Saturday, July 19, 2008

James D. Richardson Awards to the Glenroy Lions Club




This Award is named after James D Richardson, who in 1958 was the first Australian to serve as a Director on the International Board of Directors.


Jim Richardson was one of the most beloved and respected members of Lions in the formative years in Australia. He served in the Royal Australian Air Force during the 1939-45 World war before establishing himself in the Brunswick – Mullumbimby area of New South Wales.



Jim was the second District Governor to be elected in Australia in 1956-57 and the first Australian to serve as a Director on the International Board of Directors in 1958. He was recognised internationally for his magnificent oratory, which held people spellbound at conventions and gatherings of Lions.



The growth of new clubs during his year as District Governor, fifty-two, was never approached again by any District Governor.



The demands he placed upon himself meant that he travelled enormous distances by road, so that he could visit all his Clubs, attend to Association and other business, as well as run his hotel with the great support of his wife Pam. The trains caused him to have Cerebral Thrombosis whilst attending the International Board meeting in New Orleans in 1959. He recovered after a long convalescence, but without his capacity to speak. He was never capable of carrying on a conversation or making a speech but continued to work for Lions at club level and attended conventions.



James D. Richardson BEM was one of the most dedicated and respected early leaders of Lions in Australia. In recognition of him being out first Australian International Director, the Australian Lions Foundation has instituted the James D. Richardson honour award in return for a donation of $500 to the Foundation.



Multiple Richardson Awards may be presented to a person, club or organisation.

Recipients of James D. Richardson Certificate Award from District V1






No.3084 Les Hooke

No.3085 Alan Evans

No.3086 Owen Turner

No.3410 Roger Exell







Recipients of James D. Richardson Certificate Award from District V4



No.393 Laurie Mitchell
No.713 Ken Roberts

No.930 William Gornall
No. 1217 Frank Stephens
No. 1477 John Edmonds
No. 1478 Tom Brandon
No. 1751 James Lindsay Knight
No.1993 Allan Jones
No. 2548 Trevor Barr





Recipients of James D. Richardson Certificate Award from District 201 V1-4



No. 4018 Cynthia Eunson [awarded in June 2008]





No. 4988 Bob Eunson [awarded in June 2011]
















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