CLEVE and District Lions Club volunteer John Nolan has been a part of the club since it was chartered by the Wudinna Lions Club in 1978.
That’s probably something the community doesn’t really know about the club, that we put money in to get things like the screening van to visit.John Nolan
Mr Nolan said the Wudinna Club came to Cleve on April 8, 1978 to meet with members of the community who had an interest in starting a local club and could see the good work lions did for their communities.
He said since then not much had changed as far as the club was concerned but declining membership was a problem.
“The young ones don’t really seem to want to know about it,” Mr Nolan said.
The Cleve and District Lions Club started with 26 volunteers which was more like 19 these days, and Mr Nolan said the club was always looking for more members to help out as there was always something to do.
Sitting at Centenary Park, which the Cleve Lions have built into a great facility for the community and visitors, Mr Nolan said he has enjoyed growing with the organisation.
After joining at the age of 38, he had the privilege of seeing what an impact the club could make on the community.
“We provide and maintain the park and the Yeldulknie Weir park and we put on the Mangalo Minis Carnival and cook doughnuts at the Cleve Field Days which is one of our biggest fundraisers,” he said.
Mr Nolan said this year $10,000 of the club’s fundraising money would go toward bringing a free skin cancer screening van to town.
“That’s probably something the community doesn’t really know about the club, that we put money in to get things like the screening van to visit,” he said.
The club also cooks a hot breakfast for those who attend the Anzac Day and Australia Day ceremonies and takes part in the Lions Youth of the Year.
He said in recent years the addition of women to the club had also been a benefit.
“If it wasn’t for the ladies we would be battling,” Mr Nolan said.
Mr Nolan said being a part of the Lions Club was selfless work often maintaining the areas facilities.
To find out more about joining the Cleve and District Lions Club contact any Lions member.