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Our Club History

In December 1963, the Lions Club of Woodville was formed. So began our Club’s incredible history of over 50 years, with a strong relationship with the Council that continues today. As the council grew and became the City of Charles Sturt, our name change reflected the relationship. Traditionally the Mayors of Council have been Members of the Club, including the current Mayor of Charles Sturt, Angela Evans.

Originally chartered as the Woodville Lions Club, the Lions Club of Charles Sturt has been tirelessly serving those in our local and global communities for more than 58 years. We will be celebrating our 60th anniversary in March 2024.

With wide-ranging projects, the Lions Club of Charles Sturt is committed to bringing the unparalleled services of Lions Clubs International and Lions Australia to our western suburb’s precinct in Adelaide, South Australia.

The celebration of the Clubs Charter in March 2014 recognised Lion Ray Barry OAM for 50 years as a Lion and the only remaining Charter member. Lion Ray Barry OAM also stands among us as a Past President, Melvin Jones, Fellow and Life Member. He is a role model and a mentor, a leader in our fine organisation over that time, providing advice and counsel from his extensive knowledge and experience of both Lions and business. In recognition of this, Lion Ray OAM holds the most honoured position of President’s Counsel and continues to be a Board member as he has done so for his entire time with the Club.

Raymond Barry

2023/24 Club Executive Members


Patrick Ryan

PresidentPatrick Ryan
1st Vice PresidentVacant
2nd Vice PresidentVacant
SecretaryMark Daker
TreasurerClotilde Marchioro
Past PresidentMarijka Ryan
Club Care ChairVacant
Cakes ChairPatrick Ryan
Past President &
Charter/Life Member
Ray Barry OAM
Marketing ChairGreg Ward
Membership Chair &
Past President
Dragana Curak
Mark Daker


Mark Daker

Past Presidents

1964 - 1965Harold Tremethick
1965 - 1966Les Knapman
1966 - 1967Reg Shetliffe
1967 - 1968Geoff Adcock
1968 - 1969Alan Weetman
1969 - 1970Ray Barry
1970 - 1971Graham Schmidt
1971 - 1972John Dyer
1972 - 1973Nick Theologou
1973 - 1974Gerry Jones
1974 - 1976John Murray
1976 - 1977Bill Kent
1977 - 1978Russ Ames
1978 - 1979Keith Charleston
1979 - 1980Bill Roberts
1980 - 1981Jim Retallick
1981 - 1982Scan Sutherland
1982 - 1983Bob Andrews
1983 - 1984Stan Dawson
1984 - 1985Bill Counsell
1985 - 1986Sam Witjas
1986 - 1988Nick Theologou
1988 - 1989Sam Witas
1989 - 1990Keith Charleston
1990 - 1991Nick Theologou
1991 - 1992Brendan Foley
1992 - Bill Roberts
1992 - 1993Sam Witjas
1993 - 1995John Cruett
1995 - 1999Ross Lane
1999 - 2000John Cruett
2000 - 2002 Paul Sumsion
2002 - 2003Ross Lane
2003 - 2004Pat Ryan
2004 - 2005Tim Colgan
2005 - 2007Sandy Mead
2007 - 2009Nan Lane
2009 - 2014Tim Colgan
2014 - 2015Paul Sumsion
2015 - 2017Naomi Hand
2017 - 2018Tim Colgan
2018 - 2019Eddie Andriessen
2019 - 2022Marijka Ryan
2022 - 2023Dragana Curak
2023 - CurrentPatrick Ryan
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Lions Clubs are part of community life, in metropolitan cities and in country regions. Clubs are easily identified by our distinctive Logo, the trademark of our International Association, and the ‘We Serve’ motto.

Lions Australia is part of an international association, with people who are joined by the common desire to make their communities better, by using their creativity, enthusiasm and energy.

Lions Clubs International membership currently stands at over 1.4 million in around 45,500 clubs in approximately 202 countries. During the year, individual Lions Clubs perform over 1,500 services each day in their local areas, bringing the association to a level of service never before known.

We are part of the greatest humanitarian service force that has ever existed.

Membership is open to all people of the community in good standing, 18 years and older.

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