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Hankom, Iowa, United States; John A. Harper, Wyoming,

United States; Sangeeta Jatia, Kolkata, West Bengal, India;

Sheryl May Jensen, Rotorua, New Zealand; Stacey W.

Jones, Florida, United States; Tae-Young Kim, Incheon,

Korea; Donal W. Knipp, Missouri, United States; Sunil Kumar

R., Secunderabad, India; Leif Åke “Kenneth” Persson,

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North Carolina, United States.

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Portugal; Marvin Chambers, Saskatchewan, Canada; Bob

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Montana, United States; Tsugumichi Hata, Miyagi, Japan;

Mark Hintzmann, Wisconsin, United States; Pongsak “PK”

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

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

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

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

Sunil Watawala, Negombo, Sri Lanka.

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Page 5 - Outward Bound Australia

Page 19 - Furthering medicine

Oct-Nov 2012 Volume 101 No. 4

Connections, influence, friendship, philanthropy

COVER: Meet Meg, a model

Lions Hearing Dog. Meg is

just one of the canine pin-ups

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CONTENTS

4 International President’s report

5 Governor-General & Nowra Lions

6 Lions action

8 Meet our Council Chairperson

12 Council Chairperson’s report

15 10 years of Sight for Kids

17 Club adopts Tanzanian orphanage

19 May looks back to SARS calamity

21 Nick joins Lions

23 Flame of an idea

24 Around the Nation

26 Official announcements

28 Executive Summary

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Reading is fundamental

A few minutes ago you picked up your

LION magazine and began reading it.

Congratulations. Your ability to read the

LION Magazine qualifies you as not only

literate but also highly literate. Nearly one

billion people around the world are

functionally illiterate. That’s right. Twenty-six

percent of the world’s population can’t even

write their name. It’s a problem not only in

developing countries. In the United States

alone, 21 million people can’t read.

Former teachers, Linda and I personally

can attest to the value of reading and writing

and an education. Attending college helped

make us who we are, and we stressed the

importance of education to our successful

two daughters, both college graduates.

The ability to read can propel a person

from poverty into a good job and a stable

life. Books (and now the Internet) open up a

world of possibility. The acquisition of

knowledge is key to unlocking human

potential, and reading is a fundamental skill

needed to shape a successful life.

This year I’m asking Lions to expand our

world of service by joining what I call the

Reading Action Program (RAP). It’s

something every Lions club can do because

the lack of reading skills plagues every

community around the world. There are

many ways Lions can help: reading to

children at local libraries, volunteering as

tutors through your local school and

donating books and computers.

Lions also are encouraged to make a

short RAP video that shows how your club

promoted reading. Videos can be submitted

through the LCI YouTube channel. Visit the

LCI website for information on the RAP video

as well as literacy project ideas, literary

partners and awards for clubs and district

governors.

As children’s author Dr. Seuss wrote, “The

more you read, the more things you’ll know.

The more that you learn, the more places

you’ll go.” I know you’ll take up this

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By Wayne

A Madden,

Lions Clubs

International

President

challenge to fight illiteracy because

no challenge is too great for Lions.

In a world of service, helping

children and adults learn to read

will pave the way for a better world

for all.

Remember the

International in Lions

Clubs

One of the great privileges of

serving as an international

officer is the opportunity to travel

the world and meet people from

many nations and backgrounds.

It’s been said that people are the same

everywhere. I can tell you that’s true. People

want comfort, security and happiness for

their families. It’s also true that Lions

everywhere are basically cut from the same

cloth. Our clubs provide many forms of

service, but they serve in the same way –

meeting the various needs of their own

communities.

I point out our basic similarity as Lions as

part of my encouragement to Lions to take

pride in being part of Lions Clubs

International and to participate in it. Join

Lions worldwide in the Global Service Action

Campaigns: aid the blind in October, feed the

hungry in December/January and improve

the environment in April. Take part in this

year’s literacy campaign. Contribute to LCIF.

Use social media tools such as Facebook

and Twitter to communicate with other Lions

or at least to gain ideas from others.

It’s great to focus on our communities.

Let’s keep doing that. But we also belong to

the worldwide community. We are a global

village. When I was young, my parents were

very welcoming at the dinner table. Maybe

my mom’s brother’s family would show up

at dinner time or other relatives

materialised. That didn’t bother my parents

in the least. There would always be enough

food. I’m sure that small-town hospitality

still exists. But because of the media and

technological advances in communication

we now know that many people far from our

hometown are in need, and we must display

a global hospitality. We need to feed the

hungry, help the blind see and teach reading

skills, which are so important to success in

life. We need to serve not only our neighbour

but also other places and other people.

Remember the words of Helen Keller, who

knew a few things about trust and faith:

“When we do the best we can, we never

know what miracle is wrought in our life, or

in the life of another.” In A World of Service,

we Lions transform lives, communities and

the global village.

Leo wins world honour

An Australian Leo has been named by the Lions

Clubs International Board of Directors as the

International Leo of the Year.

She is Ellen Watts, the current Australian Leo of the

Year, from N5’s Hornsby Leo Club.

Ellen is the seventh Australian in the past eight

years to win this prestigious award, the highest

accolade available to Leos.

She won the award for her leadership skills, high

ethical standards and personal integrity.

Ellen, who lives in Thornleigh, joined Leos just two

years ago and has been the Hornsby club’s public

relations manager for a number of highly successful

projects in the past year.

An avid sportsperson and swim instructor, Ellen

works part time as an assistant manager at a sports

centre and previously worked fulltime as an assistant

consultant for PriceWaterhouse.

She is passionate about micro-finance and has

undertaken voluntary work on micro-finance projects

and community work in Indonesia and India.

Outside of Leos, her interests include debating and

voluntary work for the Children's Cancer Institute of

Australia and the Wayside Chapel.

For her win, Ellen receives an inscribed medal and

certificate. ● See Leos Roar – Page 30

WINNING WAYS: First she won the Australian Leo of the

Year award and now Ellen Watts of the Hornsby Leo club

has taken off the international equivalent. For more on

Ellen’s win, turn to page 30.

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GOVERNOR-GENERAL LAUDS NOWRA LIONS LIONS

A typical example of Outward Bound’s activities for the young.

Her Excellency Quentin Bryce, Governor

General of the Commonwealth of Australia,

has singled out the Nowra Lions Club in NSW

for its outstanding work with the Outward

Bound Project.

In a personal letter to the President of the club,

Paul Meagher, she applauded Nowra’s more than

20 years of achievement with the Nowra Lions

Outward Bound Project.

She also recognised the contribution of

neighbouring Bomaderry Lions and Shoalhaven

Lioness clubs in more recent years.

The Governor-General, the patron of Outward

Bound Australia, congratulated all involved in the

project that has to date sponsored more than 100

young Australians, in the life-changing program

with the Australian arm of Outward Bound.

Outward Bound is a recognised world leader in

outdoor education and personal development.

Thanks to Australian Lions clubs donating to

the Lions Prostate Cancer Research project,

Brisbane’s Mater Medical

Research Institute has a vital

piece of new equipment – a

$75,000 AutoMac to separate

cancer stem cells from

prostate and bowel tumors.

The stem cells are used to

monitor how aggressively

cancers develop by

comparing them to normal

or benign samples, furthering

understanding of this disease.

Money for the AutoMac came from a $100,000

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Ben Farinazzo, CEO of Outward Bound

Australia, read the letter to a packed dinner

meeting attended by the six participants who took

numbers past the milestone. The six thrilled the

audience of parents, siblings, teachers and Lions

with sometimes vivid accounts of their

experiences.

“I am honoured to be reading out this letter

and find it a humbling experience,” said Ben

Farinazzo. “The Community Partnership initiative

is one that is valued highly by Outward Bound

and one that continues to expand. This particular

project shows no signs of slowing down and we

look forward to many more years in partnership

with Nowra Lions and their neighbouring clubs.”

In her letter, the Governor-General agreed.

“This milestone has been reached through

coordinated fund-raising efforts involving local

licensed clubs, schools and businesses,” she

$100,000 boost in fight against prostate cancer

Lions cheque handed over at the Mater in August.

The remaining $25,000.00 will buy other much

needed equipment,

The cheque was accepted by Nigel Harris,

Executive Director of the Mater

Foundation. Said Lions Australia Council

Chairman Lou Onley: “Lions throughout

Australia have worked hard with a

common goal to raise these funds to

purchase equipment much needed by

researchers into cancer.”

The occasion was also used to launch

Blue Steel Week, the brainchild of DG Merv

Ferguson OAM, to raise funds and

awareness of prostate cancer.

‘The inaugural

Outward Bound

course in

Australia in

1956 included a

participant

sponsored by

Lismore Lions

Club, the first

Lions club in

Australia

said. “The aim of this combined effort has been

to bring essential life skills to young Australians

facing the challenging transition of adolescence

to adulthood.”

The coordinator of the Outward Bound

Community Partnerships initiative, Lloyd Worthy,

recalled that the partnership between Lions and

Outward Bound goes back a long way.

“The inaugural Outward Bound course in

Australia in 1956 included a participant

sponsored by Lismore Lions Club, the first Lions

Club in Australia,” he said.

“Clubs in N1, N2, Q1, W1 and W2 are currently

involved. For those interested, the Lions Club

page on our website

(www.outwardbound.org.au/community/lionsclubs.html)

has an expanded history of the

ongoing relationship, with details on how to make

contact and join in”.

Lions started selling a Blue Steel Badge on

Father’s Day and it is envisaged this will become

an annual event following the Australian Cancer

Council’s Yellow Daffodil Day.

Lions officials and Mater Research staff at the handover

(above) – and the new Blue Steel Badge (far left), for sale

Australia-wide around Father’s Day each year.

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LIONS ACTION

Leos educate

Queensland’s Palm Beach Currumbin High

School Leos Club recently discovered an

opportunity close to home.

The Special Education section of their own

school was seeking community funding to

provide IPads to support innovative programs for

their students.

From the proceeds of their regular sausage

sizzles and car wash they were able to buy four

IPads within days.

After only a few days, students are using

them in transition to employment studies and in

road and workplace safety programs. Soon they

will expand their use into literacy and numeracy

modules and to a safety audit of the school.

The Leos now have a dedicated link on the

school’s website where they publish a regular

newsletter, ensuring members maintain a high

profile with the school’s 2,100 students and their

parents.

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On the road

If you’ve been driving around Loch

Sport on Victoria’s Gippsland Lakes

recently and been puzzled by a

bunch of people walking about with

bags, maybe you should look to

Lions.

Loch Sport Lions Club has cleaned

up each side of the road leading into

the township for a couple of

kilometres.

The small group, along with a

couple of local volunteers, collected

many bags of rubbish.

The club holds about four clean-ups

a year as part of the Adopt-A-Roadside

Program.

Most times they manage to collect a

trailer or two of rubbish.

Despite there being many rubbish

bins located throughout the town, after school

holidays the road is inevitably littered with

plastic drink bottles, beer bottles, drink cans,

Student Hayley Tew and Leo Secretary Jess Mackay try out the new iPads at Palm Beach Currumbin High

School. Picture: Scott Fletcher, Gold Coast Sun

Lions Noeleen Brown and Judy Cox with their rubbish

bags on the road to Loch Sport

cigarette packets, wrappers and paper.

The club is only allowed to collect rubbish

within a set distance of the town.

iPad trial

Thanks to Q3’s Ashgrove/The Gap club, a

little IT has come to a local residential facility

for people with profound intellectual and

multiple disabilities.

The club recently donated an iPad to the Halwyn

Centre as a trial to establish whether good use

could be made of these devices.

“It has given the residents an opportunity to use

mainstream technology that they would not have

experienced otherwise,” said occupational therapist

Jodie Spottiswood.

At the presentation are (back) occupational therapist

Jodie Spottiswood, the club’s Past President Allen

Griffiths, acting centre director Susan Harvey and

(front) resident Ashley Moen.

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Devil of an idea

When it came to

fundraising for

Tasmania’s

beleaguered

Tasmanian Devils, it

was simply a matter

of asking.

Lion Robert

Thurgood of the Scone

club wrote to 407

Lion/Lioness clubs in

NSW and Tasmania

and received back

donations of $7,350.

The money has

gone to the Fame

Devils Ark organisation

at Gosford.

RIGHT: Robert Thurgood

with Fame Devils Ark

campaign manager

Monique Ryan.

Lugarno’s very special coup

Sydney’s Lugarno Lions have

provided a very special vehicle for

a very special family.

Liam McManus is a young boy

with a disability that requires him to

use a wheelchair. Finding a car to

meet Liam’s needs has been a

challenge for his busy mother,

Dianne, who has two other children.

Dianne’s plight came to the notice

of Lugarno Lions earlier this year and

the club set about finding a suitable

vehicle. Along with local

October - November 2012

businessmen Kevin Greene and Phill

Bates, the club hosted a Sports

Breakfast which raised significant

funds.

At the breakfast a local group

which knew the family offered more

funding, and the remainder needed

came in a grant from the Australian

Lions Foundation.

Kieran Tynan, a member of the

Lions Club of Cronulla and principal

of Tynan Motors, found a car that

was perfect for the family and

Making birthing safer

Some of Gosford

Hospital’s smallest

patients will benefit

from new equipment for

the birthing suite,

thanks to a generous

donation from NSW

club Green Point-Avoca.

With assistance from the Saratoga

IGA Community Chest and the Lions

NSW-ACT Save Sight & Public Health

Care Foundation, it raised almost

$15,000 for a new cardiotocograph

(CTG) machine and two obstetric

dopplers.

Midwifery Unit Manager Kylie

Normandale said the new equipment

would enhance the level of care

provided to mothers and their

babies. “The obstetric dopplers are

used to monitor the fetal heart beat.

arranged the necessary conversion

for Liam, while Accessible Transit

Specialists at Revesby fitted a hoist

and safety gear.

“I am really passionate about

the work that Lions clubs do all

over Australia,” says Kieran. “It

is such a privilege to be part of

improving the quality of

someone else’s life.” Said

Ian Watts, sales manager of

Mercedes Benz Vans:

“When the Lugarno Lions

came to us with Liam’s

story we did all we

could to help the

young fella.”

A midwife

demonstrates

the CTG

machine to

Lions Jeff

Kukura, Garry

Galvin and

Dennis Fisher.

“They are

waterproof so they can be used in

the shower, or if the mother chooses

to have a water birth.

“The CTG monitors a baby’s heart

beat throughout labour. It is used

primarily to recognise if the baby is

in distress.

“This particular machine allows

women to be mobile throughout their

labour, which can help them be more

comfortable.”

The

new

vehicle

(left)

and Liam

with those

involved in

the project

(below).

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Meet the man at the helm

New MD201 Council Chairperson Lou Onley answers

10 questions on himself and his role as the 2012-13

leader of Lions in Australia

What do you think is the biggest issue facing

Australian Lions?

The ageing population of Lions is often put

forward as an issue, however this is more a

symptom than the cause. Lions needs to adapt to

the changing socio-economic environment and

provide programs that appeal to the currently time

poor Lions target market of 40/50 year-old-people,

which we are trying to do. Also we need to stop

members going out the back door. If we could save

just one in five of these we would have a

membership of over 31,000.

What sort of a person are you, how do you see

yourself?

This is a difficult question for me to answer. I’d

say okay but people have described me as

passionate about Lions projects, considerate, a

giving person who wants to get things done

immediately, someone prepared to make a

decision and not easily swayed by emotional

arguments.

Do you have any pet projects you will be

encouraging in your year as Council

Chairperson?

Lions has a tremendous range of projects, all

very worthwhile and each worthy of support. I

have developed a close association with the

Cerebral Palsy Education Centre and personally

find their efforts to educate children with

disabilities to be very rewarding. Please check

out the Golden Path on www.cpec.org.au and

click on the Golden Path.

How did you first get involved in Lions?

Living in Wangaratta, the local electrician Geoff

Webster asked if I would like to join. It was as

simple as being asked and being given the

opportunity.

What is your happiest moment as a Lion?

Many, too many to choose from – although

becoming District Governor and organising a

Charter night dinner for three clubs and having

the immediate past International President, Wing-

Kun Tam, attend would be high on the highlight

list. This was a fantastic night with nearly 400

people attending.

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And your saddest and most moving moments?

The saddest was coming to Melbourne as a Lion at

large and visiting three clubs and not being asked

to join. I nearly left Lions except my past neighbour

Ian Bauer asked me to join his club, South

Vermont – thank you. My most moving is seeing

Lions working on disaster relief all across Australia

and the world, and also working with children in all

our projects. They never give in.

How do you turn off and relax? And what are

your interests?

My wife and friends say I never relax, but I am a

very enthusiastic Swans supporter and enjoy

watching them play. I also enjoy travelling

internationally, old cars, meeting other people and

eating out and

sharing a good red

wine with friends.

Your wife is

obviously a big

support to you in

your Lions work?

My wife is not a

Lions member, but

being a part of my

club’s ladies auxiliary

makes her aware of

the Lions culture and

workings and this

was particularly

beneficial to me as

District Governor. She

provided tremendous

support and really

enjoyed meeting

Lions from other

clubs.

Has being Council

Chairperson

changed your dayto-day

life a lot,

and how?

Very much so, I am

now much more

aware of the bigger

picture of the

organisation. I have a

much greater

understanding of the challenges each and every

Lion is facing. While as District Governor I spent a

lot of time travelling to meet fellow Lions, this role

has a lot more administrative and policy

involvement and the outcomes of these decisions

impact all Lions, not only now but in the future. This

places a great deal more responsibility on the

position.

Have you ideas on how we can attract

younger Lions?

This is one of the issues I referred to in the earlier

question and it not only impacts on Lions but on all

community service organisations. We need to adapt

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of Lions

LEADING THE WAY: Lou shows his boating skills on the Yangtze River in China while looking for

ancient hanging coffins in the Lesser Three Gorges area. At left, he and his wife Kaye wear

traditional dress. In his Lions role (below) Lou and Kaye congratulate PDG Maurie Gray and his

wife Mary on Maurie’s ALF 50 years service medal, while (right) Lou treks up to Eora Creek on

his way to Templeton’s Crossing on the Kokoda Trail.

and adopt to the current social media

phenomenon. We need to offer

outcomes that are meaningful and we

need government encouragement at all

levels. And we need to advertise more

our very successful product of

community service. While we are

working on all these areas, at the

same time we have to be cognisant of

our core values and very successful

history.

Read Lou’s Council

Chairperson column on

Page 12

October - November 2012

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President Keshni starts a

new young trend

In June the Lions Club of Sandy Bay,

Tasmania, celebrated the installation of new

President, Lion Keshni Thaver, just 24.

President Keshni has been a Lion since 2009,

having moved to Hobart to undertake a law degree

at the University of Tasmania.

“I was struggling to make a connection in a new

city,” said Keshni, “ when I saw a TV advertisement

encouraging community service through the Lions

organisation. I applied to join and have never

looked back.

“During my three years with Sandy Bay Lions, I

have been responsible for Youth of the Year and

been involved in raising money to support children

with disabilities in our community.”

Keshni says she has been welcomed by all

members, who have opened up their homes and

made her feel part of their families.

“Now, as President, there are many challenges

to face,” she says. “One of the biggest issues is

maintaining membership. However, I believe I can

bring new ideas and energy to the club, and I

know I shall have the support of the wonderful

people who are working with me. My special focus

for the year will be membership and support of

youth in the community.”

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Take the 5-cent tin challenge

Copying an idea from the

Lions club of Port Sorell in

Tasmania, Taree NSW club

distributed more than 50

collection tins around

businesses in the town for

shoppers to donate their little

used 5c coins for five

months.

The project was organised by

club member Allen Lenton and

proved to be an outstanding

success. Now, with the addition

of only a few dollars from club

funds, $5,555.55 will be

forwarded to the Lions Prostate Cancer Research

Project, begun in 2011, to help the Mater Medical

Research Institute team in finding a cure for this

most insidious of diseases affecting men’s health.

At Allen’s insistence, every club member bought

a collection tin for $2 so there would be no

administrative costs for the club. Now, rather than

recycle the tins for their scrap value, every member

who bought one wants it ‘reused’.

Here then is the challenge! The Lions Club of

Taree is offering the 50 odd tins to any Lions club

in Australia to be distributed around the community

to collect donations for a chosen charity. The

collection must be completed in five months and

the tins then passed on to another club for a further

Kiwi woman

elected to look

after Constitutional

Area 7 affairs

A New Zealand woman has been

elected to the Lions Clubs

International board to represent

our Constitutional Area 7.

She is Rotorua Sulphur City Lion

Sheryl Jensen. Sheryl was voted

onto the Board at the Lions

International Convention in Korea in

June, after receiving the endorsement of New

Zealand Lions at Convention in New Plymouth in

April. She headed to Chicago to Lions

International headquarters in August for training

for her new role in the busy two years ahead.

Area 7 comprises New Zealand, the islands of

the South Pacific, Australia, Papua New Guinea

and Indonesia.

“I’m looking forward to representing them on

5c for 5 months challenge. Except for occasional

replacements required for rust or theft, the tins

could go on for years developing quite a history.

With this in mind all previous collections would be

acknowledged in each new labelling of the tins; the

club, the charity, the year and the dollars collected.

With the amount of travel around Australia

undertaken by Lions, especially members of

Lionsonoz, our club of caravanning nomads who

constantly criss-cross the country, the collection

tins might be couriered free of charge to anywhere

within the nation.

Any club interested in acquiring the tins should

contact the Lions Club of Taree and things can go

from there!

Our new Constitutional Area 7 board member Sheryl Jensen and

her husband Kevin, also a Lion.

an international level – and actively liaising

between local Lions and the international

association,” said Sheryl. “I am their personal link

between their club or district and the

international board. So although I am

representing Area 7 on the board – we work for

all Lions.”

Sheryl will work on the Leadership Committee

and is also on a women’s task force.

Lion


German Lions – and especially the Lions of

Hamburg – are looking forward to welcoming

Australians to the Lions Clubs International

Convention in Hamburg from the 5th to the 9th

of July, next year.

It will be the first Lions Clubs International

Convention in Germany.

For Australian Lions there will be the added

attraction of seeing Barry Palmer installed as the

International President of the worldwide

organisation.

Barry is the first Australian elected to the

position.

Hamburg is located in the north of Germany in

the middle of Europe and takes great pride in its

mercantile background, which built the city’s wealth

in past centuries.

From 1241 on, it was member of the Hanseatic

League, a medieval trade monopoly across northern

Europe.

In the 19th and beginning of the 20th century,

Make a date with Hearing Dog Meg

She’s small, cuddly and a bundle of Joy.

Kilo for kilo, she’s one of the best and most

helpful pooches about.

She’s Lions Hearing dog Meg – a pin-up star of

the 2013 Lions Hearing Dog Calendar.

Meg appears in the calendar along with a

group of her canine colleagues.

Hearing Dog number 503, she is now doing

service with a recipient in Theodore, Queensland.

To obtain a calendar, simply email

hearingdogs@picknowl.com.au, fax

(08 8388 1299) or telephone (08 8388 7836) the

Lions Hearing Dog Centre to place an order.

Calendars are $10 each plus a $1 postage

charge.

When the calendars were first launched at the

National Convention in Perth earlier this year, they

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millions left Europe on their way to the new world

through Hamburg harbour. Today the harbour ranks

second in Europe and 11th worldwide. Locally, it is

described as "the gateway to the world”.

The harbour is the heart of the city, however,

Hamburg is also one of the most important media

hubs in Germany. Half of the nation’s newspapers

and magazines have their roots here.

And, unknown even to some locals, is the fact

that, with one of the Airbus aircraft assembly plants,

Hamburg is a major location of the world’s

aerospace industry, following Seattle (USA) and

Toulouse (France).

The mercantile background reflects in the city’s

architecture. The only palace in Hamburg is the

town hall, which houses the citizens parliament and

the senate.

Apart from that, the city still has large quarters

with expensive houses and villas. These residences

were home to merchants and captains of industry,

surrounded by lots of greenery. Large parts of the

were eagerly sought.

Lions hearing dogs have transformed the lives

of hundreds of Australians. The dogs alert their

owners to sounds in the home by touching them

with a paw. They can indicate things like knocks

on the door, a baby crying or the phone ringing.

Most importantly, hearing dogs alert their owners

to life-saving sounds like smoke alarms.

Lions Hearing Dogs offer safety, security and

independence for the hearing impaired at home,

while giving many the confidence to participate

more fully in their community.

Hearing dogs are not just working dogs; they

offer years of faithful and friendly companionship.

They have the same access rights as guide

dogs for the blind.

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Hamburg beckons for International Convention – and an Australian first!

city were destroyed during the devastating air raids

of World War II, particularly the port and some

residential areas, killing tens of thousands and

leaving more than a million homeless, yet much of

historic value has been preserved.

Culturally, Hamburg offers anything and

everything, starting at the Great Hall of Art and the

State Opera, and continuing on to 31 theatres, six

musical performing halls, 10 cabarets, as well as

50 public and private museums.

FASCINATING FACT

The people of Hamburg are known as

“Hamburger” (pronounce the “a” like you're

saying "ah", and it won’t sound as silly).

The beef patties on a bun were named after

this city, where presumably they were

invented (although not popularised:

you won't find any traditional hamburgers in

Hamburg).

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From Council Chairperson Lou

At the time of

writing this report

we can look back on

the past quarter’s

activity and I can

only say that from

all reports we have

been extremely busy

in all areas.

District Governors

met for their first

Council Meeting in August where a very successful

meeting was held.

Our Global Leadership and Membership Team

Area Leaders PDG Carlene King OAM and PDG

John Muller OAM joined us at Council and

discussed with the Governors the programs being

supported by the teams. It is important for us to be

a team as we work together to achieve our mutual

goals. The District teams work together and so do

the MD teams as we cannot be successful by

ourselves – but we can when we work together.

After the Council Meeting I attended the ANZI

Forum in Queenstown, New Zealand. There was a

strong representation from Australia which was

great to see.

The Forum was a great success and our

congratulations go to the organising committee. It

was good to share time with Lions from our MD as

well as New Zealand and Indonesia as we

participated in the Forum sessions with our

President Wayne, Immediate Past President Tam

and Vice President Barry. Attending such a Forum

gives us the opportunity to share ideas and learn

from the presenters as well as our fellow Lions

about what is important to them.

ANZI Forum set for Bali 2013

Wiki Commons/Egor Pasko, Moscow, Russia

Next year the Forum will be held in Bali around

the same time so I encourage as many as possible

from MD201 to attend as it is a worthwhile

experience.

We have a strong membership growth plan this

year and I am encouraged by the efforts being

undertaken by the various Districts. This is an

important time to encourage our communities to

come and join us while we continue to expand the

opportunity of service both locally and

internationally.

At the end of August we were (+)18 in our

growth which is a good start towards our goal. We

must ensure that our efforts continue as our plan

achievement is a key focus for all Districts.

Shortly we will be commencing the District

Convention period where Lions, Lionesses and Leos

join together to make the decisions and set the

direction of their Districts for the future.

A Convention is one of the District’s most

important events and I encourage all to attend

because your vote, your opinion and discussion are

important. Over this time we will also be hosting a

number of guests including our International

President, Vice President and International Director.

This is a wonderful opportunity for those Districts to

showcase their activities while they look after their

special guests. I am looking forward to being with

you over this period.

After our Convention period, Districts have a

tendency to slow down a little in the lead-up to the

Christmas period. While we have some very

stretching targets to achieve, to obtain this your

Governors are reliant on every member of the Lions

family continuing to work together to achieve a

positive outcome for their District. The need to

support your community never stops and we are

always there in different ways to make that happen.

At our recent Council Meeting we heard many

reports covering the management and activities of

our Foundations and major projects. All projects and

Foundations play an integral part in our

organisation by supporting clubs with their projects

and undertaking research in varying health related

areas and projects involving our youth.

I am learning more all the time about these

projects and Foundations and ask that all our Lions

family in MD201 also take the time to find out more

about them and support them as their contribution

in the community does make a difference.

– Lou Onley

Lion


From Executive Officer Rob

This magazine will

arrive during our

District Convention

season, and I hope

that many Lions will

be planning to

attend.

District Conventions

provide an opportunity

to share stories with

Lion colleagues, find

out about District

initiatives and hear from national and international

speakers from within and outside our organisation.

It’s a great motivational opportunity and a way to

build new friendships.

It also provides some insights for the

communities that host our District Convention about

the strength and opportunities within our

organisation.

The recent National Lions Council meeting made

some important decisions to improve the promotion

of our organisation. Firstly, we have let a contract

to completely revamp our National website. In the

modern world, our website is our ‘virtual shopfront’

and needs to represent the best that our

organisation can be, so Lions can expect a fresh

and new design in the coming months.

Secondly, Council resolved to roll out a brand

new Community Service Announcement for Lions.

The advertisement will go into production over the

next three months, with a launch date prior to the

Canberra Multiple District Convention. Our existing

advertisement has been a great source of new

member enquiries and we are looking forward to

more of the same.

Thirdly, the Council will be partnering with

DoSomethingNearYou. DoSomethingNearYou.com.au

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is fast becoming the best known online volunteering

access portal in the country and Lions wants to

play a major role. Put simply, members of any

community in our country who are interested in

volunteering can go to this website, type in their

postcode, and find out about all sorts of

opportunities, including your local Lions Club. Not

only do we want clubs to be listed, but we are

looking for interested clubs to promote the portal to

other groups in their community. Lions Clubs are

community leaders and can benefit from this

association by becoming the ‘go to’ group for

community volunteering.

There is more exciting news for our Association

coming in the next few months.

Are you going to support our 1st International

Vice President Barry Palmer AM to become the first

Australian International President of Lions Clubs

International in Hamburg in 2013? Lions Australia is

partnering with Travelscene American Express for

some excellent packages to get to Europe and join

in the fun. The best source of information is our

Hamburg “Blog” at www.ozzielions.wordpress.com,

but you can also contact the National Office to

receive a brochure. Remember, early bird airfares

are out now!

You will see on page 27 of this magazine, a call

for bids for the 2016 Multiple District Convention. I

would encourage clubs and districts to consider

bidding and provide a great boost to their clubs and

communities. The National Council is particularly

interested in getting bids from regional

communities – Lions love to get out of the major

cities. Don’t be put off if you don’t have a major

Convention Centre – remember the great

experience we had in Mildura and Launceston?

– Rob Oerlemans

Canberra National Convention details:

www.lionsclubs.org.au/conventions/

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Coming Up

1. Multiple District Convention bids for

2016 close on 31 December 2012. Contact

the Executive Officer for a bid package.

2. Online Registrations for the Lions Club

International Convention in Hamburg are

available now. Follow the links from

www.ozzielions.wordpress.com

3. Registration for the National

Convention in Canberra is now open. Find the

information on the Convention website at

www.lionsclubs.org.au/conventions/

Out now: New Peace

Poster brochure

The International Peace Poster Contest

brochure has a new look.

The new eye-catching brochure has been

printed in time for the District Conventions.

Be sure to collect your copy or copies from

your District Peace Poster stand at your District

Convention.

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Hamburg 2013

Start Planning!

Travelscene American Express offices across

Australia are honoured to be assisting Lion’s

Club Members with their travel plans for

the Lions Club International Convention in

Hamburg 2013.

Our group’s buying power will ensure you receive well known

and quality airline deals for your travel to and from the

convention. Whether you are spending a quick 5 days in Germany

or deciding to expand your time away to include tours, cruises or

independent travelling.

Airline offers will be available from the end of September during

the traditional early-bird season for travelling to Europe in 2013.

Further updates will advise you of additional cruise and tour

options especially created for Lion’s Club Members in Australia.

Should you wish to plan your own unique itinerary – any one of

our chosen Travelscene Member offices will be able to provide

you with quality, value and choice in your holiday requirements.

Call 13 TRAVEL to find your closest Travelscene American

Express office that has registered to assist Lion’s Club Members.

Please give them a call to register your travel

plans for Hamburg 2013

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Celebrating 10 years

of Sight for Kids

By Allie Stryker

Alyanna Quimlat of the Philippines knows the

benefits of healthy eyes and the Sight for Kids

program. A Sight for Kids vision screening and

eyeglasses helped her rise from among the

lower performing students to become

salutatorian of her middle school’s graduating

class.

“During third grade, a free eye consultation was

held by the Peninsula Lions Club through the

leadership of Ms. Gila Garcia. I was one of the

fortunate students who were given the free

eyeglasses,” said Alyanna in her salutatorian

speech. “Before, I thought my eyesight was normal,

even though I could not clearly see what was

written on the board. What a big help these

eyeglasses were to me. Because of your support, I

was able to reach where I am right now.”

At just 14 years old, Alyanna recognises that her

eyesight is precious. Access to an eye exam and

eyeglasses brought her world into focus – and

brought academic success within her reach. Today,

Sight for Kids in the Philippines is one of eight such

programs in Asia providing much-needed vision

screenings and follow-up care.

An estimated 19 million children are visually

impaired around the world, according to the World

Health Organization. More than half of these

children have refractive errors (nearsightedness,

farsightedness and astigmatism) that can be

diagnosed through eye exams and easily corrected

with eyeglasses. Left untreated, severe visual

impairment and blindness can eventually occur. In

Asia, a lack of access to visual impairment

treatment has resulted in an estimated one million

blind children.

To reduce childhood visual impairment and

blindness in Asia, Lions Clubs International

Foundation (LCIF) and Johnson & Johnson Vision

Care created the Sight for Kids program in 2002.

Led by Lions and local partners, the program

recruits eye care professionals who train local

teachers to conduct school-based vision screenings

and eye health education in under-served

communities. When needed, students are referred

to a local eye care professional and receive an eye

exam, eyeglasses and further care at no cost.

“When this program began, I was very happy

because we could better serve the people of our

community,” says Dr Letty Anzures, an optometrist,

a Sight for Kids volunteer and a Paolo City Emerald

Lions Club member. “With the partnership with

Johnson & Johnson, we were recently able to

provide 200 more pairs of eyeglasses to local kids.”

As World Sight Day is observed in October, the

Sight for Kids program and its partners will

celebrate its 10th anniversary. A decade after

launching, eight Sight for Kids programs are thriving

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in the Philippines, Thailand,

Vietnam, Sri Lanka, Nepal and

India.

“Gaining access to an eye

screening early in life is critical

since many vision-related issues

can be addressed through

preventative care,” says Thibaut

Mongon, the Asia Pacific regional

president of Johnson & Johnson

Vision Care. “We believe

everyone is entitled to healthy

vision, and our partnership with

Sight for Kids gets us closer to

this goal.”

To date, more than 17 million

children have had their vision

screened through Sight for Kids.

Of these, more than 500,000

children have received

professional eye exams and 200,000 have received

free eyeglasses.

“Sight for Kids shows what’s possible when

committed partners believe in addressing childhood

health and sight issues,” says Wing-Kun Tam, LCIF

Chairperson. “Lions are leaders in blindness

prevention and Johnson & Johnson is a leader in

vision care. Together, this partnership allows us to

save sight in areas of great need.”

The accomplishments of the program have a

special meaning for members of Sight for Kids in

Thailand, one of the original countries involved.

“When you are able to talk to (the children) before

and after surgery, you can feel that deep inside you

have just helped a young kid,” says Vuthi

Boonnikornvoravith, founder of Sight for Kids

Thailand and a past board member of Lions Clubs

International. “They always remember the Lions who

have been helping them and, we hope someday,

they will be able to help other less fortunate

students.”

Thammasak Chuthong is one of the recipients of

Sight for Kids’ care in Thailand. As an infant, he had

cataract surgery in his left eye. Nine years later, a

A child has her vision screened in the Philippines

(above) thanks to the Sight for Kids, LCIF's

partnership program with Johnson & Johnson Vision

Care – and (left) Vuthi Boonnikornvoravith, founder of

Sight for Kids Thailand, helps give children free

glasses.

Sight for Kids examination revealed continuing

vision problems in that eye. Because his vision

problem was caught early through the screening,

Thammasak received eye surgery at a local Lions

hospital. His sight was restored and permanent

damage was prevented.

“Our goal is to make it possible for an evergrowing

number of children to be served by this

excellent program,” says Boonnikornvoravith. “Sight

for Kids in Thailand has real impact because it

creates an awareness of eye health among

schoolteachers, children and their parents, not to

mention the public.”

During this anniversary year, Sight for Kids

partners are celebrating accomplishments and also

focusing on the program’s potential and a new

decade of efforts and success. Johnson & Johnson

Vision Care has committed $2 million to continue

funding Sight for Kids in areas of need.

“If the next 10 years continues the momentum of

the first decade, we will be delighted to have

screened truly unprecedented numbers of children

for uncorrected refractive errors and been able to

provide appropriate treatment to those unable to

afford it,” says Mongon.

On World Sight Day and throughout October, visit

www.LCIF.org to follow Sight for Kids celebrations

and events.

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SightFirst funds in international action

Have you made a difference in the world of

sight?

If you or your club donated to Campaign

SightFirst II, the answer is a resounding yes! Many

personal stories of people helped by Lions through

Lions Clubs International Foundation (LCIF) involve

the diminishment or loss of sight, fear and

dependence on others. Then Lions help through an

LCIF grant. Sight is restored or improved, fear is

gone and freedom is regained.

This is exactly what happened to Gomez Patricio,

a cataract patient in Argentina. “Before the

operation, my head was always hurting. I felt bad

because I could not see. I was scared of falling

down,” Patricio says. “The surgery changed my life.

Now I see well from far away, and I do not fear that

I will fall like before. I am very grateful for Lions.”

As the flagship blindness prevention program of

LCIF, SightFirst has helped improve or restore sight

to more than 30 million people around the world

since 1990. This has been done through training

eye care professionals, delivering services and

improving facilities. Campaign SightFirst II (CSFII)

was launched in 2005, raising more than $200

million for SightFirst thanks to the efforts of nearly

8,000 volunteers and generous contributions from

individuals, clubs and districts worldwide.

With funds from CSFII, Lions continue to help

control and eliminate avoidable blindness including

cataract, trachoma and onchocerciasis (“river

blindness”) while combatting other threats to vision

such as childhood blindness, diabetic retinopathy

and uncorrected refractive error. For the first time,

SightFirst will address threats to vision by

supporting education and rehabilitation for those

who are blind and have low vision, as well as vital

public health research.

Lions’ donations have helped millions of people

like Patricio regain their lives. A donation gives low

vision services to children in Kansas. It provides

sight to Piyadasa Hewavithana in Sri Lanka. It helps

Jelbert overcome vision problems so he can

participate in school in the Philippines, and it does

so much more.

Low Vision Initiative: In Kansas, a largely rural

American state, many children must travel far if

they need an eye exam. Even if a family is close to

a city, they may not be able to afford the pediatric

eye care that is currently available. This is where

Lions step in.

A statewide low vision program for children is

being strengthened by the Kansas Lions Sight

Foundation, the Kansas State School for the Blind

and individual providers of the Kansas Optometric

Association. With SightFirst support, the low vision

program will serve more than 400 children and

educate 1,400 key community stakeholders about

low vision needs by next year.

“Kansas Lions are honoured and excited to be the

recipient of the first SightFirst low vision grant in the

United States. We’ve been actively involved in vision

screening events for years; this project takes us to a

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new level of involvement,”

says Lion Beverly Nichols.

The $71,000 grant will

equip 10 regional clinics

and a mobile outreach

program, reaching

children in rural parts of

Kansas. It will also create

training and public

education activities.

Establishing a low vision

device lending library will

benefit students and

school districts of Kansas.

“The recent SightFirst grant from LCIF will

immediately benefit visually impaired students

throughout Kansas,” says Dr. Kendall Krug, a

participating optometrist. “In a state with a largely

scattered, rural population, providing quality low

vision services using the outdated centralised

approach was not effective. With support from

Kansas Lions and this grant, we are assured of the

continuation of this vital program.”

Cataract Surgeries: In Sri Lanka, Piyadasa

Hewavithana is one of thousands who have Lions to

thank for regained sight through cataract surgery.

Once nearly blind, he now enjoys reading the

newspaper and works again. “My sincere thanks to

the doctor and staff of the Lions Hospital for

providing free vision for poor people who would

otherwise go blind. I have a new life,” says

Hewavithana.

LCIF has given $1 million-plus in grants for sightrelated

projects in Sri Lanka. In addition to surgeries,

eye care wings were constructed or upgraded at

seven government hospitals and three Lions eye

hospitals received infrastructure development,

human resource training and cataract subsidies.

Lions continue SightFirst projects in Sri Lanka by

working with partners to build eye care systems in

more regions of the country. This includes

addressing cataract surgical backlogs. A newlyconstructed

Lions eye hospital in Ratnapura,

financed through a SightFirst grant and a generous

donation by the Lions of Finland and their

government, will address even more eye care

needs. Through these efforts, Lions are able to help

even more people in Sri Lanka regain their sight.

Education in the Philippines: Jelbert, a visually

disabled child who has congenital cataract, was

referred to the Resources for the Blind, Inc. (RBI)-

With SightFirst II funds, cataract patients in

Argentina (above) have a brighter future from

improved vision, while (left) Dylan Ferguson has

his colour vision tested by Dr. Kendall Krug as part

of the Kansas Children’s Low Vision Initiative while

his sister Sierra watches.

Davao Medical Coordinators for cataract surgery.

When he first arrived, he could not participate in

pre-school activities because he lacked

communication and play skills. While awaiting

surgery, he was enrolled in RBI’s Early Intervention

and Rehabilitation Program to develop motor,

cognitive and communication skills.

The Philippines needs educational services for

blind children with additional disabilities. LCIF and

SightFirst are joining with the Perkins School for the

Blind to ensure all children like Jelbert have the

opportunity to attend school. The Philippines project

is the first SightFirst grant awarded for education

and rehabilitation. Through expanding educational

opportunities and empowering parents as advocates

for their children, the SightFirst Philippines project is

laying a foundation for broader social inclusion.

When communities witness what children with

disabilities can achieve when they are given the

opportunity to attend school, stigmas and

discrimination will begin to dissolve.

Jelbert is now learning pre-speech and

communication skills and improving his playing

skills. Because of this, Jelbert is also participating in

group activities at school.

In addition, CSFII funds have been approved for

many other projects including support for refractive

error centres in Cameroon, Ethiopia, Kenya, the

Philippines and the U.S. CSFII achievements also

include 881,557 cataract surgeries, 5,230 diabetic

retinopathy treatments, 147,057 trachoma surgeries

and 37,141,374 onchocerciasis (river blindness)

treatments.

Lions’ donations to CSFII have had a lasting

impact on sight around the world. The expansion of

SightFirst into new areas such as education and

rehabilitation for the blind ensures that the program

continues to benefit people in need worldwide.

Lion


Club adopts Tanzanian orphanage

By Geoff Failes

Figtree Lions Club (N2) has “adopted” an

orphanage in Tanzania as one of its main

ongoing fundraising projects.

The club already has raised more than $6000

through various activities to assist the Forever

Angels Orphanage which promotes and raises

awareness of orphaned and abandoned children in

Tanzania and supports initiatives to alleviate these

problems.

The Forever Angels Baby Home in Mwanza on

the shores of Lake Victoria is the realisation of a

dream that Amy Hathaway of Britain had as a young

child after watching images of the Ethiopian famine

on television back in 1985.

She remembered stating quite adamantly to her

parents, even at the young age of 6 or 7, that she

wanted to help babies in Africa when she grew up –

and Forever Angels is her dream come true.

Amy is a primary school teacher by profession

and is married to Ben who is an IT manager.

Together they have five adopted Tanzanian children

and live on site at Forever Angels Baby Home as

managers.

Amy and Ben moved to Tanzania in 2002, initially

working at the International School. Through the

process of adopting their first son, Barnabas, they

visited many orphanages and hospitals where

orphan children were being very poorly cared for –

and Amy decided that her dream could become a

reality sooner than she had planned!

Their Baby Home provides a stable, loving home

for up to 50 orphaned and abandoned babies and

infants from 0 to five years, who are severely

disadvantaged.

Figtree Lions Club’s connection to the Baby

Home is through club member Greg Dombkins’ son

Mark and his wife Anna who moved to Tanzania in

2010 where Mark is a teacher at the International

School in Moshi and Anna is a boarding

parent/counsellor. Moshi is on the southern slopes

of Mt Kilimanjaro.

The couple who have two children of their own,

Jackson, 6 and Jemima, 3, first became interested

in adopting one or more children from

disadvantaged countries after watching a moving

documentary on an orphanage in China in 2006.

Not long after they arrived in Moshi, Mark and

Anna, through a contact, visited the Baby Home in

Mwanza knowing that it had a good reputation for

ensuring that adoption was the “last resort” for

orphaned children.

They were told about three abandoned siblings,

including twins Charlie and Shalom (Shay) who are

now almost three years old and their older brother

Jabari who had been cared for by elderly

grandparents but there were no other relatives

available to help.

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Anna and Mark Dombkins with their children Jackson (back) and Jemima and the three Tanzanian children they

hope to adopt: Jabari (left) and twins Charlie and Shay.

Authorities considered the best option would be

to allow Mark and Anna to take over their care

because this arrangement would allow the siblings

to have an ongoing relationship with their

grandparents.

“Currently they are still classed as foster

children. We have been fostering them now for one

and a half years but we have lived there for only

two years,” Mark said.

“In another year from now we can apply to the

High Court and make that adoption formal,” Mark

said.

“After that we can get tentative passports then

go to the Australian Embassy to get them a visa to

come back to Australia and then Australian

citizenship”.

Mark and Anna are also keen to adopt another

child, a six-year-old girl called Zawadi from the

same orphanage but their application is still being

considered.

“A lot of children in Tanzania enter an orphanage

because they have been abandoned by their

parents or one of them – usually the mother – has

died in childbirth or from AIDS,” Mark said.

Back in Australia recently for a holiday, Mark said

he and Anna were amazed by the number of

businesses in the Illawarra that were prepared to

support fundraising benefit nights in Wollongong for

the Forever Angels Orphanage by donating prizes

and other help in kind.

More than 60 people attended a recent

fundraiser at a Wollongong cafe called Lee and Me

and raised more than $12,000 which went towards

special outreach programs.

A raffle raised a further $4000.

“For example a bicycle was purchased for a man

who was able to ride from his rural village and sell

his produce to help look after his family,” Mark said.

Figtree Lions Club has raised an estimated

$6000 for Forever Angels through a number of

benefit nights organised by Mark’s father Greg.

These included charity dinners at his home and a

‘Night at the Opera’ function where guests paid for

a meal and to watch excerpts from various operas

on a large screen.

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Grey nomad’s sight quest

Lion Barry Gazzard, a member of Australian

Lionsonoz, the Lions club made up of “grey

nomads”, recently visited Malaysia with his

new bride Ling, a native of that country, on a

mission of mercy. Here’s Barry’s inspiring

story.

Our project began in November last year, when

Ling advised me of the need of some Malaysian

natives (Orang Asli) living in the north of Malaysia

near Kampar, and young and old people living in

homes and shelters in Kuala Lumpur and the

Selangor area.

She told me these people were very poor and

received little government assistance, plus many of

them needed spectacles.

After contacting Dulek Jali and the Reverend

Joseph Tang, it was found at least 100 people

could benefit from glasses, so I contacted PDG

Kenneth Leonard, Chairman for recycled glasses,

and put my proposal.

He was forthcoming with 250 pairs of glasses of

various magnifications and duly despatched them

to me prior to my departure for Malaysia in June

this year.

With the aid of Reverend Tang I was able to

enlist the help of Darren Lau, an optometrist from

Kuala Lumpur, to travel the 170k north to Kampar

to test the villagers there. At about the same time, I

contacted the Lions Club of Kampar’s President

Lion Chan Oi Fun about the project and they in turn

arranged another optometrist, Ashley Chan from the

Lions Club of Ipoh Evergreen.

On Monday 16 July, 10 Lions met at Kampar,

and proceeded to the village 45 minutes away and

started testing with specialist equipment brought

along by the optometrists.

It was over 30 degrees in the shade of a

marquee specially erected for the purpose, but

slowly the people were assessed for glasses and

dispensed suitable eyewear. It was remarkable to

see the happiness in the eyes of recipients and the

Lions received many hugs and handshakes.

Fifty five people received glasses and two

children were assessed as short sighted and

needing specially made glasses.

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Lion Barry watches as optometrist Ashley Chan fits a

pair of eyeglasses to a local resident of Orang Asli,

while (below) Barry and Lions Lady Ling survey used

eyeglasses ready for distribution.

One person was found to have an eye problem

due to diabetes, and two others had cataracts.

We completed the day about 3.30pm pleased

with the result.

Thanks go to Kampar, Ipoh Evergreen and Perak

Silver State Lions for their valued participation. The

remaining glasses were distributed to the Aged

Home in Kuala Lumpur by optometrist Darren Lau.

Ling and I flew back home well pleased at having

made a difference. I presented certificates of

appreciation to Ashley Chan, Darren Lau, the Lions

Club of Kampar and the Lions Club of Perak Silver

State from my club.

Eye tests the key to

avoidable blindness

Almost 575,000 Australians over 40 have

vision loss representing 5.8% of the

population in that age group. Of these,

around 66,500 people are blind.

This number is predicted to rise to 800,000plus

by 2020 unless people are proactive about

saving their sight.

About 80% of avoidable vision loss in Australia

is caused by five conditions, all of which increase

in prevalence with age, age-related macular

degeneration (AMD), cataracts, and glaucoma.

Vision loss prevents healthy and independent

ageing and is associated with the following:

risk of falls increased two times

risk of depression increased three times

risk of hip fractures increased four to eight

times

admission to nursing home three years early

twice as likely to use health services.

The following people are at increased risk of

developing an eye condition:

those over 40

those with a family history of eye conditions

those with diabetes

those who smoke

those of Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander

descent

The good news is that 75% of blindness and

vision loss is preventable or treatable.

World Sight Day took place on Thursday 11

October and was an opportunity to emphasise the

essential steps to protect vision.

The key to good eye health is regular eye tests

by an eye care professional and seeking advice as

soon as changes in vision are experienced.

Conditions such as AMD, glaucoma or diabetic

retinopathy do not have symptoms in the early

stage, therefore people at increased risk should

have regular eye tests to detect these conditions.

In addition, simple things can be done every day

to protect eyes from unnecessary damage:

wearing sunglasses and hat when in the sun

wear protective glasses when doing DIY activities

maintain healthy lifestyle

keep blood sugar, blood pressure and cholesterol

levels under control if at risk or suffering diabetes

Don’t smoke

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May looks back to Sars calamity

Sydney Chinese Lion May

Wong recounts her

eye-opening return to her

birthplace Hong Kong as a

humanitarian scholarship

recipient

At the end of last year, I was given the

opportunity to undertake a two-month elective

placement anywhere in the world and I chose

my home of Hong Kong.

I swapped the sweltering Australian summer for

tightly regulated, 4 degree Celsius research

laboratories.

It was surreal stepping foot inside the laboratory

where they discovered the SARS coronavirus in

Hong Kong.

I was struck by the anecdotes that my supervisor,

a patient and survivor of SARs, shared. He stated

that the SARS calamity, which claimed 300 lives,

was a double-edged sword. While it revealed the

failings of the existing medical system with

overcrowded wards and poorly ventilated hospitals,

at the same time it saw Hong Kong become better

prepared than any other country to combat another

infectious disease epidemic.

My experience at Queen Mary Hospital, one of

the largest acute regional hospitals, was an eyeopener.

Despite being a developed country, Hong

Kong citizens unfortunately do not experience the

same calibre of health care that we receive in

Australia.

In fact, the discrepancies between the public and

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Lion May at work in the laboratory in Hong Kong (above) – and doctors in respirator masks and personal

protective equipment (below) re-enact the testing times of the 2002 SARS epidemic.

private health sectors are quite large. Queen Mary

Hospital provides general medical and surgical

services to the residents of Western and Southern

districts and is a tertiary referral centre for the

whole territory of Hong Kong and beyond. Driven by

the high case loads (hepatitis clinics treated over

100 patients in one afternoon), the patient turnover

is almost 20 times what a typical doctor would see

in Australia.

As a medical student and the humanitarian

scholar winner with Sydney Chinese Lions in 2011,

I wanted to follow through with what the very

scholarship was awarded for. During my

attachment, I was involved with a larger team which

looked at the recurrence of hepatitis B-related liver

cancer, a disease which has a high morbidity and

mortality and is more prevalent in Hong Kong.

I extended my efforts to a societal level. One of

the major projects that I assisted in, in conjunction

with other like-minded medical students, was the

Heart-to-Heart Charity Walk. In its 12th year, the

theme of “Heart-to-Heart, Be-a-Part” saw all

participants walk in pairs with a bracelet binding

them. This symbolised the shared feeling of care,

tolerance and acceptance – a reflection of the

sacrifice parents make for their sick children.

This reminded me of the Lion Purposes – to

embrace bonds of friendship, good fellowship and

mutual understanding. Situated at the Peak, one of

Hong Kong’s most scenic locations, it attracted over

2,500 participants and raised HK$900,000. This

money will go to research into cyanotic heart

disease in children. I believe medical research

directly translates into the social welfare of a

community.

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Lion Solomon now calls Australia home

In 2008 in Nairobi, Kenya Solomon

Wahome went about his

occupation as a credit manager

and his wife Grace worked as a

secondary education administrator.

Their two daughters, Beth and

Charity, attended a local school but like

many parents the world over Solomon

and Grace frequently discussed the

future and what was ahead for their

family.

After much research, the Wahomes

decided to immigrate to a country that

offered what they yearned for. Their

search led to an application to move to

Adelaide, Australia. For some time they

waited for information and eventually

the good news arrived with the

resultant acceptance.

Adelaide was to be their new home.

After some turmoil in planning to

leave their respective families and

workmates, Grace, Beth and Charity

departed in January 2010 and Solomon

followed in February.

They found their new home so

different but the girls were soon

enrolled in a new school and they

located an apartment. Solomon and

Grace then quickly set about looking for

employment.

One of Solomon’s Nairobi friends, a

Lion, suggested they investigate joining

an Australian Lions Club to help them

assimilate and make new friends.

So, shortly after arrival, Solomon

went on the Lions Australia website and

submitted an indication that he would

like to learn more about Lionism.

This interest found its way through

the system and ended up on my desk

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as a member of the Lions Club of

Marion which had made early contact.

Not long after Solomon attended his

first Lions meeting – and just two

months after his arrival in Adelaide

Solomon Wahome became Lion

Solomon Wahome.

Members of Marion welcomed him

and his family with open arms.

After his induction by PID Bob

Coulthard, also a member of Marion

Lions, Solomon thanked all for their

acceptance and welcome and

announced that just that day he had

obtained a position in the credit centre

of Westpac Bank. Since then Grace has

also obtained a position with the

government in Families SA.

Lion Solomon, now in his second

year as a Lion, is looking forward to

learning more about Lionism. Who

knows what the future holds for him

and Grace, Beth and Charity.

At this time everything looks exciting.

They have just purchased their own

home and are awaiting becoming

naturalised Australian citizens – an

event which is already planned to take

place at a Lions dinner meeting.

Solomon has also accepted a

position as second vice president of

Marion Lions and is interested in

attending the emerging Lions Institute

Course in Sydney in early 2013.

Lions and partners of Marion

certainly welcome the Wahomes and

suggest other MD201 clubs might look

within their communities to see if this

exercise can be repeated.

PDG Bob Korotcoff, Lions Club of

Marion C2

Standard grants boost communities

Millions of people in the world

lack access to basic items and

services that many of us take

for granted.

Thanks to Standard grants given

by Lions Clubs International

Foundation (LCIF), Lions provide

these basic items and services for

their communities, and the impact

is enormous.

Just ask Joseph. Abandoned at

age six, he lived on the streets for

nine years until given a home in

the Lions Street Children Home in

the Philippines.

“Every day, my biggest problem

was how to get my food,” said

Joseph. “Sometimes I would have

to beg or get food from my friends,

who were other kids on the

street.”

Lions in the Philippines

partnered with LCIF and the

Department of Welfare and Social

Development to establish the Lions

Street Children Centre through a

Standard grant. The centre

provides food, clothing and shelter,

as well as counselling and

schooling. Then Lions partnered

with LCIF again to build a

vocational training centre for

children in connection with the

Lions Street Children Centre. This

ensures young people like Joseph

will not have to beg for food.

Instead, they are given the skills to

succeed in their community.

“I feel very grateful to the Lions

not only for myself, but for the

other children as well who have

benefited from this program. Now

we are equipped to go out and

face the world,” said Joseph, who

now mentors young students.

Through Standard grant

projects, communities gain access

to education, technology,

healthcare and many other

improvements. Lions identify what

is needed most for a community

and make it a life-changing reality

through LCIF.

Providing matching funds up to

$75,000, Standard grants are

approved for large-scale Lions

humanitarian projects involving

construction and equipment. The

most common type of grant

awarded by LCIF, they must serve

a large number of people. Typical

projects include mobile health

units, hospices, nursing homes,

major medical equipment,

orphanages for vulnerable

children, centres serving the blind

and disabled, eye clinics and

schools in developing countries.

Because projects are largescale,

individual Lions invest many

hours in fundraising, planning and

volunteering professional skills at

the project site to make the grant

a success. Such support greatly

extends a project’s impact, making

it possible to help more people

than would otherwise be possible.

Through Standard grants, Lions

can make a difference in their

local communities. For information

about applying for LCIF grant

funding, contact LCIF at

lcif@lionsclubs.org. Grant

applications are also available

online at www.lcif.org.

Allie Stryker

Youths learn vocational skills at the Lions

Street Children Centre in the Philippines.

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Telopea Park School student, Evie Pye-Harris, 14, leads "Nick" around the equestrian arena under the watchful eye of helper, Kayla Agostina. Photo: Graham Tidy

Nick joins Lions in a quest for youth

At the Lions Youth Haven

facility in Kambah in the ACT,

troubled young people are

introduced to working with

horses as a way of gaining

confidence and trust

Towering over the teenager he is following in

a sandy arena, Nick baulks at the deep blue

plastic sheet beneath him and nudges it with

a tentative hoof.

Children and adults yarn away with a few dogs

at their feet and sunshine on their backs, while

Nick and his 14-year-old handler come to a

standstill.

The 21-year-old American Saddlebred is

unsure of what exactly is below, and young Eve

Pie-Harris has never negotiated this obstacle with

such a big 500-kilo animal.

Westwood Farm manager Gerry Nussio, who

has previously worked in Bart Cummings’ stables,

said being a prey animal, horses have a keen

sense of smell and hearing. Even if they cannot

see anything, they can smell danger.

A lead twisted incorrectly around a hand, for

instance, could end in disaster if a spooked horse

charges off suddenly.

A few months ago Evie put her arm and hand

out to let Nick smell her. “If you're scared, they

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can smell your fear,” she said, recounting their

first meeting, when she patted him and learned to

lead him at the farm near Kambah which helps

children at risk.

“They can't see in front, only to the sides,” she

said. "You have to watch the direction they're

turning their head.”

Evie’s auntie has horses, but Evie has had little

experience with them, which is all the better for

learning how to build trust and confidence,

according to Nick’s owner Jess Garnett who

voluntarily teaches equine learning at Westwood

Farm.

After an experienced handler encourages Nick

over the plastic sheeting, Evie returns and leads

him over a second time.

A skill featured in Nicholas Evans' The Horse

Whisperer and widely used during the aftermath

of the Black Saturday bushfires in Victoria in

2009, facilitated equine learning is an important

part of the routine at Westwood Farm where Miss

Garnett has three horses in work.

People reluctant to accept help after the tragic

bushfires nevertheless regained confidence from

identifying and remedying what was wrong with

horses left traumatised by the disaster which

killed 119 people.

Telopea Park school teacher Peter Hobbs said

the horses helped children integrate with other

children and teachers. Around the horses, they

did things they’d refuse to do at school.

“It doesn't sound like any great shakes but it is

a big step forward,” he said.

Said Westwood Farm’s administrator and

environmental biologist Wieslaw Lichacz: “These

kids are on a knife’s edge, we want to tip them

on the right side.”

Jess Garnett says the intense concentration

from the horses can be emotionally draining. She

watches them as intently as the horses

themselves watch the children’s body language. If

Nick’s ears go back or he stops solidly he’s

probably earned a rest.

Nick’s cheeky disposition won Jess over when

she bought the big gelding from a Wollongong

woman about nine years ago.

"You ask him to do anything and he looks at

you as if to say ‘no’, like a child – then he goes

and does it. It's almost like working with a child.”

He’ll wander over to people who stop near his

paddock looking for a pat and cuddle and peer

into their car window to see what else might be

happening, probably hoping for a pear or banana.

He loves licorice.

Horse agistment is currently the main income

for the farm, which was founded by Lions clubs.

Horses have a strong affinity with girls, which

Jess can’t explain, even though she has been

around them since age three.

“You feel you can nurture something, perhaps

it is our nurturing instinct,” she said.

– Courtesy John Thistleton and

The Canberra Times

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A laughing

matter!

There was laughter all round when

French Lion Martine Chapuis was

hosted on a visit to Queensland by

Mooloolaba Inc Lions.

Martine, from the city of Argentre in

the district of Laval in north-west

France, about 200km from Paris, sent

an email to the club after she found its

website.

As her son was working in

Queensland in the hospitality industry,

she thought it a good time for she and

her 17-year-old daughter, Joanna, to

visit while combining some Lions goodwill.

The pleasurable job of hosting fell to local Lions

Fred and Ernene Smedley.

In France, Martine is secretary and vice

Laval’s Martine Chapuis

and daughter Joanna

enjoy the sights.

New club’s sight-impaired new members

Lions have been saving sight for

many years but the newest Gold

Coast club, Mermaid Broadbeach

Lions, recently broke new ground

by inducting two visually

impaired members.

The event was handled by the new

District Governor of Lions District Q1,

Merv Ferguson.

DG Merv inducted three new Lions,

two of them being the visually

impaired new members.

Terri McGillivray, sight impaired

from an early age, and John Bryant,

sight impaired for the last 20 years,

were inducted along with Chris Woidt.

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French Lion Martine sees the funny side of exchanging

bannerettes with Mooloolaba’s Fred Smedley.

president of the all-women’s Lions Club of Laval.

The group struck up an immediate rapport, with

IPP Fred showing her the sights. Martine and

Joanne enjoyed an afternoon at the home of the

local club’s president, Dean, and

Fred took them on a rainforest

walk where they heard whipbirds

and bellbirds and saw a

pademelon in the wild.

“We then took them to the

Baroon Pocket Dam where they

saw their first kookaburras and

heard them in the bush,” said

Fred.

“Both of us really enjoyed the

company of Martine and Joanna.

They wanted to buy us a meal, so

for lunch we had a great Aussie

Meat Pie at Montville.”

President Graham Jones OAM (left) DG Merv Ferguson (right) with

new Lions Chris Woidt, John Bryant (with his seeing eye dog) and

Kerry McGillivray.

Max makes his mark

Steadily the news of what good work Lions

are doing is getting out into the general

community.

That was the case when V2 PDG Max

Oberlander was profiled in an article in Victoria’s

rural newspaper The Weekly Times in conjunction

with Volunteers Week.

The paper looked at Max’s work in helping to

raise funds for flood-stricken communities across

Australia, and in Japan after the devastating

tsunami and earthquakes in New Zealand

It told how he and others had filled sand bags

in Horsham before the 2011 floods, and how he

introduced Coins for Kids to raise money for the

Australian Lions Children’s Cancer Research

Foundation.

“Everyone says I’m over-committed, always

being out and about but it’s important to help

your fellow man,” Max, a semi-retired

manufacturing manager, told the paper.

“You need commitment but everyone also

needs a hobby and to give back to others as

well.”

Max, who recently played “mum and dad” with

his wife Chris to 36 young people from around

the world at Camp Koala, a Lions Youth

Exchange initiative, says his hobby has been

Lions for close to 23 years.

SYDNEY CHINESE DONATION HONOURED

Following the handover of $60,000 to

St John (NSW) by Sydney Chinese

Lions, a plaque commemorating the

donation has been unveiled in the

organisation’s communications room.

To date, Sydney Chinese Lions have

donated more than $100,000 to St John

(NSW).

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Camp Duckadang answers a call

Lions Club International’s Camp Duckadang at

Linville, south-east Queensland, was the

venue for the pilot P.R.I.D.E. (Prevention

Rehabilitation Intervention Diversion and

Education Program) initiative earlier this year.

It was the brainchild of Caboolture Police Liaison

Officer Michael (Mick) Douglas, concerned that

nothing was being done to help certain Aboriginal

and Torres Strait Island primary school children who

were skipping school, running away from home and

starting to associate with undesirable older persons.

He decided to make a concerted effort to set up

a holistic program of support.

As part of the far-reaching scheme to re-engage

these children, Mick selected a group of at-risk kids

between 10 and 14 for the first camp. The aim was

to reunite them with their cultural heritage.

It took place in a remote bush valley on the

banks of a loop of the Brisbane River at 1.5 hectare

Camp Duckadang, owned and operated by Lions.

Here the boys got to bunk down in cabins and

spend time outdoors exploring their heritage with

mentors and role models they admired.

Over five days of intensive activity the boys threw

themselves into practical, fun sessions on

indigenous dance, playing the didgeridoo and

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Spark

of an

idea

lighting fires the

traditional way.

Indigenous

student mentors

and elders joined

in with the kids,

talking, laughing

and engaging in

activities together

to slowly build up

trust and open up

lines of

communication too long out of the reach of these

boys.

The boys tried out the newly-installed low rope

course, kayaked on the river and swam in the pool.

The looks on their faces were a delight when

then Broncos winger Dane Gagai turned up with his

brother, Kevin. The boys got to see and hear

firsthand what they could achieve with hard work

and perseverance while testing their football skills

against the pros.

Arguably the highlight was the music session with

hip hop artist Tom Rock. Together they listened to

and recorded bird calls and wove it all into their own

hip hop composition, with each boy being given a

Firelighting the traditional way (top) and (above) former Broncos and now Newcastle

Knights player Dane Gagai chatting with the boys.

CD to take home.

The happiness and openness of the boys’

attitudes at the end of the camp was obvious to all.

Said program instigator Mick Douglas: “Now that

we’ve established trust, when I’m driving along the

road in my uniform and I see the kids they can see

past the uniform. We can sit around on the grass

and talk and I can assist them when they’re doing it

hard along the road.”

Sponsorship was through QUT, ATSIS

(Department of Communities – Aboriginal and

Torres Strait Islander Service), Caboolture PCYC,

Murri Teilah Medical and Kmart Morayfield.

A PRIDE program for young indigenous girls is

already being planned.

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Walk back through history

History was on show when Leeton N4 Lions

opened a new heritage pathway.

The opening coincided with the Centenary of

Irrigation celebrations.

The club coordinated the construction and

selling of paving bricks to descendants of

pioneering Leeton and Yanco families.

Pavers with family names etched into the faces

were laid within an existing concrete pathway in

Mountford Park by the shire council.

About 300 bricks were sold and when mixed

with plain bricks created a feature path about 35m

long.

The pathway was opened by Leeton President

Mark Norvall who, together with Mayor Paul

Maytom, cut a ribbon.

Best of friends in Norway

Lions can open many doors. For Lion John

Bowyer and his Lions Lady Barbara of

Queensland’s Stanthorpe club it brought a

visit to District 104D in Norway as part of

Operation Friendship.

For the past six years the pair has hosted

Lions from Canada, Denmark and Norway so felt

it was time for a return visit.

They stayed with five different families across

the southern part of Norway, with John

addressing a District Convention and exchanging

bannerettes (above).

John learned that most clubs in Norway meet

only once a month and that many hold one

major fundraiser. “Several clubs produced

calendars, another produced a local phone book

with the income mainly from advertising.”

AROUND THE NATION

Trike gets Cooper on

the move

Victoria’s Mirboo North Lions have

with the help of the Australian Lions

Foundation brought a little happiness

into the life of a two-year-old boy.

At a special barbecue, Cooper

Campbell, a cerebral palsy sufferer, was

presented with a new tricycle.

While Cooper is unable to walk, crawl

or sit independently, his cognition has not

been impacted by the disease.

Already his parents have noticed a big

improvement in his overall quality of life

since he gained the trike.

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From plaque to memorial garden

What began as just a small bronze

commemorative plaque and a single tree back

in 2002 has now become a stunning

sandstone memorial with three bronze

plaques set in a designated Lions Memorial

Garden.

The plaque and tree had been installed by

Carlingford-Dundas Lions in Upjohn Park, in the

Sydney suburb of Dundas, to commemorate a Lion,

Reg Kline, who had worked for the local council.

Three years later more plaques and trees were

added to commemorate one of the club’s greatest

Lions, PDG Don Furnass, along with eight other

Lions who had died while serving their community.

Unfortunately, over the years, the designated

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area became overgrown and the trees and the

plaques became difficult to locate.

Now, following council agreement, an area has

been made available for another more suitable site

named the Carlingford-Dundas Lions Memorial

Garden.

Ian Furnass, son of the late PDG Don Furnass

and the principal of Furnass Landscaping

Enterprises, provided the sandstone memorial and

landscaping.

The memorial was unveiled at a gathering of

relatives and representatives of the honoured Lions.

The club believes it’s the only memorial of its

type in N5.

Oldest to youngest

It was an historic and quirky occasion when

Taree’s oldest ever president, Sonny Rogers,

74, passed over the gavel to the NSW club’s

youngest ever president, Nathan Cooper, 31.

Wearing silly hats, the still amazingly active

Sonny and Nathan put on a good show for

members.

“Sonny, you could have been Nathan’s father.’

quipped one member. Countered another: “Father!

Forget that. You could have been his b----y GRAND

father.”

Those Lions cheques just get bigger and bigger

Gratitude was everywhere when

Tully secretary Irene Braddick

and LCIF District Q2

co-ordinator PDG John Muller

presented a cheque for $30,600

(right) to help rebuild the local

senior citizens’ hall.

The cheque was accepted by

senior cits president Joyce Smith

and secretary Lesley Hardy. And

there was more.

Local Lions donated a further

$10,000 and $11,000 came from

Tully Lionesses.

President Joyce said she was pleased to receive the funding

as the Cassowary Coast Regional Council had declared the old

hall a cyclone shelter just as Cyclone Yasi approached the region,

despite the building not being cyclone-rated. The old hall was

totally destroyed by the cyclone. The funding was made available

as part of LCIF’s Queensland Disaster Reconstruction Program.

A staggering $82,147.31 was recently raised by

Culcairn Lions in NSW.

A cheque for the amount was presented at the

club’s 29th handover dinner to buy a new state-of

the-art mobile x-ray machine.

Support came from the business sector

throughout the district and the project was launched

by last year’s Club President, Julie Lowe, after she

was approached by Lion Stan Scheetz and informed

of the urgency for the new equipment.

With the cheque

are (from left)

Rosemary

Garthwaite

(Murrumbidgee

Local Health

District), Kathy

Huggett (Culcairn

MPS), Mavis

Gardiner, Stan

Scheetz and Past

President Julie

Lowe.

Photo: The OASIS

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Committee Appointments

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

following appointments

Position Term Expiry Appointee District

Sargeant At Arms 30/08/2015 PDG Bruce McLeod V5

2014 Convention Chairperson 30/06/2014 Adrian Thurlow N1

2015 Convention Chairperson 30/06/2015 PCC Keith Parry N3

Hearing Dogs Committee Member 1/07/2015 PDG Barry Brockbank Q2

ALCCRF Chairperson 31/01/2016 PCC Bob Buckley N4

ALCCRF Trustee 31/01/2016 PDG David Savage C2

ALCCRF Trustee 31/01/2015 PDG John McIntosh C1

ALCCRF Trustee 31/01/2016 PDG Jim Ede C1

ALCCRF Trustee 31/01/2016 PCC Lindsay Marsden Q3

ALCCRF Trustee 31/01/2015 PCC Tony Roney T1

ALCCRF Trustee 31/01/2016 PDG John Thorpe V1-4

ALCCRF Trustee 31/01/2016 Dr Joseph Collins N5

ALCCRF Trustee 31/01/2015 PDG Peter Lamb W1

ALCMF V District Trustee 31/01/2016 Helen Maunsell V5

Leo Chairperson 31/01/2016 Martin Peebles N2

Leo T District Coordinator 31/01/2016 Louise Eiszelle T1

Leo V District Coordinator 31/01/2016 PDG Les Harrison V6

Youth Exchange Greeter (Albury) 31/01/2015 PCC Brian Chalmers V6

PNG Membership Development Committee Chairperson 30/06/2014 Bill Ahearn V5

Multiple District Convention bids 2016

The MD201 Council is calling for Expressions of Interest to host the

2016 Multiple District Convention. Hosting an MD Convention is a

great way to support your town and celebrate the contribution of

your local Lions. The MD Convention has been said to provide an

economic benefit exceeding $3 million to the host town. The Council

is currently reviewing the Convention process and would particularly

encourage bids from regional centres in Australia.

Intending bidders should contact the Executive Officer to receive a

bidding package. Bids close on 31 January 2013.

October - November 2012

Directory corrections

Please note the following V2 listings should read thus:

. Coleraine Inc (34685) (24) PO Box 18 Coleraine Vic 3315

colerainelions@gmail.com – Pres. Kevin Buck (Anne) (M)

0403270189, Sec. Debra Courtney (John) (H) 03-55752542 R6Z12

. Corio-Norlane Inc (115746) (23) PO Box 118 Corio Vic 3214

coriolions@gmail.com – Pres. Richard Walter (Geraldine)

(H) 03-52755219 (B) 03-52218400 (M) 0402409895, Sec. Sandra

Fountain (M) 0409541866 R2Z3

. The PO Box for Lara Inc is 97.

Change of date for MD201 Canberra Convention 2013

Council has resolved to make a minor amendment to the schedule for the MD201

Convention in 2013. The Convention will commence on Friday 26 April 2013 and

conclude on Monday 29th of April 2013. This amendment has been made due to

difficulties in opening the Convention on ANZAC Day.

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EXECUTIVE SUMMARY – INTERNATIONAL BOARD OF DIRECTORS MEETING

BUSAN, REPUBLIC OF KOREA JUNE 17-21, 2012

AUDIT COMMITTEE

1. Modified the Audit Committee Charter regarding

the review and evaluation of the independent

auditor.

CONSTITUTION AND BY-LAWS COMMITTEE

1. Declared that the district governor, first vice

district governor and second vice district governor

elections in District 301-A1 (Philippines) for the

2012-2013 fiscal year cannot be affirmed,

appointed Lion Ruth Chua as district governor in

District 301-A1 for the 2012-2013 fiscal year, and

declared vacancies in the offices of first vice district

governor and second vice district governor for the

2012-2013 fiscal year, which shall remain vacant

until further action by the International Board of

Directors.

2. Upheld the second vice district governor election

complaint filed in District 118-R (Turkey), declared

the second vice district governor election in District

118-R for the 2012-2013 fiscal year null and void

and of no force and effect, declared a vacancy in

the office of second vice district governor for the

2012-2013 fiscal year and that the second vice

district governor vacancy shall be filled in

accordance with the International and District

Constitutions and By-Laws, and declared that the

filing fee less US$100 shall be refunded to the

Complainant.

3. Denied second vice district governor election

complaints filed in District 321-F (India), District

324-A1 (India), District 335-B (Japan) and District

403-A2 (Togo) and declared the following as

second vice district governors in their respective

districts for the 2012-2013 fiscal year:

Lion Rajeev Goyal - District 321-F (India)

Lion V.S.B. Sunder - District 324-A1 (India)

Lion Hideki Kitahata - District 335-B (Japan)

Lion Diamilatou Aka Anghui - District 403-A2

(Togo)

4. Approved resolution to establish a legal entity in

India to be called “The International Association of

Lions Clubs (Secretariat Office India).”

5. Revised the Standard Form District and Multiple

District By-Laws in the Board Policy Manual to

reflect the newly established language for

membership dues.

CONVENTION COMMITTEE

1. Decreased the room requirement for bidding

cities from 6,000 to 5,000 rooms.

DISTRICT AND CLUB SERVICE COMMITTEE

1. Reinstated the San Diego Brotherhood Lions Club

into good standing.

2. Recognized the Republic of Georgia and the

Kingdom of Cambodia as provisional zones

following the adjournment of the 2012 International

Convention.

3. Included the Republic of Guinea Bissau in the

territory of District 403-A1 and the Republic of

Angola in the territory of District 403-B, in order to

provide greater assistance to the further

development of new countries, following the

adjournment of the 2012 International Convention.

4. Deferred the redistricting of Multiple District 354

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until the close of the 2013 International Convention,

unless a new proposal is submitted and approved

by the International Board of Directors during the

October 2012 or April 2013 board meetings.

5. Revised the Board Policy Manual to approve a

hotel room for nine (9) days and meal expenses of

up to seven (7) days for DGEs attending the DGE

Seminar starting in the 2012-2013 fiscal year.

6. Appointed Lion Isamu Sakamoto to serve as the

district governor of District 332-D for the 2012-

2013 fiscal year.

FINANCE AND HEADQUARTERS OPERATION

COMMITTEE

1. Approved Northern Trust as the custodian for the

International Association of Lions Clubs General

Fund and Emergency Reserve.

2. Approved the 2011-2012 4th Quarter Forecast,

which is projecting a modest deficit.

3. Approved the 2012-2013 Budget, reflecting a

surplus.

4. Approved modifying speaker engagement policy

to limit the number to one official speaker in the

event that sub-district conventions are held in

conjunction with the multiple district convention.

5. Modified policy regarding vice president travel to

area forums.

6. Housekeeping modifications to accounting

procedures.

7. Made a housekeeping modification to district

governor reimbursements clarifying Rules of Audit.

8. Modified board policy to clarify past international

directors eligible for an in-district budget.

LCIF

1. Approved corporate resolutions in order to

establish Lions Clubs International Foundation

(Secretariat Office India), as a Section 25 company

in India.

2. Renewed Core 4 funding priority status for the

diabetes prevention and control program for one

year, until June 30, 2013, and for Lions Quest for

three years, until June 30, 2015.

3. Increased the humanitarian grants budget for the

current fiscal year by an additional US$2.5 million.

4. Approved 34 Standard, International Assistance

and Core 4 grants totaling US$1,790,025.

5. Denied one grant application.

6. Expanded the Lions Quest Advisory Committee to

include additional Lion leaders with strong

experience in supporting Lions Quest and technical

experts.

7. Approved four projects to support

rebuilding/recovery efforts, with the funding (US$2.2

million) to be provided from the designated funds

from the Japan earthquake/tsunami fund.

8. Approved a contract in the amount of

US$181,000 with Service Learning Life Skills

Network for consulting services for a one-year

period.

9. Amended the LCIF Operations and Policy Manual

as follows: replaced the phrase “per capita” with

“per member basis,” updated qualifications for the

LCIF Steering Committee and revised the exhibit

which outlines forms of recognition.

10. Amended Chapter 16 of the Board Policy

Manual as follows: updated the foundation’s bank

account signatories and updated mileage

reimbursement rates.

LEADERSHIP COMMITTEE

1. Rescinded Resolution 3 from the Leadership

Committee report from April 2012. Established a

new policy that will begin in 2012–2013, whereby

only those DGEs who complete the required training

components will be eligible to receive the DGE meal

per diem related to their DGE Seminar attendance.

2. Rescinded Resolution 4 from the Leadership

Committee report from April 2012 related to the

GMT and GLT appointments at the International

level (Constitutional Area Leaders, Area Leader and

Special Area Advisors).

3. Adjusted board policy related to the DGE Seminar

group leader hotel and meal expense

reimbursement from 11 to 10 days.

4. Made housekeeping revisions to the Board Policy

Manual, Chapter XIV related to ongoing leadership

programs.

5. Revised the Board Policy Manual to accurately

reflect the application submission for Regional Lions

Leadership Institutes.

LONG RANGE PLANNING COMMITTEE

1. Approved updated charter for the Centennial

Planning Committee, which will take effect at the

beginning of the 2012-2013 year.

MEMBERSHIP DEVELOPMENT COMMITTEE

1. Determined that the GMT/GLT Rules of Audit be

amended to reflect changes made to the automobile

mileage allowance of US$.41 per mile (US $.25 per

kilometer) and air fare approvals for international

travel fares under US$1,000.

2. Determined that the Regional Rules of Audit for

Extension representatives and CEEI be amended to

reflect changes made to the automobile mileage

allowance of US$.41 per mile (US$.25 per

kilometer) and a new meal allowance limitation of

$25 per meal.

PUBLIC RELATIONS COMMITTEE

1. Restructured the Public Relations Division by

splitting the Public Relations Department into

Audiovisual & Events, Corporate Communications,

and Online Communications.

2. Determined that the Service Activities Leo of the

Year Award recipients will automatically qualify for

the presidential Leo of the Year Award.

SERVICE ACTIVITIES COMMITTEE

1. Named the 2011-2012 Leo of the Year Award

recipients.

2. Changed the Leo of the Year Award application

deadline to April 1 of each fiscal year.

For more information on any of the above

resolutions, please refer to the LCI website at

www.lionsclubs.org or contact the International

Office at 630-571-5466.

Lion


THE EYE-PHONE – miracle for the blind

Think you like your iPhone? The blind love it for its life-changing qualities

By Anne Ford

What’s not to like about the iPhone? It lights

up, makes nifty noises, takes pictures and

even plays music. But when you get right

down to it, all anyone really needs is a plain

ol’ cell phone that makes calls, right?

Not if you’re blind or visually impaired. For them,

the iPhone represents much more than just a shiny

indulgence. It’s a currency identifier. A book reader.

A street navigator. A colour identifier. In other words,

it’s the closest thing technologically possible to a

set of working eyes.

Sound like an exaggeration? Listen to the people

who know firsthand.

“Since I got my iPhone, I’m half as blind as I

used to be,” says Tom Babinszki, the blind director

of the Forsythe Centre for Entrepreneurship at the

Hadley School for the Blind in Winnetka, USA.

“Last Wednesday, my life changed forever. I got

an iPhone,” reads an entry from the online journal

of Austin Seraphin, a blogger who has almost no

vision. “In my more excitable moments, I consider

Tom Babinszki of the Hadley School for the Blind in

Winnetka, Illinois, says his iPhone is an antidote to

blindness.

the iPhone as the greatest thing to have ever

happened to the blind.”

“It’s unbelievable,” says Gregg Pusateri,

executive assistant to the executive director of the

Spectrios Institute for Low Vision in the U.S., who

lost much of his vision to a retinal degenerative

disease as an adult.

So what makes this particular piece of

technology such a life-changer? The answer lies

largely in a feature called VoiceOver, which comes

pre-installed on every iPhone at no additional

charge.

VoiceOver is a screen reader, a function that

reads the contents of the screen aloud when the

user touches it. When it’s activated, the user hears

what’s displayed on the iPhone’s screen – texts,

email, applications, battery level, time of day,

wireless signal strength – simply by tapping,

double-tapping, dragging or flicking it.

In other words, a blind iPhone user interacts with

the device the same way a sighted user does: by

touching the screen. That’s a revolutionary concept.

As recently as 2008, a visually impaired Lion said,

“Touch screens are a blind person’s worst enemy.”

No longer, at least, not where Apple is concerned.

To be clear, the iPhone is not the only

smartphone on the market with a screen reader. But

unlike VoiceOver, the screen readers available on

other phone operating systems are often sold as

add-ons (requiring users to shell out additional

money, in some cases considerable amounts of it).

Experts say they aren’t as reliable or as easy to

learn as VoiceOver, and not all of them allow visually

impaired users to access the internet or use email.

“If you want a smartphone, you want an iPhone,”

David Flament, manager of adaptive technology

services at Chicago’s Guild for the Blind, tells his

clients. He adds: “It is orders of magnitude better

(than other smartphones on the market).”

Strangely, it’s not clear that charities,

departments of rehabilitation and other

organisations that donate accessibility devices to

the visually impaired are fully aware yet of the

iPhone’s unprecedented powers. “Even the

professionals who serve the blind are on a learning

curve,” says Tom Perski, senior vice president for

rehabilitation services at the Chicago Lighthouse.

“They have some catching up to do as to the

specific things an iPhone can do.”

That's a shame, given how practical and costeffective

the iPhone is, particularly in its ability to

provide a multitude of functions in a single device. “It

replaces so much other technology,” Seraphin says.

For example, since different denominations of

paper currency are not distinguished by size in

many countries, blind people have historically had to

ask a sighted person for help in keeping track of

their money. Now an iPhone application called the

LookTel Money Reader, can identify a piece of paper

currency placed under it. The application speaks the

denomination.

And then there’s Colour Identifier, a cheap

application that allows users to determine the

colour of an object by taking a photo of it.

HAVE YOU CHANGED

YOUR ADDRESS?

If you have changed your address, could

you please contact your Cabinet Secretary

to ensure that your new details are

updated.

Getting

started

VoiceOver is built in. There’s nothing extra to

purchase or install. All you need is the latest version

of iTunes and a Mac or PC. You activate your iPhone

and enable VoiceOver without sighted assistance

using Setup Assistant. Sighted users can also

enable VoiceOver directly on iPhone using the

Accessibility menu in the Settings application.

With VoiceOver enabled, you’ll use a different but

simple set of gestures to control iPhone. For

example, instead of tapping to activate a button, tap

the button to hear a description of it, double-tap to

activate it, and swipe up or down to adjust a slider.

Fancy a stay in the UK

hosted by local Lions

District 105EA in East Anglia in England

offers that via Operation Friendship.

The offer is for a Lion and his/her partner to

spend two-three weeks as a guest of the

District with all accommodation and local travel

provided by Lions there.

The Australian Lion will be required to meet

the cost of travel to and from their home to

District 105ea.

The visiting Lion will stay with local Lions

families and attend their District Convention.

To apply, initially contact IRO Len Russell,

District 105EA at len.russell@btinternet.com or

lenandpat@havmail.co.uk.

This is a wonderful program, an opportunity

to meet and make new friends with Lions in

another country.


YOUTH OF THE YEAR

What’s it all about?

Youth of the Year is all about giving our young people a great

opportunity as they prepare to launch themselves into the exciting

world of adulthood.

It’s giving them the experience of what they can expect when they

apply for a job, a university position, or any direction they choose for their

life, where they will be dealing with adults and, to them, the unexpected.

Did you know there are still many Lions clubs that do not participate in

the Youth of the Year?

Imagine the number of students who could enter if another 40% of

clubs participated.

These are the statistics for 2011/2012.

Contestants Clubs involved Audience

Male Female TOTAL Entered In District % Entered

639 1066 1705 497 1290 39% 24544

It is not hard to do – there are many young people in your community

who would jump at the opportunity to participate – if your Lions club gave

them the opportunity.

Do you know we can run a region final on video conferencing with the

judges in another location. Most schools have this facility and are willing

to use it so their students can enter. Talk to your District Chairmen or State

Coordinator about the concept – ask the students at your local school to

explain to you how it works.

Did you know that Youth of the Year began in 1964 in Queensland?

Within two years it was a Multiple District project and has gone from

strength to strength since then. Many past participants have gone on to

achieve great things and they attribute some of their early success directly

back to the experience they gained through Youth of the Year.

Our sponsor, the National Australia Bank, has contributed over

$800,000 during the last 14 years and is here again this year. It has

reduced its contribution from $60,000 to $20,000 but still provides over

400 judges each year from its own staff, provides facilities for some of our

judging levels, and invites the six State Winners to afternoon tea at its

head office in each state to talk about their ambitions.

So what is your club doing about Youth of the Year? It is a great way to

bring young people into contact with Lions. It has even been known to

lead to the parents of the young people joining the Lions. If we have

24,544 people listening to these wonderful contestants talking about their

dreams and ideals, surely 1% (250) of them may be interested in talking

to a lions membership chairman about what else Lions are involved in.

At last year’s convention in Perth, I invited the parents of the six state

finalists to visit our stand and then took them around all the other

programs that had displays. They were amazed at what we had achieved,

and had no idea this is what Lions did. How is it possible that six

contestants have travelled through Lions Youth of the Year and not learnt

about what we do.

Last year during the 35-day trip that each State Winner receives, we

tried to include a Lions project – the contestants were amazed. This year’s

tour will include a visit to a Lions project in each state with at least one

day dedicated to understanding Lions.

Do you want to know more about this exciting Lions project? Call your

District Youth of the Year Chairman or visit on the web at

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

So, get involved! Every young person who enters the Youth of the Year

is a winner, but this won’t happen without the support of Lions clubs –

especially your Lions club.

Lions Youth of the Year: You just cannot lose

Bryan Coggle, Chairperson

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LEOS ROAR

Our International Leo of the Year

Congratulations to our 2012 MD201 Leo of the Year, Ellen Watts

from Hornsby Leo Club in N5 on being awarded the International

Leo of the Year Award by the LCI Board of Directors.

Leo Ellen is the seventh Australian in the past eight years to win this

prestigious award and has demonstrated outstanding leadership skills, high

ethical standards and personal integrity.

Leo Ellen receives an International Leo of the Year medal and certificate

signed by our International President.

Ellen is a fine ambassador for Australia and during the 2012-13 Lions

year will be promoting the Leo program to clubs and districts throughout

Australia.

Congratulations also to the Leo Club of Norf’k Ailen in N5 and Leo Club

of Bingara in N1 which received their charters in August and September,

respectively.

Lions clubs sponsor more than 6,000 Leo clubs in over 140 countries,

with over 112 clubs in MD201 and over 20 in the planning stages.

Throughout August we celebrated Lions Clubs International’s Global

Action Campaign

for Youth, with

Leos across

Australia

participating in

projects that

benefit those less

fortunate than

ourselves.

These included

Relay for Life and

Tasmanian Leos take part in the Relay for Life.

a Sleepout for

Father Chris Riley’s Youth Off the Streets.

Also, at the beginning of 2012-13 our Multiple District created a first

with Leo Ellen Watts from NSW and Leo Nic van Essen from Tasmania

being appointed to work with the MD201 Management Committee to

provide a youth perspective and look at ways of encouraging more young

people to join our great association.

This year your MD201 Leo committee will be looking at more initiatives

to not only grow the Leo Program in Australia but to encourage more Leos

to become Lions through the Leo to Lion Program!

With an ageing membership, we must ensure the future of Lions by

encourageing more young people to join our Lions Family as Leos, to

develop into the leaders of tomorrow.

If your club is considering sponsoring a Leo club, stop considering – do

it!

Further details on the International and MD201 Leo Program are

available on the Leo website at www.lionsclubs.org.au

For our organisation to grow, we must see Leos as future Lions and

encourage them to join after their Leos service is over!

Say G’day to a Leo Today.

"Youth are our Future - but they are also our Today."

Martin Peebles, MD201 Leo & Youth

Outreach Committee Chairperson

Lion


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