About Us – Profiles
Garry joined Lions in Dubbo NSW in 1981. Due to employment transfers, he has moved around the State and has been a member of the Lions Clubs of Dubbo, Campbelltown City, and Canberra City before transferring to Green Point Avoca in District 201N3 in 2001.
Garry has held numerous positions on the boards of all Clubs of which he has been a member, and has served on the District Cabinet of 201N2 on three occasions (Zone Chairman twice and Region Chairman). Garry has also served on the District Cabinet of 201N3 on four occasions as well as having held the position of NSW Coordinator for Lions Youth of the Year Program.
He retired in 2008 from QBE Insurance (Australia) Limited, with whom he had been employed since 1989. During that time he held a number of management positions within the Group, and held the position of National Product Manager at retirement.
In 2000, Garry was appointed to the Insurance Committee and has served on that committee from that time, holding the position of Chairman on two occasions. His experience in the Insurance Industry and time on the Lions Australia Insurance Committee enables him to assist all Lions Clubs with their insurance needs.
Peter Lamb was born and educated in Perth, Western Australia, but has worked and lived in NSW and Victoria before settling back in his home State in 1976. In the same year he joined the Lions Club of Fremantle, before transferring to the Lions Club of Mandurah, his current Club in 1979.
Peter was elected District Governor in 2011/12 and has served continuously on the W2 District Cabinet in a variety of positions for the past 15 years, has a 39 year perfect attendance award, is a Melvin Jones Fellow, recipient of a James D Richardson Award and three International President Awards.
On Multiple District, Peter has served on the MD Traveland Joint Venue, MD Convention Committee, Chairman of the MD Leo Committee, ALDAF and is currently the WA Trustee for ALCCRF. In Western Australia, he is currently Treasurer of the Lions Myalup Pines Cottages committee.
Peter is retired, having been the Managing Director of Ausure Insurance Brokers in Mandurah. Peter joined the industry in 1983 and has worked in various capacities with Colonial Mutual, NZI, ANZ and more recently with GIO as an Business Insurance Underwriter. Ausure is a national country based brokerage with over 200 offices Australia wide.
Peter retired as a Senior Associate of the ANZIIF, held a Diploma in Financial Services (Insurance Broking), was a member of the Association of Financial Advisors and held an AFSL license with Ausure.
When not involved in Lions, Peter is the number one Life Member of the local Dockers Supporters Club, is married to Lion Helen and has four Sons and eight Grand-children.
Peter was appointed to the MD Insurance committee in 2014.
John Houghton joined Wangaratta Lions Club in 2010. John enjoys his time with Lions assisting the community through many different avenues. The Wangaratta Lions Club has over 54 members which have a variety of activities occurring throughout the year.
Currently holds various positions, 3rd Vice President, Club catering coordinator and the club Insurance portfolio. Together with wife Jennefer are also heavily involved with foster caring
John also is involved in other facets of the community through his involvement with the Wangaratta Carevan, who feed meals to the homeless and needy three times a week, and the Avian Park Committee, which governs the operations of the local Trotting and Greyhound area. John is also a very active member of the Business Wangaratta (Chamber of Commerce) to encourage new businesses and industries into the area.
John commenced his Insurance career in Shepparton in 70’s with New Zealand Victoria Insurance, and then moving to Wangaratta in the mid 80’s representing Australian Eagle Insurance. In 1993 John migrated to QBE Insurance when they purchased Australian Eagle Insurance, as the Area Manager. In 2003 John purchased a Franchise of QBE Farmgate which was then sold to Elders Insurance and now owns the Elders Insurance Wangaratta franchise. John has four employees who have been with him for a considerable time. John holds a Diploma of Financial Services, Senior Associate, Certified Insurance Practitioner (CIP) with over 44 years experience in the industry.
Robert N (Bob) Korotcoff of Adelaide SA was born and educated in Cairns NQ & served his National Service in the RAAF at Amberley. He was employed in the Accountancy and Earthmoving Industries in Cairns before he joined the Insurance Industry where he spent over 40 years, mainly in the areas of management. He joined the Lions Club of Cairns (Barrier Reef) in 1961 and is proud of his 54 years 100% Attendance in Lions. He transferred to Townsville (Host) in 1964 and served as President of that Club during 1971/72, followed by a year as Zone Chairman.
Bob was transferred to Adelaide in 1974 when he was appointed Manager for SA & NT for the Hartford Monarch Insurance Group and immediately transferred to the Lions Club of Brighton, where he remained an active member until his transfer to the Marion Lions Club. (District 201 C2) in 2003. During 1994 / 95 he was President of Brighton and is very proud of the fact that during that year, Membership was increased by 9. He has served in every Club position including eleven (11) terms as Club Treasurer. He was the Marion President for 2006-2007 and been the Treasurer for that Club for 8 years.
He served during 1979/80 as District Governor for District 201 S3, and travelled extensively throughout South Australia & the Northern Territory. Prior to that high office, he served as Cabinet Secretary and District CBL Chairman and has been the District Convention Organising Chairman on three occasions and in the period since 1980, Bob has served Multiple District 201 as Chairman of the “Lion” Magazine Editorial Committee, Chairman of the MD 201 Insurance Committee (8 years), Chairman of the MD 201 Information Committee and 10 years as the Sergeant at Arms and Credentials Chairman at the MD Conventions. He was appointed the Public Officer for MD 201 in July 2002. Bob was also the Chairman of the MD201 Convention Standing Committee.
In 1978, Bob was appointed to the MD 201 Insurance Committee and has been involved with the Lions Insurance Programme since that date, nearly 38 years in all. In 1987, he was appointed the Lions Insurance Programme Consultant with the task of administering this facility on behalf of J U A Underwriting Agency Pty Ltd and in this Role, Bob has travelled throughout the Multiple District speaking at many District and Multiple District Conventions. During 1995, he travelled to New Zealand to assist MD 202 with their Insurance Programme and in 2004, he was present at the Liability Insurance Seminar held at the International Convention in Detroit USA. Bob holds a Diploma of Financial Services, holds an Australian Financial Services License # 278958 and is an authorised representative of J U A Underwriting Agency Pty Ltd. At the 2010 Lions International Convention in Sydney, Bob co-presented at the Insurance Seminar and served on the International Credentials Committee.
Bob has been presented many Awards including: 54 years 100% Attendance, 2 International President’s Awards, International President’s Leadership Award, 2 International President’s Certificates, 100% District Governor, 100% Club President (3), a Progressive Melvin Jones Fellowship, James D Richardson Fellowship, Ian Stockdale Humanitarian Award and a Professor Douglas Coster Fellowship and is a Life Member of Lions Clubs International and of the Australian Past District Governor’s Association. Recently, Bob was presented with a Commonwealth Recognition Award for Senior Australians which recognized his efforts to the Community of South Australia and also an Unsung Hero Award from the City of Marion. At the 2010 Mildura Lions National Convention, Bob was admitted to the Australian Lions Foundation Hall of Fame.
When not involved with Lions, Bob was Treasurer for the Brighton Senior Citizens Club Board of Management for 10 years and the Secretary/Treasurer for the Abbeyfield Society (Marion)-an Organisation which provides Safe, Secure, Supportive Housing for 10 Elderly Folk, a role which he filled for ten (10) years; Treasurer of the Flinders Sub Branch of the National Servicemen’s Association for 3 years; and Treasurer of the South Western Schools Ministry for 8 years and is a Past President of the Brighton Conference of St Vincent de Paul. Both Bob and Erica are Foundation Earth Angels for Angel Flight and are actively involved in promoting this wonderful Facility. They are also members of the Port Adelaide Outer Harbour Cruise Ship “Meet and Greet” Team.
Married to Lions Lady Erica for 56 years, they have three Daughters and a Son and 6 wonderful Grand-children. Two of their Daughters, Ruth and Lea have followed their Father into the Insurance Industry. And what has been one of the many Highlights in Bob’s 80 years? Walking in his Father’s Footsteps, when he visited St Petersburg, Russia in 1995 and Gallipoli in 2006, and was proud to have been selected to attend the 100th Gallipoli Celebrations in April 2015 and laying a Wreath in memory of his Father at the Lone Pine Ceremony. They have enjoyed visiting many new places during their holidays overseas. And also enjoy caravanning and cruising.