SUNBURY LIONS ... 50 YEARS OF SERVICE
PICTURED ABOVE: Sunbury Hume Lions Terry Sweeney (left) and Kevin Robbins dec. (right) with members of Sunbury CFA and a lifesaving heat seeking camera the club donated to the firefighting unit.
OUR HISTORY ...
Bulla Shire Council did roads, rates and rubbish in the hamlet of Sunbury well enough in 1963 but with an indoor staff of just four people, it had no hope of delivering the services we now demand of local government.
So long serving Shire Secretary John Kelly convened a public meeting to form a Lions Club of Sunbury which was duly chartered on 19 May 1964, making it the first Sunbury service club.
Colin McKinnon, of Retravision fame, is the only living Charter Member still residing in Sunbury.
There was ample scope for a group of men willing to devote their time and means to the welfare of the community in an atmosphere of friendship and good fellowship. This included everything from supplying firewood to senior citizens to motorcycle scrambles to conducting the annual Sunbury Gift for professional foot runners (prize money $10,000) and developing the Lions Park in Riddell Road.
Funds were raised in the 70s towards building 9 residential units on the corner of Evans and Macedon Sts with dollar for dollar assistance under the Aged and Disabled Persons Homes Act 1975 of the Whitlam Government. Bulla Shire sold Lions the land for $2 in trust for Aged Care use of the site.
This project morphed into 15 units in Miller Street and ultimately a hostel for the frail aged employing some 20 fulltime staff in Timins Street.
Again the land for these projects was entrusted to Lions by the Shire of Bulla.
By the time Lions Community Aged Care was handed to the not-for-profit Sunbury Community Health Centre in 2011 no less than 48 aged care residents were beneficiaries of Council generosity and years of Lions hard work.
After 132 years the Shire of Bulla was swallowed up in the City of Hume in 1994 and Lions moved in a new direction.
THE CLUB TODAY
Lions Club of Sunbury-Hume, the last of two Lions Clubs which formerly existed in Sunbury, continues into the second half century of service to the local community.
Funds raised by volunteers more recently have gone to more modest causes such as -
. Respite housing for country families of Austin Hospital patients
. Riding for the Disabled
. Support for families after fire damage
. Beyond Blue and Lions Hearing Dogs
. A motorised wheel chair for a disabled local resident
. A computer for young Chris
. $5000 for The Murphy Family Appeal after fire damage
. Providing a telephone typewriter for a deaf local teenager.
. Bushfire Relief
. $4000 to CFA (Sunbury)
. Childrens Mobility Foundation
. An ad Box and DVD for a family in Sunbury
. Speech processor for Bionic Ear
. Care Flight Doctors
. Diabetes Awareness Fund
These activities continue to provide their own reward for the men and women in Lions as confirmed in the Invocation at their monthly dinner meetings :
For good food, for good fellowship and the opportunity to serve, we give thanks.
Compiled by Lion John Hoban
SUNBURY LIONS CHARTER MEMBERS
John & Marilyn Bedggood
Chris Bunn (dec)
Frank (dec) & Vera Davis
John & Rosetta Hoban
John & Stacia Morter
Derek (dec) & Pat Rigby
Stef Wildekamp (dec)
Kevin (dec) & Val (dec) Robbins
Theo & Karen Lammers