The South Eastern Times : May 13th 2014
NEWS 3 Millicent club pride Lions look back on decades of service RAQUEL MUSTILLO FIFTY years ago this week, a group of individuals gathered to establish a club to serve the community and while the charter is now five decades old, the ethos of the Millicent Lions Club remains the same. Around 140 former and current Millicent Lions Club members gathered at the Millicent and District Community Club on Saturday night to celebrate the milestone, including one of the club’s 39 charter members Clair Spain. “It’s been a great privilege to be a charter member, it was a lot of fun joining and I’ve really enjoyed the club,” Mr Spain said. “Lions is a way of life and I know the charter members would be very proud to see this gathering here tonight.” The Lions Club of Millicent was formed by the Lions Club of Mount Gambier, which upon the 1963 charter was enticed to extend the reach of the Lions in the South East. Former district governor and Mount Gambier chart e r member Eric Roughana OAM said he and Ken MacPherson met with the then chairman of the District Council of Millicent Doug Mitchell. “Doug was a very careful man and he wanted to think the idea through very carefully before committing to it,” Mr Roughana said. “Eventually he agreed and he was one of the 10 foundation members of the Millicent club. “Successful clubs don’t just happen, it takes leadership and pride and that’s something that the Millicent Lions Club has always prided HATS ON: Members of the Rum Club Des Noll, Richard North, John Shelton and Gary Davis accompanied Michael Bleby and other Lions in a performance to close the official dinner on Saturday night. road safety school, the shearing pavilion at the Millicent Showgrounds, projects at Lake McIntyre and the now defunct town clock and hospital carnival. “We ’ ve a lwa y s invested heavily in the community and the projects we undertake because we love doing it,” first vice president Des Noll said. “The club generates a lot of personal and community spirit among the members and we see it every meeting and every project we commit to.” Following the official ONE OF THE FIRST: Charter member Clair Spain cut the cake at the 50th celebrations at the Millicent and District Community Club. itself on right from the beginning.” Since the club’s inception, members have fostered a culture of dedication aimed at improving the community through a number Thefts rock rural residents THEFTS from farms in the Bray district midway between Millicent and Robe have shocked the tightknit community. “It is terrible that this has been happening,” veteran farmer Frank Boylan said. “I have never heard of this ever happening in almost 60 years and my late father came to farm here in 1956. “It just goes to show that it does not matter how isolated your farm may be nowadays, you are at risk. “I have now set about replacing locks and installing security cameras.” Mr Boylan became a victim of theft overnight on May 5 when one of his sheds on his Black Hill farm on the Robe Road was entered and $5000 worth of tools and other farming equipment were removed. Mr Boylan said the items included chainsaws and electrical equipment. “I regard this as a low act as I had only just replaced all the equipment which had been destroyed in the shed fire on the farm in 2012,” he said. Mr Boylan has warned other farmers to be vigilant. “Don’t think you are safe,” he said. www.thesoutheasterntimes.com.au of projects, fundraising endeavours and awareness campaigns. The club has developed and implemented various services, including the Millicent Lionesses Club, the formalities and an interesting performance by the Rum Club, members joined at the Lions Den at the Millicent Community Hub for a recovery breakfast on Sunday morning and burial of the club’s 50th anniversary time capsule. Lions and Lioness club memorabilia, store catalogues, anecdotes and even a beer can were placed in the capsule and sealed to be opened on May 11, 2064. More pictures on page 14 Security upgrade pays off A FRUSTRATED farmer may have caught the thief responsible for repeated thefts of petrol, motorbikes and tools from rural properties over the past few weeks. Police arrested and charged a 20-year-old Millicent man with four counts of unlawfully entering a premises, three counts of theft, two counts of property damage and misuse of a vehicle on private land. The alleged offender was captured on closed circuit television cameras installed by a farmer, who was robbed of petrol four times. On each of the four occasions between April 29 and May 7, the young man allegedly damaged a paddock lock, cut the chain to a petrol bowser and siphoned petrol. On the last occasion, the offender was seen with a second man doing burn-outs in their vehicle on the farmer’s paddock. The accused will face Millicent Magistrates Court on June 24. Anyone with information about the identity of the second man or other knowledge that could assist police with the investigation should contact Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000. Community Club The Millicent & District 28 Davenport St, Millicent - 8733 3888 644033 The South Eastern Times, Tuesday, May 13, 2014 - 3 Must be 18 FELLOWSHIP: Millicent Lioness Club president Beccy Field and Lions Club president Leon Miels were beaming with pride during the 50th anniversary dinner of the club’s charter on the weekend. WEDNESDAY, 4TH JUNE, 8.00PM Tickets $25 if prepurchased or $35 on the night 50 YEARS ON: Lions president Leon Miels carefully closes the commemorative time capsule which will be opened in 50 years.
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