Boyne Island Lions Club (Inc)

QLD, Australia, District 201Q4

Welcome to the Boyne Island Lions Club (The Pride of all Lions)

Our Community

The twin town community of Boyne Island & Tannum Sands located approximately 22 km South of Gladstone and just off the Bruce Highway boasts a wonderful climate all year round with excellent fishing & access to offshore reefs & a major fresh water Barramundi hot spot at Awoonga Dam, a little south is the fishing village of Turkey Beach. A terrific beach & beautiful landscaped foreshore with great BBQ & family facilities. Our population is over 12,000 & our towns are very relaxed with all facilities available. Good accommodation, walking & cycling tracks, positioned on the mouth of the Boyne River. Major industry is the Boyne Smelter producing over 540,000 tonnes of Aluminum per annum. Just a short 20 minutes Sth of Gladstone is Queensland’s best kept secret……… We’re sure you’ll enjoy your visit

Boyne Island is the home to Australia's Largest Family Fishing Competition (The Boyne Tannum HookUp) which is held annually on Queens Birthday weekend.

Boyne Island Lions Club

Our History

It all started in July 1980 when three Port Curtis Lions members asked their President, Mike Allen , if the Club would be interested in sponsoring a new club. Thos three Lions were Lion Jim Smith, Lions Don Colyer and Lion Daryl Pike. The Club agreed and the board selected Lion Doug McLean, Lion Eric Richards and those three Boyne Island Lions to form a comittee.

A meeting was called for interested members at the BITS Club. At that meeting the president of Port Curtis, Mike Allen, outlined the history of Lions International and what was required to form a new club. As a result a further meeting was held in September and all prospective Lions were invited to attend. (Meanwhile, the Port Curtis Clubasked, approached and demanded Lion Jim Smith to be Charter President.) After much confusion, twisting of arms and deliberation, he accepted the position which he then held for two terms. 

Sufficient interest was raised so a formation meeting was held on 27th October 1980 at the Boyne Island Hall and Lion Doug McLean was appointed their Guiding Lion; Lion Jim Smith , President; Lion Daryl Pike, Secretary; Lion Joe Barbagallo, Treasurer. They were inducted by Zone Chairman, Kevin Schur. The catering that night was done by Red Cross and ESA members who carried on that job for quite some time.

An approach was made to Boyne Island School for the pupils to design a banner. By combining two designs, David Kopelke designed the banner which remains the same to this day.

A date was set for our Charter Night - 31st January 1981. Another date was also set, and this was the first meeting of our then Lady Lions. It was set for 4th November 1980, but later realised it was the same day as the Melboure Cup. Not to worry, the ladies proceeded, off to a great start. It appears the ladies had a great time and it was very well attended. From all reports, it appears it was no tea party  however as a great number of the prospective Lions had to organise the evening meal! On 30th November 1980, the first Lions Christmas party was held and Lion Mel Slark was Santa.

Charter Night was held at the Rocky Glen in Gladstone on 31st January 1981; the District Governor being Lion Eric Harrison and Function Chairman Lion Eric Richards. Sponsoring Club: Port Curtis Lions - Mike Allen (President) Details of that night below:

Board of Directors:  President - Jim Smith, Secretary - Daryl Pike, Treasurer - Joe Barbagallo, 1st VP - Don Colyer, 2nd VP - Don Wilkinson, 3rd VP - Mel Slark, Tail Twister - John Rowe, Lion Tamer - Tom Breitenbach.

Directors: David Kopelke, Peter Bowman, Don McKay, Bob Brodie, Snow Ross, Wally Marshall.

Lions: Robert Allen, Rick Bichsel, John Branigan, Ron Doherty, Riley Gill, Kevin Hartwig, Rob Hicks, Bill Jaboor, Jim Jardine, Keith Law, Reg Louk, Walter Marshall, Don McLean, Dudley McNamara, Clive Oellermann, Brian Purcell, Graham Smith, Barry Tesch, Leslie Thomas, Keith Trotter.

On that night, everyone was dressed to kill, but like all Lions Clubs, it was now off with the "glad rags" and on with the stubbies and singlets to give service to the community.

Our Motto - We Serve

As Lions, we provide a unique alternative to service club membership and are a fun loving group of volunteers who enjoy getting out and raising funds and serving our community. We are the "Pride of all Lions" and we aim to put the fun back into fundraising.

We have a few, interesting projects on the boil, and in keeping with the club ethic, they are humanitarian, fun and manageable.

We would love for you to join us if you have a little spare time, and an interest in helping your community.

Be a part of the change.

Find out more by contacting us or go to our Facebook page


We meet on the 2nd & 4th Tuesday of every month at 6:30pm at the:

CWA Hall

Steele Street

Tannum Sands

The public are welcome to attend as a guest of a Lion. Guests often attend to either speak about what they are doing in the community or to learn a little more about who Lions are and what they do.

All are welcome!


Becoming a Lion

Lions club members are men and women who strive to make a difference in their local community as well as in communities worldwide. Their volunteer efforts go beyond the support of vision care, to addressing unmet health and education needs worldwide.

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