On Saturday, August 31 at the ExServos Club in Ulladulla more than 140 people joined together to celebrate the 50 years since the chartering of the Ulladulla Milton Lions Club.
The club was sponsored by the Lions Club of Nowra.
Members from the past, their partners and current members mingled happily remembering events which Lions had been involved with over the years.
MC Vaughan Sansom did a sterling job of keeping the evening going - the raffle was wonderful and the food pretty good too.
John White had been the first president of the club and his wife Betty White gave a lovely poem which was read out and then joined in with DG Allan McDonald, organiser Bruce Mitchell and current president Brian Thompson to cut the huge cake, pieces of which were then distributed throughout the room.
More than 50 years of helping the local community has made the Ulladulla Milton Club a well-known name in the local area.
In the first year of operation the club donated $400 locally and during the past 50 years the club has raised and donated to the district and Lions International more than $1,000,000.
The amount of hours worked for the community is tremendous and the future looks good for the club with new ventures starting all the time.
Just that weekend the club opened its Preloved Books shop in Bellbrook Arcade, Ulladulla.
This venture acknowledges that there are several members of the club who are not the fittest - no longer able to climb on rooftops to fit Santas and maybe not happy with standing for hours selling donuts in the van at the markets but who are enthusiastic members and eager to give their time for Lions.
This project is enthusiastically welcomed by all club members and hopefully will be a great economic project for the coming years.
Current president and Zone 4 chairman Brian Thompson spoke of the Lions Foundation which is being established in the area to provide respite care which is badly needed in the area.
This great project will involve many Lions hours and is eagerly awaited by the community.
Currently the club has 68 members - almost 50/50 men and women and although everyone enjoyed looking back at what has been achieved by the club over the past 50 years, everyone is thrilled at the ideas that are coming forward to inspire members and the general public about the work of Lions in our area in the coming years.
Ulladulla Milton Lions Club - a club with a proud past and a bright future.