The celebrations for 100 years of Lions International continue in Tumut, with a cultural parade and barbecue held last Saturday at the Boys Club.
Local women showed off traditional dress from countries as diverse as Papua New Guinea, Venezuela, South Africa, and China, with Tumut’s Filipino community making a particularly large showing.
Meanwhile, kids played tug-o-war and three-legged races outside and adults chowed down on free sausages.
Lions Publicity Officer May Doon said many people may not know how many people from different cultures actually live in Tumut.
“The organisers were impressed by the number of different cultures who are in Tumut,” she said.
“People were very impressed with Shane Herrington with his didgeridoo playing – that was very good. We were very impressed with the school children’s artwork and all the articles on display, and we thank everyone very much for participating.”
Lions International began in 1917 under the leadership of Chicago businessman Melvin Jones.
“He told members of his local business club they should reach beyond business issues and address the betterment of their communities and the world,” said May.
“It was a terrible time with First World War raging but these men got together and on the seventh of June 1917 a meeting was held in Chicago, and thus 100 years of worldwide service was born.”
It’s Tumut incarnation has been running for 47 years, after it started up in town in 1970.
They will be holding an information and coffee evening next Monday, October 9, 7pm for a 7.30pm start, at the CWA rooms on Wynyard Street.
For more information contact Albert and Carol Manning on 6947 9169.