GLOUCESTER Lions Club vice president and membership chairman Alec Bruce has been honoured with the James D Richardson Award.
Mr Bruce was presented with the award by past district governor Kate Milford at the Gloucester Lions Club’s 45th changeover dinner held at the Country Club last Saturday.
Jim Richardson was one of the most beloved and respected members of Lions in the formative years of the Association in Australia.
He 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.
Jim was recognised internationally for his magnificent oratory. The growth of new clubs during his year as district governor, 52, has never been bettered.
Mr Bruce is a former Gloucester Lions president and has been involved with the club for the past eight years.
His wife Denise is the current club president and was sworn in for a second consecutive term at last Saturday’s changeover.
Gloucester Lions Club boasts about 20 active members, including charter members Max Taylor, Ron Tilse and Ron Blundell.
The club raises money for various community projects and charities and this year donated more than $6000 to organisations including the Westpac Rescue Helicopter Service, Gloucester Senior Citizens Club, Gloucester Men’s Shed and the Gloucester Breast Cancer Support Group.