A Brief History of the Lions Club of Mount Gambier
Lion Stan Elliott Lion Doug Roeger
Late in 1961 Mr Stan Elliott, one of the city's businessmen, was approached on a visit to Adelaide about forming a Lions Club in Mount Gambier. At a meeting with several of his business colleagues, more information was sought from Adelaide and from Melbourne about this new service organisation.
Over the next year, several meetings were conducted by visiting Lions until a group of 25 men attended a meeting on 12th February 1963 at the Rose Marie Cafe which resulted in the Lions Club of Mount Gambier formation meeting on 26th February 1963.
The Club was chartered on 23rd March 1963 by the then District Governor, Lion Bill Trezise, who presented the Club Charter to the Charter President Doug Roeger and Charter Secretary Colin Smith and 26 other Lions. The Club was the sixth to be formed in SA (behind Adelaide City, Adelaide Light, Burnside, Edwardstown and Marion) and was the first Club formed in country SA.
Within six months of being chartered The Lions Club of Mount Gambier had sponsored the charter of three other Clubs in the South East: Kingston, Millicent and Naracoorte. Membership was never a problem in the early years and steadily grew to 95 members shortly before the 10th anniversary.
Today the Club has chartered a total of six other Lions Clubs, a Lioness Club and a Leo Club and maintains a membership of 39 members. We are still very active in the Mount Gambier community and can be seen at many community events and supporting other community organisations. The future of the Mount Gambier Lions Club includes re-engaging with the youth of our city, the formation of a new Leo Club and a 21st Century extension and re-invigoration of its current membershi
Lions Clubs are part of community life, in the cities and in the country. Clubs are easily identified by their distinctive Logo, the trademark of our International Association, and the 'We Serve'; motto. Lions Australia is part of an international association, filled with people who are joined by the common desire to make their communities better, by using their creativity, enthusiasm and energy based on our motto "WE SERVE".Membership is open to ALL people of the community in good standing.