Region 5, Zone 11, District 201V2, Victoria, Australia

History of Portland Lions Club

Lions Clubs are part of community life, in the cities and in the country. Clubs are easily identified by their distinctive Logo, the trademark of our International Association, and the 'We Serve' motto.

The Lions Club of Portland was officially chartered on 25th February 1967 under the sponsorship of the Lions Club of Warrnambool, with Lion Len Mibus as Charter President.

Commencing with a membership of 38 the numbers reached a high of 75 in 1981/1982 and a low as 35 in 1996/1997. The clubs current membership is 35 members with 13 female members and 22 male members.

During the 30 years between 1967 and 1997 Club members raised $436,468 for charities and put in 38,092 man hours working for their Community. In the 18 years since the figures have been approximately $30,000 per year in fundraising and an average of 1,000 man hours per year from members.

Over the past 50 years the Club has hosted 5 District Conventions with the largest being in 1997 when over 700 conventioneers came to Portland to celebrate 50 years of Lions in Australia.This was and still is the largest attendance at a V2 Convention since V2 was formed 42 years ago. The latest Portland Convention was in 2011 and was acclaimed as the best District Convention in many years.

From providing a bus to Kyeema Ability Centre in the Clubs first year of operation to establishing a Native Fauna Park, bottle drives, broken glass drives, blood screening, Miss Australia Quest, assistance to Lewis Court residents, Antique Auctions, Trade Fairs, numerous BBQs, and the slaughter and distribution of some 500 sheep to less fortunate people in the community during 1990/1991, the Portland Lions Club has been and remains a major force in providing service to the Community of Portland and also Nationally and Internationally.

We meet the needs of our local communities and the world.

Our 1.49 million men and women in 205 countries and geographic areas conduct vision and health screenings, build parks, support eye hospitals, award scholarships, assist youth, provide help in time of disaster and much more.

Join us in making our communities and the world better places to live.


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