LIONS CLUB of NUNDAH
On May 31 1969 the Lions Club of Nundah was chartered with 20 members. The then Lions
Club of Sandgate was the sponsoring Club.
As a member of Lions, Clubs International the new Club quickly became involved in
International Lions Project as well as helping needy local organisations and individuals. They
were involved in the “spectacles for Karachi” program, the Lions “Youth of the Year” and
“Miss Personality” projects. In 1971 discussions were held with the City Council about
improvements to the Nundah (Buckland) Public Park and for many years this park was cared
for by the Lions with the monument being attended to, playground equipment provided and
a barbecue being built. A large rotunda was also built with a time capsule being placed. The
Nundah Lions cared for the Park in many ways until the building of the Nundah Tunnel when
its operation was taken over by the Council and the large rotunda had to be demolished. A
number of very successful “Carols by Candlelight” were conducted in the park during the
Probably the Clubs largest project was the construction of the Golden Years Seniors Centre
at Nundah in conjunction with three other Service Clubs and the “Meals on Wheels” service.
A number of members of the Club are still involved with the operation of this Centre which
was opened in 1976.
Another of the Club’s major achievements was the chartering of Boondall Club in 1978, the
1185th Lions Club in Australia. In 1984 the Club was able to charter the Nundah Lions
Monarchs, a Club for retired people.
In 1998, the Bi-Centenary Year of the Club Conducted the District Convention. This was a
great success as it was also the 150th year of Nundah, the first free settlement in
Queensland. 1989 was a very successful year for the Club with four club members serving
on the District Cabinet, a new car being provided for St Luke’s nursing service and various
items being donated to the newly established Lions Eye Bank.
In 1991 the Club participated in the International Convention in Brisbane which was chaired
by one of Nundah’s Members, Past District Governor Stan Dawson. Stan went on in 1992 to
be elected an International Director of Lions International, a great honour for the Club and
the whole of the Lionism in Australia.
Another significant project was instituted by Lions Des Turnbull of Nundah Club. This was
the “Spectacles for the Phillipines”, a most worthy program now adopted by dozens of Clubs
and which has been extended to include the provision of hospital material.
Fund raising for the club was originally centred on the scale of meat trays tickets and lucky
number machines at Nundah royal hotel. Unfortunately after the event of poker machines
this was no longer profitable and future funds were obtained from sausage sizzles, catering
at significant events and the sale of lions Christmas cakes and Lions Mints.
Club members have also assisted with other charities in fundraising such as the Cancer and
Red Cross doorknocks and the Guide Dogs for the Blind as well as the Salvation Army.
Declining sources of funds mean that the club cannot support as many worthy causes as
previously but tends to concentrate on specific Lions Projects such as Medical Foundation,
Camp Duckadang for Children, Emergency Accommodation and the Spectacles Program.
However recent projects include provision of a Hearing Dog to a hearing impaired person, a
computer for a visually impaired girl and an Epilepsy warning Blanket to a child having this
The Club is always keen to here from persons of good will who would like to hear from
persons of good will who would like to become involved in Lionism, of possible sources of
fundraising and of local projects worthy of support.