Civic minded people converged on March 11 at the McInnes residence in Glenwood to form the Lion’s International’s newest Sydney club, Blacktown Ponds Lions Club.
Approximately 25 people pledged membership well before the 11th. There are now a total of 38 members and membership is still continuing to grow.
Some of Blacktown City Lions Club members also joined up with their friends and neighbors.
The Ponds geographically covers part of Riverstone all the way to Blacktown City.
The new suburb was named “The Ponds”, to commemorate “Second Ponds Creek”, in 2007. In 2011, the Australian Bureau of statistics ranked The Ponds as the most advantaged suburb in Sydney. Blacktown Ponds Lions Club was formed to garner civic membership in a rapidly developing area.
The inaugural Club President is Paul McInnes, who is also the NSW Trustee of The Australian Lions Children’s Mobility Foundation, Venessa Manalo as the First Vice President, Mary Rose Salubre as the Second Vice President, and Rissa McInnes as the Membership Chairperson.
Lions District Governor Elvio Muzone and Lions District Membership Chairman Greg Dunn were in attendance to witness and guide the forming of the new Lions Club.
Blacktown Ponds Lions Club was awarded its charter last March 22, 2016 during a dinner at Emperor Gardens Restaurant at Haymarket in the city.
It also coincides with our visiting International Lions Club Vice President Naresh Aggarwal and his wife Navita Aggarwal.
Last March 30 saw the new club sponsoring Cebu Hamili Lions Club of Cebu City, Philippines with their giving of slippers (thongs) project to the children of Inayawan Garbage Dumpsite Area in Cebu.
A similar project followed last April 3, at the Bohol Island of Mantatao, near Calape in the Philippines.