For the past 56 years, a group of ordinary people trying to do extraordinary work have been supporting the Cowra community – and now they are after your help.
The Cowra Lions Club is asking members of the community to help keep them strong by joining as a member or giving their time as a Lions Club volunteer.
In 2016/17, the Cowra Lions gave 1800 hours of service to Cowra and donated $17,000 to the local community and Lion's foundations including the Cowra Community Chest, CSC POW Camp, Cowra Eisteddfod, Meals on Wheels, Cowra Fire Brigade Santa project and many local schools.
Lion’s Membership Director, Graham Apthorpe, said Lion’s recognised it could be challenging for someone to give up their free time.
“We are after men and women over the age of 18, though we understand it can be difficult to give up your time,” he said.
“That’s why we stress it’s always family, work, Lions in that order,” he said.
Mr Apthorpe said becoming a member or volunteering was the perfect way to give back to your community and the wider family of the world.
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“It’s more than just cooking sausages,” he said.
“We are men and women from all walks of life working to support the Cowra community and the activities run by Lions Australia.
“You get a kick out of knowing you’ve helped someone and actually getting a thank you from them. As well as fellowship and warmth from the members, you feel part of an organisation that contributes to the community locally and internationally,” he said.
The Cowra Lions Club currently meets twice a month on the second and fourth Tuesdays at the Cowra Bowling Club, starting at 7pm with a meal.
“The first meeting of the month is social only with a guest speaker, which we always try to keep interesting, and the second meeting is a business meeting,” Mr Apthorpe said.
“And we are always on the ball to make sure they end on time.”
If you would like to know more about becoming a Lions member or volunteer, the Club will be holding “Meet a Lion” sessions at Squire Park, 10am on Thursday, May 24, June 7, June 14 and June 21. Come along for a cup of coffee and see how you can support your community.
We are men and women from all walks of life working to support the Cowra community.Membership Director, Graham Apthorpe