Lions District 201C1 South Australia

Australia, Papua New Guinea & Norfolk Island

Kadina Club 50th Anniversary

Kadina Celebrates Fifty Years

In 1968 we were listening to John Farnham sing Sadie and watching Bellbird every night for 15 minutes before the National news on ABC television.  John Gorton was the new Prime Minister and Rain Lover woe the Melbourne Cup.   The Kadina Lions held their charter dinner on the 10th February in the town hall with guests from all over Australia. 1968.Kadina Lions celebrates its 50th year Anniversary. The club was formed on the 28th September 1967, the first Dinner Meeting on the 2nd of October 1967. 

This event was celebrated at a luncheon Kadina on Sunday 19th August with all the DG team present, Phil, Kevin and Tony.  Several PDG’s the local Mayor Paul Thomas and Local MLA Fraser Ellis.  However, it was Charter President John Sullivan who stole the show speaking about the chartering and history of the club.  Along with Past President and Charter member Maurice Materne he then cut the decorated cake made and decorated by Kadina newest member Skippy Skipworth.

Awards were presented at the meeting by District Governor Phil Bowman and President Carol Barnes these were Merit Medals to Lions Ted Bussenschutt 36 years of service as the current longest serving Lion of Kadina club.  He was President in 1991/92.  In his many years in Lions he has been involved many varied fundraising events and projects including the building of the ablution blocks at Kadina Caravan park, bikeathons for Crippled Children’s association and cropping that was very financially viable for the club. A second medal was presented to Ian Whale for his ongoing work and support of the community as President and Secretary on many occasions across his ten-year membership, organizing Lions district conventions and most recently being involved in the Wine Wheels and Whiting events.

Most Lions join our association for the opportunity to serve and use their time and talents to help those who are less fortunate. Lions at all levels recognize that some of the members go far and beyond what is expected from the average member. They become outstanding leaders and high achievers for our organization. Even though they do not seek recognition, it is fitting that outstanding Lions are recognized by their peers from the local Lions Club level all the way up to international level. Many Lions have no idea what some forms of recognition mean or just how rare and important some are.

Lions Clubs world-wide recognize outstanding individuals by bestowing on them an award that is named for its founder, Melvin Jones.  This award is the highest form of recognition and embodies humanitarian ideas consistent with the nature and purpose of Lionism.  We are proud to have within our past and current membership individuals that have received the Melvin Jones Fellowship Award.  Past awards have been made to Lion Dean Newbold in 2002 and Lion Harvey Rodda 1994.

Melvin Jones Fellowships were presented to Lions Dave Goold and John Barnes. John has held the role of secretary and president, is a guiding Lion supporting Coober Pedy club, and has been zone chairperson for the Barossa zone and in the following year Zone Chair for the YP zone.

He is the district administration officer and, in this role, responsible for membership data base, and district Grants officer advising members on grant applications.

Lion Dave Goold, a member 27 years coming to Lions from a service background with Apex.  He has been Treasure of Kadina Lions for the past 7years.  He is currently responsible for coordinating sales of Lions cakes and mints within the town.  He has with his wife Sue undertaken many catering events to provide a revenue stream for the club.

He coordinates service activities for the club and is that rare member who will step in to any role and undertake any job that needs doing.  If this was a sporting team he would be the MVP or all-rounder.

The lunch was a great success and Kadina club thanks all the visitors who attended and joined in celebrating.

Carol Barnes

Photos show Melvin Jones Fellows John Barnes and Dave Goold with DG Phil Bowman and President Carol Barnes and Charter members