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WELLINGTON Lions Club

District 201N4, New South Wales, Australia

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    Catombal Clearing Sale

    Saturday the 1st of December saw the sale of an icon, Catombal Pastoral Co. a massive clearing sale was hosted by Pickles Auctions to sell all of the plant, machinery, vehicles, motorcycles and other equipment.

    The mercury raised to 43 degrees and despite the shade we felt every one of them.

    That being said it was a great day at Catombal and the crew set up the cool room, our tent and the caravan and got set to feed the hungry buyers.

    Hungry they were plenty of steaks, sausages, bacon and egg rolls and of course cold drinks were sold.

    The day was a successful one and the the takings was just short of $4000 so all in all it was a great success.

    A big thank you to all of our volunteers and the extra help from Geurie Lion and the Mens Shed.
    More details: http://www.facebook.com/media/set/set=a.456603391055447.94676.391397057576081&type=1


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    November Bulletin is Ready!

    September Bulletin is printed published and ready to ready!



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    Bunnings BBQ

    Another Bunnings BBQ done and dusted and a bunch on money in the bank, thank you to all of the Volunteers that keep making it possible.



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    Orange Lions Club Visit - Burglars Golf Day

    Well November sees the fruition of about 6 months of planning with Mick and the Orange Lions Club.

    From Friday the 16th of November to Sunday the 18th of November Wellington Lions Club hosted members of the Orange Lions Club, their visit was based at the Wellington Caves Caravan Park where they set up caravans, settled into motel rooms and took in all that the venue had to offer.

    Friday saw the first wave of visitors roll in and our club executive were on hand to meet them as they arrived. We all had a bit of a yarn and got to meet one another before we let them turn in for the night.

    Saturday saw the Orange club take the opportunity for a well deserved rest and an opportunity for those that wanted to take in some of the local sights before the two clubs combined for a get together at the Caves BBQ area which can be seen on this page. It was a fantastic night and I had the privilege of presenting a Monarch Award for 40 years of distinguished service by Lion John Brien, sincerely well done John for such an amazing achievement.

    Sunday saw the most keen of the clubs back up the following morning and dust off the golf clubs for a 9 hole social round at the Wellington Golf Club, the course was absolutely picturesque and in stunning condition.

    Well it turns our there was more than one burglar on the day and photos of the day can be seen on the next page.

    Thank you to the Orange Lions Club for taking the time to come and visit and planning is in its early staged for both clubs to converge on the Forbes Lions Club possibly in March to keep the fellowship and friendship alive and well!
    More details: http://www.facebook.com/media/set/set=a.441168849265568.91992.391397057576081&type=3


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    Orange Lions Club Visit - BBQ and Partners Night

    Well November sees the fruition of about 6 months of planning with Mick and the Orange Lions Club.

    From Friday the 16th of November to Sunday the 18th of November Wellington Lions Club hosted members of the Orange Lions Club, their visit was based at the Wellington Caves Caravan Park where they set up caravans, settled into motel rooms and took in all that the venue had to offer.

    Friday saw the first wave of visitors roll in and our club executive were on hand to meet them as they arrived. We all had a bit of a yarn and got to meet one another before we let them turn in for the night.

    Saturday saw the Orange club take the opportunity for a well deserved rest and an opportunity for those that wanted to take in some of the local sights before the two clubs combined for a get together at the Caves BBQ area which can be seen on this page. It was a fantastic night and I had the privilege of presenting a Monarch Award for 40 years of distinguished service by Lion John Brien, sincerely well done John for such an amazing achievement.

    Sunday saw the most keen of the clubs back up the following morning and dust off the golf clubs for a 9 hole social round at the Wellington Golf Club, the course was absolutely picturesque and in stunning condition.

    Well it turns our there was more than one burglar on the day and photos of the day can be seen on the next page.

    Thank you to the Orange Lions Club for taking the time to come and visit and planning is in its early staged for both clubs to converge on the Forbes Lions Club possibly in March to keep the fellowship and friendship alive and well!
    More details: http://www.facebook.com/media/set/set=a.441168849265568.91992.391397057576081&type=3


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    Orange Lions Club Visit - Social Gathering

    Well November sees the fruition of about 6 months of planning with Mick and the Orange Lions Club.

    From Friday the 16th of November to Sunday the 18th of November Wellington Lions Club hosted members of the Orange Lions Club, their visit was based at the Wellington Caves Caravan Park where they set up caravans, settled into motel rooms and took in all that the venue had to offer.

    Friday saw the first wave of visitors roll in and our club executive were on hand to meet them as they arrived. We all had a bit of a yarn and got to meet one another before we let them turn in for the night.

    Saturday saw the Orange club take the opportunity for a well deserved rest and an opportunity for those that wanted to take in some of the local sights before the two clubs combined for a get together at the Caves BBQ area which can be seen on this page. It was a fantastic night and I had the privilege of presenting a Monarch Award for 40 years of distinguished service by Lion John Brien, sincerely well done John for such an amazing achievement.

    Sunday saw the most keen of the clubs back up the following morning and dust off the golf clubs for a 9 hole social round at the Wellington Golf Club, the course was absolutely picturesque and in stunning condition.

    Well it turns our there was more than one burglar on the day and photos of the day can be seen on the next page.

    Thank you to the Orange Lions Club for taking the time to come and visit and planning is in its early staged for both clubs to converge on the Forbes Lions Club possibly in March to keep the fellowship and friendship alive and well!
    More details: http://www.facebook.com/media/set/set=a.441168849265568.91992.391397057576081&type=3


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    Landon Donovan Trivia Night Fundraiser

    Help Us Help Landon
    Many of us know the joy that having children brings to our lives. Parents will also know how much is involved in being a parent and how much you sacrifice, one Wellington family knows this all to well.

    Raelene Donovan, Raz as she is known to her friends, has 3 beautiful children Preston aged 6, Clayton aged 9 and Landon. Landon is now 2 and has had a rough start in his life, Landon was born with a number of medical complications, he suffers from chronic kidney failure, he is fed through a peg in his stomach and has had to have his urinary tract moved to allow him to urinate from his side.
    In addition to his chronic kidney failure Landon suffers from recurring crippling urinary tract infections, iron deficiency which requires regular iron injections, and a retractile testicle. Landon also suffered from a heart murmur at birth which has since resolved.
    Given the adversity Landon had had to endure has resulted in extensive costs and constant travel to be endured by the family. Given Landon’s various conditions he is required to wear 3 nappies as a result of how they have to be worn, on a normal day the family can use 15 nappies and they have to use Huggies due of the strength of adhesives.

    Landon will undergo a Kidney transplant in the next 6 months and his mother will be his donor, given the nature of the surgery mother Raelene will need to take time off work also adding the impact of the situation.
    Saturday November 10th 2012 the Wellington Lions Club hosted a trivia night at the Wellington Bowling Club to help raise funds for the family who are doing it hard at the moment, a great night was had be all who attended the trivia was challenging, and who would have thought throwing a gold coin next to a bottle of Vodka/Jim Beam would have been so difficult, hehe.

    Just short of $5000 was raised on the night which included a $500 donation from Wellington SES who stopped by to present the cheque on the night. WACHS have since given a donation to the fundraising appeal to the value of $500 and the club have also commenced a raffle at $5.00 per ticket in a monster prize draw where the winner will take all!

    The ,mega prize pack consists of a full size framed cricket bat signed by Andrew Symonds, A fantastic Wahu kids sports pack (consisting of a Wahu frizbee, cricket set, soccer set and a football), 10 Adult Tickets to Reading Cinema''s, A Contour brand GPS, A men''s JAG watch, a $100 Partylite voucher, $100 Bryants Butchery (Wellington) voucher, $5 Wellington Hotel meal voucher, 2 x 1.5kg Lions Christmas Cakes.

    One lucky winner will win it all and the raffle will be drawn Wednesday the 27th of March just in time for Easter! Winner will be notified by phone and in the Wellington Times.

    Thank you for those of you that have helped support this fantastic cause!
    More details: http://www.facebook.com/media/set/set=a.438719532843833.91502.391397057576081&type=3


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    2012 CWA Twilight Fair

    It was on again the smell of pollen was in the air mixed with the beautiful smell of cooking onions, bacon, sausage and steaks simmering away on the Lions BBQ hot plates.

    CWA hosted their annual Twilight Fair in Cameron Park which was well received by the community.

    There was a mass of local and visiting stall holders, a Jumping Castle for the kids, the PCYC were present selling delicious chocolate coated strawberries, and Melissa''s Cotton Candy were there whipping up snow cones, doughnuts, and the sugary favourite fairy floss.

    The crowd was entertained by a host of local country musical talents and supported by the crew at Binjang 91.5 FM our local community radio station.

    A great day was had by all in attendance and we look forward to returning next year for a great spring evening in the park.



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    Motorcycle Awareness Week - 2 Wheels to Wellington

    The roar and thump of motorcycles echoed through Nanima Crescent as many made the pilgrimage again for the 2 wheels to Wellington motorcycle awareness event held in the picturesque Cameron Park.

    Despite the bleak sky and the chance of rain there was a good turn out and an aray of beautiful 2 wheeled chariots lined the streets of Wellington yet again in an attempt to raise awareness for other road users of the risks to motorcycle riders when sharing the road way.

    There were a range of stall holders selling a range of different safety clothing, new bikes, and Dale from Robbo''''''''''''''''s in Dubbo was there selling a range of helmet mounted camera''''''''''''''''s to help catch the unforgettable memories that are created on 2 wheels.

    Again Wellington Lions and Rotary clubs combined to make the day a great success behind the hotplates with the order of the day seeming to be bacon and egg rolls which run off the shelf at a record rate.

    This is the second major event this year that Wellington Lions and Wellington Rotary have joined forces and it is a great testament to the two clubs how successfully and effortlessly they can work together to achieve a common goal.

    We look forward to the rumble and return of the riders to Wellington in 2013, stay upright and please keep an eye out for bikes on the road!



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    8th National Camper Trailer Group National Meet - Wellington 2012

    One of the biggest events and the biggest fundraisers this year was the Australian Camper Trailer Group National Meet that was held in Wellington from the October saw the fruition of a year of hard work in a joint venture between the Wellington Council, The Australian Camper Trailer Group and the Wellington Lions Club.

    In the lead up to the event there were a number of meetings in person and via phone between the club, the council and the organising committee to refine the finer details. It was a lengthy but very smooth process organising the numerous events and the logistics for such a large scale activity.

    On Friday the 28th of September the committee started to roll into Wellington with the first fleet of camper trailers, caravans and motor homes. As the committee set up camp they were greeted by members of the Wellington Lions Club and Sharon Toynton from the Wellington Council. Members of the Wellington Lions and the Camper Trailer Group organising committee sat together and kicked off the production of the 100''s of information and welcome bags for the happy campers. A fantastic and productive night was the perfect opportunity to forge lasting friendships.

    Saturday the 29th of September saw many of the visitors make the trip to Wellington and set up camp, the campsite started to take shape the fire buckets started to fill and the campers started to catch up on all the adventures since the last time they gathered. The weather looked like it may have taken a turn for the worst and it looked like there may have been a few heavy downpours of rain on the cards for the coming week. Luckily for all involved the weather would be on our side and would give us a week of beautiful sunny days.

    Sunday the 30th of September saw the Grand Opening of the event, in attendance was the Mayor Councillor Rod Buhr, Wellington Council Tourism Officer Sharon Toynton, Members of the Camper Trailer Group Committee, Members of the Wellington Lions Club, and of course the many members of the Camper Trailer Group.

    Mr Buhr along with, Ms Toynton and the Wellington Lions Club President formally welcomed the group to Wellington and encouraged the group to enjoy their visit and take in all the attractions and tourist services in the town, the welcoming committee thanked the group for choosing to to hold their event at Wellington.

    Councillor Buhr stated that he sincerely hoped that the group would take the time to provide honest advice in regards to the amenities and services available to Campers, Caravaner''s, and those that travel in Motor homes in Wellington, Councillor Buhr also took the opportunity to invite the organising committee meet with him during their stay to allow the council to discuss their feedback in depth.

    Wellington Lions Club President welcomed the visitors to Wellington and advised that the members of the Wellington Lions Club were thankful for the opportunity to host such a unique event with such a friendly group of people. He offered the hand of friendship and service to the visitors and advised the Wellington Lions Club would be on hand to help the group with anything that they needed during their stay.

    Monday and Tuesday saw the start of the information sessions, workshops, and the kids activities. Monday the happy campers were treated to an information session about solar, 12 volt and batteries, Ladies Craft and Chat, Kids Colour Sand Workshop, Cobb Workshop, LED Lighting Session. Monday ended with a wealth of knowledge being shared and with the kids having a great time working with colour sand.

    Tuesday saw the happy crowd treated to another day of educational sessions such as Inverters, Kids Biscuit Decorating Workshop, Camper Walkabout, and a dreampot workshop. So at the end of day two the crowd had sharpened their culinary and camping skills and had shared a number of colourful yarns around the fire!

    Wednesday the whatever saw the one of the highlights of the itinerary, Wellington Community Day, saw an action packed day planned with activities to satisfy all of our visitors.

    The day started with a breakfast cooked by the Wellington Lions Club that raised funds for the club to use with the local projects that the club is currently involved. Pictures can be seen on the next page. 100''s of hungry campers came through the doors.

    As the day went on a number of organised activities were held, including a regular demonstration by Phil Kirk from Kirk''s Reptiles that was organised by our club. This proved to be a massive hit with our visitors and the large collection of poisonous and non poisonous snakes were exhibited, Phil also gave a demonstration of how to administer first aid in the event of a snake bite.

    Many local stall holders set up for the day to sell both local products and local produce (page 23), there were stalls from the Wellington Men''s Shed, The Cupcake Shoppe, The Wellington Arboretum, Put the Kettle On, The Tomato Lady, Mick Stevens (Goat Soap Products), along with many others.

    Children were also catered for in addition to the regular snake presentations, there were two jumping castles that were lent by Colin Russell of the Real Hope Church, Colin has been an amazing support to our club and we are very thankful for his help.

    In addition to the jumping castles there was Face Painting and Plaster Painting that was organised by Maree Thomas who has also been an amazing support to our club this year and again we thank you Maree for your continued amazing work.

    The activities during the day were truly beautiful and all of our visitors had a fantastic time, a big thank you to our club and to the locals that got behind us and helped make the day such a success.

    Wednesday morning saw the Wellington Lions Club fire up the BBQ''s to feed the hungry campers. Some of the finest Bacon and Egg rolls were served and as you can see below the line went out the door as they poured in for their morning feed.

    As you can imagine, feeding 300 hungry campers there were plenty of tongs tapping and eggs flipping.

    Our visitors were in great spirits and full of energy (more than i can say for myself, fighting to keep my eyes open, haha).

    The amenities were brilliant and a massive thank you to the Wellington Turf Cub for allowing us to use their kitchen.

    It was a privilege making breakfast for such a great bunch of people.

    A great time was had and plenty of funds were raised to help the club support the worthwhile projects in our area.

    At the end of a fantastic community day there was one more event organised by our club for our visitors and that was the charity auction and concert. The BBQ fired up again to put on a feed for those of our visitors that wanted to have something to eat before the nights entertainment kicked off.

    The evening entertainment kicked off with the Wellington Town Swing Band having the crowd bopping along to a range of rat pack classics. The Swing band had the crowds toes tapping and singing along to the classics and put on a fantastic show for our visitors, a big thank you to the swing band for helping us make this such a great event.

    After a short break (and minus a band) Johnno Nicholson kicked off playing a range of classic tunes from the 60''s and 70''s which was a massive hit with the crowd, from renditions of Roy Orbison right through to an original tune written by Johhno there was something to please everyone.

    The charity auction kicked off with Rob Sanderson and Wellington''s own Farren Hotham put on a very entertaining show that had the crowd roaring with laughter and supporting this great event, a range of items both comical and practical were on offer and helped raised funds for the Wellington Lions Club, a big thank you to those that purchased items and an even bigger thank you to Farren for his assistance with the auction.

    Thank you also to Wellington Council, especially Sharon Toynton for her assistance and knowledge in the planning stages of the event, and the Wellington Lions Club need to acknowledge and thank Maree Thomas and Colin Russell for their tireless and invaluable assistance with the children''s events during the community day.

    Well, sadly after 12 months of hard work one of our biggest events, and definitely one of the highlights of our year came to a close, it was nothing short of a privilege to host such a fantastic group of visitors. All of our visitors had a fantastic time and were such a pleasure to deal with during the course of the whole event and we hope they enjoyed their time in Wellington as much as the town did hosting them. We wish all our visitors safe travels on all of their future journeys.
    More details: http://www.facebook.com/media/set/set=a.435626139819839.90865.391397057576081&type=3


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    September Bulletin Released

    September Bulletin is printed published and ready to ready!
    More details: http://www.facebook.com/media/set/set=a.448259811889805.93268.391397057576081&type=3


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    SPRINGFEST

    Springfest 2012 was a new initiative this year, it was a combined effort between a number of organisations to add an event to bring the community together to enjoy local primary produce and to enjoy the beautiful Wellington spring weather.

    Springfest was organised with a combined effort between the Wellington Lions Club, Wellington Rotary Club, Wellington Council, Central West Catchment Management Authority, Mid Macquarie Landcare, Wellington Men''s Shed, and Wellington PCYC.

    The day went beautifully with a large range of stall holders and a large volume of items in the Men''s Shed auction, there was plenty of activities for the young and the young at heart; there was jumping castles, sumo suits, face painting, and creative workshops.

    The auction was well received by the public and many people went away very happy with the bargain they had picked up on the day.

    The organising committee are proud to announce that the day raised just short of $7000 for the Wellington Men''s Shed which will go towards securing a permanent home for this great organisation.

    The committee are pleased to announce that Springfest will be back next year bigger and better and there are already plans to include an evening aspect to the event.
    More details: http://www.facebook.com/media/set/set=a.456591707723282.94675.391397057576081&type=1


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    2012 District Governors Official Visit

    Wellington Lions Club hosted District 201 N4 District Governor Lion Barbara Andrews for the 2012 District Governors Visit.

    Wellington Lions Club were supported by representatives from the following organizations; Wellington Police, Wellington PCYC, Wellington Rotary Club, Wellington CWA, Geurie Lions Club and Wellington Public School Principal Mr Denis Anderson.

    The evening was a great opportunity for fellowship between a number of service clubs and to hear the vision of the 2012 District Governor.

    During the evening a cheque was presented to Lion Donna Nicholson for $2553.10 which was the proceeds raised from the Trivia Night hosted by the Wellington Lions Club to assist her son Liam Nicholson attend a science camp in Jerusalem Israel.

    A number of Lions were also recognized for their long service with Lion with Monarch Chevron Awards, Lion Russell Nott (15 years) and Lion John Myers (30 years) were presented with their awards by District Governor Lion Barbara Andrews. Lions and guests also acknowledged the following Lions for their achievements who could not be present on the evening; Lion Ric Hiatt (30 years), Lion John Brien (40 years), Lion Keith Reinhard (45 years) and Lion Kevin Offner (50 years).

    Wellington Lions Club also welcomed 2 new members Lion Donna Nicholson and Lion Megan De Val were inducted as the newest members of our great club!

    A great night was had by all, the venue and the menu were exceptional as was the company.



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    Rural and Remote Autism Network - Broken Hill to Wellington Walk Celebration

    After 18 long days, over 800 kilometers and the odd blister the Rural and Remote Network team have made the long trek all the way from Broken Hill to Wellington to raise awareness for families living with Autism with a special focus on families who reside in rural and remote communities.

    The team departed from Broken Hill on Wednesday the 18th of July and have made their way through Wilcannia, Cobar, Nyngan, Trangie, Narromine, Dubbo and Geurie in their path to Wellington.

    The team expect to have raised $10,000 for the Rural and Remote Autism Network and most importantly have raised awareness of Autism and the impacts on families in so many communities and to many individuals along their long journey.

    Mrs Aimy Thorne, giving her speech at Cameron Park on arrival at Wellington stated the primary objective of the event was to gain publicity and to promote the need for improved services and support for families living with Autism especially those living in remote areas and with limited support networks.

    Peter Perry from Geurie Lions Club and Duncan Chapman from the Wellington Lions Club sold merchandise on the day, another way Lions have supported the RAAN team in their amazing achievement.
    More details: http://www.facebook.com/media/set/set=a.404391469609973.83480.391397057576081&type=1


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    August Bulletin has been printed!

    The second installment of the Wellington Lions Den is now printed and available, copies will be distributed to members at the District Governors Visit on Monday night.
    More details: http://www.facebook.com/media/set/set=a.405905956125191.83950.391397057576081&type=1


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    Liam Nicholson Trivia Night

    Saturday the 4th of August the Lions Club of Wellington hosted a Trivia Night at the Grand Hotel to raise money for Liam Nicholson to assist with the travel costs of his attendance at the Asian Science Camp in Jerusalem Israel.

    The night was attended by over 100 keen trivia buffs who were treated to a unique evening of trivia, games and various bonus activities.

    The night started with a knowledge test of various flags of the world, and was followed by some warm up trivia.

    Bonus questions were added between rounds and added a bit of lateral thinking to the rounds.

    In addition to the trivia there were a number of activities to earn the teams bonus points, the first game had the teams attempting to stack 3 golf balls on top of each other for 3 seconds, there were a few that managed to get 2, but no team managed to get the full point bonus for that round.

    More trivia followed and gradually increased in difficulty as the night progressed, then the teams were tested with a piece of spaghetti and had to pick up penne pasta with the spaghetti in their mouths and not using their hands, the crowd had a lot of laughs and some of the teams managed to collect the bonus points.

    The amazing work of the Lions volunteers saw dinner prepared and served to the masses, good Wellington sausages and beautiful warm pumpkin soup was served to the hungry trivia goers.

    The night progressed with more trivia and laughs as the next activity tested the teams ability to drive while dazed and confused with a number of teams picking up the bonus points.

    Next the teams lungs were tested in a game where they had to blow 15 paper cups off a table in 60 seconds using only the air from a balloon they had to blow up, again there were a ton of laughs and a few teams managed to collect the points and surprisingly there were a few teams that fell only 1 cup short of collecting the points.

    After a bit more challenging trivia and a few lateral thinking questions the next activity was ''''Bite the Bickie'''' where teams had to nominate a representative to try and move an Oreo biscuit from their foreheads to their mouths with out using their hands and without the biscuit hitting the floor.

    A lot of laughs were had as a number of faces and expressions were used trying to get the elusive biscuit into their mouths, needless to say a few Oreo''''s took the long plunge and hit the floor. There were a few successes however and some bonus points were added to the teams who managed to successfully Bite the Bickie!

    Throughout the night there were draws conducted for a number of prizes that were donated by some amazing local businesses including The Wellington Council, The Cactus Cafe, The Wellington Jewellers, Lang''''s Butchery, The Grand Hotel and a number of others.

    A major draw was conducted later in the night and the major prize was a full HD digital video and still camera.

    There was also an auction of a fantastic piece of artwork that was donated for the evening which was a portrait of Heath Ledger in his role as the Joker in The Dark Night.

    Wellington High School also gave a donation towards the evening and presented Liam with a cheque for $135 which was humbly received by Liam with great thanks.

    After a great night of trivia, entertainment, games the amazing crowd went home happy with many of the participants stating the night was the best Trivia Night they had ever attended which was a testament to the amazing work of the Lions Club, the Lions Members and the Lions Volunteers including the amazing work of Mrs Donna Nicholson.

    A big thank you to all that attended and assisted on the evening for making the night such a great success, the night raised just short of $2700 which will cover Liam''''s travel expenses and assist in his pursuit of his passion for science.

    Again thank you to all for making it such a great success and congratulations again Liam from the Wellington Lions Club on your amazing achievement.
    More details: http://www.facebook.com/media/set/set=a.404388052943648.83479.391397057576081&type=1


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    Rural and Remote Autism Network - Geurie Concert

    The Rural and Remote Autism Network - Geurie Concert was held last night at the Geurie Memorial Town Hall and hosted a lineup of amazing local talent including Barry Dickerson, Johnno and the Cruisers, Maggie May and a number of other local talents.

    Funds raised on the evening benefited the Rural and Remote Autism Network who are almost home after walking all the way from Broken Hill to Geurie.

    Their walk will conclude at Cameron Park in Wellington at approximately 1pm on Saturday the 04/08/2012.
    More details: http://www.facebook.com/media/set/set=a.403478866367900.83281.391397057576081&type=1


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    Return of the Wellington Lions Club Bulletin!

    After a long absence the Wellington Lions Club now have a new full color Bulletin in production.

    The Lions Den will be released monthly, the first edition, July 2012 is back from the printers and will be distributed at the Business Meeting 23/07/2012.
    More details: http://www.facebook.com/media/set/set=a.398959170153203.81987.391397057576081&type=1


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    Macquarie Valley Mobility Fund - Friday the 13th Trivia Night

    Macquarie Valley Mobility Fund
    Friday the 13th Trivia Night

    Dubbo Macquarie Lions Club hosted a trivia night to benefit the Macquarie Valley Mobility Fund. 70 people attended and had a fantastic time raising money for the great cause.

    Macquarie Valley Mobility Fund Chairman Lion Peter Perry thanked those that were in attendance for their contribution and gave gave an informative description of how the fund operates and described those that had been helped by this great cause.

    Pictures can be found on the Wellington Lions Club Facebook page;

    http://www.facebook.com/wellolionsclub
    More details: http://www.facebook.com/wellolionsclub


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    Wellington Times - Change Over

    New President for Lions
    FARREN HOTHAM

    Duncan Chapman has become the young new face as president of Wellington Lions creating a generational change at the club.
    The 32 year old corrective services employee rose to the job after one year with the service organisation.

    "I am confident we can have a bigger membership base and I have strong confidence in my board as we head for a big year" he told fellow Lions Club members at a changeover dinner attended by the Member for Parkes Mark Coulton.

    Outgoing president Val Smith thanked members for their ongoing work.

    "I wish Duncan and his board the very best and hope they continue the good work Wellington Lions have done in the community for the last 50 years" she said.

    Mayor Anne Jones commended the local club for its service recognising the Australian sector of Lions had been awarded world status.

    "Australian Barry Palmer has been installed as the international president next year. You have received the recognition of the hard work you so richly deserve" Ms Jones said.

    The mayor has also become the Zone 8 chairperson, the area now includes Wellington.


    More details: http://www.wellingtontimes.com.au/news/local/news/general/new-president-for-lions/2620602.aspx


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    Fellowship at the Forbes Lions Club Change Over

    Forbes Lions Club
    2012 Change Over

    A great night was had by all at the 2012 Forbes Lions Club Change Over dinner. Thank you to the Forbes club for inviting us to celebrate your incoming board for 2012/2013.


    More details: http://www.facebook.com/wellolionsclub/photos


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    A Great Night at the Dubbo Macquarie Change Over

    Dubbo Macquarie Lions Club
    2012 Change Over

    A group of Wellington Lions attended the Dubbo Macquarie Change Over dinner at the Jacaranda Room at the Dubbo RSL club.

    We had the privilege of witnessing 2 inductees to the Melvin Jones Fellowship along with the incoming committee for the Dubbo Macquarie club for 2012/2012.


    More details: http://www.facebook.com/wellolionsclub/photos


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    2012 Change Over Dinner a Great Success!

    Wellington Lions Club
    2012 Change Over

    Wellington Change Over was held on the 07/07/2012 at the Wellington Soldier Memorial Club.

    A number of special guests were in attendance, the federal Member for Parkes Mr Mark Coulton and wife Robyn Coulton, District Governor Lion Barbara Andrews, Mayor and Zone 8 Chairperson Lion Anne Jones, Zone 9 Chairman Lion John O''Donnell and Past District Governor Lion Peter Perry.

    Representatives from the Geurie Lions Club, Trangie Lions Club, Wellington Rotary Club, Wellington CWA, Wellington Quota were also in attendance.


    Pictured above is Lion John Whitely and District Governor Lion Barbara Andrews going head to head in the Great Cotton Ball Challenge. Lion John Whitely was crowned the King of the Cotton Ball with Federal Member for Parkes coming a close second.

    It was a great night and im sure all who attended will attest the meal was tasty and the entertainment, laughs and fellowship was plentiful.

    John Whitely took the gold medal and the prize basket for the Great Cotton Ball challenge which is pictured over the page and Lion Paul from Geurie Lions Club took out the Paper Plane Engineer and Pilots competition.

    A special mention must go to the competitive efforts of MP Mark Coulton as he was runner up in both events.

    Thank you to all who attended and helped us celebrate the work of our outgoing committee and the future of our great club with our 2012/2012 incoming committee.


    More details: http://www.facebook.com/wellolionsclub/photos




District news

  • Chairperson of Lions Clubs International Foundation,

    This past year has been an amazing one. As Chairperson of Lions Clubs International Foundation, I had the honor of visiting some of your LCIF grant projects around the world. And, I saw that you are changing many lives. The world is a better place because of your efforts to make a difference. I would like to share with you some accomplishments in each of LCIF's service areas, written below.

    Without you, there would be more children at risk for bullying in schools; more people would lose their vision due to diseases like trachoma; more children would die each year from measles; and there would be less support for people in need following disasters. Together, we can continue meeting needs around the world.

    Thank you for your support of our Foundation.

    Sincerely,

    Wayne A. Madden
    Chairperson, Lions Clubs International Foundation



  • Strengthen the Pride has one purpose

    Dear District Governor,







    I want to thank you for your hard work at the DGE seminar in Toronto. My theme of Strengthen the Pride has one purpose – to make each district and every club stronger. And no one plays a greater role in strengthening the pride than you.







    Leading a district takes dedication, vision and leadership, but it also requires teamwork. Work with your district team to achieve your goals. Engage your GMT and GLT to maximize your membership growth and leadership development. And let me know how I can help you...when we work together, we can achieve greatness.







    Remember, you are the men and women responsible for leading and supporting your districts. You are the leaders your members will turn to for inspiration and guidance. You are the Lions who will ensure that our motto, "We serve," continues to bring help and hope to those who need us most.







    I am confident that we will accomplish great things this year and make a lasting impression on our association. Together, we can strengthen the pride!

    The Lions Pride Award is an exclusive rewards program designed just for you! Here's how you can earn recognition in Period 1:

    Meet your membership goals and earn a one-of-a-kind Lions Pride Pin and up to 2 attachable "paws"
    Membership goals are based on your district's 5-year membership average
    Period 1 runs from July 1 to October 31, 2014
    Visit the Lions Pride Award website for more details on how you can earn your one-of-a-kind pin so you can show your Lions Pride to the world!

    Ask One!

    One of our most important goals this year is to strengthen our membership. The best way to achieve membership growth in your district is to promote the Ask One campaign. If each Lion asked one person to join their club, imagine the impact it would have on membership growth in your district and the amount of service you can provide.



    On your club visits, encourage all Lions to invite one friend, one neighbor or one family member to join. There's no easier way to grow your district, and you can earn Lions Pride recognition when you do. Click the Ask1 image to learn more!







  • Wayne A. Madden thanks you for your support of our Foundation.

    This past year has been an amazing one. As Chairperson of Lions Clubs International Foundation, I had the honor of visiting some of your LCIF grant projects around the world. And, I saw that you are changing many lives. The world is a better place because of your efforts to make a difference. I would like to share with you some accomplishments in each of LCIF's service areas, written below.

    Without you, there would be more children at risk for bullying in schools; more people would lose their vision due to diseases like trachoma; more children would die each year from measles; and there would be less support for people in need following disasters. Together, we can continue meeting needs around the world.

    Thank you for your support of our Foundation.

    Sincerely,

    Wayne A. Madden
    Chairperson, Lions Clubs International Foundation



  • District 201N4 Convention to be held in Griffith commencing on 31st October

    The website with information on the District 201N4 Convention to be held in Griffith commencing on 31st October has been updated. The link is http://www.griffithlionsclub.org.au/convention.html .

    More details: http://www.griffithlionsclub.org.au/convention.html


  • Authority to Fundraise

    It has come to the notice of DG Bob Smith that the Authority to Fundraise of 12 active District 201N4 Clubs have expired! There are also 7 District 201N4 Clubs with a current Authority to Fundraise that will expire before the end of the year.

    If a Lions Club receives money from the public or sells as much as a raffle ticket or a sausage sandwich to a member of the public they are required under the Act to hold a current Authority to Fundraise. It is the responsibility of the authority holder to ensure that their Authority to Fundraise is current at all times.



  • Results of the recently drawn Lions NSWACT, thank you all for your support.

    The purpose of this quick note is to firstly let you know the results of the recently drawn Lions NSWACT

    Save Sight & Public Health Foundations annual car raffle, and secondly, thank you all for your

    support .

    The Lions Club of Wee Waa won the Hyundai Accent car. They had bought the tickets as a Club in

    support of their Foundations.

    The other prizes were donated by Past Director John Sim ($1,000 BBQ), Past Director Sam Chu ($800

    Designer Spectacle Frames), and Hon. Secretary Ruth Small (Gent’s Wristwatch), and were won by the

    Holroyd City Lions Club, D Robertson, and the Tumut Lions Club respectively.

    The raffle raised a total of $71,000.00, and after paying for the car, has already been invested. More

    importantly, this money will never be spent. Only the income from investments can be used for worthy

    causes, speaking of which, why not consider involving your Foundation (by way of a grant) when next

    your Club might need financial assistance getting a worthy project ‘over the line.’

    Finally, please let your members know that the Foundations really appreciate their efforts and look

    forward to continuing the close association that has been developed, helping them, to help those, who

    can’t always help themselves.

    Your District 201N4 Directors of the Lions NSW‐ACT Save Sight & Public Health Care Foundations are:

    DG Bob Smith

    PDG Bob Moore

    PDG Kerry Williams

    Lion Bob Gnezdiloff



  • Advanced Lions Leadership Institute for the Lions of Australia, New Zealand, Papua New Guinea, Indonesia & The Islands of the South Pacific Ocean

    Dear GLT District Coordinators:

    The next Advanced Lions Leadership Institute for the Lions of Australia, New Zealand, Papua New Guinea, Indonesia & The Islands of the South Pacific Ocean will be offered in Adelaide, Australia on August 26-28, 2014. We seek your assistance to help recruit qualified Lion participants for the institute. It is a valuable opportunity to build on skills that enhance the leadership qualities at the zone, region and district levels.

    This institute is targeted to Lions that have completed a successful term as club president, but have not yet attained the position of first vice district governor. Lions who are region and zone chairpersons, as well as second vice district governors are encouraged to apply to this institute. For details, see the application materials.

    Lions Clubs International will provide meals and lodging according to the dates and schedule of the institute. Additionally, LCI will make appropriate hotel reservations for each participant on a twin-share basis. Please note that a non-refundable participation fee of US$95.00 will be required to offset these costs for all institutes. This fee will be due no less than six weeks prior to the institute start date. Participants are responsible for all travel expenses to and from the designated venue inclusive to all relevant ground transportation charges.

    Please help us recruit qualified Lions for this institute by providing a copy of the application packet to Lions leaders in your district, including your district governor team and region and zone chairpersons, to remind them of this event. Please ask them to promote the institute and actively encourage qualified candidates to apply. The success of this institute depends on the participation of Lions leaders from across your constitutional area. More information is also available on the web site.

    We will be accepting 50 Lions, total. This institute will be conducted in English.

    Completed forms must be returned by: June 12, 2014

    PLEASE RETURN APPLICATIONS TO:
    Institutes & Seminars
    Lions Clubs International
    Fax: 630.706.9010
    E-mail: institutes@lionsclubs.org




  • Children with mobility-impairing

    A child’s first wobbly steps or first tentative bike ride are precious moments
    cherished by parents. But not every family experiences these delightful
    milestones. For scores of disabled children, they can merely watch while their
    siblings and neighbors enjoy the simple pleasures of childhood.
    The Lions Step In
    Lions in Australia recognized that many children with mobility-impairing [...]




  • Dream to expand

    Lions, is it your dream to expand your reach and make a bigger impact on the
    community? More members mean more service! In addition to planning and executing
    projects that address your community's needs, member recruitment is a big part
    of Lions service.

    The LCI website has a wealth of resources for inviting new members



  • Membership growth momentum

    I am encouraging clubs to keep the membership growth momentum going by inviting potential new members from their Family and Friends Month events. I'm also reminding clubs that they can earn special rewards for membership growth in the Together We Can Grow Contest. I want to thank you for making Family and Friends Month such a success, and ask you to join me in promoting strong and healthy clubs through membership growth!

    Lion Barry J. Palmer
    Your International President



  • Farewell PDG Vic Grosse

    The Funeral of the late PDG Vic Grosse is to take place on Tuesday, 6th May 2014 at the Bethlehem Lutheran Church, Athol Street, Wagga Wagga commencing at 10.30am.

    The family has requested donations to the Leukaema Foundation in lieu of flowers.





  • May is Lions Recycle for Sight Month

    May is Lions Recycle for Sight Month
    Photo of eyeglass recycling boxNext month, Lions clubs around the world are encouraged to engage their communities through eyeglass collection projects. Getting involved is easy! Educate your community about the Recycle for Sight program by showing the 10-minute film, "New Glasses, New Life." Establish new collection locations at schools, places of worship, businesses, etc. Check your existing locations to make sure your collection containers are fresh, attractive and emptied on a regular basis.

    Visit the Recycle For Sight page for more information or to order supplies to begin or enhance your collection campaign. And don't forget to promote the need for usable reading glasses and sunglasses, as well.




  • Protecting our Environment Global Service Action Campaign project:

    Protecting Our Environment with Family and Friends
    photo of club performing environmental projectThis April, join Lions around the world and protect the environment. Planning an environmental project is a great opportunity to invite your family and friends to engage in hands-on service. Organize a community clean-up, plant a tree, or plan a recycling project to collect old eyeglasses, batteries or small electronics -- you decide based on the needs in your community.

    Use the following resources to plan and promote your Protecting our Environment Global Service Action Campaign project:

    The Call to Action Flyer and Planning Guide are great resources that will provide you with ideas to jumpstart your project.
    Visit the Family and Friends webpage for more information on this initiative.
    And remember to share your projects using MyLCI!




  • LCIF's Million Dollar Measles Challenge

    LCIF's Million Dollar Measles Challenge
    photo of a woman holding her young childWorld Immunization Week is April 24–30. In celebration, LCIF has launched a 30-day challenge to raise US$1 million for the One Shot, One Life: Lions Measles Initiative. Donations made for measles during the month of April 2014 will be matched 100% by the family of Abhey and Aruna Oswal, for a total of up to US$500,000.

    Visit www.lcif.org to learn how to make your contribution today! Donations to the Lions Measles Initiative are Melvin Jones Fellowship eligible (excluding funds provided by the match).




  • Recycle for Sight program

    May is Lions Recycle for Sight Month
    Photo of eyeglass recycling boxNext month, Lions clubs around the world are encouraged to engage their communities through eyeglass collection projects. Getting involved is easy! Educate your community about the Recycle for Sight program by showing the 10-minute film, "New Glasses, New Life." Establish new collection locations at schools, places of worship, businesses, etc. Check your existing locations to make sure your collection containers are fresh, attractive and emptied on a regular basis.

    Visit the Recycle For Sight page for more information or to order supplies to begin or enhance your collection campaign. And don't forget to promote the need for usable reading glasses and sunglasses, as well.




  • Protecting our Environment Global Service Action Campaign project

    Protecting Our Environment with Family and Friends
    photo of club performing environmental projectThis April, join Lions around the world and protect the environment. Planning an environmental project is a great opportunity to invite your family and friends to engage in hands-on service. Organize a community clean-up, plant a tree, or plan a recycling project to collect old eyeglasses, batteries or small electronics -- you decide based on the needs in your community.

    Use the following resources to plan and promote your Protecting our Environment Global Service Action Campaign project:

    The Call to Action Flyer and Planning Guide are great resources that will provide you with ideas to jumpstart your project.
    Visit the Family and Friends webpage for more information on this initiative.
    And remember to share your projects using MyLCI!




  • Million Dollar Measles Challenge

    Dear Lion,

    I have an exciting announcement to share with you: in celebration of this year's World Immunization Week from April 24-30, LCIF has launched a 30 day challenge to raise US$1 million for the One Shot, One Life: Lions Measles Initiative!

    Did you know that each year, more than one million children will not make it to their 5th birthday due to a vaccine-preventable disease? This includes measles and rubella, which can cause illness, disability, blindness and death. That is why we must act now – we can help these children through the One Shot, One Life: Lions Measles Initiative and through events like World Immunization Week.

    By accepting this challenge, you are helping us provide vaccinations to children in need and also helping to raise the awareness of just how important routine vaccinations are for global health. Together, I know we can meet this challenge.

    And, not only are we issuing this challenge, but we are also receiving a generous matching contribution from the family of Abhey and Past District Governor Aruna Oswal to help us reach US$1 million for measles. When you make a donation for measles during the month of April 2014, it will be matched on a 1:1 basis by the Oswal family, for a total of up to US$500,000! Every dollar that you donate is doubled until we meet our goal.

    You can learn more about the Million Dollar Measles Challenge online, as well as Lions' and LCIF's efforts to end measles, our partnership initiatives for measles and how to make a contribution.

    As a Lion, you can help save lives, spread knowledge and make the world a healthier place for children. You can make a difference.

    Sincerely,

    Wayne A. Madden
    Chairperson, Lions Clubs International Foundation



  • Melvin Jones Fellows

    Saturday, 15 March 2014
    Good morning Lions,
    The time is fast approaching when we as Lions think of honouring our fellow Lions and
    members of our communities for their humanitarian work by naming them as Melvin Jones Fellows.
    As you are no doubt aware all Melvin Jones Fellowship plaques, pins etc. presented in Australia
    are, and have been, over the past seven years, shipped ex Melbourne. This arrangement has
    resulted in the timely delivery of the recognition for presentation.
    Later this year we shall see the first Australian Lion elevated to the office of President of Lions
    Clubs International complete his term at the International Convention in Toronto, Canada.
    Many of us will be attending that Convention to celebrate with International President, Lion
    Barry J Palm er AM and his lovely wife, Lion Anne, the completion of his successful term as the
    leader of our organisation.
    I am sure that many Clubs will be having their annual changeover of office bearers in time to
    enable members to attend the Convention in Toronto. As this is often the time when awards
    and recognitions are presented may I request that you advise Clubs in your Districts that
    applications for Melvin Jones Fellowships received after May 15th 2014 will not be shipped until
    after July zs" 2014.
    Yours in Lionism
    PDGGeorge H Barnard DAM
    Melvin Jones Fellowship Coordinator
    WE CARE.



  • Australian Lions Childhood Cancer Research Foundation awards

    Dear Lions and Lioness Club,

    At this time of year as we all near the end of another

    successful Lions year, it is time to consider the distribution of funds raised during the last

    12 months.

    The Australian Lions Childhood Cancer Research Foundation offers a range of different

    awards, we would ask that you consider recognising either one of your dedicated Lion

    members, a member of your local community or an organisation in your community that

    deserves recognition

    Enclosed with this letter are details of Neil Williams memorial Awards, ALCCRF Fellowship

    and the prestigious Barry J Palmer Fellowship

    We would thank you sincerely for considering this either this year or at some time in the

    future

    In Lion Service



  • Together We Can Grow Contest

    Want to be rewarded for growing your club? The Together We Can Grow contest rewards high-performing clubs for exceptional membership growth. Building a strong club takes teamwork and leadership. Your club can do even more when the current and incoming club presidents work together this year to increase club membership. Check out what you can earn for your efforts!

    Win your choice of $250 MJF Donation or $250 in club suppliesHere’s what your club needs to achieve to win:

    Be the top club in your district with the largest net membership gain (by percentage) between January 1 and July 31, 2014.
    Your club must have at least a 10% membership growth and a five (5) member net gain during the contest period. See complete contests rules below.



  • Youth Exchange

    All District 201N4 Clubs & Cabinet Officers
    If you or you club rare interested in hosting a Lions Youth Exchange Student, please contact District 201N4 Youth Exchange Chairperson, Lion Dianne Smith, (Home) 02 6931 3072, (Mobile) 0488 603 915, (Email) smithdmr@live.com.au .




  • District Convention Griffith Lions Club Inc

    The Griffith Lions Club Inc will be holding the District Convention from Friday 31st October to Sunday 2nd November 2014



    We have included a page on our web site for the Convention which will include updated information as it comes to hand.



    The web address is www.griffithlionsclub.org.au

    Please book your accommodation early as there is a week long Veteran’s Golf Week on the same weekend which attracts veteran golfers from all over NSW and Vic.



    A list of accommodation can be found on the Griffith Visitor’s Information Centre website –

    http://www.griffith.nsw.gov.au/cp_themes/visit/page.asp?p=DOC-GFZ-81-75-46


    More details: www.griffithlionsclub.org.au


  • 2013-14 Peace Poster Contest Winner

    Congratulations to Tongbram Mahesh Singh, a 12-year-old boy from India and the
    grand prize winner of this year's Lions International Peace Poster Contest. His
    poster was chosen among over 100 entries from all over the world for beautifully
    depicting the theme "Our World, Our Future." He was sponsored by the Moirang
    Lions Club.




  • To Club President and Lion Club Members


    I hope that all Clubs have had a great Australia Day celebration and if your club had any activity on this day I hope that it was a success.
    The purpose this memo is to advise you of the current membership numbers for this district (1092) well below the numbers that is required for our District (1250). Remember, it is not compulsory to attend all dinner meetings, if unable to attend meetings encourage members to be in club activities.
    To prevent the District going into "Transition" because of declined membership, I encourage each club to set a goal for new member recruitment and actively pursue this.
    Invite new members to be a part of a club which is helping the community and make your Club one that the community can be proud of. An opportune way to recruit new members is the Family and Friends Month activity being promoted for April. Please refer to the attachment for details.
    If clubs require any assistance in determining different ways to recruit new members, please, give me a call to assist in this process.
    DG Robert Smith, 201N4



  • Achieve Club Excellence

    The Club Excellence Process (CEP) is a fun, interactive process that brings members together to look at what your club is today and what it will be tomorrow. It gives you the tools to strengthen your service, improve club effectiveness and enhance your membership experience. CEP is the perfect resource for any club that wants to achieve excellence!
    More details: http://www.lionsclubs.org/EN/member-center/membership-and-new-clubs/strengthen-membership/club-excellence-process/index.phputm_source=RealMagnet&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=5603%20FORWARD%20President%20Palmer%20Club%20Oct2013%20EN


  • Barry J Palmer Fellowship Award


    The Australian Lions Childhood Cancer Research Foundation
    Is delighted to announce the release of the Barry J Palmer Fellowship
    The Barry J Palmer Fellow recognises outstanding support for Australian Lions Childhood Cancer Research Foundation''s vision of 1001''0 survival for kids with cancer. A recipient of this fellowship will be recognised for being one of our ambassadors helping kids fulfil their right to a healthy life.
    International President 2013 -2014 Barry Palmer, of Berowra, NSW, Australia, was elected to serve as International President of
    The International Association of Lions Clubs at the association''s 96th International Convention, held in Hamburg, 2013. In 2009 Barry was instrumental in MD201''s national convention in Melbourne approving the establishment of ALCCRF. Barry was a founding trustee of ALCCRF and remains an enthusiastic supporter of the work ALCCRF undertakes to fund impactful world class research into childhood cancers.
    The beautiful timber used to mount this fellowship is Acacia melanoxylon, commonly known as the Australian Blackwood. The Acacia species is native in eastern Australia with this particular specimen coming from Tasmania. Tasmania is often referred to as the "Island of Inspiration", owing to its large and relatively unspoiled natural environment



  • Drug Awareness John & Carol Barlow:

    He asked that when he and Lion Carol are invited by
    Clubs to speak on Drug Awareness that the Clubs invite the other Service Clubs in the town
    to attend and make it a public meeting so the message can get to as many people as
    possible.





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