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Lions District 201C2 - Australia

Lions, Lioness & Leo Clubs in SA, NT, Vic & NSW

District Governor Rhys Roberts, District C2 2013-14

DG Rhys Roberts

Rhys Roberts

Born during WWII on the Adelaide plains and escaped to the Hills aged 3.

Been there ever since except for a short 15 year holiday in Canberra as a Political Lobbyist, representing the interests of people as diverse as BHP, the Japanese Government and the Australian Consumers Organisation - the Publisher of the national 'Choice' magazine.

Always had an interest in disabled sport and led Australia's Paralympic Team to Seoul in 1988 as its chef de mission.

My wife, Helen Henbest, and I officially run a small Adelaide-based family art publishing company which trades as Australian Prints and Paintings, but these days we are essentially retired.

Once upon a time played cricket, footy, squash and was even stupid enough to run a few marathons. Trained hard to cover my distinct lack of talent. Today it's very social tennis.

Helen and I have four children between us and seven grandchildren. We live in Blackwood, where we both enjoy painting - she specialises in landscapes, I do the occasional portrait.

Joined Blackwood Lions in 1984. Been Club President twice, a Director for too many years, and ran the Club's Bargain Centre from 2000 to 2008. I'm privileged to have an MJF and a James D Richardson Award. I have been a Trustee and Secretary of the C Districts Lions Medical Research Foundation for the last decade.

Was the Inaugural Chairman of the Adelaide Hills Combined Community Clubs and Chairman of the Mitcham Hills Christmas Pageant. I'm on the Blackwood Community Recreation Centre Management Committee, and I'm Chairman of the Blackwood War Memorial Hall.