UNITED: Yeppoon Lions, lionesses and visiting lions, led a 200-strong, colourful parade in James Street, featuring 93 international flags and many banners  voluntary and essential service organisations.
UNITED: Yeppoon Lions, lionesses and visiting lions, led a 200-strong, colourful parade in James Street, featuring 93 international flags and many banners voluntary and essential service organisations. Contributed.

50 year milestone for Yeppoon Lions Club

A JOURNEY into the second century of Lions International and Yeppoon Lions Club's advance towards a 100TH anniversary in 2067, began on the weekend with brilliant sunshine lighting a colourful parade of 93 Lions international flags and a flag mounting ceremony to mark the 50th anniversary of the club on Saturday morning.

The parade from James Street to the front of Yeppoon Town Hall included police, Central Queensland Pipe and Drum Band and Capricornia Silver Band, Lions and lionesses and representatives of the Darumbal people, Livingstone Shire councillors, Rotarians, army cadets, the coastguard, SES, the surf club, Yeppoon Scout and Guide Groups, Queensland ambulance and Fire and Rescue services of Yeppoon, St Ursula's and St Brendan's colleges and Farnborough State School.

Before the flag mounting, Darumbal nation descendant, Nyoka Hatfield gave a moving "Welcome to Country” in the Darumbal dialect, then a translated version, on behalf of the original owners.

International flags and gold decorations created a magnificent dinner setting for 90 guests on Saturday night, with a pre-dinner reception, string ensemble and memorabilia display in the lounge.

In a keynote address, life and charter member Brian Dorey took the dinner guests through the highlights of the past 50 years. In conclusion he said:” We carry the responsibility to pick up the baton for the second century of Lions International and for the journey of our club to 2067.

"Let us continue to serve our communities and those less fortunate, to make this world a better place in which to live.”



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