Your District Governor Kevin Thornton
Kevin was born in North Sydney in 1945 and raised in Yagoona - one of 5 boys. He attended Sefton Catholic School and then the De La Salle Brothers, Bankstown. When Kevin left school he joined the Reserve Bank of Australia in Sydney, where he worked for 31 years in various departments. During that time he won the lottery and served 2 years in National Service with a stint in Vietnam. After finishing his time in the Army and returning to the Bank in 1967, he married Julie (who also worked in the bank), and moved to Chifley. Kevin and Julie have raised 4 girls - Jennifer, Lynda, Lauren and Audrey. Kevin was very involved in the local netball association running their canteen. He also ran a Club in Little Athletics for many years, organising the children for their events, and is a life member of Randwick/Botany Little Athletics.
Kevin left the Bank and worked in security for 4 years (guarding the Packers, Renee Rifkin and other notables) before buying and managing a newsagency in Maroubra Junction.
In 2003 Kevin, Julie and Audrey moved to Nabiac. Whilst at Nabiac, Kevin joined the State Emergency Service, assisting in emergency situations state-wise and interstate and was awarded a 5 year long service medal. In 2005 they moved to Pampoolah to be near Taree where Audrey attends a disability service. Kevin is currently Captain of Taree Communications Brigade (a position he has held for the past 7 years), he is also in the Aviation and Community Engagement Brigades of the Rural Fire Service, and has received a 10 year long service medal for service to the Rural Fire Service. He is a member of the National Service Association in Taree, and the pioneer group of the 131 Divisional Locating Battery, RAA. He was a member of the Manning Valley Disability Housing Action Group, and has served on his Church’s Pastoral Council for a number of years. He is the proud Pop of 7 grandchildren, loves sports and travelling.
Kevin was a member of the Lions Club of Old Bar for 12 years, where he served 3 terms as President and 2 terms as Vice President. Kevin has also been Zone 6 Chairman for 3 years, Region 3 Chairman for 2 years, and also the Global Leadership Team Co-ordinator for 2 years, followed by being the 2nd Vice District Governor. At the October 2018 Convention in South West Rocks Kevin was elected to 1st Vice District Governor. Kevin has completed FDI and ALLI courses.
Kevin has received a Zone Chairman excellence award, a James D. Richardson honour award, the International Leadership Award for 2017-2018 plus other recognitions. As Julie will tell you ... he is never home – always volunteering in the community. In 2017 the family moved to Taree and, in May 2018, Kevin, JUlie & Audrey transferred to Manning River Lions Club where they continue to be active members.