District 201N4, New South Wales, Australia

Foundation to Charter

After 2 interest meetings the Forbes Lions Club was formed at a meeting held at the Nelson Park Tennis Club on 1st May 2007. At this meeting a formation board was elected with Lion Bruce Howard chosen as Formation President.

We began our search for 20 members so we could become a fully accredited club. To distinguish us from the former Lions club here in Forbes we decided to change our name to the Forbes and District Lions Club. Our first project was to rejuvenate the sign on the Lions Park so it received a sand and a new coat of paint. Next came the Recycle for Sight program which saw us collect over 200 pairs of spectacles which were sent off to be distributed to those in needy countries throughout the world. We attended the Forbes Show in September where we had a stall selling Mints as well as the ever popular Lions Christmas Cakes. October was a busy month with a Social night held at Robyns where we got to know each other, security duty for the CWA Quilt show over 4 nights, a stall at the Motor Home and Campervan Rally, a team entered into the Relay For Life where we raised over $1200 for the Cancer Council and finished the month with a Halloween Night at the movies raising over $100 for the Youth and Community Centre. November saw us slow down slightly as we prepared for our Free Family Fun Day in aid of Drought Affected Families on 1st December while also selling Christmas cakes around town. After all our hard work organising the day we eventually were washed out with one of the biggest storms to hit Forbes in years. We held our Christmas party at John and Cherylin Coles farm which proved to be another successful social night. The new year saw us manning a stall at the National Caravan Clubs Rally before resuming our meetings later in January. We entered a float in the Annual Australia Day Parade. It was also the first Damper cook off between the Lions Club and the Forbes CWA. Unfortunately we were just beaten on the day but the damper tasted alright. The 2nd meeting in February saw us attain our Charter goal with 7 members inducted in one hit which gave us the 20 members required. We could then begin organising for our Charter Night. Added to this was the news that Forbes North Public School had been granted a Front Row Pro Hearing System which our club helped by supporting their application to the Lions Hearing Dogs. Once again in April we manned a stall at the local markets and also became involved in the Forbes Heritage Festival at which we cooked the sausages and sold drinks at a family day. We also cooked a BBQ for the Hoteliers Golf day. A successful Car Boot sale and Wood Raffle were held on a cold day in June and a combined Christmas in July was organised with the local CWA ladies. Several of our members have made visits to nearby clubs for meetings and changeovers while also attending District functions including Youth of the Year finals and District Training day. A wonderful start for the Forbes and District Lions Club.