Plaque honours Lions founder

Max Tresise (centre) holds his dads memorial plaque to be installed in the W Tresise Lions Park at South Lismore with Lismore mayor Merv King and Lismore Lions Club members (l-r) Mark Watson, Darcy McFadden, Don Watson, John Perkins, Jen Perkins, Doug Hogan and Frank Reading.

The original memorial plaque for Bill Tresise, who founded Lions in Lismore and Australia 60 years ago, will be permanently fixed at the South Lismore park named in his honour.

His son Max Tresise was in Lismore recently to present the brass plaque to Lismore mayor Merv King and Lismore Lions Club president Don Watson.

The W Tresise Lions Park in South Lismore (next to the railway station) was recently upgraded by Lismore City Council and is believed to be Australias first Lions park.

Max told The Echo that the plaque, dedicated to his dad by his late mother Fonnie and family after his death in June, 1975, was previously at Springvale Crematorium in Victoria.

I felt it would be more appropriate to have the plaque right here in the park named after him, Max said. My wife Sally and I were in Queensland for my granddaughters 21st birthday and Christmas so we planned it to end up in Lismore for this presentation. Its a proud day for me.

I was born in and grew up in Lismore till I was 17, and went to the old Lismore High School with young Merv King here and his wife, so were really local yokels, he quipped.

Max and his wife also visited Lismore last September for the Lismore Lions 60th anniversary celebrations when he unveiled a plaque at the Commercial Hotel where the very first meeting was held in 1947 to honour the occasion.

Since then, the Lions movement in Australia has grown to include 1400 clubs and over 30,000 members who volunteer their time on a wide range of community activities, helping the young and elderly, the disabled and disadvantaged.

The Lismore Lions meet on the first and third Monday of every month at the Lismore Heights Workers Bowling Club at 6pm, and new members of any age are always welcome. For more information phone 6625 2998.

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