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    "twinning" with Lions Club of Batticaloa, Sri Lanka

    Wantirna Lions has been involved with numerous community projects with the Lions Club of Batticaloa, Sri Lanka, since the 2004 Boxing Day tsunami in Sri Lanka. We call this international collaboration between Lions Clubs "twinning".

    Our first project was to help 12 students between the age 10 and 16 years with their education. Nearly all of them had lost their parents during the tsunami were struggling in their educational field. This project lasted 12 years. Since, that time our Club has been involved in many projects. These included donation of over 150 used laptops to many students, payment for 3 electric mobility scooters (2019) and now helping with Wheelchairs for needy people in Batticaloa. A few wheelchairs were shipped last year too.

    We are grateful to the community in Knox for the generous help towards all the above projects.

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    For ticket purchases contact our Treasurer, Jeff West on:
    Email: jeffreybamwest@yahoo.com.au
    Ph. 0401 142 781.
    • Ticket sales for this Community Raffle will help us with the Club’s running costs to support the vulnerable in our community.
    • Tickets will be sold in a contactless manner. If you wish to purchase tickets, or books of 10, let us know and we’ll provide direct deposit bank details. Tickets will then be scanned and emailed back to you within 72 hours.
    • With the generosity of Garry & Warren Smith Honda and support of the Rotary Club Waverley, the proceeds of all tickets we sell go directly to Wantirna Lions.
    • Note ticket sales extended to 25 September 2020 with the draw on 19 October 2020.

    Wantirna Lions Club thank you for your support!!

    Attachment: GWS Flyer 4B Image.pdf

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    Regency Park Primary School student Jackson (age 10) presented Club President Wes Gleeson with spectacles he had collected with Regency Park Primary.

    All used specs are repurposed to those in need within Australia and overseas. Thanks to Jackson and his fellow students at the Regency Park Primary School.

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    Wantirna Lions donated 45 hams to the FTG Salvation Army Christmas Hamper Appeal. Pictured is Captain Rachel Attard of Ferntree Gully Corps and Wantirna Lion Paul Thorneycroft.

    Top left pic shows the great hams being handed over and right pic - Capt. Rachel is presenting us with a Thank You certificate.

    Our Lions Club is very happy to be able to assist the FTG Salvation Army in their efforts.

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    Wantirna Lions was recenly invited to have a stall at the Knox Council Staff Market. Our stall was all about selling Christmas Cakes. We also had the good fortune to run into Deputy Mayor - Marcia Timmers-Leitch pictured with some of the crew.

    Thanks to Knox City Council and Staff for their generous support.

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    Wantirna Lions is entering it's 3rd year of sponsoring two local Templeton Primary School Children with the costs of schooling. This spon0sorship is known within the club as the Nancy Bartlett Scholarship and was established to support the family of young children who need assistance with schooling costs.

    Nancy was a proud and active member of our club and was passionate about our local youth being able to achieve all they can. We are pleased to be able to continue this support.

    Our 2020 sponsorship was presented to Principal Rod McKinlay by Wantirna Lion - Paul Garvey


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    Marie, from Bunnings Vermont South, presented a gift card to Carolyn from Wantirna Lions. Wantirna Lions appreciate Bunnings ongoing support that allows us to assist the local community. The gift card will be returned to the community through a future raffle or fundraiser. Many Thanks Bunnings.


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    Six years ago Wantirna Lions “adopted” Scope’s respite care centre in Bayswater. We’ve been giving it the love ever since! What a fantastic effort by Ian, Russell, Harald, Paul G, Wes, Jeff, Carolyn, Daniel and Ebony (potential new members). We trimmed, cut, mowed, swept, weeded and cleaned and de-cobwebbed the decking. In under 3 hours we filled the 6 cubic metre skip with our work and a mountain of hard rubbish that Scope had accumulated. We had a short morning tea break supplied by Amy, Scope coordinator, met some of the respite clients and had a few laughs with them. After our hard work we adjourned for coffee across the road. Thanks to the team who gave up their Sunday morning to make James St house look its best!”

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    Wantirna Lions & Community Pharmacy Support Knox Infolink Homelessness Programs

    Recently the Wantirna Lions Club & the Community Pharmacy at Wantirna Mall joined forces to present a cheque for $651.70 to support local Emergency Relief & Homelessness programs coordinated by Knox Infolink.

    Information on the various support programs and resources available at Knox Infolink please see www.knoxinfolink.org.au.

    If you would like to know more about the Wantirna Lions current projects or membership please see www.wantirna.vic.lions.org.au

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    Denise Budge Centre Manager Knox Infolink; Paul Garvey Secretary Wantirna Lions; Carmen Tisseverasinghe

    More details: www.knoxinfolink.org.au

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    Wantirna Lions recently supported to launch of the new PharmaSave Chemist at Studfield Shopping Centre in Wantirna. The launch was successful with some face painting and a good old sausage sizzle.


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    Earlier in the year Wantirna Lions held a Hoppers Night (Indian pancake & curries meal) to raise funds for 3 mobility scooters for some Sri Lankan Seniors. The scooters have finally been delivered to the luck recipients as shown in the photo. Great to see the project coming to it's fruition. Thanks to all who attended and contributed and of course thanks to the members who all got behind the project.

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    Wantirna Lions again provided the catering services at the annual Seniors Week Lunch of Bayswater Senior Citizens. Just another way in which Wantirna Lions gives back to the community.


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    Wantirna Lions recently manned the BBQ at Bunnings Vermont South. The proceeds for the day were all being donated to the Australian Lions Chlidhood Cancer Foundation. Well done to the team with just over over $420 donated to a great cause!

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    As a result of the fundraiser held in March of this year, Wantirna Lions was able to purchase and provide some mobility scooters to a couple of Senior Citizens in need in Sri Lanka. As always we very much rely on the support of the community for such events and it is great to be able to share the final result. The pictures show the final test drive before handover to seniors receiving the scooters. Thanks for your generosity.


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    The link below is to an inspiring video (produced by the Victorian Government) about two of our members and their initial journey into retirement. Finding the right challenges beyond our working careers is not always easy. See how Linda and Margie tackled it.

    Wantirna Lions is very proud of both of them and the contribution they make to our club and the Knox Community.

    More details: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=o6rLb1Z_yrc

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    Come join us for a Taste of Sri Lanka. Hoppers Food, BYO Drink. Entertainment and music of Sri Lanka. Tickets just $25.00. Funds raised will go to purchasing mobility scooters for Senior Citizens in Sri Lanka.

    Tickets available from Siva (0422 301 945) or PJ (0403 039 283)

    Venue: Bayswater Senior Citizens Hall, Cnr Mountain Hwy and Scoresby Road Bayswater.

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    Wantirna Lions is back at work for 2019 and would like to thank all of the businesses that supported us in our 2018 Christmas Cake Drive. In the attached picture are the Team from Banksia Nursery who have yet again sold a substantial amount of cakes. Thank You

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    Wantirna Lions Team was yet again hard at work. This time providing catering and support for the Bayswater Senior Citizen's annual lunch as part of Senior Citizen's Week.

    A great time was had by all, a fantastic crowd, food, entertainment and of course a lot of hard work. A great example of working within our community. What a pleasure to work with the Bayswater Senior''s community.

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    Wantirna Lions again undertook the catering tasks for the Knox Council Social Club Grand Final Lunch. Staff were served up a nice lunch and generously contributed to our raffle for raising more funds for Need4Feed.

    Thanks to the Knox Council Social Club and the Lions members who assisted.



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    JULY 2019 - Nightowls Hoops for Youth (1 step closer)

    Our proposed project - Nightowls - Hoops for Youth (proposed name) sports program that aims to run an 8 week basketball ball program for youth between the ages of 13 and 18 took a step forward today to success.

    We have submitted a funding request to the State Government which goes to public voting from Monday 13th August. To receive funding we have to get the highest amount of public votes from people living within 5km of Boronia. Rally the troops - we do need your votes. Program link here: https://pickmyproject.vic.gov.au/rounds/pick-my-project/faqs/pick-my-project-faqs

    More details: https://pickmyproject.vic.gov.au/rounds/pick-my-project/faqs/pick-my-project-faqs

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    JULY 2018 - FCC First Items Installed

    The new stove and bar fridge are now installed as part of the FCC Kitchen Upgrade. Thanks to Australian Lions Foundation, Wantirna Lions Club and Foothills Community Care Team.

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    Wantirna College is presented with a Lions Appreciation Award for the provision of older laptops which were packaged and sent to schools in need in Sri Lanka. The award was presented by Lion Siva Sivagnanam. Many thanks Wantirna College - your amazing donation will inspire and encourage the school children.

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    Wantirna Lions Club Members perform a tidy up at Scope in Bayswater. Time to get ready for Spring!

    Thanks to - Diane Burridge, Carolyn Harris, Linda Davidson, Wes Gleeson, Jeff West & Paul Thorneycroft. What a difference!

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    JULY 2018 - Foothills Community Care Kitchen Upgrade

    Wantirna Lions in conjunction with Australian Lions Foundation is pleased to announce a joint project for Foothills Community Care. FCC is a fantastic organisation that provides over 10,000 meals annually to those in need. The meals are provided in a friendly and respectful environment where interaction is encouraged between the guests, volunteers and the FCC Team.

    This project will see the installation of a brand new commercial oven and some substantial cabinetry additions. Later this year we are hoping to secure Knox Council funding which will allow stage 2 to go ahead, the installation of reverse cycle air-conditioning. Stay tuned!

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    MAY 2018 - Members Assist At Community Dinner

    Wes, Margie & Jillian attended the Upwey Community Dinner run by the fantastic organisation Foothills Community Care. This is a great organisation that gives back to the community in so many many ways. Check out their Web Page for more information.


    More details: http://www.foothillscare.org.au/

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    MAY 2018 - We Get A Visitor From Las Vegas Aloha Lions

    The club recently had the pleasure of meeting Jessica Shanley who is a member of the Las Vegas Aloha Lions Club. Jessica is a local Wantirna girl who was home for a visit and wanted to stop by.

    Jessica tells us that the Las Vegas Aloha Club membership was founded by Hawaiians who moved to Vegas.

    ALOHA - Las Vegas Aloha Lions and great to meet you Jessica.

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    MAY 2018 - SCOPE Gets a Quick Tidy

    A quick spit & polish for the Bayswater SCOPE House.


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    APR 2018 - ANZAC Day Gunfire Breakfast

    The Wantirna, Boronia & Lysterfield Lions Clubs Join forces on Anzac Day with Boronia RSL

    In the Lions spirit of supporting our local communities, Wantirna, Boronia and Lysterfield Lions Clubs joined forces with the Boronia RSL to prepare and serve a hearty Gunfire Breakfast for participants of the RSL Dawn Service on Anzac Day.

    Hundreds of people enjoyed the Soup, Sausages, Bacon and Baked Beans that loosely follows the type of breakfast soldiers would have received on the front lines. The work kicked off at around 4am and serving commenced at around 6.30 continuing for a few hours.

    The event was a great success for all parties and a privilege for us to be able to assist the RSL in such an amazing idea. Well done to all

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    APR 2018 - WLC Supports Local Fruit & Veg Shop Launch

    Wantirna Lions recently assisted with a sausage sizzle for the newly opened Studfield Fruit & Veg. Supporting our local businesses is vital to maintaining a strong community commitment.


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    APR 2018 - WLC Sends 4 Local Children to Licola Camp

    In the April School Holidays Wantirna Lions sent 4 local school children to the Licola Youth Camp. The camp was yet again a roaring success with all 90 children having a fun and memorable time.

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    APR 2018 - WLC Sends Care Packages to ADF

    Wantirna Lions prepares and sends 10 Care Packages to members of the Australian Defence Force deployed overseas. The packs contain some essential items for everyday needs as well as a lot of goodies to remind them of home. We appreciate their service to our Defence Forces, hope they remain safe and of course - that they enjoy the goodies. Send Care Packages via this link: http://v360.org.au

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    MAR 2018 - Clean Up Australia Day - Collier Reserve Knox

    Early March saw Wantirna Lions and volunteers make their way down to Collier Reserved opposite Knox City for the annual Clean Up Australia Day.

    The morning went well with a lesser amount of rubbish this year - what a great outcome.

    Thanks to all who assisted.


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    MAR 2018 - Supporting Rowville Lions at Knox Festival

    Wantirna Lions recently teamed up with Rowville Lions at the Knox Festival where Rowville was running a Sno Cone stall to raise funds for community projects. It was great to get together with a group of people who enjoy participating such events and get to raise funds at the same time.


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    FEB 2018 - Kokoda Walk of Honour, One Tree Hill, Tremont

    Wantirna Lions recently supported the 2/16th Battalion Association, 39th Battalion Association, and the 2/14 Battalion Association at the launch of the Kokoda Walk of Honour commemoration ceremony. In conjunction with the Battalion Associations Lions provided catering services to feed to 80 - 100 surviving soldiers, family, friends and guests. What a fantastic day and a real honour to be able to support such an event.

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    JAN 2018 - SCOPE Australia Day (Gardening & BBQ)

    WLC was at Scope Respite Facility in Bayswater on Australia Day performing our major gardening event and BBQ Lunch. Some hard work was undertaken by all present followed up by a delicious BBQ Lunch and some good conversation with Clients, Family and Staff of the facility.


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    JAN 2018 - WLC Sponsors 2 Students to Licola Adventure Camp

    Wantirna Lions is happy to have sponsored two Bayswater West Primary students to attend the Licola Adventure Camp in Gippsland. Both 9 year old boys were very excited as they boarded the bus for camp. Lions runs the camps in all school holidays for up to 150 children. Check out their facebook page:

    More details: https://www.facebook.com/Licola-Wilderness-Village-142102602523025/

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    NOV 2017 - WLC Received the "MAKING IT HAPPEN" award for SCOPE

    Wantirna Lions received the community award for services and support provided to Scope in Bayswater. The award - "MAKING IT HAPPEN" is in recognition of the gardening and maintenance activities the club provides each year.

    Our club is very proud to receive the award and takes great pleasure in providing our services to Scope.

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    NOV 2017 - WLC Launches Nancy Barnett Foundation

    Late in 2017 Wantirna Lions in conjunction with Templeton Primary School agreed a multi-year sponsorhsip program whereby Wantirna Lions would provide annual financial sponsorship for two students at the school.

    The sponsorship is to take the description of the Nancy Barnett Foundation. Nancy was a very active member of the Lions family up until her passing in February 2017. This Foundation is a means by which the club

    can honour her memory, recognise her contribution to the community, and provide future support in one of the areas she was passionate about - Youth.

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    SEP 2017 - Nomination for the ASTON COMMUNITY AWARDS

    Wantirna Lions was again fortunate to be nominated for the Aston Community Awards - an Aston Electorate Award that recognises the contributions individuals or groups make to the Community. We are grateful and proud of our nomination. Vice President Carolyn Harris accepts the certificate from The Hon Alan Tudge - Federal Member for Aston

    More details: http://alantudge.com.au/Aston/AstonCommunityAwards2017/tabid/109/language/en-US/Default.aspx

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    OCT 2017 - Comedy For a Cause Night

    Wantirna Lions is hosting an 18+ Comedy for a Cause night on 7th October 2017. This will be a fundraiser night with all proceeds going to sponsoring 6 children through the Smith Family Disadvantaged Children's Program. Help us to achieve our goal by coming along to the event.

    Attachment: Line-up Poster A4.pdf

    More details: http://comedyforacause.net/tc-events/wantirna/

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    FEB 2017 - A Farewell to a Great Lion - Nancy Barnett

    Wantirna Lions said farewell to a truly special Lion - Nancy Barnett. Nancy passed away in February 2017 and will be sincerely missed but not only our club, but by those others she reached out to in her time as a Lion.

    Programs such as the Stamps and Spectacles as well as her work with the Lions Op Shop were her trademark contributions.

    Farewell - we have some work to do to fill the void.

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    JAN 26th - Australia Day - SCOPE Family, Friends & Staff BBQ

    Wantirna Lions hosted a BBQ Lunch at SCOPE Bayswater on Australia Day. A great day was had by all - check our our 2017 photo archive. Thanks to Cathy and her team for giving us the opportunity

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    DEC 26th - Boxing Day Sausage Sizzle

    Come see us at Bunnings - Burwood Highway Vermont South. Delicious Sausage Sizzle - an Aussie staple!

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    DEC 12th - School Achievers Awards

    Monday 12th of December - Wantirna Lions had great pleasure in presenting the Annual John Terrill School Achievement Award to Emily Lowenthal from Fairhills Primary School and The School Achievers Award to Poppy Johnston from Wantirna Primary School. Both well deserving recipients - Well Done!

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    Checkout our Christmas Tree Menu for locations

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    Wantirna Lions recently assisted local resident Leanne with a new shed floor. Check out the photo archive. A warm day but a very appreciated result for Leanne.

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    Wantirna Lions is proud to welcome our newest Lion - Cynthia. The welcome ceremony was held at our clubrooms on Wednesday the 16th. The induction was performed by our Vice President Laurie Cooper and Cynthia's sponsor was Lion Chris Ellis.

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    Wantirna Lions was recently presented with a cheque by Templeton Primary School. The funds will be invested back into community works and sponsorship of Licola Wilderness Adventure Camps for the Youth. Thank You Templeton PS

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    Wantirna Lions and Lion Chris Ellis were proud to be nominated for the Aston Awards for 2016. The awards are about recognising individual and groups for the great community work they do in the Knox area (Federal Electorate of Aston).

    Our club was a finalist in Group Award and Chris a finalist in the Individual Award. Congratulations Chris and Wantirna Lions (represented by President Sam Spano).

    More details: http://www.alantudge.com.au/Media/PhotoGallery/tabid/75/AlbumID/416-57/language/en-US/Default.aspx

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    Wantirna Lions attended the Wattle Day Tree Planting event held at the Wally Tew Recreation Reserve in Ferntree Gully. Along with Council and Community volunteers a few hours were spent planting indigenous plants along the bike path in front of the FTG Library. Check out our 2016 Photo Activity Archive.

    We are looking forward to seeing the maturing trees in a few years time.

  • Annual Event - Lions Wantirna - School Awards

    Wantirna Lions Club is proud to support the local schools in our district - recognising the youth who go above and beyond their educational endeavours. Students that are selected for this award each year, are assessed for not only their school achievements but also for what they give back to the community in sporting and social undertakings.

    We are proud to be part of this ongoing initiative. See the attached article

    Attachment: School Award Article.pdf

District news


    Look out for District events as we now recommence the District Calendar


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    First Australasian Deaf & Hard of Hearing Lions Club

    On Tuesday 6th October we celebrated the Inaugural meeting of the Melbourne Deaf & Hard of Hearing Lions Club Branch. It was a super night with 7 new members inducted into Lions.

    The new club members are - President: Daniel Morphett, Secretary: Jennifer Portelli, Treasurer: Sue Read, other members are Sylvia Rosemond, Jo Rushby, Alison Compton and Marie Schultze. Associate members are: Chris Blackham-Davison with his Lions hearing dog Tamari from Litchfield LC in NT and Glenys Needham from Carnegie Lions Club.

    Special thanks to DG Linda for a wonderful talk on Diversity; PDG Ann Eldridge for performing the Zoom inductions with style, PDG Pat Mills for being MC and for being my fabulous guide through the setting up of this new club. And also to PDG Kumar (It all started under you Kumar) and many others for your attendance.

    Deafness Foundation is our club partner and we are so pleased to have them on board. https://www.deafness.org.au/

    The parent club is Chelsea District LC and together we will serve the community and make a real difference especially focused on the world of the deaf and hard of hearing.

    Kind regards
    Bev McLennan
    0459 400 038

    Melbourne Deaf & Hard of Hearing Lions Club Branch
    In partnership with Deafness Foundation

    More details: https://www.deafness.org.au/

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    Licola Article - Great Read!

    Take a look at the attached article from the Weekly Times talking about Licola - it's a great read, enjoy! (Click the pdf attachment to read that actual article)

    Attachment: Weekly Times.pdf

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    Lap the Map - Zone 6 Clubs - start counting your steps from 19 September!

    For 2020 this is an online event subject to change if restrictions are reduced before November 14 2020.

    A 'Trybooking' event has been created, which will in turn provide those who offer a donation, access to a spreadsheet where they can register their steps for a period of 6 weeks leading up to the event. Donations can also be made without registering steps if you prefer, but the purpose of this event is to get us moving and to reduce our chances of having a diabetes issue and if we already have diabetes improving our health in general.

    Registration/booking can take place anytime from now. Select this link to go to the page https://www.trybooking.com/BKXBV

    Steps will be recorded weekly for the preceding 7 days. The first entry will be 25/9 and the last on 13/11.

    Get ready to walk from Saturday 19/9 and note or steps down at home.

    If you are able to obtain sponsors, please do so. I know it is not the same as a group event in the park, but you never know, we may be allowed to have a get together on the 14th November yet!

    Spread the word with family and friends!

    Please start spreading the word now so that we can get this going and don’t hesitate to call Lyn Perera (Zone 6 Chair) on 0400 146 232 if you need any help.

    Attachment: Lions Diabetes Brochure Australia.pdf

  • Monash Lions Trivia Night - ONLINE! Sat 29th Aug 7.30pm

    All welcome - please join us on Sat 29th Aug 7.30pm - a fun night indeed!


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    Lions Club for Deaf and Hard of Hearing

    More details https://201v5.lions.org.au/hearing-and-spectacles and : https://forms.gle/34D9oDqcuFPL5LtD9

    More details: https://forms.gle/34D9oDqcuFPL5LtD9

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    Park Orchards Car Rally 2020!!

    The annual Park Orchards LC Car Rally 2020 - on Sunday the 1st of March. This is fantastic day out, loads of fun and a great opportunity to socialise with both your Club members as well as those of other Clubs.

    Please can you share this info at your next Club Meeting and even better forward this email to your members.

    The registration form is here available for download!

    Attachment: car_rally_2020_entry_form_v0.3.pdf

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    Celebration Night - Bush Fire Victim Fund Raiser!

    Get this one in your diary and get ready for a great evening!


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    Family Respite Camps - Please Consider Donating

    Since 2016 the Lions Clubs of Park Orchards, Forest Hill, Vermont, Vermont South and Box Hill have raised funds to assist fund 7 family respite camps that have been held at Licola Wilderness Village (LWV)

    On behalf of the Lions Club of Park Orchards, I would like your Lions Club to consider donating funds so two further camps can be run in 2020 to provide critical respite for up to 60 families with special needs children.

    For the proposed camps in 2020, Lions Clubs will once again be partnering with Interchange Inner East (IIE) and Interchange Outer East (IOE). The cost of professionally qualified carers for each camp will be met by IIE and IOE.

    Objective: To conduct two, 3-day camps in 2020, for families with children with special needs, at the LWV at Licola in eastern Victoria.

    Any funds provided by Lions Clubs are only used to pay partially, or in full, invoices issued by LWV, which usually covers accommodation, meals and outdoor education staff.

    If you have any questions, or are interested in volunteering, at one or more of the 2020 camps, please call or email Ian Sutton on 0439 344 607 (ian.sutton@hotmail.com) or Ian Abbey on 0418 371 552 (iandjab bey@optusnet.com.au )

    Any funds being donated to assist 2020 Family Respite Camps should be credited to: Bendigo Bank Account, BSB 633-000, Account Number 155897473, in the name of “Park Orchards Lions Club Inc. Licola Special Needs Camp.”

    Dates of the 2020 camps are: Friday 3 April to Sunday 5 April (IIE) and a Friday to a Sunday in November 2020, (IOE), - exact weekend to be finalised.

    Attachment: Licola Respite Camp Donation Request 2019.pdf

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    Licolas 50th Anniversary! (Tickets still available!!)


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    Carnegie LC Combined Night - Tuesday Oct 1st - RSVP ASAP!

    The Lions Club of Carnegie have great pleasure in inviting you and Club members to attend its ANNUAL COMBINED NIGHT on Tuesday October 1, 2019 at 6.30pm for 7pm, at the Murrumbeena Park Bowls Club off Gerald Street in Murrumbeena Melways map 69 B7].

    District Governor Kumar Swaminathan will also be attending and is a chance to learn about what other Clubs in 201V5 have been doing as projects and fundraisers. We hope that you and your Club may be able to contribute at this meeting.

    Visiting Clubs will be given an opportunity to advertise any of their special projects during the night and we look forward to you attending. Please RSVP by 26th Sept to either:

    Norm Robinson 0403 265 171
    or John Haysom 0423 680 163

    The meal is $30.00 per person and drinks are at bar prices, so come along and enjoy the fellowship. (RSVP: 25th September 2019)

    Yours in Lionism
    Glenys Needham (President)

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    Donvale Lions Club Spring Plant Sale!!!

    Make sure you get down to the Donvale LC Sping Plant Sale on Sat the 21st Sept - Grab a great bargain and get your garden prepared for a bountiful Spring!
    * StDavids, Cricket Club, 36 Mitcham Rd, Donvale


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    Annual Golf Day with 'Restoring Hope' who help sexually abused Children

    201V5 Lions Club Members are invited to attend this incredible charity event - an annual fund raising golf day to be held at the RACV Healsville Golf Club on the 10th of November. Below is a flyer advertising the event and you can find more informatiuoon the Charity website: www.restoringhope.org.au

    Restoring Hope, a Melbourne based charity, has a mission to help children who have been sexually abused. They work directly with the police who distribute Crisis Care Packs and Comfort Care Packs to young people who have been abused. The Packs provide new clothes (necessary for when the police remove clothing for forensic testing), toiletries, a blanket, a colouring book, pencils and a “Hope” teddy bear. The aim is to use this simple act to bring some comfort and a sense of normality to a life that has been turned upside down, and restore a sense of dignity and hope at a time when it is needed most.

    Please share this event on your Social Media stream and respective Facebook page.


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    Carnegie Lions Club Trivia Night

    Heres one that you might want to add to your diary (and RSVP ASAP!) - a fantastic night indeed!


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    Forrest Hill 50th Charter Anniversary Dinner - Book Now!

    President Danny Martin and Club Members invite Lions and friends to join us in celebrating 50 years of dedicated service and lifelong friends - ALL WELCOME

    Friday the 13th September at 7.00pm - Box Hill Golf Club

    See the flyer for further details!


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    Tips for applying for Grants and Sponsorship for your Lions Club.

    Attached is the updated document for Applying for Grants which Trevor Kennett and Bev McLennan presented to members at the recent District 201V5 Club Development day

    Attachment: Applying for Grants & Sponsorship 2019UpdatedJune 2019.docx

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    Lions V Districts Cancer Foundation

    Your most recently incorporated Lions Foundation, the Lions V Districts Cancer Foundation, is now operational and DGR (deductible gift recipient) status is on the way. We now call on V District Lions Clubs to offer their support, by making a donation - helping us to make this most valuable project a reality.

    Attachment: Skin Cancer Newsletter to clubs number 1 (1).pdf

  • Club Development Day - Sign Up NOW!!!

    Ignite your Lions Passion!
    Remember why you joined this great Lions organisation in the
    first place? Would you like to share your experience and be enthused by
    others sharing theirs? Come along to our Club Development Days, meet and talk with your fellow Lions and discover/rediscover what makes Lions
    such a fun, joyous and satisfying community. Club Development Days are for everyone. Learn how to get the most from your Lions membership, both personally and for the good of your club. Learn how to keep your club both interesting and fun to be a part of. These sessions also provide very necessary information for all club officers. Things are constantly changing, learn from our district leaders and keep up to date.

    Sunday 2nd June, Mullauna Secondary College 9:00am – 2:00pm
    456 Springfield Rd Mitcham RSVP 24 th May

    Sunday 16 th June, Tatura Primary School 9:15am-2:30pm
    33 Service St Tatura RSVP 7 th June
    Cost $15-00 each (includes tea/coffee on arrival, morning tea and lunch) – ideally, clubs will cover the cost of member’s attending these sessions as attendance will ultimately assist our Clubs.

    Payment Options payable to Lions District 201V5:-
    Electronic Westpac BSB 033 065 A/c No. 372 316

    Payment Reference to quote is “CDD_Insert Club name”
    Email completed invitation to: glt@lionsclubs201v5.org

    Cheque Payable to Lions District 201V5

    Attachment: Club Development Day Attendance Form 2019 (Sharon).docx

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    Carnegie Lions Club 50th Charter Anniversary

    The members of Carnegie Lions Club invite you to their 50th Charter Anniversary on Sunday 26 May between 3-5pm. Afternoon Tea will be served with some Club highlights and presentations, at the Murrumbeena Park Bowls Club off Gerald Street Murrumbeena
    [Melways map 69 B7].
    The cost is $10.00 per head and drinks will be at bar prices. Smart casual.
    Please RSVP by May 22nd to either:
    Deb Cox 0410 726 319 Glenys Needham 0408 105 343


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    Lions Autism Club

    Anyone with an interest in a Lions Autism Club is invited to attend this upcoming information session!

    Attachment: Lions Autism Club - May 2019.pdf

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    Donvale Lions Club - Mothers Day Plant Sale!!

    Put it in your diary NOW and come along to grab some great ‘garden bargains’ for Mothers Day.
    Funds raised at this event will be used to support various community projects.

    Date: Saturday May 11thth 2019
    Time: From 8.00am – 4.00pm
    Location : St Davids Cricket Club,
    36 Mitcham Rd, Donvale 3111

    Ordinary people doing extraordinary things - supporting people with a disability, community greening, fundraising for worthwhile causes

    Face Book – The Donvale Lions Club
    Website – www.donvale.vic.lions.org.au
    Phone – 0419 109 390


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    Sandringham LC inducts Youth of the Year mum

    Sandringham LC inducts Youth of the Year mum

    Sangeeta Thaker is the mum of one of our Youth of the Year students from 2018 and we were very excited to induct her into our club this year 2019 at our Youth of the Year dinner. Sangeeta is not only a corporate lawyer but is passionate about programs for our youth and serving the local community.

    Two other parents showed interest in Lions as well as students showed interest in Leos and they are being followed up. Pictured are Sangeeta’s sponsor Bev McLennan, Sangeeta and PDG Noreen Carr who performed the induction. Welcome Sangeeta!


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    Zone 8 and 9 Youth of the Year (YOTY)

    Zone 8 and 9 Youth of the Year (YOTY)

    Sandringham LC was very excited to host the YOTY Zone 8 and 9 final this year, with students from Wheeler’s Hill, Boroondara-Gardiners Creek, Moorabbin, Sandringham and Brighton Lions Clubs. All 5 students were very strong and the judges found it quite hard to make their decision. Students competing were Maeve Ford from Brighton SC, Yash Padwardhan from Melbourne HS, Alexandra Suddick from Canterbury Girls School, Ben White from Cheltenham SC and Jordan Bassilious from Mazenod College. In the end Jordan, sponsored by Wheeler’s Hill LC took out both Public Speaking Award and the Overall Zone Award. It was a great event with 50 people attending including teachers, Lions and families including grandma’s and grandpas.

    Our Guest Speaker was Damon Moorfoot, President of Warrandyte Leos Club who spoke while the judges were deliberating about his journey with Leos and what fun they have. This was a great opportunity for all present to hear about our Leos Clubs.

    Jordan will now compete at the District YOTY Final on 23rd March. We wish him well and there will be quite a few Lions and family there to support him. I will certainly be there as well as other members of Zone 8 and 9!

    Thank you to our fantastic judges who have each judged this program for 3 years. Anne Sarros, James Sarros and Michael Alexandridis from NAB. NAB provided the winners prizes and have committed to sponsoring this program ongoing. The Lions Youth of the Year program is a fantastic opportunity for Lions Clubs to showcase and raise awareness of what Lions do. I encourage as many clubs as possible to host a YOTY competition next year. Starting in 3rd term this year to contact your local schools is the best way to go. District YOTY Chair Monica McQuatters can help you get started and I am happy to help the clubs in Zone 9 as well. To see more about Lions Youth of the Year program please check out the link here: https://lionsclubs.org.au/activities/youth/yoty/. These young people are not only Australia’s future, but Lions future also!


  • Communicating Lions Achievements

    Communicating Lions Achievements

    We all know the importance of communicating who Lions are and what Lions achieve, outside the Lions organisation. Initially, this needs to take place by each club, in each club’s area as this is where the work is done and it is of the most interest to local people. This is also where support for programs and membership is found. To assist clubs with communication:

    1. Please see the ‘PR Guide for clubs’ under the ‘Club Resources’ section of the website.

    2. Free $500 for Lions clubs in V5 to spend on photography!
    Seize this opportunity while funds last to have one of your projects photographed by a professional. See the ‘Photography Grants Application 2018’ below.

    Please contact Chester Allan should you have any questions stratchair@lionsclubs201v5.org

    Attachment: FINAL_Photography_Grants_Application_2018.pdf

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    District Membership Trailer now available for Clubs

    Our new District Membership Trailer is now available for Clubs to use at no cost at public events and activities to promote Lions awareness and local Club membership.
    The trailer is 1.5m high and is suitable to place in shopping centres (subject to approval from Centre Management) for membership drives, etc.
    Trailer contents include ‘Clarence the Lion’ suit, a fold-up table, chairs, membership brochures and two eye-catching retractable banners 2m high promoting Lions membership.
    Enquiries and booking should be directed to Denis Carruthers, District GMT Chair, 0420 523 882 denis.carruthers1@bigpond.com


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    Nunawading Lions Club American Car Show!

    Please check out our flyer and put this fantastic event in your calendar - its a must do day!


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    Lions Hearing Dogs Event

    Dear Lions and Friends

    On Friday 7th September from 10.30am to 12 noon Australian Hearing and Sandringham Lions Club are partnering to enable you to meet Ted with his hearing dog Earle. Hearing tests will also be available.

    Hear about how Earle helps Ted with his daily life and enjoy a cuppa at Hearing Australia in Cheltenham.

    Morning Tea will be provided and a gold coin donation would be appreciated, all of which will go to Lions Hearing Dogs. Please see attached detailed information. There is no need to book, but if you wish to let us know you are coming, that’s fine also.

    We look forward to seeing you.

    Attachment: Morning Tea with Lions Hearing Dogs.pdf

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    Sandringham Lions Club TRIVIA Night

    Please come along to this great trivia night and have a wonderful evening with the Sandringham Lions Club!

    Put it in your diary and don't forget! ;-)


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    VSC Leo's Club Trivia Night

    Come one came all! VSC Leo's Club Trivia Night, Friday 7th Sept - 6.30pm start. VSC Auditorium - $10 per ticket - Please book tickets on trybooking.com/wrso (found on VSC webiste) Contact Melissa Truong (tru0024@vermontsc.edu.au)


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    LIONS CLUB OF FOREST HILL - Changeover Dinner Invite


    Invitation - Join us to celebrate 2018 -2019 Changeover Dinner

    Tues 26th June 2018 6.30 for 7pm

    On the occasion of the installation of incoming president Stuart Riley

    Club Officers & two new members!

    Special guest Kumar Swaminathan

    1st Vice District Governor elect

    To be held at the Parkview room, Ringwood Club

    Cnr Oban Rd & Maroondah Hwy Ringwood

    Cost $30 - (Two course meal incl Tea & Coffee) Drinks at bar Prices

    Dress: Smart – Tie Optional

    RSVP by 15th June to Ann Holland


    Ph; 0418616854

    Please inform us of any dietary requirements

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    Comedy Night for Very Special Kids

    The Lions Club of Ashwood-Mt Waverley are holding a Comedy Night on the 8th of September with all proceeds going to Very Special Kids. Please put this in your diary and ask your friends and family to attend - it will be a fantastic night!

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    Licola Wilderness Village - Ukulele sessions

    It is always reaffirming to remember those out there doing truly selfless work.

    The Gippsland Country Music Club Inc. heads out to the Licola Wilderness Village at various times through the year to hold Ukulele sessions as part of a bigger program to give back to disadvantaged children. Many of the children are from challenging backgrounds and get to spend a week experiencing various activities in a beautiful setting. We spent and afternoon with Rod and Rhonda Owen to talk about why they give their time so freely.

    More details: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gStenIjLnM0

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    Sandringham LC helped to buy Jude’s wheelchair

    Sandringham LC held an afternoon for Jude Tregaskis and his family to enable them to meet the people who helped to buy Jude’s wheelchair. Those attending represented Sandringham LC, Beaumaris Rotary, Bayside Scouts and also included Murray Thompson MP, our state member. Apologies from other donors - Lindsay Champion ALF, Brighton, Moorabbin & Mordialloc-Mentone LCs. All these groups contributed to the purchase of Jude’s new wheelchair which was a great team effort.

    Jude’s mum Georgie told us that like most 10 year olds, Jude loves to wrestle, party at the pool, hang out with mates, learn at school, read like a champion, play tag and idolise his older brother. When Jude's wheelchair became unsafe & too small, Lions, Rotary, Scouts & ALF understood Jude's needs and assisted with the funding of his new wheelchair $9,200 (full cost $14,225). This ensured Jude could continue to do the things all other 10 year olds do. When arriving at Bentleigh West Primary School Jude received many comments on his new wheels with his friend Connor saying "Love the upgrade Jude".

    The wheelchair is fully customised to meet his needs and dependent on growth should last approximately three or so years. Jude's wheels can take him from a farm, onto the beach plus even the skate-bowl, wherever 10 year olds want to go to.

    Jude was born perfectly healthy & growing beautifully. In his first year, a viral illness affected all his physical abilities. To enable Jude's participation in all aspects of life requires highly customised equipment such as a wheelchair, walker & communication systems. These supports enable his independence & with them he truly flourishes.

    Jude with school friends - Jude & his mates Connor & Pip at Bentleigh West Primary School

    Group – top left, Bob Standaloft from Sandy LC, Chris D’Arcy Beaumaris Rotary, Cam Tregaskis, Georgie Osborne(mum), John Osborne (dad), Ron Smith Sandy LC, Ian Sandell Scouts,
    Bottom left, Abby(Jude’s carer), Jude, Lee Murray & Bev McLennan Sandringham LC and Murray Thompson MP.


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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. www.aaauctions.com.au 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

    More details: www.aaauctions.com.au

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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: monashlions@gmail.com Website: www.monash.vic.lions.org.au

     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

    More details: www.monash.vic.lions.org.au

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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!


    More details: www.alcmf.lions.org.au

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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!

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

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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

    More details: http://licola.org.au/

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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: mat@comedyforacause.net 0421 244 288

    Attachment: Event Advert Wantirna Lions Comedy night.docx

    More details: http://comedyforacause.net/tc-events/wantirna/

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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

    More details: http://www.golfdays.com.au/Event.aspx?ref=pvvep

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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

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

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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 camping@licola.org.au.

    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

    More details: http://www.licola.org.au/

  • 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.

    More details: https://youtu.be/StmTvmQqKwc

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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 : jenala8@bigpond.net.

    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 info@tatfest.com.au, or contact Malcolm Campbell 0429 683 775.

    More details: http://www.tatfest.com.au

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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 centchair@lionsclubs201v5.org 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
    Email: peaceposter@lionsclubs201v5.org
    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 hunger@lionsclubs201v5.org.au before delivery.

    More details: https://www.facebook.com/lionshungerProject

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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
    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: https://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: https://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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    More details: http://201v5.lions.org.au/newsletter

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