Members of the Wellington and Geurie Lions clubs are in for a packed weekend as they prepare to host the District Convention to celebrate the organisation’s centenary.
The clubs put in a submission to District 201N4 to hold the convention in Wellington – a location district governor, Anne Jones, felt appropriate given the town’s bicentenary falls the same year.
“I’m just so, so pleased that we were successful and that it is the centenary of Lions throughout the world, and it coincides with the bicentenary of Wellington – all the ducks fell into place,” she said.
Around 200 people from across the country are expected to attend the convention, as well as special guests from overseas.
Celebrations will commence at 6pm on Friday, October 13 with a meet and greet at the Wellington Caves complex. A remembrance service for the 26 Lions within the district who passed away over the last 12 months will follow.
The convention will be officially opened by Federal Member for Calare, Andrew Gee, at the Civic Centre on Saturday morning.
A gala ball will be held on Saturday night featuring special guests Jerimiah Myers of Alaska who will speak about safe sight and various other programs Lions have foundations for.
Others include Roger Fletcher of Fletcher’s International Exports, coordinator of Dubbo Home Stay Rod Crowfoot, and three visiting district governors.
Anne said the convention doubles as the perfect opportunity to showcase everything Wellington has to offer.
“This is 2017 and Wellington Lions Club is celebrating 65 years, and Geurie 35 years, so there’s all these things all happening in 2017,” she said.
“It’s about letting people know what is available in Wellington, that Wellington is a beautiful place to come and visit, it’s a beautiful place to spend your time particularly all the various tourist attractions we have.”
She said the two clubs have been working on the convention for the last 18 months and have received the support of businesses both locally and outside Wellington.
“Geurie only have 13 members, and in Wellington we have about 23 members, so it’s a matter of supporting one another and at the same time enjoying one another’s company and doing good things for our community because that’s what it’s all about,” Anne said.