Goolwa man Ron Sargent's dedication to Lions earns him an OAM

QUEEN'S HONOUR: Goolwa man Ron Sargent was one of four locals who received an OAM this Australia Day. Photo: Dani Brown.
QUEEN'S HONOUR: Goolwa man Ron Sargent was one of four locals who received an OAM this Australia Day. Photo: Dani Brown.

With 38 years of volunteers for Lions under his belt, Ron Sargent was deemed worthy of receiving a Medal of the Order of Australia – but he believes otherwise.

“I thought I didn’t deserve it,” he said.

“So many people have done so much more than me.”

Looking at his list of work he has done through the Lions Clubs of Goolwa and Stirling shows how dedicated he is to the organisation and the community.

He spent 19 years with the Stirling club before shifting to Goolwa, where he has also spent 19 years. He has been president at both clubs.

He was a past Lions District Governor – he travelled to nearly every club in the district, which covers half of South Australia and all of the Northern Territory.

He has played the role of Father Christmas at various Lions events over the last 33 years.

But the best part for Mr Sargent is all the friends he has made. After all, he wouldn’t be part of Lions if it weren't for one of his friends.

“I was invited by a friend, Colin, who introduced me,” he said.

“That’s why I just tell members to just invite their friends along.”

Seeing the work that Lions does on a local, national, and international scale keeps him motivated to be involved and stick with his motto.

“A small kindness can mean a lot to somebody else,” he said. 

“Lions is trying to eradicate measles worldwide. To vaccinate a child it’s $1.

“A dollar can safe a life.That’s a small kindness.”

He loves seeing his wife Kath volunteer with Scouts, and is proud of his four sons who do positive work in their respective communities.

He encourages anyone of any age to join their local Lions club to do their bit for the world.

“They can support their community and do something for wherever they live,” he said.

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