Special recognition recently for a long-time member of the Lions Club of Tamworth.
Les Gardiner was presented with a 60 year Chevron for Service to The Lions Club by Zone 10 Chairman, John Hook.
Mr Gardner joined the Lions Club of Tamworth on December 16, 1960, his sponsor being charter member, Noel Thibault.
He was a 31 year old electrician, married to Thelma, and they had a young family.
Mr Gardner was elected to the Board in 1963 and served in most capacities on the Board over the next 40 years. He was club president in 1970 and became a Melvin Jones fellow in 1978 and a Life Member in 2000. In 2003 he was nominated as Tamworth Citizen of the Year.
Mr Gardner was instrumental in establishing the Tamworth Driver Reviver Centre in 1988 and served on the committee, mostly as chairman until 2014. In that year the centre was renamed in his honour.
His wife passed away two years ago and Les now lives in a retirement centre, but he very proudly retains his membership of and interest in the club.
On April 7, 2021 he attended a club dinner where he was presented with his 60 Year Chevron by Zone 10 Chairman Lion John Hook.
Mr Gardner is the first member of the club to achieve the award.