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Changing of the GuardDear fellow Lions members, in 3½ months time we will see the changing of the Guard from myself to District Governor Elect Gavan Ellis. I would like to congratulate District Governor Elect Gavan on his upcoming appointment as our District Governor and wish him every success in the year ahead as he leads our district during 2018-2019.
I would like to take this opportunity to sincerely thank my Executive Team – DGE Gavan Ellis,
IPDG Roger Thomas, Lion Di Smith, PDG Kerry Williams, Lion Bob Gnezdiloff and PDG Richard Leonard. Without their support and encouragement I would not have been able to represent you all on a local, district and multiple district level.
There are also other lions members who have gone far beyond what is expected of them by a District Governor and I would like to recognise these lions as they are a true example of what we lions strive to achieve in our organisation. Lion Terry Carroll, Lion Peter Bright, PDG Tony Smith, Lion David O’Sullivan, PDG Barbara Andrews, PDG Bob Smith and PDG Ian Warren. Thank you for your outstanding service and support over the past 8 ½ months.
As our district continues to struggle to increase membership, it was decided to hold a 2 day Global Action Team Workshop in Bathurst facilitated by PDG Ann Eldridge. The attendees at this workshop were DGE Gavan Ellis, IPDG Roger Thomas, PDG Tony Smith and myself.
A Membership Action Plan was developed and this was presented to Cabinet at the Cabinet Meeting in Young. I encourage you all to enbrace this plan and take the actions back to your Zones and Clubs.
As at 1st July, 2017 our membership was 1,006. During the period from 1st July, 2017 to 28 February 2018 we inducted 56 new lions members but lost 81 members, this now brings our membership to 981. In the next 3 ½ months our district Global Action Tean Plan will address the following:
Continue to work on re establishing a lions club in Blayney or at least a branch club.
Continue to work on establishing a new Leos club in Winmalee
Continue to deliver Zone Chairpersons training at Cabinet Meetings
Continue with the dropped members strategy and complete exit interviews.
Encourage clubs to continue to find activities to subsidise membership dues.
Promote information nights so that communities are aware of what our Lions organisation is all about and encourage membership.
Promote Lions Awareness Day as a tool to encourage new members to join.
Ensure that all promotional material is up to date and encourage the use of this material in each community.
If we want our District to succeed we will all need to work together as a cohesive, united and committed team, not only for our District but for our organisation Lions Clubs International.
At the beginning of my term as District Governor I set myself 8 goals for the year. A number of these goals have been achieved and the others will come to fruition during 2018-2019.
1. Three of the potention five new leaders have been identified and are well on their way to becoming our new leaders in the next 3 years.
2. It is anticipated that the new Leos Club in Winmalee will be chartered before 30 June, 2018.
3. A new Lions Club in Blayney is expected to become a Branch Club before 30 June, 2018.
4. Unfortunately, although the goal of 50 new members was reached, with the drop of 81 we have not as yet achieved this goal. Hopefully in the next 3 ½ months we will be able to induct a further 55 members which will meet the original goal of 1,036.
5. The increase of female membership to 30% was almost reached, but with some of the female members leaving, we are just under the 30%.
6. Unfortunately, as stated in Item 4 unless we induct 55 members and have no drops we will not achieve this goal.
7. Our GMT Coordinator PDG Roger Thomas has been working vigorously on our Membership Retention Plan and continues to be assisted by the new Exit Survey Strategy.
8. Our Centenary Project of furnishing 4-6 rooms at Dubbo Macquarie Home Stay has been all but achieved. An application was submitted to Australian Lions Foundation (ALF) for $15,000 matching funding which has been approved.
A second application was lodged with Lions Clubs International Foundation (LCIF) for $60,000 matching funding and receipt has been acknowledged. We will not know the outcome until possibly the end of May, 2018.
A total of $69,000 of the required $75,000 has been received from various clubs with only $6,000 still required. It is anticipated that this will be raised through the sale of chocolate buyups from inmates at the new Macquarie Correctional Centre in Wellington.
I would like to take this opportunity to thank those clubs who contributed to this worthwhile project.
As your Disaster Alert Chairperson I wish to mention a major project which our district will be involved in with District V3 – Need for Feed – This project is run by the V Districts and helps areas where natural disasters, such as flood, fire and drought have occurred.
On Saturday 17 February, 2018, I received a phone call from Lion Graham Cockerell, Chairman Humanitarian Disaster Relief, Need for Feed Coordinator, Lions District 201N3. He advised me that each year they prepare for the potential bushfire season in Victoria by collecting donations of fodder from right across the state, and if not required they try to put most of it to good use by helping others. One of their projects last year was to take 13 semi and B Double loads of feed to the fire area at Dunedoo.
They have identified some severely rainfall deficient areas in our District and N3 which are within easy enough reach from them. They have an opportunity coming up in March being 10-12 March, 2018 which is the Labour Day long weekend in Victoria to get together a convoy of 15-30 truck loads of feed.
I made contact with NSW Farmers Association who identified the most in need areas in our district are Wilcannia, White Cliffs and Cobar and farming families have been contacted to prepare them for the Need for Feed Hay Run on 11 and 12 March, 2018.
The convoy was to first meet up in Deniliquin and then proceed on to Cobar, Wilcannia and White Cliffs. After numerous telephone calls and discussions it was decided by the organising committee that Griffith was more appropriate.
The convoy meet up in Griffith on the afternoon of Saturday 10 March, 2018. I organised the Griffith Showground through Griffith City Council, which is owned by the Department of Lands, where the volunteers will stay overnight- the food will be provided by Griffith Lions Club and prepared by Leeton and Narrandera Lions Clubs for the Saturday evening BBQ and Sunday morning bacon and egg cooked breakfast. Unfortunately Griffith Lions Club is catering at a very large fundraiser on the Sunday and were unable to do the cooking for the meals on Saturday and Sunday. My sincere thanks go to Griffith, Leeton and Narrandera Lions Clubs for their involvement in this lifesaving event, particularly at such short notice. Your clubs have truly performed in the true spirit of lionism.
It is anticipated that the convoy will roll out of Griffith at 5.30pm on the Sunday morning 11 March, 2018 and travel to Cobar where they will stop for lunch at Ward Oval. I contacted the General Manager at Cobar Council advising them of what Lions Need for Feed Project was all about and they have offered to supply the sandwiches, fresh fruit and cool drinks to the volunteers at their rest stop at Ward Oval. The Deputy Mayor and media will welcome the convoy to Cobar.
After lunch the convoy will travel to Wilcannia with their final destination that afternoon/evening being White Cliffs. I contacted the Administrator of Central Darling Shire Council, Mr Greg Wright advising him of the Need for Feed Hay Run. He has offered the council caravan park facility – showers and toilets for use by the volunteers.
The local sporting club in White Cliffs will prepare a BBQ evening meal and a cooked breakfast on the Monday morning for the volunteers before they turn their trucks around and head back home to Victoria.
As District Governor and Disaster Alert Chairperson of our district, PDG Peter Perry and I will be joining the Need for Feed Hay Run convoy on Saturday 10 March, 2018 from Griffith to White Cliffs and back home again on 12 March, 2018.
This project yet again demonstrates why we are lions and why we belong to Lions Clubs International.
Yours in Lions
Annemarie Jones OAM
March District NewsletterPlease find attached the District 201N4 Newsletter for March 2018
Attachment: District 201N4 March 2018 newsletter.pdf
December District NewsletterPlease find attached the District 201N4 Newsletter for September 2017
Attachment: District 201N4 - December Newsletter.pdf
September District NewsletterPlease find attached the District 201N4 Newsletter for September 2017
Attachment: District 201N4 - September Newsletter.pdf
Hillston Lions Donate WheelchairPHOTO: 3 1/2 year old Adam Taylor being presented with a wheel chair by President Hillston Lions Ross McLauchlan
3 1/2 year old Adam Taylor who suffers from Mitochondrial Disease, his mother Jenny Matheison, Occupational Therapist Belinda Mud who organized and fitted the wheelchair, his father Ben Taylor and President of Hillston Lions Club Ross McLauchlan. The wheel chair, valued at $9,800 was a joint funded project between the Lions NSW/ACT Public Health Care Foundation and Hillston Lions Club. The wheel chair can be modified and resized and should cater for Adam's needs until he is 10 years old.
More details: http://www.areanews.com.au/story/4669009/toddlers-rare-disease/
Will It Your Way Accepted as National projectRoss Catanzariti has advised us from the MD201 Lions Convention in Hobart that Griffith Lions Club project,’Will it your Way’ has been accepted as a national project for the next 3 years by the convention delegates. Job well done and congratulations to Ross and President Brian Bortolin.
Darlington Point Lions hefty hospital donationThe Darlington Point Lions Club made a generous donation towards the Griffith Base Hospital Renal Unit last Monday.
The service club gave the facility $10,000 to assist with the running of the important services the community needs.
"This is a deserving organisation," Lions member, Robert Guest said.
"It is a basic necessity for the community and we all know the budget cut backs don't help. We help because we are a service club and it's what we do best."
The club gathered the massive amount of funds together despite having a drop off over recent years.
Deputy Director of Nursing Debbie Charles said the donation is essential to keeping services available.
"If we didn't have our community and service clubs we would not be able to have some of die service the town needs," Ms Charles said.
Hillston Lions Explorer's Park RenamingLast Saturday 29th October Hillston Lions Club held a renaming ceremony for their park. The park is now known as the "John Fensom Lions Explorer's Park" in honour of John who passed away earlier this year.
DG Roger Thomas and his wife Lion Licia were present at the ceremony.
Photo is of DG Roger Thomas, David Fensom (John's son) and Sylvia (John's wife).
John was a charter member of Hillston Lions Club and was very active in both Lions and the community of Hillston.
Lion Danny Vardanega - Griffith Lions member for 50 yearsAt the Griffith Lions Club Dinner Meeting on 19th July, District Governor Roger Thomas presented Lion Danny Vardanega his 50 years of service Certificates, one from our club and the one from Lions International President: Bob Corlew. Congratulations Danny on a remarkable achievement.
Top of the line Lions honour for BusterYanco Lions Club president Buster Ryan can now add quite the achievement to his name.
Mr Ryan was presented with a life membership to Lions International during the organisation’s recent changeover dinner.
Mr Ryan, who will return as president for another year, was presented with the honour by Ron De Martin, who is also a life member. During his speech Mr Ryan mention of his love for Lions and how he has been a dedicated member for 27 years.
Helping Mr Ryan in the year ahead will be Sue Parker as secretary and Allan Stott as treasurer.
Mr Ryan was hopeful of recruiting more members in the coming year. In the past 12 months, the organisation has been keeping “quietly busy”, according to Ms Parker.
“Donations have been made) towards a new garden area for Assumption Villa, fuel money to the Burrumbuttock hay runners, Relay for Life, as well as helping to send children to Licola Camp and more,” she said.
PHOTO: WHAT AN HONOUR: Ron De Martin (left) presents Yanco Lions Club president Buster Ryan with his life membership to Lions International.
Article and photos courtesy of The Leeton Irrigator
Lions and Lions Club International (LCIF) are very active in the fight against trachoma.LCIF’s SightFirst program has awarded more than US$47 million to The Carter Center, a leader in combating trachoma. Since 1999, LCIF has awarded US$20.5 million for 26 trachoma control projects in Ethiopia, Ghana, Guinea, Kenya, Mali, Mauritania, Niger, Nepal, Nigeria, Senegal, South Sudan, Sudan and Uganda. Ethiopia alone has received more than US$7 million in funding since it is the most endemic country in the world for the disease. “Trachoma: Defeating a Blinding Curse,” a documentary feature film that follows Carter Center staff, global health partners, and Lion and former U.S. President Jimmy Carter engaged in a comprehensive strategy to eliminate blinding trachoma in Ethiopia, is airing on American Public Television stations nationwide. - See more at: utm_source=blog&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=LionsBlog#sthash.Rm8e13lt.dpuf
More details: http://lionsclubs.org/blog/2015/10/27/trachoma-defeating-a-blinding-curse/?
Who are the Lions?Who are the Lions? Lions Clubs International is the world’s largest service club organization, with 1.4 million members in 210 countries and geographic locations, dedicated to making a difference. We serve where we live as well as globally. What do Lions do? Where there’s a need, there’s a Lion. We meet the needs of our communities and the world, ranging from assisting the visually impaired and working with local youth to medical missions and disaster relief. What types of service are Lions involved in? Though well known for its successful initiatives in vision health, Lions service is as diverse as its members. We meet all sorts of needs, from assisting the elderly to helping victims of natural disasters. I would like to volunteer in my community, but why should I do so as a Lion? Lions meet the needs of those in their own communities as well as around the world, and we have fun doing it. Working together locally and internationally, the worldwide network of Lions has a vast amount of resources and is able to accomplish much more than individuals and small groups working alone. How do I become a Lion? If you are interested in becoming a Lion, contact your local Lions club and express interest in learning more. Visit BeALion.org to find a club and fill out a prospective member form, or visit LionsClubs.org to learn more about Lions. Find more key messages and other Public Relations tools on the Lions Clubs website. - See more at:
More details: http://lionsclubs.org/blog/2015/07/31/lions-what-to-say-at-interviews-and-events/?utm_source=blog&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=LionsBlog#sthash.cANRXdWw.dpuf
One of the best ways to promote your club and get the word out about LionsOne of the best ways to promote your club and get the word out about Lions is to proudly display the Lions logo at your activities and events. This includes wearing your Lions apparel, hanging your club’s banner and handing out Lions-branded communications. But before you start designing your own Lions T-shirts and websites with an individualized logo for your club, know the correct and incorrect way to display the Lions brand. Below are just a few Do’s and Don’ts to keep in mind when designing an individualized club logo. Refer to the LCI Graphic Identity Manual for complete guidelines, including specifications regarding color palette, typeface, images and more. Don’t: Change the Lions logo by using unacceptable colors. Add text to the Lions emblem. Apply graphic elements to extend or layer over Lions emblem. Use the full-color Lions emblem for print or Web applications. Do: Use the approved Lions Clubs color palette. Consistent use of color will promote recognition and strengthen the Lions identity. Keep text clear of Lions emblem. Be sure Lions emblem is layered over other graphic elements, not under. Use full-color Lions emblem only for embroidery and other club supplies items - See more at:
More details: http://lionsclubs.org/blog/2015/07/20/lions-logo-dos-and-donts/?utm_source=blog&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=LionsBlog#sthash.UQj4znyF.dpuf
The Centennial Service ChallengeThe Centennial Service Challenge numbers are in: During the 2014-15 year, Lions served 40 million people through environment, youth, hunger and vision service activities. We’re almost halfway to our goal of serving 100 million by 2018! Great work, Lions! Here is the breakdown of people served by each campaign: Youth: 15 Million Environment: 10.5 Million Hunger: 7.5 Million Vision: 7 Million Where there’s a need, there’s a Lion. Keep planning projects that make an impact, and don’t forget to report your activities using MyLCI. Share your Centennial projects by submitting a photo to LCI, or post your photo on Facebook and Twitter with the hashtag #LIONS100 - See more at:
More details: http://lionsclubs.org/blog/2015/07/23/40-million-people-benefited-counting/?utm_source=blog&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=LionsBlog#sthash.HR1lSRqS.dpuf
Photographs of presentations made by Griffith Lions and NSW/ACT Save Sight & Public Health Care FoundationsFollowing I have listed the names and details of each photograph and details of the equipment provided. Photos 1 and 2 . David, number 1 Shows myself Liam Trecasse and his Mother being presented with a Nicklas Free Stand Lifter costing $4995.00 purchased by donations from Fth. Lions, $2000.00 and Enable NSW Health, $2995.00 to be owned by Kalinda Special School in Griffith. No. 2 includes Griffith President, Lion Jeff Gardner on the right hand side.
Photo 3 & 4 shows myself as a Director of NSW/ACT Save Sight & Public Foundation, Abraham Al-Jawfi and Physiotherapist Judith Young from NSW Health, 5 Is RM, Abraham & President Jeff while 6 & 7 show Abraham in full flight using his newly acquired Grillo Walking Frame. This was funded for the Kalinda School as well with the assistance of Gth Lions Club, $2000 and a grant from the Foundations of $1995.
Both Jeff and I were astounded to witness the joy of both of these young Boys as they guided their new “Wheels” around the School.
Please contact me if you require any further information. Cheers, Bob.
Centennial Service Challenge goal of helping 100 million people before the end of the association’s 100th anniversary,100 million is a lot. Ask anyone. So, last year, when Lions announced our Centennial Service Challenge goal of helping 100 million people before the end of the association’s 100th anniversary, people may have thought we were a little crazy. But now we’re happy to announce that in a few short months, Lions’ service has already benefitted 20 million people! This data, which measures Lion activities through December 2014, represents the first big step on the path to our Centennial celebration. Thanks to the incredible response from Lions like you, we’re on our way to achieving our goal! Lions serve. From the Worldwide Week of Service to screening the vision of children in their community and Relieving the Hunger, Lion service touches the lives of people in every corner of the world. Leading up to our Centennial in 2017, Lions have an incredible opportunity to demonstrate the positive impact of service by joining together to help those in need. We’re off to a great start, but we still have a ways to go. Keep serving and supporting the Centennial Service Challenge by visiting Lions100.org, where you’ll find info and resources to start planning your next Centennial service project today. Remember, when Lions come together to serve, we can change the world! - See more at: http://lionsclubs.org/blog/2015/02/25/centennial-service-challenge-update-20-million-benefited/?utm_source=blog&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=LionsBlog#sthash.tS5O4OtP.dpuf
Barry J. Palmer Chairperson, Lions Clubs International Foundation: fight against measlesAs a Lion, I truly believe that there is strength in numbers. There’s tremendous strength in partnerships, too. That’s why Lions Clubs International Foundation (LCIF) decided to partner with Gavi, the Vaccine Alliance. With our help, Gavi has averted the deaths of seven million children. I recently represented LCIF at “Reach Every Child,” a pledging conference for Gavi, hosted by German Chancellor Angela Merkel in Berlin. To help fight this deadly disease, Lions have committed to raising US$30 million to improve access to vaccines through Gavi. I am sure that I don’t need to remind you that measles is an extremely infectious disease. Every single day, 330 children die from measles. You can make a contribution to LCIF today to create a healthier, brighter tomorrow for the children who need you most. Thank you for continuing to fight against measles to ensure all children everywhere receive life-saving vaccinations. Sincerely, Barry J. Palmer Chairperson, Lions Clubs International Foundation - See more at: http://lionsclubs.org/blog/2015/02/26/message-from-the-chairperson-partnerships-extend-the-reach-of-lcif/#sthash.wCVbdvc2.dpuf
Enliven Your Lions Club – Sponsor a Leo Club
Leo club logoLeos are an integral part of the Lions family. "Strengthen the Pride" and celebrate a global network of young people committed to serving others by sponsoring a new Leo club. Lions can make a positive impact on the next generation of leaders by serving as mentors and motivators for Leos. Sponsoring a new Leo club will enliven your Lions club and provide young people with an opportunity to develop as leaders. Charter your new Leo club in preparation for Leo Club Awareness Month in April and support youth development in your community.
Membership ResourcesTake Advantage of Membership Resources and Improve Your Club
Mmebership resourcesWhen it comes to starting new clubs, inviting new members and keeping your current members happy, the LCI website offers all the materials you need to get started and improve you club. The Just Ask! Guide offers steps to recruiting new members, while the Membership Satisfaction Guide helps your club provide the experiences your members are seeking. Take the How Are Your Ratings? Survey to evaluate your club, and download the New Club Development Guide if you're thinking about organizing a new Lions club. View the complete list of Membership Resources available to help your club grow and make a bigger impact today!
Australian Lions Foundation Disaster appealRead how you can help the Australian Lions Foundations assist with the flood disaster in Queensland, Cyclone in the Northern Territory and fires in NSW and Victoria
More details: http://lionsclubs.org.au/australian-lions-foundation-disaster-appeal/
Directorship Opportunities - Lions Advisory BoardThe proposed Lions Advisory Board, if adopted at the Townsville Convention is looking for skilled Lions prepared to nominate for the initial Board.
The time to act is now!
More details: https://lionsaustralia.com/2018/02/05/new-directorship-opportunities-in-lions/
New Multiple District Leadership OpportunitiesRead about new positions: Disaster Relief, Deputy Legal Officer and Diabetes Chairperson
More details: https://lionsaustralia.com/2018/02/01/new-leadership-opportunities/
Beware e-mail scams targetting LionsLions should be aware of common e-mail and social media scams targeting club members. Sadly, some of our members have been targeted with these scams.
For more information follow this link.
More details: http://lionsaustralia.com/2018/01/29/lions-beware-e-mail-and-social-media-scams/
Lions Hearing Dogs on WinTV!Head on over to the Lions Australia Facebook page to check out this nice story on WinTV Canberra about our Hearing Dogs
More details: https://www.facebook.com/lionsaustralia/
Vale PID Dr Bob Coulthard AMIt is with sadness that I advise that Dr Bob Coulthard AM passed away this morning, peacefully in his home.
More details: http://lionsaustralia.com/2017/09/26/vale-lion-dr-bob-coulthard-am
Our new TV advertisment launched #morethansausagesIt's here! We are very proud to announce the new Lions Australia television campaign - #MoreThanSausages.
It showcases the breadth of work Lions do in our communities, helping real people through disaster relief and recovery, medical research, youth programs and more. Lions Serve - more than sausages!
Follow the link to see our video and find out more!
More details: http://lionsclubs.org.au/more-than-sausages/
Oz-Clubhouse template refreshIn response to the overwhelming positive comments from our webmaster, our template is being refreshed.
All your content will remain the same but you will notice a sharp, new banner reflecting both the Lions Australia brand and our International Centennial logo.
The only other change you will notice is that the 'contact' and 'privacy information' link is at the bottom of the page - which is the normal location for this information.
Lions 100 - A glimpse into our historyIn 1969, we watch the first successful moon landing.
In that same year, Australian Lion Roy Worfold completed a 20 minute documentary, commissioned by Lions Clubs International explaining Lions Clubs to the uninitiated.
Thanks to Lion Roy's family, we can share this with you.
More details: https://lionsaustralia.com/2016/08/17/a-glimpse-into-our-history/
DonateLife WeekDiscussing Organ Donation with your loved ones is important.
Lions Australia adopted a policy in Echuca to promote discussing your choice as part of club meetings.
More details: https://lionsaustralia.com/2016/08/01/its-donatelife-week/
Attention All Lions OZ Clubhouse WebmastersThe "Text Instructions" for webmasters of Lions OZ Clubhouse websites have been updated as at 29th December and can be found by clicking on the attachment below or by clicking on the website link.
Your MD201, OZ Clubhouse Webmaster, Lion Graham, recommends that all club webmasters review the revised instructions.
If you have any queries, Graham can be contacted by email which you will find in the website link below.
More details: http://lionsclubs.org.au/members/oz-clubhouse/
Lions Youth of the Year Finalists share their viewsLions 2014 Youth of the Year finalists share their impressions of our flagship program.
Hear these short videos and don't forget to subscribe to our own Youtube channel
More details: http://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLRMjk8J-AUGzcSrorlaVshAd8tA1MVdlL
Join usIt's so easy to find out about becoming a Lion. Just ask your local club or follow this link to find out more!
More details: http://lionsclubs.org.au/join-lions/