In December 2020 Max Prior received the Chevron Award for 45 years’ service to the Jamestown Lions Club and Lions International. He joined Lions in March 1974, being nominated by John Marsh and Maurie Brown (President).
Max was very quickly given an insight into how the club operated and the requirements of Lions International; as he became treasurer after 15 months. Over the period of Max’s involvement with the club he has also held the positions of President, Vice-President, Secretary, Treasurer and Zone Chairman.
Max has been a very active contributor to the Lions Club, being involved in many projects that required manual work. These have included collecting, sorting and baling rags; helping to install the swinging bridge after the Belalie Creek excavation, “standing in icy cold water, pulling up armfuls of weeds and throwing them onto the bank, and loaded onto a truck with pitchforks and dumped.” Most tasks for the Lions Auctions required hand-written processes; for example taking bookings, making buyers number cards, invoicing and writing cheques: and Max was a leader in this.
Other Lions projects in which Max has been an active contributor include the courier service to Port Pirie for blood samples; installing rubbish bins in Ayr Street, planting lawns on Belalie Creek, installing and maintaining the barbecues on Belalie Creek; and at the cemetery listing unmarked graves, assisting to make concrete blocks for the plaques, installing and affixing plaques.
Another major contribution by Max was his approach to Corporation about purchasing Ken Couzner’s house and land, to establish a playground; which was Ken’s wish.
Lions thank Max for his dedication as a member over the 45 years.