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JUNE - JULY 2011

‘Alice’

Lions’ outback

triumph

YOUTH CRUSADER’S PLEA

TO LIONS...

Give our kids

a chance


‘We serve’

“To create and foster a spirit of understanding

among all people for humanitarian needs by

providing voluntary services through

community involvement and international

cooperation”

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Makati, the Philippines; Haynes H. Townsend, Georgia,

United States; Joseph Young, Ontario, Canada.

Our cover

Page 6 - Desert racers

Page 9 - Launceston Convention

Page 11 - Winning Leo Tom

June - July 2011 Volume 94 No. 3

Connections, influence, friendship, philanthropy

COVER: Lions raise

funds in many

wonderful ways but the

Lions of Alice Springs

do it in one of the

quirkiest ways

imaginable, with an

annual camel race.

Read of their unique

efforts on page 6.

CONTENTS

5 All in the Lions/Leo family

6 Lions action

8 International President’s report

9 Devil of a time in Launceston

11 The force for Aussie youth

14 Council Chairman’s report

16 Figtree in the swim

18 2011-12 District Governors

23 Operation Smile

24 Around the nation

26 Official announcements

28 708 million reasons to thank LCIF

31 Youth Exchange Greeters

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Meet LCIF’s biggest donor

Philanthropist Aruna Oswal has given

millions of dollars to make a difference

With the largest, single

personal donation in LCIF’s 40year

history, India’s Aruna A

Oswal and her family have the

potential to save the sight of

as many as 500,000 people.

In April 2008, she pledged $3

million to Campaign SightFirst II to

help continue and expand the

SightFirst program. This year, she

gave more than $1 million toward

that commitment. Additionally, she

gave the largest individual

donation for Haiti disaster relief

and other disaster relief donations.

A past district governor, Oswal is a

member of the Lions Club of Juhu

in Mumbai, India.

Why is LCIF important?

I have been a Lion for 21 years,

and I have observed Lions

activities globally, including

disaster relief for the tsunami,

Pakistan, and many more. I am

very much convinced that the

Foundation is carrying out

excellent services. I look at LCIF as

being associated with the Lions,

and I am very impressed with the

activities of LCIF.

Why did you contribute to

LCIF?

I gave my donation to Campaign

SightFirst II when I was serving as

a coordinator for CSFII. I had the

opportunity to work with Lions

leaders and business corporations.

I relayed to them the importance

of donations, and they came

forward immediately for this noble

cause. I convinced them that LCIF

is working only for humanity with

no administrative costs. I was able

to collect US$4.6 million with the

help of my Lions leaders.

How has your donation

inspired others?

The donation of $3 million came

from my family, and this inspired

all of India. I am very happy to

currently serve as an LCIF

coordinator so that I can help to

contribute even more through my

time and increasing awareness.

How has your philanthropy

inspired your family?

My daughter and husband in

Aruna Oswal addresses other

donors at the LCIF donor reception

at the International Convention.

their own way have been inspired.

They have adopted some poor

rural villages – providing education

and medical facilities, meeting

needs of daily life, giving them

food, providing a better life. In

every area Lions are also doing the

same work. My daughter is doing

a lot of activities. Apart from Lions,

I am also doing a lot of other

activities in other communities. We

are building shelter homes, homes

for mothers and hospitals. We

have been doing this for so many

years. Many in my family are Lions

also.

What projects are you most

passionate about?

Women empowerment

programs, help for widows,

SightFirst activities, help for

children. Aside from Lions, I am

associated with other efforts.

What projects would you like

to see LCIF develop?

I am most interested in

programs to address hunger.

Whatever programs the

Foundation will take up in the

future, I will look into them and I

am sure we will be most interested

to associate ourselves with them.

All LCIF donations matter

Learn of others who are

making a difference –

Page 28

DEADLINE SEATTLE

PID Barry set to

make Lions history

We’re nearly there! This will be the last article before the International

Convention in Seattle where we believe we will see history being made –

our first ever Australian Lion being announced as the new International

2nd Vice President.

Past International Director Barry and Lion Anne have maintained their busy

schedule of promoting their campaign to the Lions of the world and the

feedback has been very positive.

Barry has received many endorsements from Multiple Districts throughout the

world – in the form of verbal, email and written messages with some being very

formal. I have copied (below) one such formal indication of

endorsement from Multiple District 14 (Pennsylvania) just

to give you an idea of the support Barry and Anne have

received over the past months. They have received

many similar declarations – and, in fact, Barry has

received the unanimous endorsement of all multiple

districts in North America.

“WHEREAS, the Multiple District Fourteen,

Pennsylvania State Council of Lions Clubs,

members of the Pennsylvania Lions International

Family and other interested Lions have assembled

on the thirtieth day of October, two thousand and ten

at the Holiday Inn-Harrisburg/Hershey, Pennsylvania, and

WHEREAS, the said officers and members there assembled

have reviewed the qualifications for the office of Second Vice President of

the International Association of Lions Clubs, and

WHEREAS the said officers and members have found one Barry J Palmer,

of Berowra, NSW 2081, Australia to possess these inestimable qualifications

and abilities necessary to lead the International Association of Lions Clubs as

its Second Vice President, therefore,

We the Officers and members of the Pennsylvania State Council of Lions

Clubs, do unanimously endorse and support the candidacy of Barry J Palmer,

for the position of Second Vice President of the International Association of

Lions Clubs at the Associations convention in Seattle, Washington on July 4th

through July 8th, 2011.”

This declaration was signed over the Seal of Multiple District 14 by Marchia

Shaull, MD14 State Administrator, and Steve Benedict, State Council Chairman.

Among the many functions attended by Barry and Anne was the Multiple

District Convention in Launceston where Barry addressed convention talking

about the “WHAT IFS” in Lionism. This raised many “what ifs” in regard to this

campaign.

WHAT IF Barry is elected to serve as our International Leader in 2013?

WHAT IF Multiple District 201 becomes the home of the International

President of Lions Clubs International?

WHAT IF every member of the Australian Lions Family can proudly say that

we have one of own leading our Association forward?

WHAT IF every Australian lion, Lioness, Leo and partner made a promise to

reinvigorate their commitment to their clubs, their membership and their

service and show the world how much we support Barry and Anne?

What a great opportunity we have to reaffirm our enthusiasm to grow and

sustain our membership to ensure we can continue to provide invaluable and

immeasurable service to our community.

Finally, Barry and Anne have asked me to include their thanks to you all for

your support and encouragement over the past months. To those who are going

to Seattle and who have volunteered as part of Barry’s Team, thank you for your

offers of assistance. And to the members of the Campaign Committee, Barry

extends his gratitude for the friendship and commitment to the success of the

campaign. PDG Carlene King OAM

Member, Campaign Committee


All in the Leo/Lions family

It was a Leos/Lions family affair when “Toby” Crawford’s clan got

together at the Launceston Convention last month.

T1 Lion "Toby" (real name Dale) was there to collect a

special Graham Pearce Award for his inspiring

service to Leos – and being such avid

Lions/Leos, the family just had to join in

the celebration.

You see, Toby is married to Lion Julie,

whom he met at a Penguin Lions function.

And Toby and Julie have four children.

Louise, a Leo/Lion and now State

Leo Coordinator for Tasmania

is married to Leo/Lion Daniel

Eiszele, T1 Leo Chairman.

Then there’s other

daughter Ebony, a Leo

– and sons James

and Thomas, also Leos.

Completing the picture

is Louise’s first child, baby

William Daniel, definitely a

Penguin Leo of the future.

Toby, a past Leo and State

Leo Coordinator for nine years,

is now a DG elect. His Leo passion

began when inducted as a Penguin

Leo member back in 1977.

“I’m honoured," said “Toby” after

the presentation by Leo Chairman

Martin Peebles.

Most of us were caught up in last month’s Royal Wedding

including, it seems, members of the Lions Club of Carrara on the

Gold Coast.

They shot off the following letter to the newlywed Royals:

Dear Prince William and Catherine,

- Our Gift in Celebration of your Marriage -

Members of the Lions Club of Carrara wish to express their

heartfelt congratulations to you both on your marriage and extend

our best wishes for your future together.

In acknowledgement of your expressed desire for people to

contribute ‘gifts of charity’ to commemorate your special day, we

will be dedicating our club’s preparation and distribution of roses

and gift bags to a group of aged care mums and their special

‘Meals on Wheels’ volunteer workers for Mother’s Day.

Like you we are proud to serve the community and recognise

that it only needs one small act of charity and kindness to make a

difference to someone’s life.

Our club thanks you both for the huge difference we know that

you will make to so many people’s lives in your future roles.

Yours faithfully

Colin D Brown,

President, Lions Club of Carrara

Said Sue Brown, wife of President Colin: “We believe it (the letter)

exemplifies the Lions principal ‘We Serve’.”

June - July 2011

THE GANG’S ALL HERE ... (from left): Louise

Eiszele, Daniel Eiszele, Dale 'Toby" Crawford,

James Crawford, wife Julie Crawford holding

baby William Daniel Eiszele,

James’ girlfriend Ashley French

(a Leo), Ebony Crawford and

Thomas Crawford.

Aussie Lions swept up in wedding excitement

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LIONS ACTION

Queens of the desert

It is certainly one of Lions’ quirkiest fundraising events. It is the Camel Cup, Australia’s

premier and original camel race held yearly at Blatherskite Park in Alice Springs.

It receives high media attention nationally and internationally and attracts around 5000 local,

national and oversees visitors. This year it is being held on Saturday, July 7.

Organised by the Lions Alice Springs Camel Cup Committee and supported by other Alice

Springs service clubs, it has been going for 40 years.

The race is run purely by volunteers, and the camels are provided free of charge by local

camel farms and tourist operators. All proceeds are distributed to local charities.

It is a day of fun for spectators and a nightmare for riders and handlers – with 15 camels,

some striding out well, others grounded, and some going backwards.

The first Camel Race was run in 1970 in the dry Todd River bed as a bet between two mates,

Noel Fullerton and Keith Mooney-Smith, and was an added attraction at the Alice Springs

Centenary Year Celebrations.

The race proved so popular and hilarious that plans were made by Lions clubs to hold it

annually. The first permanent venue was Traeger Park, but low fences and a grass track were

thought to be too dangerous. In 1975 it was held at a local speedway.

Since 1979 it has been held on its own arena at Blatherskite Park, a section of the Central

Australian Show Society grounds, with a commentary and judges’ tower being erected for

telephone contact to the “pits” and centre arena to keep the crowd informed.

The feature race is the XXXX Gold Lions Camel Cup, with the winning camel owner and rider

being presented with the perpetual trophy.

A novelty race is the Imparja Television Honeymoon Handicap in which the “grooms” race the

camels half way round the arena. The camels then drop down and the appropriately dressed

“brides” climb aboard and race to the finish line.

For more information about the event and admission prices, visit the official Camel Cup event

website (www.camelcup.com.au) or email camelcup2011@agentur.com.au. Accommodation,

flight and touring package details: Territory Discoveries – www.territorydiscoveries.com.

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Toby Hudson/Wikipedia

A sound idea

President Graham Macdonald with prep students,

their teacher and Lion Maxene McHardy.

Learning is now far easier for the deaf or

hearing impaired at one school in the

Victorian goldfields city of Bendigo, thanks to

the local Lions club.

Bendigo Lions recently supplied a “Front row

to go” hearing sound system at St Kilians

School.

President Graham Macdonald presented a

plaque to go with the system.

The system is used by teacher and students.

While all students benefit, the system has

special benefits for children who are deaf or

hearing impaired and for those who suffer from

various attention deficit disorders.

This is the second system provided by the

club to schools in the area.

Aiding aged

Coordinator Eleanor with two satisfied clients.

Q4’s Biggenden club might be small but for

16 years it has sponsored and managed a

community care service that looks after up to

10 elderly clients in their own homes.

Without this service, these elderly residents

would have to leave their homes and the town

where some have lived nearly all their lives.

Lion Eleanor Liston is the coordinator, managing

six carers and an admin assistant who works parttime.

Carers help with chores such as cleaning,

washing, shopping and transport to doctors and

specialists.

Lion


Shopping bonanza

The Ulverstone Lions Club on the north-west

coast of Tasmania knows a bit about

merchandising.

For six years it has been running a highly

successful community shop that in the 2010

calendar year alone generated $43,000 for local

projects and Lions activities in Australia.

Not far from the main business district, the

shop has a volunteer staff of about 44, consisting

of Lions, Lions Ladies and friends.

Under the management of Chairman Rob

Johnstone and Secretary/Treasurer Neil Rawson,

it opens five days a week and gains its stock

(light furnishings, books, ornaments, glasses,

children’s toys and kitchen utensils) from visits to

garage sales for unsold goods, plus donations

from the general public.

Past major contributions have included

$11,000 to Lions Haiti Appeal, $6900 for

playground equipment, $4000 for local circus

organisation Slipstream, $3000 for a special bed

Making it happen in Tungamah

Simon and Vicki Crawford are young parents

in Tungamah, Victoria, who in 2004 were

presented with their second child, Montana, a

little sister for Illa.

Everything was wonderful until

Montana was diagnosed with

Infantile Neuroaxonal Dystrophy,

a truly awful illness that affects

the nervous system. This disease

will gradually destroy her

nervous system and Montana will

die, probably about age 10.

In 2006, Montana’s little

brother Cadel was born, named

after Cadel Evans (dad Simon

was a top class cyclist before his

family situation forced him to

retire). Incredibly, Cadel has the

same disease. It has since been

established that both parents

carry a rare gene.

Montana attends the Cobram

Special School where I am a teacher. My Lions

Club of Tungamah and District, with assistance

from many other clubs in the district, has been

raising funds to assist the Crawford family for

some time. At their first attempt, Lions and the

local community raised over $25,000 in a day,

June - July 2011

for Motor Neurone sufferers, $2500 for the

Salvation Army for under-privileged people and

$1500 for fire victims.

With 45 members, Ulverstone is one of the

biggest clubs in Tasmania and has twice hosted

the T1 Convention (it is also committed to hosting

an outstanding effort in a town of just 330.

Looking ahead, Lions have set up a trust to use

this money to provide for the children.

Your foundation, the Australian Lions

Gae and Elvio, Robyn and Les with Simon and Vicki and Illa, Cadel and Montana.

Foundation, has also provided grants for lifters

and change tables. This helps, but more help is

needed. Inevitably the trust money is dwindling

with the continuing need for wheelchairs, travel

and medical expenses and more.

Last year N5 PDG Elvio Munzone and Lion Gae

the convention in 2012).

It helps run a Christmas parade while

providing a float and selling Christmas trees. An

annual golf day is well supported and a great

public relations exercise.

– Neil Rawson, Publicity Officer

visited V6 and spent time with my family. Elvio

and I served as District Governors in the same

year and had formed a lasting friendship. Over a

glass of red we discussed the Crawfords’

difficulties, and in particular Cadel’s need

for a new wheelchair costing almost

$7,000. Elvio immediately acted. He called

two other PDGs from our year – CC Phil

Lawler from N2 and PDG Bob Moore from

N4 – and asked them to help. PCC Phil

promoted the idea through N2 clubs, and

PDG Bob did likewise in N4 and Elvio in N5.

Donations began to arrive, with Bondi and

Lugarno clubs each donating $2000.

Griffith donated $1000 and Manly and

other clubs kicked in generously and,

together with a sizeable donation from the

V6 Foundation, the $7000 was raised.

The Crawfords and Tungamah Lions are

extremely grateful for the help given their

family, particularly as it was largely driven

by a total stranger to our town. Our sincere

and heartfelt thanks go to PDG Elvio and every

club that donated toward this worthy cause.

Without a Lions club in our town, this would not

have happened!

– PDG Les Harrison, V6

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They only

remember the

winners

By Sid L Scruggs lll, President,

The International Association of

Lions Clubs

As I reflect on this Lions year I am

reminded of the words of my high school

track coach: “Son, it is not how you

started, it is how you finished. They only

remember the winners.”

Our goal this year was to re-engage Lions

in service to be a Beacon of Hope.

As you look to complete your year as a

Lion, I hope you will finish strong.

My track coach had me train at a distance

10 percent longer than the race so that I was

still going strong as I crossed the finish line.

With the global action campaign completed

for this year we must continue to make sure

our community service continues strong

across this year’s finish line. The people we

help will always remember us as the people

that helped them be winners!

There are almost 1.4 million of us, and if

each Lion did one act of meaningful service

each month, it would amount to 17 million

acts of kindness in a year.

If our service was one act a week, we

would celebrate more than 73 million

instances of Lions making a difference in the

lives of others.

As you look over your life’s

accomplishments, I believe you will agree that

the most memorable events are those times

when you made a difference in someone’s life.

I’ve read that what we make is a living, but

what we give away is what makes a life.

To meet the need of someone else is

indeed being a Beacon of Hope.

I thank you for your service and ask you to

continue to serve with passion.

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Quarter

century of

restoring

sight

Western Australia’s Lions Eye Bank celebrates

25 years of the gift of sight.

In 1925, when Helen Keller urged Lions to join

her in a “crusade against darkness”, she planted a

seed that has yielded a rich harvest worldwide.

Forty-five years after her initial call, at their 1970

conference in Albany, Lions clubs in Western

Australia formed the Lions Save Sight Foundation

(WA) Inc. to lead the development of world-class

ophthalmic care.

Over time, the Foundation achieved a number of

milestones – including the launch of the Lions Chair

in Ophthalmology at The University of Western

Australia in 1975 and in 1983 the creation of the

internationally-renowned Lions Eye Institute (LEI).

The Foundation also worked with Lions clubs of

Western Australia to screen for glaucoma

throughout the state.

And from the early 1970s, the Lions Save Sight

Foundation (LSSF) recognised it had a vital role to

play in generating community awareness about the

importance of eye tissue donation.

LSSF Chairman PCC Ambrose Depiazzi said the

Foundation opened up community discussion about

the often sensitive issue of tissue donation. “We

knew that corneal transplantation was the only

option for many people who were blind because

their corneas were damaged or diseased.

“We set about finding ways to raise public

awareness about the benefits of corneal

transplantation and, along with the Australian

Kidney Foundation, developed a donor pledge card

which allowed people to make an informed choice.”

While the Western Australian Lions were

committed to raising public awareness of the

importance of donor pledges, it was not until 1986

that a fully operational Eye Bank was established.

This would not have been possible without the

support of the LSSF and Lions clubs, which

originally funded and assisted in the set-up costs of

the Eye Bank in Western Australia.

Since then the Lions Eye Bank of WA has

evolved and in August 1999 it was approved as a

licensed body by the Therapeutic Goods

Administration. Changes continue and in April this

year it began the transition to a different type of

storage method for corneas. This new method

increases the storage time of a viable cornea from

Lions Eye Bank Director, Associate Professor Steve

Wiffen ... donating eye tissue and corneas is to be

encouraged.

Lions Eye Bank’s celebration

one week to four, which has enormous advantages

in the use and scheduling of corneal transplants as

well as enabling further expansion of the

acceptable donor

pool.

It is expected

this change will

see an increase of

available eye tissue donors and a decrease in

waiting times for corneal transplants.

On July 1, the Lions Eye Bank will celebrate its

25th anniversary. Since its inception, more than

3400 Western Australians have received corneal

transplants, vastly improving their quality of life by

improving or restoring their vision.

Lions Eye Bank Director, Associate Professor

Steve Wiffen, said there was a consistent

requirement for corneas. “The number of Western

Australians awaiting a corneal transplant has been

increasing over the last few years.”

He said many people did not realise they were

more likely to be in a position to donate eye tissue

than any other organ or tissue, due to broader age

and medical acceptance criteria.

Managing Director of the Lions Eye Institute,

Professor David Mackey, said that as a not-forprofit

organisation, LEI relied heavily on community

support. “Lions clubs in Western Australia have

been extraordinary and their leadership has allowed

us to fund vital equipment, scholarships and

research over many years.

“Right from the beginning, the Lions Save-Sight

Foundation set itself the objective of creating

programs that educate, prevent and cure eye

disease – as well as establishing a world-leading

research centre. It is a great legacy to the people of

Western Australia and the wider world.”

Lion


Devil of a time in Launceston

From the moment the Tasmanian Governor,

the Honourable Peter Underwood AC, invited

Lions to have a devil of a time (“though

hopefully not to extinction”) at the 59th

National Convention in Launceston, the mood

was set.

It was fun, fellowship and planning for possibly

the most momentous phase in Australian Lions

history.

There was excitement about PID Barry Palmer’s

much-hoped-for announcement as Australia’s first

International 2nd Vice President at the 94th

International Convention in Seattle (July 4 to 8) –

and growing confidence over an injection of youth

to complement “wise heads” in the organisation.

Indicative of the youthful new make-up of Lions

Australia was the announcement that last year’s

June - July 2011

59th National Convention rated a Tassie triumph

total of 75 Leos clubs nation-wide is likely to soar

to 100 or more by the end of this year.

In line with the youth direction, keynote speaker

Father Chris Riley emotionally invited Lions to

become the voice and force for youth in Australia

(see story page 11).

Our new Council Chairman was announced for

2011-2012 – N1’s Peter Clarke – and details of

next year’s national convention in Perth were

outlined.

Most agreed the organisation of the Launceston

Convention was a giant success, with regular

attendances of 1000-plus daily, warm hospitality

and plentiful catering.

A highlight was the Saturday morning march led

by the City of Launceston RSL Band through the

streets of the city. On the Sunday morning a

Victoria’s Lions Club of Mount Eliza has reached new

heights. Its bannerette has been unfurled 6189 metres

up on a mountain, Island Peak, in the Himalayas.

Climber James Nash, a resident of Mount Eliza, agreed to

take the banner with him after addressing club members.

The 11-member team undertook the ambitious project as

part of a campaign to raise $1 million for cancer research.

dignified remembrance ceremony, in which District

Governors and their partners placed flowers in

vases on stage, also impressed.

Sponsored by Invocare, a strong supporter of

Lions and this convention, the simple ceremony

provided a moving farewell to Lions who have left

us in the past year.

Impressive too were the venues – the Silverdome

stadium, where the opening and flag ceremonies

were held on the first day, and the historic Albert

Hall (pictured above), location for much of the rest

of the convention.

One of Launceston’s most significant buildings,

the Victorian hall was constructed in 1891 to house

the Tasmanian Industrial Exhibition of 1891-92.

MORE CONVENTION STORIES OVER PAGE

Unfurling banner 6189 metres high in Himalayas

Climbing Island Peak was the brainchild of Amanda

Ghirardello, 25, in remission from stage 3 breast cancer.

Amanda is raising money in the hope of ultimately curing

cancer while showing other sufferers how they can

experience “a fantastic, active life”. Her story is at

http://www.mountainkingdoms.com/blog/remission-possibleeverest-base-camp-trekking-cancer-fundraiser/.

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Coffee break for new nation

The simple act of grabbing a cup of

coffee between breaks at last

month’s Launceston Convention will

help launch a new nation.

Funds of $2,646.55 from the

convention’s Gold Coin Coffee Stand will

help build a primary school in the new

country of South Sudan.

South Sudan will officially gain

independence on the 9th July and it will

have to start from scratch.

Land has already been purchased,

plans are being drawn up and $20,000

is needed to get stage 1 of the project

underway.

Education will be the key to achieving

long-term peace, stability and

development in South Sudan.

The Launceston coffee stand was

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LOOK AHEAD TO

PERTH

Before the Launceston Convention

had finished, registrations were

being invited for next year’s Perth

Convention at the Burswood

Convention Centre. It will be a

landmark, celebrating 60 years of

Lions in Australia and 50 years in

W.A. – details:

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

2012convention/

hosted by Riverside Lions Club and

staffed by Lions Ladies and local

Sudanese.

“Wouldn’t it be great if other clubs

around Australia could run some projects

to help raise the balance of the

$20,000,” said Riverside Lion David

Vautin.

To learn more or to take up the

challenge, ring David’s wife Coby,

co-ordinator of Mercy Projects (Tas), on

(0419 376660).

“We believe in empowerment through

education, which will lead to there being

no need to send refugees to Australia

and other places,” said Coby.

“We encourage the use of local

products and the employment of local

people.”

Outcomes from Notices of Motion - National Convention, Launceston

Sudanese-born servers were on hand to dispense coffee at the stand

hosted by Riverside Lions Club and Lions Ladies. Proceeds will go to help

build a primary school in the new nation of South Sudan.

Wikipedia/Nachoman.au

Notice of Motion Outcome

CNM1 CARRIED

CNM2 CARRIED

CNM3 LOST

CNM4 CARRIED

CNM5 CARRIED

CNM6 AMENDED AND CARRIED

“That Clause 86.1.2 of the Multiple District Constitution be amended by the deletion

of all words following the words “other Motions” where appearing in the first line

and the following words being inserted in lieu thereof – “will be made available in

electronic format by the date specified in Clause 86.1 and Clause 86.1.1, in a

suitable secure fashion as determined by the Executive Officer with a request for

an acknowledgement in the manner specified by the Executive Officer. Clubs which

have not acknowledged receipt of the documentation within 14 days of the

specified date will receive the documentation by post.”

CNM7 LOST

CNM8 CARRIED

NM9 CARRIED

NM10 CARRIED

NM11 CARRIED

NM12 CARRIED

GILLIAN’S JOY

There were two people Youth of the Year

winner Gillian Mahony just had to see

straight after her Launceston triumph –

her parents who had specially flown

from Perth to support her.

Minutes before she had told of her love for

her parents.

Melbourne-born and Perth-raised Gillian

took off a closely fought contest from Nathan

Barnden (N Districts), Brooke Snow (Q

Districts), Max Rintoul (T District), Raynor

Hicks (C Districts) and Stuart McKenzie (V

Districts). Nathan Barnden won the public

speaking prize.

As part of her prize in the contest, now in

its 14th year and sponsored by NAB, Gillian

wins a trip to the UK or the chance to

volunteer overseas in a youth-oriented

project. Youth of the Year is the longestrunning

community partnership with which

NAB has been involved.

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June - July 2011

BECOME THE FORCE FOR

AUSSIE YOUTH

Father Chris Riley’s emotional convention plea

Father Chris Riley, founder and CEO of Youth

Off The Streets, challenged Lions at the

Launceston Convention to stand up for

Aussie youth – especially those in dire

circumstances.

In a moving and confronting keynote address,

Father Riley observed that Lions are in the perfect

position to represent disadvantaged youth.

“Please become the force for young people ...

you guys have the power, you guys have the

passion – and if you really commit to this I just

think you might be

able to change the

lives of our young

people,” he told

the audience.

As CEO of

Youth Off The

Streets, Father

Riley oversees the

operation of over 20 programs that employ 150

people and involve more than 800 volunteers.

Lions, he said, have the heart to tackle such a

project. “Our kids are our greatest asset and

someone needs to stand up for them ... we love

our own kids but when it comes to youth as a

group no-one really stands up to defend them.”

In particular, he called on Lions to “get those

young Lions leaders out there”, to show just how

fantastic the youth of Australia can be.

Father Riley chilled the audience with snapshots

of just what many young people had to endure, of

a seven-year-old girl who weighed just 9kg after

being found dead on the NSW Central Coast (she

was locked in a room with faeces and “her socks

welded to her feet because they hadn’t been

changed for so long”). Of a three-year-old boy

being put into a suitcase and thrown into a duck

pond, and of babies less than a year old being

sexually assaulted.

He told of visiting a NSW country centre where

more than 40 girls under 14 had become pregnant

to collect the Baby Bonus, and of a young boy

being repeatly raped by his mother’s boyfriend.

Father Riley, who was inspired in his crusade for

youth after watching the 1931 movie Boys’ Town,

highlighted the need to recognise that young

people are not born bad but that horrific

circumstances sometimes turn them that way.

He

“You guys have the power, you

guys have the passion – and if

you really commit to this I just

think you might be able to change

the lives of our young people”

painted a

grim picture

of how

widespread,

the problem

is. “We

discovered

that in

juvenile detention centres in NSW, which had

about 450 kids in them and are always full, 48

percent of the population are Aboriginal.

“They make up two percent of the youth

population in NSW. Twelve percent have an

intellectual disability. These are kids who should be

in disability services, not in detention centres.

“Thirty six percent of the girls and 25 percent of

the boys are what we call State Wards, or out of

home care. They are the most brutalised kids in

this country. In NSW, up to 160 kids are killed in

their families every year. And these kids are under

the care usually of adults who receive notification

after notification but don’t step in to do anything.”

After Father Riley’s address, a cheque for

$6000 (including $5000 from T1 and $1000 from

the Multiple District) was handed over and by

convention’s end a lot more was on the way.

CONVENTION STANDOUTS

▲ News of $75,000 being awarded by LCIF to the Lions Spinal Cord Fellowship for a high-tech

microscope to boost research at St Vincent’s Hospital, Melbourne

▲ The Ted Horwood Award for best story in the Lion magazine being awarded to Lion Dr Stephen

Weinstein (Lions Club of Mudgeeraba) for his story “Operation Kiribati”, about a medical team’s fight

to counter cervical cancer in the Pacific island nation.

▲ The Syd Packham Award for best PR or publicity program going to V1-4’s Jill Qualtrough for her

long-standing efforts in bringing Lions doings to the general public.

TOP LEO TOM

Launceston provided an emotional

highlight for Leo of the Year winner Tom

Porter, here being congratulated after his

popular award.

After delighting convention attendees with

his announcement of his ambition of

becoming the youngest district governor in

Q2, Tom dedicated his win to his mother

Megan who is suffering from cancer and to

Queensland Leo Co-ordinator Toni Lanphier

who had guided him through the contest.

Other finalists included public speaking

winner Kara Barker (Tasmania), Madeleine

Gillespie (Western Australia), Paul Watts

(NSW) and Amber Gray (Victoria).

BELOW: Leo Chairman Marty Peebles with Dale

“Toby” Crawford (left) and DG elect Peter Lamb

(right), awarded Graham Pearce Leo Awards for

their long service to the organisation.

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LAUNCESTON CANDIDS

1. Macarthur & District Lion Andrew Duyvestyn gets

cosy with a not-so-snappy Tassie Tiger.

2. Tanya Nati of Dollar Sweets was happy to share the

Lion Mints around.

3. PID Barry Palmer was besieged by wellwishers

after his keynote address and prior to heading to

Seattle for the International Convention – and hopefully

appointment as 2nd International Vice President. Barry

has sold out of his Sydney real estate business to

devote himself to obtaining the position.

4. Leo of the Year finalists on stage during their

judging.

5. V3 PG Shirley Higman gets in the spirit with

colleagues as the end of her term nears.

6. The autumn sun was shining and the location was

perfect for a coffee break during the opening day at

Launceston’s Silverdome.

7. It might not be Christmas but Carl Ladner of Top

Taste Cakes and Tom Gould were intent on

demonstrating that Lions Christmas Cakes can be

enjoyed any time of the year.


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8. It might have been chilly but spirits

were high on the Saturday morning as

Lions prepared to march through the

streets of Launceston.

9. Australian Lions Children’s Mobility

Foundation members weren’t about to

leave Launceston without everyone

knowing what they are about.

10. Even the long arm of the Launceston

law appreciated a free pack of Lion Mints

on a coolish morning.

11. Youth of the Year finalists show their

happiness at being involved in the Lions

march through Launceston.

12. StepAhead Australia President Dr

George Owen offers DG elect Peter Lamb

sustenance at a luncheon outlining his

organisation’s life-saving involvement in

regenerating spinal cords. Lions clubs of

Australia raise more than $100,000 a year

in support of StepAhead.

13. Lions came from far and wide to

share in the experience of a national

convention.

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(not to mention Lionesses

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In all the right shapes, sizes and

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From Council Chairperson Bob

At the time of

writing Barbara

and I have

recently

returned from a

few days break

over the Easter

period following

a very

successful

National Convention in Launceston.

What a wonderful weekend it was from the

opening ceremony where we were welcomed by His

Excellency the Governor of Tasmania Peter

Underwood AC and his Worship the Mayor of

Launceston Albert Van Zetten to the final Cabaret

on the Monday night. Convention Chairman Tony

Roney was true to his promise and had the

weatherman provide us with pleasant autumnal

weather.

Launceston is a beautiful city with lots to offer in

the way of sightseeing and shopping for those

conventioneers who had a few extra days to tour

around.

The Convention had many highlights, including a

very emotional and thought provoking address on

“Youth off the Streets” by keynote speaker Father

Chris Riley and an address by PID Barry Palmer on

his progress and, indeed, Lions Australia’s progress

towards having an International President. There

From Executive Officer Rob

I, like many other

Lions, have just

returned from

Launceston

following a very

successful National

Convention.

Judging by the

many smiles, I was

not alone in that

assessment.

We owe considerable thanks to PCC Tony Roney

and his team of Lions who made the job of

organising this Convention look easy. Thanks also

to our Convention sponsors GM Holden and

Invocare, and the many local businesses who

supported the Convention.

The Convention was preceded by a very busy

were inspirational and exciting Youth of the Year

and LEO of the Year presentations and three well

presented and very well attended forums. I am also

pleased to report yours truly managed to survive the

business sessions relatively unscathed. My thanks to

Sergeant at Arms PDG Bruce McLeod for the smooth

running of business proceedings, the Convention

Organising Committee for their great work and to

the conventioneers for making the weekend such a

memorable one for Barbara and myself.

A couple of my last official engagements will see

Barbara and I and Council Chairman Robin and Lois

from New Zealand joining fellow Lions in MD307,

Indonesia, for their Multiple District Convention –

and of course accompanying our District Governors

Elect at the International Convention in Seattle,

where I will have some final duties to perform. We

will also be part of PID Barry Palmer’s support team

promoting his candidacy for 2nd International Vice

President.

This Lions year commenced with a flourish as

we saw Sydney host the International Convention,

an event which brought many accolades from

visiting overseas and Australian Lions. Much of the

praise was directed towards the volunteers for their

knowledge and friendly manner. Your Council of

Governors was formally inducted in Sydney and

again proved how well trained and ready they were

to take up the challenges of their portfolios. The

role of District Governor is not always easy but this

final meeting of the Council. One of the more

significant items of work for the Council was the

development of a strategic plan for the Multiple

District. This plan will guide the direction of the

Multiple District over the next five years and

responds to the myriad of issues and concerns

raised by Lions clubs around Australia in last year’s

survey. The Council has listened to our members

and taken this important step.

The current Council has endorsed the broad

strategic direction of the organisation in eight key

areas. The incoming Council is charged with the

responsibility to develop a five-year operational plan

for the Multiple District with a mandate to grow and

modernise the organisation.

Those key areas of focus are:

● Membership focus - A Lions membership

demography that reflects Australia’s demography.

● Governance to a plan – A national plan that

guides the long-term future of the organisation.

● A National theme and focus – Developing a

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year’s Governors faced additional extreme

challenges when hit by one natural disaster after

another. These challenges, met and conquered time

and time again, will continue for some time into our

next Lions year, but I am sure they will be tackled

with the same vigour by the incoming District

Governors.

At council meetings I am pleased to say that

each of the Governors strongly represented the

views of their respective Districts, and also

vigorously debated all business matters to ensure a

proper outcome for the continued benefit, growth

and health of this organisation. We have set in

motion a Road Map from information and

suggestions taken from the National Survey, the

results of which will evolve over the ensuing year.

Unfortunately the GMH-Holden sponsorship has

lapsed this year. We appreciated this partnership as

it was of great assistance towards the running of

our National and District Conventions. However

Executive Officer Rob Oerlemans is still working

with Holden management in the hope of a

continuing association with them.

We are very pleased to have the National

Australia Bank (NAB) continue to sponsor our Youth

of the Year. Lions Australia is privileged to enjoy one

of the longest partnerships NAB has had with any

other community organisation and we certainly hope

we can work with them for many more years.

This year we welcomed a new partnership in

Invocare, Australia’s and the Asia Pacific area’s

leading funeral and related services company.

Invocare boasts of 80 Lions members as part of

their management group and are very supportive of

many Lions projects.

We have endeavoured to increase our Lions

profile by targeting specific areas in all aspects of

focus that is easily understood by the community as

a rallying point for promotion.

● Partnerships for funding and promotion.

● Financial Sustainability.

● A transparent legal and policy framework.

● Technology to drive performance.

● Accountability to our membership through

reporting back at a strategic level.

One of the early changes you will notice is the

addition of a new Leadership Committee. The

Multiple District has responded to the direction set

by LCI to separate and bring focus to the important

areas of Membership and Leadership, and the

Council has determined that the new MD Global

Leadership Team Coordinator will be part of the

National Management group. A second important

change resolved by Council is renaming our

“Managers” to the new title of “National

Coordinator”, to reflect the important role that they

carry out in coordinating Multiple District

Committees.

June - July 2011

Bob Gilchrist credits wife Barbara as being his

anchor through his year as Council Chairman so it

was fitting he showed his thanks publicly.

the media. Our Executive Officer Rob has been

working with our Public Relations group to produce

audio and video aids for clubs, TV advertising, which

has shown results in membership, a new blog page

and a continuing upgrade of our Multidistrict

website. All are designed to create greater

awareness of the commitment of Lions to

community service.

Our Marketing manager PCC David McKenzie

OAM continues to work with Qantas to endeavour to

You will hear more about the review over the

coming months but I would like to assure you that

the outcome is more than a folder of papers to sit

on a shelf, but a genuine plan to grow and sustain

our organisation for the long term. There is a

strong desire to be the very best service club

organisation that we can be!

– Rob Oerlemans

Coming up

Lions Clubs International Convention Seattle

4-8 July 2011: An International Convention is a

unique experience, and our Lions will have a large

delegation to support our candidate for 2nd Vice

President, PID Barry Palmer AM. Links to relevant

information can be found at

www.ozzielions.blogspot.com. Tickets for the

Australian functions are now on sale!

ANZI Forum: The inaugural Area Forum for Lions in

our Constitutional Area will be held on the Gold

Coast from 9-11 September 2011. An Area forum

get Lions products in as part of the flight services.

The addition of Fudge and Puddings to our product

range has proven successful. We continue to

develop our Youth Services with the appointment of

a Youth Conversion Officer, who will keep contact

with Youth of the Year and Youth Exchange

participants to maintain a liaison with them and

hopefully have them join a LEOs or Lions club. It is

most important that we give these young people,

especially the LEOs, encouragement for they in

particular know how we value service to the

community; they know what Lions are about, they

are our future.

My year as your Council Chairman has been a

great experience; my duties have been lightened

and made less onerous by the total cooperation of

all the Governors, the experience of my Executive

and Management group and assistance of the office

staff. They have my heartfelt thanks.

My thanks to my family, my Lions club and

members of my District for their constant support

and words of encouragement and, of course, last

but not least my wife, Barbara, who has been my

anchor and constant mainstay throughout these last

two years.

This has been a tremendous journey for Barbara

and I. We have shared the highs and lows of fellow

Lions at home and overseas who have experienced

the trauma of floods, earthquakes and fires all of

which brought home to us the true meaning of

Lions Caring and Sharing through Service”. We

have enjoyed wonderful social fellowship and had

the privilege of meeting some very inspirational

people, leaving us with friendships and memories

we will cherish for a lifetime.

– Bob Gilchrist

brings together Lions from New Zealand and the

Pacific Islands, Australia and Indonesia, as well as

strong representation from senior Lions from around

the world. Consider this opportunity and browse the

program on the forum website at

http://lionsanzipacificforum.com/

District Conventions: Think about attending your

District Convention to connect up with Lions from

your District, and find out about the hundreds of

things Lions does each year to improve our

communities. Information can be found at

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

Things to do

· Remind yourself about the special offers for our

Lions members. You can find these in the members

area of your Oz-Clubhouse website, or at

www.lionsclubs.org.au.

· Attending a future International Convention?

Don't forget to fill out the online survey. Go to

www.ozzielions.blogspot.com to find out more!

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MS representative Anita Graham with Figtree’s President Kevin Hartley and Organising

Committee Chairman Peter Brown.

Figtree in the swim

For 24 hours competing teams swam

more than 1000km for cash

When N2’s Figtree Lions jumped in to help

MS Australia raise funds for people living with

multiple sclerosis in the Illawarra earlier this

year the result was impressive.

They aided in the raising of $40,000 via the

region’s first 24-hour Mega Swim.

More than 225 swimmers from 17 teams swam

more than 1000km in total during the relay-style

event at the University of Wollongong’s Recreation

and Aquatic Centre.

Lions Clubs around Australia have supported

National Tree Day since its inception back in

1995. Now in its 16th year, National Tree Day

has become Australia’s largest community

tree planting event largely because of the

support offered by community groups such

as Lions.

As well as being able to mingle with members

of all ages in your community, you will have the

chance to raise money and promote your local

club and regular activities and functions. It can

also be a good opportunity to recruit new

members, as most National Tree Day volunteers

are active

community

members

interested in

supporting

community

initiatives.

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It was the first

such a swim in the

Illawarra with points

awarded to teams

for every 500m

completed. At least

one member from

each tag-team had

to remain in the

water at all times.

Among those

who swam were

Wollongong elite

triathlete Ben Allen

and champion longdistance

swimmer

Robert Hurley, both

aiming for medals

at London’s 2012

Olympics.

Ben swam 13km

between 2am and

5am.

MS Australia has

been running 24hour

swims for

some years

throughout Australia.

To help organise the event, an enthusiastic

committee was formed chaired by Figtree Lion

Peter Brown and including president Kevin Hartley,

and members Arthur Smithers, Michael Cadorin and

Geoff Failes, as well as representatives from URAC

and MS Australia.

Clinical Dietician with Port Kembla Hospital’s

Illawarra Transitional Aged Care Service (ITACS),

Get planning for tree planting

Clubs can support National Tree Day in a

couple of ways. Facilitate local tree planting and

maintenance projects by coordinating a treeplanting

site, or raise funds by putting on a

barbecue at an existing local tree-planting event.

Whatever the level of support offered, clubs can

be assured their investment in the day will be well

returned and most appreciated.

Planet Ark also provides support to clubs

wanting to host a site via its National Tree Day

Hotline and website where downloadable

resources and a step-by-step guide, as well as

tools to help Site Coordinators promote their treeplanting,

are readily available.

If you would like more information about

National Tree Day or to register your interest in

supporting a local event, visit

http://treeday.planetark.org or call the National

Tree Day hotline on 1300 88 5000.

Anita Graham was the principal coordinator and

driving force.

A keen swimmer with a close family member

with MS, Anita said she often sees patients living

with the illness and the devastating effect it can

have on lives. “I also have a zeal for sharing my love

of swimming; I grew up with the sport and

competed at high levels, so bringing the two

together in this way has been very rewarding,” she

said.

“The trials and tribulations of participating in this

24-hour event, such as fatigue, muscle tiredness

and muscle weakness, provided participants with a

small snapshot of what it’s like to live with MS.”

Local specialists also joined the action and

Anita’s fellow ISLHN dieticians hosted a nutrition

stand providing fruit skewers, free cookbooks and

other goodies.

Figtree Lions worked barbecue shifts throughout

the 24 hours, while others helped log laps

completed by teams and handed out goodie bags

containing swim caps, newspapers, t-shirts and

other donated items.

The winning team, the MS Thrashers, raised just

over $10,000 and covered more than 70km.

Funds will aid 38 Illawarra people living with MS

with a Go for Gold scholarship to assist with inhome

respite, further education, home modifications

and child care.

Lions Club President Kevin Hartley described the

swim as one of Figtree’s greatest fundraising

achievements.

“No one worked harder than Anita – she was

instrumental in its success,” said Committee

Chairman Peter Brown.

– Geoff Failes

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Book now!

ANZI-PACIFIC

FORUM

FILLING FAST

There has been a

constant flow of

registrations for

the ANZI PACIFIC

FORUM at

Jupiter’s Hotel at

Broadbeach on

the Gold Coast

(9-11

September).

While most of

the early bookings

were made by Australian Lions, they’ve now been

joined by a steady number of New Zealand and

Indonesian members. However, there is still time for

you to register for this historic event, the first

Constitutional Area forum held in our part of the

world, and you can do so by visiting our website –

www.lionsanzipacificforum.com.

Hopefully, soon after you read this article, PID

Barry Palmer will be elected at the Seattle

International Convention to the position of

International 2nd Vice President, the first Australian

to serve and represent us at the highest level of our

organisation. For those of you unable to go to

Seattle to see this historic event, PID Barry will be

at the forum and you can show your support and

delight at his success.

All 56 forum and special events already have

significant reservations and the three luncheons and

the Saturday night Gala Banquet are all being

booked at a level above expectations. Our forum

raffle is now available and we hope you will be able

to buy some tickets in this as it has some very

exciting prizes.

You will now find full details on our website

concerning each forum and event, including a top

line-up of presenters and panellists from Australia,

New Zealand and Indonesia. Again, please go to the

website to learn how your club can be involved in

two special forums, the New Inventors Show and

Win at Monopoly. A couple of highlights include:

Session 1 – “The Doctor’s Travelling Revival

Show” – Friday, 9th September – 13:50-15:10

Come one, come all, and let the good doctor cure

your Lions problems in a travelling revival meeting

atmosphere – miracles may be performed before

your very eyes. This special headline presentation

will include music and song from travelling doctor,

PDG John Muller (201 Q2). Lots of opportunity for

attendees of the headline forum to be involved –

got a special ailment you’d like cured? Email Doctor

John and he could mix a potion to be taken at his

Travelling Revival Show – jsrellum@yahoo.com.au

Those of you who heard PDG John speak at

June - July 2011

Launceston know that he is a dynamic speaker and

this session should not be missed.

Session 3 – “Mastermind” – Saturday, 10th

September – 8:30-9:50

Quiz Master Past International Director Cliff

Heywood (MD202) will test your knowledge of Lions

in an entertaining and educational manner. If you

are interested in becoming a contestant you will be

asked to put your name in a ballot box on arrival at

the registration area. At the Mastermind

Presentation names will be drawn for the

opportunity to go on stage and participate in the

quiz. Those who get a number of questions right will

qualify for the final. The final will be a sudden death

elimination round, and if you get a question wrong

you rejoin the audience. The last person standing

will be the Mastermind Champion and wins a prize.

Quick action – lots of fun – very informative. Give it

a Go – show us what you are made of!

PID Cliff does a great job with this format and

this session is highly recommended.

With clubs having elected their club officers for

2011/12, it is anticipated many of these officers will

start booking the forums especially available to

them. An exciting forum for club presidents will be

their meeting with the International President. Some

clubs are covering the registration fee for the

president, secretary and treasurer while others are

paying a percentage of the registration fee for any

of their members to attend.

Another highlight for club presidents (including

Lioness presidents) will be in the Opening

Ceremony. Presidents in attendance, or another

member of the club, will be asked to participate in a

“Parade of Clubs” proudly holding a sign identifying

your club.

Everything is running smoothly toward a

wonderful ANZI-PACIFIC Forum! Few Australian

Lions have been fortunate to experience the

enthusiasm and good times associated with a

forum. We hope you will attend to soak it all in.

Mind you, the Gold Coast in September is a great

place to soak up some Queensland sun as well. I

look forward to seeing you at our inaugural ANZI-

Pacific Forum to meet and greet our friends from

New Zealand, Indonesia and the Pacific Islands who

will be in attendance. We’ll have a great time!

Kind Regards,

Ken Bird,

Past International Director,

Forum Planning Committee Co-Chairman

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MD 201 District Governors 2011 - 2012

District C1

Name: Lyn

Shoemark

Name of Partner:

Geoff Shoemark

Names of Children:

Wayne, Rebecca &

Matthew

No. of Years a Lion: 12

Years on Club Board: Most years

Years on District Cabinet: 7

Theme/Motto for Year: Service – Fellowship –

Fulfilment

Main Objectives for Year: Ensure the future of

my district

Lions Interests: Increase awareness of Lions

within our local and wider communities, promote

Youth Projects

Outstanding Lions Achievements: Being

instrumental in bringing C1 & C2 Districts together

with ALF to sponsor Healthy Athletes Program for

2010 National Special Olympics in Adelaide, which

resulted in most successful program ever run.

Senior Lions Leadership Institute (NZ) 2011

Awards: MJF, James D Richardson, ALCMF Silver

Award, Lions Quest Gold Award, Star Award, DGs

Appreciation Award for Services to DG’s Bulletin, 2

District Bulletin Awards, 2 Club Secretaries Awards,

1 Club President Award, Certificate of Recognition

for Volunteering at World Police & Fire Games.

Business Interests: Human resources

management (retired)

Civic Interests: Volunteering in numerous charity

and sporting events in South Australia

Sporting Interests: Tennis, swimming,

gymnastics, football (go the Crows!) – all purely

spectator and from the comfort of an armchair

District C2

Name: Trevor Jacobs

Partner: Susan

Jacobs

Names of Children:

Corey, Matthew,

Caroline and Leanne

No. of years a Lion:

31

On Club Board: 18

On District Cabinet: 12

Theme/Motto: Youth – Today’s Tomorrow

Main Objectives: To work with clubs to ensure

that they focus more time on the youth within their

communities

Lions Interests: To restore quality of life to both

young and old who are disadvantaged in any way

Lions Achievements: State Coordinator SA/NT

Youth of the Year

Awards: James Richardson, District Governor

Appreciation, 100% Secretary, President

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Appreciation

Business Interests: Retired after 12 years in

retail industry

Sporting Interests: Following local football and

netball competitions

Other Interests: Being with my family and grandchildren

who keep me reasonably young, travelling

District N1

Name: Peter John

Blom OAM, JP

Name of Partner:

Carmel

Names of Children:

Lyndal and Nicholas

No. of Years a Lion:

8

Years on Club Board: 8

Years on District Cabinet: 4

Years on MD Committees: 4

Theme/Motto for Year: Today’s Youth,

Tomorrow’s Lions

Main Objectives for Year: Ensure everyone

enjoys their Lions work. Look for suitable Extension

areas. Make Retention a goal not just a word.

Lions Interests: Youth projects particularly Leos

because they are our future

Outstanding Lions Achievements: The

formation of the Lions Club of Dungowan and

being Charter President

Business Interests: Retired

Civic Interests: Local community involvement

Sporting Interests: I like all sports mainly, rugby

league football. Parramatta Eels fanatic

District N2

Name: Geoff Hobart

Name of Partner:

Cherie

Names of Children:

Lindsay and Rowena

No. of Years a

Lion: 16

Years on Club Board: 12

Years on District Cabinet: 7

Theme/Motto for Year: Dare to Serve

Main Objectives for Year: Lions working

together to achieve great things

Lions Interests: Youth projects and Organ

Donation

Outstanding Lions Achievements: Graduate

Senior Lions Leadership Institute, graduate Lions

Faculty Development Institute

Awards: Melvin Jones Fellow, James D.

Richardson Honour Award, Neil Williams Esteemed

Member Award, International President’s Medal for

Outstanding Leadership

Business Interests: Retired police officer,

consultant

Civic Interests: Member United Nations

Association, indigenous health issues

Sporting Interests: Supporter ACT Brumbies and

Formula 1 motor racing

District N3

Name: Robert (Bob)

Findley

Name of Partner:

Eileen Findley

Names of Children:

Rose, Charles and 5

granddaughters

No. of Years a

Lion: 27

Years on Club Board: 25

Years on District Cabinet: 10

Theme/Motto for Year: Refresh the Future

Main Objectives for Year: Focus district Cabinet

on the Lions International Purposes with emphasis

on membership, club formation, youth and Leos

Lions Interests: Service to local communities,

support of Lions foundations, preservation and

promotion of the Lions image and brand

Outstanding Lions Achievements: Key part of

district team raising funds for establishment of

pediatric/palliative care facilities in Hunter and

Northern NSW hospitals. Led own club to sponsor

free riverside concerts for local culture

improvements. Served twice as club president and

increased membership both times. Led the change

of my own to a mixed club

Awards: Progressive Melvin Jones Fellow,

International President’s Appreciation Certificate, 2nd

Vice Governor Excellence Award, 3 DG Star Awards,

2 Club President Excellence Awards, District

Treasurer Recognition Awards, District Lion of the

Year, DG Appreciation Award, DG Appreciation

Certificate, 3 District Chairman’s Awards, 4 100%

Club Secretaries Awards, NSW/ACT Save Sight –

Prof Bilson Platinum Award, ALF – William R Tresise

Fellow, ALF – Ian Stockdale Humanitarian Award,

ALCMF – Mary Jamieson Recognition Award, Lions

Quest Silver Award & Key Award

Business Interests: Bachelor of Engineering

(Mechanical), design engineer, plant installation

supervision, contracts management in fabrication

and construction, inventory management in steel

merchandising, strategic planning, integrated

supply chain management in manufacturing

Civic Interests: Church and local school councils

Sporting Interests: Fishing, walking, cycling,

motorsport

District N4

Name: Michele

Bentley

Names of Children:

Justin (Emma) plus 2

granddaughters

No. of Years a

Lion


Lion: 21

Years on Club Board: 20

Years on District Cabinet: 19

Years on MD Committees: 3

Theme/Motto for Year: Lions Caring for Lions

and the Community

Main Objectives for Year: Maintain district

growth; welfare of members and promoting Lions

own foundations, particularly those related to Helen

Kellar’s Challenge to be “Knights of the Blind”

Lions Interests: Working on community projects;

sight and hearing projects, particularly NSW/ACT

Save Sight and Public Health Care Foundation and

Lions Hearing Dogs

Outstanding Lions Achievements: Cabinet

Secretary, YOTY State Co-ordinator, graduate of

Senior Lions Leadership Institute, Zone Chairman

(3), various Cabinet positions, Director of NSW/ACT

Save Sight and Health Care Foundation (12 yrs),

Minutes Sec (6 yrs), Lions rep on NSW Eye Bank

Committee, Councillor on NSW Save Sight Institute

Board

Awards: Neville Tucker Award; Appreciation

Awards – Presidents (2); Secretary (2), Outstanding

Zone Chairman; Key Member (5 members)

Business Interests: About to retire after 35 years

as admin manager at Ardlethan Central School

Civic Interests: Carols By Candlelight, Past

Executive Member of CWA (Ardlethan). Have been

involved over many years with scouts, guides,

P&C, Ardlethan Aged Units Committee, Past Hon.

Secretary of bowling club

Sporting Interests: Retired tennis and squash

player, armchair cricket, tennis, bowls and rugby

tragic

District N5

Name: Stephen

Coleman

Names of Children:

Mckaela and Alex

Coleman.

No. of Years a

Lion: 11

Years on Club Board: 9

Years on District Cabinet: 5

Theme/Motto for Year: Building a City of Lions

Main Objectives for Year: Continuity and

Transition

Lions Interests: Lions High School Deaf Camps,

Lions Diabetes Kids Camps, helping wherever I can

Outstanding Lions Achievements: Providing

confidence within camps to enable kids to succeed

Awards: MJF, Harry Hession Bronze Honour

Award, Win Tyquin Award, 2 DG Awards

Business Interests: Transporting and installing

woodworking machinery. Company director with

Redback Construction Pty Ltd

Civic Interests: Helping other Lions clubs with big

projects

Sporting Interests: Cricket, fishing, rugby

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District Q1

Name: Lorraine

McKenzie

Name of Partner:

PCC David McKenzie

OAM

Names of Children:

Tania and Shaun, 4

grandchildren

No. of Years a Lion: 30 (10 Lioness, 20 Lion)

Years on Club Board: 29

Years on District Cabinet: 17

Theme/Motto for Year: We Are The World

Main Objectives for Year: To have fun &

fellowship while promoting the great work that

Lions do in their areas, districts, multiple districts

and globally

Lions Interests: All youth (including ALDAF ) and

community service projects

Outstanding Lions Achievements: Graduate

Senior Lions Leadership Institute 2008, certified

Guiding Lion

Awards: 100% President, 100% Secretary,

District Club Secretary of the Year Award, MJF,

Harry Jenkins Fellow, JD Richardson Honour

Award, Ray Phippard Fellow, Ian M Stockdale

Award, Ian Frazer Humanitarian Award,

International President’s Certificate of Appreciation

Business Interests: Retired

Civic Interests: Chair Australian Citizenship

Ceremony through Lions and helping the

community

Sporting Interests: Follow cricket & rugby union

District Q2

Name: Barry

Brockbank

Name of Partner:

Joy Morgan

Names of

Children: Mathew,

Bronwen and

Simon, 2 grandchildren

No. of Years a Lion: 6

Years on Club Board: 6

Years on District Cabinet: 5

Theme/Motto for Year: Lions – people doing

extraordinary things

Main Objectives for Year: Develop and

encourage a younger membership – our youth our

future

Lions Interests: Medical research, health and

welfare

Outstanding Lions Achievements: Helping

rebuild my own club from one which was close to

closing

Awards: 100% Presidency, 100% Zone, Key

Awards, Top 5% President’s Award x 2, James D

Richardson

Business Interests: Sensis Yellow Pages

Civic Interests: Community support

Sporting Interests: Rugby union/league,

yachting, walking, hiking, history, strategy

computer gaming

District Q3

Name: Arthur

Witheyman

Name of Partner:

Cynthia

Names of Children:

Michelle, Craig,

Nicole, Lee and 11

grandchildren

No. of Years a Lion: 12

Years on Club Board: 11

Years on District Cabinet: 9

Theme/Motto for Year: Lions – Showing we

Care. Extending the caring ethos of the ‘We Serve’

theme to also embrace the members of our Lions

Family

Main Objectives for Year: Achieve a net increase

in membership by creating new clubs and reducing

number of members lost unnecessarily. Encourage

clubs to conduct a Community Needs Assessment

to allow them to be more visible in their respective

communities. Encourage clubs to obtain a better

balance between fundraising projects and handson

community service projects to ensure we allow

members the opportunity to meet their individual

needs as Lions

Lions Interests: Children of Courage, Youth of the

Year, medical research and reducing the number of

members we lose each year because we fail to

meet their needs

Outstanding Lions Achievements: Graduate

Senior Lions Leadership Institute Perth 2009.

Certified Guiding Lion. As Cabinet Treasurer,

implemented changes to District budgeting

process and in conjunction with PDG Norm Alcock

set up a Chart of Accounts to lead to better

understanding of financial demands placed upon

District. This has provided greater transparency

and consistency in financial reporting process

Awards: President's Appreciation Award, 100%

President's Award, International President's

Certificate of Appreciation, 4 District Chairman's

Awards, 2 DGs Appreciation Awards, Key Award, 2

Star Awards, James D Richardson Honour Award,

Melvin Jones Fellowship

Business Interests: Retired after career in

accounting and computing

Civic Interests: Lions and Crime Stoppers

Sporting Interests: Grandchildrens’ sporting

activities, tennis, cycling and awaiting the return of

the halcyon days of the Richmond Football Club

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MD 201 District Governors 2011 - 2012

District Q4

Name: John Lindsay

Name of Partner:

Estelle

Names of Children:

Rodney and Nicole

No. of Years in

Lions: 20

Years on Club Board: 10

Years on District Cabinet: 6

Theme/Motto for Year: Where There’s Need,

There’s Lions

Main Objectives for Year: Implement GMT/GLT

with emphasis on club care. Encourage all clubs

to conduct annual health checks to ensure

members needs are being met. Positive

membership growth by encouraging fun in all

activities

Lions Interest: Youth and health related projects.

Outstanding Lions Achievements: Graduate of

Leadership Institutes in Christchurch and Perth and

being endorsed for District Governor

Awards: Winner 2010 Bank of Queensland MD’s

Award for Community Service ($20,000 bank

donation to my Lions club). Club, District and

International President’s Appreciation Awards. James

D Richardson Honour Award, Professor Ian Fraser

Humanitarian Award and Melvin Jones Fellowship.

Business Interest: Banking

Civic Interests: Promoting Lionism and our many

projects

Sporting Interest: Walking, gardening and Bronco

supporter

District T1

Name: D “Toby”

Crawford

Name of Partner:

Julie

Names of Children:

Louise, Ebony, James

and Thomas

No. of Years a Lion: 23 + 11 years as a LEO

Years on Club Board: 21

Years on District Cabinet: 14

Years on MD Committees: 10

Theme/Motto for Year: Lions and Youth Making

a Difference Together

Main Objectives for Year: Getting Lions more

involved in youth activities/projects, especially

LEOs. Encourage all Lions to look after club

members regarding retention

Lions Interests: All Youth Projects, Lions training

Outstanding Lions Achievements: Lions Youth

Network eXpress (LYNX), Senior Lions Leadership

Institute Graduate, T.L.F. Chairman

Awards: Melvin Jones Fellowship, T.L.F.

Fellowship, numerous District Governor awards

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including one as a LEO in QLD, 2 x 100%

President’s Awards, Key Member.

Business Interests: Builder, currently serving as

Vice President of the H.I.A. Tasmanian branch.

Civic Interests: Sunshine Association, Lions

Sporting Interests: Football, cricket, golf

District V1-4

Name: Phillip Sheriff

Name of Partner:

PDG Margaret

Names of Children:

Leanne, Carolyn

Geoffrey and 6

grandchildren

No. of Years a

Lion: 16

Years on Club Board: 9

Years on District Cabinet: 11

Theme/Motto for Year: Begin with the End in

Mind

Main Objectives for Year: To maintain and

increase clubs and membership

Lions Interests: Youth of the Year, Lions

International Stamp Club

Outstanding Lions Achievements: Cabinet

Treasurer (4 terms), Cabinet Secretary Victorian

Lions Foundation Treasurer (4 terms)

Awards: 2 DG Star Awards, VLF Leo Tyquin

Award, 1 DG Appreciation Award

Business Interests: Retired business manager

Civic Interests: Treasurer Uniting Church Parish

Council, Masonic Lodge.

Sporting Interests: Lawn bowls, AFL – “Go

Swans”

District V2

Name: David Lowing

Name of Partner:

Marlene Lowing

Names of Children:

Karen, Sally, Andrew

and Samantha

No. of Years a

Lion: 17

Years on Club Board: 17

Years on District Cabinet: 9

Years on MD Committees: 3 – YE Chairman:

Scandinavia/United Kingdom, Indonesia/New

Zealand & International Youth Camps.

Theme/Motto for Year: Caring is Giving and

Sharing

Main Objectives for Year: Consolidating existing

clubs, further club extension, create and promote

youth welfare, promote mental awareness and

extend health & youth programs.

Lions Interests: Youth programs, sight and

hearing, creating harmony between Lions

Outstanding Lions Achievements: Youth

Exchange awarded the LCI Top Ten Award. As

LEHP Club Director, from 2000 to 2005, eye tested

the Lake Bolac & District twice, a men’s health

night each year which uncovered a number of

residents with medical problems. Senior Lions

Institute and Certified “Guiding Lions” Course.

Awards: Lions Leadership Award (Lighting the

Path) from PI P J Frank Moore 3rd, Lions Eye

Health Award from PIP Ashok Mehta. Recognition

Award for promoting & maintaining District Youth

activities from PIP Mahendra Amarasuriya. 2 x

Youth Appreciation Awards, District Star Award, 8

DGs Appreciation Awards

Business Interests: Retired after 49 years in

rural industry, now part-time sheep and wool

consultant

Civic Interests: Volunteering for the Victorian

Office of the Public Advocate & Department of

Justice, as an Independent Third Person & a Youth

Referral Independent Person working with the

Victorian Police Service

Sporting Interests: Cricket, golf, tennis & AFL

football

District V3

Name: Kenneth H

Blay

Name of Partner:

Lion Sheryl Blay

Names of Children:

Andrew, Danielle,

Simon, Kane, Kirsty,

Bianca, Scott and 8 grandchildren.

No. of Years a Lion: 27

Years on Club Board: 26

Years on District Cabinet: 5

Theme/Motto for Year: Together we inspire to

achieve

Main Objectives for Year: Additional Leos clubs.

More participation by clubs in Youth of the Year.

Look towards Lions clubs in retirement/senior

citizens villages

Lions Interests: Promotion of clubs in local

media, prostate cancer research

Outstanding Lions Achievements: International

President's Leadership Award 2009-10, 2 DG

Appreciation awards

Awards: Melvin Jones Fellow and as above.

Business Interests: Retired

Civic Interests: Encouraging all in their

communities to work together towards a common

goal

Sporting Interests: The mighty AFL Saints

Lion


District V5

Name: Louis Onley

Name of Partner:

Kaye (Kate) Onley

Names of Children:

Natarsha & Chris,

Nicole & Michael,

Shaun & Naomi,

Kimberley & Michael. Plus 6 grandchildren.

No. of Years a Lion: 35

Years on Club Board: 22 (various clubs)

Years on District Cabinet: 12 – V6 N4 V5

Theme/Motto for Year: Together as one we

serve

Main Objectives for Year: Communication

between district, clubs and members, new and

older, is the best it has ever been. The number of

Lions able to contribute to community service

continues to increase through new clubs and

stronger existing clubs

Lions Interests: Extending Lions within the

community and youth programs.

Outstanding Lions Achievements: Graduate

Senior Lions Leadership Institute, Cabinet

Secretary, Convention Chairman, Licola Board

management 9 years, introduced 14 Lions

members and 1 club.

Awards: MJF, 2 Life Governor Awards, Excellence

Award, 2 Star Awards, 7 DG Awards.

Business Interests: Industry mentor for AMCA,

retired director air conditioning companies and

manufacturing

Civic Interests: Community welfare.

Sporting Interests: Sydney (South Melbourne)

Football Club, and all national teams

District V6

Name: Brenda

Henderson

Name of Partner:

Wayne Henderson

Names of Children:

Brett (Angela), Kim

(Darren), Michelle

(Perry), Paul (Renee) & Kylie (Matt) plus 10

Grandchildren

No. of Years a Lion: 19

Years on Club Board: 15

Years on District Cabinet: 13

Theme/Motto for Year: Lions – People helping

People

Main Objectives for Year: Increase in overall

membership of District. Encouraging clubs to be

receptive to new ideas. Increase the profile of

clubs within their communities by using the media

to promote club projects and events

Lions Interests: Membership,Youth Projects,

health programs

June - July 2011

Outstanding Lions Achievements: Cabinet

Secretary 2004/05, 2006/07, 2007/08. Senior

Lions Institute. Club President (2) Club Secretary

(2) Being elected to the position of District

Governor. Guiding Lion, Key Member Award.

Awards: Melvin Jones Fellow, International

President’s Certificate of Appreciation. DG

Appreciation Award, Star Awards, 2004/2005 and

2005/2006. Zone Chairman Award

Business Interests: Retired after 20 years in the

insurance industry. Occasionally assist husband

Wayne with his insurance brokerage.

Civic Interests: Lions representative on steering

committee of the Albury Wodonga Carers

Accommodation Centre

Sporting Interests: Tennis, netball and

Collingwood Football Club

District W1

Name: Stuart

MacFadyen

Name of

Partner: Joan

Names of

Children: Brad

(Wendy), Sandra

(Nicolai). Grandchildren Amy, Jacob, Ashlee Joan

No. of Years a Lion: 25

Years on Club Board: 24

Years on District Cabinet: 15

Theme/Motto for Year: Growing Together in the

Service of Others

Main Objectives for Year: Building up the clubs

membership along with an increase in clubs

formed

Lions Interests: Lions Children of Courage

Awards started in the West and now growing

throughout the world

Outstanding Lions Achievements: James D

Richardson

Awards: Many club and district awards

Business Interests: Professional bus driver

Sporting Interests: All forms of motor racing (the

louder the better)

District W2

Name: Peter Lamb

Name of Partner:

Lion Helen Lamb

Names of Children:

Jamie (Lion),

Anthony, David, Craig

and 8 grandchildren

No. of Years a Lion: 35 (Fremantle & Mandurah

Clubs)

Years on Club Board: 30+

Years on District Cabinet: 15+

Years on MD Committees: 8 ( Leos & Traveland)

Theme/Motto for Year: Leadership, Equality &

Opportunity with an accent on Youth Projects

Main Objectives for Year: Back to Basics –

Membership, Retention, Extensions, Leadership,

Conciliation and Community Awareness. Promote &

implement information technology as a means of

better communication & promote improved district,

project & club websites. Assist all Youth Projects

with particular emphasis on promotion of new Leo

clubs. Promotion of Drug Awareness in WA

Lions Interests: Leos, Youth Projects, WA Lions

Drug Education, Lions Myalup Pines Cottages.

Outstanding Lions Achievements: Graduate –

Senior Lions Leadership Institute, Guiding Lion, MD

Leo Chairman

Awards: MJF, James D Richardson, International

President’s Award (2) 100% President & Secretary

Awards

Business Interests: Managing director Ausure

Insurance Brokers Mandurah

Civic Interests: Lions, BNI

Sporting Interests: Fremantle Dockers Football

Club, golf, boating

In the chair

Registered nurse Vickey Casey has

reason to look comfortable. She’s trying

out a new Broda CS 385 mobile shower

commode chair.

The chair had just been presented to

Andrews House aged-care facility in

Trafalgar, Victoria.

Easy to use, the chair was handed over

by Trafalgar President Merv Moon to

Andrews House manager Janet Moore

and West Gippsland Health Care Group

CEO Ormond Pearson.

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MILLION DOLLAR “MIRACLE”

ROSY ROSY RESULTS

for cord blood

project

More than $1 million has been raised by Lions

to assist children suffering life-threatening

diseases such as leukaemia and blood-related

disorders.

The money has come via the Lions Cord Blood

Foundation, a Category B MD project.

In thanking Lions Australia wide for their

invaluable work, the foundation

encourages more

clubs to get involved.

For eight years

foundation chairperson,

Lion Patricia Forsyth, has

led fundraising through

her inspirational efforts in

organising the annual

Australian Grocery Grab.

Other activities include saving

“corks for cords” and the St

Valentine’s Day red rose sale in

Melbourne.

Patricia and her team

encourage other Lions and clubs

to take up these activities.

Funds are directed to the BMDI Cord Blood Bank

at Melbourne’s Royal Children’s Hospital.

The Bank has a gained a world-wide reputation

for high-quality cord blood samples for local,

national and international medical institutions.

Cord blood samples are rich in stem cells and

are selected in a best-match process to replace the

child’s disease-affected blood supply.

The bank has nearly 10,000 cord blood units

stored and cooled in liquid nitrogen tanks to minus

196°C. Prior to 1996, only bone marrow

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transplants were

used to deal with

blood disorders in

children suffering conditions

such as leukaemia. However, these were

only 40% successful, mainly because marrow

donors cannot always be found.

From its humble beginnings, storage of cord

blood samples offered a more successful way of

treating childhood leukaemia or blood related

disorders and soon this approach was found to

increase the success rate to around 70%.

The bank has released 365 cord blood units, with

100 going to Australian patients and 265 to

international transplant centres. Research and

technology has greatly extended the use of cord

blood to adults and in the treatment of a greater

range of both malignant and non-malignant

diseases such as those

associated with genetic

malfunctions of the

Lions selling roses to raise funds for Cord Blood and (pictured left) Lion

Patricia Forsyth pushing the message with Dr Ngaire Elwood (right).

immune system, of which there are more than 200

disorders.

The foundation has been at the forefront of these

developments, helping fund medical storage

equipment and, more recently, research.

Undertaken at the Murdoch Children’s Research

Institute, Royal Children’s Hospital, this research has

reached an interesting stage, proving the rate of

blood cell recovery following a cord blood transplant

is dependent upon certain characteristics of the

chromosome make-up of individual samples.

The Lions Cord Blood Foundation is proud to be

associated with these findings as they offer

improved survival rates for children and adults.

Current chairman, Lion Ron Tregear, and his hard

working committee praise Lions in supporting Dr

Ngaire Elwood, Director of the BMDI Cord Blood

Bank, and her dedicated team in striving to achieve

their vision of saving lives and eliminating suffering.

Yes, we are VOLUNTEERS!

When Modbury Lions in the north-east suburbs of Adelaide became

aware there were people who didn’t realise Lions donate time and

energy without expectation of personal monetary benefit, they

thought they had better do something about it.

So they ordered new barbecue aprons that clearly branded them as

“volunteers”. It’s an idea that might interest other clubs.

LEFT: Alan Zwar, George Grzeskowiak and Bob Gregory proudly display their

new “volunteer” barbecue aprons.

Lion


OPERATION SMILE

Lions thanked for ongoing

efforts in making young

lives happier

Thanks to Lions of Australia, many young

people around the world will be spared from

living with disfiguring complaints.

Already many children have undergone

operations through Lions support of the Operation

Smile project and more will follow.

According to Operation Smile Australia founder,

Dr Richard Lewandowski, Lions support has made

possible both the Cleft Lip/Cleft Palate Mission to

Cambodia in 2010 and an educational program for

the medical staff of Operation Smile Cambodia.

“Not only have many children had their cleft

conditions corrected, but the very same Cambodian

medical team have been mentored to a point where

they will be able to independently perform

corrective surgeries for the children of Cambodia in

the future,” he said.

Early this year OSA volunteers returned to

Cambodia to continue this collaboration with the

aim of building up the Cambodian service.

OSA will continue to develop the program in

coming years and, with the ongoing support of

Lions, will ensure that every child born with a facial

deformity will have the opportunity of corrective

surgery and ancillary treatment to the same

standard as children in Australia.

This month a young girl, Elizabeth Aisamaia from

Papua New Guinea, was due to arrive in Brisbane

for a major operation to correct abnormal tongue

growth. While the nature of this problem sounds

terrible, the medical team is confident of a

satisfactory result.

OSA will also undertake two missions in China

this year at opposite ends of the country.

In August, 15 Australian volunteers will visit

Kashgarin in the far west as part of an International

Cleft Lip/Cleft Palate mission. In November, 24

Australians will travel to Fengkai for another

International Cleft Lip/Palate Mission.

Planning is also underway for 2012. OSA has

been asked to be a major contributor to several

missions and teaching programs in the Philippines.

One of the most exciting will involve the first

craniofacial mission to Davao, where the vast

majority of complex craniofacial cases originate.

In 11 years, 19 children and their families have

come to Australia from the Philippines for major

corrective surgery. This year another two will arrive.

“The ongoing support of Lions Australia will turn

these plans into reality and help to provide the

children of our near neighbours with the medical

treatment and care they so desperately need,” said

Dr Lewandowski. But more help is needed. For

details or to arrange an OSA guest speaker, contact

Project Chairman David Floyd on (07) 3892 7130 –

or email dtgfloyd@bigpond.net.au.

June - - July 2011

Two young patients who could soon be smiling thanks to Lions-supported corrective surgery.

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Day to remember

It was a typical scene right round the nation

... Lions helping out or running Anzac Day

remembrance ceremonies.

This one was V5 Mooroolbark club’s service

conducted by MR Chris Clifton, the honorary

chaplain to the Lilydale RSL.

Taking part were students of Mooroolbark

College and Yarra Hills Secondary College.

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Tail twister Glenn Rodda (right) hands over the

stuffed Lion to winning bidder “Gomer” Pye.

Dollar extraction

Robyn Collins of V3’s Trafalgar Lions is

so keen for members to purchase Lions

merchandise she sets up a trading table

at club meetings.

Among goods on offer was an

International Publication for Tail Twisters and

a stuffed lion which she passed on to

resident clown and tail twister Glenn Rodda.

Always keen to extract a dollar from

members, Lion Glenn tried one of the ideas

in the book, auctioning the lion. While he

expected to make $5 and hoped for $10, he

was pleasantly delighted when Lion “Gomer”

Pye bid $15.

“Gomer” retains it for a month, during

which he is exempt from fines during tail

twisting sessions – but he suffers a hefty fine

if he loses it between meetings.

The yet-to-be-named Lion will be

auctioned each month.

AROUND THE NATION

Fronting the rehab bar

Burn Rubber Burn, a rehabilitation exercise

program based at Sydney’s Penrith PCYC

(Police-Citizens Youth Club), has a new set of

parallel bars after receiving $1000 from

Cambridge Park Lions Club.

The program helps people with physical

disabilities to improve their fitness, health and

ability to function independently.

Burn Rubber Burn manager Simone Robinson

said regular exercise eased the burden on family

members by helping to avoid secondary diseases

such as obesity, cardiovascular disease and

diabetes.

She said there were a number of valuable uses

for the parallel bars but their primary function would

be to help people walk again. They would be

particularly useful for those recovering from stroke,

spinal or brain injuries.

“A lot of members at Penrith are walkers but not

That’s a wrap!

Queensland’s Cleveland Challenge Lions

Club has done it again – broken its own

record of 600 “Love Wraps” made “with

love” for troubled youth attending Lions

Youth Insearch Camps.

In nine years the Q1 club, with the support of

an army of Redland City community

volunteers, has made 750 wraps.

RIGHT: Youth Insearch Chair Celeste Parker with

Q1 DG Lesley Lyons, Cleveland Challenge

President Annette Adams and the 750th wrap.

AT THE BAR: (from left) Lions John Polland and Bob

Whalan, Karen Quinn (Manager Penrith PCYC), Lion

Ken Mason and Simone Robinson (Manager Burn

Rubber Burn).

constant walkers and, if they were to walk with their

crutches down the street and someone bumped

them, they would fall over,” Simone said.

“We need to teach them to walk safely again.”

She said many patients could only stand on one

leg immediately after a stroke, and the bars would

also serve as a much-needed confidence boost for

those wanting to stand on their own two feet again.

She thanked Lions committee member and

stroke survivor Ken Mason for bringing the program

to the club’s attention. “We are very excited to

receive the grant. We rely solely on the generosity

of the community.”

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Bendigo Lions

man the

Easter banner

Victoria’s Bendigo zone

clubs again raised the Lions

profile by joining in the

city’s gala Easter

procession.

The club gets great coverage

from local radio and an

enthusiastic reception from the

crowd.

This year they were joined

by Maryborough’s Wayne, Graeme and Jean with their

Lions Cake and Mints trailers.

In recent years local Lions have been marshals for

both the torchlight procession on Sunday evening and

the gala procession.

April - May 2011

This year members

from Bendigo, Kangaroo

Flat, Maiden Gully-

Marong, Huntly-Epsom

and Strathfieldsaye clubs

assisted float control.

BUNNIES AT WORK: The Lugarno Lions, Georges River Lioness and Special

Olympics Inner-West Lions brought Easter cheer to residents and staff in four

nursing homes in the Sydney Peakhurst area with 500 chocolate Easter bunnies.

"It was a pleasure to see the rooms light up with smiles when we entered with our

bunny ears and baskets eggs.” said PDG Elvio Munzone. The “bunnies” even played

the piano and sang a few songs.

Healesville set for 50th

Victoria’s Healesville Club celebrates 50 years in August with an

anniversary luncheon (Sunday, August 14, RACV Healesville Country Club).

Gathering time is 11.30am (seated at 12.15) with a cost of $35.00 per head

(drinks at bar prices). Bookings with payment essential and 50th Anniversary Pins

are available ($3.00 each). Bookings to be collected at venue on day or forwarded –

plus postage. Contact: Lions Club of Healesville 50th, PO Box 167 Healesville, Vic

3777 – RSVP August 5, Secretary P. Walker (03) 59626319.

The Lion Mint trailer

was a parade highlight in

Bendigo.

Dimboola hits the highway

Victoria’s Dimboola club might not be large but it makes a mighty

contribution.

Over Easter it was busier than ever with its driver-reviver stop at Lochiel.

The wayside stop is one of the few sites in Victoria with a permanent

building. It was built twelve years ago entirely by Lions

Off the road, it boasts a parking area large enough to hold about 20

cars as well as caravans. There is a well maintained toilet block and tables

and seats for picnickers.

The stop is operated during all school holidays, long weekends and at

Christmas and Easter. Vic Roads has been supportive by sealing the

parking area and access roads. “There has not been a fatality on that

section of the highway at any time when the stop has been open,” said

Dimboola President Elect Harry John.

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Convention bids 2014: Seeking expressions of interest!

Districts and Clubs who wish to be considered to host the 2014 Multiple District

Convention must submit their bid to the Executive Officer, consistent with Clause 62 of

the Multiple District Constitution.

Bids must comply with all provisions of the Multiple District Constitution and the

Multiple District Convention Bid Specification that can be obtained from the Executive

Officer. I would encourage prospective bidders to discuss their plans with me, prior to

submitting the bid. Executive Officer, Rob Oerlemans

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OFFICIAL ANNOUNCEMENTS

COMMITTEE VACANCIES

Please note

From 31 May 2011 statements for outstanding balances

are being sent to clubs and districts via email. This move

is to consume less time and paper resources. If you

would prefer to receive your statement via post or would

like to update your email address details please contact

the National Office on customerservice@lions.org.au or

(02) 4940 8033.

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COMMITTEE APPOINTMENTS

Want to help your local

community and earn extra

cash?

The next Census is on 9 August, 2011

and the Australian Bureau of Statistics

is looking for 29,000 community

minded people to fill Census Collector

roles across urban, regional and remote

areas of Australia.

The positions are part-time, homebased,

with flexible hours including

evening and weekend work. The job

requires you to door knock in your local

area dropping off and collecting Census

forms and meeting residents along the

way. Collectors are paid an hourly rate

and earn $1300-$2800, plus

allowances. To apply for a Collector

position go to www.abs.gov.au/census

and fill in the short application form or

call 1800 420 182.

June - July 2011

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708 million reasons to thank LCIF

Lions Clubs International Foundation (LCIF)

is a global leader in humanitarian service,

awarding more than $708 million since its

founding in 1968.

Lions around the world enable LCIF to improve

the lives of millions. Lions are

inspired to donate to

LCIF for

different

reasons, but

they share a

spirit of

generosity and

service. Here

are a few Lions

who have made

contributing to

LCIF an important

part of their lives.

We thank them, and

we thank you – Lions

who have given.

GABRIELE

SABATOSANTI

SCARPELLI: Bringing fun and

service together

Genova Porto Antico Lions Club

District 108-IA2, Italy

With the goal of raising $200

million, Campaign SightFirst II

(CFSII) was Lions’ most ambitious

fundraising campaign ever.

Scarpelli’s Lions club was up for

Carlos

Justiniano

(left) visited

Haiti to help

oversee relief

efforts, while

Japanese Lion

Isamu Arino

donates

$1,000

monthly.

the challenge. In true Lions fashion,

his club found ways to have fun

while giving to those in need. Club

members worked together to

organise a Mediterranean cruise, two regattas,

card tournaments and lotteries. The club raised

$42,000 and recognised each club member with

a MJF.

Scarpelli and his fellow Lions know their hard

work to raise funds will help many people; on

average, just $6 results in someone having their

vision restored. His club plans to continue its LCIF

support. “Through LCIF it is possible to realise

large-scale service and achieve goals that were

unattainable with the individual resources,” he

said.

ISAMU ARINO: Giving back after regaining

sight

Miki Chou Lions Club

District 335-D, Japan

About 15 years ago, Isamu Arino was relaxing at

home when suddenly his eyesight became blurry.

He was diagnosed with a cerebral hemorrhage

caused by diabetes. After a year without sight and

enduring two operations, he regained his vision.

Filled with appreciation, Arino wanted to share his

gratitude and help others, so he became a Lion.

Arino participated in many Lions’ activities and

after visiting LCIF-funded

earthquake recovery

projects in India, he

decided to donate

$1000 to LCIF every

month until he

reaches the top level

of the Progressive

Melvin Jones

Fellowship of

$100,000.

How does he

do it? “I do my

monthly PMJF

donation by

scrimping

on my

salary. Growing up, my family was poor and I was

not able to go to high school. I am now happy that

this once poor boy can now help people in need

through LCIF.”

CARLOS JUSTINIANO: Lions are family

Mayaguez Lions Club

District 51-O, Puerto Rico

After many years as a Lion, Carlos Justiniano

became familiar with LCIF’s work while serving as

district governor and as international director.

“During a visit to Kenya, I saw with my own eyes

people who walked 20 to 30 miles to get

assistance at the Lions hospital there. The

gratitude in their smiles convinced me of the

importance of LCIF.”

Inspired to do more for LCIF, Justiniano became

a Progressive Melvin Jones Fellow (PMJF). After

giving an initial $1000 donation to become a

Melvin Jones Fellow, Lions can extend their

commitment with additional US$1000 PMJF gifts

up to $100,000.

Because he wants other Lions to join the three

generations of his family who are now MJFs,

Justiniano has helped several other Lions reach

this goal by donating $200 toward their MJFs.

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CONVENTION CALL: In compliance with

Article VI, Section 2 of the International By-

Laws, I hereby issue the Official Call for

the 2011 International Convention. Our

94th International Convention will be held

in Seattle, Washington, United States. It

begins at 8:30am July 4 and ends July 8.

The purpose of the convention is to elect a

president, first vice president, second vice

president and 17 members of the

International Board of Directors and to

transact such other business as may

properly come before the meeting.

Convention attendees this year will find

Seattle an outstanding destination city. Known

MEET THE 2ND VICE PRESIDENT CANDIDATES

As of press time, there were eight candidates for

International Second Vice President. The election

will take place on July 8 at the International

Convention in Seattle, Washington.

Phil Nathan: Phil Nathan, of

Earls Colne, England, was

elected to serve a two-year term

as an international director from

1999-2001. He has been a Lion

since 1982 and a charter

member of the South Woodham

Ferrers Lions Club since 1989.

A stockbroker and director of a

company, Nathan served as

Europa Forum president in 2006, holds trustee status on

seven different boards of charitable trusts and is active in

many professional, civic and community organisations. In

2001, he was recognised by Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth

II with an MBE, a Member of the British Empire.

Steven Sherer: Past

International Director Steven

Sherer, of New Philadelphia,

Ohio, is a licensed public

accountant and has been a

member of the Dover Lions Club

since 1980. He has attended 19

international conventions and 12

USA/Canada Lions Leadership

Forums. He is a GMT area coordinator and the recipient of

several international awards including the Ambassador of

Good Will Award and International Leadership Awards. He

has been honoured with a Distinguished Citizens Award in

his community and is active in many professional and

community organisations.

Barry J. Palmer: Elected to

serve as International Director

from 2000 to 2002, Barry

Palmer is a resident of Berowra,

NSW, Australia. A member of the

Hornsby Lions Club since 1976,

Palmer has served on many

club, district, multiple district and

international levels of the

association. A real estate

company director, he is also the recipient of the Australian

June - July 2011

Convention Call

as the Emerald City and located in the

northwest corner of the United States, Seattle is

home to many fine restaurants and various

tourist attractions.

The international convention is always a

festive and memorable occasion. The week will

start with the colourful international parade

followed that evening with the outstanding,

multicultural international show. During the week

Lions will have the opportunity to attend various

seminars. At the first plenary session, it will be

my honour to share with you a year of service

where Lions shined brightly as Beacons of

Hope. The week will conclude on Friday with an

address by former U.S. Secretary of State

Medal from the government of Australia and the Australian

Childhood Cancer Research Award. He was a volunteer at

the Sydney Olympics and is the recipient of several

honours from Lions Clubs International.

Dr. Carlos E. Justiniano: A

resident of Mayaguez, Puerto

Rico, Dr. Justiniano has been a

Lion since 1979 and served as

an international director from

1993 to 1995. He is a member

of the Mayaguez Lions Club. An

orthodontist, he is also the CFO

of the Justi Corporation. Past

International Director Justiniano is active in many

professional, civic and community associations and the

recipient of numerous awards. He has served as a

discussion leader and moderator at USA/Canada Lions

Leadership Forums as well as at Latin American and

Caribbean Forums.

Dr. Harold R. Ott: From

Boalsburg, Pennsylvania, he was

elected to serve on the

International Board of Directors

at the association’s 90th

international convention in

Chicago, Illinois, in 2007. A

retired university administrator,

he is a member of the Harris

Township Lions Club and has been a Lion since 1980.

Active in many professional and community organisations,

he has been a presenter and discussion leader at Lions

leadership forums, a group leader for the District

Governors-Elect School and co-presenter at Council

Chairpersons Seminars.

G. Ramaswamy: Past

International Director G.

Ramaswamy joined the Annur

Town Lions Club in 1985, and is

a resident of Coimbatore, India.

Serving as an international

director from 1996 to 1998, he

has been recognised for

sponsoring more than 900 new

members into Lions clubs. He

also was selected to serve as an appointee to the

Condoleezza Rice followed by the installation of

the 2011-2012 international president and

district governors .

The Lions of Multiple District 19 will welcome

their visitors and ensure that their stay is

enjoyable and that this convention will be one of

the most outstanding. I encourage you to be a

part of this special Lions event.

Signed by me at Oak Brook, Illinois, United

States of America, this 10th day of May 2011.

Warmest regards,

Sid L. Scruggs III, President

The International Association of Lions

Clubs

International Board of Directors from 1999 to 2000, 2005

to 2006 and 2006 to 2007. Ramaswamy is an industrialist

and the recipient of numerous professional, civic and

community awards.

Harri Ala-Kulju: A member of

the Espoo Keskusta Lions Club

in Finland since 1977, Past

International Director Harri Ala-

Kulju is an insurance director

who is active in many

community organisations. He

was elected to the International

Board of Directors at the

association’s 84th international convention held in

Indianapolis, Indiana, in 2001. He served as the campaign

manager of the Scandinavian Red Feather Campaign in

Finland and as chairman of the Nordic Council.

Salim Moussan: Past

International Director Salim

Moussan, of Beirut, Lebanon,

was elected to serve on the

International Board of Directors

at the association’s 80th

international convention held in

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, in

1997. The owner of a trading company, he is involved in

many professional and community organisations and has

been a presenter at three international conventions and

served as chairman of the 23rd South Asia, Africa and

Middle East Lions Leadership Forum. He is the founder of

the Lions Eye Centre in Lebanon.

HAVE YOU CHANGED

YOUR ADDRESS?

If you have changed your address,

could you please contact your

Cabinet Secretary to ensure that

your new details are updated.

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Front page triumph

It pays to promote. Just ask members of Newcastle’s

Jesmond Lions.

When they donated to help the local John Hunter Children’s

Hospital to upgrade Cubby Corner in the Fairy Garden, a hideaway

at the hospital where children can forget their problems, they

notified the local newspaper The Star.

The result was a front-page story with the picture at left.

Jesmond was helped in its $11,550 donation by ALF.

Tucked away from treatments, needles and x-ray machines, the

garden is lush and quiet and just the tonic for young patients.

Picture: The Star - Newcastle and Lake Macquarie

Happy sizzlers

Hard at work cooking are members N1’s

Valla Lions at a sausage sizzle to support

the Mid North Coast Disabled Surfers

Association.

It was held in conjunction with Luke

Hartsuyker’s annual bike ride. The ride, which

starts at Maclean and finishes at South West

Rocks, takes three days of hard riding to

complete.

Luke, the Federal MP for Cowper, and the

other riders stopped at the club’s sizzle for lunch

on the second day where Robyn Parker,

President of the Valla club, presented a donation

of $500.

The ride is expected to raise about $8000 and

Valla Lions were happy to play their part.

The Disabled Surfers Association provides

people with disabilities the opportunity to

experience the fun and thrill of the surf.

In the past, the ride has made possible the

purchase of much needed equipment and the

hosting of open days up and down the Mid North

Coast.

“The Disabled Surfers Association do some

great work providing people with disabilities the

chance to go to the beach and get in the surf,”

Luke Hartsuyker said.

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Become a Youth Exchange Greeter

The Multiple District Youth

Exchange Committee is seeking

greeters at our major airports

and has done so off and on for

some period of time with mixed

success.

Ideally airports such as Melbourne,

Sydney and Brisbane should have

two to three greeters at any one time.

Under the current policy greeters

can be individuals or clubs, for

practical purposes, situated close to

the relative airport. It is an ideal way

to assist with one of our major Youth

Projects without the huge

commitment one would have as a

committee member. That aside, the

position does have a couple of peak

times and there also can be the

occasional out-of-program exchange,

although these are rare.

The position of greeter is by

application though the Multiple

District Office and is by Council

appointment for a three-year term.

The position statement for Council

appointed Greeters spells out an

important responsibility and a reason

for the necessity to have Greeters at

our major airports – i.e. “safe and

efficient throughput of all youth

exchangees, both nominated and

hosted.”

This responsibility entails the

following important duties:

Supervise all youth exchange

arrival, transfer and departures, for

both domestic and international

airport movements, and other

transport arrangements, relative to

the airport(s) and/or rail/bus

terminals.

Transfer to ongoing flights/journeys

to outlying areas and interstate.

Meet all exchangees for their

departure from Australia and assist

with pre-departure check-in and exit

through immigration areas.

Arrange overnight hosting as

required with Lions members as

requested by Program Chairmen.

Unsupervised stopovers are

June - July 2011

not permitted.

Assist, where possible, the District

Youth Exchange Chairmen with the

mandatory District seminars for youth

travelling aboard.

Assist chaperones at airports with

outbound program youth.

Assist, as requested from the

Program Chairmen, with the

departure seminars conducted prior

to the departure of Australian

exchangees.

With the first two dot points, there

are times where youth who arrive by

air are required to utilise other travel

arrangements (bus/train) and a

greeter is the person with the

knowledge as to how best to make

those transfers. Also, there are times

when a host family/Lions member is

unable to arrive on time (for various

reasons) and the greeter is there to

take the call and explain to the youth.

With dot points three and four, with

the possibility of cancelled flights/any

reason, for the interruption to a

youth’s travel arrangements, Greeters

are there to make the decision as to

what arrangements need to be put in

place for the youth.

With dot points five to seven, there

are times where the Greeters are

requested to attend District Seminars,

so as to explain matters relating to

the airport he/she supervises at and

procedures necessary prior to

departure. Also, his/her assistance

with pre-departure can be of great

benefit to chaperones/families etc.

At our three major airports, the

necessity to go from one terminal to

another may be daunting to some

youth who may be travelling overseas

for the first time; a helping hand may

be just what is required to settle

some nerves. There are youth who

are seasoned travellers – BUT, NOT

ALL.

PDG Rod Bradley

Chairman – MD201 Youth

Exchange Committee

YOUTH OF THE YEAR

Convention’s youth focus

Having returned from the Multiple District Convention – my first as

Chairman – I can honestly say the theme was on youth.

On the Friday we were entertained by six amazing young people who

represented the six states and territories of Australia. Again we commenced

with over 2000 contestants at club level, and through the various levels our

judges selected these six as being worthy of representing their states, to

decide who should become this year’s National Winner.

I congratulate this year’s state winners, Raynor Hicks (C District), Public

Speaking winner Nathan Barnden (N District), Brooke Snow (Q District),

Stuart McKenzie (V District), Max Rintoul (T District) and our National Winner

Gillian Mahony (W District) for their excellent presentations.

I hope that as these young adults travel to the hometown of each of the

other winners that you all have the opportunity to meet them and listen to

what they have to say. For those Lions who have not had the opportunity to

participate in this wonderful program, you may be able to understand why

so many clubs continue year after year to sponsor a student. The results

speak for themselves.

The youth theme continued throughout the convention:- On Saturday, our

keynote speaker was Father Chris Riley. Father Chris is the CEO of Youth Off

the Streets. He oversees the operation of 20 programs that employ 150

people and involve more than 800 volunteers.

Some may remember that Father Chris was awarded a Melvin Jones

Fellowship on the stage at the Melbourne Convention in 2008 and in 2009

he was the first Australian to be awarded a Lions Clubs International

Humanitarian Award.

Father Chris spoke about his work with street children, those children

who through no fault of their own find themselves on the streets. He spoke

of 10-year-old girls selling their bodies for a can of beer. He believes there is

no such thing as a “child born bad” but acknowledges there are bad

environments, circumstances and families that impact negatively on our

young.

On the Sunday we heard from our second keynote speaker, PID Barry

Palmer AM, our candidate for International 2nd Vice President. He praised

Father Chris’ work, and challenged Lions to match the $5000 donation made

the previous day by District T1 to assist Father Chris in his work, by each

district donating $5000 by June 30 2011. That equates to just $100 per

club.

Father Chris receives only 40% of his funding from the government yet

still manages to run one of the largest youth services in Australia, offering

residential rehabilitation, counselling and street-based programs.

PID Barry Palmer continued by praising the speeches that our Youth of

the Year gave and admitting that he had a tear in his eye when Nathan

Barnden (N District) finished his speech on “Remembering the Fallen”.

Nathan has gone on to be interviewed by ABC Radio NSW and actually did

his speech live on air as a lead-up to ANZAC Day.

It was mentioned that the future of Lions will come from our youth, and

that we should be embracing these young people and nurturing their

enthusiasm.

At the beginning of the journey these students are nervous and

apprehensive about what confronts them. With gentle nurturing and

encouragement from our fabulous Lions Club Chairmen, they realise they

can speak for five minutes without forgetting the words, and the two

impromptu questions are not as difficult as they first anticipated. The judges

were full of encouragement throughout the interview process.

What follows is an amazing journey that culminates in six contestants,

one from each state and territory, competing for the title of National Winner.

However, all six receive a fabulous trip to the hometown of each of the other

contestants during a whirlwind 35-day tour of Australia, while the overall

winner has the opportunity to represent the Lions clubs at a Youth Forum

overseas.

Our amazing Lions members, who have guided these equally fantastic

young people from being students to young adults, gain as much enjoyment

and satisfaction from being part of the journey as do the contestants.

This is a fantastic program and it will only get better if all Lions feel they

have ownership of the program, be it at club level or through the Zone,

Region and District levels. Everyone is part of the journey.

Bryan Coggle, Chairman

Lions Youth of the Year Quest

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