by Peter Carruthers
THE international service group Lions celebrated a huge milestone last week.
Lions international reached its 100th year of operation and along with clubs the world over the Proserpine Lions were celebrating.
Proserpine Lions president Tim McBride took time out from barbecue duties at the Dingo Beach Whitfunday on Sunday to say without the international organisation the local clubs wouldn't be here.
"We couldn't exist without the international group and we do a lot of projects that are international-based," he said.
He said the local group did all it could to further the Lions' mission to be a "global leader in community and humanitarian service".
"Most of our effort is local, then a small percentage goes to district Lions, Australian Lions and international Lions," he said.
"But if a disaster comes up like a cyclone hits Fiji or an earthquake in China then certainly we pour dollars into there."
Lions was founded by Melvin Jones in 1917 and in 2015 it had over 46,000 local clubs and more than 1.4 million members in over 200 countries around the world.
Head-quartered in Illinois in the US, the organisation's mission is to empower volunteers to serve their communities, meet humanitarian needs, encourage peace and promote international understanding through Lions clubs.
To celebrate the anniversary of the international Lions the Proserpine chapter has taken part in the centenary project which asked 100 clubs to raise $1000.
"We raised $1000 for the centenary then people in local areas made submissions to get the $1000," Mr McBride said.
The Whitsunday winner of the Lions centenary grant was the Cannonvale Neighbourhood Centre.
The centre will use the money to host a youth mental health workshop at the Proserpine State High School in September.
Mr McBride said he was proud to be part of an organisation with such a long history of helping people.