ULLADULLA will be crawling with lions later this year.
However there is no need to worry, as the lions will be two-legged individuals who focus on community work, instead of hunting down gazelles and the occasional zebra.
The Ulladulla Milton Lions Club is hosting the district convention from October 18 to 20, with around 300 members representing 65 Lions clubs, eight Lioness clubs and two Leos clubs.
The convention is being held in the new Ulladulla High School hall, taking advantage of the state-of-the-art facilities including a PA system, lights, stage, screen and projectors.
This will be the third time to Ulladulla-Milton club has hosted the district convention, and is part of what will be a year of change for the Lions locally.
The changes will start in July when for the first time ever an Australian, Barry Palmer from Sydney, will be inducted as international president.
During the international convention in Hamburg, Germany, Mr Palmer will also induct Ulladulla Milton member Allan McDonald as the district governor for the Australia N2 region spreading from Merrylands and Liverpool through Wollongong, Yass and the Snowy Mountains down to the Victorian border.
Mr McDonald said it was a huge area and past district governors had covered between 50,000 and 60,000km a year just on Lions business.
However he plans to break with protocol during his year in charge of the district.
While in the past the district governor had visited every club at least once during the year, Mr McDonald said those visits would be divided up between himself and his two vice-presidents to even out the workload.
However, he admitted some club members were not happy with the change, even though they understood the district governor ended up being substantially out of pocket during the year in office.
However before stepping into the district governor’s role, Mr McDonald is busy organising the district convention and using it to showcase the best of the southern Shoalhaven.
The convention will offer a range of tours and experiences to the Lions and their partners, including fishing, cruises, winery tours, shopping and climbing Pigeon House Mountain.
Mr McDonald is also hoping to get past Australia Day music scholarship winners to perform during the convention.
Guest speakers at the convention will include a member of the international board, which is meeting the previous week in Port Douglas, and the Leo of the year.