The Karoonda and Districts Lions Club was chartered on March 17, 1973, with sponsorship from the Adelaide-based Lions club, West Torrens.
Like most service clubs membership has had highs and lows, but it has continually provided service to its local community as first priority.
This has included help for disaster victims, promoting talented student sports, and clean ups for pensioners’ gardens when requested, among many other things.
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The club sponsored the Karoonda and District Historical Society, and played the major role in developing the Pioneer Park museum complex, with both funding and labor.
Other activities include being involved with Road Watch, Christmas hampers and supporting many local causes as they arise.
An important fundraiser is the annual Wynarka Off-Road Races – conducted for more than 32 years now – in which the Lions club provides not only the catering but also the property on which it is held, courtesy of one of its members.
For several years the club conducted the recycling program for the local district council, not only in weekly pick up but sorting and packaging for sale or disposal.
The club was the major support for a unit at the Kadistra aged care, a prosthetic leg for a local youth, solar protection shades, swimming pool, playground and hearing aid for local schools, picnic shelters and seating around the town, tourist and local-use information boards, and other civic projects.
The Lions Nature Trail the club initiated has become Karoonda Nature Park.
On the international scene, the club supports Lions’ Save Sight, Measles Eradication and various other medical programs as far as practical.
It has very successfully hosted youth from many countries, including USA, Japan, Iceland, Hungary, Denmark, Germany, NZ, and others, all contributing to international understanding.
The club currently has 11 members, two being original charter members.