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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

  • Institutes & Seminars

    Dear District Governors,

    We are writing to you today to inform you about the leadership training opportunities that will be offered by the Institutes & Seminars department in 2015-2016. Four (4) months prior to each institute in your constitutional area you will receive a promotional letter asking you to help us recruit qualified Lions for the respective institutes. Please provide a copy of the application to Lions leaders in your district, including your district governor team and region and zone chairpersons, reminding them of these training opportunities. Please ask them to promote the institutes and actively encourage qualified candidates to apply. The success of these institutes depend on the support of Lions leaders from across your constitutional area.

    The Advanced Lions Leadership Institute (ALLI) focuses on building the skills of Lions leaders to prepare them for leadership responsibilities at zone, region and district levels. Qualifications, dates, locations, and language(s) of instruction can be found on the ALLI portion of the LCI website.

    The Emerging Lions Leadership Institute (ELLI) focuses on building the skills of Lions members for leadership opportunities at the club level, including the position of club president. Qualifications, dates, locations, and language(s) of instruction can be found on the ELLI portion of the LCI website.

    The Faculty Development Institute (FDI) is dedicated to the development and expansion of Lions faculty. The curriculum focuses on techniques and concepts that will enhance the quality of training and overall effectiveness of Lions leadership development programs. Qualifications, dates, locations, and language(s) of instruction can be found on the FDI portion of the LCI website.

    The Faculty Development Excellence Series (FDES) is a web-based program designed to support the continued development of FDI graduates while energizing them as training facilitators. It will be offered twice during 2015-2016, once in December 2015 and again in March 2016. Qualifications, dates, locations, and language(s) of instruction can be found on the FDES portion of the LCI website.

    Thank you very much for your support of these training opportunities. All of the best in your year as District Governor.

    Sincerely,

    Institutes & Seminars
    Leadership Development Division

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  • Lions District 201N4 Convention

    2015 District Convention will be held in Orange 13th to 15th November 2015.
    See you all there.

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  • Typhoon Soudelor

    Typhoon Soudelor has devastated the Western Pacific region and has claimed
    dozens of lives already. Millions of families are without water, electricity or
    shelter. The storm has caused monsoon rains, high winds, flooding and landslides
    throughout the region.

    Lions Clubs International Foundation (LCIF) responded immediately. A US$10,000
    Emergency grant was awarded to the Lions of District [...]


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  • Research to Prevent Blindness (RPB

    NEW YORK, NEW YORK — Research to Prevent Blindness (RPB) is launching a new research initiative to address urgent needs in understanding and treating low vision. The $1.2 million, two-pronged initiative involves funding partnerships with Lions Clubs International Foundation (LCIF) and Reader’s Digest Partners for Sight Foundation (RDPFS). Low vision is among the 10 most common causes of disability in the U.S., with the National Eye Institute (NEI) estimating that three million people in the U.S. have low vision. “Low vision is a major, neglected and specific condition with a variety of causes and a common outcome: permanently reduced vision that cannot be improved with regular eyeglasses, contact lenses, medicine or surgery, causing difficulty in everyday activities of living such as reading, walking and making a meal,” says RPB President Brian F. Hofland, PhD. “With these grants we are asking leading scientists to address complex aspects of degraded visual processing with the goal of expanding key knowledge, developing new treatment approaches, and generating technology solutions to enhance vision for those with some remaining sight.” Both partnership grants are intended to provide seed funding for high-risk/high-gain, innovative, cutting-edge research which demonstrates out-of-the-box thinking. - See more at: http://lionsclubs.org/blog/2015/08/13/news-release-rpb-launches-low-vision-research-initiative/?utm_source=blog&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=LionsBlog#sthash.hWLlWzdR.dpuf

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  • Who are the Lions?

    Who are the Lions? Lions Clubs International is the world’s largest service club organization, with 1.4 million members in 210 countries and geographic locations, dedicated to making a difference. We serve where we live as well as globally. What do Lions do? Where there’s a need, there’s a Lion. We meet the needs of our communities and the world, ranging from assisting the visually impaired and working with local youth to medical missions and disaster relief. What types of service are Lions involved in? Though well known for its successful initiatives in vision health, Lions service is as diverse as its members. We meet all sorts of needs, from assisting the elderly to helping victims of natural disasters. I would like to volunteer in my community, but why should I do so as a Lion? Lions meet the needs of those in their own communities as well as around the world, and we have fun doing it. Working together locally and internationally, the worldwide network of Lions has a vast amount of resources and is able to accomplish much more than individuals and small groups working alone. How do I become a Lion? If you are interested in becoming a Lion, contact your local Lions club and express interest in learning more. Visit BeALion.org to find a club and fill out a prospective member form, or visit LionsClubs.org to learn more about Lions. Find more key messages and other Public Relations tools on the Lions Clubs website. - See more at:

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  • One of the best ways to promote your club and get the word out about Lions

    One of the best ways to promote your club and get the word out about Lions is to proudly display the Lions logo at your activities and events. This includes wearing your Lions apparel, hanging your club’s banner and handing out Lions-branded communications. But before you start designing your own Lions T-shirts and websites with an individualized logo for your club, know the correct and incorrect way to display the Lions brand. Below are just a few Do’s and Don’ts to keep in mind when designing an individualized club logo. Refer to the LCI Graphic Identity Manual for complete guidelines, including specifications regarding color palette, typeface, images and more. Don’t: Change the Lions logo by using unacceptable colors. Add text to the Lions emblem. Apply graphic elements to extend or layer over Lions emblem. Use the full-color Lions emblem for print or Web applications. Do: Use the approved Lions Clubs color palette. Consistent use of color will promote recognition and strengthen the Lions identity. Keep text clear of Lions emblem. Be sure Lions emblem is layered over other graphic elements, not under. Use full-color Lions emblem only for embroidery and other club supplies items - See more at:

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  • The Centennial Service Challenge

    The Centennial Service Challenge numbers are in: During the 2014-15 year, Lions served 40 million people through environment, youth, hunger and vision service activities. We’re almost halfway to our goal of serving 100 million by 2018! Great work, Lions! Here is the breakdown of people served by each campaign: Youth: 15 Million Environment: 10.5 Million Hunger: 7.5 Million Vision: 7 Million Where there’s a need, there’s a Lion. Keep planning projects that make an impact, and don’t forget to report your activities using MyLCI. Share your Centennial projects by submitting a photo to LCI, or post your photo on Facebook and Twitter with the hashtag #LIONS100 - See more at:

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  • President of Coleambally club report

    Thank you Terry for setting such a high reporting standard, I will make sure it is not as hard for the next president.
    With the Board Meeting being postponed till after the next dinner meeting this month there is not a whole lot to report for July.
    The changeover went well with a massive thanks to all fellow Lions who helped.
    We have received a further update from Andrew Hogg with some more precise measurements needed by the council for preparation and erection of the panels. (We all know without precise instructions most erections are bound to prematurely fail.) Also we are still searching for more water wheel photos if anyone has any.
    We did have a request for assistance from Catherine Demamiel and Sarah Hardy for financial and BBQ assistance for their proposed Teachers, Tradies and Townies sporting function which they are organising for October. As yet we have not received a formal request from them.
    Trent and I have had our first meeting with the Coleambally Community Club Board (CCC Board.) First impressions are that the finances are fairly dire at this point.
    There is however an issue with meeting dates. The CCC Board meetings clash with our Board meeting, therefore I was hoping to change our Board meeting to the 4th Thursday of the month. We will discuss this at our Board meeting on Thursday evening.
    That’s all I have for this not so dry July.
    Chris

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  • Lions and Kids Donate Sleeping Bags

    LCIF Awards Disaster Relief Grants, June 2015
    Posted on: 07/08/2015 @ 8:54 am
    http://tinyurl.com/nstgnll

    When natural disasters strike, Lions are there to offer help and support. In
    times of need, Lions are able to rely on disaster relief grants and funds from
    Lions Clubs International Foundation (LCIF). Emergency grants provide up to
    US$10,000 for districts impacted by a natural disaster that has affected at
    least 100 people, including tornadoes, [...]

    Lions and Kids Donate Sleeping Bags
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  • By contributing to LCIF

    Lions Take a Stand Against Measles
    Posted on: 07/09/2015 @ 9:46 am
    http://tinyurl.com/ngtctz2

    There remains much work in the fight against measles, but Lions have the power
    to help eliminate the disease. By contributing to LCIF, Lions are helping
    children in all countries where measles remains a heavy public health burden.
    Lions’ donations are combined with all donations to the Measles Initiative in
    order to have a greater [...]



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  • Vale PDG John Camkin

    ATTENTION:

    Gordon Bailey (DG 201Q2),

    Dale Cassidy (President - Bathurst Lions),

    Peter Brotherton (President - Urunga)



    Good afternoon



    It is my sad duty to advise you that PDG John Camkin, a long standing and respected member of the Lions Club of Member died yesterday, Sunday, 28 June in Wollongong.



    John was DG during 1984-85 for district 201N6 (more or less the present day 201N2 district).



    John Camkin's Funeral is to be held on Thursday 2nd July 2015 at Rankins Funeral Home, Cowper Street Warrawong at 10 am,



    John began his Lions career in 1976 at Urunga. Due to work commitments he was a member of Lions clubs at Woonona, Bathurst, Wagoni in PNG and back to Woonona in 2000.



    John was awarded the Melvin Jones Fellowship award in 1987, Life Membership of Woonona Lions in 1998 and appointed Life Governor of Save Sight Foundation in 1999.



    Gordon, if you may have contacts for the club in PNG I would appreciate you passing on this information.



    Dale and Peter, I would appreciate it if you would advise members of your respective clubs please.





    Yours in Lions

    John McQuiggin

    Secretary - Lions Club of Woonona

    Phone 0242833942 or 0429668185


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  • Lions Clubs International Foundation (LCIF),

    Dear Lions,Palmer with Lions and Children in India

    I have recently spent some time reflecting on this past year. As Chairperson of your Lions Clubs International Foundation (LCIF), I have had the privilege of traveling the world, meeting Lions and witnessing the projects to which you devote your hearts.

    It has been a great honor to serve as your Chairperson. I am so proud of everything we have accomplished, and I know that with your continued support, our Foundation will continue making the world a better place for years to come.

    Without your kindness and generosity, there would be more children at risk for drug use; fewer children would have access to life-saving vaccines; the fear of blinding disease would be a reality for more people; and there would be less support for people in need following disasters.

    Whether in small, rural villages or in our global community, you are changing lives every day. I would like to share with you just a few of the incredible accomplishments from the past year, below. Thank you for your dedication to our Foundation.

    Sincerely,

    Barry J. Palmer
    Chairperson, Lions Clubs International Foundation

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  • Journey has finally come to an end

    Well, the Journey has finally come to an end, my year as your District Governor is almost over and I will then become a Feather Duster along with all our Past District Governors. Marilyn and I have really enjoyed the year visiting all the Clubs and finding out about their different projects and it has been an honour to represent our District as your District Governor. As I have been travelling around I have been asking all clubs to “Just Ask” or “Ask One” the projects of Past International President Barry Palmer and the current International President Joe Preston and I am proud to say that we are one of only five Districts to have a positive increase in Membership in the last twelve months, the International Membership is now back above 1.4 million members, so a very big thankyou from me. Since my last report Marilyn and I have been to the State Final of Youth of the Year in Campbelltown and unfortunately our candidate Lauren Jenkins was unsuccessful but not disgraced, all of the contestants were of a very high quality and I would not like to be a Judge. We have also attended the Multiple District Convention in Newcastle which was good considering all the trouble that Newcastle had the week before with storms and rain. I also had a Council of Governors Meeting prior to the Convention, my last one. I would like to thank everyone that put up their hands for Cabinet positions, I think that we have had a reasonably successful year and I thank you all for the time and effort put in. Marilyn and I wish Tony and Judy a happy and successful year and I hope
    that they enjoy it as much as we have, it has been a truly wonderful journey. This coming year on Tony’s Cabinet I will be the Chairman for Lions Clubs International Foundation and will be available as a guest speaker or to help if any Club requires assistance. Again , thank you to everyone in the District for your help and assistance throughout the year it has made it a memorable one for Marilyn and myself and we have thoroughly enjoyed it. Thank You Cheers - DG Ian Warren


  • New Image

    Photographs of presentations made by Griffith Lions and NSW/ACT Save Sight & Public Health Care Foundations

    Following I have listed the names and details of each photograph and details of the equipment provided. Photos 1 and 2 . David, number 1 Shows myself Liam Trecasse and his Mother being presented with a Nicklas Free Stand Lifter costing $4995.00 purchased by donations from Fth. Lions, $2000.00 and Enable NSW Health, $2995.00 to be owned by Kalinda Special School in Griffith. No. 2 includes Griffith President, Lion Jeff Gardner on the right hand side.



    Photo 3 & 4 shows myself as a Director of NSW/ACT Save Sight & Public Foundation, Abraham Al-Jawfi and Physiotherapist Judith Young from NSW Health, 5 Is RM, Abraham & President Jeff while 6 & 7 show Abraham in full flight using his newly acquired Grillo Walking Frame. This was funded for the Kalinda School as well with the assistance of Gth Lions Club, $2000 and a grant from the Foundations of $1995.



    Both Jeff and I were astounded to witness the joy of both of these young Boys as they guided their new “Wheels” around the School.



    Please contact me if you require any further information. Cheers, Bob.




  • Thank you from Geoff and Joanne

    Dear Bob.
    We have purchased a new freezer from Harvey Norman Lithgow with the Lions Club voucher.We extend our sincere gratitude to Lions for this and the other assistance kindly provided.Could you please pass on our thanks to all members,particularly in the local area branches.Geoff and Joanne.



  • LCIF Grants to Australian Lions

    I have updated the attached list of LCIF Grants to Australian Lions to include the announcement by LCIF Chairperson IPIP Barry Palmer at the Newcastle Convention that LCIF had given an US$50,000 Major Catastrophe Grant to District 201N3 to cover the devastating eastern low storms that swept through the Hunter and Newcastle regions.



    In the last 5 years LCIF have given grants totaling over US$2.1 million to Australian Lions. This list and the variety of projects supported by LCIF may help to convince those Lions and Clubs who say a donation to LCIF immediately goes overseas, that LCIF money is spent locally.



    Australian Lions is one of the few places in the world where LCI/LCIF have a bank account. So donations to LCIF from Australian Lions, Lioness and Leos go into the LCI/LCIF bank account in Newcastle.



    Sure, if you make a donation to an overseas disaster or the One Shot, One Life - Lions Measles Initiative then once a grant has been approved transfer of funds will take place to the Lions District organising the project.



    Otherwise, your Clubs and Individuals donations to LCIF will stay in the Newcastle LCI/LCIF account to be used for grant requests from Australian Districts.



    Best Regards



    Nigel
    MDC Nigel Jeny
    LCIF MD201 Co-ordinator
    2/1 Lauderdale Ave
    Fairlight, Sydney NSW 2094
    +61 2 9948 4544 +61 (0)411 01 66 75

    nigeljeny@hotmail.com




  • LCIF Message from PIP Barry Palmer

    Dear Club President,



    On behalf of those who do not have a voice, I am asking for your help. Every hour of every day, Lion members are meeting local community needs. Lions are providing students with glasses, distributing food or basic necessities following a disaster or ensuring measles vaccinations are available for children where no healthcare system currently exists. Every hour of every day, this is happening across the world through service of Lions–and I'm asking you and your club to make a difference.



    With three months remaining in the fiscal year, Lions Clubs International Foundation (LCIF) may not reach the established annual financial target. The target is based on projected grant requests from Lions for the coming year, leaving community needs unmet and service opportunities unfulfilled. Lions, we cannot let this happen.



    I am asking you and your club to consider making a donation to LCIF in the next three months. Consider making a gift to the Lions Measles Initiative during the month of April in recognition of World Immunization week. Bridge the gap between the US$3.8 million raised in 2014-2015 toward our annual commitment of US$7.5 million. Or consider making an unrestricted gift, allowing LCIF to support worthy Lions community service projects without needing to scale back initiatives due to funding limitations.



    Each year, Lions are called upon to do more. LCIF has always been there to support the work of Lions. Your support and that of 46,000 other clubs around the world make that possible. Consider a donation in the next three months and help put LCIF in a position to support the service of Lions. Will you help a child live? Help us to help the children.



    Sincerely,



    Barry J. Palmer

    Chairperson, Lions Clubs International Foundation





  • LCIF Message from PIP Barry Palmer

    Dear Club President,



    On behalf of those who do not have a voice, I am asking for your help. Every hour of every day, Lion members are meeting local community needs. Lions are providing students with glasses, distributing food or basic necessities following a disaster or ensuring measles vaccinations are available for children where no healthcare system currently exists. Every hour of every day, this is happening across the world through service of Lions–and I'm asking you and your club to make a difference.



    With three months remaining in the fiscal year, Lions Clubs International Foundation (LCIF) may not reach the established annual financial target. The target is based on projected grant requests from Lions for the coming year, leaving community needs unmet and service opportunities unfulfilled. Lions, we cannot let this happen.



    I am asking you and your club to consider making a donation to LCIF in the next three months. Consider making a gift to the Lions Measles Initiative during the month of April in recognition of World Immunization week. Bridge the gap between the US$3.8 million raised in 2014-2015 toward our annual commitment of US$7.5 million. Or consider making an unrestricted gift, allowing LCIF to support worthy Lions community service projects without needing to scale back initiatives due to funding limitations.



    Each year, Lions are called upon to do more. LCIF has always been there to support the work of Lions. Your support and that of 46,000 other clubs around the world make that possible. Consider a donation in the next three months and help put LCIF in a position to support the service of Lions. Will you help a child live? Help us to help the children.



    Sincerely,



    Barry J. Palmer

    Chairperson, Lions Clubs International Foundation





  • We have just reached 1.4 million members

    Congratulations Lions! We have just reached 1.4 million members and we couldn’t be more excited! That means we have even more hands to help make a greater impact not only locally, but on a global scale too.

    With our Centennial just around the corner, we have encouraged Lions to help us reach our Centennial Service Challenge goal of serving 100 million people by June 2018 and to help increase our membership.

    By asking just one person to join your Lions Club during our Centennial Celebration, you could earn special limited edition awards.

    So what are you waiting for? Keep the momentum going and Ask One today!
    - See more at: http://lionsclubs.org/blog/2015/04/14/1-4-million-and-counting/?utm_source=blog&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=LionsBlog#sthash.6lrtwbPD.dpuf


  • Lions Clubs International stands for peace

    As the people of Kenya look for answers in the senseless attack on Garissa University College and mourn the loss of so many innocent lives, please know your friends and family – the Lions of the world – mourn with you and hold you close in our hearts. Our thoughts and prayers go out to you, the victims, and their loved ones.

    Lions Clubs International stands for peace. We believe in respect for all. We believe through humanitarian service we can transform the lives of others. Through our many service programs and the dedication of our 1.37 million members around the world, we have improved the quality of life for millions of people.

    As Lions we are bound together by our motto “We Serve.” We have transformed the lives of millions of people through selfless acts of kindness. As honest brokers of peace, goodwill and service, we will never understand the motivation of those who seek to cause pain, and we find ourselves asking “why” in the wake of tragedies such as the attack on Garissa University College.

    We stand with you against terrorism, and we suffer the loss of innocent lives. Our fervent hope is that peace will prevail over hate.

    With deepest sympathy,

    Joe Preston

    President, Lions Clubs International
    - See more at: http://lionsclubs.org/blog/2015/04/03/prestons-blog-special-message-to-the-lions-of-kenya/?utm_source=blog&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=LionsBlog#sthash.Gt4gO1fp.dpuf


  • Chairperson, Lions Clubs International Foundation

    Dear Lions,

    As Chairperson of your Lions Clubs International Foundation
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    (LCIF), I have the privilege of traveling the globe to see the amazing work Lions are doing. Every day, you provide disaster relief, empower our young people and serve our communities. You also remain committed to saving sight. Whether you are conducting vision screenings, providing eyeglasses or medicine, you are giving the gift of sight.

    Together with LCIF and partners like The Carter Center, Lions have helped to restore sight to 7.7 million people through cataract surgeries; prevented serious vision loss for more than 30 million; provided over 271 million treatments for river blindness; built or expanded 660 eye care hospitals and clinics; and trained 681,000 eye care specialists and eye health workers. Congratulations, Lions!

    As we celebrate these achievements, know that there is still much work to be done. With your contribution, LCIF will be able to support Lions all over the world who continue making a positive impact in the lives of people who are blind or visually impaired.

    Thank you for commitment to saving and restoring sight.

    Sincerely,

    Barry J. Palmer
    Chairperson, Lions Clubs International Foundation


  • Barry J. Palmer, Chairperson, Lions Clubs International Foundation

    Dear Lions,

    As Chairperson of your Lions Clubs International Foundation
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    (LCIF), I have the privilege of traveling the globe to see the amazing work Lions are doing. Every day, you provide disaster relief, empower our young people and serve our communities. You also remain committed to saving sight. Whether you are conducting vision screenings, providing eyeglasses or medicine, you are giving the gift of sight.

    Together with LCIF and partners like The Carter Center, Lions have helped to restore sight to 7.7 million people through cataract surgeries; prevented serious vision loss for more than 30 million; provided over 271 million treatments for river blindness; built or expanded 660 eye care hospitals and clinics; and trained 681,000 eye care specialists and eye health workers. Congratulations, Lions!

    As we celebrate these achievements, know that there is still much work to be done. With your contribution, LCIF will be able to support Lions all over the world who continue making a positive impact in the lives of people who are blind or visually impaired.

    Thank you for commitment to saving and restoring sight.

    Sincerely,

    Barry J. Palmer
    Chairperson, Lions Clubs International Foundation


  • Emirates Melbourne Cup Tour ready to take shape


    Tenders open for communities to host the 2015 Emirates Melbourne Cup Tour
    The Victoria Racing Club (VRC) is inviting towns and cities across Australia and New Zealand to nominate for the chance to play host to the 2015 Emirates Melbourne Cup.
    The $175,000, 18-carat gold Emirates Melbourne Cup trophy, affectionately known as the ‘Loving Cup’, will travel across Australia and New Zealand providing communities with the opportunity to experience first-hand the magic of ‘the race that stops a nation’™.
    Applications are open to community groups, councils and racing bodies in rural, regional and capital cities, with the VRC set to announce the host destinations for this sought-after sporting prize in June 2015.
    Now in its 13th year, the Emirates Melbourne Cup Tour brings communities together in celebration of the iconic trophy’s visit to each destination and the rich 154-year history of the Melbourne Cup.
    Since it began, the Tour has travelled more than 416,000 kilometres, visited more than 300 regional, rural and metropolitan destinations and hundreds of thousands of people have had the chance to hold the treasured trophy.
    After hosting the Cup in 2014, Lorne Lions Club President Stephen Hishon remarked, “The community of Lorne had an amazing time hosting the Cup and Tour party. It was an experience the whole town will never forget and for that, we thank you.”
    VRC Acting Chief Executive Julian Sullivan said it was important to celebrate the rich history associated with the country’s most popular sporting event.
    “Through the Tour we see people of all ages, from the smallest of towns to the big capital cities, embracing the opportunity to experience firsthand the trophy that has helped shape the cultural, sporting and social fabric of Australia, New Zealand and beyond.
    “Each year we take the Emirates Melbourne Cup to people who would otherwise never have the chance to see it, at the same time raising money for important local causes, promoting tourism to the area and acknowledging local racing heroes and stories,” Mr Sullivan said.
    Once appointed, each destination will be supported by the VRC to plan and host a range of memorable community events during the Cup’s visit.
    Racing legends will accompany the Cup as Tour Ambassadors, including notable Melbourne Cup winning owners, jockeys, trainers, fashion identities and officials, sharing their personal stories of triumph and anecdotes from their illustrious careers.
    The Tour will officially commence its journey in late July 2015, visiting more than 30 cities and towns across Australia and New Zealand, igniting excitement in the lead up to the four-day Melbourne Cup Carnival, before arriving at Flemington on Tuesday 3 November for the running of the 155th Emirates Melbourne Cup.
    Tenders are to be submitted at melbournecuptour.com.au by 5pm (AEST) Monday 13 April 2015.
    Successful applicants will be announced week commencing 8 June 2015


  • Centennial Service Challenge goal of helping 100 million people before the end of the association’s 100th anniversary,

    100 million is a lot. Ask anyone. So, last year, when Lions announced our Centennial Service Challenge goal of helping 100 million people before the end of the association’s 100th anniversary, people may have thought we were a little crazy. But now we’re happy to announce that in a few short months, Lions’ service has already benefitted 20 million people! This data, which measures Lion activities through December 2014, represents the first big step on the path to our Centennial celebration. Thanks to the incredible response from Lions like you, we’re on our way to achieving our goal! Lions serve. From the Worldwide Week of Service to screening the vision of children in their community and Relieving the Hunger, Lion service touches the lives of people in every corner of the world. Leading up to our Centennial in 2017, Lions have an incredible opportunity to demonstrate the positive impact of service by joining together to help those in need. We’re off to a great start, but we still have a ways to go. Keep serving and supporting the Centennial Service Challenge by visiting Lions100.org, where you’ll find info and resources to start planning your next Centennial service project today. Remember, when Lions come together to serve, we can change the world! - See more at: http://lionsclubs.org/blog/2015/02/25/centennial-service-challenge-update-20-million-benefited/?utm_source=blog&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=LionsBlog#sthash.tS5O4OtP.dpuf


  • Barry J. Palmer Chairperson, Lions Clubs International Foundation: fight against measles

    As a Lion, I truly believe that there is strength in numbers. There’s tremendous strength in partnerships, too. That’s why Lions Clubs International Foundation (LCIF) decided to partner with Gavi, the Vaccine Alliance. With our help, Gavi has averted the deaths of seven million children. I recently represented LCIF at “Reach Every Child,” a pledging conference for Gavi, hosted by German Chancellor Angela Merkel in Berlin. To help fight this deadly disease, Lions have committed to raising US$30 million to improve access to vaccines through Gavi. I am sure that I don’t need to remind you that measles is an extremely infectious disease. Every single day, 330 children die from measles. You can make a contribution to LCIF today to create a healthier, brighter tomorrow for the children who need you most. Thank you for continuing to fight against measles to ensure all children everywhere receive life-saving vaccinations. Sincerely, Barry J. Palmer Chairperson, Lions Clubs International Foundation - See more at: http://lionsclubs.org/blog/2015/02/26/message-from-the-chairperson-partnerships-extend-the-reach-of-lcif/#sthash.wCVbdvc2.dpuf


  • Black Friday Bush Fires

    Through Tragedy, True Friends Discovered
    Leanne Camilleri will always remember February 7, 2009 as Black Friday—the day
    she was among the 7,562 Australians displaced from their homes from the
    continent’s most destructive string of bushfires. Scorching temperatures, high
    winds and low humidity ignited the fires that destroyed over 1.1 million acres
    of land and injured or [...]




  • Enliven Your Lions Club – Sponsor a Leo Club


    Leo club logoLeos are an integral part of the Lions family. "Strengthen the Pride" and celebrate a global network of young people committed to serving others by sponsoring a new Leo club. Lions can make a positive impact on the next generation of leaders by serving as mentors and motivators for Leos. Sponsoring a new Leo club will enliven your Lions club and provide young people with an opportunity to develop as leaders. Charter your new Leo club in preparation for Leo Club Awareness Month in April and support youth development in your community.


  • Book Your Pre- or Post-Convention Tour Today


    Hawaii is one of the world's most popular vacation spots, so book your Pre- or Post-Convention Tour while space is still available. Our preferred tour companies include Goway, Pleasant Holidays/Pacific Island Institute and MC&A, who have designed special Lions tours, including cruises, to some of the most sought after spots within Hawaii's major islands. Book online or contact these Hawaii experts to design a tour that includes the best beaches, eco-tourism, historical sites, golfing and more. Register now for the 98th Annual Lions International Convention held June 26-30 in Honolulu, Hawaii. We hope to see you there!


  • Birthday of Melvin Jones, founder of Lions Clubs International (LCI)

    Dear Lions,

    This week, we celebrate the birthday of Melvin Jones, founder of Lions Clubs International (LCI). It has been nearly 100 years since Melvin Jones first encouraged people to address the needs of their communities and the world, and I know he would be proud of what Lions have accomplished.



    As your clubs, districts and multiple districts come together during this LCIF Week and the Worldwide Week of Service to honor Melvin Jones, I encourage you to think of all the lives you can impact now and throughout the entire year. Your club might host vision screenings, sponsor a food drive, host a highway cleanup, or paint a playground; the possibilities for service are endless—and so are the lives we can touch. However you choose to serve, know that you are making a positive difference every day, all year long.



    I also want to remind you that your donations to LCIF make it possible for Lions to meet the growing needs of people around the world. We give sight, support youth, provide disaster relief and improve communities only because of your generosity and selfless giving. Thank you for your support of LCIF.



    Melvin Jones once said, "You can't get very far until you start doing something for somebody else." Look how far we have come!



    Sincerely,



    Barry J. Palmer

    Chairperson, Lions Clubs International Foundation



  • Membership Resources

    Take Advantage of Membership Resources and Improve Your Club
    Mmebership resourcesWhen it comes to starting new clubs, inviting new members and keeping your current members happy, the LCI website offers all the materials you need to get started and improve you club. The Just Ask! Guide offers steps to recruiting new members, while the Membership Satisfaction Guide helps your club provide the experiences your members are seeking. Take the How Are Your Ratings? Survey to evaluate your club, and download the New Club Development Guide if you're thinking about organizing a new Lions club. View the complete list of Membership Resources available to help your club grow and make a bigger impact today!



  • 2015-16 Peace Poster Contest

    Announcing the 2015-16 Peace Poster Contest Theme
    Peace Poster logoThe new theme for the 2015-16 Lions International Peace Poster Contest is "Share Peace." Kits for the contest, which include the official guide and rules, flyers, stickers and certificates, go on sale January 15. Lions clubs interested in sponsoring a Peace Poster Contest in their community must order a kit, either online through Club Supplies (Item Search: Peace Poster Kit) or by downloading the Order Form.

    For more than 25 years, the Peace Poster Contest has encouraged children across the globe to express their thoughts on peace through art. Learn more about the contest and order your kit starting January 15!



  • Australian Taxation Office


    To assist non-profit organisations better understand and manage their obligations and safeguard their reputation, the Australian Taxation Office (ATO) have developed a self­ governance checklist. This checklist will help you to identify, access, and avoid material tax and super risks and help your organisation maintain high standards ofcompliance.
    The Self-governance checklist for non-profit organisations helps you review your organisation's status as a non-profit organisation and also encourages you to review your organisation's tax obligations.
    Refer to enclosed A TO guidefor Self-governance for non-profit organisations and checklist.
    NSW Office of Fair Trading
    The NSW Office of Fair Trading administers the Associations Incorporation Act, 2009.
    Under the Associations Incorporation Act, 2009, associations are classified as either Tier 1 or Tier 2 associations depending on their annual gross financial receipts and current assets.
    Tier 2 associations are the smaller associations whose gross receipts are less than $250,000 and current assets are less than $500,000. At each AGM of a Tier 2 association, the committee must submit the association's financial statements for the previous financial year to the members and within one month of the AGM, or no later than 7 months after the end of the financial year, the association must lodge a summary of the association's financial affairs (Form A12) together with the prescribed fee. This information can all be found on the web page http://www.tairtrading.nsw.gov.au/ftw/Cooperatives and aSSOciations/Running an associ ation.page?#Financial reporting.
    There is no requirement under the Associations Incorporation Act, 2009, for Tier 2 associations to have their financial statements audited each year.
    NSW Office of Liquor, Gaming & Racing
    The NSW Office of Liquor, Gaming & Racing administers the Charitable Fundraising Act, 1991, and issues the Authority to Fundraise.
    Section 24(1) of the Charitable Fundraising Act, 1991, requires associations to have their financial statements audited each year. However, if fundraising income is less than $50,000 per annum, an association may apply to the Office of Liquor, Gaming & Racing for approval to engage a person to conduct the audit who has no formal accounting training provided they possesses other suitable qualifications and experience, including experience and expertise in the field of commercial or government finance and sound accounting knowledge and experience. The person engaged to conduct the audit cannot be a member of the association or a near relative of a member of the association.
    The Office of Liquor, Gaming & Racing normally only requires associations to provide a copy
    of their audited financial statements for the most recent financial year when the association
    applies initially for an Authority to Fundraise, or when applying for renewal of their
    Authority to Fundraise, or if called upon to do so at other times. An Authority to Fundraise is
    normally issued initially for 2 years and then every 5 years after that and the expiry date is
    shown on the authority document. The Office of Liquor, Gaming and Racing sends a renewal
    notice to the association's last registered address approximately 3 months prior to the
    expiry date of their Authority to Fundraise. They do not send follow up reminder notices.

    The Office of Liquor, Gaming & Racing web address to do with Charitable Fundraising is
    http://www.olgr.nsw.gov.au/charitable home.asp which has links that will take you to all
    the information above, and more.

    The status of an association's Authority to Fundraise can be checked online by going to the
    webpage https:/!www.licence.nsw.gov.au/LicenceCheck/:
    Column 1-select 'Charitable fundraising.
    Column 2 - enter the Club's name (or part of the name), licence/authority number (if
    known), and postcode.
    Column 3 - click on the 'I Agree' button.
    If the association has ever held an Authority to Fundraise, a page will come up that shows
    the Organisation's Name, Charitable Fundraising Number, Start and End Dates of the
    Authority to Fundraise, and the Registered Address.

    The four attached Fact Sheets concern the annual audit, the Auditors qualifications and the
    Authority to Fundraise. Other Charitable Fundraising Fact Sheets can also be downloaded by
    clicking on the links on the Office of Liquor, Gaming &Racing webpage
    http://www.olgr.nsw.gov.au/charitable fund publications.asp.

    NSW Food Authority
    and
    The NSW Food Authority and NSW Government recognise the valuable work charities,
    Food Authority Helpline on
    1300552406,


  • 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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