This Award is named after James D Richardson, who in 1958
was the first Australian to serve as a Director on the
International Board of Directors.
The award is achieved through making an undesignated gift to
the Australian Lions Foundation of $500, from a Club, Zone,
District or other Lions Group who wishes to honour a Lion,
Lioness, Leo or a Non - Lion or Group. The gift must be
denoted as a " James D Richardson Honour Award " at the time
it is made.
The James D Richardson Honour Award can be paid for in two
equal payments over two years. Each payment must specify
this award. Payments may be made for recipients yet unnamed.
Upon final donation and submission of the Application Form, the Award will be
prepared and forwarded."
The nominated recipient will receive a framed and
appropriately inscribed certificate and a lapel badge.
James D Richardson BEM 1910 - 1987
Jim Richardson was one of the most beloved and respected
members of Lions in the formative years of the Association
in Australia. He served in the Royal Australian Air Force
during the 1939-45 World War before establishing himself in
the Brunswick - Mullumbimby area of New South Wales. Jim was
second District Governor to be elected in Australia in 1956
- 57 and the first Australian to serve as a Director on the
International Board of Directors in 1958. He was recognised
internationally for his magnificent oratory which held
people spellbound at conventions and gathering of Lions. The
growth of new clubs during his year as District Governor,
fifty two, was never approached again by any District
The demands he placed upon himself meant that he travelled
enormous distances by road, so that he could visit all his
Clubs, attend to Association and other business, as well as
run his hotel with the great support of his wife Pam. The
strains caused him to have a Cerebral Thrombosis whilst
attending, the International Board meeting in New Orleans in
1959. He recovered after a long convalescence, but without
his capacity to speak. He was never again capable of
carrying on a conversation or making a speech but continued
to work for Lions at club level and attend conventions.
James D Richardson BEM was one of the most dedicated and
respected early leaders of Lions in Australia. In
recognition of him being our first Australian International
Director, the Australian Lions Foundation has instituted the
James D Richardson honour award in return for a donation of
$ 500.00 to the Foundation. Multiple Richardson Awards may
be presented to a person, club or organisation.
All Awards can be granted more than once to the same
All gifts should be sent to:-
Australian Lions Foundation