Big River

Lions Club of Eildon

District 201V5, Victoria, Australia


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Club news

  • Goulburn Fishing Festival (Eildon)

    The fishing festival has been going since 2012 and is on the day before Father's Day which is the opening of the trout season. Eildon lions have been actively involved since its inception by setting up the Community Centre with stages, chairs, tables and bbq's for the chefs to show the public the best ways to cook a fish. We also have our food and drink vans onsite to satisfy the hungry crowds.
    We attend the meetings and meet with the government organisers also local fishing club, local bait and tackle shop and all other bodies involved in the fishing industry months before the event to toss around ideas on how it can be made better and more appealing to the public.
    It is a family day and there is no charge to attend and with lots of give away prizes it is great with the children. There are casting competitions, watching the Pondage being stocked with trout raised at Snobs Creek Hatchery.
    Then there are buses to take the public to the hatchery to see how it all works and then be able to feed the fish.

    The 2017 event is well under way with new ideas to involve the local Primary School children to make up paper mache fish for the casting competition and also a colouring competition.
    Saturday the 2nd of September 2017 saw the Goulburn Fishing Festival open to a cloudy day but slowly developed into the most successful fishing festival ever held in Eildon. 950 people registered with an estimated 50 non registering.
    Having Rex Hunt as ambassador would have contributed into the increase in numbers.
    With lots of giveaways and activities for the children plus the release of hatchery trout there was something for everyone to enjoy. Plus at the end of the day the fireworks did not disappoint.
    The Lions Club and local traders look forward in working with Fisheries Victoria next year 2018 in getting 1 Million Victorians into fishing.

  • Lion's Club of Eildon Saturday Easter Market.

    Our Market started back in 1983 and is still going strong. It is one of the most want to be markets by stall holders who come back year after year.
    Approximately 4500 people come through the gates from 8am to 2pm.
    If you wish to be part of this market contact us through our email address or contact us at PO Box 36 Eildon 3713.

    If you wish to be part of our market for 2018 do not leave it, it could be to late now, email Hayley Furlong at

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    Eildon Lions Club House

    We are in the process of upgrading our club house and the storage yard, as well as creating a Memorial wall for our past members. We store wood collected from many sources where it is taken back to the yard to be split and stacked for our (4) wood raffles each year.

    Our drink and food vans are parked under cover also our mobile generator and mobile freezer, as well as our club trailer.

    Every Thursday we have a working bee for three hours to maintain our equipment. This gives a chance over a cup of tea to discuss anything and everything.


    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.
    May 2017
    We have had our first raffle for the year with another three to go, we are lucky once again to be able to get more wood which we are able to store under cover for next years raffles. Tickets have been selling well as it has turned cold quick this year.
    Another firewood year has proved successful with raising around $1000.00.
    We also were able to donate a number of trailer loads to the needy in the community over the Winter period.
    We thank the members of the community that make their properties available so that we can obtain wood for the raffles.

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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.
    Lions Easter Saturday Market is out of the road and 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 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 10am to 2pm.
    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 hoarded 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.

    We have had a few openings over the Christmas holidays with a steady flow of visitors, we still have not had our official opening yet.
    We installed a modern picture hanging system which stretches the entire length of our Museum so that most of the photos can be hung.
    Have started to set out for concreting a pathway to our work door to save coming through the Information Centre.
    Concreting is finished, more photos on the wall and now work starting on the bell tower. 200x200 milled hardwood will support the frame to hang the 100 kg brass bell from.
    We had a visit from a Probus group of 38 members who were from the Mornington Peninsula. The response was very positive.
    Bell tower finished, the bell is dated 1923 and is at this stage the oldest bell in the area of Murrindindi. We have been told it has the note of " G ".
    Official Opening Ceremony
    The day was perfect with around 70 people attended the opening ceremony
    The MC for the day was Mark Howard director of Eildon Real Estate and Frank Stow (one of the committee) who led proceedings.
    A marble plaque was mounted onto the church building in memory of Margaret McKernan the inspiration behind the Museum. Margaret passed away just as the grant was awarded to start the Museum.
    The ribbon cutting was done by 94 year old Jeanie Gribble and 90 year old Sandy Wallace two local identities who were involved for the construction of the last dam wall.
    Also the unveiling of the entrance sign was done by Mr & Mrs. Debone Mr Debono worked also on the last Dam Wall back in the 1950s.
    Dick McKernan (also of the committee ) then rang the 1923 bell in the newly constructed bell tower.
    And last the unveiling of the Dams Wall Museum open sign by Heather and Michael Sundstrom (also on the committee) this sign was created by another local identity Bob Dare.
    Those who spent time going through the Museum were very impressed with the lay out and displays and a number of attendees have promised more photos and artifacts now knowing that there is a permanent home for such items to be saved for our local history.
    From the beginning 05-11-2011 to now 05-11-17 it is hard to believe that we got there, but there is more that has to be done.

    The festive season has come and gone, Eildon has had a fantastic holiday period with the water level of the weir at 80 % (is now 60% 22-02-18) we have never seen so many visitors since the days of the 60s. And with that we were open over the holiday period Mondays-Wednesdays and Saturdays, we kept a log book on the patronage and 100 plus visitors came through the door, all reports from our visitors was very encouraging, this means that from a small entrance fee of $5.00 we can [plough that money back into exhibits and display furniture]. We have closed for a short period of time to renew viewing material and change things around, just to keep it interesting. The Museum will be open for the Easter break and school holidays.

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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.

    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.

    We had an unusual lead up to christmas and over the holidays with the camp booked. This has been our quiet time in the past, it looks like the word has got around about the camp.
    We have acquired a slow combustion heater to replace the old one, this will be installed over the next two months ready for winter.
    New fittings have been installed on our gas bottles just to make sure that everything is working when it has to and is safe for our hirers.
    The new heavy slow combustion heater has been installed and works well.
    Painting of the toilets will start soon before winter.
    Our BIg River Committee are working at the camp every week, raking, spraying and general maintenance.
    We just had to replace a small but important part in the generator thanks the experience of our committee.
    Another working bee to clean up the camp for Christmas, cutting grass and also refining the pick up point at the water pump which pumps the water to the holding tanks above the camp. This water is crystal clear straight from the Taponga river.
    Sadly we have had to remove two beautiful giant trees out the very front of our complex, one dropped a huge limb back in January and it was so lucky it did not hit the building and so so lucky that the camp was not hired at the time.
    We hired our friendly tree lopper who did a brilliant job in leveling both trees which means safety for our hirers and a lot of wood to go towards our annual wood raffles. Please note that both trees were at the end of their time as they were full of rot on the inside.

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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 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 everybody 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)
    It was agreed at our last meeting 22-04-17 that proceeds from the Goulburn Fishing Festival in September 2017 will go towards Lions Childhood Cancer Research Foundation.
    Owing to a successful Goulburn Fishing Festival we are able to contribute over a thousand dollars towards Lions Childhood Cancer Research Foundation.

District news

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    Lions Roar with Next Gen!!!

    Join the Lions Club of Lysterfield for this fantastic event - please see the attached flyer and submit your RSVP while seats last!

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    Sandringham Lions roar for Sandringham Hospital

    Sandringham Lions roar for Sandringham Hospital

    As part of Sandy Lions 50th Anniversary and Lions International 100th Anniversary, we were able to donate $32,760 to Sandy Hospital. The hospital is building a new Day Procedure centre & this money will enable them to purchase 6 patient recliner chairs for the unit. The money has been raised by our club over 2 years and a dollar for dollar grant from Australian Lions Foundation plus a small donation from the RACV made a very healthy donation.

    Acting Director of Nursing Mandy Sandford said the money would be a fantastic help and thanked all our members for the wonderful support. Charter Member Bill Adams, President Roger Vial and Lion Bev McLennan were on hand to view the building site which is due for completion in July. Bill Adams (2nd from left) was also President of the Sandy Hospital Board in the early years and so he was very pleased to be able to hand over the BIG cheque.

    Bev McLennan
    Sandringham Lions Club Facebook


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    Lions Club of Nunawading Inc Antiques and Collectables Fair

    Here's an event for your Diary!
    Lions Club of Nunawading Inc - Antiques and Collectables Fair, Saturday 28th April 2018, 9am to 3 pm - Mullauna Secondary College Hall, Corner of Mitcham and Springfield rds, Mitcham 3132

    Entry: 456 Springfield Rd. Admission: $5

    Antique Valuations by David Freeman: Between 11am and 2pm. $5 donation per item, max of 4 items. (No jewellery. Please bring photos of larger items) David Freeman Valuations and Amanda Addams Auctions. 0419 578 184

    Dealer Enquiries: Jeni 0409 212 842 Garry 0402 042 746
    All profits go to Lions Community Projects,
    100% of all money raised by Lions goes back into the community.

    Attachment: Mallauna Antiques Fair 2018.docx

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    National Flood, Fire and Cyclone Appeal - Please give

    To all Lions, Leo and Lioness Clubs – Multiple District 201, Australia - Please give consideration to this Appeal

    With the approval of Council Chairman Malcolm Peters, the Australian Lions Foundation Ltd has initiated a “National Appeal” in support of those affected by the recent flood waters which have inundated parts of Queensland, and the fires still burning in New South Wales and Victoria. Many homes have been lost in both the floods and fires. Cyclone Marcus has passed over Darwin, also leaving a path of destruction.

    Emergency Grants are available from the Foundation for all Districts impacted as initial support and we will administer the funds received from the Appeal direct with the Districts. The Foundation has already provided $100,000 to District Q2 to assist with the relief efforts for Ingham and surrounding areas. Contact has been made with all other impacted Districts and Governors are assessing their needs.

    It is sad to see so many impacted with all these events and this includes members of our Lions family. Houses lost through fire, severe damage as a result of the floods and damage through cyclone winds… it impacts the basics of our lives.

    Clubs who wish to donate can follow the normal procedure and send your cheques direct to your Cabinet Treasurer who will process through to the Australian Lions Foundation. The public may also donate direct to the Foundation by using the “GiveNow link” button on the Multiple District Website and the Australian Lions Foundation Website. All public donations received over $2 are tax deductible. Please consider your support to this appeal to help those in need throughout our impacted areas.

    If you require further information, please contact your State ALF Director

    Attachment: 1.Newsflash-Flood,Fire, Cyclone 2018.pdf

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    Family Fun BBQ - Monash Lions Club

    Monash Lions Club - Family Fun Day

    Where: Pavilion at Jells Park, Waverley Road, Wheelers Hill

    Date: Sunday 8th April 2018

    Time: 12-4pm

    RSVP By: 3 April 2018 (Please confirm numbers attending)

    Asok Rao – 0409937618

    Uma Rao - 0418336749

    Email: Website:

     Free BBQ and Soft t Drinks ( Vegetarian Options Available)

     Games for kids and Adults – Great Prizes to Be Won!!!!

     Fun and Fellowship

     Find out about Monash Lions Club’s Purpose and Future Activities

    Attachment: Family Fun BBQ MLC April 2018.pdf

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    Walk for an Aussie Kid

    Why not host a Walk for an Aussie Kid this autumn?

    It's a great way to engage with locals through schools, community groups, retirement villages etc. Also this is a great opportunity to talk about membership!


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    State Leo Conference

    The Leo Club of Vermont Secondary College would like to invite all Victorian Leo’s to a fun day where you can meet other Leo’s and exchange ideas at the

    Starting 9.30am 21st April 2018

    At Vermont Secondary College

    27 – 63 Morack Road

    Vermont 3133

    This no cost one-day conference will present a fun program with a focus on Leadership with interactive forums

    There will be several key note speakers offering deep insight into their topics with ample time for questions

    There will also be presentations by Leo Leaders

    Attachment: Leo State Leo Conference Programme 2018.docx

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    General Motors American Car Show - Nunawading LC

    Come an enjoy a genuine American Car Show!

    Proudly presented by the Nunawading Lions Club

    On Sunday the 12th of November at the Manhattan Hotel, Cnr Heatherdale and Canterbury Roads in Ringwood. Admission is $5 and kids under 12 are FREE!

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    Licola Family Open Day

    This year's FAMILY OPEN DAY flier. November 4th - pop it in the diary and bring the family for a great day out.. more instructors and more big activities this year

    Attachment: CAMP_OPEN_DAY_2017-2-1.pdf

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    Join Membership Forum - Extend the Hand of Service!

    All Lions are invited to attend this innovative, dynamic, fun filled, informative Membership Forum. Come along, contribute your ideas, learn new techniques and strategies to increase membership in YOUR club!

    Attachment: Membership Forum Save the Date2.pdf

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    Comedy For a Cause - Wantirna Lions

    Comedy For A Cause presents a showcase of some of the best comedians from the Sydney and Melbourne International Comedy Festival in support of Wantirna Lions Club.

    Date: Saturday 7 October, 2017
    Doors: 7pm
    Showtime: 8pm
    Conclusion: 10:15pm (approx)
    Tickets: $35

    Drinks available at discounted prices (wine, beer, cider and mixed spirits) from 7.00pm.

    Tickets are not allocated – so first in best dressed.


    Venue: Bayswater Citizens Centre – 790 Mountain Highway, Bayswater (Cnr Mountain Hwy and Scoresby Rd)

    Contact Details:
    Mat Wakefield: 0421 244 288

    Attachment: Event Advert Wantirna Lions Comedy night.docx

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    Charity Golf Day @ Kingston Heath!

    Welcome to the running of the 42nd Lions Moorabbin Annual Charity Golf Day.
    We are delighted to announce our 2017 event will be played at the prestigious Kingston Heath Golf Club on Tuesday 28 November. We will have an AM field and a PM field and the event will be singles stableford. We will have the usual activities such as NTP’s, longest drive, straightest drive, a raffle, auctions, winning prizes.

    We will be assisted in the management of this year’s event by GOLFSelect. Key aspects of GOLFSelect’s involvement is the setting up of a specific website to handle player registrations and payments, and the provision of a mobile scoring system on the day showing a live leaderboard after you play each hole. You can see a sample of this scoring system by clicking here.

    Funds raised at this year’s charity golf day will go toward specific Lion’s Project throughout 2018. Lions Moorabbin is proud to say that every single cent raised from our charity golf day goes back to the community.

    We would like to add that this is a very special event for our Club, as it occurs in the Centenary Year of Lions International serving the community in Australia.
    We look forward to receiving your entry in the event.

    Attachment: Event Advert Moorabbin Lions Golf Day.pdf

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    The Roti Night organised by the Lions of Lyndhurst – Come ‘Roti’ with us

    It is our pleasure to invite everyone to attend the Roti Night organised by the Lions of Lyndhurst and District Club on 15 September 2017.

    All proceeds from the event will be donated to Rainbows for the Children of Australia. The said Charity was founded in 1985 and functions as a grief support harm prevention charity that assists those facing a significant loss or painful transition in their lives. Peer-support programs facilitated by trained adults provide children and adults in emotional pain a path to process their loss whilst allowing them to build trust in another. The charity also focuses on harm prevention and addresses a variety of areas such as depression, family break-down and suicide prevention.

    Do take the time to attend our event, it would be great to see you there!

    Thank you
    Udeshika Gunasekera

    Attachment: Event Advert Roti Night Lions of Lyndhurst.docx

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    Licola - Over 50's Getaway

    "If we were meant to stay in one place we’d have roots rather than feet."

    Over 50s Getaway!

    We’ve come across an incredible opportunity at Licola! Through a grant available from the Wellington Shire council we have potential funding for up to 15 people from the Wellington Shire to come to our getaway – totally for FREE! This is a case of first in best dressed.

    The getaway includes transport to and from Heyfield, all meals, activities and accommodation for the week. This years program runs from the 30th October to the 3rd November (Mon – Fri).

    If all 15 participants come from one club, ideal! If a few small groups from several clubs, not an issue. We’re taking all expressions of interest. The only requirement is a commitment to the program for us to take to the council. If members of your club don’t seem overly excited, perhaps your book club, swimming club, cars club might be interested!

    The phones are available right now for you to call us (03) 5148 8791 or email

    Over 50s Getaway

    For everybody outside the Wellington Shire we would love to hear from you, it’s an incredible program at a very reasonable price ($330 per person). Includes transport to and from Melbourne.

    Attachment: Licola Corner Over 50s.pdf

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  • Meet the Future of Lions!

    Learn how Lions and Leos are bringing service into the 21st century with our new Global Service Framework in the video link below.

    With expanded service opportunities designed to meet emerging humanitarian needs, the service framework will help us achieve our LCI Forward goal of serving 200 million people per year by 2021!

    Our new service framework focuses our efforts on five service areas: Vision, Hunger, the Environment, Pediatric Cancer and Diabetes.

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    Nunawading Lions hosting International Womans Day Dinner

    Nunawading Lions are holding a dinner on International Women’s Day 8th March, for 100 women. We hope to raise funds for women and children suffering from family violence.

    6.30pm for a 7pm start.

    Natalie’s Restaurant
    Quality Hotel Manor, 669 Maroondah Hwy. Mitcham.

    Tickets $55 pp. Booking enquiries :

    Please refer to the attached Invitation for more details and to make your booking.

    Attachment: IWD invitation.pdf

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    Tatura Lions hosting TatFest

    Tatura Lions are running the inaugural Festival of Tatura (TatFest) at Mactier Park, Tatura. TatFest is a day of food, fun, competitions, and entertainment for all the family. It celebrates the vibrant people and community, and the produce of Tatura.

    There will be Zorb balls, face painting, pirate ship jumping castle, sumo wrestling, abseiling, petting zoo, train rides, a model train demonstration, and fairy floss for the young and young at heart. Hit the target with a giant water pistol with the CFA and push and scream with the SES. Be entertained by buskers all day and vote for your winning busker. Buy paintings from the local State School by silent auction and marvel at the 1 minute videos, entitled “why I love Tatura”, produced by locals young and old.

    Don’t know what a zorb ball is? Look at the photo and come along and try your hand at rolling them from inside – I can ensure you that they are great fun.

    Plenty of meals, wine, beer, cider, and soft drinks available all day. The wine is from a local winery and you can buy a glass or a bottle. Meals will display the cultural foods of some of the ethnic communities of the region. Thirty stalls offering a wide range of goods – even the Lions BBQ with some special offerings.

    Entry is free.

    The busker competition is sponsored by the Tatura Hotel. The whole event is being sponsored by the City of Greater Shepparton, Tatura Milk, and Shepparton News, each with gold sponsorship. Tatura Milk is a business of Bega Cheese – the company that have just bought vegemite.

    We would be delighted to have you come and help us to promote Lions, or come and help us with a range of tasks through the day.

    Come to TatFest – you will have a ball.

    Follow us on our Facebook page below to see the great publicity that we are getting, email us on, or contact Malcolm Campbell 0429 683 775.

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    District 201V5 Centennial Dinner Dance

    The Grand on Princes, 2251 Princes Hwy Mulgrave Vic 3170

    Saturday May 27th 2017 7.00 p.m. until midnight

    Black Tie Event

    Live Music from Band ‘Next Generation’

    $60 per head for a 3 course dinner with complimentary wine, beer and soft drinks

    Tickets available through Kumar Swaminathan or 0415 428 178 or Chester Allan on 0407 857 862

    Attachment: Centenary Dinner Flyer.pdf

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    Peace Poster - Judging of District 201V5 Finalists

    District Governor Brian Buchanan cordially invites you to the District 201V5 judging of District Finalists in the Lions International Peace Poster Contest 2016-2017.

    DATE: Saturday 26th November 2016
    TIME: 10.00am – 1pm
    VENUE: Box Hill Lions Hall, 1230 Riversdale Road Box Hill South

    Judging Panel: DG Brian Buchanan, Artist Susan Gustafson, Lion Rod Moss, Leo Keran Swaminathan.

    Please RSVP to District LIPPC Chairman Georgina Kambouris by 20th November 2016
    Mobile: 0419 578 089

    Attachment: District 201V5 LIPPC 2016-2017 District Judging Invitation 1.pdf

  • Food Hampers for Christmas

    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 Christmas Food Hampers 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 27th of November 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 before delivery.

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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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    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

    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 before delivery.

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

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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)

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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

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  • 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.....

    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

    Attachment: 78sZNLin_Ek

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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

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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”

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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 before delivery .

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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.

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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!

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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 .

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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.

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  • 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

  • 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.

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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.

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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 – Lions drop down menu – Lions Sponsored Camps.

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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.

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