What a pleasure it was to witness the induction of twenty-five (25) students into the Pedare Pride Cubs Club on Thursday May 20th when the club was chartered. These amazingly talented and caring students from Years 2-6 have chosen to become Cubs. This club is one of Pedare Christian College’s extra-curricular activities on offer for the first time this year.
This special ceremony was held at the school, and was attended by school staff, Lions Club members, parents, grandparents and friends. The proceedings were led by emcee Lion Andrew Stacey from the City of Adelaide Lions Club. Principal James Tamblyn spoke about the school’s strategic directions, which include service to others. Head of Junior School Randall Pearce reminded the audience about the value of serving others, while District Governor Tony Pederick OAM mentioned some of the important projects led by Lions members around the world.
Year 6 student Indiana Stacey spoke about how she envisioned the concept of the cubs club with the support of her family members, who are all dedicated Lions, and how they developed a program. The first cubs club was formed at her previous school, Annesley Junior School in 2019 which is still going strong. Our new club is believed to be only the second cubs club to be established in the world! It is true to say that Indiana’s concept has received national and international interest from Lions Clubs.
DG Tony then inducted the students into their new club as charter members. They swore an oath to work together in serving the community. Each student was awarded a certificate, two membership pins, a plush lion toy and a membership pack.
There was great excitement when it was time to reveal the names of the inaugural President and Vice President. Thirteen (13) of the members had vied for these positions by delivering speeches at our last meeting. In a tight contest, Jayden (year 5) won the role of President and Alice (year 3) was elected as Vice-President. They were both clearly thrilled to win these roles. DG Tony presented them with their badges and the club charter certificate, together with his bannerette. This was followed by the reading of the club invocation by Jayden, in his first task as President.
The ceremony was the culmination of three (3) weeks of preparation by the students, with school support from Randall Pearce. During this time, they had learnt about the history and purpose of Lions Clubs, as well as the projects Lions are involved with across the world, and what the cubs club program is all about. They also designed possible club logos and suggested club names, before voting to choose these in a democratic way.
Now the service begins! The students will work together to decide upon a project to undertake, and then implement their first actions to make a positive difference to the lives of others.
We would like to thank everyone who has worked hard to make this service club a reality. Lions from the City of Adelaide and Golden Grove Lions Clubs are very excited to embark on this exciting new venture together.
Petrea Stacey and Annette Slater
Cubs Club Coordinators