26 June, 2024

A roaring award for Vietnam vet

Vietnam War veteran Dave Morgan was recognised for his many years of community service at the Kilcoy Lions Club’s annual changeover dinner on June 15, being awarded the esteemed Melvin Jones Fellowship.

Mayor Jason Wendt, Shayne Neumann MP, Graeme Emery and Dave Morgan.
Mayor Jason Wendt, Shayne Neumann MP, Graeme Emery and Dave Morgan.

Having served five-and-a-half years as president of the Lions, and one as treasurer, Mr Morgan’s years of community service started in Sandgate, where he became president of the Sandgate Apex Club.

He eventually grew to become president of the Sandgate Rotary Club, and receive a Paul Harris Fellow award.

Mr Morgan also served with Shorncliffe Volunteer Marine Rescue for 10 years, becoming a coxswain and then skipper of a crew, before moving to Kilcoy.

An active member of the Kilcoy RSL sub branch, he is also a member of the Kilcoy Show Society.

Mr Morgan was one of many awarded members at the Kilcoy Lions changeover dinner, with Laurie Mowles receiving a medal for 10 years of service, and Paul Wilkes receiving the Yowie Trophy for 2023-24.

On top of awards, the incoming executive members were also introduced, with many thanks being given to the 2023-24 members.

The Lions president’s report was also presented, noting the Kilcoy Lions donated $9,500 to 12 local organisations and five Lions foundations during the past year, with much of the money being raised at the bi-monthly Kilcoy Yowie Markets.

Federal Member for Blair, Shayne Neumann, and Somerset Mayor Jason Wendt acknowledged the value of Lions clubs and the Kilcoy Lions successes, encouraging the club to continue achieving for its community.

The Kilcoy Lions Club meets on the first Monday of the month at 5.30pm at the clubhouse on McCauley Street.

Visitors are always welcome.

Anyone interested can contact Paul on 0411 574 420 or Vicki on 0488 081 243 to find out more about the Kilcoy Lions.


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