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Lions Club of Eildon

District 201V5, Victoria, Australia


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Club news


    Our club was very fortunate in obtaining a large amount of logs left over from the 2009 bush fire clearing. They are situated on a grazing property and have to be removed by August. Our members will be cutting, splitting and stacking the wood in our yard for our four wood raffles each year as well as giving to those who are needy.
    We had our first wood raffle this morning, next Saturday we will draw and deliver in the EiIdon area. After the first raffle is drawn we have three wood raffles over six weeks each one drawn every second week. "Good Luck".
    Another good result from our four wood raffles.
    We are gearing up to another slow combustion time of the year.
    We are very fortunate to have access to a large amount of trees, which we will start on Friday 15-4-16 and continue on Monday, these will be taken back to our clubrooms yard where we will split and stack for next years wood raffle.
    This years wood raffles wood has been slowly curing and we will start our raffles in May.
    Another successful three wood raffles over six weeks, three lucky winners have won over a cubic metre of wood each ready to burn on delivery.
    Thank you to the community for supporting our raffles as all money raised goes back into the community.

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    Eildon Museum. A Partnership between Eildon Action and The Lions Club of Eildon.

    Thursday the16th of May 2013 the deconsecrated Anglican church of Eildon was moved for the third time to its present site behind the Eildon Information Centre The first time was approximately 1918 (it was then a community hall built by the residents) for the construction of the first Eildon Weir Wall, it was then moved for the second time approximately 1952 for the second wall to High street Eildon.The church was constructed by voluntary labour in 1915 and is the oldest building in Eildon apart from the make shift morgue built for the construction of the first weir wall.
    The Lions Club of Eildon in partnership with Eildon Action group in which many members of the lions club are also members have taken on the moving of the church to create a museum to house the many relics left over from the grazing, gold mining and the timber industry of the area.
    This project will be one of many projects that the Eildon lions have ,and is estimated that it will take the next two years to complete. The building will need re-roofing but any changes during restoration will be in keeping of the original building.
    Anybody wishing to donate articles or relics or simply to donate to the project please write to Dick McKernan PO Box 111 Eildon 3713.

    The building has been moved and re-stumped. The new roof is finished, a complete rewire has been done and sanding is nearly finished on the outside weather boards.
    An enclosed walkway has been designed to link the Information Centre with the Museum and will be started Feb-March 2014.

    On moving the old church the original front doors were found these were given to our Men's shed to re-store which they have and a good job too. These have been installed, sanding is nearly finished except for the windows, these were removed so that the old putty can be removed. Re-nailing the weather boards has commenced.
    We need helpers to do painting if you can help please ring Dick 5774 2667, Frank 5774 2773 or Michael 5774 2674.

    We have just pulled down three levels of brickies scaffold, after giving the old building four coats of paint after completely sanding 98 years of old paint from the hardwood weather boards which would have been milled straight from the forest many years ago.
    We have been fortunate in getting extra help from Lion members and also local community members, which has made the difference to the progress of our project. At this point we have to thank Murray Goulburn Water for the donated use of their scaffold, a huge saving in costs to the project.
    We have started inside in restoring the old fibrous plaster ready for painting, it has worked out just right with the weather as winter approaches. Things will slow down soon as our Easter Market is coming up, after it is over back into it.
    Market out of the road it is back into the Museum. We have finally have a builder to start the undercover walk way to join the Information Centre with the Museum. Inside the old building the walls of the kitchen have been straightened and plaster has been hung, stump lay out has been done and stump holes will be drilled on Monday 28th. Lion members will organize stump holes as well as inspection prior to the start of the sub-floor construction.
    It has been a while since our last report. Construction has finished carpet is down and now we are going through lots of old photos.
    We have been able to obtain a hi-tech printer and computer to enlarge and print so as to frame for hanging.
    We are still hoping for the public to come forward with old photos and artefacts to donate or lend.
    The Eildon primary school is turning 100 years old this May and we are hoping to co-inside the opening of the Museum at the same time.
    We are now sorting and collating old photos, it is a slow and tedious process but we have been rejuvenated with a new band of volunteers, which leaves the original committee to look at the next step towards the opening day.
    Inside the old church we put together the original testing wall and spillway which was constructed for the upgrading of the weir for the one in the 100 year flood.
    The perspex scale model was obtained from Goulburn Murray Waters at the Eildon workshops, it was made back in 2004 and after testing was shelved in one of the sheds. On borrowing a huge amount of scaffold from GMW it was sighted in the corner of the shed and was promised to the Museum Committee.

    Work on installing the model and a water measuring device dating back to the first weir wall (approx. 1920s) which was donated by the Alexandra Timber Tramways Museum is nearly finished. Landscaping has proved successful with the installation of a watering system over Summer.
    Until our next upgrade for the progress of our Museum hoo roo.

    Collating has started in earnest and up to now 500 articles have been sorted and catalogued, the more we sort, the more comes in from the public. When we started this project we felt there would be never enough for display...we were wrong.
    Our hard working committee which handled the construction side of things, we now have under direction from one of the original committee members (Frank Stow) a new committee that has taken on the role of the collating.
    All is going better than anticipated if you want to be part of our team, be at the Museum on Mondays or Wednesdays from 9am to 12pm.
    Collating is finished, the scale model of the spillway and wall is finished and we are starting to hang photos. Lots of artifacts are coming in as we hoped, when the public realised that the museum was fair dinkum they knew there was safe a place for the horded objects in their cupboards.
    We are hoping for an official opening in October, this will coincide with the 60th year of the second wall.
    The committee are going away for their annual break looking for warmer climes. But back at the start of September to round of ready for the opening.

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    Lions Big River Youth Bush Camp.

    Minimum hire $300.00 for two nights for up to six (6) adults, each adult after six (6) is $25.00 per adult.

    Every night after the minimum hire is $150.00 and up to six (6) adults.

    Children up to five (5) free. Children from five (5) to sixteen (16) $10.00 per night.

    Our camp can sleep up to 45 people, it has all of the amenities that any group booking would need. Added to this it is placed in a natural bush setting 40 minute drive from Eildon on the Eildon to Jamieson road.
    We have fishing, hunting, of-road bike, and family groups who use the camp as well as small groups who just want to get away from the hustle and bustle of city life. For bookings please ring Christine (03) 5774 2011 or Michael
    (03) 5774 2674

    We have just finished re-stumping the entire building, a new septic system has been installed and cladding has started on the outside to replace the old weather boards.

    Hiring of the camp is very strong, 2014 is already nearly booked out but there are sometimes cancellations, so please ring to check.
    We have just done some repairs to our Cummins generator which gives 240 volt power to the building. This is used for the power points only, as we have solar power for lighting through out.

    2014 will see cladding go onto part of the building, with the rest when finances come to hand.

    Cladding has finished and now the entire building looks a million dollars, hire is constant with a lot of regular groups just keep on coming back.
    We are looking at replacing the internal wood heater as it is burning out (not bad for 30 odd years), the committee are looking at making one with scrap metal.
    Painting will start in this coming Spring when things start to warm up a bit.
    Bookings are solid, we have a couple of new hirers which we reckon will become regulars as they love the place.

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    Eildon Lions "Biggest BBQ"

    On Saturday 27th April 2013 our club organized what is known in lion circles as "Lions Biggest BBQ", the BBQ is run by lions clubs over all of Australia in April raising money for Childhood Cancer Research. We would like to thank the people of Eildon and our visitors who contributed generously to this worthy cause, the amount raised was $1240.00. It was such a great success we will be doing it again next April 2014. A special mention to the Eildon Craft Shop for donating $530.00.

    This year 2014 we will once again be having "Lions Biggest BBQ" in April in our Shopping Village on the week-end after our Saturday Easter Market.

    We have this year (2014) a committee to organize the the "Lions Biggest BBQ" in Eildon, and we look forward to you in supporting a worthy cause.

    To-day we had our "Lions Biggest BBQ" in the beautiful Eildon Village. Once again the Eildon public and visitors supported a worthy cause as well as enjoying a locally made sausage in locally made bread with onions. All money raised will go towards childhood cancer research. Thank you to every body for supporting our "BBQ".
    Our club just catered to the Nissan Car Club's first rally for 2016 it was a huge success, the members of the Nissan Club were a pleasure to work with and we look forward to do it again the following year.
    Monies raised will go towards the Lions Childhood Cancer Research Foundation Inc. ($1000.00)

District news

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    Sandringham Lions Celebrates 50 Years!

    Wow, what a night we had celebrating our 50th Charter Anniversary recently. A crowd of over 100 people including 3 young families enjoyed good food, wine, fellowship and great memories together with new plans for the future; it was so great to bring our community into our club.

    Celebrating the Past and Building for the Future, our theme for this, our 50th year, and I believe we truly did both those last night. Congratulations again to our Charter and current member Bill Adams OAM; 50 years of service to Lions and the community, a fantastic achievement. A few of our club achievements are 123,000 Christmas Cakes sold, 75,000 snags cooked, disbursed more than $2.5million and touched the lives of close to 120,000 people.

    In the photo above, DG Brian Buchanan and International Director Tony Benbow celebrate Bill Adams OAM 50 years and the Clubs 50 Years.

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    Have you registered for the District Convention in Shepparton yet?

    Shepparton, Tatura and Mooroopna Lions invite you to the District 201V5 AGM and Convention to be held on the 28th, 29th and 30th of October 2016.

    But time is running out to register! Closing date for registrations is September 28th with none being accepted after this date.

    Download your registration form and get it off today!

    Attachment: 2016 Convention Registration Form-08-10-14.pdf

    More details: http://201v5.lions.org.au/convention%20information

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    CAMP RECHARGE FUNDRAISER TRIVIA NIGHT - Saturday 22nd October 2016

    The Lions Clubs of Park Orchards, Forest Hill, Box Hill, South Vermont
    and Vermont invite you to a Trivial Pursuit Fundraiser in support of the
    inaugural Interchange Inner East and Outer East Special Needs Family

    Camp, “CAMP RECHARGE” to be held at Licola in November 2016.

    Come along and make a table of 10 and have a fun night

    When: Saturday 22nd October 2016
    Where: Ferntree Gully Bowling Club Inc Glenfern Rd, Ferntree Gully
    What time: 7:00 pm for 7.30 start

    $25 per head. Drinks at bar prices

    RSVP: John Anderson: 9803 0065
    e-mail: johnmk26@live.com

    Attachment: Flyer Camp Recharge Trivia Night 22 Oct 2015 copy.pdf

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    Food Hampers for Father’s Day

    We are asking for non-perishable goods to be collected by all of our Lions clubs in our district. From everything collected we will organise Father's Day hampers on September 4th, 2016, special for families in need. So that families can have a great meal together.

    Maybe you could contact business stores and places in your area. Perhaps each club member could just collect something from home and put it together from the club.

    We are after items such as;- cans of soup, bottles of jam, vegemite, sugar, salt, paper, can of vegetables, soft drinks, pasta, packet meals, cans of fruit, chocolates, oil, shampoo, soap, toothpaste, laundry detergent and cleaning products, etc.

    We need donations by Sunday 27th of August 2016

    Food Items can be delivered to 8b/9 Futura Road Keysborough, Vic 3173.

    Contact District Chairmen’s Ruwan Paul on 0406 254 868 and Lidia Paul on 0423 469 569, 0414 873 868 or email hunger@lionsclubs201v5.org.au before delivery.

    Attachment: Father's Day Hampers flyer 2016-2.pdf

    More details: http://201v5.lions.org.au/hunger

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    Australian Lions Foundation – Bushfire Appeal

    The Australian Lions Foundation is supporting local Lions Clubs in bushfire affected communities in their relief efforts.

    Western Australia, South Australia and Victoria have all had significant fires impacting many communities…. The most recent in Western Australia where the whole township of Yarloop was devastated with the loss of town buildings, 120 homes and properties and the loss of two lives. Lions on the ground have been assisting in all areas but more help is needed now to support those impacted to resettle and get their lives going again.

    To date, with the assistance of Clubs, the Australian Lions Foundation has provided grants totalling $600,000 to all areas impacted but with the recent Yarloop fires more support will be required. Donations received from Clubs to support this ongoing appeal have raised $333,000.

    As Clubs will be starting back after the Christmas and New Year break, we ask that you consider some support for those impacted by these disasters. Funds will be needed more and more to help those who are now recovering from the devastation of the fires and it is always Lions that are there on the front line to help those communities in need.

    Clubs wishing to support this appeal can forward cheques through the Cabinet Treasurer in the normal way.

    (Donations to this appeal do not qualify for ALF Awards)

    More details: http://lionsclubs.org.au/alf-newsflash-national-bushfire-appeal/

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    Victorian Government Power Outages campaign

    The Victorian State Government is seeking to ensure all Victorians are aware of the possibility of power outages during summer weather conditions and what they can do to prepare.

    As a result of the 2009 Black Saturday bushfires, increased safety measures have been introduced through the Government's Powerline Bushfire Safety Program requiring electricity businesses to modify their powerline safety settings on Total Fire Ban and Code Red days to reduce the risk of bushfires.

    This may result in more power failures and a delay in restoring power if a fault occurs. In response, we promote 'Your Guide to Power Outages'. Please take a couple of minutes to read the guide, it only takes a few simple things to be prepared for a power outage.

    Attachment: 2015 Power Outage 8 Panel DL.pdf

    More details: http://www.energyandresources.vic.gov.au/energy/safety-and-emergencies/power-outages/guide

  • District 201V5 Member Training Dates 2015-16

    Personal Development - 14/15 November - Box Hill Lions Clubrooms

    New Member Program - 28th November - Guides Hall, Noble Park

    Zone Chairman Meeting - 5th December - Whittlesea Bowls Club

    Media Training - 12th December - Bendigo Bank East Ringwood

    New Member Program - 6th February, 2016 - Chittick Park Community Place, Seymour Aquatic Centre

    Website Training Program - 13th February, 2016 - Seymour Room, Seymour Aquatic Centre Seymour

    Website Training Program - 20th February, 2016 - Box Hill Lions Clubrooms

    Media Training - 2nd April 2016 - Bendigo Bank East Ringwood

    Personal Development - 9th April - Box Hill Lions Clubrooms

    My LCI Training Program - tbc

    Website Training Program - 23rd April 2016 - Bendigo Bank East Ringwood

    Guiding Lion Program - tbc – will be conducted at a country location

    Club Development Training-for Rural Lions (formerly Incoming Officer Training) - 1st May, 2016 - Tatura Primary School

    Club Development Training- for Metro Lions - 8th May, 2016 - East Doncaster Secondary College

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    Our Centenary Program - Your club's chance to get on board!

    Dear Lions,

    Have you heard about Lions Australia’s 100 years, 100 stories of service program to celebrate our LCI centenary? Or perhaps you’ve heard about it but don’t quite understand how it works?

    In a nutshell the campaign centres on 100 Lions clubs each providing $1000 in Grants (through their activities fund), which will provide ‘seed funding’ for 100 projects in the club’s local community.

    Community groups will be invited to bid for each Club’s grant, with the club selecting their top three. Our media partner will then select the final winner and report on these ‘100 stories of service’ using their vast print and digital media resources.

    We’re sure you’ll agree that this is certainly a one in one hundred years opportunity to celebrate and shine a light on your club’s work, while identifying and supporting worthwhile community projects.

    Like to know more? Lions Executive Officer Rob Oerlemans has recorded a short presentation which explains the campaign in more detail..... https://youtu.be/78sZNLin_Ek

    You may also like to visit our website link below.

    Ready to get on-board? All your club need initially do is agree to provide grant funding for a project in your local community, and notify your DG Ann Eldridge before 30 November 2015.

    Still have questions? Contact your DG in the first instance or email pr@lions.org.au

    Attachment: 78sZNLin_Ek

    More details: http://lionsclubs.org.au/activities/centennial-grant-program-2015-2017/

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    Judging of District Finalists in the Lions International Peace Poster Contest.

    The Lions International Peace Poster Contest 2015-2016 is well underway in our District. Judging of District finalists has been planned for Saturday 21st November 2015. Please find attached invitation - hope you will be able to join us on this occasion.

    Attachment: District 201v5 LIPPC 2015-2016 judging Invitations doc.pdf

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    Lions Centennial Celebration Update

    Fellow Lions,

    The Centennial Celebration is bringing Lions around the world together to celebrate our 100th anniversary. Here are three great ways that you and your club can join the celebration this year and throughout the Centennial Celebration:

    * Lead through Service by hosting at least one Centennial Service Challenge project in each of our service areas of youth, vision, hunger and the environment. Be sure to report your Centennial projects on MyLCI to earn a banner patch for each year that your club participates.

    * Invite for Impact by setting a club goal of inviting at least 3 new members to join your club. You and your club can earn limited-edition awards in the Centennial Celebration Membership Awards for inviting new members and helping to sponsor a new club.

    * Connect with Community by planning a Centennial Community Legacy Project. Celebrate 100 years of Lions by identifying a special project that will make a lasting impact in your community. Look forward to receiving more information about developing your own Legacy Project.

    Download the Centennial Celebration Flyer and share it with your club today!

    Let’s work together to make the Centennial Celebration a big success!

    Dr. Jitsuhiro Yamada
    International President

    More details: http://www.mmsend47.com/link.cfm?r=1183551560&sid=82127412&m=11064873&u=LIONSPROD&j=29934926&s=http://www.lionsclubs.org/resources/EN/pdfs/lions100/centennial-action-flyer.pdf?utm_source=RealMagnet&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=5603%2D5617%20Centennial%20Newsletter%20Sept15%20EN

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    Fabulous Fords Car Show - Supporting ALVIF - 22nd November

    This fantastic car show will be held at the Whittlesea Showgrounds (Melways 246/H7) on Sunday the 22nd November 2015.

    Public entry from 10am – Adults $10, kids under 12 free
    Live music, food and refreshments and trade vendors on site.

    The purpose of the show is to raise finances for the Australian Lions Visual
    Independence Foundation (ALVIF). This is an Australian not for profit charity whose aim it is to: “bring happiness to the blind and low visioned Australians through the use of assistive or adaptive technology”

    More details: http://www.fabulousfordsforever.com.au/wp-content/uploads/2015/08/Fabulous-Fords-Forever-Motor-Show-2015.pdf

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    Food Hampers for Father’s Day

    Let’s make Father’s day – Sunday the 6th of September, special for families in need.

    We are asking for non-perishable goods to be collected by all of our Lions Clubs in our District. From everything collected we will have a working bee to put the hampers together and in partnership with one of our expert community groups in the Dandenong area we will organise distribution.

    Maybe you could contact business stores and places in your area. Perhaps each Club member could just collect something from home and put it together from the Club.

    Start collecting items such as:- cans of soup, bottles of jam, vegemite, sugar, salt, pepper, can of vegetables, soft drinks, pasta, packet meals, cans of fruit, chocolates, oil, etc.….

    Act fast, as we need the donations by Sunday the 30th of August 2015.

    Food Items can be delivered to 8b/9 Futura Road Keysborough, Vic 3173. Contact District Chairman Ruwan Paul on 0405 439 278 and Lidia Paul on 0423 469 569 or email hunger@lionsclubs201v5.org before delivery .

    More details: https://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.878324102236314.1073741831.861943367207721&type=3

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    Heathmont Lions celebrate 44 years

    HEATHMONT Lions Club Immediate Past President; Geoff Secker thanked the community of Heathmont for its continued support for its work to provide local, national and international humanitarian efforts.

    Geoff was acknowledging the ongoing work of the Lions Club as part of their 44 year’s history. Heathmont Lions have been serving the local community since 1971 and during that period the members have contributed to the growth and betterment of the local Heathmont community as well as contributed to wider National and International causes.

    Incoming President; Leanne Jarchow also commended the community for its recent support of the Club to provide much needed cash to assist the Nepal Earthquake victims. Leanne said that the proceeds from the gate at the Club’s Farmers Market at Great Ryrie Primary School earlier in May was a great example of the community working with Lions to make a difference at an International level. With donations received the Club was able to contribute to the great work undertaken by Lions Clubs International and local Lions on the ground in Nepal.

    More details: http://heathmont.vic.lions.org.au/

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    Lions Centennial Service Challenge

    For nearly 100 years, Lions have changed lives in their communities and around the world. In celebration of our Centennial in 2017, Lions everywhere are being challenged to serve 100 million people. You’re invited to join the celebration by helping us reach our goal.

    Your club can earn special Centennial recognition by hosting a service project that benefits:

    - Youth
    - Vision
    - Hunger
    - Environment.

    Don’t miss your chance to be a part of this historic event—start planning your next Centennial Service Challenge event today!

    More details: http://lions100.lionsclubs.org

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    YOTY District Final

    AT the V5 District Final of Youth of the Year Quest we saw Bronwyn Kealy win our District Final and go onto the State Final which was held at Ballarat on Saturday, 11th April, 2015. Bronwyn went on to win the Public Speaking segment of the State Final.

    Bronwyn is 17 years old and attends Eltham College, she was sponsored by the Lions Club of Warrandyte.

    Youth of the Year is a great opportunity for your Club to associate itself with local secondary schools and meet with their students.

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    Start of a new Leo Club

    CONGRATULATIONS to the Lions Club of Wheelers Hill for beginning the new Leo Club of Wheelers Hill.

    Our Second Vice District Governor Brian Buchanan did an excellent job in inducting these young people into the Leo’s program.

    Remember, our young people of today are our leaders of the future.

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    District Peace Poster finalists on display at NAB Southland & Doncaster branches

    Check out the 201V5 District Peace Poster finalists at selected NAB branches:

    NAB, Doncaster Shopping Centre from Monday 24th November to Saturday 29th November 2014

    NAB Southland Shopping Centre, 1st - 8th December .

    More details: http://201v5.lions.org.au/Peace%20Poster

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    Wantirna Club receives Aston Community Award

    Lions Club of Wantirna was recently recognised for its contribution to the community by being a finalist in the Community Group section of the 2014 Aston Community Awards.

    Lion Siva Sivagnanam also received an award in the Senior Volunteer Section.

    Pictured L-R: Siva Sivagnanam, Alan Tudge MP, Federal Member for
    Aston, Paul Garvey Club Secretary.

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    Slit-lamp Upgrade for the Australian College of Optometry

    Some months ago the Emergency Department of the Austin Hospital in Heidelberg donated a very expensive piece of equipment (a slit-lamp used in intense eye examination) to Lions for an upgrade and reinstatement to a worthy recipient.

    The Vermont Lions Club through Lion Damien Ziebell took up the challenge and financed the $2,500 upgrade to LED lamps.

    On Monday evening the 22nd September Dr Jamie Hendrie of the Austin handed the completed slit-lamp over to Ms Genevieve Napper of the Australian College of Optometry who provides low cost eye-care services to eligible Victorians through clinics in the Melbourne metropolitan area and in particular Aboriginal Services in rural Victoria run by a network of private optometrists.

    Congratulations to the Vermont Club and Lion Damien for completing the project.

    Pictured is Genevieve Nappere, Damien Ziebell and Dr Jamie Hendrie.

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    New LCIF Video Released

    See how your support of LCIF delivers on the needs of people around the globe.

    One of the most important ways that Lions make a difference in their communities and the world is through Lions Clubs International Foundation (LCIF), the official charitable organisation of Lions Clubs International.

    With funding from LCIF, Lions carry out large-scale humanitarian projects in their community. Every dollar donated to the Foundation goes directly toward a grant, as administrative costs are paid by interest on investments. Lions’ support of the
    Foundation is critical, as donations from Lions provide the majority of LCIF’s revenue.

    Since LCIF began in 1968, it has awarded more than 10,268 grants totaling more than US$729 million. Together, Lions and LCIF are making a difference for millions of people. “We Serve” better together.

    LCIF grants go toward Lions sight services, disaster relief, health initiatives and more. Support LCIF and make a difference.


    More details: http://youtu.be/fhUMr4HuVT0

  • Licola Open Day on November 1st.

    At this stage we intend to run a bus trip to and from Licola, but this will depend on how many Lions and friends would like to come. Costs will depend on the numbers but we would expect it to be $50.00 or less.

    Please do not leave it to the last minute to book, as quite a bit of forward planning is necessary to arrange the bus. As a matter some urgency please let Ian Bjorkman know if you are interested ianbjorkman49@hotmail.com

  • The August issue of the ANZI Forum 2014 Newsletter

    Learn the latest news on the ANZI Forum 2014 in Adelaide. Download it by clicking on the following link.

    More details: http://201v5.lions.org.au/files/201v5/ANZI%20Forum%20Newsletter%20August%202014.pdf

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    A Final Message from DG Chandra Mangalore

    Dear Fellow Lions Family Members:

    The year that was – Usha and I have thoroughly enjoyed our year. Looking back now, I wonder how I accomplished so many Lions tasks and became a grandparent as well!

    As District Governor I had unparalleled fabulous guidance and assistance from all Cabinet Officers and Lions in the District 201V5. Usha and I thank all of you for making the job a pleasure when it could have been more onerous.

    I will be working with Incoming 2014-2015 District Governor Alan Fluck and District Officers to fulfil the tasks which I have failed to accomplish, the formation of a few more new Clubs. I shall try to form a Korean Club with help of Carnegie Lions and GMT Team.

    Usha and I thank you all for the wonderful year we had and the part in which you have played – our memories of this wonderful experience will linger for many years to come.

    DG Chandra

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    Seymour Goulburn Lion Carol Smith awarded Citizen of the Year

    When Seymour’s Carol Smith heard former president John F. Kennedy speak when she was growing up in the United States, it changed her whole perspective on life.

    His famous quote: ‘‘Ask not what your country can do for you, ask what you can do for your country’’ spurred a decision to volunteer her spare time for the community.

    Mrs Smith’s dedication has been recognised when she was awarded the Mitchell Shire Citizen of the Year award at the 2014 Australia Day ceremony in Kilmore.

    ‘‘I’m very honoured for the recognition and I appreciate all the work the Lions do in the community,’’ she said.

    Mrs Smith said volunteering gave her a great sense of satisfaction and allowed her to give something back to the community.

    More details: http://www.mmg.com.au/local-news/seymour/tireless-volunteer-honoured-1.66605#

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    DG Chandra's Update - So much done, so much to do – with enthusiasm…

    Dear Fellow Lions Family Members, well it is the same every year, we find ourselves busy with the wind-up to Christmas and then we blink and it’s finished! So, with Christmas and NewYear holidays behind us now, I’m hopeful that all our Lion families had wonderfully happy, memory-making celebrations. Usha and I certainly enjoyed company of our family members, especially our two month old granddaughter, Indigo. Although Indigo’s participation wasn’t very much this year, we are looking forward to her eating the wrapping next year and getting to know Father Christmas!

    We note that many Lions worked hard selling our Christmas cakes/puddings and distributing Christmas hampers to the needy, again bringing Christmas cheer to them.My best wishes to all to have a happy, healthy and prosperous 2014. In Chinese astrology it will be the Year of the Horse – people born in the Year of the Horse know how to work hard and party hard – this is a good omen for us all.

    I must thank all Cabinet Officers for their contribution to the District and Lions in general, however, in particular I thank Lorna for her contribution as Treasurer for the first six months of this Lion year. However, Lorna has recognised that she doesn’t have enough time to devote to the tasks involved, so reluctantly I have accepted her resignation. It is to my great delight Lin Byron agreed to be Cabinet Treasurer for the rest of this year ending 30th June 2013.

    We had a fantastic Convention at Marysville. I cannot thank enough the Convention Organising Committee who has worked very hard to put on a grand show. International visitors appreciated the fellowship and hospitality shown by us and were very impressed with our various projects. I must thank PDG Phil and Lorna who accompanied the visitors and looked after them.

    Our Peace Poster Chairman, Rod Moss as usual did a good job. I thank him for his dedication and hard work.

    All of my Club visits have been very enjoyable – I now only have 14 Clubs remaining (to be visited). Usha and I are delighted to meet somany wonderful Lions who are friendly, hard-working and do a tremendous amount of community service. The public is not aware of the scope of services we do and it is worrying matter how to rectify this situation. I am open to any suggestions.

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    Licola Update

    It's been a busy and productive year at Licola, and I’d like to thank each and every one of you who have been involved in any way in this great Lions project. Your “time, labour and means” has been very much in the spirit of Lionism, and has been very much appreciated. We hope that 2014 is a great new year for us all.

    To our staff at Licola, thank you for your dedication to Licola’s ideals, we could not achieve what we do without you. The condition of the camp is the best it’s ever been, and the quality and professionalism of programs is well known and reflected in the continued repeat bookings from year to year.

    The completion of Houses 15 and 16 is imminent, and it will prove to be well worth the considerable time and effort that a number of people have put in over a long period of time. It will be a brilliant resource for our special needs campers for many years to come.

    Dates for Special Needs Adventure Camps 2014

    District 201 N4 Special Needs Camp: Saturday 12th to Thursday 17th April.
    District 201 V6 Special Needs Camp: Tuesday 22nd to Sunday 27th April.
    District 201 V3 Special Needs Camp (Up to 18 years of age): Mon 12th – Wed 14th May.

    All information can be found www.licola.org.au – Lions drop down menu – Lions Sponsored Camps.

    More details: www.licola.org.au

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    Peace Poster Competition Winners Announced!

    The District Winner this year was Max Freeman, Age 13 years from Brighton Grammar. Max was sponsored by the Lions Club of Sandringham and presented with the District Plaque at the final end-of-the-year school assembly on Wednesday 11th December.

    The National Winner this year was Sophie age 12, sponsored by the Lions club of Casterton, District 201V2. The Highly Recommended poster was by Samantha age 13, sponsored by the Lions club of Booragoon, District 201W2.

    More details: http://201v5.lions.org.au/Peace%20Poster

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