The Social Side

 

One of the strengths in our Club has been the strong social and family involvement created within the club. Many of our members have as their closest friends fellow lions and their wives. We enjoy each others company whether it is a fund raising project, a working bee or a social activity. Over the years many members have formed friendships through outside interests such as golfing, dinners and one still currently strong interest is cycling.

 

During the life of the club, we have held numerous social activities either as a fundraising event or just a social gathering. These have included our annual Progressive Dinner, which is still a yearly happening. In the early days we ran a fundraising night called the Moggill Ball. This was a formal evening with a sit down dinner served with live band and other entertainment. This was a little different from the normal Ball in that it was held in Lion Dave Gillery’s chook shed in Hawkesbury Rd. Each year we would completely clean out the large shed of the mess including the carpet snakes, and decorate it with formal entrance and full bar facilities to transform into a respectable ballroom complete with concrete floor. This evening, after a few years, became the highlight of the Moggill/Bellbowrie social scene and we had to limit the numbers to about 110 people. We were also raided once by the licensing police for not having a liquor license, but with a little persuasive talking by a few of our members, the police were convinced that this was just a private party and left us in peace. Another great evening was the Wine and Cheese nights held in Keith and June Mathiesen’s courtyard where we had a representative from the wine companies speak to us about their different wines. For many years we have been continuing the Car Rally, our Christmas party which is held at a different restaurant each year, the annual bush dance and our ‘Breakfasts in the Park’ which originally commenced at our Lions Park in Bellbowrie and now at the Karana Trails. From time to time, many other social outings have been held on a one-off basis such as theatre nights.

 

 

Winners of the 1985 Car Rally-The Stewart Family

 

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