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2012 Feb - Lions Australia

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FEBRUARY - MARCH 2012

AUSTRALIA PAPUA NEW GUINEA EDITION $1

TOMORROW’S

LIONS

Already making

their mark

Our troops

savour a

top-selling

cake

A LIONS

GUIDE TO

SOCIAL

MEDIA

AUSSIE LIONS’ $3 MILLION GIFT


‘We ‘We serve’

serve’

“To create and foster a spirit of understanding

Lion among – all Australia people for and humanitarian PNG needs by

Lion providing - Australia voluntary and Papua services New Guinea through edition is

published community bi-monthly involvement for the Multiple and international District 201

Council cooperation” of Lions Clubs International and circulated to

all members.

Published by MD201 Council of Governors and printed by

PMP Print, 37-49 Browns Road, Clayton Victoria 3168.

An official publication of Lions Clubs International, the Lion

magazine is published by authority of Board of Directors in

21 languages: English, Spanish, Japanese, French,

Swedish, Italian, German, Finnish, Korean, Portuguese,

Dutch, Danish, Chinese, Norwegian, Icelandic, Turkish,

Greek, Hindi, Polish, Indonesian and Thai.

Editor: Tony Fawcett, Fawcett Media

20 Millett Road Gisborne South VIC 3437

Phone: (03) 9744 1368

Email: tony.fawcett@bigpond.com

Advertising Enquiries: Lions National Office

31-33 Denison St, Newcastle West, NSW

Phone: (02) 4940-8033

Lions Australia website: www.lionsclubs.org.au

Deadlines: 1st day of month before cover date.

MD201 Council of Governors: Lyn Shoemark C1, Trevor

Jacobs C2, Peter Blom OAM JP N1, Geoff Hobart N2, Bob

Findley N3, Michelle Bentley N4, Stephan Coleman N5,

Lorraine McKenzie Q1, Barry Brockbank Q2, Arthur

Witheyman Q3, John Lindsay Q4, Toby Crawford T1, Phillip

Sheriff V1-4, David Lowing V2, Kenneth H Blay V3, Lou

Onley V5, Brenda Henderson V6, Stuart MacFadyen W1,

Peter Lamb W2. Council Chairman: Peter Clarke

Distribution of Magazine: Clubs and Members

Additions to distribution list, deletions, changes of address

and of club will be made only when advised through the

Club Membership and Activities report. Non-Lions, libraries

and other organisations who wish to advise changes should

contact Lions National Office, Locked Bag 2000

NEWCASTLE NSW 2300, Tel: 02 4940 8033 email:

admin@lions.org.au

USA Executive Director - Peter Lynch

Managing Editor - Dane La Joye, Lions Clubs International

300 W 22nd Street, Oak Brook, Illinois 60523-8842 USA

Executive Officers President Wing-Kun Tam, Unit 1901-2,

19/F, Far East Finance Centre, 16 Harcourt Road, Hong

Kong, China; Immediate Past President Sid L. Scruggs III,

698 Azalea Drive, Vass, North Carolina, 28394, USA; First

Vice President Wayne A. Madden, PO Box 208, Auburn,

Indiana 46706, USA; Second Vice President Barry J. Palmer,

PO Box 200, Berowra, NSW 2081, Australia.

Directors First year: Joaquim Cardoso Borralho,

Linda-a-Velha, Portugal; Marvin Chambers, Saskatchewan,

Canada; Bob Corlew, Tennessee, United States; Claudette

Cornet, Pau, France; Jagdish Gulati, Allahabad, India;

Dave Hajny, Montana, United States; Tsugumichi Hata,

Miyagi, Japan; Mark Hintzmann, Wisconsin, United States;

Pongsak “PK” Kedsawadevong, Muang District, Thailand;

Carolyn A. Messier, Connecticut, United States; Joe Al

Picone, Texas, United States; Alan Theodore “Ted” Reiver,

Delaware, United States; Brian E. Sheehan, Minnesota,

United States; Junichi Takata, Toyama, Japan; Klaus Tang,

Wied, Germany; Carlos A. Valencia, Miranda, Venezuela;

Sunil Watawala, Negombo, Sri Lanka.

Second Year: Yamandu P. Acosta, Alabama, United States;

Douglas X. Alexander, New York, United States;

Dr. Gary A. Anderson, Michigan, United States; Narendra

Bhandari, Pune, India; Janez Bohori , Kranj, Slovenia;

James Cavallaro, Pennsylvania, United States;

Ta-Lung Chiang, Taichung, MD 300 Taiwan;

Per K. Christensen, Aalborg, Denmark; Edisson Karnopp,

Santa Cruz do Sul, Brazil; Sang-Do Lee, Daejeon, Korea;

Sonja Pulley, Oregon, United States; Krishna Reddy,

Bangalore, India; Robert G. Smith, California, United States;

Eugene M. Spiess, South Carolina, United States;

Eddy Widjanarko, Surabaya, Indonesia; Seiki Yamaura,

Tokyo, Japan; Gudrun Yngvadottir, Gardabaer, Iceland.

Our cover

Page 14 - Leos at work

Page 8 - Snags for schoolies

Page 10 - Perth calling

Feb - March 2012 Volume 98 No. 1

Connections, influence, friendship, philanthropy

COVER: YOUNG LIONS IN THE

MAKING ... For Lions to grow as

an organisation, it’s vital that

fresh blood continually be

encouraged through the Leos

network. Read how Leos are

taking up the challenge, on

pages 14-17.

Cover Photo: Lion Timothy Cooper

CONTENTS

4 International President’s report

5 Joycie’s $3 million gift

6 Lions action

8 10,000 satisfied Schoolies

9 Lions dairy project a national winner

11 Barry’s Lions mission

12 Council Chairman’s report

14 Leos do Lions proud

18 Stepping ahead

20 Social media explained

24 Around the Nation

26 Official announcements

28 Your Say - letters

Contributions

Contributions for the April - May 2012 issue

should be submitted by March 1 to The

Editor, Lion magazine, Fawcett Media, 20

Millett Rd, Gisborne South, Victoria 3437 or

emailed to tony.fawcett@bigpond.com.

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Tell the

world who

we are

By Wing-Kun Tam, Lions

Clubs International

President

Maybe you associate rap music with gritty urban life in

America. Well, a Lions club in Hong Kong held a popular

anti-drug rap competition.

The winner told Lions that before the contest he thought

Lions helped only older people. The rap contest opened his eyes

and also succeeded in publicising our multifaceted service

mission to many others.

Working with Lions Clubs International, Lions in Wisconsin

produced a very funny rap video. LCI wanted to show the fun

side of Lions while showcasing our various service projects. The

video works because it shatters the unfortunate stereotype of

Lions as older and stodgy. The video is part of a larger public

relations effort by LCI including public service announcements,

roadside billboards and online advertising.

The rap contest drew attention to Lions, and the rap video

went viral, as amused Lions and others used e-mail, Twitter and

Facebook to spread it. Lions need to do more public relations. It

works. Publicising what we do and who we are results in more

members, more partnerships, more support. Maybe a generation

or two ago we could stand pat and let people come to us. Those

days are gone. In the Internet age, amid a vast sea of

information and groups vying for attention, success comes to

those who pursue it.

Clubs need to reach out to traditional outlets such as

newspapers and television but also should use social media and

Web networking. Create or improve the club’s Web site and

Facebook page. Upload videos to YouTube. Tell LCI of your

success stories using the new service activity reporting system.

You don’t need to be an expert. LCI can help. On its Web site

is a tutorial on setting up a Facebook page; our E-Clubhouse

tool can help you design a Web site in minutes. LCI’s Web site

also has tips on developing key messages, writing press

releases and placing LCI’s public service announcements on

television and radio.

You need to believe in the power of public relations and then

act with courage and commitment. It won’t get done unless you

and your club do it. Tell our story, shout it out on the Web and in

newspapers and get ready for new members and an increased

level of service.

4

Geordie’s

bookmark

spreads far

and wide

A bookmark designed by a 14-yearold

Brisbane student has proved a

bonanza for Lions fundraising.

The bookmark was produced by the

Lifesaver Foundation and was created

by Geordie McGrath, who also designed

the successful and much sought after

bookmark distributed at the

International Convention in Sydney.

Geordie is a 14-year-old student of St

Joseph’s College, Gregory Terrace. He is

a bright student who, with his fellow

choir members at the school, has

performed in such places as the

Vatican.

The choir has also been selected to

perform at this year’s Anzac Day dawn

service in Gallipoli.

The bookmark was targeted at

increasing membership by asking a

simple question: ‘Who are the Lions and

what do they do?’

It answered the question with brief

statements. Those who were interested

were then directed to the Lions Club

website or their local Lions club.

Brian McGrath OAM, a Lifesaver

Foundation director, said the latest

bookmark project has been one of the

best yet.

“Fifty were sent to every Lions club

in Australia at no charge and the clubs

were given the opportunity to order

more. Any profits from this mail-out will

go to the Overseas Specialist Services

Association of Australia which annually

sends 10 medical teams to East and

West Timor.”

When this issue of the Lion magazine

went to press, more than 148,000

bookmarks had been despatched to

clubs and District Governors.

The Lifesaver Foundation was formed

in 1985 from a grant of

$200,000 from the

original suppliers of

Lions Mints. The

foundation still has the

$200,000 and for the

last 25 years has used

the interest from this

money to increase

awareness in the

general public of what

Lions do.

The current directors

are Brian McGrath OAM

(Queensland), Doug

Omond OAM (South

Australia) and James

MacLeod (Victoria).

Geordie also helps his

local Lions club pack

Christmas gifts that are

distributed by nurses

who help the elderly and

others.

Lion


Joycie’s $3 million gift for sight

Joyce Henderson spent a lifetime giving to

people less fortunate than herself – and even

in death her legacy continues.

Her latest gift will go a long way in helping to

prevent eye injury in children.

The Joyce Henderson Trust has gifted $3

million to the Lions Eye Institute (LEI) in Western

Australia to create a fellowship that will attract

some of the finest young trainee eye doctors from

around the country and the globe.

The trust has been chaired for the past 10

years by long-time Lion member and former

Speaker in the WA Legislative Assembly, the Hon.

James Clarko.

The bequest was made following a meeting

between Mr Clarko and the LEI’s inaugural chair,

PDG Brian King AM MBE. The pair has known

each other for more than 45 years.

After realising the Lions Eye Institute could

answer the needs of the Trust, Brian arranged for

the Managing Director of the Institute, Lion

Professor David Mackey, to develop a range of

options to fulfil the wishes of Joyce Henderson.

“She would be delighted, knowing that such

important work will be funded through one of the

world’s great eye research institutes,” said James

Clarko.

Mr Clarko and his wife Edith met Joyce

Henderson when they moved to the Perth

beachside suburb of Trigg in the 1950s.

Joyce was born Emily Joyce Henderson in

Fremantle in 1907. She was one of five children –

all of whom married although none had children.

She married twice, to Captain John Turner in

The $3 million cheque that will help to prevent eye

injury in children. It came about following a meeting

between long-time Lion and former Speaker in the

WA Legislative Assembly, the Hon. James Clarko

(left), and his friend PDG Brian King AM MBE, the

Lions Eye Institute’s inaugural chair.

February - March 2012

This philanthropist’s legacy lives on and on

1944, and Arthur Brushfield in 1979.

“Joycie”, as she was known, was at the heart

of community life, running a highly successful

general store, post office and a small telephone

exchange that was originally owned by her

mother Lavinia.

“Women with children who came to Joycie in

need were always looked after,” James Clarko

said. “She would always give them money and

never expected it to be repaid.

“If someone was struggling to sell a block of

land and they needed money quickly, she would

simply buy it off them. That was how she ended

up owning so much of North Beach!”

Joyce Henderson was a leading figure in the

local Anglican parish and among her many

contributions to the local community was the

construction of the Henderson Environment

Centre, housed within the beautiful Star Swamp

Reserve.

James Clarko said Joyce was a relative of

leading WA paediatric ophthalmologist Mary

Bremner, who had sparked her personal interest

to support research into all causes of injuries and

the ongoing health of children’s eyes. That

commitment has now been translated into the

creation of a prestigious new fellowship at the

Lions Eye Institute.

“The Trust made the decision to create a

fellowship for a final year ophthalmology trainee

or fellow who wishes to specialise in paediatric

ophthalmology.

“The $3 million will be invested to ensure the

Joyce Henderson Paediatric Ophthalmology

Fellow will continue in perpetuity.”

Professor David Mackey said the Fellowship

would attract top young trainee doctors and

generate exciting research.

“LEI is one of the leading medical research

institutes in WA and a key global player in the

prevention of blindness – and Princess Margaret

Hospital’s paediatric ophthalmology training

program is the most efficient in the country,” he

said.

“This remarkable bequest from the Joyce

Henderson Trust will allow a final year trainee to

conduct major research through LEI as well as

undertaking clinical work at the hospital, with a

focus on eye injuries.

“Western Australia has never had a paediatric

ophthalmology post with a major research

component so this bequest is breaking new

ground and provides a wonderful training ground

for some of the world’s top young eye doctors.

“Joyce Henderson’s legacy will be to send out

into the world of paediatric ophthalmology a raft

of highly trained and talented young doctors who

can make a real difference to the prevention of

injury in children’s eyes.”

Professor Mackey said the research program

would include:

● A trauma audit, making use of linked database

resources in Western Australia. An example of the

applications from this could be an analysis of eye

injuries caused by magpie attacks, leading to

improved education of children.

● Analysis of UV damage of the eye, particularly

among children who participate in high-risk sun

exposure sports such as surfing, life saving,

sailing and cricket. Once the level of damage

from these high-risk activities is established,

research could look at future public health

initiatives to reduce risk. Researchers at LEI are

leading the world in this area.

● Analysis of the relationship between increased

near work, decreased outdoor activity and rates

of myopia (short-sightedness) in children.

Research is needed to calculate optimal time

outdoors to prevent myopia without increasing

risk of sun damage.

● Creation of an ongoing prospective study into

the link between strabismus (turned eye) in

children and mothers smoking during pregnancy.

How does smoking injure the developing brain

and eyes?

Many of these studies require long-term

follow-up of participants. This has been a key

feature of the Western Australian Birth Cohort

(Raine Study) which has now been followed for

20 years.

James Clarko said Joycie would have been

delighted to know her bequest would do such

important work.“All throughout her life she was a

woman who gave an enormous amount to the

community and, even with her passing, that

giving continues.”

– Francesca Robb

5


LIONS ACTION

Students with green thumbs

Queensland’s Mooloolaba Lions are doing

their bit for a greener planet with a garden

care and work experience project for the local

state high school.

For the third year they have co-ordinated and

sponsored the project for Maroochydore State

High School students under the care of School

Chaplain Andrew Pearce, whose work the club

has financially supported for some years.

The Sunshine Coast Regional Council and their

Mooloolaba Area Parks and Gardens Team, led by

Parks Supervisor Lion Tom Sullivan, provided all

necessary equipment for the project which

includes white card inductions, on-site safety

training and site awareness, horticultural

practice, maintenance and small plant and hand

tools use.

Taking care to the streets

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Maroochydore students and their trainers after the

completion of Moolalaba’s Lions’ latest garden care

and work experience program.

Picture courtesy View News.com.au

Students also assisted in planting 162 trees,

including 60 advanced two-metre high

specimens requiring staking and tying.

The latest seven-week program was held at

Amarina Park, Mooloolaba.

Certificates were presented to successful

students.

The program gives students a chance to give

something back to their local community. Past

programs have seen students gain traineeships

with council and other employment, with work

experience certificates being worthy additions to

their resumes.

Thanks to Lions, the homeless and needy around Melbourne’s Altona area

are now receiving a little nourishing cheer.

Last year local Lions launched a soup van that each Friday makes three stops to

feed the less fortunate.

At its very first stop, the Altona club’s van attracted 12 customers. When the stops

were increased to three there were 40 customers on hand.

Soup and sandwiches are handed out along with staple foods to last them until the

next soup van visit.

Good work, Laverton Lions!

$100,000 cubbies

Fourteen years ago Taree, NSW, Lion Geoff

Thompson, who builds truck bodies,

suggested a cubby house raffle to assist

children’s charities.

Since then, the total donated has exceeded

$100,000

Charities to have benefitted include the

children’s and maternity wards at Manning Rural

Referral Hospital Taree, the Lions Cord Blood

Appeal, the Australian Lions Childhood Cancer

Research Foundation, as well as the Nicholas

Trust, recently established to provide paediatric

palliative care.

A perfect example of community

collaboration, the cubbies have always been

built at no actual cost, as all materials are

donated by Taree businesses with building done

by qualified tradesmen who are members of

Lions.

Designed to last, the first cubby is in its

original condition except for a few scratches, .

Club members maintain a five-and-a-halfday

roster from early November to sell tickets at

a local shopping complex before the draw just

before Christmas.

Lion


Cakes to Kabul

Lions Christmas cakes find their way to many diverse places –

including the NATO headquarters of the International Security

Assistance Force in Kabul, Afghanistan, where they were savoured

by Australian defence personnel.

So appreciative was one member of that Kabul contingent that he

relayed his pre-Christmas thanks to Australian Lions via the Lion

magazine.

His words (at right) say it all.

The author of the letter, Group Captain Alan Lyons (centre), with other

Australian Defence Force personnel and the Lions Christmas Cakes in “The

Shack” in Kabul.

There was also Lions Christmas Cake on the menu in Tarin

Kot, Afghanistan. Savouring the Top Taste specialty are (left

to right) Sergeant Karen Smith, Major Vicci Young and Major

Tanya Goddard. They’re in Afghanistan as part of the

international Operation Slipper, involving 550 Australians in

Afghanistan and throughout the Middle East Area of

Operations. Lions Australia donated 1350 cakes to make

Christmas a little happier for these Australian Defence Force

personnel.

Photo: LS Andrew Dakin, ADF

February - March 2012

16 December 2011

LETTER FROM KABUL

To the Members of the Lions Club of Australia

I am very pleased to advise you that four Lions Club Christmas

Cakes for Australian Defence Force (ADF) personnel have

arrived at the NATO Headquarters International Security

Assistance Force (ISAF) base in Kabul Afghanistan, in time for

Christmas. Despite a long and complicated postal journey from

Australia including stops in the Middle East, Kandahar and

Tarin Kowt in the South of Afghanistan, the cakes arrived here

in early December 2011. I understand that many Lions Club

cakes have also been delivered to ADF personnel at the other

locations in Afghanistan. We thank you very much indeed for

thinking about us and providing us with these lovely cakes.

Whilst our main contingent of ADF personnel are based in

Tarin Kowt, there are a number of ADF personnel in Kabul

working alongside military personnel from the other 49

nations that contribute to the ISAF mission. As we are

embedded throughout the Headquarters here, we rarely

see our fellow Aussies during our long working day.

However, when our duties allow, we get together to

socialise in ANZAC Cove (nicknamed “The Shack”), which

is our recreation hut. We share this facility with the New

Zealanders who are also serving in the ISAF mission.

The accompanying photograph was taken in the Shack and you

can see that the Kiwis have placed their All Blacks banner in a

prominent position to celebrate their recent World Cup Rugby win.

We do not begrudge them their win as, after many lost

opportunities by the Kiwis, we recognise that Australia should

step aside and allow them to hold the cup for four years. We trust

that our Australian cricket team is not so benevolent during the

current series in Australia.

On receiving the cakes, we reflected on the kindness and

thoughtfulness of Lions Club members. A number of us have

relatives and friends who are Lions (my father Doug Lyons has

been a member of Lions clubs in Wodonga (1968), Wycheproof,

Charlton and latterly Colac, Victoria, and he was also a District

Governor of 201V2 in 1993-1994; and a very good friend of my

father, Lionel Gillman, was also a District Governor and has been

very active in the Lions club at Corowa, NSW). Thus, we are very

much aware of the selfless and devoted work that Lions have

contributed regularly over many years to local community based

projects and the national/state projects that benefit the broader

Australian community. Accordingly, we here in Kabul would like to

salute you and your spouses who provide support so ably in your

very worthwhile endeavours and wish you all the best for 2012.

Group Captain Alan Lyons,

Royal Australian Air Force,

Kabul

Afghanistan

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8

10,000

satisfied

Schoolies

It could well be a Lions record.

In one night Queensland’s Lions Club of Burleigh

Heads supplied and cooked 10,000 sausages – for

Schoolies!

“When the organisers of Schoolies decided that

Tuesday 22nd November was to be a quiet

Schoolies night they turned to one of the oldest

Lions Clubs on the Gold Coast,” said President of

Burleigh Heads Lions Ross Bussell.

Burleigh Heads Lions has over 54 years of

service to their community so the club was an

obvious choice for the Surfers Paradise beachfront

event.

With such a large order it was all hands on deck

for five hours. But to see the youngsters smiling

and happy was worthwhile, and we knew they were

being fed and looked after. For us too there was

lots of fun and laughter

For more than 20 years on the last Sunday of

each month at the Burleigh Beach markets, we

have cooked sausages so we consider ourselves

Happy sausage servers ... new member Jean

Rose (left) and Burleigh Heads MP and Lion

Christine Smith get in the spirit of the event.

Lion Paul Trewartha (right) shows off his skill at

the grill at the Schoolies Sausage Sizzle.

experienced in the art.

The Schoolies event was great exposure for our

club and Lions and we made a great deal of money

which we shared with the new Tallebudgera club

which assisted us.

– Merv Rose

Meet Polly the miracle Papillon

Polly the Papillon cross may look like your average household pet but actually

she’s a lifesaver – and in more ways than one.

This little pooch was trained as a

“hearing dog” by Lions Hearing Dogs and

sponsored by Penrith Lions in NSW to help

guide her owner, Bianca Martin, 22, who is

deaf.

Polly responds to eight specific

household sounds, including smoke alarms

and doorbells, by running between Bianca

and the source of the sound until she

notices.

But Polly showed true heroism when she

recently alerted her owner to a two-yearold

child who wasn’t breathing.

"We were visiting my cousin Diane and

Bianca and her Hearing Dog mate, the

lifesaving Papillon Polly.

Polly ran up to me and tapped me, but I

didn't think anything of it because Diane

was there (to hear),” she said.

“When she came up twice more, I

followed her.”

Polly led her to the next room where her

cousin’s daughter was in a cot.

She realised the baby wasn't breathing

and her lips had turned blue.

"My cousin rushed to put her on the

ventilator and, thankfully, the baby started

breathing again,” said Bianca.

"Without Polly who knows what would

have happened. She was given a very, very

big bone to chew on after that.”

Story: Emily Crane,

Western Weekender, Penrith

Photo: Melinda Jenkins

Lion


Lions’ dairy project a national winner

When Victoria’s

Strzelecki club started

its Cows Create

Careers project eight

years ago, few could

have predicted its

Australia-wide success

Like much of the rural sector, the dairy

industry is having trouble finding good help –

but seven years ago a local Lions club came

up with one way of addressing the issue.

In 2004, Victoria’s Strzelecki Lions Club in

Gippsland initiated the Cows Create Careers

project to encourage high school students to

consider a dairy career. It reached nine Victorian

schools and 141 students that year, with funding

provided by the Gardiner Foundation (a dairy

industry body).

Two years later, Dairy Australia agreed to

support the growth of the project to other states

and in 2009 it became a national dairy program.

Cows Create Careers provides students with the

opportunity to take care of two three-week-old

dairy calves for three weeks, with support and

advice from local dairy farmers and others.

Schools receive a resources kit for the termlong

project, which includes a curriculum guide,

CD-rom, posters and information on calf rearing

and the dairy industry.

Students share their experiences and

demonstrate what they have learned by presenting

a data show and a research poster. They also send

thank-you letters to the farmers and industry

representatives, and create a newsletter.

The program concludes with a presentation and

awards ceremony.

Today, the project is delivered to 176 schools

and 6389 students across 20 Australian dairying

regions.

More than 100 farmers and industry

representatives have volunteered to support the

teachers and students.

Last year the project was expanded to include

dairy manufacturing; offering teachers the

opportunity to train students to make cheese in the

classroom, visit a dairy factory and discover the

opportunities for careers in dairy processing, from

plant operation to microbiology or engineering.

Cows Create Careers also expanded its reach

into Western Australia, bringing its total student

and teacher numbers to 37,740.

– Adapted from a story by Liz Cotton,

Dairy News Australia

February - March 2012

Moruya, NSW, high school student Sophie Cahill taking part in the Cows Create Careers project instigated by

Strzelecki Lions. Started as a local initiative it is now spreading across the nation. Picture courtesy Dairy

News Australia.

Careers in the dairy

According to Deanne Kennedy, who with her

business partner, Lion John Hutchison, runs

the Cows Create Careers project for Dairy

Australia, regional and city-based students

don’t know about the range of careers open

to them in dairy.

“Most think of dairy farming as the only career

pathway, but in fact if they're into IT – there’s a

career for them in dairy, if they’re into

engineering – there’s a career for them in dairy,”

says Deanne who travels all over Australia

coordinating the program.

“There are so many options; whether it is in

science, marketing, farming and so on. Our aim

has been to raise awareness about this to the

students, teachers and parents.”

Deanne says the proof is in the pudding when it

comes to assessing the success of the project.

"Our aim has never been to turn every student

into a dairy professional, but if we can make a

difference to one or two students who then

consider a dairy career, then we’re on the right

path.

"There are countless students who have gone

on to do work experience at a dairy farm and are

now working, doing traineeships or studying in a

dairy related field.”

The project has attracted much support from

farmers and industry advocates volunteering their

time and expertise to the cause.

At the completion of the project, Cows Create

Careers aims to link the National Centre for Dairy

Education and other industry professionals with

students to allow them to follow on their learning if

they wish.

What teachers think

Mount Waverley, Melbourne Agriculture

teacher Lisa Moloney, Avila College: “Cows

Create Careers has been extremely successful

since the school first implemented the project in

2006. Last year there were three classes of 25

year 9 girls enrolled to study the Environmental

Science elective, which is where Cows Create

Careers sits in our curriculum.

“The parents come with students on the

weekends to help take care of the calves and we

have had a number of girls go on to do work

experience milking on dairy farms in Shepparton.

“I think the beauty of the project is that it brings

dairy and agriculture to the lives of students and

their families who may never have thought of

considering it as a career.”

Agriculture teacher David Muller, St Johns

the Evangelist Catholic High School, Nowra,

Southern NSW: “The hands-on style of the

project is not only of benefit to students who like to

get in there and get involved, but it really brings

those who are a little more reserved out of their

shell. We are not trying to get all the students to

become dairy farmers; the aim is to get them to

start thinking about different career pathways.”

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U.S. Army turns to Lions Quest

At seven years old, Jackson Gross has

experienced the deployment of his father four

times already.

Jackson is hardly alone: nearly two million

military children in the United States have had a

parent deployed multiple times. The resultant

emotional stress can cause ongoing academic and

behavioural problems. Even after the parent returns

home, these difficulties can continue.

To help address these problems, the U.S. Army

turned to Lions Quest, LCIF’s youth development

program, because of its proven track record of

improving academic and behavioural issues.

A pilot program at the Army/Air Force Joint Base

Lewis-McChord in Washington state uses Lions

Quest in the curriculum. Last August, 31 teachers

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and staff learned how to better meet military

students’ needs during Lions Quest training. LCIF

collaborated with the Army’s Child, Adolescent &

Family Behavioural Health Office on the initiative.

This training and pilot are the first for LCIF and

Lions Quest at a military base.

Deanna Nuttbrock-Allen, who attended the

training, said that Lions Quest was “an effective,

comprehensive approach to addressing the growth

and development of our children.”

Other military-related groups are also recognising

Lions Quest’s effectiveness. The Penn State

University Clearinghouse for Military Family

Readiness recognised the middle school program as

“promising”, and the U.S. Army’s Surgeon General

has cited Lions clubs as a positive example of a

Lions benefit from Rotary club’s final act of generosity

It was not all bad news when the Rotary club in the NSW country

town of Canowindra, near Cowra, was forced to close.

Almost $6000 in leftover funds were passed over to the local Lions club

so as to remain of benefit to the community.

“They’ve got similar aims and objectives (to Rotary) and they will keep the

LEFT: Sandi Vest, a social worker for the U.S. Army,

uses problem-solving techniques learned in Lions

Quest training at a military base with Jackson Gross, 7,

whose father has been deployed four times.

community collaborative partnership.

“The foundation and evidence behind Lions

Quest make it a no-brainer to use. Any human

being, big or little, can benefit from learning

healthier ways to interact with the people in their

lives,” says Mona Johnson, director of School

Behavioural Health for the U.S. Army Medical

Command. “The unique issue for (military children)

is the stress that comes with multiple

deployments.”

Lions have a long-standing commitment to

improving the lives of youth, so this collaboration is

a natural opportunity for partnership. Only seven

military bases worldwide currently have school

behavioural health programs in place. Implementing

Lions Quest in more of these communities could

help in many ways.

“All of our military children and families

experience similar hardships at one point or time.

The need for support is ongoing … to foster

resilience, a sense of belonging and overall wellbeing,”

says Michele Gross, Jackson’s mother.

Lions Quest also is piloting an Out-of-School-

Time (OST) in six community schools in Chicago

public schools in partnership with the YMCA of

Greater Chicago. Begun last autumn, the program is

reaching about 300 children.

OST works with existing before-and after-school

programs for middle schoolers. This pilot marks the

first step in bringing Lions Quest to community

centres, after-school programs and other

organisations – the very places where Lions help

youth every day.

New community partnership grants are available

from LCIF for Lions to begin or expand Lions Quest

programs. A how-to brochure offers a step-by-step

guide to getting started.

LCIF is eager to partner with Lions clubs to

expand these new initiatives. Learn more about

Lions Quest and download materials at www.lcif.org

or www.lions-quest.org.

money here,” the club’s former president, David Bigg, told the local

Canowindra News. “They’ve said they will put it into community progress

which is what we would do with it.”

The club also gave money and equipment to several other communitybased

projects and organisations.

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On tour with our 2nd International VP

Barry’s Lions mission

Since the last report International Second Vice

President Barry Palmer and Lion Anne have

travelled extensively overseas representing

Lions Clubs International.

We here in our Multiple District are very fortunate

to have access to information regarding their

travels, not only from the interest point of view but

also to keep us informed of the challenges faced by

many people in other parts of the world – some not

too far away from us.

The following is a report from Barry on their

experiences while visiting Thailand and India.

“ It is often said we live in the lucky country

– and I am now sure that we do.

Anne and I had the privilege to represent Lions

and worked with the Bangkok Lions to supply rice

and water to the people of parts of Bangkok who

were still in flood water six weeks after floods

started. By the time you read this they will be just

about dry.

Barry joins Bangkok Lions in handing out rice and water to flood victims.

We were assisted by the Royal Thai Army who

supplied the truck and some soldiers.

After being loaded in the back with 500 bags of

rice and heaps of water we were driven down roads

that were under water with wooden footpaths built

on the roadside so locals could walk to dry land to

get supplies. In some cases this was a few

kilometres which meant the young and elderly could

not manage it.

Trucks were used to pick up people and

transport them to and from dry land.

Our first stop was a flooded school. The children

with their parents were each given a bag of rice and

four small bottles of water. The bag would last a

family of four for about four days and cost four U.S.

February - March 2012

dollars. The money for this project was supplied by

Japanese Lions – made even more special when

one considers all they had been through in Japan.

The look on the children’s and parents’ faces

was worth the trip. The gratitude was unbelievable

and through all this they are still smiling. Such as it

is with the Thai people.

After the school we drove slowly around the

streets handing out rice and water to locals and

children. The disaster went on for miles and we only

scratched the surface.

As Anne said, it was an emotional experience

but so very rewarding.

Following our visit to Bangkok Anne and I were

fortunate to visit Calcutta just before Christmas to

witness some of the incredible projects carried out

by Lions. In Calcutta alone there are 16 hospitals

owned and operated by Lions.

One of the hospitals we visited is owned by the

Calcutta North Lions Club where, as well as being a

general hospital, 5000 cataract operations are

carried out each year.

While we were there

they were running their

annual polio camp during

which a surgeon performs

around 60 operations per

day – straightening twisted

legs and arms and treating

clubbed feet. Whatever is

needed it is done.

I was invited to stand in

and watch two operations

on young children. It was

one of life’s experiences –

mind you, I did try and get

out of it when I was all

gowned up but the surgeon

would not hear of it. I did

not think I would last the

distance but with the

surgeon talking me

through what he was

doing I became engrossed in the process.

The Lions assist in managing the flow of patients

and the carers who attend with the patient.

Lions provide all food and sleeping arrangements

for patients and families.

Once the operation is completed the limb that

has been operated on is set in plaster and within 36

hours the patient is on their way home!

These operations are carried out with only local

anaesthetic with the children getting a small dose of

sedative to help them relax. No painkillers after the

surgery!

There is also a park of about five acres in the

centre of Calcutta called the Lions African Safari

Park. They have built it up from scratch over the last

Barry hands over a new sewing machine to a young

woman to start a new business to aid her family.

25 years and what an outstanding park it is with a

children’s area, a meditation area, walking tracks

and quiet areas for just sitting. There is something

for everybody.

We then visited a school run by Calcutta North

Lions to educate young people in the English

language, sewing and computers. We were

honoured to present some sewing machines to

young women so they could start their own

businesses and help the family out of poverty.

The city mayor was there and promised the club

more land so they could expand the school.

We also visited a school built and run by another

Lions club. This centre of learning is much sought

after by students who want to study there. On the

day we were there students were doing entrance

exams whilst anxious parents waited outside.

The staff and Lions are committed to this school

being a showplace for students.

I was amazed at the questions asked of me

about Australia and the knowledge they had. Like

“how many of Australia's native animals are now

extinct?”

They have promised me they will have a cricket

team by the time I return.

This was an experience that Anne and I will

never forget. When you have a discussion in your

club over some small things, just think of the

surgeon they call God in India and what he is doing

with polio victims. He tells me he is not God but

God gave him a gift to use and so he uses it.

By the time you read this report we will have

been to Lebanon, India, Brussels, USA, Mexico and

Africa and back home for the charter of new clubs

in Sydney and Melbourne at the start of February.

Keep believing in our organisation and what we

can achieve if we dream big dreams. ”

Anne and Barry thank you for your ongoing

support and wish you all a healthy and happy 2012.

PDG Carlene King OAM

Member Campaign Committee

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From Council Chairperson Peter

As the New Year

begins Denise and

I wish all a

successful and

prosperous year.

With the New Year

comes a number of

events of significance

to the Multiple

District.

Our International

President Dr Wing–Kun Tam will visit and

attend a number of functions in Sydney and

Melbourne. In Sydney we will be chartering a

new Lions Club and in Melbourne we will be

chartering a Leo Club and three Lions Clubs.

Our own MD Convention will be held from

the 4th May to 7th May at the Burswood

Entertainment complex in Perth. If you have

not registered I encourage you to do so now.

Also, running from the 22nd of June until the

26th is the International Convention in Busan,

Korea. At this convention 2nd International

Vice President Barry Palmer will stand for

election as International 1st Vice President.

Also, the ANZIPacific Forum will be held in

Queenstown N.Z. starting 31st August. I hope

you can support these functions and help

make them a success.

Membership is still our major concern,

especially in the retention area. So far this

Lions year (to 31/12) we have inducted 1,283

new members into the existing clubs and this

is a good number – but the drop from existing

clubs is 1713, a negative of 430 members in

six months. We cannot sustain this level of

losses and continue to be a viable entity. If we

look at the figures in another light, we have

lost in six months the equivalent of 19.5

average size clubs. Whilst the number for the

Multiple District has increased (+23) it is the

chartering of new clubs that is keeping the

growth moving forward.

Shortly the Global Membership Team will be

moving into the next phase of the Club

Excellence Program – i.e. training the District

people as trainers for the CEP initiative.

Quite a number of clubs have asked for

assistance in the retention area, which is good

to see – and once we complete the training

program for the presenters, training for club

members will commence. This is an important

initiative as it will help in the retention of

members and allow us to grow the

organisation. Club participation is essential if

we are to address the back door escape route.

Lions Australia is a signatory to the “Australian

Year of the Farmer” and as the program is rolled

out Lions will have many occasions to join in as a

support organisation when the road show visits

your area.

The program, with the Governor General Ms

Quentin Bryce AC as Patron and Ambassadors

Glenn McGrath and wife Sara, has been developed

to celebrate the contribution farmers make to the

Australian community and is an education and

awareness campaign by a not-for profit, nonpolitical

organisation.

As part of the program a range of events,

initiatives and educational projects will roll out

across the nation through this year. Highlights will

include a nine–vehicle, one-country road show

travelling more than 56,000km to attend more

than 400 events. There will be opportunities for

Lions to demonstrate that we are in fact a part of

the community rural and urban.

Again Australia has lived up to its reputation as

a nation that can count on disasters occurring

each year. As I write this there are bushfires in the

west and floods again threatening communities in

Queensland and NSW. Each time we are faced

with a disaster, Lions respond with actions and

help that just amaze. I will have the opportunity to

see firsthand the devastation of the fires in W.A.

and what the Lions are doing in the area. Our

response to these disasters is a true reflection of

our motto “We Serve” and that our mission

statement is being pursued – “To empower

volunteers to serve their communities, meet

humanitarian needs, encourage peace and

promote understanding through Lions Clubs”.

Be proud to be a Lion and remember the Youth

are our Future. – Peter Clarke

From Executive Officer Rob

PERTH MULTIPLE

DISTRICT

CONVENTION

Have you registered

for the Perth

Multiple District

Convention?

The Perth

Convention will be

held from Friday

the 4th of May

2012 to Monday 7th May 2012 at the

Burswood Entertainment complex in Perth.

The Convention program is impressive with

many guest speakers from within and outside

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Bustling Busan

The city that

sometimes

sleeps

... and site of this year’s International Convention – from 22 to 26 June

In a word, Busan is ... busy.

Stand on the early morning streets of this

prosperous seaside city and you quickly sense

a surge of activity: massive ports being

opened, enormous bridges being spanned and

world-class architects flying in on retainer. Not

until late into the evening does the din begin

to recede as Koreans lay down their heads in

Asia’s highest reaching apartments.

The voice of Busan and its 3.5 million

people speak in a rhythm of vast movement,

our organisation, lots of seminars and

workshops and it boasts the largest selection

of displays and exhibitions in our recent

Convention history.

We will even have a visit and display from

the Hamburg Convention Host Committee, so

it will be a great opportunity for those

planning to visit Hamburg in 2013 to have

all your questions answered.

The Convention Committee has done a

wonderful job, so please help them plan the

event by registering early.

BUSAN INTERNATIONAL CONVENTION

Many Lions will be travelling to Busan

(see the story above) for the International

Convention from 22 June 2012 to 26 June

2012. For all the up-to-date information

February - March 2012

ascending well above the pitch of the average

metropolitan hum. Though Korea’s secondlargest

city has been around for 17 centuries, it

has only recently found itself in the crosshairs

of world travellers. The city is a wonderful

venue for an international association whose

members thrive on busy civic engagement.

Lions’ roots in Korea are deep. The first club

was chartered in Seoul in 1959. More than

85,000 Lions now hail from Korea, and tens of

thousands are expected to attend at least part

about our MD201 events and activities; go

to our Convention Blog at

www.ozzielions.wordpress.com

COMING UP

1. Constitutional and Ordinary Notices of

Motion – Deadline 5 March 2012

2. National Public Relations Prizes – The

Sid Packham Special Award for the Best

Public Relations or Publicity Program is

announced at the National Convention.

Entries must be provided to the Executive

Officer by 30 March 2012. Intending entrants

can get further details by e-mail to

info@lions.org.au.

– Rob Oerlemans

of the convention. Among them will be 2003-04

International President Dr. Tae-Sup Lee of Seoul.

Long a flyover city for people going to the capital city of

Seoul and with many of its own citizens going in the same

direction, Busan looked to tourism to bring more than just

ships to the world’s fifth busiest port. They did so by

building a teeming infrastructure to complement an area

rich with history, endless servings of seafood, a potent

local drink and gorgeous views of the sea.

And, of course, there are the mountains, which cover 70

percent of the Korean Peninsula. Busan means “kettle

mountain,” and from the valley floor in the centre of town

one gets the feeling of being surrounded.

For the vast majority of travellers, after landing in

Gimhae International Airport, all roads lead to Haeundae –

Busan’s beachside centre of tourism and conventions.

Haeundae ranks as one of Asia’s richest residential

communities as well as being home to Asia’s largest film

festival every October. In short, Haeundae is the jewel in

Busan’s aged and once weary crown.

What you now bear witness to is a city reinventing itself,

while trying to hold tight to traditions. Busan is the definition

of an emerging modern city. But be prepared for a shy, kind

hospitality. Sometimes Koreans will still stop and stare,

maybe even giggle, and give their best English a try.

And then of course there is you, in the middle of it all,

taking in one of the most transformed cities in the world.

Adapted from a story by Bobby McGill, journalist

and founder of Busan’s only expat produced

magazine, Busan Haps (www.busanhaps.com)

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LIONS YOUTH

LEOS DO

LIONS

PROUD

Commendations from

Order of Australia

Association

Leo Melanie Loomes (International Leo of the

Year 2010/11) and Nathan Barden (NSW State

Youth of the Year Winner and National Youth

of The Year Public Speaking Winner 2011/12)

were both recently awarded Certificates of

Commendation from the Order of Australia

Association for their community service.

Nineteen other students from secondary schools

across NSW received the award.

An inscribed medallion was presented to Melanie

and Nathan by Her Excellency the Governor of NSW,

Professor Marie Bashir AC CVO at Government

House, Sydney. The presentation ceremony included

the student’s citations, which outlined their

contributions and commitments to the community,

being read out.

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Leos Melanie Loomes and Nathan Barden celebrate their awards presented by Her Excellency the Governor of

NSW, Professor Marie Bashir AC CVO at Government House, Sydney. Melanie is pictured below with the NSW

Governor.

Afternoon tea in the gardens of Government

House followed.

Melanie’s strong community involvement began

when she joined the Southern Cross School K-12

Leo Club in 2006. Ever since she has been an

active volunteer through her school’s Student

Representative Council. She has supported various

charities and organisations, including the Red Cross

(as a blood donor), Hope Haven Women’s Refuge,

Riding For the Disabled, Cancer Council, Legacy

Foundation, Starlight Foundation, RSPCA, Westpac

Rescue Helicopter, Beyond Blue and

bushfire/flood/earthquake disaster appeals for

Australia and overseas.

“I was very surprised but extremely honoured to

have received the award,” said Melanie. “All the

students had amazing achievements and to be

amongst them was heartwarming. I have many

people to thank for their support over the years who

have allowed me to volunteer in my community and

achieve many of my goals. In particular my Leo

Advisor Dawn Sword and the East Ballina Lions

Club, but also all the Lions I have come across on

my journey with this revolutionary organisation. I

can’t say a big enough thank-you to everyone. I

would love to individually name everyone but we

would need another edition of this magazine for all

the wonderful Lions!”

Nathan, 18, from Bega, travelled up to Sydney for

the presentation.

He was recognised for his commitment to the

Bega Valley Shire where he is involved with

numerous organisations including Jellat Rural Fire

Brigade, the local Youth Council and Indent.

“It was great and it’s nice to be recognised for the

things you do, even though you don’t go searching

for it,” Nathan told the Bega District News. “Being

involved with these groups keeps you busy but I’m

happy to do it. If you don’t do it, then things like

local music events are not going to happen, and it’s

always nice to see the final outcome.”

Nathan was nominated for the award by his

school principal, Jenne Gardner, and recommended

by Bega Valley Shire mayor Tony Allen and Bryan

Coggle – chairman of the Lions Youth of the Year

contest.

“It was great to be supported by people who

stand among high stature in the community, not just

locally, but at a state and national level too,” said

Nathan.

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LEOS aiming

HIGH

Taking the youth message on tour

South Australia’s Yankalilla Area School Leo Club put

International President Wing Kun-Tam’s push for greater Leo

prominence into practice with a visit to Mount Gambier.

While it was a wonderful trip for the Leos, they were part of a push to

promote the Leo movement within C2.

With the school’s Leo club advisor Sonia Parker, Lions club advisor

Tony Jimmieson, Lions Lady Patricia Jimmieson and senior school

coordinator Wally Pillen in charge, the Leos experienced

everything from staying at the old Mount Gambier gaol

and outlining the worth of Leos to pupils and staff of the

Mount Gambier & Grant High Schools, to climbing

extinct volcano Mt Schank and meeting with Mount

Gambier, Gambier City, Millicent, Kalangadoo, Penola

and Mount Gambier and Millicent Lioness clubs.

There were also visits to the Blue Lake area

and Naracoorte caves.

The trip was rated an outstanding

success with interest in forming Leo clubs

in two areas. The trip was sponsored by the

Yankalilla & District, Brighton and Mount

Gambier clubs.

Yankalilla Area School Leo Club President Shannon (right)

spreads the word on the community benefits of Leos, while

the touring Leos (far right) check out the accommodation at

the old Mount Gambier gaol.

February - March 2012

On their promotional tour the Leos party checks out the entrance to the Narrcoorte

Caves before heading underground (below) for a closer inspection.

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LIONS YOUTH

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Young vision

Brooke

pushes

Lions

message

A state winner in the Lions

Youth of the Year Awards is

intent on spreading the word

on the community benefits of

Lions.

Brooke Snow, the Queensland

Youth of the Year winner for

2011, took out one of five first

prizes in the recent NAB Schools

First promotion for her idea to

get more young people involved

in community service.

Brooke’s idea is to partner with the Atherton

Lions Club and others in order introduce as many

students as possible to local community

organisations in the area.

She envisages a program called Community

Connect in which students from each year level are

assigned to a community group. Her hope is that

they will not only attend regular meetings and

recognise the inspiring work of members but also

become active members themselves.

The Schools First Program acknowledges young

people with great ideas on how to build

partnerships between schools and the community.

Winners receive a prize pack including $2,000 to

implement their plan.

To read the full story, go to the Australian

Lions blog at

http://lionsaustralia.wordpress.com

Nicholas lands

top LEO honour

A former Leo Club President, Nicholas Currie,

has received the Leo Award of Honour, the

highest accolade for a Leo.

The award is presented to a Leo who has

shown excellent service.

Nicholas, Leo President at Queensland’s Kadina

High School in 2010-11, was presented with the

award by Q1 Leo Club Chairman John Wearne at a

ceremony at his former school.

The school also received the Leo Club of the

Year award for 2010-2011.

LCIF Expands Melvin Jones Fellowship Program

Over 75% of LCIF funding comes from

Melvin Jones Fellowships (MJF) and

Progressive Melvin Jones Fellowships

(PMJF).

Previously, these donations were not able to be

put towards disaster relief or a particular program

unless agreed to by the LCIF Executive

Committee.

At the recent LCI Board Meeting in Hong Kong,

LCIF made an important announcement to

expand the MJF Program. In donating for MJF

and PMJF you can now direct your support to five

special areas. Donors will now be able to receive

MJF and PMJF credit when directing their

support to:

Disaster

Humanitarian Needs (includes donations to the

Measles Initiative)

Sight

Youth

Area of Greatest Need

Donations with restrictions beyond these five

special areas will be honoured by LCIF, but will

not be eligible for MJF or PMJF credit. For

example, a donation that is restricted to a

specific disaster, such as an earthquake or

tornado/cyclone in a particular region, will not be

eligible for credit towards an MJF or PMJF.

Additional benefits of the expanded MJF

Program:

Donors will now have the opportunity to direct

support to a special area.

LCIF will be able to immediately provide funds

for large scale disaster relief, rather than

collecting and distributing funds over a period of

weeks or months.

Funding directed to “Area of Greatest Need”

provides LCIF with the ability to financially

support any program within the four key

humanitarian subjects of support: Preserving

Sight, Combating Disabilities, Providing Disaster

Relief, Serving Youth.

So when your club fills in an MJF Application,

under Special Instructions/Notes write in your

choice of one of the five special areas when

making your gift.

Remember, Melvin Jones Fellowships (MJF)

and Progressive Melvin Jones Fellowships (PMJF)

do not need to be paid in full at one time; they

can be paid for over five years to total US$1,000

at which time the MJF Application is completed.

Nigel Jeny

LCIF Australian Co-ordinator

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LEOS

ROAR

Congratulations to Leo/Lion Louise Eiszele,

State Leo Coordinator Tasmania and Lion

Noeline Birnie, District 201V3 Leo Chairman,

on receiving International Presidents

Certificates of Appreciation for dedication and

commitment to the International Leo Program.

With the ongoing support of all Lions, Lionesses

and Leos, there are currently 102 active Leo clubs

with approximately 2,200 members serving their

communities across MD201.

Leos are a very important part of Lions Clubs

International and are the future leaders of our great

organisation.

Every day through their unselfish acts of

kindness, Leos are improving the lives of those less

fortunate than themselves.

Typical is the Leo club in N1 that held a

Sleepout for Father Chris Riley's Youth Off the

Streets program and raised in excess of $3,000 last

year. This is the second year the club has held the

project, initiated by Leo/Lion Paul Watts when he

was Club President in 2010/11 and involving all

members with the support of local businesses.

Also, Ambarvale High School Leo Club in N2,

sponsored by the Lions Club of Campbelltown City

Inc., held a Mufti Day Fundraiser and donated more

than $1,200 to the Australian Lions Foundation to

assist victims of the Queensland floods.

It is important that we serve together with Leos

and not tell them what to do. We are all equal

partners in service. Let us be mindful about

respecting Leos and their ideas. Let us value their

input and listen to what they say. We can mentor

them and model a life of service!

During November 2011, I was privileged to

address Lions District Conventions in T1 at

February - March 2012

Triabunna, Tasmania and N5 on Norfolk Island,

which gave me an opportunity to catch up with

some inspirational members of the Lions family.

At the T1 Convention, I met Leos from our oldest

active Leo club, Penguin, which celebrated 41 years

of service in November. It’s the club District

Governor Dale “Toby” Crawford belonged to before

becoming a Lion. A highlight of the convention was

the State Final of the Leo of the Year Quest. I

congratulate Leo Nick Van Essen from the Penguin

club who will represent Tasmania in the 2012

National Leo of the Year Final at the National

Convention in Perth on Saturday, May 5.

Entries for the Leo of the Year Quest close on

April 4 with myself as Leo Chairman. Full details

and entry form are available on the MD201 Leo

website – www.lionsclubs.org.au/leos

The past six months have been exceptional for

the MD201 Leo Program with the

LEOS WITH STRONG IDEALS: Lion Nick Van Essen

(Tasmanian Leo of the Year) with T1 District Leo

Chairman Daniel Eiszele, Tasmanian State Leo

Coordinator Louise Eiszele and Leo Ebony Crawford.

we will support our International President, Wing-

Kun Tam, when he says: “Leos are the future of our

family, and therefore they form a vital branch of our

family tree. It is time to elevate the significance of

Leos within our family of service.”

For our organization to grow, we must see Leos

as future Lions and encourage them to join our

great organisation after their Leos service through

the “Leo to Lion Program”

Say G’Day to a Leo today.

"Youth are our future – but they are also our

today”.

Martin Peebles, Leo and Youth

Outreach Committee Chairman

formation of nine new clubs and 40

The Youth Off The Streets program of Father Chris Riley gained

prospective clubs.

more than $3,000 thanks to Leo efforts. Father Chris is pictured

With an ageing Lions membership, below with Leo/Lion Paul Watts, DGE David Daniels (T1) and MD

we must ensure the future of our great Leo Chairman Martin Peebles at the 2011 MD Lions Convention in

organisation by encouraging more Launceston last year.

young people to join our Lions Family as

Leos, to develop into the leaders of

tomorrow!

If your Lions club is considering

sponsoring a Leo club, stop considering –

DO IT!

Further details on the International and

MD201 Leo Programs are available on the

Leo website, www.lionsclubs.org.au/leos,

or from your District or State Leo

Coordinator or from myself.

With your continued encouragement,

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Stepping ahead in spinal cord recovery

World’s best gather to alleviate suffering from an injury that affects 20,000 Australians

A world-class faculty of researchers at the

cutting edge of spinal cord research came

together for StepAhead Australia’s Annual

Scientific Conference late last year.

Held at St Vincent’s Hospital Melbourne,

StepAhead’s marquee event for the year proved to

be an outstanding gathering with speakers from

North America, Argentina, Italy, Thailand, Japan,

New Zealand and Australia.

As in other years the theme was treating and

repairing the chronically injured spinal cord.

From their official report: “Behind this theme is

reflected our understanding of spinal cord injury

and where the biomedical research community sits

in regards to its knowledge of what occurs

following damage to the cord. Remarkable

advances have been made in the last decade

towards our understanding of the structural,

biomedical and genetic changes that occur after

injury to the mature brain and spinal cord. This now

puts us in the envious position to intervene to

improve outcomes and develop meaningful

treatments and even eventually cures. We now feel

that we are able to approach this complex problem

in the same manner in which an engineer

approaches an engineering problem. The tools and

knowledge have accumulated to the point where we

now have the means to design and apply

approaches that will allow us to re-engineer the

damage spinal cord.”

Facts & Figures

● Spinal cord injury affects approximately 20,000

Australians, with about 300 new cases each year

(2008: 137 paraplegic and 136 quadriplegic new

patients). Spinal cord injury patients suffer loss of

motor function (movements of arms and legs), loss

of autonomic function (control of bladder, bowel and

sexual function) and secondary problems such as

chronic ulcers and infections.

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● The mean age of injury is 19 years with five out

of six being male patients. The psychological cost

to the patient is often devastating and the incidence

of suicide amongst SCI patient is five times higher

than the general population.

● The cost to the patient’s family is often

overwhelming and the rate of marital break-up is

reportedly up to 50%, significantly higher than that

of the normal population.

● The cost to society is profound. In Australia,

(2008) health care costs for SCI is approximately

$2 billion or 2% of total healthcare expenditure.

These costs are borne by state government (44%),

individuals (40.5%) and Federal Government

(10.6%). Lifetime costs are $5 million per case of

paraplegia and $9.5 million per case of

quadriplegia.

● Despite this desolate situation, the application of

funds to find a cure for spinal cord injury is

After the conference some gathered at the property of StepAhead founders George and Barbara Owen

minimal. Australian Government grants for SCI

research (total NHMRC research funding 2000-

2008) represents 0.7% of the total research budget

whereas, research on all cancers, which account

for 5.8% of health care budget, is funded to a level

of 22.5% of the total federal research budget. That

is, on a pro-rata basis to total health care costs.

Research funding for SCI is one tenth of that spent

on cancer research. Funding of research into SCI by

major pharmaceutical or biotechnology companies

is also minimal.

A consequence of this deplorable situation is that

patients suffering from chronic SCI have become

the prey of stem cell tourism.

After the conference some attendees spent time

at the beautiful farmhouse of StepAhead founders

George and Barbara Owen, where they formalised

the creation of new collaborations and friendships

that will stimulate and jump-start avenues of

research directed towards repairing chronically

injured spinal cords.

“Today we need dogged researchers who will

prove the value of new therapies in spinal cord

injury,” said Dr George Owen. “Thanks to their

efforts today, our grandchildren will look back and

be aghast that there was once a time when a

spinally-injured person was told that medicine had

nothing to offer them,”

From Lions PR – Diane Michael

Lions and StepAhead

Dr George Owen, the founder of

StepAhead, approached a Lions club in

1999 looking for a donation to help the

fledgling Spinal Cord Society of Australia

Inc. in its search for a cure.

This club was so moved that it not only

donated to the cause, it took the story to a

larger audience. Within 12 months Lions had

created the Lions Australia Spinal Cord

Fellowship as a national project of Lions, giving

all 1400 Lions clubs across Australia the

opportunity to raise funds for research into

spinal cord repair.

Lions clubs individually conduct many and

varied activities in an effort to raise funds for

this project, including sausage sizzles, trash &

treasure sales and fun runs. These events

along with the national recycling effort involving

the collection of aluminium can ring-pulls are

just some of the ways the Lions clubs of

Australia raise more than $100,000 per year in

support of StepAhead.

NB: Over the last five years, StepAhead has

also successfully raised additional funds in

Australia and forged a network that includes

some of the world’s leading spinal cord

researchers and clinicians. It is recognised by

the Federal Government as the peak body

responsible for coordinating research into

chronic spinal cord injury.

THANKS, LIONS!

To Whom it May Concern,

My family and I recently took a driving

holiday from Brisbane down to Victoria, the

ACT and NSW. Along the way we stopped at

many parks and rest areas (many Lions Club

rest areas) and were all very impressed with

the quality and presentation of many of your

parks; particularly in rural areas.

I'd just like to say, ‘Thank you’ to your club

for giving us some beautiful places to have

our lunch along our journey. Regards,

Trish Wilson

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TEARS OF THANKS: Lions celebrate World Sight in China

When the bandages were removed from the

eyes of Ge Sang, she was moved to tears.

“Thanks for curing my eyes,” the 77-year-old

exclaimed.

She is one of five million people who have Lions

to thank for improved eyesight because of SightFirst

Action China.

To help even more people, Lions launched

SightFirst China Action (SFCA) Phase III during Lions

World Sight Day in Shenzhen, China, in October last

year. Events included the inauguration of a low

vision clinic, launching a trachoma elimination

program and vision screenings. Attending were

representatives from the Chinese government, the

China Disabled Persons’ Federation, the Ministry of

Health, the World Health Organisation, Lions

partner organisations in China, Board of Trustee

members and Lions throughout China and Hong

Kong. To support these programs, SightFirst

awarded an initial grant of US$2.67 million.

It is believed that more than 20 percent of those

blind from cataract in the world live in China, and

every year there are 400,000 new cases. Many

township/county hospitals do not have

ophthalmology clinics. They also lack manpower

and equipment.

“I am proud of our successes in China, which

build upon our long-term commitment to reduce

blindness globally. With funds raised through

Campaign SightFirst II, we are now able to continue

and expand our vision programs to help even more

people,” International President Wing-Kun Tam says.

SightFirst funds will be used to help the Chinese

government eliminate blinding trachoma as a

significant health problem by 2016. Trachoma is a

leading cause of preventable and reversible

blindness. During Lions World Sight Day, Lions

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executive officers

joined

representatives from

the Chinese

government and the

Ministry of Health in

signing the formal

agreement to launch

this program.

Lions also

inaugurated the

Shenzhen Lions Low

Vision Rehabilitation

Centre. A low vision

training program will

serve several

counties in Liaoning

Province. Additionally,

Lions and eye care professionals provided vision

screenings and eyeglasses to hundreds of children

and elderly. Lions, government officials and

community members planted 26 trees throughout

Lions Lotus Hill Park in Shenzhen.

SFCA was formed as a partnership between

Lions Clubs International and the government of the

People’s Republic of China. LCIF has awarded two

SFCA grants for more than US$30.8 million,

matched with more than US$200 million from the

Chinese government.

World Sight Day is an international event, which

Lions launched in 1998. Typical events include eye

screenings, eyeglass donations and other local

projects.

In Haiti, Lions and Leos screened 130 senior

citizens and provided free eyeglasses. Lions in

Guyana held a screening for primary school

students. Lions also donated nine white canes for

Autism’s cruel toll on our young

The autism numbers are alarming and speak

for themselves.

One in five Australians has a disability.

Every two hours, an Australian child is

diagnosed with an intellectual disability.

64,000 Australians have autism. This rate has

doubled over a five-year period.

Over 4,000 children are diagnosed with autism

by the time they are four.

Currently, children aged 5-14 have the highest

prevalence of autism in Australia.

Almost 11,000 children aged between six and

12 have autism spectrum disorders in Australia.

Over half a million Australian families are

affected by autism spectrum disorders.

85 percent of children are diagnosed with

autism once their learning difficulties are recognised

at school.

Children who receive early intervention

preschool therapies have a one in three chance of

Jodhpur Marudhara Lions Club members in India organized a World Sight Day project

during which they provided 82 pairs of eyeglasses for children.

being able to enter the mainstream education

system and go on to lead a normal productive life

with little if any special support.

Intervention therapies effectively remediate the

challenges of autism and they are able to function

without limitations in everyday activities.

It costs over $30,000 annually for a child to

receive early intervention therapies before they start

school. That equates to up to $180,000. Families

currently foot that bill.

So what’s the answer to this equation?

Government funding. We urge all Lions clubs in

Australia to make representations to the Federal

Government to raise financial support for early

intervention preschool autism education and therapy

provided by health professionals to a minimum of

$30,000 per annum per child, claimable through

Medicare and/or other government agencies.

We also ask Lions to see what they can do to

help early intervention preschool autism spectrum

the blind. Students and teachers were screened in

Malaysia, with Lions donating eyeglasses to those in

need. Throughout all 15 districts in France, Lions

screened 3,778 people.

Beyond eye screenings, Lions in the Philippines

checked about 300 people for blood pressure,

diabetes and other health issues, distributed

eyeglasses and delivered a presentation on eye

care. Similarly, Lions in Belize conducted screenings

for eye health, blood pressure and blood sugar for

residents of Belize City.

Collecting eyeglasses is also an important activity

of World Sight Day. The Barrie South Lions Club in

Canada collected more than 420 pairs of

eyeglasses and provided education about the

importance of eye health. More than 200 pairs of

eyeglasses were collected in the United Kingdom,

where a group of Lions walked to raise awareness

about eye health and the difference that donated

glasses can make to those who are less fortunate.

disorders groups in their local areas across

Australia. ASD groups in general are short of

funding. Let us assist the 12,000 plus children

under six who have ASD.

For more information about the Lions ASD Project

see the Lions Club of Lugarno Inc. web-site –

www.lugarnolions.org.au. Letters for clubs to use to

write to all levels of government across Australia to

advocate for increased ASD funding are located on

this website.

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A LIONS GUIDE

What you should know about

And how you can join the

nine million Australians

already using it

Most of you probably feel comfortable

knowing what the Internet is and what it

does, but what do you know about Social

Media, Facebook, Twitter, Blogs and Youtube?

Did you know for instance that Facebook is now

the primary method of communication throughout

the world? That today Facebook is the Number 1

online activity with more than 800 million people

worldwide using it on a daily basis? And this

number continues to grow at a jaw-dropping rate

with research showing that within three years Social

Media will have brought together one in six people

on our planet.

Consider these facts

Last century, for a message to reach 50 million

people it took: Radio 38 years, TV 13 years, the

Internet four years and the iPod three years.

Today, for that message to reach twice that

number, ie 100 million users, it would take

Facebook less than nine months.

We also know that by late 2011, Australians

connected to Social Media number more than nine

million with the average person spending nine hours

a month on Facebook. This ranks us

amongst the world’s top

users.

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Many in our community think that Social Media is

only for Gen X or Gen Y

users, but it is interesting

that the number of Social

Media users aged 65 and

older grew 100% in

2010. This means that

one in four people in

this age group are now part

of a social networking system.

And Social Media is not just

for individuals. It has fast

become the favoured tool of

business who use it to market

their business or organisation at

a whole new global audience.

And although traditional media

channels like print, radio and

television are still

extremely valuable

tools, it is now

increasingly important to

engage with and produce

content for Facebook,

Twitter and Youtube.

Why has Facebook

become so powerful? It is because since its

development it has engaged a massive following

allowing it to become the largest presence in

the Social Media cyber environment

approaching one billion active users

worldwide with an estimated 50 percent of

those members logging in on any given day.

Facts & figures about Facebook

Facebook has overtaken Google as the

most visited site in the world

If Facebook were a country, it would

be the third largest in the world today.

93% of marketers use Social Media

for business

The average Facebook user has

140 friends

There are 900 million objects that

people interact with including

pages, groups, events and

community pages

The average user is connected

to 80 community pages, groups

and events

An estimated 250 million

photos are uploaded per day

More than 70 languages

are available on Facebook

More than seven million

apps and websites are integrated with Facebook

More than 350 million active users currently

access Facebook through their mobile devices.

One of the keys to Facebook is the use of the

“LIKE’ button, which you see on

almost every website

and which has

become a crucial tool

for business and

organisations. The

“Like” button is valuable

because it provides

anyone browsing on the

net with the opportunity to click on that

button and establish a personal

connection to that company or

organisation. They in turn can

then recommend that same

site to their friends by posting

items on their personal or

business Facebook pages.

Because Facebook

members have an average of

140 connections it means when they ‘Like’

something on a site, 140 people see it in their

newsfeed. With this domino effect of ‘LIKEing’ and

reposting on different Facebook pages, an article

can easily be seen by many thousands of

networked friends, business or organisations.

The benefit of Facebook therefore is the

opportunity to build an online community to float

ideas and improve brand affinity.

What about Twitter? Like Facebook, Twitter is

networked through “followers” but is more of an

“alert” tool, which provides very short messages,

alerting users to detailed articles on the internet

(and in the real world). It uses micro-messaging

that allows users to issue 140-character messages

(or tweets) and find people or organisations to

follow.

Facts about Twitter

In 2010/2011,100 million members signed up

In 2010/2011, the community posted a

combined total of 25 billion tweets.

Every day there are more than 300,000 new

users.

Famous ‘tweeters’ include Barack Obama,

Lady Gaga, Kanye West and Shane Warne

The benefit of Twitter is that it’s an ideal place to

get quick, updated news.

Then there are blogs, short for “weblog”, which

in simple terms is an online journal.

Similar to any other website, a blog can also be

easily updated and networked and like Facebook a

Facebook is just one of the Social Media tools Lions Australia is using to grow the organisation.

Lion


Social Media

blog is interactive, enabling members

to not only read information but

participate and comment online as

well.

For business, blogs can be used

internally to enhance the

communication and culture of an

organisation or externally for

marketing, branding or public

relations and can also be used to

inform members and other interested

parties of club and member activities.

Because all blogs are on the

internet they can also be accessed by

the media to gauge public opinion on

a range of issues.

As of February 2011, there were

over 156 million public blogs in

existence.

In the future there will always be a

place for traditional media, however

for maximum reach material will also

be posted to both Facebook and

Twitter. For major stories using these

tools we can pre-warn or promote

them and we can follow up the

outcomes and successes.

With general interest stories, we

can use Facebook, Twitter and the

Blog to spread information and raise

awareness.

One of the other plans for

Facebook is to highlight and promote

Lions Clubs throughout the country.

This would involve a regular posting

on the Lions Facebook page, of one

or two paragraphs about specific

clubs, their achievements and

membership.

And finally we can use the

Website, Facebook, Twitter and the

Blog to promote advance notice of

specific major events, which would

provide up-to-date information and

enhance corporate partnerships, ie

Tree Planting Day, Youth of the Year,

the National Convention.

Internet technology began when

the World Wide Web commenced in

the late 1980s, with portals such as

Yahoo and AOL providing sources of

information from news to mega

categories like Wikipedia. These

platforms dominated from the mid-

1990s until early in the new century.

1997 saw the development of

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Google and then early this century the

advent of Facebook.

By 2010 Facebook had surpassed

Google in time spent on its site and it

is now changing the way business

communicates, markets and shares

information, allowing global promotion

at high speed in real time without

million dollar budgets.

It is vital that Lions Australia

becomes a participant in this dynamic

and wide reaching communication

system. With so many people using

these sites every day, it is a clear

marketing opportunity in “how to go

about making it work best for Lions

Australia”.

If managed correctly, opportunities

within these Social Media structures

can offer cheap, effective means of

engaging the right people, business

and organisations. It can also

generate ideas, new products and

services and help build the Lions

brand.

In the 21st century it’s important to

realise that Social Media is the future.

These cyber services have impacted

on the way we interact and

communicate. Social Media is not

really a choice, but now a must.

In future editions, the Lions

magazine will publish further

information and useful guides for

Facebook.

We would also encourage those

already on Facebook to “Like” the

Lions Australia Facebook page.

If anyone would like to contribute

to these guides please contact the

National Office on PR@lions.org.au.

– Diane Michael, Lions PR

Lions Australia Facebook

page:

www.facebook.com/lionsaustralia

Lions Australia Twitter site:

www.twitter.com/RobatLions

Lions Australia’s official

blog:

http://lionsaustralia.wordpress.

com

Lions Alert Blog:

http://www.ozziealert.blogspot.

com.au

There’s still time

MAKE A

DATE WITH

PERTH

Picture: Tourism WA

60th MD Convention and the 50th

Anniversary of Lions in Western Australia

Perth – 4th May to 7th May 2012

It’s approaching quickly but there’s still time to be a part

of the 60th Multiple District Convention in Perth and to

celebrate the 50th anniversary of Lions in Western

Australia.

You need to act now.

Details of the functions to be held at the Convention are

available on the Registration form that can be downloaded from

the website – http://www.lionsclubs.org.au/perth2012convention/

Depending on the type of accommodation you are looking for in

Perth, it’s recommended that you book immediately; there are

links on the website for accommodation, including caravans, as

well as tours to complement your trip to Western Australia.

For information and details on touring and what is happening in

Western Australia, visit the Tourism WA website at

http://www.westernaustralia.com/au/Pages/Welcome_to_Western

_Australia.aspx.

During the convention there will be an international show, Mary

Poppins, at the Burswood theatre, adjacent to the convention

centre. It runs from April 1 to May 12 with evening and afternoon

sessions.

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When you feel proud to be a Lion

Sometimes it takes someone from outside to best sum up a situation.

That was the case when the Chief Minister of Norfolk Island, the Hon. David E. Buffett AM MLA, opened the N5

District Convention on Norfolk Island late last year.

What he said made many Lions proud of what they did.

As Greg Dunn (N5 Vice District Governor who was present during the Chief Minister’s opening speech, said: “I held

my head high that day because someone, who was not a Lion, made me proud to be one.”

Here’s what the Chief Minister said, about Lions generally and the great work being done on Norfolk Island.

We all know of Helen Keller. Blind and deaf

from 18 months of age. Her personal amazing

courage to learn sign language and braille,

then learning to speak. Her tireless advocacy

for people with disabilities:

When Helen Keller addressed the 1925

International Lions Convention in Ohio USA, she

sought that the Lions fraternity become “Knights of

the Blind in the crusade against darkness”. She

spoke for probably less than four minutes.

Lions took up Helen Keller’s challenge and the

work of Lions has ever since included “Sight

programs” aimed at preventable blindness, restoring

eyesight and improving eye care.

Allow me to remind you of these amazing figures.

Lions:

Improved eye care for 100 million people by

training more than 650,000 eye care

professionals and building 315 eye hospitals.

Distributed more than 147 million treatments for

river blindness.

Provided nearly eight million cataract surgeries.

Saved the sight of more than 14 million children

by providing eye screenings, glasses and other

treatments through Sight for Kids.

Prevented serious vision loss for more than 30

million people worldwide.

Established or strengthened paediatric eye care

centres that have helped more than 120 million

children

Vaccinated 41 million children in Africa against

measles – a leading cause of childhood

blindness.

Helped halt the spread of trachoma in Ethiopia

by providing 10 million doses of the sightsaving

drug azithromycin annually.

Since 1990, Lions have raised US$415 million

through two SightFirst fundraising campaigns to

help provide vision for all.

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Norfolk Island Tourism

These figures are more than eye catching!

Helen Keller challenged in 1925 when Lions was

in its eighth year. Six years out from this year, Lions

will reach its 100th anniversary.

That transposes into sight programs for almost a

century! Delivery is measured by the above

statistics. It’s impossible to measure the personal,

the social or the financial empowerment, of such

beneficial work.

However, sight programs are but one of the many

Lions projects. They extend to

Health, hearing, diabetes

Community volunteer work

Children and adults

Hospitals and senior centres

Cancer research

Areas battered by natural disasters

Youth volunteer opportunities

Community and environment programs

And more.

Norfolk Island experiences Lions international,

national, district and local programs through two

commendable local clubs: The Norfolk Island Club,

under the present presidency of Kevin Coulter, and

the Norfolk Island Arthurs Vale Club, with president

Bianca Walsh.

Collectively in some projects, individually in

others, these two clubs also deliver their own “We

Serve”: to the Norfolk Island country.

Support where offshore medical treatment is

required

School equipment

Christmas gathering every year for the

elderly.

Participation in Lions Christmas Cake and

Lions Mint sales.

Barbecue and furniture in both the Lions

Park and the World Heritage Kingston and

Arthurs Vale historic area.

Support for

youth

educational

travel, and

Impressively, organising some 160 Lions to this

District Convention, which is a substantial

financial drive to this rather small place.

And much more

Both clubs are proud to be part of District

201N5.

Both clubs and their members, value the

strengthening of the ties that bind the people of this

place and yours.

Both clubs, and we, in the Island are honoured

that the District has chosen to meet for its annual

convention in this place. I re-enforce the warm

welcome accorded by His Honour the Administrator.

I offer compliments to the organisers of all that is

required, to mount a convention of this size and

nature in Norfolk Island.

The Service of Lions is indeed honoured.

Globally – across 205 Countries and

geographical regions encompassing some 1.36

million members.

Nationally (Australia) – some 28,000 members in

1,500 clubs

Nationally, over $20 million is raised annually to

assist community and health projects and funding

for Lions foundations and programs. Interestingly,

and importantly, in 2013 Barry Palmer will be the

first Australian Lion to be elected to the International

Presidency.

I offer compliments to the Lions Club

organisation in devotion to their many worthwhile

programs. At this Convention of District 201N5 in

2011, I wish you well and good fellowship in your

deliberations in fostering your good works; and

declare the Convention open.

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LIONS IN ACTION

For the love

of brave Lucy

Lucy Day, 2, is a special little girl.

And because Lucy is so special she has

been adopted by Queensland’s Mooloolaba

club as deserving of special help.

Lucy was born with a rare congenital

condition called Goldenhar Syndrome that

affects about one in every 10,000 births.

In Lucy’s case her abnormalities include a

small malformed lower jaw, malformed tongue,

a missing section of cheekbone on the left

side, a small dermoid cyst in her left eye,

bilateral skin tags (which were surgically

removed at 16 months of age) and

atresia/stenosis of her ear canals.

Her left ear has complete atresia (absence of

ear canal and eardrum) so she is essentially

deaf in that ear. Her right ear has a severely

stenosed canal (very narrow). Even though her

right ear can potentially hear well, unfortunately

due to wax buildup and persistent glue ear, her

hearing is now only at 20-30% and she relies

heavily on her bone conductor aid to hear.

As well as hearing difficulties her

abnormalities mean that she has had issues

with eating, speech and sleep apnoea.

Despite her difficulties, Lucy is a bright,

happy and delightful little girl. Her mum

Michelle is determined to ensure that hearing

difficulties don’t hold Lucy back and that she

has as normal an education as possible.

Last year Mooloolaba Lions watched Lucy

doing a regular hearing therapy session. This

essential therapy does not come cheap for

single mum Michelle.

The cost of sponsorship for a child for one

year is $10,000. Government funding

accounts for only

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Lucy during therapy and (below left) with her mum (Michelle Ridoutt), Karen Von Homeyer (Principal of Hear and

Say), and Mooloolaba Lions President Fred Smedley. Photos: Charles Hodgson, View News

30% of the annual costs, the rest must come

from charity.

So moved were Mooloolaba Lions they

pledged $2,000 as a part sponsorship, then

raised that to $5,000.

As Lucy requires extensive surgery to repair

her hearing mechanisms internally she needs

to go to the United States as it can’t be done in

Australia. The family needs to raise $80,000

for this treatment and is appealing for support.

Lucy has a website –

http://listeningforlucy.weebly.com/index.html –

where more information can be found on her

condition.

Book on Lions’ V2 walker

Author Rhys Thurston has published a book, From

Point AA to Point B, that provides an intimate

insight into the life and adventures of V2’s very

own long distance walker – Lion John Olsen.

In the forward, Ian “Macca” McNamara of the ABC’s

Australia All Over describes John as “a humble bloke

undertaking inspiring feats” when referring to his

gruelling north-to-south and east-to-west fundraising

walks across Australia on behalf of children suffering

cerebral palsy and leukodystrophy.

The 220-page book is an easy read and an

opportunity to share the upbringing, mindset and

experiences of a man who was committed to help

disabled children in the true spirit of Lions International.

His two marathon walks raised over $125,000,

donated equally to the Australian Lions Children’s

Mobility Foundation (ALCMF) and the Australian

Leukodystrophy Support Group (ALDS). Included was

John’s personal contribution of $10,000.

John is the only recipient of the ALCMF Platinum

Award, he has an Ian Stockdale Humanitarian Award and

is also an Ambassador of ALDS.

The book is $20 plus $6.35 postage. Payment can be

made direct to Bendigo Bank Account in the name K J

Olsen - BSB 633-000-100855-428. All proceeds go to

the Australian Leukodystrophy Support Group Inc. For a

copy, contact Lion Brian Edward – (03) 52 226 986 or

bseapm@bigpond.net.au – of the Lions Club of Geelong

Corio Bay, PO Box 1205, Geelong, Vic, 3220.

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Cup’s a winner

Melbourne’s racing season has come and

gone but Melbourne Cup fever was reignited

recently at Victoria’s Anglesea club.

The 2011 Emirates Melbourne Cup was brought

to the club as part of a fundraising effort.

The cup was on a tour of selected communities

throughout Australia and New Zealand to allow

community groups to use the occasion to highlight

their work and raise funds.

At the Blue Cross Nursing Home where Lions

took the cup, one elderly resident hailed it as the

greatest highlight of his life. Others were just

thrilled to touch the piece of gold.

The Anglesea Bowling Club hosted a Cup Lunch

and a host of other events were staged around the

visit.

Lions ran a farmers’ market on the river bank to

boost their funds and to defray the costs of hosting

the day. Profits will go toward scholarships for

three graduating primary school students.

Anglesea Lioness Past President Margaret Vise

(below) keeps a firm hand on the cup.

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Three of the best

The NSW Central Coast club of

Gwandalan achieved three generations of

family members when a new Lion, David

Pazzan, was inducted.

David’s son Tyson was already a Leo and

his mother, Violet Jeanes, is president of

Gwandalan Lioness Club. Not only are there

now three generations, they represent three

aspects of Lionism – Lions, Lioness and Leo

clubs.

RIGHT: Proud Lioness President Violet with her

son, Lion David, and grandson Leo Tyson.

AROUND THE NATION

Serving up a solution for survival

It’s the eternal problem for Lions clubs in

smaller communities ... attracting enough

members.

Early last year Queensland’s Lennox Head club

had such a problem.

While there are about 15,000 in this coastal

village, many were involved in sporting and

community activities or members of other groups.

Back then, the workload was getting so heavy for

the club’s few members that it was in danger of

folding. Membership had fallen to eight and getting

enough members to stand for positions was hard.

“We had been providing ongoing financial

support to many local clubs and community groups,

primarily from funds raised by our barbecue at the

monthly markets and special events such as

Australia day Celebrations and Carols by

Candlelight,” said the club’s Doug Stinson. “We had

a regular commitment to operate the barbecue but

In danger of closure, the Lennox Head club is once

again thriving thanks to the involvement of outside

volunteers and groups in activities such as its

monthly market barbecues.

we were having trouble getting the numbers to

operate it. Our continued operation was looking

desperate and it was suggested we seek support

from groups for whom we have been a benefactor

over the years.”

That approach proved a winner. In March last

year the club organised a meeting of all community

groups to discuss the predicament. A system was

proposed in which they would provide voluntary

support for regular fundraising activities, including

the market barbecue.

“It became clear that the proposals would not

only benefit the Lions club but also promote a

closer liaison between our clubs and the

community,” said Doug. “Having their members

working alongside ours would afford them the

opportunity to promote their own clubs. We

encouraged them to wear uniforms and display

information and posters to advertise their activities.”

Since then there has been outside support at

every barbecue with a roster system in operation.

The extra involvement has increased the club’s

fundraising ability and developed closer links

between it and the community. And the club’s

increased profile has brought new members.

“The results have been extremely positive and

we would encourage other clubs to involve your

local community in Lions activities wherever

possible; it can be a major win for all concerned,”

said Doug.

Lion


Olivia’s got her eye on community

She might only be six but little Olivia Millott-Jones has

already made a major community contribution.

Through her school, music classes and swimming club, Olivia

collected more than 160 pairs of glasses, which Lions cleaned and

calibrated, then sent to developing countries for distribution.

When 201Q3 District Governor Arthur Witheman visited the Lions

Club of Brisbane Inner North he took the opportunity to congratulate

Olivia.

“It is always inspiring to be reminded about the scale of the efforts

our organisation makes on the international stage, all of which start

with one person having an idea and seeing it through, just like Olivia

did,” said Inner North President Robert Clarke.

Olivia receives a Lions appreciation award from Q3 District Governor

Arthur Witheman.

RIGHT

ON

TRACK

It was a

carnival not

to be

forgotten

when

Queensland’s

Inglewood club got together for its annual festival. A highlight of the day were free rides on the club’s

miniature train. Other crowd pleasers were the inaugural Hobby Horse Races for which the club has

provided a perpetual trophy. Well known local musician and vocalist Henry Bartholomew provided

background music during the night.

SONGS & SANTA: Lugarno and Georges River Lioness members – plus some grand children (they made

excellent elves) and a 16-year-old Youth Exchange student hosted by Lugarno Lions – brought Christmas cheer

to four nursing homes in Sydney’s Peakhurst area. “We distributed approximately 500 chocolate Santas and

sang badly yet we still lit up the room with smiles and received lots of hugs and kisses,” reported Elvio

Munzone of the visits.

February - March 2012

The last dance

There was lots of nostalgia when a 27year-old

tradition ended with the last

50/50 dance run by Melbourne’s Box

Hill Lions Club at the local town hall.

In that time the dance has raised an

amazing $600,000 to benefit those in need

both in local and overseas communities.

The attendance at the monthly event

peaked in the 1990s, sometimes reaching a

capacity of 350 dancers when some had to

be turned away.

The last night saw more 100 celebrate

the momentous occasion with the popular

Hat Band playing.

President Rodger Salmon described the

closing of the dance as emotional. “It was a

tough decision knowing many of our loyal

patrons wanted it to go on. A generational

change has diminished the appeal of a live

band and older-style dance, but not the

many needs of the community which we will

continue to serve.”

Since the club’s 1960 formation it has

donated to and aided a mass of local and

overseas causes and is always looking for

new members. Inquiries:

www.boxhilllions.org.

Sid, a snipper of red tape

Except for annual holidays and illness, Taree

Lion Sid Davey has achieved 100%

attendance over 50 years at dinner meetings

Sid was recently acknowledged (above) for his

record and presented with a 50-year pin by club

historian and records chairman Glenn Robinson

Sid has been a renowned negotiator, often

helping get through the red tape that presents a

barrier to a worthwhile project.

Geographic gremlin

In last issue’s Around the Nation, Adelaide’s

Athelstone club was mistakenly described as

being in Queensland. Sorry, Athelstone!

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Committee Vacancies

The Council of Governors advises applications are

invited from Lions in good standing to fill the

following vacancies.

All Multiple District committee positions are

honorary, and every Lion, no matter how new is

encouraged to apply. Lions intending to apply

should note the following:

1. Applications will only be considered if

submitted on the current Nomination Form, and

received at the Lions National Office by the closing

date.

2. Intending applicants must obtain a

Nomination Form, Position Statement and Person

Profile in relation to the position from the National

Office.These may be obtained by writing, faxing or

emailing the National Office at one of the following

addresses:

Current Vacancies

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Mail: Locked Bag 2000

Newcastle NSW 2300

Email: executiveofficer@lions.org.au

Fax: (02) 4940 8034

The preferred method of distribution of necessary

forms to intending applicants is by email.

3. All candidates for Multiple District

positions shall submit:

Current standard Nomination Form

Curriculum Vitae

Statement covering the issues outlined in

the Position Statement. This supporting

statement with CV shall not exceed

three single sided A4 pages

APPLICANTS EXCEEDING THIS LIMIT

WILL NOT BE ACCEPTED.

4. The applicant should ensure that the

nomination form is complete in every respect prior

to sending

5. Nominations must be received by the

National Office by email or post no later than

5:00pm 6 April 2012

Late nominations will not be considered.

Nominations accepted will be considered at the

Council Meeting following the close of nominations.

All applicants will be advised in writing of Council’s

decision soon after that Council Meeting

Rob Oerlemans

Executive Officer

MD 201 Lions Clubs International Inc.

January2012

POSITION TERM TO COMMENTS

Lion Mint Coordinator ‘Q’ 30/06/2015

ALCCRF Tustees

4 positions

Marketing

Y&CP *Note: Police clearance is required for these positions

31/01/2015

Demonstrated interest in the preparation, implementation

of strategies and programs for the promotion and

marketing of Lion Mints

Promoting the activities of the Australian Lions Childhood

Cancer Research Foundation.

Establishing good communication and a working

relationship between the Children’s Cancer Institute

Australia or other relevant agency.

ALCMF – Trustee ‘T’ 31/01/2015 Acts as Trustee and is responsible for database

management and provision of administrative services for

the foundation

ALCMF – Trustee ‘W’ 31/01/2015

ALCMF - Treasurer 31/01/2015 Organisation Treasurer requiring CPA or CA qualifications

Youth Exchange Greeter (Brisbane) 28/02/2012

Responsible for the safe and efficient throughput of all

youth exchangees, both nominated and hosted.

Lion


Committee Appointments

At its meeting in January 2012, the Council of Governors considered nominations received and made the following

appointments:

POSITION TERM TO APPOINTEE DIST

AUSTRALIAN LIONS DRUG AWARENESS

FOUNDATION INC

ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING 2012

Notice is hereby given of the Annual General Meeting of the Foundation to be

held in Perth on Friday 4 May 2012 commencing at 12.30pm.

Each Constituent Member is entitled to one vote and that representative

should have

accreditation from the Club Secretary. However in the case of a State Director

election, only delegates from that State may vote. Members not attending may

complete a postal ballot for Director.

Nominations are called for Directors for Victoria and Tasmania. Nominations

are to be received by the Secretary by Friday 23 March 2012 on the correct

form.

Nominee must be a member in good standing of a Constituent Club within

the relevant State. Nomination forms are available from the Secretary at PO

Box 530, Springwood QLD 4127, Phone:

(07) 3341 3900 or by email – aldaf@bigpond.net.au

Should a potential nominee wish to obtain a copy of the position description

for a Director please contact the Secretary of the Foundation as above.

David McKenzie

Secretary

Administration

Legal Officer 30/06/2016 David Skinner V6

Webmaster 30/06/2015 Alex Maitland N5

Insurance Member 31/01/2015 Garry Galvin N3

Marketing

LCIF MD Coordinator 31/01/2015 Nigel Jeny N5

Cakes District Coordinator 'C' 30/06/2015 Tony Matthews C2

Cakes District Coordinator 'W' 30/06/2015 Allan Lowe W1

Cakes District Coordinator ‘Q’ 30/06/2015 Tom Gould Q4

Y&CP

National Coordinator 30/06/2016 Ron Skeen N2

Leo - District Coordinator 'N' 31/01/2015 Gail Hart N5

Lioness - Committee Member 'C' District 30/06/2015 Beryl Mahoney C2

Youth Exchange - Program Chairperson 28/02/2015 Dave King N2

YOY - Travel Coordinator 30/06/2015 Peter Perry N4

AUSTRALIAN LIONS DRUG AWARENESS

FOUNDATION INC

POSITION OF CHAIRPERSON OF THE FOUNDATION

The term of Chairperson of the Foundation concludes in May 2012 and

accordingly the following notice is brought to the attention of all members

of Constituent Member Clubs.

Call for applications for the position of Chairperson

Applications are called for the position of Chairperson of the Foundation

for a four year term from May 2012. Applications must be made in writing

setting out the qualifications that you feel you have that would be of benefit

to the Foundation. Applications must be from Lions in good standing from

Constituent Member Clubs.

Details of the position are available from the Secretary of the Foundation

at PO Box 530, Springwood QLD 4127 or email - aldaf@bigpond.net.au.

Applications are to be received by the Secretary no later than Friday 13

April 2012.

All applications will be considered by the Board of the Foundation at its

May meeting in Perth and an appointment made.

David McKenzie

Secretary


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yoursay

Lions’ letters

Best days of my life

Today was one of the best days of my life.

In particular it was one of the best days in

my life as a Lion, which has been in excess

of 32 years.

For today my Lions club – The Lions Club of

Altona Inc. with financial support from the Altona

Community Bank and equipment support from our

local Hobsons Bay Council – officially presented to

the people of fire-ravaged Flowerdale a parkland

consisting of two electric barbecues under cover,

five sets of seats and tables and a toilet block for

their public use.

The project commenced when a small group of

Lions met on site with a couple of Flowerdale

residents and simply asked “How can we help?”

The answer was “create a park for us – a place

where we can meet, talk and relax”.

Dick Murdoch from Altona Lions and John Dawson

from the Altona Community Bank with plaque for the

shelter.

This challenge took three years to complete for

a whole host of reasons but today it was

completed and as we cooked, fed and shared this

place with the Flowerdale folk, we experienced a

wide range of emotions – pride, joy, satisfaction,

relief, love and a happiness brought about by

knowing we have forged lifelong friendships with

those same people.

Yes today was one of the best days of my life.

Lion Dick Murdoch

Lions Club of Altona Inc.

On your metal

Now that you have had a good clean-out over

the Christmas holidays, it’s time to take all

your ring pulls and metals (even gold if you

have it) to your nearest Sims Recycling

Depot, or their subsidiaries.

The funds will then be credited directly to the

Lions Spinal Cord Fellowship ... how easy is that?

Clean up the yard (or paddock) and help one of our

projects at the same time.

If you have a large quantity or bulky items then

Sims will arrange for a bin or truck to come to you.

Don’t forget to give them the code for your state –

Victoria and Tasmania is LION02, NSW and ACT is

LION16, S.A. and N.T. is LION04, WA is LION03,

and QLD is LION04. Sims will give you a receipt

and if you could send us a copy it would help us to

reconcile the deposits – plus, we would like to

acknowledge your donation.

Do you know of or work for a corporate who

would be willing to donate a percentage of their

industrial waste to the cause? Even 1% from a

mining group would be a great return ... think

outside the square and see what you can come up

with so that we can get our friends out of

wheelchairs

David Oakley

LASCF District Chairman Liaison

oakheat@bigpond.com

What Lions means to me

What does Lions mean to me?

It’s another name for family,

There’s husbands and wives and a few grandmas

Mustn’t forget our dear grandpas

We’ll take brothers and sisters too

Aunts and uncles, even you

We slave over big hot BBQs

To bring hot snags to all of yous’

We break our backs to make things last

Do unto others rings in our hearts

From glasses sent to SightFirst

We love to provide that little burst

For local centres who maybe lack

We ask for funds to give them back

My Dad was one, now I am too

I extend my hand to all of you

We meet two times in every month

Join together like grapes to a bunch

What does Lions mean to me?

A way to give back to MY community!

Lion Nicole Seng

Lions Club of Ipswich, Qld

A Lion for life?

Some years ago I heard mention of several

Lions clubs creating their own Life

Membership of the club signed by the Club

President of the day.

I have recently heard once again of Lions clubs

doing this.

The existing Life Member plaque from Lions

Clubs International states as follows: “The

International Association of Lions Clubs by action

of its Board of Directors approves the

recommendation of the Lions Club of Australia and

does hereby confer upon John Citizen Life

Membership in said club”.

If a club were to create a plaque the only

change needed for a “Club” Life Membership

would be the signature by the Club President and

action by the club board.

One of the main issues facing club management

is when a Lions club has several members who

qualify for Life Membership. The Lions club may

not have sufficient money to pay for the usual Life

Memberships @ $US500. The easy option is to

agree on a “Club” Life membership.

However a system to relieve this problem could

be put in place. Payment over a three-year term

might be one way.

There are several other issues that arise when

reviewing the Constitution and By-laws.

Life Member is a permanent category. It provides

for all other membership categories. This is best

reasoned when reviewing the content of the two

tables in the Constitution and By-laws: (1).

obligations and (2). rights and privileges.

From these tables it can be determined that there

is no reason why a Life Member should ever seek

to change his/her designation. Why? Because the

rights and privileges are all conditional on active

membership BUT they do not take away the title of

Life Member and the member does not need to

participate in club functions or projects.

When a Life Member transfers to another club

his plaque requires alteration if the constitution is

to be followed. A system is needed to do this.

And finally:

Should the constitution be changed so that Life

membership is for Life and NOT Life as a Lion?

Most (if not all) organisations in Australia grant

life membership for LIFE.

Tony Carr PDG

ANZI- Pacific Forum 2014

Following the very successful ANZI-

Pacific Forum held in the Gold Coast,

Queensland in September 2012, the ANZI-

Pacific Executive Standing Committee is

calling for bids to host the 2014 ANZI-

Pacific Forum in Australia.

Bids are being sought from clubs, (or a

consortium of clubs) to host the forum. Bids

must be received by Executive Officer Rob

Oerlemans, no later than 31 July 2012. Bids

will be considered by the ANZI-Pacific

Executive Standing Committee consisting of

representatives of MD201, MD202 and

MD307.

Intending bidders should contact Executive

Officer Rob Oerlemans to request a bidding

package consisting of the Policy Manual.

Lion


Learning new ropes

at Camp Duckadang

When the Queensland floods came

Camp Duckadang, a recreational

campsite owned and operated by

Lions at Linville, north-west of

Brisbane, was hit hard.

Since then it has been all about

recovery.

A significant step in the process was

the official opening of the camp’s new

sequenced low challenges rope course.

An extensive and exciting low rope

course has now been installed on site.

The rope course has over 18 elements

from a swinging log, two-line bridge,

Heebie Jeebie ropes (the name says it

all!) through to swinging tyres and

bosun’s chairs.

Funding was gained by the Lions Club

of Narangba from the Gambling

Community Benefit Fund and the course

was opened by state member for

Morayfield Mark Ryan.

“Seeing the recovery and the new

facilities being offered shows how hard

the Lions club and Camp Duckadang

team have worked to get back to

normal,” he said.

He added that Camp Duckadang plays

an important part in the development of

young and disadvantaged youth and the

new Low Ropes Course plays a

significant part in strengthening the

bonds between individuals. He

highlighted his close association with a

February - March 2012

Mark Ryan MP with Brian Stringer Camp

Duckadang’s Chairman officially open the

low ropes course.

disadvantaged group who use Camp

Duckadang on a regular basis.

Mr Ryan acknowledged the high level

of support of the Camp’s local State

Member, Dorothy Pratt in assisting the

Board of the Camp during the flood

crisis.

Anne Erskine, Camp Duckadang’s Site

Manager, along with her husband Bill, is

thrilled to see the new low ropes course

installed. “After such a destructive

experience and being unable to

accommodate our many regular visitors

during that time, it is wonderful to see

the site back to its original state but with

even more facilities to offer. We are very

excited to see camp visitors using the

new low ropes course for their team

building and social needs”.

Camp Duckadang has also launched a

new website which showcases the site’s

many facilities and services and provides

visitors with the opportunity to view

availability and book their camp

experience online.

Visit www.campduckadang.com.au for

further information and to subscribe to

Camp Duckadang’s newsletter to hear

Camp Duckadang’s latest news and

offerings.

YOUTH OF THE YEAR

Judges, choose carefully – and

treat them well

Judges, like umpires or referees, are a necessity in any

competitive situation – and Youth of the Year is no exception. It

is most important to choose your judges carefully, because they

have the most contact with your contestants and will influence

the experience that these young people will take away with

them.

At Club level, three judges are permitted. Make sure you have a

gender balance – do not have three female or three male judges. Invite

people who work with, or have regular contact with young people. Have

a wide range of professional or work experience. Do not invite people

from the same professional or work background. Refer to the Club

Chairman manual as there are many suggestions for judges there.

Once you have your judges in place, make sure they are well briefed.

Spend at least an hour with them going through the Entry Form and the

Guide to Judges form. These documents have most of the detail you will

need. You must also explain the time commitment required.

During your discussions the judges must decide the following: Four

General Knowledge questions for the interview and two impromptu

questions for the Public Speaking sections.

As a starting point in your discussion with the judges – and to help

them to choose good questions – ask them to consider the following

areas: One question of local interest (careful with state/territory

borders), one at state level (careful with state/territory borders), one of

national importance and one of international significance.

Don’t forget that questions cannot be ambiguous or require two

separate answers – and keep them BRIEF and to the point.

It is important to remember that at club level, only the winner will

have a second opportunity to hone their skills. Therefore it is vital that all

participants leave the quest with a feeling of achievement. So please try

to keep questions at a level that all contestants will feel comfortable

with.

This criteria is especially important with the impromptu questions.

Long complicated questions only confuse young people. Make the

impromptu questions short and precise and consider only topics that the

contestants at this level can talk about for two minutes!

WINNERS ADVISORY FORMS: Remember, when the Club, Zone,

Region and District Final have been run, you MUST complete the

Winners Advisory Form and attach the original application form of your

winning contestant plus his/her winners advisory forms from the

previous levels. These documents must be forwarded to the next level.

WHAT HAPPENS NOW: After you have run your final and completed

your forms, what do you do now?

Have you asked your contestant to come to a club meeting with their

parents to practice their speech and answer a couple of impromptu

questions? Some clubs do and this helps their contestant to gain

confidence before the next level.

It also lets the parents know that we care about their young person

and are willing to put in the time to develop their skills.

You could also let the person know about Youth Exchange and Leos

as these are programs they may encounter when they attend university

or take a gap year after finishing year 12.

You could also ask parents to consider joining Lions. At national level

we have a number of parents of contestants who have joined. These

parents would have walked away from Lions if somebody had not asked

them to join.

If you want to learn more about Youth of the Year, please visit out

website at http://www.lionsclubs.org.au/yoty

Youth of the Year – “You just can’t lose”

Bryan Coggle, Chairman Lions Youth of the Year

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Just some of our award winners

● There was much

congratulating (right)

when three members of

NSW’s Cessnock club

gained awards. Kevin

Knipe (centre) was

recognised with a

50-year service medal

while Grahame Dunnicliff

and David Chalker

gained Melvin Jones

Fellowships for

exceeding 40 years of

service for Lions and

previously Apex.

● A builder by trade, Yamba NSW Lion Jim Parlevliet

also believes in building a strong community pride and

commitment. After 22 years of doing just that through

Lions, Jim gained fitting personal recognition with a

James D Richardson award, presented by DG Peter

Blom on his official Yamba visit (left). Three times club

president and a board member, Jim was project

chairman for seven years during which he supervised

and worked on local projects including the Yamba Lions

barbecue shelter and the children’s playground in the

local Lions park. Jim also served as the organiser and

tirelessly worked for Yamba’s annual fishing festival and

Yamba markets.

25th Peace Poster Contest theme announced

Clubs are invited to celebrate the 25th

annual Lions International Peace Poster

Contest by sponsoring a local school or

youth group in the 2012-2013 competition.

The theme for the contest is “Imagine Peace”.

Lions have given millions of boys and girls a

chance to express their visions of peace through

this program.

Contest kits can be bought from the Lions

Australia online shop –

http://www.lionsclubsshop.com.au/

The international grand prize winner of the

"Vision of

Peace", the

2010-11

Grand Prize

Winner.

Peace Poster Contest will receive a trip to a

special awards ceremony with the sponsoring club

president and two family members at Lions Day

with the United Nations (subject to change).

During the ceremony, the winning artist will

receive an engraved plaque and a cash prize of

US$5,000.

Each of the 23 merit award winners will receive

a cash award of US$500 and a certificate of

achievement.

Winners of the 2011-12 contest will be

announced later this year.

Lion


EXECUTIVE SUMMARY International Board of Directors Meeting, Hong Kong, China Oct 4-7 2011

AUDIT

1. Reviewed and approved the Lions Clubs

International and Lions Clubs International

Foundation June 30, 2011, Audit Reports.

CONSTITUTION AND BY-LAWS COMMITTEE

1. Denied constitutional complaints filed by the

Manila Absolute Lions Club and the Manila Virtue

Lions Club in District 301-A1 (Philippines) regarding

the election of the district’s candidate for council

chairperson, upheld the election held during the

special district cabinet meeting on or around April

16, 2011, and declared Lion Robert B. Roque the

council chairperson of Multiple District 301 for the

remainder of the 2011-2012 year.

2. Revised the trademark policies in the Board

Policy Manual with respect to foundation names,

Web sites and domain names to help clarify and

simplify these policies.

3. Revised the membership categories in the Board

Policy Manual to specify the membership categories

that are included in the club delegate formula

calculation.

CONVENTION COMMITTEE

1. Revised the Official Schedule of Events for the

2012 Busan Convention.

2. Established the per diem for the 2012 Busan

Convention.

DISTRICT AND CLUB SERVICE COMMITTEE

1. Approved redistricting proposals for the following

areas at the adjournment of the 2012 International

Convention.

District 111-R (Germany)

District 111-SW (Germany)

Multiple District 354 (Korea)

District 356-B (Korea)

District 307-B (Indonesia)

Approved the redistricting proposal submitted by

Multiple District 18 (Georgia, USA) to take place at

the adjournment of the 2013 International

Convention.

2. Approved the list of Coordinating Lions for the

Central-Eastern European Initiative for the 2011-

2012 fiscal year.

3. Revised Chapter IX, Paragraph F.2. of the Board

Policy Manual to define transitional districts as

districts that are not provisional districts and have

fewer than 35 active clubs or 1,250 active

members as reported on the association’s monthly

cumulative report.

4. Changed the border for the badge worn by adult

companions of current and past international

directors from gold to green so their badges match

the badges of other adult companions and that

board appointees receive a badge appropriate for

and displaying their non-appointee title with the

words “Board Appointee” and the year of service as

an appointee printed below their non-appointee

title.

5. Updated Chapter V, Paragraph B.1. of the Board

February - March 2012 2011

Policy Manual titled “Good Standing” to replace the

terms “per capita tax” with the term “dues” and to

remove obsolete terminology. The change will take

place at the close of the 2012 International

Convention,

6. Revised Chapter IX, - Rules of Audit Governing

Reimbursement of Expenses for District Governors

to include reimbursement for attending district GMT,

GLT and CEP meetings without prior approval.

FINANCE AND HEADQUARTERS OPERATION

COMMITTEE

1. Approved the fiscal year 2011-2012 Forecast,

reflecting a surplus.

2. Agreed that an analysis regarding board meeting

cost for fiscal year 2013-2014 will be finalised and

forwarded to the Executive Committee for

consideration at the January 2012 Meeting.

3. Modified the award banners policy as follows: LCI

Emblem - D3DS & D110 - A41556 21" emblem;

D150 - A43674 10.5 inches emblem.

4. Modified Chapter XI, Page 6, Paragraph E3, of

the Board Policy Manual regarding banking

authorisation.

LCIF

1. Revised the Major Catastrophe grant criteria

regarding: eligibility of other grant programs in

affected areas, time limits for completion,

assistance to individuals and approval procedures.

2. Expanded eligibility for Melvin Jones Fellowship

and progressive levels recognition to include

donations made to the following named categories:

a) area of greatest need, b) disaster, c) humanitarian

need, d) sight and e) youth.

3. Approved a Core 4 disability grant in the amount

of US$1,193,253 to extend the Lions-Special

Olympics Opening Eyes program.

4. Approved a Core 4 Board-directed grant in the

amount of US$300,000 to support Lions

involvement in immunisation activities within

affected countries of the Measles Initiative.

5. Approved 53 Standard, International Assistance

and Core 4 grants totalling US$2,595,761.

6. Tabled one grant application.

7. Authorised LCI President Wing-Kun Tam and LCIF

Chairperson Sid L. Scruggs III to allocate Japan

designated funds upon submission and review of

project proposals.

8. Approved a SightFirst grant in the amount of

US$30,000 for World Sight Day 2011.

9. Updated the foundation’s fiscal agents in India.

LEADERSHIP COMMITTEE

1. Approved Past International Director Byeong-

Deok Kim and Past Council Chairperson Rajinder

Pape Sembi to serve as 2012 District Governors-

Elect Seminar group leaders, facilitating learning for

the Korean-speaking classroom group and an

English-speaking classroom group respectively.

2. Approved the schedule and curriculum plan for

the 2012 District Governors-Elect Seminar in

Busan, Republic of Korea.

3. Revised reimbursement policy for District

Governors-Elect Seminar group leaders to include

11 days hotel and meals expense.

LONG RANGE PLANNING

1. Revised Chapter III, Paragraph 4(c) of the Board

Policy Manual regarding the release date of the First

Vice President’s theme for the upcoming year.

MEMBERSHIP DEVELOPMENT COMMITTEE

1 Approved the Republic of Tajikistan as the 207th

approved country of Lions Clubs International.

2. Approved the Republic of Guinea-Bissau as the

208th approved country of Lions Clubs

International.

3. Amended Board Policy to change the spelling of

Macau to Macao.

PUBLIC RELATIONS COMMITTEE

1. Awarded a contract to BVK Advertising to

facilitate online banner and search advertising.

2. Approved a stipend not to exceed US$2,000 to

area Forums for conducting social media seminars.

3. Cancelled the Global Youth Music Contest.

4. Deleted Paragraph A.4.(h) in Chapter XVII of the

Board Policy Manual regarding the report of revenue

and expenses for the LION Magazine as this

information is available online.

5 Revised the Order of Precedence to include

GMT/GLT members into position 23.

6. Approved the International Leadership Award and

Presidential Certificate to be given to Leos.

SERVICE ACTIVITIES COMMITTEE

1 Confirmed alliance between Lions Clubs

International and the Aga Khan Foundation.

2. Named Leos and Lions who shall serve as

members and alternates of the Leo Club Program

Advisory Panel for fiscal years 2011-2012 and

2012-2013.

3. Approved a two-day Lions Eyeglass Recycling

Center meeting at International Headquarters near

the time of a 2012 Executive Committee Meeting.

4. Approved revisions to the Board Policy Manual

regarding the Lions Environmental Photo Contest.

For more information on any of the above

resolutions, please refer to the LCI Web site at

www.lionsclubs.org or contact the International

Office at (630) 571-5466.

HAVE YOU CHANGED

YOUR ADDRESS?

If you have changed your address, could

you please contact your Cabinet Secretary

to ensure that your new details are

updated.

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