Local legend Carl Foster marks 60 years as a Bellingen Lion
SOME people these days are flat out having an attention span longer than five minutes but in the case of Bellingen local legend Carl Foster, his dedication to Lions spans 60 years.
A charter member of Bellingen Lions Club, Carl's service and dedication was celebrated at the 60th anniversary dinner at the golf club.
He received a standing ovation when president Grahame Maddeford presented years of service badges to all members.
"Carl has served for 60 magnificent years and is a legend in Lionism," President Graham said.
The current 18 members have clocked up a total of 474 years of service.
The most senior Lions - Ken Armstrong (59 years), Lester Sheather (49), Wal Tyson and Bruce Tait (both 39) Pat Fox (38) and Alex Waugh (35) - have now racked up 321 years of service between them and given 144,000 hours of service during the club's history.
Mayor Mark Troy proposed a toast to the club and gave a glowing report on the many wonderful achievements over the past 60 years.
Projects of note include building the first swimming pool in the shire, bus shelters, electric barbecues, playground equipment, the firework spectacular, senior citizens annual luncheon and the many and varied equipment donations to the Ambulance Service, Bellingen Hospital and the community nurses.
Over the years Lions have provided, split and delivered firewood for seniors, offered school scholarships and book prizes, and sponsored students on cultural tours to many Asian countries.
Special mention was made of the longstanding association with Bellingen Red Cross and Lions Hearing Dogs.