Lions club celebrates milestone

Oak Flats Lions Club member Bede Cummins and president Kelley Ryan are looking forward to celebrating the club's 40th anniversary next month. Picture: GEORGIA MATTS

Oak Flats Lions Club member Bede Cummins and president Kelley Ryan are looking forward to celebrating the club's 40th anniversary next month. Picture: GEORGIA MATTS

THE Oak Flats Lions Club is calling on members past and present to celebrate the club's 40th anniversary.

The club will be holding a dinner to celebrate the milestone at the Oak Flats Bowling Club on Saturday, July 26, and are hoping for a big turnout.

The night will also allow the club to celebrate the fact that it's the sole remaining Lions Club in the Shellharbour region.

"It's a massive achievement for the club to have made it this long and it's something that everybody is looking forward to celebrating," club president Kelley Ryan said.

"It's a good chance for the past members to meet the current ones and to celebrate what the club's done over the years, the last couple of years we've done some big fund-raisers to help people in the area who need it."

Long time club member Bede Cummins can remember when there were multiple Lions clubs in the area and said the Oak Flats club was doing the right thing to ensure it's around for years to come.

"I've been a Lions member for 44 years and I've been in the Oak Flats club for 29 years. When I joined up there was Shellharbour, Albion Park and Oak Flats clubs, so it's an achievement that we're the remaining club," he said.

"The good thing at the moment is that we've got some good, keen young members involved, it can be hard when you're young and got other things happening to find time to do volunteer work so it's pleasing to see the young ones we've got."

Mrs Ryan said the club had made some changes in recent years to attract new members.

"Some of the older rules have been changed, women are allowed to join now, which is a big change and I'm actually the first female president.

"We've also started up things like Friends of Lions and we're a bit more flexible, it used to be that you had to come to every meeting but we've changed that and it all seems to be working, we've got 29 really committed members which is great."

Tickets for the anniversary dinner are $20 and can be booked by emailing oakflats.lc@hotmail.com.

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