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FEBRUARY - MARCH 2012
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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.
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
Cover Photo: Lion Timothy Cooper
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
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By Wing-Kun Tam, Lions
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.
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
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
“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
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
The current directors
are Brian McGrath OAM
Omond OAM (South
Australia) and James
Geordie also helps his
local Lions club pack
Christmas gifts that are
distributed by nurses
who help the elderly and
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.
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
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
“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
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
“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
“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
● 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
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
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
– Francesca Robb
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
Taking care to the streets
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
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
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!
Fourteen years ago Taree, NSW, Lion Geoff
Thompson, who builds truck bodies,
suggested a cubby house raffle to assist
Since then, the total donated has exceeded
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
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
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
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
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
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,
It could well be a Lions record.
In one night Queensland’s Lions Club of Burleigh
Heads supplied and cooked 10,000 sausages – for
“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
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
Polly responds to eight specific
household sounds, including smoke alarms
and doorbells, by running between Bianca
and the source of the sound until she
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
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
Lions’ dairy project a national winner
Strzelecki club started
its Cows Create
Careers project eight
years ago, few could
have predicted its
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
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
Today, the project is delivered to 176 schools
and 6389 students across 20 Australian dairying
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
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
"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
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.”
U.S. Army turns to Lions Quest
At seven years old, Jackson Gross has
experienced the deployment of his father four
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
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
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
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.
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
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.
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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
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
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
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.
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As the New Year
begins Denise and
I wish all a
With the New Year
comes a number of
events of significance
to the Multiple
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
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
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
Have you registered
for 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
The city that
... 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
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
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
– 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)
Order of Australia
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.
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
Afternoon tea in the gardens of Government
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
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
“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
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
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.
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On their promotional tour the Leos party checks out the entrance to the Narrcoorte
Caves before heading underground (below) for a closer inspection.
A state winner in the Lions
Youth of the Year Awards is
intent on spreading the word
on the community benefits of
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
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
Previously, these donations were not able to be
put towards disaster relief or a particular program
unless agreed to by the LCIF Executive
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
Humanitarian Needs (includes donations to the
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
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.
LCIF Australian Co-ordinator
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
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
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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
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
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
If your Lions club is considering
sponsoring a Leo club, stop considering –
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,
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.
● 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
● 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.
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,
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
She is one of five million people who have Lions
to thank for improved eyesight because of SightFirst
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
“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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government and the
Ministry of Health in
signing the formal
agreement to launch
Shenzhen Lions Low
Centre. A low vision
training program will
counties in Liaoning
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
World Sight Day is an international event, which
Lions launched in 1998. Typical events include eye
screenings, eyeglass donations and other local
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
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
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
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
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
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
The average Facebook user has
There are 900 million objects that
people interact with including
pages, groups, events and
The average user is connected
to 80 community pages, groups
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
“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.
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
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
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.
blog is interactive, enabling members
to not only read information but
participate and comment online as
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
● Lions Australia Twitter site:
● Lions Australia’s official
● Lions Alert Blog:
There’s still time
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
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
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
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.
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
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
Vaccinated 41 million children in Africa against
measles – a leading cause of childhood
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.
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
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
Areas battered by natural disasters
Youth volunteer opportunities
Community and environment programs
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
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
Christmas gathering every year for the
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.
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
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
Nationally (Australia) – some 28,000 members in
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
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.
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
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 –
where more information can be found on her
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
firstname.lastname@example.org – of the Lions Club of Geelong
Corio Bay, PO Box 1205, Geelong, Vic, 3220.
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
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.
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
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
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,”
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
“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
It was a
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.
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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:
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.
In last issue’s Around the Nation, Adelaide’s
Athelstone club was mistakenly described as
being in Queensland. Sorry, Athelstone!
The Council of Governors advises applications are
invited from Lions in good standing to fill the
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
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
Mail: Locked Bag 2000
Newcastle NSW 2300
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
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
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
MD 201 Lions Clubs International Inc.
POSITION TERM TO COMMENTS
Lion Mint Coordinator ‘Q’ 30/06/2015
Y&CP *Note: Police clearance is required for these positions
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
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.
At its meeting in January 2012, the Council of Governors considered nominations received and made the following
POSITION TERM TO APPOINTEE DIST
AUSTRALIAN LIONS DRUG AWARENESS
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
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
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 – email@example.com
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.
Legal Officer 30/06/2016 David Skinner V6
Webmaster 30/06/2015 Alex Maitland N5
Insurance Member 31/01/2015 Garry Galvin N3
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
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
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 - firstname.lastname@example.org.
Applications are to be received by the Secretary no later than Friday 13
All applications will be considered by the Board of the Foundation at its
May meeting in Perth and an appointment made.
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
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
LASCF District Chairman Liaison
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
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.
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
Intending bidders should contact Executive
Officer Rob Oerlemans to request a bidding
package consisting of the Policy Manual.
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
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
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
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
Visit www.campduckadang.com.au for
further information and to subscribe to
Camp Duckadang’s newsletter to hear
Camp Duckadang’s latest news and
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
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
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
Just some of our award winners
● There was much
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
exceeding 40 years of
service for Lions and
● 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
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
Contest kits can be bought from the Lions
Australia online shop –
The international grand prize winner of the
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
Each of the 23 merit award winners will receive
a cash award of US$500 and a certificate of
Winners of the 2011-12 contest will be
announced later this year.
EXECUTIVE SUMMARY International Board of Directors Meeting, Hong Kong, China Oct 4-7 2011
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
1. Revised the Official Schedule of Events for the
2012 Busan Convention.
2. Established the per diem for the 2012 Busan
DISTRICT AND CLUB SERVICE COMMITTEE
1. Approved redistricting proposals for the following
areas at the adjournment of the 2012 International
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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.
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
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
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
If you have changed your address, could
you please contact your Cabinet Secretary
to ensure that your new details are