Long time member of the Kwinana Lions Club David Nelson will continue his role as secretary next year.
The Kwinana Lions Club is part of Lions Club International and is committed to volunteering and pitching in with resources wherever they are needed in the world.
A member for 44 years, Mr Nelson said he had taken on every responsibility possible at one time or another.
“I have been secretary 20 times, president, treasurer, a tail treasurer, a cabinet member and an extension chairman,” he said.
“I have also been involved in State, national and international conventions.”
As secretary Mr Nelson is the glue that keeps the club together.
“I enjoy knowing everything that is going on and helping out whenever I can,” he said.
With many years of volunteer work under his belt, Mr Nelson said he had many fond memories of raising funds for the less fortunate and in disaster zones.
“The Lions club is very diverse in what it does, we raise money for floods, cyclones, fires, and a range of organisations,” he said.
Mr Nelson said companionship and sharing a common goal to help others had kept the club going.
“It gets people involved and it’s a love and interest of providing a service to people less fortunate than ourselves,” he said.
“The most important thing I have learnt about being a member of the Lions is sometimes it is almost impossible to do things on your own, but with the help of the community and your organisation you can make it possible.”
At 73 years old, Mr Nelson believes age is a state of mind.
“You will never ever be any younger than you are at this moment, so you are young, it doesn’t matter how old you are, do the things you want to do,” he said.
Mr Nelson has enjoyed many highs — Mayor of Kwinana from 1989 to 1992 and one of the founding members of Bridging the Gap. His advice to others is to look for the good in any situation.
“I always look for good out of adversity,” he said.