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Well done, Bernie

Tuesday, 19th December, 2017

Lions Club Member Bernie Mallon (left) is awarded the prestigious Melvin Jones Fellowship Award by Lions Club President Greg Pearce. Lions Club Member Bernie Mallon (left) is awarded the prestigious Melvin Jones Fellowship Award by Lions Club President Greg Pearce.

The Broken Hill Lions Club has celebrated the 50 years’ service of local member Bernie Mallon, by rewarding him with their most prestigious award.

Mr Mallon has been given the Melvin Jones Fellowship Award, due to his continued quality service to the Lions Club and the Broken Hill community.

Broken Hill Lions Club president Greg Pearce says with more people like Mr Mallon, the community would be better off.

“It’s encouraging to see people like Bernie who are so dedicated to the cause,” Mr Pearce said.

Mr Mallon was encouraged by a friend to join and did so in 1967. Since then he has beared witness to a lot of local club history, such as burying and raising the Lions time capsule from 1972 to 2000 and women joining the club in 2004.

Mr Mallon has been a part of various committees, offering his services through glaucoma screening at the Masonic Hall in 1960s to the 70s, nursing home events, skin cancer screenings, the start of Youth of the Year competition, Topar Gymkhana Race meetings, bursaries offering $1,000 for locals looking to go to university, the local youth Lions Club start up and the ‘Car for Christmas’ Raffle.

Mr Mallon has enjoyed the extensive work Lions Club has allowed him to do, saying that himself and fellow members have been able to make great changes over the years. 

“It became a part of life,” he said.

“I enjoyed working with different men over the years, and the work that we did. You gain a lot of satisfaction doing that service for the people of Broken Hill.”

Mr Mallon, even with his 50-year record, has no plans to stop now and is driven to keep on applying himself to the Lions Club and the local community where he can.

“I’ll be there for as long as it takes.”

Mr Pearce is looking for younger men and women to join like Mr Mallon did, who are interested in helping out and offering their abilities to the Broken Hill Lions Club.

“We are an aging population, we are an aging organisation. The more young people we do get into our service would be really great.”

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