Over the next four weeks The Times will be highlighting its local volunteers, community organisations and the work that is done for the benefit of the region.
REGION – People who volunteer not only find satisfaction in helping their community, they also become part of a social support network.
The south coast is home to many volunteer groups that help to make the region a better place to live, but also provide a valuable activity for members.
The Victor Harbor and Port Elliot Lions Club is one of those organisations, with close to 50 members who gain satisfaction from pulling up their sleeves and helping with Lions fund-raising events.
Ruth Pearsons is the incoming president for 2017/18, replacing outgoing president Bob Morriss.
She joined Lions five years ago and discovered a “social support network”.
“The part I like about Lions is it grounds you in the local community,” Ruth said.
“I was looking for a sense of community and somewhere to meet friends – a social network with a sense of purpose.”
To celebrate 100 years of the Lions Club, The Victor Harbor and Port Elliot Lions Club put on a free sausage sizzle in Victor Harbor’s Grosvenor Gardens recently as a thankyou to the community.
The club has about 46 members and will celebrate its 50th year in 2019. Being involved in Lions involves a couple of meetings a month and whatever the individual puts their hand up for. Ruth encouraged people who are reasonably young and healthy to consider joining.
“We are always looking for new members, and like many volunteer groups of our ilk, we are always seeking younger people.”
Ruth said she had a sense of connection with her community by being part of the club.
“When I joined Lions, I didn’t realise that as a member I’m connected to 1.4 million Lions in the world, and if you go somewhere and mention Lions they are held in high regard,” she said.
“The community at large sees what we are doing and appreciates it. That motivates me to keep going.”
“If people value what you are doing, they will support you, and I find it a bit heart warming.”
The club has long served the local community, including the hospital, schools, sporting bodies, youth and people with disabilities. Lions also support emergency relief appeals for people in need through drought, bush-fire and flood, as well as global Lions efforts.
To find out more about the club email email@example.com.