Monday, July 19th, 2021 - Charlie-Helen Robinson

The South Australian Lions District 201C1 covers most of the state; from as far north as Port Lincoln, Port Augusta, across the city metro areas, and on to Coober Pedy.

The 57 clubs which make up this District form part of Lions International; the largest service organisation in the world, where 100% of funds raised from the community, go back into the local community.

The Lions 201C1 District Governor Handover Dinner held Saturday 17 July 2021, celebrated the year just past and welcomed new District Governor John Barnes for the 2021/2022 year.

In the glittering occasion, held at the Adelaide Pavillion on the Park, the baton was passed from the city of Adelaide to the regional area of Kadina… where the new District Governor, John Barnes is a local member, residing in Moonta. 

Due to the determined effort of Australian Secretary for Lions Clubs International, Jim McLardie OAM, the first South Australian Lions Club was formed in 1961.

While South Australia is in it's 60th year during 2021, Lions Australia will be celebrating 75 years of serving our community in 2022 and the new District Governor John Barnes says “Fidelity, Integrity, and Service” are well placed to complement and serve under the incoming Lions Club International President Douglas X. Alexander, who has set the tone with his own 2021/2022 Lions International Presidential Theme: "Service from the Heart".

Getting straight on with the task, DG John hosted his first Cabinet meeting Sunday 18 July 2021.

The new District 201C1 Cabinet list is here: https://lions201c1.org.au/about/cabinet-members/

District Governor John Barnes Bio

John grew up in Port Augusta and following an electrical apprenticeship he moved with his wife to the Northern Territory. Living in both Darwin and Alice Springs he was fortunate to travel to most remote Aboriginal communities in the 25 years he lived and worked in the Territory, developing a love for camping and Four-Wheel Driving. He returned to South Australia to support aging parents and settled in the Copper Coast.

John has volunteered in community-based service organisations sine the early 80’s including Kiwanis, Moonta Progress Association, Copper Coast Road Safety Group and the Lions club of Wallaroo Rail. When he joined the Kadina Lions club he served as President and secretary for several terms each, before taking on district roles and beginning on the path to Governorship.

As Governor he says he wants to support all members across the district use the various development tools that Lions International provide.

He has appointed several Service ambassadors to have a focus on clubs returning to community service in line with the Lions Motto We Serve.

Read DG John’s first message: https://lions201c1.org.au/district-governors-message/

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