lions Philosophy
'Like minded people working for Our Community'.
You soon realise that our community is worldwide, and that anywhere you go wearing our badge of membership, other Lions will greet you and welcome you as a 'like-minded' friend.
We should all consider ourselves as ordinary Lions doing our job. This is another aspect of Lions in which I consider I can give back a little of the great I have received from Lions.
I first joined Lions in 1983 as a member of the Lions Club of Narrogin (201-W2), and held several positions within that club, including President, Lion Tamer, Treasurer and Director. I was President of Narrogin Lions Club in 1984 when it was the host Club for the W2 District Convention.
In 2004 I transferred to C1 District, and was a member of the Lions Club of Rocky River for 1 year before once again transferring to the Lions Club of Clare District in October 2005. In the past 9 years at Clare I have held Club positions of Lion Tamer, Vice President, President, and Membership Chairman, and have served on the District Cabinet as Zone Chairman and Region Chairman, before taking the step to becoming 2nd Vice District Governor, and subsequently District Governor.
Since becoming involved in Lions at a District level, I have attended training session in Global Leadership and Membership, and the Advanced Lions Leadership Institute in 2012, and three years of training during my terms as 2nd Vice District Governor, 1st Vice District Governor and District Governor Elect.
I was born in Perth WA, and spent the first 53 years of my life in the south western farming town of Narrogin, growing up on the family farm. Once my school days were over, I returned to the family farm where I spent the next 35 years working alongside my father, expanding our business, getting married and having a family. I am the proud father of 2 sons and 2 daughters. They have added 7 grandsons, 2 Step grandsons and 2 grand-daughters to our family.
In 1997 I married Yvonne and we continued to work our farming enterprise for several more years. Our move to South Australia in October 2004 was the beginning of the next phase of our life. South Australia was a natural choice because Yvonne was born in Laura, a small town in the mid north of SA, and it was a great opportunity for us to move closer to her family.
Along with the time I spend within the Lions organisation, I also enjoy playing music (bass guitar) and cycling. I have completed the 90km stage of the Tour Down Under Community Challenge in 2011, the 140 km stage in 2012. I also enjoy running and Yvonne and I have recently joined our local Gym. We live in one of the best Wine districts in Australia, the Clare Valley, so sampling and enjoying some of our local product has also become a relaxing way to spend leisure time