A PROMINENT Kerang community worker has received the most venerable individual award open to Lions Club members in Australia.
Retired dentist Greg Gin received the Melvin Jones Fellowship for his outstanding service record during his tenure with Lions Club of Kerang. The award is named after the founder of Lions International.
Dr Gin, currently serving his 39th year as a Lion, has shone in a plethora of community engagement responsibilities.
His work as a Lions Club of Kerang member would have not happened if it wasn't for a choice he made with his wife, Cheryl, 39 years ago to start a dental practice in Kerang in 1979.
Dr Gin has served as Lions president [two terms]; Tail Twister [three terms]; Lion Tamer [four terms]; secretary [four terms]; health and welfare chairman [11 terms]; district health chairperson [two terms]; catering [six terms]; co-coordinating amblyopia screenings [lazy eye disorder]; grounds committee [two terms]; publicity [three terms]; and grants chairman,
"We weren't sure how long we'd be here or if it would work out well.... we thought, I'm young, we would give it a couple years and if it worked out, well, we'd go five years ... we've been here ever since."
Dr Gin also received the James D. Richardson Award in 2004 for his driven work ethic during his time as Lions secretary.
His medical grounding from his time studying dentistry at Melbourne University allowed him to organise amblyopia screenings without the worry of learning medical basics.
"Because it was in my health field, and the eyes are fairly close to the teeth ... it was easy to co-ordinate those screenings," he said.
"Those sorts of things and my general service to the club, lead me to be nominated for that award."
During his time as grants chairman in 2015, Dr Gin joined collaborative efforts to raise funds to purchase two new chairs for chemotherapy patients on the oncology section at Kerang District Health.
Read more about Dr Gin's service to the community in today's edition of the Gannawarra Times.