INTERNATIONAL BRANCHES: Councillor John Zahl with Bill Mellor and Henry Harmon planting a fig tree to commemorate 100 years of Lions Clubs International.
INTERNATIONAL BRANCHES: Councillor John Zahl with Bill Mellor and Henry Harmon planting a fig tree to commemorate 100 years of Lions Clubs International. Felicity Ripper

Local Lions plant fig for 100 years

ALONGSIDE councillor John Zahl, Gayndah Lions Club members Bill Mellor and Henry Harmon planted a fig tree on Monday to commemorate last years milestone; 100 years of Lions Clubs International (LCI).

"They provide a great deal of hands-on support and fund raising for the community,” Cr Zahl said.

The Gayndah club chose to plant a tree in hopes it will withstand the next hundred years.

Long-time local Henry Harman has been a member of LCI for 45 years and tries to give back to the community whenever possible.

"It was important for Lions to reflect on the past hundred years. Clubs across Australia had barbecues, special dinners and other community events,” he said.

But celebrating their achievements doesn't mean the club isn't looking to the future.

Mr Harman said Gayndah Lions Club will continue in finding ways to help out the community.

"Friendship, fellowship and being able to assist those in need.”

LCI was founded by Chicago businessman Melvin Jones on June 7, 1917 in response to his vision that ordinary people could use their talents to better service their communities.

The organisation now has 46,000 clubs and over 1.4 million members globally.


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