Our Club History
The Burnside Lions Club was chartered on the 4th of May in 1962.
We give to the Club whatever we can manage in time, labour and means – remembering that the demands of our families and careers always take precedence.
We have opportunity to develop our skills in leadership, management and public speaking by volunteering for the many and varied tasks that come our way.
We have the opportunity to present our own ideas to a likeminded group and we get the chance to follow our ideas up with action.
We have fun. Not all the activities are just related to work. There is a varied social programme in which we and our families and friends can also participate.
We network with other Lions throughout Australia and in many Countries throughout the World.
A chance 1946 meeting in the US with a past International President of Lions (Fred Smith, from California) led quickly to interviews with Lions Past International President Ed Barry, of Arkansas, and then with the Secretary-General and Founder of the Lions Association, Melvin Jones, in Chicago. Tresise was appointed a provisional District Governor, with power to form Lions Clubs in his home country.
He called a meeting of the business and professional men in his hometown of Lismore, where he operated a plaster and hardware business, to hear the Lions story. An eloquent speaker, Bill Tresise soon convinced enough members to form the club. The first President, Jim Brown, proudly received the Club’s official Charter in September of the same year. Melvin Jones cabled: ” Congratulations to the 18th country to enter the International Association of Lions Clubs.”
Gordon Smith served a one-year term from 1952, during which several clubs were formed in northern NSW, as well as in Sydney, Brisbane and Melbourne. Terry Fairburn, an ex-army officer and Vice President of Sydney Lions Club, served from 1953 to 1960, followed by James McLardie from 1960 to 1987. During this period Joe Mason, another tireless worker, was employed in extension work. The energy and dedication of these men was an essential factor in our expansion. This tradition has been continued by the current international appointment, Bob Allen, who has served since 1973.
Of course, they could not succeed alone. The early Lions Club members themselves played an enormous role, at a time when the one Lions Club District took in all of Australia. To list their names is to risk offending those who are not mentioned, something our pioneering Lions would not countenance.
Bill Tresise was made a Member of the British Empire for his services to the Community. He died in Lismore on June 15th, 1975. His widow Fonnie was presented with his Melvin Jones Plaque in August 1977.
This was heralded as a departure from the trend current at that time of forming clubs basically with a commercial motive –Jones’ own group was the Business Circle of Chicago. An organisational meeting was held at a local hotel on June 7, 1917, and from this meeting the organisation was born.
The association became “international” with the formation of the Windsor, Ontario, Canada, Lions Club in 1920. From that time on clubs were formed worldwide.
That first convention also began to define what the association was to become. A constitution and by-laws were adopted, the colours of purple and gold approved, and a start was made on the Objects and Code of Ethics.
The official name of “Lions” is “The International Association of Lions Clubs” or simply “Lions Clubs International”.
It consists of a gold letter “L” on a circular purple field. Bordering this is a circular gold area with two conventionalised lion profiles at either side facing away from the centre. The words “Lions” appear at the top and “International” at the bottom. Symbolically, the lions face both past and future – proud of the past and confident of the future.
It is the obligation of every Lion to wear and display this emblem with pride.
“To create and foster a spirit of understanding among all people for humanitarian needs by providing voluntary services through community involvement and international cooperation.”
2023/24 Club Executive Members
|President||Michael Neal (0400 246 803)|
|Immediate President||Rob Crookall (0413 002 445)|
|Secretary||Barry Taylor (8332 7106)|
|2022 - 2023||Rob Crookall|
|2021 - 2022||Bob Rowell/ Rob Crookall|
|2020 - 2021||Bob Rowell|
|2019 - 2020||Michelle Alexandrou|
|2018 - 2019||Michelle Alexandrou|
|2017 - 2018||Trevor Denman|
|2016 - 2017||Barry Taylor|
|2015 - 2016||Barry Taylor|
|2014 - 2015||Barry Taylor|
|2013 - 2014||Sandy Royal|
|2012 - 2013||Sandy Royal|
|2011 - 2012||Bob Rowell|
|2010 - 2011||Julie Denman|
|2009 - 2010||Trevor Denman|
|2008 - 2009||Trevor Denman|
|2007 - 2008||Sandy Royal|
|2006 - 2007||Rob Royal|
|2005 - 2006||Brian Sawley|
|2004 - 2005||Barry Taylor|
|2003 - 2004||Wally Williams|
|2002 - 2003||Barbara Rowell|
|2001 - 2002||Julie Denman|
|2000 - 2001||John Tuffley|
|1990 - 2000||Jim Rootes|
|1998 - 1999||Bob Rowell|
|1997 - 1998||Bob Rowell|
|1996 - 1997||Trevor Denman|
|1995 - 1996||Rob Royal|
|1994 - 1995||Barry Taylor|
|1993 - 1994||Henry Michels|
|1992 - 1993||Doug Lang|
|1991 - 1992||Wally Williams|
|1990 - 1991||Nick Vanderschaal|
|1989 - 1990||John Hillier|
|1988 - 1989||Guy Harley|
|1987 - 1988||John Hill|
|1986 - 1987||Peter Swanson|
|1985 - 1986||Keith Fawkner|
|1984 - 1985||Peter Elder|
|1983 - 1984||Jim Garsden|
|1982 - 1983||Jack Lawrence|
|1981 - 1982||Bob Rowell|
|1980 - 1981||Russ Harris|
|1979 - 1980||Ron St John Sweeting|
|1978 - 1979||Rod Weidenhoffer|
|1977 - 1978||John Tuffley|
|1976 - 1977||Ray Michell|
|1975 - 1976||Brian Sawley|
|1974 - 1975||Ian Schafer|
|1973 - 1974||Kevin O’Brien|
|1972 - 1973||John Hill|
|1971 - 1972||Brian Fricker|
|1970 - 1971||Tom Duffey|
|1969 - 1970||Ron Charlton|
|1968 - 1969||Geoff Laird|
|1967 - 1968||Allan Cousin|
|1966 - 1967||Russ Barry|
|1965 - 1966||Bill Madigan|
|1964 - 1965||Hal Morgan|
|1963 - 1964||George Demasius|
|1962 - 1963||Des Pearce|
When caring people join together, roll up their sleeves and take action to make their community better, it’s a beautiful thing—and an incredible feeling for everyone involved. That’s Lions. Being a Lion is about leading by example, building relationships and improving the world through kindness. It’s 1.4 million caring men and women serving together so they can make a lasting impact and change more lives.
Lions serve. It’s that simple, and it has been since we first began in 1917. Our clubs are places where individuals join together to give their valuable time and effort to improving their communities, and the world.