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Lions go back where it all began

Monday, 24th January, 2011

Lions secretary Barry Hancock, Palace Hotel manager Esther La Rovere, and Lions fundraising co-ordinator Trevor Odgers discuss the celebrations in the Palace Hotel bar. Lions secretary Barry Hancock, Palace Hotel manager Esther La Rovere, and Lions fundraising co-ordinator Trevor Odgers discuss the celebrations in the Palace Hotel bar.

Lions go back where it all began On the last Thursday of January in 1961, The Lions Club of Broken Hill held their first dinner meeting at the Palace Hotel.

On the same day 50 years later, the club will be holding their 50th anniversary dinner meeting in the same room it was held in 50 years ago.

"On the 31st of January 1961, the first official dinner meeting was held at the Palace Hotel in the Cabaret Room," said Lions secretary Barry Hancock.

Mr Hancock guessed the Cabaret Room would have been in the place where the bar is now and thought it was only right to use it again for the anniversary.

On April 24, 1961, the service club was officially chartered, and on May 12 the inaugural charter meeting was held.

Graham Fisk is the only original charter member still in the local Lions.

"He still pays his dues," Mr Hancock said.

The club will hold its dinner meeting on Thursday night at the Palace Hotel at a cost of $25 per head.

Lions fundraising co-ordinator, Trevor Odgers, who has been a member for more than 15 years, said current and former members were welcome to attend, and asked that they let him know by Tuesday if they are attending.

The Lions will hold another dinner on May 12 to celebrate the first charter dinner, again at the Palace.

In their 50 years, the Lions have, amongst their many charitable works, held more than 20 car raffles, donated more than 100 Christmas puddings to St Vincent de Paul and collected hundreds of reading and sun glasses.

People who would like to attend the dinner can contact Trevor Odgers on 8088 5784.

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