District Governor Dave Thomas, District C2 2015-16
Introducing Lion Dave Thomas
District Governor 2015-16
Since joining Lions in June 2003, David has been a member of the Board of the Naracoorte Club for a number of years prior to transferring to Robe Lions. Dave has just completed his 2nd year as the Robe Club President.
David was asked to be part of the C2 Cabinet, first as Zone Chairman for two consecutive years, and then as the District’s Constitution and By-laws Chair for a further two years. He since has progressed to 2nd Vice District Governor, First Vice District Governor and is now the 2015/16 District Governor.
Forming a strong interest in the wider Lions organisation, David has enhanced his knowledge by travelling to New Zealand to attend a Senior Lions Leadership Institute, and during 2013 was one of 20 members from Australia and New Zealand selected to participate in the Faculty Development Institute, at Mount Lofty.
Since that time he has conducted training sessions at two years of officers training on Constitutional issues and National Police Clearances and Child Safe Policies. He is currently preparing a new Vulnerable Persons Policy for the District.
DG Dave Thomas & wife Lion Margie
These courses, combined with David’s extensive management career with SA Police, in which he served for almost 42 years, gives him a great breadth of knowledge and skills together with a significant experience of understanding of the Lions organisation.
This experience along with his diversity and life skills, having worked and lived in both metropolitan and country environments, provides a significant advantage to our District.
David has displayed in the 14 years that he had been at Naracoorte and now Robe, that he committed to working with the community he lives in, exemplified by his ongoing involvement with the Christmas Party for Special Children (10th year).
He continues to drive as a Red Cross Transport Driver, conveying elderly and ill people to medical appointments and treatment, and has now commenced as a volunteer for the Robe Community Bus, taking elderly members of the community on shopping trips and other day outings.
In his ‘non-lion life’, David enjoys caravanning and being with his grandchildren. Since retiring in 2012, David has fallen in to a group of senior gentlemen who go out each morning in an old (1969) Pt Adelaide built fishing boat and catch cray fish as a recreation (they are affectionately known as Dads Navy.)