A glimpse into our history

worfoldLast year I received a mysterious package from the family of the late Lion Roy Worfold.  Roy’s family were sorting his belongings and found this 16mm film with the title “What is a Lions Club”, dated 21 April 1969. The label on the can indicated it had been produced in Chicago.  The family indicated that Roy had been commissioned by Lions Clubs International to produce this film, but had little other information.

Our directory shows that Lion Roy served on the Lions Council from 1965 to 1966.

Despite being intrigued to hold a film that was produced in the year of the first successful moon landing, it’s not that easy to find a lazy 16mm projector to view the film and assess its worth.  So it sat in my office for a while.

A few weeks ago I was pressed to finalise our Lions Centennial presentation that will be part of a travelling display for our region and was struggling to find a suitable short video to include.  We have a range of productions, but nothing seemed to fit.

So I decided to ‘take a punt’, ship the film off for converting to video and see if we had a gem.

I was pleased to discover a very delightful piece of Australian Lions history.  This video that focussed on Lions Clubs in Queensland, highlighted a number of club, their activites and projects.  Although from the ‘blokey’ Lions era (over 33% of our current Lions are women), it shows that many of our values have remained unchanged over time.  Service to the community, friendship and fun, and a willingness to roll up your sleeves and get things done.

The themes:  helping people with a disability, environmental projects, urban
improvements, medical research and leadership development, remain relevant.

A particular highlight was a few scenes focussed on one of our most successful Youth Programs, the Youth of the Year Program. I wonder if anyone recognises the faces?  Those boys will be in their mid-60’s by now.  What did they achieve, or are still achieving?

I wonder if you recognise any of the Lions in the video?

Lions Clubs International turns 100 next year and in Australia and PNG, it will be our 70th anniversary.

As we approach the next 100 years of Lions, how would we like the Lions of the next millenia to reflect on our achievements?

Enjoy, share and comment.

Rob Oerlemans

Executive Officer