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18 December, 2020

Lion is awarded for 50 years of service.

In 1970 Don Scheffler joined the Lions Club Atherton and over the past 50 years Don has held the position of President and Secretary at Lions and is still a keen member of the club today. Last month Don was awarded the 50-year medal from the Australian Lions Foundation in recognition of his 50 years membership and dedicated service to Lions.

By Phil Brandel

Atherton’s Don Scheffler who has received a medal for serving Atherton Lions for over 50 years.

In 1970 Tablelands resident Don Scheffler left Apex to join the Lions Club Atherton and over the past 50 years Don has held the position of President and Secretary at Lions and is still a keen member of the club today. 

Last month Don was awarded the 50 year medal from the Australian Lions Foundation in recognition of his 50 years membership and dedicated service to Lions.

Don said being part of the club for 50 years was an amazing and life changing experience. 

“Being in a service club, you join with likeminded people and as a group we can achieve amazing things,” he said. 

“It actually becomes a habit after a while and while my health is good I will continue to work with the Lions.”

Don said over the past 50 years one of his highlights was helping to set up Meals on Wheels in Atherton.

“We helped build the meals on wheels kitchen and also provided the vehicle and we have supported them every year since then,” he said.

Not only has Don clocked up 50 years with Atherton Lions, but his dedication has also been recognised with other notable awards like the James D Richardson Honour Award for community service in 1994, he was awarded life membership in 1998 and the Melvin Jones Fellowship award in 2017.

Even though Don is 81 years old, he still goes to work most days at Central Tyre Service and he still helps out with fundraising for his beloved Lions, often sitting out front of Atherton Square selling raffle tickets.

“While I’ve still got my marbles and my mobility it isn’t a problem.”





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